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BBC Two England

Review: Space Enough to Sculpt For

Topical arts magazine

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 made in Oxford with Tolkien himself and the students who read him.
(David Jones is a member of the RSC)
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Gaucho
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
Film editor PETER BARBER Producer JULIAN COOPER
Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and CHRISTOPHER PARSONS
The gaucho machismo: page 5
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Gaucho
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 through the roughest terrain.
Four hundred miles to the south, near the big city of Buenos Aires, the gaucho cult has become sophisticated and self-conscious. Here, myths have grown up around the gaucho, myths that can obscure the fact that in some remote parts of Argentina the gaucho lives on. Narrator JORGE DURRIEU
Film editor PETER BARBER Producer JULIAN COOPER
Series editors ANTHONY ISAACS and CHRISTOPHER PARSONS
BBC Two England

Spirit of the Age

Eight films on eight centuries of British Architecture
3: The Cult of Grandeur Written and narrated by Robert Furneaux Jordan
The period following the Restoration of Charles II was one of the most glorious in British architecture. Confident, aristocratic and grand it was dominated by three of England's most famous architects - Sir Christopher Wren , Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor. At St Paul's Cathedral and in the City of London, at Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, their great masterpieces, ROBERT FURNEAUX JORDAN examines both their achievements and the age that produced them.
Title music by SIR ARTHUR BLISS Film cameraman IAN STONE
Sound recordist GRAHAM HARE
Series producer JOHN DRUMMOND Producer CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
BBC Two England

Tuesday Cinema: A Separate Peace

Paramount Presents .,. Tonight starring John Heyl
Parker Stevenson
Larry Peerce 's film version of John Knowles 's cult classic novel, set in an exclusive American school during the war and shown tonight for the first time in Britain. Gene, the intellectual, and Finny, the athlete, are inseparable, a mutual admiration society of two. But after a crippling accident to Finny, rumours start in the school-did he fall or was he pushed?
Based on the novel by JOHN KNOWLES Director LARRY PEERCE Films: page 17
BBC One London

Omnibus USA

The third of the Omnibus monthly reports on the arts in America.
Introduced by Humphrey Burton Tonight
New York, New York
Two films about the arts in America's major city -the arts in the streets, the arts away from the museums and the concert halls.
Saturday in Soho
New York's Soho is the Bohemian quarter to the south of Houston Street between Greenwich Village and Little Italy. On a spring Saturday artists, dancers and musicians gather at a loft studio called Environ. This film is an impression of their work and of the Soho area.
Watching My Name Go By
Kids in New York have a unique kind of occupation - sitting on the subway stations ' watching my name go by'. Eleven to 17-yearolds compete to see how many times they can 'get their names up ' in a colourful way - a kind of graffiti cult game which has its own rules and regulations. It's illegal and dangerous-some New Yorkers think it's a kind of ' art others think it's disgusting.
Directors
Saturday in Soho MICHAEL MACINTYRE Watching My Name Go By JULIA CAVE Executive producer BARRIE GAVIN
BBC Two England

Jorge Luis Borges

An interview in Buenos Aires
A longtime favourite for the Nobel Prize,
Jorge Luis Borges , the Argentine poet and fantasist, has been adopted as a cult hero by the younger generation. Strange, since most of his short, complex stories distorting time, place and identity -' guided dreams' as he calls them-were written more than 20 years ago.
Now 79 and almost totally blind, Borges lives in the centre of Buenos Aires - his native city where from 1955 to 1973 he was Director of the National Library of Argentina and at the same time Professor of English and North American Literature.
Among his best known collections are A Universal History of Infamy, Labyrinths, Fictions, and Doctor Brodie's Report. In an introduction to one collection Andr6 Maurois writes ... ' Borges has no spiritual homeland. He creates imaginary and symbolic worlds outside space and time. The more complicated the game becomes, the happier he is.'
Robert Robinson went to Argentina to interview Borges - the Homer of the southern hemisphere.
Readings by Michael Bryant
Film editor GEOFFREY BOTTERILL Producer PHILIP SPEIGHT
BBC One London

Armistice - and After

A special documentary programme to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
Presented by the distinguished journalist and historian John Grigg.
Sixty years ago this week, the most terrible war the world had known was coming to an end after 52 months of heroism, sacrifice and suffering. At 5.0 am on 11 November 1918 the Armistice was signed and at 11.0 am hostilities ceased-though, tragically, men were being killed up to the very stroke of that llth hour.
This documentary, filmed in France, Belgium and Britain, shows how the Great War reached its dramatic conclusion and how people reacted to the coming of peace. It describes the origin and meaning of those emotionally charged institutions imperishably associated with that war - the cult of the Unknown Warrior, the Flanders Poppy and Armistice Day itself, with its unforgettable two minutes silence. And it asks the question: should we go on remembering?
Written by JOHN GRIGG and MALCOLM BROWN Research SHIRLEY SEATON Photography JIM PEIRSON Sound JULIAN BALDWIN
Film editor LES NEWMAN Produced by MALCOLM BROWN
(When the Guns Stopped Firing, next Saturday 10.15 pm on Radio 4; next Sunday, the Cenotaph Service on BBCl)
BBC Two England

Of Gods and Men

Mexico and the Mexican Indian A series of six programmes 2 : The First Great Temples
The Night of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico every year-a pagan cult that has become a Christian festival. The Mexican obsession with death probably began 3,000 years ago with the mysterious Olmec people. Their influence spread across Mexico and was followed by the building of the first great temples - Tootihuacan and El Tajin.
Today, religious rites are still performed at El Tajin by the Totonac people. But Spanish priests succeeded in stamping out the sacred Ball Game - a game involving the sacrifice of players who were sent as messengers to the gods.
Narrated by IAN HOLM
Photography JOHN HOOPER , COLIN WALDECK Film editor RAOUL SOBEL
Executive producer BRUCE NORMAN Written and produced by ANNA BENSON GYLES
BBC One London

Missing

An Inside Story documentary
On 7 September 1940 Hurricanes of 257 Squadron took off from Martlesham Heath , Suffolk, to intercept a large wave of enemy bombers over the Thames estuary, heading towards London on what turned out to be the first day of the London Blitz. Among those lost in the battle was Flt-Lt H. R. A. Beresford. No one saw him shot down. He was posted as ' missing ' until September 1979 when the wreckage of a fighter was found ... This documentary pieces together the sad story of Beresford's last mission, finally concluded 40 years after the Battle of Britain.
An outstanding programme of the weekend ... last night's haunting, perceptive and eye-opening Inside Story.
(THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
The film built impressively into an attack on the ' bogus romantic cult' of the fighter pilot. (SUNDAY TIMES)
Producer ROGER MILLS Director PETER GORDON
BBC Two England

Newsnight in Turkey

This year Turkey is celebrating the centenary of the birth of its founder, Kemal Ataturk. The country is also under military rule following a coup last September. Tonight David Lomax presents -a selection of film reports first broadcast on BBC2's Newsnight.
The programme looks at the cult which has grown up around Ataturk's name - and investigates allegations of human rights violations under military rule. There's also a report on the danger of a major tanker disaster threatening the historic city of Istanbul...
And an extraordinary medical discovery in the spec- , tacular tourist region of Cappadocia. /
Producer PETER BELL Editor GEORGE CAREY
BBC Two England

The Old Grey Whistle Test

presents
No One Here Gets Out Alive A profile of Jim Morrison
Recently there has been a strongly revived interest in one of the foremost cult bands of the 60s-DOORS. This film attempts, with the help of friends and associates, to discover what motivated the band's lead-singer- Jim Morrison -leading up to his early death in Paris in July 1971.
Television presentation MICHAEL APPLETON
The Old Grey Whistle Test - Test Pressing (record BELP 017, cassette zcr 017), from retailers
BBC One London

Newseries Badger by Owl-light

by EDWARD BOYD
A thriller in three parts, starring
1: After a bomb explosion in the middle of London, Peter Talion is hired to uncover the secret cult responsible - and eliminate its leader.
Music composed and conducted by DARYL RUNSWICK
Photography DICK JOHNSTONE Sound recordist PETER BRILL Script editor MAGGIE ALLEN
Film editor COLIN COMMANDER Directed by BOB MCINTOSH BBC Scotland
* Subtitles on Ceefax page 170
BBC Two England

The Doors

No One Here Gets Out Alive A profile of Jim Morrison
Recently there has been a strongly revived interest in one of the foremost cult bands of the 60s-the Doors.
This film attempts, with the help of friends and associates, to discover what motivated the band s I iead - singer - JIM MORRISON - leading to his early death in Paris in July 1971.
Television presentation MICHAEL APPLETON
BBC Two England

The Auden Landscape

W. H. Auden was regarded by his contemporaries in Britain in the 1930s as the supremely original poet of the age. His flamboyant personality and peculiar morality outraged the conservative establishment but delighted the young. Auden became a cult - a prophetic voice condemning the 30s as a ' low, dishonest decade' and identifying the hysterical paranoia which was the breeding ground of Fascism.
In 1939 Auden left England to settle in New York. He continued to write poetry, criticism and opera libretti until his death, in a hotel room in Vienna, in 1973. In the first film portrait since his death Auden is remembered by relatives and friends:
John Auden , Christopher Isherwood Stephen Spender , Golo Mann Robert Medley.
Quite magnificent. (THE TIMES) Written by ROBERT ROBINSON Produced by adau low
BBC Two England

Whistle Test

Mark Ellen pursues Jimmy Page half-way up a mountain to film his first interview since the break-up of Led Zeppelin and watch him playing the acoustic guitar with Roy Harper.
Andy Kershaw and David Hepworth introduce live studio sessions from
Depeche Mode and The Cult, a report on the successful dance label Street Sounds,
Video Vote -call [number removed]and Hindsight - a clip from the archives. Richard Skinner surveys today's new charts. Producers
TREVOR DANN. JOHN BURROWES Director TOM CORCORAN
Editor MICHAEL APPLETON
BBC One London

The Saturday Picture Show

with Cheryl Baker and Mark Curry
A live, fun-packed entertainment full of music, laughter, adventure and ideas to help you enjoy your summer Saturday.
Les Dawson takes the morning off from rehearsals for his new summer show to pop in for a chat and a laugh (but knowing him there'll be lots!).
A cast of thousands? Not quite, but the studio is packed with guests including bands, majorettes, cyclists and pop stars.
Fancy painting your jacket? Brilliant do - they're a great band and they're performing live and showing their
'brilliant' ideas for cheering up boring clothes.
Join the Clangers cult - see their latest adventure today and fasten your seatbelts for another nerve-tingling escapade with the glamorous and unlucky Penelope Pitstop. Gossip galore with gorgeous Gary. The musical Mr Davies presents the best and latest videos, including a few exclusives, as well as giving us the lowdown on the pop highlife.
Do you want to be a movie star or a famous film director? Then keep your ears open and your pencil sharp because there's news today of a fabulous competition that could be the start of your road to stardom. Move over Steven Spielberg ! The address for all competitions and letters is: The Saturday Picture Show, BBCtv, PO Box 40,
Manchester M60 1FR Don't forget to write!
Executive producer CRISPIN EVANS More moviefax on Ceefax 187 0 BACK PAGES: 102
BBC Two England

Saturday Review

The last programme in the series presented by Russell Davies
Film: David Lynch 's films are not normal. Since his directorial debut with Erazerhead, his films, including Elephant Man, have been much debated. His latest work Blue Velvet promises to arouse controversy. Is it a cult classic or a pornographic shocker?
Theatre: Barcelona is currently producing some of the most exciting theatre in Europe. The latest production from the La Cubana company is a version of The Tempest which will be arriving for the London International Festival of Theatre this summer.
Art: in the week that the new Clore extension opens at the Tate Gallery, Saturday Review also visits the Southampton City Art
Gallery to ask the museum attendants how they regard the art - and the audience - of which they are the keepers. Directors ANDREW EATON
ADAM GANZ. DAISY GOODWIN ProducerKEVIN LOADER Editor JOHN ARCHER
BBC Radio 4 FM

Kaleidoscope

Shazam! Not Just Kids' Stuff To George Orwell they were
'penny dreadfuls', offering little beyond 'bully worship and the cult of violence'. Yet how have comic books and cartoon characters endured to become so inextricably intertwined with the nation's culture, language and art? And why should they provide such a fertile ground of imagery and inspiration for poets, novelists and film-makers?
Jeffery Richards reports. Producer WILL CANTOPHER (R)
BBC Two England

Saturday Cinema: Gunga Din

starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Sam Jaffe
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's poem set in the days of India under the British Empire, this exciting epic adventure was one of George Stevens's greatest films and has not been seen on television for over 20 years.
Cutter, MacChesney and Ballantine are three brave and reckless officers sent to investigate an attack on an army post by the cult of the Thuggees. Among their native auxiliaries is a water-carrier called Gunga Din, who proves he is as resourceful and courageous as any trained soldier.
(George Stevens tribute in the Film Club tonight at 10.0pm)
FILMS: page 29






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