With KENNETH WILLIAMS
Dust-up at the Royal Disco by NORMAN HUNTER
! The King and Queen of Incrediblamia are anxious to keep up with the times. They build a Royal Disco in their kingdom and the Queen herself lays the foundation stone - crooked.
Pictures by SAM THOMPSON
Directed by CHRISTOPHER BEDLOE
Producer ANGELA BEECHING
The Forever Box
Eric buys a parrot in the Portobello Road with surprising consequences.
Written by ROBIN SQUIRE
Producer MICHAEL GRAFTON-ROBINSON Director DAVID MALONEY
The classic serial in 12 exciting episodes, starring
1: The Purple Death
j The first in a holiday season of i films starring the King of Rock
'n' Roll, also starring Ursula Andress
Elsa Cardenas , Paul Lukas
Directed by RICHARD THORPE. Films: p 17
A lively look at words and letters
With DONALD GEE
BOB HOSKINS and NIGEL STOCK
Script BARRY TOOK
Weather BARBARA EDWARDS
including The BBC Shopping Basket with Sue Cook
What's in the Wind?
Herons flapping to their nests in the tree-tops, buzzards and falcons soaring over the hills, rooks returning to their nooks in a ruined abbey
A feature film starring Danny Kaye with Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen Donald Woods , S. Z. Sakall Edward Brophy and The Goldwyn Girls
A double dose of Kaye comedy as Danny stars both as a scholarly bookworm and his twin brother, a song-and-dance man. But when entertainer Buzzy Bellew is killed by gangsters, academic Edwin Dingle has to impersonate his dead brother in his night-club act!
Directed by BRUCE HUMBERSTONE Films: page 17
in Keep Our Forest Pink Pink Campaign and Pink of Arabee
With HANNAH GORDON
Stories for Christmas by ALISON UTTLEY
Today: The Fairy Ship
While young Tom waits on the coast of Cornwall for the return of his sailor father, an unusual ship appears on the horizon, and a small boy's dream comes true!
Illustrations by JULIE STILES
with John Noakes
Peter Purves and Lesley Judd
Join in with carols round the tree with the children of Allfarthings School, Warlingham County Secondary School, and the Band of the Chalk Farm Branch of the Salvation Army.
Designer PHIL ROBERSON
Assistant editor JOHN ADCOCK Editor BIDDY BAXTER
by OLIVER POSTGATE
Kenneth Kendall ; Weatherman
School pupils throughout Britain entered for the 1977 Nationwide
Christmas Carol Competition.
Tonight Val Singleton introduces the final, with Noel Edmonds, Richard Stilgoe and Leslie East judging which of the last six will become the Nationwide Carol 1977.
Tomorrow's World investigates the mysterious art of dowsing and finds Michael Rodd caught in a strange duel with two bits of bent wire; William Woollard galvanised into action by subterranean radiation; Anna Ford in pantomime with a sunbeam at Stonehenge, and a scientist who wraps his head in cooking foil to check his experiments. Have we all gone mad? Maybe we have.
Or maybe the scientist concerned has transformed the age-old pursuit of dowsing into an exciting new science. Maybe it could transform our approach to earthquake prediction, navigation and surveying, even safe guidance for the blind. One thing is certain. Every man, woman and child watching can do their own experiments. All you need is a wire coat-hanger, a couple of ball-point pens and a mirror!
Producer LAURIE JOHN
Assistant editor ALAN DOBSON Editor MICHAEL BLAKSTAD
Tomorrow's World 3, L3.50, from bookshops
Introduced by Jimmy Savile , OBE LEGS & CO
TOP OF THE POPS ORCHESTRA
Musical director JOHNNY PEARSON Choreography FLICK COLBY Sound ANTHONY PHILPOTT Director STANLEY APPEL Producer ROBIN NASH
A story for Christmas written by JOHN SULLIVAN starring and Film cameraman MAX SAMETT Studio lighting DON BABBAGE
Studio sound MALCOLM JOHNSON
Designer PAUL ALLEN
Producer DENNIS MAIN WILSON
Hattie Jacques Deryck Guyler with special guests Sylvia Peters
Jimmy Edwards and Joy Harington
Written by ERIC SYKES Sound JEFF BOOTH
Designer ANTONY THORPE Produced by ROGER RACE
with Kenneth Kendall ; Weather
Joan Barrow - Jockey
Reporter Esther Rantzen
The award-winning series which allows talented amateurs the chance of their dreams - to take part in a spectacular professional event.
This week, a chance to see again the adventures of Joan Barrow, a farmer's wife from the Cotswolds, as she goes into training for her first race under National Hunt rules. It is a dangerous and strenuous sport. To prepare herself Joan meets Sue Horton , Peter O'Sullevan, Richard Pitman , Graham Thorner and David Nicholson. They advise her how to tackle a race at Ayr, with its extraordinarily dramatic result.
When it was first shown, Sporting Life called it: '... one of the most attractive, sensitive and factually accurate films to have been produced for a long time.'
The Daily Mail said: a beguiling storyline and some of the year's most delicious character-chemistry. A smashing programme, good to look at ... a heartening experience. If you missed it, start lobbying for a repeat.'
Film editor BRIAN FREEMANTLE Producer ESTHER RANTZEN Director IAN SHARP
... at the turning of the year
Long before Christmas as we know it came about, the pagan British had their own midwinter festival. Last Christmas a film crew from
BBC Bristol set out to record the colour, vitality and music of nine ritual celebrations which have survived from those early times into the present. North to the Moray Firth, South to the Somerset Levels, East to Humberside and West to County Kerry, this film takes a remarkable journey into the distant reaches of Christmas past. Narrator JOHN TAMS
Musical director ASHLEY HUTCHINGS Film cameraman BERNARD HEDGES
Film editor DAVID ALIBAND Written and produced by COLIN ROSE BBC Bristol
Introduced by DENIS TUOHY
With the Robin Day interview Including News Headlines