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BBC One London

The Sharp End

Fourth part of Roy Clarke 's new humorous drama series.
Starring Gwen Taylor
Celia and Carmichael are in hot pursuit of arch-womaniser Warboys who seems to leave broken hearts and debts wherever he goes.
Producer Fiona Finlay Director Brian Parser
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BBC One London

A Question of Sport

Questionmaster: David Coleman.
Team captains:
Bill Beaumont , Ian Botham. There's is a strong Scottish flavour tonight - three of the guests play their sport north of the border. Bill lines up with Finlay Calder , the Scottish captain who led the Lions to a famous Test series victory against Australia, and Sam Torrance who was one of the team that successfully defended the Ryder Cup for the second time against the USA. Ian is joined by the Essex and England captain Graham
Gooch who this winter will be touring the West Indies without him, and Terry Butcher , the Rangers and England defender with over 60 caps for his country. Director MICK DEMPSEY Producer MIKE ADLEY
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BBC One London

A Question of Sport

Questionmaster David Coleman.
Ian Botham lines up this week with Neil Webb , the Nottingham Forest and England midfielder, and rugby union's Finlay Calder , the new captain of Scotland. Bill Beaumont's guests are Herol Graham , the British middleweight champion, and John Emburey , the Middlesex and England all-rounder.
Director MICK DEMPSEY Producer MIKE ADLEY BBC North West
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BBC One London

The Return of the Soldier

starring
Alan Bates
Ann-Margret Glenda Jackson
First World War: Chris, a wealthy landowner, returns shell-shocked from the battlefront suffering from a 20-year gap in his memory. He is intent on reliving his first love affair with Margaret who is now married to a teacher ... Not surprisingly his wife is more than disturbed by the chain of events. This handsomely photographed film is adapted from the distinguished novel by Rebecca West and boasts a memorable cast of British actors.
Screenplay by HUGH WHTTEMORE
Based on the novel by REBECCA WEST Produced by ANN SKINNER and SIMON RELPH
Directed by ALAN BRIDGES
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BBC One London

Christmas with the Two Ronnies

starring
Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
Another chance to see
Messrs Corbett and Barker in their very last show together. This Christmas spectacular features their own follow-up to the Walt Disney classic - Pinocchio II: Killer Doll - with a special guest appearance from Charlton Heston. The show also stars: Lynda Baron Maria Charles
Sandra Dickinson Frank Finlay Alfred Marks Denis QuiUey and Elton John.
Written by COLIN BOSTOCK. SMITH. BRYAN BLACKBURN. SPIKE MULUNS. COLIN PEARSON. LAURIE ROWLEY. DAVID RENWICK. GERALD WILEY Script associate IAN DAVIDSON
Musical director RONNIE HAZLEHURST Choreographer JEFF THACKER
Executive producer MICHAEL HURLL Produced and directed by MARCUS MORTIMER (R) ft CEEFAX SUBTITLES
BBC Radio 3

Third Ear

This week Julian Spalding talks to the poet, sculptor and neoclassicist Ian Hamilton Finlay. Producer HANS PIETSCH
BBC One London

A Night of Comic Relief

Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones present eight hours of comedy - to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia and the Sudan, and for young people in crisis in the UK. This TV spectacular is the climax of a day of Red-Nose madness across the country.

7.35 Lift Off!
Lenny Henry and Griff Rhys Jones start the huge red ball rolling, with some snappy help from Jonathan Ross - introducing Stavros serving kebabs to guests and taking
calls at the Telecom Tower, Jim Davidson in search of the Best Children's Joke in Britain and Rod Hull with the Best Red-Nose Drawing. Also Part 1 of 73 of a Kind - the Super Sketch Show with more celebrities than minutes, and more jokes than both.

8.00 A Question of Sport
Meets Spitting Image starring the real and the rubber Mike Gatting, Barry McGuigan, Daley Thompson, with David Coleman taking revenge on his annoying little puppet. Then the night forges on with a host of stars, including Little and Large Rory Bremner and Lenny Henry's report from Ethiopia.

8.30 Wood, Walters... and Wise
Live in the studio - Victoria Wood and Julie Walters, and hot on their heels, the start of Select-a-Sketch, then all-time comedy classics chosen by Radio 1 listeners from Monty Python, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Three of a Kind, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and The Two Ronnies. Also Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and the Gunk Tank, and Ernie Wise introducing a Morecambe and Wise classic.

FEATURE: page 82
BBC One London

Christmas Night with the Two Ronnies

starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett
Memo to producer: Thanks for yours of 10 November. If the Two Ronnies can actually get Charlton Heston to be in their film Pinocchio II: Killer Doll I will eat my hat.
If the show also includes guest stars
Lynda Baron Maria Charles
Sandra Dickinson
Frank Finlay Alfred Marks
Denis Quilley and Elton John
I will resign and go to Channel 4
Yours, M. Grade.
Written by: COLIN BOSTOCK SMITH. BRYAN BLACKBURN. SPIKE MULLINS COLIN PEARSON. LAURIE ROWLEY DAVID RENWICK. GERALD WILEY Script associate IAN DAVIDSON Musical director
RONNIE HAZLEHURST
Choreographer JEFF THACKER Sound DAVE THOMPSON
Lighting GRAHAM RIMMINGTON Designer JAMES GRANT
Executive producer MICHAEL HURLL Produced and directed by MARCUS MORTIMER
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BBC Two England

The Ritz

A comedy-drama serial in six parts by JOHN GODBER
2: Tuesday-Women Free
Night - Skodge's Nightmare Eric insists that bouncers' standing orders are strictly observed. It's 'women free' at the Ritz Disco. There's a new girl - Cheryl - at the box-office. Kenny falls head-over-heels, Chike gives mature advice. And Skodge finds he may have taken on more than he bargained for.
Music IRVING BERLIN,
PETER SKELLERN , RONNIE HAZLEHURST PETER GRAHAME
Script editor FIONA FINLAY Designer IAN ASHURST Producer CHRIS PARR Directors
MARTIN SHARDLOW , JOHN GODBER BBC Pebble Mill
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BBC Two England

The Return of the Soldier

starring Chris Baldry
World War I: Chris, a wealthy landowner, returns shell-shocked from the battlefront, suffering from a 20-year gap in his memory. He is intent on reliving his first love affair with Margaret who is now married to a teacher.... Not surprisingly his wife is more than disturbed by the chain of events. This handsomely photographed film is adapted from the distinguished novel by Rebecca West and boasts a memorable cast of British actors.
Screenplay by HUGH WHITEMORE
Based on the novel by REBECCA WEST Produced by ALAN SKINNER and SMON RALPH Directed by ALAN BRIDGES
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BBC Two England

Screen Two: In the Secret State

starring Frank Finlay
Screenplay by BRIAN PHELAN from the novel by ROBERT MCCRUM
A government department, with data on us all in its computers, is not functioning quite as its ex-Head intended. Frank Strange sets out to clear his own name and finds he is investigating a murder.
With WYLLIE LONGMORE
AMANDA NEYLON , RICHARD MAY
ALAN THOMPSON , GURDIAL SIRA
CHRISTOPHER BIRCH
SHOPE SHODEINDE
STEPHEN CHURCHETT
IAN BLEASDALE
JACK LONSDALE. IVOR SALTER
ANDREW CUTHBERT
KALEEM JANJUA
BRENDA CAVENDISH
NICK ORCHARD
NEVILLE PHILLIPS
STEWART HARWOOD
JAMES WOOLLEY
RUSSELL DIXON
Music RICHARD HARVEY Producer ANN SCOTT
Director CHRISTOPHER MORAHAN (R)
BBC Two England

Newsnight

with John Tusa, Peter Snow, Donald MacCormick and Olivia O'Leary with Jenni Murray, Ian Smith
Including the first of a series of reports on the artists shortlisted for the £10,000
Turner Prize, one of the art world's most prestigious awards. Tonight Joan Bakewell talks to Ian Hamilton-Finlay.
Producers JANA BENNETT, MIKE ROBINSON, TIM GARDAM, MARK THOMPSON
Directors JOHN WILKINSON, CHRIS FOX
Assignment editors NICK GUTHRIE, COLIN STANBRIDGE
Deputy editor TIM ORCHARD
Editor RICHARD TAIT
BBC Two England

Film Matinee: I Know Where I'm Going

continues the season of films celebrating the 80th birthday of British director
Michael Powell , today starring Wendy Hiller Roger Livesey
From the age of one, the headstrong Joan Webster knew exactly where she was going. But stranded on the Isle of Mull on her way to marry a wealthy, elderly businessman, she's no longer so sure. For there she meets and falls in love with the impecunious Laird of Kiloran ...
Written, produced and directed by MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER
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BBC Two England

Screen Two: In the Secret State

starring Frank Finlay
Screenplay by BRIAN PHELAN from the novel by ROBERT MCCRUM
A Government Department with data on us all in its computers is not functioning quite as its ex-Head intended. Frank Strange sets out to clear his own name and finds he is investigating a murder. Frank Strange. FRANK FINLAY with WYLLIE LONGMORE
AMANDA NEYLON , RICHARD MAY ALAN THOMPSON , GURDIAL SIRA CHRISTOPHER BIRCH
SHOPE SHODEINDE
STEPHEN CHURCHETT
IAN BLEASDALE
JACK LONSDALE , IVOR SALTER ANDREW CUTHBERT
KALEEM JANJUA
BRENDA CAVENDISH
NICK ORCHARD
NEVILLE PHILLIPS
STEWART HARWOOD
JAMES WOOLLEY
RUSSELL DIXON
Music RICHARD HARVEY Editor DAN RAE
Photography NAT CROSBY Designer STUART WALKER Producer ANN SCOTT
Director CHRISTOPHER MORAHAN
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BBC Radio 4 FM

Kaleidoscope

includes reviews of Lindsay Anderson 's production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov starring Joan Plowright and Frank Finlay at the Theatre Royal,
Haymarket. London, and a new British film,
Bullshot, directed by Dick Clement and produced by Ian La Frenals , the creators of The Likely Lads, starring Mel Smith and Billy Connolly.
Presented by Paul Allen Producer RICHARD DUNN
BBC Radio 3

A Dream Play

by AUGUST STRINDBERG in a version by INGMAR BERGMAN , translated by MICHAEL MEYER
Music by ILONA sekacz
' In this dream play the author has attempted to imitate the inconsequent yet transparently logical shape of a dream '
Adapted for radio and directed by martin Jenkins ( Repeat)
BBC Radio 3

A Dream Play

by AUGUST STRINDBERG in version by ingmar BERGMAN , translated by MICHAEL MEYER
Music by ILONA SEKACZ
•in this dream play the author has attempted to imitate the inconSequent yet transparently logical shape of a dream The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense. disperse, assemble. But one consciousness rules over them all, that of the Adapted for radio and directed by MARTIN JENKINS
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Silver Darlings

by NEIL GUNN , adapted in five parts by TOM MCGRATH
1: For the poverty-stricken people of Caithness the herring fishing means sudden wealth, but the Silver
Darlings exact their price in hardship and death.
Directed by TOM KINNINMONT BBC Scotland
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Monday Play

My Dear Palestrina by BERNARD MACLAVERTY Winner of the 1981 Scottish Radio Industries Club Award for Best Drama Production
' One of your Popes had a great thing to say once. He had been listening to some music by Palestrina with the composer himself. He said to him: " The law, my dear Palestrina, ought to employ your music to lead hardened criminals to repentance." Do you think this town would do this to me if they had truly heard one bar of Palestrina? Listen.'
Directed by MARILYN IRELAND , BBC Scotland
BBC Two England

Playhouse: Elizabeth Alone

A play in three parts by WILLIAM TREVOR. Part 2 with Barbara Ferris
Gawn Grainger , Doreen Mantle David Neal and Ian Marter
As Elizabeth recovers in hospital after her operation, Henry is busy setting his house in order and looking for a new job. But neither can easily shake off the past.
Music arranged and played by PETER BITHEIL
Lighting HOWARD KING Sound JOHN DELANY
Designer MARTIN COLLINS Producer ANN KIRCH
Directed by BRIAN PARKER (Final part next Friday)






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