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: Play School

Have you heard the magic word?
It's 'Abracadabra'.
Can you shout and call it out? It's 'Abracadabra'.
Hold your breath and wait for something wonderful and weird
Now look what's appeared! Presenters
Stuart Bradley Elizabeth Watts
Guest Nicola Katrak
Story: Another Mince Pie by H.E. TODD


Presenters: Stuart Bradley
Presenters: Elizabeth Watts
Unknown: Guest Nicola Katrak
Unknown: H.E. Todd

: Umbrella

with Bryan Murray
Josette Simon and Tony Osoba
Why do Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey at their New Year celebrations and what would make a wealthy prince give up his life of luxury?
Script editor NOEL VINCENT Director CELIA THOMSON Producer JUDY MERRY BBC Manchester


Unknown: Bryan Murray
Unknown: Josette Simon
Editor: Noel Vincent
Director: Celia Thomson
Producer: Judy Merry

: This Is the Day

Thousands of young people from all over Europe are descending on London this weekend as part of the Taize community's 'Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth'.
From a marquee in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, Noel Battye joins two people who are in London for the gathering in a simple service of prayer and meditation.
Series producer HELEN ALEXANDER


Unknown: Noel Battye
Director: Mark Waddington
Producer: Helen Alexander

: Asian Magazine

Ghazala Amin presents a miscellany of music featuring Abida Parveen
Mohammed Alaur Rahman Najma Akhtar
Vishwa Prakash and Loveleena Labroo
An ASIAN UNIT presentation BBC Pebble Mill


Unknown: Ghazala Amin
Unknown: Abida Parveen
Unknown: Mohammed Alaur Rahman
Unknown: Najma Akhtar
Unknown: Vishwa Prakash
Unknown: Loveleena Labroo

: Carnival of the Animals

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck star as virtuoso concert pianists in this unorthodox animation-plus-live-action version of Saint-Saens' orchestral suite, with verses by OGDEN NASH
Stage management PORKY PIG Produced, written and directed by CHUCK JONES (R)


Unknown: Ogden Nash
Unknown: Porky Pig
Directed By: Chuck Jones

: Two-Way Stretch

Peter Sellers
Wilfrid Hyde White Bernard Cribbins Lionel Jeffries
A gang of crooks plans a daring diamond robbery for which they have the perfect alibi - they are all in jail!
But the masterplan is threatened by the sudden arrival of a new chief warden, the immovable Sidney Crout.
Original story and screenplay by JOHN WARREN and LEN HEATH
Produced by M. SMEDLEY ASTON Directed by ROBERT DAY
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Wilfrid Hyde White
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Lionel Jeffries
Unknown: Sidney Crout.
Unknown: John Warren
Unknown: Len Heath
Produced By: M. Smedley Aston
Directed By: Robert Day
Dodger Lane: Peter Sellers
The 'Rev' Basil Fowler: Wilfrid Hyde White
Jelly Knight: David Lodge
Lennie Price: Bernard Cribbins
Commander Horatio Bennet, The Governor, RN (Retd): Maurice Denham
Sidney Crout: Lionel Jeffries
Mrs Price (Lennie's mum): Irene Handl
Ethel: Liz Fraser
Warder Jenkins: George Woodbridge
Warder Charlie: Edwin Brown
Lawyer: John Glyn-Jones

: Carry On Jack

Bernard Cribbins Kenneth Williams Juliet Mills with Charles Hawtrey Donald Houston
Cecil Parker
As motley a crew as ever set sail for the Spanish Main - the Carry On team, presided over by an inappropriately named
Captain Fearless, try, not very successfully, to find the Nelson touch in this large helping of nautical nonsense.
Screenplay by TALBOT ROTHWELL Produced by PETER ROGERS Directed by GERALD THOMAS 0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Juliet Mills
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Donald Houston
Unknown: Cecil Parker
Play By: Talbot Rothwell
Produced By: Peter Rogers
Directed By: Gerald Thomas
Albert: Bernard Cribbins
Captain Fearless: Kenneth Williams
Sally: Juliet Mills
Walter: Charles Hawtrey
Ho wett: Donald Houston
First sea lord: Cecil Parker
Angel: Percy Herbert
Patch: Peter Gilmore
Hook: Ed Devereaux
Carrier: Jim Dale
Hardy: Anton Rodgers
Don Luis: Patrick Cargill
Ancient carrier: Ian Wilson
Coachdriver: Barrie Gosney

: News Headlines

: EastEnders

by Bill Lyons and Tony Holland.
'We've gotta look after the children, haven't we? Specially at Christmas..."
(Ceefax Subtitles)


Writer: Bill Lyons
Writer: Tony Holland
Series Producer/Director: Julia Smith
Director: Nicholas Prosser

: The Great SafariBird Rally

Seven teams from around the world compete in a non-stop bird-spotting marathon in Kenya. There are 1,000 kinds of colourful bird in East
Africa, but how many can be found by the champion spotters in just 48 hours?
Bill Oddie is one of them.
They battle it out, with the help of aircraft and the lakes, mountains, savannah and seashore of Kenya, to break the world's bird-watching record.
The aim? To raise money for a hospital in Nairobi for handicapped children. Photography HUGH MAYNARD
Assistant producer RON MARTIN Producer ADRIAN WARREN BBC Bristol


Unknown: Bill Oddie
Unknown: Hugh Maynard
Producer: Ron Martin
Producer: Adrian Warren

: Aled Jones and Friends

The 15-year-old Anglesey treble sings some of his favourite songs in a concert given to a packed St David's Hall in Cardiff.
BBC Welsh Chorus
Soloists Vanessa Thomas, Don Smith
Chorus Master John Hugh Thomas
Organist Huw Tregelles Williams
Compere Chris Stuart
BBC Wales


Singer: Aled Jones
Singers: BBC Welsh Chorus
Soloist: Vanessa Thomas
Soloist: Don Smith
Chorus Master: John Hugh Thomas
Organist: Huw Tregelles Williams
Compere: Chris Stuart
Lighting: Geoff Alford
Sound: Peter J. Hunt
Producer: Hefin Owen

: The Railway Children

Dinah Sheridan Jenny Agutter
Bernard Cribbins
'They were not railway children to begin with ...they were just ordinary suburban children, and they lived with their father and mother in an ordinary redbrick-fronted villa ...' The adventures of Roberta ('Bobbie'), Phyllis and Peter are brought to the screen in Lionel Jeffries 's enchanting film, which perfectly captures the magic and charm of the book.
Screenplay by LIONEL JEFFRIES based on the novel by E. NESBIT Produced by ROBERT LYNN
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Dinah Sheridan
Unknown: Jenny Agutter
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Lionel Jeffries
Play By: Lionel Jeffries
Novel By: E. Nesbit
Produced By: Robert Lynn
Directed By: Lionel Jeffries
Mother: Dinah Sheridan
Perks: Bernard Cribbins
Old gentleman: William Mervyn
Father: Iain Cuthbertson
Bobbie: Jenny Agutter
Phyllis: Sally Thomsett
Peter: Gary Warren

: News

with Moira Stuart Weather BILL GILES


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: Weather Bill Giles

: Songs of Praise

links Trafalgar Square with Tonga
A wintry Sunday night by the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square; a palm-fringed coral beach, already drenched in Monday's sunshine.
The two are brought together by satellite as Christians on either side of the globe unite to sing their favourite carols and hymns.
The kingdom of Tonga is staunchly Methodist, and also an enthusiastic member of the Commonwealth.
Roger Royle meets THE REV
NIGEL GILSON , President of the Methodist Conference, by the grave of the first missionary to Tonga, and 'INOKE FALETAU, Director of the Commonwealth Foundation - himself a Tongan. ROSAUND GREEN , a young Methodist, travels to Tonga to be welcomed by MALAKAI VAKASIULA 's family; and Malakai comes to England to meet Rosalind's family and friends.
Go tell it on the mountain; Christians awake (Yorkshire); Jesus shall reign (Truro); Away in a manger;
The zither carol; The Lord's prayer (African Sanctus); The day thou gavest, Lord (St Clement) Conductor ROGER DURSTON


Unknown: Roger Royle
Unknown: Nigel Gilson
Unknown: Rosaund Green
Unknown: Malakai Vakasiula
Conductor: Roger Durston
Unknown: Michael Clack
Director: Simon Hammond
Producer: Christopher Mann
Editor: Stephen Whittle

: Last of the Summer Wine: Merry Christmas Father Christmas

by Roy Clarke
starring Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Thora Hird as Edie with Jane Freeman, Joe Gladwin, Kathy Staff
A Santa on a bike with an advertising board is too much for Seymour's sense of traditional values. He resolves to put some of the magic back into Christmas by putting Santa back where he belongs - on a rooftop near a chimney. Clegg is an ideal, if unwilling, helper, but who has the charisma and the wellies to play Father Christmas..?
FEATURE: page 8


Writer: Roy Clarke
Stunt Arranger: Stuart Fell
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Film Cameraman: Alan Stevens
Film Sound: Richard Merrick
Film Editor: John Wilkinson
Designer: Stephan Paczai
Producer/Director: Alan J. W. Bell
Compo: Bill Owen
Clegg: Peter Sallis
Seymour: Michael Aldridge
Ivy: Jane Freeman
Crusher: Jonathan Linsley
Marina: Jean Fergusson
Wesley: Gordon Wharmby
Howard: Robert Fyfe
Pearl: Juliette Kaplan
Nora: Kathy Staff
Wally: Joe Gladwin
Glenda: Sarah Thomas
Barry: Mike Grady

: Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie

Begins a season of films starring the renowned actor. Tonight with Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Bill Murray, Charles Durning
Actor Michael Dorsey has a problem getting work - nobody wants to hire him. His agent George says this is because of his reputation for being difficult - Michael is outraged and determined to prove him wrong.
(First showing on British television)
FILMS: page 27


Screenplay: Larry Gelbart
Screenplay: Murray Schisgal
Director: Sydney Pollack
Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels: Dustin Hoffman
Julie Nichols: Jessica Lange
Sandy: Teri Garr
Ron: Dabney Coleman
Les: Charles Durning
Jeff Slater: Bill Murray
George Fields: Sydney Pollack
John Van Horn: George Gaynes
April: Geena Davis

: News

with Moira Stuart


Unknown: Moira Stuart

: New World

The story of the experiment that became America.
An Everyman presentation starring
The pioneers who sailed on the Mayflower had very different dreams of what their 'New World' could be. One group planned a communal state where all would love each other, the other group were adventurers out to make their fortune backed by the power of the gun. and Music by STANLEY MYERS Photography RUSS WALKER Designer GERALD MURPHY


Unknown: William Nicholson
Music By: Stanley Myers
Unknown: Russ Walker
Designer: Gerald Murphy
Editor: Chris Lawrence
Producer: David M. Thompson
Director: Norman Stone
William Bradford: James Fox
John Billington: Bernard Hill
Alice Southworth: Betsy Brantley
John Lyford: John Ackland
Squanto: Eloy Casados
Miles Standish: Frederick Jaeger
William Brewster: Jack Watson
John Carver: Andrew Keir
Dorothy Bradford: Rosalind Ayres
Edward Winslow: Robert Duncan
John Newcomen: Robert Bathurst
Christopher Martin: John Ringham
Stephen Hopkins: Ian Cullen
Mary Salter: Oona Kirsch
Richard Salter: Philip Raymond
Massasoit: Skeeter Vaughan
Wituwamat: Don Shanks
Anthony Dix: Michael Hughes
Edmund Flood: Julian Battersby
Anne Lyford: Merelina Kendall
Capt Jones: Jon Laurimore
Robert Coppin: John J Carney
Robert Coppin: Matthew Cobon,
Robert Coppin: Robert Harry,
Robert Coppin: Nicholas Lloyd

: Weather

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