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: How Big Is an Elephant

With Andi Peters , Philippa Forrester and Toby Anstis.
The only way to start your year! ● STEREO


Unknown: Andi Peters
Unknown: Toby Anstis.

: Hallo Spencer

Puppet fun.

: Teddy Bears' Picnic

Based on the famous song, this animated adventure introduces
"all the bears that ever were there" and proves once again that if you go down to the woods on the day of the teddy bears' picnic, "you're sure of a big surprise".

: Pingu

Animation with Pingu, the intelligent but rather clumsy penguin.

: Playdays

The Tent Stop.


: Henry's Cat


: The Canterville Ghost

Animated film based on Oscar Wilde 's story, telling of a 300-year-old ghost's attempts to scare the human inhabitants out of his house.


Unknown: Oscar Wilde

: Swamp Thing

Animation about a scientist who is now part man, part plant.

: Why Don't You...?

Election fever takes over the Why Don 't You .. ? house.
Plus there are ideas today for creating your own camera, searching for the stars and making tuna pasta.
● STEREO 9186710

: Raccoons on Ice

A musical cartoon narrated by Rich Little and featuring the voices of Rita Coolidge and Leo Sayer. The horrible Cyril Sneer has plans to turn the winter paradise of Evergreen Forest into a colossal concrete complex.


Unknown: Rich Little
Unknown: Rita Coolidge
Unknown: Leo Sayer.
Unknown: Cyril Sneer

: Dark Horse

Drama. The story of an unpredictable stallion, an unproven rider, an inexperienced trainer and a headstrong owner. 4632420

: Olympics 92

Highlights of the great medal-winning performances at the spectacular Barcelona games, including golden moments enjoyed by Linford Christie ,
Sally Gunnell , Chris Boardman , Redgrave and Pinsent, and the Searle Brothers.
Producer Graham Wellham
● STEREO 75772


Unknown: Linford Christie
Unknown: Sally Gunnell
Unknown: Chris Boardman

: The Flintstones

Cartoon fun. 1813284

: News

With Philip Hayton.
Weather John Kettley
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Philip Hayton.

: Neighbours


: Eldorado


: Ben-Hur

Multi-Oscar-winning epic starring
Charlton Heston
A strange destiny rules the life of Ben-Hur, a prince of Judah who sets himself against the tyranny of his Roman masters at the time of Christ. With a score by Miklos Rozsa.
Director William Wyler
● FILMS: pages 41-[number removed]


Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Miklos Rozsa.
Director: William Wyler
Judah Ben-Hur: Charlton Heston
Messala: Stephen Boyd
Esther: Haya Harareet
Quintus Arrius: Jack Hawkins
Sheikh Ilderim: Hugh Griffith
Miriam: Martha Scott
Tirzah: Cathy O'Donnell
Pontius Pilate: Frank Thring
Simonides: Sam Jaffe
Balthazar: Finlay Currie

: Neighbours

Brenda's subterfuge backfires. (Forcast see Wednesday 23 December. Shown at 1.05pm) 8368371 0 STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p 888

: News

With Philip Hayton.
Weather Bill Giles 714449
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Philip Hayton.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: Portrait Painter to the Birds

Many of the drawings of birds used on Christmas cards originated as illustrations in the sumptuous natural history books published in the 19th century, and that artist tradition continues today.
David Attenborough travels to the rainforest of northern
Australia to visit William Cooper , one of the greatest artists working in this style, and to meet one of his favourite subjects, a local bird of paradise. Director Paul Reddish
Executive producer Dione Gilmour


Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: William Cooper
Director: Paul Reddish

: Eldorado

Terry asks Joy to make a decision - should he stay or should he go? He wants the answer by midnight.
Episode written by Tony Jordan
(For cast see Monday 21 December.
Rptd next Monday) 71 ● STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p888


Written By: Tony Jordan

: Only Fools and Horses

Another chance to see the 1985 Christmas episode of John Sullivan 's comedy, starring David Jason Nicholas Lyndhurst Buster Merryfield
To Hull and Bark. The Trotter family embarks on a money-making adventure which takes them on a trek across Britain.
Director/Producer Ray Butt 99062 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888


Unknown: John Sullivan
Unknown: David Jason
Unknown: Nicholas Lyndhurst
Unknown: Buster Merryfield
Derek Trotter: David Jason
Rodney Trotter: Nicholas Lyndhurst
Uncle Albert: Buster Merryfield
Mike: Kenneth MacDonald
Vicky: Kim Clifford
Teddy: Johnny Wade
Ruby: Annie Leake
Boycie: John Challis
Abdul: Tony Anholt
Trigger: Roger Lloyd Pack
Denzil: Paul Barber
Slater: Jim Broadbent
Hoskins: Christopher Mitchell
Sid: Roy Heather
Colin: Mark Burdis

: Sitting Pretty

Last in the comedy series written by john Sullivan following the fortunes of a 60s swinger whose life has since taken some very different turns. Welcome Home. Annie discovers that the flat she is sharing with her daughter has been sold to some dodgy characters who have a fondness for rottweilers.
Director/ProducerSusanBelbin 6130 ● STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p888


Written Byjohn: John Sullivan
Annie: Diane Bull
: Kitty Vilmahollingbery
Sylvie: Heather Tobias
George: John Cater
Tiffany: Alison Lomas
Gordon: David Ashford

: Love Hurts

A second series of the drama created and written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and starring Adam Faith
Zoe Wanamaker
Jane Lapotaire
Strictly Business. It's six months since Tessa Piggott walked away from her lover,
Frank Carver. She thinks she's finished with him for good, but he doesn't necessarily agree. Tessa has a new job and, when her boss wants her to head a new charity foundation providing funds for central and eastern
Europe, it's Frank who comes up with a plausible project.
Producer Tara Prem
Director Alan Grint
An Alomo production for BBCtv [number removed]0 STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p 888 ● DRAMA: page 16


Written By: Laurence Marks
Written By: Maurice Gran
Unknown: Adam Faith
Unknown: Zoe Wanamaker
Unknown: Jane Lapotaire
Unknown: Tessa Piggott
Unknown: Frank Carver.
Producer: Tara Prem
Director: Alan Grint
Unknown: An Alomo
Frank Carver: Adam Faith
Tessa Piggott: Zoe Wanamaker
Diane Warburg: Jane Lapotaire
Max Taplow: Tony Selby
Grace Taplow: Edna Dore
Malcolm Litoff: Richard Cordery
Marshall Baumblatt: Olivier Pierre
Sandra: Belinda Davison
Clifford: John Melainey
Householder: Yvonne Edgell
Restaurant manager: Jon Cartwright
Richard Hollis: Rupert Vansittart
Rodney: Paul Jerricho
Mrs Taylor: Anne Rosenfeld
Toyne: Tony Clarkin
Miss Renton: Corinna Marlowe
Dr Boris Gubenko: Grant Cathro
Marisha Voshensky: Joanna Kanska
Farmer: Alexandre Naoumenko
Dmitri Kapolev: Peter Czaikowski
Robert Kilroy-Silk: Himself
Musician: Paulopacic
Barman: David Angus
Receptionist: Jennifer Gibson
Polish woman: Sophie Walkiewicz-Slav
Harry: Reg Stewart

: Main News

With Philip Hayton.
Regional News; Weekend
Weather Bill Giles [number removed]
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Philip Hayton.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: Fatal Beauty

Comedy thriller starring Whoopi Goldberg
Sam Elliott
Rita Rizzoli is an undercover cop with an acid tongue and an attitude. When the streets are flooded with a deadly cocaine-based cocktail, the chase is on to block the source before the city blows apart.
Director Tom Holland
● STEREO: TELETEXT SUBTITLES: 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-[number removed]


Unknown: Whoopi Goldberg
Unknown: Sam Elliott
Unknown: Rita Rizzoli
Director: Tom Holland
Rita Rizzoli: Whoopi Goldberg
Mike Marshak: Sam Elliott
Carl Jimenez: Ruben Blades
Conrad Kroll: Harris Yulin
Lt Kellermall: John P Ryan
Cecile Jaegar: Jennifer Warren
Leo Nova: Brad Dourif
Earl Skinner: Mike Jolly
Deputy Getz: Charles Hallahan

: PattiLabelle - Live in New York

In a spectacular concert at New York's Apollo Theatre in 1991, the soul singer performs hits including New Attitude, All the Man I Need, Feels Like Another One and On My Own.
● STEREO 779081

: Weather

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