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: Star Over Bethlehem

A programme of Christmas music. Seven nations, brought together by that man-made star, the communications satellite, joined in a global celebration.
From the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

: Playboard

With the PLAYBOARD PUPPET THEATRE and CHRISTOPHER LILLICRAP
Written and directed by JUDY WHITFIELD Producer MICHAEL COLE

Contributors

Directed By: Judy Whitfield
Producer: Michael Cole

: Michael Bentine

appeals on behalf of Wells Cathedral
At least £11,000,000 is urgently needed to conserve the West Front of Wells Cathedral, which contains the greatest assembly of medieval statues in Europe. Donations, preferably by crossed PO or cheque, to: Michael Bentine, Freepost, [address removed]

Contributors

Presenter: Michael Bentine

: Christmas Worship

from All Saints Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Conducted by THE REV JOHN MARTIN
Churches of the Central Kingston Partnership join in a Christmas Morning Service which includes the blessing of the crib.
O come all ye faithful; Away in a manger: While shepherds watched; A great and mighty wonder; God rest you merry; Hark, the herald angels sing.
Director of music DAVID NIELD Producer R. T. BROOKS

Contributors

Unknown: John Martin
Music: David Nield
Producer: R. T. Brooks

: Weatherman

: The Bear who Slept Through Christmas

What is Christmas? Theodore Edward Bear didn't know. He had heard so much about it but had never seen it, and he was very curious. His friends who worked with him in a honey factory didn't know either, but they were tired and ready for their winter sleep. But Ted Bear decided to find
Christmas and so, determined, he set off through the woods in search of it.
This cartoon film tells of his travels and adventures on his journey to discover Christmas.

Contributors

Unknown: Theodore Edward Bear
Unknown: Ted Bear

: National Velvet

A film starring Elizabeth Taylor Mickey Rooney , Donald Crisp
Velvet Brown wins a hunter in a raffle and determines to turn him into a champion race-horse with the help of her young friend Mi. A classic story of the open air and the warmth and gentleness of family life in the country.
Director CLARENCE BROWN. Films: pp 17-18

Contributors

Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Unknown: Mickey Rooney
Director: Clarence Brown.
Mi Taylor: Mickey Rooney
Mr Brown: Donald Crisp
Velvet Brown: Elizabeth Taylor
Mrs Brown: Anne Revere
Edwina Brown: Angela Lansbury
Donald Brown: Jackie Jenkins
Malvolia Brown: Juanita Quigley
Race patron: Arthur Treacher
Farmer Ede: Reginald Owen
Miss Sims: Norma Varden
Ted: Terry Kilburn

: Are You Being Served?

by JEREMY LLOYD and DAVID CROFT The Father Christmas Affair
A substantial bonus is to be given to the successful candidate for the post of Grace Brothers' Father Christmas. featuring and Dance staged by MICHELE HARDY DirectorRAY butt
Producer DAVID CROFT

Contributors

Unknown: Jeremy Lloyd
Unknown: David Croft
Unknown: Michele Hardy
Director: Ray Butt
Producer: David Croft
Mrs Slocombe: Mollie Sugden
Mr Lucas: Trevor Bannister
Captain Peacock: Frank Thornton
Mr Humphries: John Inman
Miss Brahms: Wendy Richard
Mr Grainger: Arthur Brough
Mr Rumbold: Nicholas Smith
Young Mr Grace: Harold Bennett
Mr Harman: , Arthur English
The plastic umbrella: Jeanne Mockford
The cook: Doremy Vernon
Miss Bakewell: Penny Irving
The boy: Donald Waugh

: Top of the Pops 77

Part 1
Noel Edmonds and Kid Jensen introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the No 1 records of the year.
TOP OF THE POPS ORCHESTRA
LEGS AND CO
Musical director JOHNNY PEARSON Choreography FLICK COLBY
Lighting BILL MILLAR. Sound ALAN MACHIN Designer GRAEME THOMSON Director STANLEY APPEL Producer Robin NASH
Part 2 tomorrow at 3.25

Contributors

Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Unknown: Kid Jensen
Director: Johnny Pearson
Unknown: Bill Millar.
Unknown: Alan MacHin
Designer: Graeme Thomson
Director: Stanley Appel

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth

: Billy Smart's Christmas Circus

International stars from America, Italy, Mexico and Great Britain combine to bring a circus of thrills, excitement and daring from beneath the Big Top.
Yasmine Smart introduces
The Nicolodis six highly-sprung Italians presenting their own style of acrobatic skills
The Jonides rhythm, balance and speed on the unicycles
The Di Lellos serving up comedy and music The Circus Elephants the heavyweights of the sawdust ring presented by BILLY WILSON SMART
Miss Lisa grace and beauty on the single trapeze
Willy Hagenbeck 's Horses
YASMINE SMART presents eight spirited chestnuts from Hungary Robert Brothers' Tigers
CARL FISCHER presents five magnificent beasts from Bengal The Bauers three Americans with their death-defying act on the sway poles The Flying Ramos four supreme artistes on the flying trapeze
Commentator RAY MOORE
Circus produced by RONNIE, BILLY and DAVID SMART Musical director KEN GRIFFIN Designer ALLAN ANSON
Television presentation IAN SMITH

Contributors

Unknown: Di Lellos
Presented By: Billy Wilson
Unknown: Willy Hagenbeck
Unknown: Carl Fischer
Commentator: Ray Moore
Unknown: Ian Smith

: The Wizard of Oz

The great Christmas classic starring Judy Garland with Frank Morgan , Ray Bolger Bert Lahr , Jack Haley
Follow the yellow brick road on a journey to see the Wizard, and on the way meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion - all elements in one of the most magical movies of them all, that has cast its spell on succeeding generations of children. Dorothy, a little girl living on a farm in Kansas, dreams of a fairy-tale world ' somewhere over the rainbow '. Then one day a cyclone hits the farm and soon Dorothy finds herself transported to the wonderful land of Oz.
Director VICTOR FLEMING. Films: pp 17-18

Contributors

Director: Victor Fleming
Dorothy: Judy Garland
Professor Marvel/The Wizard: Frank Morgan
Hunk/Scarecrow: Ray Bolger
Zeke/Cowardly Lion: Bert Lahr
Hickory/Tin Man: Jack Haley
Glinda: Billie Burke
Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West: Margaret Hamilton
Uncle Henry: Charley Grapewin
Nikko: Pat Walshe
Auntie Em: Clara Blandick
Munchkins: The Singer Midgets
Toto: Himself

: Basil Through the Looking Glass

starring
Basil Brush with Howard Williams and ANNA QUAYLE , TOMMY GODFREY
BARRIE GOSNEY , JOHNNY WADE
BRIAN HAYES , JOHN MUIRHEAD
THE COX TWINS
THE NIGEL BROOKS SINGERS
Script GEORGE MARTIN
Music THE BERT HAYES ORCHESTRA Designer TIM DANN
Produced by BRIAN PENDERS BBC Birmingham

Contributors

Unknown: Howard Williams
Unknown: Anna Quayle
Unknown: Tommy Godfrey
Unknown: Barrie Gosney
Unknown: Johnny Wade
Unknown: Brian Hayes
Unknown: John Muirhead
Singers: Nigel Brooks
Script: George Martin
Music: The Bert Hayes
Produced By: Brian Penders

: Evening News

with Angela Rippon
Weather MICHAEL FISH

Contributors

Unknown: Angela Rippon
Weather: Michael Fish

: Songs of Praise Special

Family Carols
For Choir and Audience
Selections from this year's programme in the Royal Albert Hall. The Bach Choir soloist Michael Leighton Jones with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble conductor Sir David Willcocks organist RICHARD POPPLEWELL percussion
DAVID CORKHILL , JAMES BLADES
Introduced by Geoffrey Wheeler
Each Christmas for over 30 years the Bach Choir has sung a mixture of traditional carols and new ones, with a packed family audience in the Royal Albert Hall.
This year the Choir held a carol competition and the three young winners receive their prizes and hear their carols sung by the Choir.
After the interval, DAVID WILLCOCKS invites all the children in the audience to join him on the stage for carols and a quiz - it's a musical Christmas party for children.
Presented for television by RAYMOND SHORT

Contributors

Unknown: Albert Hall.
Soloist: Michael Leighton Jones
Conductor: Sir David Willcocks
Organist: Richard Popplewell
Unknown: David Corkhill
Unknown: James Blades
Introduced By: Geoffrey Wheeler
Unknown: Bach Choir
Unknown: Albert Hall.
Television By: Raymond Short

: Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game

A special edition for Christmas Day starring
Bruce Forsyth with Anthea Redfern
Family couples from all over the country compete in a test of their general knowledge, skill and ingenuity.
Orchestra directed by RONNIE HAZLEHURST
Programme associates
BARRY CRYER , GARRY CHAMBERS Designer PAUL TRERISE Producer ALAN BOYD
Executive producer ROBIN NASH

Contributors

Unknown: Bruce Forsyth
Unknown: Anthea Redfern
Directed By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Designer: Paul Trerise
Producer: Alan Boyd
Producer: Robin Nash

: Mike Yarwood Christmas Show.

starring
Mike Yarwood
Special guest stars .
Wings
PAUL MCCARTNEY
LINDA MCCARTNEY
DENNY LAINE
with Jenny Lee-Wright written by ERIC DAVIDSON and NEIL SHAND
Musical director
ALAN BRADEN ,.
Designer
VALERIE WABBKNDER
Directed by ALAN BOYD produced by JAMES MOIR

Contributors

Unknown: Mike Yarwood
Unknown: Paul McCartney
Unknown: Linda McCartney
Unknown: Denny Laine
Unknown: Jenny Lee-Wright
Written By: Eric Davidson
Unknown: Neil Shand
Unknown: Alan Braden
Unknown: Valerie Webber
Directed By: Alan Boyd
Produced By: James Moir

: Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

A star-studded holiday special starring
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise written by EDDIE BRABEN with special guests Penelope Keith
Elton John
Francis Matthews Angharad Rees
Stella Starr and a host of guest celebrities
Musical arrangements and orchestra directed by PETER KNIGHT
Vocal backing
THE MIKE SAMMES SINGERS Designer VICTOR MEREDITH Produced by ERNEST MAXIN

Contributors

Unknown: Eric Morecambe
Unknown: Ernie Wise
Written By: Eddie Braben
Unknown: Penelope Keith
Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: Francis Matthews
Unknown: Angharad Rees
Unknown: Stella Starr
Directed By: Peter Knight
Designer: Victor Meredith
Produced By: Ernest Maxin

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: News

with Angela Rippon Weather

Contributors

Unknown: Angela Rippon

: Funny Girl

The feature film starring Barbra Streisand
Omar Sharif
Barbra Streisand sings her irrepressible way from Lower East Side to Broadway, as Fanny Brice
- star of the Ziegfeld Follies.
Playing the talented ugly-duckling determined to achieve stardom, Barbra Streisand brings her distinctive style to the hit songs: ' Second-hand Rose', Sadie, Sadie', and ' People' and is joined by Omar Sharif (making his musical d6but) in ' You are Woman, I am Man.'
Music and lyrics by JULE STYNE and BOB MERRILL
Screenplay by ISOBEL LENNART based on her musical play
Directed by WILLIAM WYLER

Contributors

Unknown: Barbra Streisand
Unknown: Omar Sharif
Unknown: Barbra Streisand
Unknown: Fanny Brice
Unknown: Barbra Streisand
Unknown: Omar Sharif
Unknown: Jule Styne
Unknown: Bob Merrill
Play By: Isobel Lennart
Directed By: William Wyler
Fanny Brice: Barbra Streisand
Nick Arnstein: Omar Sharif
Rose Brice: Kay Medford
Georgia James: Anne Francis
Florenz Ziegfeld: Walter Pidgeon
Eddie Ryan: Lee Allen
Mrs Strakosh: Mae Tuestel
Branca: Gerald Mohr
Keeney: Frank Faylen
Emma: Mittie Lawrence
Mrs O'Malley: Gertrude Flynn
Mrs Meeker: Penny Santon
Company manager: John Harmon

: Weatherman









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