A cartoon about a girl and her dog. When Alistair makes a mess, Crystal Tipps's new vacuum cleaner clears up more than it is intended to. (R)
Cartoon. Schnuddel has a huge hat. It protects him from the rain and he can use it to cross the river. (R)
A cartoon about a lively community of garden peas. Creep-Pea and Black-Eyed
Pea have a Christmas surprise for the Peas. (R)
Five serials in five different styles.
The Kitchen Crew. Christmas turns to tragedy.
Cheapo TV. A schoolyard epic! Zounds. Carol is angry.
Runners. Louise has been captured - but by whom?
NiceChap. Klench, Norris and Suzie face the end of everything.
With Caroline Berry ,
John Biggins , Lucy Jenkins and William Petrie.
Producer Russell Davies
Executive producer Edward Pugh
An animated version of the classic children's story of Babar the elephant. Today, Babar goes out of his way to find the Old Lady a unique gift for her birthday.
More cartoon adventures in outer space. When Michelle Rivera is captured by Sandstorm, BraveStarr helps her father, Paco, learn that sometimes you have to fight. (R)
A special Christmas edition featuring a host of guests including Cliff Richard , a celebrity Double Dare with Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland from You Rang, M'Lord? competing with Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke from Birds of a Feather. Nick Conway and Victor McGuire (Billy and Jack from Bread) will be in the studio, too. There are cartoons, music, competitions and surprises, all with a seasonal flavour. Presented by Sarah Greene and Phillip Schofield and featuring Trevor and Simon and Peter Simon.
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With Bill Giles.
Introduced by Bob Wilson. Provisional Timetable
2.05 Rugby league
3.50 Football half-times
4.35 Final Score
First semi-final for the Regal Trophy. The whole match live from a neutral venue.
Commentary by Ray French .
Motaquip British Grand Prix from Brands Hatch.
Commentary by Steve Rider and Murray Walker.
12.50 Philip Comes Novices' Hurdle (21hm)
1.20 Racing International (for the Sport of Kings Challenge. 2'/2m)
Bokaro, winner of the first leg at Belmont Park, now chases a $100,000 bonus for winning races in America and Britain.
1.55 Coral Welsh National
Handicap Chase (3m 6f). Commentary by Peter O'Sullevan , Julian Wilson , Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore.
G A Champion's Challenge
1990. Leader of the European Order of Merit Ian Woosnam , US PGA Champion Wayne Grady , Jose-Maria Olazabal and Sandy Lyle contest a Charity Skins game played over 18 holes of the Old
Course at Sunningdale. Producer Martin Hopkins Editor John Philips
With John Humphrys. Weather Bill Giles
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Yule Toons. Tony Robinson takes a look at seasonal cartoons and picks some of his favourites including
Hugh Harman 's rarely seen Peace on Earth and the classic Tom and Jerry tale The Night Before Christmas.
Producer Nick Jones
Paul Daniels hosts the last of present series of the comedy quiz show.
Director Tony Newman Producer David Taylor
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Anneka Rice faces her most daunting challenge ever - to restore a Romanian orphanage into a home for 600 children in just one week. This specially extended edition of Challenge Anneka reveals what happened, and how through sleepless days and nights her team reached their goal. Directors Martin Head and Tom Gutteridge
A Mentom production for BBCtv
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Mr S Claus writes:
There's nothing I like better at yuletide than the Christmas Radio Times. It lights easily, burns well and gives off copious amounts of heat. And while it smoulders away, I settle down with a venison sandwich and watch The Les Dennis Christmas Laughter
Show. Nine out of ten santas said that their reindeer preferred it.
With Lisa Maxwell.
Director/Producer Geoff Miles
First showing on network television of a spectacular special effects comedy from the men who brought you Gremlins. Starring Dennis Quaid Martin Short
In a top secret miniaturisation experiment, micronaut Tuck Pendelton is about to begin a fantastic voyage through a laboratory animal. But when the lab is raided by industrial spies, he ends up injected into the unwilling body of hypochondriac clerk Jack Putter.
Director Joe Dante
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With John Humphrys. Weather Bill Giles
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Meryl Streep Roy Scheider
The dark streets of Manhattan hide many things. One stormy night the city gives up a grisly secret - the body of George Bynum , his throat slit from ear to ear. But the mystery deepens when
Brooke Reynolds , Bynum's mistress, confesses to Sam Rice ,
Bynum's psychiatrist, that she had once killed a man.
Entranced by her, Rice finds himself caught in a terrifying spiral of murder and deceit. A tense Hitchcock-style thriller that takes romance and murder to a surprising climax.
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Dave Stewart in Sydney, Australia
Filmed on the final leg of their 'Revenge' tour, this concert captures the exciting stage presence of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart as they perform such popular songs as Sex Crime, There Must be an Angel, Sweet Dreams, Would I Lie to You and Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves. Director Geoff Wonfor Producer Billy Poveda
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