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: Joe: Joe and the Nursery

Today's Watch with Mother
Story by Alison Prince.



Writer: Alison Prince
Illustrator: Joan Hickson

: Little Women

June Allyson , Peter Lawford
Margaret O'Brien , Elizabeth Taylor Janet Leigh , Rossano Brazzi Mary Astor
Louisa May Alcott 's much-loved classic story about the fortunes of four sisters growing up in the America of the 1860s.
In this all-star MGM version a formidable quartet of leading ladies play the four contrasted March girls.
Producer and director MERVYN LEROY (Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Unknown: June Allyson
Unknown: Peter Lawford
Unknown: Margaret O'Brien
Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Unknown: Janet Leigh
Unknown: Rossano Brazzi
Unknown: Mary Astor
Unknown: Louisa May Alcott
Director: Mervyn Leroy
Jo: June Allyson
Laurie: Peter Lawford
Beth: Margaret O'Brien
Amy: Elizabeth Taylor
Meg: Janet Leigh
Professor Bhaer: Rossano Brazzi
Marmee: Mary Astor
Aunt March: Lucile Watson
Mr Laurence: Sir C Aubrey Smith
Hannah: Elizabeth Patterson
Mr March: Leon Ames
Dr Barnes: Harry Davenport
John Brooke: Richard Stapley
Mrs Kirke: Connie Gilchrist
Sophie: Ellen Corby

: Festival of Entertainment

Share the enjoyment of music and spectacle with enthusiastic audiences in a variety of outside broadcast entertainments, as Michael Aspel introduces:
The Ukrainian Dance Company - the verve and vitality of the Gopak
Loretta Lynn - Nashville's top lady singer
Harry Secombe - Tributes by famous friends on 25 years in show-business
Janet Lynn - America's finest free-skating girl in a display of grace and balance Charlie Chester - with an Old-Time audience
Buffy Sainte Marie - A dynamic personality with an unusual folk song
The Little Angels - bringing precision and delicacy from Korea
George Hamilton IV - America's ambassador of Country Music
The Moscow State Circus - The daring and elegance of The Volzhanskys and the wild enthusiasm of the Cossacks
Musical Pageant
1,008 marching musicians
Merle Park and David Blair dance an excerpt from the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee Together with a host of spectacular events featured music by The Ray McVay Band, The Hillsiders, The Orchestra - Moscow State Circus
Conductor Vasili Petrus
Massed Bands of 42 regiments of the British Army
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
conductor John Lanchbery



Presenter: Michael Aspel
Dancers: The Ukrainian Dance Company
Singer: Loretta Lynn
Entertainer: Harry Secombe
Skater: Janet Lynn
Comedian: Charlie Chester
Singer: Buffy Sainte Marie
Skaters: The Little Angels
Singer: George Hamilton IV
Tightrope act: The Volzhanskys
Dancer: Mele Parker
Dancer: David Blair
Musicians: The Ray McVay Band
Musicians: The Hillsiders
Musicians: The Moscow State Circus Orchestra
Conductor: Vasili Petrus
Musical director: Major J. H. Howe
Musicians: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Compiled and presented by: Douglas Hespe

: Buster Keaton: The General

A special presentation of one of the screen's classic comedy films.
Introduced by Michael Bentine from the National Film Theatre.
A BBCtv presentation in association with Raymond Rohauer


Presenter: Michael Bentine
Music: Malcolm Mitchell
Producer: Richard Evans
Johnnie Gray: Buster Keaton

: Grandstand

Introduced by Frank Bough featuring
Racing from Kempton and from Ireland
The Sweeps Hurdle
Racing from Kempton
1.15 Egham Novices' Hurdle (Div 1) (over 2 miles)
1.45 Christmas Steeplechase Handicap (over 2 miles, 170 yards)
2.20 Kempton Park Handicap Hurdle (over 3 miles)
2.50 Kenton Handicap Steeplechase (over 3 miles)
Racing from Leopardstown
2.5 The Sweeps Hurdle (over 2 miles)
Britain's top hurdlers compete in the richest hurdle race in the racing calendar, with a first prize of over £10,000.
Commentator MICHAEL O'HEHIR TV presentation by the Irish Television Service at 3.0
Show Jumping 1971
A review of the year's Equestrian sport featuring the action at
Badminton - Wembley - Hick-stead - St Gallen - Burghley
The highlights of these occasions are discussed by ANN MOORE (European Ladies Champion), JOHN KIDD , NORMAN MOORE , DAVID VINE , MR AND MRS ALAN OLIVER and MR AND MRS DOUGLAS BUNN. Producer ALAN MOUNCER
Grandstand presented for television by BRIAN VENNER


Introduced By: Frank Bough
Commentators: Peter O'Sullevan
Commentators: Clive Graham
Commentators: Julian Wilson
Presentation By: Bob Duncan
Commentator: Michael O'Hehir
Unknown: Ann Moore
Unknown: John Kidd
Unknown: Norman Moore
Unknown: David Vine
Unknown: Mrs Alan Oliver
Unknown: Mrs Douglas Bunn.
Producer: Alan Mouncer
Television By: Brian Venner
Editor: Alan Hart

: Here's Lucy

Lucille Ball stars as Lucy Carter in Lucy and the Generation Gap with her children Desi Arnaz Jr and Lucie as Craig and Kim Gale Gordon as Harrison Carter


Unknown: Lucille Ball
Unknown: Lucy Carter
Unknown: Desi Arnaz Jr
Unknown: Kim Gale Gordon
Unknown: Harrison Carter

: Dr Who and the Dæmons

Written by Guy Leopold
For the first time a complete adventure in one programme starring Jon Pertwee as Dr Who
(Dr Who Win-a-Dalek competition: page 17)


Writer: Guy Leopold
Producer: Barry Letts
Director: Christopher Barry
Miss Hawthorne: Damaris Hayman
Dr Reeves: Eric Hillyard
Alastair Fergus: David Simeon
Harry: James Snell
Dr Who: Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant: Katy Manning
Capt Mike Yates: Richard Franklin
Prof Horner: Robin Wentworth
Sergeant Benton: John Levene
Squire Winstanley: Rollo Gamble
Bert: Don McKillop
Tom Girton: John Croft
PC Groom: Christopher Wray
Garvin: John Joyce
The Master: Roger Delgado
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: Nicholas Courtney
Baker's man: Gerald Taylor
Bok: Stanley Mason
Sergeant Osgood: Alec Linstead
Thorpe: John Owens
Azal: Stephen Thorne
Jones: Matthew Corbett

: National News



Weatherman: Jack Scott

: Transworld Top Team: United Kingdom v USA: Match 9: Oban v Baltimore

Question-Master John Cleary



Question-Master: John Cleary
Director: Peter Massey
Producer: Bill Wright

: The Great Escape

A special presentation of one of the great war films starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough with James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, John Leyton.
Great adventure and great excitement in a giant of a film! In World War II the Nazis brought together all the pow escape artists in one 'escape-proof' camp - Stalag-Luft North.
This is the story of the Allied officers who proved them wrong. based on the book by Paul Brickhill
(Christmas Films: pages 14-15)


Based on the book by: Paul Brickhill
Producer/Director: John Sturges
Hilts, 'The Cooler King': Steve McQueen
Hendley, 'The Scrounger': James Garner
Bartlett, 'Big X': Richard Attenborough
Ramsey, Senior British Officer: James Donald
Danny Velinski, 'The Tunneller': Charles Bronson
Blythe, 'The Forger': Donald Pleasence
Sedgwick, 'Man from Down Under': James Coburn
Willie, 'The Tunnel King': John Leyton
MacDonald: Gordon Jackson
Ashley-Pitt: David McCallum
Cavendish: Nigel Stock
Von Luger, the Commandant: Hannes Messemer
Werner: Robert Graf
Ives: Angus Lennie

: News

presented by Robert Dougall with the BBC's correspondents and reporters around the world


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Panorama Review of the Year

The sights and sounds of 71 If you worked in at ucs, or went on strike at the Post Office; if you waited for the sack at Rolls-Royce; if you can't understand decimals; if you used to read the Daily Sketch, or insured your car with the v & G; if you tried to follow the great debate, or missed out on your school milk -then this programme is about you.
The rest of us lived through it all -Ibrox, Ulster, Europe, Etna, Rhodesia, Pakistan.
Harold Wilson wrote a book - Ted Heath spoke French. Rudi Dutschke went home - Chay Blyth came home. Mao came in - Chiang went out. Arsenal the double - Trevino the treble.
And Harvey Smith gave us the sign of the times. with reporters


Unknown: Ted Heath
Unknown: Rudi Dutschke
Unknown: Chay Blyth
Unknown: Harvey Smith
Reporters: Julian Pettifer
Reporters: Michael Charlton
Reporters: Alan Hart
Reporters: Nicholas Harman
Producer: Peter Cole
Editor: Frank Smith

: Presenting Keith Michell

in a special Christmas programme with Marian Montgomery Nina, Richard Wattis
Helena and Paul Michell and some surprise guests
Musical associate Richard HOLMES Musical director PETER KNIGHT Choreographer NORMAN MAEN
Special material JOHN CHAPMAN
(' Super fun ' on dad's show: page 4)


Unknown: Marian Montgomery
Unknown: Richard Wattis
Unknown: Paul Michell
Unknown: Richard Holmes
Unknown: John Chapman
Unknown: Herbert Kretzmer
Producer: Yvonne Litlewood

: To Build a Fire

This film is based on Jack London's dramatic short story about a man facing the terrifying prospect of freezing to death. His only companion is a wild Husky dog.


Producer: David Cobham
Storyteller: Orson Welles
Chechaque: Ian Hogg

: Reflection

Prof The Rev Moelwyn Merchant considers a painting of the Adoration of the Magi.


Presenter: Professor The Rev Moelwyn Merchant

: Weatherman; Regional News, Weather

(all except London and Wales)

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