Ends 12.10pm Cartoon fun with the zany animals. (R)
Live-action adventures. (R)
The team get stranded in a haunted house. (R)
At the Races
Fred and Barney go gambling at the dinosaur track. (R)
'Twas the Night before Mxymas. An evil imp creates misery in Metropolis on Christmas Eve. (R) (S)
Dropping in to the studio this morning are the stars of Holby City (Thursdays at 8pm), Goodness Gracious Me actress Meera Syal, and ballerina Darcey Bussell, who takes viewers' calls. Plus music from Youngstown and Lolly, more mayhem with the Leprechauns and Mr Blobby, and cartoon fun with Rugrats.
Presented by Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden. See Choice.
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BBC Live and Kicking magazine: available from retailers
Introduced by Steve Rider.
12.20 Football Focus Ray Stubbs with the latest Premiership news and reflections on the past week's cup and league action.
1.20, 1.55, 2.20 Racing The
Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the biggest race of the National Hunt season to date, is the highlight of a three-race card from Newbury. The top-class field gets underway at 2.35pm. Other featured races are the 1.30 and the 2.00.
Commentary by Jim McGrath , Clare Balding , Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore.
1.40 Olympic Magazine Michael Peschardt reports from the Gold Coast camp in Queensland, where members of the British
Paralympic team are preparing for next year's Games. Plus triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards and decathlete Dean Maceyon the benefits of training at home.
2.1D, 2.55, 3.55 European Cup Rugby Coverage of this week's action begins at 2.10 with highlights of last night's Pool Three clash between Ulster and Wasps. Leicester v Stade Francals
From 2.55, live coverage from Welford Road (kickoff 3.05pm) of this Pool One encounter that sees the English champions take on their counterparts from across the Channel. Commentary is by Nigel Starmer-Smith .
2.45 Around the Grounds Latest
Premiership team news.
3.45 Football Half Times Updates.
4.40 Final Score The day's news and results, plus soccer reports. Producer Sharon Lence
Editor Carl Hicks (W)
Good Staff Are Hard to Find
Cafe Rene seeks a new waitress.
Written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd
Family couples attempt unusual challenges, and Jim Davidson performs a duet with his son Cameron.
Director Duncan Cooper ; Producer Sue Andrew (S) (W)
The weekend lottery show features music from Elton John (who duets with Mary J Blige ) and Jamiroquai, plus the big draw. Presented by Lulu and Terry Aiderton.
Director Simon Staffurth ; Producer Jon Rowlands (S) (W) Deja view: where have we seen Lulu before? page 15
Looking After Number One. Duffy decides it's time to confront Max about their affair. See Choice.
Written by Nick Saltrese
Producer Tim Bradley ; Director Roberto Bangura (S) (W)
Followed by National Lottery Update
A new six-part drama series about a maverick sleuth. The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish. A couple's lives are dramatically transformed afterthe husband enters into a pact with the devil. See Choice.
Written by David Renwick
Producer Verity Lambert ; Director Keith Washington (S) (W)
Return of Victoria Wood 's comedy set in a factory canteen. Catering. Things do not go according to plan when Bren takes the work-experience girl under her wing.
Shown last Thursday (S)
With George Alagiah.
Weather Penny Tranter (S)
FA Premiership action including highlights from the derby between Coventry and Leicester. Commentary is by Jon Champion , John Motson and Simon Brotherton , with Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson. Introduced by Gary Lineker. Producer Paul McNamara ; Executive editor Niall Sloane
Repeated tomorrow at 7.50am (S) Alan Hansen on Leicester City: page 54
Nick Hancock pairs up with Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson to try to help a team of sporting no-hopers.
Producer Ben Southwell ; Executive producer Mark Hill (R) (S)
Kevin Day, Lucy Porter and Andrew Maxwell join
Tommy Tiernan on the comedy showcase. Contains swearing.
Director Becky Martin ; Producer Karen Rosie
Followed by Weathervlew
The magazine focuses on training methods at home and abroad. First shown earlier today in Grandstand.
Drama starring John Travolta. In fifties rural America, the teenage residents of a boys' home are stirred by the arrival of a music teacher and the strict warden's daughter. Director Jeffrey Hornaday (1991, 15) (S) Films: pp 74-79 **
Shown yesterday on BBC2 (S)