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: Chigley: A Present for Lord Belborough

A See-Saw programme. (R)


Puppets and production: Gordon Murray

: The Littlest Hobo

Great Million Dollar Fur Heist Hobo rescues some kidnap victims and recovers valuable stolen furs. (R)

: The Hunter

Counterfeit Newspaper Caper The Fox tries to make a killing out of phoney Wall Street journals.

: Play Chess

Bill Hartston takes a look at the queen and the bishops with young chess players.


Unknown: Bill Hartston

: Charlie Brown

A cartoon series based on Peanuts by CHARLES M. SCHULTZ It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
Lucy gets bossy at the children's summer camp, until Charlie's dog, Snoopy, evens the score. Even so, Lucy will never admit when she's beaten. (R)


Unknown: Charles M. Schultz
Unknown: Charlie Brown

: Willo the Wisp

Christmas Box with the voices of Kenneth Williams Written and directed by NICK SPARGO (R)


Directed By: Nick Spargo

: Play School

Hot chestnuts, hot chestnuts, You can't resist that lovely smell
They'll help to warm your hands as well!
Presenter Wayne Jackman
Guests Floella Benjamin lain Lauchlan
Story: Chestnuts at the Frost Fair by WAYNE JACKMAN
Musical director JONATHAN COHEN Musicians WILL HILL. PHIL TODD


Presenter: Wayne Jackman
Unknown: Floella Benjamin
Unknown: Wayne Jackman
Director: Jonathan Cohen
Unknown: Phil Todd
Unknown: Graphics Oliver
Director: Greg Childs
Editor: Cynthia Felgate

: A Merry Mirthworm Christmas

An animated
Christmas special
Preparations for the annual Wormingham Christmas
Celebrations are progressing nicely until Bert Worm tries to help. His clumsiness turns the entire Town Hall into a shambles and gets Bert thrown out. Crystal Crawler persuades the town to give Bert another chance, but is she too late?
Written and directed by RUSS HARRIS and JERRY REYNOLD


Unknown: Bert Worm
Directed By: Russ Harris
Directed By: Jerry Reynold

: Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration

You are invited to a very special birthday party where everyone gets to blow out the candles and make a wish ... upon a star. Co-hosts
John Forsythe and Drew
Barrymore take you through the Magic Kingdom of yesterday and today as Disneyland celebrates the 30th anniversary of its opening. Among the other party guests in this song-and-dance spectacular are
Julie Andrews , Debbie Allen Julian Lennon
The Pointer Sisters
Donna Summer
Marie Osmond. Peter Allen David Hasselhoff and, of course, Mickey, Donald and Goofy
Produced by KENNY SOLMS Directed by MARTY PASETTA


Unknown: John Forsythe
Unknown: Julie Andrews
Unknown: Debbie Allen
Unknown: Julian Lennon
Unknown: Donna Summer
Unknown: Marie Osmond.
Unknown: Peter Allen
Unknown: David Hasselhoff
Produced By: Kenny Solms
Directed By: Marty Pasetta

: Tom and Jerry

: Junior Kick Start

The Grand Final of BBC Television's 1985 motorcycling competition. Twelve outstanding junior riders, aged between 8 and 15, make their final bid for the Lombard Tricity Trophy. In doing so, they demonstrate exceptional skills and technique as they negotiate a new course specially designed in Lord Hesketh's estate in Northamptonshire. Commentators


Unknown: Peter Purves
Unknown: Jack Stites

: News

with Richard Whitmore


Unknown: Richard Whitmore
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Sport 85

Harry Carpenter introduces another of the year's memorable moments.
The Open Championship British golf has not seen a home victory since 1969 - the year Tony Jacklin won the Open Championship.
1985 was to change all that - Sandy Lyle , a gently unassuming man of enormous strength, was to be the man to do it.
At Sandwich in Kent, Sandy was to face a field of the world's best golfers and prove what so many had doubted he could become - the world's champion golfer. Assistant proaucers MURRAY NEEDHAM and BARBARA SLATER


Introduces: Harry Carpenter
Unknown: Tony Jacklin
Unknown: Sandy Lyle
Unknown: Barbara Slater
Producer: Harold Anderson

: Tom and Jerry

: Ben Hur

The spectacular biblical epic
I starring
Charlton Heston L Stephen Boyd m Jack Hawkins
A strange destiny rules the life of Ben Hur , a prince of Judah who sets himself against the tyranny of his
Roman masters at the time of Christ. Separated from his family and condemned to certain death as a galley slave by his childhood friend
Messala, the two are fated to meet again in the arena in a mighty chariot race that develops into a truly exciting battle of skill and will.
Screenplay by KARL TUNBERG From a Tale of the Christ by MAJOR-GENERAL LEW WALLACE Produced by SAM ZIMBALIST Directed by WILLIAM WYLER
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Stephen Boyd
Unknown: Jack Hawkins
Unknown: Ben Hur
Play By: Karl Tunberg
Unknown: General Lew Wallace
Produced By: Sam Zimbalist
Directed By: William Wyler
Judah Ben Hur: Charlton Heston
Messala: Stephen Boyd
Esther: Haya Harareet
Quintus Arrius: Jack Hawkins
Sheikh Ilderim: Hugh Griffith
Miriam: Martha Scott
Tirzah: Cathy O'Donnell
Pontius Pilate: Frank Thring
Simonides: Sam Jaffe
Balthasar: Finlay Currie
DruSUS: Terence Longdon
Tiberius: George Relph
Malluch: Adi Berber
Joseph: Laurence Payne
SextUS: Andre Morell
Flavia: Maria Berti
The Christ: Claude Heater
Doctor: John Le Mesurier
Amrah: Stella Vitelleschi
Mary: Jose Greci
Spintho: John Horsley
Metellus: Richard Coleman
Marius: Duncan Lamont
Aide to Tiberius: Ralph Truman
Chief of rowers: Robert Brown

: Grange Hill for Christmas

It's Christmas Fair time at
Grange Hill and now's your chance to throw a sponge at Mr Baxter.
But what are those mysterious noises coming from the furniture store and why is Roland not looking forward to his Christmas dinner?
Designer SARAH PARKINSON Script editor


Unknown: Phil Redmond
Designer: Sarah Parkinson
Unknown: Anthony Minghella
Producer: Ronald Smedley
Director: John Smith
Mrs McClusky: Gwyneth Powell
Mr Baxter: Michael Cronin
Mr Bronson: Michael Sheard
Miss Booth: Karen Ford
Mr Griffiths: George A. Cooper
Mr McKenzie: Nicholas Donnelly
Mr Smart: Simon Haywood
Mr Browning: Mike Savage
Mrs Donnington: Deirdre Costello
Mother at fair: Jo Warne
Claire Scott: Paula-Ann Bland
Stewpot Stewart: Mark Burdis
Gripper: Mark Savage
Roland Browning: Erkan Mustafa
Banksie: Tim Polley
Zammo: Lee MacDonald
Janet St Clair: Simone Nylander
Fay Lucas: Alison Bettles
Jackie Wright: Melissa Wilks
Julie Marchant: Lisa York
Kevin: Mmoloki Chrystie
Gonch Gardner: John Holmes
Hollo Holloway: Bradley Sheppard
Calley Donnington: Simone Hyams
Ronnie Birtles: Tina Mahon
Imelda Davis: Fleur Taylor
Helen Kelly: Ruth Carraway
Trevor Cleaver: John Drummond
Robbie Wright: John Alford
Vince Savage: Steve George
Jane Bishop: Joann Kenny
Grange Hill Billies: Mid-Herts Brass Ensemble
Conductor/Arranger: Eddie Thompson
Fifth-year boy: Stephen Mullen

: News

with Richard Whitmore
Weather News


Unknown: Richard Whitmore

: Superdance 85

A Disco Special
Gary Davies and Janice Long present this colourful extravaganza featuring a wealth of young talent from the National Association of Youth Clubs.
Taking part in this year's contest are solo dancers and teams who have danced their way into a place in the final, and now compete to be the 1985 champions.
A panel of top judges plus cabaret action from David Grant and Jaki Graham complete the bill. Lightmg JOHN MASON
Production RICHARD GARDNER (Organised by Mecca Leisure in association with Ace Savers)


Unknown: Gary Davies
Unknown: Janice Long
Unknown: David Grant
Unknown: Jaki Graham
Unknown: Lightmg John Mason
Unknown: Richard Gardner

: Wogan

Escape from the trauma of the third day of incarceration in the bosom of your family, and join Terry live at the Television Theatre. 'You saw it first on Wogan' - among Terry's guests tonight are Andrew Lloyd Webber , with the first television performance of his musical The Phantom of the Opera. Designer DAVID LASKEY Lighting DICKIE HIGHAM Director BRUCE MILLAR Producer JON PLOWMAN Series producer


Unknown: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Designer: David Laskey
Unknown: Dickie Higham
Director: Bruce Millar
Producer: Jon Plowman
Unknown: Frances Whitaker

: Christmas Blankety Blank

Starring Les Dawson with his special guests who are all in festive mood for lots of frivolous fun. Les's celebrities tonight are Debbie Greenwood, John Inman, Aimi Macdonald, Tom O'Connor, Mollie Sugden, Gary Wilmot

Produced in association with Mark Goodson and Talbot TV Ltd
(Ceefax subtitles)


Presenter: Les Dawson
Panellist: Debbie Greenwood
Panellist: John Inman
Panellist: Aimi MacDonald
Panellist: Tom O'Connor
Panellist: Mollie Sugden
Panellist: Gary Wilmot
Sound: Michael McCarthy
Designer: Francis Boyle
Director: Bruce Millar
Producer: Stanley Appel

: Dynasty: The Homecoming

By Dennis Turner.
While Krystle languishes in a dark dungeon with Alexis, Rita's film-director boyfriend sees in Sammy Jo's plot the chance to mount his biggest production ever! Steven delivers the eulogy at Luke's funeral and Fallon discovers over lunch with Miles Colby she has hidden talents.


Writer: Dennis Turner
Director: Kim Friedman
Blake: John Forsythe
Krystle: Linda Evans
Alexis: Joan Collins
Jeff: John James
Adam: Gordon Thomson
Steven: Jack Coleman
Claudia: Pamela Bellwood
Dex: Michael Nader
Dominique: Diahann Carroll
Amanda: Catherine Oxenberg
Prince Michael: Michael Praed
Sammy Jo: Heather Locklear
Fallon: Emma Samms
Miles: Maxwell Caulfield
Joel: George Hamilton
Turi: Carl Strano
Warnick: Theodore Bikel

: Nine O'Clock News

Richard Whitmore presents the day's news with BBC teams at home and abroad Weekend Weather News


Unknown: Richard Whitmore
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Stanley Baxter's Christmas Hamper

A new television spectacular Once again, Stanley Baxter hampers your festive spirit with a hard look at the hype. Written by KEN HOARE Additional material
0 FEATURE: page 11


Unknown: Stanley Baxter
Written By: Ken Hoare
Unknown: Stanley Baxter.
Unknown: Simon Brett
Unknown: Denise Coffey.
Unknown: Russel Lane
Unknown: Paul Minett
Unknown: Brian Leveson
Unknown: Peter Vincent
Unknown: Sound Michael McCarthy

: High Risk

James Brolin
Lindsay Wagner Anthony Quinn James Coburn
Ernest Borgnine
Michael Serrano , a millionaire drugs dealer, lives in a high security, luxury villa in Colombia, surrounded by armed guards and hoarding a fortune in dollars. Four men are determined to steal his money - they are led by Stone, a former Green Beret, who has detailed knowledge of the villa's layout. Armed to the teeth and willing to gamble everything, they parachute into the region. Getting in proves no problem, but getting out... ?
Written and directed by STEWART RAFFILL
(First showing on British television)
W FILMS: page 27


Unknown: James Brolin
Unknown: Lindsay Wagner
Unknown: Anthony Quinn
Unknown: James Coburn
Unknown: Ernest Borgnine
Unknown: Michael Serrano
Produced By: Joe Raffill
Produced By: Gerald Green
Directed By: Stewart Raffill
Stone: James Broun
Olivia: Lindsay Wagner
Mariano: Anthony Quinn
Rockney: Cleavon Little
Dan: Bruce Davison
Tony: Chick Vennera
Serrano: James Coburn
Clint: Ernest Borgnine
Bradley: David Young
Mike: Richard Young
Charlene: Stephanie Faulkner
Gail: Udana Power
Manuel: Fernando Palavicini
Julio: Douglas Sandoval
Hueso: Sergio Calderon
General: Eduardo Noriega

: Hitchcock: Suspicion

The second of four films for the festive season from the master of suspense, tonight starring Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine

Sensitive society girl Lina McLaidlaw marries popular man-about-town Johnnie Aysgarth. At first they are happy but, when she discovers he is an embezzler and perhaps a murderer, she begins to fear for her own life. This was the first film that Grant made with Hitchcock and it provided him with one of his finest roles. Equally memorable is Joan Fontaine, who won an Academy Award for her performance as Lina.
(The next Hitchcock film is "Under Capricorn" tomorrow at 2.10pm on BBC2)
Films: page 27
(Ceefax subtitles)


Screenplay: Samson Raphaelson
Screenplay: Joan Harrison
Screenplay: Alma Reville
Based on the book "Before the Fact" by: Frances Iles
Producer: Harry Edington
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Johnnie Aysgarth: Cary Grant
Lina: Joan Fontaine
General McLaidlaw: Cedric Hardwicke
Beaky: Nigel Bruce
Mrs McLaidlaw: Dame May Whitty
Mrs Newsham: Isabel Jeans

: Weather

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