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A programme for children at home
Useful Box Day
Presenters this week,
Carole Ward , Brian Cant
In the story chair, Roy Castle
And all the bells on earth shall ring. On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day, And all the bells on earth shall ring. On Christmas Day in the morning.
A star, a stable, a manger, a baby. The story of the First Christmas will be retold today by Roy CASTLE with new illustrations by CHARLES KEEPING .


Unknown: Carole Ward
Unknown: Roy Castle
Illustrations By: Charles Keeping


Her Majesty's Christmas Message to the Commonwealth


In this unique film originally shown on Christmas Day last year Sir Kenneth Clark tells the story of the kings and queens who built these palaces and filled them with the greatest private collection of art in the world
Music composed and arranged by SIR ARTHUR Bliss
Master of the Queen's Mustek
Sinfonia of London
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
Executive producer, DAVID WINDLESHAM Directed by ANTHONY DE LOTBINIÈRE Produced by BBC Television and Independent Television


Unknown: Sir Kenneth Clark
Arranged By: Sir Arthur Bliss
Conducted By: Muir Mathieson
Producer: David Windlesham
Directed By: Anthony de Lotbinière

: Amahl and the Night Visitors

An opera in one act
Words and music by Gian-Carlo Menotti
Ambosian Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master, John McCarthy
Donare Dance Troupe
Choreographer. Philippe Perottet
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Led by Ernest Scott
Associate conductor, David Tod Boyd
Repetiteur, Michael Bassett
Conductor, James Lockhart
(Forbes Robinson appears by arrangement with The General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Don Garrard by arrangement with Sadler's Wells Opera)
See colour pages


Words and music: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Singers: Ambosian Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master: John McCarthy
Dancers: Donare Dance Troupe
Choreographer: Philippe Perottet
Orchestra led by: Ernest Scott
Associate conductor: David Tod Boyd
Repetiteur: Michael Bassett
Conductor: James Lockhart
Designer: Eileen Diss
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Michael Hayes
Amahl: Paull Boucher
His Mother: April Cantelo
King Kaspar: Joseph Ward
King Melchior: Forbes Robinson
King Balthazar: Don Garrard
The Page: Emyr Green

: Doctor in Love

Starring Michael Craig, Virginia Maskell, James Robertson Justice.
See page 24


Screenplay: Nicholas Phipps
Based on the novel by: Richard Gordon
Director: Ralph Thomas
Producer: Betty Box
Dr Hare: Michael Craig
Dr Burke: Leslie Phillips
Sir Lancelot Spratt: James Robertson Justice
Dr Nicola Barrington: Virginia Maskell
Dr Cardew: Nicholas Phipps
Wildewinde: Reginald Beckwith
Dawn: Joan Sims
Leonora: Liz Fraser
Lady Spratt: Carole Lesley


in Clown Alley
A circus setting for a truly great clown and comedian helped-and hindered-by Martha Raye , Vincent Price
Bobby Rydcll , Jackie Coogan


Unknown: Martha Raye
Unknown: Vincent Price
Unknown: Bobby Rydcll
Unknown: Jackie Coogan


Music by RAVI SHANKAR Commentary written by WILLIAM SANSOM and spoken by ARTHUR HOWARD
Produced, directed, and photographed by ARNE SUCKSDORFF
The idyllic life of the Muria tribe of Northern India is threatened by a ravage leopard.


Music By: Ravi Shankar
Written By: William Sansom
Spoken By: Arthur Howard
Unknown: Arne Sucksdorff


An exciting and colourful spectacular featuring the romantic music of Rumania by eighty dancers and musicians on their first visit to this country
Introduced by Doina Tanasescu
Staged by Philip Hindin
Televised by arrangement with Leslie A. Macdonnell Presented for television by John VERNON


Introduced By: Doina Tanasescu
Arrangement With: Leslie A. MacDonnell
Television By: John Vernon


Narrated by Derek Jones Florida has one of the most unusual national parks in the world. THE JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF PARK
Here tourists can dive into the mysterious depths for close-up views of all sorts of beautiful and fascinating marine life.
Filmed and directed by DON RENN
Presented for television by Suzanne Gibbs


Unknown: Derek Jones Florida
Directed By: Don Renn
Television By: Suzanne Gibbs

: The Black and White Minstrel Show

Starring The Mitchell Minstrels
with John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony MercerGuest star, Semprini
also starring Margaret Savage, The Television Toppers, Delia Wicks, Don Cleaver,
Penny Jewkes, Les Rawlings, Sheila Bernette, Peter Glaze

The Black and White Minstrel Show is appearing at the Victoria Palace, London, and at the Opera House, Manchester; Leslie Crowther is in 'Let Sleeping Wives Lie' at the Garrick Theatre, London
See page 24


Singers/Dancers: The Mitchell Minstrels
Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Dai Francis
Singer: Tony Mercer
Compere: Leslie Crowther
Pianist: null Semprini
Singer: Margaret Savage
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Dancer: Delia Wicks
Singer: Don Cleaver
Singer/Dancer: Penny Jewkes
Singer: Les Rawlings
Comedienne: Sheila Bernette
Comedian: Peter Glaze
Dance direction: Roy Gunson
Vocal arrangements/Orchestra conducted by: George Mitchell
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
The Orchestra leader: Freddie Clayton
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Settings: Lionel Radford
Devised and produced by: George Inns

: News Summary


Parts I, 2, and 3 Conducted by Benjamin Britten
The Aldeburgh Festival performance from the Great Church of the Holy Trinity Long Melford, Suffolk
Heather Harper (soprano)
Helen Watts (contralto)
Peter Pears (tenor)
Thomas Hemsley (bass)
The Ambrosian Singers
KEITH HARVEY (cello continuo) PHILIP LEDGER (harpsichord) ALAN BROWN (organ)
The English Chamber Orchestra Leader, EMANUEL HURWITZ
Producer, WALTER TODDS Directed by BAStL COLEMAN


Conducted By: Benjamin Britten
Soprano: Heather Harper
Contralto: Helen Watts
Tenor: Peter Pears
Bass: Thomas Hemsley
Cello: Keith Harvey
Harpsichord: Alan Brown
Leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Directed By: Bastl Coleman

: Late Night Line-Up

A last look around the daily scene with Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Brian King and Sheridan Morley.
"A terrible show" (John Gay)


Presenter: Michael Dean
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Brian King
Presenter: Sheridan Morley

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