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: Faces of Islam

Shown at 12.30am

: BBC News 24

Ends 7.00am

: BBC News

Regional News; Weather (S)


Ends 10.45
Teletubbies Christmas Carols. Some children sing carols. (R) (S)
Then Teletubbies Advent Calendar (S)

: Santa and the Tooth Fairies

Animation. (R)(S)

: A Monster Christmas

A small boy helps Santa. (R)(S)

: Rugrats

Cartoon fun with the mischievous toddlers. (R)

: Smart

Art and craft ideas.
Shown yesterday 4.35pm (S)

: The Mask

Stanley undergoes a festive transformation. (R) (S)

: Goosebumps

Two boys try to scare their classmate. (R) (S)

: Gadget Boy

Spydra tries to eliminate Christmas. (R)(S)

: Tweenies: Christmas Eve

The Tweenies hope for a visit from Father Christmas. (S) (W)

: Santa Claus

Festive comedy starring Dudley Moore. Patch, one of Santa's elves, creates havoc with the Christmas preparations at the North Pole then heads for New York. There he teams up with a toy manufacturer to develop a fantastic new brand of candy. Director Jeannot Szwarc (1985. U)
(S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 **


Unknown: Dudley Moore.
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

: BBC News

Regional News; Weather (S)

: Unlikely Angel

Comic fantasy, starring Dolly Parton. A small-time singer who meets an untimely death is refused entry into heaven until she has proved her worth on Earth. Director Michael Switzer (1996) (S) Films: pp 51-80**??


Unknown: Dolly Parton.
Director: Michael Switzer

: The Wind in the Willows

Terry Jones 's film version of the classic children's novel. Mole and Rat are alarmed to hear theirfriend Toad is selling his property to some weasels to pay for a new passion: motor cars.
(1996. U) (S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 ***


Unknown: Terry Jones
Mole: Steve Coogan
Rat: Eric Idle
Toad: Terry Jones
Chief Weasel: Antony Sher
Badger: Nicol Williamson

: Blue Peter

Simon goes on the trail of the Nativity story in Nazareth and Bethlehem, while Matt offers last minute ideas for festive decorations. (S)(W)

: The Greatest Store in the World

A family drama for Christmas. Suddenly made homeless three days before Christmas, Geraldine and her two daughters seek refuge in Scottleys department store. See Choice.
Adapted by Alex Shearer from his novel Producer Gillian Gordon
Director Jane Prowse (S) (W) Family: page 15


Adapted By: Alex Shearer
Producer: Gillian Gordon
Director: Jane Prowse
Geraldine: Detvla Kirwan
Liwy: Elizabeth Earl
Angeline: Holly Earl
MrWhiskers: Peter Capaldi
Santa: Ricky Tomlinson
Elf: Sean Hughes
Mr Scottley: Brian Blessed
Miss Greystone: Helen Schlesinger
WPC Mathley: Amanda Symonds
MrNorris: Philip Wright
Scrooge: Kelly Knatchbull

: Only Fools and Horses

The 1981 Christmas special.
The First Christmas. Bored with spending Christmas at home with Grandad, Del and Rodney head out for a night on the town. Written by John Sullivan (R) (S)


Written By: John Sullivan

: Jim Davidson's Christmas Generation Game

A festive edition of the light-hearted game show, including a challenge to complete the Royal Marines' arctic assault course and a cavalcade of guests including Rick Wakeman , Lawrence Dallaglio , Kathy Staff , Stephen Lewis and John Virgo. Hosted by Jim Davidson with Melanie Stace.
Director Duncan Cooper ; Producer Sue Andrew (S) (W)


Unknown: Rick Wakeman
Unknown: Lawrence Dallaglio
Unknown: Kathy Staff
Unknown: Stephen Lewis
Unknown: John Virgo.
Unknown: Jim Davidson
Unknown: Melanie Stace.
Director: Duncan Cooper
Producer: Sue Andrew

: BBC News

With Fiona Bruce. Regional News
Weather with David Braine (S)


Unknown: Fiona Bruce.
Unknown: David Braine

: Children's Promise: the Man in the Golden Suit

Tonight's look at the millennium appeal. (S)(W)

: Boyzone at the National Lottery Stars

Ronan Keating and Boyzone sing some of their best-known songs on Dale Winton 's lottery draw show.
Director Richard Valentine ; Producer Peter Estall (S) (W)


Unknown: Dale Winton
Director: Richard Valentine
Producer: Peter Estall

: EastEnders

The new owner of the Vic keeps things quiet, while Gianni gives Jackie his own surprise. Irene confesses to Rosa.
For cast see Tuesday 21 and 28 (S) (W)

: Airport

In a special Christmas edition, Jeremy Spake takes up the auctioneer's hammer to sell off airlines' lost luggage for charity, and animal health officer Stuart Kingjostles with the press pack when a dog rescued by a soldier in Kosovo arrives at Heathrow to begin a new life in Britain.
Producer Fiona Kenneth ; Series producer David Russell (S) (W)


Unknown: Jeremy Spake
Unknown: Stuart Kingjostles
Producer: Fiona Kenneth
Producer: David Russell

: Dinnerladies: Christmas

It is Christmas Eve, and all is not well in the canteen. Bren has blown it with Tony, and Petula's hopes of a family Christmas are thwarted by Twinkle and Stan. Could things get any worse?

See Choice.
(Next episode on Thursday 30) (S)

Followed by National Lottery Update

: The Vicar of Dibley: Autumn

The first of four seasonal episodes of the rural comedy. David's brother Simon returns to Dibley. But is he back to light up Geraldine's life - or break her heart? Continues tomorrow at 9pm. See Choice.
Written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer; Producers Margot Gavan Duffy and Jon Plowman; Director Gareth Carrivick (S) (W) Comedy: page 6


Written by: Richard Curtis
Written by: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Producer: Margot Gavan
Producer: Jon Plowman
Director: Gareth Carrivick
Geraldine Grainger: Dawn French
David Horton: Gary Waldhorn
Hugo Horton: James Fleet
Alice Horton: Emma Chambers
Frank Pickle: John Bluthal
Jim Trott: Trevor Peacock
Owen Newitt: Roger Lloyd Pack
Simon Horton: Clive Mantle
Vet: Charles Pemberton
WomanatNativity: Linda Beckett
Bishop of Mulberry: Richard Griffiths
Miss Carr: Nina Wadia
Pianist: Les Pearson
Cellist: Melissa Phelps

: BBC News

With Fiona Bruce. Regional News
Weather with Michael Fish (S)


Unknown: Fiona Bruce.

: Winton's Wonderland

A light-hearted nostalgic voyage through the last 40 years of festive music, celebrities and commercials in the company of Dale Winton , with his guests Anne Robinson , David Seaman , Culture Club and Steps.
Director Geoff Miles ; Producer Helen Tumbridge (S) (W)


Unknown: Dale Winton
Unknown: Anne Robinson
Unknown: David Seaman
Director: Geoff Miles
Producer: Helen Tumbridge

: The First Communion of Christmas

A live broadcast from Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, where worshippers gather for a traditional celebration of the first communion of Christmas, led by the Rt Rev James Jones , Bishop of Liverpool.
Producer John Kirby (W) .
Followed by Weatherview


Unknown: James Jones
Producer: John Kirby

: Doctor in the House

Comedy starring Dirk Bogarde. Medical student
Simon Sparrow faces five hectic years at St Swithin's Hospital under the stern eye of irascible Sir Lancelot Spratt.
Director Ralph Thomas (1954, U) (S)
Rims: pp 51-80 ****


Unknown: Dirk Bogarde.
Unknown: Simon Sparrow
Unknown: Sir Lancelot Spratt.
Director: Ralph Thomas
Simon Sparrow: Dirk Bogarde
Joy: Muriel Pavlow
Grimsdyke: Kenneth More
Benskin: Donald Sinden
Isobel: Kay Kendall
Sir Lancelot James: Robertson Justice

: BBC News 24

Ends 7.00am

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