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: Open University

6.40 Chemicals in the Home 4076485 7.05 Maths:
Trigonometric Formulas
7.30 Technology: The Best Laid
Plan and Bridging the Gap
8.20 Biology: Molluscs,
Mechanisms and Minds
8.45 An Historian at Work
9.10 Lake Ecology: The Blelham Tubes 9008992 9.35 Scientific
Experiments: Practically Speaking 3450973 10.00 Pilgrimage: The Shrine at Loreto 6312485 10.25 Death and Dying: One Fact, Many Facets 3597447 10.50 Art:
Feminist Strategies
11.15 Information Technology - A Revolution? 3468737 11.40
Education for All 4351263 12.05pm The Enlightenment: Reason and Progress 6768466 12.30
Manufacturing Materials: Engine Design 3050718 12.55 Modem Art: Paris and the Impressionists
5274553 1.20 Runningthe Country: Television and Technology
1.45 History of Technology: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow
2.10 Introduction to Psychology: Two Research Styles
2.35 Questions about Animal Behaviour

: Witness for the Prosecution

Billy Wilder 's screen adaptation of Agatha Christie 's celebrated courtroom drama starring Charles Laughton
The murder trial of Leonard
Vole brings to light some unexpected revelations. B/W
● SEE FILMS pages 37-42


Unknown: Billy Wilder
Unknown: Agatha Christie
Unknown: Charles Laughton
Sir Wilfrid Robarts: Charles Laughton
Leonard Vole: Tyrone Power
Christine Vole: Marlene Dietrich
Miss Plimsoll: Elsa Lanchester
Brogan Moore: John Williams
Mayhew: Henry Daniell
Carter: Ian Wolfe
Janet MacKenzie: Una O'Connor
Mr Meyers: Torin Thatcher
Judge: Francis Compton

: World Bowls

Midland Bank World Bowls championships from the Guild Hall, Preston. In today's pairs final, winners of the best of five sets take away £12,000.
Presented by Dougie Donnelly.
Television presentation Mike Adley


Presented By: Dougie Donnelly.
Unknown: Mike Adley

: Late Again

Highlights from last week's editions of The Late Show.

: Scrutiny

A report on the work of the Common's select committees.
Editor Geoffrey Sumner


Editor: Geoffrey Sumner

: News and Sport

With Moira Stuart.
Weather Rob McElwee


Unknown: Moira Stuart.
Unknown: Rob McElwee

: Sounds of the 70s

Vintage rock, pop and soul.
The Days I Knew Then. Glam, disco and plain old schmaltz were equally at home in the 70s mainstream, as were a startling array of costumes from satin trousers and bobble hats, to aluminium foil body-suits and boas. With performances from 10cc,the Carpenters, Abba, Sparks, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, David Essex , Wings, Kate Bush and Boney M. Producer Harriet Bakewell
Series producer David Jeffcock


Unknown: Steve Harley
Unknown: David Essex
Unknown: Kate Bush
Producer: Harriet Bakewell
Producer: David Jeffcock

: Birthnight Labour Pains

An evening of documentaries, poignant recollections, light-hearted features and comic sketches in celebration of birth.
Executive producers Jane Lush and Clare Paterson
From hereto maternity, mother of six Sue Arnold writes
In the intervals between this evening's programmes, women share the funny or moving stories of their labour. Among the well-known mothers featured are Birds of a Feather's, Linda Robson , The Clothes Show's Caryn Franklin and Food and Drink 's Jill Goolden.
Director Penny Woolcock


Producers: Jane Lush
Unknown: Clare Paterson
Unknown: Linda Robson
Unknown: Caryn Franklin
Unknown: Jill Goolden.
Director: Penny Woolcock

: Conceptions and Misconceptions

Do pregnant women really crave coal and does eating raw eggs provoke contractions? Thora Hird recalls some of these traditional ideas about pregnancy and asks "who's to say whether they're old wives tales or wise lore?"
Director Sandra Goldbacher


Unknown: Thora Hird
Director: Sandra Goldbacher

: A Labour of Love

A series of six documentaries exploring different aspects of birth and childcare during the first 50 years of this century. Making Babies. Stories of home births from the slum to the country house and the rigours of the strict Truby King method of infant care are illustrated by vivid first-person accounts of labour, including
91-year-old Ivy Summers , who had 12 babies. She says: "You didn't make a row because the kids was in the next room. I just used to grin and bear it."
Producer Steve Humphries
Executive producer Sam Organ
A Testimony production for BBCtv


Unknown: Ivy Summers
Producer: Steve Humphries
Producer: Sam Organ

: Wax After Birth

Ruby Wax returns to St Mary's Hospital in London to relive her birth experiences. The programme also shows extracts from a home video of her second pregnancy, revealing how hormone changes resulted in dangerous mood surges and a sex drive out of control.
Director Katie Pearson


Unknown: Ruby Wax
Director: Katie Pearson

: Special Deliveries

First of three visits to the delivery suite at Homerton Hospital, one of the busiest maternity units in London. Despite handling up to ten births a shift, for the midwives Lilly, Gwen, Julie and their colleagues every birth is different and every baby is a special delivery. Director Marilyn Gaunt
(Continued at 10.30pm)


Director: Marilyn Gaunt

: The American Way of Birth

Jessica Mitford , author of The American Way of Birth, looks at bizarre and disturbing aspects of birth in the USA - "where the bottom line is the dollar sign and birth is no exception" - from "empathy bellies" to tax-saving caesareans.
Director Steve Ruggi


Unknown: Jessica Mitford
Director: Steve Ruggi

: Born to Be Wild

David Attenborough plays midwife to the animal kingdom as an assortment of creatures demonstrate the extraordinary business of birth.
Director Sandra Goldbacher


Unknown: David Attenborough
Director: Sandra Goldbacher

: Special Deliveries

The second visit to Homerton
Hospital where an epidural eases the pain for one woman.
(Continued at 11.15pm)

: Robin Williams - Proud Father

A painfully funny sketch about a know-all father attempting to reassure some friends who are just about to have their first baby.

: It's Alright Darling, I'm Here

This examination of birth from a male perspective includes recent, real-life experiences of fatherhood and some archive film clips of worried fathers - from a terrified Michael Crawford to a petrified James Stewart.
Director Pat Holland


Unknown: Michael Crawford
Unknown: James Stewart.
Director: Pat Holland

: Special Deliveries

The last of this evening's visits to Homerton's maternity unit focuses on a woman who is determined not to have her baby at hospital.

: Rosemary's Baby

Roman Polanski's version of Ira Levin's macabre tale of devils and witchcraft in 1960s New York.
Starring Mia Farrow John Cassavetes
When Rosemary Woodhouse becomes pregnant, the flamboyant couple next door take a sinister interest in her.


Unknown: Mia Farrow
Unknown: John Cassavetes
Unknown: Rosemary Woodhouse
Rosemary Woodhouse: Mia Farrow
Guy Woodhouse: John Cassavetes
Minnie Castevet: Ruth Gordon
Roman Castevet: Sidney Blackmer
Hutch: Maurice Evans
Dr Sapirstein: Ralph Bellamy
Terry: Angela Dorian
Laura-Louise: Patsy Kelly

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