News roundup, with Asad Ahmad and Sian Williams.
Weather update at 8.25.
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
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.
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
Alison Pearce lends a fresh look to a bedroom.
Tune of Danger. An enemy agent holds Troy Tempest hostage. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/cult
Bilko's friends club together to bankroll his foolproof gambling system. (BW)
Nature's Neons. Bioluminescent creatures that create brillrant light spectacles, from Asia's mangrove swamps to the depths of the ocean.
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
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)
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
Western. A reformed gunslinger tries to rescue his wife and daughters from Apaches. Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Jerry Thorpe (1968. PG)
Ann Leslie of the Daily Mail looks at the week's press. Director Charles Kitchen ; Producer Christine Ruth
Postponed from last Saturday
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
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
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
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
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
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 (It's... The Monty Python Story):
Sir Robin/Brother Maynard:
Archibald Harry Tuttle:
Mrs Ida Lowry:
Plunderbird 5 and Sir Chromalot go head-to-head in the robot arena.
Shown yesterday and repeated tomorrow at 11.30am
Repeats are not indicated. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone Secondary Schools 3.00 As Guru English