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: Amazing Gracie: the Gracie Fields Story

Exploring the legacy, extraordinary singing voice and comic talents of the entertainer, who became a national institution during her lifetime. (S) (AD)

: Gracie!

Jane Horrocks stars as Gracie Fields in this romantic drama about the singer and comedian from Rochdale who, in the 1930s, became the nation's darling and the highest-paid film actress in the world. (S) (AD)


Gracie Fields: Jane Horrocks
Monty Banks: Tom Hollander
Harry Parr Davis: David Dawson
Fred Stansfield: Tony Haygartn
Jenny Stansfield: Ellie Haddington
Basil Dean: Alistair Petrie

: Guitar Heroes at the BBC: 4/6

Archive footage of guitarists taken from BBC music shows of the 1970s. Includes electric performances by Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Motorhead, Nazareth, AC/DC and George Thorogood, as well as acoustic material by Michael Chapman, Horslips and Paco de Lucia.
See panel (S)

Guitar Heroes at the BBC
9.20pm BBC4
A damp-smelling box full of live clips from the archives. There's a populist start, with Mick Taylor and Keith Richards faithfully replicating the recorded version of Brown Sugar while Mick Jagger does aerobics in a pink suit. Then Mick Ronson hardly gets a look-in during Starman. But from there it's mostly bearded virtuosity, with the florid Michael Chapman, jiggy rockers Horslips, Eric Clapton doing an endless Badge, and Nazareth, Motorhead and AC/DC storm in at the end to shock you back into life, with Overkill and Rock 'n' Roll Damnation respectively. (Jack Seale)


Band: Rolling Stones
Singer: David Bowie
Band: Motorhead
Band: Nazareth
Band: AC/DC
Singer/guitarist: George Thorogood
Singer/guitarist: Michael Chapman
Band: Horslips
Singer/guitarist: Paco de Lucia

: Wallander: The Secret

The 11-year-old son of Stefan's friend is killed, but he is unable to assist the investigation because he is facing suspension pending disciplinary proceedings. Last in series, In Swedish with English subtitles.
See choice, p172
Shown on Boxing Day at 9pm

: We Need Answers: 5/13

Series two. Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and author Jake Arnott take part in the comedy quiz, as they try to write the longest sentence they can with alphabet pasta.
See choice, page 212 (S)


Panellist: Tracy-Ann Oberman
Panellist: Jake Arnott

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Ring in the New 31 December 2015

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