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: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Comedy starring Sarah Miles, James Fox, Stuart Whitman.
London 1910: when a wealthy newspaper baron puts up a £10,000 prize for the fastest flight from London to Paris, he attracts eccentric competitors from all over the world.
See Films: pages 50-72.


Director: Ken Annakin
[Actor]: Sarah Miles
[Actor]: James Fox
[Actor]: Stuart Whitman

: News

: The Good Book Guide

Tony Robinson is in New York where he starts his seven-part beginner's guide to the Bible.

: First Light

In the first of seven programmes Brian Sibley meets Mick McAndrew whose Christian faith took him from living rough to studying psychology at university.


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Mick McAndrew

: Quo Vadis

Historical epic starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Taylor, Peter Ustinov.
The beautiful daughter of a Roman general is forced to choose between her religion and her lover when the Emperor Nero outlaws Christianity.
(1951, PG)
See Films: pages 50-72.


Director: Mervyn Leroy
[Actor]: Deborah Kerr
[Actor]: Robert Taylor
[Actor]: Peter Ustinov

: The World's Strongest Man

Six more competitors hope to make a one-and-half-ton pick-up truck look like a wheelbarrow as they strive for one of two places on offer for the final.
Next heat tomorrow 2.15pm.

: News

The Week's Weather

: Cartoon

: Just William: William the Great Actor

William's career with the amateur dramatic society is saved by a great thespian. (Repeat)

: The Bookworm

In the last of the current series Griff Rhys
Jones is in Essex in search of Dodie Smith , author of 101 Dalmatians. He finds out the connection between Graham Greene and the real "Third Man", the spy Kim Philby.


Unknown: Griff Rhys
Unknown: Dodie Smith
Unknown: Graham Greene
Unknown: Kim Philby.

: EastEnders

The first of a two-part omnibus edition.
Part two is at 4.35pm.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)

: Wizard of Oz on Ice

The story is turned into a fantasy on ice by former skater Robin Cousins.
Bobby McFerrin narrates the tale of Dorothy who is danced by Olympic gold medallist Oksana Baiul and sung by Shanice.


Unknown: Robin Cousins.
Unknown: Bobby McFerrin

: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends: The Tailor of Gloucester

Animated tales based on Beatrix Potter's stories.
Next tale tomorrow at 4.30pm.

: EastEnders

Second of today's two-part omnibus edition.

: News

With Andrew Harvey.
Weather Bill Giles


Unknown: Andrew Harvey.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: Regional News

: Songs of Praise

Pam Rhodes joins a New Year celebration from the 17th-century
Schloss Hetzendorf in Vienna, where the Vienna
Boys'Choir and musicians from orchestras across Europe play hymns with a taste of Strauss. Music includes
Take My Life and Let It Be, Blessed Assurance and 0 Worship the King.
Producer John Forrest


Unknown: Pam Rhodes
Unknown: Schloss Hetzendorf
Producer: John Forrest

: Last of the Summer Wine

A special Christmas episode.
Extra! Extra! Vampires, witches, and other ghostly figures begin to appear all over town yet nobody bats an eyelid. See today's choices.
Written by RoyClarke: Director/Producer Alan JW Bell


Compo: Bill Owen
Clegg: Peter Sallis
Foggy: Brian Wilde
Max Bernard: George Chakiris
Nora: Kathy Staff
Ivy: Jane Freeman
Edie: Thora Hird
Auntie: Jean Alexander
Marina: Jean Fergusson
Howard: Robert Fyfe
Pearl: Juliette Kaplan
Smiler: Stephen Lewis
Glenda: Sarah Thomas
Wesley: Gordon Wharmby
Barry: Mike Grady
Eli: Danny Odea

: Antiques Roadshow - the Next Generation

The annual young people's roadshow comes from the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Among the finds is a fan once owned by Queen Victoria, a 17th-century children's book, plus collections of Eagle comics, die-cast buses, Star Wars memorabilia and a valuable cow on wheels which has lost its moo. Presenter Hugh Scully is joined bySallyGrayand Roadshow experts. Producer Michele Burgess ; Executive producer
Christopher Lewis


Presenter: Hugh Scully
Producer: Michele Burgess
Producer: Christopher Lewis

: Only Fools and Horses: Time on Our Hands

Last of three new stories.

Raquel is worried about an important dinner party. Having invited her parents to chez Trotter she wonders what they will think of Del.

See today's choices.
(For cast see Friday 27 December)
See also The Only Fools and Horses Selection Box, New Year's Eve 7 pm

: Richard Wilson Way Out West

Armed with stetson, rope, chaps and a thick piece of foam rubber,
Richard Wilson fulfills a fantasywhen he heads out west to Wyoming to learn the ropes of a real hard-working cowboy. He spends two weeks on a cattle ranch before heading his own two-day cattle drive. Will he bringhis herd of 300 cattle down the mountain intact? Does he have the mettle to sit in the saddle for
12 hours at a time? And will his crooning scare off the cattle or earn him his cowboyspurs? Featuring Tom Selleck , Tammy Wynette and the Virginian. Producer Christine Hall ; Executive producer
JaneLush Stereo


Unknown: Richard Wilson
Unknown: Tom Selleck
Unknown: Tammy Wynette
Producer: Christine Hall

: News

With Peter Sissons.
Weather Bill Giles


Unknown: Peter Sissons.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: The Frank Skinner Show

Comedian Frank Skinner hosts a chat show with a festive flavour and the usual mix of stars, stand-up and sketches.
A new series of The Frank Skinner Show begins on Thursday at 10.15pm.


Presenter: Frank Skinner

: The Spirit of 66 with Alf Garnett

A comedy celebration of England's finest hour presented by, arguably,
England's finest supporter, Alf Garnett (alias Warren Mitchell ). Highlights of the legendary World Cup football final are woven together with music, archive material and personal recollections from stars of then and now, including Norman Wisdom, Tony Blair and commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Alf Garnett: Warren Mitchell
Guest: Norman Wisdom
Guest: Tony Blair
Guest: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Producer: Tina Jenkins
Executive Producer: Tony Moss

: Alfie

Comedy drama, the first of tonight's double bill starring Michael Caine.
Life and "birds" come easily to Alfie and it takes the ebullient cockney quite a while to discover what "it's" all about as he moves from one easy conquest to the next.
(1966, 15)
See Films: pages 50-72.
Funeral in Berlin follows.


Director: Lewis Gilbert
Alfie: Michael Caine
Ruby: Shelley Winters
Siddie: Millicent Martin
Gilda: Julia Foster
Annie: Jane Asher
Carla: Shirley Anne Field
Lily: Vivien Merchant
Doctor: Eleanor Bron
Abortionist: Denholm Elliott
Harry: Alfie Bass

: Funeral in Berlin

Spy drama, is tonight's second film starring Michael Caine.
British intelligence receives news that a Russian counterpart, Colonel Stok, is keen to defect to the west. Harry Palmer is sent to Berlin to meet him but matters are complicated by the intervention of an Israeli agent.
(1966, PG)
Michael Caine stars in Billion Dollar Brain tomorrow at 12.55am.
See Films: pages 50-72.


Director: Guy Hamilton
Harry Palmer: Michael Caine
Samantha Steel: Eva Renzi
Johnny Vulkan: Paul Hubschmid
Colonel Stok: Oscar Homolka
Ross: Guy Doleman
Mrs Ross: Rachel Gurney
Hallam: Hugh Burden

: Weather

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