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: Christmas Greeting

A programme of carols by The George Mitchell Glee Club.
Accompanied by The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Organist, Leon Young


Singers: The George Mitchell Glee Club
Musicians: The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Organist: Leon Young
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: The Queen

Her Majesty's recorded Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.
(Sound only)

: Dartington Christmas Festival

Introduced by Huw Wheldon.
See page 9 and Junior Radio Times
Music by Helen Glatz, played by the augmented Dartington String Quartet
(A West Region film production)


Presenter: Huw Wheldon
Music: Helen Glatz
Musicians: Dartington String Quartet
Cameraman: George Shears
Editor: Paul Khan
Director: John Irving

: Gwyl Y Geni

Gwelsom ei ogoniant Ef
Myfyrdod a mawl ar arwyddocad yr Wyl dan arweiniad y Parch. Glyn Parry-Jones
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield and Crystal Palace only)
(to 10.00)

: Morning Service

for Christmas Day from St. George's Parish Church, Stockport, Cheshire.
Conducted by the Vicar, The Rev. Canon W. Garlick."Once in royal David's city" (A. and M. Rev. 432)
Confession; Absolution; Versicles and Responses
Psalm 19
First Lesson: Isaiah 9, vv. 2-7 Te Deum
Second Lesson: St. Luke 2, w. 1-20 Jubilate
Creed; Lesser Litany: Collects
Anthem: "Infant King" (Fogg)
"Hark! the herald-angels sing" (A. and M. Rev. 60)
"O come, all ye faithful" (A. and M. Rev. 59)


Service conducted by: The Rev. Canon W. Garlick
Organist: Arthur Rooke

: Peace on Earth

A Christmas programme from the International Pestalozzi Children's Villages.
In Switzerland and in Sussex children from all over Europe gather round the Christmas tree as one family.
Film sequences by A. and B. Films Ltd., of Zurich


Commentator (in Switzerland): Richard Dimbleby
Commentator (in Sussex): Alun Williams
Associate Director: Innes Lloyd
Associate Director: Walter Pluess
Producer: Noble Wilson

: Meet Mr Kringle

A film comedy starring Thomas Mitchell, Teresa Wright, MacDonald Carey.
If Mr. Kringle looks and behaves like Santa Claus, it is, of course, a coincidence - or is it?


Kris Kringle: Thomas Mitchell
Doris Walker: Teresa Wright
Fred Gaily: MacDonald Carey

: News Summary

: Music with Max

Max Jaffa invites Alicia Markova to join The Trio, The Linden Singers - conductor William Llewellyn.
Other guests: Percy Edwards, Peter Rhodes


Bandleader/violinist: Max Jaffa
Dancer: Alicia Markova
Musicians: The Trio
Singers: The Linden Singers
Conductor: William Llewellyn
Entertainer: Percy Edwards
Soprano: Peter Rhodes
Settings: Natasha Kroll
Producer: Christian Simpson

: Days before Christmas

A National Film Board of Canada film about the festive season in Montreal.

: Boots and Saddles: Dispatch Rider

A film series.

: While Angels Watch

In a hospital in Singapore a young nurse finds that the message of Christmas has for her a special and personal meaning.
A documentary film about Queen Alexandra's Nursing Service

: Chipperfield's Christmas Circus Festival

from Bingley Hall, Birmingham.
Mr. Pastry (by arrangement with Richard Hearne)
The Artists of the Circus
Mary Chipperfield in her own High School Presentation, Miss Ferri and her Chimpanzees, Cele and Company, The Four Kents, Roberts Brothers' Ponies, Iwarro Tarzan, Jacko Fossett
From the Granby Hall Circus, Leicester
The Kocka Troupe (from the Prague State Circus)
Marion and her Pony and Dog Revue
Charlie Chester introduces a special circus edition of "Pot Luck" for children.
(Charlie Chester and Richard Hearne are in "Beauty and the Beast" at the Coventry Theatre)


Mr Pastry: Richard Hearne
Performer: Mary Chipperfield
Act: Miss Ferri and her Chimpanzees
Performers: Cele and Company
Performers: The Four Kents
Act: Roberts Brothers' Ponies
Performer: Iwarro Tarzan
Clown: Jacko Fossett
Performers: The Kocka Troupe
Act: Marion and her Pony and Dog Revue
Presenter ("Pot Luck"): Charlie Chester
Ringmaster: Arthur Scott
Commentator: Peter West
Arranged by: Bill Dredge
Producer: Barrie Edgar

: Billy Cotton's Christmas Party

An invitation to children of all ages to join Billy Cotton and his Band with Alan Breeze, Kathie Kay.
Guests: Russ Conway, Sooty assisted by Harry Corbett, Percy Press
From the Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale.


Musicians: Billy Cotton and his Band
Singer: Alan Breeze
Singer: Kathie Kay
Pianist: Russ Conway
Puppeteer (Sooty): Harry Corbett
Puppeteer: Percy Press
Script: Jimmy Grafton
Choreographer and associate producer: Leslie Roberts
Settings: Malcolm Goulding
Production: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: A Kiss for Cinderella

by J. M. Barrie.
[Starring] Jeannie Carson
with Michael Aldridge, Kendrick Owen
The music composed and the Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Christopher Whelen
(BBC Recording)


Author: J. M. Barrie
Producer: Desmond Davis
Musicians: The Pro Arte Orchestra
The music composed and the Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by: Christopher Whelen
Dances arranged by: Bridget Kelly-Espinosa
Designer: Stanley Dorfman
Storyteller: Walter Hudd
Mr Bodie: Michael Aldridge
The Policeman: Kendrick Owen
Cinderella: Jeannie Carson
Elderly Gentleman: Tony Sympson
Mrs Maloney: Violet Gould
Marion: Gretchen Franklin
Man: Harold Siddons
Gladys: Judy Stephens
Marie-Therese: Susan Bown
Delphine: Diane Gray
Gretchen: Patricia Wilson
Fairy Godmother: Mary Jones
The Lord Mayor: Raymond Rollett
Lord Times: Ralph Tovey
The Censor: Max Latimer
The King: Michael Aldridge
The Queen: Marjorie Gresley
The Rev Penguin: Tony Sympson
Maid: Mary McMillen
Dr Bodie: Beatrice Kane
Danny: Henry Soskin
Nurse: Virginia Stride
Beauties, flunkeys, pages, and courtiers: [Uncredited]

: News Summary

: Songs of Many Lands

[Starring] Harry Belafonte
The distinguished American artist makes his Christmas appearance in a recorded programme of music and songs from many lands.
Presented by Belafonte Presents Incorporated


Singer: Harry Belafonte
Producer: G. B. Lupino
Guitarist: Millard Thomas
Guitarist: Raphael Boguslav
Conga Drums: Danny Barrajanos
Bass: Norman Keenan
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Executive Producer: Philip Stein

: High Noon

Stanley Kramer's film production
Starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
During the events that reach their climax at high noon, it is only one man's courage and devotion to duty that stand between the inhabitants of the small Western township and a future full of violence and fear.


Producer: Stanley Kramer
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Screenplay: Carl Foreman
Will Kane: Gary Cooper
Jonas Henderson: Thomas Mitchell
Harvey Pall: Lloyd Bridges
Helen Ramirez: Katy Jurado
Amy Kane: Grace Kelly
Percy Mettrick: Otto Kruger
Martin Howe: Lon Chaney Jnr

: News Summary

: Bleak House: The End of the Story

by Charles Dickens.
Adapted for television by Constance Cox.

In which there is some tragedy and much happiness.


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Constance Cox
Film Cameraman: Bryan Langley
Film Editor: Pam Bosworth
Costumes supervised by: Sheila Glassford
Make-Up supervised by: Tommy Manderson
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Eric Tayler
Esther Summerson: Diana Fairfax
Mr Inspector Bucket: Richard Pearson
Lady Honoria Dedlock: Iris Russell
Jem: Kenneth Dight
Liz: Ruth Porcher
Brickmaker: John Ringham
Sir Leicester Dedlock: David Horne
Mrs Rouncewell: Eileen Draycott
Mr George: Michael Aldridge
Turnpike Keeper: Kenneth Adams
Mr Snagsby: Leslie French
John Jarndyce: Andrew Cruickshank
Allan Woodcourt: Jerome Willis
Mr Vholes: Gerald Cross
Richard Carstone: Colin Jeavons
William Guppy: Timothy Bateson
Ada Clare: Elizabeth Shepherd
Mrs Guppy: Gretchen Franklin
Charley: Angela Crow

: Make Way for Music

Presenting Alyn Ainsworth and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra in thirty minutes of music in an informal manner with songs by Sheila Buxton, Roberto Cardinal and Norman George with his violin.
Introduced by Roger Moffat.
From the BBC's North of England television studio
(Sheila Buxton is appearing in 'Cinderella' at the Theatre Royal, Bolton)


Musicians: Alyn Ainsworth and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Singer: Sheila Buxton
Singer: Roberto Cardinal
Violinist: Norman George
Presenter: Roger Moffat
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Epilogue for Christmas Day

The Rev. Frederic Greeves Principal of Didsbury College, Bristol.
From the BBC's West of England television studio
Weather and Close Down


Presenter: The Rev. Frederic Greeves

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