Comedy starring the Marx
Brothers. The irrepressible trio create mayhem when they decide to help a girl in financial trouble.
Director Sam Wood (1937 U)
(BW)(S) Rims: pp 52-60 ****
Dr Hugo Z Hackenbush:
3atirical comedy starring Dharlie Chaplin. A Jewish jarber in a Tomanian ehettn wakes from years of amnesia to find himself a subject of an ominous dictator called Hynkel. Jewish barber/Hynkel, dictator of Director Charles Chaplin (1940, U)
(BW) (S) films: pp 52-60 ****
Musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Two sailors on shore leave in Hollvwood find their lives changed forever when they meet a small boy and his beautiful aunt.
Director George Sidney (1945. U)
(S) Films: pp 52-60 ***
Action from Finland of round nine of the World Rally championship. Shown on Saturday at 4.15pm on BBC1
A series of themed programmes and films bringing back to life the days of Ancient Rome. Ends 10.40pm.
The Romans In Britain: Fact and Fable Documentary looking atthe Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. Historian Guy de la Bfedoyere pieces together how Britons reacted to the event, from the defiant stance of warrior queen Boadicea, to the ability of some to take advantage by quickly adapting to Roman ways. (R) (S)
2.30 Up Pompeii Classic comedy set in Ancient Rome starring
Frankie Howerd as the toga-clad family slave Lurcio. In this episode, Lurcio is sent to Britannicus against his will.
Written by Talbot Rothwell (R)
3.00 The Robe Religious drama starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons. Marcellus Gallio , a young Roman officer ordered to carry out Christ's crucifixion, wins Jesus's robe in a dice game. In the ensuing days, the garment seems to exert a strange influence. Widescreen
Director Henry Koster (1953, U)
(S) (W) Films: pp 52-60 ***
5.10 1 Caesar: Nero - the Power and the Madness During the course of his brutal and bloody 14-year reign, Nero murdered his mother, brother, both his wives and countless other relatives, as well as his political enemies. This programme profiles the infamous Roman emperor who, legend claims, played his fiddle while Rome burned for nine days in AD 64, and examines the outrageous events that characterised his life. (R) (S)
de la Bfedoyere
Continuing the day of Roman-themed programmes and films. Ends 10.40pm.
9 Spartacus Historical epic starring Kirk Douglas ,
Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis. 76 BC: born into slavery, the gladiator Spartacus longs for freedom and soon finds himself at the head of an army of slaves in revolt against the might of the Romans. Widescreen.
Directors Stanley Kubrick and [uncredited] Anthony Mann (1960, PG)
(S) (W) Rim of the Week: page 47 *****
Terry Jones investigates the truth of the Roman Games, uncovering what it took to be a gladiator and looking at why, to the noble ladies of Rome, these brave men were the rock stars of their day.
The programme also examines how the legacy of the games lives on in the great sports arenas of the 20th century and reveals why the Romans would be as shocked by our violent entertainments as we are by theirs. See Choice.
Executive producer Richard Denton ; Producer/Director Alan Ereira
(S) (W) ILLUSTRATED TRANSCRIPT: send a cheque for £3.95. payable to BSS. to: [address removed] Death match of the day: page 30
The Roman Way of War. No written documentation survives of Rome's last great military conquest, but the story of the epic battle against the peoples of Dacia is depicted in stone, carved into the extraordinary Trajan's Column which towers over Rome. Surviving for more than 19 centuries, the column's great height has made it all but impossible for anyone to inspect the illustrations. But now with modern technology it is possible to bring the fascinating story to a mass audience. Producer William Cran ; Editor Laurence Rees (R) (S)
Continuing the ten-part drama about twentysomethings on Glasgow's high-octane club scene. Life gets worse for Courts as he gets an unexpected visit. Meanwhile, Ryan's father can't accept his new lifestyle and Jack and Lex get a surprise after a frustrating night at the club. Contains strong language and adult material.
Repeated Friday at 12.55am (S) (W)
Trevor Nelson presents highlights from the final day of this year's Notting Hill Carnival, from the excitement on the streets to the action on the Radio 1 stage where legendary hip hop DJ Tim Westwood plays host. Plus Professor Heinz Wolff investigates the impact of the sound systems on mind, body and soul.
Director John Kirby ; Producers Angela Ferreira and Sue Walton
Followed by Forty Eight Preludes and Fugues Angela Hewitt plays Bach's Prelude and Fugue (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 No 18). (S) (W)
Repeats are not indicated. j
Open University 12.30 Art in Australia: Postmodernism and i Cultural Identity (S) 662521.30 The Publicity of Oxygen (S) Teenagers and Families 2.00 Today's Family 2 Languages 4.00 Italianissimo (parts 5-8)
Work Essentials 5.00 Mind Your Own Business
Open University 6.00 Chardin and the Still Life (S) 33252 6.30 Rag. Ends 7.00am. (S)