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: Open University

Repeats are not indicated.
6.00 Television to Call Our Own
6.30 Mexico City -Whose City?
7.00 A Formidable Foe
7.30 Getting It Right

: Weekend 24

David Robertson and Jane Hill present a news and sport roundup.


Presenter: David Robertson
Presenter: Jane Hill

: Personal Passions

Dr Paul Nurse , director-general of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, reveals his love of astronomy. Repeat


Unknown: Dr Paul Nurse

: Open Saturday

Islands of Life. David Goldblatt explores the characteristics and science of islands such as the Galapagos in the Pacific and the Greek island of Santorini.
Series producer Andrew Law Repeat .... FURTHER DETAILS: brochure hotline [number removed](calls charged at national rate); Ceefax: page 626; website: www.open.ac.uk/saturday


Unknown: David Goldblatt

: See Hear on Saturday

The magazine reflects on five years of the monthly American series Deaf Mosaic, and takes a look at how the programme is made. Presented by Lara Crooks . With signing and in-vision subtitles.... WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/see_hear


Presented By: Lara Crooks

: Reach for the Sky

Fact-based wartime drama, first in a Saturday Matinee triple bill which opens today's series of films marking the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.
Starring Kenneth More

After he suffers terrible injuries in a flying accident, pilot Douglas Bader draws on all his courage and determination as he begins an amazing recovery.
The History Zone - World War begins at 6.05pm.
(1956, U) (Black and white)
See Films: pp 48-52


Director: Lewis Gilbert
Douglas Bader: Kenneth More
Thelma Bader: Muriel Pavlow
Johnny Sanderson: Lyndon Brook
Stan Turner: Lee Patterson
Mr Joyce: Alexander Knox

: Raid on Rommel

This afternoon's Saturday
Matinée triple bill of Second World
War films continues with this drama.
Richard Burton Libya 1942: a British Army agent tries to liberate a PoW convoy and lead an attack on Rommel's gun positions atTobruk-a seemingly impossible task. Widescreen.
Director Henry Hathaway (1971.15)
Digital widescreen + See Films: pp 48-52 **


Unknown: Richard Burton
Director: Henry Hathaway
Captain Foster: Richard Burton
MacKenzie: John Colicos
Major Tarkington: Clinton Greyn
Vivi: Danielle de Metz
General Rommel: Wolfgang Preiss

: The Virginian: Say Goodbye to All That

An episode from the US western series.

A father forces his son to avenge a slight on the family's honour.

: The Man Who Never Was

Today's Saturday Matinée triple bill of war films concludes with this spy drama, starring Clifton Webb
1943: two army lieutenants plan an Allied invasion of Europe through Sicily.
Director Ronald Neame (1955) Subtitled. The Bndge on the River Kwai is at 8.10pm
* See Films: pp 48-52 **


Unknown: Clifton Webb
Director: Ronald Neame
Lt Cmdr Ewen Montagu: Clifton Webb
Lucy: Gloria Grahame
O'Reilly: Stephen Boyd
George Acres: Robert Flemyng
Pam: Josephine Griffin

: What the Papers Say

Sue Carroll of The Mirror casts an eye over the past week's headlines.

: The History Zone - World War II

Kirsty Wark introduces a night of programmes and films marking the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World
War. See today's choices. WEBSITE: [web address removed]

6.05 Defence of the Land
The first of tonight's three One Foot in the Past films looking at measures taken to repel a Nazi invasion of Britain. Kirsty Wark visits the remains of Suffolk's wartime coastal defences, and the rusting Maunsell sea forts in the Thames estuary. Defence of the People is at 6.50pm.
Directors Sam Hobkinson, Kate Scholefield Digital widescreen

6.15 The Evacuees
In September 1939, thousands of children from the cities were sent to live in the comparative safety of the country. For many of the children, it was an experience that would change their lives forever. This documentary charts the wartime experiences of three east London brothers evacuated to Wytham Abbey, near Oxford, to avoid Hitler's bombs. Frank, Jim and Bob Burns recall the time they spent living on the beautiful country estate, and reveal how they readjusted to tenement life in Poplar at the war's end.
Producer Jonathan Gili ; Executive producer Laurence Rees Repeat Subtitled.

6.50 Defence of the People
In the second of tonight's One Foot in the Past programmes, Dan Cruickshank reveals the social divisions that were created by the government's initial failure to provide ordinary people with effective shelters during the Blitz. Defence of the Art is at 8pm.
Digital widescreen

7.10 The Nazis - a Warning from History: The Wrong War
An episode from the documentary series charting the rise of Nazi Germany.
Perhaps surprisingly, Adolf Hitler was a great admirer of the British Empire. He was impressed by Britain's imperial rule over India and hoped to incorporate Russia into the Third Reich in a similar way. But by 1939 his vision of an Anglo-German alliance lay in ruins and he found himself at war with Britain. Director Tilman Remme ; Producer Laurence Rees Repeat Subtitled .....

8.00 Defence of the Art
Tonight's trilogy of One Foot in the Past features concludes with the story of what happened to the nation's art collection during the war. Dan Cruickshank reveals that as early as 1934 plans had been drawn up to stop the nation's art falling into Nazi hands.
Digital widescreen


Directors: Sam Hobkinson
Directors: Bob Burns
Producer: Jonathan Gili
Producer: Laurence Rees
Unknown: Dan Cruickshank
Unknown: Adolf Hitlerwas
Director: Tilman Remme
Producer: Laurence Rees
Unknown: Dan Cruickshank

: The Bridge on the River Kwai

Drama, continuing today's selection of Second World War films.
Starring William Holden
Alec Guinness , Jack Hawkins In a Japanese PoW camp in Burma, a disciplinarian army colonel clashes with a stubborn prison commander who receives orders to build a strategically important railroad bridge.
Director David Lean (1957. PG)
Stalag 17 at 11.40pm
* See Films: pp 48-52 ****


Unknown: William Holden
Unknown: Alec Guinness
Unknown: Jack Hawkins
Director: David Lean
Shears: William Holden
Colonel Nicholson: Alec Guinness
Major Warden: Jack Hawkins
Colonel Saito: Sessue Hayakawa
Major Clipton: James Donald
Lieutenant Joyce: Geoffrey Horne
Colonel Green: Andre Morell
Captain Reeves: Peter Williams
Major Hughes: John Boxer
Grogan: Percy Herbert

: Storyville: Photographer

Return of the periodic series that provides a showcase for a variety of international documentaries.
In 1987, 600 colour slides depicting scenes in a wartime Jewish ghetto in Poland, were found in a Vienna bookshop.
Polish director Dariusz Jablonski 's film uses these photographs - which were taken by the Nazi's chief accountant at the Lodz ghetto, a large and notorious work camp - to provide a chilling testimonial to one of the Second World War's darkest chapters. See today's choices. Series editor Nick Fraser


Director: Dariusz Jablonski
Editor: Nick Fraser

: Stalag 17

Today's selection of Second World War films concludes with this escape drama. Starring William Holden Don Taylor , Otto Preminger
When two American prisoners, attempting to escape from
Stalag 17, run into a German ambush, it becomes clear that one of the men in Barrack Four must be an informer.
Director Billy Wilder (1953. PG)
Black and white Subtitled ....
* See Rims: pp 48-52 **** Code for 6.05-1.45
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Unknown: William Holden
Unknown: Don Taylor
Director: Billy Wilder
Sefton: William Holden
Dunbar: Don Taylor
Oberst Von Scherbach: Otto Preminger
Stosh: Robert Strauss
Harry: Harvey Lembeck
Duke: Neville Brand
Hofty: Richard Erdman
Price: Peter Graves
Cookie: Gil Stratton Jr

: BBC Learning Zone

Sport and Fitness 2: tips and advice on jobs in sport..... WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/education

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