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Sir Michael Tippett in this series of highly personal films takes for his title Poets in a Barren Age.

What useful purpose is served by the creative artist in society? In a harsh world where millions starve, do poems or paintings or symphonies have any relation to events which actually affect men's lives?
In this film Sir Michael Tippett, one of Britain's most eminent composers, examines the changing relationship between the artist and society. Looking at contemporary life with its mixture of humanity and violence, he suggests that we are living at a time in which there is growing hunger for the satisfaction of the inner world to which the artist speaks.


Sir Michael Tippett
Malcolm Brown
Mischa Scorer

Cliff Michelmore covers the world of motoring with Barrie Gill, Dick Tracey, Gordon Wilkins
Do lorries damage our environment more than cars? From Scotland and Wales, the haulage industry answers back.
British Leyland update three of their family cars. But when will Longbridge produce something new? Does the international Grand Prix circus help motoring in the High Street? A report on motor racing as sport, entertainment, and technical trend-setter.


Cliff Michelmore
Barrie Gill
Dick Tracey
Gordon Wilkins
Tony Salmon
John Mills
Brian Robins

by Christopher Marlowe
Prospect Theatre Company in the 1969 Edinburgh Festival production recorded at the Piccadilly Theatre, London

"... a touching performance. A portrait of a poor mad creature racing to disaster - with no punches pulled." (Daily Mirror)


Christopher Marlowe
For Prospect Theatre Company - Music:
Carl Davis
For Prospect Theatre Company - Designer:
Kenneth Rowell
For the BBC - Producer:
Mark Shivas
Directed for the theatre and television by:
Toby Robertson
King Edward:
Ian McKellen
Young Mortimer:
Timothy West
Queen Isabella:
Diane Fletcher
Piers Gaveston:
James Laurenson
Robert Eddison
Earl of Warwick:
Paul Hardwick
Earl of Lancaster:
Trevor Martin
Old Spencer:
Andrew Crawford
Edmund of Kent:
Peter Bourne
Young Spencer:
David Calder
Robert Baldcock:
David Strong
Old Mortimer:
Michael Spice
Earl of Pembroke:
Stephen Greif
Earl of Arundel:
Colin Fisher
Earl of Leicester:
Richard Morant
Bishop of Coventry:
Michael Godfrey
Prince Edward:
Myles Reithermann
Niece to the King:
Lucy Fleming
Thomas Gurney:
Terence Wilton
Sir John Maltravers:
Paul Hardwick
Robert Eddison
Sir John Hainault:
Michael Spice
Rice ap Howell:
Trevor Martin
Richard Morant
Abbot of Neath:
Stephen Greif
A Mower:
Jeremy Nicholas
Soldiers and Attendants:
Nigel Crewe
Soldiers and Attendants:
Nicol Gordon
Soldiers and Attendants:
Nigel Havers
Soldiers and Attendants:
Michael Howarth
Soldiers and Attendants:
Jeremy Nicholas
Soldiers and Attendants:
Nicolas Oliver
Soldiers and Attendants:
William Smith
Soldiers and Attendants:
Christopher Whitehouse

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