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A new film series about animal behaviour and survival.

Hugh Falkus and Niko Tinbergen, who made the award-winning film Signals for Survival about the language of herring gulls, have now turned their attention to the Oystercatcher.
It is a common bird, yet has an amazing skill unique among birds. It is able to use its bill to open a mussel and extract the flesh. But how does it acquire this extraordinary skill?
(from Bristol)

Contributors

Narrator:
Hugh Falkus
Scientific Editor:
Professor Niko Tinbergen
Presented by:
Christopher Parsons

The European Community believes that it has too many farmers. Something like 5 million too many. Somehow, they have to be persuaded to become more efficient or to move off the land altogether, problems which are particularly serious for France. West German television reports on her Common Market partner's painful agricultural revolution.
Introduced by Derek Hart from Brittany, France.

Contributors

Presenter:
Derek Hart
Producer:
Maryse Addison

by Colette
Dramatised in five parts by Michael Voysey
Starring Yvonne Mitchell, Scott Antony, Brenda Bruce

Cheri, Lea's handsome young lover, has left her to make the customary 'arranged' marriage. Edmee, his bride, is beautiful, young and wealthy.
(Brenda Bruce is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company)

Contributors

Author:
null Colette
Dramatised by:
Michael Voysey
Script Editor:
Lennox Phillips
Costumes:
Raymond Hughes
Designer:
Derek Dodd
Producer:
Martin Lisemore
Director:
Claude Whatham
Edmee:
Lorna Heilbron
Cheri:
Scott Antony
Charlotte:
Brenda Bruce
Lea:
Yvonne Mitchell
Colonel Ypoustegue:
Gerald Cross
M. Roland:
George Fenton
Miquette:
Daphne Oxenford
Riquette:
Ruth Kettlewell
Hotel waiter:
Paul Phillips
M. Savaron:
Victor Langley
Marcel:
Peter Gray
Desmond:
David Wood
Restaurant waiter:
Ray Marioni
Rose:
Betty Hardy
Marie Laure:
Pauline Devaney

Ever since primeval man rose from all-fours to stand upright he's been suffering from back-ache. A sharp pain in the lumbar region of the spine.

Almost every human activity can bring it on: working at the kitchen sink, on a production line, driving a car, carrying a baby, or even just sitting down. But although we all get it, it's extraordinary how little we know about what causes it, or how to cure it. How dangerous, for example, is the domestic chair? How good are the osteopaths? What chance of a complete 'cure' for slipped discs?

Horizon reviews the situation and investigates some of the remarkable new spine research which one day may make everyone's life a little more comfortable.

Contributors

Narrator:
Ian Holm
Film Editor:
Raoul Sobel
Editor:
Bruce Norman
Producer:
John M. Mansfield

This listing contains language that some may find offensive.

by Peter Everett

The hero of Mafeking has to summon up all his soldierly resourcefulness in a delicate attempt at murder.

(Colour)

Contributors

Writer:
Peter Everett
Script Editor:
Richard Broke
Designer:
Sally Hulke
Producer:
Tim Aspinall
Director:
Michael Hayes
Sergeant Tax:
Leonard Rossiter
Sophie:
Margaret Courtenay
Joanna:
Beth Porter
Joanna (child):
Imogen Bain

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.

(Colour)

Contributors

Presenter:
Michael Dean
Producer:
Philip Speight

BBC Two England

About BBC Two

BBC Two is a lively channel of depth and substance, carrying a range of knowledge-building programming complemented by great drama, comedy and arts.

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