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: Star Over Bethlehem

A programme of Christmas music. Eight nations, brought together by that man-made star, the communications satellite, joined in a global celebration.

: Morning Service

A celebration of Christmas by the children and young people from Christ Church, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff. ' Our words and music tell of our joy because Jesus was born in Bethlehem and to show our love, at the end of the International Year of the Child, for children all over the world.'
Introduced by NOREEN BRAY and THE REV GRAHAM DAVIES
Sound FRANK PRENDERGAST Lighting LAURIE OWEN
Designer GERALD MURPHY
Television presentation by HUW BRUN WILLIAMS BBC Cymru/Wales

Contributors

Introduced By: Noreen Bray
Unknown: Graham Davies

: Bagpuss

by PETER FIRMIN and OLIVER POSTGATE with music by SANDRA KERR and JOHN FAULKNER
Bagpuss lives with his friends in the window of Emily's shop ...

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Firmin
Unknown: Oliver Postgate
Music By: Sandra Kerr
Music By: John Faulkner

: The Spinners at Christmas

The Spinners are joined by their audience in festive mood for a seasonal special of music and comedy, which this year is from Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire.
Sound ALAN FOX
Lighting JOHN CROWTHER
Producer BARRY BEVINS
BBC Manchester

Contributors

Performers: The Spinners
Sound: Alan Fox
Lighting: John Crowther
Producer: Barry Bevins

: Black Beauty

The feature film starring
Mark Lester , Walter Slezak
Black Beauty, a new-born foal on the Evans' farm, becomes the prized possession of the Evans' young son Joe. But when Sam Green , the local squire, calls in his loan on the farm, Beauty is transferred with the rest of the stock and the boy and his horse are parted. Black Beauty will experience many adventures before the two are reunited.
Screenplay by WOLF MANKOWITZ
Based on the novel by ANNA SEWELL Produced by PETER L. ANDREWS and MALCOLM B. HEYWORTH
Director JAMES HILL. Films: pages 16-17

Contributors

Unknown: Mark Lester
Unknown: Walter Slezak
Unknown: Sam Green
Play By: Wolf Mankowitz
Novel By: Anna Sewell
Produced By: Peter L. Andrews
Produced By: Malcolm B. Heyworth
Director: James Hill.
Joe Evans: Mark Lester
Hackenschmidt: Walter Slezak
Karl Hirenbach: Peter Lee Lawrence
Marie Hackenschmidt: Uschi Glas
Sam Green: Patrick Mower
Sir William Piggot: John Nettleton
Anne Piggot: Maria Rohm
Evans: Eddie Golden
Young gentleman: Clive Geraghty
Muldoon: Johnny Hoey
O'Flaherty: Patrick Gardiner
Mark Beauchamp: Brian McGrath

: John Curry

with Katherine Foulkes and Lorna Brown
Since John Curry became European, World and Olympic champion in 1976, he has turned his talents towards creative skating.
' Music has always played an important part in my life. I listened for hours as a child and in my mind's eye, I would see dancing, skating, movement and images. Music is my reason for skating. I feel I must express it.'
Recorded at Queens Ice Skating Club, London
Lighting HUBERT CARTWRIGHT Designer TIM GLEESON Producer DON SAYER

Contributors

Unknown: Katherine Foulkes
Unknown: Lorna Brown
Unknown: John Curry
Unknown: Hubert Cartwright
Designer: Tim Gleeson
Producer: Don Sayer

: Top of the Pops 79

Including Blondie, Boney M, Dr Hook, Lena Martell, Gary Numan, Police, Cliff Richard, B. A. Robertson, Roxy Music.
Kid Jensen and Peter Powell introduce a special with some of the No 1 and 2 records of 1979.

Legs & Co
Top of the Pops Orchestra

Contributors

Performers: Blondie
Performers: Boney M
Performers: Dr Hook
Performer: Lena Martell
Performer: Gary Numan
Performer: The Police
Performer: Cliff Richard
Performer: B. A. Robertson
Performers: Roxy Music
Presenter: Kid Jensen
Presenter: Peter Powell
Dancers: Legs and Co
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Musical Director: Johnny Pearson
Choreography: Flick Colby
Lighting: Eric Wallis
Designer: Humphrey Jaeger
Executive Producer: Robin Nash
Producer: Phil Bishop

: The Queen

A Christmas Day programme in which The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.
Produced by RICHARD CAWSTON

Contributors

Produced By: Richard Cawston

: Larry Grayson's Generation Game

A special edition for Christmas Day - with surprise guests and seasonal games for the contestants and the family to play at home. starring Larry Grayson with Isla St Clair
Orchestra conducted by RONNIE HAZLEHURST
Programme associate TONY HAWES
Designer BOB COVE
Director K. PAUL JACKSON Producer ALAN BOYD

Contributors

Starring: Larry Grayson with Isla St Clair
Conducted By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Unknown: Tony Hawes
Designer: Bob Cove
Director: K. Paul Jackson
Producer: Alan Boyd

: The Gnome-Mobile

The Walt Disney film starring Walter Brennan
Matthew Garber , Karen Dotrice
Millionaire D. J. Mulrooney is all set to enjoy a holiday with his grandchildren Elizabeth and Rodney and one day they head for the giant Redwoods for a picnic. Wandering alone in the woods Elizabeth meets Jasper, a handsome young gnome, and his 900-year-old grandfather, Knobby. And this is where their holiday adventures really begin.
Screenplay by ELLIS KADISON , based on the novel The Gnomobile by UPTON SINCLAIR Directed by ROBERT STEVENSON
(First showing on British television) Films: pages 16-17

Contributors

Unknown: Walter Brennan
Unknown: Matthew Garber
Unknown: Karen Dotrice
Play By: Ellis Kadison
Directed By: Robert Stevenson
D J Mulrooney: Walter Brennan
Knobby: Walter Brennan
Rodney Winthrop: Matthew Garber
Elizabeth Winthrop: Karen Dotrice
Ralph Yarby: Richard Deacon
Jasper: Tom Lowell
Horatio Quaxton: Sean McClory
RufUS: Ed Wynn
Dr Ramsey: Jerome Cowan
Dr Scroggins: Charles Lane
Male nurse: Norman Grabowski

: Evening News

with Peter Woods Weather

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Woods

: Blankety Blank

Terry Wogan hosts a special
Christmas edition of the comedy quiz game, in which contestants attempt to match their 'blanks' with: Lennie Bennett, Lorraine Chase, Wendy Craig, Sandra Dickinson,
Shirley Anne Field, Kenny Everett, Liza Goddard, David Hamilton, David Jason, Roy Kinnear, Patrick Moore and Beryl Reid
Presented by arrangement with Goodson-Todman Inc and Talbot Television Ltd
Music RONNIE HAZLEHURST Programme associate TONY HAWES
Designer BOB COVE
Director K. PAUL JACKSON Producer ALAN BOYD

Contributors

Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Lennie Bennett
Unknown: Lorraine Chase
Unknown: Wendy Craig
Unknown: Sandra Dickinson
Unknown: Shirley Anne Field
Unknown: Kenny Everett
Unknown: Liza Goddard
Unknown: David Hamilton
Unknown: David Jason
Unknown: Roy Kinnear
Unknown: Patrick Moore
Unknown: Beryl Reid
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Unknown: Tony Hawes
Designer: Bob Cove
Director: K. Paul Jackson
Producer: Alan Boyd

: All Creatures Great and Small: 1: Plenty to Grouse About

from the books by JAMES HERRIOT A series in 14 parts starring Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison with Carol Drinkwater
Adapted by TERENCE DUDLEY
Parasites... Red tape... A tubercular cow... And Siegfried takes an instant dislike to Mr Murray who ill-treats a dog, as a vet's life at Skeldale Surgery continues. An outbreak of louping-ill on the grouse moors is traced - or is it, when Mr Murray's help in clearing the land cannot be counted upon?
Music by JOHNNY PEARSON
Film cameraman KEN MORGAN Script editor TED RHODES Designer ROB HINDS
Producer BILL SELLARS Directed by CHRISTOPHER BARRY BBC Birmingham

Contributors

Author: James Herriot
Adapted By: Terence Dudley
Music By: Johnny Pearson
Film Cameraman: Ken Morgan
Script Editor: Ted Rhodes
Designer: Rob Hinds
Producer: Bill Sellars
Directed By: Christopher Barry
James Herriot: Christopher Timothy
Siegfried Farnon: Robert Hardy
Tristan Farnon: Peter Davison
Helen: Carol Drinkwater
Mrs Hall: Mary Hignett
Murray: Andrew Robertson
Charles Harcourt: John Ringham
Jeff Mallock: Frank Birch
Moverley: Stuart Golland
Hill: Jackie Shinn
Mrs Noakes: Joyce Kennedy
Van driver: Malcolm Raeburn
George: Julian Garlick
Kitty Pattison: Jayne Lester
Mrs Murray: Catriona MacDonald

: The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show

starring
Mike Yarwood and his special guest star from America Johnny Mathis with Janet Brown
Written by ERIC DAVIDSON , NEIL SHAND
Musical director ALAN BRADEN Makeup CECtLE HAY-ARTIIUR Designer PHIL ROBERSON
Directed by STANLEY APPEL Produced by JAMES MOIR

Contributors

Unknown: Mike Yarwood
Unknown: Johnny Mathis
Unknown: Janet Brown
Written By: Eric Davidson
Director: Alan Braden
Designer: Phil Roberson
Directed By: Stanley Appel
Produced By: James Moir

: To the Manor Born

by PETER SPENCE starring and with ' Christmas comes but once a year'. Perhaps on the Grantleigh Estate that's just as well!
Script associate CHRISTOPHER BOND MUSiC RONNIE HAZLEHURST Designer IAN RAWNSLEY
Producer GARETH GWENLAN

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Spence
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Designer: Ian Rawnsley
Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: Penelope Keith
Richard DeVere: Peter Bowles
Marjory: Angela Thorne
Mrs Polouvicka: Daphne Heard
Brabinger: John Rudling
Rector: Gerald Sim

: The Sting

The feature film starring
Paul Newman , Robert Redford
Superstars Newman and Redford are successfully teamed up once again in this exuberant Oscar-winning story of gangsters and deception set in Chicago during the 30s. To the accompaniment of Scott Joplin 's ragtime music, the pair set out to avenge the murder of a fellow con artist by making racketeer Doyle Lonnegan the victim of the most elaborate and outrageous confidence trick of all time!
Screenplay by DAVID s. WARD
Produced by TONY BILL , MICHAEL and JULIA PHILLIPS
Directed by GEORGE ROY HILL
(First showing on British television) Films: pages 16-17

Contributors

Unknown: Paul Newman
Unknown: Robert Redford
Unknown: Superstars Newman
Unknown: Scott Joplin
Unknown: Doyle Lonne
Produced By: Tony Bill
Produced By: Julia Phillips
Directed By: George Roy
Henry Gondorff: Paul Newman
Johnny Hooker: Robert Redford
Doyle Lonnegan: Robert Shaw
Lt William Snyder: Charles Durning
J J Singleton: Ray Walston
Billie: Eileen Brennan
Kid Twist: Harold Gould
Eddie Niles: John Hefferman
FBI agent Polk: Dana Elcar
Erie Kid: Jack Kehoe
Loretta: Dimitra Arliss
Luther Coleman: Robert Earl Jones
Mottola: James J Sloyan
Floyd: Charles Diertop

: News

with Peter Woods ; Weatherman

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Woods

: Parkinson at Christmas

Join Michael Parkinson and his seasonal guests for a special show which reflects some of the many aspects of Christmas past and present.
Music HARRY STONEHAM
Programme associate CHRIS GREENWOOD
Assistant producer SITA WILLIAMS
Director BRUCE MILLIARD Producer JOHN FISHER

Contributors

Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Chris Greenwood
Director: Bruce Milliard
Producer: John Fisher

: Weather









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