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A History of Britain by Simon Schama

Series 3

Episode 2: Victoria and Her Sisters

Duration: 1 hour

on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

A look at the social and economic changes which took place during Queen Victoria's reign, such as industrialisation and changing roles for women. Show more

Music from the Strauss family, Franz von Suppe and Josef Hellmesberger (son) fills the Musikverein, with the Vienna Philharmonic under celebrated conductor Lorin Maazel. Hosted by Brian Kay. Radio 3 covers the concert from 10.15am, while BBC4 has the concert in full at 7pm.


Franz von Suppe
Josef Hellmesberger
Lorin Maazel.
Brian Kay.
Brian Large
Dominic Best

Lavish biblical epic relating the life of Christ, the execution of John the Baptist at Salome's behest, and the story of Barabbas. Review page 49.
(1961, U)


Nicholas Ray
Jesus Christ:
Jeffrey Hunter
Mary, Mother of Jesus:
Siobhan McKenna
John the Baptist:
Robert Ryan
Pontius Pilate:
Hurd Hatfield
Lucius, the Centurion:
Ron Randell

Epic adventure starring James Stewart, Richard Attenborough and Peter Finch. When an aircraft crash-lands in the Sahara, the survivors' outlook looks bleak until an extraordinary plan is announced. Review page 49.
(1965, PG)
The Richard Attenborough-directed A Bridge Too Far is at 8.10pm


Robert Aldrich
Frank Towns:
James Stewart
Lew Moran:
Richard Attenborough
Captain Harris:
Peter Finch
Heinrich Dorfmann:
Hardy Kruger
Trucker Cobb:
Ernest Borgnine
Ian Bannen

The world-famous performance group, founded in Quebec, Canada, in the 1980s, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark this milestone, some of the finest moments from their amazing shows are featured in this one-off special. Millions around the world have been left wide-eyed at the feats of the company's entertainers. Many of those signature acts are included here, with acrobatics on the company's specialised trampoline, "Fast Track", plus high-flying aerial sequences, diabolos, Russian swings and trapeze acts from shows Alegrfa, Ouidam, Varekai and Dralion.


Jim Broadbent
Paul Bullock

The nine-day search to find the British Darts
Organisation world champion starts at the Lakeside Leisure Complex in Frimley Green, Surrey, with 32 players from eight countries battling it out on the oche to secure the E:50,000 winner's prize.
Top seed and three-time titleholder Raymond van
Barneveld begins his campaign against Scotland's Gary Anderson in a best-of-five-sets match, while Andy "the Viking" Fordham starts the defence of his title against Vincent van der Voort of the Netherlands. At this stage last year, both Fordham and Van Barneveld kicked off their campaigns with comfortable 3-0 victories. Commentary comes from Tony Green, David Croft and John Part.
Producer Michael O'Dwyer ; Exec producer Graham Fry BBCi: full and uninterrupted coverage of the day's play is available to digital viewers via the red handset button


Gary Anderson
David Croft
John Part.
Michael O'Dwyer
Graham Fry

Richard Attenborough 's epic Second World War drama based on a true story, featuring an all-star cast. September 1944: a military operation in which thousands of Allied troops are parachuted into
Holland to secure six bridges leading to Germany doesn't go according to plan. A British contingent has orders to secure the last bridge at Arnhem, before moving into the Ruhr area, but their plan soon runs into trouble. Review page 49.


Richard Attenborough
Lt Gen Browning:
Dirk Bogarde
Staff Sergeant Dohun:
James Caan
Lt Col Vandeleur:
Michael Caine
Maj Gen Robert Urquhart:
Sean Connery
Lt Gen Horrocks:
Edward Fox
Colonel Bobby Stout:
Elliott Gould
Maj Gen Stanislaw Sosabowski:
Gene Hackman
Lt Col Frost:
Anthony Hopkins
Maj Gen Ludwig:
Hardy Kruger
Laurence Olivier
Brig Gen Gavin:
Ryan O'Neal
Major Cook:
Robert Redford
Lt Gen Bittrich:
Maximilian Schell
Kate Ter Horst:
Liv Ullmann
RAF meteorologist officer:
Denholm Elliott
Field Marshal von Rundstedt:
Wolfgang Preiss

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Brian Cooke's acclaimed play of the cult 1960s radio sketch show that sent up the establishment with bawdy jokes and surreal literary invention.
Jonathan Rigby, Robin Sebastian, Kate Brown, Charles Armstrong and Nigel Harrison re-create the original cast - Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Douglas Smith and Hugh Paddick, respectively - and their cavalcade of grotesques, including lecherous J Peasmold Gruntfuttock and camp couple Julian and Sandy. Directed by Michael Kingsbury and filmed at the Venue in London.
Director Nick Wood; Executive producer Richard Fell


Brian Cooke
Jonathan Rigby
Robin Sebastian
Kate Brown
Charles Armstrong
Nigel Harrison
Kenneth Home
Kenneth Williams
Betty Marsden
Douglas Smith
Hugh Paddick
Peasmold Gruntfuttock
Directed By:
Michael Kingsbury
Nick Wood
Richard Fell

Current and former champions Andy Fordham , John Walton ,
Tony David and Raymond van Barneveld feature in first-day highlights from Frimley Green in Surrey. Fifth seed Darryl "the Dazzler" Fitton is also in action as he faces fellow Englishman Gary Robson.


Andy Fordham
John Walton
Tony David
Gary Robson.

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