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John Pitman talks to Claude Zola
Claude Zola first played 'cat' in Dick Whittington at the age of 8 and went on to master the donkey in Ali Bobo, the front end of the cow in Jack and the Beanstalk and Mother Goose. Goose, he says, is the hardest: It was 'a heck of a job to get the eggs out.'
(Believing in Bygone Amazement: p 14)


John Pitman
Claude Zola
Jim Murray

The 'Queen of the Wagnerians' talks to Bernard Levin and sings arias from some of her most famous roles.
With Elizabeth Bainbridge, John Dobson
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Leader Desmond Bradley
Conducted by Charles MacKerras
Opera Chorus directed by Bowles Bevan


Birgit Nilsson
Bernard Levin
Elizabeth Bainbridge
John Dobson
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestra leader:
Desmond Bradley
Orchestra conducted by:
Charles MacKerras
Opera Chorus
Chorus directed by:
Bowles Bevan
Robin Fraser-Paye
Maureen Winslade
Dave Sydenham
Adrian Stocks
Roger Andrews
Patricia Foy

A weekly programme which focuses on people and the situations which shape their lives.
Reporters Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, John Pitman, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson

This week: No Room at the Doss-house
Over 8,000 men sleep rough in London on park benches, in derelict houses and railway sidings. No one knows the total for the whole country; how many will spend Christmas alone this year, out of doors?
These men weren't born homeless. Many of them had good jobs, a home and a family and they thought they were secure. Ending up jobless, without a roof and alone, is a gradual process, but those who've dropped to the bottom rung on the ladder say you get there almost before you know it-once things really start to go wrong.
Harold Williamson talks to men who admit they brought it all on themselves; some who are trying to fight their way back and others who've accepted life on the doss-house circuit at a time when hostels for homeless men are fast disappearing in property development schemes.



Harold Williamson
Terence O'Reilly
Adam Clapham

"We see our thing as being more important than the UN Conference - that's just a movie ... it's all been planned out ... like there's nothing left to happen".
An eye-witness account of the external events which occurred in Stockholm last June when, in the wake of the United Nations Conference on Human Environment, thousands of people from all over the world came to live and camp in and around the city. They became known as the Alternative and 2,000 armed police were called in to handle the situation. Some of the Alternative had worked for years to prepare their brief: others just came. And they left behind no doubts that Environment could any longer simply mean Pollution. The UN Declaration was frustrated and almost destroyed by national economic and political interest. The Alternative proposed a different approach.



Steve Roberts

BBC Two England

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