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: Polka Dot Shorts

Ends 10am
Polkaroo and friends exchange presents. (R) (S)

: Teletubbies: Snowy Story

A cloud begins to snow. (R) (S) (W)

Then Teletubbies Advent Calendar (S)

: Barney's Christmas Surprise

Barney has a gift. (R) (S)

: Christmas Toons

The animated tale White Christmas. (R) (S)

: The True Meaning of Crumbfest

Animation about a mouse. (S)

: Blue Peter - a Christmas Box of Delights

Highlights. (S) (W)

: Live and Kicking's Christmas Cracker

Featuring Irish heart-throbs Westlife and Jesse Spencer from Neighbours. Plus seasonal silliness from the Leprechauns and Mr Blobby , as well as cartoon Rugrats. With Emma Ledden and Steve Wilson. (S)


Guests: Westlife
Guest: Jesse Spencer
Presenter: Emma Ledden
Presenter: Steve Wilson

: Christmas Day Service- Joy to the World

Diane Louise Jordan joins gospel choirs and musicians for a live broadcast from a church celebrating Christ's birth. Carols include Angels from the Realms of Glory and Joy to the World.
Producer Diane Reid (S) (W)


Unknown: Diane Louise Jordan
Producer: Diane Reid

: James and the Giant Peach

Animated fantasy adventure, with live-action sequences. When James's parents are killed, he is sent to live with his mean-spirited aunts, who make his life miserable. But then he receives a magical gift.
Director Henry Selick (1996, U) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ****


Director: Henry Selick

: The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

Eric and Ernie star in a comedy show from 1977, which features Elton John. (R) (S)


Unknown: Elton John

: Christmas Top of the Pops

The top-selling songs of 1999, plus this year's Christmas No 1. Director/Producer Chris Cowey (S)


Producer: Chris Cowey

: Hooves of Fire

Comedy animation. Robbie the Reindeer arrives at the North Pole confident that he will win a place on Santa's superfit sleigh team. Narrated by Robbie Williams. See Choice. Repeated Monday 2712 noon (S) (W) Family: page 14


Unknown: Robbie Williams.

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the Commonwealth. (S) (W)

: Noel's Christmas Presents

Noel Edmonds returns for the 11th year to surprise deserving people with special presents. He helps people fulfil their ambitions to scuba-dive in the Seychelles and go halibut-fishing in British Columbia. In the UK, he presents a racing wheelchair bike to a girl so she can enter charity marathons. (S) (W) Deja View with Mark Lewisohn : p29


Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Unknown: Mark Lewisohn

: Jumanji

Fantasy adventure starring Robin Williams.
In 1969, youngster Alan Parrish gets trapped in the strange jungle world of a magical board game he unearthed on a building site. Twenty-six years later, two more children discover the game.
(1995, PG)
Films: pp 51-80


Director: Joe Johnston
Alan Parrish: Robin Williams

: EastEnders

First of today's two editions. Grant's Christmas present gives
Phil an opportunity to make things up with his mum, but has he got other ideas? Second edition 8.30pm. (S) (W)

: Auntie's Cracking New Bloomers

A bumper bundle of TV bloomers from shows such as Real Women and Birds of a Feather, unwrapped by Terry Wogan. Director Ben Kellett ; Producers Clare Ragsdale and Tom Webber (S)


Unknown: Terry Wogan.
Director: Ben Kellett
Producers: Clare Ragsdale
Producers: Tom Webber

: David Copperfield

First in a two-part dramatisation of Charles Dickens's novel. David's early life is idyllic but then his mother marries brutal Murdstone. Concludes tomorrow at 6.25pm. See Choice. (S) (W) Drama: page 8

Drama: David Copperfield 7.00pm BBC1
Dickens's favourite of his own novels comes to the screen in a vivid and powerful two-part dramatisation packed with stars. Each successive twist in the fortunes of young David brings a familiar face, from Pauline Quirke's homely maid and Trevor Eve's heartless stepfather, to Ian McKellen's whispering schoolmaster and Dawn French's wheezing landlady. Largely faithful to the original, this opening instalment follows Copperfield's upbringing to adulthood. A sense of foreboding hangs over the young hero's sombre childhood, but Bob Hoskins's Micawber and Maggie Smith's magnificently eccentric Betsey Trotwood bring with them delightful comic touches as the story develops.
Concludes tomorrow. GE
See page 8.


Author: Charles Dickens
Dramatised by: Adrian Hodges
Producer: Kate Harwood
Director: Simon Curtis
Young David: Daniel Radcliffe
David Copperfield: Ciaran McMenamin
Clara: Emilia Fox
Peggotty: Pauline Quirke
Barkis: Michael Elphick
Betsey Trotwood: Maggie Smith
Mr Murdstone: Trevor Eve
Miss Murdstone: Zoe Wanamaker
Creakle: Ian McKellen
Mr Micawber: Bob Hoskins
Mrs Micawber: Imelda Staunton
Pawnbroker: Paul Whitehouse
Mr Dick: Ian McNeice
Uriah Heep: Nicholas Lyndhurst
Mrs Crupp: Dawn French
Dan Peggotty: Alun Armstrong
Wickfield: Oliver Ford Davies
Spenlow: James Grout
Tungay: Karl Johnson
Ham Peggotty: James Thornton
Dora: Joanna Page
Agnes: Amanda Ryan
Little Emily: Laura Harling
Young Agnes: Antonia Corrigan
Mrs Gummidge: Patsy Byrne
Emily: Aislin McGuckin
Steerforth: Oliver Milburn
Mrs Steerforth: Cherie Lunghi
Mrs Heep: Thelma Barlow
Rosa Dartle: Clare Holman
Littimer: Kenneth MacDonald

: EastEnders

Barry is desperate to win back his beloved Natalie.
(S) (W)

: The Vicar of Dibley

Winter. Alice solves the problem of the Christmas show by proposing that she and Hugo play Mary and Joseph in a Nativity play. Continues on Monday 27 at 9pm.
For cast see Christmas Eve (S) (W)

: Before They Were Famous

The show that sets out to embarrass celebrities returns and preys on the likes of Julian Clary , Robson Green , Celine Dion , Jonathan Ross , George Clooney and Ricky Martin.
Producer Samantha Peters ; Executive producer Caroline Wright (S)


Unknown: Julian Clary
Unknown: Robson Green
Unknown: Celine Dion
Unknown: Jonathan Ross
Unknown: George Clooney
Unknown: Ricky Martin.
Producer: Samantha Peters
Producer: Caroline Wright

: BBC News

With George Alagiah. Weather David Braine (S)


Unknown: George Alagiah.
Unknown: David Braine

: The Royle Family

The family gathers to celebrate Christmas. See Choice.
Written by Caroline Aheme. Craig Cash. Carmel Morgan: Director Steve Bendelack Producer Kenton Allen Repeated tomorrow 10.10pm BBC2 (S) Comedy: page 6; John Peel : page 29


Written By: Caroline Aherne.
Written By: Craig Cash.
Director: Steve Bendelack
Producer: Kenton Allen
Unknown: John Peel
Denise Best: Caroline Aherne
Dave Best: Craig Cash
Jim Royle: Ricky Tomlinson
Barbara Royle: Sue Johnston
Antony Royle: Ralf Little
Norma Speakman: Liz Smith

: They Think It's All Over

Comedy sports quiz. Hosted by Nick Hancock with panellists David Gower , Gary Lineker , Rory McGrath and Jonathan Ross. Director Ian Lorimer ; Producer Harry Thompson (S) (W)
Repeated on Tuesday 28 at 11.50pm


Unknown: Nick Hancock
Unknown: David Gower
Unknown: Gary Lineker
Unknown: Rory McGrath
Unknown: Jonathan Ross.
Director: Ian Lorimer
Producer: Harry Thompson

: Rumours of Angels

Thora Hird and Tony Robinson team up as star and writer of an alternative telling of the Christmas story.
Producer Graham Judd ; Director Tristram Powell (S) (W)


Unknown: Thora Hird
Unknown: Tony Robinson
Producer: Graham Judd
Director: Tristram Powell

: The Italian Job

Comedy caper, showing as a 30th anniversary celebration of its release, continues the season of films starring Michael Caine.
Just out of jail, Charlie Croker "inherits" plans for a $4 million gold heist in Italy. But he faces problems.
(1969, PG) (S) (W)
Caine stars in A Shock to the System at 1.30am
Films: pp 51-80 ***

Followed by Weatherview


Director: Peter Collinson
Charlie Croker: Michael Caine

: A Shock to the System

Black comedy, concludes the Michael Caine season.
Graham Marshall hits upon a devious path to success.
Director Jan Egleson (1990.15) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ***


Unknown: Michael Caine
Unknown: Graham Marshall
Director: Jan Egleson

: BBC News 24

Ends 6.00am

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