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: The Leader of the House

A new comedy by Nigel Balchin.
[Starring] Anne Crawford and Brian Reece


Writer: Nigel Balchin
Producer: Douglas Allen
James Rice, the Prime Minister and Leader of the House: Brian Reece
Janet Parkes, his Personal Secretary: Pamela Alan
Philip Simmons, an information officer: Michael Brill
Carol Lindsay, an actress: Anne Crawford
Freda Rice, the Prime Minister's sister: Mary Hinton
Marshall, butler at No 10 Downing Street: John Vere
William Boumphrey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs: Willoughby Goddard
Lewis Appleby Chancellor of the Exchequer: Noel Howlett
Sir Charles Proot, First Lord of the Admiralty: Hugh Dempster
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries: Kenneth Edwards
The Minister of Mines: Jonathan Field
Mr Downes-Champney, Lord President of the Council: Ralph Truman
Mr Jones-Fullerton, Party Chairman: George Skillan
Count Rudolph Walem, Bulgarian Ambassador: Ferdy Mayne
Lord Pyne a newspaper magnate: Gordon Bell
Chauffeur to Lord Pyne: Walter Horsbrugh
Reporter: Kim Grant
Others taking part: Ann Cherry
Others taking part: Meriel Hunn
Others taking part: Violet Parry
Others taking part: Soraya Rafat
Others taking part: Peter Doughty
Others taking part: John Dunbar
Others taking part: Jan Kemp
Others taking part: Donald McCollum
Others taking part: Brian Moorehead
Others taking part: John Drake
Others taking part: Frank Pendlebury
Others taking part: John Scott

: Amos 'n' Andy: Andy Getting Married

Andy's susceptible heart complicates his path to the altar.

: Children's Television

Christmas Songs from the West Indies
sung by Cy Grant with his guitar.

Away in a Manger
Written and produced by Dorothea Brooking.

(to 18.00)


Singer/guitarist (Christmas Songs from the West Indies): Cy Grant
Writer/producer (Away in a Manger): Dorothea Brooking
Singer (Away in a Manger): Paul Roberts
Singer (Away in a Manger): Malcolm Day
Singer (Away in a Manger): Alfred Bryant
Singer (Away in a Manger): Graham Saunders
Singer (Away in a Manger): Andrew Downie
Singer (Away in a Manger): John Carvalho
Singer (Away in a Manger): Uriel Porter
Accompanist (Away in a Manger): Tom McCall
Designer (Away in a Manger): Norman James
Joseph: Tristan Rawson
Mary: Petra Davies
Silas: Michael Brooke
Old shepherd: Owen Berry
David, his son: Trader Faulkner
Seth, another shepherd: Richard Grant
Matthew, an innkeeper at Bethlehem: Meadows White
Miriam, his wife: Elsie Arnold
Enoch, a landowner of Nazareth: Edgar K. Bruce
Kaspar: Richard Carey
Melchior: Frank Henderson
Balthazar: Uriel Porter
Joel, a servant boy: John Roden

: News; The Weather

followed by Today's Sport
Presenting stop-press news and some of today's big sporting moments on film.

: In Town Tonight

Interesting people who are In Town Tonight interviewed by John Ellison.


Interviewer: John Ellison
Special effects: Douglas Mair
Assistant producer: Joyce Bullen
Edited and produced by: Peter Duncan

: The Adventures of Annabel: 3: Busman's Holiday

A series of television plays written by Anthony Steven.
Original stories by Charles Franklin.
[Starring] Elizabeth Allan and Hugh Sinclair
The scene is Prague and the Czechoslovakian border. Time, the present


Writer: Anthony Steven
Original stories by: Charles Franklin
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Annabel: Elizabeth Allan
Gregor Swazilov: Frederick Schiller
Karel Mensatoris: Abraham Asseo
Otto Jon: Theodore Wilhelm
Nyassa Gordon: Margaret Tyzack
Guard: Peter Exposite
Robert Hayward: Hugh Sinclair
Minister of Culture: Charles Ross
Waiter: Gertan Klauber
Professor Capek: Paul Hardtmuth
First flunkey: Donald Cashfield
Second flunkey: Manfred Felix
Herma Brunius: Renee Goddard
Figl: Rudolph Offenbach
Frontier Guard: Arthur Gross
Sergeant of Guards: Peter Taylor
Other parts played by: John Atkinson
Other parts played by: Anthony Beaumont
Other parts played by: John Bremen
Other parts played by: Courtney Bromett
Other parts played by: Edward David
Other parts played by: Ida Franklin
Other parts played by: Alan Gore-Lewis
Other parts played by: Kathleen Grace
Other parts played by: Dennis Handby
Other parts played by: Carl Lacey
Other parts played by: Esther Lawrence
Other parts played by: Frank Pemberton
Other parts played by: Cyril Renison
Other parts played by: Roderick Robertson
Other parts played by: Peter Taylor

: Pantomania

or It Was Never Like This

See foot of page

Don't be surprised to see Peter Dimmock, McDonald Hobley, Freddie Mills, Bruce Seton, Brian Johnston, Victor Silvester, Raymond Baxter, Peter West and may the best man win!

Dances by The Show Dancers
at 8.30


Script, special lyrics, and comedy direction by: Eric Sykes
Cinderella: Sylvia Peters
Prince Charming: Jill Day
Dandini: Mary Malcolm
Fairy Godmother: Jeanne Heal
Himself: Jack Payne
Himself: Peter Dimmock
Himself: McDonald Hobley
Himself: Freddie Mills
Himself: Bruce Seton
Himself: Brian Johnston
Himself: Victor Silvester
Himself: Raymond Baxter
Himself: Peter West
Mitchell Songs sung by: The Mitchell Singers
Dancers: The Show Dancers
Music by the Orchestra under: George Clouston
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Saturday-Night Out

on Christmas Eve visits at the special invitation of the United States Forces, U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force units throughout the country.
Come with Robert Beatty 'The Man with the Mike'.


Presenter: Robert Beatty
Programme edited by: Peter Webber
Programme edited by: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Sports Special

Today's Sport on your Screen Tonight
BBC Outside Broadcast and Sportsview Unit film cameras bring you a nation-wide coverage of today's sporting highlights.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Director: Alan Rees

: Christmas Midnight Mass

from Tongerlo Abbey, Belgium.

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