25 Dec 2016 4 comments. tbs.pm/10303
TVWorld magazine tells us what the Midlands announcers will be watching at Christmas in 1964…
Christmas Day by Jill Bechley of ATV
I love carols and am looking forward to starting the big day by listening to 400 children singing in the carol service from Auckland Castle (9 a.m.). Then I shall watch the Christmas Morning Service (11 a.m.).
The Queen (3.0) and Tommy Steele’s big show, Richard Whittington, Esquire (3.5) will be the highspots of my afternoon.
Then I’d like you to join me in watching the ATV Today Christmas Party (6.10) from our own Midlands’ studios.
Of course, Crossroads (6.35) is a favourite with us in the Midlands. We watch Meg and her two children as though they were part of our families. On this day, of all days, we won’t want to miss them.
I’m hoping to see all of the splendid film The Pride and the Passion (8.0) before ending a busy, but pleasant day on duty.
Boxing Day by John Benson of ABC
You will also be able to share my sympathy for the sweat-and-grunt boys who will give us an extra long session of Professional Wrestling (3.15).
I won’t miss the gala Thank Your Lucky Stars (5.50) and I’m also looking forward to watching Mike and Bernie Winters in Boxing Night Out (6.35).
I hope you’ll stay tuned in after The News (9.5) to watch Laurence Olivier and much-missed Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl (9.15). It’s the film of Terence Rattigan’s modern-day fairy story, “The Sleeping Prince.”
To round off the day I’m going to watch Tempo (11.15). There’s a surprise item here which I’ve had to promise not to tell you about until the day.
Sunday by John Edmunds of ABC
Teenagers will get their ration of music in Big Beat ’64 (3.15). The programme fearures a galaxy of top recording stars, including Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Don’t forget to let the kids share the screen for Just Jimmy (5.10) and the Bugs Bunny Show (5.40).
The evening’s viewing starts with a bumper Sunday Night at the London Palladium (7.29). featuring the cream of entertainment I certainly won’t miss it.
Alec Guinness fans have a treat in store for them with the Film Premiere presentation. “Kind Hearts and Coronets” (8.55).
The day is rounded off with The Eamonn Andrews Show (11.5).