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: Henry's Cat

With Philippa Forrester. Stereo Rpt

: Candy Claus


: Felix the Cat

: The Flintstones

Seasonal cartoon fun.

: Live and Kicking on Christmas Day

A festive frenzy of music, comedy and gunge. Musical guests are Eternel, but watch out for special stars in the Famous for Five Minutes slot, and surprise visitors throughout the show.
There's a celebrity Run the Risk with Shane Richie and Peter Simon introducing teams from EastEnders, Gladiators and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, plus the usual cartoon fun. With Andi Peters , Emma Forbes , John Barrowman , Trev Neal and Simon Hickson.


Unknown: Shane Richie
Unknown: Peter Simon
Unknown: Maid Marian
Unknown: Andi Peters
Unknown: Emma Forbes
Unknown: John Barrowman
Unknown: Trev Neal
Unknown: Simon Hickson.

: Weather

: The Giant Nativity Festivity

Roger Royle , Bernard Hill and Sally Ann Matthews celebrate with 1,000 people in a circus tent in Liverpool, to sing carols, and see the Christmas story told by circus performers and local people. Stereo


Unknown: Roger Royle
Unknown: Bernard Hill
Unknown: Sally Ann Matthews

: Scrooge

Star-studded musical adaptation of Charles Dickens 's A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney Alec Guinness
Ebeneezer Scrooge dismisses Christmas as "humbug". Can a host of ghosts change his mind? With Edith Evans , Kenneth More ,
Michael Medwin , Laurence Naismith , David Collings , Anton Rodgers , Roy Kinnear , Gordon Jackson. Director Ronald Neame (1970)


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Albert Finney
Unknown: Alec Guinness
Unknown: Ebeneezer Scrooge
Unknown: Edith Evans
Unknown: Kenneth More
Unknown: Michael Medwin
Unknown: Laurence Naismith
Unknown: David Collings
Unknown: Anton Rodgers
Unknown: Roy Kinnear
Unknown: Gordon Jackson.
Director: Ronald Neame

: Christmas Comedy Cracker

Double-bill of family comedy. TheTwoRonnies
Messrs Barker and Corbett's
1985 Christmas show. With guest, singer Phil Collins.
1.30 Dad's Army
The platoon plans a turkey dinner for pensioners.


Unknown: Messrs Barker
Singer: Phil Collins.

: Top of the Pops Christmas 1993

Including performances from Take That, 2 Unlimited, the Bluebells, Gabrielle and M People.

: The Queen

Her Majesty's Christmas message to the Commonwealth.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Speaker: HM Queen Elizabeth II

: Noel's Christmas Presents

Noel Edmonds and his team travelled the world to bring together these nine extraordinary stories, each one delivering a unique Christmas present to people who deserve something that money can'tbuy.
This is the fourth time that viewers have written in to nominate friends and loved ones to receive a special gift.


Unknown: Noel Edmonds

: Back to the Future III

Film Premiere. Another time-travelling comedy adventure starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Trapped in 1955, Marty McFly needs help to get back to the future again. But to get there he must first travel to the wild west of 1885, to protect the future for Doc Emmett Brown, inventor of the time machine. (1990)


Director: Robert Zemeckis
Marty McFly/Seamus McFly: Michael J. Fox
Doc Emmet Brown: Christopher Lloyd
Clara Clayton: Mary Steenburgen
Buford/Biff: Thomas F. Wilson
Maggie/Lorraine: Lea Thompson
Jennifer: Elisabeth Shue
Marshal Strickland: James Tolkan

: News

With John Humphrys.
Weather Penny Tranter


Unknown: John Humphrys.

: Only Fools and Horses

Del and Rodney Trotter return for what could be their last appearance for some time, according to writer John Sullivan. "We finished the last series in and did a Christmas special last year," says Sullivan, "and I could happily write a new series right now. I'm always happy in the world of the Nag's Head." Plans for a 1993 series were put on hold when David Jason signed to Yorkshire Television for Touch of Frost (starting in January). "The earliest we could do it now would be 1995." But as compensation we at least have this special, feature-length episode. His enthusiasm for fatherhood and domesticity having palled, Del is determined to escape from the pipe-and-slippers atmosphere of Nelson Mandela House and put in some serious drinking time. But will Raquel let him? It's left to Rodney - suffering his own problems with Cassandra's insistence that they start a family - to try and talk sense into his brother.


Writer: John Sullivan.
Director: Tony Dow
Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Del: David Jason
Rodney: Nicholas Lyndhurst
Uncle Albert: Buster Merryfield
Raquel: Tessa Peake-Jones
Cassandra: Gwyneth Strong
Boycie: John Challis
Trigger: Roger Lloyd Pack
Denzil: Paul Barber
Mike: Kenneth MacDonald
Beverley: Mel Martin
Sid: Roy Heather
Mickey Pearce: Patrick Murray
Damien: James Smith
Dentist: Andrew Charleson
Arthur: Derek Martin
Mick: Nick Maloney
Vi: Lynn Langridge
Texo: Bryan Brittain

: EastEnders

The Fowlers are determined not to rise to the Chapmans' bait. Phil is late for Kathy's party and Mandy and Aidan are left out in the cold.
(For cast see Thursday 23 December)

: Birds of a Feather

A special holiday edition has the trio from Chigwell hitting Tinseltown, in a transatlantic comedy adventure. Sharon and Tracey knew they were adopted, but made a pact never to seek out their real parents. However, when their Aunty Sylvie dies and leaves them their birth certificates, they discover their father may be a celebrity. With Dorien in tow, they fly off to Hollywood to search for him.
With guest appearances from movie star George Hamilton and George Wendt, Norm in Cheers.
An Alomo production for BBCtv


Written By: Geoffrey Deane
Director/Producer: Charlie Hanson
Sharon: Pauline Quirke
Tracey: Linda Robson
Dorien: Lesley Joseph
Darryl: Alun Lewis
Chris: Peter Polycarpou
Sydnee: Amma Asante
Roger: Charles Grant
Himself: George Hamilton
Himself: George Wendt

: News

Withjohn Humphrys.
Weather Penny Tranter


Unknown: Withjohn Humphrys.

: Ghost

Film Premiere. Oscar-winning supernatural thriller that proves true love never dies, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Soon after setting up home with girlfriend Molly Jensen, banker Sam Wheat is killed by a mugger. But Sam's spirit refuses to leave Molly. When he discovers that he was murdered, and that Molly's life is now in danger, he persuades fake spiritualist Oda Mae Brown to help him warn her. (1990)
FILM REVIEWS pages 46-65


Director: Jerry Zucker
Sam Wheat: Patrick Swayze
Molly Jensen: Demi Moore
Oda Mae Brown: Whoopi Goldberg
Carl Brunner: Tony Goldwyn
Willie Lopez: Rick Aviles
Louise: Gail Boggs
Clara: Armelia McQueen
Subway ghost: Vincent Schiavelli
Rose: Martina Degnan
Rosa Santiago: Angelina Estrada

: Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

The annual show by the country's greatest-ever double act became as essential a part of the season's viewing as the Queen's Christmas Message, and this is a vintage edition from 1977. The celebrities eager for ritual humiliation at the hands of Eric and Ernie include Penelope Keith. She agrees to appear in one of Ern's plays, but only if she can make a glamorous, musical entrance down a staircase.
Singer Elton John arrives to perform on the show, but never quite makes it to the stage. Actors Francis Matthews and Angharad Rees perform in a couple of mini-dramas. Plus singer Stella Starr, and a host of guest celebrities.


Star/comedian: Eric Morecambe
Star/comedian: Ernie Wise
Guest star: Penelope Keith
Guest star/singerr: Elton John
Guest: Francis Matthews
Guest: Angharad Rees
Singer: Stella Starr
Written by: Eddie Braben
Director/Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Watching Flocks

A contemporary meditation for Christmas Day. Producer John Forrest


Producer: John Forrest

: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes mystery, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
The great detective tries to solve the mystery of the Baskerville family, cursed for 200 years by a ghostly hound. (1958)
FILM REVIEWS pages 46-65


Director: Terence Fisher
Sherlock Holmes: Peter Cushing
Sir Henry: Christopher Lee
Dr Watson: Andre Morell
Cecile: Marla Landi
Stapleton: Ewen Solon
Dr Mortimer: Francis de Wolff
Bishop Frankland: Miles Malleson
Barrymore: John Le Mesurier

: Weather

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