Polkaroo and friends exchange presents. (R) (S)
A cloud begins to snow. (R) (S) (W)
Then Teletubbies Advent Calendar (S)
Barney has a gift. (R) (S)
The animated tale White Christmas. (R) (S)
Animation about a mouse. (S)
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)
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)
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 ****
Eric and Ernie star in a comedy show from 1977, which features Elton John. (R) (S)
The top-selling songs of 1999, plus this year's Christmas No 1. Director/Producer Chris Cowey (S)
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
Her Majesty addresses the Commonwealth. (S) (W)
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
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.
Films: pp 51-80
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)
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)
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
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.
Barry is desperate to win back his beloved Natalie.
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)
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)
With George Alagiah. Weather David Braine (S)
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
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
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)
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.
Director Peter Collinson (1969. PG) (S) (W) Caine stars in A Shock to the System at 1.30am Films: pp 51-80 ***
Followed by Weatherview
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 ***