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Reporters Jim Douglas Henry, Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, Denis Tuohy, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson

They do these things differently in South America. There they have fireworks and grotesque masks and parades that seem to last for days and the sun shines all the time. Even the nights are hot. It snowed in Birmingham even at midday in March, but the students did try. They had a procession with a rag time band and in the week before carnival day they dwile flonked, pedal-car raced and paddled home-built rafts on a pond only just not frozen. A typical students' rag week with a serious aim - to raise money for charity and some serious events, like donating blood.

Yet it all seemed to bring as much trouble as it did joy, particularly the traditional rag mag with its references to sex and bodily functions.

Jeremy James and a Man Alive film crew followed the students of the University of Birmingham and Aston in their annual rag week. An attraction to compete with the Mardi Gras? Well, hardly, but then Birmingham is hardly Rio de Janeiro. But the students were trying - all the time.

Contributors

Reporter:
Jeremy James
Editor:
Desmond Wilcox
Editor:
Bill Morton

World Billiards Champion Williams and former World Snooker Champion Davis meet for the first and last time in this series. The winner meets John Spencer, the current World Champion, in next week's Final.
Introduced by Alan Weeks
(Colour)

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Weeks
Snooker player:
Rex Williams
Snooker player:
Fred Davis
Referee:
Sydney Lee
Commentator:
Ted Lowe
Director:
Jim Dumighan
Producer:
Reg Perrin

by Moris Farhi
with Jennifer Hilary as Penny Bowers, Anthony Ainley as Bowers-One, Bernard Brown as Bowers-Two and Gerald Sim as Det-Sgt Greene, Derek Benfield as Dr Liam Moore

After spending six months in hospital following a car accident, Dr Frank Bowers is allowed to go home. Instead of warning his wife, he decides to give her a wonderful surprise.

Contributors

Writer:
Moris Farhi
Incidental Music:
John Baker
Script Editor:
Roger Parkes
Designer:
Sally Hulke
Producer:
Alan Bromly
Director:
Eric Hills
Penny Bowers:
Jennifer Hilary
Bowers-One:
Anthony Ainley
Bowers-Two:
Bernard Brown
Det-Sgt Greene:
Gerald Sim
Dr Liam Moore:
Derek Benfield
Sam Sheppard:
David Morrell
Sheila Sherwood:
Margaret Anderson
John Sherwood:
Alan Downer
Miss Pringle:
Pamela Craig
PC Jones:
David Munro

At the end of 1928 the first "talkies" arrived from Hollywood. They caused a sensation. The public clamoured for more. In British studios - which were still churning out silent films - there was instant chaos.
The scramble to make Britain's first talkies is described by some of the producers, directors, technicians and stars of the time:
Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Wilcox, Sir Michael Balcon, Ronald Neame, Alec Murray, Albert Ross, Harry Miller, John Longden, Mabel Poulton, Margot Grahame, Chili Bouchier and John Stuart
Including excerpts from Kitty, Atlantic, Rookery Nook, and from the first full-length British talkie, Hitchcock's Blackmail.
(Cockney Mabel didn't speak proper: p 11)

Contributors

Interviewee:
Alfred Hitchcock
Interviewee:
Herbert Wilcox
Interviewee:
Sir Michael Balcon
Interviewee:
Ronald Neame
Interviewee:
Alec Murray
Interviewee:
Albert Ross
Interviewee:
Harry Miller
Interviewee:
John Longden
Interviewee:
Mabel Poulton
Interviewee:
Margot Grahame
Interviewee:
Chili Bouchier
Interviewee:
John Stuart
Narrator:
John Stockbridge
Director:
Jane Oliver
Director:
Stephen Peet

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