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: Along the Trail

A series looking at Canadian wildlife including caribou and timber wolves t

: The Selfish Giant

A cartoon film of the fairy tale by OSCAR WILDE
The children used to play in the Giant's beautiful garden. One day, he came back, built a wall round the garden and put up a notice ' Trespassers will be prosecuted.'
Producers MURRAY SHOSTAK and PETER SANDER (from Canada) t


Producers: Murray Shostak
Producers: Peter Sander

: News Headlines

Weatherman BERT FOORD


Unknown: Bert Foord

: Family Communion

for Christmas Day from Wimborne Minster, Dorset Celebrant and preacher
Introduced by PETER FIRTH
Hymns: 0 come all ye faithful
On Christmas night all Christians sing 0 little town of Bethlehem
Hark the herald angels sing
Service sung to settings by John Rutter and Barry Ferguson
Television presentation by JOHN DOBSON


Unknown: Canon Douglas Strickland
Choirmaster: Barry Ferguson
Choirmaster: Assistant Graham Davies
Introduced By: Peter Firth
Unknown: John Rutter
Presentation By: John Dobson

: Harry Secombe

appeals on behalf of the National Council for One-Parent Families
(formerly the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child)
On this day of all days the one million children living in one-parent families need all the love and help we can give them.
Donations, preferably by crossed po or cheque, to: One Parent Families, [address removed]

: A Stocking Full of Stars

opened by Michael Aspel and Hope and Keen
Direct from the National Children's Home at Harpenden
Two hours of non-stop Christmas morning entertainment for the whole family, with emphasis on the younger members.
Among the host of favourites contributing towards the fun are: Blue Peter; Roy Castle; Charlie Cairoli; "The Goodies"; The Osmonds; "Tom and Jerry"; Top Soccer Stars; "Vision On"; Walt Disney; with surprise guests dropping in to say "Happy Christmas"

(Hope and Keen are in "Aladdin" at the Davenport Theatre, Stockport)


Presenter: Michael Aspel
Comedian: Mike Hope
Comedian: Albie Keen
Guest: Roy Castle
Guest: Charlie Cairoli
Music: Bert Hayes Quartet
Designer: Louise Vanson
Producer: Ian Smith
Executive Producer: Philip Lewis

: The Black and White Minstrel Show

starring The Mitchell Minstrels featuring TED DARLING
Choreography by FRED PETERS
Vocal arrangements by GEORGE MITCHELL Orchestrations by ALAN BRISTOW
(The Black and White Minstrels are appearing at the Theatre Royal, Norwich)


Unknown: Ted Darling
Unknown: Les Rawlings
Unknown: Les Want
Unknown: Karl Scott
Unknown: Jane Marlow
Unknown: Dorothy Ogden
Choreography By: Fred Peters
Arrangements By: George Mitchell
Unknown: Alan Bristow
Leader: Stan Roderick
Unknown: George Mitchell
Unknown: Alan Bristow
Designer: Peter Brachackl
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Top of the Pops 73

A review of the year's No 1 hits from: Sweet; Donny Osmond; Suzi Quatro; The Simon Park Orchestra; Slade; Dawn; Gilbert O'Sullivan; Gary Glitter; David Cassidy; 10CC; Peters and Lee; Wizzard.
Introduced by Tony Blackburn and Noel Edmonds.
Vocal backing The Ladybirds
Pan's People


Presenter: Tony Blackburn
Presenter: Noel Edmonds
Band: Sweet
Singer: Donny Osmond
Singer: Suzi Quatro
Musicians: The Simon Park Orchestra
Band: Slade
Musicians: Dawn
Singer: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Singer: Gary Glitter
Singer: David Cassidy
Band: 10CC
Singers: Peters and Lee
Musicians: Wizzard
Orchestra directed by: Johnny Pearson
Backing singers: The Ladybirds
Dancers: Pan's People
Choreography: Flick Colby
Designer: Steve Brownsey
Producer: Robin Nash

: The Queen

A Christmas Day programme in which The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.


Producer: Richard Cawston

: Billy Smart's Christmas Circus

A special international gala presentation of the world-famous circus from the sawdust ring beneath the Big Top.
Ringmistress Yasmine Smart introduces: from South Africa, The Flying Merilees a dazzling display on the flying trapeze; from Hungary, The Pecs bareback bravado; from Spain, Williams Rueda gravity daringly defied; from Germany, Lothara high skill on the low wire; from Hungary, The Eotvos laughter calls the tune; from Denmark, Vivi's Sealions three young performers with an eye for a ball; from Spain, Miss Mara grace and strength on the solo trapeze; from Great Britain, Yasmine Smart with six spirited ponies; from Hungary, The Richters unique co-operation between man and beast
Circus produced by RONNIE, DAVID and BILLY SMART Musical director KEN GRIFFIN Designer LOUISE VANSON
Television presentation IAN SMITH


Ringmistress: Yasmine Smart
Performers: The Flying Merilees
Performers: The Pecs
Performer: Williams Rueda
Performer: Lothara
Performers: The Eotvos
Performers: Vivi's Sealions
Performer: Miss Mara
Performer: Yasmine Smart
Performers: The Richters
Circus Produced by: Ronnie Smart
Circus Produced by: David Smart
Circus Produced by: Billy Smart
Musical Director: Ken Griffin
Designer: Louise Vanson
Television Presentation: Ian Smith

: Christmas Pantomime: Robin Hood

with The Sheila O'Neill Dancers
The Bowles Bevan Singers
Musical director Burt Rhodes
Choreography Sheila O'Neill
Adapted by Austin Steele from the original book by John Morley
Make-up Jean McMillan
Costumes Hazel Pethig
Sound Chris Holcombe
Lighting Bert Oaten
Designers Reg Allen and Keith Cheetham
Producer Peter Whitmore
(Terry Scott is appearing in ' Babes in the Wood ' at the New Theatre. Oxford; Hugh Lloyd in ' Cinderella ' at the Concert Hall, Lewisham; Billy Dainty in ' Aladdin ' at the Davenport Theatre, Stockport; Anita Harris and Alan Curtis are in ' Peter Pan ' at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool; Dana is in ' Cinderella ' at the Gaumont, Doncaster)


Dancers: The Sheila O'Neill Dancers
Singers: Bowles Bevan Singers
Musical director: Burt Rhodes
Choreography: Sheila O'Neill
Adapted By: Austin Steele
Book By: John Morley
Make-up: Jean McMillan
Costumes: Hazel Pethig
Designer: Reg Allen
Designer: Keith Cheetham
Producer: Peter Whitmore
The Bad Robber: Terry Scott
The Good Robber: Hugh Lloyd
Samuel Tweet: Freddie Davies
Robin Hood: Anita Harris
Nurse Trumpet: Billy Dainty
Maid Marion: Dana
Sir Robert: Alan Curtis
Babe: Denise Dove
Babe: Stephen Black
Friar Tuck: Ritchie Stewart
Will Scarlet: Trevor Adams

: News

with Robert Dougall
Weatherman BERT FOORD


Newsreader: Robert Dougall
Weatherman: Bert Foord

: Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game

starring Bruce Forsyth
Fun for all the family in a special Christmas show with surprise star guests.
Hostess Anthea Redfern
Orchestra directed by Ronnie Hazelhurst
Programme associate Tony Hawes
Designer James Hatchard
Producers Terry Henebery, James Moir


Presenter: Bruce Forsyth
Hostess: Anthea Redfern
Orchestra directed by: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Programme associate: Tony Hawes
Designer: James Hatchard
Producer: Terry Henebery
Producer: James Moir

: The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show

starring Mike Yarwood
Written by Eric Davidson
featuring Cheryl Kennedy and Mike's special guest Eddie Waring
Musical director Alan Braden
Vocal backing The Ladybirds
Costumes Ken Morey
Make-up Sylvia James
Sound Peter Rose
Lighting Alan Horne
Designer Ian Rawnsley
Producer James Moir


Star: Mike Yarwood
Written By: Eric Davidson
Guest: Cheryl Kennedy
Special guest: Eddie Waring
Musical director: Alan Braden
Vocal backing: The Ladybirds
Costumes: Ken Morey
Make-up: Sylvia James
Sound: Peter Rose
Lighting: Alan Horne
Designer: Ian Rawnsley
Producer: James Moir

: Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

A star-studded holiday special starring
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
Written by Eddie Braben
with special guests Vanessa Redgrave Hannah Gordon The New Seekers John Hanson and guest appearances of Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Nureyev, Laurence Olivier, Andre Previn
featuring Arthur Tolcher
Musical arrangements and orchestra directed by Peter Knight
Dance director Ernest Maxin
Sound Michael McCarthy, Len Shorey
Special effects Bill King
Costume designer Sonia Kerr
Lighting Peter Wesson
Designer Victor Meredith
Producer John Ammonds


Star: Eric Morecambe
Star: Ernie Wise
Written By: Eddie Braben
Guest: Vanessa Redgrave
Guest: Hannah Gordon
Guest: John Hanson
Guest appearance: Yehudi Menuhin
Guest appearance: Rudolf Nureyev
Guest appearance: Laurence Olivier
Guest appearance: Andre Previn
Musician: Arthur Tolcher
Musical arrangements and orchestra directed by: Peter Knight
Dance director: Ernest Maxin
Sound: Michael McCarthy
Sound: Len Shorey
Special effects: Bill King
Costume designer: Sonia Kerr
Designer: Victor Meredith
Producer: John Ammonds

: The Odd Couple

A film starring Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon
After his wife has asked for a divorce, TV newswriter Felix Ungar visits his divorced sports-writer friend Oscar Madison at his vast litter-strewn apartment, where the weekly poker game is in session.
Oscar, the untidiest, worst-organised man in the world, invites Felix, the world's tidiest, most domesticated male, to move in.
Screenplay by NEIL SIMON based on his own play

Director GENE SAKS
Holiday Films: pages 17-18


Felix Ungar: Jack Lemmon
Oscar Madison: Walter Matthau
Vinnie: John Fiedler
Murray: Herbert Edelman
Roy: Daivd Sheiner
Speed: Larry Haines
Cecily: Monica Evans
Gwendolyn: Carole Shelley
Screenplay: Neil Simon
Director: Gene Saks

: News

with Robert Dougall and Weather


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Gala Performance

Michael Flanders introduces:
Norma Burrowes
Jacques Loussier Play Bach Trio
Galina Samsova
Andre Prokovsky
Ballet Folklorico of Mexico
Nigel Kennedy
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Leader Desmond Bradley
Conducted by John Matheson
(Galina Samsova and Andre Prokovsky appear by arrangement with The New London Ballet Company; The Ballet Folklorico of Mexico by arrangement with Victor Hochhauser )


Musician: Norma Burrowes
Musicians: Jacques Loussier Play Bach Trio
Dancer: Galina Samsova
Dancer: Andre Prokovsky
Musician: Nigel Kennedy
Orchestra leader: Desmond Bradley
Conductor: John Matheson
Graphics: Bernard Lodge
Sound: Adrian Stocks
Lighting: Dave Sydenham
Designer: Stuart Walker
Producer: Patricia Foy

: Lost Hearts

A ghost story for Christmas by M. R. James dramatised by Robin Chapman
' There was singing round the house for as much as an hour after they'd gone ... and lights in the woods ...'


Writer: M. R. James
Dramatised By: Robin Chapman
Film Cameraman: John McGlashan
Sound Recordist: Dick Manton
Film Editor: Dave King
Producer: Rosemary Hill
Director: Lawrence Gordon-Clark
Mr Abney: Joseph O'Conor
Mrs Bunch: Susan Richards
Stephen: Simon Gipps-Kent
Parkes: James Mellor
Boy: Christopher Davis
Girl: Michelle Foster
Vicar: Roger Milner

: Weather:


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