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: Open University

An Office Career

: News

: Westminster

Yesterday's proceedings in Parliament, including a look at the politicians at work in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Committee Rooms. Presented by Peter Mayne.


Presented By: Peter Mayne.

: Mastermind 1986

Today's contenders are:
Michael Macdonald-Cooper on the Jacobite rising of 1745; Struan Case Robertson on Allenby and the Palestine campaigns 1914-18; lain Bradley on the life and times of Erskine Childers 1870-1922; and Michael Chilton on Russian orchestral music 1840-1943.
Magnus Magnusson interrogates them on their specialised subjects and general knowledge from the University of St Andrews, Fife.


Unknown: Michael MacDonald-Cooper
Unknown: Struan Case Robertson
Unknown: Erskine Childers
Unknown: Michael Chilton
Unknown: Magnus Magnusson

: Cricket: Third Test

England v New Zealand Richie Benaud introduces highlights of the fourth day's play from Edgbaston.
Additional commentary by Jack Bannister.
Summaries by Ray Illingworth and Tom Graveney.


Introduces: Richie Benaud
Commentary By: Jack Bannister.
Unknown: Ray Illingworth
Unknown: Tom Graveney.

: Under Sail

Falmouth Working Boats. The oyster banks on the River Fal are the last in the world to be fished by hand and sail alone. The boats that do the job have evolved over hundreds of years into crafts that are both practical and beautiful. Narrated by Tom Salmon.
Producers Brian Hawkins and Robin Drake (R)


Unknown: Tom Salmon.
Producers: Brian Hawkins
Producers: Robin Drake

: Sign Extra

A chance to see an edition of 40 Minutes with sign language and subtitles.
A Safe Sex for a Safe Seat. A look behind the doors of a Conservative party selection committee.

: Cricket: Third Test

England v New Zealand
It's the final day of the final Test match against New Zealand. Tony Lewis introduces live coverage of the morning's play. Commentary by Richie Benaud and Jack Bannister.


Introduces: Tony Lewis
Commentary By: Richie Benaud
Commentary By: Jack Bannister.

: Past and Present Preserved

National Museum 'Palace Het Loo' The palace, built in 1685 by King William III as a hunting lodge, vividly illustrates how its occupants, the Princes of Orange, lived for three centuries. The palace, with its splendid period room, is surrounded by gardens in Baroque style.
(The Hague Municipal Museum on Thursday at


Unknown: King William Iii

: Charlie Chalk

Litterbug, in his constant quest for tidiness, picks up Mary the Hover
Fairy's wand when she puts it down halfway through a spell. Later he discovers that there could be such a thing as being too tidy. Producer Ivor Wood (R)


Producer: Ivor Wood

: Cricket: Third Test

England v New Zealand
Tony Lewis introduces further live coverage of the final day.
Including at
2.00pm News and Weather


Introduces: Tony Lewis

: News

Weather followed by Westminster Live
Live coverage of today's business in Parliament including Prime Minister's Question Time. Presented by Vivian White.
Commentary by Brian Curtois. Director Terry Patrick Editor John Anderson


Presented By: Vivian White.
Commentary By: Brian Curtois.
Director: Terry Patrick
Editor: John Anderson

: News and Weather

Regional News and Weather

: Cricket: Third Test

England v New Zealand
Live coverage of the rest of the afternoon's play on the final day.

: Horizon

The Company of Ants and Bees
They have lasted for over 50 million years and will probably outlast us.
What is the secret of their success?
Are their societies better organised than ours? Ants and bees live in true democracies. The queen, like ours, is only a constitutional monarch. So who makes the decisions? The workers! Professor James Gould argues that ants and bees tell us about human society and its future chances.
Producer Christopher La Fontaine Editor Robin Brightwell (R) (Postponed from 26 April)


Unknown: James Gould
Producer: Christopher La Fontaine
Editor: Robin Brightwell

: Bilko: Bilko the Potato Sack King

A classic US comedy series starring Phil Silvers.

Enticed by an enormous salary, Bilko quits the army to work as a salesman but ends up getting the sack. (R)


Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Open Space

Last of the series in which the public can make programmes under their own editorial control.
The Quality of Mercy. When women don't fit the norm of wife and mother, they can get rough justice in court. 'They were talking about the affair I had with a married woman and that was it straight away: she's a mad, young lesbian.' Sexuality, race and appearance can prejudice police, judges and juries. This film enables convicted women to question the mercy they were shown when proven guilty. Producer Sue Davidson
Community programme unit editor Tony Laryea

: Design Classics

Shell Logo. Most large companies adopt a symbol to identify themselves and sell their product. Shelf's is one of the most famous.
But it was selected at random and had already been used as a symbol for centuries. Its casual use during this century would scandalise any of today's corporate image makers. Despite this it has become one of the most successful pieces of graphic design. With Evert Endt , Christopher Frayling , Nicholas Jenkins , Wally Olins , Michael Peters and Stephen Calloway. Producer Roger Last
Series producer Diana Lashmore


Unknown: Evert Endt
Unknown: Christopher Frayling
Unknown: Nicholas Jenkins
Unknown: Wally Olins
Unknown: Michael Peters
Unknown: Stephen Calloway.
Producer: Diana Lashmore

: Athletics

Further live coverage of the Grand Prix in Nice, including the men's 3,000 and 1500 metres.

: Present Imperfect

In difficult times, how are people able to cope? Ten films that intimately observe throughout the year the lives and fortunes of those most affected by a changing Britain.
Here to Stay. A first-hand account by a middle-class Pakistani family whose migration to England's
'pastures green' in the 60s proved to be a rocky ride. They forged a way to prosperity, while at the same time reconciling their strong
Muslim faith with English traditions. All went well until the Rushdie affair. They are here to stay, but is it possible for them to have it both ways?
Producer Jane Jackson
Executive producer Paul Watson


Producer: Jane Jackson
Producer: Paul Watson

: Newsnight

Donald MacCormick with the day's top stories and the background on events making the news at home and abroad.


Unknown: Donald MacCormick

: Cricket: Third Test

England v New Zealand
Richie Benaud introduces highlights of the final day's play.
Additional commentary by Jack Bannister.
Summaries by Ray Illingworth and Tom Graveney.


Introduces: Richie Benaud
Commentary By: Jack Bannister.
Unknown: Ray Illingworth
Unknown: Tom Graveney.

: Weatherview

: Open University

A Matter of Course
The courses a college provides have to be formally approved by outside agencies - a process full of potential conflict and friction. This programme follows a London
College of Printing course proposal through that process. (R)

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