with Frank Bough and Debbie Greenwood
The early morning festivities continue with your daily visit to the Breakfast Gift Shop. If you're faced with the man who has everything or can't imagine what to give your granny or your girlfriend, queue up at the Gift Shop and you should get some ideas to match your pocket. Timetable
News on the hour and half hour read by Sue Carpenter
Weather with Francis Wilson at 6.55, 7.25, 7.55, 8.25, 8.55
Nationwide news, weather and travel from local
BBC studios at 6.57, 7.27,
7.57 and 8.27
Sports news at 7.20 and 8.20
Morning papers reviewed at 8.37
Including this morning: The Top 20 - Steve Blacknell's look at the new charts at 7.32; after nine Beverly Alt is on hand with more fashionable ideas.
9.20 Pages from Ceefax
Even a cow wears a sensible winter coat just now ... Presenter Sarah Long Guest Stuart Bradley
Story: The Winter Bear by RUTH CRAFT
Illustrated by ERICK BLEGVAD
As home freezers become cheaper and more popular, there is concern and confusion about the effects of freezing fresh and cooked foods. Shaheen Nawab and Saleha Khan discuss the pros and cons with dietician Kiran Shukla.
Also, a song for Christmas. An Asian Unit presentation
with Richard Whitmore and Frances Coverdale News Headlines with subtitles
12.55 Regional News
Weather News JOHN KETTLEY
with Magnus Magnusson
Marian Foster and Paul Coia More festive fun and frolics from the Pebble Mill foyer as culinary consultant to the aristocracy, Michael Smith , joins the team with some hints on how you can turn your Christmas dinner into a feast fit for a king.
Written and presented by Mike Amatt The Market
Animation SIMON AND SARA BOR Director sid WADDELL Producer DAVID BROWN BBC Manchester
by MICHAEL BOND (R)
with lain Lauchlan and Jane Hardy Trumpet
When the trumpet plays a jazz tune everything in Music-man's cupboard starts to dance. A sack of potatoes dances out of the house, the potatoes jump out of the sack and Fingermouse tries to get them back.
Music by RICHARD BROWN Puppets by JOANNE COLE Graphics CLARE BEATON Producer MICHAEL COLE
The last episode in the cartoon serial based on the world-famous books by HUGH LOFTING about the good doctor who can talk with animals.
Our Friend, Pushmi-Pullyu Pushmi-Pullyu and all the doctor's friends try to help him pay his debts.
A different approach to the art of making pictures with Tony Hart and Gabrielle Bradshaw Structure
In the last of the series Tony looks at the underlying structure of famous paintings and turns a disaster into a structure. Gabrielle uses wet plaster and old clothes, coathangers and bits of wood. Morph sets a trap which all ends in tears and there's a final look at your work in the Gallery.
Assistant producer JANE TARLETON Producer CHRISTOPHER PILKINGTON If you 15 or under and would like to send a picture to the Gallery, send your entry to: Harbeat, BBCtv London W3 7XZ
There's a prize for any that are shown, as long as you put your name, age and address on the back. But sorry, none can be returned.
The last part of the drama series about life on the road and in the gold-fields of Australia.
The Fletchers are in danger of losing their family gold-mine unless Alec can find some way to keep it working. His father is still in hospital, but young Alec won't give in.
Producer MICHAEL MIDLAM Director ROB STEWART
Presented by Angela Rippon
By 6.0 pm the first team to take part in the Masterteam 85 final on Friday will be decided. But before that teams will be put In a Spin and play rounds of It's all
Yours: words they would like to hear when they collect the trophy for winning
Masterteam. But which team will it be?
Director PETER fitton Programme associate ROSALIND GOLD
Producer DAVE ROSS
Nicholas WitcheU and Andrew Harvey present the latest pictures, stories and events of the day from Britain and around the world followed by Weather News
London Plus, Spotlight Points West, Look East
Look North, South Today North West Tonight Midlands Today
Who keeps telling him 'Terry you're so bad'? Which star from Dallas sang on Wogan? What is the sartorial problem Blake Carrington and Dex Dexter have in common? Who's been around a 1-o-n-g time?
Associate producer PETER ESTALL Director KEVIN BISHOP
Series producer FRANCES WHITAKER
India, 1895. In the North West Frontier province the villainous Khasi of Kalabar plans a rebellion against the Governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-
Diamond. Only the presence of that dreaded Highland regiment, the Third Foot and Mouth, also known as the devils in skirts, can foil the Khasi's dastardly plot.
Screenplay by TALBOT ROTHWELL Produced by PETER ROGERS Directed by GERALD THOMAS
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Khasi of Kalabar:
Private James Widdle:
Sgt Maj MacNutt:
with Julia Somerville and Andrew Harvey Weather News
A History of Men in Battle Presented by Frederick Forsyth Experience of War
'If everybody could be in war just one day and see the reality of it, I think that would change a lot of attitudes towards war.' So comments a Vietnam veteran in tonight's programme, the last in the series, which focuses throughout on the attitudes, reactions and sensations of the ordinary fighting soldier. What is it like to have to kill, to see your best friend killed beside you, to participate in an all-out battle? How is it that enemies can sometimes become, if only briefly, the best of friends? How do soldiers cope - or not cope - with the pressures of a long campaign? How do men who have fought assess the impact of that experience on their lives? Survivors from a wide range of wars give their views and tell their remarkable and often moving stories.
Written by RICHARD HOLMES Photography
IAN STONE, MARTIN PATMORE Film editor PAULINE DYKES Producer MALCOLM BROWN Series producer JOHN GAU
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Lew Harper is summoned to New Orleans by a client, and former girlfriend, who has been threatened with having her sordid past exposed to her tyrannical and wealthy mother-in-law. The case leads to murder and blackmail among the steaming swamplands of Louisiana and a gripping climax in the 'drowning pool'.
Screenplay by TRACY KENNAN WYNN LORENZO SEMPLE JR. WALTER HILL Based on the novel by ROSS MACDONALD Produced by LAWRENCE TURMAN. DAVID FORSTER Directed by STUART ROSENBERG
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