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: When Comedy Was King

Written and produced by Robert Youngson.
A pageant of the screen's most famous laughter-makers.
Including: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chase, Chester Conklin, Andy Clyde, Billy Bevan, Gloria Swanson, Mabel Normand, Wallace Beery, Snub Pollard


Writer/Producer: Robert Youngson
Narrator: Dwight Weist
Music composed by: Ted Royal

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Sunday Post: Christmas Day 1965 20 December 2015

: News Summary

: The Childhood of Christ

by Berlioz.
Sung in Ely Cathedral in a new English translation by Anthony Burgess.
English Chamber Orchestra
Leader, Emanuel Hurwitz
Heinrich Schutz Chorale
Director, Roger Norrington
Conducted by Colin Davis


Composer: Hector Berlioz
Translation: Anthony Burgess
Musicians: English Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Singers: Heinrich Schutz Chorale
Chorale director: Roger Norrington
Conductor: Colin Davis
Art adviser: Michael Ayrton
Executive Producer: Humphrey Burton
Producer: Brian Large
The Narrator: Alexander Young
Mary: Josephine Veasey
Joseph: Bryan Drake
Herod/Ishmaelite Father: Heinz Rehfuss
Polydorus: James Atkins
Centurion: Roger Norrington

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Sunday Post: Christmas Day 1965 20 December 2015

: Island Yearbook

A prizewinning film from Sweden directed and photographed by Bertil Danielsson.
A Swedish family live in a lonely cabin on a tiny island in the Baltic, their only companions a dog and the wild creatures of the forest. But each year eider ducks come to nest, sea eagles to court, and foxes to hunt as the pageant of the seasons unfolds. (Repeat)


Directed and photographed by: Bertil Danielsson

: Eugenie Grandet: Part 2: Gold

by Honore de Balzac.
Dramatised in three parts by John Elliot and Elizabeth Holford.
Eugenie has fallen in love with her cousin Charles, but her father refuses to give him help or a home and he leaves for the Indies to mend his fortunes.
Recorded in the BBC's Glasgow studios
(Repeated on Thursday at 10.10)


Author: Honore de Balzac
Dramatised by: John Elliot
Dramatised by: Elizabeth Holford
Producer: Douglas Allen
Director: Rex Tucker
Eugenie Grandet: Valerie Gearon
Mme. Grandet: Beatrix Lehmann
Nanon: Avis Bunnage
Charles Grandet: David Sumner
Grandet of Saumur: Mark Dignam
M. Cruchot: Anthony Jacobs
L'Abbe Cruchot: Arthur Hewlett
M. de Bonfons: P.G. Stephens
M. des Grassins: Carl Bernard
Mme des Grassins: Mary Kerridge
Cornoiller: Richard Beale

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Sunday Post: Christmas Day 1965 20 December 2015

: Late Night Line-Up

Complete the day with the Line-Up regulars Denis Tuohy, Michael Dean, Michael Wale, Joan Bakewell, Philip Jenkinson and their Christmas guests.


Presenter: Denis Tuohy
Presenter: Michael Dean
Presenter: Michael Wale
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Philip Jenkinson

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Sunday Post: Christmas Day 1965 20 December 2015

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