In 1945 Arthur C. Clarke speculated that orbiting relay stations would one day bounce radio signals to and from the earth. At 2.44am on 11 July 1962 that prediction came true as the first live transatlantic pictures were received at Goonhilly via the Telstar satellite. And it was that event 25 years ago that started global communications. Tonight, direct from Goonhilly on The Lizard - where Marconi once experimented - John looks back at those early days, with the help of Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka. He also explores Goonhilly today with its ten huge aerial dishes and the unique local flora and fauna. Research KATHY FLOWER Producer PHIL HUGHES
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direct from the Westminster Central Hall
Kenneth Alwyn conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra leader MARTIN LOVEDAY
Friday Night's Star Singers Dorothy Ross and Curtis Watson with Margaret Phillips (organ) and the John McCarthy Singers
Introduced by Robin Boyle Producer DAVID RAYVERN ALLEN
The Peugeot Talbot Games at
Crystal Palace is always one of the highlights of the summer's athletics. This year Steve Cram - making his first major appearance of the year in Britain - tops the bill as he prepares to defend his 1500 metres title at the World
Championships in Rome.
IAN DARKE and BOB Phillips describe the action at London's first Grand Prix meeting of 1987. Producer JOHN EVANS
with Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket 7: Constant Dripping
There's always trouble of one sort or another when Dr Hinge's mother comes to stay at the Old Manse. Her recent visit was no exception....
With Jean Heywood as Maud and Sheila Keith as Maureen Written by GERALD FROW
Producer JOHN FAWCETT WILSON
finds out what Geordies have to be proud about.... and discovers how a little local detective work can uncover some surprises.
The headline competition sets another poser, Anna Morrell follows a trail through the nation's theatres and Frances Donnelly presents your paperback review.
This, plus great music, sets the scene for a perfect weekend. Producer STUART HOBDAY BBC Bristol
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