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: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Three thousand children sing a Christmas greeting at the Robert Mayer Carol Concert.
Introduced and conducted by Trevor Harvey.
From the Royal Festival Hall, London


Musicians: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: John Ronayne
Organist: John Birch
Presenter/Conductor: Trevor Harvey
Television Presentation: John Vernon

: The News and The Weather Man

George Luce


Weatherman: George Luce

: Jackanory: The Splendid History of Mother Goose and her Golden Eggs

with Mike Hope and Alby Keen.
It's pantomime time all this week in Jackanory, beginning today with The Splendid History of Mother Goose and her Golden Eggs.


Storyteller: Mike Hope
Storyteller: Alby Keen

: The Sooty Show: Christmas Shopping

featuring Sooty and Sweep assisted by Harry Corbett.
From the North
(Harry Corbett is appearing at the May Fair Theatre, London)


Puppeteer: Harry Corbett
Additional manipulation: Leslie Corbett
Additional manipulation: Marjorie Corbett
Producer: Trevor Hill

: The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Theatre: The Cure

Charlie takes the waters, but drives everyone else to drink.

A special television version of the famous Chaplin comedy film with Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell.


[Actor]: Charlie Chaplin
[Actress]: Edna Purviance
[Actor]: Eric Campbell

: Nina and Frederik: The Christmas Tree

A new version of Hans Andersen's Christmas story.


Author: Hans Andersen
Singer: Nina
Singer/Composer: Frederik
Composer: Patrick Harvey
Designer: Paul Allen
Director: Peter Ridsdale Scott
Producer: Molly Cox

: Morning Service

for Christmas Day
from St. George's Parish Church, Stockport, Cheshire.
Preacher, The Rev. Canon W. Garlick, Chaplain to the Queen
Service conducted by The Rev. B. Jackson and The Rev. K. G. Routledge


Preacher: The Rev. Canon W. Garlick
Service conducted by: The Rev. B. Jackson
Service conducted by: The Rev. K. G. Routledge
Organist: Arthur Rooke
TV presentation: Raymond Short

: Leslie Crowther: Meet The Kids

Leslie Crowther invites you to Meet the Kids in hospital at Christmas

with The Monkees, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith in Hollywood
Pierre the Clown,
Tony Hart,
The Bert Hayes Trio
A Lion Cub from Longleat

An outside broadcast direct from Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, Carshalton, Surrey.

(Leslie Crowther is appearing In "Let Sleeping Wives Lie" at the Garrick Theatre, London; Pierre the Clown appears by permission of Billy Smart's Circus)


Presenter: Leslie Crowther
Musicians: The Monkees
Entertainer: Pierre the Clown
Artist: Tony Hart
Musicians: The Bert Hayes Trio
Producer: Ray Colley

: Z Cars: Family Affair: Part 1

by Geoffrey Tetlow
starring Joss Ackland, Joseph Brady, James Ellis, John Slater
with David Daker, Bernard Holley, Stephen Yardley
For cast see page 43


Writer: Geoffrey Tetlow
Producer: Ronald Travers
Directed by: Paddy Russell
Designer: John Stout
P.C. Weir: Joseph Brady
Sgt. Lynch: James Ellis
P.C. May: Stephen Yardley
P.C. Culshaw: David Daker
Det.-Sgt. Stone: John Slater
P.C. Newcombe: Bernard Holley
Det.-Insp. Todd: Joss Ackland
Elsie Jones: Maureen Norman
Peter Culshaw: David Hammonds
P.C. Jackson: John Wreford
Annie Ramsbottom: Ann Lancaster
Mrs. Agnew: Joan Francis
Radio Girl: Jennie Goossens

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: The News and The Weather Man

George Luce


Weatherman: George Luce

: A Spoonful of Sugar

Whom would you like to meet? Where would you like to go? What would you like to see?
A special Christmas edition from The Star and Garter Home for Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, Richmond, Surrey.
Keith Macklin and Sheila Tracy talk to some of the members of this famous Home and have their usual supply of surprises in store.
Appearing as guests: The Westminster Abbey Choir and two of the most popular stars in the history of Show Business
from the North


Presenter: Keith Macklin
Presenter: Sheila Tracy
Singers: The Westminster Abbey Choir
Producer: Nick Hunter

: Three-Way Christmas Quiz

A special holiday contest in which
The "Ask the Family" winners - The Dupre Family in Frant, Sussex
The two "Top of the Form" Finalists
Burnt Mill School, Harlow and either: The Regis School, Tettenhall or: Kirkton High School, Dundee
(depending on result of contest on December 21)
Chairman, Robert Robinson


Chairman: Robert Robinson
Question-Master: Geoffrey Wheeler
Question-Master: John Edmunds
Questions Setter: Boswell Taylor
Outside broadcasts Director: John McGonagle
Outside broadcasts Director: Peter Massey
Outside broadcasts Director: Tony Broughton
Producer: Patricia Owtram
Producer: Mary Evans

: Top of the Pops '67: Part 1

A look at the top pop scene over the last twelve months featuring discs by The Beach Boys, The Beatles (No.1), Petula Clark (No.1), The Foundations (No.1), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Engelbert Humperdinck (No.1), Tom Jones (No.1), Sandie Shaw (No.1), Frank and Nancy Sinatra (No.1), The Tremeloes (No.1), The Who
with Jimmy Savile, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray.

Top of the Pops Orchestra
Directed by Johnny Pearson

(Part 2: tomorrow at 5.25)
See page 24


Band: The Beach Boys
Band: The Beatles
Singer: Petula Clark
Singers: The Foundations
Band: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Singer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Singer: Tom Jones
Singer: Sandie Shaw
Singer: Frank Sinatra
Singer: Nancy Sinatra
Band: The Tremeloes
Band: The Who
Presenter: Jimmy Savile
Presenter: Alan Freeman
Presenter: Pete Murray
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Orchestra Directed by: Johnny Pearson
Designer: Roger Lowe
Producer: Johnnie Stewart

: The Queen

Her Majesty's Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

: Billy Smart's Circus

From the Big Top of the world's largest travelling show.
Mrs. Smart and her Sons proudly present a gala performance for Europe.

Come to the Circus
A Christmas welcome from the circus world.

With a Wing and a Prayer
The airborne Antares defy gravity.

Comedy Sensation
The incredible young Veterans

Hungarian Trick Cyclists
The State Circus Bocskay Troupe

Fifteen Elephants
Presented by Billy Smart and Elephant Boy Gary Jahn.

Dee-Jay Dare
Birma the famous elephant performs her 'Walk of Death' over six celebrated disc jockeys.

Glamour on Globes
The fabulous Dior Sisters

Feats of Strength
The great Markus-strong man

High Trapeze
The high 'flying' Palacys

Circus of Chimps
Rudi and Sue Lenz with their horse-riding, toe-dancing, acrobatic, musical chimpanzees.

Man or Monkey?

World's Greatest Springboard Act
The first time in Britain from the Hungarian State Circus The Seven Faludis.

Leopards and Black Panthers
trained and presented by Richard.

(See facing page)


Aerialists: Antares
Comedians: Veterans
Trick Cyclists: The State Circus Bocskay Troupe
Presented by (Fifteen Elephants): Billy Smart
Presented by (Fifteen Elephants): Gary Jahn
Performers: Dior Sisters
Strongman: Markus
Trapeze Artists: Palacys
Animal Act trained by: Rudi Lenz
Animal Act trained by: Sue Lenz
Springboardists: The Seven Faludis
Incidental Clowning: Maxo, Toto, and Co.
Incidental Commentator: Jimmy Young
Musical Director: Ken Griffin
Producer/Director: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Disney Time

Dick Van Dyke opens Walt Disney's Jungle Book of Animals and introduces some new faces and some old favourites.
With scenes from: Show White And The Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Fantasia, Bear Country, Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, Blackbeard's Ghost, Never A Dull Moment, The Jungle Book.
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney Productions


Presenter: Dick Van Dyke
Produced for TV by: Richard Evans

: Cinderella

BBC-1's Christmas pantomime.

Stars Jimmy Tarbuck as Buttons and Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd as the Ugly Sisters.

(By permission of Howard and Wyndham Ltd.)
(Jimmy Tarbuck is appearing in "Cinderella" at the Coventry Theatre, Coventry; Sally Smith is in "Dick Whittington" at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; David Kernan is in "Cinderella" at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh)
(See also facing page)


Producer: Freddie Carpenter
Director: Peter Whitmore
Musical Associate: Art Day
Choreographer: Norman Maen
Scriptwriter: Bryan Blackburn
Scriptwriter: Ron McDonnell
Designer: Michael Young
Buttons: Jimmy Tarbuck
Ugly Sister: Terry Scott
Ugly Sister: Hugh Lloyd
Cinderella: Sally Smith
Prince Charming: David Kernan
Dandini: Neville Jason
Fairy Godmother: Louida Vaughan
The Baron: Graham Squire
Button's Horse: The Keefe Brothers
Principal Dancer: Leigh Foster
Principal Dancer: Vreni Zullic
Dancers: The Norman Maen Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Musical Director: Harry Rabinowitz

: The News

with Robert Dougall

followed by The Weather


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: War on Want

A Christmas Appeal by James Mossman.
Please send donations, preferably by crossed postal order or cheque, to: James Mossman, War on Want, [address removed]

World hunger is a fact of which the public is becoming increasingly aware. Since 1951, War on Want has been combating this problem, concentrating mainly on long-term projects of self-help. Its work is entirely dependent on voluntary contributions.


Presenter: James Mossman

: Christmas Night with the Stars

See columns 1 and 2 and page 23

: The Ken Dodd Christmas Show

[Starring] Ken Dodd
Starring The Seekers
Guest stars, Graham Stark, Patricia Hayes, John Laurie
with Silvan, The Tiller Girls

(See page 23)


Comedian/Scriptwriter: Ken Dodd
Musicians: The Seekers
Guest: Graham Stark
Guest: Patricia Hayes
Guest: John Laurie
Magician: Silvan
Dancers: The Tiller Girls
Precision Routine: Barbara Aitken
Choreographer: Sylvia Blake
Musicians: Peter Knight and the Orchestra
Singers: The Michael Sammes Singers
Musical Associate: Pete Moore
Scriptwriter: Eddie Braben
Designer: Norman Vertigan
Producer: Michael Hurll

: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The great John Ford film.
Starring James Stewart, John Wayne
with Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien

An Easterner, armed only with his law school training, sets about ridding the town of Shinbone of a ruthless gunman... the notorious Liberty Valance.
See page 23


Screenplay: James Warner Bellah
Screenplay: Willis Goldbeck
From a story by: Dorothy M. Johnson
Producer: Willis Goldbeck
Director: John Ford
Ranson Stoddard: James Stewart
Tom Doniphon: John Wayne
Hallie: Vera Miles
Liberty Valance: Lee Marvin
Dutton Peabody: Edmond O'Brien
Link Appleyard: Andy Devine
Nora: Jeanette Nolan
Peter: John Qualen

: The News

with Robert Dougall

followed by The Weather


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Suliotis Sings

Another chance to see the British debut of a new world opera star - at the age of twenty-four.
Introduced by Arthur Jacobs.

(Edward Downes appears by arrangement with the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden)
(See facing page)


Presenter: Arthur Jacobs
Soprano: Elena Souliotis
Musicians: The Pro Arte Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Max Salpeter
Conductor: Edward Downes
Designer: Roger Andrews
Producer: Patricia Foy
Producer: Stephen Hearst

: An Astronomer's Christmas

Some reflections by Sir Bernard Lovell, F.R.S. Director of Jodrell Bank Experimental Station and Professor of Radio Astronomy in the University of Manchester.


Presenter: Sir Bernard Lovell

: The Weather Man

George Luce

Close Down


Weatherman: George Luce

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