This is another one of those 'work in progress' things - whilst browsing the internet we stumbled across www.tvchronicles.com which has some pantomimes from the late 60's, alongside the now regular ITV pantomime. That site has now disappeared and been replaced by www.memorabletv.com but there is no mention of the Television Pantomimes! We are very grateful to Julian Lane who has furnished us with a full listing of BBC Television Pantomimes from 1963 to 1973, and also very grateful to Chris Law at the BBC who filled in the blanks!
If you know of any more information or any more productions, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITV Pantomime - Coronation Street Pantomime (2005)
Information from Radio Times
In a Weatherfield winter wonderland, the country's favourite Street characters take part in a show of panto anarchy which combines the nation's favourite pantomimes rolled into an hour-long special. Frankie Baldwin (Debra Stephenson) takes the lead as Cinderella, with estranged husband Danny (Bradley Walsh) as her dashing Prince Charming, Norris (Malcolm Hebden) and Roy (David Neilson) as the Ugly Sisters, Blanche (Maggie Jones) as Widow Twankey, Les (Bruce Jones) as the Demon King, Bev (Susie Blake) as the Fairy Godmother and Jack Duckworth (William Tarmey) as Baron Hardup.
Broadcast Date - 26th December 2005 on ITV1 6.30 - 7.30pm
ITV Pantomime - Dick Whittington (2002)
Photo Credit :- Nicky Johnston / Radio Times
Written by Simon Nye / Directed by Geoff Posner
Produced by Geoff Posner and David Tyler
The Queen of Tonga - Amanda Barrie / Mayor - Sanjeev Bhasker / Dick - Kevin Bishop / Cat - Julian Clary / Mrs Fitzwarren - Vanessa Feltz / Alderman Fitzwarren - James Fleet / The Painter - Harry Hill / Idle Jack - Lee Mack / The Captain - Paul Merton / The Maid of Tonga - Tina O'Brien / Alice - Debra Stephenson / Good Fairy - Jessica Stevenson / King Rat - Mark Williams / Sally the Cook - Richard Wilson (pictured) and The Band - Hearsay
Broadcast Date - 1st January 2002 on ITV1, 5.30 - 7.00pm
BBC Wales Pantomime - Aladdin (2001/2)
Director - Clive Harpwood / Producer - Ailsa Jenkins
With:- OWEN MONEY as Wishee Washee / KELLY MARIE as Aladdin / MAUREEN REES as Maureenie the Genie
Broadcast Date - 31st December 2001 on BBC Wales Digital at 8pm / 1st January 2002 on BBC2 at 3.45pm.
ITV Pantomime - Aladdin (2000)
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Lisa Clark / Director: Geoff Posner
With:- ED BYRNE as Aladdin / PATSY KENSIT as Princess / JOHN SAVIDENT as Widow Twankey / GRIFF RHYS JONES as Emperor / MARTIN CLUNES as Abanazer / RALF LITTLE as Wishee Washee / PAUL MERTON as Spirit of the Ring / JULIAN CLARY as Genie of the Lamp / BILLY MURRAY as Police Chief / LISA RILEY as Princess's hand maiden / MEERA SYAL / TRISHA GODDARD / LESLIE PHILLIPS / S CLUB 7
Broadcast Date - 25th December 2000 on ITV1 at 6.15pm
ITV Pantomime - Cinderella (2000)
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Helen Pitcher / Director: Liddy Oldroyd
With:- SAMANTHA JANUS as Cinderella / FRANK SKINNER as Buttons / SIAN PHILLIPS as The Evil Baroness / RONNIE CORBETT as Griselda / PAUL MERTON as Lucretia / BEN MILLER as Dandini / JULIAN CLARY as The Good Fairy / ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG as Prince Charming / HARRY HILL as Master of Ceremonies
Broadcast Date - 2nd January 2000 on ITV1 at 6pm
ITV Pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk (1998)
Writer: Simon Nye / Producer: Helen Pitcher, Sarah Williams / Director: John Henderson
With:- PAUL MERTON as Narrator / NEIL MORRISSEY as Jack / ADRIAN EDMONDSON as Dame Dolly / GRIFF RHYS JONES as Baron Wasteland / DENISE VAN OUTEN as Jill / MORWENNA BANKS as Goldilocks / JULIE WALTERS as Fairy Godmother / JULIAN CLARY as Giant's Assistant
Broadcast Date - 25th December 1998 on ITV1
ITV Pantomime - Cinderella (1986)
With:- CHERYL BAKER as Cinderella / BRIAN CONLEY as Dandini / ROY HUDD & BRIAN MURPHY as Ugly Sisters / DANNY LA RUE as Stepmother / FAITH BROWN as Fairy Godmother / JIMMY CRICKET as Buttons / ROY KINNEAR as Baron Hardup / Cameo Appearances from:- Willy Rushton, Mike Reid, Steve Nallon (Spitting Image Margaret Thatcher), Basil Brush, Les Dennis
Broadcast Date - 25th December 1986
We are very grateful to James Brandon for the information on this production.
BBC Pantomime - Aladdin and the Forty Thieves (1983/4)
With:- SARAH GREENE as Aladdin / JOHNNY MORRIS as Widow Twankey / EDWARD BRAYSHAW as Abanazar / KENNETH WILLIAMS as Storyteller
Broadcast Date - Unknown
Crackerjack Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe (1975)
Pictured:- Jan Hunt, Peter Glaze and Don McLean
also starring Windsor Davies, Don Estelle, Alan Curtis, John Laurie, John Inman and Hilary Hutchins
Broadcast on BBC1 - 24th December 1975
Crackerjack Pantomime - Aladdin (1974)
Starring:- Peter Glaze, Jan Hunt, Don Maclean, Jacqueline Clarke, Dana, Ed Stewart, Derek Griffiths, Derek Guyler, Richard Wattis, Jack Warner, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Terry Walsh (as Dr Who), Michael Aspel and Pan's People
Broadcast on BBC1 - 24th December 1974
BBC Pantomime - Robin Hood (1973)
Starring:- Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd, Anita Harris, Billy Dainty, Dana, Freddie Davies and Alan Curtis
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1973.
BBC Pantomime - Dick Whittington (1972)
Starring:- Dick Emery and Peter Noone, with Michael Aspel, Gemma Craven, Robert Dorning and Stratford Johns
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1972
BBC Pantomime - Aladdin (1971)
Starring:- Cilla Black, Alfred Marks, Roy Castle and Norman Vaughan
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1971
BBC Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe (1970)
Starring:- Ken Dodd, Lyn Kennington, Peter Glaze and Arthur Mullard
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1970
ITV Pantomime - Aladdin (1969)
Starring:- Mike and Bernie Winters, Jack Douglas, Jimmy Logan and Maggie Vickers as Principal Boy.
Broadcast Date - Unknown
BBC Pantomime - Cinderella (1969)
Producer: Freddie Carpenter / Director: Peter Whitmore
Starring:- Anita Harris as Cinderella, Jimmy Tarbuck as Buttons, Beryl Reid as Ugly Sister Marlene, Jack Tripp and Allen Christie
Broadcast Date - 25th December 1969 on BBC1
BBC Pantomime - Humpty Dumpty (1968)
Starring:- Leslie Crowther and Reg Varney
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1968
Rediffusion TV - Aladdin (1967)
starring: Cliff Richard, The Shadows and Arthur Askey
This was transmitted as a one-off Christmas Special, broadcast on Rediffusion TV on Christmas Day, 1967. It was a shortened and adapted version of the 1964/65 Palladium pantomime. Several songs were cut out of this TV version (including “Having Fun” and “Genie With the Light Brown Lamp”) but several extra Shadows’ songs were included (songs which had not appeared in the original panto version, including a new song, “Everybody Loves Me” for Abanazar.)
A number of the songs were actually mimed to the original LP recording, but some were performed in new versions, probably because they needed to be shortened or altered for the TV production.
Cliff Richard and the Shadows played their original roles, as did Arthur Askey as Widow Twankey. Vanessa Howard played Princess Balroubadour and the TV cast also included Joan Palethorpe, and Audrey Bayley from the original Palladium production.
Broadcast Date - 25th December 1967
BBC Pantomime - Cinderella (1967)
Starring:- Jimmy Tarbuck, Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1967
BBC Pantomime - Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp (1966)
Starring:- Arthur Askey, Angela Richards and Roy Castle, with Alan Curtis, Mary Millar, Peter Grant, Ian Wallace, Pat Goh, Christine Child, David Davenport, Charlie Cairoli & company, John Wade and The Dougie Squires Dancers
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1966
BBC Pantomime - Mother Goose (1965)
Starring:- Norman Vaughan and Terry Scott, with Jon Pertwee, Lauri Lupino Lane, Anna Dawson, Joanna Rigby, Kay Lyell, Susan Denny, Bernadette Milnes, The Lynton Boys, and as King Goose a young David Jason
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1965
BBC Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe (1964)
Starring:- Norman Wisdom
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1964
BBC Pantomime - Dick Whittington (1963)
Starring:- Terry Scott, Hugh Lloyd and Reg Varney, with Norman Mitchell, Patricia Lambert, Yvonne Marsh, Gerry Lee, Barbara von der Heyde, David Davenport, Alec Bregonzi and Ken Parry
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1963
BBC Pantomime - Puss in Boots (1962)
Starring:- David Nixon, Reg Varney and Tommy Fields, with John McHugh, George Truzzi, Lauri Lupino Lane, David Davenport, Patricia Cree, Sylvia Norman, Bunty Turner, Judy Whalley and Tommy Shaw
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1962
BBC Pantomime - “Pantomania - Babes in the Wood” (1957)
Starring:- Eamonn Andrews, Derek Bond, Kenneth Connor, Sam Costa, Peter Dimmock, Charlie Drake, Tony Hancock, Benny Hill, Sid James, Cliff Michelmore, Jean Metcalfe, Derek Hart, Bill Maynard, Jack Payne, Sylvia Peters, Ted Ray, Huw Weldon and Peter Haigh.
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1957
BBC Pantomime - “Pantomania” or “Dick Whittington” by Eric Sykes (1956)
Starring:- Jean Kent, Sylvia Peters, Frankie Howerd, Hattie Jacques, Billy Cotton, Spike Milligan, Fred Emney and David Attenborough
Broadcast on BBC1 - 25th December 1956
Live Pantomime Excerpt- Jack and Jill (1952)
On Christmas Eve television mobile cameras will be at the London Casino for a 45 minute excerpt from Emile Littler’s “Jack and Jill”. Charlie Chester and Michael Bentine will be making their pantomime debut as Cheerful Charlie and the Crooked Man Twist. Jack will be played by Hy Hazell and Dame Horner by Tommy Jover.
Other artists in this production are Harry Welchman as the King, Carol Decy as Jill, Jacqueline St.Clere as the Fairy, and Moyra Fraser as the Wicked Witch. The singing comedians, Kirby and Hayes, have been cast as Johnny Stout and Willie Green.
The cast also includes several Continental speciality acts, notably the Baronas, a musical comedy act from Belgium, the Trio Gypsy, an adagio act from France, and the Edourdinis, a troupe of migit acrobatic comedians from Spain. The décor is by Berkeley Sutcliffe. The excerpt from “Jack and Jill” will be introduced by Brian Johnston.
Broadcast Date - 24th December 1952
Live Pantomime Excerpt- Dick Whittington (1952)
On Sunday, December 28th, the first television show ever to be seen direct from the stage of the London Palladium will take place when, before an invited audience, a 45 minute excerpt from Val Parnell’s “Dick Whittington” will be seen on TV screens all over Britain.
The cast includes Vanessa Lee, Lois Green, Frankie Howerd, Sonnie Hale, and, of special interest to viewers, Richard Hearne in the guise of “Mr Pastry” as the mate.
Broadcast Date - 28th December 1952
BBC Pantomime - Dick Whittington (1932)
With:- Ann Maitland as Dick / Fred Douglas as the Cat / Betty Astell as Alice
Broadcast Date - Unknown
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