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: Gymnast

David Vine and Nik Stuart discuss Pommel and Rings.


Presenter: David Vine
Presenter: Nik Stuart

: The Perishers

: Jackanory

with Leonard Rossiter Lord Wolf by ROSEMARY HARRIS
1 You may have heard how St Francis of Assisi made the Wicked Wolf of Gubbio repent his crimes of eating little children. How Brother Wolf gave Brother Francis his paw by way of contract. That's the legend - but what happened to Brother Wolf between his day of repentance and his first Christmas in Gubbio .. ? '
Pictures by JOHN SEWELL


Unknown: Leonard Rossiter
Unknown: Rosemary Harris
Unknown: St Francis
Unknown: Brother Wolf
Unknown: Brother Francis
Unknown: Brother Wolf
Unknown: John Sewell

: The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

Hair Raising Harness Race

: Play Chess!

A series of ten programmes With BILL HARTSTON
3: Double Attacks and Forks

: Go with Noakes

Join John Noakes and Shep
2: Fishguard to Porthmadog


Unknown: John Noakes

: King of the Rocket Men

starring TRISTRAM COFFIN as Professor Jeff King
Chapter 3: Dangerous Evidence

: The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries

based on the books by FRANKLIN W. DIXON , CAROLYN KEENE Shaun Cassidy as Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson as Frank Hardy guest star Roger Davis as Sonny in The Mystery of the Haunted House


Unknown: Franklin W. Dixon
Unknown: Carolyn Keene
Unknown: Shaun Cassidy
Unknown: Joe Hardy
Unknown: Parker Stevenson
Unknown: Frank Hardy
Unknown: Roger Davis

: News After Noon

with Richard Whitmore and Moira Stuart


Unknown: Richard Whitmore
Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: Weather Jack Scott

: Regional News

(London and SE only: Financial Report, and News Headlines with subtitles)

: Pebble Mill at One

It's the Pebble Mill Christmas Party, and the lunchtime team celebrate with guests from the world of showbusiness, who are dropping in for the occasion.


Presenter: Bob Langley
Presenter: Donny Macleod
Singer: Lena Zavaroni
Singer: Phil Collins
Musician: Mike Rutherford (founding member of Genesis)
Singer: Mary Hopkin
Newsreader: Richard Baker
Robot Dog from Doctor Who: K9
Cast from sitcom: Hi de Hi
Comedian: Jimmy Tarbuck
Editor: Peter Hercombs
Production company: BBC Birmingham

: Fingerbobs

A See-Saw programme Seeds

: The Nativity

A made-for-tv feature starring
A sensitive and dramatic treatment of the months leading up to the Nativity sets the courtship of Mary by Joseph against the turbulent background of a people suffering, and starving, under the Roman occupation forces.
(First showing on British television) Films: page 105


Unknown: Millard Kaufman
Producer: William P. D'Angelo
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Mary: Madeline Stowe
Joseph: John V Shea
Herod: Leo McKern
Diomedes: Freddie Jones
Nestor: John Rhys-Davies
FlaviuS: Morgan Sheppard
Salome: Kate O'Mara
Anna: Jane Wyatt
Zacharias: Paul Stewart
Elizabeth: Audrey Totter
Joachim: George Voskovec
Zipporah: Julie Garfield
Menaehem: Jamil Zakkal

: A Pink Christmas

presenting the optimistic, indestructible panther who is permanently in-the-pink in a seasonal morality tale of ' goodwill to all mankind ' - and that doesn't include panthers!
Th<? Pink Panther theme by HENRY MANCINI


Unknown: Henry Mancini

: Play School

Story: Bill Button Goes to the Park by JULIA MICHAELS Presenters
Carol Leader, Ben Thomas


Leader: Ben Thomas

: Jackanory

with Cheryl Campbell The Snow Queen by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Today: The fourth and fifth stories


Unknown: Cheryl Campbell
Unknown: Hans Christian Andersen

: The Record Breakers

The last in the present series with Roy Castle, Norris McWhirter Do you know ... The size of the biggest kite? How many world records Sebastian Coe has broken?
(The All Star Record Breakers.- Sun 4.25)


Unknown: Norris McWhirter
Unknown: Sebastian Coe
Designer: Richard Morris
Producer: Alan Russell

: RentaSanta

Christmas with Rentaghost - the ghostly trio are engaged by a department store as Santa Clauses (one on each floor), while the Meakers are preparing for an amateur production of Aladdin. and the Pantomime Horse
Musical director ROY CIVIL


Producer: Jeremy Swan
Fred Mumford: Anthony Jackson
Hubert Davenport: Michael Darbyshire
Timothy Claypole: Michael Staniforth
Harold Meaker: Edward Brayshaw
Ethel Meaker: Ann Emery
Mr Mumford: John Dawson
Mrs Mumford: Betty Alberge
Adam Painting: Christopher Biggins
Marjorie: Jane Egan
Abanazar: Geoffrey Russell
Police constable: Geoffrey Leesley
Djinn: Boy Stewart

: Evening News

Kenneth Kendall ; Weatherman


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall

: Regional news magazines and Nationwide

Look East, Look North
Look North West, Midlands Today Nationicide (London and SE) Points West, South Today Spotlight South West
Nationwide including
Carol Competition 1981
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Nationwide carol competition gives young people from all over the country the chance to compose their own Christmascarols. From the beautiful setting of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, Sue Lawley introduces the six finalists who have been selected from 3,000 original entries. The judges are The Rev Canon D. R. Vickary
Precentor of Wells Cathedral Andrew Lloyd Webber and Suzi Quatro
Prizes presented by The Very Rev P. R. Mitchell, Dean of Wells.
Musical director ROBERT HOWES
(Regional details as Monday)


Director: Robert Howes
Unknown: Brian Strugnell
Producer: John Beveridge

: Tom and Jerry

in The Cat Concerto
An Academy Award-winning cartoon.

: Carry On Doctor

Francis Bigger, a notorious charlatan who tours the country lecturing on the subject of mind over matter, slips off the platform in the middle of his performance and ends up in hospital under the care of Dr Tinkle. The hospital is about to enter a period of total chaos.
Screenplay by TALBOT ROTHWELL Produced by PETER ROGERS
Directed by GERALD THOMAS. Films: p 105


Play By: Talbot Rothwell
Produced By: Peter Rogers
Directed By: Gerald Thomas.
Francis Bigger: Frankie Howerd
Charlie Roper: Sidney James
Dr Tinkle: Kenneth Williams
Mr Barron: Charles Hawtrey
Dr Kilmore: Jim Dale
Sandra May: Barbara Windsor
Chloe Gibson: Joan Sims
Matron: Hattie Jacques
Nurse Clarke: Anita Harris
Ken Biddle: Bernard Bresslaw
Mr Smith: Peter Butterworth
Sister Hoggett: June Jago

: Nine O'Clock News

with John Simpson ; Weatherman


Unknown: John Simpson

: Tenko

The last of a ten-part serial created by LAVINIA WARNER Part 10 by ANNE VALERY
With Christmas coming, the women start to make preparations to celebrate the festivities in camp - but Christmas comes sooner than expected.
Music composed by JAMES HARPHAM Script editor EVGENY GRIDNEFF Videotape editor DEREK ORMAN Designer COLIN SHAW


Unknown: Anne Valery
Composed By: James Harpham
Editor: Evgeny Gridneff
Editor: Derek Orman
Designer: Colin Shaw
Producer: Ken Riddington
Director: David Askey
Beatrice Mason: Stephanie Cole
Nellie Keene: Jeananne Crowley
Blanche Simmons: Louise Jameson
Mrs Van Meyer: Elizabeth Chambers
Sylvia Ashburton: Renee Asherson
Christina Campbell: Emily Bolton
Dorothy Bennett: Veronica Roberts
Kate Norris: Claire OBErman
Marion Jefferson: Ann Bell
Sally Markham: Joanna Hole
Sister Ulrica: Patricia Lawrence
Rose Millar: Stephanie Beacham
Debbie Bowen: Karin Foley
Captain Yamauchi: Burt Kwouk
Shinya: Takashi Kawahara
Gerda: Maya Woolfe
Lieutenant Sato: Eiji Kusuhara

: The Savage Bees

The feature film starring
Ben Johnson, Michael Parks with Horst Buchholz

A deserted boat, a dead dog and a missing child spell alarm for country sheriff McKew. A swarm of 'killer' bees is on the attack and, as Mardi Gras begins in New Orleans, he must act fast..?

(First showing on British television) Films: page 105


Screenplay by: Guerdon Trueblood
Produced and directed By: Bruce Geller
Donald McKew: Ben Johnson
Jeff DuRand: Michael Parks
Rufus: Paul Hecht
Dr Mueller: Horst Buchholz
Jeannie Devereaux: Gretchen Corbett
Police Lieutenant: Bruce French
Pellegrino: James Best
Coast Guard Lieutenant: David Gray

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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