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: Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan

A special programme of music and laughter for viewers from India and Pakistan featuring Suman Kalyanpur and Party
Produced and presented by Mahendra Kaul
(from Birmingham; rept Wed 12.25)


Performers: Suman Kalyanpur and Party
Producer/Presenter: Mahendra Kaul
Director: Gerry Hynes

: Closedown

: Morning Service

from The Mid Kirk of Greenock
Conducted by the Minister, The Rev Alexander Porteous

Introit: This is the Day
Psalm 23: The Lord's my Shepherd (Orlington, No 93)

Hymns (RCH):
It is a thing most wonderful (436: Sqlothurn)
Mine eyes have seen the glory (155: Battle Hymn)
Anthem: Turn back, O Man (Hoist)
Hymns (RCH):
O Love that wilt not let me go (424: St Margaret)
Alleluiah! Sing to Jesus (138: Hyfrydol (479))
Psalm 72, vv 17-19: His Name for ever shall endure (Effingham. No 56)
BBC Scotland


Service conducted by: The Rev Alexander Porteous
Organist: Ian McCrorie
Television Presentation: Ralph Smith

: Closedown

: Farming: Three cwts an acre more

Introduced by Philip Wrixon

Minimal cultivations and direct drilling can improve returns from cereals.
(from Birmingham)

Weather for farmers


Presenter: Philip Wrixon
Producer: John Kenyon

: Closedown

: Made in Britain: A Stitch in Time

One family knitwear business sells over three-quarters of its output abroad.


Producer: Michael Woolard

: News Headlines

: Yesterday's Witness: The Lifeboat That Wouldn't Give Up

It was October 1941, and the SS English Trader, aground on a sandbank, was being pounded to pieces by tremendous seas. Forty-four men were huddled on the bridge, and they saw a huge wave hit the approaching Cromer lifeboat and sweep half her crew overboard. They knew then that they had little chance of being saved. But this was the legendary Cox'n Henry Blogg of the Cromer lifeboat to the rescue - in the lifeboat that wouldn't give up...


Producer: Stephen Peet

: Basil Brush Show

Introduced by Derek Fowlds
with Deep Feeling, The Skating Sandras
Gillian Phelps, Barrie Gosney, Rosemary Billam



Writer: George Martin
Musicians: The Bert Hayes Sextet
Designer: Pat Jackson
Producer: Johnny Downes
Presenter: Derek Fowlds
Musicians: Deep Feeling
Skaters: The Skating Sandras
[Actress]: Gillian Phelps
[Actor]: Barrie Gosney
[Actress]: Rosemary Billam

: Laurel and Hardy: Oliver the Eighth

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


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

: British Film Comedy: Oh Mr Porter

Starring Will Hay, Moore Marriott, Graham Moffatt

Fraud and blustering incompetence but a train-load of laughter are the order of the day when William Porter takes over as Station Master at the remote station of Buggleskelly.


Director: Marcel Varnel
William Porter: Will Hay
Harbottle: Moore Marriott
Albert: Graham Moffatt

: The Silver Sword: Part 6

by Ian Serraillier
Dramatised in eight parts by Alexander Baron

Ruth has discovered that Jan has the silver sword and that she and Bronia are to join their father in Switzerland. In a refugee camp they are reunited with Edek.


Author: Ian Serraillier
Dramatised by: Alexander Baron
Script Editor: Alistair Bell
Designer: Peter Brachacki
Producer: John McRae
Director: Joan Craft
Edek Balicki: Rufus Frampton
Ruth Balicki: Joanna Shelley
Bronia: Cherrald Butterfield
Jan: Simon Turner
Mark: David Savile
Jim: Bill Cornelius
van Dyck: Howard Rawlinson
UNRRA lady: Liz Stewart
Joe Walski: Richard Pendrey
Thief: Anthony Donovan
Capt Greenwood: Robert MacLeod
Lieut James: Douglas Lambert

: Wildlife Safari to Ethiopia: 6: The High Simien

Introduced by Jeffery Boswall

The expedition sets out for its final objective: Ras Degen, 15,158 feet above the sea. The peaks of the High Simien are one of the world's great natural wonders.
The endangered Walia Ibex, filmed for the first time, is found here and nowhere else in the world. The Simien Fox and Gelada Baboon are other unique Ethiopian highland mammals. Within a few years, however, Simien will be ruined unless urgent action is taken.
(From Bristol)


Presenter/Producer: Jeffery Boswall

: News


Weatherman: Graham Parker

: A Chance to Meet: Malcolm Muggeridge

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore
A series of confrontations with men and women in the public eye questioned by viewers about the basic beliefs which underline their public attitudes.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Guest: Malcolm Muggeridge
Producer: Peter Chafer

: Songs of Praise

from The Harbour, Coverack, Cornwall
Introduced by Hugh Scully
With Treverva Male Voice Choir, Mabe Ladies' Choir and The Coverack Singers accompanied by St Keverne Silver Band conducted by Edgar Kessell

All hail the power (Diadem)
Love divine (Blaenwern)
O for a thousand tongues (Lyngham)
Mine eyes have seen the glory
Angel voices ever singing (Angel voices)
Eternal Father, strong to save (Melita)
Will your anchor hold? (Will your anchor hold?)
By cool Siloam's shady rill
Forward! be our watchword (Rachie)
The day thou gavest (St Clement)


Presenter: Hugh Scully
Singers: Treverva Male Voice Choir
Singers: Mabe Ladies' Choir
Singers: The Coverack Singers
Musicians: St Keverne Silver Band
Conductor: Edgar Kessell
Prayer and blessing: The Rev Barnard P. Evans
Producer: John Dobson
Series Producer: Raymond Short

: Morecambe and Wise Show

Written by Eddie Braben
Starring Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
Eric and Ernie's special guests Keith Michell, Design
Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
With Christine Shaw, Angie Grant and Janet Webb

Captain Michell and Sgt Wise of the French Foreign Legion are holding out against great odds. Relief is on the way - but it turns out to be Pte Eric complete with deck chair and rubber duck in search of a holiday camp.

("The whole thing is based on the theory that Ern's a fool, but I'm a bigger fool": page 60)


Writer: Eddie Braben
Orchestra directed by: Peter Knight
Designer: Bernard Lloyd-Jones
Producer: John Ammonds
Comedian: Eric Morecambe
Comedian: Ernie Wise
Guest: Keith Michell
Singers: Design
Musicians: Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
[Actress]: Christine Shaw
[Actress]: Angie Grant
[Actress]: Janet Webb

: Play of the Month: A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
starring Eileen Atkins as Titania
Ronnie Barker as Bottom
Lynn Redgrave as Helena
Robert Stephens as Oberon

Compared to Peter Brook's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Royal Shakespeare Company, currently showing in London's West End, tonight's television treatment of Shakespeare's classic comedy of errors - the first production in a new series of Play of the Month - is extremely traditional. Performed in Edwardian costume, the play is set in 1865 and was filmed entirely on location in and around Scotney Castle, a folly set in the Kent countryside outside Tunbridge Wells.

(Ronnie Barker's Bottom: page 8)


Author: William Shakespeare
Choreographer: Geraldine Stephenson
Music Composer/Conductor: Herbert Chappell
Costume Designer: Ian Adley
Lighting: Harry Thomas
Designer: Roger Andrews
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: James Cellan Jones
Titania: Eileen Atkins
Bottom: Ronnie Barker
Helena: Lynn Redgrave
Oberon: Robert Stephens
Hermia: Amanda Barrie
Hippolyta: Eleanor Bron
Demetrius: Jeremy Clyde
Lysander: Edward Fox
Theseus: Michael Gambon
Egeus: John Glyn-Jones
Flute: Paul Henry
Quince: John Laurie
Puck: Bunny May
Snug: Julian Orchard
Snout: Ken Parry
Starveling: Clifford Rose
The Fairy: Sarah Taunton

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Five TV teasers 2 December 2015

: News

with Robert Dougall
and Weather


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Omnibus: The Young Platform

A film about young people and music
The National Schools Brass Band Association, The Leicestershire Junior Schools Music Festival, The Yehudi Menuhin School, The Edgar Broughton Band, The London Schools Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera
with John Cruft, Peter Fletcher, Sir Robert Mayer, Yehudi Menuhin, John Peel, The Tommey Family

This film reveals some of the opportunities available for young people to make music in Great Britain today. A future Omnibus, also called The Young Platform, will feature a concert given by children, some of whom are seen in this programme.


Narrator: John Amis
Musicians: The Edgar Broughton Band
Musicians: The London Schools Symphony Orchestra
Interviewee: John Cruft
Interviewee: Peter Fletcher
Interviewee: Sir Robert Mayer
Interviewee: Yehudi Menuhin
Interviewee: John Peel
Interviewees: The Tommey Family
Producer: Ian Engelmann

: She and She

Take two girls - Esther Rantzen and Harriet Crawley with questions to ask.
Add one guest - with a name, a reputation or an idea - who's prepared to answer.



Presenter: Esther Rantzen
Presenter: Harriet Crawley
Director: Simon Wadleigh
Producer: John Lloyd
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

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