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: Play School: Science Day

Today's story is Puss In Boots adapted and illustrated by Barry Wilkinson



Adapter/illustrator (Puss In Boots): Barry Wilkinson
Presenter: Johnny Ball
Presenter: Carol Chell
Pianist: Jonathan Cohen
Scripted and directed by: Peter Wiltshire
Scripted and directed by: Peter Ridsdale Scott
Series producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: The Red Balloon

Albert Lamorisse's delightful award-winning fantasy about a little boy who makes friends with a red balloon.
The majestic views of Paris, the impeccable trick photography, and the charm of Lamorisse's son, Pascal, make this a worthy successor to the director's famous Wild Stallion.
Written and directed by Albert Lamorisse


Music: Maurice Le Roux
Photography: Edmund Sechan
Writer/director: Albert Lamorisse

: Bell, Book, and Candle

starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

The film version of John Van Druten's play with a strong and appealing cast headed by James Stewart as a publisher and Kim Novak as a young lady with 'strange powers' who, with her Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester), belongs to a family of witches. This delightful comedy with an excellent cast is ideal entertainment for Boxing Day.



Author: John Van Druten
Script: Daniel Taradash
Director: Richard Quine
Shepherd Henderson: James Stewart
Gillian Holroyd: Kim Novak
Nicky Holroyd: Jack Lemmon
Sidney Redlitch: Ernie Kovacs
Mrs De Pass: Hermione Gingold
Queenie: Elsa Lanchester
Merle Kittridge: Janice Rule

: News Summary


: Gardeners' World

from Blenheim Palace
with Percy Thrower and guest Arthur Negus
Very few homes are without a modest, if sometimes motley collection of flower vases, bowls, and pots which, collectively, are called, less familiarly perhaps jardiniere.
Arthur Negus shows some superb examples from the past and Percy Thrower suggests what flowers and plants they might have contained.
(from BBC Midlands)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Arthur Negus
Producer/Director: Bill Duncalf

: Aida

Verdi's opera conducted by Edward Downes
starring Gwyneth Jones as Aida, Grace Bumbry as Amneris, Charles Craig as Radames, John Shaw as Amonasro
First shown in February last year, this was the first-ever complete opera televised live and in colour direct from the stage of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
'One of those rare experiences' (The Sun)
'Gorgeous to behold' (The Times)
'A revelation to have the eye so well directed' (Daily Telegraph
Covent Garden Opera Chorus
Chorus-master Douglas Robinson
Covent Garden Opera Ballet
Ballet-mistress Romayne Grigorova
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Leader Charles Taylor
Sung in Italian with English sub-titles

Act 1: Memphis
Scene 1 The Royal Palace
Scene 2 The Temple of Vulcan Act 2: Thebes
Scene 1 The apartments of Amneris
Scene 2 Near the city gates
Act 3 The banks of the Nile, near the Temple of Isis
Act 4: Memphis
Scene 1 The Royal Palace
Scene 2 The Temple of Vulcan above; a crypt below


Composer: Verdi Conductor: Edward Downes
Producer: Peter Potter
Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis
Choreography: Peter Wright
Singers: Covent Garden Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
Dancers: Covent Garden Opera Ballet
Dancer: Romayne Grigorova
Musicians: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Leader: Charles Taylor
Words by: Camille du Locle
Translated into Italian verse by: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Television presentation: John Vernon
Aida: Gwyneth Jones
Amneris: Grace Bumbry
Radames: Charles Craig
Amonasro: John Shaw
Ramfis, High Priest of Isis: Joseph Rouleau
Radames, Captain of the Egyptian Guard: Charles Craig
Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt: Grace Bumbry
Aida, Ethiopian slave to Amneris: Gwyneth Jones
The King of Egypt: David Kelly
A messenger: Glynne Thomas
A priestess: Anne Finley
Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, father of Aida: John Shaw
Solo dancers: Monica Mason
Solo dancers: Kenneth Mason
Solo dancers: David Drew
Solo dancers: Ian Hamilton

: The Distracted Preacher

starring Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Gable

The widow is young and difficult to resist. She helps the new Wesleyan minister to cure his streaming cold and he is troubled in his conscience because of her and mystified by her apparent involvement in the sinful ways of Nether Moynton.
(from BBC South and West)


Screenplay: John Hale
From the story by: Thomas Hardy
Music: Tom McCall
Film cameraman: George Shears
Film editor: Charles Aldridge
Make-up: Grisell Lindsay
Costumes: Joan Wakefield
Designer: Desmond Chinn
Director: Brandon Acton-Bond
Robert Stockdale: Christopher Gable
George, the carrier: Jerold Wells
Hardman, the smith: Michael Goldie
Owlett, the miller: Norman Jones
Martha: Susan Broadhurst
Mrs Simpkins: Ruby Luscombe
Lizzie Newbury: Stephanie Beacham
Latimer, the Excise Officer: Ewan Hooper
Jeremy, his assistant: David Jackson

: BBC2's Company of Comedy

Introduced by John Cleese
A choice of comedy scenes from BBC2 shows during 1969 including
with Marty Feldman, John Junkin, Roland MacLeod, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Mary Miller

Where Was Spring?
with Eleanor Bron, John Fortune

Cage Me a Leacock
with Bernard Braden

with Spike Milligan, John Bluthal

Barry Humphries' Scandals
with Barry Humphries, Irene Richmond

The World of Beachcomber
with Spike Milligan

Broaden Your Mind
with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Roland MacLeod, Nicholas McArdle, Yutte Stensgaard



Presenter: John Cleese
Comedian: Marty Feldman
[Actor]: John Junkin
[Actor]: Roland MacLeod
Comedian (Marty/Broaden Your Mind): Tim Brooke-Taylor
[Actress]: Mary Miller
Producer (Marty): Dennis Main Wilson
[Actress] (Where Was Spring?): Eleanor Bron
[Actor] (Where Was Spring?): John Fortune
Producer (Where Was Spring?): Terry Hughes
[Actor] (Cage Me a Leacock): Bernard Braden
Producer (Cage Me a Leacock): Michael Mills
Comedian (Q5): Spike Milligan
[Actor] (Q5): John Bluthal
Producer (Q5): Ian McNaughton
Comedian (Barry Humphries' Scandals): Barry Humphries
[Actress] (Barry Humphries' Scandals): Irene Richmond
Producer (Barry Humphries' Scandals): Dennis Main Wilson
Dr. Strabismus: Spike Milligan
Producer (The World of Beachcomber): Duncan Wood
Comedian (Broaden Your Mind): Graeme Garden
[Actor] (Broaden Your Mind): Roland MacLeod
[Actor] (Broaden Your Mind): Nicholas McArdle
[Actress] (Broaden Your Mind): Yutte Stensgaard
Producer (Broaden Your Mind): Sydney Lotterby
Music: Dennis Wilson
Producer: John Howard Davies

: The Coward Revue

A Musical Tribute to Noel Coward from Georgia Brown, Ian Carmichael, Ray Davis, Nicky Henson, Cheryl Kennedy and from special guests Ronnie Barker, Dora Bryan, Ronnie Corbett, Clive Dunn, Danny La Rue, John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, Kenneth More, Vanessa Redgrave

(Dora Bryan is appearing in 'The Dora Bryan Show' at The King's Theatre, Glasgow)



Lyrics and Music: Noel Coward
Staged and choreographed by: Alfred Rodrigues
Musical direction and special arrangements: Peter Knight
Vocal arrangements and Chorus directed by: Fred Tomlinson
Costumes: Robin Fraser
Sound: Adrian Stocks
Lighting: Peter Catlett
Graphics: Jean Braid
Associate producer: Freddie Carpenter
Designer: Stuart Walker
Producer: James Gilbert
Performer: Ian Carmichael
Performer: Ray Davis
Performer: Nicky Henson
Performer: Cheryl Kennedy
Performer: Ronnie Barker
Performer: Dora Bryan
Performer: Ronnie Corbett
Performer: Clive Dunn
Performer: Danny La Rue
Performer: John Le Mesurier
Performer: Arthur Lowe
Performer: Kenneth More
Performer: Vanessa Redgrave
Dancer: Anna Delany
Dancer: Sheila Melvin
Dancer: Sally Gilpin
Dancer: Yvonne Saunders
Dancer: Penny Everton
Dancer: Christine Westoll
Singer: Brian Beaton
Singer: Peter Rhodes
Singer: Michael Clarke
Singer: Russell Stone
Singer: Ross MacPherson
Singer: Peter Whitaker
Singer: Peta Bartlett
Singer: Susan Paule
Singer: Ilona Forge
Singer: Wendy Pollock
Singer: Mary Hammond
Singer: Angela Rowlatt
Also taking part: John Merivale
Also taking part: Alan Lawrance

: News


: Cold Comfort Farm: 1: Folk

by Stella Gibbons
Dramatised in three parts by David Turner
Starring Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Sarah Badel

Flora Poste, fascinated by the little she knows of the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm, considers visiting them.


Author: Stella Gibbons
Dramatised by: David Turner
Script Editor: Lennox Phillips
Make-up: Cherry Alston
Costumes: June Wilson
Designer: Raymond Cusick
Producer: David Conroy
Director: Peter Hammond
Flora Poste: Sarah Badel
Mrs Mary Smiling: Fionnuala Flanagan
Postman: Ian Wilson
Judith: Rosalie Crutchley
Amos: Alastair Sim
Adam Lambsbreath: Billy Russell
Mrs Agony Beetle: Hazel Coppen
Reuben: Brian Blessed
Seth: Peter Egan
Meriam: Charlotte Howard
Elfine: Sharon Gurney
Rennett: Sheila Grant
Ezra: John Baker
Harkaway: Johnathan Bilson
Aunt Ada Doom: Fay Compton
Charles Fairford: John Golightly
Narrator: Joan Bakewell

: Jazz Scene

at the Ronnie Scott Club
A special preview of a new series to be seen in the New Year featuring many of the top jazz artists who recently visited Britain for Jazz Expo 69.
Ronnie Scott introduces:
The Clarke-Boland Big Band
Guitar Workshop
featuring Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green
'Blue Mist'
The Miles Davis Quintet
'Free Choice'
The Stephane Grappelly-Teddy Wilson Quartet
Sarah Vaughan and her Trio
'Passing Strangers'
The Charlie Shavers Quartet
'Nature Boy'
The Oscar Peterson Trio
'Blues Etude'
The Gary Burton Quartet
'Portsmouth Figurations'
The Stars of Faith
'We shall be changed'
Buddy Rich and his Orchestra



Presenter: Ronnie Scott
Musicians: The Clarke-Boland Big Band
Guitarist (Guitar Workshop): Barney Kessel
Guitarist (Guitar Workshop): Kenny Burrell
Guitarist (Guitar Workshop): Grant Green
Musicians: The Miles Davis Quintet
Musicians: The Stephane Grappelly-Teddy Wilson Quartet
Musicians: Sarah Vaughan and her Trio
Musicians: The Charlie Shavers Quartet
Musicians: The Oscar Peterson Trio
Musicians: The Gary Burton Quartet
Musicians: The Stars of Faith
Musicians: Buddy Rich and his Orchestra
Title music: Francy Boland
Graphics: Ken Brown
Sound: Graham Haines
Sound: Chris Holcombs
Lighting: Hugh Cartwright
Lighting: Tommy Thomas
Lighting: John Wilson
Design: Paul Joel
Directed and produced by: Terry Henebery

: An Affair to Remember

starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
A young couple, both intending to marry millionaires, fall in love on a luxury liner but agree to separate for six months before getting married.



Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Jerry Wald
Nickie Ferrante: Cary Grant
Terry McKay: Deborah Kerr
Ken: Richard Denning
Lois: Neva Patterson
Grandmother: Cathleen Nesbitt
Announcer: Robert Q. Lewis

: News Summary


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