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: The Natural World

Benguela and the Burning Shore Africa's Nabib desert, where baking sand dunes tumble into an ocean cooled by an icy current called the Benguela, is home to an odd array of animals. They include fur seals, dancing lizards, beetles that bathe in fog and blind sand-swimming moles. On the shore, penguins mix with hyenas, jackals and antelope. (R) (S)

: The Bible

Concluding the two-part epic biblical drama, starring Ben Cross. Solomon (part 2). Even at his hour of triumph after building the temple, Solomon's heart is torn between love for the queen and duty to his country. His dilemma gives rise to a tragic legacy.


Unknown: Ben Cross.
Solomon: Ben Cross
Bathsheba: Anouk Aimee
David: Max Von Sydow
Queen of Sheba: Vivica A Fox
Abishag: Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Joab: David Suchet

: Angel and the Badman

Western, first in a double bill starring John Wayne.

Pursued by armed horsemen, wounded and exhausted, a lone rider is thrown by his mount near the Worth family ranch. He is Quirt Evans, one of the toughest, bravest men in the Wild West. The Worths are devout Quakers, and daughter Penny is the angel who makes it her mission to save Quirt's body and soul.
(1947, U) (BW) (S)
(The Fighting Kentuckian is at 11.05am)
Films: pp 66-74***


Director: James Edward Grant
Quirt Evans: John Wayne
Penny Worth: Gail Russell
Wistful McClintock: Harry Carey
Laredo Stevens: Bruce Cabot
Mrs Worth: Irene Rich
Randy McCall: Lee Dixon
Johnny Worth: Stephen Grant

: The Fighting Kentuckian

J Western adventure, concluding the John Wayne double bill.
After Napoleon's defeat at
Waterloo, many exiled French families settle in the wilds of Alabama. Kentucky rifleman
John Breen 's love for a French general's daughter leads him to defend the settlers against his romantic rival, Blake Randolph.
Director George Waggner (1949. U)
(BW) (S) Films: pp 66-74***


Unknown: John Wayne
Unknown: John Breen
Unknown: Blake Randolph.
Director: George Waggner
John Breen: John Wayne
Fleurette DeMarchand: Vera Ralston
Colonel Georges Geraud: Philip Dom
Willie Paine: Oliver Hardy
Ann Logan: Marie Windsor
Blake Randolph: John Howard

: World Snooker

Quarter-final places are at stake as Dougie Donnelly and David Vine introduce live coverage of the tenth day of the competition at Sheffield's Crucible theatre.
This time last year the quarter-final line-up was John Higginsv Stephen Lee , Mark Williams v
Ken Doherty , Ronnie O'Sullivan v John Parrott and Matthew Stevens v Stephen Hendry. Those who progress into the last four are guaranteed to take home a prize of at least £70,000.
Commentary by Ray Edmonds ,
Clive Everton , Jim Meadowcroft , John Parrott , Dennis Taylor , Willie Thorne , John Virgo. (S)


Unknown: David Vine
Unknown: John Higginsv
Unknown: Stephen Lee
Unknown: Mark Williams
Unknown: Ken Doherty
Unknown: Ronnie O'Sullivan
Unknown: John Parrott
Unknown: Matthew Stevens
Unknown: Stephen Hendry.
Commentary By: Ray Edmonds
Commentary By: Clive Everton
Commentary By: Jim Meadowcroft
Commentary By: John Parrott
Commentary By: Dennis Taylor
Commentary By: Willie Thorne
Commentary By: John Virgo.

: Gloriana, a Film

Opera North's acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten 's opera Gloriana, intercut with material filmed with a single camera onstage at Leeds Playhouse, behind-the-scenes footage and sequences shot on a studio stage.
The story centres on the relationship between Queen
Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Britten composed the opera, from biographer Lytton Strachey 's Elizabeth and Essex: a Tragic History, for Queen Elizabeth Il's coronation. Performed by the Chorus of Opera North and the English Northern
Philharmonia, and conducted by Paul Daniel. See Choice.
Director Phyllida Lloyd ; Producers Shaun Deeny. John Wyver (S) (W) Brian Kay: page 50


Composer: Benjamin Britten
Conductor: Paul Daniel
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Shaun Deeny
Producer: John Wyver
Queen Elizabeth I: Josephine Barstow (soprano)
Earl of Essex: Tom Randle (tenor)
Lord Mountjoy: David Ellis (baritone)
Penelope, Lady Rich: Susannah Glanville (soprano)
Frances, Countess of Essex: Emer McGilloway (mezzo-Soprano)
Sir Robert Cecil: Eric Roberts (baritone)
Sir Walter Raleigh: Clive Bayler (bass)
Henry Cuffe: Richard Whitehouse (baritone)
Lady-in-waiting: Hilary Jackson (soprano)
Master of ceremonies: Peter Bodenham (tenor)
City crier: Lain Patterson (bass)

: Lost Gods of Easter Island

David Attenborough turns detective and goes on a personal quest to discover the history of a simple, carved figure he bought during the eighties at an auction. Curiosity about the statue's provenance played on Attenborough's mind and he eventually set about tracing its story, ending up on Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. See Choice.
Director Kate Broome ; Executive producer Mike Gunton (S) (W) Happy Easter Island: page 22


Unknown: David Attenborough
Director: Kate Broome
Producer: Mike Gunton

: World Snooker

Continued coverage from the Crucible as the second round reaches its conclusion. By the end of tonight the quarter-final line-up will be complete. Big-name casualties at this juncture in 1999 included James Wattana , Alan McManus and former finalist Nigel Bond. Introduced by David Vine , with commentary from Ray Edmonds , Clive Everton , Jim Meadowcroft , John Parrott , Dennis Taylor ,
Willie Thome and John Virgo. (S)


Unknown: James Wattana
Unknown: Alan McManus
Unknown: Nigel Bond.
Introduced By: David Vine
Unknown: Ray Edmonds
Unknown: Clive Everton
Unknown: Jim Meadowcroft
Unknown: John Parrott
Unknown: Dennis Taylor
Unknown: Willie Thome
Unknown: John Virgo.

: The Last Command

Western starring Sterling Hayden. 1830: Jim Bowie returns to Texas to find the white settlers planning rebellion against the increasingly despotic General Santa Anna. When all attempts at reconciliation fail, Bowie joins the Texans and prepares to face the might of the Mexican army.
Director Frank Lloyd (1955. PG) (S) Rims: pp 66-74***


Unknown: Sterling Hayden.
Unknown: Jim Bowie
Unknown: General Santa Anna.
Director: Frank Lloyd
James Bowie: Sterling Hayden
Consuela: Anna Maria Alberghetti
William Travis: Richard Cartson
Davy Crockett: Arthur Hunnicutt
Mike Radin: Ernest Borgnine
Santa Anna: J Carrol Naish
Jeb Lacey: Ben Cooper
Lt Dickinson: John Russell
Mrs Dickinson: Virginia Grey
Evans: Jim Davis
Lorenzo de Quesada: Eduard Franz
Stephen Austin: Otto Kruger
Parson: Russell Simpson
Dr Sutherland: Roy Roberts
Abe: Slim Pickens
Sam Houston: Hugh Sanders

: Trade Secrets

Professionals reveal the tricks of their trade. Tonight, expert equestrians give tips on horse riding.
Director Stuart Everett : Producer Niall Fraser (R) (S)
Followed by When I Grow Up Young people from around the world discuss their views of the future. (S)


Director: Stuart Everett
Producer: Niall Fraser

: BBC Learning Zone

Repeats are not indicated.
Open University 12.30 Changes in Rural Society Piedmont and Sicily- how two different regions, which became part of a united Italy, evolved during the 19th century. (S) 17361 1.30 Classical Sculpture and the Enlightenment - Charles Townley 's collection illustrates 18th-century classical taste. (S)
Exam Revision 2.00 GCSE Bitesize Spanish -everyday experiences, plus aspects of personal and social life.
Languages 4.00 75th Anniversary - More French Gems - items from the seventies and eighties.
Working in Health and Care 5.00 Management and Business - advice on managing staff and running small concerns. Open University 6.00 Angelica Kauffman , RA - how the Swiss painter overcame prejudice against women and became a founder member of the Royal Academy. (S) 44748 6.30 Modem Art The Colonial Encounter - how African art has been displayed since the Paris World Fair of 1900. Ends 7.00am. (S)


Unknown: Charles Townley
Unknown: Angelica Kauffman

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