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: Jackanory: Christmas Stories: The Little Juggler

with Ted Ray
Today: Ted Ray tells a traditional story for Christmas Eve called The Little Juggler


Storyteller: Ted Ray

: The Christmas Story

...told to the infants class of a Dorset village school by the head teacher, and acted by the older children from St. Mary's Church. Cerne Abbas
from the South and West


Narration: Hugh Reynolds
Television presentation: John Dobson

: Carols and Cash: Just Because It's Christmas

Students from the University of York take a look at some aspects of the Christmas festival.
Armed with a film camera the students were invited to make their own programme; to look at any facets of Christmas they chose.
Christopher Chataway discusses some of the points raised in this film.
from the North


Presenter: Christopher Chataway
Director: John C. Miller
Producer: Nick Hunter

: When Comedy Was King

Written and produced by Robert Youngson.
Some great moments with the screen's most famous laughter-makers.
Including: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chase, Chester Conklin, Andy Clyde, Billy Bevan, Gloria Swanson, Mabel Normand, Wallace Beery, Snub Pollard
(First shown on BBC-2)


Writer/Producer: Robert Youngson
Narrator: Dwight Weist
Music composed by: Ted Royal

: Watch with Mother: Trumpton: The Greenhouse

For the very young

: Captain Blood

The spectacular adventure film
starring Errol Flynn as the Pirate Captain
with Olivia De Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill

Dr. Peter Blood, innocently condemned to a life of slavery in the West Indies, escapes to become the most famous pirate in history.


Screenplay: Casey Robinson
From a story by: Rafael Sabatini
Director: Michael Curtiz
Dr. Peter Blood/Pirate Captain: Errol Flynn
Arabella Bishop: Olivia De Havilland
Levasseur: Basil Rathbone
Colonel Bishop: Lionel Atwill
Hagthorpe: Guy Kibbee
Lord Willoughby: Henry Stephenson
Wolverstone: Robert Barrat
Cahasac: J. Carroll Naish

: Bewitched: Humbug Not Spoken Here

A comedy film series starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, Dick York as Darrin, Agnes Moorehead as Endora

Humbug Not Spoken Here ...or Santa will sleigh you!

A special Christmas edition


Samantha: Elizabeth Montgomery
Darrin: Dick York
Endora: Agnes Moorehead

: Play School: Dressing-Up Day

A programme for children under five
Today's story: 'The Lost Tambourine'
Shown at 11.0 a.m. on BBC-2


Presenter: Julie Stevens
Presenter: Brian Cant

: Nina and Frederik: The Christmas Tree

Hans Andersen's Christmas story retold for television


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

: Jack and the Beanstalk

Starring Gene Kelly
The famous seasonal fairy story with music
The fantasy of a cartoon giant who threatens a flesh-and-blood pedlar and his young friend.
(First shown on BBC-2)


Producer/Director: Gene Kelly
Jack: Gene Kelly

: The News and The Weather Man

Graham Parker


Weatherman: Graham Parker

: Town and Around

Introduced by John Bierman


Presenter: John Bierman

: Carols from King's

A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge
Processional Hymn
Once in Royal David's city (H. J. Gauntlett)
Bidding: The Dean
Up! good Christen folk, and listen
(Piae Cantiones, 1582)
First Lesson
Isaiah 52, vv. 7-10
Reader: A Chorister
A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)
Second Lesson
St. Luke I, vv. 26-35, 38
Reader: A Choral Scholar
The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Old Basque)
Third Lesson
St. Luke 2, vv. 1, 3-7
Reader: The Chaplain
A Virgin most pure (trad. English)
Fourth Lesson
St. Luke 2, vv. 8-16
Reader: The Director of Music
The shepherd's cradle song (Charles Macpherson)
O come, all ye faithful (J. F. Wade)
Fifth Lesson
St. Matthew 2, vv. 1, 2, 7-11
Reader: The Dean
The Three Kings (P. Cornelius)
The Lord's Prayer and Blessing
O little town of Bethlehem (Vaughan Williams)
See colour feature on centre pages


Bidder/lesson reader (Fifth lesson): The Dean [name uncredited]
Lesson reader (First lesson): A Chorister [name uncredited]
Lesson reader (Second lesson): A Choral Scholar [name uncredited]
Lesson reader (Third lesson): The Chaplain [name uncredited]
Lesson reader (Fourth lesson)/director of Music: David Willcocks
Organist: John Wells
Producer: Brian Large

: Z Cars: Blame It On Father Christmas: Part 2

by David Ellis
starring James Ellis, John Slater, John Woodvine
with Paul Angelis, Ron Davies, Bernard Holley


Writer: David Ellis
Designer: Chris Thompson
Script Editor: Barry Thomas
Producer: Richard Beynon
Director: Tristan de Vere Cole
Det.-Insp. Witty: John Woodvine
Det.-Sgt. Stone: John Slater
Bobby Dawson: Jonathan Greene
Charlie Collins: Joe Gladwin
Sgt. Lynch: James Ellis
Mary Dawson: Diana Payan
P.C. Roach: Ron Davies
P.C. Bannerman: Paul Angelis
P.C. Newcombe: Bernard Holley
Frank Bowers: John Arnatt
W.P.C. Parkin: Pauline Taylor
Kathleen Frost: Barbara Ashcroft
Pianist: Jonathan Cohen
Brenda Baker: Kate Lansbury
Sharon: Sharon Cambell
Alan: Anthony Peplow

: The Gang Show

Excerpts from the 1968 production with a cast of 120 members of the Scout and Guide Movement presented by The Scout Association

Recorded before an invited audience at The Odeon, Golders Green
The Gang Show has always had an all-male cast-till this year when the Scout Association invited members of the Girl Guides Association and Girl Cub Scout leaders to take part. The girls have made a terrific impact. Their standard was so high that already one of the leading singers has been offered a professional contract as principal girl in a London pantomime.


Performers: The Gang Show
Music, book, and lyrics/producer: Ralph Reader
Designer: Robert Corp Reader
Costumes: Peter Dunlop
Musical director and arranger: Burt Rhodes
Television presentation: Michael Hurll

: Cilla

The first of a new series starring Cilla Black
Among her guest stars, Michael Crawford, Shari Lewis
and Special guest, Scott Walker
The Irving Davies Dancers


Presenter/Singer: Cilla Black
Guest: Michael Crawford
Ventriloquist: Shari Lewis
Singer: Scott Walker
Dancers: The Irving Davies Dancers
Choreography: Irving Davies
Vocal backing: The Breakaways
Musical direction and special arrangements: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Additional musical arrangements: Mike Vickers
Film Editor: John Jarvis
Script: Ronnie Taylor
Design: Roger Ford
Production: Michael Hurll

: The News

with Richard Baker
and The Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: Play of the Month presenting: Waters of the Moon

by N.C. Hunter
[Starring] Margaret Leighton
also starring Athene Seyler, Vivien Merchant, Kathleen Harrison, Michael Gwynn, Roland Culver

A handful of guests live in a small, remote hotel on the edge of Dartmoor. It is the end of December, and snow is thick on the ground. Helen and Robert Lancaster and their daughter, finding themselves stranded, descend on this quiet backwater and upset it thoroughly.


Writer: N.C. Hunter
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Herbert Wise
Evelyn Daly: Vivien Merchant
John Daly: Cavan Kendall
Mrs. Whyte: Athene Seyler
Colonel Selby: Roland Culver
Mrs. Daly: Joan Heath
Mrs. Ashworth: Kathleen Harrison
Julius Winterhalter: Michael Gwynn
Helen Lancaster: Margaret Leighton
Tonetta Landi: Wendy Allnutt
Robert Lancaster: Jack Gwillim

: Children Talking: Going to the Moon

Gerald Harrison asks children from the Bolton and Nelson areas of Lancashire about
Going to the Moon.
"They say its green cheese, but I don't think it is, not by its colour, anyway". A nine-year-old
"We would stay 200 years, then come back to Mummy and Daddy". A five-year-old
"I would spend my last day on earth reading Custer's Last Stand. It would refresh my mind". An eight-year-old
(from the North)


Interviewer: Gerald Harrison
Producer: Bob Mozley

: Amahl and the Night Visitors

An opera in one act
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master, John McCarthy
Donare Dance Troupe
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Led by Ernest Scott
(First shown on BBC-2)
(Forbes Robinson appears by arrangement with The General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Don Garrard by arrangement with Sadler's Wells Opera)

This is the touching story of a crippled shepherd boy and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings on their journey to Bethlehem.


Words and music: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Singers: Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master: John McCarthy
Dancers: Donare Dance Troupe
Choreographer: Philippe Perottet
Orchestra Leader: Ernest Scott
Associate Conductor: David Tod Boyd
Repetiteur: Michael Bassett
Designer: Eileen Diss
Conductor: James Lockhart
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Michael Hayes
Amahl: Paull Boucher
His Mother: April Cantelo
King Kaspar: Joseph Ward
King Melchior: Forbes Robinson
King Balthazar: Don Garrard
The Page: Emyr Green

: Midnight Eucharist

from St. George's Parish Church, Belfast

Close Down


Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. R. E. Turner
Assisted by: The Rev. R. B. Haythornthwaite
Assisted by: The Rev. C. John Jewell
Commentary: The Rev. J. R. B. McDonald
Organist: Edwin Leighton
Presented by: Moore Wasson

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