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: But First This...

With Simon Parkin, Philippa Forrester and Esther McVey.


7.15am Playdays
The Dot Stop.

7.35am Dot and Keeto
First showing on network television for this cartoon adventure.
Dot shrinks after making a meal of wild berries, and finds herself on a mosquito menu.
Director Yoram Gross
Films: pages 41-67

8.50am Snoopy's Reunion
A nostalgic Snoopy organises a family get-together.

9.15am The Really Wild Dinosaur Show
No one has ever seen a living dinosaur, only their fossil skeletons. Dinosaurs were huge, agile, dangerous, caring, vegetarian, noisy animals, not just piles of bones. How did they move? What colour were they? Where are their nests? Watch them come to life with Terry Nutkins, Chris Packham and Sue Dawson.

9.45am The Raccoons and the Lost Star
Cartoon adventure.


Presenter (But First This...): Simon Parkin
Presenter (But First This...): Philippa Forrester
Presenter (But First This...): Esther McVey
Director (Dot and Keeto): Yoram Gross
Presenter (The Really Wild Dinosaur Show): Terry Nutkins
Presenter (The Really Wild Dinosaur Show): Chris Packham
Presenter (The Really Wild Dinosaur Show): Sue Dawson

: Paddles Up

Paddlers from Latvia, Germany, Scotland, USA, Slovenia, the Netherlands and England compete on a hazardous course for a place in the final of BBCtv's canoeing competition.

: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl's delightful fantasy confection, starring Gene Wilder.
Most children hunger for their own chocolate factory to play in. For young Charlie Bucket, the dream comes true, courtesy of the eccentric Willy Wonka.
● Films: pages 41-67


Writer: Roald Dahl
Director: Mel Stuart
Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder
Grandpa Joe: Jack Albertson
Charlie: Peter Ostrum
Mr Salt: Roy Kinnear
Veruca Salt: Julie Dawn Cole
Mr Beauregarde: Leonard Stone
Violet Beauregarde: Denise Nickerson
Mrs Teevee: Dod Denney
Mike Teevee: Paris Themmen
Mrs Gloop: Ursula Reit
Augustus Gloop: Michael Bollner

: Tom and Jerry

Cat and mouse triple bill.
12.55pm Regional News; Weather

: One O'Clock News

Followed by Weather

: The Jetsons

Animated fun.

: Neighbours

(Details at 5.35pm) ●STEREO

: The Two Ronnies

Classic comedy starring Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker
Featuring The Worm That Turned, with Diana Dors. Plus music from special guest, singer Barbara Dickson.


Comedian: Ronnie Corbett
Comedian: Ronnie Barker
[Actress]: Diana Dors
Singer: Barbara Dickson

: Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie whodunit starring Peter Ustinov

Detective Hercule Poirot is left with a boatload of suspects when an heiress is murdered on her honeymoon cruise.
(Teletext subtitles: page 888)
Films: pages 41-67


Director: John Guillermin
Hercule Poirot: Peter Ustinov
Linnet Ridgeway: Lois Chiles
Jacqueline de Bellefort: Mia Farrow
Simon Doyle: Simon MacCorkindale
Col. Race: David Niven
Mrs Van Schuyler: Bette Davis
Miss Bowers: Maggie Smith
Salome Otterbourne: Angela Lansbury
Louise Bourget: Jane Birkin
Andrew Penningtoti: George Kennedy
Ferguson: Jon Finch
Rosalie Otterbourne: Olivia Hussey
Dr Bessner: Jack Warden

: Final Score

Full classified football results.

: News and Weather

●TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888

: Tom and Jerry

Puss Gets the Boot. The cartoon that began the classic capers.

: Neighbours

Josh gives Jim and Todd a few lessons in self-defence.
(For cast see Monday 23 December. Shown at 1.25pm) STEREO

: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

First showing on network television for this magical musical journey into the world of Michael Jackson
From show-stopping dance routines to amazing special effects, from fact to fantasy, this spectacular movie features Jackson hits including Smooth Criminal, Leave Me Alone and a new version of the Bad video.
Featuring Sean Lennon , the younger son of John Lennon.
Directors Jerry Kramer and Colin Chilvers ●STEREO
●TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ●FILMS: pages 4 1-67


Unknown: Michael Jackson
Unknown: Sean Lennon
Unknown: John Lennon.
Directors: Jerry Kramer
Michael: Michael Jackson
Mr Big: Joe Pesci
Sean: Sean Lennon
Katie: Kellie Parker
Zeke/Baby Bad Michael: Brandon Adams

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Classic comedy about an accident-prone innocent abroad, written by Raymond Allen
Starring Michael Crawford Michele Dotrice
Cross the road and phone the doctor? Easy - but not for Frank
Producer Michael Mills


Written By: Raymond Allen
Unknown: Michael Crawford
Unknown: Michele Dotrice
Frank Spencer: Michael Crawford
Betty Spencer: Michele Dotrice
Mrs Fisher: Jane Hylton
Faraday: Norman Chappell
Osborne: Geoffrey Whitehead
Dr Smedley: Anthony Woodruff

: Adam Bede

A new Screen One production starring lain Glen, Patsy Kensit, Susannah Harker, James Wilby
This first film adaptation of George Eliot's classic novel was written by Maggie Wadey, who wrote the much-praised adaptation of Precious Bane.

Two young men, the carpenter Adam Bede and the squire Arthur Donnithorne, find themselves competing for the love of the beautiful dairymaid Hetty Sorrel. It is a triangle which eventually leads to tragedy for all of them.
When Adam Bede was published in 1859 it was greeted as the work of a major new talent. Charles Dickens was sure the author was a woman. He was right, for George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, a country girl who told her publisher that Adam Bede would be full of "the breath of cows and the scent of hay". Director Giles Foster was responsible for the award-winning television production of Eliot's Silas Marner.
(Stereo) (Teletext subtitles: page 888)
Drama: page 8
Films: pages 41-67


Author: George Eliot
Adapted by: Maggie Wadey
Director: Giles Foster
Producer: Peter Goodchild
Adam Bede: Iain Glen
Hetty Sorrel: Patsy Kensit
Dinah Morris: Susannah Harker
Arthur Donnithorne: James Wilby
Mrs Poyser: Julia McKenzie
Rev Irwine: Robert Stephens
Lisbeth Bede: Jean Marsh
Squire: Freddie Jones
John Olding: George Innes
Sarah Stone: Patsy Byrne
Martin Poyser: Paul Brooke
Seth Bede: Alan Cox
Thias Bede: Michael Robbins
Totty Poyser: Tacita Haffenden
Judge: Edward Jewesbury
Pym: Jonathan Coy

: News

With Philip Hayton. Regional News
Weather Peter Cockroft
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Philip Hayton.

: Tootsie

Comedy starring
Dustin Hoffman
Jessica Lange
Actor Michael Dorsey has a problem with work - nobody wants to hire him. His agent blames his reputation for being "difficult" - Michael is outraged and determined to prove him wrong. He wins a part in a daytime soap opera - a good career move, except that it's a female role. Dustin Hoffman gives a virtuoso performance in the double lead role.
Director Sydney Pollack
●TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 0 FILMS: pages 41-67


Unknown: Dustin Hoffman
Unknown: Jessica Lange
Unknown: Michael Dorsey
Unknown: Dustin Hoffman
Director: Sydney Pollack
Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels: Dustin Hoffman
Julie Nichols: Jessica Lange
Sandy: Teri Garr
Jeff Stater: Bill Murray
Les: Charles Durning
Ron: Dabney Coleman
George Fields: Sydney Pollack
John Van Horn: George Gaynes
April: Geena Davis
Rita: Doris Belack
Jacqui: Ellen Foley
Rick: Peter Gatto

: Invitation to Hell

Robert Urich
The Winslow family can't believe their luck when Matt lands a prestigious job. The new house, new friends, and new town seem fine at first, even if everything seems to depend on membership of the country club. Reluctantly, Matt agrees to join. Then he makes a horrifying discovery about the club's true purpose. A horror movie from the creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
DirectorWes Craven
●FILMS: pages 41.67


Unknown: Robert Urich
Matthew Winslow: Robert Urich
Patricia Winslow: Joanna Cassidy
Jessica jones: Susan Lucci
Ted Paterson: Joe Regalbuto
Mr Thompson: Kevin McCarthy
Mary Peterson: Patricia McCormacK
Walt Henderson: Bill Erwin
Chrissie Winslow: Soleil Moonfrye
Robbie Winslow: Barret Oliver
Sheriff: Nicholas Worth
Grace Henderson: Virginia Vincent
Pete: Greg Monagham
Miss Winter: Lois Hamilton

: Weather

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