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: Newsreels

(Previously televised on Monday and Tuesday)

: In the Workshops of Father Christmas

A film that shows Father Christmas making toys in a cavern in Lapland.

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 6: DIY Christmas Gifts 6 December 2016

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

For the very young
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
(A BBC Television film)
(to 16.15)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television: Wallaby Jim of the Islands

An adventure film, set in the South Seas, starring George Houston and Ruth Coleman.
(to 18.00)


Wallaby Jim: George Houston
Allison, Norman's Girl: Ruth Coleman

: Gerald Moore

A Christmas talk, with music.


Presenter/pianist: Gerald Moore

: The Eric Barker Half-Hour

with Pearl Hackney, Deryck Guyler, Sara Gregory, Nicholas Parsons and featuring
Elton Hayes he sings to a 'small guitar'.
Ronald Boyer and Jeanne Ravel in their own dance fantasies.
(The last programme in this series)


Comedian/script: Eric Barker
Comedienne: Pearl Hackney
Performer: Deryck Guyler
Performer: Sara Gregory
Performer: Nicholas Parsons
Guitarist: Elton Hayes
Dancer: Ronald Boyer
Dancer: Jeanne Ravel
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Settings: John Clements
Producer: Graeme Muir

: Panorama

A fortnightly magazine reflecting the contemporary scene.
Guide and interviewer, Max Robertson

Topic for Today
Background to the news.

Worth Notice
A review of current plays, books, and art exhibitions.

Under Fire
Experts answer your grievances.

Personal Appearance
People in the news.

At Random Striptease
A telecartoon of passing events.


Guide and interviewer: Max Robertson
Director: Alan Bromly
Editor: Dennis Bardens
Producer: Andrew Miller Jones

: Pantomime Party

See above
(Freddie Sales, Stan Stennett, Morecambe and Wise, June Bishop, and Mary Millar appear by permission of the Management of the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield; Ken Roberts, Phyllis Holden, and The Zio Angels of the Empire Theatre, Detasbury; Josef Locke and Marianne Lincoln of the Hippodrome Theatre, Wolverhampton; Syd Perkin and Edna Duffield of Metca Dancing)


Comedian: Freddie Sales
Comedian: Stan Stennett
Comedians: Morecambe and Wise
Singer: June Bishop
Singer: Mary Millar
Performer: Ken Roberts
Performer: Phyllis Holden
Dancers: The Zio Angels
Tenor: Josef Locke
Performer: Marianne Lincoln
Dancer: Syd Perkin
Dancer: Edna Duffield

: News (sound only); followed by No Black Christmas This Year?

A talk on road safety by Hugh Molson, M.P. Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
(Recording of broadcast in the Home Service at 6.15 p.m.)
(Sound only)


Speaker (No Black Christmas This Year?): Hugh Molson

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