Insurance investigator Steve Hastings goes to
Mexico on the trail of jewel thieves. With William Lundigan. Director Robert Wise
A young stage-struck farm girl wants to become an actress. With
Anne Shirley. Look out for Lucille Ball. Network TV premiere. Director George Nicholls Jr
Charlie Chase acts badly on a blind date.
Director James Parrott
Laurel and Hardy tidy up after a party.
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How 7,000 people practise for the Hastings Musical Festival.
Should shipwrecks be salvaged for scrap or saved as historic monuments?
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Cooking with meat.
The pagan British have always had a midwinter festival.
Martin Duffy visits Florida.
The story of a black stallion on Dartmoor.
Popular word game. ● STEREO
From the Grand Hall, Olympia.
With Shyama Perera.
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 's "supermarionation" series. Give or Take a Million. One lucky boy wins a competition to spend Christmas Day with International Rescue. It's all part of a scheme to help a children's hospital, but two thieves may jeopardise the seasonal celebrations.
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Last in the festive cooking series. A plan of action to avoid last-minute culinary panics on Christmas Day.
Producer Jayne Owens
Recipe details on Ceefax page 617 ● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
● BBC BOOK: 12.95, from booksellers.
The last part of an actor's guide to acting. Starring Nigel Planer Awards. Nicholas Craig says he hates having to accept awards, because in so doing he deprives another actor. Craig dons black tie to share his fund of expertise on the subject, and offers "a few brief words" on successful lectern and dinner-table techniques.
Written by Christopher Douglas Director Charles Miller
Producer Caroline Wright
With Godfrey Hodgson of The Independent.
A Granada production for BBCtv
A Public Eye Special
Last in the series about the future of the family in Britain. Christmas is the highpoint of the family year, a reflection of its traditional values. But divorce, sexual freedom and the need to work are all part of a tapestry offerees that are changing the face of the family. Philosopher and writer Anne Kelleher asks if the growing quest for personal fulfilment can be reconciled with the demands of family life.
Peter Taylor chairs a special debate with families, politicians and historians.
Editor Nigel Chapman
The story of motor racing.
The Richest Prize. To win the Indianapolis 500 is an American dream. The drivers share over
$7 million for just one race. This year's winner,
Rick Mears , has won the richest prize in motor sport four times. He describes what it is like to drive round the famous track at speeds approaching 240mph. "You work all year to try and win this one," he says. The programme features some of the great races and spectacular crashes. With classic archive material, it evokes the most dangerous and exciting age of US motor racing, the Board Speedways of the 1920s. In these high-banked ovals, built of wooden planks, drivers of some of the earliest single-seaters, the Millers, risked all in pursuit of riches and the American National
Producer Michael Schooley
Executive producer Ivan Rendall A John Gau production for BBCtv ● STEREO
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● BBC BOOK: The Power and the Glory - a Century of Motor Racing, £17.95, from booksellers.
Second of a two-part series exploring the secret world of the international arms trade.
Money and Gunpowder
Once-menacing arsenals in eastern Europe are being abandoned and left to rust. As peace comes into political fashion, is the need for jobs still keeping the arms factories in business? Anthony Sampson discovers that converting factories from armaments to consumer goods is a far from painless process.
Alfred Nobel made his millions through manufacturing dynamite, yet he was powerfully drawn to pacifism; and the new idealistic government of Czechoslovakia has announced that its factories will stop making weapons and make tractors instead. So are peace and prosperity mutually exclusive? Japan's example challenges this conventional wisdom: it is constitutionally forbidden to export arms, yet is the world's most successful industrialised nation.
Producer David Wallace
Executive producer Peter Armstrong A Word Pictures production for BBCtv
Sue Cameron presents the stories behind the headlines.
Ian MacWhirter reports on the work of the watchdogs of Parliament, the select committees.
Producer Jenny Davies Editor Liz Holden
First showing on network television.
Starring Malcolm McDowell Charles Aznavour
A world-famous conductor returns to Italy after many years abroad. He is on the point of rehearsing Madam Butterfly when he breaks down. An old friend gradually discovers the reason for the conductor's trauma. During the war, while hiding from the Nazis, he had met Romauldi, an indifferent musician posing as a maestro. This led to a great friendship - and betrayal.
Screenplay/Director Manon Hansel ● FILMS: pages 55.64