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: Mainly for Women: Christmas Party

George Moon and Jon Pertwee with Roma Fairley, Joan Gilbert, Betty Lait, Vera McKechnie, Carmen del Rio, Barry Bucknell, James Drake, Billy Milton and other regular contributors to afternoon programmes.


Comedian: George Moon
Comedian: Jon Pertwee
Presenter: Roma Fairley
Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Presenter: Betty Lait
Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Singer: Carmen Del Rio
Presenter: Barry Bucknell
Presenter: James Drake
Comedian/singer: Billy Milton
Producer: Rosemary Hill

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC Television Film)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents..: Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School: Bunter's Christmas Box

by Frank Richards.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on October 14, 1956)


Writer: Frank Richards
Producer: Shaun Sutton
Gosling: Christopher Hodge
Mr Quelch: Kynaston Reeves
Billy Bunter: Gerald Campion
Harry Wharton: Anthony Valentine
Frank Nugent: Laurence Harrington
Bob Cherry: Brian Roper
Johnny Bull: David Coote
Hurree Singh: Barry Barnett
Lord Mauleverer: Glyn Dearman
The man: Douglas Blackwell
Wells: Sidney Monckton
Colonel Wharton: Roger Maxwell

: Children's Television: Loganberry Pie

Loganberry Pie goes backstage to a party.
Jimmy Logan invites some young friends to fun and games behind the scenes on the stage of the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow, between performances of "Babes in the Wood".
(By permission of Howard and Wyndham, Ltd.)


Presenter: Jimmy Logan
Presented for television by: David Pat Walker

: A Christingle for Christmas

In Gracehill, Co. Antrim, the children of the Moravian Church join in a ceremony which happens every Christmas Eve.
(A BBC film made by the Northern Ireland Film Unit)

: News; Sports News; Highlight; Weather

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter (Highlight): Cliff Michelmore

: Stagecoach

The famous Western film directed by John Ford.
This film tells the exciting story of a hazardous journey through the Arizona border in the '80s.


Director: John Ford
The Ringo Kid: John Wayne
Dallas: Claire Trevor
Hatfield: John Carradine
Doc Boone: Thomas Mitchell
Buck: Andy Devine
Peacock: Donald Meek
Lucy Mallory: Louise Platt
Lieut Blanchard: Tim Holt
Curly Wilcox: George Bancroft

: This Is Your Life

A programme devised by Ralph Edwards.
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews.


Programme deviser: Ralph Edwards
Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
Music written by: James Turner
Research: Peter Moore
Research: Nigel Ward
Script: Gale Pedrick
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: Panorama

Richard Dimbleby brings you Television's Window on the World.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Producer: Michael Peacock
Producer: Charles Wheeler

: Off the Record

Jack Payne introduces stars and personalities who are Off the Record together with the latest news from the record industry featuring Anne Shelton, Alma Cogan, Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group, Jill Day, Stanley Black, Tommy Steele with The Concert Orchestra and The George Mitchell Singers.
Conducted by Stanley Black


Presenter: Jack Payne Singer: Anne Shelton
Singer: Alma Cogan
Band: Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group
Singer: Jill Day
Pianist: Stanley Black
Singer: Tommy Steele
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Conducted by: Stanley Black
Producer: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: The Outing

Emlyn Williams tells the story of The Outing.
by Dylan Thomas.
(A BBC Television Film)


Storyteller: Emlyn Williams
Author: Dylan Thomas
Presented by: David J. Thomas

: News

: Amahl and the Night-Visitors

A Christmas story with music by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 24, 1954)


Music: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Producer: Christian Simpson
Orchestra conducted by: Stanford Robinson
Choreography: Michel de Lutry
Amahl: Charles Vignoles
His mother: Gladys Whitred
King Kaspar: John Lewis
King Melchior: John Cameron
King Balthazar: Scott Joynt
Their page: John Carvalho
A dancer: Betty Ferrier
Chorus: of shepherds, villagers, and dancers

: The First Communion

of Christmas Day celebrated in York Minster by the Very Rev. Eric Milner-White,
Dean of York.
Introit: A great and mighty wonder
(EH. 19)
The Lord's Prayer Collect for Purity
Kyries: (Charles Wood in the Phrygian Mode)
Collect for Christmas Day
Epistle: Hebrews 1, vv. 1-12
Gradual: Ding, Dong! merrily on high (Cambridge Carol Book 8)
Gospel: St. John 1, vv. 1-14 Creed: (Stanford in A)
Offertory Hymn: Christians awake, salute the happy morn (E.H. 21)
Prayer for the Church Confession
Comfortable words Sursum Corda
Sanctus and Benedictus (Byrd) Prayer of Humble Access Consecration Prayer
Agnus Dei (Charles Wood in the Phrygian mode)
Communion Hymn: In the bleak mid-winter (E.H. 25)
The Lord's Prayer
Prayer of Thanksgiving Gloria (Stanford in A) Blessing
Psalm 150


Conductor: The Very Rev. Eric Milner-White
Organist and Master of the Choristers: Francis Jackson

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