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Christmas 1978

 Christmas Eve 1978 - Sunday 24th December 1978 - BBC-1 Television
9:15am Camberwick Green
9:30am The Sunday Gang
10:00am Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan
10:30am Hans Christian Andersen (1952 film) starring Danny Kaye
12:20pm Sunday Worship
1:00pm News Headlines
1:05pm Chisum (1970 film) starring John Wayne
2:55pm The Sleeping Beauty, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
5:20pm Pinocchio (4/4)
5:50pm News, with Angela Rippon
6:00pm Appeal: Dame Margot Fonteyn appeals on behalf of the Samaratins
6:05pm Songs of Praise
7:15pm All Creatures Great And Small (last of 14 episodes): Merry Gentlemen
8:05pm El Cid (1961 film) starring Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren
11:00pm News, with Angela Rippon
11:10pm Andre Previn's Christmas Music Night
11:55-12:55am Christmas Midnight Communion: from St Mary's Church, Selly Oak, Biringham

Christmas Eve 1978 - Sunday 24th December 1978 - BBC-2 Television
12:15pm Leonard Bernstein: The Unanswered Question: Lecture 3 of 6: Musical Semantics
2:40pm Simple Faith?
2:55pm Christmas Matinée: Custer of the West (1968 film) starring Robert Shaw
5:10pm Rugby Special: The South v. Edinburgh
6:05pm The Light Princess, starring Stacy Dorning, John Fortune, Irene Handl
7:15pm The World About Us: The Spell of the Orchid
8:05pm Christmas Carols from Cambridge
9:00pm News on 2
9:05pm Petticoat Lane: new musical starring Sheila Hancock, Freddie Jones, Cheryl Kennedy, Alfred Marks, Dennis Waterman
10:05pm The Old Grey Whistle Test: 10CC, from the Wembley Conference Centre, introduced by Anne Nightingale
11:00pm Follow The Fleet (1936 film) starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (b-w)

Christmas Eve 1978 - Sunday 24th December 1978 - ITV - London Weekend Television (LWT)
9:00am Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
10:00am Morning Worship: from St. Paul's Church, Thamesmead
11:00am The Bible ... in the Beginning (1966 film) starring Richard Harris, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Peter O'Toole
2:05pm The Big Match: Football highlights
3:15pm Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: producer Jim Henson creator of The Muppets; narrated by Kermit the Frog
4:15pm Pam Ayres' Hong Kong Christmas
5:15pm ITN News
5:30pm Godspell (1973 film)
7:15pm Bruce Forsyth's Christmas Eve: co-host Anthea Redfern
featuring: 'Beat the Goalie','Question Time' and 'Screen Time'
plus 'The Glums': starring Jimmy Edwards, Ian Lavender, Patricia Brake
and 'The Worker': starring Charlie Drake, Henry McGee
9:15pm Charade (1963 film) starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn
10:30pm ITN News
10:40pm Charade (film continued)
11:30-12:35pm Midnight Mass: from the Church of the Holy Family, Cockerton, Darlington, Durham


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.


Boxing Day 1978 - Tuesday 26th December 1978 - BBC-1 Television
9:00am How Do You Do?: introduced by Carmen Munro
9:30am Buck Rogers: starring Buster Crabbe: (pt 3 of the 12-part 1939 cliffhanger serial) (b-w)
9:50am The Fantastic Journey (sci-fi series) starring Jared Martin
10:35am Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954 film) starring Victor Mature, Susan Hayward
12:15pm Boxing Day Grandstand: introduced by Frank Bough
- Rugby League: Leeds v Wakefield Trinity; Horse Racing from Kempton Park & Wincanton
2:35pm Disney Time; introduced by Paul Daniels
3:25pm It's a Christmas Knockout
4:25pm Jim'll Fix It: Jimmy Savile
5:05pm News, with Peter Woods
5:20pm The Boatniks (1970 Disney film) starring Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Don Ameche
7:00pm Are You Being Served?
7:30pm Mastermind: The Final
8:05pm The Two Ronnies: guests Manhatten Transfer
8:50pm News, with Peter Woods
9:00pm The French Connection (1971 film) starring Gene Hackman
10:40pm Last of the Summer Wine
11:10-12:00midnight Boxing Night at the Mill: Live from the foyer of Pebble Mill Studios, Birmingham
Hosts: Bob Langley, Tony Lewis; guests Norman Wisdom, Libby Morris; music Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen

Boxing Day 1978 - Tuesday 26th December 1978 - BBC-2 Television
11:00-11:25am Play School: presenters Sarah Long, Don Spencer
1:45pm Christmas Matinée: Hatari! (1962 film) starring John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons
4:20pm My Kind of Movie: Sue MacGregor talks to Clive James about his favorite film 'High Noon'
4:25pm Home from the Sea: HMS Ark Royal, at Plymouth, commentary by Raymond Baxter
4:55pm And Now the Good News ...: with Richard Stilgoe
5:20pm It's Today: with Derek Griffiths
6:00pm The Schools Prom: from the Royal Albert Hall, London, introduced by Brian Redhead
6:50pm News on 2
7:00pm Verse, Worse and Baby Grand:
7:30pm The Gathering (tv film) starring Edward Asner, Maureen Stapleton
9:00pm Hinge and Braket: A Gala Evening from the Royal Hall, Harrogate
9:45pm Don McLean and Friends in Concert: with The Jordanaires, special guest Elkie Brooks
10:35pm Late News
10:40pm Carefree (1938 film) starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
12:00-12:20am Late Night Story: Tom Baker reads Nursery Tea by Mary Danby

Boxing Day 1978 - Tuesday 26th December 1978 - ITV - Thames Television (London)
9:00am Chorlton and the Wheelies
9:10am Pipkins
9:25pm Get It Together Christmas Special:
Introduced by Linda Fletcher, Roy North, with Mike Moran and his Band
Guests: Showaddywaddy, The Pleasers, Mike Rose, Roy Hill, and the T.S.D's (Teri Scoble Dancers)
10:00am The Ghosts of Motley Hall: The Christmas Spirit
10:30am Journey Back to Oz (film) starring Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Ethel Merman
12:00noon The Talking Parcel
12:45pm ITN News
12:50pm Looks Familiar: host Dennis Norden, guests Frankie Howerd, Beryl Reid, Alan Whicker
1:30pm Crossroads
2:00pm The History of the Cinema
2:10pm Holiday on the Buses (1973 film) starring Reg Varney, Wilfrid Bambell
3:45pm Christmas Star Games: with Michael Aspel and Alan Pascoe
4:45pm Sale of the Century: with Nicholas Parsons
5:15pm ITN News and Sport
5:30pm Charlie's Angels: Angels in Vegas: guests Dean Martin, Robert Urich
7:15pm The Benny Hill Show: with Jenny Lee Wright
8:15pm The Day of the Jackal (1973 film) starring Edward Fox
10:50pm ITN News
11:00pm Casino de Paris: with Line Renaud
12:00-12:35am The Spy's Wife: starring Dorothy Tutin, Ann Lynn, Tom Bell

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