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: Nai Zindagi-Naya Jeevan: New Citizens with Christmas Cheer for the Old

The Asian community in Glasgow presents a programme of special entertainment to the residents of an old people's home.
Presented and produced by Mahendra Kaul
(from BBC Midlands: shown on Sunday)


Presenter/producer: Mahendra Kaul
Director: Saleem Shahed

: Here's Lucy: Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford

[Starring] Lucille Ball as Lucy Carter
[with] Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie as her children, Craig and Kim, Gale Gordon as Harrison Carter

Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford ...dig that crazy farm!


Lucy Carter: Lucille Ball
Craig: Desi Arnaz Jr.
Kim: Lucie Arnaz
Harrison Carter: Gale Gordon
Homer Higgins: Tennessee Ernie Ford

: The Golden Age of Comedy

Highlights of laughter from the studios of Mack Sennett and Hal Roach featuring the most famous comedians of the 1920s.
Including: Laurel and Hardy, Harry Langdon, Will Rogers, Ben Turpin, Charlie Chase, Andy Clyde, Billy Bevan, Charlie Murray


Producer: Robert Youngson

: Jackanory: The Minstrel and the Mountain

a tale of peace by Jane Yolen with pictures by Anne Rockwell
with John Stride

'There were once two foolish kings who lived on opposite sides of a mountain. And as the years passed King Dran became jealous of King Corrin for he had never seen the sun rise. And Corrin was envious of Dran, for he had never seen the sun set...'


Author: Jane Yolen
Pictures: Anne Rockwell
Storyteller: John Stride
Director: Marilyn Fox
Series producer: Anna Home

: The Great Sleigh Robbery

A cartoon film of the picture book by Michael Foreman
A dastardly plot threatens to sabotage Father Christmas.



Based on the picture book by: Michael Foreman
Animated by: Janik Hastrup
Presented by: Michael Grafton-Robinson

: Boniface's Holiday

A cartoon film from Russia
The star performer of the circus, Boniface the African lion, decides to take a holiday in his own country and finds that the holiday is not quite what he expected.

: Watch with Mother: The Herbs


: The News



Weatherman: Bert Foord

: A 'Sky at Night' Special 1969 - Year of Space

'I believe 1969 may turn out the most famous year in all history.'
So says Patrick Moore who, this afternoon, surveys the space highlights and astronomical achievements of 1969. He shows unique film of a Russian manned space-flight, and interviews leading American space scientists.
(The Sixties: pages 101-106)


Presenter: Patrick Moore
Director: Michael Brooke
Producer: Patricia Owtram

: Star of India

An exciting adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Herbert Lom


Director: Arthur Lubin
Pierre: Cornel Wilde
Moulai: Leslie Under
Katrina: Jean Wallace
Narbonne: Herbert Lom
Emile: John Slater
Van Horst: Walter Rilla

: 4472 - Flying Scotsman

An epitaph for the age of steam
Another chance to see this unique film of the Flying Scotsman's dramatic non-stop run from London to Edinburgh on 1 May, 1968.
It was 40 years from the day of its first non-stop run that this famous old engine, now privately owned by Alan Pegler, took some 300 railway enthusiasts on a never-to-be-repeated journey.



Production: Patricia Ingram
Director: Tony Wheeler
Film editor: Geoffrey Botterill
Executive producer: Rowan Ayers

: Play School

(shown at 11.0 am on BBC2)

: The Private Life of the Robin

A Christmas forerunner of the new series Private Lives to be shown next spring
The robin is Britain's most popular bird; it strikes up friendships with humans and nests in the unlikeliest places. At Christmas the redbreast on our greetings cards is a messenger of peace and goodwill, but in reality it can be a belligerent defender of its back-garden territory.
(from BBC South and West)


Narrator: Hugh Falkus
Filmed by: Ronald Eastman
Filmed by: Rosemary Eastman
Director: David Lack
Producer: Suzanne Gibbs
Producer: Jeffery Boswall

: Something Cool

A musical blend of ice-skating artistry, featuring
The Men's Figure Skating Champion of the World Tim Wood
with other members of the USA World Championship team Julie Holmes, Jo Jo Starbuck and Kenneth Shelley
Patricia Dodd, Ladies' Figure Skating Champion of Great Britain
Haig Oundjian, Men's Figure Skating Champion of Great Britain
and introducing
Sandra Stierli and Kenneth Foster, The Junior Ice Dance Champions of Great Britain
Skating programme arranged by Harry Lauder and staged at the Queens Ice Skating Club, London, in association with the NASA


Skater: Tim Wood
Skater: Julie Holmes
Skater: Jo Jo Starbuck
Skater: Patricia Dodd
Skater: Haig Oundjian
Skater: Kenneth Shelley
Skater: Sandra Stierli
Commentator: Alan Weeks
Skating programme arranged by: Harry Lauder
Producer: Alan Mouncer
Producer: Don Sayer

: National News and Weather


: London - Nationwide

The facts, the people, the background of the South-East
Introduced by Alan Shallcross


Presenter: Alan Shallcross
Producer: Michael Townson

: Carols from King's

A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge
Processional hymn: Once in Royal Davids City (H.J. Gauntlett)
Bidding prayer: The Dean
Carol: In Dulci Jubilo (German)
First Lesson: St Luke 1. v 26-35, 38 Reader The Director of Music
Carol: Quelle est cette odeur agreeable (French)
Second Lesson: St Luke 2, vv 1, 3-7 Reader A Chorister
Carol: Ein kindeken is ons gheboren (Dutch)
Third Lesson: St Luke 2, vv 8-16 Reader A Choral Scholar
Motet: Angelus ad pastores ai. (G.Gabrieli - Italian)
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (J. F. Wade)
Fourth Lesson: St Matthew 2, vv 1, 2, 7-11: Reader The Chaplain
Carol: Stille Nacht (German)
Fifth Lesson: St John 1, v1-14 Reader The Dean
The Lord's Prayer and Blessing
Hymn: Hark, the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)


Preacher/reader (Fifth Lesson): The Dean [name uncredited]
Reader (First Lesson)/director of music: David Willcocks
Reader (Second Lesson): A Chorister [name uncredited]
Reader (Third Lesson): A Choral Scholar [name uncredited]
Reader (Fourth Lesson): The Chaplain [name uncredited]
Organist: Ian Hare
Producer: Brian Large

: The Doctors

Written by Dick Sharples
starring John Barrie, Richard Leech, Justine Lord with Irene Hamilton
Guest star Wilfred Pickles

Louise Hayman was disappointed over Maurice Rapson's unsuccessful bid to join the Practice. She is therefore not in a festive mood.


Writer: Dick Sharples
Storyline and serial created by: Donald Bull
Script editor: Maggie Allen
Designer: Tom Carter
Producer: Colin Morris
Director: Christopher Barry
Postman: James Marcus
Molly: Lynda Marchal
Mrs Groom: Pamela Duncan
Woman patient: Parnell McGarry
Mr Mansell: Wilfred Pickles
Mrs Baynes: Maureen O'Reilly
Dr John Somers: John Barrie
Dr Liz McNeal: Justine Lord
Mrs Hayman: Irene Hamilton
Edna Gilmore: Alison Fiske
Dr Roger Hayman: Richard Leech
Bob Gilmore: David Savile
Indira Kapila: Rani Dube
Midwife: Amelia Bowman
Nurse Norman: Doreen Aris
Dr Kipling: Donald Morley
Dr Finnegan: Harry Webster
Welfare man: David Simeon

: The Gang Show

with a cast of 120 members of the Scout and Guide Movement the highlights of the 1969 production
Presented by The Scout Association



Music, book, and lyrics/producer: Ralph Reader
Production designed by: Robert Corp-Reader
Costumes: Peter Dunlop
Musical director and arranger: Burt Rhodes
Television presentation: Michael Hurll

: Cilla

starring Cilla Black
Special guest Cliff Richard
Guest star Dusty Springfield
with Kenny Everett's 'Review of Pop' 1969



Singer/presenter: Cilla Black Singer: Cliff Richard
Singer: Dusty Springfield
Presenter/devised by (Kenny Everett's 'Review of Pop' 1969): Kenny Everett
Vocal backings: The Breakaways
Choreography: Nita Howard
Musical direction and special arrangements: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Lighting: Sam Barclay
Sound: Adrian Bishop-Laggett
Costume: Rupert Jarvis
Design: Jeremy Davies
Script: Ronnie Taylor
Production: Michael Hurll

: The Main News

with John Edmunds and the BBC's correspondents and reporters around the world and Weather


Newsreader: John Edmunds

: The Merry Widow

An operetta by Franz Lehar
with Mary Costa, Jeremy Brett

Also starring Joyce Blackham, Ryland Davies

One of the best loved of all operettas, The Merry Widow is set in Paris during the Naughty Nineties.
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
The Pro Arte Orchestra
leader Max Salpeter
Conductor, David Lloyd-Jones

(Jeremy Brett is a National Theatre player; Derek Hammond Stroud appears by arrangement with the Sadler's Wells Opera)


Composer: Franz Lehar
Original book by: Victor Leon
Original book by: Leo Stein
English version by: Christopher Hassall
Singers: The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Musicians: The Pro Arte Orchestra
Leader: Max Salpeter
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
Associate conductor: Gordon Mackie
Repetiteur: Courtney Kenny
Costumes: Juanita Waterson
Make-up: Ann Ferriggi
Choreographer: Norman Maen
Designer: Eileen Diss
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: John Gorrie
Anna Glawari: Mary Costa
Count Danilo Danilovitch: Jeremy Brett
Valencienne: : Joyce Blackham
Camille de Rosillon: Ryland Davies
Baron Mirko Zeta: Derek Hammond Stroud
Njegus: Reginald Barratt
Vicomte Cascada: David Kernan
Raoul de St Brioche: Valentine Palmer
Kromov: John Savident
Olga: Gita Denise
Bogdanowitsch: Neilson Taylor
Pritschitsch: Robert Parvin
Grisettes: Jill Martin
Grisettes: Maureen Keetch
Grisettes: Soo Bee Lee
Grisettes: Ann Hood
Grisettes: Canna Kendall
Grisettes: Delatour Hall
Dancer: Maureen Sims
Dancer: Maureen Bright
Dancer: Maureen Willsher
Dancer: Janis MacKintosh
Dancer: Gay Parker
Dancer: Louanne Richards
Dancer: Denys Palmer
Dancer: Paddy McIntyre
Dancer: Jerry Manley
Dancer: Leigh Foster
Dancer: Barrie Wilkinson
Dancer: Bill Drysdale

: The Spinners at the Phil

Tony Davis, Mick Groves, Cliff Hall, and Hugh Jones - accompanied by their audience of 2,000 -invite you to join them in a special Christmas celebration and to sing or just listen to carols and seasonal songs both old and new.
The Spinners are a Liverpool folk group who have been operating for over 10 years. They did a series on BBC1 this summer from the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. Famous for audience participation, they will encourage the spectators to join them in their traditional and lesser - known carols.
Tonight's programme is part of a concert recorded in the unique atmosphere of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
(from BBC North)


Singer: Tony Davis
Singer: Mick Groves
Singer: Cliff Hall
Singer: Hughie Jones
Sound: Alan Fox
Lighting: Geoff Lomas
Production: Nick Hunter

: Christmas Midnight Mass

from the Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
Ordinary of the Mass from A People's English Mass (Wilfred Trotman)
Proper of the Mass from A Simple Gradual
Isaiah 9, vv 2-7
Hebrews 1, vv 1-6 St Luke 2, vv 1-14
O come, all ye faithful
Every star shall sing a carol
In the bleak mid-winter
Hark, the herald angels sing
(from BBC South and West)



Celebrant: Mgr Joseph Buckley
Assisted by: Fr Gabriel Leyden
Organist and choirmaster: Anthony Walsh
Television presentation: John Dobson

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