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BBC Two England

Moviedrome: Exotica

Mark Cousins introduces another film in the cult movie series.
Film premiere. Atom Egoyan's exploration of the dark side of carnal desire.
Christina dances at the Exotica strip club where one-time boyfriend Eric is the DJ. The problems between them are increased by the nightly presence at the club of enigmatic tax inspector Francis, who is obsessed by Christina.
(1994, 18) Stereo
See Films: pages 52-59 ****
Mark Cousins 's pick of the season: page 50
BBC Two England


A series of classic and cult films, introduced by Mark Cousins.
Film premiere Funny Bones
Comedy from the director of Hear My Song, starring Oliver Platt
Lee Evans , Jerry Lewis
Tommy Fawkes is a wannabe comedian living in his famous father's shadow. When his headlining show in Las Vegas flops, he decides to go to
Blackpool, where his father's career began. Widescreen.
Director Peter Chelsom (1994, 15)
♦ See Films: pages 58-65 **** ♦ Film of the week: page 53 Followed by Weatherview
BBC Two England

Close Up

Continuingthearts and popular culture documentary series.
Patrick 0 'Brian: Nothing
O'Brian is the author of a series of novels about the adventures of an English sea captain and a ship's surgeon during the Napoleonic wars. The novels sell in their millions but, given the popularity of his works, little is known about the man himself.
See today's choices.
Producer David Kerr : Series editor
Michael Poole
BBC Two England

I Love 1977

Carrie Fisher , aka Princess Leia, tells the story of the year she found fame in a small independent film - Star Wars. It was a great year for John Travolta too, as his first major feature film, Saturday Night Fever, turned him into a sex symbol. Meanwhile, the country celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee in the streets - although the Sex Pistols told everyone where to stick it. Director Steven Grandison ; Series producer Alan Brown
(Revised rpt) (S) (W) www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove
BBC Radio 4 FM

Beware the Stare!

John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos and its 1960 film version, The Village of the Damned, have spooked generations with the terrifying tale of alien invasion in middle England. Alan Dein returns to the fictional village of Midwich, in reality,
Letchmore Heath in Hertfordshire, to uncover the roots of the classic science-fiction novel and the making of a cult British film chiller. Producer Mark Burman
BBC Radio 2

For the Good Times - the Kris Krlstofferson Story

3/4. The series shifts to the early 1980s, when Kristofferson split from his wife Rita Coolidge and starred in Michael Cimino 's cult disaster
Heaven's Gate, which Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins discusses. Plus a look at Kristofferson's political songs and his membership in the 1985-95 country supergroup The Highwaymen, comprised of Johnny Cash , Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson , with whom he starred in Alan Rudolph 's 1984 film Songwriter. Rosanne Cash recalls observing The Highwaymen. Presented by Steve Earle.
National Programme Daventry


The Hon. HAROLD NICOLSON : To a low-brow'
IT was only fair, after Mr. Priestley's talk to the high-brow last Monday, that somebody should be asked to address a. few equally plain words to his opposite member. Low-brow is, of course, a purely negative term, applied to everybody who is not a high-brow. Low-browism is by far the more popular pose-the safety-first attitude of the man who doesn't know or care anything about art, but who calls a spade a spade and thinks that not only every picture but every book should tell a story ; who is, in short, either too busy or too lazy or too sensible or too stupid to bother about becoming a high-brow. We understand that there is now a definite cult of the low-brow among tho most up-to-date high-brows; Bloomsbury condescends to join hands with Balham, Biggleswade, and Blackpool in the enjoyment of detective stories or a Laurel and Hardy film. Thus, one way or another, most of us will find it easy to identify ourselves with tunight's Unnamed Listener.'
BBC Television

Savage Paradise

A film about New Guinea showing tropical rain-forests with birds and animals, mountains and high grasslands with stone-age humans and a death cult.
Presented for television by the BBC Natural History Unit
See page 27
BBC Television

Cubism and After: 3: In the Arena

Written by David Sylvester and Michael Gill.
Some modern artists, such as the Surrealists, have given free rein to fantasy and improvisation in their work. The American action painters have extended the cult of improvisation. They tend to regard the canvas as an arena within which the painter acts in accordance with his particular feelings and needs.
BBC film

10.15-10.45 In View: a story of international co-operation at Winfrith, Dorset.
(Rowridge, Brighton)

10.15-10.45 Scan: life in the Midlands.
BBC One London

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Yellow Scarf Affair

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is there - where he is needed - when he is needed - from the organisation dedicated to the world-wide fight against crime and subversion.
A film series.
Starring Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo, David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin
and Leo G. Carroll as Mr. Waverly

In which U.N.C.L.E's search for an eradicated kilt leads to a resurrected cult.
BBC Two England


A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it
Filmed by Eugen Schuhmacher
Commentary by Derek Jones
A film about the Spirit Land of the South Seas, New Guinea
An island of dense tropical jungle which provides a home for exotic tropical flowers and the brilliantly coloured birds of paradise, the most beautiful birds in the world; and high up in the mountain regions, cut off from the rest of the world, live some of the most primitive tribes still in existence -Stone Age men in the twentieth century. Some are still cannibals; all of them are immersed in their strange customs and rituals-none more bizarre than their extraordinary death cult.
Presented for television by Andrew Snell from the South and West
BBC One London


is there-where he is needed-when he is needed-from the organisation dedicated to the world-wide fight against crime and subversion
A film series starring ft
The Love Affair
... in which U.N.C.L.E. clash with the leader of a strange religious cult and
BBC One London


is there-where he is needed -when he is needed-from the organisation dedicated to the world-wide fight against crime and subversion
A film series starring
ROBERT VAUGHN as Napoleon Solo
DAVID McCALLUM as Illya Kuryakin
LEO G. CARROLL as Mr. Waverly
The Yellow Scarf Affair
An U.N.C.L.E. agent is mysteriously strangled aboard an airliner ... and Solo finds himself involved with a homicidal Maharajah and an ancient Oriental murder cult
BBC One London

Omnibus presenting: Cream

A recording of their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Eric Clapton (lead guitar and vocals), Jack Bruce (vocals and bass guitar), Ginger Baker (percussion)
(Cream appear by permission of The Robert Stigwood Organisation Ltd.)
BBC Two England

The Power of the Witch

How dangerous is the cult of witchcraft?
Is there really a supernatural power - a power in conflict with the Church? Or is it self-delusion, and a kind of madness - due to man's confused understanding of himself?
Michael Bakewell examines the surprising evidence of what goes on today - from coven meetings in basement flats to the desecration of churchyards and even suspected murder.
Film editor ROY JORDAN
BBC Two England

Hermann Hesse

A Prophet in Another Country
The German novelist and writer Hermann Hesse died in 1962, a Nobel Prize-winner - but since his death he has become the centre of an extraordinary cult, and he is now revered as a patron-saint of young America.
This film (Germany's entry for the 1971 Italia Prize) shows Hesse as he really was, and also shows what, in modern America, he has come to stand for. The voice of Hesse JOSEPH O'CONOR
BBC Two England


Topical arts magazine
Introduced by David Jones Space Enough to Sculpt For
Imagine the staid and solemn galleries of the Royal Academy, marked up and let out to the sort of sculpture that creeps, crawls, stretches out into the air - iron bars, steel rods, bits of machinery, sculpture far too big for any ordinary room or gallery!
Burlington House, tomorrow - and the opening of an exhibition based on the idea of 24 contemporary British sculptors.
Edwin Mullins looks at British Sculptors 72.
Tolkien in Oxford
J. R. R. Tolkien, 80 years old this week, retired Oxford don, author of The Lord of the Rings and The
Hobbit - set books in Europe and Asia cult books in The States, a craze amongst the young in Britain -so much so that one of the ' underground' pop music centres in London was even called 'The Middle Earth' after the country Tolkien invented.
A repeat showing of a film maae in Oxford with Tolkien himself and the students who read him.
(David Jones is a member of the RSC)
BBC Two England


Worlds in Collision
Dr Immanuel Velikovsky is the biggest growing cult figure in the USA. Aged 77, he's an unorthodox scientist who believes that a mere few hundred years before Christ was born Venus almost collided with the Earth. Mountain ranges were formed, seas boiled and the world stood still.
He also believes that man, because he lived through these catastrophes, has an urge to repeat them. Only by understanding the reasons for this urge can we hope to control our compulsion to destroy ourselves.
Few scientists take Velikovsky seriously. But his supporters point to the recent American space probes which seem to confirm his startling predictions about the nature of the moon and the planets Venus. Mars and Jupiter.
People have begun to wonder. Other men have been scorned by the establishment for unpopular ideas. Is Velikovsky a crank? Or is he another Galileo?
Producer BRIAN j. GlBSON
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The gaucho is Argentina's version of the cowboy. But while the cowboy of North American legend disappeared long ago, in some parts of Argentina the gaucho remains very much as he always was: tough, proud, independent, with his own half-savage code of conduct.
On a cattle ranch in the remote north-eastern province of Corrientes, the gaucho has changed least of all. He dresses like the gauchos of 100 years ago and retains old customs and skills at horse-breaking and cattle-herding.
Four hundred miles to the south, near the big city of Buenos Aires, the gaucho cult has become sophisticated and self-conscious. Narrator JORGE DURRIEU
The gaucho machismo: page 5

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