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: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
BBC film
(to 11.00)


Narrator/Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Welsh transmitters and Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: Heddiw

Owen Edwards yn cyflwyno pynciau'r dydd yng Nghymru gyda Harri Gwynn a John Bevan
Cyfarwyddwyr, Geraint S. Jones a William Aaron
Cynhyrchwyr, Ifor Rees a John Roberts Williams
Golygydd, Nan Davies
Today: a topical magazine.
(Welsh transmitters and Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)


Presenter: Owen Edwards
Presenter: Harri Gwynn
Presenter: John Bevan
Director: Geraint S. Jones
Director: William Aaron
Producer: Ifor Rees
Producer: John Roberts Williams
Editor: Nan Davies

: The News

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
BBC film
(to 13.45)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: The Magic Tree

A Persian fantasy by Gordon Murray.
Presented by the BBC Puppet Theatre
BBC film


Writer/puppets and production: Gordon Murray
Music composed by: Richard Arnell
Puppeteers: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteers: Bob Bura
Puppeteers: John Hardwick
Voices: James Beattie
Voices: Noel Coleman
Voices: Roy Skelton
Voices: Derek Nimmo
Costumes: Andrew Brownfoot
Costumes: Margaret Brownfoot
Settings: Hazel Martingell

: The Snow Queen

A second chance to see the Russian cartoon film based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
A little boy, Kay, is bewitched by the Icy Queen of the Snows. Can the love of his friend Gerda save him from disaster?


Author: Hans Christian Andersen

: The News

: Town and Around

A daily presentation of news and views from London and the South-East.
Introduced by Michael Aspel.
followed by The Weather


Presenter: Michael Aspel

: Compact: Dress Rehearsal

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.

Christmas Eve is not without its last-minute crises-both for the office and the Compact show.


Writer: Hazel Adair
Writer: Peter Ling
Costume Supervisor: Ena Nickalls
Designer: Archie Clark
Producer: Morris Barry
Director: Gerald Blake
Mark: Gareth Davies
Edmund Bruce: Robert Flemyng
Janet: Christine Pollon
Russell Corrigan: Shane Rimmer
Doug: Lawrence James
Vivien Ames: Patricia Haines
Camilla: Carmen Silvera
Gussie: Frances Bennett
Marmot James: David Langton
Alison: Betty Cooper
Tim Gray: Scot Finch
David: Vincent Ball
Ben: Bill Kerr
Mitch: Diana Beevers
Adrian: Robert Desmond
Iris: Louise Dunn
Stan: Johnny Wade
Alan: Basil Moss
Jenny: Pauline Munro
Barry: Robin Hawdon

: The Old Man of the Mountains

"On the way to Californy
It was a Long and teejus journey,
Fur across the Rocky Mountains,
Crystal caves and snow-white fountains."
William Collins crossed that Overland Trail to the Pacific between 1880 and 1900 - the roaring days of the American Frontier. Now, in full retreat from the civilisation he helped to create, he lives an elusive hermit's life in a mountain cabin high in the Sierra Nevada.
Fyfe Robertson tracked him down; and this is his story.
A Tonight presentation


Subject: William Collins
Presenter: Fyfe Robertson
Pictures: Marvin Becker
Sound: Colin Edwards
Film editing: John Griffiths
Producer: Derrick Amoore

: The Lucy Show: Together for Christmas

A comedy film series of family life with never a dull moment.
Starring Lucille Ball
with Vivian Vance, Candy Moore, Jimmy Garrett, Ralph Hart

Lucy and Viv and the children are Together for Christmas... but only just!


Lucy Carmichael: Lucille Ball
Vivian Bagley: Vivian Vance
Chris Carmichael: Candy Moore
Jerry Carmichael: Jimmy Garrett
Sherman Bagley: Ralph Hart

: Elizabeth Taylor in London

Written by Lou Solomon and S.J. Perelman.
The London of Elizabeth Taylor is a London remembered mostly from childhood - a mosaic of places, people, and events and of the written and spoken word.


Writer: Lou Solomon
Writer: S.J. Perelman
Presenter: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor's gowns: Yves St. Laurent
Music composed by: John Barry
Producer/Director: Sid Smith

: The News

: Maigret: Maigret's Little Joke

A crime series from the novels of Georges Simenon.
Dramatised by Donald Bull from the novel "Maigret s'amuse."
Starring Rupert Davies as Chief-Inspector Maigret
with Ewen Solon as Lucas
and Helen Shingler as Madame Maigret, Neville Jason as Lapointe
Guest stars: Michael Goodliffe, Neil McCallum
A BBC-tv production

A crime of passion, like the Javet murder, attracts a lot of anonymous letters...
See facing page


Author: Georges Simenon
Dramatised by/Script editor: Donald Bull
Designer: Eileen Diss
Music composed by: Ron Grainer
Film Cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film Editor: Jess Palmer
Producer: Andrew Osborn
Director: Terence Williams
Chief-Inspector Maigret: Rupert Davies
Lucas: Ewen Solon
Madame Maigret: Helen Shingler
Lapointe: Neville Jason
Dr. Javet: Michael Goodliffe
Antoinette Vidal: Stephanie Bidmead
Evelyne Javet: Constance Wake
Dr. Negrel: Neil McCallum
Concierge: Ann Way
Claire Jusserand: Shelagh Fraser
Gaston: Barry Letts
Marie: Anne Robson
Martine Chapuis: Lucy Young

: The Good Old Days

A Christmas edition of Old-Time Music-Hall from the stage of the famous City Varieties, Leeds.
Presenting Frankie Vaughan, Stan Stennett, The Clark Brothers, Albert Burdon and Company, Ray Alan and 'Lord Charles', Hammond's Birds, Margery Manners
Chairman, Leonard Sachs
(Frankie Vaughan is appearing in 'Puss in Boots' at the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham; Stan Stennett in 'Cinderella' at the Pavilion, Bournemouth; Albert Burdon in 'Aladdin' at Golders Green Hippodrome)


Singer: Frankie Vaughan
Comedian: Stan Stennett
Tap dancers: The Clark Brothers
Comedians: Albert Burdon and Company
Ventriloquist: Ray Alan
Bird act: Hammond's Birds
Singer: Margery Manners
Chairman: Leonard Sachs
Musical director: Billy Ternent
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Christmas Carols

from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
A television programme for the Eve of Christ's Nativity.
Hymn: Once in Royal David's City
Bidding Prayer
Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem
First Lesson: Genesis 3, w. 8-15 The Fall, read by A Chorister
Carol: Up! good Christian folk
Second Lesson: St. Luke 1, vv. 26-33, and 38 The Message of the Angel read by A Choral Scholar
Carol: The holly and the ivy
Third Lesson: St. Matthew 1, w. 18-23 The Dream of Joseph read by The Director of Music
Carol: Joseph was an old man
Fourth Lesson: St. Luke 2, vv. 8-16 The Vision of the Shepherds read by The Lay of Dean
Carol: Unto us is born a Son
Fifth Lesson: St. Matthew 2, vv. 1-11 The Magi read by The Dean
Carol: The three kings
Sixth Lesson: 1 John 4, vv. 7-11 The Love of God read by The Provost
The Collect; The Blessing
The Epilogue: From Milton's Hymn
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful
Organ, John Langdon


Reader (The Fall): A chorister [name uncredited]
Reader (The Message of the Angel): A choral scholar [name uncredited]
Director of music/Reader (The Dream of Joseph): David Willcocks
Reader (The Vision of the Shepherds): The Lay Dean [name uncredited]
Organist: John Langdon
Presented for television by: Barrie Edgar

: Christmas and a Mouse

Alan Whicker tells the true story of the Song of Christmas - and the delight we all owe to a hungry church mouse.
A Tonight presentation


Presenter: Alan Whicker
Cameraman: Peter Hall
Recordist: Don Martin
Film editor: Mansel Lloyd
Producer: Kevin Billington

: Midnight Mass of the Nativity

from Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Ardoyne, Belfast.
The action of the Mass described by Fr. Patrick McEnroe.
Introit (Psalm Tune: Gregorian)
Kyrie (Missa, O quam gloriosum est regnum: Victoria)
Gloria (Missa de Angelis: Plainsong)
Gradual (Psalm Tune: Gregorian)
Credo No. 3 (Plainsong)
Offertory (Psalm Tune: Gregorian)
Motet: Adeste fidelis (trad.)
Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Del
(Missa, O quam gloriosum est regnum: Victoria)
Communion (Psalm Tune: Gregorian)


Celebrant: Fr. Myles Kavanagh, C.P.
Deacon: Fr. Anthony Behan, C.P.
Sub-Deacon: Fr. Ignatius Waters, C.P.
Sermon: Fr. Christopher Coleman, C.P.
Commentator: Fr. Patrick McEnroe
Organist: William Savage

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