Programme Index

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6.00 Understanding Space and Time: Cosmology Before Einstein

6.50 The Creation of Childhood

7.15 The Enlightenment: Nathan the Wise

7.40 Measuring the Earth and the Moon

8.05 Biology: Form and Function: Body Plans

8.30 The Necessity for History

8.55 What's all this Fuss about IT?
Could virtual reality, interactive CDs and the Internet change the way people communicate?

9.45 Bridging the Gap, and The Best Laid Plans

10.35 Understanding Music: Taking Note

11.00 Valued Environments, Environmental Values
"Green" pressure groups in the 19th century.

11.30 Reindeer in the Arctic

Classic western which made a star of John Wayne.
Also starring Claire Trevor

This film marked the beginning of Wayne's long association with director John Ford. Wayne plays the Ringo Kid, a fugitive from justice, who joins an assortment of passengers on the stagecoach to Lordsburg, a journey which takes them through Indian territory.
(1939) (B/W) (Subtitled)
(The Wizard of Oz is this afternoon at 2.50pm)
Film Reviews pages 55-60


John Ford
Ringo Kid:
John Wayne
Claire Trevor
Dr Josiah Boone:
Thomas Mitchell
Buck Rickabaugh, stagecoach driver:
Andy Devine
John Carradine
Sheriff Curly Wilcox:
George Bancroft
Lucy Mallory:
Louise Platt
Lt Blanchard:
Tim Holt
Chris Pin Martin
Mr Samuel Peacock:
Donald Meek
Henry Gatewood:
Berton Churchill

Fantasy musical starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley

When a huge tornado hits Dorothy's home in Kansas she is whisked into a strange and dazzling dreamworld. She sets out to find the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz can grant her wish and return her home - if she and her companions, Toto the dog, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, can outwit the Wicked Witch of the West.
(1939) (Colour and B/W) (Subtitled)

Badlands is tomorrow at 11.50pm
Film Reviews pages 55-60


Victor Fleming
Director [uncredited]:
King Vidor
Judy Garland
Ray Bolger
Zeke/Cowardly Lion:
Bert Lahr
Hickory/Tin Woodman:
Jack Haley
Billie Burke
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West:
Margaret Hamilton
Prof Marvel/Wizard/Guard/Coachman:
Frank Morgan
Uncle Henry:
Charles Grapewin
Auntie Em:
Clara Blandick

5.20 TOTP 2
The best of Thursday's Top of the Pops, a chart review and a dip into the vaults. Tonight's show looks back to 1982 with the Fun Boy Three and Bananarama, Bow Wow Wow, Haircut 100 and The Jam's number 1, Town Called Malice. Plus Alice Cooper making his TOTP debut in 1972 with School's Out.
Producer Ric Blaxill

6.05 Late Again
Highlights from last week's editions of The Late Show. With Tracey MacLeod.

6.50 What the Papers Say
With Chris Sylvester of the London Evening Standard


Producer (TOTP2):
Ric Blaxill
Presenter (Late Again):
Tracey MacLeod
Presenter (What the Papers Say):
Chris Sylvester

In the fourth of this new foreign affairs series, Jim Muir visits a Muslim training school in Pakistan and finds that some of the children are kept in chains to prevent them from running away. They have been sent to the school by parents living in poverty who hope that their children might have better lives as mullahs. Instead, some of the children claim, they are beaten.

Matt Frei, who presents the programme from Rome, reports on how Italians faced with political instability are turning in increasing numbers to sorcerers and the occult.

There is also a report from Johannesburg by Tom Carver on the difficulties for blacks and whites of living together. Black South African businessman David Kupane has recently moved into a prosperous white suburb and is already missing the community spirit of Soweto.


Matt Frei
Jim Muir
Tom Carver
David Kupane
Keith Bowers

A dance piece devised by choreographer Kate Flatt and designer Sally Jacobs, featuring a diverse group of British performers aged from eight to 74 and drawing on customs and traditions from throughout the globe. Progressing from the wild, joyful dances of youth to elderly couples slowly turning round a ballroom floor, the work is intended to express the power and influence of dance and music in a community. The music is performed by Hungarian band Muzsikas, who specialise in traditional Transylvanian village dance tunes. The filming location, the labyrinthine Clink Vaults near London Bridge, adds to the atmosphere. Kate Flatt's credits include the musical staging of Les Miserables and the recent Royal Opera House production of Aida. Sally Jacobs has designed for productions including Beethoven's Fidelio and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.


Devised by/Choreographer:
Kate Flatt
Devised by/Designer:
Sally Jacobs
null Muzsikas
Simon Broughton
Executive Producer:
Bob Lockyer

Arena returns with a three-part special, presenting a film portrait of one of the world's great comic actors, incorporating home movies, film clips and interviews. See today's choices.

(The Wrong Arm of the Law is at 11.25pm)
Peter Sellers, a life In pictures: page 32


Peter Lydon
Series Editor:
Anthony Wall
Series Editor:
Nigel Finch

A five-part production of the novel by Edith Wharton set in America and England in the 1870s.
1: Invasion. The holiday atmosphere of Newport, Rhode Island, is shattered when Conchita Closson announces her engagement to a British aristocrat.
Shown last Sunday on BBC 1. For part 2 and cast see tomorrow at 9.05pm on BBC 1
# See This Week: page 9 and Gwen Humble 's kind of day: page


Novel By:
Edith Wharton
Conchita Closson
Gwen Humble

Crime comedy, beginning a short season of films starring Peter Sellers and showing to complement the trio of Arena documentaries that began tonight.
Also starring Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins

Pearly Gates, a leading light in the London underworld, is dismayed to find his lucrative business being disrupted by some upstarts from Down Under disguised as police officers. The audacious Australians have the cheek to help themselves to Pearly' hard-earned loot. With the syndicate at risk, who better to ask for assistance than Scotland Yard?
(Peter Sellers can be seen in Sykes on Tuesday at 9.00pm on BBC2)
Film Reviews pages 55-60


Cliff Owen
Pearly Gates:
Peter Sellers
Inspector Parker:
Lionel Jeffries
Nervous O'Toole:
Bernard Cribbins
Trainer King:
Davy Kaye
Nanette Newman
Jack Coombes:
Bill Kerr
Bluey May:
Ed Devereaux
Reg Denton:
Reg Lye
Asst Commissioner:
John Le Mesurier
Sid Cooper:
Graham Stark
Arthur Mullard

Regional Variations (2)

Duration: 55 minutes

on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

Jools is joined by Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Counting Crows, Honky, Otis Rush and Sheila Chandra.

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