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: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd like you to meet...
Ethel Revnell, variety star, who plays Mother Goose in pantomime this year.

Roll up the Carpet!
Sydney and Mary Thompson show how to dance the Lancers.

Christmas Decorations
Jeanne Heal shows the party decoration specially designed for this programme by John Lawrence.

I Collect...
T. P. Camerer Cuss talks about his collection of watches.

Dressing Up
James Laver, with models in costume, argues the case for gayer clothes for men.

Dancing Time
Sydney and Mary Thompson dance the Fylde Waltz and invite everyone to join them in the Progressive Barn Dance.

(to 16.00)


Presenter/item presenter (Christmas Decorations): Jeanne Heal
Speaker (I'd like you to meet): Ethel Revnell
Dancer (Roll up the Carpet!/Dancing Time): Sydney Thompson
Dancer (Roll up the Carpet!/Dancing Time): Mary Thompson
Designer (Christmas Decorations): John Lawrence
Item presenter (I Collect...): T. P. Camerer Cuss
Item presenter (Dressing Up): James Laver
Editor: Jacqueline Kennish
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: For the Children

Carols sung by members of the choir of Tolworth County Secondary Boys' School, under their Musical Director, G. B. Trory.


Choirmaster: G. B. Trory

: For the Children: A Time To Be Born

A play for Christmas Eve by P. D. Cummins.
(to 18.30)


Writer: P. D. Cummins
Settings designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Music composer: Herbert Murrill
Producer: Dorothea Brooking
Joseph: John Le Mesurier
Mary: Hazel Penwarden
The landlord: Julian Somers
The servant girl: Pixie Murphy
The old shepherd: Eugene Leahy
His wife: Nancy Roberts
Their three sons: Martin Starkie
Anthony Snell: Jeremy Spenser
The three kings: Oliver Burt
The three kings: Robin Cull
The three kings: Frank Finguineau
The two angels: Juliet Wood
The two angels: Sally Judd
The voice of the angel: Stephen Alexander

: Newsreel

: Christmas Eve in Trafalgar Square

Viewers join the crowds round the Christmas Tree for a programme of popular carols, organised by the Daily Mail.
Singing led by the St. Martin's Youth Choir accompanied by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.
Alan Morris describes the scene.


Singers: St. Martin's Youth Choir
Musicians: Band of the Coldstream Guards
Commentator: Alan Morris
Presented for television by: Berkeley Smith

: Picture Page

invites some new and old friends to a Christmas Eve Party.


Host: Joan Gilbert
Host: Leslie Mitchell
Edited and produced by: Stephen McCormack

: What's My Line?: What's My Liners v. Twenty Questioners

A special Christmas Challenge Match of fifteen minutes each way.
What's My Liners: Lesley Storm, Jimmy Edwards, Elizabeth Allan, Gilbert Harding
Twenty Questioners: Anona Winn, Jack Train, Joy Adamson, Richard Dimbleby
'Lines' men: Eamonn Andrews, Gilbert Harding
and the week's 'Celebrity'


Panellist (What's My Line): Lesley Storm
Panellist (What's My Line): Jimmy Edwards
Panellist (What's My Line): Elizabeth Allan
Panellist (What's My Line): Gilbert Harding
Panellist (Twenty Questions): Anona Winn
Panellist (Twenty Questions): Jack Train
Panellist (Twenty Questions): Joy Adamson
Panellist (Twenty Questions): Richard Dimbleby
'Lines' man: Eamonn Andrews
'Lines' man: Gilbert Harding
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Christmas Story: The Face behind the Whiskers

Written and told by John Slater.


Writer/storyteller: John Slater

: The Crib

As Christmas Eve draws to its close, Father Agnellus Andrew, O.F.M., in a short devotional programme, explains the meaning of the Crib.


Presenter: Father Agnellus Andrew

: Weather Forecast and News

(sound only)

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