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: Money at Work: The Poverty of Nations

All rich nations give aid to poor, under-developed countries. But do aid programmes really alleviate the poverty of nations?
Paul Griffiths reports how Indonesia spends her £10-million of British aid.
Presented by Brian Widlake


Presenter: Brian Widlake
Reporter: Paul Griffiths

: Horizon: Patently Absurd

Is the world ready for an edible spoon? Or a self-raising bowler hat? Or, perhaps, a pair of braces for escape from burning buildings? Just some of the eccentric inventions patented in the last 100 years and revealed in today's programme.
Presented by Kenneth Robinson.
(Colour) [Repeat]


Presenter: Kenneth Robinson
Director: Brian Johnson
Editor: Peter Goodchild
Producer: Karl Sabbagh

: News Review

A digest of the news of the week plus a visual commentary for those who cannot hear
with Michael De Morgan


Newsreader: Michael de Morgan
Editor: Bill Northwood

: News Summary; Weather


: Christmas! What's It All About?

A Quiz for Christmas Eve in which you are invited to compete against: Jimmy Savile OBE, Tania Mallett, The Rev David Martin.
Questionmaster Brian Redhead
with an audience of schoolchildren.


Questionmaster: Brian Redhead
Panellist: Jimmy Savile OBE
Panellist: Tania Mallett
Panellist: The Rev David Martin
Director: Robert Toner
Producer: Cecil Korer

: America: 7: A Firebell in the Night

A Personal History of the United States in 13 parts written and narrated by Alistair Cooke

One American immigrant had no choice over his destiny: he was the black, the slave, and throughout the USA he is still at the bottom of the social ladder. In the towns and plantations of the Old South, Alistair Cooke considers the causes of the Civil War.
(Rptd: Monday, 11.0 pm. This series is currently printed in The Listener)


Writer/Presenter/Narrator: Alistair Cooke
Associate Producer: Ann Turner
Producer/Director: Michael Gill

: Face the Music

A Christmas Eve edition of this musical quiz
Chairman Joseph Cooper
with Joyce Grenfell, Bernard Levin, Robin Ray
Guest Clifford Curzon



Chairman: Joseph Cooper
Panellist: Joyce Grenfell
Panellist: Bernard Levin
Panellist: Robin Ray
Guest: Clifford Curzon
Producer: Walter Todds
Director: Denis Moriarty

: For Loving

A play for Christmas by John King
The story of a young and unmarried pregnant girl, who comes home for Christmas, and of her developing relationship with a young man she meets.
(from Bristol)


Writer/Director: John King
Film Cameraman: Bernard Hedges
Sound Recordist: Lyndon Bird
Film Editor: Charles Aldridge
Girl: Angela Scoular
Mother: Aileen Mills
Father: Norman Tyrrell
Father's friend: Rex Holdsworth
Man: Alfred Lynch
Driver: Andrew Simpson
Police Inspector: Hugh Smith-Marriott
Police Constable No 1: James Snell
Police Constable No 2: Peter Leabourne
Country Policeman: Peter Arne

: Milligan in Winter

An entertainment with words and music by Spike Milligan
with John Bluthal, Arthur Mullard, Fanny Carby, Alan Clare, Julia Breck, Sadie Corre, John Antrobus, Reuben Martin, Katie Allan, Karen Sirett


Presenter/Comedian/Words and music: Spike Milligan
[Actor]: John Bluthal
[Actor]: Arthur Mullard
[Actress]: Fanny Carby
Musician: Alan Clare
[Actress]: Julia Breck
[Actress]: Sadie Corre
[Actor]: John Antrobus
[Actor]: Reuben Martin
[Actress]: Katie Allan
[Actress]: Karen Sirett
Costumes: Bobi Bartlett
Make-up: Elizabeth Moss
Film Cameraman: Alan Featherstone
Film Editor: Ray Millichope
Designer: Bryan Ellis
Producer: Roger Race

: A Day Out

A film written by Alan Bennett

It is a Sunday in 1911. In Halifax a group of cyclists leave the soot and smoke behind and go off to the country for the day...


Writer: Alan Bennett
Music: David Fanshawe
Music conducted by: Owain Arwel Hughes
Film Editor: Ken Pearce
Film Cameraman: Ray Henman
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Stephen Frears
Brother: Anthony Andrews
Florence: Virginia Bell
Pretty girl: Sharon Campbell
Shorter: James Cossins
Plain girl: Rosalind Elliott
Gamekeeper: Fred Feast
Brother: George Fenton
Mrs Ackroyd: Helen Fraser
Boothroyd: Brian Glover
Edgar: Paul Greenwood
Gibson: David Hill
Mrs Shorter: Maggie Jones
Wilkins: Philip Locke
Husband: Paul Luty
Mr Tetley: Don McKillop
Ackroyd: John Normington
Mother: Dorothy Reynolds
Cross: Paul Rosebury
Baldring: Paul Shane
Shuttleworth: David Waller
Landlady: Anna Wing
Wife: Jane Wood
Ernest: Bernard Wrigley

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Alan Bennett: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee - 29 Years On 24 May 2017

: Up Sunday

with James Cameron, Kenny Everett, William Rushton, John Wells


Performer: James Cameron
Performer: Kenny Everett
Performer: William Rushton
Performer: John Wells
Animation: Bob Gale
Director: Max Donellan
Producer: Ian Keill

: News on 2


: John Ford's The Quiet Man

Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara
with Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen

Sean Thornton returns to his native Galway to settle down in peace and quiet after making good in America. But there are many trials and tribulations awaiting him - culminating in a marathon fight up hill and down dale with the whole village joining in, and ending, inevitably, in the pub!

(Christmas Films: pages 17-19)


Director: John Ford
Sean Thornton: John Wayne
Mary Kate Danaher: Maureen O'Hara
Michaeleen Flynn: Barry Fitzgerald
'Red' Will Danaher: Victor McLaglen
Father Lonergan: Ward Bond
Mrs Tillane: Mildred Natwick
Tobin: Francis Ford
Mrs Playfair: Eileen Crowe
The Woman: May Craig
Rev Playfair: Arthur Shields
Forbes: Charles Fitzsimons

: Closedown

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