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: Ar Gyfer Heddiw'r Bore

Yng nghwmni Carolwyr ar drothwy
Gwyl y Geni bydd
Ann Powell
Watcyn Evans
Cantorion yr-Eira
Corfeistres, Eira Novello Williams gyda
Bechgyn Cor Eglwys Gadeiriol Llandaf
Organydd a Chorfeistr, Robert Joyce
Stori Nadolig yn cael ei dweud gan Gwenyth Petty
Cyfeilydd a Golygydd Cerdd, Mansel Thomas
Y cynllunio gan David Butcher Y cyfarwyddo gan Ifan O. Williams
Record iad y BBC
A programme of carols.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: Morning Service

from Monmouth Street, Methodist Church, Bridgwater.
Minister, The Rev. Michael Meech
Hymns taken from the Methodist Hymn Book
Come thou long expected Jesus (242)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (135)
The shepherds had an angel (863)
Jesu, the very thought of thee (108)
Let earth and heaven combine (142)
First Lesson: Isaiah 11, vv. 1-9
Second Lesson: Galatians 3, v. 23, to 4, v. 7
From the West


Speaker: The Rev. Michael Meech
Organist: Kathleen Tuck
Television presentation: Kenneth Savidge

: Elsa the Lioness

with Joy and George Adamson.
Another showing, introduced by David Attenborough, of the film he made when he visited the famous tame lioness living with her cubs in the wild bush country of Northern Kenya.


Subject: Joy Adamson
Subject: George Adamson
Presenter/producer: David Attenborough
Cameraman: Geoffrey Mulligan
Film Editor: Robert Walter

: On the Twelfth Day

A film produced by George K. Arthur devised and directed by Wendy Toye with sets and costumes designed by Ronald Searle.
A gay and amusing fantasy based on the traditional Christmas song.


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

: Seeing and Believing: The Divine Guest

A Christmas theme illustrated by Margaret Tyzack, John Breslin, Philip Latham and The Galliards with Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor.


Illustrated by: Margaret Tyzack
Illustrated by: John Breslin
Illustrated by: Philip Latham
Musicians: The Galliards
Singer (The Galliards): Robin Hall
Singer/guitarist (The Galliards): Jimmie Macgregor
Producer: R. T. Brooks

: Mountain Pastures

Pascoli alti
A second showing of the documentary film from Italy.
Spoken by John Glen and Virginia Winter.

During the long months of summer in an alpine setting that is one of the loveliest in Europe the young Italian shepherds find adventure, but also loneliness.


Producer: Mario Milesi
Director: Alberto Pandolfi
English variation written and presented by: Gordon Smith
Narrator: John Glen
Narrator: Virginia Winter

: Welcome Christmas

with David Hughes, Doreen Hume, Howell Glynne, Osian Ellis
The Fenland Singers
Conducted by Catherine M. Baxter
BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader, James Hutcheon
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
From the Midlands
Howell Glynne appears by permission of Sadler's Wells Opera Company


Singer: David Hughes
Singer: Doreen Hume
Singer: Howell Glynne
Harpist: Osian Ellis
Singers: The Fenland Singers
[Singers] conducted by: Catherine M. Baxter
Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: James Hutcheon
[Orchestra] conductor: Gilbert Vinter
Compiled by: Reg Perrin
Designer: Robert Macgowan
Producer: Philip Lewis

: No Room for Wild Animals

What hope is there for wild life in the face of advancing civilisation? A second showing of this notable film by Michael and Bernard Grzimek tells of the animals of Africa, and their neighbours the pygmies, at home-and the threats that hang over them.
From the West


Director: Michael Grzimek
Director: Bernard Grzimek

: The Singing Years: Songs of the century

Introduced by Eric Robinson and starring Dennis Lotis, Stephanie Voss, Benny Lee, Sheila Buxton, Andy Cole, Jean Muir, Pauline Innes and The George Mitchell Singers.


Presenter/Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Singer: Dennis Lotis
Singer: Stephanie Voss
Singer: Benny Lee
Singer: Sheila Buxton
Singer: Andy Cole
Dancer: Jean Muir
Dancer: Pauline Innes
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Musical associate: Alan Bristow
Numbers staged by: Douglas Squires
Settings: Cephas Howard
Production: Johnnie Stewart

: Brian Rix presents: Flat Spin

A second showing of the new farce by Derek S. Royle,
The action of the play takes place in Jane and David's flat in a London suburb.


Stage presentation: Brian Rix
Writer: Derek S. Royle
Setting: Rhoda Gray
Play directed by: Darcy Conyers
Television Presentation: Mary Evans
Jane Kenway: Elspet Gray
Michael Carter: John Chapman
David Kenway: Brian Rix
Mr Drake: Terry Scott
Virginia Lord: Helen Jessop
Miss Chatham: Ann Beach
Joe Finch: Larry Noble
Brigadier Sir Richard Kenway: Charles Cameron
Dino Giovanni: Andrew Sachs
A Man: Hubert Cross
Police Sergeant: John Sharp

: Quillow and the Giant

Starring Jeannie Carson
also starring Cardew Robinson, Dick Emery and Biff McGuire who wrote the story for television.
Based on the book by James Thurber.


Adapter: Biff McGuire
Based on the book by: James Thurber
Lyrics and music: Ralph Blane
Lyrics and music: Wade Barnes
Producer: Bryan Sears
Musical numbers staged by: Harry Naughton
Orchestra directed by: Phil Martell
[Orchestra] leader: Alfred Sverdloff
Musical associate: Kenny Clayton
Music arranged by: Ian Fraser
Music arranged by: David Lindup
Costumes: Sheila Glassford
Make-up supervised by: Ann Ferrigi
Settings designed by: Tony Abbot
[Actress]: Jeannie Carson
[Actor]: Cardew Robinson
[Actor]: Dick Emery
[Actor]: Biff McGuire
Councilman: Bowles Bevan
Councilman: David Bowman
Councilman: Francis Burgess
Councilman: Harold Holme
Councilman: Jack Irons
Councilman: Eddie Morgan
Councilman: Fergus O'Kelly
Councilman: John O'Sullivan
Councilman: Peter Sugden
Councilman: Ray Webb
Councilman: Vernon Williams
Dancer: Mike Albrechtsen
Dancer: Gillian Bowden
Dancer: Elaine Carr
Dancer: Ina Clare
Dancer: Ann Edgar
Dancer: Richard Garner
Dancer: Sally Judd
Dancer: Maggie Lee
Dancer: Tony Manning
Dancer: Terry Skelton
Dancer: Pat Spencer
Dancer: Jo Williamson

: Overland Trail: Vigilantes of Montana

2,000 miles of adventure with the pioneers as the Stage Coach route moves Westward.
A film series starring William Bendix, Doug McClure.

Kelly and Flip are given the dangerous task of restoring law and order to Virginia City-the headquarters of a well-organised gang which is terrorising the whole Montana Territory.


Fred Kelly: William Bendix
Flip Flippen: Doug McClure

: The News

: A Festival of Carols

From Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Holland
On this Christmas Eve five television services combine by Eurovision to present a programme of Christmas carols.

From Britain:
The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Organist and Master of the Choristers, John Birch

From Denmark:
The Copenhagen Boys Choir
In the Grundtvig Church, Copenhagen
Conducted by Niels Mailer

From Finland:
The Students Choir of the Sibelius Academy
In the Chapel of the Otaniemi Village, near Helsinki
Conductor, Harald Andersen

From Germany:
The Waakirchner and Fischbachauer Singers
Harpists, Hans and HansI Saurer
In the Chapel of Blutenburg Castle, near Munich

From Holland:
The Hague Boys Choir
In the Oude Kerk, Scheveningen
Conductor, Marius Borstlap


Singers (From Britain): The Choir of Chichester Cathedral
Organist and Master of the Choristers (From Britain): John Birch
Presented by (From Britain): Kenneth Savidge
Singers (From Denmark): The Copenhagen Boys Choir
[Choir] conducted by (From Denmark): Niels Mailer
Presented by (From Denmark): Ole Dreyer
Singers (From Finland): The Students Choir of the Sibelius Academy
[Choir] conductor (From Finland): Harald Andersen
Presented by (From Finland): Carl Mesterton
Singers (From Germany): The Waakirchner and Fischbachauer Singers
Harpist (From Germany): Hans Saurer
Harpist (From Germany): Hansl Saurer
Presented by (From Germany): Hans Stepan
Singers (From Holland): The Hague Boys Choir
[Choir] conductor (From Holland): Marius Borstlap
Presented by (From Holland): Rob Mariouw Smit
Technical supervision: Eric Griffiths
Narrator: Robert Hudson
Produced for the European Broadcasting Union by: Noble Wilson

: What Manner of Child...

A film for Christmas.
Production facilities, Biographic Cartoon Films, Ltd.


Designer/director: Geoffrey Martin
Voice: Emlyn Williams
Drawings: Bernard Blatch
Drawings: Terence Greer
Drawings: Tom Taylor
Drawings/research: Ruth Bribram
Music composed by: Ron Grainer
Film editor: Mary Hughes
Assistant: Josephine Happe
Executive producer: Richard Levin

: What's My Line?

Chairman, Eamonn Andrews
Panel: Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Arthur Askey, Maurice Edelman, M.P. and a mystery guest celebrity.
Televised by arrangement with C.B.S. and Maurice Winnick


Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Arthur Askey
Panellist: Maurice Edelman
Research: Julia Cave
Director: Richard Evans
Producer: John Warrington
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

Billy Cotton tries to call Wakey-Wakey! in spite of Eric Sykes, Hattie Jacques.
Also involved are the regulars: Alan Breeze, Kathie Kay, Jeremy Lloyd, The High-Lights, The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes with guests: John Williams and Mrs. Mills.


Presenter/Bandleader: Billy Cotton
Musicians: The Billy Cotton Band
Guest: Eric Sykes
Guest: Hattie Jacques
Singer: Alan Breeze
Singer: Kathie Kay
Singers: The High-Lights
Announcer: Jeremy Lloyd
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Guitarist: John Williams
Pianist: Mrs. Mills
Associate Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Script: Jimmy Grafton
Design: Lionel Radford
Choreographer/Associate Producer: Leslie Roberts
Production: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: Sunday-Night Play: The Barretts of Wimpole Street

by Rudolf Besier.
Starring Gwen Watford, Andrew Cruickshank, John Neville
See page 13


Author: Rudolf Besier
Producer: Harold Clayton
Broomleaf trained by: John Holmes
Costumes supervisor: Joyce Hammond
Make-up: Tommy Manderson
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Dr Chambers: Ian Fleming
Elizabeth Moulton-Barrett: Gwen Watford
Wilson: Anne Robson
Henrietta Moulton-Barrett: Anne Ridler
Arabel Moulton-Barrett: Rosemary Rogers
Octavius Moulton-Barrett: Scot Finch
Septimus Moulton-Barrett: Danvers Walker
Alfred Moulton-Barrett: Christopher Cruise
Charles Moulton-Barrett: John Downing
Henry Moulton-Barrett: Christopher Gilmore
George Moulton-Barrett: William Job
Edward Moulton-Barrett: Andrew Cruickshank
Bella Hedley: Katharine Newman
Henry Bevan: Kenneth Watson
Robert Browning: John Neville
Dr Ford-Waterlow: Julian D'Albie
Captain Surtees Cook: David Stuart
Flush: Baby Belle

: The News

: Peter Ustinov

Another chance to see an After Supper Conversation with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Kenneth Allsop.


Speaker: Peter Ustinov
Speaker: Cliff Michelmore
Speaker: Derek Hart
Speaker: Kenneth Allsop
Studio direction: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Donald Baverstock
Producer: Alasdair Milne

: Tibor Varga (violin)

Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Largo - Veracini - Corti
Intermezzo - Schumann
Sonatensatz - Brahms
Le streghe - Paganini, arr. Varga
Caprice No. 2i - Paganini, arr. Varga


Violinist: Tibor Varga
Pianist: Geoffrey Parsons
Presented by: Patricia Foy

: Midnight Mass of the Nativity

from the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Gorton.
Action of the Mass described by Fr. Agnellus Andrew, O.F.M.


Celebrant: Fr. Aidan Jackson, O.F.M.
Preacher: Fr. Charles Murphy, O.F.M.
Commentator: Fr. Agnellus Andrew
TV presentation: Peter Hamilton

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