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: Jackanory: Christmas Stories: The Selfish Giant

with Ronald Eyre
Today: Ronald Eyre tells the story of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
(Next week: 'The Land of Green Ginger' by Noel Langley)


Author: Oscar Wilde
Storyteller: Ronald Eyre
Director: Marilyn Fox
Director: Susan Ball
Producer: Anna Home

: The Chequered Ride

Macdonald Hastings takes a look at 'the old grid' - the motor-bike.

The story of the motor-cycle is part of Midland history and began at the turn of the century. Until the second world war motor-bikes from the Midlands were world beaters - as George Formby proves!
The post-war days saw the Italian scooter craze, the Japanese light-weights, and the 'Mods and Rockers' in Britain. The British sporting bike is still supreme, and the industry earns more dollars than the car makers. But what kind of motor-cycle will we see in the year 2000?
From the Midlands


Presenter: Macdonald Hastings
Producer: Derek Smith

: Laurel and Hardy: Oliver the Eighth

A treat for Christmas
Laurel and Hardy in one of their funniest films ever

When a wealthy widow advertises for a new husband both Stan and Ollie decide to compete for her hand, with hilarious and unexpected results.


Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Lloyd French
Stan: Stan Laurel
Oliver: Oliver Hardy

: Scapa Flow

"Scapa Flow - to this generation just a name in the history books, but to two others a home, a mistress, a legend." (An Ex-sailor)

A film about the famous anchorage in the Orkney Islands.
Commentary written and spoken by Ludovic Kennedy
with Vizeadmiral Friedrich Ruge, Korv. Kapitan Hans Wessels, Ex-Chief Petty Officer Herbert Johnston, Mrs. R. Groundwater, Joe Angus and the recollections of men and women who served in Scapa Flow during two world wars.


Writer/Narrator: Ludovic Kennedy
Interviewee: Vizeadmiral Friedrich Ruge
Interviewee: Korvetten Kapitan Hans Wessels
Interviewee: Ex-Chief Petty Officer Herbert Johnston
Interviewee: Mrs. R. Groundwater
Interviewee: Joe Angus
Producer: Malcolm Brown

: Daktari: The Scent of Fear

An animal adventure series starring Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy, Cheryl Miller as Paula Tracy, Yale Summers as Jack Dane
with Hedley Mattingly and Hari Rhodes
aided and abetted by Clarence and Judy

The mystery of a trainee game warden who doesn't seem to get on with animals.


Dr. Marsh Tracy: Marshall Thompson
Paula Tracy: Cheryl Miller
Jack Dane: Yale Summers
District Officer Hedley: Hedley Mattingly
Mike Makula: Hari Rhodes

: Racing from Kempton Park

2.0 The Kempton Park Handicap Hurdle Race
over three miles
2.30 The Oatlands Handicap Steeple Chase
over two miles and 170 yards
3.0 A Novices Steeple Chase
over two and a half miles and 90 yards

Between races Julian Wilson looks back on the highlights of the racing year with recordings of The Grand National, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Champion Hurdle, The Schweppes Gold Trophy and on the flat The 2,000 Guineas, The Derby, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, The Prix De L'arc de Triomphe, The Washington D.C. International


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Commentator: Clive Graham
Presenter: Julian Wilson
Television presentation: Richard Tilling

: The Seekers-Down Under

A musical tour of Australia with the famous singing group - Judith Durham, Bruce Woodley, Keith Potger, Athol Guy
When The Seekers returned to Australia they were given a tumultuous welcome which culminated in an appearance at Melbourne's vast concert arena and, of course, a performance of their Golden Disc song 'Georgy Girl'.
First shown on BBC-2


Singer: Judith Durham
Singer/Musician: Bruce Woodley
Singer/Musician: Keith Potger
Singer/Musician: Athol Guy
Producer: Norman Spencer
Director: Mike Brayshaw

: Crackerjack

Introduced by Michael Aspel
with Peter Glaze, Rod McLennan, Christine Holmes, Jillian Comber
Guests, The Marmalade, Rog Whittaker
Christine Holmes is in Charlie Girl at the Adelphi Theatre, London; Bert Hayes is at Butlin's Hotels, Cliftonville


Presenter: Michael Aspel
Comedian: Peter Glaze
Comedian: Rod McLennan
Hostess: Christine Holmes
Hostess: Jillian Comber
Band: The Marmalade
Singer/guitarist: Rog Whittaker
Script: Bob Block
Music: Bert Hayes and his Orchestra
Designer: Christine Ruscoe
Director: Brian S. Jones
Producer: Peter Whitmore

: Tom and Jerry: Quiet Please!

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

Today: the Academy Award Winner for the Best Cartoon of 1945 so let's have a little... Quiet Please!


Created by: William Hanna
Created by: Joe Barbera

: The Virginian: First to Thine Own Self

Tales from the last frontier of the great American West.
A film series starring starring James Drury as The Virginian

A young drifter is suspected of murder and Betsy and the Virginian have a hard time persuading him that running is no way to prove his innocence.
(First shown on BBC-2)


The Virginian: James Drury
Randy: Randy Boone
Betsy Garth: Roberta Shore
Steve: Gary Clarke
Beldon: L.Q. Jones
Melanie: Claire Wilcox
Reese: Jan Merlin

: The News and The Weather Man

Graham Parker


Weatherman: Graham Parker

: Points of View

Robert Robinson presents some of the most requested films shown on Points of View during the year


Presenter: Robert Robinson
Producer: Iain Johnstone

: The Wrong Arm of the Law

Written by Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, and John Antrobus from a screenplay by John Warren and Len Heath the film comedy
starring Peter Sellers
with Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins, Nanette Newman, Davy Kaye, Bill Kerr

When a gang of phoney policemen hi-jack London's leading crooks and make off with their ill-gotten gains, the underworld is up in arms-and so begins the craziest conspiracy in criminal history, between the cops and the robbers!


Writer: Ray Galton
Writer: Alan Simpson
Writer: John Antrobus
From a screenplay by: John Warren
From a screenplay by: Len Heath
Producer: Aubrey Baring
Director: Cliff Owen
Pearly Gates: Peter Sellers
Inspector Parker: Lionel Jeffries
Nervous O'Toole: Bernard Cribbins
Trainer King: Davy Kaye
Valerie: Nanette Newman
Jack Coorabes: Bill Kerr
Bluey May: Ed Devereux
Reg Denton: Reg Lye
Assistant Commissioner: John Le Mesurier
Sid Cooper: Graham Stark
Superintendent Forest: Martin Boddey
Dowager: Irene Browne
Brassknuckles: Arthur Mullard
Misery Martin: Dermot Kelly
Annette: Vanda Godsell
Siggy Schmultz: Tutte Lemkow
Alf: Barry Keegan

: Softly, Softly: On Christmas Day in the Morning

by Alan Plater
[Starring] Stratford Johns as Det. Chief Supt. Barlow, Frank Windsor as Det. Chief Insp. Watt, Norman Bowler as Det.-Sgt. Hawkins, Howell Evans as Det.-Con. Morgan
with Glyn Houston as Det.-Supt. Jones

The midnight visitors to the Pentland Grange Hotel do not come laden with gifts, nor do they bring tidings of joy. Their unwelcome call brings consternation and dismay to many of the guests. One of these is the Lord Lieutenant of the County whose influence reaches as far as Wyvern where Watt is on standby duty. By the early hours of the morning Watt is installed in the luxury country hotel... but not as a guest.


Writer: Alan Plater
Script editor: Arnold Yarrow
Designer: Barry Newbery
Producer: Leonard Lewis
Director: Henri Safran
Det. Chief Supt. Barlow: Stratford Johns
Det. Chief Insp. Watt: Frank Windsor
Det.-Sgt. Hawkins: Norman Bowler
Det.-Con. Morgan: Howell Evans
Det.-Supt. Jones: Glyn Houston
Charles Weston: Michael Hawkins
Muriel Weston: Joan Crane
Brenda Reed: Gillian Royale
Yvonne Ballard: Susan Tebbs
Payne: John Boxer
Mrs. Payne: Bay White
Det.-Sgt. Conway: Kenneth Gilbert
Det.-Con. Rankin: John Challis
Jeffreys: Angus Mackay

: The News

with Richard Baker
followed by The Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: The Old Campaigner: White Man's Tomb

Written by Michael Pertwee
starring Terry-Thomas as 'F.J.'
with Jonathan Cecil as Peter Clancy

This is the most exotic assignment that 'F.J.' has been given by Balsom's Plastics and it leads him and his assistant Clancy to try to clinch a deal with an emergent African state. It also leads him, as usual, into a great deal of trouble.


Writer: Michael Pertwee
Incidental music: Max Harris
Designer: Guy Featherstone
Producer: James Gilbert
'F.J.': Terry-Thomas
Peter Clancy: Jonathan Cecil
Miss Pinto: Lois Penson
'L.B.': Reginald Marsh
Police Lieutenant: Zakes Mokae
Inspector Yardley: Fulton Mackay
The High Commissioner: William Kendall
Army sergeant: Willie Payne
Prince Swechi Kwasi: Clifton Jones

: The Golden Years of Alexander Korda

The story of a great impresario, artist and financier, philosopher and wizard, a foreigner more English than the English and the glory of the Denham Studios, a crazy world of make-believe in the Britain of the 1930s
with personal reminiscences from Elisabeth Bergner, Sir John Clements, Eileen Corbett, Ian Dalrymple, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Justin, Elsa Lanchester, Vivien Leigh, Montagu Marks, James Mason, Muir Mathieson, George Mikes, Mary Morris, Merle Oberon, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Flora Robson, Miklos Rozsa, R. C. Sherriff, Paul Tabori, Ann Todd, Alfred Watkins, Frank Wells
and film extracts from
The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Thief of Bagdad, Lady Hamilton, The Four Feathers, Things to Come, Knight Without Armour, The Private Life of Don Juan, Foxhunt, Sanders of the Rivers, Jungle Book, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Elephant Boy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Catherine the Great, Rembrandt, Wedding Rehearsal, The Private Life of the Gannets and others
Written and produced by Robert Vas


Narrator: Kenneth More
Interviewee: Elisabeth Bergner
Interviewee: Sir John Clements
Interviewee: Eileen Corbett
Interviewee: Ian Dalrymple
Interviewee: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Interviewee: John Justin
Interviewee: Elsa Lanchester
Interviewee: Vivien Leigh
Interviewee: Montagu Marks
Interviewee: James Mason
Interviewee: Muir Mathieson
Interviewee: George Mikes
Interviewee: Mary Morris
Interviewee: Merle Oberon
Interviewee: Sir Ralph Richardson
Interviewee: Dame Flora Robson
Interviewee: Miklos Rozsa
Interviewee: R. C. Sherriff
Interviewee: Paul Tabori
Interviewee: Ann Todd
Interviewee: Alfred Watkins
Interviewee: Frank Wells
Executive producer: Stephen Hearst
Writer/producer: Robert Vas

: The Paradise Makers: Part 4

A thriller in six parts by Arden Winch
Starring Michael Bryant, Rosalie Crutchley, Joseph O'Conor

At a party given by his chief, De Lacelle, James realises the world-wide extent of the I.S.C. He manages to micro-film some secret files-unaware that De Lacelle is watching.
(First shown on BBC-2)


Writer: Arden Winch
Designer: Lionel Radford
Producer: Alan Bromly
Director: Rex Tucker
James: Michael Bryant
Bus Conductor: Bernard Forest
Colonel Sparrow: Joseph O'Conor
Inga Swynnerton: Rosalie Crutchley
Jean: Marion Diamond
Walters: Roy Spencer
Nurse: Jill Cary
Lord Arnold: Henry Longhurst

: Come Dancing

A Friday ticket to jive, judge, or just enjoy the new two-part inter-regional competition organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces Second Half of Wales v. East Scotland

Close Down


Presenter: Peter West
Chairman of Judges: Bill Irvine
Music (Swansea): Ken Mackintosh
Music (Dunfermline): Benny Daniels
Compere: Alun Williams
Compere: Bruce McKenzie
Arranger: Eric Morley
Director: Selwyn Roderick
Director: Charles Clifford
Director: Reg Perrin
Producer: Philip Lewis

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