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: Along the River

Today's Watch with Mother


Devised and produced by: Dave Ellison
Devised and produced by: Roy Billings

: Golden Silents

Introduced by Michael Bentine
From the National Film Theatre
On the Run
Another look at some of the Mack Sennett slapstick comedians, including BEN TURPIN , HARRY LANG -


Introduced By: Michael Bentine
Unknown: MacK Sennett
Unknown: Ben Turpin
Unknown: Harry Lang
Unknown: Bobby Vernon
Unknown: Billy Bevan
Unknown: Vernon Dent
Unknown: Mabel Normand
Unknown: MacK Sennett
Producer: Richard Evans
Producer: Raymond Rohauer

: A Hard Day's Night

starring The Beatles with Wilfrid Brambell Norman Rossington Victor Spinetti
The Beatles' first feature film was a way-out trip from Liverpool to London.
Screenplay by ALUN OWEN Director RICHARD LESTER
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Unknown: Wilfrid Brambell
Unknown: Norman Rossington
Unknown: Victor Spinetti
Unknown: Alun Owen
Director: Richard Lester
John: John Lennon
Paul: Paul McCartney
George: George Harrison
Ringo: Ringo Starr
Grandfather: Wilfrid Brambell
Norm: Norman Rossington
Shake: John Junkin
Television director: Victor Spinetti
Shirt advertising man: Kenneth Haigh
Millie: Anna Quayle

: Rock Island Climb

An unconquered overhang in the Outer Hebrides
Three men attempt to climb Strone Ulladale -The Nose - Britain's ultimate challenge in technical rock climbing. Like a gigantic Egyptian Sphinx The Nose stands 800 feet high and overhangs 150 feet. The climbers must spend three days and two nights on the rock face, sleeping in hammocks suspended over the valley far below and lashed by gales most of the time. The film shows the excitement and danger of climbing in this upside-down world.
Introduced by Christopher Brasher
Film cameraman LEO DICKINSON Producer DEREK SMITH


Unknown: Strone Ulladale
Introduced By: Christopher Brasher
Unknown: Leo Dickinson
Producer: Derek Smith

: Ask the Family: The Bygrave Family v The Doran Family

A contest in speed and wits between families from all over the United Kingdom
Introduced by Robert Robinson
The 1971 Finalists The Bygrave Family from Whitchurch, Bristol v The 1970 Finalists The Doran Family from Middlesbrough, Teesside


Presenter: Robert Robinson
Contestants: The Bygrave Family
Contestants: The Doran Family
Director: Patricia Wood
Producer: Cecil Korer

: Holiday Grandstand

Introduced by Frank Bough

12.5* Football Preview
News, action and personalities in Sam Leitch's round-up of today's holiday fixtures.

12.20* Rugby League from Headingley: Leeds v Wakefield
The second half of today's outstanding League match.

1.5; 1.40; 2.5* Racing from Kempton
Three races from the major holiday meeting including the King George VI Steeplechase, one of the most important and valuable races of the National Hunt season.
1.15 Holly Handicap Steeplechase (over 2 1/2 miles and 90 yards)
1.45 Christmas Hurdle (over 2 miles)
2.15 The King George VI Steeplechase (over 3 miles)

1.25; 1.55* Motor Racing from Brands Hatch
A special holiday programme of motor racing including a Formula Atlantic race for the Yellow Pages Championship.
Organised by the BRSCC.

Grandstand Timetable:
12.5 Football preview
12.20 Rugby League
1.5 Racing: 1.25 Motor Racing
1.40 Racing: 1.55 Motor Racing
2.5 Racing
Timings are subject to alteration in order to keep up to date with events.



Presenter: Frank Bough
Presenter (Football Preview): Sam Leitch
Commentator (Rugby League): Eddie Waring
TV Presentation (Rugby League): Nick Hunter
Commentator (Racing): Peter O'Sullevan
Commentator (Racing): Clive Graham
Commentator (Racing): Julian Wilson
TV Presentation (Racing): Bob Duncan
Commentator (Motor Racing): Murray Walker
TV Presentation (Motor Racing): Richard Tilling
Grandstand presented for television by: Brian Venner
Editor: Alan Hart

: It's a Christmas Knock-Out

A special festive competition between teams from
Great Britain, Holland Belgium, Italy from the Aviemore Centre, Scotland.
GREAT BRITAIN represented by Blackpool
HOLLAND represented by Aalten BELGIUM represented by Tournai ITALY represented by Jesolo Commentators:
DAVID VINE and EDDIE WARING International Referee:
(Joint production by the BBC - NCRV - RTB - RAI)


Commentators: David Vine
Designer: Stuart Furber
Director: Ian Smith

: The Virginian

A film series starring .
James Drury as The Virginian Crime Wave at Buffalo Springs
There's something funny going on in a neighbouring town, very funny indeed ...


Unknown: James Drury
Tramoas: Doug McClure
David Sutton: David Hartman
Mme Imogene: Yvonne de Carlo
Nat Turnbull: Tom Bosley
Sheriff Wade: Gary Vinson
Josephine: Carrie Snodgress
Geraldine: Ann Prentiss
Ned: James Brolin
Bartenders: The Irish Rovers

: Top of the Pops 71: Part 2

A look back at the year's Top Pops, including discs by George Harrison (No 1), New Seekers, Rolling Stones, Diana Ross (No 1), Slade (No 1), Rod Stewart and the Faces (No 1), Tams (No 1), T. Rex (No 1)

Introduced by Tony Blackburn
Top of the Pops Orchestra
directed by Johnny Pearson
Pan's People


Presenter: Tony Blackburn
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Orchestra directed by: Johnny Pearson
Dancers: Pan's People
Choreography: Flick Colby
Costume Designer: Jane Nagy
Lighting: Ritchie Richardson
Sound: Richard Chamberlain
Producer: Johnnie Stewart

: News

Presented by Kenneth Kendall
and Today's Sport with Frank Bough including football, racing and rugby results


Newsreader: Kenneth Kendall
Presenter (Today's Sport): Frank Bough
Weatherman: Jack Scott

: Disney Time

A holiday-time selection of favourite Walt Disney films, old and new.
Introduced by Valerie Singleton , John Noakes and Peter Purves of Blue Peter with scenes from Sleeping Beauty Treasure Island Robin Hood
Swiss Family Robinson Wind in the Willows
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Presented by RICHARD EVANS


Introduced By: Valerie Singleton
Introduced By: John Noakes
Introduced By: Peter Purves
Unknown: Blue Peter
Presented By: Richard Evans

: Dixon of Dock Green: Wingy

starring Jack Warner
Written by N. J. CRISP
Wingy takes home an unexpected Christmas present, an abandoned baby But when the mother of the child decides that she wants it back, it leads to a busy day for Sgt Dixon and the Dock Green Police.
Cast in order of appearance:
Series created by TED WILLIS Designer ANTONY THORPE Producer JOE WATERS


Unknown: Jack Warner
Written By: N. J. Crisp
Unknown: Sgt Dixon
Unknown: Ted Willis
Designer: Antony Thorpe
George Dixon: Jack Warner
Wingy: Jack Watson
Little Mark: Jeremy Wimble
Amy Wing: Rose Hill
Lodger: Harry Landis
Housekeeper: Connie Merigold
Clare Hayter: Catherine Kessler
Vicar: David Drummond
Sgt Wills: Nicholas Donnelly
Det-Sgt Andy Crawford: Peter Byrne
Det-Con Lauderdale: Geoffrey Adams
PC Newton: Michael Osborne
Young man: Robin Askwith
Car owner: Brian Hayes

: A Special Dad's Army

Arthur Lowe
John Le Mesurter and Clive Dunn
Battle of the Giants featuring with The Voice Of BUD FLANAGAN Signature tune by JIMMY PERRY and DEREK TAVERNER played by the BAND OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS conducted by their Director of Music CAPT TREVOR L. SHARPE
Film cameraman STEWART A. FARNELL Film editor BOB RYMER Lighting HOWARD KING Designer PAUL JOEL
(Those wartime Christmases - by the veterans of Dad's Army: page 6)


Unknown: Jimmy Perry
Unknown: David Croft
Unknown: Arthur Lowe
Unknown: John Le Mesurter
Unknown: Clive Dunn
Unknown: Jimmy Perry
Unknown: Derek Taverner
Unknown: Trevor L. Sharpe
Unknown: Stewart A. Farnell
Editor: Bob Rymer
Unknown: Howard King
Designer: Paul Joel
Producer: David Croft
Private Frazer: John Laurie
Private Walker: James Beck
Private Godfrey: Arnold Ridley
Private Pike: Ian Lavender
ARP Warden: Bill Pertwee
Captain Square: Geoffrey Lumsden
Vicar: Frank Williams
Verger: Edward Sinclair
Colonel: Robert Raglan
Sergcant: Charles Hill
Private Sponge: Colin Bean
Barmaid: Rosemary Faith

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: Carry On Cowboy

Starring Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey

The frontier town of Stodge City is a haven of peace until one day the feared Rumpo Kid rides in. The Carry On team surpass themselves in this boisterous send-up of life Way out West-complete with attacks on the stagecoach, gun duels at high noon and a certain Marshall P. Knutt from England looking for a job!
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Screenplay: Talbot Rothwell
Producer: Peter Rogers
Director: Gerald Thomas
The Rumpo Kid: Sidney James
Judge Burke: Kenneth Williams
Belle: Joan Sims
Marshall P. Knutt: Jim Dale
Charlie: Percy Herbert
Annie Oakley: Angela Douglas
Josh: Davy Kaye
Little Heap: Bernard Bresslaw
Big Heap: Charles Hawtrey
Doc: Peter Butterworth
Sam: Sydney Bromley
Kitikata: Sally Douglas
Sheriff: Jon Pertwee
Dolores: Edina Ronay
Curly: Peter Gilmore
Slim: Garry Colleano

: Petula ...and Friends

Petula Clark who invites you to join her in a special Christmas programme with guests
Warren Mitchell Rolf Harris
Manitas de Plata and JOHNNY HARRIS AND
Personal accompanist FRANK OWENS
(' The togetherness I discover at Christmas ': page 9)


Unknown: Petula Clark
Unknown: Warren Mitchell
Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Manitas de Plata
Unknown: Johnny Harris
Accompanist: Frank Owens
Script: Barry Took
Script: Ronnie Cass
Unknown: Ritchie Richardson
Designer: Lesley Joan Bremness
Producer: Yvonne Littlewood

: News

Presented by Robert Dougall


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Omnibus: Humphrey Bogart

'Life is for the living,' he said: yet nearly 15 years after his death, Humphrey Bogart is as alive and popular as ever with cinema audiences all over the world.
This film looks at the life, times and personality of Bogart and features excerpts from over 15 of his most significant films.
Among those taking part are:
Actress Lauren Bacall, who was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957
Film director John Huston, a close friend who directed six films with Bogart
Writers Art Buchwald, Alistair Cooke and Nunnally Johnson
Film directors Richard Brooks and Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Hollywood agent Irving Lazar
Film critic Bosley Crowther
and today's cinema audience.
Written and produced by Michael Houldey
('Humphrey Bogart lives!': page 14)


Interviewee: Lauren Bacall
Interviewee: John Huston
Interviewee: Art Buchwald
Interviewee: Alistair Cooke
Interviewee: Nunnally Johnson
Interviewee: Richard Brooks
Interviewee: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Interviewee: Irving Lazar
Interviewee: Bosley Crowther
Narrator: Andrew Faulds
Writer/Producer: Michael Houldey

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