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: Weekend 24

News roundup, with Bill Turnbull and Julie Etchingham. Weather update at 8.25. (W)


Unknown: Bill Turnbull
Unknown: Julie Etchingham.

: Sister Kenny ****

Biographical drama about a nurse whose pioneering treatment of polio led her into conflict with the medical establishment. Review page 53.
Director Dudley Nichols (1946)


Director: Dudley Nichols
Elizabeth Kenny: Rosalind Russell
Dr McDonnell: Alexander Knox
Kevin Connors: Dean Jagger
Dr Brack: Philip Merivale

: See Hear on Saturday- Deaf News

Clara Ratcliffe presents the monthly news update for deaf people. With sign language and in-vision subtitles.
Repeated on Tuesday at 1.40am on BBC1 (W)


Unknown: Clara Ratcliffe

: See Hear on Saturday

A 20th-anniversary special edition that features three possible television series for the future, including Switch, a contemporary drama set in London, with Umesh Valjee , Bora Tukenmez and Ramon Woolfe. With sign language and in-vision subtitles.
Repeated on Tuesday at 12.55am on BBC1 (W) (W)


Unknown: Umesh Valjee
Unknown: Bora Tukenmez
Unknown: Ramon Woolfe.

: The Sky at Night

Patrick Moore , David Hughes and Mark Kidger compare notes on the Star of Bethlehem.
Shown last Sunday on BBC1 (S)


Unknown: Patrick Moore
Unknown: David Hughes
Unknown: Mark Kidger

: Stingray

The Cool Cave Man. Intrepid
Troy Tempest tries to prevent a radiation leak. (R) (S) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/cult

: Wildlife on Two

When the Fish Come In. How the Eulachon fish of Alaska brave predators to travel up riverto spawn. Narrated by David Attenborough. (R) (S)


Unknown: David Attenborough.

: Darling Llll ***

Spy drama, the first of today's Saturday Matinée films. Singer Lili Smith is the darling of British forces during the Rrst World War - -little do they know she is also a spy for the Germans. Review page 53.
Director Blake Edwards (1970, U)


Singer: Lili Smith
Director: Blake Edwards
Lili Smith: Julie Andrews
MajorWilliam Larrabee: Rock Hudson
Kurt von Ruger: Jeremy Kemp
TC: Lance Percival

: The Assassination Bureau ****

Black comedy concluding today's Saturday Matinée double bill. Europe, 1906: the Assassination Bureau is a secret society that kills only people who deserve it. Then a woman puts out a contract - for the head of the bureau.
Widescreen. Review page 53.
Director Basil Dearden (1969)


Director: Basil Dearden
Ivan Dragomiloff: Oliver Reed
Sonya Winter: Diana Rigg
Lord Bostwick: Telly Savalas
General von: Pinck Curtjurgens
Lucoville: Philippe Noiret
Weiss: Warren Mitchell


With Eva Cassidy, plus Nick Cave duetting with Kylie Minogue.
Shown last Wednesday (S) WEBSITE: [web address removed]

: Snooker

Live coverage from the Barbican Centre in York as the second semi-final gets underway. The match is played over the best of 17 frames and the difference between winning and losing is nearly £27, 000.
At this stage last year, John Higgins emerged triumphant against Scottish compatriot Stephen Hendry by 9-4, while Welshman Mark Williams ousted England's
Ronnie O'Sullivan by the same score. Presented by Hazel Irvine , with expert analysis from Steve Davis and John Parrott.
Producer Alison Witkover ; Executive producer Graham Fry (S) (W)


Unknown: John Higgins
Unknown: Stephen Hendry
Unknown: Mark Williams
Unknown: Ronnie O'Sullivan
Presented By: Hazel Irvine
Unknown: Steve Davis
Unknown: John Parrott.
Producer: Alison Witkover
Producer: Graham Fry

: What the Papers Say

Ed Doxx of The Express looks at how the newspapers have covered this week's major events.
Director Charles Kitchen ; Producer Christine Ruth (S) (W)


Unknown: Ed Doxx
Director: Charles Kitchen
Producer: Christine Ruth

: The Private Life of a Masterpiece

Second of two films on the stories behind famous artworks.
Michelangelo's David. It is one of art's most noted pieces, but it took failures by two sculptors before Michelangelo Buonarroti completed the work in the early 16th century. This documentary reveals the techniques Michelangelo used to re-create the human body so accurately on such a vast scale, and how contrasting interpretations view it as a symbol of either military might or of freedom.
Producer Paul Islwyn Thomas ; Executive producer Jeremy Bugler (S) (W) BBC BOOK: The Private Life of Masterpiece, by Monica Bohm-Duchen . is available in hardback from retailers, price 124.99


Unknown: Michelangelo Buonarroti
Producer: Paul Islwyn Thomas
Producer: Jeremy Bugler
Unknown: Monica Bohm-Duchen

: The Lesley Garrett Show

Matters of the heart have inspired countless composers and helped to forge many a famous love song. The nature of love is celebrated tonight by Garrett with memorable melodies from the likes of Leonard Bernstein and Andrew
Lloyd Webber , including her rendition of / Don't Know
How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar. She also teams up with Julius Drake for a performance of Benjamin Britten 's Funeral Blues. Guests include tenor Marcelo
Alvarez and stars from the West End theatre,
Alison Moyet , Issy van Randwyck and Josie Lawrence. Directors Rupert Edwards and Robin Lough
Producers Emma Cornish and Fiona Morris (S) (W)


Unknown: Leonard Bernstein
Unknown: Lloyd Webber
Unknown: Julius Drake
Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Alison Moyet
Unknown: Josie Lawrence.
Directors: Rupert Edwards
Directors: Robin Lough
Producers: Emma Cornish
Producers: Fiona Morris

: Snooker

Hazel Irvine and former world champions Steve Davis and John Parrot introduce live action from the concluding session of the second semi-final. Commentary by Clive Everton , Ray Edmonds , Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne.
Coverage of the final starts tomorrow at 2.10pm. (S) (W)


Unknown: Hazel Irvine
Unknown: Steve Davis
Unknown: John Parrot
Commentary By: Clive Everton
Commentary By: Ray Edmonds
Commentary By: Dennis Taylor
Commentary By: Willie Thorne.

: Music Box ****

Drama. When the father of Chicago lawyer Ann Talbot is accused of atrocities committed during the Second World War, she decides to defend him. She is determined to prove his innocence, but her investigations uncover disturbing evidence. Widescreen. Review page 53.
Director Costa-Gavras (1989, 15) (S) (W)


Unknown: Ann Talbot
Ann Talbot: Jessica Lange
Mike Laszlo: Armin Mueller-Stahl
Jack Burke: Frederic Forrest
Harry Talbot: Donald Moffat
Mikey: Talbot Lukashaas
Georgine Wheeler: Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Magda Zoldan: Mari Torocsik
Judge Erwin Silver: Js Block
Istvan Boday: Sol Frieder
Karchy Laszlo: Michael Rooker

: If.... ****

Allegorical drama. A student of revolution, Mick Travers is a rebellious sixth former at an authoritarian English public school where he and his friends are seen as a subversive element by the teachers and "whips". Then a particularly brutal caning triggers a violent showdown. Review page 53.
Directors Lindsay Anderson (1968. 15) (BW and Colour) (S)


Unknown: Mick Travers
Directors: Lindsay Anderson
Mick Travers: Malcolm McDowell
Johnny: David Wood
Wallace: Richard Warwick
The Girl: Christine Noonan
Bobby: Philips Rupertwebster
Rowntree: Robert Swann
Denson: Hugh Thomas
Denson: Hugh Thomas
Headmaster: Peter Jeffrey
Matron: Mona Washbourne
MrKemp: Arthur Lowe
History master: Graham Crowden
Chaplain: Geoffrey Chater
Markland: Charles Sturridge

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