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The Alaskan midwinter is dark and frozen: little can live there. But in spring the change is total, from a land locked in ice to a vibrant scene of flower-fringed lakes with endless daylight.
Great flocks of wildfowl arrive; insects hatch; lemmings breed; and large animals like moose, caribou, grizzly bear and wolf roam the tundra in search of food. How their various lives interact is important because modern man is now on the tundra, one of the harshest but also one of the most fragile environments on earth.
Written and narrated by Hugh Falkus
(from Bristol)


Hugh Falkus
Film Editor:
John Merritt
Richard Brock

All over Europe, railways are suffering from old age. For speed and convenience, passengers have turned to more modern means of transport, the car and the plane. But in the 1970s these attitudes are changing.
Swiss Television reports on the Swiss railway's plans for a rosier future, and West German Television looks at Europe's only luxury train, the Trans Europe Express.
Introduced by Derek Hart


Derek Hart
Maryse Addison

Regional Variations (2)

War and Peace

Episode 19: The Road to Life

Duration: 45 minutes

on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

Pierre is rescued by a partisan group but Petya, operating with them, is fatally wounded. Twenty part drama of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.

Because little Peggy Hookham's father thought that she needed 'deportment' when she was five years old she was sent to dancing lessons.
Peggy liked lessons so much that she decided to become a ballerina, changed her name to Margot Fonteyn and now, almost 50 years later, is still captivating audiences around the world with her brilliance.
Margot Fonteyn has told her own story many times. Now her mother, 78-year-old Mrs Hilda Hookham, tells John Pitman some of the stories that she remembers about her famous daughter.


Hilda Hookham
John Pitman
Jim Murray

A jewel robbery, a hit-and-run, and the Case of the Skeleton in the Sand Dunes illustrate the work of forensic scientists and the police they assist. How do they discover the characteristics of an individual bullet as it enters a body? How are blood stains identified or microscopic flakes of paint? How do voiceprints and lie-detectors work?
The crime labs of Britain and America have different priorities and different techniques. Each can learn from the other. They also have different success rates. Britain's is currently better.
But how long can we hold out against a rapidly rising tide of drugs and violence? What can we learn from American experience?


Paul Vaughan
Film Editor:
Clare Douglas
Bruce Norman
Alec Nisbett

One weekend three groups met in the country for a potentially explosive experiment in organised living: working-class children from Liverpool, members of a commune and youth workers, and a documentary camera crew.
Jeremy Seabrook watched the fascinating outcome.

(from Bristol)


Jeremy Seabrook
Colin Thomas

A weekly round-up of issues concerning the world of television. Michael Dean surveys the week's output and invites others to assess its achievements and effect.



Michael Dean
Philip Speight

BBC Two England

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