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: Play School

Story: Good King Wenceslas (trad)
With Miranda Connell, Rick Jones



Presenter: Miranda Connell
Presenter: Rick Jones

: Closedown

: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Starring Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey
The life and loves of Clive Candy, VC, from the Boer War to the Home Guard in World War II.
(Christmas Films: pages 17-19)


Written, produced and directed by: Michael Powell
Written, produced and directed by: Emeric Pressburger
Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff: Anton Walbrook
Edith Hunter/Barbara Wynne/Johnny Cannon: Deborah Kerr
Clive Candy: Roger Livesey
Spud Wilson: James McKechnie
Colonel Betteridge: Roland Culver

: Star Pieces

James Mason, Honor Blackman, Una Stubbs, Derek Nimmo, Deryck Guyler, Dimitri Tiomkin, Donald Pleasence, Anita Harris, Leslie Crowther, Vince Hill, Julie Ege, Stanley Baker and Arthur Negus each talk about a favourite piece in their collections. Hugh Scully introduces Collector's World.
(from Bristol)


Unknown: James Mason
Unknown: Honor Blackman
Unknown: Una Stubbs
Unknown: Derek Nimmo
Unknown: Deryck Guyler
Unknown: Dimitri Tiomkin
Unknown: Donald Pleasence
Unknown: Anita Harris
Unknown: Leslie Crowther
Unknown: Vince Hill
Unknown: Julie Ege
Unknown: Stanley Baker
Unknown: Arthur Negus
Introduces: Hugh Scully
Director: Paul Smith
Director: Robin Drake
Producer: John King

: The Living Arctic

The summer bloom of flowers, beasts and birds is legendary. Narrator DEREK JONES
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation film Presented by KEITH HOPKINS (from Bristol)


Presented By: Keith Hopkins

: Orville and Wilbur

Starring Stacy Keach and James Keach
On 17 December 1903 the first powered flight took place.
A NET/BBC co-production


Written and directed by: Arthur Barron
Wilbur: Stacy Keach
Orville: James Keach
Bishop Wright: George Mitchell
Katherine: Jennie MacLean
Harriet: Katherine Frye
Chanute: David Hurst
Carrie: Irene Schweyer
Tate: John Lawrence

: McCrindell's Toys

What Do You Do, They Say,
When Somebody Wants a Bath?
Soho publican RON MCCRINDELL has been collecting old toys for over a quarter of a century.


Unknown: Ron McCrindell

: News Summary


: Falstaff

Verdi's great comic opera Text by ARRIGO BOITO after Shakespeare sung in a new translation by ERIC CROZIER and JOAN CROSS
In his 80th year Verdi at last achieved his comic opera, a work brilliantly characterised in each of its six scenes.
Sir John Falstaff , fat, lovable knight of the Garter Inn, is in pursuit of romance (and money) yet again and sends love-letters to Alice Ford and Meg Page. These Merry Wives of Windsor, furious at his conceit in writing identical letters, decide to punish him by arranging a rendezvous. His rascally followers, Bardolph and Pistol, warn Ford (Alice's husband) of Falstaff's infatuation and intentions.
Mistress Quickly visits Falstaff at the inn and arranges the meeting for that afternoon. The old knight's mood of happy anticipation is interrupted by Ford in disguise as a Mr Fountain , pretending to seek advice on how to woo a certain Alice Ford. Unashamed, Falstaff boasts he is about to visit her. But the visit has disastrous results ...
That evening outside the Garter Inn, Falstaff muses on his humiliation and consoles himself with the joys of wine. Suddenly Mistress Quickly appears with a letter from Alice; his conceit lets him fall into the trap again and optimistically he agrees to another meeting, in disguise, in Windsor Forest at midnight.... starring with AMBROSIAN OPERA CHORUS
English Chamber Orchestra (augmented) leader KENNETH SILLITO conductor James Lockhart
Associate conductor RICHARD ARMSTRONG Repetiteur RICHARD NUNN
(James Lockhart , Richard Armstrong , Edward Byles and David Gwynne take part by arrangement with the Welsh National Opera Company)
(The Roast Beef of Old California: pages 13-14)


Unknown: Arrigo Boito
Translation By: Eric Crozier
Unknown: Sir John Falstaff
Unknown: Alice Ford
Unknown: Mr Fountain
Leader: Kenneth Sillito
Conductor: James Lockhart
Conductor: Richard Armstrong
Repetiteur: Richard Nunn
Unknown: Juanita Waterson
Unknown: Geraldine Stephenson
Unknown: Ray Angel
Unknown: Alan Fogg
Unknown: Robert Wright
Design: Eileen Diss
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Basil Coleman
Unknown: James Lockhart
Unknown: Richard Armstrong
Unknown: Edward Byles
Unknown: David Gwynne
Sir John Falstaff: Geraint Evans
Mistress Quickly: Rcgina Resnik
Ford: Norman Bailey
Alice Ford: April Cantelo
Dr Caius: Gregory Dempsey
Bardolph s: Edward Byles
Pistol: David Gwynne
Meg Page: Joan Davies
Nanetta, Ford's daughter: Norma Burrowes
Fenton, her lover: Neil Jenkins

: Skis Across the Alps

Last winter a party Of British ski-mountaineers set out to traverse the entire length of the Alps from east to west, climbing some of the highest mountains on the way.
For much of the time they were high above the bustling tourist centres, finding a route across glaciers and high mountain passes seldom seen by ordinary skiers. But their route also took them through many of the famous mountain villages where the English pioneers first started to ski for pleasure in the Alps.
This is the story of a remarkable journey. It is also the story of the fastest growing sport in the world.
Written and produced by CHRISTOPHER RALLING


Produced By: Christopher Ralling

: The Edwardians: The Reluctant Juggler

by Alan Plater
A night at an Edwardian music-hall both on stage and backstage, where the performers are organising a strike.
(Illustrated paperback, 45p: see p 114)
Georgia Brown In Concert: Thursday at 11.20 pm


Writer: Alan Plater
Music arranged by: Herbert Chappell
Musical Director: Tom McCall
Lighting: Tommy Thomas
Designer: Peter Seddon
Producer: Mark Shivas
Director: Brian Farnham
Marie Lloyd: Georgia Brown
Alfred: Jack Douglas
Ross: Fulton MacKay
Charlie Coburn: Peter Pratt
Gus Elen: George Sewell
Vesta Victoria: Jo Kendall
George Formby Sr: Gerald Moon
Roberts: Robin Parkinson
Billy: Charles Lamb
Illusionist: Franklin and His Doves
Coon singer: Danny Schiller
Toff: Harry Burgess Wall
Chucker-out: Pat Gorman
Sailor: James Appleby
Drunk: Peter Honri
Drunk: John Dearth

: News on 2


: The Old Grey Whistle Test

In this special 'Sampler' edition Bob Harris introduces a selection of some of the highlights of the last series, including The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Roxy Music, Rolling Stones, The Beatles and many others.


Presenter: Bob Harris
Director: Colin Strong
Producer: Michael Appleton

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