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: But First This on 2

With Simon Parkin, Philippa Forrester and Esther McVey.

7.25 Crystal Tipps and Alistair - cartoon

7.30 Hallo Spencer

7.55 Playdays - Why Bird Stop

8.15 Two by Two

8.30 Telling Tales - ancient stories with a modem message: The Jackal and the Lion (Stereo)

8.45 Babar - cartoon

9.10 Blood and Honey - stories from the Old Testament told by Tony Robinson: Saul bumps into a Witch (Stereo)

9.30 Defenders of the Earth - cartoon (Rpt. Teletext)

9.50 The Best of Blue Peter (Rpt. Teletext)

10.15 Thundercats - cartoon (Rpt. Stereo)

10.40 Strangers - drama mystery (Rpt. stereo)

11.05 Boxpops - new series of the music programme

11.45 The O Zone - chart news and views (Stereo)


Presenter ("But First This on 2"): Simon Parkin
Presenter ("But First This on 2"): Philippa Forrester
Presenter ("But First This on 2"): Esther McVey
("Blood and Honey") Told By: Tony Robinson

: Cartoon

The Wave. AJapanese animated folk tale.

: Oliver Twist

The streets of Dickensian
London are brought to life in this animated version of an orphan's struggles in a cold and heartless town.

: Julius Caesar

NEW To open BBC 2's Opera
Season, America's operatic provocateur, producer Peter Sellars , turns from controversially updating Mozart (Don Giovanni in Harlem,
Figaro in Manhattan, Cosifan tutte in a Cape Cod diner, seen on BBC2 last year) to setting Handel's Julius Caesar in the Middle East of today.
The power politics unravel at the poolside of an international hotel partially destroyed in a terrorist bomb attack. Sellars describes the work as "four hours of gradually deepening comedy, romance and intrigue" and the production includes three previously unheard arias, two of them discovered in London.
Music by George Frideric
Handel, libretto by Nicola Haym.
Dresden State Orchestra, conductor Craig Smith ● STEREO


Producer: Peter Sellars
Unknown: Don Giovanni
Unknown: Julius Caesar
Music By: George Frideric
Unknown: Nicola Haym.
Conductor: Craig Smith
Julius Caesar: Jeffrey Hall
Curio: Herman Hildebrand
Cornelia: Mary Westbrook-Geha
Sextus: Lorraine Hunt
Achillas: James Maddalena
Cleopatra: Susan Larson
Nirenus: Cheryl Cobb
Ptolemy: Drew Minter

: Rugby Special

Harlequins v Bath
Champions Bath travel to
London for the top Courage
League Division One match of the week. Introduced by Chris Rea , with commentary by Nigel Starmer-Smith .
Executive producer Johnnie Watherston


Introduced By: Chris Rea
Commentary By: Nigel Starmer-Smith
Producer: Johnnie Watherston

: Ski Sunday

A special programme featuring the non-alpine ski-ing disciplines represented in next month's winter Olympics: Nordic biathlon, ski-jumping and the new
Olympic discipline of moguls, together with demonstration events of freestyle ski-ing - ballet and aerials. Introduced by Anna Walker and Julian Tutt. Producer Mark Wilkin
Executive producer Jim Reside


Introduced By: Anna Walker
Introduced By: Julian Tutt.
Producer: Mark Wilkin
Producer: Jim Reside

: The Money Programme

Made in Britain
From the mocked-up boardroom of United Kingdom (Industry) pic, Janet Bush gives a guided tour of British industry to discover its current strengths and weaknesses. Editor David Nissan


Unknown: Janet Bush
Editor: David Nissan

: London International Boat Show

The newly enlarged Earls
Court becomes the country's most exclusive marina as Anna Walker
and Rob Curling explore the largest ever London Boat
Show. A mock-up of Guernsey's Castle Cornet forms the centre piece around which will be moored everything from sailboards to the very latest super-yachts.
Producer David Pickthall


Unknown: Anna Walker
Unknown: Rob Curling
Producer: David Pickthall

: Signs of the Times

A "through the keyhole" look at taste.
This five-part series is British TV's first nationwide survey of personal taste in the home. Over 2,000 people were interviewed before BBC cameras entered 50 homes to assess our perceptions of "good" and "bad" taste in everything from cuddly toys to duvet covers. "This film," says series producer and director Nicholas Barker , "is a public apology to my wife. Like most of the men in this film, I suffer from the incurable affliction of always wanting to have my own way when it comes to matters of taste."
Photographs from the series form the basis of the largest photographic exhibition ever mounted in Britain - displayed on thousands of bus shelter and London Underground sites. 1: Marie-Louise Collects Bric-a-Brac. A comedy of manners about couples with incompatible taste: Matt cannot abide Marie-Louise's large wooden pig in the living room, Liz hates Alec's duvet cover, and Sue has quietly removed Gary's mug tree. ● FEATURE: page 20


Director: Nicholas Barker

: Bird

First showing on network television for the biographical drama, directed by Clint Eastwood , about legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, starring Forest Whitaker
The story of a self-destructive genius whose off-stage demons led him into a life of infidelity, alcoholism, drug addiction - and a musical style that set jazz free. Parker's original solos were used on the soundtrack but the original accompaniments were stripped away and replaced with the work of modern musicians. Forest Whitaker recently starred in the cinema release A Rage in Harlem.
0 FILMS: pages 25-29


Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Charlie Parker: Forest Whitaker
Chan Richardson: Diane Venora
Red Rodney: Michael Zelniker
Dizzy Gillespie: Samuele Wright
Buster Franklin: Keith David
Brewster: Michael McGuire
Esteves: James Handy

: Darts

Embassy World Championship from the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green. ● STEREO

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