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: Open University

6.00 Stressed Materials: Made without Flaw?

6.25 Organic Chemistry: Looking Glass World

6.50 A New Role for Men

7.15 16th-century Venice and Antwerp - the Cities Compared

7.40 Volcanic Iceland

8.05 Biological Barriers

8.30 What IS Music?

8.55 Crossing the Border: Images of England in the 1930s

9.20 The Developing World: Gender Matters

9.45 Stones for Building

10.10 Images of the Cosmos: Good Seeing Subtitled

10.35 Education and Society: Anti-Racist Maths

11.00 Statistics: the Census

11.25 Global Firms in the Industrialising East

11.50 The Chemistry of Almost Everything

: Hue and Cry

Ealing studios comedy, starring Alastair Sim, Harry Fowler
In London, a gang of East End lads discover their favourite comic is being used by crooks to pass coded information.
(1947) B/W
Great Expectations is at 1.55pm
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-56


Director: Charles Chrichton
Felix H Wilkinson: Alastair Sim
JoeKirby: Harry Fowler
Rhona: Valerie White
Jim Nightingale: Jack Warner
MrKirby: Frederick Piper
MrsKirby: Heather Delaine

: Migration Mystery Tour

Migration is one of the marvels of the bird world. But why do birds migrate, and what routes do they take?

: Great Expectations

David Lean's Oscar-winning adaptation of Dickens's classic novel, starring John Mills
The life of a poor orphan boy changes when he comes into a fortune from a secret benefactor, enabling him to move to London and become a gentleman.
(1946) B/W ...................................
The Life of Oharu is tomorrow at 12.50am
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-56


Based on the novel by: Charles Dickens
Director: David Lean
Pip (as an adult): John Mills
Estella (as an adult): Valerie Hobson
Joe Gargery: Bernard Miles
Jaggers: Francis L Sullivan
Miss Havisham: Martita Hunt
Abel Magwitch: Finlay Currie
Herbert Pocket: Alec Guinness
Wemmick: Ivor Barnard
Pip (as a child): Anthony Wager
Estella (as a child): Jean Simmons

: What the Papers Say

With Jim White of the lndependent.


Presenter: Jim White

: Scrutiny

The series focusing on the work of the Parliamentary Select Committees. Today, a look at the National Heritage Select Committee's inquiry into the exodus of British film talent to Hollywood. With Joanna Coles.


Presenter: Joanna Coles

: The Battle for Ideas

Fifth of a six-part series in which political gurus debate their ideas for the future. This week, former Pentagon adviser Edward Luttwak explains his views on global security. Joining him are the programme host, political commentator Andrew Marr, and Sir Charles Powell, defence adviser to Margaret Thatcher and John Major


Presenter: Andrew Marr
Speaker: Edward Luttwak
Guest: Sir Charles Powell

: TOTP 2

The best of Thursday's Top of the Pops and, from 1979, Kate Bush, Real Thing, Squeeze, and Gloria Gaynor 's number one hit, I Will Survive. Plus Bon Jovi's TOTP debut in 1986, with You Give Love a Bad Name.


Artist: Kate Bush
Artist: Gloria Gaynor
Artist: Bon Jovi
Artist: Squeeze
Artist: Real Thing
Producer: Ric Blaxill

: Crufts 95

A look back at some of the highlights of the annual dog show, held a week ago at the NEC, Birmingham, including more best of breed winners. A total of 160 breeds were entered in the gundog, working, hound, terrier, toy and utility groups. With Peter Purves, Jessica Holm and Mike Stockman.


Presenter: Peter Purves
Presenter: Jessica Holm
Presenter: Mike Stockman
Producer: Stephen Morris

: News and Sport

With Moira Stuart. Subtitled
Weather Bill Giles .....................


Unknown: Moira Stuart.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: Assignment Special: The Burial Grounds

The first of two programmes on the contamination caused by 50 years of nuclear weapons production.
Tonight Julian O'Halloran uncovers new evidence that staff who put safety first in America's nuclear weapons plants are still being victimised. He talks to workers who say they were terrorised for trying to sound the alarm, and others who claim they suffered illness as a result of safety breaches.
The Clinton administration has ordered an environmental clean-up at an estimated cost over 30 years of $200,000 million, but in many places decontamination is simply not possible. For example, at the Hanford Reservation in Washington state - where the plutonium for the Nagasaki atomic bomb was made in 1945 - hundreds of square miles of land and water, traditionally inhabited by native American tribes, are likely to remain tainted for thousands of years.
Atoms for War: next Saturday


Reporter: Julian O'Halloran
Producer: Martin Smith
Editor: Keith Bowers

: Bookmark: The Further Adventures of Don Quixote

In 1602 an impoverished Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes, sat down to write a spoof of the chivalric novels popular at the time. He created one of the greatest, saddest and funniest novels ever written. Don Quixote has since spawned a multitude of interpretations in other media, such as music, painting and films, and the characters of the idealistic, mournful knight and his faithful, good-natured companion Sancho Panza are known the world over.
Tonight's film is a playful celebration of this extraordinary novel. Bookmark travels "La Ruta del Quijote" in La Mancha and examines the Quixotic tourist industry. There are film clips ranging from Peter O'Toole in Man of La Mancha to Orson Welles's adaptation, left unfinished when he died. The late Fernando Rey's El Quijote, made for Spanish television, is juxtaposed with some of the 600 images from the Don Quixote museum in Mexico. With contributions from writers including Ben Okri, A.S. Byatt and Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes.


Interviewee: Ben Okri
Interviewee: A.S. Byatt
Interviewee: Carlos Fuentes
Producer: Mike Dibb
Series Editor: Roland Keating

: MGM: When the Lion Roars

Second of a three-part look at the largest and most lavish of all the Hollywood studios, showing as part of the Cinema Century season celebrating 100 years of cinema. Covering the late 30s and 40s, this episode illustrates how MGM moved from its great successes with such films as Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz to its hugely patriotic output during the war years. Presented by Patrick Stewart. See today's choices. Colour and B/W


Presenter: Patrick Stewart.

: Birdy

Continuingthe Hollywood Vietnam season of films is Alan Parker 's screen version of William Wharton's cult novel. Starring Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage
In a military mental hospital, a young man squats, withdrawn and silent.
Trying to revive him with reminiscences of their youth is his buddy, Al, a fellow casualty of the war in Vietnam. He recalls the simpler times, before the traumas of conflict turned their adolescent dreams into adult nightmares - the times before Birdy took his ultimate flight of fantasy.
(1984) Stereo Subtitled
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-56


Director: Alan Parker
Based on the novel by: William Wharton
Birdy: Matthew Modine
Al Columbato: Nicolas Cage
Dr Weiss: John Harkins
Mr Columbato: Sandy Baron
Hannah Rourke: Karen Young
Renaldi: Bruno Kirby
Mrs Prevost: Nancy Fish
Birdy's father: George Buck
Birdy's mother: Dolores Sage
Joe Sagessa: Robert L Ryan

: Later with Jools Holland

Continuing the selection of highlights from last year's two series. Tonight's show includes Suede, featuring songs from their second album "Dog Man Star", and reclusive American guitarist and song writer J.J. Cale, who wrote "Cocaine" and "After Midnight". Plus Terry Hall, formerly frontman of the Specials, Fun Boy Three and Colourfield, who is now forging a solo career; Senegal's crown prince of African music Youssou N'Dour, fronting his own 12-piece band; and Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon and her quartet playing tracks from their album "Out the Gap".


Presenter: Jools Holland
Musicians: Suede
Musician: J.J. Cale
Singer: Terry Hall
Musician: Youssou N'Dour
Musician: Sharon Shannon
Director: Janet Fraser Crook
Producer: Mark Cooper

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