*** Comedy starring
Dean Jones. An accountant runs into problems when he takes over a ski-resort hotel.
Review page 62.
Director Norman Tokar (1972, U)
Paul and Barry look after Reg the Hedge's cricket pitch.
(R) (S) (W)
7.20 Alvin and the Chipmunks
The gang don't know what to do for entertainment. (R) (S)
Chuckie thinks his life is like Cinderella's. (R) (S)
8.10 Newsround Review of the Year
Shown yesterday 4.50pm (S) (W)
8.40 Lion of Oz **
The Wicked Witch of the East has captured Lion's friend, and Lion must bring her the magical Flower of Oz in order to set him free.
Review page 62. Director Tim Deacon (2000) (S)
9.55 The Magician's House
Episode three of the children's fantasy. The evil Black Gold spreads its negative energy throughout Golden Valley.
Further cast on Friday 4 January
Po is feeling happy, so the others do too. (R) (S)
BBC TELETUBBIES MAGAZINE: £1.35
Squiggles keeps jumping up at Jake. (S) (W)
BBC TWEENIES MAGAZINE: Â£1.25
11.15 Bill and Ben
The duo build a snow castle. (S)
11.25 Beethoven's 2nd ***
Comedy starring Charles Grodin. Beethoven, a huge St Bernard, falls for Missy, but the path to true love proves not to be smooth.
Review page 62.
Director Rod Daniel (1993, U) (S)
Director ("Lion of Oz"):
Stephen Tyler (The Magician's House):
Jack Green (The Magician's House):
Mary Green (The Magician's House):
Matthew Morden (The Magician's House):
[Actor] ("Beethoven's 2nd"):
Director ("Beethoven's 2nd"):
Concluding the comedy rerun. The Party's Over. George throws a surpriseparty for Janet.
Regular cast on Friday 28 December
(R) (S) (W)
The Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the past year.
Shown yesterday at 7.55pm on BBC2
Musical fantasy starring Dick Van Dyke. An inventor restores a clapped-out racing car with the help of his eccentric father and two children.
Review page 62.
Director Ken Hughes (1968. U)
A journey across the seven continents in search of the world's most impressive wild landscapes and natural marvels, in the company of David Attenborough.
(S) (W) WEBSITE: [web address removed]
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas Without a Starry Knight: page 16
Great Natural Wonders of the World 3.45pm BBC1
David Attenborough makes the perfect travelling companion for this journey. In California he shows us dawn breaking over Death Valley; in the Alps he takes us into the world's largest ice cave and in Australia he gravitates towards Uluru or Ayers Rock, the sacred Aboriginal site. A splendid and sumptuously photographed round-the-world trip that armchair travellers will love.
More David Attenborough on page 16
Weather; Regional News
Fantasy action adventure. When an overeager toy designer installs state-of-the-art military microchips into a line of action figures, the result is a battle royal between the Commando Elite and the peaceful Gorgonites. The problem is that the battleground is the suburban household of young Alan Abernathy. Review page 63. (1998, PG) (S) (W) ***
Major Chip Hazard:
The competition to find the top muscle man of 2001 reaches its climax at Victoria Falls, Zambia, as ten competitors battle it out in seven tests of strength. John Inverdale hosts the action, which is described by Paul Dickenson.
Director Will Clough; Series producer Rupert Rumney (S) (W)
Little Mo turns to her family for help in the wake of her encounter with Trevor. Meanwhile, tempers flare and family rivalries surface as the extent of Lisa's secret unfolds.
Episode written by Simon Ashdown
For cast see Thursday 27 December and Thursday 3 January
Repeated at 10pm on BBC Choice (S) (W)
With Peter Sissons. Weather Michael Fish. (S) (W)
Oscar-winning romantic comedy. Will Shakespeare's career is in crisis: his money is running out and he's suffering from writer's block. Then he meets beautiful aristocrat Viola De Lesseps and his life - and the world of English literature - will never be the same again. Review page 63.
(1998, 15) (S) (W) *****
Viola de Lesseps:
Tilney, Master of the Revels:
Makepeace, the Preacher:
Peter, the Stage Manager:
Romantic comedy. Writer Gwen and architect Nick might be the perfect couple, but fate seems determined not to throw them together. When an old apartment block is earmarked for redevelopment, professional and personal interests collide. Widescreen. Review page 63.
Director Scott Winant (1997. 12) (S) (W)
Comedy remake. During the Nazi occupation of Poland in the Second World War, two actors become accidentally involved with the Polish Resistance and put their theatre group in danger. Review page 63.
Director Alan Johnson (1983. PG) (S)
Followed by Weatherview (W)
Lt Andre Sobinski: