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: Play School

Presenters Elizabeth Millbank Stuart McGugan who visit Portsonachan in Scotland.
Written and directed by NICK WILSON


Presenters: Elizabeth Millbank
Presenters: Stuart McGugan
Directed By: Nick Wilson

: Closedown

: Christmas Matinee: Moby Dick

starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart with Leo Genn, Orson Welles, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles
This epic story, set in the 1840s, tells of Captain Ahab's relentless search for the white whale that maimed him and of the tragic consequences of his quest.
Films: pages 16-17
Film news on Ceefax page 236


Screenplay: Ray Bradbury
Screenplay: John Huston
Based on the novel by: Herman Meiville
Producer/Director: John Huston
Captain Ahab: Gregory Peck
Ishmael: Richard Basehart
Starbuck: Leo Genn
Father Mapplc: Orson Welles
Stubb: Harry Andrews
Manxman: Bernard Miles

: Lieutenant Kije

with music by PROKOFIEV
Lieutenant Kije is awarded the Medal for Bravery, and marries the Princess Sasha. But the Tsar becomes more and more suspicious as time passes and he is never allowed to meet the Lieutenant. In fact, Lieutenant Kije doesn't exist!
Puppets and direction ALAN PLATT Producer ELIZABETH BENNETT


Unknown: Alan Platt
Producer: Elizabeth Bennett
Narrator: Peter Settelen
Voice of the Tsar: Leo McKern
Voice of the Chancellor: Tony Robinson
Voice of Princess Sasha: Patricia Hodge

: The Light Princess

A fantasy based on GEORGE MACDONALD'S fairytale of the Princess who finds it impossible to keep both feet firmly on the ground. with PETER BULL as the Fat Frog KENNETH WILLIAMS as the Thin Frog and the Cat JAMES HAYTER as the Owl JOHN WELLS as the Bee
DAVID KELLY as the Oracle
Written by IAN KEILL . Illustrations by ERROL I.E CAIN. Music by CARL DAVIS Director ANDREW GOSLING
Producer IAN KEILL


Unknown: Peter Bull
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: James Hayter
Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: David Kelly
Written By: Ian Keill
Music By: Carl Davis
Director: Andrew Gosling
Producer: Ian Keill
Princess: Stacy Dorning
Prince: John Fortune
Nanny: Irene Handl
King: George A Cooper
Queen: Gwen Taylor
Makemnoit: Anna Quayle
Lord Chamberlain: Terence Bayler
Maid: Annette Robertson
Bishop: Anthony Higginson

: Mid-Evening News

with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: In the Country: Portrait of a Country Year: 1: Prospects of Summer

A trilogy of seasonal films.

Gordon Beningfield, whose paintings of the countryside and its wildlife have been a popular feature of this series, looks back over his year as an artist in the country.
The annual Meet at the Squire's home - the fox and the game-keeper - fresh molehills and hawthorn - young pheasants and trout. The village of Great Gaddesden in Hertfordshire celebrates the arrival of the new season out on the cornfield and the cricket green.

(BBC Bristol)
(Next week: Lovely Day for a Harvest)


Presenter: Gordon Beningfield
Film Cameraman: David Saunders
Film Cameraman: Jim Saunders
Film Cameraman: Bernard Hedges
Film Editor: Betty Block
Producer: Peter Crawford

: Kate

The most distinctive new sound of the 70s-that's Kate Bush and in tonight's programme she sings some new songs written specially for the occasion.
With special guest Peter Gabriel


Unknown: Peter Gabriel
Unknown: Choreographer Anthony van Laast
Unknown: Lighting Bob Chaplin
Unknown: Sound David Weir
Designer: Tim Dann
Director: Roy Norton
Producer: Roy Ronnie

: Not the Least of Not the Nine O'Clock News

Highlights from the series, in which
Rowan Atkinson Mel Smith
Chris Langham and Pamela Stephenson offer their own anarchic view of the State of the Nation.


Unknown: Rowan Atkinson
Unknown: Mel Smith
Unknown: Chris Langham
Unknown: Pamela Stephenson
Designer: David Hitchcock
Director: Bill Wilson
Producers: John Lloyd
Producers: Sean Hardie

: The Bobby Bare Music Show

The tall Tennessee troubadour sings his way through a variety of songs to an audience of United States airmen and their families. Also featured are guests Wichita, a lively Californian band, Jana Jac, the exciting fiddler from Indiana and The Hillsiders, the popular country group from Liverpool.


Singer: Bobby Bare
Musicians: Wichita
Fiddle player: Jana Jac
Musicians: The Hillsiders
Director: Rick Gardner
Producer: Douglas Hespe

: Late News


: The Man You Loved to Hate

Erich von Stroheim : actor-director
One of the most controversial and tragic figures in the history of the cinema, von Stroheim first emerged as an actor in the silent era, earning himself the publicity tag ' the man you love to hate. Later he became director of some of the most powerful films in the history of Hollywood. This programme examines his incredible life-style and career, using interviews and film-clips from such classics as Foolish Wives and Greed with examples of his acting in films such as La Grande Illusion and Sunset Boulevard. Narrated by EDWARD BINNS
(Sunset Boulevard trill be shown on New Year's Eve; La Grande Illusion on New Year's Day)


Unknown: Erich von Stroheim
Unknown: Von Stroheim
Unknown: Edward Binns
Directed By: Patrick Montgomery

: Music at Night

The Christmas Tree Suite by FRANZ LISZT
RHONDDA GILLESPIEplays the third movement from this piano suite. The Shepherds at the Manger


Unknown: Franz Liszt

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