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: CAROL STORY

An entertainment for Christmas morning
Sung by the Choir of East Barnet Grammar School
Chorus-Master. DENNIS TODD
Movement by the New College Junior Drama Club
Directed by PAULINE STUART
Conductor, Peter Kay
Designer, Roger Liminton
An outside broadcast
Produced by JOHN VERNON

Contributors

Directed By: Pauline Stuart
Conductor: Peter Kay
Designer: Roger Liminton
Produced By: John Vernon

: JACKANORY

with John Stride
Christmas Stories
Today: John Stride tells
' The Minstrel and the Mountain a story of peace by JANE YOLEN

Contributors

Unknown: John Stride
Unknown: Jane Yolen

: PROFESSOR IN TOYLAND

Some enchanting questions for enquiring minds asked by Professor Julius Sumner Miller on walking toys, singing toys, swimming toys, flying toys
Do you own a toy? Did you ever own a toy? Then Julius ('Walt Disney called me a genius') Sumner Miller can provide a few scientific questions to worry you with. Directed by PETER GOODCHILD
Editor, R. W. REID
First shown on BBC 2

Contributors

Unknown: Professor Julius Sumner Miller
Unknown: Sumner Miller
Directed By: Peter Goodchild
Editor: R. W. Reid

: A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

What would you like to see? Whom do you want to meet? Where would you like to go?
Keith Macklin and Sheila Tracy introduce a special edition from
THE YORKSHIRE HOME. HARROGATE The patients from this home for disabled women will be meeting, talking, and listening to famous personalities of their own choice including
Norman Wisdom
Moira Anderson
Simon Woolf
Produced by NICK HUNTER from the North

Contributors

Unknown: Keith MacKlin
Unknown: Sheila Tracy
Unknown: Norman Wisdom
Unknown: Moira Anderson
Unknown: Simon Woolf
Produced By: Nick Hunter

: FAMILY SERVICE

for Christmas Morning from
THE METHODIST CHURCH
SOLIHULL, WARWICKSHIRE
Conducted by the Minister, The Rev. Brian Greet
Organist, MARGARET WHARAM
Introduced by Philip Turner
Television presentation by Barrie Edgar
Appropriately for Christmas morning, this service from the modern Methodist church in Solihull is very much a family affair. The children are encouraged to bring Christmas presents to church with them as an act of thanks-giving; and they, together with young people and adults, will be helping the minister with this Christmas act of worship.

Contributors

Introduced By: Philip Turner
Presentation By: Barrie Edgar

: MEET THE KIDS

in hospital at Christmas with RAY ALAN and Tony Hart
The Bert Hayes Trio
Tich and Quackers
Gus and Jaq from Walt Disney's ' Cinderella'
A Chimp called Charlie from Longleat
An outside broadcast direct from
Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, Carshalton, Surrey
Produced by RAY COLLEY

Contributors

Unknown: Ray Alan
Unknown: Tony Hart
Produced By: Ray Colley

: THE CHARLIE DRAKE SHOW

starring
CHARLIE DRAKE with HENRY McGEE
THE SATIN BELLS
FLIGHT FOUR
The George Mitchell Singers
The Show Dancers
Leslie Dwyer , Doremy Vernon
Dorothy Darke
Musical director, HARRY RABINOWITS
Choreography by Peter Gordeno Written by CHARLIE DRAKE
Designer, John Burrowes
Produced by ERNEST MAXIN
First shown on BBC-2

Contributors

Unknown: Charlie Drake
Unknown: Henry McGee
Singers: George Mitchell
Dancers: Leslie Dwyer
Dancers: Doremy Vernon
Unknown: Dorothy Darke
Director: Harry Rabinowits
Choreography By: Peter Gordeno
Written By: Charlie Drake
Designer: John Burrowes
Produced By: Ernest Maxin

: THE NEWCOMERS

Devised by Colin Morris
Christmas Day in Angleton: Vivienne goes to see Toby Smith ; the Kerrs entertain their friends; Sydney has a solution to Turner's accommodation problem.
Story by JOHN CRESSWELL
Script by CHRISTOPHER BOND
Producer, BILL SELLARS
Directed by MARY RIDGE from the Midlands
For cast list see page 55

Contributors

Unknown: Colin Morris
Unknown: Toby Smith
Story By: John Cresswell
Script By: Christopher Bond
Producer: Bill Sellars
Directed By: Mary Ridge

: TOP OF THE POPS '68

Part 1
This year's top pops includin.g discs by: LOUIS ARMSTRONG
THE BEATLES
GEORGIE FAME
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
THE LOVE AFFAIR
MANFRED MANN
ESTHER AND ABI OFARIM
CLIFF RICHARD
THE ROLLING STONES
THE UNION GAP
Introduced by Pete Murray and Jimmy Savile
Top of the Pops Orchestra
Conducted by Johnny Pearson
Design, David Chandler
Production, JOHNNIE STEWART
Part 2: tomorrow at 6.35 p.m.

Contributors

Unknown: Manfred Mann
Introduced By: Pete Murray
Introduced By: Jimmy Savile
Conducted By: Johnny Pearson
Design: David Chandler
Unknown: Johnnie Stewart

: THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL CHRISTMAS SHOW

starring
THE MITCHELL MINSTRELS with JOHN BOULTER
DAI FRANCIS
TONY MERCER
Compere, Leslie Crowther
Guest star, SEMPRINI
Also starring
Margaret Savage
The Television Toppers
Delia Wicks
Don Cleaver
Penny Jewkes
Les Rawlings
Sheila Bernette
Peter Glaze
Dance direction by Roy Gunson Vocal arrangements by George Mitchell
Orchestrations by Alan Bristow Orchestra
Leader, FREDDY CLAYTON
Conducted by George Mitchell and Eric Robinson
Settings by Lionel Radford
Devised and produced by GEORGE INNS
Leslie Crowther Is appearing In ' Let Sleeping Wives Lie ' at the Garrick Theatre. London: The Black and White Minstrel Show Is at the Victoria Palace. London. and at the King's Theatre. Edinburgh

Contributors

Unknown: John Boulter
Unknown: Dai Francis
Unknown: Tony Mercer
Unknown: Leslie Crowther
Unknown: Roy Gunson
Arrangements By: George Mitchell
Unknown: Alan Bristow
Leader: Freddy Clayton
Conducted By: George Mitchell
Conducted By: Eric Robinson
Unknown: Lionel Radford
Produced By: George Inns
Produced By: Leslie Crowther

: THE QUEEN

Her Majesty's Christmas Message to the Commonwealth
Also on BBC-2 in colour

: BILLY SMART'S CIRCUS

From the Big Top of the world's greatest tenting show
A Gala Performance for Europe starring:
Berosini (U.S.A.) Swings by his heels on the high trapeze
The Caroli Riders (Italy) The world's largest trick-riding troupe
Ten Tisza (Hungary) State Circus springboard sensation
Krenzola's Animal Revue (Germany) with fox and goose, cat and dog, parrots and pigeons
El Grupo Rodriguez (Mexico) Olympians of the triple bar
The Francesco Clowns (Italy) Superb slapstick comedy and music
Armand Elleano (France) Wire-walker extraordinary
Swingning Elephants presented by Billy Smart Jr. featuring 15-elephant pyramid
The Flying Oslers (South Africa) Four daring young men on the flying trapeze
Also in the Big Top:
Ria Roberti, Don Saunders Clown , Maxo, Toto and Co., Mike Tucker, Ringmaster Dick Barton
Circus Direction by the Smart brothers Ronnie, David and Billy Smart

Contributors

Ringmaster: Dick Barton
Trapeze artist: Berosini
Trick riders: The Caroli Riders
Acrobat: Ten Tisza
Animal act: Krenzola's Animal Revue
Acrobats: El Grupo Rodriguez
Clowns: The Francesco Clowns
Wire-walker: Armand Elleano
Elephant act presented by: Billy Smart Jr.
Acrobats: The Flying Oslers
Performer: Ria Roberti
Clown: Don Saunders
Performers: Maxo, Toto and Co.
Performer: Mike Tucker
Circus direction: Ronnie Smart
Circus direction: David Smart
Circus direction: Billy Smart
Show introduced by: John Witty
Circus band directed by: Ken Griffin
Designer: James Bould
Director: Mary David
Producer: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Disney Time

Music and comedy are the themes of this year's Christmas Walt Disney programme introduced by Val Doonican. With scenes from:

Bambi
Mary Poppins
Peter Pan
The Jungle Book
Donald's Snow Fight
The Happiest Millionaire
Never A Dull Moment
Cinderella
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney Productions

Contributors

Presenter: Val Doonican
Produced for TV by: Richard Evans

: Humpty Dumpty

with The Roy Gunson Dancers
and
The George Mitchell Singers
Musical director, Burt Rhodes
Musical associate, Art Day
Choreographer, Roy Gunson
Original book by David Croft and Phil Park
Adapted for television by David Cumming
Costume supervisor, Valerie Spooner
Make-up supervisor, Anna Chesterman
Design adapted for television by Andy Dimond
Produced by Peter Whitmore
Leslie Crowther is appearing In 'Let Sleeping Wives Lie' at the Garrick Theatre, London: Lynda Baron is at the Carousel, Piccadilly. London; Sally Smith is in 'Cinderella' at the Hippodrome. Bristol; Alan Curtis in ' Babes in the Wood ' at the Odeon, Golders Green; Kathleen West in 'Humpty Dumpty' at the Coventry Theatre; Max Latimer in 'Where the Rainbow Ends' at the Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green
See colour feature on centre pages

Contributors

With: Roy Gunson Dancers
Director: Burt Rhodes
Original Book By: David Croft
Original Book By: Phil Park
Adapted for Television By: David Cumming
Costume Supervisor: Valerie Spooner
Make-up Supervisor: Anna Chesterman
Design Adapted for Television By: Andy Dimond
Produced By: Peter Whitmore
Produced By: Leslie Crowther
Humpty Dumpty: Leslie Crowther
Simple Simon: Reg Varney
Tommy Tucker: Lynda Baron
Mary Mary: Sally Smith
The King of Hearts: Ken Platt
Tommy Tucker: Lynda Baron
Mary Mary: Sally Smith
Grimm: Alan Curtis
The Queen of Hearts: Kathleen West
The Ogre: Max Latimer
Mother Goose: Iris Sadler
Priscilla the Goose: Kay Lyell
The Knave: Barrie Dupres

: CHRISTIAN AID

A Christmas Appeal by Judi Dench
If Christ were to be born again into poverty, where could it be? The answer is, surely, almost anywhere.
From Bethlehem, Judi Dench relates the first Christmas to our world in 1968. Donations, preferably by crossed postal order or cheque, to: Christian Aid[address removed]

Contributors

Unknown: Judi Dench
Unknown: Judi Dench

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring stars of BBC Light Entertainment in 1968

(Petula Clark appears by courtesy of M.G.M. Pictures; Derek Nimmo is appearing in 'Charlie Girl' at the Adelphi Theatre; Robertson Hare is in 'Oh Clarence!' at the Lyric Theatre, London)
See columns 1, 2, and 3 and colour feature on centre pages

[Photo caption] Top row 1. to r.: Cliff Richard, Morecambe and Wise, The Seekers. Reading downwards: Harry Worth, Jimmy Logan, Ray Alan, Derek Nimmo, Louis Armstrong, Kenneth McKellar, and Marty Feldman

Christmas Night with the Stars
A specially recorded programme featuring stars of BBC Light Entertainment in 1968

Introduced by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
Script by Sid Green and Dick Hills

Louis Armstrong, Petula Clark, Rolf Harris, Jimmy Logan, Lulu, Kenneth McKellar, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, The Seekers, The Young Generation (Choreography Douglas Squires)

Not In Front of the Children
by Richard Waring
Starring Wendy Craig as Jennifer and Ronald Hines as Henry
with Frances Rowe as Mother
Trudi...Roberta Tovey
Robin...Hugo Keith-Johnston
Amanda...Jill Riddick
Directed by Graeme Muir

Dad's Army
Script by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn
Featuring John Laurie, James Beck, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender and Edward Sinclair
Directed by David Croft

Harry Worth
with Derek Francis
Script by Ronnie Taylor
Directed by Duncan Wood

Ice Cabaret
Introduced by Ray Alan
Featuring Reg Park, Michel and Carol Sally Ross, Janet Mahoney, The Ice Cabaret Dancers, The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Musical Director, Malcolm Lockyer
Directed by Ernest Maxin
Presented In association with Tom Arnold and Gerald Palmer

Marty Feldman
sings a song of Christmas with the Ealing Grammar School Boys' Choir

Oh Brother! All Gas and Gaiters
Starring Derek Nimmo, Felix Aylmer, Robertson Hare, Colin Gordon, William Mervyn, Geoffrey Hibbert, Ernest Clark, Patrick McAlinney
Script by David Climie and Austin Steel, Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps
Directed by John Howard Davies

Orchestrations by Alan Roper and Les Williams
Orchestra directed by Alyn Ainsworth
Design, Roger Murray-Leach
Production, Stewart Morris

Contributors

Presenter: Eric Morecambe
Presenter: Ernie Wise
Singer: Petula Clark
[Actor]: Derek Nimmo
[Actor]: Robertson Hare

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: DODDY FOR CHRISTMAS

starring
KEN DODD
Special guest appearances of GRAHAM STARK PATRICIA HAYES DERMOT KELLY with Senor Wences
The New Faces
Judith Chalmers
Norman Caley Jennifer Lowe
Doddy's Diddymen
Staged by PEGGY O'FARRELL
Children of Ryebank School and A collection of Doddy-Oddities with Peter Barbour 's Beanstalks Henry Vadden
Watneys Silver Band Joe Gandy 's Circus
The Barking Playleader Drum Majorettes
The Knotty Ash State Dancer Phil ' Fazakerley ' Kernott Arthur Johnson (tenor) Collins and Lopez Cuthbert Braben
The Icky the Firebobby Singers Little Jimmy (from Pegrams) Ken's Cutie-Girls
Cartoon film by COLIN WHITTAKER Orchestra directed by KEN JONES Script by EDDIE BRABEN and KEN DODD
Design by John Burrowes
Produced by MICHAEL HURLL
Ken Dodd is appearing in ' Dick Whitting ton ' at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Contributors

Unknown: Ken Dodd
Unknown: Patricia Hayes
Unknown: Dermot Kelly
Unknown: Judith Chalmers
Unknown: Norman Caley
Unknown: Jennifer Lowe
Unknown: Peggy O'Farrell
Unknown: Peter Barbour
Unknown: Henry Vadden
Unknown: Joe Gandy
Tenor: Kernott Arthur Johnson
Tenor: Lopez Cuthbert Braben
Unknown: Colin Whittaker
Directed By: Ken Jones
Script By: Eddie Braben
Unknown: Ken Dodd
Unknown: John Burrowes
Produced By: Michael Hurll
Produced By: Ken Dodd
Unknown: Dick Whitting

: SOME LIKE IT HOT

starring
MARILYN MONROE , TONY CURTIS
JACK LEMMON with George Raft , Pat O'Brien
Joe E. Brown
Screenplay by BILLY WILDER and I. A. L. DIAMOND
Produced and directed by Billy Wilder
Chicago, 1929, at the height of the Prohibition era. Two jazz musicians witness the St. Valentine's day killings and flee for their lives-by joining an all-girl orchestra!

Contributors

Unknown: Marilyn Monroe
Unknown: Tony Curtis
Unknown: Jack Lemmon
Unknown: George Raft
Unknown: Pat O'Brien
Unknown: Joe E. Brown
Unknown: Billy Wildex
Unknown: I. A. L. Diamond
Directed By: Billy Wilder
SUgar: Marilyn Monroe
Joe: Tony Curtis
Jerry: Jack Lemmon
Spats: George Raft
Mulligan: Pat O'Brien
Osgood JOE: E Brown
Bonaparte: Nehemiah Persoff
Sue: Joan Shawlee

: THE NEWS

with Robert Langley followed by THE WEATHER MAN Bert Foord

Contributors

Unknown: Robert Langley
Unknown: Bert Foord

: QUIZ OF THE YEAR

Ned Sherrin tests the wits and memories of rival teams, who might be expected to know what's been going on in 1968. Richard Ingrams William Rushton John Wells of Private Eye magazine are challenged by Linda Blandford Mary Kenny Neil Shand with sketches acted by Miriam Margolyes Malcolm Ingram
Directed by PETER CHAFER
Produced by ANTHONY SMITH

Contributors

Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Richard Ingrams
Unknown: William Rushton
Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: Linda Blandford
Unknown: Mary Kenny
Unknown: Neil Shand
Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Malcolm Ingram
Directed By: Peter Chafer
Produced By: Anthony Smith

: OF THE NATIVITE OF OURE LORDE

And anone the oxe and the asse, knelynge doun leyden her mouthes on the cracche, brethynge uppon the child, as they knowen by resoun that in that colde tyme the childe had nede to be hatte in that manere.
Extracts from St. Bonaventura's Life of Jesus read by Olive Gregg
Close Down

Contributors

Read By: Olive Gregg








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