6.00 Endgame by Samuel Beckett Repeat 53161663 7.35 Measuring the Earth and the Moon Repeat
A series of programmes from Open
University taking an area of life each week and exploring it from different perspectives. Islands of Life. What makes an island? Is it just a lump of rock? The science of islands is examined and explained.
Open Sunday is tomorrow at 7.25am.
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A documentary about the Waorani, an isolated group of Indians who live deep in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador.
Narrated by David Attenborough.
Followed by Classic Animal Tracks
A compilation of wildlife clips profiling the meerkat, set to the 1954 hit Mr Sandman.
Musical, starting a short season of Busby Berkeley-choreographed films, starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell
Talking pictures put musical-comedy producer Chester Kent out of work, so he thinks up a plan to recapture his fame.
(1933, U) Black and white
See Films: pages 50-53 ****
The latest film reviews, including "White Man's Burden" and "Fly Away Home", plus an interview with Daniel Day-Lewis on his role in Nicholas Hytner's "The Crucible".
(Shown last Monday on BBC1) (Stereo) (Subtitled)
Drama, the first in today's
Saturday Matinee double bill of films starring Paul Scofield
Also starring Helen Mirren
Scilly Isles , 1914: on the island of Bryher, youngsters Daniel and Gracie befriend a hermit known as the Birdman - a social outcast thought by villagers to be a magician. The Birdman PAUL SCOFIELD , Clemmie Jenkins HELEN MIRREN, Gracie Jenkins HELEN PEARCE. Daniel Pender MAX RENNIE. Will DAVIDSUCHET. Margaret Pender KERRA SPOWART. Mary Pender BARBARA EWING
Director Clive Rees (1989, U)................... * See Rims: pages 50-53 ***
Second World War spy drama, the second of today's Saturday
Matinée films featuring Paul Scofield
Starring Virginia McKenna
Young Violette 's life in London is barely affected by the war until she meets and marries a French officer. But he is soon killed in action, and she finds herself drawn into espionage work. Violette Szabo
VIRGINIA MCKENNA. Tony Fraser PAUL SCOFIELD . MrBushell JACK WARNER. Mrs Bushell
DENISE GREY. Etienne Szabo ALAIN SAURY
Director Lewis Gilbert (1958. PG)
Black and white..................................... * See Films: pages 50-53 ****
Hits from the Top of the Pops archives, plus today's chart sounds. Stereo.. Top of the Pops is on Friday at 7.30pm on BBC1
Continued live coverage of the Masters tournament from Wembley Conference Centre in London. If the seedings have proved correct and both men have managed to overcome their previous opponents, the second semi-final could include six-times champion Stephen Hendry and three-times runner-up John Parrott.
Other players in this half of the draw included Ronnie O'Sullivan ,
Jimmy White , Steve Davis , John Higgins , Alan McManus , Peter Ebdon and Ken Doherty. Introduced by David Vine.
Commentary from Ray Edmonds , Clive Everton , John Spencer , Dennis Taylor and John Virgo.
Directors Trevor Morris and John Watts
Presented by Chris Lowe. Subtitled
Weather Michael Fish
Oil and Terror
The discovery by petrol company BP of abundant oil supplies in Casanare, central Colombia, has transformed a tranquil backwater into a battleground. Guerrillas and paramilitaries are now engaged in a struggle to gain control of the region, and protection is in the hands of the Colombian army, one of the most notorious violators of human rights in the world. To compound matters, BP has been accused of stoking up the so-called dirty war.
Tonight's documentary examines the results of an investigation into these allegations, and talks to those involved in a conflict that has prompted international human rights groups to suspend military aid to Colombia.
Producer Giselle Portenier ; Editor Keith Bowers
Richard Ingrams , editor of the magazine The Oldie, peruses stories from this week's national newspapers.
Producer Brian Blake Stereo
Further green-baize action from
Wembley Conference Centre, as the second semi-final progresses.
Introduced by David Vine. Stereo.
The rerun of writer Johnny Speight's classic sitcom continues with an episode first shown in 1974.
The second instalment in a four-part dramatisation of Joseph Conrad's classic novel of politics and corruption.
Starring Colin Firth, Albert Finney, Serena Scott Thomas
Following the highly lucrative reopening of the San Tome mine, Charles Gould has become a very wealthy man. His affluence attracts the attention of President Ribiera's minister of war, General Montero, who later becomes the leader of Costaguana.
See today's choices.
BBC Video: a double video of Nostromo is available from retailers, price Â£19.99
Andrew Duncan interviews Colin Firth on page 14, and there's a chance to win a set of romantic videos, including Nostromo, on Competitions and Giveaways page
Nostromo 9.30pm BBC2
Like the cloying humidity of the climate, the corrupting silver is seeping into the very souls of the characters. One year on, the mine is a success, greatly enriching everybody except Emilia (Serena Scott Thomas) who believes, correctly, that Charles (Colin Firth) cares more for it than for her. The prosperous mine has also enriched the country but greed inflames a military coup. Charles brings rifles from France to protect the mine, including Antonia's love Martin Decoud (Lothaire Bluteau).
Charles thinks the only safe route is to ship the booty out to sea and only one man can be trusted with the cargo - Nostromo (the dashing but slightly wooden Claudio Amendola).
Based on the novel by:
Don Jose Avellanos:
The second semi-final in the Masters tournament at Wembley Conference
Centre reaches its climax. Introduced by David Vine. The first session of the final i s shown tomorrow at 2pm.
Silent drama, starring Ivan Mosjoukine
Premiered in 1931 in a censored version, Casanova - the story of the famous philanderer - has since been restored with some of the more risque scenes put back. The hand-tinted colour sequences of the carnival of Venice have been meticulously restored and there is a new score commissioned from Georges Delerue.
(1927) (Black and white, and tinted)
See Films: pages 50-53 ****
Followed by Weatherview
First lady in waiting: