The first in a double bill of murder mysteries. Starring Edna May Oliver
When a murdertakes place on a seaplane ride to the island of Catalina, amateur sleuth Hildegarde Withers calls detective Oscar Pi perto solve the crime. Director Lloyd Corrigan (1935)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 44-49 ***
Comedy thriller, concluding the double bill of murder mysteries.
Starring Margaret Rutherford
When Miss Marple disagrees with her fellowjurors at a murdertrial, she decides to establish the accused's innocence.
Director George Pollock (1964. U)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 44-49
Sahera Chohan tests teams on their knowledge of Asian culture. Stereo. TO TAKE PART: please send an SAE to[address removed]
Music from a classical concert at
Symphony Hall in Birmingham to mark the golden jubilee of Indian and Pakistani independence. Including an interview with Ravi Shankar.
Young British Asians give vent to their opinions and concerns. Presented by Rajesh Mirchandani.
Steve Rider, Richard Simmonds and Fenella George report as the crews make preparations forthe 1,270-mile fourth-leg trekto Auckland, Stereo .............
Jack Higgins. The thriller writer recalls an important moment in his life
Barry Norman makes his 1997 selection. Shown last Monday BBC1 Stereo
Saturday Matinee western, directed by John Ford and starring
Richard Widmark , Carroll Baker
Starved close to extinction on a reservation, a Cheyenne tribe embarks on the trek back to its old homelands, a move that revives old hatreds. In widescreen format.
(1964. U) Stereo ♦ See Films: pages 44-49 ****
Captain Thomas Archer:
Captain Oscar Wessels:
Secretary of the Interior:
The Time to Die. A would-be killer plays a cat-and-mouse game with Simon Templar. First shown on ITV Repeat
Robin Page introduces the sheepdog-trialling series as it returns for its 21st run. The first heat, taking place at
Wildboarclough, Cheshire, features
Scottish competitors Bobby Dalziel , Neil Ross and Matthew MacNeish. With commentary and course explanation by GusDermody. Stereo Subtitled .. + See John Peel: page 7
Memories from the Top of the Pops archives, plus today's hits. Top of the Pops is on Friday at 7.30pm on BBC1
Dougie Donnelly introduces live coverage from the Lakeside
Country Club. Thirty-two players compete for prize money totalling £166,000 plus a bonus of £50,000 to the first playerto complete a nine-dart finish. Commentary by Tony Green.
Producer Mark Wilkin ; Executive producer Malcolm Kemp
With Jon Sopel. Subtitled
Weather David Lee .......
First of two films analysing the role of President Boris Yeltsin in the recent history of Russia.
Seizing the Throne. Recalling the power struggle between Yeltsin and the men who helped him get his job - vice president Alexander Rutskoi and Ruslan Khasbulatov, the scheming speaker of the parliament.
Many of Yeltsin's inner circle illuminate the dark dealings with their comments, along with George Bush and former US secretary of state James Baker. Presented by Bridget Kendall. See today's choices.
Director/Producer Paul Mitchell
Tsar Boris: the Yeltsin Years 7.00pm BBC2 The first programme in BBC correspondent Bridget Kendall's two-part report on the high politics and low plotting of Boris Yeltsin's Russia is a vivid and detailed account aptly called Seizing the Throne.
The story begins in 1991 when Yeltsin emerged as top man after helping to defeat a coup launched by Gorbachev's own ministers. What follows is the story of how he tightened his grip on power and survived the threat of civil war. Alongside numerous Russian politicians, contributors include ex-US president George Bush and his secretary of state James Baker and, providing a peep into the inner circle, Boris Yeltsin's bodyguard.
JayRaynerof The Observer looks overthe week's press. DirectorVernon Antcliffe; Producer
The fourth of seven programmes about renowned composers.
Genius, philanderer, thief, racist, hero - the most controversial composer in history was all of these. Leading academics and musical figures argue the case for Wagner while excerpts from his musical works are performed by the Prague Symphony
Orchestra and the Berlin State Opera. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. See today's choices. Director/Producer Kriss Rusmanis
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Sitcom about three London flatsharingtwentysomethings.
Shown yesterday Stereo Subtitled .
Second in a seven-part spoof documentary series.
RadioSilence. The team, facing a multi-million-pound lawsuit for the wrongful arrest of David Seaman , set up a drugs buy. Martin Kemp ............................. HIMSELF
Written, directed and produced by Dominic Anciano. Ray Burdis. HugoBlick
Kim Finch alias Boo-Boo:
Sgt Dominic deSade:
The Wire Man:
East Side Story
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin 's favourite film, which he viewed over 100 times, was the musical comedy Volga Volga, which told the story of a group of farm workers determined to prove themselves. His devotion is at least partly explained by the film's use of his favourite slogan - "Life is better, life is happier".
Dana Ranga 's film recalls the often strange and forgotten attempts by Soviet film-makers to match Hollywood's popular appeal by entertaining the socialist masses with pieces that choreographed workers' unstinting physical labours. Series editor Nicholas Fraser
The Secret Diary of Joseph Erber (Aged 12¾)
' The documentary series of personal video histories begins a four-part run with an insight into the life and thoughts of Joseph Erber, a child with a mild form of autism. Last year, he became the youngest composer everto have his work performed by the London Symphony
Orchestra. See today's choices. Producer Rachel Foster ; Executive producer Bob Long
Dougie Donnellywith highlights from tonight's first-round matches. Stereo................
' Black comedy starring Robert Morse
Arriving in California to visit his uncle, Dennis Barlowtakes ajob at a pet cemetery and is drawn into the weird world of morticians. Mr Starker .............................. LIBERACE
Director Tony Richardson (1965)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 44–49 ***
Followed by Weatherview
Sir Francis Hinsley: