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: Gwelsom Ei Seren Ef

Myfyrdod ar Wyl y Geni o dan arweiniad
Y Parch, William Morris
Cenir yr emynau gan gõr Y Tabernacl,
Caerdydd Arweinydd a Chorfeistr, Arwel Hughes
Cynhyrchydd, Tregelles Williams
Cyfarwyddwr, George Owen
We Saw His Star: Welsh meditation


Unknown: William Morris
Unknown: Arwel Hughes
Unknown: Tregelles Williams
Unknown: George Owen

: Her Majesty The Queen

A sound recording of The Queen's Christmas message.
This broadcast may also be heard on BBC Radio
followed by News Headlines

: Ring of Bright Water

"He has married me with a ring, a ring of bright water whose ripples travel from the heart of the sea"
Gavin Maxwell talks to W. Gordon Smith at Camusfearns in the Scottish Highlands, the 'embattled position' in which he lives and writes about himself and his famous otters.


Interviewee: Gavin Maxwell
Interviewer: W. Gordon Smith
Film Cameraman: Norman Shepherd
Sound: Charles Clark
Sound: John Goodwin
Film Editor: Bob Gautrey
Producer: W. Gordon Smith

: Zizou The Alpine Cat

A film from France.
A stray cat turns up at a small village in the French Alps and is adopted by the warden of the refuge hut there. Zizou, as they call it, seems strangely attracted by the peaks and goes out every morning with the climbers.

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in the songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
BBC film


Narrator: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Morning Service from York Minster

Preacher, The Archbishop of York
Music under the direction of Francis Jackson includes "Hark the herald angels sing"
Hodie Christus natus est - Poulenc
O come all ye faithful Te Deum and Jubilate - Britten
Lully lulla, thou little tiny child - Leighton
Unto us a Boy is born - Shaw


Preacher: The Archbishop of York [Donald Coggan]
Musical Direction: Francis Jackson
Presented for TV by: Peter Hamilton

: Meet the Kids

Frankie Howerd invites you to Meet the Kids in hospital this Christmas.
BBC Outside Broadcast cameras make their annual visit to the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, London.
(Frankie Howerd is in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at the Strand Theatre, London)


Presenter: Frankie Howerd
Presented by: Robin Scott

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Saturday Satire 16 August 2015

: The Red Stallion

A film directed by Lesley Selander.
When he learns that his grandmother is to lose her ranch, young Joel secretly trains his stallion. Big Red, in the hope that it will become a champion racehorse and pay off their debts.


Director: Lesley Selander
Joel: Ted Donaldson
Andy: Robert Paige
Grandma Curtis: Jane Darwell
Ellen: Noreen Nash

: Carols for Christmas Day

Introduced by Sir Malcolm Sargent who conducts the Royal Choral Society in the famous Carol Concert they give each Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall, London.


Presenter/choral conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Singers: The Royal Choral Society
Producer: John Vernon

: Walt Disney

Walt Disney has made many feature films and cartoons based on British stories, or with British actors and technicians.
David Tomlinson introduces scenes from some of these, including Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Robin Hood, The Reluctant Dragon, The Adventures of Mr. Toad, Swiss Family Robinson, In Search of the Castaways, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, Dr. Syn, Alias The Scarecrow, The Three Lives of Thomasina, The Sword in the Stone.
Films by courtesy of Walt Disney


Presenter: David Tomlinson
Presentation: Richard Evans

: Billy Smart's Circus

Billy Smart's Circus brings to Britain and presents to Europe the world's foremost performers in The Greatest Show on Earth.

The Jester's Jamboree
Britain's youngest showman makes his debut and scores of artists and animals circle the arena.
Aerialistic Extravaganza
Everything happens all the time with eleven aerialists: featuring the Roeber Sisters and starring Alma Piaia.

Cycling Czechmates
The six incomparable Kludskyi.

Acrobats Hilarious
Les Najarros are the fastest and the funniest.

Entry of the Eccentrics
Frank Harty, Speedy Stilts Gonzales, Little Brian, Spuggy, Alby Austin, and The Sloans

The Perilous Pendulum
In the peak of the Big Top are the remarkable revolving Stawickis.

Music and Madness
In the French style from the Impeccable Pipo, Mimile, and Darlo.

Circus in Miniature
Harold's beautiful, wire-walking, cycling, free-flying budgerigars.

Flying Flamenco
The superb Arturo Segura dances, balances, and bounds on a
high-tension tightrope.

The Candle Gag
Incredible markmanship from Portugal's Luftman clowns.

Billy Smart Jr. presents an unsurpassable spectacle.

Swing High, Swing Lonely
Starring the sensational American Gerard Soules, the most daring solo trapeze artist in the world.

A Living Christmas Card to you from Billy Smart and all the artists

Programme introduced by Harry Towb.
The George Mitchell Singers
(Billy Smart's Circus is appearing at the Queen's Hall, Leeds)
See page 35


Aerialists: The Rober Sisters
Aerialist: Alma Piaia
Cyclists: Kludskyi
Acrobatics: Les Najarros
Clown: Frank Harty
Performer: Speedy Stilts Gonzales
Performer: Little Brian
Performer: Spuggy
Clown: Alby Austin
Performers: The Sloans
Performers: Stawickis
Performers: Pipo, Mimile, and Darlo
Showman: Billy Smart Jr.
Trapeze artist: Gerard Soules
Presenter: Harry Towb
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Ringmaster: Ares De Writ
Musical Director: Jack Ansell
Circus Presentation: Ronnie Smart
Circus Presentation: David Smart
Producer: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd

A comedy adventure film.
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Charles Laughton
There are high jinks on the high seas when Abbott and Costello cross cutlasses with the infamous, blood-curdling Captain Kidd.
See page 35


Director: Charles Lamont
Rocky Stonebridge: Bud Abbott
Oliver Johnson: Lou Costello
Captain Kidd: Charles Laughton
Lady Jane: Fran Warren
Captain Bonney: Hillary Brooke
Bruce Martingale: Bill Shirley

: Sooty: Sooty's Christmas Party

Sweep and Harry Corbett invite you to Sooty's Christmas Party.
From the North
(Sooty, Sweep, and Harry Corbett are appearing at the Prince Charles Theatre, London)


Puppeteer: Harry Corbett
Producer: Trevor Hill

: The News

: The Mills Family

John, Mary, Juliet, Hayley and Jonathan Mills make an after-tea appeal on behalf of Freedom from Hunger.
A campaign 'to help the hungry to help themselves'.
Contributions, preferably by crossed postal order or cheque, will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to: [address removed]


Presenter: John Mills
Presenter: Mary Mills
Presenter: Juliet Mills
Presenter: Hayley Mills
Presenter: Jonathan Mills

: Dick Whittington

Adapted for television by John Law and Harry Carlisle.
Starring Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd, Reg Varney
The Eric Robinson Orchestra
Leader, Antony Gilbert
Conducted by Eric Robinson

(Reg Varney is appearing in "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford; Patricia Lambert in "Robinson Crusoe" at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool; David Davenport in "The Man In the Moon" at the London Palladium)
See page 35


Adapted for television by/Book and original songs: John Law
Adapted for television by: Harry Carlisle
Musicians: The Eric Robinson Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Antony Gilbert
Conductor: Eric Robinson
Original Music: Gordon Franks
Vocal Arrangements: George Mitchell
Musical Arrangements: Gordon Franks
Musical Arrangements: Peter Akister
Choreography: Tommy Shaw
Choreography: David Harding
Director: Peter Whitmore
Producer: Harry Carlisle
Fairy: Barbara von der Heyde
Alice: Patricia Lambert
Ebenezer Fitzwarren: David Davenport
Daphne, the cook: Terry Scott
Jack the bosun: Hugh Lloyd
Tommy, the cat: Gerry Lee
Dick Whittington: Yvonne Marsh
Capt Reginald Fitzwarren: Reg Varney
Selby, an insurance broker: Alec Bregonzi
J. Farthingale-Singleton: Norman Mitchell
The Sultan: Ken Parry
The Vizier: Norman Mitchell
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: The Tommy Shaw Dancers
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Ann Berrecloth
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Sandra Blair
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Ann Bullen
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Pat Cassy
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Jean Cragg
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Val Denester
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Doreen Hermitage
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Wendy Holland
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Dawn Hughes
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Maggie Lee
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Nicky Springfield
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Barbara Staveley
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Neil Fitzwilliam
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Louis Godfrey
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Peter Gordino
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: John Gordon
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Bernard Jamison
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Leon Ward
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: The George Mitchell Singers
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Eve Blanchard
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Marilyn Dougan
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Margaret Eaves
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Margaret Lawler
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Eddie Brooks
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Alan Cooper
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Carl Ewer
Citizens, sailors, strolling players, and slaves: Les Rawlings

: Z Cars: It Never Rains...

by John Hopkins.
There are two young constables in each car, ready to deal with trouble as it happens.

On Christmas Eve Lynch and Graham are as full of good will to all men as any police officers can be - with a garage robbery to deal with, and with other people's celebrations to get in the way.


Writer: John Hopkins
Designer: Stanley Morris
Film sequences - Cameraman: Charles Lagus
Film sequences - Editor: Alan Martin
Casebook Material: C.N. Lindsay
Producer: David E. Rose
Director: Terence Williams
PC Lynch: James Ellis
PC Graham: Colin Welland

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A specially recorded programme featuring your favourite light entertainment artists.
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews.

The Black and White Minstrels
Starring The Mitchell Minstrels
Conducted by George Mitchell
and The Television Toppers, John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony Mercer, Benny Garcia, Margaret Savage

Russ Conway with Children from the Corona Stage School

Billy Cotton and his Band

Dixon of Dock Green
Script by Ted Willis.
[Starring] Jack Warner
with Arthur Rigby, Peter Byrne, Jeannette Hutchinson, Larry Martyn, Laura Graham, Jean Marlow

Dick Emery and Joan Sims with Michael Balfour

Hugh and I
Script by John Chapman.
[Starring] Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd
with Vi Stevens, Jack Haig, Patricia Hayes

It's a Square World
Michael Bentine says It's a Square World
Devised and written by Michael Bentine and John Law.

Juke Box Jury
[Starring] Stanley Baxter and David Jacobs

The Marriage Lines
Script by Richard Waring.
[Starring] Richard Briers and Prunella Scales

Kenneth McKellar, Nina and Frederik, Andy Stewart with Ian Powrie and his Band

(The Black and White Minstrels are appearing at the Victoria Palace, London; Kenneth McKellar is in 'A Love for Jamie' at the Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow: Andy Stewart is in 'The Andy Stewart Show' at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh)


Presenter/continuity written by: Eamonn Andrews
Continuity written by: John Law
Orchestra directed by: Harry Rabinowitz
Film Editor: Richard Barclay
Producer: Graeme Muir
Singers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Mitchell Minstrels
Minstrels conducted by/Vocal arrangements (The Black and White Minstrels): George Mitchell
Dancers (The Black and White Minstrels): The Television Toppers
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): John Boulter
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Dai Francis
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Tony Mercer
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Benny Garcia
Singer (The Black and White Minstrels): Margaret Savage
Dance direction (The Black and White Minstrels): Larry Gordon
Orchestra conducted by (The Black and White Minstrels): Eric Robinson
Director (The Black and White Minstrels): George Inns
Pianist: Russ Conway
Singers: Children from the Corona Stage School
Vocal direction: Rita Williams
Director (Russ Conway/Billy Cotton and his Band): Michael Hurll
Musicians: Billy Cotton and his Band
Script (Dixon of Dock Green): Ted Willis
Director (Dixon of Dock Green): Robin Nash
PC George Dixon: Jack Warner
Station Sgt. Flint: Arthur Rigby
Det. Sgt. Andy Crawford: Peter Byrne
Mary Crawford: Jeannette Hutchinson
[Actor]: Larry Martyn
WPC: Laura Graham
[Actress]: Jean Marlow
Comedian: Dick Emery
Performer: Joan Sims
Performer: Michael Balfour
Script: John Warren
Script: John Singer
Director: John Street
Script (Hugh and I): John Chapman
Director (Hugh and I): David Croft
Terry: Terry Scott
Hugh: Hugh Lloyd Mrs. Scott: Vi Stevens
Arthur Wormold: Jack Haig
Mrs. Wormold: Patricia Hayes
Comedian (It's a Square World): Michael Bentine
Devised and written by (It's a Square World): Michael Bentine
Devised and written by (It's a Square World): John Law
Director (It's a Square World): Joe McGrath
Script and lyrics (Juke Box Jury): Ken Hoare
Music (Juke Box Jury): Dennis Wilson
Make-up supervised by (Juke Box Jury): Cherry Alston
Wardrobe supervised by (Juke Box Jury): Sonia Kerr
Film cameraman (Juke Box Jury): Tony Leggo
Film editor (Juke Box Jury): Geoff Botterill
Director (Juke Box Jury): James Gilbert
[Actor]: Stanley Baxter
Himself: David Jacobs Script (The Marriage Lines): Richard Waring
Director (The Marriage Lines): Graeme Muir
George Starling: Richard Briers
Kate Starling: Prunella Scales
Tenor: Kenneth McKellar
Director: Yvonne Littlewood
Singers: Nina and Frederik
Orchestra conducted by: John Barry
Director: Nick Burrell-Davis
Singer: Andy Stewart
Musicians: Ian Powrie and his Band
Director: Iain MacFadyen

: Charlie Chaplin: The Gold Rush

His own specially prepared sound version of The Gold Rush.
See page 35


Producer/Director: Charlie Chaplin
Lone Prospector: Charlie Chaplin
Big Jim Mackay: Mack Swain
Black Larsen: Tom Murray
The Girl: Georgia Hale

: The News

: The Christmas Music

from Messiah by Handel.
Recorded in Llandaff Cathedral by permission of the Dean and Chapter
Heather Harper (soprano), Norma Procter (contralto), Richard Standen (bass)
The Glendower Singers, The Shelley Singers (Chorus director, Eiddwen Griffiths), The Lyrian Singers (Chorus director, Bryn Williams)
Harpsichord, Charles Clements
BBC Welsh Orchestra
Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conducted by Mansel Thomas


Soprano: Heather Harper
Contralto: Norma Procter
Bass: Richard Standen
Singers: The Glendower Singers
Singers: The Shelley Singers
Chorus Director: Eiddwen Griffiths
Singers: The Lyrian Singers
Chorus Director: Bryn Williams
Harpsichordist: Charles Clements
Musicians: BBC Welsh Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Philip Whiteway
[Orchestra] conducted by: Mansel Thomas
Music associate: Alwyn Jones
Director: Hywel Williams

: Holy Night

The story of Christ's Birth at Bethlehem shown through the play of light and movement of the camera on porcelain figures made in Naples in the eighteenth century

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