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: Play School

Story: The Christmas Spiders (traditional).
Presenters Carol Leader, Ben Thomas


Presenter: Carol Leader
Presenter: Ben Thomas

: Closedown

: Harold Lloyd

Girl Shy
Shy boy Harold is distracted from writing his book on love-making when he learns the girl he loves is to marry a scheming bigamist.
Directed by FRED NEWMEYER . SAM TAYLOR TV version produced by BOB hoac ,
. Films; page 105


Directed By: Fred Newmeyer
Directed By: Sam Taylor
Produced By: Bob Hoac

: Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday

with Lauri Peters , David Kossoff Ron Moody , The Shadows
Four young London Transport workers borrow a double-decker bus for their Continental holiday. The trip to Athens, in spite of misadventures, proves to be their best summer holiday ever.
Directed by PETER YATES. Films: page 105 (Wonderful Life: Boxing Day 3.50 pm)


Unknown: Lauri Peters
Unknown: David Kossoff
Unknown: Ron Moody
Unknown: Peter Myers
Produced By: Kenneth Harper
Directed By: Peter Yates.
Don: Cliff Richard
Barbara: Lauri Peters
Orlando: Ron Moody
Magistrate: David Kossoff
Cyril: Melvyn Hayes
Sandy: Una Stubbs
Steve: Teddy Green
Angie: Pamela Hart
Edwin: Jeremy Billocii
Mimsie: Jacqueline Daryl
Stella: Madge Ryan
Jerry: Lionel Murton

: All Creatures Great and Small

A series of 14 programmes from the books by JAMES HERRIOT starring with Carol Drinkwater
1: Plenty to Grouse About adapted by TERENCE DUDLEY
Parasites ... red tape ... a tubercular cow ... and Siegfried takes an instant dislike to Mr Murray who ill-treats a dog, as a vet's life in Skeldale Surgery continues.
BBC Birmingham.


Unknown: James Herriot
Unknown: Carol Drinkwater
Adapted By: Terence Dudley
Music By: Johnny Pearson
Producer: Bill Sellars
Directed By: Christopher Barry
James Herriot: Christopher Timothy
Siegfried Farnon: Robert Hardy
Tristan Farnon: Peter Davison
Helen: Carol Drinkwater
Mrs Hall: Mary Hignett
Murray: Andrew Robertson
Charles Harcourt: John Ringham
Jeff Mallock: Frank Birch
Moverley: Stuart Golland
Hill: Jackie Shinn
Mrs Noakes: Joyce Kennedy
Van driver: Malcolm Raeburn
George: Julian Garlick
Kitty Pattison: Jane Lester
Mrs Murray: Catriona MacDonald

: The Belstone Fox

The feature film starring
Eric Porter , Rachel Roberts
Tag, an orphan fox-cub, is adopted by a professional huntsman and reared with a litter of hound puppies. From this strange beginning Tag retains the instincts of a fox yet becomes the constant companion to Merlin, a puppy hound. When the new season starts the fox becomes a victim of the hunt - but proves too wily for the hunters and disaster strikes.
Screenplay by JAMES HILL
Based on the novel The Ballad of the Belstone Fox by DAVID ROOK Produced by SALLY SHUTF. R
Directed by JAMES HILL. films: page 105


Unknown: Eric Porter
Unknown: Rachel Roberts
Play By: James Hill
Produced By: Sally Shutf.
Directed By: James Hill.
Asher: Eric Porter
Cathie: Rachel Roberts
Kendrick: Jeremy Kemp
Tod: Bill Travers
Stephen: Dennis Waterman
Jenny: Heather Wright

: News Summary

with Moira Stuart and subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather


Unknown: Moira Stuart

: One Hundred Great Paintings

Raphael (1483-1520)
Madonna in the Meadow at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Written and narrated by DAVID PIPER
Series adviser EDWIN MULLINS Director BILL MORTON
(Tomorrow: Leonardo Da Vinci - Virgin and Child with St Anne)


Unknown: Edwin Mullins
Director: Bill Morton

: Christmas Eve with Pam Ayres and Fivepenny Piece

Music and comedy from Berkshire and Lancashire, when Pam Ayres meets Fivepenny Piece in a celebration of Christmas. The meeting is on neutral ground at Cheshire's brand new Spectrum Arena.
Sound ALAN fox. Lighting STAN SNAPE
Producer BARRY BEVINS. BBC Manchester


Unknown: Pam Ayres
Designer: John Coleman
Producer: Barry Bevins.

: Star Over Bethlehem

A musical celebration for Christmas Eve. Seven nations come together in a live global concert united by the man-made star of today - the communications satellite.
From The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem; Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada; St Martin's Old Church. Garmisch, W Germany; Virginia Beach, USA; Cathedral of St Pierre , Geneva, Switzerland; St Andrew 's Church, Nairobi, Kenya; St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Narration written by CHRISTOPHER FRY and spoken by TOM FLEMING and CLAIRE BLOOM
Associate producer NOBLE WILSONProducer JOHN VERNON


Unknown: St Pierre
Unknown: St Andrew
Written By: Christopher Fry
Spoken By: Tom Fleming
Spoken By: Claire Bloom
Unknown: John Vernon

: The Old Grey Whistle Test

presents Toyah in a special Christmas Eve concert live from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, with stereo sound on Radio 1. Introduced by Anne Nightingale
BBC video cassette Toyah at the Rainbow (bbcv 3012), £34.95 from retailers
For the best effect, viewers with stereo Radio 1 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones are an alternative.


Introduced By: Anne Nightingale
Director: Tom Corcoran

: Late News

with Moira Stuart ; Weather


Unknown: Moira Stuart

: Russell Harty at Home

Join Russell in his Yorkshire home for a Christmas Eve party with Cilla Black, The Cambridge Buskers, Dame Edna Everage , Madge Hindle , Arthur Marshall , Edna O'Brien , The Great Soprendo, John Tovey , Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band, Keasden Carol Singers, Kirkby Lonsdale Handbell Ringers


Unknown: Dame Edna Everage
Unknown: Madge Hindle
Unknown: Arthur Marshall
Unknown: Edna O'Brien
Unknown: John Tovey
Director: Alan Walsh
Produced By: Ken Stephinson

: Liszt's Christmas Tree Suite

played by Rhondda Gillespie (piano)
Many of the 12 short movements are based on traditional Christmas songs and the work was intended for family music making.


Played By: Rhondda Gillespie
Producer: Kenneth Corden
Director: Helen Morton

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