Animated drama series. An Action Time production for BBCtv
Philip Hawthorn tells the Maori tale of Rata's Canoe.
Animation based on a story by HRH the Prince of Wales.
A Dave Edwards Studio production for BBCtv
Children's drama. The Witch needs a witch doctor.
Written by Valerie Georgeson
The rugrats experience Santa.
Children's drama. Pete meets
Santa Claws number 115,302. Written by Paul Jennings
In this musical special, Kermit and the gang spend Christmas at Fozzie's mother's farmhouse.
Seasonal reflections from
St Matthew 's Church, Northampton.
A meditation for Christmas
Luciano Pavarotti talks to
Peter Ustinov about his life and work.
On 1 April 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal
Naval Air Service combined to become the Royal Air Force. The story is narrated by Raymond Baxter.
Omnibus edition. The Fowlers and Beales unite over Pete's funeral. Phil confides in Nadia.
Mandy stands up for Mark.
Superman has to do battle with a megalomaniac tycoon who, with the help of a bumbling computer genius, has set his sights on world domination.
Superman/Clark Kent. CHRISTOPHER REEVE
Director Richard Lester (1983)
Over 2,000 young enthusiasts brought their toys, games and heirlooms to the Science
Museum for the third junior
Antiques Roadshow, hosted by Hugh Scully , Andi Peters , Blue Peter's s Anthea Turner and a team of experts.
Hordes of Teddy bears, die-cast toys and vintage annuals vie with a first edition of Peter Pan , a rare Chinese stamp and a hot water bottle collection.
"We've had toys from the 1890s to the 1960s, says producer Chris Lewis. "Young people take a real interest in the history of their belongings."
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With Chris Lowe.
Weather Penny Tranter
A Songs of Praise special from the Wembley Conference Centre. Cliff Richard and Gloria Gaynor with stories, solos and well loved seasonal songs and carols, created for the Feast of Stephen. Carols include Good King Wenceslas, The Calypso Caroland The
Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy. With special guests
Harry Secombe , Thora Hird , Canon Roger Royle , Fiona Hendley and Peter Goodwright.
Producer Bryan Izzard ; Editor Helen Alexander
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Hyacinth finally achieves her ultimate goal in her search for social acceptability in this special festive edition.
She and her husband Richard book a cruise on the QE2 and, determined to live up to the correct image, Hyacinth packs umpteen changes of clothes. On board ship, she is in her element - until she makes an appalling discovery that threatens to ruin her trip.
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The after-Christmas lull is forgotten with the arrival in Casualty of a team of smoky firefighters, a young woman who has mysteriously lost her sight and an elf with serious pointed-ear trouble.
Episode written by Barbara Machin Director Richard Bramall
With Chris Lowe. Subtitled
Weather Michael Fish
The only place to seek holiday accommodation in Portugal is to trawl through the classified ads in Zit magazine - at least that's irascible Victor Meldrew's method. David Renwick's curmudgeonly creation, played by Richard Wilson, exports his irritations and impatience to the sun and sand of the Algarve in this special feature length story.
But the Meldrews' villa suffers from rising damp and inadequate vermin control, old friend Mrs Warboys senses romance in the air with her Portuguese penfriend Alfonso, and after mishaps and misunderstandings they become involved in a plot to discredit a well-known figure.
And then there's a British boxer, Hugo Lennox , to worry about.... and, of course, the donkeys.
The Andrew Duncan Interview with Richard Wilson
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Lady on plane:
Western directed by and starring
When his wife and child are murdered and his farm burnt to the ground by Captain Terrill's Union raiders, Missouri farmer Josey Wales vows to avenge their deaths and joins up with a band of Confederate guerrillas. Betrayed at the end of the war by the guerrilla leader, Wales escapes from the Union troops and attempts to build a new life for himself with a band of waifs and strays he picks up on his travels. However, he is fated to cross swords with Terrill once more.
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American singer/songwriter Neil Diamond sings festive favourites in informal settings, accompanied by choirs from around America. Including Christmas standards like
White Christmas, Little Drummer Boy and Santa
Claus Is Comingto Town with carols such as Silent Night,
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and 0 Come, 0 Come Emmanuel.