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: First Light

BBC Revue Orchestra (Leader, David Paget )
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz


Leader: David Paget
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz


The Greyfriars Players visit Our Lady of Lourdes Children's Home, Didsbury, and join in carols with the children
Programme presented by Father Agnellus Andrew , O.F.M.
Come to the Manger
0 Holy Night
The Christmas Wish .
Unto us is born a Son
0 little one sweet,
0 Little one mild
Angels we have heard in heaven
Good Christian men, rejoice
Adesite Fideles
Children directed by Sister Eustelle and Sister Teresita
Organist. Joseph Hughes


Presented By: Father Agnellus Andrew
Organist: Joseph Hughes

: Home for the Day

The Sunday Supplement to Woman's Hour
Therese De.nny introducing
Mabel Constanduros describing the Buggins family's Christmas Day Hebe Elsna talking to John Body
Ambrose Heath with some seasonable hints on cooking
Kathleen Tornlinson asking if the work of Christmas entertaining is worth it
Dr. Alain Bombard discussing his Atlantic voyage, with Eileen Molony The first episode of ' The Overloaded Ark ' by Gerald M. Durrell. Abridged by E. N. Williams. Read by Julian Randall


Unknown: Mabel Constanduros
Unknown: Hebe Elsna
Unknown: John Body
Unknown: Ambrose Heath
Unknown: Kathleen Tornlinson
Unknown: Eileen Molony
Unknown: Gerald M. Durrell.
Abridged By: E. N. Williams.
Read By: Julian Randall


A journey through Britain with a recording machine
6-A Great Little Experiment
Including recordings made ait a Glasgow restaurant, crofters' cottages dn Big Sand and Inverasdale, a ceilidh in a village schoolroom and a small factory on Loch Ewe
Introducing John Rollo , a Bonnybnidge engineer, who is carrying out experiments in bringing employment to Highland communities in danger of becoming derelict, Norman Mclver. Kenny Urquhart , Cathie Penmet , Alec Mars , Neil MacLeod , John Macpher son, Isabel and Jessie MacKenzie , Ne-il MacDonald , Alistair MeCullum , and David PaMon
Produced by Jack Singleton


Unknown: John Rollo
Unknown: Norman McLver.
Unknown: Kenny Urquhart
Unknown: Cathie Penmet
Unknown: Alec Mars
Unknown: Neil MacLeod
Unknown: John MacPher
Unknown: Jessie MacKenzie
Unknown: Ne-Il MacDonald
Unknown: Alistair Mecullum
Produced By: Jack Singleton

: As I Roved Out

For this week's programme we have accepted the kind invitation of Bob, Ron, and Jim Copper to join them at Rottingdean, Sussex, for a Christmas get together - what would be called in Ireland and Scotland a 'Ceilidhe' or 'Ceilidh'.
Songs and music sung and played by Isla Cameron, Seamus Ennis, Brian George, Peter Kennedy, and Bob and Ron Copper
Programme introduced by Spike Hughes and Brian George
Edited by Marie Slocombe
Produced by Harold Rogers


Played By: Isla Cameron
Played By: Seamus Ennis
Played By: Brian George
Played By: Peter Kennedy
Played By: Bob Copper
Played By: Ron Copper
Introduced By: Spike Hughes
Edited By: Marie Slocombe
Produced By: Harold Rogers

: Have a Go!

with Wilfred Pickles.
From a well-known store in Oxford Street, London


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles

: People's Service

Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world
St. Matthew 28, v. 20)
Room in the Inn
From Leominster Priory, Herefordshire. Conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. S. M. F. Woodhouse


Unknown: Rev. S. M. F. Woodhouse


From London and Germany
In London.Jean Metcalfe
In Hamburg, Dennis Scuse


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Dennis Scuse

: Edmundo Ros and Ray Ellington in ' MR. ROS AND MR. RAY'

with Dick Katz
The Ray Ellington Quartet
The Edmundo Ros
Latin-American Orchestra
Script by Jimmy Grafton
Producer, Jimmy Grant


Unknown: Dick Katz
Unknown: The Ray Ellington
Script By: Jimmy Grafton
Unknown: Jimmy Grant

: Radio Theatre presents Carleton Hobbs in 'THE LITTLE WORLD OF DON CAMILLO'

by Giovanni Guareschi
An English radio version by Nina Burch and Harvey Unna
From the French radio play by Armand Lanoux
Produced by Mary Hope Allen


Unknown: Giovanni Guareschi
Unknown: Nina Burch
Unknown: Harvey Unna
Play By: Armand Lanoux
Produced By: Mary Hope Allen
Narrator: Richard Hurndall
Don Camillo: Carleton Hobbs
Maria Peppone: Audrey Mendes
A Voice: Godfrey Kenton
Peppone: Francis de Wolff
Old Filloti: Kenneth Connor
Gina: Sulwen Morgan
A Gamekeeper: Derek Birch
Mariolino: Nigel Stock
Signora Christina: Gladys Spencer
Spiccio: Brian Hayes
Scartazzani: Alan Reid
Giulio: Ronald Sidney
Ciro Bruciata: Frank Atkinson

: Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon in ' LIFE WITH THE LYONS

7-' 'Twas the Night Before ' with Barbara Lyon , Richard Lyon
Horace Percival , Doris Rogers
Molly Weir. Norman Shelley


Unknown: Barbara Lyon
Unknown: Richard Lyon
Unknown: Horace Percival
Unknown: Doris Rogers
Unknown: Molly Weir.
Unknown: Norman Shelley

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

with Wallas Eaton
Alma Cogan , June Whitfield
The Keynotes
Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor. Harry Rabinowitz
Script by Frank Muir and Denis Norden
Produced by Charles Maxwell


Unknown: Wallas Eaton
Unknown: Alma Cogan
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Script By: Frank Muir
Script By: Denis Norden
Produced By: Charles Maxwell


A summary of events of the past week

: Terry-Thomas in TOP OF THE TOWN

with Joan Sims and Leslie Mitchell
Tonight's Musical Highlights:
Albert and Les Ward
The George Mitchell
Town Criers
Stanley Black, his piano and his Concert Orchestra
On Top of his Town this week:
Harry Secombe and his hometown
Programme based on an idea by Terry-Thomas
Script edited by Jimmy Grafton
Produced by Dennis Main Wilson


Unknown: Joan Sims
Unknown: Leslie Mitchell
Edited By: Jimmy Grafton
Produced By: Dennis Main Wilson


Community hymn - singing from Manselton Congregational Church, Swansea, led by the augmented Church Choir and the Manselton ' and District Male
Conductor. Emrys Jones
Organist. Louise Jones
Hymns introduced by the Rev. Glyn Parry Jones
The race that long in darkness pined
(Tune. Irish)
While shepherds watched their flocks
(Tune, Winchester Old)
See. amid the winter snow (Tune.
Hark. the herald-angels sing (Tune,
The Coventry Carol (trad.)
0 come, all ye faithful (Tune, Adeste ftdeles)
As with gladness men of old (Tune,
Angels from the realms of glory
(Tune, Cwm Rhondda)
Closing Prayer and Blessing by the Minister, the Rev. D. Emlyn James


Organist: Louise Jones
Unknown: Rev. Glyn Parry Jones
Unknown: Rev. D. Emlyn James


Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra with Marion Studholme


Unknown: Tom Jenkins
Unknown: Marion Studholme


at the piano


Christian hymns, their music, and their meaning
Silent night, holy night (Tune. Stilla
O little town of Bethlehem (Tune.
Christmas Carol)
A great and mighty wonder (Tune.
Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen)
Behold the amazing gift of lova
(Tune, St. Stephen)


Records introduced by Franklin Engelmann


Introduced By: Franklin Engelmann


played by Sandy Macphersom at the BBC theatre organ


Played By: Sandy MacPhersom

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