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: On Christmas Day in the Morning

Christmas songs and carols in Welsh and English, with Osian Ellis, Iona Jones, Rowland Jones, Shelley Singers
Meredith Edwards telling a story by Gwyn Thomas
BBC Welsh Orchestra Conducted by Mansel Thomas
From Wales


Harpist: Osian Ellis
Unknown: Iona Jones
Unknown: Rowland Jones
Singers: Shelley Singers
Storyteller: Meredith Edwards
Musicians: BBC Welsh Orchestra
Story By: Gwyn Thomas
Conducted By: Mansel Thomas
Designer: Alan Taylor
Produced By: Alwyn Jones
Directed By: Jack Williams

: The Perry Como Music Hall

starring Perry Como in his traditional Christmas programme featuring
Ginny Tiu, Kokomo Jnr. and a party of young guests
NBC recording


Star/singer: Perry Como
Performer: Ginny Tiu
Performer: Kokomo Jnr
Dancers: Peter Gennaro Dancers
Singers: The Ray Charles Singers
Musicians: The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Orchestrations: Jack Andrews
Orchestrations: Joe Lipman
Vocal Arrangements and Special Material: Ray Charles
Script By: Goodman Ace
Script: Selma Diamond
Script: Jay Burton
Script: Frank Peppiatt
Script: John Aylesworth
Directed By: Dwight Bemion
Produced By: Nick Vanoff
Presented for BBC Television by: Yvonne Littlewood
Film Editor: Richard Barclay

: Christmas Morning Service

from Sandon Road Methodist Church, Birmingham
Joyful and Triumphant
The Service conducted by the Minister, the Rev. Lionel Brayton
Preacher, the Rev. W. Russell Shearer Chairman of the Birmingham District at the Methodist Church


Service conducted by: Rev. Lionel Brayton
Preacher: Rev. W. Russell Shearer

: Max Jaffa

invites you to a Christmas party with The Trios
Max Jaffa (violin)
Reginald Kilbey (cello)
Jack Byfield (piano) * and Beryl Grey
Ted and Ursula Darling
Peter Rhodes (boy soprano)
The Linden Singers


Violin: Max Jaffa
Cello: Reginald Kilbey
Piano: Jack Byfield
Dancer: Beryl Grey
Performer: Ursula Darling
Performer: Ted Darling
Soprano: Peter Rhodes
Singers: The Linden Singers
Directed By: Ian Humphris
Produced By: Christian Simpson

: The Adventures Of Hiram Holliday: Vanishing House

A film comedy series
Wally Cox
While his friend Joel is busy eating eclairs in Paris, Hiram tries to interest a gendarme in the antics of a Punch and Judy show.


Hiram Holliday: Wally Cox

: Sing We Now of Christmas!

Carols for Christmas Day sung by the Orpington Junior Singers
Conductor, Sheila Mossman


Singers: Orpington Junior Singers
Conductor: Sheila Mossman
Produced By: Christian Simpson

: The Queen

Her Majesty's recorded Christmas Message to the Commonwealth

: The George Mitchell Glee Club

sing a parade of popular Christmas songs from medieval to modern times featuring John Boulter, Mary Brown, Tony Mercer, Maryetta Midgeley, John O'Neill


Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Mary Brown
Singer: Tony Mercer
Singer: Maryetta Midgeley
Singer: John O'Neill
Accompanied by: The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Organist: Leon Young
Choral Settings: George Mitchell
Designer: Stanley Dorfman
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: Wells Fargo: Dead Man's Street

The exciting adventures of the Western Stagecoach Service
Starring Dale Robertson
Paradise is not the place to expect trouble, but Jim finds it there, and stops to help his old friend the Marshal get the town back to a state which better suits its name.


Jim Hardie: Dale Robertson

: Walt Disney

The story of a man who has become a legend
Told by David Jacobs who introduces Walt Disney at his Hollywood studios and artists from his pictures with scenes from:
"Steamboat Willie"
"Hawaiian Holiday"
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
"Lady and the Tramp"
"Sleeping Beauty"
"The Living Desert"
"Robin Hood"
"Davy Crockett"
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians"
"Jungle Cat"
"The Parent Trap"
"Greyfriars Bobby"
"Swiss Family Robinson"
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney Productions


Narrator: David Jacobs
Subject: Walt Disney
Film Editor: Geoffrey Botterill
Produced for television by: Richard Evans

: Appeal

on behalf of British Wireless for the Blind Fund
(Registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act. 1948) by Colonel M. P. Ansell , C.B.E., D.S.O.
The blind Chairman of the British Show Jumping Association
Contributions (by crossed postal order or cheque) will be gratefully acknowledged and should be sent to: [address removed]


Speaker: Colonel M. P. Ansell

: Billy Smart's Circus

Stars from the rings of the world in Super Circus
A special performance from the vast ' Big Top' of this great British Circus
The Grand Parade
Introduced by David Smart
The Five Katyanas
Glamour defies gravity
Bitty Smart, Jnr. presents his elephants in the ' big beat' number with The 'Digger' Pngh Girls
The 4-ton star tn her ' walk of death
Continued in next colums
The Boors
Up a ladder on a perob
Breathing fire
The Trio Korens
Six feet make music
Les Idallys
Cycling on the ceiling
Les French
Musical clowns with the boxing robot
The Biros
Fantastic foot jugglers
The Gilberts
Ride for their lives
The Flying Lunasz Mid-air madness
Also appearing:
Ringmaster. Alfred Delbosq Circus presentation.
Television production, DEREK BURRELL-DAVIS
Billy Smart's Circus is now In winter quarters at Winkfleld Zoo near Windsor


Introduced By: David Smart
Unknown: Barry Sloan.
Unknown: Kenny Baker
Unknown: Frank Harty.
Unknown: Harry Sloan
Unknown: Rebecca Smart
Singers: George Mitchell Singers
Musical Director: Bernie Weller
Ringmaster: Alfred Delbosq
Circus Presentation: Ronnie Smart
Circus Presentation: David Smart
Production: Derek Burrell-Davis

: What's My Line?

from Hammersmith Hospital, London
Chairman, Eamonn Andrews
Panel: Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Cyril Fletcher, Lord Boothby and a mystery guest celebrity
Devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman
Televised by arrangement with CBS and Maurice Winnick


Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Panelist: Isobel Barnett
Panelist: Barbara Kelly
Panelist: Cyril Fletcher
Panelist: Lord Boothby
Celebrity Research: Julia Cave
Directed By: Richard Evans
Produced By: John Warrington
Deviser: Mark Goodson
Deviser: Bill Todman

: Tonight with Belafonte

A new filmed programme of music and song starring the great entertainer
Harry Belafonte and his Company with Odetta, Sonny Terry (harmonica) Brownie Mcghee (guitar)


Star/singer: Harry Belafonte
Singer: Odetta
Harmonica: Sonny Terry
Guitar: Brownie McGhee
Director: Norman Jewison
Musical Director: Robert Corman
Choreography: Walter Nicks
Producer: George Charles

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring your favourite light entertainment artists
Introduced by David Nixon
Cast in order of appearance:
starring The Mitchell Minstrels, The Television Toppers
Dance direction by Larry Gordon
Vocal arrangements: George Mitchell
Musical arrangements: Alan Bristow and Ray Terry
Directed by George Inns
SID JAMES with Bill Kerr, Liz Fraser, Sydney Tafler
Script: RAY Galton and Alan Simpson
Directed by Philip Barker
Directed by Bryan Sears
HARRY WORTH with Deryck Guyler, Hugh Lloyd, George Roderick
Script: Lew Schwarz
Directed by Dennis Main-Wilson
with The Showtime Dancers
Directed by Graeme Muir
Musical arrangement: Peter Knight
Directed by Graeme Muir
Script: Richard Waring
Directed by James Gilbert
Musical arrangements: Eric Cook
Directed by John Street
with Arthur Howard, Cyril Fletcher, Pip Hinton, Eric Robinson, John Vyvyan, Chan Canasta, David Nixon
Script: Frank Muir and Denis Norden
Directed by Eric Fawcett
See page 13


Introduced By: David Nixon
Unknown: The Black and White Minstrels
Unknown: The Mitchell Minstrels
Unknown: The Television Toppers
Dance Direction: Larry Gordon
Vocal Arrangements: George Mitchell
Musical Arrangements: Alan Bristow
Musical Arrangements: Ray Terry
Directed By: George Inns
Comedian: Sid James
Comedian: Bill Kerr
Comedian: Liz Fraser
Actor: Sydney Tafler
Script: Ray Galton
Script: Alan Simpson
Directed By: Philip Barker
Singers: Nina and Frederik
Directed By: Bryan Sears
Comedian: Harry Worth
Comedian: Deryck Guyler
Comedian: Hugh Lloyd
Actor: George Roderick
Script: Lew Schwarz
Directed By: Dennis Main-Wilson
Tenor: Kenneth McKellar
Dancers: The Showtime Dancers
Musical Arrangement: Peter Knight
Directed By: Graeme Muir
Directed By: David Nixon
Directed By: Robert Harbin
Directed By: Graeme Muir
Comedian: Stanley Baxter
Comedian: Betty Marsden
Script: Richard Wearing
Directed By: James Gilbert
Unknown: Joan Began
Musical Arrangements: Eric Cook
Directed By: John Street
Comedian: Jimmy Edwards
Actor: Arthur Howard
Comedian: Cyril Fletcher
Actress: Pip Hinton
Unknown: Eric Robinson
Actor: John Vyvyan
Magician: Chan Canasta
Magician: David Nixon
Script: Frank Muir
Script: Denis Norden
Directed By: Eric Fawcett
Dancers: The Showtime Dancers
Singers: George Mitchell Singers
Dance Direction: Sheila Holt
Dance Direction: Tom Gillis
Musical Arrangements: Alan Bristow
Directed By: Graeme Muir
Continuity Written By: David Climie
Continuity Written By: David Whitaker
The Orchestra Leader: David McCallum
Conducted By: Eric Robinson
Edited By: Len Trumm
Produced By: Graeme Muir

: The Prisoner of Zenda

Starring Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, David Niven


From the novel by: Anthony Hope
Directed By: John Cromwell
Produced By: David O. Selznick
Rudolf Rassendyll: Ronald Colman
King Rudolf V of Ruritania: Ronald Colman
Princess Flavia: Madeleine Carroll
Rupert of Hentzau: Douglas Fairbanks, Jnr.
Fritz von Tarlenheim: David Niven
Antoinette de Mauban: Mary Astor
Black Michael: Raymond Massey
Colonel Sapt: C. Aubrey Smith

: The Sunday-Night Play: Tuppence in the Gods

by Michael Voysey
...Presents Fay Compton, Frederick Bartman, Vivienne Martin, Patrsy Rowlands in...
Sarah Victoria has built and created the Hoxton Music Hall, beloved by performers and public alike. Now an old woman, it is in her granddaughter, Fanny, that she sees its glory continuing. Family jealousies and a new invention threaten everything she has created


Writer: Michael Voysey
Music directed and arranged by: James Turner
Musical numbers staged by: Denny Bettis
Singers: George Mitchell Singers
Film Cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film Editor: Agnes Evan
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Produced By: Chloe Gibson
Gus Elen: Tony Sympson
Albert Vaughan: Robert Hewitt
Alfie: Ray Brooks
Mrs Sarah Victoria Marryot: Fay Compton
Rosie Pennyfeather: Dandy Nichols
Herbert Pennyfeather: Hugh Lloyd
Fanny Marryot: Vivienne Martin
Cleaner: Alice Bowes
Daisy Peacock: Patsy Rowlands
George: Bryan Hulme
Beggar: Robert Bernal
Beggar: Peter Dioby Smith
Beggar: Nelson Evans
Walter Murray: Frederick Bartman
Barmaid: Hilda Campbell Russell
Dan Leno: Chris Carlsen
Cabbie: Howard Lamb
Business man: James Belchamber
Connie Meadows: Sherry Brind
Lester: Ivor Dean

: Christmas at Dean's Yard

Ludovic Kennedy visits the Dean of Westminster at his historic house with its private access to the Abbey.
Carols sung by The Abbey Choir Organist and Master of the Choristers, Sir William McKie.
BBC film


Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy
Singers: The Abbey Choir
Organist/Master of the Choristers: Sir William McKie
Photographed by: A. A. Englander, F.R.P.S.
Sound recordist: Michael Colomb
Editor: John Nash
Produced by: Oliver Hunkin

: Late Night News

: Celebrity Recital

Four Ts'ong plays


Presented By: Arthur Langford

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