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: Children's BBC

6.00 Christopher the Christmas Tree

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

6.50 The Legend of Prince Valiant
(Repeat) (Stereo)

7.15 Eek! the Cat

7.35 Free Willy

8.00 A Monster Christmas
(Repeat) (Stereo)

8.30 The Demon Headmaster Takes Over TV
A panto with an all-star cast.
Written by Chris Jarvis (Stereo)

9.20 Casper

9.40 Teletubbies
Christmas Carols
Po: People, page 17


Writer ("The Demon Headmaster Takes Over TV"): Chris Jarvis

: Christmas at the Castle

Fern Britton celebrates Christmas at York's Castle Museum, with Archbishop of York Dr David Hope, David Bellamy, Gary Barlow, Adiemus and York Minster choir. Producer John Forrest.
See Family: page 12


Presenter: Fern Britton
Guest: Dr David Hope, Archbishop of York
Guest: David Bellamy
Guest: Gary Barlow
Musicians: Adiemus
Singers: York Minster Choir
Producer: John Forrest

: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Fantasy, based on a novel by Roald Dahl, starring Gene Wilder
For young Charlie Bucket a dream comes true: he wins a lifetime's supply of chocolate, plus a tour of eccentric sweet tycoon Willy Wonka's factory.
(1971, U)
See Films: pages 43-76


Based on a novel by: Roald Dahl
Director: Mel Stuart
Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder

: Peter and the Wolf

The Royal Ballet school's production of Prokofiev's orchestral fairy tale, narrated by Anthony Dowell. With the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Stereo Peter DAVID JOHNSON. Bird LAYLA HARRISON, Duck KARAN LINGHAM. Wolf MARTIN HARVEY


Unknown: Anthony Dowell.
Unknown: Peter David Johnson.
Unknown: Duck Karan Lingham.
Unknown: Wolf Martin Harvey

: Top of the Pops

The stars and the top-selling songs of the year, introduced by Jayne Middlemiss, Zoe Ball and Jo Whiley.
Director Phil Chilvers Producer Chris Cowey
Repeated on Saturday 27 December at 1.15am


Presenter: Jayne Middlemiss
Presenter: Zoe Ball
Presenter: Jo Whiley
Director: Phil Chilvers
Producer: Chris Cowey

: The Two Ronnies Christmas Show

A seasonal selection of classic sketches and songs featuring the talents of comic duo Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
With guest David Essex.


Comedian: Ronnie Barker
Comedian: Ronnie Corbett
Singer: David Essex

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the Commonwealth.
♦ The Queen: People, page 14

: Noel's Christmas Presents

A boy meets Star Wars creator George Lucas ; a scout leader visits the African home of Baden-Powel and a wish to see elephants in their natural habitat becomes a reality. Noel Edmonds brings more surprises to deserving people. Director Ben Kellett : Producer Guy Freeman
♦ See Family: page 12


Unknown: George Lucas
Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Director: Ben Kellett
Producer: Guy Freeman

: The Flintstones

Comedy starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins
Helped by his friend Barney Rubble, Fred Flintstone wins promotion at the quarry where they work. But Fred soon discovers that he has been tricked.
(1994, U)
See Films: pages 43-76 **


Director: Brian Levant
Fred Flintstone: John Goodman
Wilma Flintstone: Elizabeth Perkins
Barney Rubble: Rick Moranis
Betty Rubble: Rosie O'Donnell
Cliff Vandercave: Kyle MacLachlan
Miss Stone: Halle Berry
Pearl Slaghoople: Elizabeth Taylor

: Animal Hospital

Rolf Harris, Shauna Lowry and Steve Knight are joined by friends old and new at the RSPCA's Harmsworth hospital this Christmas. Last in the series.
See today's choices.
See Factual: page 11


Presenter: Rolf Harris
Presenter: Shauna Lowry
Presenter: Steve Knight
Series producer: Helen Thomas
Executive producer: Sarah Hargreaves

: Auntie's New Festive Bloomers

Terry Wogan presents clips that the stars hoped would never be shown. Including out-takes from Tom Jones, I'm Alan Partridge, Can't Cook Won't Cook, Blue Peter, EastEnders and Men Behaving Badly.
See also Auntie's New Winter Bloomers on Monday 29 December at 8.30pm
(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Presenter: Terry Wogan
Director: Gareth Carrivick
Producer: Tom Webber

: News

With Justin Webb.
Weather Peter Cockroft.


Newsreader: Justin Webb
Weather presenter: Peter Cockroft

: The Mask

Comedy starring
Jim Carrey , Cameron Diaz
Shy bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss discovers an ancient mask which has the power to transform him into a lime green cartoon character in a zoot suit.
Director Charles Russell (1994. PG)
♦ See Films: pp 43-76 *****
Followed by A Perfect Day for Christmas


Director: Charles Russell
Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask: Jim Carrey
Tina Carlyle: Cameron Diaz
Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway: Peter Riegert
Dorian: Peter Greene
Peggy Brandt: Amy Yasbeck
Charlie Schumaker: Richard Jeni
Niko: Orestes Matacena

: EastEnders

Tony learns Terry and Irene's secret. Will Phil regret his behaviour?
See today's choices.
For cast see Tuesday 23 December
Two-part omnibus edition on Sunday 28
December Stereo
* See Drama: page 9

: One Foot in the Grave: Endgame

Victor's plans for a quiet autumn break in the West Country have an eerie and utterly terrifying conclusion.
See today's choices.
See Comedy: page 5


Writer: David Renwick
Director: Christine Gernon
Producer: Esta Charkham
Victor Meldrew: Richard Wilson
Margaret Meldrew: Annette Crosbie
Derek McVitie: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Betty McVitie: Marian McLoughlin
Nick Swainey: Owen Brenman
Mrs Kahn: Usha Patel
Mr Kahn: Arif Hussein
DI Rickles: Norman Eshley
Archie: Ian Redford
Dr Clarke: Christopher Robbie

: News

With Anna Ford. Weather
PeterCockroft Subtitled ...


Unknown: Anna Ford.

: Men Behaving Badly

Christmas Day in Gary and Tony's flat: a day spent lying in front of the telly in a self-induced coma.
See today's choices.


Writer: Simon Nye
Director: Martin Dennis
Producer: Beryl Vertue
Gary: Martin Clunes
Tony: Neil Morrissey
Deborah: Leslie Ash
Dorothy: Caroline Quentin
Ken: John Thomson
George: Ian Lindsay
Anthea: Valerie Minifie

: They Think It's All Over

Nick Hancock hosts the irreverent sports quiz.
David Gower. Gary Lineker, Lee Hurst and Rory McGrath are joined by Sooty and Matthew Corbett, and footballer Graeme Le Saux.
Director Ian Lorimer; Producer Harry Thompson Repeated Saturday 27 December at 11.05pm Stereo Subtitled


Host: Nick Hancock
Team Captain: David Gower
Team Captain: Gary Lineker
Guest: Lee Hurst
Guest: Rory McGrath
Guest: Matthew Corbett
Guest: Graeme Le Saux
Director: Ian Lorimer
Producer: Harry Thompson

: I Hate Christmas Too!

A contemporary Christmas fable, featuring Samuel West and Peter Capaldi.
Producer Nick Stillwell ; Executive producer Chris Loughlin Stereo..............


Unknown: Samuel West
Unknown: Peter Capaldi
Producer: Nick Stillwell
Executive Producer: Chris Loughlin

: Airplane!

Disaster movie spoof, starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
An eccentric collection of passengers and crew set off from Los Angeles on a flight bound for Chicago. However disaster looms when the pilots fall sick with food poisoning.
(1980, PG)
See Films: pp 43-76 *****


Director: Jim Abrahams
Director: David Zucker
Director: Jerry Zucker
Ted Striker: Robert Hays
Elaine Dickinson: Julie Hagerty
Dr Rumack: Leslie Nielsen
McCroskey: Lloyd Bridges
Rex Kramer: Robert Stack
Roger Murdock: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Captain Oveur: Peter Graves

: Carry On Loving

Comedy starring
Sidney James
Kenneth Williams
Charles Hawtrey
The path to true love proves to be a rocky one for cl ients of the Wedded Bliss Marriage Bureau. Sidney Bliss SIDNEY JAMES , Percival Snooper KENNETH WILLIAMS , James Bedsop CHARLES HAWTREY , Esme Crowfoot JOAN SIMS , Sophie HATTIE
Director Gerald Thomas (1970, PG)
* See Films: pages 43-76 **
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Joan Sims
Unknown: Sophie Hattie
Unknown: Terry Scott
Director: Gerald Thomas

: BBC News 24

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