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: Watch with Mother: Mr Benn: Clown


: 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



Producer: David Gerber
Music: Sammy Cahn

: The Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy

Including scenes from Way Out West, Swiss Miss and Blockheads.

: Harlem Globetrotters: A Pearl of a Game


: Barrier Reef: The Missile


: Grandstand Special

Introduced by Frank Bough

12.45* Football Preview
Introduced by Sam Leitch

1.0* Olympic Review
The highlights and personalities of the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo and Munich, including:
From the Summer Games:
Olga Korbut, Valeri Borzov, Lasse Viren, Mark Spitz, Mary Peters...
From the Winter Games:
Janet Lynn, Ard Schenk, Marie-Therese Nadig, Yukio Kasaya...

2.20* International Show Jumping from Olympia: The Dunhill International
Show Jumping Championships
Excitement and nostalgia from the magnificent Olympia arena which has not been used for show jumping since 1939.



Presenter: Frank Bough
Presenter (Football Preview): Sam Leitch
Producer (Olympic Review): Fred Viner
Commentator (International Show Jumping): Dorian Williams
Commentator (International Show Jumping): Raymond Brooks-Ward
Television Presentation (International Show Jumping): Alan Mouncer
Television Presentation (International Show Jumping): David Kenning
Grandstand Special presented by: Brian Venner
Editor: Alan Hart

: Quiz Ball: Home International: Special Challenge Match

in which the Quiz Ball Champions are challenged to an exhibition match by a team of Olympic medallists:
Mary Peters, Richard Meade, David Wilkie, Lynn Davies

Dr Roger Bannister, Chairman of the Sports Council, presents the Quiz Ball Trophy to the winners of this final game of the series.

Referee Stuart Hall



Panellist: Mary Peters
Panellist: Richard Meade
Panellist: David Wilkie
Panellist: Lynn Davies
Trophy presentation: Dr Roger Bannister
Referee: Stuart Hall
Questions set by: John Witty
Questions set by: Stan Greenberg
Devised by: George Woolley
Director: Peter Massey
Producer: Mary Evans
Series Editor: Bill Wright

: What the Dickens

says Basil Brush in his Christmas show featuring Derek Fowlds and guests Maina Gielgud, Eric Bramall and his Puppets
Written by George Martin

(Maina Gielgud appears by arrangement with London Festival Ballet Company)


Presenter: Derek Fowlds
Dancer: Maina Gielgud
Puppeteer: Eric Bramall and his Puppets
Writer: George Martin
Make-up: Maggie Webb
Costumes: Penny Lowe
Lighting: Brian Clemett
Sound: Malcolm Johnson
Designer: Pamela Lambooy
Producer: Robin Nash

: We Want to Sing

Bernard Cribbins leads 2,000 children in uninhibited singing of carols and Christmas songs that they have chosen themselves, aided and abetted by The Settlers
Northern Dance Orchestra, conductor Bernard Herrmann
(from Manchester)


Presenter/Singer: Bernard Cribbins
Musicians: The Settlers
Musicians: Northern Dance Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Herrmann
Producer: Hazel Lewthwaite

: Final Score

Including classified football and rugby results and reports
Introduced by Frank Bough


Presenter: Frank Bough

: The Gang Show

Some of the highlights of the 40th Anniversary Gang Show televised from the stage of the Odeon Theatre, Golders Green, in the presence of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Introduced by Ken Dodd with a cast of 150 Scouts and Guides
Interviews with former members of the 'Gang Show' and the Scout movement, including: Dick Emery, Brian Johnston, David Lodge, Graham Stark
Written and produced by Ralph Reader



Presenter: Ken Dodd
Interviewee: Dick Emery
Interviewee: Brian Johnston
Interviewee: David Lodge
Interviewee: Graham Stark
Writer/Producer: Ralph Reader
Television Presentation: Michael Hurll

: News

Weatherman Bert Foord
Today's Sport


Weatherman: Bert Foord

: Charlie Chaplin in the Chaplin Revue

On TV for the first time, two of Chaplin's famous comedies, with music composed by Charlie.

Shoulder Arms
Charlie, as a raw recruit in World War I, dreams of the adventures that await him at the front.

The Pilgrim
Charlie, as an escaped prisoner, becomes a respected man of God for a few hilarious hours.

Written and directed by Charles Chaplin
(The clown of the century: pp 16-17)


Writer/Director/Composer: Charles Chaplin
Doughboy (Shoulder Arms): Charles Chaplin
The French Girl (Shoulder Arms): Edna Purviance
American Sergeant (Shoulder Arms): Sidney Chaplin
The Kaiser (Shoulder Arms): Sidney Chaplin
German Officer (Shoulder Arms): Henry Bergman
American bartender (Shoulder Arms): Henry Bergman
American Officer (Shoulder Arms): Albert Austin
German soldier (Shoulder Arms): Albert Austin
The Pilgrim/Lefty Lombard (The Pilgrim): Charles Chaplin
The Girl (The Pilgrim): Edna Purviance
The Mother (The Pilgrim): Kitty Bradbury
The Deacon (The Pilgrim): Mack Swain
The Elder (The Pilgrim): Loyal Underwood
The Boy (The Pilgrim): Dinky Dean
His Mother (The Pilgrim): May Wells
Her Husband (The Pilgrim): Sidney Chaplin

: The Harry Secombe Show

with guest stars Ann Howard, Harry Friedauer, The King's Singers
and featuring Julian Orchard

(Julian Orchard is in 'Babes in the Wood' at the London Palladium)


Entertainer: Harry Secombe
Singer: Ann Howard
Singer: Harry Friedauer
Singers: The King's Singers
[Actor]: Julian Orchard
Programme Associate: Jimmy Grafton
Orchestra directed by: Peter Knight
Make-up: Jan Harrison
Costumes: Mary Husband
Lighting: Ritchie Richardson
Producer: Terry Hughes

: The War Wagon

starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas
with Howard Keel, Robert Walker, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Cabot, Joanna Barnes

Taw Jackson sets about taking revenge on Pierce, the man who put him in prison. But he must first capture Pierce's horse-drawn steel fortress - the war wagon.
(Christmas Films: pages 17-19)


Director: Burt Kennedy
Taw Jackson: John Wayne
Lomax: Kirk Douglas
Levi Walking Bear: Howard Keel
Billy Hyatt: Robert Walker
Wes Cation: Keeman Wynn
Pierce: Bruce Cabot
Lola: Joanna Barnes

: News

with Kenneth Kendall; Weather


Newsreader: Kenneth Kendall

: Match of the Day

Action and analysis from two First Division matches.
Match No 1 comes from the North, between two of the Football League's most glamorous clubs.
Match No 2 comes from a well-known ground in the Midlands.
Action, news and views from the Saturday Football League scene.



Commentator (Match No 1): Barry Davies
Commentator (Match No 2): John Motson
Football television presentation: John McGonagle
Football television presentation: John Shrewsbury
Match of the Day presented by: Jonathan Martin
Editor: Sam Leitch

: Parkinson

In a programme specially recorded for Christmas week
Michael Parkinson talks to Bing Crosby
'It's been great to appear on British television for all the friends I've had here for so many years. I've never seen a following as loyal as they are and I'm grateful for it.'



Presenter: Michael Parkinson
Interviewee: Bing Crosby
Musicians: The Harry Stoneham Five
Sound: Laurie Taylor
Lighting: Ron Koplick
Director: Mel Cornish
Producer: Richard Drewett

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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