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: News

: Westminster

Yesterday's proceedings presented by Nick Clarke.


Presented By: Nick Clarke.

: Heirs and Graces

Rockingham Castle
Visited by Lady Victoria Leatham. Historian
Bryan McNerney explains what life was like living there in medieval days. (R)


Unknown: Lady Victoria Leatham.
Unknown: Bryan McNerney

: Painters

The Watercress Line
Three prominent southern artists travel along the Mid-Hants Steam Railway.(R)

: Inside Japan

4: Factory Flower Office Lady
Impressions of a young woman's opportunities and expectations in Japan today. Director UBBY HALLIDAY


Producer: Howard Smith

: Countdown to Christmas

Marian Foster and the team present a practical cornucopia of festivity while
Gary Kershaw displays the latest in themed decor.
0 CHRISTMAS FACTFILE: send a cheque or postal order for £1.50 made payable to BSS to [address removed]


Unknown: Marian Foster
Unknown: Gary Kershaw

: Women of Our Century

Rachel Kempson
Interviewed by Jane Asher. More than 50 years after taking Stratford by storm, the central figure of the Redgrave theatrical dynasty is still acting.
Producer JILL DAWSON (R)


Unknown: Rachel Kempson
Interviewed By: Jane Asher.
Producer: Jill Dawson

: Life File

A Winning Smile
Kay Alexander tells why so many people avoid dentists. Director PETER HILL


Unknown: Kay Alexander
Director: Peter Hill
Producer: Rosalind Gower

: Mosaic

7: Action on Racial
How housing staff can take action against harassment. at 12.10pm
8: Black and White
The realities of discrimination. Producer DAVID HENSHAW (R)(e)
0 NOTES: send large sae to
[address removed]. and at 12.40pm
9: Language Is the Key
The attitudes of teachers to bi-lingualism.


Producer: David Henshaw

: Charlie Chalk

Return of the Litter
By Jocelyn Stevenson.
Created, designed and produced by IVOR WOOD (R)


Unknown: Jocelyn Stevenson.
Produced By: Ivor Wood

: Geoffrey Smith's World of Flowers

The flower which grows from California to the Himalayas. Producer BRIAN DAVIES


Producer: Brian Davies
Director: Erica Griffiths

: News

Weather followed by The Four Great
The Great Winter
David Bellamy tells how an ice-blanket covered northern
England for 5,000 years. Produced by HARRY GREEN and MIKE WEATHERLEY (R)


Unknown: David Bellamy
Produced By: Harry Green
Produced By: Mike Weatherley

: Living Legends

Robin Hood
Magnus Magnusson investigates England's most celebrated legendary hero. Producer JANE COLES


Unknown: Robin Hood
Unknown: Magnus Magnusson
Editor: Bruce Norman

: News

Weather followed by Westminster Live
Including Prime Minister's Question Time.
Presenter: Vivian White.
Commentator: Brian Curtois.


Presenter: Vivian White.
Commentator: Brian Curtois.

: News and Weather

Regional News and Weather

: Catchword

Anagram: Ann's a lady
Clue: African country before independence
Answer: see today's programme!
Join contestants from all over
Britain as they pit their wits and verbal skills against
Bryan the computer and his sets of letters, while host Paul Coia tries to ensure fair play.


Unknown: Paul Coia

: Talk of the 80s

The birth of the test tube baby, Louise Brown , raised vital moral and ethical questions. Judith Hann talks to Baroness Mary Warnock about the way her committee set about making the rules which, if they become law, could govern the future of an embryo.


Unknown: Louise Brown
Talks: Judith Hann
Unknown: Baroness Mary Warnock

: Birmingham to London in Five Minutes

Join the Inter-City and travel from Birmingham to London in five minutes. Director EWAN KIEL Editor ROY SAATCHI


Editor: Roy Saatchi

: Go Birding

A series of six films which explore the achievements and fascination of practical bird-watching.
With Tony Soper. 5: Boxed Birds
Owls do it, kestrels do it, blue tits do it, but pigeons started it all - nesting in boxes.
Pigeons, then ducks, were encouraged to breed for our consumption, and nesting boxes provided the stimulus. Now, with sites for hole-nesting birds at a premium, boxes have even encouraged new birds to colonise Britain - like the goldeneye in Scotland. An occupied box in the garden can be a source of enjoyment but boxes can be useful too, for the study of species that might otherwise be difficult. Producers GEORGE INGER and ROBIN PRYTHERCH BBC Bristol


Unknown: Tony Soper.
Producers: George Inger

: Murder in the Music Hall

Vera Hruba Ralston as Lila and William Marshall as Don.
When a blackmailer is found murdered in an apartment next to the music hall, Lila, beautiful star of the ice show, becomes a suspect.
Determined to prove her innocence, Don, the show's orchestra leader, turns amateur detective in order to clear the woman he loves.
0 FILMS: page 22


Unknown: Vera Hruba Ralston
Unknown: William Marshall
Produced By: Herman Millakowsky
Directed By: John English
Millicent: Helen Walker
Mrs Morgan: Nancy Kelly
Inspector Wilson: William Gargan
Gracie: Ann Rutherford

: The Victorian Kitchen

The Dinner Party
The Victorian taste for elaborate decoration went over the top. The series finale is a grand affair.
Harry Dodson recreates a table design in the form of a tent, made of garlands of smilax and stephanotis, and Ruth Mott prepares a gigantic turbot, and for dessert, a jelly of many colours, topped with a delicate web of spun sugar. Presented by Peter Thoday. Music PAUL READE
Associate producer JENNIFER DAVIES Producer KEITH SHEATHER BBC Bristol
W FOOD: page 103


Unknown: Harry Dodson
Unknown: Ruth Mott
Presented By: Peter Thoday.
Music: Paul Reade
Producer: Jennifer Davies
Producer: Keith Sheather

: Prisoners of Conscience

A series of portraits of people jailed for their beliefs. The story of tonight's prisoner is presented by Anita Roddick.


Presented By: Anita Roddick.

: The State of Europe

The fourth of six Nature specials on the state of Europe's environment. Driven to Destruction
Car pollution in Europe has reached alarming levels. From the Alps to Athens, vehicle pollution is taking its toll. Mountains are crumbling, people are sick. After years of ignoring the poisonous side effects, Switzerland and Germany are introducing radical new steps to discourage drivers - digging up roads and raising taxes. By the year 2000, ear numbers may have doubled. Can the Continent cope?
Grant Mansfield investigates. Producer ANDREA MICHELL Nature editor PETER SALMON BBC Bristol
0 EARTHWATCH: page 98


Unknown: Grant Mansfield
Producer: Andrea Michell

: Bed, Chair, Table Lamp: 2: Table

A dinner party leads to an exploration of the table and its uses. The guests are Lady Fretwell, wife of the ex-British Ambassador to France, Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and writer on eating disorders, performance artist Duncan Roy and curator Charles Newton.
A Freelance Film Partners production of BBCtv
(Ceefax subtitles)


Unknown: Susie Orbach
Artist: Duncan Roy
Unknown: Charles Newton
Producer: Gina Newson
Producer: Jeremy Newson

: Monty Python's Flying Circus

The First Series!
Tonight: the problems of nesting sheep and the man with three buttocks.
Written by and starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. Produced by JOHN HOWARD DAVIES (R)


Unknown: John Cleese
Unknown: Eric Idle
Unknown: Terry Jones
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Terry Gilliam.
Produced By: John Howard Davies

: A 40 Minutes Special

Out of the Ruins
One year ago today, Astrik and Ashot lost their children, their parents and their home in the earthquake which devasted much of Armenia and killed over 25,000 people. Now, as relief workers rebuild the towns and cities, they are rebuilding their lives. But living in a Portakabin. in a country under blockade from neighbouring Azerbaijan, what kind of future can they, and the child they are expecting, look forward to? Producer AGNIESZKA PIOTROWSKA Editor 40 Minutes CAROLINE PICK
* FEATURE: page 18

: A Party Political Broadcast

By the Labour Party. (Shown at 9.00pm on BBC

: Newsnight

With Jeremy Paxman.
International reports by: Julian O'Halloran ,
David Sells , and Charles Wheeler.


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman.
Unknown: Julian O'Halloran
Unknown: David Sells
Unknown: Charles Wheeler.

: The Late Show

The arts and media show. Producer ROLAND KEATING


Producer: Roland Keating

: Prisoners of Conscience

Anita Roddick tells the story of tonight's prisoner. (Shownat7.55pm)


Unknown: Anita Roddick

: Weatherview

: Talk of the 80s

Baroness Mary Warnock talks to Judith Hann.


Talks: Baroness Mary Warnock
Unknown: Judith Hann.

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