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UK Christmas Day TV Listings 1970s

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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