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: The Brave Little Tailor

A German film based on a story by the Brothers Grimm.
Killing seven flies at one stroke was good practice for unicorn-baiting, boar-hunting, and giant-kining. so the Little Tailor found.
Commentary by Johnny Morris.


Based on a story by: The Brothers Grimm
Narrator: Johnny Morris

: Welcome Christmas!

Words and music for this Festive morn.
with Ivor Emmanuel, Jacqueline Delman, Owen Brannigan and Cy Grant.
BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader, James Hutcheon
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter


Singer: Ivor Emmanuel
Soprano: Jacqueline Delman
Bass: Owen Brannigan
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: James Hutcheon
[Orchestra] conductor: Gilbert Vinter
Designer: Neil Parkinson
Assistant producer: Reg Perrin
Producer: Philip Lewis

: The World of the Penguin

Whether they breed on Antarctic ice or African sand, the penguin's true home is the sea. Master swimmers, they cannot fly, yet some travel miles inland. Sometimes comic, sometimes graceful, to millions they are the most fascinating birds in the world.
Commentary written and spoken by Alan Gibson.
A BBC Natural History Unit presentation


Writer/narrator: Alan Gibson
Researcher: John Sparkes
Film editor: Betty Block
Sound mixer: Jack Robottom
Producer: Christopher Parsons

: Christmas Morning Service

from Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.


Preacher: Dr. Howard Williams
Organist: Gerald Barnes, F.R.C.O.
Television presentation: Innes Lloyd

: Meet the Kids

Leslie Crowther invites you to Meet the Kids in hospital at Christmas.
with Peter Glaze, Harold Taylor and The Bert Hayes Trio.
An Outside Broadcast from the Children's Ward of Hackney Hospital, London.
Leslie Crowther is appearing in 'The Black and White Minstrel Show' at the Victoria Palace, London


Presenter: Leslie Crowther
Comedian: Peter Glaze
Magician: Harold Taylor
Musicians: Bert Hayes and his Octet
Producer: Robin Scott

: Hob Y Deri Dando

What does it mean? Does it matter?
Sing it out, loud and clear, with a group of singers from Bangor, North Wales.
Meredydd Evans introduces Ivor Emmanuel, Margaret Williams, Olwen Jones, Eiri Jones, Caryl Owens, Ryan Davies, David Reynolds, Jim Howells, Justin Smith, Aled Hughes, Reg Edwards, Derek Boote and The Proclaimers.
Joining in the fun are some young people from Anglesey and Caernarvonshire.


Presenter/Producer: Meredydd Evans
Singer: Ivor Emmanuel
Singer: Margaret Williams
Singer: Olwen Jones
Singer: Eiri Jones
Singer: Caryl Owens
Singer: Ryan Davies
Singer: David Reynolds
Singer: Jim Howells
Singer: Justin Smith
Singer: Aled Hughes
Singer: Reg Edwards
Singer: Derek Boote
Performers: The Proclaimers
Designer: Alan Taylor
Director: Ruth Price

: Temple Houston: Last Full Moon

A Western film series.
Starring Jeff Hunter as the young Texas lawyer who finds action and adventure in his fight for individual rights and frontier justice.
and Jack Elam as Marshal George Taggart

In spite of powerful and dangerous opposition, Temple helps an Indian chief who is determined to prove that his people are entitled to legal defence for criminal charges brought against them.


Temple Houston: Jeff Hunter
Marshal George Taggart: Jack Elam
Bluebird: Pilar Slurat
Last Full Moon: Abraham Sofaer
Long Maned Pony: John Alonzo
Harry Cobb: Larry Ward

: Pinky and Perky: Christmas Pig-tale

Written by Robert Gray.
With Jimmy Thompson as Asst. General, P.P.C.T.V.
From the North of England


Writer: Robert Gray
Presented by: Jan Dalibor
Presented by: Vlasta Dalibor
Additional manipulator: Philip Rose
Additional manipulator: Elizabeth Rose
Additional manipulator: John Parks
"We Belong Together" words and music by: Norman Newell
"We Belong Together" words and music by: Alyn Ainsworth
Design: Stuart Furber
Producer: Stan Parkinson
Asst. General, P.P.C.T.V.: Jimmy Thompson

: Compact: A Surprise for Christmas

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.

Camilla has a surprise, Ian has a warning, everybody has a party, and David has a shock.
Film sequences made with the co operation of the staff and children of Dr. Barnardo's Homes


Series creator: Hazel Adair
Series creator: Peter Ling
Script: Rosemary Anne Sisson
Script editor: Donald Tosh
Designer: Daphne Shortman
Producer: Morris Barry
Director: Michael Ferguson
Mike: Len Jones
Mrs. Chater: Beryl Cooke
Mrs. Sinclair: Betty Benfield
Hannah: Frances Machin
Camilla: Carmen Silvera
Bridget: Gaynor Lloyd
Joyce MacNamara: Marigold Sharman
Alan: Basil Moss
Ian: Ronald Allen
Emma Lawrence: Janet McIntire
Stan: Johnny Wade
Doug: Lawrence James
Gussie: Frances Bennett
Ben: Bill Kerr
Adrian: Robert Desmond
David: Vincent Ball
Bill Macdonald: Anthony Baird
Small girl: Paddy Kane
Leslie: David Jaxon
Tessa: Bridget Armstrong
Valerie: Lyn Ashley

: The Queen

: Billy Smart's Circus

A special performance for Europe from the ring of the world's largest tenting circus.
Frank Bough, behind the bars of the big cage introduces

Eleven huge Polar Bears gently presented by Charles Illeneb

Mexico's star aerialists The Five Ibarras on the flying trapeze

Comedy in a box
Hugony and Partner

Springboard, trampoline, and clowning blended by Spain's Six Alcaraz

Four-footed footballers from Vienna Conrad Nello and his Soccer Dogs

Teeth-held slack wire
A unique presentation, defying description and gravity, by The Four Cuellas

Double-bass buffoonery (or who put the soup in the timpani?)
by Joe, Jac, and Johnnie

Fifteen Elephants, Ten Circus Show-girls, Birma's Walk of Death, Baby Elephant Leap-Frog, The Beatle Elephants all presented by Billy Smart Jr.

The world's greatest solo trapeze artist Gerard Soules

The Grand Carousel
A salute from performers around the world.

Also appearing:
Clown and Augustes
Spuggy-Alby Austin-Harty Pompeu-Abdeslam
and The Robertis

Fire-Eating Genie
Barry Walls

(Billy Smart's Winter Circus is appearing at the Queen's Hall, Leeds)
See page 46


Presenter: Frank Bough
[Polar Bear act] presented by: Charles Illeneb
Aerialists: The Five Ibarras
Comedians: Hugony and Partner
Entertainers: Six Alcaraz
Dog act: Conrad Nello and his Soccer Dogs
Performers: The Four Cuellas
Performers: Joe, Jac, and Johnnie
Elephant act: The Beatle Elephants
Various acts presented by: Billy Smart
Trapeze artist: Gerard Soules
Clowns: The Robertis
Fire-eater: Barry Walls
Ringmaster: Alfred Delbosq
Musical director: John Muldoon
Associate and conductor: Ken Griffin
Singer: Mike Redway
Circus presentation: Ronnie Smart
Circus presentation: David Smart
Producer: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Disney Time

Julie Andrews introduces this year's Walt Disney programme with the emphasis on comedy.
With scenes from: Pluto's Christmas Tree, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Living Desert, Emil and the Detectives, Vanishing Prairie, Peter Pan, The Monkey's Uncle, Three Caballeros, Bon Voyage, The Legend of Lobo, Pinocchio, Those Calloways, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney
See page 46


Presenter: Julie Andrews
Presented by: Richard Evans

: News Headlines

followed by Robert Dougall
who appeals for The Royal National Institute for the Deaf
Contributions, preferably by crossed cheque or postal order, will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to: [address removed]
To those who never hear or utter a recognisable sound in their lives, who cannot even read because they scarcely know what language is, vision is as essential as hearing is to the blind. It is to explain how serious and important television is for the deaf that Robert Dougall appeals this evening.


Appeal presenter: Robert Dougall

: Robinson Crusoe

Book by Harry Bright.
Adapted for television by Eddie Leslie and Len Lowe. Starring Norman Wisdom
with Marion Grimaldi, Eddie Leslie, Billy Whittaker, Patricia Stark, Len Lowe, Betty Wheeler, Terry Kendall, David Fallon, Harold Holness
Robinson Crusoe presented by arrangement with Tom Arnold and Bernard Delfont
See page 47


Book by: Harry Bright
Adapter: Eddie Leslie
Adapter: Len Lowe
Orchestra directed by: Eric Tann
Choreography: Tommy Shaw
Television presentation: Travers Thorneloe
Television presentation: Bryan Sears
Norman Crusoe: Norman Wisdom
Robinson Crusoe: Marion Grimaldi
Captain Atkins: Eddie Leslie
The Dame: Billy Whittaker
Polly Perkins: Patricia Stark
[Actor]: Len Lowe
[Actress]: Betty Wheeler
[Actor]: Terry Kendall
[Actor]: David Fallon
[Actor]: Harold Holness
Dancer: Jean Cragg
Dancer: Maggie Lee
Dancer: Sandra Blair
Dancer: Pauline Wall
Dancer: Pat Hughes
Dancer: Ann Bullen
Dancer: Elaine Skelton
Dancer: Sally Gilpin
Dancer: Ken Martyne
Dancer: Guy Lutman
Dancer: John Farrell
Dancer: Tom Merrifield
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Michael Clarke
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Ken Fraser
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Henry Bush
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Richard Duncan
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Frank Davies
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Alan Cooper
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Les Rawlings
Singer (The George Mitchell Singers): Edward Brooks

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring your favourite light entertainment artists.
Introduced by Jack Warner.
See page 45

The Black and White Minstrels
Starring The Mitchell Minstrels
with John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony Mercer, Benny Garcia, Margaret Savage, The Television Toppers

Roy Castle

The Billy Cotton Band Show
[Starring] Billy Cotton and his Band
with Kathie Kay, Alan Breeze The Cotton Singers and Dancers
and Ralph Reader and the London Boy Scout Gang Show

Dick Emery
with Glen Mason

Benny Hill
with Alex Macintosh

Hugh and I
[Starring] Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd
with Patricia Hayes, Charles Dyer, Jack Haig, Vi Stevens, Molly Sugden, Jill Curzon, Maurice Podbrey.

Kathy Kirby

The Likely Lads
Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Starring James Bolam as Terry, Rodney Bewes as Bob
with Sheila Fearn as Audrey

Marriage Lines
[Starring] Richard Briers and Prunella Scales
with Denzil Ellis

Meet the Wife
[Starring] Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton
with Darryl Read

Andy Stewart
Ian Powrie and his Band

Top of the Pops
Greet the Groups with The Barron Knights.

The Black and White Minstrels are appearing at the Victoria Palace, London, and the Theatre Royal, Newcastle; Freddie Frinton is appearing at the Wimbledon Theatre, London; The Barron Knights are appearing in Bertram Mills Circus Super Show at Olympia, London


Presenter/continuity written by: Jack Warner
Continuity written by: Robert Gray
Orchestra directed by: Harry Rabinowitz
Film Editor: Richard Barclay
Producer (of programme)/director (Meet the Wife): Graeme Muir
Singers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Mitchell Minstrels
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): John Boulter
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Dai Francis
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Tony Mercer
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Benny Garcia
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Margaret Savage
Dancers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Television Toppers
Dance Direction (The Black and White Minstrels): Larry Gordon
Vocal arrangements (The Black and White Minstrels): George Mitchell
Orchestrations (The Black and White Minstrels): Alan Bristow
Orchestrations (The Black and White Minstrels): Ray Terry
Director (The Black and White Minstrels): George Inns
Entertainer: Roy Castle
Orchestra conducted by: Harry Rabinowitz
Director: Dennis Main Wilson
Presenter/Bandleader (The Billy Cotton Band Show): Billy Cotton
Musicians (The Billy Cotton Band Show): The Billy Cotton Band
Singer (The Billy Cotton Band Show): Kathie Kay
Singer (The Billy Cotton Band Show): Alan Breeze
Singers/dancers (The Billy Cotton Band Show): The Cotton Singers and Dancers
Staged by (The Billy Cotton Band Show): Malcolm Goddard
Performer (The London Boy Scout Gang Show): Ralph Reader
Arranged by (The Billy Cotton Band Show): Michael Hurll
Script (Dick Emery segment): David Cumming
Film cameraman (Dick Emery segment): Tom Friswell
Film editor (Dick Emery segment): Pat Holland
Director (Dick Emery segment/Hugh and I): David Croft
Comedian: Dick Emery
Interviewer: Glen Mason
Script (Benny Hill segment): Benny Hill
Film cameraman (Benny Hill segment): John Turner
Film editor (Benny Hill segment): Jim Latham
Director (Benny Hill segment): Kenneth Carter
Willie Tredder: Benny Hill
Geography Teacher: Benny Hill
Youth Leader: Benny Hill
Willie's Mother: Benny Hill
Probation Officer: Benny Hill
Work Foreman: Benny Hill
Narrator: Alex Macintosh
Script (Hugh and I): John Chapman
Terry: Terry Scott
Hugh: Hugh Lloyd
Mrs. Wormold: Patricia Hayes
[Actor]: Charles Dyer
Arthur Wormold: Jack Haig
Mrs. Scott: Vi Stevens
Mrs. Crispin: Molly Sugden
Norma Crispin: Jill Curzon
Vicar: Maurice Podbrey
Singer: Kathy Kirby
Orchestra conducted by (Kathy Kirby segment): Eric Robinson
Director (Kathy Kirby segment): Ernest Maxin
Writer/director (The Likely Lads): Dick Clement
Writer (The Likely Lads): Ian La Frenais
Terry: James Bolam
Bob: Rodney Bewes
Audrey: Sheila Fearn
Script (Marriage Lines): Richard Waring
Director (Marriage Lines): Robin Nash
George Starling: Richard Briers
Kate Starling: Prunella Scales
[Actor]: Denzil Ellis
Script (Meet the Wife): Ronald Wolfe
Script (Meet the Wife): Ronald Chesney
Thora: Thora Hird
Freddie: Freddie Frinton
[Actor]: Darryl Read
Singer: Andy Stewart
Musicians: Ian Powrie and his Band
Director (Andy Stewart segment): Iain MacFadyen
Comic band (Top of the Pops Greet the Groups): The Barron Knights
Director (Top of the Pops Greet the Groups): Johnnie Stewart

: Laughter from the Whitehall: Brian Rix presents: Simple Spymen

by John Chapman.
Brian Rix, Leo Franklyn, Larry Noble, Peter Gray, Sheila Mercier, and Helen Jessop are in 'Chase Me Comrade' at the Whitehall; Roger Delgado and Derek Royle in 'Diplomatic Baggage' at Wyndham's; Rex Garner is in 'Instant Marriage' at the Piccadilly Theatre, London
See page 47


Writer: John Chapman
Settings: Stanley Moore
Director: Wallace Douglas
Corporal Flight: Derek Royle
Lieut. Fosgrove: Toby Perkins
Col. Gray-Baiding: Charles Cameron
Mr. Forster Stand: Peter Gray
George Chuffer: Leo Franklyn
Percy Pringle: Brian Rix
Mrs. Byng: Sheila Mercier
Smogs: Larry Noble
Miss Archdale: Helen Jessop
Max: Roger Delgado
Crab: Garth Adams
Grobehick: Rex Garner

: The News

: The Great War: Part 11: Hell cannot be so terrible (French Soldier)

Written by Alistair Horne and Gordon Watkins.
A twenty-six-part history.

With the intention of bleeding France to death, Germany attacks the sacred fortress town of Verdun, and the two nations become locked in the 'grimmest racial feud in the history of human savagery'.

With the voices of Sir Michael Redgrave as Narrator, Sir Ralph Richardson as Haig, Emlyn Williams as Lloyd George, Marius Goring, Cyril Luckham, Sebastian Shaw
BBC Northern Orchestra
Conducted by George Hurst
Series produced in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Commission
A BBC Tonight production
(First transmission on BBC-2, Aug. 8)


Writer: Alistair Horne
Writer/Producer: Gordon Watkins
Narrator: Sir Michael Redgrave
Voice (Haig): Sir Ralph Richardson
Voice (Lloyd George): Emlyn Williams
Voices: Marius Goring
Voices: Cyril Luckham
Voices: Sebastian Shaw
Theme Music: Wilfred Josephs
Musicians: BBC Northern Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: George Hurst
Supervising Film Editor: Barry Toovey
Producer: Tony Essex

: Mexican Fiesta

The Ballet Folklorico of Mexico in a programme of Latin-American folk dance.
First transmission on July 31


Dancers: The Ballet Folklorico of Mexico
Choreography: Amalia Hernandez
Producer: Patricia Foy

: Postscript to Christmas Day

with The Rev. R. T. Brooks.


Presenter: The Rev. R. T. Brooks

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