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: Weekend 24

News roundup, with Asad Ahmad and Sian Williams.
Weather update at 8.25.


Unknown: Asad Ahmad
Unknown: Sian Williams.

: Bodyguard ***

Crime thriller. A former Los
Angeles cop who takes a job
- protecting a widow from blackmailers is then framed for murder. Review page 55. Director Richard Fleischer


Director: Richard Fleischer

: World Cup 2002 Draw - Live

Live from Busan, South Korea, the draw to decide the groups for the opening stages of next year's football World Cup finals. Introduced by Ray Stubbs, with Mark Lawrenson and John Motson.


Presenter: Ray Stubbs
Co-presenter: Mark Lawrenson
Co-presenter: John Motson
Producer: James Irving
Editor: Andrew Clement

: See Hear on Saturday

Lara Crooks introduces a special programme looking at the work of the British Deaf History Society. With sign language and in-vision subtitles. Repeated on Tuesday at 12.50am on BBC1

: Home Front Tricks

Alison Pearce lends a fresh look to a bedroom.


Unknown: Alison Pearce

: Stingray

Tune of Danger. An enemy agent holds Troy Tempest hostage. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/cult

: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko Goes to Monte Carlo

Bilko's friends club together to bankroll his foolproof gambling system. (BW)

: Wildlife on Two

Nature's Neons. Bioluminescent creatures that create brillrant light spectacles, from Asia's mangrove swamps to the depths of the ocean.

: Black Narcissus """

Saturday Matinée classic drama. Five Anglo-Catholic nuns establish a school and hospital in a disused harem in the Himalayas. As they struggle to cope with their sensuous surroundings, the intrusive presence of the local English agent brings further disquiet.
Director Michael Powell , Emeric
Pressburger (1946,11) Film of the week: page 51


Director: Michael Powell
Sister Clodagh: Deborah Kerr
Dilip: Rai Sabu
Mr Dean: David Farrar
Sister Philippa: Flora Robson
General: Esmond Knight
Kanchi: Jean Simmons
Sister Ruth: Kathleen Byron

: Escape to Burma **

Adventure starring
Robert Ryan and Barbara Stanwyck. Gwen Moore successfully runs the plantation that she has inherited from her father.
But then a handsome stranger who is wanted for murder seeks refuge in her isolated home. Review page 55. Director Allan Dwan (1955, PG)


Unknown: Robert Ryan
Unknown: Barbara Stanwyck.
Unknown: Gwen Moore
Director: Allan Dwan


Another selection of archive rock and pop performances.
Shown last Wednesday The Top of the Pops Awards can be seen on BBC1 at 5.40pm
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/totp

: Day of the Evil Gun **

Western. A reformed gunslinger tries to rescue his wife and daughters from Apaches. Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Jerry Thorpe (1968. PG)


Director: Jerry Thorpe
Lorn Warfield: Glenn Ford
Captain Addis: John Anderson
Owen Forbes: Arthur Kennedy
Sgt Parker: Harry Dean Stanton
Jimmy Noble: Dean Jagger
Sheriff Kelso: Paul Fix

: What the Papers Say

Ann Leslie of the Daily Mail looks at the week's press. Director Charles Kitchen ; Producer Christine Ruth
Postponed from last Saturday


Unknown: Ann Leslie
Director: Charles Kitchen
Producer: Christine Ruth

: The Spying Dame

In her first ever TV interview, Dame Stella Rimington talks to Michael Cockerell about her rise through the security service, from starting out as a secretary to becoming the first female head of MI5. Family, friends and ex-opposite numbers in the KGB provide a portrait of a woman who juggled single parenthood with counter-espionage.
Producer Mark Dowd


Talks: Dame Stella Rimington
Unknown: Michael Cockerell
Producer: Mark Dowd

: The Lesley Garrett Show

Doncaster diva Lesley Garrett celebrates the relationship between classical and pop music in the second of six themed programmes. Guests include Ian Bostridge , Gary Magee , Carry On actress Patsy Rowland and club star Rozalla, while selected songs are such favourites as Summertime, The Wonder of You and I Dreamed a Dream.
Directors Rupert Edwards and Robin Lough
Producers Emma Cornish and Fiona Morris


Unknown: Lesley Garrett
Unknown: Ian Bostridge
Unknown: Gary Magee
Unknown: Patsy Rowland
Directors: Rupert Edwards
Directors: Robin Lough
Producers: Emma Cornish

: I Love Monty Python

A celebration of the classic comedy series comprising two documentaries, the group's debut film and Terry Gilliam's dystopian vision of the future, Brazil. Ends 2.10am.

It's ... the Monty Python Story
The surviving Pythons - John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam - discuss the roots of the series' bizarre humour. Devotees Robin Williams, Kevin Kline and Frank Skinner are among those paying tribute. Hosted by Eddie Izzard.
Producer Elaine Shepherd

10.05 Pythonland
Michael Palin revisits some of the locations featured in Monty Python's most popular sketches.
Producer Ralph Lee; Executive producer Alan Brown
BBC Radio Collection: the Spoken Word series of Monty Python's Flying Circus -audio cassette and CD available from retailers

10.25 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
**** Comedy. AD 932: King Arthur and his page are seeking knights to join the Round Table. But a more demanding task awaits them when God tells them of their quest to seek the Holy Grail. Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones (1975, 15)
The reel story behind ... : page 59

11.50 Brazil
Sci-fi fantasy set somewhere in the 20th century. Sam's flights of fantasy take him away from his drab job at the Ministry of Information. Then a mistake in the system drops Sam into a world of renegade plumbers, terrorists and torturers. Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Terry Gilliam (1985, 15)
Videoplus number for 9.15pm-2.10am (not PDC)
Barry Norman on Jonathan Pryce: page 56

BBC2 does the full Monty with an evening of fun and films celebrating comedy's groundbreaking Pythons.

I Love Monty Python
9.15pm BBC2

This particular night should perhaps be entitled I Love Repeated Monty Python Documentaries, as die-hard fans might recall that both It's... the Monty Python Story and Pythonland were first broadcast in 1999 to celebrate 30 years since the transmission of the first Monty Python's Flying Circus episode on BBC2.
But never mind, as these are very enjoyable repeats on a night that, it has to be said, is fairly unadventurous across all five main channels. The evening's highlight is Pythonland, Michael Palin's funny travelogue in which he returns to locations in suburban west London where the team filmed some of its most memorable sketches.
In those days the BBC was loath to pay for the boys to go anywhere too far-flung, so they had to make do with the backstreets of Shepherd's Bush and Ealing - a bus ride from the BBC TV Centre studios.
Thus Palin returns to those unremarkable suburbs where the team filmed the likes of the Gas Cooker sketch. Best of all, he revisits Teddington Lock, the site of one of the greatest-ever Python moments, the Fish Slapping Dance, when Palin was sent hurtling 20ft into the water after being hit by a large sea bass wielded by John Cleese. Aaah, you can't buy memories like that.
In the Eddie Izzard-hosted It's... the Monty Python Story, celebrity fans including Robin Williams, Kevin Kline and Steve Martin declare their love. The evening is rounded off by the funniest of the Python films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, followed by Terry Gilliam's comedy fantasy Brazil.


Presenter (Pythonland): Michael Palin
Presenter (It's... The Monty Python Story): Eddie Izzard
Actor: John Cleese
Actor: Eric Idle
Actor: Terry Jones
Actor: Graham Chapman
Actor/animator: Terry Gilliam
Interviewee: Kevin Kline
Interviewee: Frank Skinner
Presenter: Eddie Izzard
Producer: Elaine Shepherd
Producer: Ralph Lee
Producer: Alan Brown
King Arthur: Graham Chapman
Dennis' mother/Bedevere: Terry Jones
Black Knight/Lancelot: John Cleese
Patsy/Green Knight: Terry Gilliam
Dennis/Sir Galahad: Michael Palin
Sir Robin/Brother Maynard: Eric Idle
Witch: Connie Booth
Sam Lowry: Jonathan Pryce
Mr Kurtzmann: Ian Holm
Archibald Harry Tuttle: Robert de Niro
Mrs Ida Lowry: Katherine Helmond
Spoor: Bob Hoskins
Jack Lint: Michael Palin
Mr Warrenn: Ian Richardson

: Robot Wars Extreme

Plunderbird 5 and Sir Chromalot go head-to-head in the robot arena.
Shown yesterday and repeated tomorrow at 11.30am

: BBC Learning Zone

Repeats are not indicated. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone Secondary Schools 3.00 As Guru English

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