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: Children's BBC

With Zoe Ball and Chris Jarvis.

Santa and the Tooth Fairies
Hans Peterson's letter to Father Christmas arrives too late

7.10 Wishing
Last of the live action and animation series.

7.20 Playdays: The Tent Stop

7.40 Santa's First Christmas
(Repeat) (Stereo)

8.05 The Bears Who Saved Christmas

8.30 Noddy

9.05 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Animation, narrated and sung by Fred Astaire.


Presenter (Children's BBC): Zoe Ball
Presenter (Children's BBC): Chris Jarvis

: Weather

: Songs of Praise

Pam Rhodes celebrates Christmas Day morning live from All Hallows Church in the City of London in the company of Lynda Bellingham, Fiona Castle, Robert Duncan and Marti Webb.
A thousand singers add to the festive fun with carols from Blackpool, while Don Maclean hosts a house party and Marti Caine goes to Lapland to join children in a hunt for Santa Claus. Carols include O Come All Ye Fathful, See Amid the Winter Snow, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.


Unknown: Pam Rhodes
Unknown: Robert Duncan
Unknown: Marti Webb.
Unknown: Don MacLean
Unknown: Santa Claus.
Producer: Ian Thomas

: Jetsons: the Movie

Cinema version of the science-fiction TV cartoon series.
George Jetson finally gets promotion from Mr Spacely, but it means moving the entire family to a remote "Spacely Sprockets" asteroid mining operation where something odd is going on. With the voices of: George O'Hanlon, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton, Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman Directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (1990)
* FILM REVIEWS pages 47-70


Voice: George O'Hanlon
Voice: Mel Blanc
Voice: Penny Singleton
Voice: Tiffany
Voice: Patric Zimmerman
Director: William Hanna
Director: Joseph Barbera

: Tom and Jerry

Animated cat and mouse fun.......

: News and Weather; followed by EastEnders

Omnibus edition. (Stereo)

: Top of the Pops

The boys from Take That present 1994's biggest selling songs and reveal exclusively the Christmas Day number one. Live in the studio are D:Ream, Doop, Stiltskin, Wet Wet Wet, Mariah Carey , Let Loose, Whigfield and not forgetting Take That.


Unknown: Mariah Carey

: The Queen

Her Majesty the Queen's Christmas message to the Commonwealth.
Repeated at 9.35pm on BBC2, 9.40pm on Channel 4

: Noel's Christmas Presents

In the season of goodwill, Noel Edmonds journeys around Britain and the world to take gifts and surprises to deserving people.
See today's choices.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Presenter: Noel Edmonds
Producer: Guy Freeman
Executive Producer: Michael Leggo

: Animal Hospital Christmas

Rolf Harris, Lynda Bryans and Steve Knight pay a Christmas visit to the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital. The patients should be an unpredictable variety of pets, and owners, and will include some of the animals featured in the summer series who are returning for checkups....


Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Lynda Bryansand Steve

: News; Weather

: The Wrong Trousers

Oscar-winning animated comedy by Nick Park.

The home-life of Wallace, the amiable inventor, and Gromit, his long-suffering dog, is threatened when a villainous lodger rents out the spare room and involves unsuspecting Wallace in a spectacular crime.
Featuring the voice of Peter Sallis as Wallace.
(1993) (Stereo) (Subtitled)
Film reviews pages 47-70


Director: Nick Park
Wallace (voice): Peter Sallis

: Keeping Up Appearances

Hyacinth is plagued by problems in this special extended episode. While busy planning a new kitchen she is told that there is someone else in father's bed.
Then she learns that Richard has gone down with a fungal infection.
Written by Roy Clarke ; Director/Producer
Harold Snoad Stereo Subtitled ........


Written By: Roy Clarke
Producer: Harold Snoad
Hyacinth Bucket: Patricia Routledge
Richard: Clive Swift
Elizabeth: Josephine Tewson
Daisy: Judy Cornwell
Onslow: Geoffrey Hughes
Rose: Mary Millar
Emmet: David Griffin

: EastEnders

The season of goodwill comes to the Square. In among the festivities, Gita has a surprise for Sanjay; Ethel has some advice for Nellie; and Grant has a present for Sharon.
Episode written by Tony Jordan

See today's choices.
(For cast see Thursday 22 December)


Writer: Tony Jordan
Producer: Nicholas Hicks-Beach
Director: Jo Johnson

: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Action adventure starring Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman

When he is released from prison in the Holy Land, Robin of Locksley and his friend Azeem return to England, where they discover Robin's father murdered and King Richard exiled. When they meet a band of thieves in the woods, they join forces to try to oust the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. Featuring the hit song "(Everything I Do) I Do for You" by Bryan Adams. (1991)
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-70


Director: Kevin Reynolds
Robin of Locksley/Robin Hood: Kevin Costner
Maid Marian: Mary Elizabeth Mastran Tonio
Sheriff of Nottingham: Alan Rickman
Azeem: Morgan Freeman
Will Scarlett: Christian Slater
Mortianna: Geraldine McEwan
Friar Tuck: Micheal McShane
Lord Locksley: Brian Blessed
Guy of Gisborne: Michael Wincott
Little John: Nick Brimble
Fanny: Soo Drouet
King Richard: Sean Connery
Wulf: Daniel Newman
Bull: Daniel Peacock
Duncan: Walter Sparrow
Bishop: Harold Innocent
Much: Jack Wild
Kenneth: Michael Goldie
Peter Dubois: Liam Halligan

: One Foot in the Grave: The Man Who Blew Away

The new series begins with this Christmas special.
The Meldrews set out for a routine visit to a garden centre little imagining the good luck that fate has in store for them. But their fortune is short-lived: a phone call is about to turn their world upside down.
See today's choices.


Writer: David Renwick
Director/Producer: Susan Belbin
Victor Meldrew: Richard Wilson
Margaret Meldrew: Annette Crosbie
Patrick: Angus Deayton
Pippa: Janine Duvitski
Mr Foskett: Brian Murphy

: Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home

The comedian presents her own show, with stand-up comedy, monologues and sketches in her own inimitable style.
See today's choices.


Comedian: Victoria Wood
Director/Producer: Geoff Posner

: News

With Jill Dando. Subtitled
Weather Peter Cockroft


Unknown: Jill Dando.
Unknown: Peter Cockroft

: Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

Vintage comedy from with Britain's much-loved double act, Eric and Emie. With special guests Shirley Bassey ,
Glenda Jackson and Andre Previn , and guest appearances by Frank Bough , Robert Dougall , Dick Emery ,
Cliff Michelmore , Patrick Moore ,
Michael Parkinson and Eddie Waring. See today's choices.
Producer John Ammonds Rpt


Unknown: Shirley Bassey
Unknown: Glenda Jackson
Unknown: Andre Previn
Unknown: Frank Bough
Unknown: Robert Dougall
Unknown: Dick Emery
Unknown: Cliff Michelmore
Unknown: Patrick Moore
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Eddie Waring.
Producer: John Ammonds Rpt

: Christmas Spirit

A sideways look at Christmas Day.

: Trading Places

Comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis

Millionaire brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke decide to create an experiment in human nature. They frame their nephew Louis, a pompous stockbroker in their own firm, for theft and drug pushing. As Louis's privileged life crumbles around him, they install the down-and-out conman Billy Ray Valentine in his place.
Film Reviews pages 47-70


Director: John Landis
Billy Ray Valentine: Eddie Murphy
Louis Winthorpe III: Dan Aykroyd
Ophelia: Jamie Lee Curtis
Randolph Duke: Ralph Bellamy
Mortimer Duke: Don Ameche
Coleman: Denholm Elliott
Beeks: Paul Gleason

: Weather

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