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: Ragtime

Music by PETER GOSLING and DAVE MOSES Written and produced by MICHAEL COLE
Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE It's Ragtime, 55p, from bookshops


Unknown: Maggie Henderson
Unknown: Fred Harris
Music By: Peter Gosling
Music By: Dave Moses
Produced By: Michael Cole
Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Sing Noel!

Pupils of schools from Essex join together in the beautiful Parish Church of Thaxted to tell again the Christmas story in familiar carols, readings and paintings.


Conductor: Eric Stapleton
Director: Roy Tipping
Producer: Denis Moriarty

: Hong Kong Phooey

TV or not TV and Stop Horsing Around
Comedy cartoons

: Angela Rippon

appeals for Television for the Deaf
This is a special Fund administered by The Royal National Institute for the Deaf to provide television sets for old and lonely deaf people throughout the United Kingdom. There is a long waiting list.
Donations, preferably by crossed po or cheque, to: Angela Rippon , [address removed]


Unknown: Angela Rippon

: Christmas Morning Service

from Coventry
The minister and congregation of West Orchard United Reformed Church visit Quinton
Park Baptist Church for a united Christmas service conducted by REV ROGER WOODWARD Preacher REV BRIAN HOLROYD
0 come. all ye faithful
Love came down at Christmas 0 little town of Bethlehem Once in royal David's city
Hark: the herald angels sing Readings:
Luke 1, vv 26-33 and 38 Luke 2, vv 1-7 and 8-20 Matthew 2, vv 1-12
Choirmistress ANGELA LANE Organist don DADE
Television presentation MICHAEL SHOESMITH BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Roger Woodward
Unknown: Preacher Rev Brian Holroyd

: Rod Hull and Emu

Sing a Christmas Song
Guest star Rolf Harris with help from Tom Chatto and 300 children from New Mills, Derbyshire
BBC Manchester


Guest star: Rolf Harris
Guest: Tom Chatto
Musical Director: Bernard Herrmann
Director: Geoff Wilson
Producer: Hazel Lewthwaite

: Four Clowns

Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy
Charley Chase , Buster Keaton
A hilarious look at four of the cinema's great laughter-makers from the silent era.
We start with Laurel and Hardy's early solo performances, take a look at another popular Hal Roach comic, Charley Chase , and end with the immortal Buster Keaton. Narrator JAY JACKSON
Music MANNY ALBAN. Produced and written by ROBERT YOUNGSON
. Films: pages 15-16


Unknown: Stan Laurel
Unknown: Oliver Hardy
Unknown: Charley Chase
Unknown: Buster Keaton
Unknown: Charley Chase
Narrator: Buster Keaton.
Narrator: Jay Jackson
Music: Manny Alban.
Written By: Robert Youngson

: Holiday on Ice

Introduced by Brian Matthew
Highlights from the greatest live spectacular in Europe today. This brilliant production combines the brash panache of Broadway, the romance of ballet and the thrills of the circus in Holiday on Ice.
Glamorous girls galore in a colourful pastiche of the Ziegfeld era.
The charming nostalgia of old Vienna is conjured up to the music of Johann Strauss.
Breathtaking costumes add colourful excitement to the infectious rhythms of carnival time in Brazil. And the circus comes to town-with the finest menagerie since Noah's Ark - a cortege of clowns. A new concept in ice entertainment embraces the swirl of the kilt and the skirl of the pipes, with plaid-clad dancers in a 'Highland Fling'!
Grace, skill and daring are all displayed by star soloists Hauss and Hafner, Patty-Claire Welsh , Rick Inglesi , Cheryl Richardson. And smile a while to the amazing antics of comedy teams- plus - making his ice début - the new superstar Snoopy.
Created, staged, directed by TED SHUFFLE Televised by arrangement with SKEE GOODHART for International Holiday on Ice Company
Recorded in Lausanne, in co-operation with Swiss television
Produced for television by DON SAYER


Introduced By: Brian Matthew
Unknown: Johann Strauss.
Unknown: Patty-Claire Welsh
Unknown: Rick Inglesi
Unknown: Cheryl Richardson.
Directed By: Ted Shuffle
Unknown: Tommy Thomas
Director: Eric Noguet
Television By: Don Sayer

: Top of the Pops

Noel Edmonds and Dave Lee Travis introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the No 1 records of the year including Abba, J. J. Barrie
Elton John and Kiki Dee , Queen
Demis Roussos , Slik, The Wurzels TOP OF THE POPS ORCHESTRA
Musical director JOHNNY PEARSON Choreography FLICK COLBY


Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Unknown: Dave Lee Travis
Unknown: J. J. Barrie
Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: Kiki Dee
Unknown: Demis Roussos
Director: Johnny Pearson
Unknown: John Dixon.
Unknown: Keith Gunn
Designer: Robert Berk
Director: Phil Bishop
Producer: Johnnie Stewart

: The Queen

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


Producer: Richard Cawston

: Billy Smart's Christmas Circus

International stars from six countries present a special gala presentation of the world-famous circus from the sawdust ring beneath the Big Top.
Yasmine Smart introduces from Poland: The Koziaks springs, bounces and laughs on the trampoline net Duo Beskidy precision and balance taken to great heights from Switzerland: The Burgers walking their way through an upside-down world from Germany:
Willy Hagenbeck 's Horses eight magnificent greys presented by YASMINE SMART from America:
The Niccollnl Chimpanzees equal to their human masters The Michaels two men and two girls supreme on the flying trapeze from Hungary:
The Charles Troupe from a springboard they achieve the impossible from Great Britain:
Robert Brothers' Elephants seven favourites of the circus presented by BOBBY ROBERTS JR Jacko Fossett and Little Billy serving up the comedy
Commentator RAY MOORE
Circus produced by RONNIE, BILLY and DAVID SMART Musical director KEN GRIFFIN Designer RAY LONDON
Television presentation IAN SMITH


Unknown: Willy Hagenbeck
Unknown: Charles Troupe
Presented By: Bobby Roberts
Unknown: Little Billy
Commentator: Ray Moore
Unknown: Ian Smith

: Oliver!

A film starring
Oliver's story from the cruelty of the workhouse and the unsavoury world of Fagin's crime school has a happy ending when his real identity is established.
Not even Oliver could ask for anything more enjoyable ... (THE PEOPLE) ... a most magnetic musical, a triumph
Music and lyrics by LIONEL BART
Director CAROL REED. Films: page 15-18


Unknown: Lionel Bart
Director: Carol Reed.
Fagin: Ron Moody
Bill Sikes: Oliver Reed
Mr Bumble: Harry Secombe
Nancy: Shani Wallis
Oliver: With Mark Lester
The Artful Dodger: Jack Wild
The Magistrate: Hugh Griffith
Charlie Bates: Clive Moss
Widow Corney: Peggy Mount
Mr Sowerberry: Leonard Rossiter
Mr Brownlow: Joseph O'Conor
Mrs Sowerberry: Hylda Baker
Bet: Sheila White
Noah Claypole: Kenneth Cranham
Mrs Bedwin: Megs Jenkins
Dr Grimwig: Wensley Pithey
Chairman: Fred Emney

: Evening News

with Peter Woods ; Weatherman


Unknown: Peter Woods

: Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game

A special Christmas Day edition starring Bruce Forsyth with Anthea Redfern
Family couples from all over the country compete in a test of their general knowledge, skill and ingenuity.
Orchestra directed by RONNIE HAZLEHURST Programme associates


Unknown: Bruce Forsyth
Unknown: Anthea Redfern
Directed By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Tony Hawes
Designer: Bob Cove
Director: Alan Boyd
Producer: Robin Nash

: The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

A star-studded holiday special starring
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise Written by BARRY CRYER , MIKE CRAIG
LAWRIE KINSLEY , RON MCDONNELL with special guests
Elton John , John Thaw
Dennis Waterman , Kate O'Mara Marion Montgomery The Nolans with ARTHUR TOLCHER
Musical arrangements and orchestra directed by PETER KNIGHT


Unknown: Eric Morecambe
Written By: Barry Cryer
Written By: Mike Craig
Written By: Lawrie Kinsley
Written By: Ron McDonnell
Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: John Thaw
Unknown: Dennis Waterman
Unknown: Kate O'Mara
Unknown: Marion Montgomery
Unknown: Arthur Tolcher
Unknown: Gertan Klauber
Directed By: Peter Knight
Designer: Vic Meredith
Producer: Ernest Maxin

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Saturday Post: Dancing on Air 1 October 2016

: Airport

A powerful suspense story set in an international airport crippled by the worst blizzard in 30 years. Burt Lancaster plays the dedicated airport manager battling to keep the planes flying. As he and his men struggle to the limits of endurance to overcome a long line of emergencies, a crisis explodes thousands of feet above.
Written and directed by GEORGE SEATON Films: pages 15-16


Unknown: Burt Lancaster
Directed By: George Seaton
Mel Bakersfield: Burt Lancaster
Vernon Demerest: Dean Martin
Tanya Livingston: Jean Seberg
Gwen Meighton: Jacqueline Bisset
Joe Patroni: George Kennedy
Ada Quonsett: Helen Hayes
D 0 Guerrero: Van Heflin
Mrs Guerrero: Maureen Stapleton
Anson Harris: Barry Nelson
Harry Standish: Lloyd Nolan
Cindy: Dana Wynter
Sarah: Barbara Hale

: News

with Peter Woods ; Weather


Unknown: Peter Woods

: Weatherman

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