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: Open University

6.45 Science: Light in Search of a Model 4251952 7.10 Biology: A Tale of Two Cells 6715339 7.35
Geology: Minerals underthe Microscope

: Westminster

Parliamentary update.

: The Young in Heart

Comedy, starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Janet Gaynor, Paulette Goddard, Roland Young.

The Carletons are attractive, charming, and display a very good line in confidence tricks. Outwardly wealthy and inwardly penniless, they attach themselves to a rich old lady with the express intention of bleeding her dry. But the little old lady has charms of her own. This gentle and sentimental comedy features an all-star cast, but is stolen by Minnie Dupree as the ageing Miss Fortune.
See Films pages 35-40


Director: Richard Wallace
Richard Carleton: Douglas Fairbanks Jr
George-Ann Carleton: Janet Gaynor
Leslie: Paulette Goddard
Col Anthony Carleton: Roland Young
Mrs Carleton: Billie Burke
Duncan McCrae: Richard Carlson
Miss Fortune: Minnie Dupree
Mr Anstruther: Henry Stephenson
Adela Jennings: Margaret Early
Mr Jennings: Charles Halton
Sarah: Eily Malyon

: World Snooker

Embassy World Championship from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. This morning's session includes two newcomers to the Crucible, Derby's John Harvey Giles , who completes his match against tenth seed Steve James , and Brian Morgan of Essex, who plays the world No 5, Neal Foulds. Presented by Dougie Donnelly.


Unknown: John Harvey Giles
Unknown: Steve James
Unknown: Brian Morgan
Unknown: Neal Foulds.
Presented By: Dougie Donnelly.

: Just So Stories

Written by Rudyard Kipling. Today: How the Whale Got His Throat, narrated by Geoffrey Matthews.


Written By: Rudyard Kipling.
Unknown: Geoffrey Matthews.

: Orville and Cuddles

Cartoon. The twosome try to earn some money to buy a cake from the baker's.

: Betjeman in Australia

Pomp and Circumstance. In the second of four programmes, the late Sir John Betjeman concentrates on the grandiose public buildings of Melbourne and Sydney - such as the Houses of Parliament and the Anzac Memorial - and on what lies beyond.


Unknown: Sir John Betjeman

: News and Weather

Subtitled (news)
Followed by World Snooker
An update on the morning's play. Plus all the news and views in Snooker Break with David Vine , including a chance to enter today's phone-in quiz on [number removed] (calls cost 36p per minute cheap rate, 48p at all other times).


Unknown: David Vine

: News and Weather

Subtitled (news)
Westminster Live lain MacWhirter and John Cole present live coverage of the House of Commons, including Prime Minister's questions.


Unknown: John Cole

: News and Weather

Subtitled (news)
Regional News; Weather

: World Snooker

This afternoon's session features the conclusion of the match between Gary Wilkinson and Dean Reynolds. Terry Griffiths , 1979 World
Champion, plays David Roe.


Unknown: Gary Wilkinson
Unknown: Dean Reynolds.
Unknown: Terry Griffiths
Unknown: David Roe.

: Two Years before the Mast

Seafaring drama starring Alan Ladd
Boston in the 1830s: determined to expose brutal treatment in the merchant navy, Richard Dana sets sail on the Pilgrim, under the notorious Captain Thompson.
Director John Farrow
SEE FILMS pages 35-40


Unknown: Alan Ladd
Unknown: Richard Dana
Director: John Farrow
Charles Stewart: Alan Ladd
Richard Henry Dana: Brian Donlevy
Mr Amazeen: William Bendix
Captain Thompson: Howard Da Silva
Terence O'Feenaghty: Barry Fitzgerald
Maria Dominguez: Ester Fernandez
Brown: Albert Dekker
Mr Foster LUIS: Van Rooten

: Animation Now

Try Again and Succeed. Orson Welles narrates the story of a baby eagle determined to leave the security of the nest.


Unknown: Orson Welles

: Assignment

Blood on the Icons. As the Russian economy heads downhill, one trade flourishes - the illegal export of national treasures, especially religious icons. Private collectors have been burgled, galleries ransacked by gun-toting gangs, even detectives murdered.
Christopher Hope follows the bloody trail west talking to the ruthless criminals who mastermind the smuggling, the police increasingly powerless to stop it, and the western dealers who turn a blind eye. Producer John Drury
Editor John Morrison


Unknown: Christopher Hope
Producer: John Drury
Editor: John Morrison

: Secret Nature

Series exploring the wildlife of the English Channel.
Isles of Scilly. Just 25 miles from Land's End there's a surprising sub-tropical paradise, the Isles of Scilly, some of Britain's most remote inhabited islands. Free from frost and famed for their flower industry, the islands' wildlife is a wonderful mix of the common and exotic. Set in the dramatic isolation of the Atlantic, they are home for wandering seabirds and a birthplace for grey seals.
Series producer Andrew Cooper
An AC Wildlife production for BBCtv


Producer: Andrew Cooper

: World Snooker

Further coverage from
Sheffield. Only one overseas player (Cliff Thorburn ) has ever been World Champion, but many think this could be the year for Thailand's James Wattana , who again faces the opponent he beat 10-4 in last year's championship, Tony Jones.


Unknown: Cliff Thorburn
Unknown: James Wattana
Unknown: Tony Jones.

: 40 Minutes

Documentary series focusing primarily on Britain today.
Hostage. Liege, Belgium: one Saturday in September 1989, three men broke into the home of a bank manager, demanding that he open the bank vaults on Monday morning. Over the weekend the banker escaped, leaving his wife and two daughters hostage. This tense film, in French with English subtitles, follows the unfolding drama as the police surround the home and the gang leader makes his demands of the inspector in charge. Using their actual phone conversations and increasingly personal negotiations, it culminates in a brutal climax.
Director Andre Francois
Series editor Paul Watson


Director: Andre Francois
Editor: Paul Watson

: Newsnight

With Peter Snow.

: World Snooker

This evening's highlights include James Wattana playing his first session against the 1991 European Open
Champion, Tony Jones.


Unknown: James Wattana
Unknown: Tony Jones.

: Weatherview

: Pilgrimage

The Shrine at Loreto. This Holy House was one of 16th-century Europe's most important sites of pilgrimage.

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