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: English Towns

Warwick. The showpieces at Warwick are the magnificent castle and the famous
Beauchamp Chapel in St
Mary's Church, both built from local sandstone. Other fascinating buildings include the famous timber-framed
Lord Leycester Hospital. But the legacy of the 20th century is not so happy. The concrete County Council office block destroys an incomparable view of the church.
Written and presented by Alec Clifton-Taylor . Producer Denis Moriarty (R)
(Saffron Walden, Essex, on Christmas Eve at 8.00am on BBC2) 0 CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Presented By: Alec Clifton-Taylor
Producer: Denis Moriarty

: Wildlife Showcase

Le Paradoxe des Empereurs Why does the Emperor penguin choose to breed in the Antarctic winter? (R) 9 CEEFAX SUBTITLES

: Tarzan and His Mate

Johnny Weissmuller
Two hunters disrupt the idyllic African interior and threaten to part Tarzan from his beloved Jane.
Director Cedric Gibbons
0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Johnny Weissmuller
Director: Cedric Gibbons
Tarzan: Johnny Weissmuller
Jane: Maureen O'Sullivan
Harry Holt: Neil Hamilton
Martin Arlington: Paul Cavanagh
Beamish: Forrester Harvey
Mrs Cutten: Doris Lloyd

: Percy French Remembered

Born in Ireland in 1854, the songwriter, entertainer, poet, watercolourist and humorist is recalled by his daughter Ettie in her 93rd year. With contributions from Brendan O'Dowda , James N Healy , Courtney Kenny and other members of the French family. Producer Alan Tongue


Unknown: Brendan O'Dowda
Unknown: James N Healy
Unknown: Courtney Kenny
Producer: Alan Tongue

: The Honeymooners

Vintage American comedy. Please Leave the Premises When Ralph objects to an increase in the rent, he discovers that standing by your principles can be a painful experience!


Ralph Kramden: Jackie Gleason
Ed Norton: Art Carney
Alice Kramden: Audrey Meadows
Trixie Norton: Joyce Randolph

: Ring of Bright Water

Bill Travers
Virginia McKenna A film based on Gavin Maxwell 's famous bestseller about a unique relationship between a man and an animal. Graham Merrill , dissatisfied with his life as a civil servant in London, welcomes the forced change when he buys a pet otter with destructive tendencies and is asked to leave his flat. Throwing in his job, he moves to a remote cottage in the western
Highlands to start a new life with Mij, the otter.
Director Jack Couffer
0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Gavin Maxwell
Unknown: Graham Merrill
Director: Jack Couffer
Graham Merrill: Bill Travers
Mary MacKenzie: Virginia McKenna
Colin Clifford: Peter Jeffrey
Bus driver: Roddy McMillan
Storekeeper: Jameson Clark
Mrs Sarah Chambers: Jean Taylor-Smith
Mrs Flora Elrick: Helena Gloag

: Laurel and Hardy

Any Old Port. Stan and Ollie make an unlikely pair of gallant heroes.

: Catchword

The popular word game, hosted by Paul Coia. Director Justin C Adams Producer Leslie Mitchell
(Catchword returns in the New Year)


Unknown: Paul Coia.
Director: Justin C Adams
Producer: Leslie Mitchell

: Carols in the Kremlin

Last Christmas, a boys' choir from Seaford College in West Sussex went carol singing in Moscow. They wanted to sing in Red Square, to bring the sounds of Christmas to the centre of the Soviet Empire. The choir's director,
Philip Hill , narrates the story of their expedition to the Kremlin. Producer Tony Williams


Unknown: Philip Hill
Producer: Tony Williams

: Beethoven Symphonies

Over the next two weeks
BBC2 is broadcasting all nine Beethoven symphonies in performances recorded for television by the London
Classical Players conducted by Roger Norrington. Their lively interpretations, using original instruments, have taken the musical world by storm. As a curtain raiser to the series, presenter Brian Kay talks to Roger Norrington about his approach to the music and the controversy surrounding 'authentic' Beethoven.
Producer Mike Newman
(Symphony No 1 tomorrow at 3.00pm) 9 PICTURE STORY: page 69


Conducted By: Roger Norrington.
Talks: Brian Kay
Unknown: Roger Norrington
Producer: Mike Newman

: Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif , Julie Christie Doctor and poet Yuri Zhivago is brought up in the family of Alexander Gromeko , whose daughter Tonya he marries. But his true love is for the beautiful Lara, the mistress of a political opportunist. With the outbreak of the Great
War, and with Moscow transformed by the Revolution, their romance is disrupted by the social upheaval surrounding them.
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak Director David Lean


Unknown: Omar Sharif
Unknown: Julie Christie
Unknown: Yuri Zhivago
Unknown: Alexander Gromeko
Novel By: Boris Pasternak
Yuri Zhivago: Omar Sharif
Lara: Julie Christie
Tonya: Geraldine Chaplin
Komarovsky: Rod Steiger
Yergraf: Alec Guinness
Pasha/Strelnikov: Tom Courtenay
Alexander: Ralph Richardson
Anna: Siobhan McKenna
Girl: Rita Tushingham
Sasha: Jeffrey Rockland
Bolshevik: Bernard Kay
Kostoyed: Klaus Kinski

: World Disabled Games

From Assen. Every major event throws up a new sporting star. At the 1990 World Disabled Games, held last August in Assen, Holland, it was David Moreton , who swims for the City of Coventry. He won five gold medals and broke five world records. David was among 2,000 athletes from 40 countries who competed in one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar. Written and presented by Helen Rollason. Producer Jeff Goddard (R)


Unknown: David Moreton
Presented By: Helen Rollason.
Producer: Jeff Goddard

: NewsView

The day's main stories presented by John Humphrys. Then Lynette Lithgow reviews the events of the week, with subtitles for the hard-of-hearing.
Followed by Weatherview.


Presented By: John Humphrys.
Unknown: Lynette Lithgow

: Tchaikovsky Competition 1990

The Tchaikovsky is a world-renowned instrumental competition. Every four years, musicians from all over the globe gather in Moscow for the gruelling contest that could herald a spectacular international career. This year has seen great political and social turmoil in the Soviet Union, and the competitors suffered from lack of food and a substandard orchestra. But, as the contest shows, excitement and magnificent playing are guaranteed. Director Bill Fertik
Producer Robert Dalrymple
A Dalrymple production for BBCtv


Director: Bill Fertik
Producer: Robert Dalrymple

: First and Last

The Emmy Award-winning drama by Michael Frayn , shown in two parts. Starring
Joss Ackland
Pat Heywood
Lionel Jeffries
Patricia Routledge
1: Alan Holly has a secret ambition. After a life of suburban rectitude he sets out one morning from Land's End to walk the length of his native land, a Britain he has never known. His boots are new, his health uncertain, and he has not walked more than a dozen miles in his life.
Executive producer Michael Wearing Director Alan Dossor
0 PICTURE STORY: page 69


Unknown: Michael Frayn
Unknown: Joss Ackland
Unknown: Pat Heywood
Unknown: Lionel Jeffries
Unknown: Patricia Routledge
Unknown: Alan Holly
Director: Alan Dossor
Alan Holly: Joss Ackland
Audrey Holly: Pat Heywood
Laurence: Lionel Jeffries
Ivy: Patricia Routledge
Sandra: Laura Davenport
Lisa: Deborah Findlay
Sandra's Stephen: Thomas Wheatley
Stephen: Tom Wilkinson
Shana: Sophie Thursfield
Lisa's children: Louise Smith
Lisa's children: Katie Combs
Sandra's children: Tom Hunt
: Andrew Bevan
Landlady: Frances Cox
Man on beach: Bernard Gallagher
Cheryl: Carol Leader
Dave: Jamie Foreman
Elderly lady: Aimee Delamain
Young girl: Patsy Palmer
Tramp: Roddy Maude-Roxby
Mother in charge: Meryl Hampton
Father in cottage: Barry McCarthy
Lady in cafeteria: Helena McCarthy
Shop assistant: Steve Halliwell
Hill farmer: Dave Hill
Hill farmer's wife: Jane Wood
Casualty officer: Subash Singh Pall

: Blanche

Ligia Branice
Walerian Borowczyk brings the passions and cruelties of the Middle
Ages into sharp focus against a beautiful visual re-creation of the period.
In a castle in 13th-century France, the baron and his virtuous young wife Blanche, prepare to receive their king. The reception is a success but the favourable impression
Blanche makes on the king is the first link in a tragic chain of events.
From the romantic novel Mazeppa by Juliusz Slowacki
(In French with English subtitles) 0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Ligia Branice
Unknown: Walerian Borowczyk
Unknown: Juliusz Slowacki
Blanche: Ugia Branice
Nicolas: Lawrence Trimble
King: Georges Wilson
Baron: Michel Simon
Bartolomeo: Jacques Perrin
Lady Harcourt: Denise Peronne

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