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The Royal Institution, London, Annual Christmas Lectures to Young People
by Professor George Porter

Where does time flow from and where to? Has it a beginning and an end? Can time flow backwards? The celebrated Second Law of Thermodynamics states that as time flows forward things tend to become more disordered. With this rule as a guide, young travellers from the audience enter our Time Machine, to become Dr Who for a while, and discover whether we can reverse the flow of time.

Contributors

Lecturer:
Professor George Porter
Presented for television by:
Alan Sleath

With Gordon Wilkins and Judith Jackson.

In the week of the International Boat Show at Earls Court the Wheelbase team take to the water to investigate why so many British families retire to Malta to live on a yacht. Is the answer cheap moorings, warm sunshine in winter, and income tax at six-pence in the pound?
It is estimated that 35,000 yachts are now kept in the Mediterranean, and Malta has an £8-million plan to build a new marina at Valletta - complete with hotels, shops, and flats - to rival the sailing resorts of the French Riviera.

Contributors

Presenter:
Gordon Wilkins
Presenter:
Judith Jackson
Director:
Chris Berry
Associate Producer:
John Mills
Associate Producer:
Christopher Rainbow
Producer:
Brian Robins

by Stella Gibbons
Dramatised in three parts by David Turner
Starring Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Sarah Badel

Flora, helped by Reuben, has Planted the idea of a preaching tour in Amos's mind. On returning from Elfine and Richard's engagement party she finds the Starkadders' 'counting' unexpectedly in progress.

Contributors

Author:
Stella Gibbons
Dramatised by:
David Turner
Script Editor:
Lennox Phillips
Makeup:
Cherry Alston
Costumes:
June Wilson
Designer:
Raymond Cusick
Producer:
David Conroy
Director:
Peter Hammond
Aunt Ada Doom:
Fay Compton
Judith:
Rosalie Crutchley
Reuben:
Brian Blessed
Flora Poste:
Sarah Badel
Elfine:
Sharon Gurney
Seth:
Peter Egan
Urk:
Freddie Jones
Adam Lambsbreath:
Billy Russell
Mrs Agony Beetle:
Hazel Coppen
Meriam:
Charlotte Howard
Rennett:
Sheila Grant
Ezra:
John Baker
Harkaway:
Johnathan Bilson
Phoebe:
Joanna Dickens
Amos:
Alastair Sim
Mr Mybug:
Aubrey Morris
Earl P Neck:
Michael Balfour
Dr Adolf Mudel:
Freddie Jones
Richard Hawk-Monitor:
Timothy Carlton
Charles Fairford:
John Golightly
Narrator:
Joan Bakewell

This week's film in a series reflecting some of the finest work of many of Italy's famous and talented directors and artists stars Michele Cossu

A shepherd turns to banditry when his flock die of thirst.
Vittorio de Seta lived among the shepherds of Sardinia for two years while he was making this powerful picture about the struggle for existence in the poorer parts of the island. No professional actors were used and the leading parts were played by the shepherds themselves.

Contributors

Screenplay/Photographed, directed, and produced by:
Vittorio de Seta
Screenplay:
Vera Gherarducci
Michele:
Michele Cossu
His brother:
Peppeddu Cuccu
The girl:
Vittorina Pisano

Talk, argument, people, diversion with Joan Bakewell, Michael Dean, Tony Bilbow,
Sheridan Morley

Contributors

Presenter:
Joan Bakewell
Presenter:
Michael Dean
Presenter:
Tony Bilbow
Presenter:
Sheridan Morley
Editor:
Rowan Ayers

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