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: He Came Down to Earth from Heaven

An Act of Worship for Christmas Day from the recently re-consecrated Church of St. Andrew in the City of Plymouth.
Conducted by the Vicar The Rev. W. H. Alan Cooper.
The Bells
"O come, all ye faithful" (A. and M. 59)
Christmas Bidding Prayer
The Lord's Prayer; Versicles and Responses
The Expectation of the Coming of Christ
"O little town of Bethlehem" (A. and M. 642)
The Prophecy of Isaiah: Chapter 9. vv. 2, 6-7
The Proclamation of his Coming
Te Deum laudamus
The Good News according to St. Luke: Chapter 2, vv. 1-20
The Faith founded by his Coming
The Apostles' Creed
The Lord's Prayer; The Collects
Our Response to his Coming
"Hark! the herald-angels sing" (A. and M. 60)
"Angels from the realms of glory" (A. and M. 482)
The Blessing
(to 11.30)


Service conducted by: The Rev. W.H. Alan Cooper
Organist/Choirmaster: Harry Moreton
Assistant Organist: Philip W. Liddicoat
Captain of the Ringers: T.G. Myers

: Royal Prologue: Crown and Commonwealth

(See panel and page 7)
Twenty-five years of Christmas broadcasts.
Narration spoken by Sir Laurence Olivier
Written by Christopher Hassall
Performed by The Organ and Choir of Westminster Abbey
Organist, Sir William McKie
The Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music (by permission of the Commandant), Director of Music, Lt. Colonel David McBain
A section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold


Narrator: Sir Laurence Olivier
Writer: Christopher Hassall
Composer: Malcolm Arnold
Organist: Sir William McKie
Trumpeters: The Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music
Director of Music: Lt. Colonel David McBain
Musicians: A section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Malcolm Arnold
Producer: Rex Morfoot
Live Sequences Director: John Vernon
Film Editor: James Colina

: Her Majesty The Queen

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Radio Times - the 1950s pages 22 December 2019

: Billy Smart's Family Party

A King of Circus holds Court at Christmas and his entire family invite children of all ages to join them and hundreds of young guests in a real live family show.
Children's Circus
Fairground Fun
The Unrideable Mule
The Chimps' Teaparty and stars of the circus ring with Jon Pertwee as Ring-Master of Ceremonies.
Raymond Baxter the man with the mike and Sid Phillips on the circus bandstand
Television presentation from Winkfield Zoo, near Windsor by Derek Burrell-Davis


Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Ring-Master: Jon Pertwee
Bandstand: Sid Phillips
Television presentation: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Children's Television presents: The Sleeping Beauty

In this film Johnny Morris re-tells the story of the beautiful young princess who fell into a deep sleep for a hundred years, to be woken by the kiss of a handsome prince.
Adapted by Tony Soper from a film made by FWU, Munich


Narrator: Johnny Morris
Adapted by: Tony Soper

: Mrs. Mike

Leaving the security of Boston far behind her, the young bride of a 'Mountie' sergeant accompanies him into the isolated but beautiful country of the Canadian north. This new life proves very different in many surprising ways...


Mike Flannigan: Dick Powell
Kathy O'Fallon: Evelyn Keyes
Uncle John: J. M. Kerrigan
Sarah Carpentier: Angela Clarke

: Today's Sport

Today's football results and other sporting highlights.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme

: Opera from Germany: Part of Act 1 of Don Juan

The German Television Service in their Munich studios present part of Act 1 of "Don Juan"
An opera by Mozart to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte.
(sung in German)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
The dissolute Don Juan, attempting to seduce Donna Anna, has accidentally killed her father, who had come to her rescue, and has escaped unrecognised. She and her fiance, Don Ottavio, swear vengeance. Meanwhile Don Juan hears a lady lamenting that she has been deserted, and is about to console her when he finds that she is his own old flame Donna Elvira; he manages to palm her off on to his servant, Leporello.
At a country wedding celebration Don Juan is attracted to the pretty bride, Zerlina.
He invites the whole party to his castle, taking care to keep the bridegroom out of the way: but Elvira reappears and wains Zerlina of the Don's true character.
Donna Anna is seeking Don Juan's aid in her plan for vengeance when Elvira enters to denounce him for his betrayal. He pretends that she is out of her mind, but, as he speaks, something brings to Anna the realisation that he is her father's murderer.


Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte
Chorus and Orchestra: Bavarian Radio
Conductor: Hermann Scherchen
Producer: Kurt Wilhelm
Donna Anna: Marianne Koch
Sung By: Suzanne Danco
Don Ottavio, betrothed to Donna Anna: Juergen Goslar
Sung by: Josef Traxel
Don Juan: Victor Tacrik
Sung by: Paul Schoeffler
Leporello. his servant: Peer Schmidt
Sung by: Walter Berry
Donna Elvira: Agnes Finck
Sung by: Marianne Schech
Zerlina, a country bride: Ingrid Andres
Sung by: Erica Koth
Masetlo, her bridegroom: Peter Carsten
Sung by: Heinz Maria Lins

: Christmas Appeal: Wireless for the Blind

Appeal on behalf of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund
(registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act, 1948) by Viscount Hailsham, Q.C.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to Lord Hailsham, [address removed]


Presenter: Viscount Hailsham, Q.C.

: Gene Kelly

Songs and dances from some of his films.
Introduced by Peter Haigh.
From 'If You Feel Like Singing': 'All for you,' with Judy Garland
From 'An American in Paris': ''S Wonderful' with Georges Guetary and a ballet sequence with Leslie Caron
From 'Singin' in the Rain': 'You Were Meant for Me,' with Debbie Reynolds and 'Moses,' with Donald O'Connor
From 'It's Always Fair Weather': 'I Like Myself'
From 'Les Girls': You're Just Too Too,' with Kay Kendall
Film sequences by courtesy of M.G.M.


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Script: Ernest Betts
Director: Richard Evans
Producer: Alan Sleath

: Pantomania presents: The Babes in the Wood

Television's Annual Frolic
Written by Brad Ashton, S.C. Green, Dick Vosburgh, R.M. Hills.

Among those taking part:
Eamonn Andrews, Isobel Barnett, The Beverley Sisters, Derek Bond, Kenneth Connor, Sam Costa, Peter Dimmock, Charlie Drake, Peter Haigh, Tony Hancock, Derek Hart, Benny Hill, Sidney James, Lenny the Lion with Terry Hall, Alex Macintosh, Bill Maynard, Jean Metcalfe, Cliff Michelmore, Pete Murray, Jack Payne, Sylvia Peters, Ted Ray, Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Peter West, Huw Wheldon, Frankie Vaughan
(A BBC telerecording)

(Charlie Drake is appearing in 'Puss in Boots' at the King's Theatre, Southsea)
See page 6


Producer: Graeme Muir
Choreography: Denny Bettis
Singers: George Mitchell Singers
Conductor, George Mitchell Singers/Orchestra: George Clouston
Designer: Malcolm Goulding
Writer: Brad Ashton
Writer: S.C. Green
Writer: Dick Vosburgh
Writer: R.M. Hills
Merry Man: Eamonn Andrews
Performer: Isobel Barnett
Singers: The Beverley Sisters
Robber: Derek Bond
School Inspector/Lawyer: Kenneth Connor
Baron Eville: Sam Costa
Merry Man/Sherwood Commentator: Peter Dimmock
Sheriff: Charlie Drake
Robber: Peter Haigh
Aladdin/Robin Hood: Tony Hancock
Merry Man: Derek Hart
Minstrel: Benny Hill
The Genie/Friar Tuck: Sidney James
Forrester/ventriloquist: Terry Hall
1st Villager/Woodcutter: Alex Macintosh
Babe: Bill Maynard
Fairy Queen: Jean Metcalfe
Merry Man: Cliff Michelmore
Performer: Pete Murray
Widow Higgins: Jack Payne
Maid Marion: Sylvia Peters
Babe: Ted Ray
Performer: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Performer: Peter West
Merry Man: Huw Wheldon
Singer: Frankie Vaughan

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: When We are Married

by J.B. Priestley
[Starring] Frank Pettingell, Helena Pickard, Mark Dignam

The action takes place on Sept. 5, 1908, at the home of Alderman Joseph Helliwell in Clecklewyke, Yorkshire.
See page 6


Author: J.B. Priestley
Pianist: Sybilla Marshall
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Production: Vivian A. Daniels
Ruby Birtle: Joan Sydney
Gerald Forbes: Murray Hayne
Mrs. Northrop: Marion Dawson
Nancy Holmes: Elaine Usher
Alderman Joseph Helliwell: John Sharp
Maria Helliwell: Violet Carson
Councillor Albert Parker: Mark Dignam
Annie Parker: Helena Pickard
Herbert Soppitt: Wilfred Brambell
Clara Soppitt: Eileen Beldon
Fred Dyson: Martin Starkie
Henry Ormonroyd: Frank Pettingell
Lottie Grady: Alison Bayley
The Rev. Clement Mercer: Robert James

: Music for You

Eric Robinson introduces and conducts Music for You
with Ramon Vinay, Adele Leigh, Ventsislav Yankoff, Bernard Miles, Los Indios, Edmund Donlevy, Grace O'Connor.

The programme includes: 'The Land of Snow' from Tchaikovsky's 'Casse Noisette' staged by Alfred Rodrigues with Marina Svetlova and Oleg Briansky and the Ballet Rambert

Also appearing: Elizabeth Boyd, Joan Bramhall, Ursula Connors, Ellen Dales, Helen Hillier, Jean Allister, Peggy Butler, Gillian Knight, Nora Ogonovsky, Edward Darling, John Ford, Edward Morgan, Charles Draper, Kenneth Fawcett, John Lawrenson, Vernon Rees, Vernon Williams, John Larsen.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Steven Staryk)

(Los Indios are appearing at the Colony Restaurant, London; Peggy Butler, Charles Draper, Kenneth Fawcett and John Larsen appear by permission of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company; Ramon Vinay by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ltd.; Grace O'Connor is appearing in "Robin Hood" at the Granada, Tooting)


Presenter/Conductor: Eric Robinson
Producer: Patricia Foy
Tenor: Ramon Vinay
Soprano: Adele Leigh
Pianist: Ventsislav Yankoff
Performer: Bernard Miles
Group: Los Indios
Singer: Edmund Donlevy
Singer: Grace O'Connor
Dancer (The Land of the Snow): Alfred Rodrigues
Dancer (The Land of the Snow): Marina Svetlova
Dancer (The Land of the Snow): Oleg Briansky
Singer: Elizabeth Boyd
Singer: Joan Bramhall
Singer: Ursula Connors
Singer: Ellen Dales
Singer: Helen Hillier
Singer: Jean Allister
Singer: Peggy Butler
Singer: Gillian Knight
Singer: Nora Ogonovsky
Singer: Edward Darling
Singer: John Ford
Singer: Edward Morgan
Singer: Charles Draper
Singer: Kenneth Fawcett
Singer: John Lawrenson
Singer: Vernon Rees
Singer: Vernon Williams
Singer: John Larsen
Chorus-Master: Marcus Dods
Orchestrations: Arthur Wilkinson
Musicians: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Steven Staryk
Designer: Richard Levin

: The Epilogue: Unto Us a Boy is Born

The Matron of Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital tells of the tremendous reality which Christmas has for her and her staff.

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