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: That's Entertainment!

A celebration of the golden age of MGM movie musicals.

(B/W and colour)
Film Reviews pages 47-70


Narrator: Fred Astaire.
Narrator: Bing Crosby
Narrator: Gene Kelly
Narrator: Peter Lawford
Narrator: Liza Minnelli
Narrator: Donald O'Connor
Narrator: Debbie Reynolds
Narrator: Mickey Rooney
Narrator: Frank Sinatra
Narrator: James Stewart
Narrator: Elizabeth Taylor.
Performer: Judy Garland
Performer: Esther Williams
Performer: Eleanor Powell
Performer: Clark Gable.
Director: Jack Haley Jr

: Doctor Dolittle

Family musical starring
Rex Harrison
Doctor Dolittle has abandoned his human practice to treat only animals, learning 500 animal dialects from a parrot and becomingthe proud possessor of a pushmi-pullyu! But his greatest ambition is to find the elusive great pink sea snail. Songs include Talk to the Animals and I've Never Seen Anything Like It.
Director Richard Fleischer ( 1 967) Subtitled.. * FILM REVIEWS pages 47-70


Unknown: Rex Harrison
Unknown: Doctor Dolittle
Director: Richard Fleischer
Doctor John Dolittle: Rex Harrison
Emma Fairfax: Samantha Eggar
Matthew Mugg: Anthony Newley
Albert Blossom: Richard Attenborough
General Bellowes: Peter Bull
Mrs Blossom: Muriel Landers

: Lara

When the young West Indian cricketer Brian Lara scored 375 runs against
England last April, he was hailed as the greatest ever batting talent. Within two months the first-class batting record had also been broken with an incredible runs. Ian Woolridge assesses this sportingphenomenon. Subtitled .


Unknown: Brian Lara
Unknown: Ian Woolridge

: D-Day Remembered

Fifty years ago 156,000 Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen crossed the Channel to free Nazi-occupied Europe. This summer, witnessed by HM the Queen, more than 15,000 made that same journey and veterans of that pilgrimage recall those two days in June. Introduced by John Tusa.


Introduced By: John Tusa.

: Going Underground

The Great Escapers. On 24 March 1944, 76 RAF PoWs escaped from Stalag Luft 3 through a tunnel called Harry. Within a fortnight 50 had been executed by the Gestapo. Set on the now overgrown site of the former prison camp, this is the real story of the breakout told, in the 50th anniversary year, by the tunnellers themselves. Rpt Stereo Subtitled.

: Tricks on Two

Celebrities watch magic tricks by talented British magicians.

: Hard Times

This new version of Charles Dickens 's novel has been adapted and directed by Oscar-nominated author Peter Barnes.
Set against the backdrop of Victorian industrialisation, the tragic lives of Tom and Louisa Gradgrind unfold within a loveless world, in which social and economic values are placed above human concerns.
Producer Richard Langridge First shown on Daytime on Two Stereo


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Peter Barnes.
Unknown: Louisa Gradgrind
Producer: Richard Langridge
Gradgrind: Bob Peck
Bounderby: Alan Bates
Mrs Sparse: Dilys Laye
Blackpool: Bill Paterson
Rachel: Harriet Walter
Louisa: Beatie Edney
Sissy: Emma Lewis
Tom: Christien Anholt
Harthouse: Richard E Grant
Bitzer: Alex Jennings

: Today's the Day Christmas Special

It's EastEnders v Emmerdale in this special edition as teams led by Wendy Richard and Malandra Burrows answer questions about Christmas Day in years gone by. Hosted by Martyn Lewis. Producer Henry Eagles ; Series producer
MarkRowland Stereo .....................


Unknown: Wendy Richard
Unknown: Malandra Burrows
Unknown: Martyn Lewis.
Producer: Henry Eagles

: The Carpenters at the BBC

With the cult of the Carpenters continuingto rival that of those other
70s stars Abba, here is another chance to see the Carpenters' debut BBC concert, recorded on their first British tour in September 1971. Hits include Close to You, Superstar and We've
Only Just Begun, together with the odd Beatles tune and a Bacharach/David medley. Karen's drumming and Richard's keyboards are supported by their five-piece touring band and an orchestra under Johnny Pearson.
Producer Stanley Dorfman .................


Unknown: Johnny Pearson.
Producer: Stanley Dorfman

: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

A compilation of highlights to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the anarchic comedy show which during the late 60s and early 70s won two Emmy awards and became a cult classic.
Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin it launched the careers of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and also featured Ruth Buzzi , Joanne Worley , Teresa Graves , Arte Johnson and British actress Judy Came. There are guest appearances by Sammy Davis Jr , Johnny Carson , Cher, Peter Sellers , Tony Curtis and Richard Nixon.


Unknown: Dan Rowan
Unknown: Dick Martin
Unknown: Lily Tomlin
Unknown: Ruth Buzzi
Unknown: Joanne Worley
Unknown: Teresa Graves
Unknown: Arte Johnson
Unknown: Sammy Davis Jr
Unknown: Johnny Carson
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Tony Curtis
Unknown: Richard Nixon.

: Aida

Elijah Moshinsky's new production of Verdi's popular masterpiece in four acts was premiered earlierthis year at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, starring the American soprano Cheryl Studer. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida tells the dramatic story of the captive princess who loves enemy general Radames, and of her rival
Amneris, the Egyptian king's daughter, who seeks to possess him. The tragedy unfolds against designer Michael Yeargan's dramatic settings. With the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Edward Downes.
Verdi - A Life in Two Parts begins on Holiday Tuesday at 5.00pm


Unknown: Elijah Moshinsky
Soprano: Cheryl Studer.
Designer: Michael Yeargan
Conducted By: Sir Edward Downes.
Producer: Stephany Marks
Director: Brian Large
Aida: Cheryl Studer (soprano)
Amneris: Luciana D'Intino (mezzo-Soprano)
Radames: Dennis O'Neill (tenor)
Amonasro: Alexandru Agache (baritone)
Ramfis: Robert Lloyd (bass)
King of Egypt: Mark Beesley (bass)

: The Queen

This afternoon's message, with signing for deaf people. Stereo

: Siren Spirits

A series of tales of magic and mystery begins with a double bill.
Bideshi. The true story of a strange and haunting premonition.
Written by Tanika Gupta ; Producer Penny Gold
Director Frances-Anne Solomon Stereo
And Memsahib Rita. A streetwise East
End girl is followed to herfather's sari shop by the local BNP boys. Then, out of the shadows, two very glamorous and mysterious women step forward to try to save her.
Next programme Thursday 29 December at 7.00pm Written by Kumari Salgado ; Producer Penny Gold Director Pratibha Parmar


Written By: Tanika Gupta
Producer: Penny Gold
Director: Frances-Anne Solomon
Director: Memsahib Rita.
Written By: Kumari Salgado
Producer: Penny Gold
Director: Pratibha Parmar
Ajoy: Roshan Seth
Rani: Yasmin Sidhwa
Joyoti: Archie Panjabi
Raja: Ronnie Jhutti
Ranjan: Badi Uzzaman
Shanti: Nishak Nayar
Rita: Jayne Boniface
Gamini: Kaleem Janjua
Unumma: Meera Syal
Film star: Sudha Bhuchar

: The Butcher's Wife

Bittersweet comedy romance starring
Demi Moore
Jeff Daniels
When a Greenwich Village butcher returns from a North Carolina fishing trip, he brings with him the most unexpected catch of all - a clairvoyant wife named Marina. She soon begins to have an uncanny influence on everyone in the neighbourhood.
DirectorTerry Hughes (1991)
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-70


Unknown: Demi Moore
Unknown: Jeff Daniels
Director: Terry Hughes
Marina: Demi Moore
Alex: Jeff Daniels
Leo: George Dzundza
Stella: Mary Steenburgen
Grace: Frances McDormand
Robyn: Margaret Colin
Eugene: Max Perlich
Gina: Miriam Margolyes
Molly: Helen Hanft
MrLiddle: Christopher Durang

: The Haunting

The season of ghost films continues with this psychological thriller starring
Julie Harris , Claire Bloom
Richard Johnson , Russ Tamblyn The infamous Hill House attracts a group of investigators determined to uncoverthe terrifying truth about the place. But as soon as they arrive, strange things start to happen.
Somethingfrom beyond the grave walks Hill House alone.
House on Haunted Hill is on Holiday Tuesday at
12.20am: Director Robert Wise (1963)


Unknown: Julie Harris
Unknown: Claire Bloom
Unknown: Richard Johnson
Unknown: Russ Tamblyn
Director: Robert Wise
Eleanor Vance: Julie Harris
Theodora: Claire Bloom
Dr John Markway: Richard Johnson
Luke Sanderson: Russ Tamblyn
Mrs Sanderson: Fay Compton
Mrs Dudley: Rosalie Crutchley
Grace Markway: Lois Maxwell
Mr Dudley: Valentine Dyall
Carrie Fredericks: Diane Clare

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