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: Watch with Mother: Pogles' Wood: Woodwinds

For the very young

Tog finds a musical instrument and what fun it is to blow a tune.

: Days of Thrills and Laughter

A pageant of comedy and cliff-hanging suspense from the golden age of film
with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Houdini, Pearl White, Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Charlie Chase, Snub Pollard, Mack Sennett, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Boris Karloff, Warner Oland, Ruth Roland, Al St. John, The Keystone Cops, The Sennett Bathing Beauties and Cameo, The Wonder Dog


Music: Jack Shaindlin
Narrator: Jay Jackson
Produced and directed by: Robert Youngson

: Transworld Top Team: United Kingdom v. Canada: Match 9: London v. Toronto

Top of the Form competes with Canada's Reach for the Top in this international series.
A joint BBC-CBC production


Question-Master: Alex Trebek
Questions set by: Regis Bennett
Director: Bob Gibbons
Executive producer (BBC): Bill Wright
Executive producer (CBC): Sandy Stewart

: A Thousand Miles a Day

The London to Sydney Marathon covered 10,000 miles in ten days and there was a prize of £10,000 for the winner. Most of the world's top rally drivers set off from Crystal Palace at the end of November In a hundred cars bound for Bombay, across the mountains of Turkey and Afghanistan and the great plains of Persia and Pakistan. The liner Chusan then took the survivors over the Indian Ocean to Fremantle in Western Australia for three more days and nights of flat-out motoring across the wastes of a whole continent.
In a special Wheelbase film report from the finish at Sydney, British drivers Roger Clark, John Davenport, Peter Harper, and Paddy Hopkirk tell the story of this unrivalled road race in their own words.


Driver/narrator: Roger Clark
Driver/narrator: John Davenport
Driver/narrator: Peter Harper
Driver/narrator: Paddy Hopkirk
Director: Chris Berry
Director: Tony Salmon
Associate producer: John Mills
Producer: Brian Robins

: The Newcomers

Boxing Day brings a surprise visitor to the Kerrs; Turner makes plans to entertain the Cooper family; Burroughs finds Mrs. Crabtree too much under the influence of the Christmas spirit.
From the Midlands


Devised by: Colin Morris
Story by: John Cresswell
Script: Christopher Bond
Producer: Bill Sellars
Director: Mary Ridge
Lance Cooper: Raymond Hunt
Gran Hamilton: Gladys Henson
Vivienne Cooper: Maggie Fitzgibbon
Charles Turner: Neil Hallett
Andrew Kerr: Robin Bailey
Caroline Kerr: Heather Chasen
Kirsty Kerr: Maggie Don
Margot Kerr: Sally Jane Spencer
Bert Harker: Robert Brown
Jimmy Harker: David Janson
Joyce Harker: Wendy Richard
Vera Harker: June Bland
Rufus Pargeter: Michael Redfern
Arnold Tripp: Gerald Cross
Henry Burroughs: Campbell Singer
Jeff Langley: Michael Collins
Janet Cooper: Sandra Payne
Philip Cooper: Jeremy Bulloch
Sydney Huxley: Anthony Verner
Mrs. Heenan: Vanda Godsell
Toby Smith: Billy Russell
Harry Patch: Bert Brownbill
Matron: Jean Ainslie
Amelia Huntley: Naomi Chance
Ray Blackwell: Adrian Reynolds
Head Waiter: Julian Herrington

: Boxing Day Grandstand

See panel
Today's Timetable
12.50 Racing
1.10 Football Preview
1.20 Racing
1.40 Motor Racing
1.55 Rugby League
2.20 Racing
2.40 Motor Racing
2.55 Rugby League
These timings may be altered by events

: North-West Mounted Police

Cecil B. DeMille's epic adventure film
starring Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard
with Robert Preston, Preston Foster

A Texas Ranger, sent to Canada to capture a murderer, discovers that the wanted man has organised an Indian uprising to massacre the Mounties.


Screenplay: Alan Le May
Screenplay: Jesse Lasky Jr.
Screenplay: C. Gardner Sullivan
Music score: Victor Young
Produced and directed by: Cecil B. Demille
Dusty Rivers: Gary Cooper
April Logan: Madeleine Carroll
Louvette: Paulette Goddard
Ronnie Logan: Robert Preston
Jim Brett: Preston Foster
Duroc: Akim Tamiroff
Corbeau: George Bancroft
McDuff: Lynne Overman
Shorty: Lon Chaney Jr.
Big Bear: Walter Hampden

: Tom and Jerry: Mice Follies

Tom and Jerry playing cat and mouse in a selection from the world-famous award-winning cartoon films starring Tom the Cat and a far-from-underdog mouse called Jerry.

Mice Follies
...iced mice?


Created by: William Hanna
Created by: Joe Barbera

: Today's Sport

A full round-up of the day's results

: The News and The Weather Man

Bert Foord


Weatherman: Bert Foord

: The Andy Williams Christmas Show

on ice
Musical greetings from Andy Williams and all his family
including Claudine Longet
with The Osmond Brothers
Programme recorded in America


Singer/presenter: Andy Williams
Singer/dancer: Claudine Longet
Singers: The Osmond Brothers
Choreography: Jack Regas
Music arranged and conducted by: Eddie Karam

: Top of the Pops '68: Part 2

This year's top pops
including discs by: Herb Alpert, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Joe Cocker and the Grease Band, Equals, Mary Hopkin, Tommy James and the Shondells, Hugo Montenegro
Introduced by Alan Freeman and Stuart Henry
Top of the Pops Orchestra
Conducted by Johnny Pearson


Musician: Herb Alpert
Band: The Beach Boys
Band: The Beatles
Band: The Bee Gees
Band: Joe Cocker and the Grease Band
Band: Equals
Singer: Mary Hopkin
Band: Tommy James and the Shondells
Musician: Hugo Montenegro
Presenter: Alan Freeman
Presenter: Stuart Henry
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Johnny Pearson
Design: David Chandler
Production: Johnnie Stewart

: The Benny Hill Show

Starring Benny Hill
with June Whitfield, Henry McGee
Special guest, Tammy Jones
and Jenny Lee-Wright, John Wright, Doris Rogers, Jim Tyson, Kedd Senton, Carolyn Moody, David G. March, Richard Mottau

(Henry McGee is appearing in "Uproar to the House" at the Whitehall Theatre, London)


Script: Benny Hill
Musical director and arrangements: Burt Rhodes
Costumes: Mary Woods
Lighting: Peter Wesson
Settings: Brian Tregidden
Producer: Kenneth Carter
Comedian: Benny Hill
[Actress]: June Whitfield
[Actor]: Henry McGee
Singer: Tammy Jones
[Actress]: Jenny Lee-Wright
[Actor]: John Wright
[Actress]: Doris Rogers
[Actor]: Jim Tyson
[Actor]: Kedd Senton
[Actress]: Carolyn Moody
[Actor]: David G. March
[Actor]: Richard Mottau

: The Bulldog Breed

[Starring] Norman Wisdom in the film comedy The Bulldog Breed
with Ian Hunter, David Lodge, Edward Chapman, Robert Urquhart, Liz Fraser

Crossed in love, Norman becomes a sailor-and it can't be long before the Navy's all at sea!


Screenplay: Jack Davies
Screenplay: Henry Blyth
Producer: Hugh Stewart
Director: Robert Asher
Norman Puckle: Norman Wisdom
Admiral Sir Bryanston Blyth: Ian Hunter
C.P.O. Knowles: David Lodge
Commander Clayton: Robert Urquhart
Mr. Philpots: Edward Chapman
P.O. Filkins: Eddie Byrne
Diving instructor: Peter Jones
Prosecuting Counsel: John Le Mesurier
Defending Counsel: Terence Alexander
Naafl girl: Liz Fraser

: The Good Old Days

A Boxing Day edition of Old-Time Music-Hall from the stage of the Famous City Varieties Theatre, Leeds
By arrangement with Stanley and Michael Joseph
Billy Dainty (assisted by Len Lowe), Kim Cordell, Johnny Hackett, Freddie Sales, Joe Castor, Les Spectacles D'Animation, Jack Alban, The Taylor Twins
Chairman, Leonard Sachs
Billy Dainty is appearing in 'Aladdin' at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool; Johnny Hackett in 'The World of Jamie' at the King's Theatre, Glasgow; Freddie Sales in 'Cinderella' at the Birmingham Theatre; Kim Cordell in 'Cinderella' at the Gaumont Theatre, Southampton


Comedian: Billy Dainty
Assisted by: Len Lowe
Singer: Kim Cordell
Comedian: Johnny Hackett
Comedian: Freddie Sales
Performer: Joe Castor
Performers: Les Spectacles D'Animation
Performer: Jack Alban
Performers: The Taylor Twins
Chairman: Leonard Sachs
Musical director: Bernard Herrmann
Producer: Barney Colehan

: The News

with Robert Langley
and The Weather


Newsreader: Robert Langley

: Frost Over Christmas

A 1968 look at the 1967 programme
starring David Frost
with Ronnie Barker, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, Sheila Steafel, Julie Felix


Presenter: David Frost
Performer: Ronnie Barker
Performer: John Cleese
Performer: Ronnie Corbett
Performer: Sheila Steafel
Singer/Guitarist: Julie Felix
Designer: Robert McGowan
Producer: James Gilbert

: The Dean Martin Christmas Show

from Hollywood
A programme of comedy and song
starring Dean Martin with his family Gail, Dino, Deana, and Claudia
and his great friend Frank Sinatra
with his family Nancy, Tina, and Frank Jr.

Close Down


Entertainer: Dean Martin
Guest: Gail Martin
Guest: Dino Martin
Guest: Deana Martin
Guest: Claudia Martin
Entertainer: Frank Sinatra
Guest: Nancy Sinatra
Guest: Tina Sinatra
Guest: Frank Sinatra Jr.
Producer: Greg Garrison

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