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: The Square Peg

Comedy starring Norman Wisdom

Drafted into the army, Norman Pitkin proves ruinously incompetent, especially when he is transported behind enemy lines.
(1958) (B/W)
See Films: pages 56-63


Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Norman Pitkin/General Schreiber: Norman Wisdom
Lesley Cartland: Honor Blackman
Mr Grimsdale: Edward Chapman
Sergeant Loder: Campbell Singer
Gretchen von Schmetterling: Hattie Jacques

: A Day at the Races

Wise-cracking comedy starring the Marx Brothers

The irrepressible Marx Brothers create mayhem when they decide to help a girl in financial trouble.
(1937) (B/W)
See Films: pages 56-63 ****


Director: Sam Wood
Dr Hugo Z Hackenbush: Groucho Marx
Tony: Chico Marx
Stuffy: Harpo Marx
Gil: Allan Jones
Judy: Maureen O'Sullivan
Mrs Upjohn: Margaret Dumont

: The Voyage of Charles Darwin: 6: In the Distant Future, Light Will Be Thrown on the Origin of Man....

Clues found on the Galapagos islands lead the naturalist to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Last in the series.


Charles Darwin: Malcolm Stoddard.
Captain FitzRoy: Andrew Burt
Dr Darwin: Iain Cuthbertson
Josiah Wedgwood: George Cole
Professor Henslow: Keith Smith
Samuel Wilberforce: Robert Stephens

: Solti Conducts: the World Orchestra for Peace

Last July Georg Solti conducted a hand-picked orchestra in a concert at the Victoria Hall in Geneva to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
Before a distinguished audience, the cream of the world's musicians, chosen from 45 orchestras representing five continents, played a selection of pieces chosen to symbolise the unifying power of music: Rossini's overture William Tell, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and the finale to Beethoven's opera Fidelio, for which Britain's London Voices choir supplied the chorus. Introduced by James Naughtie.


Presenter: James Naughtie
Conductor: Georg Solti
Singers: London Voices

: Darts

Live coverage from Frimley Green, Surrey, at the start of the week-long competition to decide this year's World Professional champion, with prize money of £150,000 on offer to the 32 players at the Lakeside Country Club. Top seed and reigning champion Richie Burnett features in one of today's four first round matches.
Hosted by Dougie Donnelly.


Presenter: Dougie Donnelly
Commentary: Tony Green
Executive Producer: Keith MacKenzie

: Ski Sunday Special

Ski-jumping from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, where the field is expected to include World Cup champion Andreas Goldberger, and downhill racing from Bormio in Italy. Hosted by Julian Tutt.


Presenter: Julian Tutt

: Coastermania

Rollercoasters have been thrilling people since ice slides appeared in Russia in the 16th century. In this study, on-board cameras capture the white-knuckle appeal of the rides and fanatics discuss their devotion, including one couple who exchanged marriage vows on the Grand National ride at Blackpool.

: Pavarotti and Domingo at the Met

Leadingtenors Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo star in a double bill from the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera House.
Recorded on the gala opening night of the 1994-95 season, the concert comprises two pieces exploringthe themes of love, jealousy and tragedy. Conductor James Levine.
II Tabarro
Giacomo Puccini's dark, evocative one-act opera, II Tabarro (The Cloak), is set in Paris on the banks of the Seine.
A bargee working on the river who suspects his young wife of infidelity tries to win back her love with reminders of their romantic past. But events cause his destructive, murderous jealousy to be unleashed.
Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo 's most famous piece, in a production designed by film director
Franco Zeffirelli. Clowns probes the powerful emotions aroused by marital betrayal, this time within an itinerant troupe of theatre performers travelling through southern Italy. A would-be lover, finding his amorous approaches repulsed, rushes to inform a cuckolded husband of shattering news he has just overheard. Tragically, life begins to imitate art in the play the group gathers to perform in a village.


Unknown: Leadingtenors Luciano Pavarotti
Unknown: Placido Domingo
Conductor: James Levine.
Unknown: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Unknown: Franco Zeffirelli.
Giorgetta: Teresa Stratas
Luigi: Placido Domingo
Michele: Juan Pons
Frugola: Florence Quivar
Nedda: Teresa Stratas
Canio: Luciano Pavarotti
Tonio: Juan Pons
Silvio: Dwayne Croft

: Burt Bacharach... This Is Now

The songs of composer Burt Bacharach have carved the veteran of easy listening a niche in music history and won him generations of admirers since, 40 years ago, Magic Moments sung by Perry Como became his first hit.
This documentary takes a look at the life and work of a prolific popular song writer who worked with stars such as Dusty Springfield - seen here singing The Look of Love - Dionne Warwick - who in another archive clip performs Walk On By, and Marlene Dietrich.
He won an Oscar for his work on the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, enjoyed stage success with Promises, Promises, and his catalogue of classics - including This Guy's in Love with You, Close to You and Say a Little Prayer - continues to influence contemporary music.
Narrated by Dusty Springfield, this film profile includes interviews with long-time songwriting partner Hal David, Richard Carpenter, Elvis Costello and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.


Subject: Burt Bacharach
Narrator: Dusty Springfield
Interviewee: Hal David
Interviewee: Richard Carpenter
Interviewee: Elvis Costello
Interviewee: Noel Gallagher
Producer: Frances Dickenson
Producer: Caz Gorham

: Another Foot in the Past: Dirty Boppers Go Home...

Jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton remembers the year 1947 when, in Birmingham Town Hall, his boogie-woogie music enlivened the austerity of the drab post-war era.
(Revised rpt) (Stereo)


Presenter: Humphrey Lyttelton
Producer: Diana Mansfield
Series Producer: Basil Comely

: Arena: The Burger and the King

The passion fans had for his music was matched only by the passion Elvis Presley had for his food. This documentary records his inexhaustible appetite for fast foods, the team he had working around the clock to satisfy his gastronomic excesses, and asks if over-indulgence may have contributed to his death at the age of 42.
See today's choices.
See John Peel: page 12


Director: James Marsh
Series Editor: Anthony Wall

: Grand Canyon

Drama starring Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Kevin Kline

Los Angeles, 1991. Transformed by unsettling events, the lives of a group of people are intertwined forever. The story begins with Mack, a white lawyer, lost in a black neighbourhood.
Showing in widescreen format. (1991)
See Films: pages 56-63 ****


Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Simon: Danny Glover
Davis: Steve Martin
Mack: Kevin Kline
Claire: Mary McDonnell
Dee: Mary-Louise Parker
Jane: Alfre Woodard
Roberto: Jeremy Sisto
Deborah: Tina Lifford
Otis: Patrick Malone

: Darts

Highlights of tonight's matches in the World Championship first round. Last year's finalist Raymond Barneveld is in action on the oche.

: BBC 100: The Days

Drama set in modern day China, starring Yu Hong, Liuxia Odong

Dong and Chun are artists, teaching in Beijing. Dong hopes to sell his work. Chun has hopes of emigrating to the US. As the balance of success tips either way, their relationship changes. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
(1993) (B/W)
See Films: pages 56-63 ***

(The BBC 100 season continues with Les Enfants du Paradis: Part 1 is on Wednesday at 12.20am)


Director: Wang Xiaoshuai
Chun: Yu Hong
Dong: Liuxia Odong
Friend in bar: Lou Ye
Narrator: Wang Xiaoshuai

: Weatherview

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