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: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

: Y Fantol

Cylchgxawn crefyddol sy'n adlewyrchu ac yn cloriannu gweithgarwch eglwysi Cymru a'r byd
Y rhaglen yng ngofal Ifor Rees
Religious magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

(to 13.20)

: Lunchtime News

(to 14.03)

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam Williams and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
BBC film


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Family Affairs

Home for Christmas
After thirty years in the Far East, Teresa Lightwood talks to Robin Dalton about the special meaning this Christmas holda for her.

The Toymakers
Some antique toys, and their modern versions made by craftsmen of the Toymakers' Guild.

Toy Theatres
Johnny Morris reconstructs an old entertainment with some young enthusiasts.

How to Enjoy It
A doctor offers some cheerful warnings against the perils of Christmas!

Introduced by Joan Metcalfe.


Interviewee (Home for Christmas): Teresa Lightwood
Interviewer (Home for Christmas): Robin Dalton
Item presenter (Toy Theatres): Johnny Morris
Presenter: Joan Metcalfe
Producer: Margaret Smith

: The Christmas Play

A village school rehearses and presents its annual Nativity play.
First shown on December 17. 1959
(to 15.30)


Film written and directed by: Hazel Swift
Music composed by: Gordon Jacob

: Christmas Crackerjack

Introduced by Eamonn Andrews with Shirley Abicair, Vivienne Martin, Leslie Crowther, Peter Glaze, Larry Parker and other guests.
Music by the Bert Hayes Octet


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Singer: Shirley Abicair
Performer: Vivienne Martin
Comedian: Leslie Crowther
Comedian: Peter Glaze
Comic magician: Larry Parker
Musicians: The Bert Hayes Octet
Script: Stan Mars
Producer: Johnny Downes

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from South & West

: The Weather

: Gardening Club

The gardener's world during Christmas week with Percy Thrower and Frances Perry.
Holly-Mistletoe-Bulbs and Nuts
Shrubs and flowers for Indoor decoration
Those plants popular for Christmas gifts, that often die within the week
Including Cyclamen-Primula-Solanum
From the Midlands


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Frances Perry
Producer: Paul Morby

: Stranger than Fiction

Britain is at times and in places both beautiful and strange. How odd can our country be?
A film series produced for the BBC by Marcus Cooper Ltd.


Narrator: Bruce Wyndham
Script: Michael Henderson

: The Adventures of Hiram Holliday: Christmas Fruchtbrod

A film comedy series starring Wally Cox.

In Vienna, Hiram meets Princess Heidi again, and once more his friend Joel is distracted from his favourite pastime of chasing food.


Hiram Holliday: Wally Cox

: Headline News

: Citizen James

Written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.
Starring Sidney James
Featuring Liz Fraser, Bill Kerr and Sydney Tafler
with Campbell Singer, John Bluthal, Bob Todd, Michael Brennan, Ronnie Brodie, Bruce Wightman, Stan Simmonds, Tom Clegg, Herbert Nelson, Van Boolen, Ken Roberts, Johnny Vyvyan.


Writer: Alan Simpson
Writer: Ray Galton
Settings: Fanny Taylor
Incidental music: Gordon Franks
Director: Philip Barker
Producer: Duncan Wood
Sidney Balmoral James: Sidney James
Liz: Liz Fraser
Bill: Bill Kerr
Charlie Davenport: Sydney Tafler
[Actor]: Campbell Singer
[Actor]: John Bluthal
[Actor]: Bob Todd
Meat Axe: Michael Brennan
Nosh Bar owner: Ronnie Brodie
[Actor]: Bruce Wightman
[Actor]: Stan Simmonds
[Actor]: Tom Clegg
[Actor]: Herbert Nelson
[Actor]: Van Boolen
[Actor]: Ken Roberts
[Actor]: Johnny Vyvyan

: Ask Me Another

A general knowledge contest from Glasgow.
Second round between
The Residents - Olive Stephens, Edward Moult, Reginald Webster
Scotland - Mary Vaughan, Thomas Mountain, A. J. Campbell
Chairman, Franklin Engelmann


Panellist (The Residents): Olive Stephens
Panellist (The Residents): Edward Moult
Panellist (The Residents): Reginald Webster
Panellist (Scotland): Mary Vaughan
Panellist (Scotland): Thomas Mountain
Panellist (Scotland): A. J. Campbell
Chairman: Franklin Engelmann
Questions arranged and compiled by: John P. Wynn
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Great Captains: 1: Oliver Cromwell

In this series General Horrocks describes the life and times of the great military figures who have dominated Britain's past.


Narrator: Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks
Maps: J. F. McWatt
Special animated maps: Alfred Wurmser
Film editor: John Hann-Campbell
Producer: Therese Denny

: The Jack Benny Spectacular

Starring Jack Benny and his special guest Danny Thomas with guest stars The McGuire Sisters, The Marquis Family, David Rose and his Orchestra.
A programme recorded in America


Comedian/presenter: Jack Benny
Comedian: Danny Thomas
Singers: The McGuire Sisters
Musicians: David Rose and his Orchestra

: The News

: A Film Profile

Edith Evans discusses her career with Derek Prouse illustrated by extracts from the films in which she has appeared.
The Queen of Spades, The Last Days of Dolwyn, The Importance of Being Earnest, Look Back in Anger, The Nun's Story
Previously shown in August


Interviewee: Edith Evans
Interviewer: Derek Prouse
Produced for TV by: Victor Poole

: Bransby Williams

as Scrooge in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol
Last shown in December 1955


Scrooge: Bransby Williams

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