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: Children's BBC Two: Playbus

Stops today at The Playground Stop where the children play 'what's the time, Mr Wolf ?' and Lizzie plays a waiting game.


Introduced by: Simon Parkin
Introduced by: Andi Peters
Presenter: Dave Benson Phillips
Puppeteer: Jane Eve
Puppeteer: John Wright
Producer: Barbara Roddam

: Jimbo and the Jet Set

Jet Lag
Written and created by PETER MADDOCKS
Directed by KEITH LEARNER (R)


Unknown: Peter Maddocks
Directed By: Keith Learner

: Is That a Fact?

Taking a look at legends.
8: The Pedlar of Swaffham with George the Computer and UK-9 and children from South Greenhoe Middle School, Swaffham.


Music: Alec Dankworth
Producers: Peter Charlton
Producers: Richard Simkin

: The Hallo

Spencer Show !
From Spencerville, Ohio, it's the wildest, zaniest, most adorable group of puppets.


Unknown: Spencer Show

: Umbrella

Why did a Jewish girl go on a 25-hour fast?
With Mark Chatterton , Susan Leong and Sara Sugarman. Director CELIA BONNER Producer JUDY MERRY BBC North West


Unknown: Mark Chatterton
Unknown: Susan Leong
Unknown: Sara Sugarman.
Director: Celia Bonner

: Smoggies

Never Cry Wolf
Panic ensues when the Smoggies sabotage the Suntots' seismological monitoring system on Coral Island.

: Corners

Why is the sky blue? How do fairground rides work? How do street lights know when to come on? Director STEVE HOCKING


Director: Steve Hocking
Producer: Alison Stewart

: Visionaries: The Power of the Wise

Leoric's greatest fear is the power of Darkstorm's staff to render its victims old and powerless, and, needless to say, this is exactly what happens to him!

: Blue Peter Omnibus

With Caron Keating Yvette Fielding and John Leslie.


Unknown: John Leslie.

: Maid Marian and Her Merry Men: 2: Robert the Incredible Chicken

By Tony Robinson.
Robin is given a chance to prove himself.


Writer: Tony Robinson
Marian: Kate Lonergan
Robin: Wayne Morris
Barrington: Danny John Jules
Rabies: Howard Lew Lewis
Little Ron: Mike Edmonds
King John: Forbes Collins
Sheriff: Tony Robinson
Gary: Mark Billingham
Graeme: David Lloyd
Gladys: Hilary Mason
Little girl: Kellie Bright
Teazle: Ian Legg
Clough: Alan McMahon

: Boxpops

Last of the series which takes a look back at memorable moments on TV.
This week: Are You Dancin'? In the street with Mick and Dave, a pas de deux with Miss Piggy and a rumba with Roobarb.
Boogie on down with Boxpops!
Executive producer ERIC ROWAN


Producer: Roy Milani
Producer: Eric Rowan

: The O-Zone

Music news and features with Andy Crane.


Presenter: Andy Crane
Director: Michael Whelan
Producer: Paul Smith

: Reportage Update

An updated edition of Wednesday's Reportage with all the latest developments in the stories covered.
There's the final result of the phone poll, your views on some of the issues covered plus breaking stories from the worlds of fashion, sport, music and news.
Producers MICHAEL SPENCER and EMMA WILLIS (R)revised (First shown in 'DEF ID


Producers: Michael Spencer
Producers: Emma Willis

: One in Four

Isobel Ward, Simon Barnes and Chris Davies present this programme that challenges assumptions about disability. With sign language and subtitles.


Unknown: Simon Barnes
Unknown: Chris Davies
Producer: Christopher Hutchins

: Sporting Years 1959

Harry Carpenter looks at the sporting headlines and the more unusual stories of 1959. Billy Wright gained his 100th cap for England against
Scotland. Elton John's uncle, Roy Dwight , broke his leg after scoring a goal in the FA Cup final. Oxo won the Grand National. Both Wimbledon singles titles were won by South Americans. 1959 was the year the Ml opened; the hovercraft arrived; Harold Macmillan led the Tories to victory in the general election; and Mrs T was first elected to Parliament! Producer JEFF GODDARD


Unknown: Harry Carpenter
Stories Of: Billy Wright
Unknown: Roy Dwight
Unknown: Harold MacMillan
Producer: Jeff Goddard

: 40 Minutes

The Heart of the Angel
Every day the Angel tube station struggles to cope with its load of 15,000 commuters. Producer MOLLY DINEEN
An Allegra Film for BBCtv


Producer: Molly Dineen

: Let's Make Love

Starring and Mistakenly hired to impersonate himself in an off-Broadway satirical revue, a billionaire is persuaded by the obvious talents of the leading lady to join the cast incognito. With Bing Crosby , Gene Kelly and Milton Berle as his tutors he can pass as a performer, but winning the heart of the alluring Amanda is another matter.
Produced by JERRY WALD
Directed by GEORGE CUKOR
• FILMS: page 22


Unknown: Bing Crosby
Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Milton Berle
Produced By: Jerry Wald
Directed By: George Cukor
Amanda: Marilyn Monroe
Jean-Mark Clement: Yves Montand
Howard Coffman: Tony Randall
Tony Danton: Frankle Vaughan
John Wales: Wilfrid Hyde-White
Oliver Burton: David Burns
Dave Kerry: Michael David
Lily Nyles: Mara Lynn
Abe Miller: Dennis King Jr
Lamont: Joe Besser

: Rugby Special

Barbarians v All Blacks from Twickenham.
Bennett, Williams, Pullin, Dawes, David, Quinnell, Edwards - that series of passes ended in one of the greatest tries in rugby football when the BaBas beat the All Blacks in Cardiff in 1973. Barbarian matches against the All Blacks seem to create the chemistry for such tries. With so much talent in both teams this game should be no exception. Chris Rea introduces today's programme from the official dinner at the Hilton Hotel.
Commentators: Bill McLaren and Bill Beaumont. Executive producer


Introduces: Chris Rea
Commentators: Bill McLaren
Commentators: Bill Beaumont.
Unknown: Johnnie Watherston

: Juke Box Jury

Jools Holland discusses the week's new singles with four diverse panellists who pronounce the judgment 'hit or miss'. A mystery guest adds intrigue.


Presenter: Jools Holland
Director: Phil Chilvers
Series Producer: Sharon Ali

: The Money Programme

The top stories in and behind the news from the worlds of business, finance and economics - reporting and analysis from Britain's leading business programme. Reporters: Robin Aitken ,
Peter Eustace , Tom Maddocks , John Pennycate ,
Michael Robinson and Nisha Steyn. Deputy editor


Reporters: Robin Aitken
Unknown: Peter Eustace
Unknown: Tom Maddocks
Unknown: John Pennycate
Unknown: Michael Robinson
Unknown: Nisha Steyn.
Unknown: Alan Haydn Griffiths

: The Natural World

Amazon: the Flooded Forest Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.
The second of two films about one of the most extraordinary areas of the Amazon rainforest. After six months of flooding, the waters drain away to reveal once again the forest floor. Many strange creatures take up new homes. Fish, concentrated into small pools, attract a host of predators, and on sandy beaches giant turtles hurry to lay and hatch their eggs before the flood returns. Executive producer MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Series editor MIKE SALISBURY A Partridge Films production forBBCtv


Unknown: Anthony Hopkins.
Producer: Michael Rosenberg

: Prisoners of Conscience

In the months when the UN ratifies its convention on the rights of the child,
Ludovic Kennedy introduces a second series of ten five-minute programmes on prisoners of conscience, beginning tomorrow. He also reviews what happened to last year's prisoners.
(The first programme is tomorrow at 7.55pm)
●FEATURE: page 10


Introduces: Ludovic Kennedy
Written By: Caroline Moorehead
Produced By: Rex Bloomstein

: Trial

A remarkable Soviet television documentary, shown tonight for the first time in Britain, which investigates Stalin's crimes and the betrayal of the Russian Revolution.
Reflecting the new spirit of glasnost, the film releases a flood of memories as survivors of momentous events bear witness to their experiences. A group of old-guard Revolutionaries reminisce and argue in Red Square, their stories highlighted by rare historical newsreel. Interspersed throughout the film, historians and writers debate the significance of the Stalin dictatorship.
Introduced by Peter Frank , senior lecturer in Soviet
Government and Politics at
Essex University
Directed by IGOR BELYAEV
TV presentation by LINDSAY DAVIES (Russian dialogue with English subtitles)


Introduced By: Peter Frank
Directed By: Igor Belyaev
Presentation By: Lindsay Davies

: Rhythms of the World

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan : The Brightest Star in Qawwali
In July of this year, on the day when Muslims the world over were celebrating the Festival of Little Id, Rhythms of the World filmed an extraordinary open-air concert at Smallheath Park in the heart of Birmingham's Asian community. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the great star of Qawwali religious praise music and one of the world's most remarkable singers, led the celebrations. With his group, he demonstrated the continuing power of musical tradition that stretches back over 800 years.


Unknown: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Director: Udayan Prasad

: Young Guns: Footloose

Starring and When Chicago teenager
Ren MacCormack arrives in Bomont, only the local girls seem glad to see him. The adults view him as outside contamination, because Bomont is a pure town - books are burned, rock 'n' roll is out and dancing is banned. But when you 'gotta dance' you don't mind if you shake things up a little ... Featuring top ten hits including Let's Hear Itfor the Boy, Holding Out for a Hero and Footloose.
Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD Directed by HERBERT ROSS a FILMS: page 22


Unknown: Ren MacCormacK
Unknown: Dean Pitchford
Directed By: Herbert Ross
Ren: Kevin Bacon
Ariel Moore: Lori Singer
Reverend Moore: John Lithgow
Vi Moore: Dianne Wiest
Willard: Christopher Penn
Rusty: Sarah Jessica Parker

: Rapido

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