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: English Towns

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire 'The appeal of Tewkesbury depends largely on local materials,' says
Alec Clifton-Taylor , '... the right materials in the right place.' In the 18th century, he observes, some houses had a Georgian facelift when brick became fashionable.
But in some instances, he warns, the brick is only skin deep, covering the original wood and Plaster construction. (R)
(Chichester, West Sussex, on New dear's Eve at 8.00am)
● VIDEO: price £9.99 from retailers ● CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Unknown: Alec Clifton-Taylor

: Wildlife Showcase

Tale of the Crayfish. A tale of fighting, courting and feeding on the sea floor for adult crayfish, while their larvae spend their lives adrift. ATVNZ production (R)

: Tarzan Triumphs

Johnny Weissmuller Johnny Sheffield
It's loincloth v military hardware when Tarzan takes on Nazi paratroopers who rudely shatter the tranquillity of a hidden jungle sanctuary.
Director William Thiele
● FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Johnny Weissmuller
Unknown: Johnny Sheffield
Director: William Thiele
Tarzan: Johnny Weissmuller
Boy: Johnny Sheffield
Zandra: Frances Gifford
Von Reichart: Stanley Ridge
Schmidt: Rex Williams
Sergeant: Sig Rumann
Patriarch: Pedro de Cordoba
Bausch: Philip van Zandt
Achmet: Stanley Brown

: Sports Review of the Year

Another chance to see how Radio Times and Fast
Forward readers cast their votes for Sports Personality of the Year. Who would succeed Nick Faldo as the favourite individual and Great Britain's Men's Athletic Squad as team of the year? Not forgetting Mike Tyson as Overseas
Personality? All the sports stories of 1990 are introduced from the Queen Elizabeth II
Conference Centre in London by Desmond Lynam and Steve Rider.
Producer Martin Hopkins Editor John Philips


Unknown: Nick Faldo
Unknown: Mike Tyson
Unknown: Desmond Lynam
Unknown: Steve Rider.
Producer: Martin Hopkins
Editor: John Philips

: The Honeymooners

Vintage American comedy. Pardon My Glove. Ralph paints himself into a corner when he comes home to discover a newly-decorated apartment and a mislaid glove.


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

: Tess

Nastassja Kinski Peter Firth
In the Wessex village of Marlott, impoverished farmer John Durbeyfield is surprised to discover that his family is the last of the noble line of d'Urbervilles.
His ambition leads him to send his beautiful 16-year-old daughter Tess to the wealthy landowner Alec d'Urberville, a sauve philanderer who desires her as his mistress. But poor Angel Clare 's intentions are more honourable.
This is a sumptuous and faithful adaptation of the famous tragic novel by Thomas Hardy about a woman who falls victim to the injustices and hypocrisy of Victorian rural life.
Director Roman Polanski 0 FILMS: pages 51-64 ● CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Unknown: Nastassja Kinski
Unknown: Peter Firth
Unknown: John Durbeyfield
Unknown: Angel Clare
Novel By: Thomas Hardy
Tess: Nastassja Kinski
Angel Clare: Peter Firth
Alec d'Urberville: Leigh Lawson
John Durbeyfield: John Collin
Mrs Durbeyfield: Rosemary Martin
Parson Tringham: Tony Church
Mrs d'Urberville: Sylvia Coleridge
Marian: Carolyn Pickles
Izz: Suzanna Hamilton
Retty: Caroline Embling
Mercy Chant: Arielle Dombasle
Reverend Mr Clare: David Markham
Mrs Clare: Pascale de Boysson
Vicar of Marlott: Richard Pearson
Dairyman Crick: Fred Bryant

: Beethoven Symphonies

Symphony No 7 in A, Op 92
The London Classical Players, conducted by Roger Norrington , continue their cycle of the Beethoven
Symphonies with the work which Wagner described as 'the apotheosis of the dance'. (Symphony No 8 tomorrow at 3.25pm)


Conducted By: Roger Norrington

: Lady in the Dark

A colourful and imaginative musical romance, starring Ginger Rogers Ray Milland
Dedicated fashion editor
Liza Elliot has little time for frivolous pleasures - an attitude the men in her life find hard to accept.
Director Mitchell Leisen
0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Liza Elliot
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Liza Elliot: Ginger Rogers
Charley Johnson: Ray Milland
Kendall Nesbitt: Warner Baxter
Randy Curtis: Jon Hall
Dr Brooks: Barry Sullivan
Russell Paxton: Mischa Auer
Maggie Grant: Mary Philips
Allison DuBois: Phyllis Brooks
Dr Carlton: Edward Fielding
Adams: Don Loper
Miss Parker: Mary Parker

: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: 3: The Origin of Quasars

After the Second World War, the development of radio astronomy led to the discovery of Quasars, the nuclei of galaxies that generate such immense luminosities. The 60s and 70s led to the revelation of pulsars and black holes, potentially the most powerful sources of energy in the Universe.
Professor Malcolm Longair explores what is known about these remarkable phenomena. (Fourth lecture on Wednesday at 5.00pm)


Unknown: Professor Malcolm Longair

: NewsView

Presented by Chris Lowe. Lynette Lithgow reviews the week. With subtitles for the hard-of-hearing.
Followed by Weatherview


Presented By: Chris Lowe.
Presented By: Lynette Lithgow

: Joyce Grenfell

With William Blezard at the piano.


Unknown: William Blezard

: When the Fire Burns

The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla
A portrait of Spain's greatest composer, exploring the sensuality of his music, contrasted with the austerity of his life. Archival film is interweaved with location filming in Spain and Argentina. With performances by Alicia de Larrocha ,
Teresa Berganza , Narciso Yepes , Nicanor Zabaleta and the Montreal Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit.
Director Larry Weinstein Producer Niv Fichman


Unknown: Alicia de Larrocha
Unknown: Teresa Berganza
Unknown: Narciso Yepes
Unknown: Nicanor Zabaleta
Conducted By: Charles Dutoit.
Director: Larry Weinstein

: ScreenPlay: August Saturday

Written by William Trevor. Starring Sorcha Cusack Tim Mclnnerny
Grania did something 15 years ago that brought her great happiness but also great pain. The events of that day have been a heavy secret to bear that, if discovered, would devastate those closest to her.
Producer Robert Cooper
Director Diarmuid Lawrence


Written By: William Trevor.
Unknown: Sorcha Cusack
Unknown: Tim McLnnerny
Producer: Robert Cooper
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Grania: Sorcha Cusack
Prendergast: Tim McInnerny
Desmond: Barry McGovern
Tom Grosbie: John Kavanagh
Trish Crosbie: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
Billie McGuinness: Peter Caffrey
Francie McGuinness: Martina Stanley
Ned Quilty: Bosco Hogan
Hazel Quilty: Rynagh O'Grady
Oliver Duddy: Tony Rohr
Mavis Duddy: Stephanie Fayerman
Angela: Maria McDermottroe
Hans: John Grillo
Una Carty Carroll: Brigid Erin Bates
Waterworks surveyor: Tom Hickey
Mary Ann Haddon: Fidelma O'Dowda
Kevy Haddon: Garvan McGrath
Judith: Karen O'Shea
Joe: Noel McGee
Nora: Carmel McDonnell

: A Life in Pieces

Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling (Peter Cook ) chooses his 12 Christmas gifts in company with Ludovic Kennedy. 4: Calling Birds


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

: Rab C Nesbitt's Seasonal Greet

A comedy by Ian Pattison. Starring Gregor Fisher
Govan's bandaged philosopher explains why the festive season makes him 'no-well'.
Director/Producer Colin Gilbert (R)


Comedy By: Ian Pattison.
Unknown: Gregor Fisher
Producer: Colin Gilbert
Rab C Nesbitt: Gregor Fisher
Mary Nesbitt: Elaine C Smith
Jamesie Cotter: Tony Roper
Gash: Andrew Fairlie
Burney: Eric Cullen
DSS clerk: Andy Gray
Andra: Brian Pettifer
George: Alex Norton
Dougie: Charlie Sim
Salvation Army lady: Mary Riggans
Window dresser: Gerard Kelly
Sheriff: Iain Cuthbertson
Old man in pub: Rikki Fulton
Trendy man: Jonathan Watson
Street entertainers: David McNiven
Street entertainers: Gerry Sadowitz
Street entertainers: Robert McGowan
Evangelist: Peter Capaldi
Shop assistant: Viv Lumsden
Policeman: Andy Cameron

: Chocolat

First showing on network television, starring Mireille Perrier
Isaach de Bankole
Memories of her childhood, and her friendship with a black servant, dominate Frances's return to the Cameroons.
Claire Denis 's accomplished first feature recalls her own early days in colonial Africa.
Soundtrack by Abdullah Ibrahim
(A French film with English subtitles) 0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Mireille Perrier
Unknown: Claire Denis
Unknown: Abdullah Ibrahim
Frances: Mireille Perrier
Protée: Isaach De Bankole
Aimeé: Giulia Boschi
Marc: François Cluzet
Luc: Jean-Claude Adeun
Machinard: Laurent Arnal
Prosper: Jean Bediebe
Courbassol: Jean-Quentin Chatelain
Mireille Machinard: Emmanuelle Chaulet
Boothby: Kenneth Cranham

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