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: A Family Service

for Christmas Day from the Warwick Road Congregational Church, Coventry, uniting with the Queen's Road Baptist Church.
Conducted by the Rev. R. W. Hugh Jones.
Call to Worship
Versicles and Responses
Prayer of Invocation
The Lord's Prayer
"O come, all ye faithful" (C.P. 85)
Junior Church Talk
"He smiles within his cradle" (C.P. 722)
Reading: St. Luke 2, vv. 1-16 Offertory
"O little town of Bethlehem" (C.P. 718)
"Hark! the herald-angels sing" (C.P. 84)

(to 12.00)


Service conducted by: The Rev. R. W. Hugh Jones
Organist: Norman Swain

: His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

speaking from the Royal Yacht Britannia in South Pacific waters.
The final message in the programme "Voices Out of the Air" broadcast throughout the Commonwealth as a prelude to A Christmas Message from Her Majesty The Queen at 3.0
(Sound only)

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 4: Telly in the Cover 4 December 2016

: The Variety Theatre of China

A BBC telerecording of some of the outstanding and unusual acts from the recent London stage production

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Advent Calendar Day 4: Telly in the Cover 4 December 2016

: Grand Circus

from Paris.
A direct relay of part of the Grand Circus from the Palais des Sports in Paris including: aerial acts, clowns jugglers, chimpanzees and the dance of thirty elephants.
(Televised by courtesy of Radiodiffusion Television Francaise)

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 4: Telly in the Cover 4 December 2016

: Puss in Boots

A new filmed story for children told by Johnny Morris.
"Get me a pair of boots", said the cat. The miller's son arranged for a pair of cat's boots to be made and from that moment his fortunes change.


Narrator: Johnny Morris

: The Lone Ranger

Who is he?
What is he?
Why is he masked?
In this exciting film of the wild West the Lone Ranger and Tonto, his faithful Indian friend, fight a gang of bank robbers and come to the rescue of a lonely family at Christmas.


The Lone Ranger: Clayton Moore
Tonto: Jay Silverheels
Robbie: James Baird

: Ice Crackers

[Starring] Max Wall
A Christmas party on ice featuring young British skating stars from Queens Ice Club, London.
Introduced by David Jacobs.

(Max Wall is appearing in "The Pajama Game" at the London Coliseum)


Comedian: Max Wall
Presenter: David Jacobs
Music: The Jackie Brown Sextet
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer: Robin Scott

: Today's Sport

Kenneth Wolstenholme gives today's football and major sporting results.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme

: Weather; followed by: What's On Tonight

with Michael Barry, Patricia Foy and Ronnie Waldman.


Presenter (What's On Tonight): Michael Barry
Presenter (What's On Tonight): Patricia Foy
Presenter (What's On Tonight): Ronnie Waldman

: Opera from Germany: Act 2 of The Marriage of Figaro

An opera by Mozart to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Beaumarchais
(Sung In German)
The action takes place in the Countess's boudoir.
Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
Conductor, Meinhard von Zallinger
Presented by the German Television Service from their Munich studios


Composer: Mozart
Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Musicians: Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
Conductor: Meinhard von Zallinger
Producer: Kurt Wilhelm

: Christmas Disneyland

Walt Disney brings along some old friends and invites you to meet some new ones in a film programme specially prepared for BBC Television's Christmas Day.


Presenter: Walt Disney

: Pantomania or Dick Whittington

Written by Eric Sykes
[Starring] Jean Kent as Dick Whittington, Sylvia Peters as Alice Fitzwarren, Billy Cotton as Alderman Fitzwarren, Frankie Howerd as Idle Jack, Hattie Jacques as the Good Fairy, Sam Kydd as King Rat
and more than a helping hand from: David Attenborough, Roger Avon, Fred Emney, Edward Evans, Bill Greenslade, Peter Haigh, John Hall, Philip Harben, The Max Jaffa Trio, Jacqueline Mackenzie, Mary Malcolm, Spike Milligan, Freddie Mills, Robert Raglan, Nancy Roberts, Bruce Seton, Eric Sykes, Jimmy Wheeler, The Mitchell Singers

(Jimmy Wheeler is appearing in "Goody Two Shoes" at the Streatham Hill Theatre, London; Billy Cotton is appearing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
See page 4


Writer/Comedy direction: Eric Sykes
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Music arranged by: Alan Bristow
Choreography: Leslie Roberts
Producer: John Street
Dick Whittington: Jean Kent
Alice Fitzwarren: Sylvia Peters
Alderman Fitzwarren: Billy Cotton
Idle Jack: Frankie Howerd
Good Fairy: Hattie Jacques
King Rat: Sam Kydd
Performer: David Attenborough
Performer: Roger Avon
Performer: Fred Emney
Performer: Edward Evans
Performer: Bill Greenslade
Performer: Peter Haigh
Performer: John Hall
Performer: Philip Harben
Musicians: The Max Jaffa Trio
Performer: Jacqueline MacKenzie
Performer: Mary Malcolm
Comedian: Spike Milligan
Performer: Freddie Mills
Performer: Robert Raglan
Performer: Nancy Roberts
Performer: Bruce Seton
Comedian: Eric Sykes
Comedian: Jimmy Wheeler
Singers: The Mitchell Singers

Blog posts that mention this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 4: Telly in the Cover 4 December 2016
The Sunday Post: Billy Cotton - Old School Showman 14 August 2016

: Home is the Sailor

A comedy specially written for the BBC Television Service for Christmas Day by Arthur Macrae.
[Starring] Brenda Bruce, Charles Victor with Richard Pearson
The play takes place in a small house in South London on Christmas Day.
(Joan Newell is appearing in 'Under Milk Wood' at the New Theatre, London)
See page 4


Writer: Arthur MacRae
Designer: Gordon Roland
Producer: Michael Barry
Daisy: Brenda Bruce
Mrs. Slattery, her mother: Nan Munro
Sydney: Richard Pearson
Mr. Parker, his father: Charles Victor
Ruby, of the Bald Faced Stag: Joan Newell
Mr. Caldecott, the curate: Donald Morley
Andree Courbois, the lady from abroad: Rose Alba

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 4: Telly in the Cover 4 December 2016

: Music for You

Eric Robinson introduces Music for You.
with Joan Hammond, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Anneliese Rothenberger, Jose Greco and members of his Company, Beryl Grey and members of the Ballet Rambert,
Eileen Joyce, Larry Adler, Marcel Cornelis, Audrey Attwood, Jean Allister, Elizabeth Boyd, Joan Bramhall, Ursula Connors, Ellen Dales, Gillian Knight, Nora Ogonovsky, Betty Felstead, Bowles Bevan, Edward Darling, Derick Davies, Edgar Fleet, John Ford, John Mitchinson, Brendan O'Dowda, David Oddie, Donald Scott
The Concert Orchestra (Leader, David McCallum)

(Ferruccio Tagliavini appears by arrangement with S.A. Gorlinsky; Jose Greco and members of his Company appears by arrangement with Harold Fielding and the General Manager, the Royal Festival Hall; Beryl Grey appears by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)


Presenter/Conductor: Eric Robinson
Soprano: Joan Hammond
Tenor: Ferruccio Tagliavini
Soprano: Anneliese Rothenberger
Dancer: Jose Greco
Ballet Dancer: Beryl Grey
Dancers: Members of the Ballet Rambert
Pianist: Eileen Joyce
Harmonicist: Larry Adler
Singer: Marcel Cornelis
Singer: Audrey Attwood
Singer: Jean Allister
Singer: Elizabeth Boyd
Singer: Joan Bramhall
Singer: Ursula Connors
Singer: Ellen Dales
Singer: Gillian Knight
Singer: Nora Ogonovsky
Singer: Betty Felstead
Singer: Bowles Bevan
Singer: Edward Darling
Singer: Derick Davies
Singer: Edgar Fleet
Singer: John Ford
Singer: Brendan O'Dowda
Singer: David Oddie
Singer: Donald Scott
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: David McCallum
Musical Associate: James Turner
Orchestrations: Arthur Wilkinson
Decorations: Bruce Angrave
Designer: Richard Levin
Producer: Patricia Foy

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