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: The Crib, The Cross and the Crown

A Family Service for Christmas Morning
From Westbury Park Methodist Church, Bristol
Minister, the Rev. R. Talbot Watkins, M.C.
Bidding; Act of Confession; The Lord's Prayer
Hymn: Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (M.H.B. 120)
The story of the birth of Jesus as told by St. Luke: read by a parent
Benedictus (Blessed be the Lord God of Israel)
The story of how the shepherds heard the good news: read by a child
Hymn: Away in a manger (M.H.B. 860)
(led by the Junior Choir)
The meaning of Christ's coming as related by St. John: read by the Minister
Prayers of Intercession; The General Thanksgiving
Hymn: Angels from the realms of glory (M.H.B. 119)
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful (M.H.B. 118)
Collect for Christmas Day; Blessing


Minister/Reader: The Rev. R. Talbot Watkins
Reader: A parent [name uncredited]
Reader: A child [name uncredited]
Singers: The Junior Choir
Organist: B.N. Wybourne

: Cerdyn Nadolig - I Gymru Gyfan

Egwyl gartrefol ar fore'r Wyl Cyflwynir y rhaglen gan Ifan O. William
(Recordiad y BBC)
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield and Crystal Palace)
(to 12.20)

: Royal Prologue

See panel and page 3
(BBC film)


Cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Editor: Larry Toft
Recordist: Frank Dale
Recordist: Bob Saunders
Producer's Assistant: Richmond Harding
Producer's Assistant: Jennifer Hammond

: 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 in a real live family show.
D'Avall, the Musical Boy Wonder - Putzai, the Sensational Springboard Troupe - Bergam, the Human Fly - Yan's Circus on Strings - Peggy O'Farrell's 24 Tiny Tappers - Michael and Sasha Coca - Walter Lucken's Geese - Windy Blow - 'Bareback' Ballerina - The Masked Rider - Frank Harty - The Football Dogs
Ring-Master of Ceremonies, Jon Pertwee
Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra
Circus presentation by Ronnie Smart at Winkfield Zoo, near Windsor


Ring-Master of Ceremonies: Jon Pertwee
Musicians: Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra
Circus Presentation: Ronnie Smart
Television Production: Derek Burrell-Davis

: North-West Stampede

A story of adventure told against the background of the mighty Canadian Rockies and the spectacular thrills of the greatest rodeo of them all - the Calgary Stampede.
See page 8


Dan Bennett: James Craig
Chris Johnson: Joan Leslie

: Plapp

This film story about a seabird called Plapp was made on and around the island of St Martin's, in the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall.
(A BBC Natural History Unit film)


Storyteller: Johnny Morris
Music composed by: Kenneth Savidge
[Music] played by: Alfred Edwards
[Music] played by: Jeanne Chevreau
Film Editor: Paul Kahn
Photographed and directed by: Tony Soper

: On the Twelfth Day

A film.
An enchanting and comical fantasy based on the traditional Christmas song.


Producer: George K. Arthur
Devised and directed by: Wendy Toye
Sets and costumes designed by: Ronald Searle

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring your favourite light entertainment artists.
Introduced by David Nixon.
Cast in order of appearance:

Charlie Chester
with Eric 'Jeeves' Grier

The George Mitchell Singers and The Television Toppers

The Beverley Sisters

Charlie Drake
with Dave Freeman.

Perry Como

Ted Ray
with Kenneth Connor.

David Nixon
with Sheila Holt.

Tony Hancock
with Tottie Truman-Taylor, Alec Bregonzi and Percy Edwards.

Vera Lynn
with The Lynnettes.

Jimmy Edwards
with Arthur Howard, John Stirling, David Langford and Jeremy Roughton.

Billy Cotton and his Band
with Alan Breeze and The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes.

Jack Warner
with Arthur Rigby, Jeannette Hutchinson, Peter Byrne, Anthony Parker, Moira Mannion and Graham Ashley.

(Jimmy Edwards is appearing in "Cinderella" at the London Coliseum; David Nixon in "Cinderella" at the New Theatre, Oxford)


Presenter/magician: David Nixon
Continuity written by: David Whitaker
Script: Charlie Chester
Script: Charlie Drake
Script: Ray Galton
Script: Alan Simpson
Script: Frank Muir
Script: Denis Norden
Script: George Wadmore
Script: Ted Willis
Orchestra Conducted by: Eric Robinson
Orchestra Conducted by: George Clouston
Editor: Ron Spillane
Associate Producer: John Street
Producer: Graeme Muir
Comedian/singer: Charlie Chester
Comedian: Eric 'Jeeves' Grier
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Comedian: Charlie Drake
Singers: The Beverley Sisters
Comedian: Dave Freeman
Singer: Perry Como
Comedian: Ted Ray
Comedian: Kenneth Connor
Magician: David Nixon
Assistant: Sheila Holt
Comedian: Tony Hancock
Miss Snitterby: Tottie Truman-Taylor
Vicar: Alec Bregonzi
Bird impressionist: Percy Edwards
Singer: Vera Lynn
Singers: The Lynettes
Comedian: Jimmy Edwards
Oliver Pettigrew: Arthur Howard
Lumley: John Stirling
Parker: David Langford
Figgins: Jeremy Roughton
Musicians: Billy Cotton and his Band
Singer: Alan Breeze
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
P.C. Dixon: Jack Warner
Station Sgt. Flint: Arthur Rigby
Mary Crawford: Jeannette Hutchinson
Det. Con. Andy Crawford: Peter Byrne
P.C. Bob Penney: Anthony Parker
W.P. Sgt. Grace Millard: Moira Mannion
P.C. Tommy Hughes: Graham Ashley

Blog posts that mention this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016
The Sunday Post: Billy Cotton - Old School Showman 14 August 2016

: Harry Belafonte

The distinguished American artist in a programme of music and song specially chosen for Christmas Night.

Musicians: Millard Thomas (guitar); Vic Messer (guitar); Daniel Barrajanos (conga drums); Norman Keenan (bass)
The George Mitchell Singers and The Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum)
Conducted by Robert Corman

The programme presented by 'Belafonte Presents, Incorporated'
(BBC recording)
See page 8


Singer: Harry Belafonte
Producer: Bryan Sears
Guitarist: Millard Thomas
Guitarist: Vic Messer
Drummer: Daniel Barrajanos
Bassist: Norman Keenan
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Orchestra leader: David McCallum
Conductor: Robert Corman
Executive Producer: Philip Stein

: Top Hat

An Astaire-Rogers musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick and Eric Blore.
Featuring the ever-popular Irving Berlin numbers, "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Cheek to Cheek", "Isn't this a lovely day?" and "Piccolino".
The greatest of all musical-comedy teams in the cinema, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, made many films which are evergreen in the memory of an older generation, and no less popular with the younger. "Top Hat" is, by general agreement, the best of them all. It is a backstage story, and the setting is London, with a trip to Venice.
See page 8


Jerry Travers: Fred Astaire
Dale Tremont: Ginger Rogers
Horace Hardwick: Edward Everett Horton
Madge: Helen Broderick
Alberto: Erik Rhodes
Bates: Eric Blore

: The Hurt Mind

Mental Health National Appeal by Christopher Mayhew, M.P.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to Christopher Mayhew, [address removed]
Many will remember the series of programmes on 'The Hurt Mind', and tonight Christopher Mayhew appeals on behalf of the work being done by the National Association for Mental Health and the Mental Health Research Fund in combating the many forms of mental sickness in children and adults.


Presenter: Christopher Mayhew

: The Black Eye

by James Bridie.
[Starring] David Kossoff, James MacTaggart, Robert Urquhart
The action takes place in Glasgow at the Windlestraws' home; Angus Windlestraw's office; at George's lodgings, and in an hotel lounge.
From the BBC's television studios in Scotland
See page 9


Writer: James Bridie
Producer: Campbell Logan
Designer: Robert MacGowan
Angus Windlestraw: Michael O'Halloran
Mrs Windlestraw: Ethel Gi Endinninu
Johnnie, their elder son: Robert Urquhart
Louie, their elder daughter: June Shields
George, their younger son: James MacTaggart
Connie, their younger daughter: Gwyneth Guthrie
Elspeth Crawford: Aileen Wilson
McGillivray: David Mowat
Mrs Scoullar: Meg Buchanan
Samuel Samuels: David Kossoff
A waiter: Charles Baptiste
Katie, the maid: Deirdre Murray
Others taking part: Dorothy Bibby
Others taking part: Leslie Blackater
Others taking part: Rosemary Eadie
Others taking part: Margery Harris
Others taking part: Claire Isbister
Others taking part: Toni McGettigan
Others taking part: Maitland Dalglish
Others taking part: Tom Fidelo
Others taking part: John MacRitchie
Others taking part: Donald Mainwaring
Others taking part: Glen Mazen
Others taking part: Keith Richardson
Others taking part: David Webster

: The Candlemaker

An animated cartoon film telling the story of a boy at Christmas time-the candlemaker's son who failed in his duty and then was allowed to put things right.

: Christmas Day Epilogue

'Mary's Boy Child' sung by Harry Belafonte.
(BBC recording)


Singer: Harry Belafonte

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