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: Hopping Down in Kent

Londoners go hop picking.

: Bridge Builders

The Teesside steel firm that built the Sydney "coathanger".

: The Pace That Thrills

A motorcycle test rider tries to seduce a woman reporter. With
Bill Williams. Network premiere. Director Leon Barsha * FILMS: pages 41-67


Unknown: Bill Williams.
Director: Leon Barsha

: Christmas in America: a Love Story

Kenny Rogers plays a successful photographer returning to his home town.


Unknown: Kenny Rogers

: Son of Kong

King Kong and his son on Skull Island.
With Robert Armstrong. Director Ernest B Schoedsack
0 FILMS: pages 41-67


Unknown: Skull Island.
Unknown: Robert Armstrong.
Director: Ernest B Schoedsack

: Carols from Devon

A five-part series.
Today: choristers of Buckfast Abbey sing Gabriel's Messageand Away in a Manger.

: A Perfect Christmas

The best of the BBC archives from past Christmases, with classic comedy, drama and stars. Starting with The Flowerpot Men
Bill and Ben go skating.
Dr Finlay's Casebook
A festive episode from the 60s drama series set in a Scottish doctor's surgery. (B/w)
1.15pm EastEnders
The two-part cliffhanger from Christmas 1986.
Episode written by Tony Holland Director Julia Smith


Written By: Tony Holland
Director: Julia Smith

: Top of the Pops Christmas Special 73

With Slade, Gary Glitter, Sweet, Wizzard and Pan's People.


Band: Slade
Singer: Gary Glitter
Band: SweetBand: Wizzard
Dancers: Pan's People

: The Queen

: It's a Wonderful Life

A small-town businessman believes his life is a failure until, on Christmas Eve, he finds out how things would have been without him.
With James Stewart.
(Teletext subtitles: page 888)
Films: pages 41-67


Director: Frank Capra
George Bailey: James Stewart

: A Perfect Christmas

Continuing the best of BBC archive entertainment from past Christmases.
5.15 pm
A seasonal episode from 1974 of the comedy series written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Starring Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett.
Producer Douglas Argent


Written By: Ray Galton
Written By: Alan Simpson.
Unknown: Wilfrid Brambell
Unknown: Harry H Corbett.

: Christmas Night with the Stars

A vintage Christmas of celebrities from 1964.Jack Warner introduces Billy
Cotton, Kathy Kirby, Dick Emery, Andy Stewart, the Likely Lads, Richard Briers and Prunella Scales.
Producer Graeme Muir

: News and Sport

With Chris Lowe.
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Chris Lowe.

: Strangeways

Christmas behind bars is the subject of this memorable episode of the award-winning 1980 documentary series. Producer Rex Bloomstein


Producer: Rex Bloomstein

: A Stocking Full of Christmas Cliches

The Blue Peter Advent crown, Noel Edmonds 's jumpers, stuffing the turkey with Fanny Cradock - a lighthearted look at the television traditions that make up Christmas. Director Bill Eagles


Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Unknown: Fanny Cradock
Director: Bill Eagles

: Evacuees

A classic drama by Jack Rosenthal, which was shown on Christmas Day 1975. Starring Maureen Lipman
With the onset of war in 1939, schoolboys Danny and Neville have to leave for Blackpool. They are billeted on Mrs Graham, but her well-intentioned strictness presents too strong a contrast with the Jewish home they have left behind in Manchester.


Writer: Jack Rosenthal
Producer: Mark Shivas
Director: Alan Parker
Sarah: Maureen Lipman
Louis: Ray Mort
Mrs Graham: Margery Mason
Danny: Gary Carp
Neville: Steven Serember

: The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

Choice moments and festive fun from a decade of Britain's best loved comic duo.

: Hancock's Half-Hour: Ericson the Viking

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
This rare yuletide episode of vintage comedy, not seen since its first screening in 1958, features Tony Hancock ruminating about the imminent demise of his acting career. Why did he ever let Sidney (Sid James) persuade him to play a Viking hero in a cut-price swashbuckling epic?


Writer: Ray Galton
Writer: Alan Simpson
Producer: Duncan Wood
Himself: Tony Hancock
Sidney: Sid James

: The Signalman

A ghost story by Charles Dickens , dramatised by Andrew Davies for Christmas 1976.
A lonely signalman is haunted by a hooded figure which seems to warn of danger. But what exactly is the danger?
Producer Rosemary Hill
Director Lawrence Gordon Clark


Story By: Charles Dickens
Dramatised By: Andrew Davies
Producer: Rosemary Hill
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Signalman: Denholm Elliott
Traveller: Bernard Lloyd
Bride: Carina Wyeth

: The Big Sleep

A Hollywood classic to round off a perfect television Christmas, starring Humphrey Bogart Lauren Bacall
When private eye
Philip Marlowe is summoned to the home of a bedridden millionaire, his visit leads him into a labyrinth of blackmail, drugs and murder.
Director Howard Hawks
TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 4 1 -67


Unknown: Humphrey Bogart
Unknown: Lauren Bacall
Unknown: Philip Marlowe
Director: Howard Hawks
Philip Marlowe: Humphrey Bogart
Vivian: Lauren Bacall
Eddie Mars: John Ridgely
Carmen: Martha Vickers

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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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