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: About the Home

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

Floral Decorations
Frances Perry shows how to make decorations from your winter garden.

Christmas Stockings
James Norbury tells how the practice of hanging up stockings at Christmas began.

Sydney and Mary Thompson teach the 'Sir Roger de Coverley'

Last-Minute Hints
Margot Lovell suggests ways of adding to the pleasures of Christmas.


Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Floral Decorations): Frances Perry
Item presenter (Christmas Stockings): James Norbury
Dancer (Dancing): Sydney Thompson
Dancer (Dancing): Mary Thompson
Item presenter (Last-Minute Hints): Margot Lovell
Edited and produced by: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the very young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television

Children's Newsreel

A Time to be Born
A Nativity play by P. D. Cummins.
(Mark Dignam is appearing in 'Carrington V.C.' at the Westminster Theatre, London)
See page 17

(to 17.45)


Writer (A Time to be Born): P. D. Cummins
Settings (A Time to be Born): Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer (A Time to be Born): Stanley Haynes
Joseph: Richard Pearson
Mary: Margaret King-Farlow
An Innkeeper: John Le Mesurier
A Servant Girl: Grazina Obrycka
The Shepherd Child: Christopher Terrington
His Mother: Irene Handl
His Father: Mark Dignam
His Brothers: Eric Lander
His Brothers: Timothy Bateson
Three Wise Men: Melchior: Denis McCarthy
Three Wise Men: Kaspar: Jack Gwillam
Three Wise Men: Balthasar: John Akar

: Peter and the Wolf

A fairy tale danced to music of Prokofiev.
Adapted for television and produced by Patricia Foy.
[Starring] Ballet Rambert


Narrator: Peter Hawkins
Choreography: Frank Staff
Decor: Guy Sheppard
Illustrations: Geoffrey Jones
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Adapted for television and produced by: Patricia Foy
Peter: Lulu Dukes
The bird: Noreen Sopwith
The duck: Mary Munro
The cat: Ann Horn
Grandfather: Norman Dixon
The wolf: Terry Gilbert
The huntsman: Alexander Bennett
The huntresses: Gillian Martlew
The huntresses: Audrey Nicholls
The huntresses: Selena Wylie

: R.C.A.F. Christmas

The Royal Canadian Air Force at North Luffenham.
Philip Robinson visits the Canadian camp to meet one of the many Canadian airmen who, with his family, is celebrating Christmas three thousand miles from his home town.


Presenter: Philip Robinson
Presented by: Barrie Edgar

: Ray Martin and his Orchestra

with Joan Regan, The Television Toppers.
Dances directed by Jack Billings
(by arrangement with Jack Hylton and George Black and Alfred Black)


Musicians: Ray Martin and his Orchestra
Singer: Joan Regan
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Dances directed by: Jack Billings
By arrangement: Jack Hylton
By arrangement: George Black
By arrangement: Alfred Black
Settings: Stephen Taylor
Producer: Richard Afton

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

A special Christmas edition in which the chairman produces some seasonable objects to puzzle the experts.
The Experts include: Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Hugh Shortt
Chairman, Glyn Daniel


Expert: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Expert: Hugh Shortt
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: David Attenborough

: The Crib

The Christmas story is retold on Christmas Eve in the quiet of a church crypt in the heart of London.
From St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.
Introduced by the Vicar, the Rev. L. M. Charles-Edwards


Presenter: The Rev. L. M. Charles-Edwards

: News

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