What a Song and Dance!
London is the birthplace of the multi-million pound musical spectacular. West End shows like Cats, Miss
Saigon and Phantom of the Opera are unsurpassed successes. The latest extravaganza is Oliver!, which has already takenl 10 million in advance bookings at the box office.
However, there are fears that such shows threaten newtalent and kill off creative but less commercial productions.
Tonight, Janet Trewin asks whetherthe mega-musical is a monster hit or simply a monster? ..... REGIONAL PROGRAMMES: see variations below
Shown yesterday at 4.35pm on BBC1. (Stereo)
With Signing. Subtitled ...................9562202
Yesterday in Parliament...............4967738
Head and eye roll exercises. Rpt ..7021134
In the first programme of the series, Alwyn Crawshaw depicts Majorca...........8364283
Tony Warburton walks across the fells to
Ennerdale, Cumbria. Rpt ..............6707370
Presenter (Children's BBC):
Ann Sheridan , Robert Cummings
? Ronald Reagan
Two men, who have grown u p together in a small American town, rail in love with two very different women. But tragedy awaits both young men.
Director Sam Wood (1942) B/W * FILM REVIEWS pages 67-76
Presenter (Children's BBC):
Peasant cuisine in Slovakia
Steam railways in Austria, South Africa and England. Rpt ........................80078931
Comedy drama starring Carol Burnett.
Followed by Westminster with Nick Ross
Live coverage from Parliament.
Presenter (Westminster with Nick Ross):
News quiz with Martyn Lewis. Stereo ...979
Today's magazine from the BBC's
Disability Programmes Unit features a frank discussion on euthanasia, and meets disabled pilots who want to fly in the UK. Subtitled ....................................863
The series on decoration looks at the Gothic revival and how to get the most out of small rooms.
Word game with Paul Coia.
7 A cavalry desertertriesto make amends by leadinga wagon train safely through Indian country.
Director Lesley Selander (1954) ♦ FILM REVIEWS pages 67-76
Tycoons Anita Roddick and David Quale, formerly the "Q" in B and Q, talk to four young business people from the south as Southern Eye asks why small businesses have been failing to provide the growth and jobs the government hoped for. Reporter Russel Hayes.
Death Penalty/Capital Punishment? All international conventions outlaw the death penalty for a child who was under 18 when the offence was committed. Writer John Mortimer describes how these treaties are being fundamentally violated in the United States and other countries.
Repeated at 11.15pm Stereo Subtitled ..676660
Spoof drama series hosted by Robert Vaughn.
Tonight, a full-length adventure featuring the Searcher.
Someone is determined to kill rock 'n' roll superstar Darek Jones - and avenging biker the Searcher aims to intercept the would-be assassin.
Would James Bond approve of the new DB7? At Â£80,000 it is cheap for an Aston Martin , but it now has to compete with "mass-produced" luxury sports cars like the Porsche 928 and BMW 850 - cars which are not merely for special occasions but serious everyday transport. Jeremy Clarkson looks back at classic Aston Martin models and tests the new one.
Investigations into the paranormal starring David Duchovny Gillian Anderson
Gender Bender. Scully and Mulder investigate an unusual death: a businessman apparently died from an overdose of orgasmic delight. Yet an eye witness description of the possible perpetrator of the crime seems to indicate some sexual confusion. Stereo
Warren Mitchell stars as the infamous Alf Garnett in this special Christmas edition of Johnny Speight's classic comedy, first shown on Boxing Day 1972.
With guests from the then-current production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
See today's choices.
Followed by Video Nation Shorts (Subtitled)
With Kirsty Wark.
Continuing the series of highlights from last year's Arena Radio Night.
Tonight, the tragic story of a man who used radio to pretend he was circumnavigating the world while actually floating around the Falkland Islands. Pretence and isolation finally tooktheirtoll.
DirectorJill Evans ...............................
Andrew Neil hosts a review of the parliamentary day.
Presenter (The Midnight Hour):