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: Open University

6.45 Social Sciences: Cogs in the Wheel?

: Flash Gordon

Starring Buster Crabbe
Flash Gordon is forced by 8: Emperor Ming and King
Vultan to fight a duel with his friend Prince Barin. (R)


Unknown: Buster Crabbe
Unknown: Flash Gordon

: I The Great Man Votes

Starring John Barrymore Virginia Weilder
A hopeless drunk since the death of his wife, former
Harvard academic Gregory Vance works as a night watchman. His children try to inspire their father to regain his ambition.
Director Garson Kanin
0 FILMS: pages 19-20


Unknown: John Barrymore
Unknown: Virginia Weilder
Unknown: Gregory Vance
Director: Garson Kanin
Gregory: John Barrymore
Donald Vance: Peter Holden
Joan Vance: Virginia Weilder

: Herbert Wilcox Directs Bitter Sweet

Starring Anna Neagle Fernand Graavey
A young English heiress leaves her pompous fiance for a handsome musician.
Music/Lyrics by Noël Coward
0 FILMS: pages 19-20


Unknown: Anna Neagle
Unknown: Fernand Graavey
Sarah Linden: Anna Neagle
Car!: Fernand Graavey
Hugh Devon: Esme Percy

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

A series of five programmes with physicist and musician Prof Charles Taylor.
4: Wind instruments. (R)


Musician: Prof Charles Taylor.

: PC Pinkerton

Cartoon fun. (R)

: Animal Fair

With Don Spencer.
Musical director Jonathan Cohen Percussion Will Hill (R)


Unknown: Don Spencer.
Director: Jonathan Cohen

: Look, Stranger

In 1949, Major Peter Wood had a chance to realise a dream.
Director Sandra Wainwright
Executive producer Bridget Winter (R)


Unknown: Major Peter Wood
Director: Sandra Wainwright
Producer: Bridget Winter

: News

Weather followed by The
Historyman Bryan McNerney discovers how Long Stratton and Saffron Walden got their names.
Producer Paul Cort - Wright BBC Norwich (R)


Unknown: Historyman Bryan McNerney
Unknown: Long Stratton
Producer: Paul Cort

: Saboteurs of Telemark

In April 1940, the Germans invaded Norway and took over the hydro factory in Telemark. Here heavy water was made for German atomic experiments. Over 45 years ago, nine Norwegian saboteurs completely destoyed the heavy water stock. An undercover war which ended with the sinking of a ferry was fought to prevent the possibility of a German atomic bomb. Writer Paul Dehn
Producer Jeremy Bennett (R)


Unknown: Paul Dehn
Producer: Jeremy Bennett

: News

Weather followed by Easter Island
Second of a two-part investigation.
The islanders believe that an old woman's spell on greedy stone-carvers brought the quarrying to a halt, but hazy myth and scraps of legend can be used to reinterpret scientific finds.
Narrator: Andrew Sachs. Film editor Ray Sharman Producer John Lynch


Narrator: Andrew Sachs.
Editor: Ray Sharman
Producer: John Lynch

: Play Snooker

Dennis Taylor looks at awkward bridging, potting along the cushion and recovery shots.
(Tomorrow the modern game at


Unknown: Dennis Taylor

: Plunder

Novelist Jeffrey Archer is invited by Emma Freud to plunder the BBC archives.


Unknown: Jeffrey Archer
Unknown: Emma Freud

: Snap

Photography with Jon Pertwee and photographer Anita Corbin in Majorca. Producer Fiona Pitcher


Unknown: Jon Pertwee
Unknown: Anita Corbin

: Horizon

The Sharpest Show of the Universe
Today Nasa hopes to launch the Hubble Telescope. But if anything goes wrong, there's no back-up.

: The Window

Barbara Hale
Arthur Kennedy
Tommy, a small boy with an overactive imagination, cries 'wolf once too often when he witnesses a murder and no one believes him.
Director Ted Tetzlaff
0 FILMS: pages 19 20


Unknown: Barbara Hale
Unknown: Arthur Kennedy
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Mrs Woodry: Barbara Hale
Mr Woodry: Arthur Kennedy
Tommy: Bobby Driscoll
Mr Kellerson: Paul Stewart
Mrs Kellerson: Ruth Roman

: 9 II 5

Do feminists overreact over a bit of harmless hanky panky in the workplace, or is sexual harassment a serious problem that male managers too often ignore? Are the experiences the programme uncovers more common than people care to think?
Reporters: Susan Rae , Geoff Small and John Withington. Producer/Director Lindsay Knight Series producer Andrew Forrester A Diverse production for BBCtv


Reporters: Susan Rae
Reporters: Geoff Small
Reporters: John Withington.
Producer: Andrew Forrester

: First Easter

A series of five films exploring the new realities of religious faith in eastern Europe.
4: Witold Przadka is a typical Polish farmer. Married with four young children, he lives in a two-roomed farm cottage outside Warsaw. Despite the new political freedoms, life is more difficult. This Easter he is agonising over his last 12 cows, which cost more to feed than he will get when he sells them.

: Yes Minister

A comedy series by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
Starring Paul Eddington Nigel Hawthorne
Jim Hacker discovers another purpose for the Official Secrets Act - to protect officials.
Music Ronnie Hazlehurst Designer Tim Gleeson
Producer Sydney Lotterby (R)


Unknown: Antony Jay
Unknown: Jonathan Lynn.
Unknown: Paul Eddington
Unknown: Nigel Hawthorne
Unknown: Jim Hacker
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Designer: Tim Gleeson
Producer: Sydney Lotterby
Jim Hacker, MP: Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey: Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard: Derek Fowlds
Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Richard Vernon
Frank Weisel: Neil Fitzwilliam
George: Arthur Cox
Joe Morgan: Richard Da Vies
George Conway: Brian Hawksley
Anchorman: John D Collins
Producer: Charles McKeown

: Nature

The Japanese are widely seen as the world's environmental villains - slaughtering whales, chain sawing tropical forests. But what makes the Japanese so resistant to pressure from around the world?
Triona Holden reports.
Presenter: Michael Buerk. Producer Amanda Theunissen Editor Jeremy Bugler BBC Bristol


Unknown: Triona Holden
Presenter: Michael Buerk.
Producer: Amanda Theunissen

: French and Saunders

Leap aboard the laughter express with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Producer Jon Plowman Director Bob Spiers


Unknown: Jennifer Saunders.
Producer: Jon Plowman
Director: Bob Spiers

: 40 Minutes

Mac to the USSR
Armed police gather in the heart of Moscow to control a growing, restless crowd. But this is no pro-democracy demonstration; it's the opening of the first
McDonald's restaurant in the USSR, and 40 Minutes was there. To us in the west, the golden arches represent cheap labour and junk food. But to McDonald's workers like Vladimir and Liuda,
Big Mac is a symbol of hope. As the barriers open, the crowd surges forward for a taste of the west.
Producer John Alexander Editor Caroline Pick
0 TRAVEL: page 83


Producer: John Alexander
Editor: Caroline Pick

: Mistero Buffo

Robbie Coltrane stars in Borderline Theatre
Company's production of Dario Fo 's Mistero Buffo , a comic history of religion seen through the eyes of the Scottish comedian. This week's mystery, The
Morality Tale of the Blind Man and the Cripple, is an amusing story about two beggars who have financial reasons for keeping Jesus at arm's length.
Producer Stuart Cosgrove Director Don Coutts BBC Scotland


Unknown: Robbie Coltrane
Unknown: Dario Fo
Unknown: Mistero Buffo
Unknown: Blind Man
Producer: Stuart Cosgrove

: Newsnight

With Jeremy Paxman.


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman.

: The Late Show

The arts and media live.

: Weatherview

: Open University

Happy Human Beings Once They Leave?
A look at receptive aphasia, a rare language disorder. Producer Meg Sheffield


Producer: Meg Sheffield

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