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: Christmas Day Service

from St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
Processional hymn: Hark! the herald-angels sing (A. and M. 60)
Versicles and Responses
Psalm 19
First Lesson: Isaiah 9, w. 2-7 Te Deum (Noble in B minor)
Second Lesson: St. Luke 2, vv. 1-20
Apostles' Creed
The Lord's Prayer, Responses, and Collects
Introit: O Jesu, most kind (Bach)
The Lord's Prayer, and Collect for Purity
Summary of the Law, and Kyrie (Schubert in O)
Collect, Epistle, and Gospel for Christmas Day
Nicene Creed (Schubert in G)
Sermon by the Very Rev. W. R. Matthews, K.C.V.O., D.D., Dean of St. Paul's
O come, all ye faithful (A. and M. 59)

(to 11.40)


Speaker: The Very Rev. W. R. Matthews
Organist: Dr. J. Dykes Bower

: Wallaby Jim of the Islands

George Houston and Ruth Coleman in an exciting film set in the South Seas.
(to 16.15)


Wallaby Jim: George Houston
Allison: Ruth Coleman

: Christmas Day For the Children: Andy Pandy's Christmas

For the Very Young
Maria Bird brings Andy Pandy to play with your small children.


Narrator: Maria Bird

: For the Children: The Princess and the Swineherd

by Nicholas Stuart Gray.
Adapted from the story by Hans Andersen.
Originally produced by the London Children's Theatre
The action takes place mainly in King Agramor's Castle, and the Emperor's Garden
The Time, 1645
(to 18.45)


Writer: Nicholas Stuart Gray
From the story by: Hans Andersen
Producer: Vivian Milroy
King Agramor of Aquataine: Edgar K. Bruce
His son - Prince Etienne: Nicholas Gray
His son - Prince Dominic: Alan MacNaughtan
The Princess Clair-de-Lune: Jenny Laird
Princess Chow Tung of China: Judy Dyson
Princess Siesta of Spain: Heather Gratrix
Princess Eboni of Ethiopa: Jill Raymond
The Emperor: Alan Judd
The Vegetable Woman: Winifred Hatch
The Baker Woman: Sheila Hodgson

: Television's Christmas Party

Join in the fun and games and meet many television personalities who have contributed to programmes during 1951.
The guests include:
Ethel Revnell, Terry-Thomas, Jewel and Warriss, Vic Oliver, Norman Wisdom,
Rawicz and Landauer, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, Petula Clark, Twelve Toppers and many others
Music provided by Eric Robinson and his Orchestra
Your hosts: Leslie Mitchell and Jerry Desmonde
Presented by the Television Light Entertainment Department
(Ethel Revnell is appearing in 'Mother Goose' at the Chiswick Empire, London; Terry-Thomas in pantomime at the London Palladium; Jewel and Warriss are appearing in 'Babes in the Wood' at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool; Vic Oliver appears by permission of Tom Arnold; Norman Wisdom is appearing in 'Cinderella' at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton; Petula Clark appears by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation Ltd.; Jerry Desmonde is appearing in 'Goody Two Shoes' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth)


Comedienne: Ethel Revnell
Comedian: Terry-Thomas
Comedian: Jimmy Jewel
Comedian: Ben Warriss
Comedian: Vic Oliver
Comedian: Norman Wisdom
Pianist: Marion Rawicz
Pianist: Walter Landauer
Soprano: Anne Ziegler
Tenor: Webster Booth
Singer: Petula Clark
Dancers: Twelve Toppers
Musicians: Eric Robinson and his Orchestra
Presenter: Leslie Mitchell
Presenter: Jerry Desmonde

: When We are Married

A farcical comedy by J.B. Priestley.
[Starring] Frank Pettingell and Raymond Huntley
The action takes place in Alderman Helliwell's house in the Yorkshire town of Clecklewyke, in the year 1908.


Writer: J.B. Priestley
Producer: Fred O'Donovan
Settings: James Bould
Ruby Birtle: Gabrielle Daye
Gerald Forbes: Peter Cushing
Mrs. Northrop: Edna Morris
Nancy Holmes: Julia Braddock
Fred Dyson: Lewis Wilson
Henry Ormonroyd: Frank Pettingell
Alderman Joseph Helliwell: Jack Howarth
Maria Helliwell: Eileen Draycott
Councillor Albert Parker: Raymond Huntley
Herbert Soppitt: Gordon Phillott
Clara Soppitt: Eileen Beldon
Annie Parker: Helena Pickard
Lottie Grady: Helen Christie
The Rev Clement Mercer: Anthony Sharp

: Newsreel

(Monday's edition repeated)

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