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: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC television film)


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

: Children's Television presents: The Sledge

How do you build a sledge when you haven't any money and there's no wood? Two small boys in a Hungarian village solve the problem in a novel way-and with unexpected results.

: Children's Television: Belle Vue Circus

A visit to the 29th International Circus in King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester.
Introduced by Ring-Master George Lockhart.


Presenter/Ring-Master: George Lockhart
Producer: Ray Lakeland

: Children's Television: Tufty

The Adventures of a Friendly Duckling
The story told by Johnny Morris.
Filmed and directed by Bertil Danielsson for the Swedish Television Service

Bertil Danielsson is a Swede who spends the summer on one of the 60,000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago. In this film he shows how he found and reared a young tufted duck which had become separated from its family there one spring. Tufty Is fed on ants' eggs, mussels, and other delicacies, and becomes great friends with the Danielsson family and their dog.
This film was a prizewinner at the Radio and Television Festival in Taormina, Italy, this year.


Narrator: Johnny Morris
Music: Roland Bengtsson
Filmed and directed by: Bertil Danielsson

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

On transmitters serving the areas:
6.10 News for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the English Regions
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, North Hessary Tor, Les Platons, Rowridge)
6.5-6.10 Regional News and Weather

6.10-6.15 Regional News
(Rowridge only)
6.10-6.15 Welsh News
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, North Hessary Tor, Les Platons)

: Behold, The King

A play about the Nativity written by John Keir Cross and produced by Kevin Sheldon.
Presented by Children's Television
See page 5


Writer: John Keir Cross
Producer: Kevin Sheldon
Mary: Amy Mitchell
Joseph: Edward de Souza
The Angel: John King
Herod: Heron Carvic
Elpis: Phyllis Neilson-Terry
The Wise Men: John Gatrell
The Wise Men: Douglas Muir
The Wise Men: Julian Orchard
The Shepherds: Michael Segal
The Shepherds: Anthony Bate
The Shepherds: Cal McCord
Boy Shepherd: Alan Rothwell
Other parts played by: Wilfred Fletcher
Other parts played by: Jeremy White
Other parts played by: Harry Moore
Other parts played by: Carol Snape

: The O. Henry Playhouse: Christmas by Injunction

Thomas Mitchell plays the part of the famous American author in the film series based on his short stories.

A small boy melts the heart of a hard and lonely rancher, and a Christmas party reunites a family.


O. Henry: Thomas Mitchell

: The Vienna Boys' Choir

Direct from Austria
In the chapel of the great palace of Schonbrunn this famous choir presents a programme of traditional Christmas carols.
Presented by the Austrian Television Service
See page 5


Singers: The Vienna Boys' Choir
Commentator (in Vienna): Michael Henderson

: It's a Wonderful Life

[Starring] James Stewart in the film "It's a Wonderful Life"
with Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore
See facing page


George Bailey: James Stewart
Mary Hatch: Donna Reed
Dr. Potter: Lionel Barrymore
Uncle Billy: Thomas Mitchell
Clarence: Henry Travers
Mrs. Bailey: Beulah Bondi
Bert: Ward Bond
Ernie: Frank Faylen
Violet: Gloria Grahame

: The Night Before Christmas

A programme of songs, music, comedy, and verse reflecting the festive season.
Introduced by Terry-Thomas.
Contributors include:
Peter Ustinov specially filmed in the BBC studios in New York
Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien in an excerpt from "Meet Me in St. Louis" by permission of M.G.M.
Ethel Revnell
Alastair Sim in an excerpt from "Scrooge"
Anthony Newley, Joan Sims, Hugh Paddick, Marcia Ashton and featuring The George Mitchell Glee Club, The Jackpots, Tony Mercer, Denny Bettis, Maureen Hill and Mary Reynolds
The Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Stanley Black
"Maid Servant at the Inn" by Dorothy Parker
See page 5


Presenter: Terry-Thomas
Speaker: Peter Ustinov
Comedienne: Ethel Revnell
Singer: Anthony Newley
Performer: Joan Sims
Performer: Hugh Paddick
Performer: Marcia Ashton
Singers: The George Mitchell Glee Club
Singers: The Jackpots
Singer: Tony Mercer
Dancer/Choreography: Denny Bettis
Dancer: Maureen Hill
Dancer: Mary Reynolds
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Stanley Black
Script: David Climie
Poet (Maid Servant at the Inn): Dorothy Parker
Designer: Audley Southcott
Devised and produced by: Dennis Main Wilson

: The Whole World Over

A film based on three stories of love, compassion, and generosity, showing that the heart is the same the whole world over-whether in Amsterdam, Montreal, or Mexico City.

: Mass of the Nativity

From the Oratory, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Celebrant: Father C. Stephen Dessain
Deacon: Father John Challener
Sub Deacon: Father Ignatius Morgan
The action of the Mass described by Father Patrick McEnroe.
Ding dong. merrily on high Puer natus (Morales) In dulci jubilo
Mass: Aeterna Christi Munera
Credo (No. 3 Plainchant)
Proper of the First Mass of Christmas Day
Offertory Motet: Adeste Fideles
Communion Motet: O Magnum
Mystenum (Byrd)


Celebrant: Father C. Stephen Dessain
Deacon: Father John Challener
Sub Deacon: Father Ignatius Morgan
Commentator: Father Patrick McEnroe
Choirmaster: John Lowe
Organist: George Ardagh

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