Story: Cinderella (trad)
Guest dancer Kate Harrison
Story: Cinderella (trad)
Starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson , Gene Kelly with Tom and Jerry
The sailor on shore leave was a favourite role for Gene Kelly and in this famous musical, the town he hits is Hollywood. Contributing are singing star Kathryn Grayson, pianist Jose Iturbi, and the immortal cartoon characters Tom and Jerry who dance with Gene Kelly.
For 25 years the Polish film director Andrzeji Wajda has been making some of the most exciting and boldly critical films in Eastern Europe. From the post-war disillusion and despair of Ashes and Diamonds to his masterly analysis of contemporary Poland, and its recent past in Man of Marble and Man of Iron, Wajda has shown an instinctive understanding of changing national attitudes. How has he managed, in a long career in film and theatre, not to be silenced by censorship? How does he view his films, and his obsession with Polish history, in the urgent mood of today?
Arena filmed him in Warsaw and Cracow shortly after he had returned from the Cannes Film Festival where he won the Palm d'Or. With Roman Polanski and Professor Jerzy Bossak
(Andrzej Wajda's Man of Marble: 10.55)
Every Christmas and New Year's Day, the boys and men of Kirkwall in Orkney take to the streets to play in the Ba'. The game has been labelled 'barbarous', 'absurd', 'ruffian sport'. Yet this centuries-old game is as strong now as it ever was.
This film focuses on the New Year's Day Ba' 1981.
Adam and the Ants, The Clash, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Jam, Joy Division, Linx, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Specials, Talisman... just some of the bands featured in three years of Something Else, the programme made for young people by young people. This special compilation is just that - just the music.
(A Community Programmes Unite Production)
Joseph MacDonald in 1760 wrote of Piobaireachd - the ancient classical music of the great Highland bagpipes - "...The war-like compositions ...have a glorious effect when advancing on the enemy".
No longer confined to remote Highland glens, piobaireachd has reached the sun-soaked hills of California and even Japan. Performed in an intensely competitive situation by an ever-increasing number of top exponents from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, this film tells the story of the pursuit of the glorious effect.
Presented by Rory MacPherson
The Royal Institution Christmas lectures for young people.
A series of six lectures on the theme of measurement given by Professor R.V. Jones FRS.
During World War II, scientists on both sides were much concerned with the difficult problem posed by accurate navigation. However, as with so many war-time inventions, the consequent improvement in navigational methods were also used to drop bombs precisely and to guide long-range missiles to their distant targets. The subsequent development of early radio and radar guidance systems, today enables intercontinental rockets to be aimed with an accuracy of a few hundred yards from their intended target at a range of 8,000 miles.
(Final part tomorrow)
with Richard Baker and with subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather
"The Musician" Kunstmuseum, Basle
Braque, together with Picasso, invented Cubism.
At the time Braque painted "The Musician" in 1918, he and Picasso had gone off in different directions. Picasso went back to the human figure while Braque became preoccupied with textures like wood-grain or marble.
A ten-part beginners' course in folk guitar with John Pearse
Learning a syncopated right-hand style; the basic calypso slap; and fitting it to the song "Time for man go home".
Regional Variations (2)
A look behind the scenes at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, one of the last English country estates to preserve the style of past centuries.
Business seems to me to be losing its interest in the market. John Makepeace is a world-famous cabinet-maker and furniture designer. In the beautiful surroundings of Parnham House in Dorset he has also established a unique residential scheme for craftsmen in wood. Students invest Â£10,000 in fees and two years of their lives to be one of the ten people a year who may lead a renaissance in English furniture design. John Read talks to some of the students, staff and graduates of Parnham about the quality of fine furniture and the appeal of making things in wood - and John Makepeace describes some of his finest and most recent work.
A staid, long-established big store, world-famous for its elegant, restrained fabrics. A fast-talking blonde art director and her photographer, used to stopping the traffic in Bangkok, hijacking police launches in Singapore harbour and pushing tiny white models in fake furs into a front line of Masai tribesmen.
What happens when the one offers to change the image of the other? What happens when the blonde, photographer, three models, four assistants and all next year's best big store designs set off for Spain to produce a calendar for 1982?
with Richard Baker; Weather
Featuring John Dankworth with his orchestra.
The first of two major films from Poland directed by Andrzej Wajda
When Agnieszka, a young film student, decides to make a documentary about Mateusz Birkut, one of the forgotten heroes of post-war Poland, as her graduation project, she finds that even after 20 years the truth is difficult to uncover. No one, it seems, is interested in seeing a true picture of the period - which makes Agnieszka all the more determined to discover what did happen to Mateusz Birkut...
A Polish film with English subtitles
(First showing on British television)