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: What a Mess

Good Dog

: Jackanory

with Timothy Davies
The Charmed Life by E. Nesbit
Prince Florizel's father has fallen on hard times and gone into business manufacturing lifts. Florizel, posing at the palace as a salesman, falls in love with the Princess. But he's only a tradesman, and tradesmen can't marry princesses, can they?


Storyteller: Timothy Davies
Author: E. Nesbit
Pictures by: Cynthia Pickard
Adapted By: Kay McManus
Directed By: Angela Beeching
Executive Producer: Anna Home

: Captain Caveman

A Fur Freight Fright

: Why Don't You....?

Why Don't You just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead?
Director HILARY MURPHY Producer MOLLY cox


Director: Hilary Murphy
Producer: Molly Cox

: Magic Roundabout

English version written and told by Eric Thompson.


Created by: Serge Danot
Writer/Narrator: Eric Thompson

: Zorro

Cross of the Andes

: Mickey Mouse Club

Jiminy Cricket in I'm No Fool Toby Tyler Parts 6 and 7


Unknown: Toby Tyler

: Greatest Heroes of the Bible: The Ten Commandments

Moses has led his people out of Egypt and slavery. For 40 years they wander homeless in the desert until his followers begin to lose faith. Only Moses remains convinced God's purpose will be revealed.


Written By: Martin Roth
Director: Charles Davis
Moses: John Marley
Araziah: Dan Frazer
Eleazar: Kristoffer Tabori

: Midday News


: Year of the Horse

1979 has been an exciting and successful year for British riders and drivers. Our show jumping team won the gold medal in the European Championships and our eventers, who look certain to emulate them, ended up with both team and individual silver.
Raymond Brooks-Ward and Dorian Williams look back over the year with Ronnie Massarella and Robert Smith.


Unknown: Raymond Brooks-Ward
Unknown: Dorian Williams
Unknown: Ronnie Massarella
Unknown: Robert Smith.
Producer: Johnnie Watherston

: How Do You Do?

CARMEN MUNRO introduces rhymes and counting games and tells a story about Annie, Louise, George, Kevin, Caroline, Cheng, Scott, Mary, Toni and Sandra who all go to a place where there is plenty to do and room to play.
The Cupboard Door
Illustrated by JOAN HICKSON Percussion GREG KNOWLES
Musical director PETER PETTINGER
Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE
Written/directed by CAROLE WARD


Introduces: Carmen Munro
Illustrated By: Joan Hickson
Illustrated By: Percussion Greg Knowles
Director: Peter Pettinger
Producer: Cynthia Felgate
Directed By: Carole Ward

: Meet Me in St Louis

The feature film starring Judy Garland with Margaret O'Brien , Mary Astor Leon Ames
Meet Me in St Louis is perhaps Vincente Minnelli 's best-loved musical, featuring Judy Garland in numbers like ' The boy next door' and ' Have yourself a merry little Christmas' and, of course, the classic ' Trolley song'. It traces the life and loves of a St Louis family through the four seasons, investigating the trials and tribulations of growing-up.
In this MGM classic, Judy gave one of her most enchanting performances.
Based on the book by SALLY BENSON Produced by ARTHUR FREED
Directed by VINCENTE MINNELLI Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: Judy Garland
Unknown: Margaret O'Brien
Unknown: Mary Astor
Unknown: Leon Ames
Unknown: Vincente Minnelli
Unknown: Judy Garland
Unknown: Irving Brecher
Unknown: Fred F. Finklehoffe
Book By: Sally Benson
Produced By: Arthur Freed
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli
Esther Smith: Judy Garland
' Tootie ' Smith: Margaret O'Brien
Mrs Anna Smith: Mary Astor
Rose Smith: Lucille Bremer
Mr Alonzo Smith: Leon Ames
John Truett: Tom Drake
Katie: Marjorie Main
Grandpa: Harry Davenport
Lucille Ballard: June Lockhart

: Play School

Story: Presents for the Baby by BARBARA MITCHELL-HILL illustrations by MINA MARTINEZ Presenters
Carol Leader, Chris Tranchell


Unknown: Barbara Mitchell-Hill
Illustrations By: Mina Martinez
Leader: Chris Tranchell

: Touche Turtle

A cartoon series
Quack Hero: Touché and Dum Dum answer the cries for help in their own inimitable way.


Unknown: Dum Dum

: Jackanory

with Willie Rushton Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. MILNE
Three cheers for Pooh! (for who?) For Pooh -
(Why what did he do?) I thought you knew ...
Today: Eeyore loses a tail


Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: A. A. Milne

: Playhouse

The Wizard of Crumm and the Ice Princess by IAIN BLAIR
Princess Rhiannon has a most unusual effect on everything she touches - it turns to ice. With the wizard and the court fool she has to travel to the Castle of Dread to discover the reason for the spell.


Unknown: Iain Blair
Designer: Gloria Clayton
Producer: Angela Beeching
Director: Christine Secombe
The Wizard of Crumm: John Barron
The Morrigu: Cyd Hayman
King Cathbad: Paul Curran
Queen Illiann: Pat Keen
Princess Rhiannon: Janet Maw
Gwawl, the court fool: Paul Geoffrey
Prince Melwas: Adam Dareham
Ban of Orkney: Peter Mantle
King Peleur: Edward Palmer
High Steward: John Rapley

: Blue Peter Review of the Year

with Simon Groom, Tina Heath, Christopher Wenner
Question: What do Her Majesty The Queen, Rameses II, Yul Brynner, the Prime Minister, James Callaghan and 80 pantomime horses have in common?
Answer: They've all taken part in Blue Peter during 1979.
If you don't remember seeing them, find out today where and when they all appeared, in Blue Peter's highlights of the past 12 months.


Presenter: Simon Groom
Presenter: Tina Heath
Presenter: Christopher Wenner
Producer: Renny Rye
Assistant Editor: John Adcock
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Evening News

Kenneth Kendall ; Weatherman


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall

: Tom and Jerry: A Mouse in the House

(London and South East only)

Regional News
(All other English regions)

: Pinocchio

Dramatised by ALEC DRYSDALE starring and Pinocchio's voice by Rosemary Miller
An opportunity to see in one evening the whole of the enchanting story of the puppet who wants to be a real boy, enjoyed by so many as a serial last year.
Pinocchio created by THEATRE OF PUPPETS Puppetmaster BARRY SMPTH
Directed by BARRY LETTS (Repeat)


Dramatised By: Alec Drysdale
Unknown: Rosemary Miller
Unknown: Barry Smpth
Unknown: Puppeteers Gillian Robic
Unknown: Trevor Trenton
Composed By: Stephen Deutsch
Directed By: Barry Lelis
Geppetto: Derek Smith
the Blue Fairy: Rhoda Lewis
the Fox: With Roy Macready
the Cat: Neil Fitzwiliam
Cricket's voice: James Berwick
Innkeeper ,: Dave Carter
Zapporelli: James Berwick
Old woman: Molly Veness
Sergeant: Douglas Blackwell
Constable: Pat Gorman
Jailer: Arthur Nightingale
Judge: Leon Eagles
Lampwick: David Lynch
Schoolmaster: Timothy Bateson
Wagon-driver: Brian Coburn
Ringmaster: Martin Friend
Stableboy: Alan Bodenham
Clown: Geoffrey Buckley
Pinocchio, the boy: Joshua White

: Larry Grayson's Generation Game

starring Larry Grayson with Isla St Clair and surprise guests
Orchestra conducted by Ronnie Hazlehurst
Programme associate Tony Hawes Designer Bob Cove
Director K. Paul Jackson Producer Alan Boyd


Presenter: Larry Grayson
Presenter: Isla St Clair
Conductor: Ronnie Hazleburst
Designer: Bob Cove
Director: K. Paul Jackson
Producer: Alan Boyd
Programme associate: Tony Hawes

: Murder on the Orient Express

The feature film starring

Albert Finney tells Radio Times: "My make-up took two hours to put on, and at least half-an-hour to take off. I was doing a play in the West End at the same time so I couldn't dye my hair black and had to plaster a sort of black glue all over my hair every day. I wore a false nose and rubber around the eyes to age me. It was pretty hectic."

Shortly after its departure from Istanbul, the Orient Express makes an unscheduled stop during the night. Snow is blocking the line. The passengers sleep on. Except for a small, moustachioed Belgian with indigestion, and another man. A murderer.
(First showing on British television)
Films: pages 16-17


Screenplay: Paul Dehn
Producer: John Brabourne
Producer: Richard Goodwin
Director: Sidney Lumet
Hercule Poirot: Albert Finney
Mrs Hubbard: Lauren Bacall
Bianchi: Martin Balsam
Greta: Ingrid Bergman
Countess Andronyi: Jacqueline Bisset
Pierre: Jean-Pierre Cassel
Col Arbuthnot: Sean Connery
Beddoes: John Gielgud
Princess Dragomiroff: Wendy Hiller
McQueen: Anthony Perkins
Mary Debenham: Vanessa Redgrave
Hildegarde: Rachel Roberts
Ratchett: Richard Widmark
Count Andrenyi: Michael York

: News

with Kenneth Kendall Weatherman


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall

: The 70s Stop Here!

Introduced by Penelope Keith
As midnight approaches and brings with it the beginning of the 1980s, the final programme of the 1970s brings back memories of some of the BBC television programmes which achieved popularity, esteem or even notoriety during the decade. Among the well-known faces who have created an impact on our television screens over the past ten years: John Cleese, Michael Parkinson, Rod Hull and Emu, The Goodies, Elton John, Angela Rippon,
Penelope Keith, Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Paul Eddington, Michael Crawford, David Frost, Larry Grayson, Morecambe and Wise, Esther Rantzen, Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Keith Michell, Ian Holm, Tom Conti, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Alan Dobie, Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Susan Littler, John Duttine, Joanna David, Jeremy Brett, Anna Massey, Christopher Timothy,
Robert Hardy, Clare Francis, John Curry, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Peters, Virginia Wade, Monty Python, Alistair Cooke, Dr Jacob Bronowski, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, and The Wilkins Family of Reading


Introduced by: Penelope Keith
Unknown: John Cleese
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Rod Hull
Unknown: Elton John.
Unknown: Angela Rippon
Unknown: Penelope Keith
Unknown: Richard Briers
Unknown: Felicity Kendall
Unknown: Paul Eddington
Unknown: Michael Crawford
Unknown: David Frost
Unknown: Larry Grayson
Unknown: Wise Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Arthur Lowe
Unknown: John Le Mesurier
Unknown: Keith Michell
Unknown: Ian Holm
Unknown: Tom Conti
Unknown: Derek Jacobi
Unknown: John Hurt
Unknown: Alan Dobie
Unknown: Alan Bates
Unknown: Anne Stallybrass
Unknown: Susan Littler
Unknown: John Duttine
Unknown: Joanna David
Unknown: Jeremy Brett
Unknown: Anna Massey
Unknown: Christopher Timothy
Unknown: Robert Hardy
Unknown: Clare Francis
Unknown: John Curry
Unknown: Mary Peters
Unknown: Virginia Wade
Unknown: Monty Python
Unknown: Alistair Cooke
Unknown: Dr Jacob Bronowski
Unknown: Ronnie Barker
Unknown: Ronnie Corbett
Videotape Editor: Chris Booth
Producer: Frances Whitaker

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Ring in the New 31 December 2015

: Big Ben

: A Toast to the 80s

A Scottish welcome to the New Year starring
(in alphabetical order) Reginald Bosanquet Andy Cameron
Tom Ferric , Aiden J. Harvey
Helen McArthur , The McCalmans Walter McCorrisken. Bill McCue Alastair McDonald , Bill Paterson
Aileen Robertson and Billy Forsyth Special guest Jim Watt with Babcock and Renfrew Pipe Band Pipe-major lain
McLeod Jim Johnstone 's Scottish Country Dance Band and BRIAN FAHEY AND THE
Musical associate BERNARD SUMNER Continuity DEREK BRECHIN Designer ALEX GOURLAY
Producer IAIN MACFADYEN BBC Scotland


Unknown: Reginald Bosanquet
Unknown: Andy Cameron
Unknown: Tom Ferric
Unknown: Aiden J. Harvey
Unknown: Helen McArthur
Unknown: McCalmans Walter McCorrisken.
Unknown: Bill McCue
Unknown: Alastair McDonald
Unknown: Bill Paterson
Unknown: Aileen Robertson
Unknown: Billy Forsyth
Unknown: Jim Watt
Unknown: McLeod Jim Johnstone
Unknown: Brian Fahey
Unknown: Bernard Sumner
Unknown: Continuity Derek Brechin
Designer: Alex Gourlay
Producer: Iain MacFadyen

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