Meanwhile, Back in Blighty Note: The results of the British Academy Awards, which were presented March 18, underscore two facts: We share a common language but drive on opposite sides of the road. The British Academy of Film & Television Arts' Best Picture of the Year was the same as Oscar's, "Chariots of Fire." The other major categories were different: Best Actor--Burt Lancaster; Best Actress--Meryl Streep; Best Director--Louis Malle . . .
* From Salvation to Seduction Note: Ian Charleson, who made a strong impression in "Chariots of Fire" as the Scottish missionary who wouldn't run on Sunday, is currently playing Sky Masterson in a revival of "Guys and Dolls" in London. Which as you remember is about the attempts of a happy-go-lucky rake trying to seduce a Salvation Army missionary . . .
* From Seduction to Salvation Note: And while we're on the subject of ironic new projects in the theater, Jacques Levy, who conceived and directed "Oh! Calcutta!" the cheerful musical about sex that is still running on Broadway after 12 1/2 years, is working on a new musical called "Prairie." This work is not likely to have any of the full frontal nudity that made "Calcutta" a succes de scandale, it is based on the same books which inspired TV's "Little House on the Prairie."