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: News

and Regional News; Weather

: Mycroft

With Andi Peters , Philippa Forrester and Toby Anstis. ● STEREO


Unknown: Andi Peters
Unknown: Toby Anstis.

: The Railway Dragon

Animation narrated by Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen. (The sequel, The Birthday Dragon is tomorrowat6.50am)


Unknown: Leslie Nielsen.

: The Foxy Christmas Story


: News

and Regional News; Weather

: Pinocchio


: Blood and Honey:

Herod's Christmas
4: Herod has all the baby boys in Bethlehem below a certain age murdered, but Joseph, Mary and the baby escape to Egypt.

: Henry's Cat


: News

and Regional News; Weather

: Santa and the Tooth Fairies


: Charlie's Christmas Project

Children's drama.

: Playdays

Today: the Patch Stop. 0STEREO

: On Christmas Eve

First showing on network TV for this animated Christmas story in which Santa Claus encounters a few problems. CHILDREN: page 24

: Biggles

High-flying adventure starring Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White
New York businessman Jim Ferguson is dragged back in time and space to the Western Front in 1917. There he meets his "time-twin", flying ace Biggles, and together they embark on a dangerous mission.
Director John Hough


Director: John Hough
James Biggles Bigglesworth: Neil Dickson
Jim Ferguson: Alex Hyde White
Debbie Stevens: Fiona Hutchinson
Colonel Raymond: Peter Cushing
Eric von Stalhein: Marcus Gilbert

: Stay Tooned!

A seasonal edition of animated classics. With Tony Robinson.


Unknown: Tony Robinson.

: Good Morning Advent Calendar

Anne Diamond and Nick Owen open today's window. Away in a Manger. The Nativity story through children's eyes. 0STEREO


Unknown: Anne Diamond
Unknown: Nick Owen

: News

With Andrew Harvey.
Weather Suzanne Charlton
• TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Andrew Harvey.

: Neighbours


: The Land before Time

First showing on network television of this colourful animated feature.
Five young dinosaurs go on a quest to find a new home in the legendary Great Valley. Director Don Bluth
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 FILMS: pages 4 1-65


Director: Don Bluth

: Blue Peter

Featuring a last-minute decoration idea, carols round the tree with a mass choir and the Chalk Farm Band of the Salvation Army.
With John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan and Anthea Turner.

(Stereo) (Subtitles)


Presenter: John Leslie
Presenter: Diane-Louise Jordan
Presenter: Anthea Turner

: Santa Claus

A Christmas comedy starring Dudley Moore
All is not well at the North Pole.
Patch, one of Santa's elves, creates havoc with the Christmas preparations and heads for the real world.
Director Jeannot Szwarc
TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 4 1-65


Unknown: Dudley Moore
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Patch: Dudley Moore
BZ: John Lithgow
Claus: David Huddleston
Ancient elf: Burgess Meredith
Anya: Judy Cornwell
Towzer: Jeffrey Kramer
Joe: Christian Fitzpatrick

: Neighbours

Paul's future hangs in the balance as Glen becomes aware of his deception. Brad and Josh vie for Beth's attention.

: News

With Andrew Harvey.
Weather Ian McCaskill
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Andrew Harvey.
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: The Paul Daniels Magic Show

Master magician and illusionist Paul Daniels presents a special programme for the festive season. With Debbie McGee.
Director/Producer Geoff Miles ● STEREO


Unknown: Paul Daniels
Unknown: Debbie McGee.

: Keeping Up Appearances

A Christmas edition of Roy Clarke's comedy about a compulsive social climber, starring Patricia Routledge
Hyacinth prepares to enjoy the festivities. Richard is full of Christmas spirit, but this only threatens to hinder her plans for him to distribute gifts at the vicar's party for the elderly.


Writer: Roy Clarke
Director/Producer: Harold Snoad
Hyacinth: Patricia Routledge
Richard: Clive Swift
Emmet: David Griffin
Elizabeth: Josephine Tewson
Daisy: Judy Cornwell
Onslow: Geoffrey Hughes
Rose: Mary Millar
Mr Sudbury: Tony Kemp
Mr Thorgunby: Mark Brackenbury
Mrs Thorgunby: Annet Peters
Vicar: Jeremy Gittins

: EastEnders

Mandy expects a visit from her mother; the regulars at the Vic are entertained by the mysterious Arlene; Arthur comes to a decision and Pat gets a shock.
(For cast see Tuesday 22 December)
(Stereo) (Teletext subtitles: p 888)

: Sitting Pretty: Happy Birthdays

John Sullivan's comedy about a good-time girl of the 60s whose life has since taken some very different turns.
Annie and twin sister Sylvie get together for a birthday celebration at
Sunnyside Farm. But they have both received upsetting letters along with their birthday cards - Annie from the health farm where her husband breathed his last, and Sylvie from her air steward son.


Writer: John Sullivan
Director/Producer: Susan Belbin
Annie: Diane Bull
Tiffany: Alison Lomas
Sylvie: Heather Tobias
Kitty: Vilma Hollingbery
George: John Cater
Mr McNab: Geoffrey Perkins

: Casualty

Silent Night. Festive cheer reaches Holby City Hospital and livens up another busy shift, but there is little
Christmas spirit for a wife who takes the law into her own hands. Josh and Jane are called to a fancy dress party but no one can identify the patient.
With guest appearances by Dorothy Tutin , T P McKenna, ex-EastEnder Michael Melia and Brushstrokes' Erika Hoffman.
Episode written by Ginnie Hole Producer Geraint Morris
Director Michael Brayshaw


Unknown: Dorothy Tutin
Unknown: Michael Melia
Unknown: Erika Hoffman.
Written By: Ginnie Hole
Charlie Fairhead: Derek Thompson
Lisa Duffin: Cathy Shipton
Martin Ashford: Patrick Robinson
Sandra Nicholl: Maureen Beattie
Norma Sullivan: Anne Kristen
Robert Khalefa: Jason Riddington
Josh: Ian Bleasdale
Jane: Caroline Webster
Maxine Price: Emma Bird
Claire: Toni-Sue Burley
Doreen Jackson: Dorothy Tutin
Arthur Jackson: T P McKenna
Len Jackson: Jeff Rawle
Mick Brennan: Michael Melia
Suzie Brennan: Rebecca Callard
Helen Holloway: Erika Hoffman
Ozzy: Michael Jenner
Cardiothoracic surgeon: John Hudson
Orthopaedic registrar: Chris Tranchell
Lucy: Jounwin
PC Tony Roberts: James Blackwell
WPC Julia Paige: Sandra James-Young

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Christmas Sunday Post: Festive Episodes 25 December 2016

: Main News

With Laurie Mayer. Regional News
Weather Ian McCaskill
9 TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Laurie Mayer.
Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Sea of Love

First showing on network television for this tense erotic thriller, starring Al Pacino Ellen Barkin
John Goodman
Detective Frank Keller is investigating a cold-blooded serial killer who finds victims through lonely hearts ads. He is also beginning a passionate affair with his chief suspect. This version contains previously unseen sequences.
Director Harold Becker
● STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Al Pacino
Unknown: Ellen Barkin
Unknown: John Goodman
Unknown: Frank Keller
Director: Harold Becker
Frank Keller: Al Pacino
Helen: Ellen Barkin
Sherman: John Goodman
Terry: Michael Rooker
Denice: Lorraine Bracco
Frank Sr: William Hickey
Gruber: Richard Jenkins
Serafino: Paul Calderon

: The First Mass of Christmas

From St Marie's Roman
Catholic Cathedral, Sheffield. With the Rt Rev Gerald
Moverley, Bishop of Hallam. Producer Hugh Faupel * STEREO


Producer: Hugh Faupel

: Arsenic and Old Lace

Classic comedy starring Cary Grant
Abby and Martha Brewster are more than a little strange. But then their doting nephew
Mortimer discovers they have a penchant for poisoning people.
Director Frank Capra * TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 0 FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Cary Grant
Unknown: Martha Brewster
Director: Frank Capra
Mortimer Brewster: Cary Grant
Elaine Harper: Priscilla Lane
Jonathan Brewster: Raymond Massey
O'Hara: Jack Carson
Mr Whitherspoon: Edward Everett Horton
Dr Klustein: Peter Lorre
Lt Rooney: James Gleason
Abby Brewster: Josephine Hull
Martha Brewster: Jean Adair

: Weather

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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