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: For the Children: Muffin the Mule

prepares for Christmas helped by Annette Mills (who writes the songs) and Ann Hogarth (who pulls the strings).


Presenter/songwriter: Annette Mills
Puppeteer: Ann Hogarth

: For the Children: Cottage Pie

by Kenneth Anderson.
(Previously televised last Thursday)
(to 17.55)


Writer: Kenneth Anderson
Producer: Alan Bromly
Father: Philip King
Mother: Betty Woolfe
John: Robert Sandford
Tony: Jimmy Verner
Donald: Michael Ellison
Roger: Derek Hodgson
Michael: David Coote
Uncle: Philip Ray

: Weekly Review

Richard Dimbleby recalls events from last week's television newsreels.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby

: Pouishnoff

at the piano
Last of three Sunday evening recitals


Pianist: Leff Pouishnoff
Producer: Philip Bate

: The Holly and the Ivy

(See above)
A play by Wynyard Browne.
at 8.30

An almost automatic choice for Christmas time, The Holly and the Ivy will, one supposes, be played for years to come as an accompaniment to the season of turkey, presents, and over-rich pudding. For me, its most brilliant accomplishment is not in the Christmas-time accoutrements, but in its profound sense of family life. The parson and his two daughters seem to be so wonderfully realised that the play itself, so carefully set in a minor key, must really be called a major achievement. And no word above is used lightly.
I could write for hours about The Holly and the Ivy, but at the end of all I shouldn't have bettered, or equalled, its own author's note on it. Here, in part, it is:
"The Holly and the Ivy is, above all, a play of mood. It was suggested by the sight of a snow-covered tree outside a window on a lowering December afternoon and by the thought of those faded, melancholy Georgian vicarages, scattered all over Norfolk, in every village and country town, where the cross-currents of family feeling have an especial poignancy at Christmas time".
What Mr. Browne has in fact done is to take Christmas as a season which heightens, and deepens, emotions; and because all his people are real people, with their comedies and little sadnesses and larger hopes, The Holly and the Ivy is one of those profoundly satisfying things. (Lionel Hale)


Author: Wynyard Browne
Settings Designer: James Bould
Producer: Joy Harington
Rev. Martin Gregory: Herbert Lomas
Jenny, his elder daughter: Phyllis Calvert
Margaret, his younger daughter: Daphne Arthur
Mick, his son: Douglas Hurn
Aunt Lydia, his sister-in-law: Barbara Everest
Aunt Bridget, his sister: Aithna Gover
Richard Wyndham, cousin of his late wife: Maurice Colbourne
David Paterson: Andrew Crawford

: What Are You Expecting for Christmas?

Talk by the Rev. Leslie Cooke, D.D., Secretary of the Congregational Union of England and Wales.


Presenter: The Rev. Leslie Cooke

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