A Kaleidoscope Christmas

CLASSIC TV organisation Kaleidoscope have unwrapped details of their Christmas event, which will feature a screening of one of the two Till Death Us Do Part episodes that were recently recovered.

The free event, which takes place on Saturday, December 5th, in Stourbridge, boasts an impressive and festive programme schedule:

* 12:00 pm Westward Christmas start-up film – the station opener for Christmas Eve 1981.

* 12:05 pm The Arthur Haynes Show – 1960s Christmas edition of the well-remembered comedy sketch show.

* 12:30 pm Z Cars – “It Never Rains…” A festive story from Newtown nick, written by John Hopkins and aired on Christmas Day 1963.

* 1:20 pm Rainbow. Paint the whole world with a rainbow at Christmas time! Join the gang for a seasonal edition from 1972 (TX: 21/12/1972, VRT 6601).

* 1:40 pm Break

* 2:00 pm Kaleidoscope Grand Charity Auction 2009 – a selection of items donated by guests, supporters and attendees throughout the year are up for grabs in our annual charity auction, with all proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Please note Kaleidoscope will be accepting bids in person only.

* 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

* 3:30 pm Those Wonderful TV Times – Aimi MacDonald, Nerys Hughes, Jack Douglas, Patrick Mower, Lance Percival and William Rushton feature in this quiz show from Christmas 1977.

* 4:10 pm Rest In Peace 2009. Kaleidoscope’s own special tribute to those from the television industry who have passed away during 2009.

* 4:20 pm Aladdin and the Forty Thieves – An amazing all-star cast from Children’s BBC bring the much-loved tale to life in this version from New Year’s Day 1984. Among those appearing are Jan Francis, Kenneth Connor, Clive Dunn, Kenneth Williams, the casts of Blue Peter, Rentaghost, Animal Magic, Play School, Grange Hill and The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

* 5:10 pm Till Death Us Do Part – “In Sickness and in Health”. An exclusive chance to see one of the previously missing episodes returned to the BBC archives through Kaleidoscope in 2009. Johnny Speight’s controversial sitcom is at its most raw with Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell) undergoing treatment on the NHS and proving to be the world’s worst patient. Followed by a previously missing extract from the episode “Peace and Goodwill”, also recovered through Kaleidoscope in 2009.

* 5:45 pm The Basil Brush Show – “What the Dickens”. Join Basil and Mr. Derek for this Christmas special from 1972.

* 6:15 pm Some Wonderful Scottish Girls – a variety show from Hogmanay 1978 hosted by Ian Ogilvy and featuring Lulu, Janet Brown, Beryl Reid, Molly Weir and Aimi MacDonald.

* 6:55 pm The Wombles (TX: 24/12/1974), followed by Closedown.

Kaleidoscope’s Christmas Event and Grand Charity Auction 2009 is being held at Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1YE, UK, between 12:00 – 7:00 pm. All proceeds will be going to the organisation’s  designated charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. For more event information, including a full list of the goodies up for auction, visit www.kaleidoscope.org.uk.

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