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A look at the world through European eyes.
Introduced this week by Olivier Todd with the help of the cameras of the European television networks.

Contributors

Presenter:
Olivier Todd
Associate Producer:
Geoffrey Baines
Producer:
Anthony Smith

An opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier, from the story by Herman Melville

Scene: On board H.M.S. Indomitable during the French wars of 1797.

[Starring] Peter Pears
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra, Leader, John Georgiadis
Conductor, Charles Mackerras

(Peter Glossop, Michael Langdon, David Kelly, Kenneth Macdonald, Dennis Wicks, Robert Bowman, Delme Bryn-Jones,Eric Garrett, Keith Raggett, and John Constable appear by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Charles Mackerras by arrangement with the Hamburg State Opera; David Bowman by arrangement with Sadler's Wells Opera Co.)

"...the finest achievement in Television opera yet mounted in this country." (The Sun)
"...on television the dramatic impact was even more overwhelming than on the stage." (The Times)
"...the screen was bursting with measured tension." (Daily Express)
"...I could detect nothing wrong with Basil Coleman's superb direction." (Daily Sketch)

There will be a short interval at 9.55

Contributors

Producer:
Cedric Messina
Director:
Basil Coleman
Composer:
Benjamin Britten
Libretto:
E.M. Forster
Libretto:
Eric Crozier
Musicians:
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
Charles Mackerras
Associate Conductor:
David Lloyd-Jones
Singers:
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Orchestra Leader:
John Georgiadis
Repetiteur:
John Constable
Designer:
Tony Abbott
Edward Fairfax Vere, Captain of H.M.S. Indomitable:
Peter Pears
Billy Budd, foretopman:
Peter Glossop
John Claggart, Master-at-Arms:
Michael Langdon
Mr. Redburn, First Lieutenant:
John Shirley-Quirk
Mr. Flint, Sailing Master:
Bryan Drake
Lieutenant Ratcliffe:
David Kelly
Red Whiskers, an impressed man:
Kenneth Macdonald
Donald, a sailor:
David Bowman
Dansker, an old seaman:
Dennis Wicks
The Novice:
Robert Tear
Squeak, a ship's corporal:
Robert Bowman
Bosun:
Delme Bryn-Jones
First Mate:
Eric Garrett
Second Mate:
Norman Lumsden
Maintop:
Nigel Rogers
The Novice's Friend:
Benjamin Luxon
Arthur Jones, an impressed man:
Keith Raggett
Midshipman:
Phillip Wait
Midshipman:
Richard Jones
Midshipman:
Alan Wolstencroft
Midshipman:
William Winder
Cabin boy:
Bernard Franeli (spoken part)

A last look around the world of television.
Criticism, Discussion, Diversion with Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Sheridan Morley and tonight's guests.
(Colour)

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Dean
Presenter:
Joan Bakewell
Presenter:
Tony Bilbow
Presenter:
Sheridan Morley

BBC Two England

About BBC Two

BBC Two is a lively channel of depth and substance, carrying a range of knowledge-building programming complemented by great drama, comedy and arts.

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