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BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Cowboys in the South Pacific An adventure story by international Emmyaward-winning film-maker
Nigel Evans. Into the jungles of a small Pacific island
Dr Danforth Artie Bookout leads his team of intrepid Texans to search for an aircraft and the body of Weyland Bennett , "a home-town boy", missing in action 50 years ago. Deep in the bush sits Chief Jean Marc waiting for his Texan pay packet to lumber into view. And two days' walk behind the Texan strides a local explorer who knows the secrets of Dr Dan's past. Editor Caroline Pick
A Nigel Evans production for BBCtv 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Miami Wild
Capturing escaped pythons, confiscating pet cougars or wrestling with exotic crocodiles - it's all in a day's work for Miami specialist police officer Lieutenant Kat Kelley. The locals are crazy about owning flamboyant pets and many of these exotic animals have escaped and multiplied over the years, threatening both people and native wildlife. Kelley is on call 24 hours a day and never knows what she will have to face. "We're fighting a losing battle here. Basically, nature is out of control."
Producer Chris Terrill Editor Caroline Pick
TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FEATURE: page 26
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

She Married a Lifer
"It's a nice, easy, loving relationship. Just the same as anyone else's good, ordinary relationship." Except Marie Curtis has only met her husband once outside prison and that was the day she married him. She says she is happy defying convention to be a prisoner's wife. She met Tom two years into his life sentence for murder. Marie, like Linda Hayes and Julie Ross also featured in the film, has her own reasons for seeking a relationship - even marriage - with a lifer: "It's not prisoners that frighten me, it's the people on the outside of the system." Producer Joanna Clinton Davis EditorCaroline Pick
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Elvis in Jarrow
When the Jarrow Elvis
Roadshow are performing at Tyneside's Victoria Park pub, the laughter is always deafening. The regulars call it "knackers' night" - "because they're terrible". The performers, all with varying degrees of physical and mental disabilities, see themselves as serious entertainers and are largely unaware that they are being mocked. The audience finds their incompetence hilarious and the pub makes a lot of money, but some locals are appalled. "These poor unfortunates are up there being mocked and exploited. It shouldn't be allowed."
But should they really be protected from doing what they clearly enjoy?
Producer Nick Catliff Editor Caroline Pick
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Dear Mr Pink
When 62-year-old Manchester nurse Graham Pink sat down to write a letter of complaint to his bosses in August 1989 he had no idea how it would change his life. It was an eye-witness account of the night shift on the acute elderly wards at
Stockport's Stepping Hill hospital. Mr Pink believed his patients were being put at risk by low staffing levels.
Many people think he was a hero of the Health Service. His bosses believe he was guilty of gross misconduct.This is the extraordinary story of a most unlikely whistleblower - a nurse who listened to his conscience and put his patients before his job. Producer Peter Dale
Editor Caroline Pick
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Wild Men
In the Texan wilderness, over
100 men are beating drums and hugging each other. This is a "wild man gathering". For one long weekend, these
Americans abandon the urban rat-race, their wives and work to grapple with manhood. They shed both inhibitions and clothes, undergo initiation rites and painful campfire confessions. Their problems are different: failed in love, failed in business, alcoholic, workaholic, or just plain depressed. But these city slickers have one common aim: to discover what it means to be a "real man".
Producer Richard Bradley EditorCarolinePick
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● DOCUMENTARY: page 8
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

A Child for Hitler
"You can't all expect to marry but you could all make a child for Hitler" ran the Nazi propaganda campaign to encourage racially pure young women to mate.
Renate is one of thousands living in Germany today who are the product of Lebensborn - the Nazi experiment to breed a perfect Aryan. The fathers were all SS officers. She grew up with her mother and grandmother in Cologne, knowing nothing of her strange origins. She longed for her absent father. But her mother hadn't told her the truth.
This film interweaves the story of Lebensborn with Renate's personal quest to discover the terrible truth of her father's identity. Producer Catnne Clay Editor Caroline Pick
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FEATURE: page 28
BBC Two England

40 Minutes Soldier's Diary

Is it possible to stand for peace and yet be part of an army of occupation? Yishai Shuster is an Israeli reservist soldier who has filmed his own diary in Israel's occupied territories. It is a rare glimpse into the reality of life there - the daily round of harassing Palestinians, dodging stones and watching over militant Jewish settlers.
He is often faced with brutal prejudice - "Arabs stink and they always will," explains a 13-year-old Jewish boy who lives on the West Bank. But he feels that not to serve is to betray your friends and country. This controversial film, part-confession and part-documentary, charts the personal dilemma of one soldier with a conscience. Producer Gideon Gitai Editor Caroline Pick
A Gig production for BBCtv
• TELETEXTSUBTITLES: pages 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

When the Canaries
Stop Singing
Canaries were used by miners to alert them to the presence of poisonous gases underground. If a canary died, they knew the air was bad. This film is about human canaries - some of the first victims of a newly recognised and devastating illness emerging in America. People are being poisoned by some of the 60,000 chemicals in everyday use. A group of chemically ill people have found refuge in unusual homes in the clean air of the small Texan town of Wimberley - with painful and bizarre results. ProducerJohn Edginton EditorCaroline Pick
An Otmoor production for BBCtv ●TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Not at Their Age
Five couples, aged 65 to 91, tell their stories of how they met and fell in love in later life.
When older people have relationships it is often met with shock and incredulity, not least by the couples themselves. For many of them, it is like being a teenager again. "I never thought anyone would look at me at 90," says Mary (91) who met Jim (85) in a residential home for elderly people. "People say that old people can't have any love for each other," explains Jim.
"They're very, very wrong." Producer Philippa Lowthorpe Editor Caroline Pick
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 * DOCUMENTARY: page 1
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Weather. Feature film director
Christopher Petit draws his own conclusions about what some have called the one true governing body of our lives. EditorCaroline Pick
A Konick Projects production for BBCtv 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
Followed by a sunny interval with Bernard Davey and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Get Out!
A look behind the scenes of a London borough's controversial anti-squatter initiative.
In order to move as many rent-paying tenants as possible into empty properties,
Hackney claim they must first clear their borough of more than 1,000 squatters.
John Alexander 's film follows the tense countdown to eviction, examining the pressures on the council that force them into confrontation and questioning existing assumptions about squatters. Producer John Alexander Editor Caroline Pick
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Suburbs in the Sky
Smile, smile, smile - a witty and informal look at the life and times of the air hostess.
Feature-film maker Chris Petit , of Radio On fame, turns his eye to the world of flying,
"trolley-dollies", duty-free lives, emergency, sex and shopping. Cabin doors to manual! Welcome aboard!
Editor Caroline Pick
A Koninck Projects production for BBCtv 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
BBC Two England

40 Minutes So Much to Lose

At 34, 5ft 2ins tall and weighing 16 stone, Annette [text removed] is desperate to lose weight. She has been told the only permanent solution is a stomach stapling operation. The surgeon says that with a specially adapted staple gun he can reduce the size of Annette's stomach to the length of a teaspoon. And that would mean she would only ever be able to eat tiny portions of food. Unable to bear her fat any longer, and with a family history of diabetes and heart disease, Annette feels she has nothing to lose. Meanwhile her friend Kath, who reduced from 19 to seven stone after her operation, is now back to a size 22 and about to enter hospital for a fourth operation.
Producer Joanna Clinton Davies Editor Caroline Pick
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FEATURE: page 24
BBC Two England

40 Minutes Farewell, Fab 208

An affectionate look at Radio
Luxembourg, launched in 1933 and for decades the only commercial pop music station broadcasting in the UK - and then only at night. Generations grew up listening to it under the bedclothes. But last year 208 went off the airwaves and now it can only be reached by satellite. This nostalgic portrait of "the station of the stars" talks to some of its former DJs including Jimmy Savile ,
Noel Edmonds , Pete Murray , David "Kid" Jensen and Tony "Your Royal Ruler" Prince, about their days in the Duchy. And listeners, such as Cliff Richard and Tim Rice , describe how they heard their first rock 'n' roll on Radio Luxembourg. Producer John Pitman Editor Caroline Pick
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FEATURE: page 24
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Documentary series focusing primarily on Britain today. The Lady Killers. Wading through filthy rivers poisoning rats, crawling through lofts looking for nesting nasties and fighting off the perennial cockroach infestation - it's all routine for three grandmothers in Manchester. After 15 years working as pest controllers for the council, the job still gives them great satisfaction and tonight's film celebrates their courage and their determination to rid the city of vermin. DirectorEmma Hindley
Series editor Paul Watson
BBC Two England

40 Minutes

Documentary series focusing primarily on Britain today. Limehouse Doctor.
David Widgery , doctor, author and committed socialist, worked as a general practitioner in London's East End for 20 years. Started before his tragic death last October, this film follows his day-to-day work at the Gill Street Health Centre in Limehouse on the edge of Docklands. It reveals him as a forceful defender of the NHS and of people's right to health care, decent housing and education, and is shown as a tribute to this charismatic man's commitment to his patients. Director Diane Tammes
Series editor Paul Watson






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