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: The Last Days ofPompeii

Historical drama starring Preston Foster and Basil Rathbone. A young blacksmith is forced to become an amoral gladiator, with power and wealth his only aims. Director Ernest B Schoedsack (1935)
(BW) (S) Films: pp 70-75 ***


Unknown: Preston Foster
Unknown: Basil Rathbone.
Director: Ernest B Schoedsack

: Weekend 24

A roundup from News 24 with Jane Hill and Peter Dobbie , plus weather at 8.25. (W)


Unknown: Jane Hill
Unknown: Peter Dobbie

: Asian Vibe

Asad Ahmad showcases the best of Asian musical talent, including Apache Indian, Trickbaby and Safri Boys.


Unknown: Asad Ahmad

: Olympic Grandstand

Steve Rider and Sue Barker host live coverage of the men's hockey final. World champions
Australia were the pre-toumament favourites, especially given their home advantage. Commentary is by Nigel Starmer Smith and Karen Brown. (S) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/olympics


Unknown: Sue Barker
Unknown: Nigel Starmer Smith
Unknown: Karen Brown.

: See Hear on Saturday

This week's magazine show for deaf people sees another round of the quiz competition. Hosted by Lara Crooks. With sign language and in-vision subtitles. Repeated Wed 1.45am on BBC1 412 7

: Holiday Snaps

A visit to a rock 'n' roll weekend in Burnham-on-Sea.

: The Phil Silvers Show

Awol. Sergeant Bilko goes to Chicago to hunt for a missing soldier. (BW) (R) (S) Another episode Wednesday 12.30pm

: Robot Wars

Another round of battles between home-made, remote-controlled fighting machines.
Shown last Friday (S)

: Henry V

Classic historical drama, based on Shakespeare's play, directed by and starring
Laurence Olivier. Having won the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury for his claim to the throne of France, Henry prepares his army for invasion.
(1944, U) (S) Film of the Week: page 61 *****


Unknown: Laurence Olivier.
King Henry V: Laurence Olivier
Ancient Pistol: Robert Newton
Chorus: Leslie Banks
Princess Katharine: Renee Asherson
Fluellen: Esmond Knight
Constable of France: Leo Genn

: King Solomon's Mines

Today's Saturday Matinée is the period adventure based on the classic novel by H Rider
Haggard, starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger. Elizabeth Curtis and famous guide Allan Quatermain go on a perilous journey to find Elizabeth's husband who disappeared in Africa while seeking King Solomon's mines.
Directors Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton (1950, U) (S) Films: pp 70-75 ***


Unknown: Deborah Kerr
Unknown: Stewart Granger.
Unknown: Elizabeth Curtis
Unknown: Allan Quatermain
Directors: Compton Bennett
Directors: Andrew Marton
Elizabeth Curtis: Deborah Kerr
Allan Quartermain: Stewart Granger
John Goode: Richard Carlson
Van Brun: Hugo Haas


In the year when John Lennon would have been 60, his widow Yoko Ono introduces a string of his performances of some of his greatest hits, including Imagine, Instant Karma and Jealous Guy. Shown last Wednesday (S)


Unknown: John Lennon
Introduces: Yoko Ono

: The Irish Empire

Continuing the series exploring the history of Ireland and the migrations of its people.
Keeping the Faith. Tonight, a focus on the historical relationship between Protestants and Catholics, tracing the Irish religious divide as it evolved wherever the Irish went. The programme also examines how religion has changed its significance for the Irish people, with faith no longer the only badge of national identity but part of a rich mix that also includes music, arts and literature.
Director David Roberts : Series producer Ritchie Cogan (S) (W)


Director: David Roberts
Producer: Ritchie Cogan

: Correspondent

Thirsting for War. A film examining how Turkey's controversial project to dam the river Euphrates has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes.
Now the effects are spreading to neighbouring Syria and Iraq, which could lead to the first water war. See Choice.
Series producer Farah Durrani ; Editor Fiona Murch (S) (W)


Producer: Farah Durrani
Editor: Fiona Murch

: Meet the Ancestors

A rerun for the five-part series in which archaeology is used to shed light on history.
The Wolf Den. Julian Richards joins experts excavating 3,500-year-old remains of human burials and the first prehistoric footprint found in a British cave.
Series producer Ian Potts : Executive producer Caroline van den Brul
(R) (S)


Unknown: Wolf Den.
Unknown: Julian Richards
Producer: Ian Potts
Producer: Caroline van Den Brul

: A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Commencing an epic 16-part series, with seven episodes showing now and the other nine next spring.
Beginnings. This preface to the series describes how a nation was conceived by war, trade, religion and an infatuation with Rome. The series continues Wednesday at 9.30pm. Director/Executive producer Martin Davidson (S) (W) Repeated tomorrow at 11.35pm on BBC1
Programme of the week: p81; How we were made in Britain: p28 Free timeline: page 31; And now for the quick version: page 33 BBC PRODUCTS: book, price £25; video of episodes 1-7 available from 13 November. £29.99; audio cassette, £14.99. Website: www.bbc.co.uk/history


Producer: Martin Davidson

: Alfred the Great

Historical drama starring David Hemmings and Michael York. 871 AD, Wessex: with Danish invaders over-running the kingdoms of the east coast, cool-headed young prince Alfred proves himself an able military commander. However, he fares less well when he becomes king. Widescreen.
DirectorCliveDonner(1969) (S) Films: pp 70-75 ***


Unknown: David Hemmings
Unknown: Michael York.
Alfred: David Hemmings
Guthrum: Michael York
Aelhswith: Prunella Ransome
Asher: Colin Blakely
Athelstan: Julian Glover
Roger: Ian McKellen
Ethelred: Alan Dobie
Cedric: Christopher Timothy

: Storyvllle

Mobutu. For 32 years Mobutu Sese Seko ruled Zaire. He was one of the most sinister dictators of our time, instilling fear into his subjects and remorselessly plundering his country's wealth. Using interviews with Mobutu's associates as well as his enemies, this award-winning documentary examines both his crimes and the forces that made him.
Director Thierry Michel ; Series editor Nick Fraser (S) (W)


Unknown: Mobutu Sese Seko
Director: Thierry Michel
Editor: Nick Fraser

: Attachments

Another chance to see last Tuesday's opening episode of the drama about a group of young people struggling to develop their own internet company. Just Upgraded. Site owners Mike and Luce try to nail a deal. Episode written by Richard Zajdlic (R) (S) (W)


Written By: Richard Zajdlic

: The Whip Hand

Thriller. A journalist gets an unfriendly reception from the inhabitants of a small town, provoking his curiosity and leading him to uncover a sinister plot.
Director William Cameron Menzies (1951) (BW) (S) Films: pp 70-75 ***


Director: William Cameron Menzies

: Trade Secrets

Tips from professional bakers.
Director EdwinaVardey (R) (S) Next episode tomorrow 8.50pm

: Olympic Grandstand

Hazel Irvine and Roger Black introduce the basketball men's final which is likely to provide the US "Dream
Team", which includes NBA players, with another gold.
Commentary is by Bob Ballard. Ends 5.00am.


Unknown: Roger Black
Unknown: Bob Ballard.

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