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: 'O come, all ye faithful' followed by WAY OUT WEST

Johnny Denis and his Ranchers with Fred Yule
Graham Bailey and The Cactus Kids
Script by David Climie
Produced by Glyn Jones


Unknown: Johnny Denis
Unknown: Fred Yule
Unknown: Graham Bailey
Script By: David Climie
Produced By: Glyn Jones

: Kay on the Keys

Kay Cavendish with her piano.


Pianist: Kay Cavendish

: Silver Chords

Gordon Parfitt
Meryl Waite
Vivian Joseph
The Strings in Harmony
The Silver Chords Choir
Musical arrangements and production by Mai Jones


Unknown: Gordon Parfitt
Unknown: Meryl Waite
Unknown: Vivian Joseph
Production By: Mai Jones


From London, the tunes you have asked us to play. From Germany, the tunes that make them think of you

: People's Service

From Blackhall Parish Church, Edinburgh. Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. J. G. Matheson Christmas-time in St. Columba's, Blackhall, as in any other church, is full of extra brightness and bustle. The whole church is decorated and in one corner the Christmas tree is lit up. During the week before Christmas there are special carol and children's services. In the hall there is a succession of parties for all the organisations from the Sunday School onwards, but apart from these the spirit of Christmas is kept by remembering other people as well. At a special Children's Service gifts of toys and books and eatables are collected for distribution among various children's homes and hospitals in the town. This year a group of men, mostly belonging to the congregation, have volunteered to mend broken toys and make them like new for this purpose. One of the youth groups visits an Eventide Home nearby and sings carols to the old folk. A big collection of clothing and food has been gathered to send abroad to refugee camps in Europe and Palestine. So in various ways the message of Christmas is realised as peace on earth and good will towards men.


Unknown: Rev. J. G. Matheson

: Wilfred Pickles in 'HAVE A GO!'

visits an old folks' Christmas party in Blackpool
Musical illustrations provided by Violet Carson
Presented by Barney Colehan


Provided By: Violet Carson
Presented By: Barney Colehan

: Big Bill Campbell invites you to spend ' YULETIDE IN THE OLD LOG CABIN'

with Peggy Bailey
(sweet voice of the west)
Sergeant O'Doherty
(of the Mounties)
Buck Douglas
(the old cowpuncher) Jimmy Hawthorne
(the yodelling buckaroo)
Wally Brenan (the hired hand)
Royal Canadian Mounties' Chorus and the Bunkhouse Band
Devised and written by Big Bill Campbell


Unknown: Peggy Bailey
Unknown: Sergeant O'Doherty
Unknown: Buck Douglas
Unknown: Jimmy Hawthorne
Unknown: Wally Brenan
Written By: Big Bill Campbell

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

with Doreen Stephens and Alan Breeze


Unknown: Doreen Stephens
Unknown: Alan Breeze


Anona Winn , Daphne Padel , Jack Train , and Richard Dimbleby ask all the questions; and Kenneth Home knows all the answers


Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Daphne Padel
Unknown: Jack Train
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby


From Camberwell Palace, London with Frankie Howerd
Binnie Hale
Max Miller
Rawicz. and Landauer
Penelope Mann
The Irving Singers
Billy Ternent and his Orchestra
Introduced by Philip Slessor
Produced by Bryan Sears


Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Unknown: Binnie Hale
Unknown: Max Miller
Unknown: Rawicz.
Unknown: Landauer
Unknown: Penelope Mann
Introduced By: Philip Slessor
Produced By: Bryan Sears

: Gracie Fields' CHRISTMAS PARTY

Gracie invites you : to come to her party with , Her mother, Mrs. Stansfield j
Her father, Mr. Stansfield '
Her brother, Tommy Fields
Her sister-in-law, Cynthia Fields
Her brother-in-law, Douglas Wakefield and some girls and boys from the ; Gracie Fields'
Home and Orphanage ; The Wardour Singers ]
Teddie Holmes and his piano
Peter Yorke and his Orchestra Party organised by Roy Speer


Unknown: Douglas Wakefield
Singers: Teddie Holmes
Piano: Peter Yorke
Unknown: Roy Speer

: Wilfred Pickles' CHILDREN'S PARTY

Wilfred Pickles invites you to the Paddington Green Children's Hospital, London


Unknown: Wilfred Pickles


Richard Dimbleby , with the BBC Mobile Recording Unit, visits the South Eastern District of Trinity House to meet some of. the men who are manning lightships, lighthouses, and pilot vessels a* Christmas. The men talk about their lives and jobs and choose their favourite music ;
Produced by John Shuter '
Many listeners will remember the programme which was broadcast direct from the Home Fleet on Boxing Day 1947. Each ' year when Christmas time comes round we try to bring you a programme which is slightly out of the ordinary run of things. This year, the theme is the men who are spending Christmas Day carrying out the I lonely task of manning the lightships, lighthouses, and pilot vessels in the South
Eastern District of Trinity House. Before ' Christmas a BBC pirty consisting of Richard Dimbleby , myself, and two mobile recording engineers, R. Wade and L. F. Lewis , embark in the Trinity House tender beacon, together with a mass of mobile recording equipment. We sail with Beacon on her regular relief run from East Cowes to the Shambles light-vessel. Our main enemy will be the weather, and for this reason we cannot be certain exactly what material we shall obtain, or whom we shall interview. But we are doing our very best to obtain a programme which we hope interests and amuses you this afternoon. John Shuter


Unknown: Richard Dimbleby
Produced By: John Shuter
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: R. Wade
Unknown: L. F. Lewis
Unknown: John Shuter

: Joy Nichols, Dick Bentley and Jimmy Edwards in ' TAKE IT FROM HERE '

with Wallas Eaton
Alan Dean , The Keynotes


Unknown: Wallas Eaton
Unknown: Alan Dean


Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra with Howell Glynne (bass)


Unknown: Tom Jenkins
Bass: Howell Glynne

: The Variety Department invites you to its CHRISTMAS PARTY

Your host is
Jimmy Edwards and among those who have accepted invitations are :
Joy Nichols
Ted Ray
Jewel and Warriss
Dick Bentley
The Piddingtons
Eric Barker
Pearl Hackney Daphne Padel
Kenneth Horne
Kitty Bluett and many other radio personalities with The George Mitchell Choir
Stanley Black and the Augmented Dance Orchestra
The party organised 'by Harry S. Pepper and. Ronald Waldman


Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Joy Nichols
Unknown: Ted Ray
Unknown: Jewel
Unknown: Warriss
Unknown: Dick Bentley
Unknown: Eric Barker
Unknown: Pearl Hackney
Unknown: Daphne Padel
Unknown: Kenneth Horne
Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Stanley Black
Unknown: Harry S. Pepper
Unknown: Ronald Waldman


From the Home for Disabled Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen, Broughton House, Manchester
Community hymns and carols led by the Radcliffe Male Voice Choir
Conductor, Jack Dove
Introduced by Canon F. Paton -Williams, Rural Dean and Rector of Prestwich, Chairman of Committees at Broughton House
Hark, the herald angels sing (S.P. 74) Christians, awake (S.P. 73)
Carol: God rest you merry, gentlemen In the bleak mid-winter (S.P. 75) The First Noel (S.P. 384)
0 little town of Bethlehem (S.P. 79) Carol: Good King Wenceslas
Ring out. wild bells (Percy Fletcher ) 0 come. all ye faithful (S.P. 78)


Conductor: Jack Dove
Introduced By: Canon F. Paton
Unknown: Percy Fletcher

: Richard Murdoch in ' MUCH-BINDING IN-THE-MARSH'

with Kenneth Home
Sam Costa
Maurice Denham
Maureen Riscoe
Helen Hill
Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra
Script by Richard Murdoch andKenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont


Unknown: Sam Costa
Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Maureen Riscoe
Unknown: Helen Hill
Unknown: Charles Shadwell
Script By: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Kenneth Horne
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont


A special Christmas edition with David Lloyd
Ossie Morris
Dick James
Ann Walters
Frank James
Sarah Leigh
Donald Wells
The Girls in Harmony
The Lyrian Singers
' The Adventures of Tommy Trouble '
Frank Davison and Mary Kendall at the pianos
Welsh Variety Orchestra
(Leader, Morgan Lloyd )
Produced by Mai Jones


Unknown: David Lloyd
Unknown: Ossie Morris
Unknown: Dick James
Unknown: Ann Walters
Unknown: Frank James
Unknown: Sarah Leigh
Unknown: Donald Wells
Unknown: Frank Davison
Unknown: Mary Kendall
Leader: Morgan Lloyd
Produced By: Mai Jones
Tommy: Gunstone Jones
Willie: E Eynon Evans
Llew: Tom Jones
Jimmy: W P Thomas


play a programme of melodies you will remember


A Christmas epilogue

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