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: News Review

The best of the week's newsfilm from all over the world together with other subjects of interest. For the deaf and hard of hearing a commentary appears visually
Presenter, Michael De Morgan with Ruth Leeds
followed by The Weather


Presenter: Michael de Morgan
Interpreter: Ruth Leeds
Producer: Bill Northwood

: Music, Music, Music

Starring The George Mitchell Singers
featuring John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony Mercer
with The Television Toppers
and The Barron Knights, Margaret Savage, Delia Wicks, Penny Jewkes, Les Rawlings

(John Boulter, Dai Francis, and Tony Mercer are in "The Black and White Minstrel Show" at the Victoria Palace, London)
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Recently they took off their black make-up, but kept most of their faces hidden behind masks. Now, In tonight's programme, George Mitchell's world-famous singers will be appearing bare-faced on your screen.
Music, Music, Music, as the title of the series suggests, is forty-five spectacular minutes packed with non-stop song and dance in the style they have made their own. The series will feature, as ever, John Boulter, Dai Francis, and Tony Mercer, who are all delighted to have the chance of appearing as nature made them.
'Life's much easier for us without the blacking-up,' said Tony Mercer. 'Although it's been a blessing in some ways. We've been able to go out for a quiet evening without anyone ever recognising us!'
'It used to take days to get it completely off,' added Dai Francis. But they aren't throwing those tins of dark make-up away. They will need them again next autumn when the new series of Minstrel shows begins.
Costumes will be as spectacular and lavish as ever, only this time girls won't be having it all their own way. 'We can't get away with putting the boys in blazers and flannels any more,' says George Inns, creator of Music, Music, Music and the Minstrel shows. 'They've got to have glamorous costumes, too.' Margaret Savage, Penny Jewkes, Delia Wicks, and the rest of the Television Toppers will all be there, of course, to add the feminine touch and they are joined by a newcomer, Pauline Whitaker, a very pretty brunette soprano. (Gay Search)


Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Dai Francis
Singer: Tony Mercer
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Comic band: The Barron Knights
Singer: Margaret Savage
Dancer: Delia Wicks
Singer/Dancer: Penny Jewkes
Singer: Les Rawlings
Dance direction: Roy Gunson
Vocal Arrangements/Orchestra conducted by: George Mitchell
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Orchestra Leader: Freddie Clayton
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Settings: Martin Collins
Devised by/Producer: George Inns

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Sunday Post: Christmas Day 1965 20 December 2015

: The World About Us: Avalanche

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it

Half a million tons of snow travelling at up to 200 miles an hour... From the Andes to the Alps, ever since man made his home beneath the mountain, avalanches have preyed on him. But now the careless tourist is replacing the mountain dweller as the avalanche's main victim. This film looks at avalanches from their beautiful beginning in the snow crystal to their terrible effect on the dwellings of men, and on to perhaps their ultimate control by explosives and science.
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Narrator: Robert Hardy
Cameraman: Egil Woxhold
Director: Michael Leeston-Smith
Written and presented by: Richard Robinson
Executive producer: Brian Branston

: Music Now

The monthly review of what is happening in Music Now
New music-young artists-concerts-records-anniversaries
In tonight's edition:
Colin Davis on Berlioz
Henryk Szeryng and Ernest Lush play Brahms
Richard Rodney Bennett
World premiere of Two New Songs
Jane Manning with The Vesuvius Ensemble
John Ogdon and Brenda Lucas play Lutoslawski on two pianos
Gillian Weir plays Messiaen on the organ of the Royal Festival Hall, London
Tonight's programme is the third of the new series and the first of the New Year. A wide cross-section of prominent figures in London's musical life have been invited to look back over 1968 and recall what for them were the main musical events of the year. They also discuss the things they would most like to see happen in 1969. Their recollections and forecasts are wide-ranging, as is the programme itself. So far, in two editions, Music Now has looked at orchestras, festivals, oratorios, young soloists, and new music of many different kinds. And that is how the programme hopes to continue, for its purpose is to keep pace with the changing face of musical life in Britain.



Reporter (Berlioz): Colin Davis
Violinist: Henryk Szeryng
Pianist: Ernest Lush
Soprano: Jane Manning
Musicians: The Vesuvius Ensemble
Pianist: John Ogdon
Pianist: Brenda Lucas
Organist: Gillian Weir
Reporter: Judith Jackson
Reporter: Leonard Pearcey
Director: Geoffrey Haydon
Director: David Heeley
Director: Rhona Shaw
Editor: John Drummond

: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

A series of programmes of lunacy and laughter starring, as your hosts, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin featuring a regular company of crazy characters and a bewildering array of guests


Comedian/presenter: Dan Rowan
Comedian/presenter: Dick Martin
Produced for N.B.C. by: George Schlatter
Produced for N.B.C. by: Ed Friendly

: News Summary


: Film Night

Late Night Line-Up's weekly look at the cinema with stars - previews - and a dig into the past.
Introduced by Tony Bilbow with Philip Jenkinson.


Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Philip Jenkinson
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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