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BBC One London


1/2. A Russian-set thriller based on the novel by Robert Harris and starring Daniel Craig. A routine job for Oxford historian Fluke Kelso turns into a search for the final secret of Josef Stalin and a murderous chase across night-time Russia. Concludes tomorrow 9pm. Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ; Producer Christopher Hall Director Jon Jones
For cast see Sunday Daniel Craig stars in Love Is the Devil at 12.20am on BBC2
Taking on Stalin: page 22; RT Direct book offer page 24
BBC Two England

Blue Peter at 50

Get out the sticky-backed plastic and Advent crown components for an entertaining romp through the world's longest-running children's TV programme. Featuring presenting teams of old reunited to spill the beans, celebrities singing the show's praises, and daredevil director Alex Leger talking about the action films and near-death experiences he shot. Plus there are archive clips, anecdotes, mishaps, badges, appeals, pets, out-takes and reminders of the interaction the show has always had with its audience.
Narrated by Tom Baker.
Blue Peter's Live 50th Birthday is on Thursday at 5.15pm on BBC1
On Thursday 16 October from 7am digital viewers can take part in a quiz on 50 years of Blue Peter (not Freeview after 1.15pm)
Gold Peter page 20; book offer page 25
Photo gallery at [web address removed]

Blue Peter at 50 8.40pm BBC2
On 16 October 1958, a 15-minute programme featuring train sets and dolls aired for the first time on the BBC. Fifty years on, Blue Peter is the world's longest-running children's TV series and has probably been watched avidly by almost every one in the country when they were younger.
This is an affectionate and nostalgic patchwork of recollections (from presenters representing every decade of the show's history), mishaps, fearless exploits, appeals, pets and badges. It also includes out-takes and previously unseen footage (no matter how many shows you watched, there will be something here you missed). And, of course, Advent crowns, an out-of-control elephant, Tracy Island and sticky-backed plastic all make an appearance. JR

Gold Peter: page 20
BBC Two England

Murder Most Horrid: Confessions of a Murderer

Continuing a series of murder-mystery spoofs starring Dawn French.

Harriet Snellgrove dreams of being arrested. But will she resort to murder in a bid to live out her fantasy?
See today's choices.
(Digital widescreen)

Murder Most Horrid 9.00pm BBC2
Meet Harriet Snellgrove, Dawn French's latest incarnation, a woman who calls her pets by the names of TV detectives and whose doorbell plays the Z Cars theme tune. She's "bonkers" according to the long-suffering police sergeant who regularly hears her confessing to crimes that she never committed. "Yes, I am Lord Lucan," says Harriet. No wonder they ignore her story about the missing bank manager.
Writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have enormous fun with TV police cliches like the old-style copper versus the university-educated new boss. Metaphorically challenged, the latter can't quite get to grips with the argot and has to be given a helpful nudge now and again ("It's 'Shut it', not 'Close it', sir"). Watch out for a nice little cameo by Graeme Garden as the entire staff of the Nutley Chronicle.
BBC One London


Films from home and abroad.

The Pogles
Mr. and Mrs. Pogle plant a magic bean and feed it with bilberry wine.

King Midas
A king's love for gold brings about an impossible situation.

Heiner and his Cockerels
Heiner forgets his three cockerels when he meets other friends, but afterwards they help his pets to find him.

Aza at the Seaside
The adventures of some children and their dog Aza on the Baltic coast.

Introduced by Gary Watson.
BBC One London

Animal Hospital Roadshow

Rolf Harris , Shauna Lowry and Rhodri Williams go out and about to meet people and their pets around the country, this week visitingtheCotswold Wildlife
Park in Oxfordshire. Local owners bring along their menagerie of pets, and vet David Grant takes to two wheels to help a sheep dog overcome an unusual problem. See today's choices. Producer Clare Sillery; Series producer
BBC One London

Little Dorrit

10/14. Mrs Merdle is determined that Edmund should be separated from Fanny once and for all. Arthur is worried when he sees a French stranger. Dramatised by Andrew Davies ; Producer Lisa Osborne ; Director Adam Smith Cast Wednesday Omnibus next Sunday Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
Any episode, after it has first been broadcast, is available for the duration of the entire series at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
RT DIRECT: pre-order the DVD (out 26/01/09) for only E23.99 (RRP E34.99) incl p&p. Call [number removed] (calls charged at standard rate) or visit www.bbcshop.com and enter code RTD279 at checkout Tom Courtenay in the RT Interview: page 16 What we've been watching: page
BBC One London

Animal Hospital Week

This week's visit to the RSPCA's Harmsworth Hospital features dogs with acne, rabbits with toothache, cats with heart problems and snakes with ulcers. Rolf Harris watches the vets and nurses in action, and reporter Steve Knight is out and about with the rescue team.
See today's choices.
Series producerSarah Hargreaves
BBC One London

Animal Hospital

Continuing the series about the vets and patients at the busy country practice of Hampden Veterinary Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where this week the patients include some local ducks. Reporter Shauna Lowry catches up with Pluto and accompanies him to a special training centre in Oxfordshire. where he begins his tuition as a hearing dog for the deaf. Presented by Rolf Harris. See today's choices. Producer Danielle Peck
Series producer Sally Dixon
BBC BOOK AND VIDEO: the book A Pet for You. and Animal Hospital video, both available for retailers.
BBC Two England

Room 101

Paul Merton 's guest this week on the show that consigns celebrities' pet hates to oblivion is
Jim Davidson , the host of BBC1's Generation Game and Big
Break. The comedian chooses holidays, Motown records and darkness among his betes noires. See today's choices.
Director Phil Chilvers ; Producer Toby Stevens Repeated next Thursday on BBC1
Digital widescreen
BBC One London

Imagine...: 4/6: The World According to Parr

Martin Parr is widely considered to be the most influential photographer of his generation. His work portrays the British way of life in all its idiosyncratic detail - Women's Institutes, bird-watching, fish and chips - iconic images that make up a retrospective exhibition currently on a world tour. Alan Yentob takes Parr back to his suburban past to reveal the root of his inspiration. Modern Times: Think of England is at 11.30pm on BBC4. Director/Producer Rebecca Frayn [web address removed] Adam Hart-Davis on a neglected art: page 14
BBC Two England

Comedy Night

Ends 10.30.
The Kumars at No 42 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Ray Winstone enterthe Kumar's Wembley home. With Sanjeev Bhaskar , Meera Syal , Indira Joshi and Vincent Ebrahim.
Producers Lissa Evans. Richard Pinto , Sharat Sardana ; Executive producers Jimmy Mulville and Denise O'Donoghue (AD) Ray Winstone is one of Jonathan Ross 's guests on Friday at 10.35pm on BBCl
9.30 Room 101 New series 1/8. Five News anchor
Kirsty Young places Brazilian wax and Britney Spears high on her list of pet hates. But will she be able to convince Paul Merton to condemn them to Orwellian oblivion?
Director Geraldine Dowd ; Producer Victoria Payne (AD)
10.00 Early Doors New series 1/6. The sitcom starring
Craig Cash that observes life through the opening hours of a rundown northern pub returns for a second series.
Forged bank notes are being passed over the bar of the Grapes, but who is responsible for the deception?
Writers Craig Cash and Phil Mealey ; Director Craig Cash ; Producers
Lucy Ansbro and John Rushton
BBC One London

Animal Magic

Introduced by Johnny Morris With SHEILA YOUNG
Stuck for a Christmas present? Animal Magic has lots of gift ideas for friends with pets, or pets themselves: from dog whistles to bird feeders.
Pets' Spot: David Taylor on how to look after tropical fish. Bird-watcher extraordinary Bill Oddie takes time off from The Goodies to be Johnny's special guest.
And DAFILA SCOTT watches the return of the magnificent Bewick Swans to the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge.
Producer MIKE BEYNON. BBC Bristol
BBC Two England


with the latest news and information on our wildlife. with Su Ingle and Michael Jordan
Do you own a pet tortoise? Have you ever considered it not as a pet but as a wild animal? In a special report from Yugoslavia Wildtrack looks at the wild tortoise in its proper environment. Did you know. for instance, that tortoises can swim? And that they are not solely vegetarians - they eat meat as well.
And two spectacular animals: Mike has been in Scotland filming wildcats and Su's been in Northern Ireland watching one of our most beautiful birds of prey - the peregrine falcon.
Producer mike BEYNON
BBC Two England

Comedy Night

Ends 10.30.
Room 101
Ex-Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating attempts to persuade sceptical host Paul Merton that rude people and hangovers should be consigned to Orwellian oblivion in the first of an eight-part series.
Director Geraldine Dowd ; Producer Victoria Payne

9.30 Dead Ringers
Kevin Connelly, Phil Cornwell, Mark Perry, Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens send up stars of TV, cinema and music with their witty comic impressions.
Directors Jonathan Gershfield , Pati Marr ; Producer Bill Dare BBC PRODUCTS: Dead Ringers: Series 1. DVD £15.99; VHS £12.99

10.00 Early Doors
It's Joan and Eddie's anniversary.
Written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey; Director Adrian Shergold
Producers Lucy Ansbro and John Rushton
6LV Liverpool

The City Police Band at Play

(By kind permission of the Watch Committee and the Chief Constable, Mr. Lionel D. L. Everitt, O.B.E.)
Conductor : Chief Inspector Charles R. Bicks, Bandmaster
'MISS LUCY LONG' - our domestic help - slumbers; it is time to rise, however, and efforts are made to induce her to do so. She yawns, and (Allegretto) gets up. She is heard coming downstairs, where she proclaims herself loudly (Moderato). The next movement 'Lucy' is discovered at her work ; and while she works, she sings her favourite melodies in her own particular style. Becoming more than usually frivolous, she indulges in some eccentricities which bring about an appalling disaster to the crockery! The Adagio, which follows, depicts her remorse ; she soon recovers her spirits, however, and tells all and sundry that 'Charlie is my darling.' We next meet her on Hampstead Heath: it is Bank Holiday, and 'Lucy' enjoys the fun - and a waltz. Later, they drop into 'ragtime.' Now we are interested listeners to a bit of love-making between ' Charlie ' (Trombone) and 'Lucy' (Bassoon), and after a suggestion of ' Haste to the Wedding,' 'Lucy ' pets married, and will have the Wedding March-in 'ragtime,' too!
'THE Church Clock Strikes Four '; 'A Hunting We Will Go'; 'John Peel,' and some
of his eccentricities. He attends the Hunt Dinner, and will sing 'Drinking': after this, he is very sad and only recovers with the aid of a spirited Cake-Walk.
2LO London

Professor H. MUNROFox : ' Mind in Animals — VI, Animal Intelligence.' Relayed from Birmingham

TN his last talk this evening, Professor
Fox proceeds to the question of animal intelligence as based on animal instinct, with which he dealt in his previous two talks. Few people who have cither kept pets or watched wild animals would deny their intelligence, but the border-line between the active mental process and the automatic reaction to instinct is difficult to draw and must remain a fascinating subject of speculation.
5XX Daventry

Professor H. MUNROFox : ' Mind in Animals — VI, Animal Intelligence.' Relayed from Birmingham

TN his last talk this evening, Professor
Fox proceeds to the question of animal intelligence as based on animal instinct, with which he dealt in his previous two talks. Few people who have cither kept pets or watched wild animals would deny their intelligence, but the border-line between the active mental process and the automatic reaction to instinct is difficult to draw and must remain a fascinating subject of speculation.
National Programme Daventry

The B.B.C. Dance Orchestra

Directed by Henry Hall
(All Nationals except Daventry)

5.15 Daventry
The Children's Hour
'The Zoo Man' will conduct a tour round the London Zoo
The quality that makes the Zoo Man's talks so enchanting to children is his power to see animals almost as human beings. He himself is thrilled just now with yet another pet, for Diana, the Pigmy Hippopotamus, has just presented the Zoo with a tiny calf. Diana came from West Africa in 1913, when she was believed to be ten or more years of age; so she is now quite an old lady. He well remembers her first calf and how excited they all were at the Zoo when they knew of its arrival.
It was born early one morning and, in the evening, they decided to allow Diana to go into her warmed pool and to take her tiny baby with her if she felt so inclined. They sat up in the Hippo house until very late that night and watched. Out of her den came Diana, the baby following close at her heels, though only a few hours old. Into the water she plunged, while the babe stood undecided on the brink. She came to the edge and coaxed it, and presently, its mind made up, it too made a plunge. It had never seen water before, but proved to be able to swim like a fish.
Wouldn't you all like to be the Zoo Man? Certainly the next best thing is to go with him on a microphone tour round the Zoo this afternoon.
Light Programme


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes stories, and music
' Mummy,' said a small listener, ' What is a "junior lamb"?' The answer was, of course, ' Julia Lang. ' who is back on the air today to begin her next monih as storyteller for our under-fives.
Tomorrow she will repeat
Dorothy E. Brown 's story called ' Mousie,' about a little girl whose pet was an imaginary mouse. Mothers who have watched their children at play with their own imag.nary friends will understand why so many boys and girls liked this tale when they heard it before, and will know, too, how important a part such make-believe act vi y plays in their development. For as yet they hardly distinguish between the real and the imaginary, and in playing out these fantasies they are finding their way about life, re-living experiences they have already had, combining different experiences into completely new ones, and experimenting with new situations of their own creating. Thus anything which finds its way into their everyday lives may reappear in their play, though, to the grown-up, their choice of ' friends ' is sometimes undoubtedly unexpected-for example, one youngster we heard ot had adopted a sea-!ion, and another found a girl-friend called ' School Fees 'I Elizabeth A. Taylor
Light Programme


A programme for children under five
' He likes it here because he has food and milk and someone to take care of him,' said a little girl as she watched her ' rather grown-up ' black and white kitten. She had listened to Jtan Surchliffe’s story of ' Peter the little Black Kitien ,' and as her mother said, she attributed some of Peter's sentiments ' to her own p:t. In evoking by example, which is always more forceful than precept, such interested and sympathetic consideration by the children of the needs and natures of their pets, our stories can help to incu'cate those ideas of kindness to animals which we would have them develop. This story of the homeless kitten, which has remained a favourite since its first broadcast on the first day of this series, will be heard again on Friday this week.
Tomorrow, being May Day. brings
' The May Day Tree.' by Susanne Hale. It is based on an old country custom and after its broadcast last year we were told of a family of children whose delight in its pretty theme prompted them quite spontaneously to emulation. They. too, took a branch and decked it with flowers and danced like the children in the story.
Elizabeth A. Taylor

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