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: The Fresh Painter

When Gil Lamb goes to a hypnotist to cure his fear of the dentist, the result is a painful experience for his father-in-law. An RKO short


Unknown: Gil Lamb

: Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

Johnny Weissmuller Johnny Sheffield
After a series of savage killings in the jungle, Tarzan uncovers a murderous tribe of 'Leopard Men' and their leader, the high priestess. Lea ACQUANETTA
Director Kurt Neumann
• FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Johnny Weissmuller
Unknown: Johnny Sheffield
Director: Kurt Neumann
Tarzan: Johnny Weissmuller
Boy: Johnny Sheffield
Jane: Brenda Joyce

: Murder Most Foul

Margaret Rutherford Ron Moody
When Miss Marple disagrees with her fellow jurors at a murder trial she decides that the only way to prove her point is to establish the man's innocence. Her investigations take her to a second-rate theatrical company where one of the cast is a murderer.
Director George Pollock
0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Margaret Rutherford
Unknown: Ron Moody
Director: George Pollock
Miss Marple: Margaret Rutherford
Driffold Cosgood: Ron Moody
Detective Inspector Craddock: Charles Tingwell
Justice Crosby: Andrew Cruickshank
Mrs Thomas: Megs Jenkins
Ralph Summers: Ralph Michael
Bill Hanson: James Bolam
Mr Stringer: Stringer Davis
Sheila Upward: Francesca Annis
Maureen Summers: Pauline Jameson
Eva McGonigall: Allison Seebohm
Theatrical agent: Dennis Price
PC Wells: Terry Scott

: How Are the Kids?

Carmelo. Set in a shanty town in Bogota in Colombia, this short drama reflects the reality of life for millions of children forced to live on their Wits. Carmelo gets involved with the drug mafia and kills the Minister for Justice in cold blood. Surrounded by armed police his short, tragic life comes back to him.
Written and directed by Ciro Duran


Directed By: Ciro Duran

: The Unanswered Question

Leonard Bernstein at
4: The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity. Bernstein continues to look at the nature of music through the romanticism of Berlioz, the magic of Wagner and the 'dreaminess' of Debussy. The programme includes the ball scene from Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz, the Prelude and Lovedeath from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, and Debussy's Prelude a l'après-midi d'un faune, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein , (R)


Unknown: Leonard Bernstein
Conducted By: Leonard Bernstein

: Pie In the Sky

An adventure for under-5s. The Pieman and Piewife return from the seaside to find the Piepilot waiting for the last songpie before his holiday! With Chloe Ashcroft ,
David Hargreaves and Ben Thmias , (R)


Unknown: Chloe Ashcroft
Unknown: David Hargreaves
Unknown: Ben Thmias

: News

Weather followed by See Hear!
The magazine programme for the deaf.

: Holiday Outings

Mexico. Bill Buckley reports on a package holiday to the Mexican resort of Acapulco.
Excursions include Taxco and Mexico City.
Series producer Patricia Houlihan

: Country File

Including a report on new food safety legislation which comes into force this week.
Presented by John Craven.


Presented By: John Craven.

: News, Weather followed by Songs of Praise

From Sheffield. Ian Gall visits Christ Church in the suburb of Fulwood and takes a ride in the Sheffield Good News van as it goes on its rounds.

: Master Craftsmen

The Glass Engraver.
Denis Mann 's work in glass is largely inspired by his surroundings - the cliffs and seashores of Caithness. His sculptures reflect the elemental forces of wind and sea on rock while his glass engraving demonstrates a subtle delicacy of line and form. This programme shows him at work and explores his relationship with his environment.
Producer Ken MacGregor (R)


Unknown: Denis Mann
Producer: Ken MacGregor

: Great Railway Journeys of the World

Three Miles High. The highest railroad in the world climbs the Peruvian Andes. Then it's the night steamer across Lake Titicaca. Journey's end was to have been La Paz , but it was not to be.
Introduced by Miles Kington . Producer Tony Morrison
Series producer Roger Laughton (R)


Unknown: Lake Titicaca.
Unknown: La Paz
Introduced By: Miles Kington
Producer: Tony Morrison
Producer: Roger Laughton

: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: 4: The Origin of the Galaxies

Astronomers believe that they understand the great cosmic cycle of the birth, life and death of stars. But Professor Malcolm Longair, Astronomer Royal of Scotland, explains that some great questions remain: how did the great gas clouds from which stars may form come about?
(Fifth lecture tomorrow at 4.30pm)


Unknown: Malcolm Longair

: Love Me Tender

Starring Elvis Presley Two years after the sensational success of his first record, Elvis made his film debut in this dramatic western. In the last days of the Civil War a Confederate troop hijacks a Union payroll.
Director Robert D Webb
0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Elvis Presley
Director: Robert D Webb
Clint: Elvis Presley
Vance: Richard Egan
Cathy: Debra Paget
Siringo: Robert Middleton

: Little Dorrit: Little Dorrit's Story

Starring Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Sarah Pickering
The second part of Christine Edzard 's critically acclaimed version of Dickens's masterpiece.
Born among the wretched hovels of the Marshalsea debtors' prison, Amy Dorrit's childhood is consumed by the responsibility of caring for her egocentric father and self-seeking family.
Film Booklet: price £2.95. Cheques made payable to BSS and sent to [address removed]
Films: pages 51-64
(Ceefax subtitles)


Based: on the novel by Charles Dickens
Director: Christine Edzard
Arthur Clennam: Derek Jacobi
William Dorrit: Alec Guinness
Little Dorrit: Sarah Pickering
Frederick Dorrit: Cyril Cusack
Mrs Clennam: Joan Greenwood
Flintwinch: Max Wall
Affery: Patricia Hayes
Flora Finching: Miriam Margolyes
MrPancks: Roshan Seth
Daniel Doyce: Edward Burnham
Fanny Dorrit: Amelda Brown
Tip Dorrit: Daniel Chatto
Mrs Merdle: Eleanor Bron
Mr Merdle: Michael Elphick
MrCasby: Bill Fraser
Mr Meagles: Roger Hammond
Minnie: Sophie Ward
Tite Barnacle: John Savident
Dr Haggage: Heathcote Williams
Mr Plornish: Christopher Whittingham
Mrs Plornish: Ruth Mitchell
Bob: Howard Goorney
Mrs Bangham: Liz Smith
Maggy: Pauline Quirke
Lord Decimus Barnacle: Robert Morley
Bishop: Alan Bennett

: A Life in Pieces

Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling (Peter Cook ) chooses his 12 Christmas gifts in conversation with Ludovic Kennedy.
8: Maids a-Milking


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

: Newsnight

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


Presenter: Peter Snow
Editor: Tim Gardam

: Weatherview

: Classic Hitchcock: The 39 Steps

Robert Donat
Madeleine Carroll
Hitchcock's 1935 version of John Buchan 's classic adventure story remains one of the most popular British films by the acknowledged master of suspense and mystery. Richard Hannay , pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit and by an international spy-ring for information he does not know, finds himself fleeing across the desolate Scottish moors - handcuffed to a beautiful blonde!
Screenplay by Alma Reville and Charles Bennett based on Producer Michael Balcon


Unknown: Robert Donat
Unknown: Madeleine Carroll
Unknown: John Buchan
Unknown: Richard Hannay
Play By: Alma Reville
Unknown: Charles Bennett
Producer: Michael Balcon
Hannay: Robert Donat
Pamela: Madeleine Carroll
Miss Smith: Lucie Mannheim
Professor Jordan: Godfrey Tearle
Crofter's wife: Peggy Ashcroft
Crofter: John Laurie
Mrs Jordan: Helen Haye
Sheriff: Frank Cellier
Memory: Wylie Watson

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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