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: Laurel and Hardy: Laughing Gravy

Two of the world's greatest laughter-makers.
A Hal Roach film


Producer: Hal Roach
Director: James W. Horne
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: White Christmas

Bing Crosby , Danny Kaye
Rosemary Clooney ,
Vera-Ellen Bing and Danny are two army buddies in today's famous seasonal musical. After the war they team up in a song-and-dance act and soon there is romance in the air with the glamorous Haynes Sisters - plpyed by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Unknown: Bing Crosby
Unknown: Danny Kaye
Unknown: Rosemary Clooney
Unknown: Vera-Ellen Bing
Unknown: Rosemary Clooney
Director: Michael Curtiz
Bob Wallace: Bing Crosby
Phil Davis: Danny Kaye
Betty: Rosemary Clooney
Judy: Vera-Ellen
General Waverly: Dean Jagger
Emma: Mary Wickes
Joe: John Drascia
Susan: Anne Whitfield

: The Night the Animals Talked

The Star of Bethlehem bestows the gift of speech on the animals of the Stable
A cartoon film produced by DAVID GERBER With music by SAMMY CAHN


Produced By: David Gerber
Music By: Sammy Cahn

: Jesus

The story of His life through the eyes of the young generation
Introduced by Kenneth More
featuring The Young Generation



Presenter: Kenneth More
Singers/Dancers: The Young Generation
Choreography: Douglas Squires
Musical and vocal director: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Stewart Morris

: Tom and Jerry: Mice Follies

Tom and Jerry playing cat and mouse in a selection from the world-famous award-winning cartoon films.

: Watch with Mother: Mary, Mungo, Midge: The Hospital

Mary lives with her parents at the top of a tall block of flats in a busy town. Her friends are Mungo, her wise old dog, and Midge, a very inquisitive mouse.
(Colour) [Repeat]

: News



Weatherman: Jack Scott

: Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara
with Fabian, John Saxon

James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara play the hapless parents whose quiet vacation in a broken-down Victorian villa turns into a noisy and complicated family reunion. Bad plumbing and adolescent growing pains are just a few of the problems the Hobbs family contend with.
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Director: Henry Koster
Roger Hobbs: James Stewart
Peggy Hobbs: Maureen O'Hara
Joe: Fabian
Byron: John Saxon
Emily Turner: Marie Wilson
Reg McHugh: Reginald Gardiner
Katey: Lauri Peters
Merika: Valerie Varda
Janie: Lili Gentle
Martin Turner: John McGiver

: Play School

Now to clean away and sweep
And hide the secrets
- musn'peek
A programme for children under 5

: Jackanory

The Armourer's House by ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF 5: Christmas


Unknown: Janina Faye
Unknown: Rosemary Sutcliff

: Jack and the Beanstalk

A seasonal fairy story with music starring Gene Kelly



Producer/Director: Gene Kelly
Jack: Gene Kelly

: Screen Test

In this special edition Michael Rodd puts the questions to the four winners from previous finals. H. Robinson Cleaver demonstrates the versatility of a cinema organ. The programme comes from the Odeon, Sale, with an audience of 700 children.
Designer PETER MAVIUS Director JOHN C MILLER Producer


Unknown: Michael Rodd
Unknown: H. Robinson Cleaver
Designer: Peter Mavius
Director: John C Miller
Producer: John Buttery

: Magic Roundabout

English version written and told by Eric Thompson.


Created by: Serge Danot
Writer/Narrator: Eric Thompson

: National News

and Weather

: London This Week

People, places and events in the news around town


Editor: Roger Ecclestone

: Tomorrow's World

visits Yesterday's World
An exploration of the wonders of the scientific past, set in the historic splendour of Bunratty Castle.
Raymond Baxter tests a 1904 tram and runs into trouble.
James Burke tries his hand at alchemy and discovers the light bulb.
Michael Rodd finds an unusual way of making Christmas trees. Guest stars
Hugh Griffith -the baron who prefers the technology of yesterday. Nerys Hughes - the damsel of many parts.
Clement Freud - the chef who prepares a medieval dish. All in an extravaganza of anachronism.


Unknown: Raymond Baxter
Unknown: James Burke
Unknown: Michael Rodd
Unknown: Hugh Griffith
Unknown: Nerys Hughes
Unknown: Clement Freud
Producer: Andrew Wiseman
Director: Richard Loncraine
Editor: Lawrence Wade

: Christmas Music

from Ely Cathedral with The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Director of music DAVID WILLCOCKS The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble IAN HARE (organ)
0 come, all ye faithful From east to west Fanfare Royale
Angelus ad pastores alt READING: St Luke 1 Gabriel's message
Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary READING: St Luke 2
A child is born in Bethlehem The holly and the ivy Unto us is born a son READING: St Luke 2
The shepherd's cradle song Galliard
Battaglia God rest you merry, gentlemen READING: St Matthew 2 The three kings Silent night READING
Hark! the herald angels sing
Recorded in Ely Cathedral by permission of the Dean and Chapter. Director BRIAN LARGE


Music: David Willcocks
Unknown: Virgin Mary
Unknown: Battaglia God

: It's Cliff Richard

The first live show in a new series starring Cliff Richard
with Olivia Newton-John, Labi Siffre and The Flirtations
featuring The New Seekers and a special guest appearance of Dandy Nichols
(Cliff and friends: page 4)


Singer/Presenter: Cliff Richard
Singer: Olivia Newton-John
Singer: Labi Siffre
Musicians: The Flirtations
Musicians: The New Seekers
Actress: Dandy Nichols
Dancers: The Pamela Devis Dancers
Script: Eric Davidson
Choreography: Pamela Devis
Vocal Backing: The Breakaways
Musicians: Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra
roducer: Michael Hurll

: Carrington VC

A special film presentation starring David Niven Margaret Leighton Noelle Middleton
Why did war hero Major Carrington take money from his unit's safe? In this tense court-room drama, brilliantly directed by Anthony Asquith , the answer unfolds giving David Niven one of the best roles of his career as the regular officer who is finally compelled to fight bureaucratic lethargy with positive action.
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Unknown: David Niven
Unknown: Margaret Leighton
Unknown: Noelle Middleton
Directed By: Anthony Asquith
Unknown: David Niven
Major Carrington, VC: David Niven
Valerie Carrington: Margaret Leighton
Captain Alison Graham: Noelle Middleton
Major Panton: Laurence Naismith
Lt-Col Huxford: Clive Morton
The Prosecutor: Mark Dignam
Lt-Col Henniker: Allan Cuthbertson
Sergeant Owen: Victor Maddern
Evans, reporter: John Glyn-Jones
Major Mitchell: Raymond Francis
Judge Advocate: Newton Blick
The Adjutant: John Chandos
The President: Geoffrey Keen
Lt-Col Reeve: Maurice Denham

: Main News

presented by Kenneth KendaU Weather


Presented By: Kenneth Kendau

: The Onedin Line: Mutiny

by Ian Kennedy Martin
starring Peter Gilmore, Anne Stallybrass and Iain Cuthbertson, John Thaw, Brian Rawlinson, Philip Bond, Jessica Benton, Michael Billington.
The crew of a chartered ship has mutinied at Brest. Unless James can make them agree to sail on to London, the fruit cargo will perish and he will face financial disaster.


Writer: Ian Kennedy Martin
Series devised by: Cyril Abraham
Script Editor: Barry Thomas
Designer: Jeremy Bear
Producer: Peter Graham Scott
Director: David Cunliffe
Lescaut: John Abineri
James: Peter Gilmore
Carby: John Thaw
Vandoorne: Kevin Stoney
Evans: Robert Fyfe
Loog: Lawrence Douglas
Castle: Rio Fanning
Robert: Brian Rawlinson
Elizabeth: Jessica Benton
Anne: Anne Stallybrass
Albert Frazer: Philip Bond
Captain Kirkwood: Iain Cuthbertson
Daniel Fogarty: Michael Billington
Pilot: David Morrell

: A Ghost Story for Christmas

The Stalls of Barchester by M. R. JAMES adapted by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK starring Robert Hardy with Clive Swift
A mysterious box in the old library of Barchester Cathedral reveals the strange story leading up to the death of a former archdeacon. From some old diaries, Dr Black, a scholar, pieces together a chain of events leading to a horrifying climax. As Dr Black delves deeper into the past a macabre explanation emerges. But surely such things cannot be.... The film was shot entirely on location in Norwich Cathedral and Cathedral Close. -
Museum Curator.AMBROSE COGHILL Action by HAVOC
Film cameraman JOHN MCGLASHAN Film editor ROGER WAUGH Designer KEITH HARRIS
(It was a dark December day ...: p 21)


Unknown: M. R. James
Adapted By: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Unknown: Robert Hardy
Unknown: Clive Swift
Unknown: John McGlashan
Editor: Roger Waugh
Designer: Keith Harris
Producer: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Dr Black: Clive Swift
Librarian: Will Leighton
Archdeacon Haynes: Robert Hardy
Archdeacon Pulteney: Harold Bennett
Letitia Haynes: Thelma Barlow
Jane Lee: Penny Service
Verger: Martin Hoyle
Priest: Erik Chitty
John: David Pugh

: Midnight Mass of the Nativity

from the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Name, Manchester
Introduced by Hugh Kay
The Choir of the Holy Name
Choirmaster Derek Starr
and The Barlow Singers



Presenter: Hugh Kay
Celebrant: Fr Gerard Battersby, SJ
Preacher: Fr Peter Hebblethwaite, SJ
Singers: The Choir of the Holy Name
Choirmaster: Derek Starr
Singers: The Barlow Singers
Director: Michael Callaghan
Organist: Edward Holman
Presented for television by: Barry Bevins

: Closedown

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