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: Now It's Christmas

with Simon Parkin, Andy Crane and their guests.

Starting with The Christmas Toy
What goes on in the playroom when the children are asleep? It's Christmas Eve and all the toys from previous Christmasses come to life. The big question is: who will be this year's Christmas toy?
A Henson Associates production

7.45am The Christmas Raccoons
A musical cartoon.
Narrated by Rich Little with the voices of Rita Coolidge and Rupert Holmes.
As the children and animals living in the Evergreen Forest prepare for Christmas a strange mystery begins to unfold - the forest is slowly disappearing! (R)

8.10am The Nativity Play
A fascinatingly simple rendering of the Christmas story.

8.20am Playbus: The Why Bird Stop

8.45am The Pink Panther Show: Pink Christmas (R)

9.10am Charlie's Christmas Project
Written, produced and directed by Gene McPherson.
Charlie wasn't asking for an expensive present - all he wanted was to look after Arfie. Arfie didn't cost anything and wouldn't take up much room at home since he was a very small dog.

9.35am Umbrella Christmas Special
with Mark Chatterton and Susan Leong.
Why did a hooded figure visit the house of a poor merchant with gifts for his daughters, and why did a Manchester man give his daughter a poem for Christmas?
BBC North West

9.58am Weather


Presenter (Now It's Christmas): Simon Parkin
Presenter (Now It's Christmas): Andy Crane
Narrator (The Christmas Raccoons): Rich Little
Voice actor (The Christmas Raccoons): Rita Coolidge
Voice actor (The Christmas Raccoons): Rupert Holmes
Writer/producer/director (Charlie's Christmas Project): Gene McPherson
Charlie (Charlie's Christmas Project): Seth Green
Mr Smith (Charlie's Christmas Project): Callan Egan
Dog catcher (Charlie's Christmas Project): Bob Lipka
Mrs Donavin (Charlie's Christmas Project): Lanni Carvel
Charlie's mother ("Charlie's Christmas Project): Clair Slemmer
Charlie's father ("Charlie's Christmas Project): Rob Fuller
Presenter (Umbrella): Mark Chatterton
Presenter (Umbrella): Susan Leong
Director (Umbrella): Cella Thomson
Producer (Umbrella): Judy Merry

: Christmas Worship

from Paisley Abbey.
In 1163 Walter Fitzalan , the first High Steward of Scotland and founder of the Stewart dynasty, signed the charter that established a House of God in Paisley. The Rev Alan Birss, with the Rev John McArthur, leads the congregation in a service of praise and thanksgiving.
Readings: Isaiah 9, w 2, 6, 7 Titus 2, w 11-15 Luke 2, w 1-20
0 come, all ye faithful (Adeste fideles); See in yonder manger low (Humility): Of the Father's love begotten (Corde Natus); Rocking; Good Christian men, rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo); Hark! The herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)
Director of music GEORGE MCPHEE Organist JOHN LANGDON Sound RON ALLAN
Lighting JAMES MAIDEN Television presentation MICHAEL A. SIMPSON BBC Scotland


Unknown: Paisley Abbey.
Unknown: Walter Fitzalan
Organist: George McPhee
Organist: John Langdon
Unknown: Michael A. Simpson

: Christmas Morning with Noel

Noel's traditional Christmas show is packed with goodies; including international messages of goodwill and cheer, walks around the country, dedications from very important people and visits to some extremely unusual places.
There's a chance to ring in and swap those unwanted Christmas presents, a look at 'Aunty's Bloomers', and a fast and furious studio game for some lucky families who could win a trip to visit friends or relatives overseas, aided and abetted by special celebrity guests.
It's all here in one exciting show - and it's live!

Feature: page 8


Presenter: Noel Edmonds
Script associate: Martin Booth
Sound: David Thompson
Lighting: Eric Walrus
Designer: Les Stephenson
Producer/Director: Michael Leggo

: It's a Charity Knockout

From Walt Disney World Resort. In this special version of It's a Knockout Stuart Hall introduces three teams from Australia, Great Britain and the USA who compete over a course of crazy games to raise money for Children in Need. Join Mickey, Donald, Goofy and friends in the wonderful setting of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Centre with their special guests, who include: Jenny Agutter, Joe Bugner, Bernie Clifton, Annabel Croft, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, The Fat Boys, Gil Gerard, Evonne Goolagong, David Gower, Rolf Harris, Lloyd Honeyghan, George Lazenby, Meatloaf, Richard Roundtree, Toyah, and from the Harlem Globetrotters, referee Curly Neal.
Assistant producer JEM KIME
Games designer and deviser STUART FURBER
Executive producer ALAN WALSH for BBC North West


Hosted By: Stuart Hall
Guest: Jenny Agutter
Guest: Joe Bugner
Guest: Annabel Croft
Guest: Gil Gerard
Guest: Evonne Goolagong.
Guest: David Gower
Guest: Rolf Harris
Guest: Lloyd Honeyghan
Guest: George Lazenby
Guest: null Meatloaf
Guest: Richard Roundtree
Guest: Curly Neal.
Guest: null Toyah

: EastEnders

by Juliet Ace and Tony Holland.
"Christmasses have a habit of being a bit dramatic in Albert Square."
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Juliet Ace
Writer: Tony Holland

: Top of the Pops Christmas Show

Presenting the top hits and videos from 1988 including the Christmas No 1. Introduced by Bruno Brookes, Gary Davies and Anthea Turner.
A simultaneous broadcast with Radio 1


Presenter: Bruno Brookes
Presenter: Gary Davies
Presenter: Anthea Turner
Lighting: Martin Kisner
Sound: Martin Deane
Designer: May Eakin
Produced and directed by: Brian Whitehouse

: HM The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.

: Back to the Future

A spectacular adventure in time starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.
Marty McFly is always late - until the day that he tries out Dr Emmett Brown's time machine and finds himself 30 years early! Stranded in 1955, Marty meets his parents and unwittingly changes their destiny. Can he put things right and return to the future before it's too late?The first television showing of this box-office smash by Robert Zemeckis, director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
(First showing on British television)
Films: page 24
Ceefax Subtitles


Screenplay: Robert Zemeckis
Screenplay: Bob Gale
Producer: Bob Gale
Producer: Neil Canton
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Marty McFly: Michael J. Fox
Dr Emmett Brown: Christopher Lloyd
Lorraine Baines: Lea Thompson
George McFly: Crispin Glover
Biff Tannen: Thomas F. Wilson
Jennifer Parker: Claudia Wells
Dave McFly: Marc McClure
Linda McFly: Wendie Jo Sperber
Sam Baines: George Dicenzo
Mr Strickland: James Tolkan
Skinhead: Jeffrey Jay Cohen
3-D: Casey Siemaszko
Match: Billy Zane
Marvin Berry: Harry Waters Jr

: Only Fools and Horses...

by John Sullivan
Starring David Jason as Del Trotter, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter, Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert
with John Challis, Roger Lloyd Pack, Kenneth MacDonald, Tessa Peake-Jones, Sue Holderness, Patrick Murray, Roy Heather, Paul Beringer, Andree Bernard, Martin Cochrane, Nicholas Courtney, Maggie Norris, Chris Stanton, Jean Warren, Steven Woodcock


Writer: John Sullivan
Studio Lighting: Don Babbage
Film Sound: Michael Spencer
Film Cameraman: Alec Curtis
Designer: Graham Lough
Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Director: Tony Dow
Del Trotter: David Jason
Rodney Trotter: Nicholas Lyndhurst
Uncle Albert: Buster Merryfield
Boycie: John Challis
Trigger: Roger Lloyd Pack
Mike: Kenneth MacDonald
Raquel: Tessa Peake-Jones
Marlene: Sue Holderness
Mickey Pearce: Patrick Murray
Sid: Roy Heather
Unknown: Paul Beringer
Unknown: Andree Bernard
Unknown: Martin Cochrane
Unknown: Nicholas Courtney
Unknown: Maggie Norris
Unknown: Chris Stanton
Unknown: Jean Warren
Unknown: Steven Woodcock

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Only Fools and Horses... From Peckham to Beckham 6 September 2017

: News

with Moira Stuart Weather BILL GILES


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: Weather Bill Giles

: A Christmas Celebration

Cliff Richard and Sally Magnusson host a special Songs of Praise family entertainment with the Arts Centre Group.
Each year, stars from the theatre and television join in with artists and technicians for an evening of carols, comedy and song in celebration of Christmas. You are invited to join the festivities with: Russell Boulter Paul Burbridge Wendy Craig Alison Draper
Ian Gall , Peter Goodwright
Fiona Hendley
Thora Hird , Paul Jones Graham Kendrick
Ian McCaskill
Kathleen McKellar Ferguson Polly March, Pam Rhodes Roger Royle , John Wells Michael Williams Precious Wilson Members of the Arts Centre Group All Souls Orchestra and Choir
Choir of St Philips conducted by Noel Tredinnick


Unknown: Cliff Richard
Unknown: Sally Magnusson
Unknown: Russell Boulter
Unknown: Paul Burbridge
Unknown: Wendy Craig
Unknown: Alison Draper
Unknown: Ian Gall
Unknown: Peter Goodwright
Unknown: Fiona Hendley
Unknown: Thora Hird
Unknown: Paul Jones
Unknown: Graham Kendrick
Unknown: Ian McCaskill
Unknown: Kathleen McKellar Ferguson
Unknown: Pam Rhodes
Unknown: Roger Royle
Conducted By: Noel Tredinnick
Conducted By: Sound John Caulfield
Producer: Helen Morton
Producer: Christopher Mann
Editor: Stephen Whittle

: Bread

written by CARLA LANE
Title music by DAVID MACKAY Sound supervisor
Lighting director DAVID LOCK Designer PAUL TRERISE
Produced and directed by ROBIN NASH CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Written By: Carla Lane
Music By: David MacKay
Unknown: Graham Wilkinson
Director: David Lock
Designer: Paul Trerise
Directed By: Robin Nash
Billy Boswell: Nick Conway
Mrs Boswell: Jean Boht
Aveline Boswell: Gilly Coman
Adrian Boswell: Jonathon Morris
Shifty: Bryan Murray
Joey Boswell: Peter Howitt
Grandad: Kenneth Waller
Martina: Pamela Power
Freddie Boswell: Ronald Forfar
Julie: Hilary Crowson
Roxy: Joanna Phillips-Lane
Celia Higgins: Rita Tushingham
Lilo Lill: Eileen Pollock
Oswald: Giles Watling
Taxi driver: James Culshaw

: The Russ Abbot Christmas Show

starring Russ Abbot with special guests Les Dennis
Bernard Cribbins and featuring Tom Bright
Bella Emberg
Sherrie Hewson George Malpas John Nettleton
You sit there feeling rotten
Each year you never learn,
You give expensive presents,
But get rubbish in return.
Nan's sweater doesn fit you
And who would buy those socks?
The walnuts are mouldy.
Just hard centres in the chocs.
You're up to here with turkey,
Christmas pudding and hot mince pies.
But don't despair, for here at last,
Is Russ's big surprise! Script associates
Lighting director BILL MILLAR Designer DACRE PUNT
Produced and directed by JOHN BISHOP
0 FEATURE: page


Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Tom Bright
Unknown: Bella Emberg
Unknown: Sherrie Hewson
Unknown: George Malpas
Unknown: John Nettleton
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Peter Vincent
Unknown: Jeff Thacker
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Director: Bill Millar
Designer: Dacre Punt
Directed By: John Bishop

: News

Moira Stuart brings you the latest pictures stories and events from Britain and around the world. Weather


Unknown: Moira Stuart

: Silverado

Starring Kevin Kline as Paden, Scott Glenn as Emmett, Rosanna Arquette as Hannah, John Cleese as Sheriff Langdon, Kevin Costner as Jake, Brian Dennehy as Cobb, Danny Glover as Mal, Jeff Goldblum as Slick and Linda Hunt as Stella
Just out of jail, Emmett is ambushed by a gang of gunmen and sets out for revenge. Along the way he teams up with three men with a mission, and a legend is born.
They are four reluctant heroes drawn together by adventure on the dusty trail to challenge the danger, corruption and violence of the town of Silverado...
This spectacular and exciting western features a remarkable cast which includes A Fish Called Wanda stars John Cleese and Kevin Kline, and Kevin Costner, the star of No Way Out.
(First showing on British television)
Films: page 24


Writer: Lawrence Kasden
Writer: Mark Kasdan
Producer/Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Paden: Kevin Kline
Emmett: Scott Glenn
Hannah: Rosanna Arquette
Sheriff Langdon: John Cleese
Jake: Kevin Costner
Cobb: Brian Dennehy
Hal: Danny Glover
Slick: Jeff Goldblum
Stella: Linda Hunt

: The Gospel According to St Matthew

The Christmas story of the sequel to the birth of Christ from the second chapter of St Matthew , told by Janet Suzman.


Unknown: St Matthew
Told By: Janet Suzman.
Director: Roger Stott
Producer: Jim Murray

: Broadway Musicals: Carousel

Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. This lavish version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's immensely successful show includes the immortal songs Mister Snow, June
Is Bustin' Out All Over and You 71 Never Walk Alone. It tells of Billy Bigelow who - in a starry heaven - learns that his wife and daughter on earth are having problems. As he recounts their life together he is told he can return to them - just for a day.
Screenplay by PHOEBE EPHRON HENRY EPHRON Music by RICHARD RODGERS Book and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II from their musical play based on FERENC MOLNAR 's Liliom Directed by HENRY KING
('Fiddler on the Roof tomorrow at
0 FILMS: page 24


Unknown: Gordon MacRae
Unknown: Shirley Jones.
Unknown: Billy Bigelow
Play By: Phoebe Ephron
Unknown: Henry Ephron
Music By: Richard Rodgers
Unknown: Ferenc Molnar
Directed By: Henry King
Billy: Gordon MacRae
Julie: Shirley Jones
Jigger: Cameron Mitchell
Carrie: Barbara Ruick
Nettie: Claramae Turner
Mr Snow: Robert Rounseville
Starkeeper: Gene Lockhart
Mrs Mullin: Audrey Christie
Louise: Susan Luckey
Mr Bascombe: John Dehner

: Weather

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