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: News summary

Regional News; Weather

: Children's BBC

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Animation. Narrated and sung by Burl Ives. Repeat

8.00 News: Subtitled. Regional News; Weather

8.10 Barney: Cartoon fun. Repeat

8.15 The Bears Who Saved Christmas: Animation. Repeat Stereo

8.40 X-Men: Cartoon fun with the mutant heroes.

9.00 News: subtitled Regional News; Weather

9.05 Incredible Games: Futuristic game show. Repeat Stereo

9.35 Blue Peter: Shown yesterday at 5.10pm Stereo Subtitled

10.00 Playdays: The Roundabout Stop. Repeat

: The Night before Christmas

An animated version of this classic poem by the makers of the Enchanted Tales series. An orphan's Christmas dreams are dramatically broughtto life. stereo.

: The Making of Jurassic Park

A behind-the-scenes look at
Stephen Spielberg 's monster hit movie, featuring exclusive footage of the special effects and computer graphics. The film Jurassic Park can be seen on Christmas Day at
6.30pm. Stereo Subtitled .....


Unknown: Stephen Spielberg

: Joy to the World

A Feast of Christmas Cheer! A celebration of the Christmas story from London's Royal Albert Hall, combining carols, comedy, music and dance. With guests Michael Ball, Ben Kingsley, Patti Boulaye, Denis Quilley, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. (Stereo)


Unknown: Michael Ball
Unknown: Ben Kingsley
Unknown: Patti Boulaye
Unknown: Denis Quilley
Unknown: Cleo Laine
Unknown: John Dankworth
Producer: Simon Betts

: Neighbours

Detailsat5.35pm Stereo Subtitled .....

: Star Trek: the Motion Picture

Sci-fi adventure, based on the TV series, starring William Shatner
An unknown force is heading towards Federation space, on a direct course forearth. The USS Enterprise is ordered back into immediate service and, with Captain Kirk once again in command, sets out to confront the alien menace.
DirectorRobertWise(1979.U) Stereo * See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Unknown: William Shatner
Unknown: Captain Kirk William Shatner.
Unknown: Spock Leonard
Unknown: Dr McCoy Deforest Kelley
Unknown: Decker Stephen Collins
Unknown: Scotty James Doohan.
Unknown: Sulu George Takei

: Super Mario Bros

The first showing on network television for this fantasy adventure, inspired by the computer game, starring Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper

In a parallel universe humans have evolved from dinosaurs rather than apes. As an infant princess, Daisy was smuggled out of he reptilian world and 20 years on, now works as an archaeologist in New York.
(1993, PG)
See Films: pages 50-72 **


Director: Rocky Morton
Director: Annabel Jankel
Mario Mario: Bob Hoskins
KingKoopa: Dennis Hopper
Luigi Mario: John Leguizamo
Daisy: Samantha Mathis
Iggy: Fisher Stevens
Spike: Richard Edson
Lena: Fiona Shaw

: Neighbours

Joflies off the handle.
Shown at 1.15pm For cast see Friday 3 January

: News

With Jennie Bond.
Weather David Lee


Unknown: Jennie Bond.
Unknown: David Lee

: Regional news magazine

For details see Monday 23 December

: The Brittas Empire Christmas Special

Surviving Christmas. Brittas organises a special Christmas treat for his staff at the Whitbury Leisure Centre. It's a team-bonding exercise in the Welsh mountains and a fight for survival.
Written by Tony Millan and Mike Walling / Director/Producer Mike Stephens /


Written By: Tony Millan
Written By: Mike Walling
Producer: Mike Stephens
Brittas: Chris Barrie
Carole: Harriet Thorpe
Colin: Mike Burns
Helen: Pippa Haywood
Tim: Russell Porter
Gavin: Tim Marriott
Linda: Jill Greenacre
Warwick Newmark: Jeff Erydench
Captain Kipper 'B' Brown: Mark Arden
Dai the Pizza: Matthew Morgan

: All the Best for Christmas with Brian Conley

Stage and television entertainer Brian Conley delves into the BBC archives to find a collection of some of the funniest moments from Christmas past, including clips from The Likely Lads, Morecambe and Wise and Steptoe and Son. \ Director John L Spencer : ProducerTom Webber


Unknown: Brian Conley
Director: John L Spencer

: A Question of Sport Christmas Special

Ally McCoist and John Parrott captain two teams of sporting celebrities as they answerthe questions put to them by David Coleman in this seasonal edition of the show.
Executive producer Mike Adley


Unknown: John Parrott
Unknown: David Coleman
Producer: Mike Adley

: EastEnders

Time is running out for Carol as she tries to keep a promise. Meanwhile Robbie undertakes an impossible mission and Joe gets a big shock.
The next episode is tomorrow at 8.30pm. For cast see Monday 30 December Stereo

: Cliffhanger

First showing on network television for this action thriller starring
Sylvester Stallone
John Lithgow
Former mountain rescue climber
Gabe Walker is persuaded out of retirement to help answer a distress call from a plane which has crash-landed. But he soon discovers the passengers are members of a criminal gang.
Director Renny Harlin (1993, 15)
♦ See Films: pages 50-72 **** ♦ See Andrew Duncan 's interview with Sylvester Stallone : page 18


Unknown: Sylvester Stallone
Unknown: John Lithgow
Unknown: Gabe Walker
Director: Renny Harlin
Unknown: Andrew Duncan
Unknown: Sylvester Stallone
Gabe Walker: Sylvester Stallone
Qualen: John Lithgow
Hal Tucker: Michael Rooker
Jessie Deighan: Janine Turner
Travers: Rex Linn
Kristel: Caroline Goodall
Kynette: Leon
Delmar: Craig Fairbrass
Ryan: Gregory Scott Cummins
Heldon: Denis Forest
Sarah: Michelle Joyner
Evan: Max Perlich

: News

With Martyn Lewis. Subtitled Regional News
Weather Suzanne Charlton


Unknown: Martyn Lewis.
Unknown: Suzanne Charlton

: The Mrs Merton Show Christmas Special

Caroline Aherne , in the guise of chat show host Mrs Merton , presents her very own Christmas show. Guests on her sofa tonight include Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell and Noddy Holder , former lead singer of Slade. See today's choices.
Director Patti Marr ; Producer Mark Gorton Repeated next Monday at 12.25am
♦ Mrs Merton 's Choice: page 12 /


Unknown: Caroline Aherne
Unknown: Mrs Merton
Singer: Daniel O'Donnell
Singer: Noddy Holder
Director: Patti Marr
Producer: Mark Gorton
Unknown: Mrs Merton

: Christmas Midnight Mass

On this special night which heralds the birth of Jesus Christ, a live broadcast from Westminster Cathedral where worshippers gather for a traditional celebration of the First Mass of Christmas, led by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume.
Carols and hymns which are sung by the cathedral choir include Adeste Fideles, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, and Hodie Christus Natus Est.


Service led by: Cardinal Basil Hume
Producer: John Kirby

: The Birds

Classic Alfred Hitchcock chiller starring
Tippi Hedren , Rod Taylor
A chance meeting in a San Francisco pet shop impels wealthy playgirl
Melanie Daniels to track down lawyer Mitch Brenner at his mother's home in Bodega Bay, 70 miles away. As a gift, she takes a pair of lovebirds with her. This seemingly innocuous act unleashes the forces of nature in an unexpected and terrifying way as Bodega Bay becomes preytothe "Birds".
(1963.15) Subtitled ..... ♦ See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Unknown: Alfred Hitchcock
Unknown: Tippi Hedren
Unknown: Rod Taylor
Unknown: Melanie Daniels
Unknown: Mitch Brenner
Melanie Daniels: Tippi Hedren
Mitch Brenner: Rod Taylor
Annie Hayworth: Suzanne Pleshette
Lydia Brenner: Jessica Tandy
Cathy Brenner: Veronica Cartwright
Mrs MacGruder: Ruth McDevitt
MrsBundy: Ethel Griffies
Sebastian Sholes: Charles McGraw
Salesman: Joe Mantell
Fisherman: Doodles Weaver
Deputy Al Malone: Malcolm Atterbury
Deke Carter: Lonny Chapman
Helen Carter: Elizabeth Wilson

: 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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