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: Welcome to the New Born King

Family Service for Christmas morning from St. Martin's, Birmingham Parish Church; conducted by the Rector, the Rev. Canon Bryan Green, assisted by the Rev. G. C. Potts
Processional hymn: "Hark! the herald-angels sing"
(A. and M. Rev. 60)
Carol: "Ding dong merrily on high" (Cambridge Carol Book. 8)
Lesson: St. Luke 2, vv. 1-20
"While shepherds watched their flocks by night" (A. and M. Rev. 62)
Creed and Collects
Carols round the Christmas tree:
"The holly and the ivy"
"The Infant King"
"Once in royal David's city" (A. and M. Rev. 432)
"Away in a manger" (BBC H.B. 43)
Recessional hymn: "O come, all ye faithful" (A. and M. Rev. 59)
(to 12.00)


Service conducted by: The Rev. Canon Bryan Green
Assisted by: The Rev. G. C. Potts
Organist: Geoffrey Fletcher

: A Christmas Visit to Disneyland

A programme based on films from the Hollywood studios of Walt Disney, featuring: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, The Three Little Pigs, Dame Clara Cluck, Johnny Appleseed, Uncle Remus, Davy Crockett.
Introduced by Peter Haigh.


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presentation: Greeve Del Strother

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Andy comes to play on Christmas Day with your small children and he invites them to join in songs and games arranged specially for today.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

Excerpts from 'Robinson Crusoe on Ice'
From the Westover Ice Rink, Bournemouth.
Vocal Quartet: Maureen Lawson, Great Sholl, Donald Wynn, Paul Sherridan
Ice Rink Orchestra, directed by Percy Pearce
A special performance before an invited audience.

Sunday at Six
A Christmas message from a friend of yours.

(to 18.05)


Book, production, choreography: John Moss
Singer: Maureen Lawson
Singer: Great Sholl
Singer: Donald Wynn
Singer: Paul Sherridan
Musicians: Ice Rink Orchestra
Orchestra directed by/music arranged by: Percy Pearce
Music arranged by: Leonard Morris
Decor and costumes by: null Erik'
Scenery painter: John Lewis
Commentator: Cliff Michelmore
Presented for television by: Nicholas Crocker
Will Atkins: John Moss
Polly Perkins: Jane Conlon
Robinson Crusoe: Elaine Skevington
Mrs Crusoe: Felix Bowness
Billy Crusoe: Joe McGuirk
Bosun and Mate: null Harris
Bosun and Mate: null Green
Man Friday: Duncan Whaley
Cannibal Queen: Patricia Delrina
Cannibal King: Neil Delrina
Skaters: Westover Ice Rink Corps de Ballet

: Music for You

[Starring] Beniamino Gigli, Joan Hammond

Jean Allister, Joan Bramhall, Jean Carrol, Frea Harrington, Jeanne Hiller, Doreen Lane, Helen McKinnon, Shirley May, Ruth Morrison, Irene Palmer, Frances Youles,
Bowles Bevan, Fred Davies, Brian Douglas, Edgar Fleet, John Ford, John Holmes, Llewelyn John, John Mitchinson, David Oddie, Brendan O'Dowda, Donald Scott
The Concert Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum)
(Beniamino Gigli was filmed by courtesy of the Italian Television Service and appears by arrangement with S. A. Gorlinsky, Ltd.; Violetta/Elvin appears by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.; Edric Connor is in "Summer Song" at the Opera House, Manchester; Roberto Ximenez, Monolo Vargas, Ana Mercedes, and Enrique Trigo appear-by permission of Harold Holt, Ltd.)


Presenter: Eric Robinson
Singer: Beniamino Gigli
Soprano: Joan Hammond
Ballerina: Violetta Elvin
Singer: Peter Ustinov
Singer: Josh White
Soprano: Gianna D'Angelo
Singer: Elisabeth Welch
Singer: Edric Connor
Dancer: Roberto Ximenez
Singer: Monolo Vargas
Singer: Ana Mercedes
Singer: Enrique Trigo
Singer: Fredi Bina
Singer: Jozsi Hanakamp
Soprano: Jean Allister
Contralto: Joan Bramhall
Singer: Jean Carroll
Singer: Frea Harrington
Singer: Jeanne Hiller
Soprano: Doreen Lane
Contralto: Helen McKinnon
Singer: Shirley May
Contralto: Ruth Morrison
Singer: Irene Palmer
Singer: Frances Youles
Singer: Bowles Bevan
Singer: Fred Davies
Singer: Brian Douglas
Tenor: Edgar Fleet
Singer: John Ford
Bass: John Holmes
Tenor: Llewelyn John
Tenor: John Mitchinson
Singer: David Oddie
Tenor: Brendan O'Dowda
Tenor: Donald Scott
Musical Associate: James Turner
Orchestrations: Arthur Wilkinson
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: David McCallum
Designer: Norman James
Producer: Patricia Foy

: Christmas Box

This year BBC Television takes you out to join in the fun and games at Christmas parties in Sheffield, Bournemouth and London.
[Starring] Shirley Abicair, Eve Boswell, Carl Brisson, Charlie Chester, Sooty with Harry Corbett, Jimmy James, Bill Maynard, Bob Monkhouse, Jon Pertwee, Edna Savage, Terry Scott, Shani Wallis
Your hosts for Christmas Box: McDonald Hobley, Peter Haigh, Cliff Michelmore
(Bob Monkhouse appears by arrangement with the Majestic Hotel, Bournemouth; Shani Wallis is appearing in "Aladdin" at the Golders Green Hippodrome; Eve Boswell is in "Mother Goose" at the Coventry Hippodrome; Charlie Chester is in Emile Littler's "Jack and Jill" at the Empire Theatre, Sheffield; Terry Scott is in "Sleeping Beauty" at the Theatre Royal, Leeds)


Zitherist: Shirley Abicair
Singer: Eve Boswell
Singer: Carl Brisson
Comedian: Charlie Chester
Puppeteer: Harry Corbett
Comedian: Jimmy James
Comedian: Bill Maynard
Comedian: Bob Monkhouse
Comedian: Jon Pertwee
Comedian: Edna Savage
Comedian: Terry Scott
Singer: Shani Wallis
Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Party Games: Dennis Yates
Orchestra director: George Clouston
Designer: Stephen Taylor
Production: Ronnie Taylor
Production: Nicholas Crocker
Production: Douglas Fleming
Production: Bryan Sears

: Bird in Hand

A comedy by John Drinkwater.
[Starring] Terry-Thomas


Writer: John Drinkwater
Producer: Douglas Allen
Designer: Richard Wilmot
Joan Greenleaf: Jacqueline MacKenzie
Alice Greenleaf: Beatrice Varley
Thomas Greenleaf: Herbert Lomas
Gerald Arnwood: Eric Lander
Mr Blanquet: Charles Victor
Cyril Beverley: Terry-Thomas
Ambrose Godolphin, QC: William Mervyn
Sir Robert Amwood: Robert Speaight
Others taking part: Edward Higgins
Others taking part: Brian Moorehead
Others taking part: Dudley Buttrum
Others taking part: Alice Esmie-Bell
Others taking part: Ronald Clarke
Others taking part: Dudley Williams

: Today in Bethlehem

Many of the scenes around Bethlehem remain the same as at the time of the Nativity of Our Lord. This film shows 'the little town of Bethlehem' as it is today.

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