Enjoy Children's BBC's festive fare with Simon Parkin, Andy Crane and their guests - starting with
The Muppet Babies
Created for television by JIM HENSON
7.25am Champion the Wonder Horse
Kicky seeks adventure. Rebel and Champion go to help him.
7.50am Around the World with Dot
A Yuletide adventure in colourful animation. Starring Drew Forsythe
Dot is sad at Christmas: Baby Joey, the kangaroo, has gone missing. But when
Danny hears her story, he becomes Santa Claus and takes her off around the World in search of her lost friend.
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Barney's Christmas Surprise Barney surprises Mr Prophet with a very special Christmas present.
9.05am Tales of the Mouse Hockey League
The Mouse Hockey League look set to win the championship. (Repeat)
9.40am Why Don't You…?
Lesley finds an unexpected visitor among the ideas in the mailbag. Jeff cooks up some green Martian blobs and Phil goes in search of an incredible jumping cat.
10.00am Popeye (Repeat)
10.20am Pinny's House
by PETER FIRMIN
Pinny and the Holly Tree (Repeat)
stops today at The Playground Stop where the children play 'What's the Time Mr Wolf?' and Lizzie plays a waiting game.
Storyteller Anthony Lapsley
Story: Sticky Bear and the Mystery of the Lost Watch by MARCIA VAUGHAN illustrations by ESTER KASEPUU
Presenter ("Now It's Christmas"):
Presenter ("Now It's Christmas"):
Created for Television By ("The Muppet Babies"):
Screenplay ("Around the World With Dot"):
Screenplay by, Producer and Director ("Around the World With Dot"):
Creator ("Pinny's House"):
Sticky Bear and the Mystery of the Lost Watch by ("Playbus"):
with Frank Thornton followed by Weather
Today: Tweety Pie in Birdy and the Beast, Betty Boop in Betty Boop Lifeguard and Tom and Jerry in Blue Cat Blues.
For the Shell Trophy from Isola 2000, France
Presented by Mike Smith and Murray Walker
Skidoos, ice-driving, piste bashers and snow chains lie in wait for the competitors: Formula One driver
Derek Warwick and goalkeeper Pat Jennings ; World Moto-Cross champion Dave Thorpe with Toyah Willcox ; Top rally driver Louise Aitken-Walker with Peter Howitt , Joey from Bread; Sports car driver John Watson and Lennie Bennett. Televised in collaboration with MG productions
Event producer MARGOT GREEN
Engineering manager JOHN WILSON Television production
PETER HYLTON CLEAVER
with Philip Hayton
Weather JOHN KETTLEY
1.00 Philip Comes Novice Hurdle (2tm)
1.30 Finale Junior Hurdle (2m)
2.05 Coral Welsh National (3 3/4 m)
The battle between Playschool and Rhyme 'n' Reason was one of last year's steeplechasing highlights. Now Run and Skip bids to repeat his success of two years ago. Plus recorded coverage of Leopardstown's featured race, the Findus Handicap Chase (3m).
Introduced by JULIAN WILSON Commentators
PETER O'SULLEVAN , RICHARD PITMAN Guest expert BILL SMITH Producer WENDY SHEPPARD
Presented by Anne Gregg with Kathy Tayler and Bill Buckley
What is the Amber Palace made of, and why do people in Tibet stick their tongues out?
Derek Nimmo , Jan Leeming , Phillip Schofield and Ned Sherrin join the Holiday team in a travel quiz on fact and fiction about people and places.
starring Kirk Douglas Richard Harris
Michael Redgrave Occupied Norway, 1942. A roll of microfilm from the Norsk heavy-water plant reveals that the Germans are terrifyingly close to the secret of nuclear fission. A team of resistance fighters undertakes the vital and dangerous mission to destroy the factory and prevent the Nazis producing an atomic bomb. Kirk Douglas leads a strong cast in this exciting real-life wartime adventure.
Screenplay by IVAN MOFFAT and BEN BARZMAN
Produced by s. BENJAMIN FISZ Directed by ANTHONY MANN
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Dr Rolf Pedersen:
Jensen (the mysterious stranger):
with Philip Hayton Weather BILL GILES
Richard Chamberlain Patrick McGoohan Louis Jourdan Jenny Agutter and Ralph Richardson. Alexandre Dumas 's classic story of the mysterious prisoner encased in a mask of iron is brought to the screen with an exciting all-star cast.
Screenplay WILLIAM BAST Based on the book by ALEXANDRE DUMAS
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Anne of Austria:
starring Les Dennis and featuring George Layton
Mark Walker , Bella Emberg Lisa Maxwell
Gary Lovini and the Jeff Richer Dancers Escape from the festive frolics with this special gift-wrapped edition of The Laughter Show.
Join Les and the team for a feast of yuletide fun including a look at the ultimate
Written by GEOFF ATKINSON.
PAUL MINETT and BRIAN LEVESON. GARRY CHAMBERS.
Script associate GEOFF ATKINSON Musical director RAY MONK Choreographer JEFF RICHER Film cameraman PETER HALL
Sound supervisor SCOTT TALBOTT Lighting director BILL MILLAR Designer JOHN ANDERSON Produced and directed by KEVIN BISHOP
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by Charlie Humphreys.
'I wish I could run away and I wish Ricky would come with me'.
(For cast see page 128)
Video: 'EastEnders' BBCV/B 4024, available from retailers.
Retirement Plan by EDMUND WARD.
with Philip Hayton Weather
starring Michael Came Donald Sutherland Robert Duvall Jenny Agutter Larry Hagman
On the morning of 6 November 1943, the military authorities in Berlin receive a simple message - 'the eagle has landed. In a daring kidnap attempt, a small force of crack German paratroops are poised to snatch the British Pnme
Minister, Winston Churchill, and return with him to
Germany. If they succeed in their mission it could alter the course of the war - who can stop them?
Screenplay by TOM MANKlEWICZ
Based on the novel by JACK HIGGINS Produced by JACK WIENER and DAVID NIVEN JR
Directed by JOHN STURGES
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Col Kurt Steiner:
Col Max Radl:
Adm Wilhelm Canaris:
Capt Ritter Neumann:
Fr Philip Verecker:
Capt Harry Clark:
Col Clarence E Pitts:
Barry Norman introduces a season of cinema greats. Tonight starring
Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Patricia Roc
Lady Barbara Skelton, bored with her marriage to a country squire, turns to highway robbery and murder for excitement.
'Salacious' and 'immoral' was the view of the British press to describe what was the most commercially successful of Gainsborough Pictures' costume melodramas.
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Written and directed by:
Sir Ralph Skelton: