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Christmas 1970

Christmas Day 1970 – Friday 25th December 1970
BBC-1 Television
9am Carols: Wandsworth School Choir
9:30am Basil’s Christmas Morning
10:00am Christmas Cracker: cartoons
10:25am News Summary
10:30pm Service for Christmas Day from Netherlee Parish Church, Glasgow
11:40am Appeal by Alvar Lidell for the Blind Fund
11:45am Rolf Harris with Children in Hospital
12:35pm The Story of the Silver Skates (film) starring Eleanor Parker, Richard Basehart, John Gregson, Cyril Richard
2:15pm To of the Pops 70 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth and introduces a special Christmas Day film
3:25pm Billy Smart’s Circus Spectacular
4:30pm Disney Time
5:10pm Robinson Crusoe: pantomime with Ken Dodd
6:40pm News
6:45pm Christmas Night with the Stars introduced by Cilla Black
8:15pm Charade (film) starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn
11:00pm The Good Old Days, with Danny La Rue
11:50pm But Seriously … Joyce Grenfell.
Cyril Fletcher and Ernie Wise on what the story of the nativity means to them

Christmas Day 1970 – Friday 25th December 1970
BBC-2 Television
10:30-11am Play School
1:30pm Sammy Going South (film) starring Edward G. Robinson
3:25pm The Royal Ballet in Cinderella
5:10pm The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens: biography based on scenes from his novels
6:40pm It’s a Terrible Wate of an Egg: an Edwardian entertainment
7:10pm Julian Bream plays Bach. Diabelli and Villa-Lobos
7:20pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth and introduces a special Christmas Day film
7:44pm News Summary
7:45pm Whom God Hath Joined by Arnold Bennett
9;15pm Bird’s Eye View: From Bishop Rock to Muckle Flugga
10:05pm Thirty-Minute Theatre: Waugh on Crime: part 4
10:35pm News
10:40pm The Pentangle: songs from a country church
11:00pm Kiss Me Kate (film) starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel

Christmas Day 1970 – Friday 25th December 1970
ITV – Thames Television (London)
8:15pm Sing a Song of Christmas
9:00am Anita in Jumbleland
9:15am Parish Communion from St. Alaban’s Cathedral
10:15am Cinema Special
11:00am A Merry Morning
11:30am Laurel and Hardy Cartoon
11:35am Tarzan’s Peril (film) starring Lex Barker
1:00pm Kelvin Hall Circus
2:00pm A Gift from Gracie
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth and introduces a special Christmas Day film
3:20pm The Incredible Mr. Limpet (film) starring Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston
4:45pm Cinderella, with Dickie Henderson, Vince Hill, Jack Douglas, Lionel Blair, Susan George
5:50pm News
6:00pm All-Star Comedy Carnival

Christmas Day 1970 – Friday 25th December 1970
ITV – London Weekend Television (LWT)
7:00pm All-Star Comedy Carnival (continued)
8:30pm On The Buses: Christmas Duty
9:00pm The Val Doonican Show
10:00pm News
10:20pm Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (film) starring Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland (b-w)
12:40pm Church and Fashion

Christmas 1971

Christmas Day 1971 – Saturday 25th December 1971
BBC-1 Television
9am This is Christmas Morning
9:30am Aspel’s Christmas Crackers
10:25am News Summary
10:30am Family Service from St. Marty’s Parish Church, Moseley, Birmingham
11:30am The Order of St. John: appeal
11:35am The Basil Brush Show
12noon Rolf Harris: Meets the Kids in hospital
12:50pm Ken Dodd: We Want to Sing
1:15pm Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game
2:15pm Top of the Pops 71 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:15pm The Black and White Minstrel Show
5:00pm Aladdin, with Cilla Black
6:30pm News
6:40pm Christmas Night With the Stars:
Englebert Humperdinck, Lulu, Vera Lynn, Harry Secombe, The New Seekers, Dick Emery
8:00pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
9:05pm Arabesque (1966 film) starring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren
10:45pm The Good-Old Days: Old-time music-hall from Leeds
11:35pm The Countryman at Chrostmas
11:55pm Refelctions on a Nativity painting

Christmas Day 1971 – Saturday 25th December 1971
BBC-2 Television
10:30am Play School: The Christmas Story
10:55-11:20am How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon film)
2:15pm Christmas on 2
2:20pm The Man Who Loves Giants: film about David Shepherd
3:10pm Royal Ballet in La Fillemal gardee
4:50pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
5:00pm I Can See It All, or The Grand Illusion, with Dudley Foster, Elvi Hale
5:30pm A Distant Trumpet (1964 film) starring Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette
7:20pm News
7:25pm The Barrets of Wimpole Street (1957 film) starring Jennifer Jones, John Gielgud, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna
9:05pm Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie. with Rosemary Leach
10:45pm National Folk Ballet of Korea
11:15pm News
11:20pm Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964 film) starring Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Christmas Day 1971 – Saturday 25th December 1971
ITV – London Weekend Television (LWT)
8:15am Carols from Kirkare from the Castle Museum, York
9am Cartons
9:15am United Free Church Service from Princes Street Congregational Church, Norwich
10:15am A Merry Morning, with John Alderton, Daisy May, Saveen
10:45am Children’s Christmas Cinema
11:30am Captain Sinbad (film) starring Guy Williams
1:00pm Christmas Singalong, with The Bachelors, Moira Anderson, Sacha Distel, Howard Keel, Andee Silver
2:00pm The Kelvin Hall Circus
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm King Solomon’s Mines (1950 film) starring Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger
5:00pm A Variety of Reg Varney
6:00pm News
6:05pm Mike and Bernie Winters’ All Star Christmas Comedy Carnival
8:35pm Around the World in Eighty Days (film) starring David Niven, Robert Newton, Cantinflas, Shirley MaClaine
10:00pm News
10:10pm Around the World in Eighty Days (film continued)
11:40pm It Matters to Me, with Leonard Parkin and Anne Allen

Christmas 1972

Christmas Day 1972 – Monday 25th December 1972
BBC-1 Television
9:30am This is Christmas Morning
10:00am Mr Benn
10:15am News Summary
10:20am Service for Christmas Morning
11:25am Appeal: Television for the Deaf
11:30am A Stockingful of Stars, from the National Children’s Home, Harpenden
1:30pm The Black and White Minstrel Show
2:10pm Top of the Pops 72 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:10pm Dick Whittington, with Dick Emery, Peter Noone
5:45pm News
5:55pm Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game
6:55pm Christmas Night with the Stars: with Cilla Black, The Young Generation, Lulu
8:15pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
9:15pm Barefoot in the Park (1967 film) starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Mildred Natwick, Charles Boyer
11:00pm The Good Old Days (1953-1973)
11:50pm A Story for Christmas
12:00pm Weather

Christmas Day 1972 – Monday 25th December 1972
BBC-2 Television
11:00am Play School
11:25am The Point (cartoon with music)
12:40pm The Vanishing Hedgerows
1:30pm Look Stranger: The World of Jane Phillips
1:55pm News Headlines
2:00pm Golf Story 72, with Tony Jacklin, Lee Trevino, Gary Player
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Henry V (1944 film) starring Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks Renee Asherson
5:15pm Call My Bluff
5:45pm The Childhood of Christ, by Berlioz
7:25pm The Stallion: a man’s efforts to capture a black stallion
8:15pm La Sylphide: film from French Television of the romantic ballet
9:25pm The Stone Tape (play) with Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh
10:55pm News
11:00pm America, by Alistair Cooke, part 7: A Firebell in the Night
11:50pm Fred Astaire on The Dick Cavett Show

Christmas Day 1972 – Monday 25th December 1972
ITV – Thames Television (London)
8:30am A Concert for Christmas
9:15am The Enchanted House
9:30am A Merry Morning
10:00am Clapperboard’s Christmas Cracker
10:45am Service: St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
12:00noon Gulliver’s Travels (film)
1:15pm Mary Chipperfield’s International Circus
2:00pm The Flight of the Snow Geese
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm That Riviera Touch (1966 film) with Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise
4:50pm Opportunity Knocks Christmas Special!
5:35pm News
5:45pm All Star Comedy Carnival
7:30pm Coronation Street
8:00pm The Comedians
8:30pm The Way West (film) starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark, Lola Albright
10:00pm News
10:15pm The Way West (film continued)
11:00pm The Love Goddesses (1965 film) Hollywood’s own history of sex in the movies (b-w)
12:30am Reconcilliation

Christmas 1973

Christmas Day 1973 – Tuesday 25th December 1973
BBC-1 Television
9:35am Along the Trail
9:50am The Selfish Giant (cartoon)
10:15am News Headlines
10:20am Family Communion from Wimbourne Minster, Dorset
11:25am Appeal, National Council for One-Parent Families
11:30am A Stocking Full of Stars from the National Children’s Home, Harpenden
1:30pm The Black and White Minstrel Show
2:15pm Top of the Pops 73 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:15pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:20pm Pantomime: Robin Hood with Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd, Freddie Davies, Anita Harris, Billy Dainty, Dana
5:55pm News
6:05pm Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game
7:05pm The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show
7:35pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
8:35pm The Odd Couple (1968 film) starring Walter Mathau, Jack Lemmon
10:20pm News
10:30pm Gala Performance, with Michael Flanders, Norma Burrowes, Jacques Loussier Play Bach Trio,
Galina Smasova, Andre Prokovsky, Ballet Foklklorico of Mexico, Nigel Kennedy, New Philhamonia Orchestra
11:35pm Ghost Story: Lost Hearts by M.R. James
12:10am Weather

Christmas Day 1973 – Tuesday 25th December 1973
BBC-2 Television
11:00am Play School
11:30am To Earth From Heaven … with the Bishop of Gloucester
11:35am White Christmas (1954 film) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
1:30pm Palio (film) narrated by Robert Hardy
2:00pm A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (cartoon)
2:30pm What’s My Line
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:15pm Far From the Madding Crowd (1967 film) starring Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates
5:55pm The Railrodder (1965 Canadian film) starring Buster Keaton
6:20pm Les Marottes de Paris
6:50pm Face the Music
7:30pm News
7:35pm Swan Lake (1966 film) starring Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev
9:15pm Alice Through the Looking Glass (play)
with Brenda Bruce, Freddie Jones, Geoffrey Bayldon, Judy Parfitt, Richard Pearson, Sarah Sutton
10:30-12:05am Quatermass and the Pit (1967 film) starring James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Christmas Day 1973 – Tuesday 25th December 1973
ITV – Thames Television (London)
9:00am Rainbow
9:20am Sally and Jake
9:30am On the Twelfth Day
10:00am A Merry Morning
10:30am Service from Roman Catholic Chapel of St. John Fisher High School, Harrogate
11:00am Lad: a dog (film)
1:00pm Chipperfield’s Circus
2:00pm The Glories of Christmas, with Princess Grace of Monaco, Janet Baker, Dora Bryan, Alfred Marks, Gerald Harper
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:00pm Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (film) starring Rosalind Russell, Susan Saint James, Van Johnson, Robert Taylor
4:50pm Queen of Hearts, with Danny La Rue
6:20pm News
6:30pm All-Star Comedy Carnival
8:00pm Tommy Cooper’s Christmas
9:00pm Von Ryan’s Express (film) starring Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard
10:00pm News
10:15pm Von Ryan’s Express (film continued)
11:20pm Celebration, with Geraint Evans, Barry John

Christmas 1974

Christmas Day 1974 – Wednesday 25th December 1974
BBC-1 Television
8:45am Carols from Canterbury
9:25am Camberwick Green
9:40am Cartoons
10:25am Appeal: National Deaf Children’s Society
10:30am Christmas Morning Service from Killearn Kirk
11:25am A Stocking Full of Stars, from the National Children’s Home, Harpenden
12:25pm Way Out West (1937 film) starring Laurel and Hardy (b-w)
1:25pm Holiday on Ice
2:15pm Top of the Pops 74 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:05pm True Grit (1969 film) starring John Wayne
6:10pm News
6:15pm Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game
7:15pm Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
8:05pm Mike Yarwood
8:45pm Bridge on the River Kwai (1957 film) starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
11:20pm News
11:25-12:20am Parkinson takes a look at Morecambe and Wise

Christmas Day 1974 – Wednesday 25th December 1974
BBC-2 Television
11:00-11:25am Play School
2:55pm To You and All Mankind
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Golf 74: discussion
4:05pm La Traviata, with Elizabeth Harwood, Norman Bailey, Jon Brecknock
6:10pm Henry V (1944 film) starring Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Renee Asherson, Esmond Knight
8:25pm Evel Knievel
8:45pm Futtock’s End (1970 film) starring Michael Hordern, Ronnie Barker, Roger Livesey
9:30pm News
9:35pm Face the Music
10:20-11:05pm When the Angels …

Christmas Day 1974 – Wednesday 25th December 1974
ITV – Thames Television (London)
8:45am Carols in Kirkgate, from the Castle Museum, York
9:20am A Story from the Bible
9:30am Sooty’s Christmas Party
10:00am Service from Sandringham Parish Church, Norfolk
11:00am A Merry Morning
11:30am Captain Nemo and the underwater City (film) starring Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors
1:15pm Christmas Rock with 45
2:00pm David Nixon’s Christmas Magic
3:00pm The Queen Speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (film) starring Sarah Miles, Terry-Thomas
5:35pm News
5;45pm Meet Peters and Lee
6:15pm Tommy Cooper
7:15pm This Is Your Life
7:50pm The Undefeated (film) starring John Wayne, Rock Hudson
10:00pm News
10:15pm Private Lives
10:45pm For This Christmas Only, with Sir Geraint Evans, Spike Milligan, Dame Flora Robson, Rachel Roberts,
Kiri te Kamaua, Ryland Davies
11:45pm What Was He Like?

Christmas 1975

Christmas Day 1975 – Thursday 25th December 1975
BBC-1 Television
9:00am Ragtime
9:15am Hark the Herald Angels Sing
10:00am The Happy Prince
10:25am Appeal: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
10:30pm Service from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the presence of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
11:45am Rod Hull and Emu
12:20pm Laurel And Hardy (b-w)
1:20pm Holiday on Ice
2:10pm Top of the Pops 75 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:05pm The Wizard of Oz (film) starring Judy Garland
5:45pm News
5:50pm Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game
6:55pm Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
7:40pm Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
8:45pm Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (film) starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross
10:30pm The Good Old Days, music hall from the City Varieties, Leeds
11:20pm News
11:30pm Parkinson Meets Bob Hope
12:30pm Weather

Christmas Day 1975 – Thursday 25th December 1975
BBC-2 Television
11:00-11:25am Play School
1:25pm Yes to Man by Alan Ecclestone
1:30pm Christmas Day Play Away
2:05pm Prince Charles, Pilot Royal
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Swan Lake, ballet, with Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev
4:45pm In Deepest Britain
5:35pm Nice One, a Cockney wedding
5:50pm The Yearling (film) starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman
7:55pm Great Big Groovy Horse, rock-musical romp
8:45pm The Evacuees by Jack Rosenthall. International Emmy Award Winner 1975
10:00pm News
10:05pm Poems and Pints
10:30pm Presents Past. Victorian and Edwardian Toys
11:00-1:25am Guys and Dolls (film) starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Christmas Day 1975 – Thursday 25th December 1975
ITV – Thames Television (London)
9:00am Rainbow
9:15am A Heavenly Place
10:00am Service, from Luss Parish Church, Loch Lomond
11:00am A Merry Morning
11:45am Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy (b-w)
1:15pm Jack Parnell and the Big Band Show
2:00pm Chipperfields Christmas Circus
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Doctor in Trouble (film) starring Leslie Phillips, Harry Secombe, Robert Morley, James Robertson Justice
4:45pm Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo
5:10pm News
5:20pm Bay City Rollers Show, with Gilbert O’Sullivan
6:20pm Christmas Celebrity Squares
7:00pm Crossroads
7:30pm Get Some In
8:00pm Love Thy Neighbour
8:30pm The Taming of the Shrew (film) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
10:00pm News
10:15pm The Taming of the Shrew (film continued)
11:00pm Beneath the Christmas Tree
11:55pm The Gabriel Assignment

Christmas 1976

Christmas Day 1976 – Saturday 25th December 1976
BBC-1 Television
8:40am Ragtime
8:55am Sing Noel!
9:45am Hong Kong Phooey (cartoon)
10:10am Angela Rippon: appeals for Televisionj for the Deaf
10:15am Christmas Morning Service: from Coventry
11:15am Rod Hull and Emu: guest Rolf Harris, from New Mills, Derbyshire
11:45am Four Clowns (1970 compilation film) starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton (b-w)
1:20pm Holiday on Ice: introduced by Brian Matthew
2:10pm Top of the Pops ’76 (part 1): introduced by Noel Edmonds and Dave Lee Travis
featuring no.1 records of the year by: Abba, J.J Barrie, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Queen, Demis Roussos, Silk, The Wurzels,
and dancers: Legs & Co.
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:15pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:15pm Oliver! (1968 film) starring Rod Moody, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester, Jack Wild
6:35pm Evening News, with Peter Woods
6:45pm Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game: with Anthea Redfern
7:45pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show: guests, Elton John, John Thaw, Denis Waterman, Kate O’Mara,
Marion Montgomery, and The Nolans
8:45pm Airport (1969 film) starring Burt Lancaster, Dean martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy
10:55pm News, with Peter Woods
11:00-12:10am The Parkinson Magic Show: Michael Parkinson

Christmas Day 1976 – Saturday 25th December 1976
BBC-2 Television
12:10pm Reflections
12:15pm Horizon: The Mystery of King Arthur and the Round Table
1:05pm Play AwAY: with Brian Cant, Toni Arthur, Chloe Ashcroft, Derek Giriffiths, Lionel Morton
1:40pm Carols from King’s College, Cambridge
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:15pm The Snow Queen: A fairy tale for television
4:20pm Alice Through The Looking Glass: with Brenda Bruce, Freddie JOnes, Goeffrey Bayldon, Judy Parfitt, Richard Pearson,
and Sarah Sutton as Alice
5:30pm Audition
5:35pm News on 2
5:45pm Aika, the Polar Bear
6:35pm Forty Years: A raid on the BBC Archives
9:20pm Late News on 2
9:25pm Survival in Limbo: a true experience relived by Duncan Carse, marooned in South Georgia, a remote island
on the edge of the Antartic.
10:15pm Sing all ye Faithfull
11:00-1:00am Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942 film) starring James Cagney, Walter Huston, Joan Leslie

Christmas Day 1976 – Saturday 25th December 1976
ITV – London Weekend Television (LWT)
8:45am Carols from Durham Cathedral: with Roy Dotrice
9:30am The Legend of the Christmas Messenger
10:00am Christmas Morning Service: from Boxgrove Priory Church, Boxgrove, Surrey
11:00am A Merry Morning: from Harrogate General Hospital, Yorkshire, with Jimmy Tarbuck and magician Johnny Hart
11:30am Doctor Doolittle (1968 film) starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough
2:15pm Christmas Supersonic: From the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London
Guest of Honor is Princess Margaaret chairman of the I.C.A.A. (Invalid Children’s Aid Association)
Guest Hosts: Russell Harty & Joanna Lumley
Music Guests: The G Band, John Miles, Guys ‘n’ Dolls, Linda Lewis,, Marc Bolan, Garry Glitter,
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm Please Sir! (1971 film) starring John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Joan Sanderson, Noel Howlett
5:00pm New Faces: introduced by Derek Hobson: judges: Jack Parnell, Les Reed, Shaw Taylor, Muriel Young
6:00pm ITN News at Six, with Gordon Honeycombe
6:10pm Christmas Sale of the Century: quizmaster Nicholas Parsons
6:45pm The John Curry Ice Spectacular: with Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie, David Kernan, Wayne Sleep, Peggy Fleming
8:00pm Waterloo (1970 film) starring Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna
10:25pm ITN News
10:35pm Two’s Company: Eliane Stritch, Donald Sinden in A Loving Christmas
11:05pm Celebration: with Sir Geraint Evans, Petual Clark, Ray Smith, Angharad Rees
12:00-12:30am The Story of Silent Night: narrator Redvers Kyle

Christmas 1977

Christmas Day 1977 – Sunday 25th December 1977
BBC-1 Television
8:55am Star Over Bethlehem, Christmas music
9:55am Playboard
10:10am Appeal, Wells Cathedral
10:15am Christmas Worship from All Saints Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames
11:15am The Bear who Slept through Christmas (cartoon film)
11:40am National Velvet (film) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney
1:40pm Are You Being Served?
2:10pm Top of the Pops ’77 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:05pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
4:05pm The Wizard of Oz (film) starring Judy Garland
5:45pm Basil Through the Looking Glass, with Basil Brush and Howard Williams
6:15pm News
6:25pm Family Carols from the Albert Hall
7:15pm Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game
8:20pm The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show
8:55pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show
10:00pm News
10:05pm Funny Girl (film) starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif
12:30pm Weather

Christmas Day 1977 – Sunday 25th December 1977
BBC-2 Television
12:45pm Sing All Ye Faithful: Carols from St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill
1:30pm News Review presents a continental holiday with deaf children
2:15pm The World About Us: The Predators (wildlife film)
3:00pm Alpha Omega (cartoon)
3:10pm The Lively Arts-in Performance: Coppelia, ballet, music by Delibes
4:40pm In Deepest Britain: Plants and animals by the sea
5:10pm Celebration: Portrait of the Queen’s summer Jubilee tour
5:40pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
5:50pm Storm Boy (film) starring Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil
7:15pm Thanks for the Memory: The viewer’s view of television
9:35pm Christmas Past, introduced by James Cameron
10:05pm Country Holiday: Music with Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin, George Hamilton IV, Pete Sayers
10:50pm News
10:55-12:45am The Big Sleep (film) starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (b-w)

Christmas Day 1977 – Sunday 25th December 1977
ITV – London Weekend Television (LWT)
8:45am Carol Concert, from Wells Cathedral
9:45am Cartoons
10:00am Parish Mass, from Our Lady of St Oswin’s Tynemouth
11:00am A Merry Morning, with Jimmy Tarbuck, Guy Kent, The Wurzels, Roger Stevenson
11:45am Cartoons
12noon Robinson Crusoe and the Tiger (film) starring Hugo Stiglitz
2:00pm Just William
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:10pm To See Such Fun: Four decades of film fun
4:40pm Emu’s Christmas Adventure
5:40pm News
5:45pm The Muppet Show: with Julie Andrews
6:15pm Sale of the Century
6:40pm Stars on Christmas Sunday: Bing Crosby, Gracie Fields, Mary O’Hara, Harry Secombe
7:15pm Young Winston (1972 film) starring Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward
10:05pm News
10:05pm Stanley Baxter’s Greatest Hits (repeat)
11:30pm Celebration: The Joys of Christmas in Words and Music
12:30am Christmas Message from the Archbishop of Cantebury

Christmas 1978

Christmas Day 1978 – Monday 25th December 1978
BBC-1 Television
8:55pm Christmas Carols from Cambridge (a repeat of last nights programme on BBC2)
9:50am The Flumps
10:05am Christmas Day Worship: from Knutsford Methodist Church, Cheshire
11:05am The Spinners at Christmas: from a Dickensian Street at York Museum
11:35am Clambake (1967 film) starring Elvis Presley
1:10pm Holiday on Ice: introduced by Brian Matthew
2:00pm Top of the Pops ’78: introduced by Noel Edmonds, with dancers Legs & Co
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:20pm Larry Grayson’s Generation Game: with Isal St Clair
4:20pm The Sound of Music (1965 film) starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
7:10pm Evening News, with Peter Woods
7:15pm Some Mothers do ‘Ave ‘Em: Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice
8:00pm The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show: guests Abba, with Janet Brown
8:45pm True Grit, a Further Adventure (TV film) starring Warren Oates
10:20pm News, with Peter Woods
10:30pm Parkinison at the Pantomime: Michael Parkinson and guest Arthur Askey
11:35-12:10am Christmas Ghost Story: Ice House

Christmas Day 1978 – Monday 25th December 1978
BBC-2 Television
11:05-11:30am Play School: presenters Sarah Long, Don Spencer
2:30pm Sounds of Christmas: from the Royal Albert Hall, London
3:20pm The Snow Queen: A fairytale for television
4:20pm Christmas Matinée: Dersu Uzala (1975 Russian film with English subtitles) staring Maksim Munzuk
6:35pm Magoo on 2
6:40pm Baker on Board: Richard Baker
7:15pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
7:35pm Anne Hughes: starring Elin Jenkins
8:35pm News on 2
8:45pm The Count of Monte Cristo: Music by Franz Lehar, (sung in German with English subtitles)
10:20pm The King’s Singers: Sing Christmas
10:50pm Swing Time (1936 film) starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (b-w)
12:30-12:50am Late Night Story: Tom Baker reads The Emisary by Ray Bradbury

Christmas Day 1978 – Monday 25th December 1978
ITV – Thames Television (London)
8:45am The Christmas Story
9:00am The Wotsit from Whizz-bang: Enter the wotsit
9:10am Pipkins
9:25am Christmas Clapperboard: with Chris Kelly
10:00am A Merry Morning: with Jimmy Tarbuck, Animal Kwackers, Mike Harding, Ward Allen
from the National Children’s Home, Harrogate, Yorkshire
10:45am The Christmas Morning Service: from St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
12:00noon Living Free (1972 film) starring Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire
1:30pm Crossroads
2:00pm 3-2-1: host Ted Rogers, guests Jack Douglas, Duggie Brown, Chris Emmett
celebrity couples: Terry Wogan, Clodagh Rodgers, Pat Coombs, Mike Channon, and Rachel Heyhoe Flint, play for charity
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:20pm Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973 film) starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins
4:55pm Billy Smart’s Christmas Circus
6:05pm ITN News
6:15pm The Muppet Show: guest Danny Kaye
6:45pm Diamonds Are Forever (1971 James Bond film) starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John
9:00pm The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show: guests Leonard Rossiter, Frank Finlay, Syd Lawrence and his Orchestra
10:15pm This is Your Life: with Eamonn Andrews
11:00pm ITN News
11:10pm Ghost Story: starring Larry Dann, Vivian Mackerall, Murray Melvin
with: Marianne Faithfull, Penelope Keith, Barbara Shelley
12:30-12:45am Meditation: Bed Time Story by C.P. Taylor. A one-act play for Christmas.

Christmas 1979

Christmas Day 1979 – Tuesday 25th December 1979
BBC-1 Television
9:00am Star over Bethlehem (repeat of last night’s programme)
10:00am Morning Service: The young children of Christ Church, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff
11:00am Bagpuss
11:15am The Spinners at Christmas, from Thoresby Hall on the edge of Sherwood Forest
11:45am Black Beauty (1971 film) starring Mark Lester
1:30pm John Curry: Ice Skating from Queens Ice Skating Club in London
2:00pm Top of the Pops ’79 (part 1)
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:20pm Larry Grayson’s Generation Game, with Isla St. Clair
4:20pm The Gnome-Mobile (1966 Disney film) starring Tom Lowell, Walter Brennan
5:45pm News, with Peter Woods
5:50pm Blankety Blank, with Wendy Craig, Patrick Moore, Beryl Reid, Kenny Everett
6:30pm All Creatures Great and Small (first in new series)
7:20pm The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show
8:00pm To The Manor Born: Christmas Special
8:30pm The Sting (1973 film) staring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
10:45pm Parkinson at Christmas, with Barry Humphries
12:05am Close Down

Christmas Day 1979 – Tuesday 25th December 1979
BBC-2 Television
11:00-11:25am Play School
3:00pm A Hard Day’s Night (1964 film) starring The Beatles (b-w)
4:25pm Christmas Day Concert from Amsterdam
5:30pm A Christmas Carol, with Michael Hordern, John Le Mesurier (repeat)
6:30pm Baboushka, music by Donald Swann
7:20pm News and Weather
7:30pm The Front Garden
8:30pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
8:50pm Sutherland and Pavarotti in Recital, from the Lincoln Center, New York
10:05pm Face the Music: Joyce Grenfall (last appearance before her recent death), David Attenborough,
Robin Ray, guest Sir Robert Mayer
10:45-12:50am Cabaret (1972 film) starring Liza Minelli, Michael York, Joel Gray

Christmas Day 1979 – Tuesday 25th December 1979
ITV – Thames Television (London)
8:45am Beautiful Morning: Carols from the choir of St. Winifred’s School, Stockport, Cheshire, with Burl Ives
9:00am The Christmas Story: told by Paul Copley
9:15am A Merry Morning: Songs and Comedy with, Jimmy Tarbuck, Animal Kwackers and others,
from the National Children’s Home, Harrogate
10:00am Christmas Morning Service: from Harpenden Methodist Church, Hertfordshire
11:00am Lassie (1978 TV film) with John Reilly
12:45pm Walt Disney Classics (cartoons)
1:00pm Christmas Oh Boy: Hit Songs of the 1950s and 1960s, sung by Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, Billy Hartman and others
1:30pm Crossroads
2:00pm Star Games: Grand finale, Comedy Stars v. TV Presenters
3:00pm The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
3:15pm Goldfinger (1964 James Bond film) starring Sean Connery
5:10pm News
5:15pm 3-2-1: Christmas edition, guests Terry Scott, Bill Maynard, Wilfrid Brambell
6:15pm George and Mildred
6:45pm The Three Musketeers (1973 film) starring Michael York, Oliver Reed
8:45pm Christmas with Eric and Ernie, guests David Frost, Glenda Jackson
9:45pm This Is Your Life Special
10:30pm News
10:40pm Cleo Laine: Cleo’s Christmas
11:40pm Mystery at Love House (film) starring Robert Wagner, Sylvia Sidney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour, John Carradine
1:00am A Child is Born: Christmas chants from the monks of Farnborough Abbey, Hants.

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My ethos is espoused in the words of Nelson Mandela: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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