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: Play School

Story: The Little Shepherd Boy by PEGGY BLAKELEY
Illustrated by BUNSHU IGUCH Presenters Sarah Long Stuart McGugan
Elizabeth Millbank
Book, Play School: Ready to Play, £1.50, from bookshops; Play On record (REC 332), cassette (zcm 332), Bang on a Drum, songs from Play School and Play Away, record (REC 242) or cassette (MRMC 004), from record shops


Unknown: Peggy Blakeley
Illustrated By: Bunshu Iguch
Presenters: Sarah Long
Presenters: Stuart McGugan
Presenters: Elizabeth Millbank

: Closedown

: Watch: The Nativity

What was myrrh? How do you swaddle a baby? How did Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem? Watch visits the Holy Land to find out, and retells the Christmas story with puppets and songs.


Presenter: James Earl Adair
Presenter: Louise Hall-Taylor
Producer: Tom Stanier

: Christmas Matinee:Mary, Queen of Scots

The feature film starring Vanessa Redgrave as Mary, Queen of Scots Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
Two of Britain's most talented and powerful actresses play the central characters in the story of the ruthless struggle for power that was to end in the death of Mary Stuart and the triumph of Elizabeth Tudor. Vanessa Redgrave , as the ill-fated Mary, and Glenda Jackson , as Elizabeth, head a star-studded cast in this spectacular film.
Screenplay by JOHN HALE
Produced by HAL B. WALLIS
Directed bv CHARLES JARROTT Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: Vanessa Redgrave
Unknown: Scots Glenda Jackson
Unknown: Mary Stuart
Unknown: Elizabeth Tudor.
Unknown: Vanessa Redgrave
Unknown: Glenda Jackson
Unknown: John Hale
Produced By: Hal B. Wallis
James Stuart, Earl of Moray: Patrick McGoohan
Lord Henry Darnley: Timothy Dalton
James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell: Nigel Davenport
William Cecil, Lord Burghley: Trevor Howard
David Riccio: Ian Holm
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: Daniel Massey
Ballard: Tom Fleming
Andrew: Jeremy Bulloch
Mary Seton: Beth Harris
Mary Fleming: Frances White
Lady Jean Gordon, Countess of Bothwell: Maria Aitken
King Francis II of France: Richard Denning
Due de Guise: Vernon Dobtcheff
Cardinal de Guise: Raf De La Torre
Queen Catherine de Medici: Katherine Kath
John Knox: Robert James
Sir Francis Walsingham: Richard Warner
Lord Patrick Ruthven: Andrew Keir
Earl of Morton: Bruce Purchase
Earl of Huntley: Brian Coburn

: The Sounds of Christmas

with The Goldsmiths Choral Union conducted by Brian Wright
Recorded highlights of a concert from the Royal Albert Hall , London, attended by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher , MP, in which carols for choir and audience are led by a choir which came into existence nearly 50 years ago at Goldsmiths College in London as a small choral evening class.
Special guest James Galway with PHILLIP MOLL (piano) Choir accompaniment by ANTHONY SAUNDERS and ROGER VIGNOLES (pianos)
Introduced by Richard Baker


Conducted By: Brian Wright
Unknown: Albert Hall
Unknown: Mrs Margaret Thatcher
Unknown: James Galway
Unknown: Anthony Saunders
Pianos: Roger Vignoles
Pianos: Christopher Bowers Broadbent
Pianos: Robert Howes
Introduced By: Richard Baker
Producer: Ken Griffin

: The Beatles at Christmas: Yellow Submarine

A full-length animated feature continuing our festive season of films celebrating the most famous pop group of them all. starring
The Beatles
In the peaceful Kingdom of Pepperland the citizens are enjoying a concert by Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when they are suddenly attacked by the Blue Meanies. Old Fred sets off in the Yellow Submarine to get help, and ends up in Liverpool, where he recruits The Beatles.
With the voices of JOHN CLIVE
Directed by GEORGE DUNNING Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: John Clive
Unknown: Geoffrey Hughes
Unknown: Paul Angelus
Unknown: Dick Emery
Unknown: Lance Percival
Directed By: George Dunning

: The Mid-Evening News

including a news summary with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: Follow the Star

The hit musical Nativity Play first produced by WENDY TOYE and designed by PETER WHITEMAN for the Chichester Festival Theatre and Lighting CLIVE THOMAS. Script editor BRENDA REID. Designer KEN SHARP Technical director JOHN GORMAN
Producer INNES LLOYD. Production devised and directed by WENDY TOYE


Unknown: Wally K. Daly
Music By: Jim Parker
Produced By: Wendy Toye
Designed By: Peter Whiteman
Unknown: Clive Thomas.
Editor: Brenda Reid.
Director: John Gorman
Producer: Innes Lloyd.
Directed By: Wendy Toye
Olly: Robert Dorning
Gabby: Christopher Lillicrap
Lofty: Ian Bartholomew
Angy: Cheryl Branker
Jelly: Annie Wensak
Chicago: Tony Robinson
Herod: Lewis Flander
Mary: Sue Jones-Davies
Joseph: Martin Smith
Wise Men: Johnny Worthy
Wise Men: Norman Warwick
Wise Men: Johnny Worthy
Wise Men: Michael Bootiie
Shepherds: Allan Corduner
Shepherds: Desmond Barrit
Shepherds: Stephen Simmonds
Oxey: Maurice Lane
Assy: David MacIiin
Angels/Villagers: Peter Olsen
Angels/Villagers: Reginald Tsiboe
Angels/Villagers: Nigel Hughes
Angels/Villagers: Julia Deakin
Angels/Villagers: Susan Coates
Angel/Soldier: Maynard Williams
Angel/Soldier: Mark Caven,
Angel/Soldier: David Lester
Angel/Soldier: Mike Finesilver
Angel Girl/Villager: Tracey Perry
Angel Boy/Villager: Vincent Osborne

: Itzhak PerlmanPlays Bach

A filmed record of the celebrated Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman in a memorable performance of Bach's D Minor Partita at a BBC Radio lunchtime concert in St John 's Smith Square, London. The Partita includes the famous Chaconne, Bach's virtuoso masterpiece for unaccompanied violin. Introduced for the radio audience by PATRICIA HUGHES
Film editor PETER HEELAS


Violinist: Itzhak Perlman
Unknown: St John
Unknown: Patricia Hughes
Directed By: Christopher Nupem
Produced By: Allegro Films

: Star Over Bethlehem

A live programme of Christmas music. Eight nations brought together by that man-made star, the communications satellite, join in a global concert on Christmas Eve. from The Church of the Nativity. Bethlehem; The Monastery of Heiligenkreuz, Austria; The Mennonite Children's Choir, Canada; Silvacane Abbey, France; Lake Tekapo , New Zealand; The Arctic Cathedral, Norway; The Mormon Tabernacle, USA; Trinity Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral.
Narration written by CHRISTOPHER FRY. Spoken by CLAIRE BLOOM and TOM FLEMING
Associate producer NOBLE WILSON Producer JOHN VERNON


Unknown: Lake Tekapo
Written By: Christopher Fry.
Spoken By: Claire Bloom
Spoken By: Tom Fleming
Producer: Noble Wilson
Producer: John Vernon

: Late News


: Alan Price

A special In Concert performance from The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, starring Alan Price , his singers and musicians, and featuring such hits as ' Don't Stop the Carnival', ' Lucky Man ' and ' The Jarrow Song
Director JOHNNIE STEWART. BBC Manchester


Unknown: Alan Price
Producer: Peter Ridsale Scott
Director: Johnnie Stewart.

: Kelly at Christmas: Singin' in the Rain

starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds with Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse
The song-and-dance man who becomes first a stunt man and then a musical star was a role tailor-made for Gene Kelly in this satirical, tuneful and affectionate story of Holly-wood grappling with the problem of 'talkies'. The songs include 'All I Do is Dream of You', 'Make 'em Laugh', 'You are my Lucky Star', and, of course, the title song.
Directed by GENE KELLY, STANLEY DONEN Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Donald O'Connor
Unknown: Debbie Reynolds
Unknown: Jean Hagen
Unknown: Millard Mitchell
Unknown: Cyd Charisse
Unknown: Gene Kelly
Play By: Adolph Green
Unknown: Betty Comden
Produced By: Arthur Freed
Directed By: Gene Kelly
Directed By: Stanley Donen
Don Lockwood: Gene Kelly
Cosmo Brown: Donald O'Connor
Kathy Selden: Debbie Reynolds
Lina Lamont: Jean Hagen
R F Simpson: Millard Mitchell
Zelda Zanders: Rita Moreno
Roscoe Dexter: Douglas Fowley
Dora Bailey: Madge Blake

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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