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: BBC Select

5.30 IRSF - the Merger Inquiry

5.45-6.00 TUTV - Trade Union Television

: Open University

6.20 The Changing Face of Poverty

6.45 Questions of Sovereignty

7.35 Population Transition in Italy

: Ginger Rogers in Carefree

Musical, part of a short season of films showing as a tribute to Ginger Rogers who died last month.
Also starring Fred Astaire.

Lawyer Stephen Arden is worried because his fiancee Amanda Cooper keeps postponing their wedding day. So he arranges for her to see a psychiatrist.

(Ginger Rogers also stars in "Swing Time" at 12.45pm)
(Film Reviews pages 48-58)


Director: Mark Sandrich
Tony Flagg: Fred Astaire
Amanda Cooper: Ginger Rogers
Stephen Arden: Ralph Bellamy
Aunt Cora: Luella Gear
Connors: Jack Carson

: Pastor Hall

Wardrama introduced by film director Alex Cox.
A German pastor stands up against me tactics ottne Nazis ana is imprisoned in a concentration camp. But he escapes to give one last sermon.
The British censortried to stop this anti-Nazi movie being made while Chamberlain negotiated with Hitler. Once war broke out, the script was viewed differently.
Director Roy Boulting (1940) B/W # FILM REVIEWS pages 48-58
Followed by Talking X's
Kate Hardie on Saturday Night Fever.


Director: Alex Cox.
Director: Roy Boulting
Unknown: Kate Hardie
Pastor Frederick Hall: Wilfrid Lawson
Christine: Hall Novapilbeam
General von Grotjahn: Seymour Hicks
Fritz Gerte: Marius Goring
Werner von Grotjahn: Brian Worth
HerrVeit: Percy Walsh

: Golf

Coverage of the PGA Championship at Wentworth, Surrey, comes from the West Course as contenders prepare for the final round. With Steve Rider.


Presenter: Steve Rider

: Grand Prix

Another chance to see highlights of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix from Monte Carlo.
(Shown yesterday at 11.30pm on BBC1)


Commentary: Murray Walker
Commentary: Jonathan Palmer
Commentary: Tony Jardine

: Ginger Rogers in Swing Time

Musical, continuing the short season of films showing as a tribute to the late Ginger Rogers
Also starring Fred Astaire
When" Lucky" Garnett is late for his wedding, the bride'sfatherforbidsthe marriage until the groom makes hisfortune.
Director George Stevens (1936)
♦ FILM REVIEWS pages 48-58


Unknown: Fred Astaire
Director: George Stevens
John Lucky Garnett: Fred Astaire
Penelope Penny Carrol: Ginger Rogers
DrCardetti, Pop: Victor Moore
Mabel Anderson: Helen Broderick
MrGordon: Eric Blore
Margaret Watson: Betty Furness

: Golf

Further action from the closing stages of the PGA Championship at Wentworth.


Commentary: Peter Alliss
Commentary: Alex Hay
Commentary: Dave Marr
Commentary: Mike Hughesdon

: Wildlife on Two: The Passing of the Buck

A rare glimpse of the most graceful of antelopes, the blackbuck, which once roamed India in thousands until Moghul Emperors coursed them with cheetahs, British sportsmen shot them for their horns and expanding human populations overran their grazing lands.


Narrator: David Attenborough
Producer: Pelham Aldrich Blake

: The BBC 100: EI Cid

The recently-restored version of the epic historical adventure, starring Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren

In the 11th century, Spain is a country divided between small Christian kingdoms and Moorish strongholds.
From the confusion of warring factions, there emerges an intrepid knight whose exploits earn him the name El Cid.
(Showing in widescreen format) (1961)
La Ronde is on Friday at 12.50am
Film Reviews pages 48-58


Director: Anthony Mann
Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar/El Cid: Charlton Heston
Chimene: Sophia Loren
King Alfonso: John Fraser
Count Ordonez: Raf Vallone
Queen Urraca: Genevi Eve Page
King Sancho: Gary Raymond
Ben Yussuf: Herbert Lom
Fanez: Massimo Serata
Moutamin: Douglas Wilmer
Al Kadir: Frank Thring
Count Arias: Hurd Hatfield
King Ferdinand: Ralph Truman
Count Gomez: Andrew Cruickshank
Don Diego: Michael Hordern
Don Martin: Christopher Rhodes
Bermudez: Carlo Giustini
King Ramirez: Gerard Tichy
Dolfos: Fausto Tozzi

: Forbidden Weekend

The final night of a weekend of films and programmes looking at aspects of censorship, controversy and taste.

8.30 Children of the Video
Most children aged between 8 and 11 have watched videos with 15 and 18 certificates, and the films have become part of their social lives, status and fantasies. This programme offers an insight into their viewing. See today's choices.
See Polly Toynbee: page 16

Followed by Talking X's
Actor Saskia Reeves on "Don't Look Now."

9.00 Empire of the Censors
The second of a two-part documentary about the history of British film censorship looks at the films that have faced problems since the 1970s, a decade in which there were storms over "A Clockwork Orange," "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Exorcist."
Film-makers including Bernardo Bertolucci, Oliver Stone and Steve Woolley talk about their battles with the censors over sex and violence.
Plus an examination of the video-nasty panic of the mid-eighties, which brought statutory censorship to Britain for the first time, and a look to the future in the age of the Internet. Presented by Richard E Grant.

Followed by Talking X's
Helen Chadwick on "Zorba the Greek."

10.00 Doing Rude Things
Angus Deayton introduces a light-hearted look at the stars and the impresarios of the soft porn sex films that have been made in Britain.
See today's choices.
Director Kristiene Clarke
Producer Mark Forstater

Followed by Talking X's
John Peel on "House of Wax."

10.50 Film premiere: The Devils
James Ferman, chairman of the British Board of Film Classification, introduces the first network television showing of Ken Russell's controversial study of politics, religion and sexuality in 17th-century France.
Starring Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave.
In the walled town of Loudun, Father Grandier falls in love with, and illicitly marries, Madeleine - much to the fury of Sister Jeanne, who accuses him of sorcery.
Showing in widescreen format. (1971)
Film Reviews pages 48-58
See Barry Norman : page 46

12.40-2.15am The Silence
Alex Cox introduces Ingmar Bergman's drama starring Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom
This sexually frank film was reluctantly cut by the censor, who was loath to tamper with the work of one of the world's greatest film-makers. In a north European hotel, a dying lesbian is sexually attracted to her promiscuous younger sister.
In Swedish with English subtitles. (1963)


Producer (Children of the Video): Julia Harrington
Speaker (Talking X's): Saskia Reeves
Presenter (Empire of the Censors): Richard E Grant
Interviewee (Empire of the Censors): Bernardo Bertolucci
Interviewee (Empire of the Censors): Oliver Stone
Interviewee (Empire of the Censors): Steve Woolley
Speaker (Talking X's): Helen Chadwick
Presenter (Doing Rude Things): Angus Deayton
Director (Doing Rude Things): Kristiene Clarke
Producer (Doing Rude Things): Mark Forstater
Speaker (Talking X's): John Peel
Presenter (The Devils): James Ferman
Director (The Devils): Ken Russell
Father Urbain Grandier: Oliver Reed
Sister Jeanne: Vanessa Redgrave
Baron de Laubardemont: Dudley Sutton
lbert: Max Adrian
Madeleine: Gemma Jones
Mignon: Murray Melvin
Father Barre: Michael Gothard
Philippe: Georgina Hale
Adam: Brian Murphy
Cardinal Richelieu: Christopher Logue
Louis XIII: Graham Armitage
Presenter: (The Silence)
Director (The Silence): Ingmar Bergman
Ester: Ingrid Thulin
Anna: Gunnel Lindblom
Johan: Jorgen Lindstrom
Hotel waiter: Haken Jahnberg
Restaurant waiter: Birger Malmsten
The seven dwarfs: The Eduardini

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