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: On Christmas Day in the Morning

Christmas songs and carols in Welsh and English, with Osian Ellis, Iona Jones, Rowland Jones, Shelley Singers.
Meredith Edwards telling a story by Gwyn Thomas.
BBC Welsh Orchestra
conducted by Mansel Thomas
From Wales


Harpist: Osian Ellis
Contralto: Iona Jones
Tenor: Rowland Jones
Singers: Shelley Singers
Storyteller: Meredith Edwards
Author: Gwyn Thomas
Musicians: BBC Welsh Orchestra
[Orchestra] conducted by: Mansel Thomas
Designer: Alan Taylor
Producer: Alwyn Jones
Director: Jack Williams

: The Perry Como Music Hall

starring Perry Como in his traditional Christmas programme featuring Ginny Tiu, Kokomo Jnr. and a party of young guests.
The Peter Gennaro Dancers, The Ray Charles Singers, The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
NBC recording


Singer/presenter: Perry Como
Pianist: Ginny Tiu
Dancers: The Peter Gennaro Dancers
Singers: The Ray Charles Singers
Musicians: The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Orchestrations: Jack Andrews
Orchestrations: Joe Lipman
Vocal Arrangements and Special Material: Ray Charles
Script: Goodman Ace
Script: Selma Diamond
Script: Jay Burton
Script: Frank Peppiatt
Script: John Aylesworth
Director: Dwight Hemion
Producer: Nick Vanoff
Presented for BBC Television by: Yvonne Littlewood
Film Editor: Richard Barclay

: Christmas Morning Service

from Sandon Road Methodist Church, Birmingham.
Joyful and Triumphant
The Service conducted by the Minister, the Rev. Lionel Brayton.
Preacher, the Rev. W. Russell Shearer, Chairman of the Birmingham District at the Methodist Church


Service conducted by: The Rev. Lionel Brayton
Preacher: The Rev. W. Russell Shearer

: Max Jaffa

invites you to a Christmas party with The Trios
Max Jaffa (violin), Reginald Kilbey (cello), Jack Byfield (piano)
and Beryl Grey, Ted and Ursula Darling, Peter Rhodes (boy soprano), The Linden Singers


Violinist/presenter: Max Jaffa
Cellist: Reginald Kilbey
Pianist: Jack Byfield
Dancer: Beryl Grey
Performer: Ursula Darling
Performer: Ted Darling
Soprano: Peter Rhodes
Singers: The Linden Singers
Director: Ian Humphris
Producer: Christian Simpson

: The Adventures of Hiram Holliday: Vanishing House

A film comedy series starring Wally Cox.
While his friend Joel is busy eating eclairs in Paris, Hiram tries to interest a gendarme in the antics of a Punch and Judy show.


Hiram Holliday: Wally Cox

: Sing We Now of Christmas!

Carols for Christmas Day sung by the Orpington Junior Singers.
Conductor, Sheila Mossman


Singers: Orpington Junior Singers
[Singers] conductor: Sheila Mossman
Producer: Christian Simpson

: The Queen

Her Majesty's recorded Christmas Message to the Commonwealth.

: The George Mitchell Glee Club

sing a parade of popular Christmas songs from medieval to modern times featuring John Boulter, Mary Brown, Tony Mercer, Maryetta Midgeley, John O'Neill.
Accompanied by The Dennis Wilson Quartet

Organist, Leon Young


Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Mary Brown
Singer: Tony Mercer
Singer: Maryetta Midgeley
Singer: John O'Neill
Musicians: The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Organist: Leon Young
Choral Settings: George Mitchell
Designer: Stanley Dorfman
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: Wells Fargo: Dead Man's Street

The exciting adventures of the Western Stagecoach Service.
Starring Dale Robertson

Paradise is not the place to expect trouble, but Jim finds it there, and stops to help his old friend the Marshal get the town back to a state which better suits its name.


Jim Hardie: Dale Robertson

: Walt Disney

The story of a man who has become a legend.
Told by David Jacobs who introduces Walt Disney at his Hollywood studios and artists from his pictures with scenes from: "Steamboat Willie", "Hawaiian Holiday",
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Fantasia", "Dumbo", "Lady and the Tramp",
"Sleeping Beauty", "The Living Desert", "Robin Hood", "Davy Crockett", "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", "Jungle Cat", "The Parent Trap", "Pollyanna", "Greyfriars Bobby", "Swiss Family Robinson".
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney Productions


Presenter: David Jacobs
Subject: Walt Disney
Film Editor: Geoffrey Botterill
Produced for television by: Richard Evans

: Appeal

on behalf of British Wireless for the Blind Fund (Registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act. 1948)
by Colonel M. P. Ansell, C.B.E., D.S.O., The blind Chairman of the British Show Jumping Association.
Contributions (by crossed postal order or cheque) will be gratefully acknowledged and should be sent to: [address removed]


Presenter: Colonel M. P. Ansell

: Billy Smart's Circus

Billy Smart's Circus presents stars from the rings of the world in Super Circus
A special performance from the vast 'Big Top' of this great British Circus
The Grand Parade
Introduced by David Smart.
The Five Katyanas, Glamour defies gravity
Bitty Smart, Jnr. presents his elephants in the 'big beat' number with The 'Digger' Pugh Girls
Birma, The 4-ton star in her 'walk of death'
The Boors, Up a ladder on a perob
Volcano, Breathing fire
The Trio Korens, Six feet make music
Les Idallys, Cycling on the ceiling
Les French, Musical clowns with the boxing robot
The Biros, Fantastic foot jugglers
The Gilberts, Ride for their lives
The Flying Lunasz, Mid-air madness

Also appearing: Barry Sloan, Kenny Baker, Coco the Chimp, Frank Harty, Harry Sloan and Family, and Rebecca Smart
The George Mitchell Singers
Ringmaster, Alfred Delbosq
Billy Smart's Circus is now in winter quarters at Winkfield Zoo near Windsor


Presenter/circus presentation: David Smart
Dancers: The Five Katyanas
Performers: The Boors
Firebreather: null Volcano
Musicians: The Trio Korens
Cyclists: Les Idallys
Musical clowns: Les French
Foot jugglers: The Biros
Riders: The Gilberts
Comedy flying act: The Flying Lunasz
Guest: Barry Sloan
Clown: Kenny Baker
Guest: Frank Harty
Guests: Harry Sloan and Family
Guest: Rebecca Smart
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Musical Director: Bernie Weller
Ringmaster: Alfred Delbosq
Circus Presentation: Ronnie Smart
Circus Presentation: David Smart
Television production: Derek Burrell-Davis

: What's My Line?

from Hammersmith Hospital, London.
Chairman, Eamonn Andrews
Panel: Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Cyril Fletcher, Lord Boothby and a mystery guest celebrity.
Televised by arrangement with CBS and Maurice Winnick


Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Cyril Fletcher
Panellist: Lord Boothby
Celebrity Research: Julia Cave
Director: Richard Evans
Producer: John Warrington
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman

: Tonight with Belafonte

A new filmed programme of music and song starring the great entertainer Harry Belafonte and his Company with Odetta, Sonny Terry (harmonica), Brownie Mcghee (guitar).


Singer/presenter: Harry Belafonte
Singers: Harry Belafonte and his Company
Singer: Odetta
Harmonicist: Sonny Terry
Guitarist: Brownie McGhee
Director: Norman Jewison
Musical Director: Robert Corman
Choreography: Walter Nicks
Producer: George Charles

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring your favourite light entertainment artists.
Introduced by David Nixon.

The Black and White Minstrels
Starring The Mitchell Minstrels, The Television Toppers

Sid James
with Bill Kerr, Liz Fraser, Sydney Tafler

Nina and Frederik

Harry Worth
with Deryck Guyler, Hugh Lloyd, George Roderick

Kenneth McKellar
with The Showtime Dancers

David Nixon and Robert Harbin

Stanley Baxter and Betty Marsden

Joan Regan

Jimmy Edwards
with Arthur Howard, Cyril Fletcher, Pip Hinton, Eric Robinson, John Vyvyan, Chan Canasta, David Nixon

The Showtime Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers
See page 13


Presenter: David Nixon
Singers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Mitchell Minstrels
Dancers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Television Toppers
Dance Direction (The Black and White Minstrels): Larry Gordon
Vocal Arrangements (The Black and White Minstrels): George Mitchell
Musical Arrangements (The Black and White Minstrels): Alan Bristow
Musical Arrangements (The Black and White Minstrels): Ray Terry
Director (The Black and White Minstrels): George Inns
Sidney Balmoral James: Sid James
Bill: Bill Kerr
Liz: Liz Fraser
Charles Davenport: Sydney Tafler
Script: Ray Galton
Script: Alan Simpson
Director: Philip Barker
Singers: Nina and Frederik
Director (Nina and Frederik): Bryan Sears
Himself: Harry Worth
[Actor]: Deryck Guyler
[Actor]: Hugh Lloyd
[Actor]: George Roderick
Script: Lew Schwarz
Director: Dennis Main-Wilson
Tenor: Kenneth McKellar
Dancers: The Showtime Dancers
Musical Arrangement: Peter Knight
Director: Graeme Muir
Magician: David Nixon
Magician: Robert Harbin
Director: Graeme Muir
Comedian: Stanley Baxter
Comedienne: Betty Marsden
Script: Richard Wearing
Director: James Gilbert
Singer: Joan Regan
Musical Arrangements: Eric Cook
Director: John Street
Professor Jimmy Edwards: Jimmy Edwards
Oliver Pettigrew: Arthur Howard
Himself: Cyril Fletcher
Herself: Pip Hinton
Himself: Eric Robinson
Himself: John Vyvyan
Himself: Chan Canasta
Himself: David Nixon
Script: Frank Muir
Script: Denis Norden
Director: Eric Fawcett
Dancers: The Showtime Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Dance Direction: Sheila Holt
Dance Direction: Tom Gillis
Musical Arrangements: Alan Bristow
Director: Graeme Muir
Continuity Written by: David Climie
Continuity Written by: David Whitaker
[Orchestra] leader: David McCallum
[Orchestra] conducted by: Eric Robinson
Editor: Len Trumm
Producer: Graeme Muir

: The Prisoner of Zenda

Starring Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, David Niven
From the novel by Anthony Hope.


From the novel by: Anthony Hope
Director: John Cromwell
Producer: David O. Selznick
Rudolf Rassendyll: Ronald Colman
King Rudolf V of Ruritania: Ronald Colman
Princess Flavia: Madeleine Carroll
Rupert of Hentzau: Douglas Fairbanks, Jnr.
Fritz von Tarlenheim: David Niven
Antoinette de Mauban: Mary Astor
Black Michael: Raymond Massey
Colonel Sapt: C. Aubrey Smith

: The Sunday-Night Play presents: Tuppence in the Gods

by Michael Voysey.
[Starring] Fay Compton, Frederick Bartman, Vivienne Martin, Patsy Rowlands
The George Mitchell Singers

Sarah Victoria has built and created the Hoxton Music Hall, beloved by performers and public alike. Now an old woman, it is in her granddaughter, Fanny, that she sees its glory continuing. Family jealousies and a new invention threaten everything she has created


Writer: Michael Voysey
Music directed and arranged by: James Turner
Musical numbers staged by: Denny Bettis
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Film Cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film Editor: Agnes Evan
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Gus Elen: Tony Sympson
Albert Vaughan: Robert Hewitt
Alfie: Ray Brooks
Mrs Sarah Victoria Marryot: Fay Compton
Rosie Pennyfeather: Dandy Nichols
Herbert Pennyfeather: Hugh Lloyd
Fanny Marryot: Vivienne Martin
Cleaner: Alice Bowes
Daisy Peacock: Patsy Rowlands
George: Bryan Hulme
Beggar: Robert Bernal
Beggar: Peter Digby Smith
Beggar: Nelson Evans
Walter Murray: Frederick Bartman
Barmaid: Hilda Campbell Russell
Dan Leno: Chris Carlsen
Cabbie: Howard Lamb
Business man: James Belchamber
Connie Meadows: Sherry Brind
Lester: Ivor Dean

: Christmas at Dean's Yard

Ludovic Kennedy visits the Dean of Westminster at his historic house with its private access to the Abbey.
Carols sung by The Abbey Choir
Organist and Master of the Choristers, Sir William McKie.
BBC film


Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy
Singers: The Abbey Choir
Organist/Master of the Choristers: Sir William McKie
Photographed by: A. A. Englander, F.R.P.S.
Sound recordist: Michael Colomb
Editor: John Nash
Producer: Oliver Hunkin

: Late Night News

: Celebrity Recital

Fou Ts'ong plays.


Pianist: Fou Ts'ong
Presented by: Arthur Langford

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