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: Play School: Dressing-Up Day

A programme for children at home
Today's story: 'The Lost Tambourine'
Repeated on BBC-1 and BBC Wales at 4.10 p.m.
(to 11.20)


Presenter: Julie Stevens
Presenter: Brian Cant

: Christmas Is Coming

featuring Brigitte Bardot, Harry Secombe, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass, Buddy Rich and his Orchestra


Singer: Brigitte Bardot
Entertainer: Harry Secombe
Entertainer: Frank Sinatra
Entertainer: Gene Kelly
Musicians: Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass
Musicians: Buddy Rich and his Orchestra

: Little Women

A film based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Starring June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Peter Lawford, Rossano Brazzi

Louisa May Alcott's classic story about the fortunes of four sisters in America in the 1860s, loosely based on her own childhood experiences.


Based on the novel by: Louisa May Alcott
Screenplay: Andrew Solt
Screenplay: Sarah Y. Mason
Screenplay: Victor Heerman
Produced and directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Jo: June Allyson
Amy: Elizabeth Taylor
Meg: Janet Leigh
Beth: Margaret O'Brien
Marmee: Mary Astor
Laurie: Peter Lawford
Professor Bhaer: Rossano Brazzi
Aunt March: Lucile Watson
Mr. Laurence: C. Aubrey Smith
Dr. Barnes: Harry Davenport

: Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass

A close-up of the world-famous trumpet player at work and in carefree mood from Malibu to Mexico
A programme recorded in America


Musicians: Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass
Director/producer: Dwight Hemion
Producer: Gary Smith

: The Christmas Visitor

A Halas and Batchelor cartoon
The Christmas Visitor is Santa Claus with a bumper sack of toys and other presents.


Animators: Halas and Batchelor

: Stowaway in the Sky

Pascal's grandfather invents a balloon and the young boy stows away on a spectacular voyage.
A film written and directed by Albert Lamorisse

Albert Lamorisse, maker of the famous short film "The Red Balloon", this time takes his cameras aloft in a balloon for an extraordinary voyage across France.


Written and directed by: Albert Lamorisse
Pascal: Pascal Lamorisse
Grandfather: Andre Gille
Tou-Tou: Maurice Baquet
Narrator: Jack Lemmon

: Newsroom

The World Tonight
Reporting: John Timpson, Peter Woods and the reporters and correspondents of BBC News
followed by The Weather


Newsreader: John Timpson
Newsreader: Peter Woods

: The Pistol Shot

by Nicholas Bethell
Based on a short story by Alexander Pushkin
Starring John Ronane as Silvio, Peter Jeffrey as The Baron, Ann Bell as Sofia, Ilona Rodgers as The Baroness

"John Ronane... and Peter Jeffrey... were both excellent: the scene of their first duel was beautifully done." (The Times)
"Duels have been parodied so often that it was a tribute to the production that this one had to be taken seriously." (Daily Telegraph)
"'The Pistol Shot' beautifully dressed, impeccably designed, firmly in the tradition of European literature." (Sunday Times)



Writer: Nicholas Bethell
Based on a story by: Alexander Pushkin
Designer: Peter Seddon
Producer: Michael Bakewell
Director: John Gibson
Silvio: John Ronane
The Baron: Peter Jeffrey
Sofia: Ann Bell
The Baroness: Ilona Rodgers
Stefan: Michael Bilton
Andrei: Philip Bond
Ivan: John Hollis
Sergei: Peter Marinker
Alexander: Sean Arnold
Paul: Andrew Robertson
Nicholas: Wesley Murphy
The General: Michael David
Matvei: Dennis Shaw

: Francis Albert Sinatra: The Frank Sinatra Show

Francis Albert Sinatra does his thing and invites you to The Frank Sinatra Show
with his guests Diahann Carroll and the Fifth Dimension.
A programme recorded in America


Singer: Frank Sinatra
Singer: Diahann Carroll
Singers: The Fifth Dimension
Producer: Saul Illson
Producer: Ernest Chambers
Director: Clark Jones

: Phantasmagoria

or the story of The Magic Lantern
Horizon presents a nostalgic, colourful, Christmas entertainment. Laughter, joy, sadness; all the wisdom of centuries; riddles that have puzzled kings; angels, witches, pirates, sirens-they are all in the magic box of the itinerant Magic Lantern Showman.
Mr. Michael Balfour invites you to share the mystery and magic of the famous Victorian optical toy-the last moment before pictures began to move.
Miss Florence De Jong provides the musical accompaniment.


Presenter: Michael Balfour
Organist: Florence De Jong
Editor: R.W. Reid
Producer: Tom Scott Robson
Producer: Robert Vas

: The Clerkes of Oxenford

sing a programme of early Christmas carols

The Clerkes of Oxenford are former choral scholars of Oxford University, and the fifteenth-century Chapel of Magdalen College is an appropriate setting for these English and Continental carols which mostly date from the same period.

Sonata for Trombones (Daniel Speer), I Come from Heaven High to Tell, Eia! Novus Annus Est, Verbum Patris, O Magnum Mysterium (Jacob Handl), The Lord at First Did Adam Make, Make We Joy Now in This Fest (Walton), Nova! Nova!, Quem Pastores Laudavere, Magnificat for Trombone (Samuel Scheidt)
(Filmed in Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, by permission of the President and Fellows)


Singers: The Clerkes of Oxenford
Musical Director: David Wulstan
Producer: David Buckton

: The Captain's Table

Starring John Gregson, Peggy Cummins, Donald Sinden, Nadia Gray
with Maurice Denham, Richard Wattis

A tramp steamer captain promoted to the bridge of a luxury liner finds he has a whole new set of problems to contend with.


Screenplay: Bryan Forbes
Screenplay: John Whiting
Screenplay: Nicholas Phipps
Based on the novel by: Richard Gordon
Director: Jack Lee
Producer: Joseph Janni
Captain Ebbs: John Gregson
Mrs. Judd: Peggy Cummins
Shawe-Wilson: Donald Sinden
Mrs. Porteous: Nadia Gray
Major Broster: Maurice Denham
Prittlewell: Richard Wattis
Burtweed: Reginald Beckwith
Reddish: Nicholas Phipps
Maude Pritchett: Joan Sims

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