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: Children's Choice

Donald Peers introduces request records for the younger generation


Presenter: Donald Peers

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


A Christmas Ceremonial with The State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry:
The Life Guards and The Royal Horse Guards
(The Blues)
The Massed Bands of the Brigade of Guards:
Band of the Grenadier Guards
Band of the Coldstream Guards
Band of the Scots Guards Band of the Irish Guards
Band of the Welsh Guards
Corps of Drums of the 8rd Btn. Coldstream Guards
Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Btn. The Scots Guards
Introduced by Peter Madden Produced by Harry Mortimer


Introduced By: Peter Madden
Produced By: Harry Mortimer

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

presenting the Tunes of the Year with Alan Breeze and Doreen Stephens
Script by Clem Bernard Produced by Glyn Jones


Unknown: Alan Breeze
Unknown: Doreen Stephens
Script By: Clem Bernard
Produced By: Glyn Jones


Sandy Macpherson invites you to the theatre-organ studio for half an hour
His guests include:
Scott Joynt
Gerald Shaw and Charles Smart


Unknown: Sandy MacPherson
Unknown: Scott Joynt
Unknown: Gerald Shaw
Unknown: Charles Smart


Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice Give ye heed to what we say; Jesus Christ is born today
From the Parish Church of Menston - in - Wharfedale, Yorkshire. Conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. T. C. Hammond
Organist, Hugh F. Gadsby


Organist: Hugh F. Gadsby


From the Forces
Gramophone records chosen by Servicemen in Hong Kong, Malaya, Korea, and the Middle East, with each tune introduced by the man who chose it, in recordings made on the spot
In London, Jean Metcalfe


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe


with Gladys Morgan
Harry Secombe , Dorothy Squires
Ossie Morris , Ann Walters
The Cardiff Snowflakes Choir
(Continued in next column)
The Lyrian Singers
Frank Davison
BBC Welsh Orchestra
(Leader, Philip Whiteway )
Conducted by Arwel Hughes
Compère, Alun Williams Produced by Mai Jones


Unknown: Gladys Morgan
Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Dorothy Squires
Unknown: Ossie Morris
Unknown: Ann Walters
Singers: Frank Davison
Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conducted By: Arwel Hughes
Unknown: Alun Williams
Produced By: Mai Jones


See foot of page and pages 6 and 7

: Wilfred Pickles' CHRISTMAS PARTY

From Queen Mary's
Hospital for Children,
Carshalton, Surrey


Directed by Cyril Stapleton
Melody Sleigh Ride with Lee Lawrence
Jean Campbell , Johnny Johnston
Harold Smart , Bill McGuffie
The Johnston Singers and Stan Stennett
Produced by Johnnie Stewart


Directed By: Cyril Stapleton
Unknown: Lee Lawrence
Unknown: Jean Campbell
Unknown: Johnny Johnston
Unknown: Harold Smart
Unknown: Bill McGuffie
Unknown: Stan Stennett
Produced By: Johnnie Stewart

: Gilbert and Sullivan

[Starring] Robert Morley, Maurice Evans and Eileen Herlic in the story of Gilbert and Sullivan.
An adaptation from the sound-track of the forthcoming Frank Launder-Sidney Gilliat production based on some episodes in the lives of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
Written for the screen by Sidney Gilliat and Leslie Baily (by permission of Bridget D'Oyly Carte) with words and music selected from the operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan


Producer of film: Frank Launder
Producer of film: Sidney Gilliat
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: W.S. Gilbert
Written for the screen by: Leslie Baily
Written for the screen by: Sidney Gilliat
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Producer: Thurstan Holland
W.S. Gilbert: Robert Morley
Mrs Gilbert: Isabel Dean
Arthur Sullivan: Maurice Evans
Richard D'Oyly Carte: Peter Finch
Helen D'Oyly Carte: Eileen Herlie
Mr Marston: Wilfred Hyde White
Grace Marston: Dinah Sheridan
Singer: Webster Booth
Singer: Martyn Green
Singer: Elsie Morison
Singer: Margery Thomas
Singer: John Cameron
Singer: Gordon Clinton
Singer: Owen Brannigan
Singer: Harold Williams
Singer: Tom Round
Singer: Muriel Brunskill
Singer: Jennifer Vyvyan
Singer: Joan Gillingham


A programme of Christmas music for family listening arranged by Stanford Robinson
Maria Perilli (soprano) Andrew Downie (tenor) Owen Brannigan (bass)
David Cole (boy soprano)
A section of the choir from Queen Elizabeth's
Girls' Grammar School, Barnet
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
A section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Andrew Cooper )
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
(BBC recorddng)


Arranged By: Stanford Robinson
Soprano: Maria Perilli
Tenor: Andrew Downie
Bass: Owen Brannigan
Bass: David Cole
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Leader: Andrew Cooper
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson


Adventures of Mr. Pickwick and his friends related in the novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted for radio into five parts based on Noel Langley 's screen-play and the original novel, with scenes and music from the sound-track of the Langley-Minter picture
Part 4


Novel By: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Noel Langley


at the piano

: Sport

including football results

: Peter Brough and Archie Andrews invite you to ARCHIE ANDREWS' CHRISTMAS PARTY

at the N.A.A.F.I. Club, Colchester with Max Bygraves
Beryl Reid
Hattie Jacques
Ronald Chesney
Peter Madden
Eric James
Ilford Girls' Choir and some wives and children of troops serving overseas
Script by Eric Sykes
Produced by Roy Speer


Unknown: Max Bygraves
Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Hattie Jacques
Unknown: Ronald Chesney
Unknown: Peter Madden
Unknown: Eric James
Script By: Eric Sykes
Produced By: Roy Speer

: You are invited to a CHRISTMAS REVEL

to join among others
Joy Nichols
Dick Bentley , Jimmy Edwards
Richard Murdoch , Kenneth Horne
Hermione Gingold
Bernard Miles
Winifred Atwell
Rose Hill
Raymond Glendenning
Frank Muir , Denis Norden
Gladys Young
James McKechnie Laidman Browne
BBC Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet and the producer, Charles Maxwell


Unknown: Joy Nichols
Unknown: Dick Bentley
Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Kenneth Horne
Unknown: Hermione Gingold
Unknown: Bernard Miles
Unknown: Winifred Atwell
Unknown: Rose Hill
Unknown: Raymond Glendenning
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Gladys Young
Unknown: James McKechnie
Unknown: Laidman Browne
Conducted By: Paul Fenoulhet
Unknown: Charles Maxwell


Appeal on behalf of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act, 1948) by the Chairman, Sir Ian Fraser , C.B.E., M.P.


Unknown: Sir Ian Fraser


Carol singing from the Children's Garden Village, Cheadle, Cheshire
Reader, Fred Fairclough
Once in royal David's city
Away in a manger The First Nowell
See amid the winter snow
Good Christian men, rejoice I saw tlhiree ships
Hark! the herald-angels sing
Silent Night


Reader: Fred Fairclough


the celebrated Italian tenor accompanied by the Philharmonda Orchestra (Leader, Max Salpeter )
Conducted by Stanford Robinson in songs and operatic arias
Introduced by Philip Slessor At the piano, Enrico Sivieri


Leader: Philharmonda Orchestra
Leader: Max Salpeter
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Introduced By: Philip Slessor
Piano: Enrico Sivieri


Told by Richard Dimbleby
' The Master-Cat, or Puss-in-Boots ' by Charles Perrault


Told By: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: Charles Perrault


Ted Heath and his Music with Lita Roza Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotis
Edmundo Ros and his Rumba Band
Geraldo and his Orchestra with Jill Day
Bob Dale , and Alma Warren including
Cabaret at 11.5 app.
Robert Moreton
Masters of Ceremonies,
Paul Carpenter and Edmundo Ros
Produced by John Hooper


Unknown: Ted Heath
Unknown: Lita Roza
Unknown: Dickie Valentine
Unknown: Dennis Lotis
Unknown: Edmundo Ros
Unknown: Jill Day
Unknown: Bob Dale
Unknown: Alma Warren
Unknown: Paul Carpenter
Produced By: John Hooper


A meditation on the Birth of Christ
Poems by the late Father Andrew of the Society of the Divine Compassion, selected and arranged for broadcasting by the Rev. Richard Tatlock
(BBC recorddng)


Unknown: Rev. Richard Tatlock

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