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: Play School: Christmas Day

Today's story is The Little Drummer Boy illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats


Illustrator (The Little Drummer Boy): Ezra Jack Keats
Presenter: Johnny Ball
Presenter: Carol Chell

: Christmas Morning Service

from St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in the presence of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family
(also on BBC1 and BBC Wales)

: Kyoto

A masterly new film by Kon Ichikawa, director of Alone on the Pacific and Tokyo Olympiad on the magnificent former capital city of Japan.
The film is a remarkable interpretation of the indestructible elements of Japanese culture of which Kyoto is the spirit. Ichikawa records on film, for the first time in its entirety, the Imperial villa of Katsura, the famous moss gardens and the monastic life of the Buddhist monk.


Director: Kon Ichikawa
Narrator: Sir Michael Redgrave

: Royal Family

A historic documentary film by Richard Cawston
(Also on BBC1 and BBC Wales)


Producer/Director: Richard Cawston

: Chronicle: The Fate of the Armada

Introduced by Magnus Magnusson

At midnight on 26 October 1588 the galleass Girona, a warship of the Spanish Armada, foundered on the cruel rocks of the Irish coast with the loss of 1,300 lives. Aboard were the combined commanders and crews of five ships, their gold, jewels, ornaments, and treasured possessions salvaged from the defeated Armada.
Four hundred years later Robert Stenuit, a Belgian diver, author, and archaeologist, located the wreck of the Girona. With Magnus Magnusson, he tells the story of two years' dangerous and painstaking work to reveal this first discovery of the legendary treasure of the Armada, and presents the latest finds to appear from this year's dive.



Presenter: Magnus Magnusson
Archaeologist/guest: Robert Stenuit
Director: Ray Sutcliffe
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

starring Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell
From the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
This new production was first televised in January of this year.
'I cannot imagine a more sumptuous or more exciting presentation of ballet...' (Peter Black: Daily Mail)
Act 1
Act 2
Act 3
Artists of the Royal Ballet and students of the Royal Ballet School

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Leader, Charles Taylor
Conducted by John Lanchbery
Introduced by Christopher Gable


Music: Tchaikovsky
Producer: Peter Wright
Choreography: Marius Petipa
New and additional choreography/Director of the Royal Ballet: Frederick Ashton
Scenery: Henry Bardon
Costumes: Lila de Nobili
Costumes: Rostislav Doboujinsky
Musicians: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestra leader: Charles Taylor
Orchestra conducted by: John Lanchbery
Presenter: Christopher Gable
Television Presentation: John Vernon
King Florestan: Leslie Edwards
His Queen: Gerd Larsen
Princess Aurora: Antoinette Sibley
Prince Florimund: Anthony Dowell
Cattalabutte, Master of Ceremonies: Stanley Holden
Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy: Julia Farron
The Lilac Fairy: Deanne Bergsma
Prologue: :
Fairy of Beauty: Ria Peri
Her Cavalier: Petrus Bosman
Fairy of Honour: Christine Beckley
Her Cavalier: Chinko Rafique
Fairy of Modesty: Jennifer Penney
Her Cavalier: Gary Sherwood
Fairy of Joy: Georgina Parkinson
Her Cavalier: David Drew
Fairy of Song: Ann Jenner
Her Cavalier: Michael Coleman
Fairy of Temperament: Monica Mason
Her Cavalier: Paul Brown
Act: 1:
Prince of the North: Derek Rencher
Prince of the South: Kenneth Mason
Prince of the East: Keith Rosson
Prince of the West: David Drew
Act: 2:
The Countess: Christine Beckley
Prince's Aide: Ronald Plaisted
Act: 3:
Gold and Silver Pas de Trois: Ann Jenner
Gold and Silver Pas de Trois: Brian Shaw
Gold and Silver Pas de Trois: Keith Martin
The Blue Birds: Merle Park
The Blue Birds: Michael Coleman
Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat: Leslie Collier
Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat: Alexander Grant
Dancers: Artists of the Royal Ballet and students of the Royal Ballet School

: News Summary


: Call My Bluff: Christmas Edition

A duel of words and wit between Cliff Michelmore, Kenneth More, Lance Percival and Jean Metcalfe, Eleanor Summerfield, Hilary Pritchard
Referee Robert Robinson



Team captain: Cliff Michelmore
Panellist: Kenneth More
Panellist: Lance Percival
Team captain: Jean Metcalfe
Panellist: Eleanor Summerfield
Panellist: Hilary Pritchard
Referee: Robert Robinson
Call My Bluff devised by: Mark Goodson
Call My Bluff devised by: Bill Todman
Director: Michael Goodwin
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: The Price of Fame or Fame at any Price

featuring the combined and various talents of Georgie Fame and Alan Price with special guests Billy Preston, Doris Troy
The Ladybirds, Pan's People



Singer/Musician: Georgie Fame
Singer/Musician: Alan Price
Singer: Billy Preston
Singer: Doris Troy
Singers: The Ladybirds
Dancers: Pan's People
Choreography: Flick Colby
Musical director: Reg Guest
Sound: Tony Miller
Lighting: Peter Smee
Design: Roger Ford
Production: Stanley Dorfman

: The Paladins of Palermo

The Sicilian Teatro dei Pupi is probably the most exciting, and certainly the most bloodthirsty, of all the world's puppet theatres. Dragons, cannibals, angels, devils, the knights of Charlemagne, courtly love and revenge are all presented with a blaze of colour and a really astonishing amount of noise.
In this film performance the dialogue is sub-titled, but the plot may be summarised as death-or-glory and needs no explanation for anyone who has ever slain dragons in his sleep.
A Review special


Producer: David Cheshire

: Children Talking: That Christmas Feeling

Gerald Harrison talks to boys and girls in North London schools about the world's biggest festival
(from BBC North)


Interviewer: Gerald Harrison
Producer: Bob Mozley

: Jesus

The story of His life through the eyes of the young generation
The Young Generation

Heather Beckers, Bobby Bannerman, Marie Betts, Iain Burton, Ann Chapman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Collins, Roger Finch, Jackie Dalton, Richard Gough, Denise Fone, Paul Guess, Jane Herbert, Harry Higham, Lynda Herbert, Roger Howlett, Carolyn Heywood, Nigel Lythgoe, Linda Jolliff, Colin Pilditch, Lesley Judd, Jeremy Robinson, Kay Korda, Brian Rogers, Linda Lawrence, Donald Torr, Sandy Penson,
Kenneth Warwick, Wei Wei Wong, Trevor Willis


Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Heather Beckers
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Bobby Bannerman
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Marie Betts
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Iain Burton
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Ann Chapman
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Chris Cooper
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Catherine Collins
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Roger Finch
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Jackie Dalton
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Richard Gough
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Denise Fone
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Paul Guess
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Jane Herbert
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Harry Higham
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Lynda Herbert
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Roger Howlett
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Carolyn Heywood
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Nigel Lythgoe
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Linda Jolliff
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Colin Pilditch
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Lesley Judd
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Jeremy Robinson
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Kay Korda
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Brian Rogers
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Linda Lawrence
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Donald Torr
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Sandy Penson
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Kenneth Warwick
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Wei Wei Wong
Singer/dancer (The Young Generation): Trevor Willis
Choreography: Douglas Squires
Narrator: Derek Francis
Music: Claude-Henri Vic
Lyrics: John McCarthy
Musical and vocal director: Alyn Ainsworth
Incidental music: John McCarthy
Music: Alan Roper
Costumes: Joyce Mortlock
Sound: John Timperley
Sound: Norman Bennett
Sound: Larry Goodson
Lighting: Dickie Higham
Lighting: Duncan Brown
Design: Roger Lowe
Production: Stewart Morris

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Saturday Post: Dancing on Air 1 October 2016

: The News and Weather


: Bird's-Eye view: Beside the Seaside

by Sir John Betjeman
An aerial tour of the English seaside in the company of John Betjeman

"A swooping seagull takes its flight
From Weymouth to the Isle of Wight
From Cornish cliff tops wild and bare
To crowds at Weston-super-Mare
The seaside seen as history
Bournemouth, Butlin's and Torquay
Whatever paddles, surfs or sails
Braves the waves or rides the gales
A scrapbook made at Christmastime
Of summer joys in film and rhyme."


Presenter: Sir John Betjeman
Cameraman: Ian Stone
Editor: Edward Roberts
Producer: Edward Mirzoeff

Blog posts that mention this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 21: Alternative Christmas Day viewing, 1969 21 December 2016
Watch and listen to 8,500 programmes on the BBC website 27 July 2015

: This Colourful Year of Sport

At home in his 200-year-old Sussex windmill ('a good place for memories') Henry Longhurst looks back in colour on the highspots and low-spots of sport in 1969, and mixes a brew of excitement, nostalgia, and personal opinions.
Guests: Henry Cooper, Colin Cowdrey and Grand National winning jockey Eddie Harty
In action: Tony Jacklin; Arnold Palmer; the Ryder Cup; the Cup Final; England's soccer team; Leeds United; George Best; Dave Mackay; Rod Laver; Ann Jones; Pancho Gonzales; Jackie Stewart; Lester Piggott; Henry Cooper; Alan Rudkin; Jack Bodell; Gary Sobers; John Edrich; Derek Underwood; the Derby; the Grand National; Rugby League; Ian Stewart; Lillian Board; Budge Rogers; the Springboks; the anti-Springboks; the pressures; the politics; the punch-ups.


Presenter: Henry Longhurst
Guest: Henry Cooper
Guest: Colin Cowdrey
Guest: Eddie Harty
Production team: Bob Abrahams
Production team: Ken Hawkes
Production team: Denis Kelly
Editor: Phil Pilley

: Barbra Streisand entertains and causes A Happening in Central Park

An echo of a late summer's evening in New York when that one-woman phenomenon which is Streisand held an audience of some 128,000 people spellbound for almost an hour.



Singer: Barbra Streisand
Produced and directed by: Robert Scheerer

: News Headlines


: The Day They Robbed the Bank of England

starring Aldo Ray, Peter O'Toole, Elizabeth Sellars

A group of Irish patriots and a professional American criminal make a daring attempt to achieve the impossible.


Director: John Guillermin
Producer: Jules Buck
Charles Norgate: Aldo Ray
Capt Fitch: Peter O'Toole
Iris Muldoon: Elizabeth Sellars
Walsh: Kieron Moore
Tosher: Albert Sharpe
Asst Curator: Miles Malleson

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