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: Children's Television: A Time to be Born

A nativity play by P. D. Cummins.
(to 18.05)


Writer: P. D. Cummins
Settings: Roy Oxley
Producer: Joy Harington
Joseph: Laurence Hardy
Mary: Hazel Penwarden
An innkeeper: George Coulouris
A servant girl: Patricia Fryer
The shepherd's child: Jeremy Spenser
His mother: Maureen Pryor
His father: John Stuart
His brothers: David Spenser
His brothers: Lyndon Brook
The Angel: Robert Speaight
Three Wise Men: Melchior: Robert Shaw
Three Wise Men: Kaspar: Robert Rietty
Three Wise Men: Balthasar: Errol John

: The Night When Christ Was Born

An evening service for Christmas Eve from St. Chad's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Birmingham Sermon by the Most Reverend Joseph Masterson, Archbishop of Birmingham.
Benediction by Father G.B. Hodgson, Administrator.
(to 19.00)


Service conducted by: The Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Masterson
Benediction: Father G.B. Hodgson

: Her First Party

A new ballet by John Cranko.
(For details see Sunday at 5.45)


Choreographer: John Cranko

: Early One Morning

A Christmas film from Sweden.

: Jack and Jill

Excerpts from Emile Littler's Pantomime "Jack and Jill"
From the stage of the London Casino

Principal Characters: Landlord of The Pail o' Water' Arthur Bell; Dame Horner Tommy Jover; Twist, the Crooked Man Michael Bentine; Jill Carol Decy; Jack Hy Hazell; Cheerful Charlie Charlie Chester; The Wicked Witch Moyra Fraser; Johnnie Stout and Willie Green Kirby and Hayes; Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Maureen Spooner; The Fairy of the Magic Well Jacqueline St. Clere; King of Sylvania Harry Welchman
Eduardino and Company from Spain; The Baronas from Belgium; Trio Oypsys from France; The Tiller Girls; The Terry Juveniles; The Normandy Singers

A special performance before an invited audience
Introduced by Brian Johnston
Presented for television by Berkeley Smith


Landlord of The Pail o' Water: Arthur Bell
Dame Horner: Tommy Jover
Twist, the Crooked Man: Michael Bentine
Jill: Carol Decy
Jack: Hy Hazell
Cheerful Charlie: Charlie Chester
The Wicked Witch: Moyra Fraser
Johnnie Stout and Willie Green: Kirby and Hayes
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Maureen Spooner
The Fairy of the Magic Well: Jacqueline St. Clere
King of Sylvania: Harry Welchman
Performers: Eduardino and Company
Performers: The Baronas
Performers: Trio Oypsys
Dancers: The Tiller Girls
Performers: The Terry Juveniles
Singers: The Normandy Singers
Written and produced by: Emile Littler
Music and lyrics: Hastings Mann
Scenery and costumes: Berkeley Sutcliff
Dances: Phyllis Blakston
Music under the direction of: Jack Walker
Presenter: Brian Johnston
Presented for television by: Berkeley Smith

: Toscanini

conducts Verdi's 'Hymn of the Nations' with Jan Peerce (tenor).
(A film)


Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Tenor: Jan Peerce

: Solo Performance

Bransby Williams as 'Scrooge' in scenes from 'A Christmas Carol'.


Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley
Scrooge: Bransby Williams

: The Crib

"And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe, lying in a manger"
In the quiet of the Cathedral of St. Chad in Birmingham, the Christmas story is retold.

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