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: Hallo Spencer

Introduced by Simon Parkin , Philippa Forrester. Andi Peters meets New Kids on the Block.
Puppet fun. (R)


Introduced By: Simon Parkin
Introduced By: Philippa Forrester.
Introduced By: Andi Peters

: Playdays

The Playground Stop. Story: Fernie First Day by Eric Charles. With Dave Benson
Phillips, Liz Watts and Jane Eve.


Unknown: Eric Charles.
Unknown: Dave Benson
Unknown: Liz Watts

: The Angel and the Soldier Boy

Animation. Music by Clannad. (R)

: The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie

Film. Warner Brothers cartoons.
FILMS: pages 51-64


Producer/Director: Chuck Jones

: Little Friend

The story of the friendship between a young boy and a Japanese radio shopkeeper.

: Paddles Up

The second heat of the TV canoeing championship.

: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Starring Bing Crosby
A musical version of Mark
Twain's tale of a handyman living in 1910 who finds himself transported back in time to 6th-century England.
Director Tay Gamett
FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Bing Crosby
Director: Tay Gamett
Hank Martin: Bing Crosby
Sir Sagramore: William Bendix
Sandy: Rhonda Fleming
King Arthur: Cedric Hardwicke
Merlin: Murvyn Vye

: Three Lazy Mice

Cartoon adventures.

: News

With Laurie Mayer.
Weather Ian McCaskill


Unknown: Laurie Mayer.
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Neighbours

(For cast see Friday 28 December. Repeated at 5.25pm) CEEFAX SUBTITLES

: Escape to Athena

Starring Roger Moore
Telly Savalas, David Niven 1944: Allied PoWs held by Germans on a Greek island seek help from the resistance.
Director George P Cosmatos ● FILMS: pages 51-64 CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Unknown: Roger Moore
Unknown: David Niven
Major Otto Hecht: Roger Moore
Zeno: Telly Savalas
Professor Blake: David Niven
Eleana: Claudia Cardinale
Dottie Del Mar: Stefanie Powers

: Miss Marple: The Moving Finger

By Agatha Christie.
Starring Joan Hickson
The Burtons move to the village of Lymston, which seems to welcome them with open arms. But dark undercurrents are at work.
With Richard Pearson, Hilary Mason, Dilys Hamlett, John Arnatt, Sandra Payne,
Martin Fisk, Penelope Lee, Juliet Waley, Imogen Bickford-Smith, Geoffrey Davion, Gordon Rollings, Patsy Smart, Victor Maddern, Ninka Scott, Gerald Sim, Roger Ostime, Michael Waterman, Catherine Owen, Stuart Mansfield, Lucy Gleeson, Carol Gleeson, John Keenan. (R)



Author: Agatha Christie.
Screenplay: Julia Jones
Producer: Guy Slater
Director: Roy Boulting
Jane Marple: Joan Hickson
Edward Symmington: Michael Culver
Angela Symmington: Elizabeth Counsell
Megan Hunter: Deborah Appleby
Gerry Burton: Andrew Bicknell
Joanna Burton: Sabina Franklyn
[Actor]: Richard Pearson
[Actor]: Hilary Mason
[Actor]: Dilys Hamlett
[Actor]: John Arnatt
[Actor]: Sandra Payne
[Actor]: Martin Fisk
[Actor]: Penelope Lee
[Actor]: Juliet Waley
[Actor]: Imogen Bickford-Smith
[Actor]: Geoffrey Davion
[Actor]: Gordon Rollings
[Actor]: Patsy Smart
[Actor]: Victor Maddern
[Actor]: Ninka Scott
[Actor]: Gerald Sim
[Actor]: Roger Ostime
[Actor]: Michael Waterman
[Actor]: Catherine Owen
[Actor]: Stuart Mansfield
[Actor]: Lucy Gleeson
[Actor]: Carol Gleeson
[Actor]: John Keenan

: Final Score

A roundup of results introduced by Ralph Dellor.


Introduced By: Ralph Dellor.

: News

With Laurie Mayer.
Weather Ian McCaskill


Unknown: Laurie Mayer.
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Neighbours

Jim isn't happy about the new member of the Robinson household. Toby has to go to the dentist.

: SpaceCamp

First showing on network television for this gripping adventure, starring Lea Thompson
Welcome to SpaceCamp, where the youngsters of today practise to be the astronauts of tomorrow, their abilities tested to the limit in controlled conditions. Then a freak incident launches one group on the journey of a lifetime, but the odds against their surviving are astronomical.
Director Harry Winer


Unknown: Lea Thompson
Director: Harry Winer
Kathryn: Lea Thompson
Kevin: Tate Donovan
Tish: Kelly Preston
Rudy: Larry B Scott
Max: Leaf Phoenix
Andie: Kate Capshaw
Zach: Tom Skerritt

: EastEnders

Mark and Diane find themselves in a desperate race against time while the Vic prepares for an unusual New Year's celebration.
Episode written by Linda Dearsley and Steve Waye
(For cast see Thursday 27 December)
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Linda Dearsley
Writer: Steve Waye

: A Question of Sport

David Coleman tests the stars.
On Ian Botham 's team:
Rob Andrew , the England and Lions stand-off;
Fiona May , Britain's woman field athlete of the year.
On Bill Beaumont 's team:
Eric Bristow , five times World Darts Champion;
Chris Woods , the Rangers and England goal keeper. ● SPORT: page 27


Unknown: David Coleman
Unknown: Ian Botham
Unknown: Rob Andrew
Unknown: Fiona May
Unknown: Bill Beaumont
Unknown: Eric Bristow
Unknown: Chris Woods

: Happy Feet

A new BBC film, this Screen One special is a seaside comedy by Mike Bradwell.

The pupils of the Dora Jackson School of Dancing compete in the 1960 Classical Dance Festival in Scarborough. Fifties rock 'n' roll meets classical ballet with the arrival of Dora's ex-boyfriend Clifford and a mysterious ghost.

Drama: page 14
Picture Story: page 115
(Ceefax subtitles)

Happy Feet 8.30pm BBC1
The inspiration for this humorous film, set in Yorkshire in 1960, came from writer/director Mike Bradwell's childhood. His sister was a ballet dancer and he was taken along when her dancing school entered competitions, usually in seaside resorts. 'It became a family holiday for us,' he says. Happy Feet follows the fortunes of Dora Jackson (Phyllis Logan, far left) and the children from her dancing school as they and other teachers (Mandy More, Linda Jane Holmes and Ruth Holden), battle with arch rivals the Pybus School from York.


Writer/Director: Mike Bradwell
Producer: Ann Scott
Dora: Phyllis Logan
Mrs Jackson: Marjie Lawrence
Mr Jackson: Stephen Hancock
Clifford: Derrick O'Connor
Mrs O'Nolan: Diana Rayworth
Mrs Irving: Meryl Hampton
Mrs Roux: Jeannie Crowther
Mrs Ross: Natalie Forbes
Mrs Galt: Veronica Roberts
Mr Galt: Eric Allan
Terry: David Newborn
John: John Naylor
Stephanie: Sarah-Jane Nicoll
Anne: Alison Mitchell
Lorna: Barbara Wheeler
Patricia: Julie Westmoreland
Christine: Rebecca Simms
Marilyn: Stephanie Burton
Jackie: Marie Rawlings
Heather: Catherine Winn
Festival steward: Chris Jury
Madam Ptzinski: Heather Chasen
Mayor: Fred Pearson
Sandra: Mandy More
Hilda Pybus: Gillian Raine
Phyllis Pybus: Joan Under
Beach photographer: Robin Plant
Beach photographer: Fergus Connor
Grocer: Jim Broadbent

: News

With Laurie Mayer. Regional News
Weather Ian McCaskill
0 CEEFAX SUBTITLES (news only)


Unknown: Laurie Mayer.

: FILM The Lost Boys

First showing on network television of this horror movie from Joel Schumacher , the director of Flatliners.
Kiefer Sutherland
Corey Feldman
Welcome to Santa Clara, murder capital of the world and a small town with the darkest of secrets. A place where a comic could save your life. And a place where, if you are very unlucky, you'll never grow old, you'll never die and you'll always have fresh blood to drink.


Unknown: Joel SchumacHer
Unknown: Kiefer Sutherland
Unknown: Corey Feldman
David: Kiefer Sutherland
Edgar Frog: Corey Feldman
Michael: Jason Patric
Sam: Corey Haim
Lucy: Dianne Wiest
Grandpa: Barnard Hughes
Max: Edward Herrmann
Star: Jami Gertz
Alan Frog: Jamison Newlander
Paul: Brooke McCarter

: Carry On at Your Convenience

Starring the Carry On Gang
A slapstick series of comedy catastrophes ensues when shop steward Vic Spanner leads the workers at W C
Boggs and Sons out on strike.
Director Gerald Thomas FILMS: pages 51-64 CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Unknown: Vic Spanner
Director: Gerald Thomas
Sid Plummer: Sidney James
W Boggs: Kenneth Williams
Charles Coote: Charles Hawtrey
Cleo Moore: Joan Sims
Beattie Plummer: Hattie Jacques
Bemie Hulke: Bernard Bresslaw
Vic Spanner: Kenneth Cope
Myrtle Plummer: Jacki Piper

: Weather

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