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: News, followed by: Tarzan's Desert Mystery

Starring Johnny Weissmuller
Travelling across the desert to find a life-saving herb, Tarzan is captured by enemy agents. Can he escape in time to save Connie, the vaudeville artist?
Director William Thiele
Films: pages 51-64


Director: William Thiele
Tarzan: Johnny Weissmuller
Boy: Johnny Sheffield
Connie Bryce: Nancy Kelly
Hendrix: Otto Kruger
Carl: Joseph Sawyer

: Les Girls

Gene Kelly , Mitzi Gaynor Ex-showgirl Lady Sybil Wren publishes her memoirs of performing with 'Barry Nichols and Les Girls' and is immediately sued for libel by her former colleague Angele.
Director George Cukor ● FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Mitzi Gaynor
Unknown: Lady Sybil Wren
Unknown: Barry Nichols
Director: George Cukor
Barry Nichols: Gene Kelly
Joy Henderson: Mitzi Gaynor
Lady Sybil Wren: Kay Kendall
Angele Ducros: Tania Elg
Pierre Ducros: Jacques Bergerac
Sir Gerald Wren: Leslie Phillips
Judge: Henry Daniell
Sir Percy: Patrick MacNee

: How Are the Kids?

A fable without words, set to music by Georges Delerue. Boy. In a school with only black teachers, Boy is the only white among a class of black pupils. He suffers all kinds of victimisation but he still has the support of his family. Written and directed by Jerry Lewis


Music By: Georges Delerue.
Directed By: Jerry Lewis

: Postman Pat

Animation. The farm is frozen over and Pat has to get his skates on to do his round. (R)

: The Unanswered Question

Leonard Bernstein at Harvard
The great American conductor and composer
Leonard Bernstein , died on 14 October 1990. As a tribute, BBC2 is repeating six historic lectures given by Bernstein at Harvard University in 1973. 3: Musical Semantics
Bernstein illustrates musical metaphors, puns, anagrams and other figures of speech and the programme ends with Beethoven's Symphony No 6 in F Major, the 'Pastoral', played by the Boston
Symphony Orchestra. (R)


Unknown: Leonard Bernstein
Unknown: Leonard Bernstein

: The Transformers

The last of three films about the art of teaching. Socrates for 6-Year-Olds
Matthew Lipman is an American philosopher who believes that conventional education is failing our children because it doesn't teach them how to think. His answer is a 'philosophy for children' programme in which students of all ages are given the powerful tools of logic, reason and ethics with which to stretch their minds. The programme shows the controversial philosophy at work in dramatically contrasting districts of New Jersey, USA - with 6-year-olds in a privileged garden suburb, and in a school where 98 per cent of the students are black and the surrounding streets echo day and night with police sirens. (R) 0 BOOKLET: accompanying the series from The Transformers. [address removed]


Unknown: Matthew Lipman

: The George Cross

Beyond the Call of Duty
The George Cross, probably the world's rarest medal for gallantry, is 50 years old this year. Some of its holders, including Second World War heroine Odette Hallowes , tell their stories, and Sir John Mills introduces highlights of a service of re-dedication held earlier this year at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Producer Michael Kerr


Unknown: Odette Hallowes
Introduces: Sir John Mills
Producer: Michael Kerr

: Rally Report 90

The story of the 1990 Lombard RAC Rally - four days of action, with top class drivers battling it out through tough forest stages in the north of England and the Scottish Borders. Presented by William Woollard ,
Alan Douglas , Tony Mason , and the Top Gear team.
Producer Tony Rayner
Editor Tom Ross


Presented By: William Woollard
Presented By: Alan Douglas
Presented By: Tony Mason
Producer: Tony Rayner
Editor: Tom Ross

: Cricket: Second Test

Australia v England.
Highlights of the third day's play in Melbourne.
Introduced by Richie Benaud. 0 VIDEOS: a selection of BBC cricket video tapes is available from retailers at £9.99 per tape, including:
The Ashes Victory in Australia,
(1986/87); On Top Down Under. 1987; The Ashes Regained 1985; Botham's Ashes, 1981; The Ashes 75, Lillees Clash with Steele.


Introduced By: Richie Benaud.

: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

The theme of this year's lectures is the origin and evolution of the universe.
2: The Birth of the Stars
Most of the visible light in the universe is starlight. What are stars? How are they born?
How do they generate their immense energy? How do they fade and die? Professor
Malcolm Longair probes deep into the regions where stars are forming, and examines their birth and violent death.
(Third lecture tomorrow at 5.25pm)


Unknown: Malcolm Longair

: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

First showing on network television, starring Pee-Wee Herman
The best bike in the world has been stolen, and owner
Pee-Wee is hopping mad, and prepared to endure any amount of wacky adventures, to get it back. These include a spooky encounter with a lady rejoicing in the name of 'Large Marge'. Pee- Wee Herman HIMSELF
Director Tim Burton
● FILMS: pages 51-64


Director: Tim Burton
Dottie: Elizabeth Daily
Francis: Mark Holton
Simone: Diane Salinger
Mickey: Judd Omen
Mario: Monte Landis
Chip: Damon Martin
Chuck: Daryl Roach
Sergeant Hunter: Starletta Dupois
Mr Buxton: Ed Herlihy
Amazing Larry: Lou Cuteu
Madam Ruby: Erica Yohn
Large Marge: Alice Nunn
Kevin Morton: Jason Hervey
'P W': James Broun
'Dottie': Morgan Fairchild

: Joyce Grenfell

One-woman performances by the comedienne and actress, first seen in 1972. With
William Blezard at the piano.


Unknown: William Blezard

: Arena: Lifepulse - a Natural Thriller

A spectacular musical celebration of life, capturing evolution in all its glorious diversity, and the rhythms of nature in all its beauty, delight, and horror.
From the raging furnace of volcanoes to frozen glaciers, deserts and humid rainforests, Lifepulse is a dramatic visual journey, starting in primeval chaos and ending with the rise of the primates and of man, who now threatens the environment that nurtured him.
A specially composed soundtrack by the Startled Insects is enhanced by the use of natural sounds.


Music: Startled Insects
Producer: Keenan Smart
Series Editor: Nigel Finch
Series Editor: Anthony Wall

: A Life in Pieces

Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling (Peter Cook ) chooses his 12 Christmas gifts in company with Ludovic Kennedy. 3: French Hens


Unknown: Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling
Unknown: Peter Cook
Unknown: Ludovic Kennedy.

: Pelle the Conqueror

First showing on network television, starring Max Von Sydow
Pelle Hvenegaard
Pelle and his father Lasse arrive in Denmark, expecting a land of plenty. But Lasse's pipe-dreams prove hollow and he and Pelle are reduced to slaving as farmhands, so the brave 9-year-old Pelle sets out to conquer the world.
The film features bravura performances from veteran actor Max Von Sydow and Pelle Hvenegaard as the father and son.
Bille August's direction won the film the Palme d'Or at
Cannes in 1988 and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
(A Danish film with English subtitles) 0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Max von Sydow
Unknown: Pelle Hvenegaard
Unknown: Max von Sydow
Unknown: Pelle Hvenegaard
Lasse Karlsson: Max von Sydow
Pelle Karlsson: Pelle Hvenegaard
Farm manager: Erik Paaske
Anna: Kristina Turnqvist
Trainee manager: Morten Jorgensen
MrKongstrup: Axel Strøbye
Mrs Kongstrup: Astrid Villaume
Erik: Bjørn Granath

: Classic Hitchcock: The Paradine Case

Gregory Peck Alida Valli
The beautiful Mrs Paradine has been accused of murdering her husband. Convinced of her innocence, barrister Anthony Keane finds himself completely infatuated with his mysterious client and is determined to save her from the gallows.
(Back and white)
● FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Alida Valli
Unknown: Mrs Paradine
Unknown: Anthony Keane
Anthony Keane: Gregory Peck
Maddalena Paradine: Alida Valli
Gay Keane: Ann Todd
Lord Horfield: Charles Laughton
Sir Simon Flaquer: Charles Coburn
Lady Horfield: Ethel Barrymore
Andre Latour: Louis Jourdan
Judy Flaquer: Joan Tetzel
Sir Joseph Farrell: Leo G Carroll

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