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: Play School

Jane Hardy , Brian Jameson and Wayne Jackman say Hello Again with songs and play ideas Come on everybody, join in Christmas is about to begin!
Musicians RICHARD BROWN , TONY MCVEY Story: The Little Green Tree by SONYA DANN


Unknown: Jane Hardy
Unknown: Brian Jameson
Unknown: Wayne Jackman
Unknown: Richard Brown
Unknown: Tony McVey
Unknown: Sonya Dann
Director: Sheila Fraser
Editor: Cynthia Felgate

: Articles of Faith

Rediscovering Religious Belief
The Kingdom and Peace References in the Bible assume that the Kingdom of God is to be a rule of peace and equity.
Charles Elliott talks with Fr Gerard Hughes , sj, about the Christian's responsibility to be a peacemaker for the Kingdom. Director LEUA GUINERY-GREEN Producer DAVID CRAIG


Talks: Charles Elliott
Unknown: Fr Gerard Hughes
Producer: David Craig

: This is the Day

The series for Sunday mornings which unites viewers in a service of reflection and prayer. On the Sunday before Christmas Day,
Dr Una Knoll talks about making ready for the Saviour, and the programme is introduced by Ann Easter from a viewer's home in south London.


Talks: Dr Una Knoll
Introduced By: Ann Easter
Director: Ann Richardson
Producer: Elizabeth Gort

: Asian Magazine

A visit to an Asian Christian family in Manchester as they prepare for Christmas. Plus an award-winning ghazal sung by Zeeshan Ali. Producer YOUSUF AZIZ
Executive producer ASHOK RAMPAL BBC Pebble Mill


Sung By: Zeeshan Ali.

: Former Glory

The Restoration of St Lawrence, Whitchurch
In 1715 the finest French and Italian painters working in England were brought together to create, for the flamboyant Duke of Chandos, a church in the fashionable baroque style. Until four years ago it looked certain that this last glimmer of the Duke's glory was doomed to fade and crumble. But the efforts of the parish raised the enormous sum of money needed to restore the interior by a team of specialist restorers from Germany.
Michael Bryant tells the story of this major restoration with contributions from Lady Wedgwood, Gillian Weir, Peter Burman, The Rev Christopher Spencer the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford and the London Early Music Group (R) Revised


Narrator: Michael Bryant
Interviewee: Lady Wedgwood
Interviewee: Gillian Weir
Interviewee: Peter Burman
Interviewee: Rev Christopher Spencer
Film Editor: Martin Crump
Producer: Dick Foster

: See Hear!

Christmas Special with Maggie Woolley
Clive Mason and John Lee And Sarah Scott
Terry Ruane , Dorothy Miles Issy Schlisselman
Featuring a 'soap opera' for the deaf by DOROTHY miles. Plus a visit to Craigholme
Eventide Home for the Deaf in Glasgow.
With subtitles; sign language Producer EDDIE MONTAGUE
Series producer CHARLES PASCOE


Unknown: Maggie Woolley
Unknown: Clive Mason
Unknown: John Lee
Unknown: Sarah Scott
Unknown: Terry Ruane
Unknown: Dorothy Miles
Unknown: Issy Schlisselman
Producer: Eddie Montague
Producer: Charles Pascoe

: Farming

Featuringthe news and views, politics and practice of those involved with the land. with Philip Wrixon Dan Cherrington Leslie Cottington and Claire Powell Producers
Executive producer JOHN KENYON BBC Pebble Mill
1.3 Weather News for farmers MICHAEL FISH


Unknown: Philip Wrixon
Unknown: Dan Cherrington
Unknown: Leslie Cottington
Unknown: Ken Pollock.
Producer: John Kenyon

: News Headlines

: Rockspell

starring Cliff Richard
Special guest Larry Norman Since he became a Christian 19 years ago, rock legend
Cuff Richard has remained a favourite in the charts. He has at the same time become Britain's top Rockspell singer. In this special programme, Cliff explains why he calls his new music Rockspell and sings a dozen of his best-loved songs. Designer PAUL MUNTING Producer JIM MURRAY (R)


Unknown: Cliff Richard
Unknown: Larry Norman
Unknown: Cuff Richard
Designer: Paul Munting
Producer: Jim Murray

: EastEnders

Omnibus edition by David Ashton and Rosemary Mason.
'I wouldn't flash a load of bent transistors around here, Dennis, you never know who might be watching....'
(Ceefax Subtitles)


Writer: David Ashton
Writer: Rosemary Mason
Producer: Julia Smith

: Tom and Jerry: The Night Before Christmas

A Christmas treat of the best Tom and Jerry cartoons begins today with The Night Before Christmas.

: Botham Over Britain

The story of Ian Botham 's epic walk from John O'Groats to Land's End in aid of the Leukaemia Research Fund. Breakfast Time reporter Bob Whittaker followed
Botham every step of the way - a 900-mile walk that took 35 days and brought out thousands of supporters to line the route and contribute hundreds of thousands of pounds to their hero's cause. Producer DIARMUID JEFFREYS
Breakfast Time editor DAVID LLOYD


Unknown: Ian Botham
Unknown: John O'Groats
Reporter: Bob Whittaker
Producer: Diarmuid Jeffreys
Editor: David Lloyd

: The Treble

This acclaimed Omnibus documentary won the International Emmy Award for the Performing Arts last month. It tells the story of a hectic and heady 12 months in the life of Aled Jones , the celebrated boy treble. Aled is said to have one of the finest voices ever recorded.
Omnibus traced his swift and sudden rise to international fame - from his tough training in the local choir, his 'discovery' by conductor Neville Marriner , and on to the torrent of television, records and contracts that followed.
Now Aled wonders what the future holds. For, ironically, the treble voice is at its finest just before it breaks.
Film cameraman NIGEL WALTERS Director ANGELA POPE
Executive producer ALAN YENTOB (R)


Unknown: Aled Jones
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Editor: David Gladwell
Unknown: Nigel Walters
Director: Angela Pope
Producer: Alan Yentob

: Sky-dive to Autana

A natural history adventure
Autana: a sandstone pinnacle projecting nearly a mile out of remote jungle in Venezuela. Its table-top summit has been isolated for thousands of years, with unique animals and plants 'suspended in time'.
The Challenge: to reach the summit by parachute, then abseil down the cliffs to huge caves - the ancient pathway of a long-forgotten underground river.
The Team: international, including two world champion sky-divers, a parachute designer, natural history film-makers, climbers, and a paramedic. For those with little parachuting experience, it meant being strapped to others as human cargo for the jump. Not everything went according to plan ... Narrator Ian Holm
Film cameraman HUGH MAYNARD Sound recordist GORDON FORSYTH Film editor MARTIN ELSBURY Producer ADRIAN WARREN


Narrator: Ian Holm
Unknown: Hugh Maynard
Unknown: Gordon Forsyth
Editor: Martin Elsbury
Producer: Adrian Warren

: Oliver Twist

Dramatised in 12 episodes by ALEXANDER BARON
11: Mr Brownlow, now reunited with Oliver, has joined with the Maylies to defeat Monks's conspiracy.
Bullseye trained by GILL RADDINGS Music composed and conducted by DUDLEY SIMPSON
Costume designer AL BARNETT Script editor BRIAN WRIGHT Producer TERRANCE DICKS Director GARETH DA VIES


Conducted By: Dudley Simpson
Editor: Brian Wright
Producer: Terrance Dicks
Director: Gareth Da
Fagin: Eric Porter
Mr Brownlow: Frank Middlemass
Monks: Pip Donaghy
Rose: Lysette Anthony
Harry Maylie: Dominic Jephcott
Oliver Twist: Ben Rodska
Mrs Maylie: Gillian Martell
Mr Grimwig: Edward Burnham
Barney: Christian Rodska
Noah Claypole: Julian Firth
Charley Bates: Nicholas Bond-Owen
Nancy: Amanda Harris
Bill Sikes: Michael Attwell
Charlotte: Carys Llewelyn
Giles: David King
Inspector: Colin Rix

: Sir Richard Attenborough

President of the Muscular Dystrophy Group appeals on its behalf.
In its worst form, muscular dystrophy destroys the muscles of young children. Now, research is on the verge of a major discovery - scientists predict that, within at most a few months, they will know what causes the disease. Sir Richard's appeal is for funds to turn this new knowledge into the discovery of a treatment.
Donations to:
[address removed]
Or pledge money by telephone or credit card by ringing [number removed].


Unknown: Sir Richard Attenborough

: News

with Jan Leeming Weather News


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: Songs of Praise

Christmas at Canterbury Four days after Christmas 1170, Archbishop Thomas a Becket was murdered in his cathedral at Canterbury. His martyrdom made Canterbury the holiest place of pilgrimage in Britain.
Cliff Michelmore meets some modern-day pilgrims from east Kent to discover what Christmas was like in Canterbury in the past and to see how the festival is being celebrated in 1985. Cliff is joined by Sally Magnusson and Ian Gall , who tell the story of the Nativity; while Roger Royle discovers the spirit of Christmas present. 0 come. all ye faithful (Adeste fideles); The truth from above; God rest you merry, gentlemen; Nativity carol; Unto us is bom a son; Rocking; Away in a manger; Good King
Wenceslas; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; The first nowell; The little road to Bethlehem; Torches; Of the Father's heart begotten; Hark! the herald angels sing Conductor DR ALLAN WICKS Organist DAVID FLOOD Lighting PETER WEBB Sound GRAHAM HAINES Assistant producer
Series producer STEPHEN WHITTLE


Unknown: Archbishop Thomas
Unknown: Sally Magnusson
Unknown: Ian Gall
Unknown: Roger Royle
Conductor: Dr Allan Wicks
Organist: David Flood
Unknown: Lelia Gulnery.
Producer: David Kremer
Producer: Stephen Whittle

: The Jazz Singer

starring Neil Diamond Laurence Olivier Paul Nicholas
Lucie Amaz
Yussel 'Jess'
Rabinovitch leads a double life - as an assistant to his conservative father, the cantor of a New York synagogue, and as an aspiring pop singer and composer. When a stunt to help a musician friend lands him in jail, Jess is forced to confront his father with the truth. In spite of a promise to forget his musical ambitions, Jess soon returns to writing and performing. When the cantor discovers this, a rift opens up between them that may never be closed ...
Neil Diamond sings the hit songs, 'Love on the rocks' and 'Hello again', in this glittering new version of the famous Al Jolson movie.
Screenplay by HERBERT BAKER Produced by JERRY LEIDER
(First showing on British television)
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Neil Diamond
Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Paul Nicholas
Unknown: Lucie Amaz
Unknown: Neil Diamond
Unknown: Al Jolson
Unknown: Herbert Baker
Produced By: Jerry Leider
Directed By: Richard Fleischer
Jess Robin: Neil Diamond
Cantor Rabinovitch: Laurence Ouvier
Molly Bell: Lucie Arnaz
Rivka Rabinovitch: Catun Adams
Bubba: Franklyn Ajaye
Keith Lennox: Paul Nicholas
Eddie Gibbs: Sully Boyar
Leo: Mike Kelun
Paul Rossini: James Booth
Teddy: Luther Waters
Mel: Oren Waters
Timmy: Rod Gist
Rabbi Birnbaum: Walter Janowitz

: News

with Jan Leeming Weather News


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: Shadowlands

by WILLIAM NICHOLSON A film starring
Joss Ackland , Claire Bloom I never knew that love could hurt so much, yet I love you, and all I want is to love you.
Beyond every door I hear your voice saying to me - 'This is the land of shadows ... Real life hasn't begun yet. '
In January 1950 the writer C. S. Lewis received a fan letter from an American woman called Joy Davidman. Lewis was then 51 years old, and a confirmed bachelor.
The letter interested him, and he answered it. Out of this slight first contact grew a passion that shattered and transformed his life.
Music composed by KEN HOWARD Photography RUSS WALKER Designer GERALD MURPHY
An Everyman presentation BBC Wales
* FEATURE: page 144


Unknown: William Nicholson
Unknown: Joss Ackland
Unknown: Claire Bloom
Unknown: C. S. Lewis
Unknown: Joy Davidman.
Composed By: Ken Howard
Composed By: Russ Walker
Designer: Gerald Murphy
Editor: Chris Lawrence
Producer: David Thompson
Director: Norman Stone
C S Lewis: Joss Ackland
Joy Davidman: Claire Bloom
Warnie Lewis: David Waller
Radio announcer: Max Harvey
Christopher Riley: Alan MacNaughtan
Harry Harrington: Philip Stone
Alan Gregg: Tim Preece
Paxford: Norman Rutherford
Alperton: Richard Merrett
Miss Hall: Vera Ding
Douglas: Rupert Baderman
David: Rhys Hopkins
Regsitrar: Michael Cunningham
Solicitor: Henry Moxon
Doctor: John Ringham
Sister: Dilys Price
Fr Fisher: Jim Kirby

: Do They Know it's Christmas?

Bob Geldof in Africa
Pop's famine ambassador ended the most hectic year of his life with an extraordinary journey - a pilgrimage to the drought-stricken areas of Africa to decide how to spend EW million, the money raised by the Live Aid concerts. Geldof s trip took him through six countries: from Timbuktu to Korem, the refugee camp which moved him to start Band Aid.
Christopher Morris looks back on Geldof's transition from pop singer to inspiration for the international response to feed the world.
Chief picture editor RUSS CROMBIE Producer MARTYN GREGORY A BBCtv News special
(Highlights from Live Aid 85 on New Year's Eve. 8.5-10.30pm. BBC2)
9 FEATURE: page 19


Unknown: Bob Geldof
Unknown: Christopher Morris
Producer: Martyn Gregory

: Manilow's Christmas Magic

Barry Manilow invites his millions of fans to join him in a yuletide celebration. The programme, recorded at the International Arena in Birmingham's National
Exhibition Centre, features a blend of Christmas songs and new compositions. Producer JOHN G SMITH BBC Pebble Mill (R)


Unknown: Barry Manilow
Producer: John G Smith

: Weather

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