In 1954 a young boy made his stage debut - alongside the celebrated tenor Peter Pears - in a new opera by Benjamin Britten. The boy - David Hemmings - went on to become a famous actor and director and he now introduces this Scottish Opera production of the work that he appeared in 40 years ago.
This production, directed by David Leveaux and based on the Henry James ghost story, was recorded at Glasgow's
Tramway and stars Philip
Salmon, Anne Williams-King and Colin McLean. The
Orchestra of Scottish Opera is conducted by Timothy Lole. Producer Mike Newman
Benjamin Britten 's opera, based on Henry James 's story, with music performed by the City of London Sinfonia, showing as part of the Summer of Opera season. A governess takes charge of two children at a remote country house, but begins to see ghosts. When the apparitions - of a former governess and her valet lover - begin to affect the infants, she realises she must either leave or confront the spirits. A profile of Britten follows.
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper ; Producer Fiona Morris ; Director Katie Mitchell
starring Deborah Kerr A chilling ghost story for Christmas Eve; a classic adaptation of Henry James 's The Turn of the Screw.
A governess believes tne children in her charge are possessed by the spirits of two dead lovers. But is the mysterious country mansion they inhabit truly haunted? Or is the children's strange behaviour a fantasy of her neurotic imagination?
Screenplay by WILLIAM ARCHIBALD and TRUMAN CAPOTE, based on The Turn of the Screw by HENRY JAMES Produced and directed by JACK CLAYTON
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The Turn of the Screw
' If rates go on increasing like this,' calculated a ratepayer at a meeting with his local authority, ' the £130 I paid in 1974 will be £1,000 by 1978.' Last spring, local government was reorganised: hundreds of councils were swept away and a rash of new names appeared on the map.
Jack Pizzey and a Man Alive team went to one of these new creations, Kirklees - made up from Huddersfield, Batley, Dewsbury and other parts of the West Riding - to find out where the money goes and why so many ratepayers think it's wasted.
Desmond Wilcox brings the ratepayers and the rate spenders together in the studio to ask whether there's a fairer way of paying for all the things local government provides.
Producer PHILIP GEDDES Editor ADAM CLAPHAM
Leonard Rossiter investigates a Victorian phenomenon: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)
At the age of 20, Brunel was engineer in charge of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel ever driven under a river, now used by the Underground. At 27 he designed the Great Western Railway, completed from London to Bristol when he was 35. He also built the first transatlantic steam-ship, the first screw-propelled liner, and the Great Eastern, each in turn by far the largest ships to sail the seas.
While he was directing his great works, Brunel confided his private doubts and ambitions to secret journals. Leonard Rossiter, using many unpublished letters and diaries, plays a dual role, as Brunel himself, and as narrator visiting the scenes of Brunel's triumphs.
Man of iron: pane 4
with Robert Erskine
A series of 13 programmes about 25 centuries of coins.
10: The Turn of the Screw
In the 16th century, the old medieval method of striking coins was giving way to machinery; but not without a struggle.
Directed by PHILIP CHILVERS Produced by BETTY WHITE
A series of eight films, written and presented by Anthony Burton 4: Full Sieam Ahead
As technology developed, the marine steam-engine grew up, producing more and more power from the same amount of energy. The screw propeller stayed but at the turn of the century a new kind of engine appeared: the turbine. ANTHONY BURTON visits Brunei's SS Great Britain at Bristol; a Clyde puffer, VIC32 at Tarbert; the elegant Swallow and the superb Otto on Lake Windermere. He finds the world's first turbineengined boat, Turbinia, still at Newcastle and a ' little Cunarder', Manxman, in service at Liverpool.
Film editor KEITH WILTON Producer MICHAEL GARROD
This film has been made by scientists at London's
Imperial College who actively oppose Britain's involvement in research on President
Reagan's$30 billion 'Strategic Defence Initiative' or SDI.
Like many of their American counterparts, the Imperial
College scientists are deeply disturbed by SDI, which they see as yet another turn of the screw in the escalation of the arms race. Alongside contributions from several eminent scientists, is a poignant presentation of the case against SDI by Harry Fairbrother.
As a mathematician in the Second World War he worked on the Atomic Bomb, which, to his horror, was used at Hiroshima in 1945. Narrator Bob Peck
Cameraman BILL BROOMFIELD Film editor TIM CAWSTON
Series producer PETER LEE WRIGHT Producer GILES OAKLEY
Open Space is the series where the public can make programmes under their own editorial control with help from Community Programme Unit.
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r Exploring the music and life of 20th-century composer
Benjamin Britten through his work and friendships with young people. With many of his operas dealing with the innocence of children and their corruption by adults, this psychological portrait recounts Britten's own idyllic childhood and traces his associations with young boys during his adult life. Interviewees, including the late David Hemmings , tell oftheir time spent with the composer, and a German schoolboy with whom the 24-year-old Britten fell in love shortly before the Second World War talks about their relationship for the first time, some 65 years later.
Producer/Director John Bridcut Britten's Rape ofLucretia is on Thursday, 7.30pm on Radio 3
A special edition of the documentary strand highlighting the pressures of management in crisis situations.
Wandsworth Prison in London was slammed for its poor conditions and treatment of inmates in a report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons in December 1999. Weeks later, new governor Stephen Rimmer was installed, and cameras were allowed to follow the trials of his first year in charge. Contains strong language. A new series begins on Thursday at 9.50pm. See Choice.
Producer Mary-Anne Thompson (S) (W)
[Photo caption] Wandsworth governor Stephen Rimmer (flanked by prison officers Bob Milton and Richie Kellier) faces Trouble at the Top over plans for reform
Trouble at the Top 9.00pm BBC2
There are some people in whose shoes you would not wish to walk. Stephen Rimmer is one of them. Just weeks after the Chief Inspector of Prisons produced a damning report on Wandsworth prison in December 1999, he was appointed as its new governor. What better subject for this special edition from the factual strand that investigates messy goings-on in our institutions than to follow him, with unfettered access, during the course of one year? The report cited a culture of fear and appalling conditions and treatment of the inmates. Rimmer's remit was to turn the prison around in that year and do it with a slashed budget.
Rimmer has taken on this bucket-sized poisoned chalice with a fearless - some say foolhardy - heart. His only previous experience of prison governorship was a small country jail and, at the age of 37, he is Britain's youngest prison governor. He finds himself in charge of the country's biggest prison, housing some of its toughest inmates, staffed by some of its most entrenched officers. So, how does he intend to win over the men on both sides of the bars? With a touchy-feely approach. He intends to tackle increasing numbers of suicides and a spiralling drug problem with a clear strategy: every prisoner should have a job and spend at least ten hours a day out of their cells. The prison officers are, to put it mildly, sceptical.
The film is packed with incident, including the dog-handlers' reaction to Rimmer's suggestion that they should seek counselling when he gets rid of their guard dogs, but a high spot is the visit by Home Secretary Jack Straw that requires the closure of the "drug-free" B-wing - because it's hopelessly drug-riddled.
Does the change of name from Separation and Punishment Block to Care and Separation Unit have the desired effect? Can Rimmer convince Richie Kellier and Bob Milton of the Prison Officers' Association that promising a telly for every prisoner with a drug-free cell will work? And will he and the prison pass the test, especially when the Chief Inspector calls back earlier than expected?
Acid remarks from some officers, astonishingly open access and a clash of personalities make this an open-and-shut case for great TV. The new series of Trouble at the Top starts with an examination of Pringle's knitwear empire on Thursday at 9.50pm. FL
Not the Cheapest but the Best
Leonard Rossiter investigates a Victorian phenomenon:
Isambard Kingdom Brunei (1806-1859)
At the age of 20, Brunei was engineer in charge of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel ever driven under a river, now used by the Underground. At 27 he designed the Great Western Railway, completed from London to Bristol when he was 35. He also built the first trans-Atlantic steamship, the first screw-propelled liner, and the Great Eastern, each in turn by far the largest ships to sail the seas.
Written by TIM ASPINALL Editor PETER GOODCHILD
Director MICHAEL ANDREWS
Strangeways Revisited. Rex Bloomstein returns to find out what happened to some of the prisoners featured in the award-winning documentary series he made 21 years ago. Producer Rex Bloomstein ; Editor Laurence Rees (S) (W) A documentary revisited: page 11
Cork - Forest in a Bottle. Cork producer and wildlife enthusiast Francisco Garrett explores the Alentejo region of Portugal where the ancient cork oaks of Montado provide a sustainable local economy, harmonious space for some of Europe's rarest wild flowers and nesting places for booted eagles. This idyll is under threat, however, as the wine industry increasingly eschews cork for plastic stoppers or screw-tops. Monty Don narrates.
Producer Mike Salisbury ; Series editor Tim Martin Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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