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: In Mercy and Love Unite

Christmas Eve Mass from St Dunstan's Church, King's Heath, Birmingham Concelebrants
The Archbishop of Birmingham
GEORGE PATRICK DWYER , DD, PhD, BA The action of the Mass is described by FR JOHN THOMPSON


Unknown: Fr Eugene P. O'Sullivan
Unknown: Fr Gerard Dunn
Unknown: Fr Paul Chamberlain
Unknown: George Patrick Dwyer
Unknown: Fr John Thompson

: A Christmas Carol

A cartoon version of CHARLES DICKENS 'S Story of Ebenezer Scrooge, in the style of the original illustrations by ' Phiz.'
Every word in this production of the most seasonal of Christmas stories is as written. Nearly a year in the making, involving some 30,000 drawings, the animators based their sketches on 19th-century London after months of research. Such care was taken to achieve the maximum authenticity that even the bells used were actually ringing in Dickens's days.
Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave with the voices of Producer and director


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Sir Michael Redgrave
Unknown: Richard Williams
Scrooge: Alastair Sim
Marley's Ghost: Michael Hordern

: Jerusalem International

The tourists and pilgrims scatter across the countryside around Jerusalem in search of the shrines of three of the world's great religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
This film goes with them - into the Tomb of Christ, to the site of Calvary, and the Ascension, to the Dome of the Rock where Mohammed left his footprint in the stone and the Tomb of Abraham where Jews and Arabs worship side by side.
Photography RAY HENMAN Film editor ERIC BROWN


Unknown: Hugh Burnett
Editor: Eric Brown

: The Vienna Boys Choir

The Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
The Blue Danube
Three Austrian Folk Songs
Pueri Concinite
and traditional Christmas Carols
There are several groups of Vienna Boys all drawn from the same choir school. One is always on holiday, while one or more tours the world.
And one is on duty each Sunday at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna, as it has been since the choir was founded by special decree of Emperor Maximilian I on 7 July 1498.
(First shown on BBC2)


Introduced by: Michael Flanders
Conducted by: Anton Neyder
Producer: Patricia Foy

: The Golden Age of Comedy

Brilliant and hilarious highlights of laughter from the studios of Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, featuring the most famous comedians of the 1920s: Laurel and Hardy
Harry Langdon, Will Rogers, Ben Turpin, Charlie Chase, Andy Clyde, Billy Bevan, Charlie Murray not to mention Cameo, the wonder dog.


Producer: Robert Youngson

: Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier

starring Fess Parker
Buddy Ebsen , Basil Ruysdael
Walt Disney's famous live-action feature film which introduced the catchy ' Ballad of Davy Crockett. '
(Christmas Films: pages 17-19)


Unknown: Fess Parker
Unknown: Buddy Ebsen
Unknown: Davy Crockett.
Director: Norman Poster
Davy Crockett: Fess Parker
George Russell: Buddy Ebsen
Andrew Jackson: Basil Ruysdael
Norton: William Bakewell
Thimblerig: Hans Conreid
James Bowie: Kenneth Tobey
William Travis: Don Megowan
Red Stick: Pat Hogan
Bustedluck: Nick Cravat
Big Foot: Mike Mazurki

: Around the World in Eighty Minutes

A Guided Tour of our Spectacular Planet with Joyce Grenfell , Kenneth Allsop David Attenborough and Tony Soper
As our four guides cross the globe from Alaska to Australia they find fascinating places with weird and wonderful wildlife including the 'Lost World' of the Amazon jungle with the world's highest waterfall, the fabulous 'firebirds' of the Caribbean, the new volcanic island of Surtsey, the huge seabird cities of Scotland, spring flowers in the Alps, giant plants on Mount Kenya, the mysterious bongo, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian desert, the jungles and swamps of Borneo with the rare proboscis monkey, and in Australia thousands of budgerigars and the world's biggest fish on the Great Barrier Reef.
How would all this strike a visitor from outer space? Astronaut Captain James Lovell of Apollo 8 and 13 gives his view.


Contributor: Joyce Grenfell
Contributor: Kenneth Allsop
Contributor: David Attenborough
Contributor: Tony Soper
Contributor: James Lovell
Film editor: Jim Tobin
Producer: Richard Brock (from Bristol)

: Disney Time

A Christmas selection of Walt Disney films.
Introduced by Rolf Harris from the Odeon, Leicester Square at the Disney Children's Annual Christmas Party: with scenes from
Snow White
Peter and the Wolf
Mickey Mouse
Bear Country
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
and a new film, Snowball Express

(Disney Dreamland: Tuesday-Friday, 1.30 pm Radio 2)


Presenter: Rolf Harris
Producer: Richard Evans

: News



Weatherman: Bert Foord

: Fancy Sending Them Away

Adrian suffers from muscular dystrophy. He needs to be lifted at least ten times a day. But no matter how great the handicap, some progress is possible. And he is now a pupil at Princess Margaret's, a Barnardo Special School for disabled children, where they help each other and in doing so help themselves.


Commentator: John Stockbridge
Director: Patrick Ward

: The New Beginning: 2: The Coming of the Christ

The story of Jesus told in pictures.


Storyteller: Ray Smith
Designer: Paul Birkbeck
Designer: Graham McCallum
Music: Raymond Premru
Adapted and produced by: Molly Cox

: Carols with King's College Choir

from Lincoln Cathedral
Christmas music and readings to mark the 900th Anniversary of the founding of Lincoln Cathedral The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
O come, all ye faithful
Creator of the stars of night
Up! Good christen folk, and listen Hora Decima No 14 Reading: St Luke 1
The Cherry tree carol Reading: St Luke 2
The Blessed Son of God Reading: St Luke 2 A Virgin most pure
Canzon septimi toni No 2
Shepherds in the field abiding Reading: St Matthew 2 In the bleak mid-winter
Hark!- the herald angels sing
(Singing joy to the world: page 6)


Narrator: Cormac Rigby
Sound: Graham Raines
Lighting: Bryan Wilkes
Producer: Brian Large
Director of Music: David Willcocks
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble
Organist: James Lancelot
Special introduction written by: Christopher Fry

: West Side Story

Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture of the Year, West Side Story tells the story of two young lovers - a modern Romeo and Juliet - who find themselves caught in the crossfire between two rival New York gangs, the Jets and the Sharks.
(Christmas Films: pages 17-10)


Screenplay by: Ernest Lehman
Based upon the stage play produced by: Robert E. Griffith
Based upon the stage play produced by: Harold S. Prince
Producer: Robert Wise
Director: Robert Wise
Director: Jerome Robbins
Maria: Natalie Wood
Tony: Richard Beymer
Riff: Russ Tamblyn
Anita: Rita Moreno
Bernardo: George Chakiris
Ice: Tucker Smith
Action: Tony Mordente
A-Rab: David Winters
Baby John: Eliot Feld
Chino: Jose De Vega
Pepe: Jay Norman
Indio: Gus Trikonis
Juano: Eddie Verso
Lieutenant Schrank: Simon Oakland
Officer Krupke: William Bramley
Doc: Ned Glass
Glad hand: John Astin
Anybodys: Sue Oakes
Graziella: Gina Trikonis
Velma: Carole D'Andrea
Consuelo: Yvonne Othon
Rosalia: Suzie Kaye
Francisca: Joanne Miya

: News

with Peter Woods


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Omnibus: Judy

Impressions of Garland
A profile of Judy Garland, one of the world's greatest entertainers, who died three years ago in London at the age of 47. This film captures the essence of Judy Garland as a person and performer - with excerpts from her films, including Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, and A Star is Born.
Taking part are her friends and those who worked with her, including actors Dirk Bogarde and Mickey Rooney, and her daughter, actress and singer Liza Minnelli.
'The only role that she never really had to play was being a mother, because that came totally naturally to her. She was millions of different things, millions of commodities: a joy to the press, a joy to people who hang on depression and everything. Because, you know, she was an outlet for them and she knew it ...
Also she was hysterical to be around: witty, funny, full of love, full of need and full of life' (Liza Minnelli)


Singer: Liza Minnelli
Film cameraman: Philip Bonham-Carter
Sound recordist: Arthur Chesterman
Sound recordist: Alan Dykes
Film editor: David Thomas
Written and directed by: Michael Houldey

: A Ghost Story for Christmas: A Warning to the Curious

A man comes to a Norfolk seaside town in winter. He is looking for an ancient crown he thinks is buried nearby. A local legend foretells disasters if anyone moves the crown. Indeed, some years before a visiting archaeologist was killed but no murderer was found. No one knows where the crown is buried, or if they do they won't say. The searcher persists and succeeds - but he finds a great deal more than the crown.


Writer: M. R. James
Adapted by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Film cameraman: John McGlashan
Producer: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Paxton: Peter Vaughan
Black: Clive Swift
Archaeologist: Julian Herington
Ager/Ghost: John Kearney
Boots: David Cargill
Vicar: George Benson
Antique shop owner: Roger Millner
Girl: Gilly Fraser
Porter: David Pugh
Labourer: Cyril Appleton

: Nativity

Midnight Eucharist from the Parish Church of St Mary, Portsea
As Christmas Day begins, Christians in one of England's great parish churches invite you to join with them in the joy of Christmas worship.
This parish church of St Mary stands at the heart of the great Naval port of Portsmouth, near the seaside resort of Southsea.


Celebrant and preacher: Kenneth Gibbons
Organist and choirmaster: Frederick Coley
Singers: The Lonsdale Singers
Conductor: David Rudling
Television presentation by: Peter Bale

: Closedown

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