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BBC Two England

I Love 1987

Richard E Grant, the star of the cult film hit Withnail and I, hosts this look back at the other crazes of the year. Blossoming musical talent included soul sensation Terence Trent D'Arby, baritone angel Rick Astley and party animals the Beastie Boys, while lifestyle tips were provided by US TV drama thirtysomething, and designers took on everything from food and beer, to trainers and puffballs.
Producer Liz Molyneux / Love 1988 shown tomorrow at 12.10am
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Madonna's Plumber

By Christopher Matthew. Nigel Breezer 's trip to a film premiere in a courtesy limo gives him the opportunity to pass on the benefit of an insider's view of the famous and not-so-famous, as well as a few tricks of his trade as a plumber.
Director Toby Swift
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Storyman with Andrew Clover

New series 1/6. John Waters. Andrew Clover , the Storyman, invites celebrities to improvise stories. In the intimacy of his puke-green apartment, cult director of Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby and Hairspray,
John Waters talks about his hopes, fantasies and fears before revealing he's scared of one thing: reincarnation. Ever puckish, Clover then begins a tale in which Waters has been reincarnated. Producer Gary Reich
BBC Four

Quentin Tarantino Talks to Kirsty Wark

An interview with the cult film director, whose latest work, Kill Bill: Volume 1, came out last October.
BBC One London

Ancient Rome: the Rise and Fall of an Empire

4/6. Rebellion. When the Jewish Revolt swept through Judea in AD 66, threatening to destabilise the entire Empire, Rome turned to the disgraced General Vespasian and his son Titus to suppress it. Together they unleashed the might of Rome on the Jewish people. Their discipline and ingenuity, pitted against the rebels' passion and commitment, climaxed in a battle on the steps of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Writer/Director Andrew Grieve ; Series producer Mark Hedgecoe
Signed repeat next Wednesday
I Claudius continues the theme at 11pm on BBC4; visit www.bbc.co.uk/history to play CDX, a mystery about a Roman cult
RT DIRECT: order the hardback Ancient Rome for just E13.99 incl p&p (RRP £18.99). Call [number removed] (landline calls cost a maximum of 8p per min) or send a cheque, payable to BBC Shop, to BBC Shop, [address removed], quoting [text removed]
BBC Radio 2

South by Southwest

Live from Austin, Texas, Dermot O'Leary kicks off a four-and-a-half-hour marathon of Radio 2 coverage of the South by Southwest (SxSW) music, film and interactive festival, which concludes tomorrow.
6.30 Attic Jam with Rachel Fuller and Guests
The SxSW festivities continue with a starry set featuring Attic Jam and Rachel Fuller , with guests Martha Wainwright ,
Pete Townshend (Fuller's partner), Sean Lennon , Mika and Willy Mason , recorded at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
7.30 Radio 2 at La Zona Rosa A SxSW festival highlights programme featuring live sets from current music stars
Seth Lakeman , James Morrison , Amy Winehouse , Mika and Razorlight. Producer Sarah Gaston
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Peter Lorre v Peter Lorre

Towards the end of his career, film star Peter Lorre found himself at the centre of a strange legal case.
Incorporating verbatim extracts from the court transcripts, Michael Butt 's play wonders what was going through Lorre's troubled mind as he fought to protect his name.
Producer/Director Toby Swift
BBC Two England

Diva Cult

crime drama. Opera diva Cynthia Hawkins has decreed that no one shall ever record her voice. Then Jules, a young Parisian, secretly tapes his heroine, but another tape is slipped into his possession, the contents of which will put his life in jeopardy. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen. Ends 1.50am.
Director Jean-Jacques Beineix (1981.15)
Films: pp 54-57 ****
BBC Two England

Rock Around the Clock

One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock - rock!
BBC2's gonna rock around the clock tonight - and the beat goes on for 15 hours with a feast of films, concerts and documentaries. So get set to burn the midnight oil in the company of David Hepworth, Mark Ellen, Steve Blacknell, Richard Skinner, Josephine Buchan
There's an opportunity for you to programme your own video choices, which will be shown at programme junctions. The number to ring (from 2.45) is [number removed] and 20 videos from which you can choose are listed below:
The Beatles: "Hey Jude"
David Bowie: "China girl"
Culture Club: "Do you really want to hurt me?"
Duran Duran: "Save a prayer"
Bob Dylan: "Jokerman"
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: "Two Tribes"
Human League: "Don't you want me?"
Iron Maiden: "Run to the hills"
The Jacksons: "Can you feel it?"
The Jam: "Funeral pyre"
Elton John: "I'm still standing"
Joy Division: "Love will tear us apart"
Bob Marley: "Redemption song"
Prince: "1999"
Rolling Stones: "Undercover of the night"
Spandau Ballet: "True"
Bruce Springsteen: "Dancing in the dark"
Ultravox: "Dancing with tears in my eyes"
Sid Vicious: "My way"
Wham!: "Young guns (Go for it)"

From 5.30 call the same number to schedule a whole programme in People's Choice at 10.35 pm.
A: Queen's Christmas Concert 1975
B: Q-Tips - Rock Goes to College
C: Thompson Twins - Sight and Sound in Concert
D: Ry Cooder and Chicken Skin Music Concert
E: Lynyrd Skynyrd - OGWT Special
Full details on pages 18 and 19 • FEATURE: page 66

3.45 Simple Minds and The Pretenders
Mr and Mrs Kerr (aka Jim Kerr and Chrissie Hynde) lead their respective bands on stage at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund. Highlights of ZDF's "Rockpop In Concert", broadcast last night on German TV.

4.30 Alternative Ulster?
With the demise of Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones, what has Northern Ireland got to offer as replacements? Jake Burns (ex-SLF) goes to Belfast to watch some of the local bands beginning to make waves at home and abroad, including Cruella De Ville, Silent Running, The Outcasts, Station Super-heaven and The Lunatic Fringe

5.0 New Order
A rare chance to see this celebrated cult band in a simultaneous broadcast from the studios of Radio l's Saturday Live in Broadcasting House, London. Introduced by Richard Skinner
(For the best effect, viewers with stereo R1 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones provide a suitable alternative.)

5.40 Aztec Camera
Roddy Frame, one of British rock's best young writers and guitarists, leads his band in a live concert from their home town. Direct from Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom. Introduced by Billy Sloane

6.20 Ebony's Greatest Hits
Featuring music by Prince Charles - ex-Streetgang leader from New York, now king of the funketeers; London-based soul group Loose Ends; six-foot-six-inches tall Eek-a-Mouse, one of reggae's hottest new performers; and Hugh Masekela , South African-born trumpeter currently spearheading the popularisation of African music in the West.

7.5 News and Sport with Jan Leeming; Weather

7.20 Cricket
England v Sri Lanka
Peter West reports on this afternoon's play.

7.30 Michael Jackson's Thriller
Pop music's hottest property in the most expensive, most successful and most talked about video of all time, based on the title track from his 40-million seller album.

8.0 "The Buddy Holly Story"
The feature film starring Gary Busey with Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
The 'true' story of one of the greatest and most enduring of all popular musicians-Buddy Holly, who achieved national and international fame with such songs as 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll be the day', 'It's so easy' and 'Well alright'. These and other hits are featured in the movie, which follows the tragically short life of the superstar, brilliantly portrayed by Gary Busey.
(First showing on British television) Films: page 12

10.0 The Cure
Robert Smith and his exciting band bring their musical menagerie including 'Love Cats' and 'The Caterpillar' to Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom for a live concert. Introduced by Billy Sloane

10.35 The People's Choice
For the first time on British television a BBC programme scheduled by you the viewer. Since 5.30 the votes have been coming in for the following programmes
A: Queen's Christmas Concert 1975
B: Q-Tips - Rock Goes to College
C: Thompson Twins - Sight and Sound in Concert
D: Ry Cooder and Chicken Skin Music Concert
E: Lynyrd Skynyrd - OGWT Special
If you haven't voted yet it's too late because voting is over and the winner is....

11.10 Rockalikes
'Michael Jackson', 'Boy George' and 'David Bowie' are among the contenders, as Steve Blacknell hosts the finals of the rock lookalike contest organised by "Rock Around the Clock" and the Daily Star. Live from London's Xenon Club.

11.25 The ZZ Top Trilogy
A thematic compilation of witty and imaginative videos for 'Gimme all your lovin', 'Sharp dressed man' and 'Legs' from the bizarre Texan blues-men.

11.45 "FM"
The feature film starring Michael Brandon, Eileen Brennan
Radio station QSKY prides itself on being a top-notch 'all music' station, with a minimum of advertising and DJ interference. But when pressure from the station's owners for more revenue builds up, the battle is on between management and the presenters... The lively story is presented against a background of non-stop recorded and live performances by such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan and The Eagles.
(First showing on British television) Films: page 12

1.30 am Van Morrison at the Rainbow
Accompanied by his New Caledonia Soul Orchestra, Van Morrison was at the height of his powers when this concert was recorded in 1973. Stirring versions of 'Warm love', 'Moondance', 'Domino' and 'Brown-eyed girl' are among the highlights.

2.25 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.
With the help of his friends and associates, this film explores the career of the band's charismatic lead singer, Jim Morrison, leading to his untimely death in Paris in July 1971.

3.15 The Last Waltz
The film featuring The Band
Thanksgiving Day, 1976. In The Winterland, San Francisco, a staggering line-up of legendary rock performers are joined by an audience of 5,000 to pay tribute to The Band who here mark the end of 16 years on the road. Martin Scorsese's film captures both the celebration of the concert and the lament for the passing of a memorable era in rock music.
"Who Do You Love?" - Ronnie Hawkins
"Such a Night" - Dr. John
"Helpless" - Neil Young
"The Weight" - The Staples
"Dry Your Eyes" - Neil Diamond
"Coyote" - Joni Mitchell
"Mystery Train" - Paul Butterfield
"Mannish Boy" - Muddy Waters
"Further on up the Road" - Eric Clapton
"Evangeline" - Emmylou Harris
"Caravan" - Van Morrison
"Forever Young", "Baby let me follow you down" - Bob Dylan
"I shall be released" - Ringo Starr, Ron Wood and all
Rick Danko (bass, violin and vocal)
Levon Helm (drums, mandolin and vocal)
Garth Hudson (organ, accordion, saxophone and synthesisers)
Richard Manuel (piano, keyboards, drums and vocal)
Robbie Robertson (lead guitar and vocal)
Films: page 12
(SB: For the best effect, viewers with stereo R3 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones provide a suitable alternative.)

The Police in Montserrat
In 1981 Sting, Stewart and Andy disappeared to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record their album 'Ghost in the machine'. Jools Holland, well-known keyboard player and detective, followed them there and under interrogation they broke down and spilled the beans. After which Jools reached into his pocket, pulled out his keyboard and...

6.0-6.20* am
David Hepworth, Mark Ellen, Steve Blacknell and anyone else who's still awake wind up 15 hours of Rock Around the Clock with a surprise finale.
BBC Two England

Spirit of Asia

A series of eight programmes narrated by David Attenborough 6: Artists in Exile
In the south of France, on the banks of the picturesque river Lot, an old army camp has been transformed into a Vietnamese village. For 24 years it has provided a home for refugees, and it is unique in having preserved an extraordinary cult of spirit possession which can no longer be found even in Vietnam.
In each of their homes, the cult members have a colourful shrine where images of the Buddha stand amid an array of spirit images, dolls sumptuously clad in robes of silk.
Among the old ladies of the cult are a select few who have been chosen as mediums, and in ceremonies which last many hours they rapidly enter trance, dancing before the shrines in the robes of the spirits which possess them.
Film cameramen NAT CROSBY. joiin HOOPER Research SUE HAYCOCK
Film editor TONY HEAVEN
BBC Two England

House of Love

A Forty Minutes documentary
' My beloved one, I love you. Love is my message. Let it be your message, too. To me, love is the only religion.'
Rajneesh owns a speedboat, three jet planes and 27 Rolls-Royces. He lives on a vast estate in America and basks in the adoration of 300,000 acolytes worldwide. His teaching has earned him the sobriquet of ' the free-sex guru '.
His English cult-centre is in Suffolk, in a house called Medina. Here, 150 disciples from all walks of life strive to purge themselves of their guilt feelings. They sing and dance, go into trances and wear only pink or red clothes. They work long hours at the Medina's profitable business ventures - for f 5.50 a week.
Rajneesh has been accused of exploiting and hypnotising his devotees, yet the cult flourishes.
Film cameramen
Sound recordist MIKE SAVAGE Film editor PETER BARBER
Executive producer ROGER MILLS Producer CHRIS GILDERS
BBC Two England

2nd House

An anthology for January highlighting some of the month's events in music, books, theatre, film and the visual arts.
Introduced by Melvyn Bragg from Morley College in South London

Tubular Bells
A studio performance of MIKE OLDFIELD 'S rock music composition which has been acclaimed in the musical press as a unique achievement in popular music.
Without borrowing anything from established classics, or descending to the discords, squeals and burps of the determinedly avant-garde, Mike Oldfield has produced music which combines logic with surprise, sunshine with rain
One of the most mature, vital, rich and humorous pieces of music to emerge from the pop idiom (MUSICAL EXPRESS) A rock masterpiece (THE GUARDIAN) In the 2nd House studio, MIKE OLDFIELD leads a band which brings together some of the country's leading rock musicians, including MICK TAYLOR, STEVE HILLAGE, FRED FRITH and TED SPEIGHT (guitars); MIKE RATLEDGE, JOHN GREAVES and TIM HODGKINSON (keyboards); with PIERRE DE STRASBOURG (percussion).
Visually, the music is complemented by images from the tubular steel sculptures of WILLIAM PYE , and sequences from his film Reflections.

John Fuller
A film profile of the poet and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, whose latest book Epistles to Several Persons is published this week by Seeker and Warburg. The book is a series of verse-letters to John Fuller 's friends: a poet and member of International Socialism, a fellow don, another poet celebrated but feared for his criticism, and a Marxist novelist.

Thirty years ago GUSTAV MAHLER was a musical joke - writing symphonies that needed an army to perform and lasted until the small hours. A cult figure in the 50s, now he's big box-office, due in no small measure to the movies. Death in Venice brought the 5th Symphony to a public unfamiliar with Mahler, and this spring KEN RUSSELL 'S new film biography of the composer opens in the West End.
Tonight 2nd House examines the impact of Mahler's work, with excerpts from Russell's film, and in conversation with the director. We also hear Mahler's personal testament, the Ruckert songs, performed by YVONNE MINTON , considered to be among the world's great lieder artists.

The Eye of the Storm
An award-winning film from America which documents a young teacher's attempt to explain the meaning of prejudice and discrimination to her eight-year-old pupils - by experience.
On the first day of the experiment the blue-eyed children were designated as the ' privileged class ' and the brown-eyed children were treated as inferiors. On the second day, the roles were reversed. The children's reactions to this experience provide a unique insight into the nature of discrimination, and its effects.
Director BEN REA
BBC One London


The Savage Image
David Attenborough travelled along the Sepik River in. New Guinea to make this film about the ceremonies, paintings and sculptures of the tribal people. Masks and statues, which 50 years ago were sent home by the missionaries and explorers as bizarre pagan curios, are today treasured as works of great power and imagination, and change hands in the salerooms of London and New York for thousands of pounds.
The film also includes unique sequences - shot 10 years ago by research anthropologist Anthony Forge - of the dramatic rituals involved in building the huge cult houses, where some of the ancient carvings still remain.
Film cameraman HUGH MILES
Film editor PAUL CARTER
(Radio Times People: pages 4 and 5)
BBC One London

Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood

Omnibus makes a valiant attempt to follow writer Hunter S. Thomp son and artist Ralph Steadman on a bizarre trip across America.
HUNTER THOMPSON is, to his dismay, one of America's biggest cult heroes. He prefers the title ' comic strip character' - for he insists that he has been confused with one of his own creations - the violent, drug-crazed journalist Raoul Duke. Duke first appeared in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a savage attack on what happened to the American Dream, illustrated by the English artist, RALPH STEADMAN.
Now, after his books, On the Campaign Trail, Hell's Angels, his articles for Rolling Stone , and his own attempt at running for political office as a ' freak-power' candidate, Hunter Thompson 's life is to be made into a major feature film by Universal pictures. He decides enough is enough: the old Thompson must die, and in our film, he travels from Colorado to Hollywood, via Las Vegas, to exorcise the past and bury his old identity. Steadman goes with him, sketching. John Dean , of Watergate, puts in an appearance, and discusses with Hunter the prospect that history could repeat itself - surely not the Nixon 80 campaign?
BBC Two England

Spirit of Asia

A series of eight programmes
Narrated by David Attenborough 6: Artists in Exile
In the south of France, on the banks of the picturesque river Lot, an old army camp has been transformed into a Vietnamese village. For 25 years it has provided a home for refugees, and it is unique in having preserved an extraordinary cult of spirit possession which can no longer be found even in Vietnam.
Among the old ladies of the cult are a select few who have been chosen as mediums, and in ceremonies which last many hours they rapidly enter a trance, dancing before the shrines in the robes of the spirits which possess them.
Film editor TONY HEAVEN
Produced by MICHAEL MACINTYRE Book (same title), 115.50, from bookshops
BBC Two England


Film-maker Alex Cox introduces a season of classic cult films. Tonight:
The Hired Hand starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom
Three saddle tramps run into trouble on the way to California when they stop at the small New Mexico village of Del Norte. After a shoot-out in which their friend is killed, Collings leads Harris to the wife and daughter he deserted seven years before.
Peter Fonda directed this strange psychedelic western and cast the great cult movie actor Warren Oates in the role of Harris.
Screenplay by ALAN SHARP
0 IN THE PICTURE: page 16
BBC Two England


Film-maker Alex Cox introduces a season of classic cult films.
Tonight: The Fly starring
Vincent Price When Helene Delambre confesses to killing her scientist husband
Andre in a hydraulic picas ner explanation seems more fantastic than the crime! Experimenting with a matter transmitter, Andre's early success took a frightening turn when he used the machine on himself - without seeing a tiny companion crawling near him....
A baroque early version of the bizarre horror tale. recently remade by cult director David Cronenberg.
Screenplay by JAMES CLAVELL from a story by GEORGE LANGELAAN
Produced and directed by KURT NEUMANN
0 FILMS: page 18

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