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Starring Edward G. Robinson
with Constance Cummings, Harry H. Corbett, Paul Stassino, Fergus McClelland as Sammy

The story of the 4,500-mile trek by a 10-year-old boy across Africa in an effort to reach his only remaining relatives.

(Holiday Films: pages 13 and 15)


Alexander MacKendrick
Fergus McClelland
Cocky Wainwright:
Edward G. Robinson
Gloria Van Imhoff:
Constance Cummings
Harry H Corbett
Spyros Dracondopolous:
Paul Stassino
The Syrian:
Zia Mohyeddin
Abu Lubaba:
Orlando Martins

Starring Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, leader Charles Taylor, conducted by John Lanchbery

Act 1: A room in the house of Cinderella's father
Act 2: A ball at the palace
Act 3: After the ball
Scene 1: A room in the house of Cinderella's father.
Scene 2: An enchanted garden


Serge Prokofiev
Choreography/Devised and produced by:
Frederick Ashton
Henry Bardon
David Walker
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestra leader:
Charles Taylor
John Lanchbery
TV Presentation:
John Vernon
Antoinette Sibley
The Prince:
Anthony Dowell
Cinderella's Step-Sister:
Frederick Ashton
Cinderella's Step-Sister:
Robert Helpmann
Cinderella's Father:
Leslie Edwards
The Fairy Godmother:
Georgina Parkinson
The Dancing Master:
Frank Freeman
A Tailor:
Jonathan Kelly
Julie Wood
Lois Strike
The Shoemaker:
Douglas Steuart
The Hairdresser:
Gary Sinclaire
A Jeweller:
Donald Kirkpatrick
The Coachman:
Peter O'Brien
The Fairy Spring:
Jennifer Penney
The Fairy Summer:
Vyvyan Lorrayne
The Fairy Autumn:
Ann Jenner
The Fairy Winter:
Deanne Bergsma
The Jester:
Alexander Grant
The Prince's Friends:
Chinko Rafique
The Prince's Friends:
Kenneth Mason
The Prince's Friends:
Gary Sherwood
The Prince's Friends:
David Drew
The Step-Sisters' Suitors:
Derek Rencher
The Step-Sisters' Suitors:
Wayne Sleep
Artists of the Royal Ballet

A biography of Charles Dickens based on scenes from his novels by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin
[With] Anthony Hopkins as Charles Dickens, Gordon Jackson as the Narrator
Starring Arthur Lowe as John Dickens, Vivian Pickles as Mrs Dickens, Sybil Thorndike as Elizabeth Ball Dickens, Nora Nicholson as Rose Emma Drummond, Stanley Holloway as Mr Vuffin, Mona Washbourne as Mrs Jarley, Dandy Nichols as Mrs Gamp, Freddie Jones as William Shaw, Patrick Cargill as Macready, Joan Greenwood as Maria Beadnell, Gladys Cooper as Mrs Ternan, Michael Wilding as Dolby
[with] Jenny Agutter, Dorothy Reynolds, Ken Wynne, Gordon Rollings, Jeffrey Wickham, Jocelyn Birdsall, Rhoda Lewis, Gregory Phillips and Roland Pickering
(Dickens Country: page 9)



Caryl Brahms
Ned Sherrin
Charles Dickens:
Anthony Hopkins
The Narrator:
Gordon Jackson
John Dickens:
Arthur Lowe
Mrs Dickens:
Vivian Pickles
Elizabeth Ball Dickens:
Sybil Thorndike
Rose Emma Drummond:
Nora Nicholson
Mr Vuffin:
Stanley Holloway
Mrs Jarley:
Mona Washbourne
Mrs Gamp:
Dandy Nichols
William Shaw:
Freddie Jones
Patrick Cargill
Maria Beadnell:
Joan Greenwood
Mrs Ternan:
Gladys Cooper
Michael Wilding
Young Maria Beadnell/Mary Hogarth/Ellen Ternan:
Jenny Agutter
Mrs Roylance/Mrs Hogarth/Mrs Prigg/Lady Holland:
Dorothy Reynolds
Mr Ellis/Turnkey/Short/Perker/John Forster/Moncrieff/Servant:
Ken Wynne
Gordon Rollings
Lammert/Blackmore/John Black/Doctors:
Jeffrey Wickham
Kate Dickens:
Jocelyn Birdsall
Georgina Hogarth:
Rhoda Lewis
Gregory Phillips
Charles Dickens (as a child):
Roland Pickering

Written by Richard Wade
An Edwardian After-Dinner Christmas Entertainment
Starring Dudley Foster as Humphrey Hastings who with his children and relations each try their hand at experiments with candles, baking powder, vinegar, ice, boiled eggs, needles and decanters.


Richard Wade
Penny Lowe
Nathalie Calfe
Roger Murray-Leach
Adrian Brown
Ramsay Short
Humphrey Hastings:
Dudley Foster
John Wentworth
Constance Hastings:
Maggie Jones
Mary Merrall
Edward Hastings:
Christopher Reynalds
Mary Hastings:
Susan Payne

by Arnold Bennett
Dramatised by Gerald Savory
With Suzanne Neve as Phyllis Ridware, Brian Blessed as Mark Ridware, John Breslin as Lawrence Ridware, Gwen Cherrell as Alma Fearns, Patrick Holt as Charles Fearns:

Mrs Ridware has been unfaithful to Mr Ridware. Mr Fearns has been unfaithful to Mrs Fearns. Both parties contemplate divorce.



Arnold Bennett
Dramatised by:
Gerald Savory
Michael Burdle
John Summers
Script Editor:
Shaun MacLoughlin
Sally Hulke
Mark Shivas
John Davies
Phyllis Ridware:
Suzanne Neve
Mark Ridware:
Brian Blessed
Lawrence Ridware:
John Breslin
Alma Fearns:
Gwen Cherrell
Charles Fearns:
Patrick Holt
Annunciata Fearns:
Sheila Ruskin
Jon Rollason
Alistair Cameron
Renee Souchon:
Alex Marshall
Frank Fearns:
Roderick Shaw
Septimus Fearns:
Barnaby Shaw
Penny Thomas
Marguerite Young
Emery Greatbatch:
John Ringham
Mrs Malkin:
Hilary Mason
Mr Justice Durbridge:
Owen Berry
Apreece KC:
Jack May
Bowes KC:
Geoffrey Lewis
Mr Justice Cumberland:
Kenneth Edwards
Knight KC:
Garfield Morgan
Wray KC:
Charles Morgan
Usher in Court 1:
John Caesar
Usher in Court 2:
Steve Emmerson

Regional Variations (2)

Bird's Eye View

From Bishop Rock to Muckle Flugga

Duration: 50 minutes

on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)

First transmitted in 1970, this edition takes a zigzag trip along the length of the UK by helicopter, from the South West of England to the north of the Shetland Isles. Show more

by Arden Winch
with Clive Swift as Inspector Waugh
(Jane Wenham is a National Theatre player)


Arden Winch
Script Editor:
Derek Hoddinott
David Jones
Associate Producer:
Anne Head
Innes Lloyd
Philip Dudley
Inspector Waugh:
Clive Swift
PC White:
Robin Chadwick
Sydney Tafler
Avis Mallows:
Jane Wenham
Gladys Lawless:
Pauline Letts
Albert Lawless:
George Tovey

Starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel
with Ann Miller

The leading singer in Cole Porter's musical, Kiss Me Kate, wants both his ex-wife and his current girl-friend to play leading roles in the production. All is well until they discover that it is an updated version of The Taming of the Shrew and their suitability for the roles of Katherine and Bianca are all too obvious.
(Holiday Films: pages 13 and 15)
(How they made Kiss Me Kate: Wednesday 23 December, Radio 4 at 9.35 am)


Dorothy Kingsley
Based on the play by:
Samuel Spewack
Based on the play by:
Bella Spewack
Music and lyrics:
Cole Porter
George Sidney
Jack Cummings
Lilli Vanessi (Katherine):
Kathryn Grayson
Fred Graham (Petruchio):
Howard Keel
Lois Lane (Bianca):
Ann Miller
Keenan Wynn
Bobby Van
Bill Calhoun (Lucentio):
Tommy Rall

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