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: Star Over Bethlehem

A musical celebration for Christmas. Seven nations come together in a global concert united by the man-made star of today - the communications satellite.

: The Flumps

A See-Saw programme

: Rolf at Christmas

starring Rolf Harris with special guests
Keith Harris and Darts and featuring the children of OVERLEIGH
MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHESTER. Rolf and 200 young guests bring you a selection of Christmas songs from the historic city of Chester.
Musical director BARRY BOOTH Script TONY HAWES


Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Keith Harris
Script: Tony Hawes
Director: Brian Penders
Producer: James Moir

: Christmas Morning Service

from St George 's Chapel, Windsor Castle in the presence of HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.
Conducted by THE REV Q. H. WILSON Preacher THE RT REV MICHAEL MANN , Dean of Windsor
Choir directed by CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON. Organist JOHN PORTER Described by TOM FLEMING
CHOIR: Up! good Christen folk; Processional Hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing; Hymn: Angels, from the realms of glory; Psalm 19
Lesson: Isaiah 35, read by CANON G. B. BENTLEY
Te Deum (Stanford in c)
Lesson: John 3, w 16-21, read by CANON D. J. BURGESS choir: When Christ was born of Mary free; Creed and Collects for Christmas Day; Sermon; Hymn: 0 come, all ye faithful; Prayers and Blessing; National Anthem; Organ Voluntary: Finale from Symphony No 1 by Vierne
TV presentation RAYMOND SHORT
11.47 Weather JACK SCOTT


Unknown: H. Wilson
Unknown: Michael Mann
Directed By: Christopher Robinson.
Organist: John Porter
Unknown: Tom Fleming
Read By: Canon G. B. Bentley
Read By: Te Deum
Read By: Canon D. J. Burgess
Unknown: Chris Holcombe
Unknown: Lighting Alan Roberts
Unknown: Jack Scott

: The Donald Duck Story

The inside story of the meteoric career of the world's most bumptious bird showing how that devious darned duck got his start in life. Part 1
A WALT DISNEY production
(Part 2 tomorrow at 12.10 pm)

: Tom Thumb

The feature film starring Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers.
George Pal 's famous film adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' fairy-tale for children of all ages features some lively dancing from Russ Tamblyn, a highly whistle-able theme song, some very convincing trick photography and two hilariously incompetent villains.
Films: p 105


Screenplay By: Ladislas Fodor
Directed By: George Pal
Produced By: George Pal
Tom Thumb: Russ Tamblyn
Woody: Alan Young
Ivan: Terry-Thomas
Tony: Peter Sellers
Anna: Jessie Matthews
The Forest Queen: June Thorburn
Jonathan: Bernard Miles
The Cobbler: Ian Wallace

: Top of the Pops

TOTP's Christmas Party
The Radio 1 DJs present their favourite hits of 1981, hosted by Peter Powell and Dave Lee Travis
Dance director FLICK COLBY
Sound DAVE THOMPSON. Lighting


Unknown: Peter Powell
Unknown: Dave Lee Travis
Unknown: Dave Thompson.
Unknown: Ron Bristow.
Designer: Phil Lindley
Directors: Michael Hurll
Directors: Gordon Elsbury
Producer: Michael Hurll

: The Queen

speaks to the Commonwealth
*Subtitles on Ceefax page 170


Produced By: Richard Cawston

: Larry Grayson's Generation Game

Join Larry Grayson and Isla St Clair for this special Christmas edition with surprise guests and seasonal games for the contestants and the family to play at home.
Orchestra conducted by RONNIE HAZLEHURST
Programme associate TONY HAWES Designer CHRIS HULL


Larry: Grayson and Isla St Clair
Conducted By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Programme Associate: Tony Hawes
Designer: Chris Hull
Director: Keith Stewart
Producer: Marcus Plantin

: In Search of the Castaways

Walt Disney's classic adventure film starring Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders and Wilfrid Hyde White
Thrills abound as earthquake, hurricane, fire and flood beset the voyagers in search of Captain Grant. Hayley Mills is perfect as the dauntless daughter in this colourful version of Jules Verne's tale for children of all ages.
'There were more special effects in that film than any other I have done for Disney. I'm looking forward to seeing it again.'
Screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley based on Captain Grant's Children by JULES VERNE
Films: p 105 (First showing on British television)


Novel By: Jules Verne
Screenplay by: Lowell S. Hawley
Produced By: Walt Disney
Director: Robert Stevenson.
Jacques Paganel: Maurice Chevalier
Mary Grant: Hayley Mills
Thomas Ayrton: George Sanders
Lord Glenarvan: Wilfrid Hyde White
John Glenarvan: Michael Anderson Jr
Thalcave: Antonio Cifariello
Robert Grant: Keith Hamshere
Bill Gaye: Wilfrid Brambell
Captain Grant: Jack Gwillim
Guard: Ronald Fraser
Maori Chief: Inia Te Wiata

: Jim'll Fix It

with Jimmy Savile, OBE
Dear Jim, Please may I ...
Have a new set of angel's wings? Go to Disneyland? Spend my 105th birthday by the sea? Work for Father Christmas?
In this special Christmas Day programme Jimmy makes these and other dreams come true.


Presenter: Jimmy Savile
Sound: Richard Chamberlain
Lighting: Gerry Millerson
Designer: Andy Dimond
Director: Peter Campbell
Producer: Roger Ordish

: Evening News

with Moira Stuart ; Weather Reporter


Moira: Stuart

: Paul Daniels' Magical Christmas

Join Paul Daniels as he conjures up a host of seasonal surprises and introduces his special guests: from Hamburg Tux and his flying kitchen; from Paris Les Samurai, exciting exponents of the martial arts; and the brilliant illusionist Pierre Brahma.
Musical director KEN JONES
Programme associate ALI BONGO Sound JOHN DELANY
Lighting ERIC WALLIS Designer BOB COVE
Director bill WILSON Producer JAMES MOIR
(Paul Daniels will be recording a new quiz show early in 1982. If you like word games and crosswords and would like to be a contestant please write giving personal details and enclosing a photograph of yourself to: Odd One Out, BBC Television Centre, London W12 8QT)


Unknown: Paul Daniels
Unknown: Pierre Brahma.
Unknown: John Delany
Unknown: Eric Wallis
Designer: Bob Cove

: Last of the Summer Wine: Whoops

by Roy Clarke
A special Christmas episode starring Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde with John Rutland, Arnold Peters
Foggy and Clegg somewhat cautiously agree with Compo that Christmas isn't what it used to be. In an effort to recapture the spirit of their youth they look up two long-lost boisterous school mates: champion lamp-post climber and duck impressionist 'Chuffer' Enright, and long-distance hand walker 'Splutter' Lipinscale


Written by: Roy Clarke
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Film Cameraman: Fred Hamilton
Film Editor: Glenn Hyde
Studio Lighting: John Green
Designer: Valerie Warrender
Designer: Stephan Paczai
Producer: Alan J. W. Bell
Compo: Bill Owen
Clegg: Peter Sallis
Foggy: Brian Wilde
Sid: John Comer
Ivy: Jane Freeman
Wally: Joe Gladwin
Nora: Kathy Staff
'Chuffer' Enright: John Rutland
Mrs Enright: Paula Tilbrook
'Splutter' Lipinscale: Arnold Peters
Landlord: Gordon Faith

: The Two Ronnies

starring Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker and their guests
Sheena Easton, Chas & Dave
featuring Band of Slaves
with Jenny Logan, Liz Whiting, Derek Fincham, Ling Tai, Arnold Lee
Also appearing Rowena Cooper
The Irving Davies Dancers


Performer: Ronnie Corbett
Performer: Ronnie Barker
Performer: Sheena Easton
Performer: Liz Whiting
Performer: Derek Fincham
Performer: Ling Tai
Performer: Arnold Lee
Performer: Rowena Cooper
Choreography: Irving Davies
Script associate: Ian Davidson
Writer: Bryan Blackburn
Writer: David Nobbs
Writer: Peter Vincent
Writer: Peter Robinson
Writer: David Renwick
Writer: Gerald Wiley
Musical director: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Sound: Michael McCarthy
Lighting: Ken MacGregor
Designer: Graeme Story
Executive producer: Michael Hurll
Producer: Paul Jackson

: Dallas

Waterloo at South Fork
The problems for the Ewing family continue to grow as J.R. is confronted by both Miss Ellie and Bobby - who demand explanations. Written by LINDA ELSTAD
Directed by IRVING J. MOORE


Written By: Linda Elstad
Directed By: Irving J. Moore
Ellie: Barbara Bel Geddes
J R: Larry Hagman
Sue Ellen: Linda Gray
Bobby: Patrick Duffy
Pamela: Victoria Principal
Cliff: Ken Kercheval
Lucy: Charlene Tilton
Ray: Steve Kanaly
Donna: Susan Howard
Dusty: Jared Martin
Clayton: Howard Keel
: Leigh McCloskey
Afton: Audrey Landers
Rebecca: Priscilla Pointer

: Loophole

The new British feature film starring Albert Finney Martin Sheen with Susannah York , Colin Blakely
Jonathan Pryce , Robert Morley
The vault of one of the world's largest and safest holding banks is reputed to be completely ' burglar-proof '. However, there is one loophole ... An expert team of professional criminals, cramped in the putrid labyrinth of sewers beneath the streets of London, ingeniously prepare to exploit the loophole and pull off one of the most ambitious and daring heists.
Screenplay by JONATHAN HALES
Produced by DAVID KORDA. JULIAN HOLI.OWAY Directed by JOHN QUESTED. Films: p 105 (First showing on British television)


Unknown: Albert Finney
Unknown: Martin Sheen
Unknown: Susannah York
Unknown: Colin Blakely
Unknown: Jonathan Pryce
Unknown: Robert Morley
Unknown: Jonathan Hales
Produced By: David Korda.
Directed By: John Quested.
Mike Daniels: Albert Finney
Stephen Booker: Martin Sheen
Dinah Booker: Susannah York
Gardner: Colin Blakely
Taylor: Jonathan Pryce
Harry: Alfred Lynch
Cliff: Christopher Guard
Godfrey: Robert Morley
David TERRENCE: H Ardiman
Emily: Bridget Brice
Matthew: Ian Howarth
Sarah: Harriet Collins

: Main News

with Moira Stuart
Holiday Weather JACK SCOTT


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: Jack Scott

: Parkinson on Comedy

Michael Parkinson introduces a selection of the funniest moments from his programme in recent years, featuring among others: Dave Allen , Rowan Atkinson Cannon and Ball Michael Bentine , Billy Connolly Ken Dodd , Bob Hope
Frankie Howerd , Tom Lehrer
Arthur Marshall , Spike Milligan
Sir Harry Secombe , Jimmy Tarbuck Tommy Trinder , Kenneth Williams Music HARRY STONEHAM
Programme associate amis GREENWOOD Director BRUCE MILLIARD. Producers


Introduces: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Dave Allen
Unknown: Rowan Atkinson
Unknown: Ball Michael Bentine
Unknown: Billy Connolly
Unknown: Ken Dodd
Unknown: Bob Hope
Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Unknown: Tom Lehrer
Unknown: Arthur Marshall
Unknown: Spike Milligan
Unknown: Sir Harry Secombe
Unknown: Jimmy Tarbuck
Unknown: Tommy Trinder
Director: Bruce Milliard.
Unknown: Graham Lindsay
Producer: John Fisher

: Christmas Night with The Spinners

Over 1,000 people join The Spinners at the Spa for a musical celebration of Christmas. BBC cameras move into the festive atmosphere at Harrogate's Royal Hall to find TONY, CLIFF, MICK, HUGHIE and a singing audience. Bass JOHN MCCORMICK
Producer BARRY BEVINS. BBC Manchester


Bass: John McCormick
Unknown: Eddie Magrath
Unknown: John Crowther
Producer: Barry Bevins.

: Weather

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