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: Blockheads

Classic comedy starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy.

In 1917 Private Laurel is ordered to guard the post as Private Hardy and the platoon go "over the top". Twenty-one years later, Ollie reads a shocking headline of a soldier's heroism.
Can it be who he thinks it is?
See Films pages 59-72


Director: John G. Blystone
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy
Mr Gilbert: Billy Gilchrist
Mrs Gilbert: Patricia Ellis
Mrs Hardy: Minna Gombell

: Grand Prix

James Gamer
While competing in the Monaco Grand Prix, American Peter
Aron causes a crash in which his team mate Scott Stoddard is seriously injured. Sacked, Aron sets out to fight his way back to the top. This movie features some of the most thrilling Grand Prix sequences ever filmed.
Director John Frankenheimer
SEE FILMS pages 59-72


Unknown: James Gamer
Unknown: American Peter
Director: John Frankenheimer
Peter Aron: James Garner
Louise Frederickson: Eva Marie Saint
Jean-Pierre Sarti: Yves Montand
Scott Stoddard: Brian Bedford
hoYamura: Toshiro Mifune
Pat: Jessica Walter
Nino Barlini: Antonio Sabato
Lisa: Françoise Hardy
Jeff Jordan: Jack Watson

: Aspen - Colorado

A documentary by the acclaimed director
Frederick Wiseman which follows the antics of the rich and famous at
Aspen. Celebrities spend extravagant ski holidays there, while Wiseman records them and exposes another and more human side of the small town.


Unknown: Frederick Wiseman

: Ride'Em Cowboy

The first of two westerns this afternoon stars comedy duo
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
Duke and Willoughby go out


Unknown: Bud Abbott
Unknown: Lou Costello

: The Sky at Night

Patrick Moore explains the significance of a new telescope being set up in Chile.


Unknown: Patrick Moore

: Red River

The second of this afternoon's westerns stars James Amess
Bruce Boxleitner
Tom Dunson , an embittered cattleman, faces economic ruin unless he can shift his vast herd out of Texas, up the Chisholm Trail to market. He's joined by Matt Garth , an orphan he once took under his wing. But a gruelling 1,000-mile cattle drive inevitably brings the two strong, proud men into conflict.
Director Richard Michaels
SEE FILMS pages 59-72


Unknown: James Amess
Unknown: Bruce Boxleitner
Unknown: Tom Dunson
Unknown: Matt Garth
Director: Richard Michaels
Tom Dunson: James Arness
Matthew Garth: Bruce Boxleitner
Cherry Valance: Gregory Harrison
HoraceGroot: Ray Walston
JackByrd: Stan Shaw
Grogan: Ty Hardin
Melville: Robert Horton
Eli Pruitt: John Lupton

: Late Again

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

: News and Sport

With Moira Stuart
Weather Bill Giles


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: Weather Bill Giles

: The Official History of Hell

This A to Z compendium of TV's most diabolical moments was first shown as part of the TV Hell evening. Classic compilations include politicians such as Michael Heseltine and Kenneth Clarke stomping out of interviews, presenters David Dimbleby and Tracy MacLeod left high and dry on live television, and confessions from some top executives, producers and celebrities, including Michael Grade , Sir Denis Forman , Mark Shivas , Joan Bakewell and Humphrey Burton , who reveal their famous blunders. And there are gentle postmortems of legendary programmes such as The
Borgias, Churchill's People,
Triangle and Sin on Saturday. Producer Louis Heaton


Unknown: Michael Heseltine
Unknown: Kenneth Clarke
Presenters: David Dimbleby
Presenters: Tracy MacLeod
Unknown: Michael Grade
Unknown: Denis Forman
Unknown: Mark Shivas
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Humphrey Burton
Producer: Louis Heaton

: Painted Passions

Last of the daily programmes for Holy Week exploring the Passion story through art.
The Dead Christ. Paintings of the dead Christ pose a fundamental dilemma. How can artists hope to portray the reality of Christ's death given their audience's expectation of imminent resurrection?
Contributors are Sheila Cassidy and Margaret Bowker.
Producers Richard Curson Smith , Linda Zuck An Illuminations production for BBCtv


Unknown: Sheila Cassidy
Unknown: Margaret Bowker.
Producers: Richard Curson Smith
Producers: Linda Zuck

: Bookmark Philip Larkin

Concluding the two-part biography of the poet.
"What will survive of us is love." Since his death, Larkin's reputation has suffered. His Collected Letters and now biography have exposed aspects of his life he preferred to keep hidden. This film looks at his troubled relationship with women, the culmination of his best mature work and the tragic decline into silence, bitterness, illness and death from cancer, the fear of which had always haunted his life and his poetry. How far was the life sacrificed to the art? Has the revelation of the intimate details of living demeaned the poetry? With Bernard Hepton as the voice of Larkin and the poems read by the poet himself. Director Alan Lewens
Series editor Nigel Williams


Unknown: Bernard Hepton
Director: Alan Lewens
Editor: Nigel Williams

: Golf: the Masters

Live coverage of the third round from Augusta, Georgia. The tournament begins to take shape. In 1989 Nick Faldo shot 77 in the third round, but went on to win his first Masters
Greenjacket. Commentary by Peter Alliss , Bruce Critchley and Dave Marr. Introduced by Steve Rider.
As the golf is live, the next programme may be delayed.


Unknown: Nick Faldo
Commentary By: Peter Alliss
Commentary By: Bruce Critchley
Commentary By: Dave Marr.
Introduced By: Steve Rider.

: The Big Easy

Romantic thriller set in New Orleans, starring
Dennis Quaid Ellen Barkin
In the steamy city of hot music, and hotter food - the "Big Easy" - voodoo priests mix with mafia bosses and the odd bribe is all in a day's work for unconventionai cop Remy McSwain. But with a gang war threatening to blow the city apart, a new DA in the honest shape of Anne Osborne is a major problem.
Director Jim McBride
SEE FILMS pages 59-72


Unknown: Dennis Quaid
Unknown: Ellen Barkin
Unknown: Remy McSwain.
Unknown: Anne Osborne
Director: Jim McBride
Remy McSwan: Dennis Quaid
AnneOsbome: Ellen Barkin
JackKellom: Ned Beatty
Detective Dodge: Ebbe Roe Smith
Detective DeSoto: John Goodman
Detective McCabe: Lisa Jane Persky
Lamar: Charles Ludlam
Bobby: Thomas Obrien
Judge Noland: Honorable James Garrison
Judge Raskov: Carole Sutton

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