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: Open University

Exmoor: a Self Portrait

: News

: Westminster

Yesterday's proceedings in Parliament, presented by Peter Mayne.


Presented By: Peter Mayne.

: Mastermind 1986

Presented by Magnus Magnusson.
(First shown on BBC1)


Presenter: Magnus Magnusson

: Oh! Mr Porter

Starring Will Hay
Posted to the antiquated and remote railway station of Buggleskelly in Northern Ireland, blustering and incompetent William Porter causes chaos in this classic British comedy.
Films: pages 16-20


Director: Marcel Varnel
William Porter: Will Hay
Jeremiah Harbottle: Moore Marriott
Albert: Graham Moffatt
Charles Trimbletow: Sebastian Smith
Mrs Trimbletow: Agnes Lauchlan

: Laurel and Hardy in: Saps at Sea

When work at the horn-testing factory gets too much for Ollie, Stan calls for Dr Finlayson. His diagnosis is 'hornophobia', the cure for which is peace and quiet, goat's milk and an ocean voyage.
Films: pages 16-10


Director: Gordon Douglas
Stan Laurel: Himself
Ollie Hardy: Himself
Dr J.H. Finlayson: James Finlayson

: England

The Gentle Sex. In the 1930s the emancipation of women reached as far as the sports field, as press photographs from 1929-34 show. Director Annty Landherr
A Sveriges Television production (R) (Tomorrow: The Sky's the Limit)


Director: Annty Landherr

: Catwalk

It is said that 4,000 cats are destroyed in Britain every day. Celia Hammond , who was a top model, has given up her career and her personal life to rescue as many stray animals as she can. Her aim is to set up her own low-cost spaying and neutering clinics.
Narrated by Sarah Dunant. Producer Louella Hamer Editor Edward Mirzoeff
A Uden production for BBCtv


Unknown: Celia Hammond
Unknown: Sarah Dunant.
Producer: Louella Hamer
Editor: Edward Mirzoeff

: Of Gods and Men

A series of films on ancient Indian traditions that still survive today. Mexico and the Mexican Indian
Many descendants of the Indians who created the civilisations of Middle America still cling to ancient languages, traditions and gods. Narrated by Ian Holm. Producer Anna Benson Gyles
Executive producer Bruce Norman (R) (Tomorrow The First Great Temples)


Unknown: Ian Holm.
Producer: Anna Benson Gyles
Producer: Bruce Norman

: Under Sail

The Tall Ship 'Royalist'. Join the Sea Cadets in the square rigger
Royalist for the tall ships' race from Margate to Zeebrugge.
Narrated by Tom Salmon. Producer Brian Hawkins (R)


Unknown: Tom Salmon.
Producer: Brian Hawkins

: Charlie Chalk

Animation with the voices of Michael Williams , John Wells and Barbara Leigh-Hunt . Producer Ivor Wood (R)


Unknown: Michael Williams
Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Producer: Ivor Wood

: Sign Extra

A chance to see Someone Like Me with sign language and subtitles. Singer/songwriter Don Sullivan talks about the emigrant life.
(Shown on Sunday at 12.05pm on BBC


Talks: Don Sullivan

: News

Weather followed by The Black Safari
In this parody of explorers and exploration, Yemi Ajibade ,
Mordel Jordine , Bloke Modieare , Horace Ove and Douglas Botting seek out the centre of Britain. Story by Douglas Botting Director Colin Luke
(First shown in 'The World about Us


Unknown: Yemi Ajibade
Unknown: Mordel Jordine
Unknown: Bloke Modieare
Unknown: Douglas Botting
Story By: Douglas Botting
Director: Colin Luke

: 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

: Anastasia: the Mystery of Anna

First of a two-part film. A young woman appears in 1920s Berlin claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia , only survivor of the massacre of Tsar Nicholas 's family.
Director Marvin Chomsky
0 FILMS: pages 16-20


Unknown: Duchess Anastasia
Unknown: Tsar Nicholas
Director: Marvin Chomsky
Anna Anderson: Amy Irving
Anastasia: Amy Irving
Grand Duke: Rex Harrison
Dowager Empress: Olivia de Havilland
Tsar Nicholas: Omar Sharif
Alexandra: Claire Bloom
Prince Erich: Jan Niklas

: Gardeners' World

A bonsai nursery, beautifying
Birmingham and jobs for the week from Barnsdale. With Geoff Hamilton , Nigel Colborn and Anne Swithinbank.


Unknown: Geoff Hamilton
Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank.

: Blackbeard the Pirate

Robert Newton, Linda Darnell Sir Henry Morgan sets sail to rescue his intended bride from the clutches of Blackbeard.
Director Raoul Walsh
0 FILMS: pages 16-20


Unknown: Linda Darnell
Unknown: Sir Henry Morgan
Director: Raoul Walsh
Blackbeard: Robert Newton
Edwina: Linda Darnell
Sir Henry Morgan: Torin Thatcher
Briggs: Richard Egan

: Bilko: Bilko Joins the Navy

A classic US comedy starring Phil Silvers.

Bilko masquerades as a sailor. (R)


Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Hear-Say

Does bio-technology bring
Frankenstein or Superman closer to reality? Already the colour of an unborn child's eyes can be altered. This week Hear-Say explores the futures made possible by genetic engineering with Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson and leading US geneticist Dr Donella Wilson.
Presented by Jacqui Harper and Colin Charles. Producer Peter Emina
Executive producer Terry Jervis


Unknown: Tessa Sanderson
Unknown: Dr Donella Wilson.
Presented By: Jacqui Harper
Presented By: Colin Charles.
Producer: Peter Emina
Producer: Terry Jervis

: Wildlife Showcase

The first of eight programmes by international wildlife film-makers.
Jungle Spirits of Madagascar
To the superstitious people of Madagascar the indris are the spirits of dead ancestors and the bizarre aye-aye the harbingers of ill-fortune. To the naturalist they are two species of lemurs, a group of strange and rare primates whose future is threatened by the destruction of their habitat. A Konrad Wothe production
0 FOCUS: page 3
0 EARTHWATCH: page 76


Unknown: Konrad Wothe

: Alexei Sayle's Stuff

Alexei Sayle takes a crazed and comic look at life.
Whistling Calculus for Tax Purposes With Angus Deayton , Tony Millan , Jan Ravens , Owen Brenman ,
Anna Carteret , Raymond Mason , Rod Melvin , Lesley Nicoll and Arabella Weir.
Director/Producer Marcus Mortimer (R)
* FEATURE: page 8


Unknown: Alexei Sayle
Unknown: Angus Deayton
Unknown: Tony Millan
Unknown: Jan Ravens
Unknown: Owen Brenman
Unknown: Anna Carteret
Unknown: Raymond Mason
Unknown: Rod Melvin
Unknown: Lesley Nicoll
Unknown: Arabella Weir.
Producer: Marcus Mortimer

: Present Imperfect

In difficult times how do people cope? The last in a series that observes the lives and fortunes of those most affected by a changing Britain.
Great Expectations. Hilary, Liz and Candida are three women from very different backgrounds with one thing in common - they are all pregnant and going to have their first baby at the West London
Hospital. As the momentous events of 1989 unfold around them, the women prepare for the most
. important event in their lives.
Producer Peter Gordon
Executive producer Paul Watson


Producer: Peter Gordon
Producer: Paul Watson

: Newsnight

Donald MacCormick with the day's top stories.


Unknown: Donald MacCormick

: Archaos

Motorcycles in the audience, fork-lift trapeze artists, a chef with an obstinate potato - it can only be Archaos, the alternative French circus which attracts packed houses and the disquiet of local authorities. As they tour Britain with a completely new show, a repeat of the Edinburgh Nights programme which caught them at their anarchic best during last year's Edinburgh Festival. Director George Cathro
Executive producer John Archer (R)


Director: George Cathro
Producer: John Archer

: Weatherview

: Open University

Social Problems and Social Welfare

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