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: Christmas Day Service

from the Church of St. Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, the Parish Church of the High Seas.
Preacher, The Rector, the Rev. D. H. Booth, M.B.E.
"O come, all ye faithful" (E.H. 28)
Introductory Sentences
General Confession and Absolution
The Lord's Prayer
Versicles and Responses
"The Lord's my shepherd" (BBC Hymn Book 480: Tune. Crimond)
First Lesson: Isaiah 9. vv. 2-7 (read by the Rev. W. J Lewis, London Chaplain of the British Sailors Society)
Te Deum
Second Lesson: St. Luke 2, vv. 1-20 (read by the Rev. H. R. Penney, Port of London Staff Chaplain to the Missions to Seamen)
"While shepherds watched their flocks by night" (E.H. 30)
Apostles' Creed
"Once in royal David's city" (E.H. 605)
Hymn: "The First Nowell"
Service conducted by the Rev. Geoffrey P. Thornley.

(to 12.00)


Preacher: The Rev. D. H. Booth
Reader: The Rev. W. J Lewis
Reader: The Rev. H. R. Penney
Conductor: The Rev. Geoffrey P. Thornley
Organist: Ronald Gordon

: Swiss Miss

A Hal Roach comedy film.
[Starring] Laurel and Hardy


Producer: Hal Roach
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: For the Very Young

Maria Bird invites your small children to join in a special Christmas programme of songs and games with Andy Pandy and afterwards to watch the adventures of Bill and Ben - The Flowerpot Men

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Peter Hawkins speaks the voices
Maria Bird writes the songs and music


Narrator/songwriter and music: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices (Bill and Ben): Peter Hawkins

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Radio Times - the 1950s pages 22 December 2019

: Children's Television: One Way Genie

A Christmas play by Godfrey Harrison.
(to 18.00)


Writer: Godfrey Harrison
Settings: Stephen Taylor
Producer: Kevin Sheldon

: Television's Second Christmas Party

The guests include: Arthur Askey, Ethel Revnell, Norman Wisdom, Frankie Howerd, Petula Clark, Betty Driver, John Slater, Eamonn Andrews, Tommy Cooper, Joe Stuthard and many others.
Music by Eric Robinson and his Orchestra
Your host, McDonald Hobley
Presented by the Television Light Entertainment Department

(Frankie Howerd is appearing in "Dick Whittington" at the London Palladium; Norman Wisdom in "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Hippodrome, Coventry; Arthur Askey in "Babes in the Wood" at the Hippodrome, Brighton; Petula Clark appears by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation)


Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Comedian: Arthur Askey
Comedienne: Ethel Revnell
Comedian: Norman Wisdom
Comedian: Frankie Howerd
Singer: Petula Clark
Singer: Betty Driver
Comedian: John Slater
Guest: Eamonn Andrews
Magician/Comedian: Tommy Cooper
Magician: Joe Stuthard
Musicians: Eric Robinson and his Orchestra

: A Christmas Card from Korea

Television outside broadcast cameras, with James Buchan, visit a family in Scotland and bring greetings from their son serving with the Black Watch in Korea.


Presenter: James Buchan

: 1066 and All That

A musical comedy based on that Memorable History by Sellar and Yeatman.
Adapted for television by Desmond Davis.
[Starring] Harry Locke
(A special Children's edition on Saturday at 5.0)


Author: W.C. Sellar
Author: R.J. Yeatman
Book and Lyrics: Reginald Arkell
Music: Alfred Reynolds
Adapted for Television by: Desmond Davis
Musical Director: Leighton Lucas
Orchestral arrangements: Jack Jordan
Choreographer: Peter Glover
Chorus-Master: Dennis Ringrowe
Animations: Antony Hart
Animations: Alfred Wurmser
Designs: Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer: Michael Westmore
The Compere: Tony Britton
The Common Man: Harry Locke
[Actor]: Kenneth Brown
[Actor]: David Croft
[Actor]: Robert Dickens
[Actor]: Edmund Donlevy
[Actress]: Hilda Fenemore
[Actress]: Brenda Gay
[Actor]: Peter Glover
[Actor]: Cameron Hall
[Actress]: Madi Hedd
[Actor]: Geoffrey Hibbert
[Actor]: Wilfred Johns
[Actress]: Beatrice Kane
[Actor]: Dennis Martin
[Actress]: Beryl Mason
[Actress]: Ursula Medley
[Actor]: Robert Moore
[Actress]: Gillian Owen
[Actor]: Graham Stark
[Actor]: Ian Wallace
[Actress]: Marjory Freeland
[Actress]: Enid Heard
[Actress]: Valerie Hayward
[Actor]: Harold Holmes
[Actor]: Brian Ford
[Actor]: Pat Kelly
[Actress]: Joan Elvin
[Actress]: Peggy Thompson
[Actress]: June Smith

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