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: Play School

Story: Christmas in the Stable written by ASTRID LINDGREN illustrated by HARALD WIBERG Presenters


Written By: Astrid Lindgren
Illustrated By: Harald Wiberg
Presenters: Chloe Ashcroft
Presenters: Derek Griffiths

: Closedown

: To You and All Mankind...

Reflections on Christmas Day by The Rev Dr Howard Williams Bloomsbury Baptist Church

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.

: Golf 74

Harry Carpenter and Peter Alliss discuss the current trends in world golf and look back on another fascinating year.


Unknown: Harry Carpenter
Unknown: Peter Alliss
Producer: Fred Viner

: La Traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE in a new English version by JOAN CROSS and ERIC CROZIER starring Elizabeth Harwood Norman Bailey John Brecknock
La Traviata tells of Violetta's love for Alfredo. She gives up her life of luxury for true love but is forced to sacrifice it for the cause of family honour and dignity.
Cast in order of appearance
Principal dancers:
Altogether, this was one of the most enjoyable operas I have seen on television. (FINANCIAL TIMES) This was a performance which simply overrides the prejudices of all but the most determined opera opponents.
Choreographer RONALD HYND Repetiteur TOM GLIGOROFF
Associate conductor HENRY WARD Producer CEDRIC MESSINA Director BRIAN LARGE


Music By: Giuseppe Verdi
Unknown: Francesco Maria Piave
Unknown: Eric Crozier
Unknown: Elizabeth Harwood
Unknown: Norman Bailey
Unknown: Gary Sherwood
Chorus-Master: John McCarthy
Leader: Desmond Bradley
Conductor: Alexander Gibson
Conductor: Henry Ward
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Brian Large
Violetta: Elizabeth Harwood
Flora: Ann Howard
The Marquis: Alan Charles
The Baron: Alan Opie
The Doctor: Michael Rippon
Gaston: Philip Langridge
Alfredo: John Brecknock
Annina: Shelagh Squires
Giuseppe: Vernon Midgeley
Germont, Alfredo's father: Norman Bailey
Gardener: Stanley Riley
Flora's servant: Glynne Thomas

: Henry V

LAURENCE OLIVIER 'S famous Shakespearean film starring
O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention.
The most popular film ever made of any of Shakespeare's plays. From the narrow confines of the Globe Theatre to the battlefield at Agincourt, Olivier's film celebrates all the bold passions of Henry V and his court.
Art director PAUL SHERIFF
Costume designer ROGER FURSE Music by WILLIAM WALTON
Producer and director LAURENCE OLIVIER Holiday Films: pages 17 and 18


Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Designer: Roger Furse
Music By: William Walton
Director: Laurence Olivier
King Henry V: Laurence Olivier
Ancient Pistol: Robert Newton
Chorus: Leslie Banks
Renee Asherson: Princess Katharine
Fluellen: Esmond Knight
Constable of France: Leo Genn
Montjoy, a French Herald: Ralph Truman
King Charles VI of France: Harcourt Williams
Duke of Berri, French Ambassador: Ernest Thesiger
The Dauphin: Max Adrian
Duke of Orleans: Francis Lister
Duke of Burgundy: Valentine Dyall
Duke of Bourbon: Russell Thorndike
Gower, Captain in English Army: Michael Shepley
Jamy, Captain in English Camp: John Laurie
MacMorris, Captain in English Army: Niall MacGinnis
Archbishop of Canterbury: Felix Aylmer
Duke of Exeter: Nicholas Hannen
Bishop of Ely: Robert Helpmann
Mistress Quickly: Freda Jackson
Williams, soldier in English Camp: Jimmy Hanley
Sir John Falstaff: George Robey

: Evel Knievel

David Frost introduces another chance to see one of the more bizarre events that took place in America this year: the attempt by the motor-cycle dare-devil Evel Knievel to pilot his sky-cycle across the Snake River Canyon.


Introduces: David Frost
Presented By: Iain Johnstone

: Futtock's End

A film starring Michael Hordern, Ronnie Barker and Roger Livesey
Rumbustious goings-on at a country house when the owner, General Futtock, invited a mixed bag of guests for the weekend.
Holiday Films: pages 17 and 18


Original screenplay: Ronnie Barker
Producer/Director: Bob Kellett
General Futtock: Ronnie Barker
The Butler: Michael Hordern
The Artist: Roger Livesey
The Twit: Julian Orchard
The Niece: Kika Markham
The Aunt: Mary Merrall
The Bird: Hilary Pritchard
The Cook: Peggyann Clifford
The Boots: Richard O'Sullivan
The Maid: Jennifer Cox
The Tweenies: Suzanne Togni
The Tweenies: Sammie Winmill
[Actor]: Barrie Gosney
[Actor]: Ernest Jennings
[Actor]: Kim Kee Lim
[Actor]: Aubrey Woods

: News on 2


: Face the Music

A Christmas edition of television's musical quiz invites you to match your musical wits against Joyce Grenfell, Robin Ray, Bernard Levin.
Guest Sir Georg Solti.


Questionmaster: Joseph Cooper
Panellist: Joyce Grenfell
Panellist: Robin Ray
Panellist: Bernard Levin
Guest: Sir Georg Solti
Director: Denis Moriarty
Producer: Walter Todds

: When the Angels....

and the Wise Men and the Shepherds grew up ...
... they became engineers and PhDs, milkmen and comptometer operators, marketing executives and train drivers.
Kenneth More tells a story from the tiny stage where it began at Christmas 18 years ago. On that stage in the school hall at Uxendon Manor some 65 children took the curtain call at the end of their nativity play, and television viewers all over the country saw them on Christmas Eve. Now, those children come together again for the first time since then, as the audience for this year's play. But what has happened to them since they were the angels and the wise men and the shepherds of 18 years ago? Their triumphs and failures since that Christmas Eve, make up this Christmas Day story.


Unknown: Kenneth More
Director: Sandra Wainwright

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