7.00 Teletubbies Advent Calendar (R) (S)
Barney surprises Mr Prophet with a very special Christmas present. (R) (S)
7.05 Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Arthur is worried that Christmas will be a disappointment. (S)
8.00 Tweenies Top of the Pops Special
The Tweenies become pop stars for a day, as they perform before an audience of children, singing about their favourite things.
Top of the Pops is on Christmas Day at 1.10pm (S) (W)
Children: page 18
8.25 Christmas in Gaudinia
When the Christmas Star is stolen by a witch, three chimney sweeps endeavour to save the day. (S)
8.50 Pocket Dragon Adventures
The dragons help the wizard wrap Christmas presents. (S)
9.05 The Queen's Nose
Last in the series.
Social Services assess the foster home application. (S) (W)
9.30 Big Kids
Last in the series. Mum refuses to have an injection.
(R) (S) (W)
9.55 Generation X
In the last of the series actress Natalie Casey shares childhood stories with her dad Barry. (S) (W)
10.20 Blue Peter
Simon Thomas tells the story of the first Christmas crib and Konnie Huq has decoration suggestions.
Shown last Friday
Blue Peter Selection Box is on Wed 27 at 5.10pm (S) (W)
Contributor ("Generation X"):
Presenter ("Blue Peter"):
Presenter ("Blue Peter"):
Live Christmas Eve service from Norfolk in the parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, attended by the Queen and members of the royal family with sermons from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey.
Nicholas Witchell sets the scene. See Choice.
Director/Producer John Kirby
The Hold-Up. Thieves who break into Grace Brothers reckon without the first floor staff.
Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
With just a week to go in their year as castaways, Christmas preparations are in full swing on Taransay. But will they cope without traditional festive fare? (S) (W) Factual: page 23
A Christmas special from Eric and Ernie, with guests
Robin Day , Pan's People, Diana Rigg i and Des O'Connor. (R) (S)
Comedy. A wicked heiress hires a specialist on ghosts to rid the haunted house she has inherited of its ghouls, but one of the ghosts strikes up a friendship with the doctor's daughter.
Casper Malachi Pearson (voice only) Director Brad Silberling (1995, PG)
(S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ★★★★
Dr James Harvey:
In this Songs of Praise special Charlotte Church travels in search of places connected to the Christmas story. She visits Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, which is built on the site where it is believed Jesus was born. She also performs 0 Come All Ye Faithful, 0 Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. See Choice.
Producer Andy Geffen ; Editor Hugh Faupel (S) (W)
The first of a two-part drama based on the classic novel by RD Blackmore and starring Aidan Gillen , Amelia Warner ,
Richard Coyle and Martin Clunes. Lorna Doone is betrothed to her cousin Carver. However, she falls for farmer John Ridd , whose father was killed by the Doones. Concludes on Boxing Day at 7.00pm. See Choice.
for more cast see Boxing Day (S) (W) Drama: page 10
Sir Ensor Doone:
Baron de Whichehalse:
Marwood de Whichehalse:
In this one-off special Carol Smillie introduces two families not only willing to trade holiday habits but also to spend Christmas away from home for the first time. The
Alpine-loving Hopkins family are sent to Florida, while the sun-worshipping Pollendine family are given a break in the French Alps. A new series is planned for the new year.
Producer Richard Pearson ; Executive producer Mark Hill (S) (W) FOR FURTHER DETAILS: see Ceefax, page 625: write to Holiday Swaps, PO Box 791. Bristol. BS99 1DD
Terry Wogan introduces a selection of seasonal TV howlers from the cutting room, featuring Brian Blessed , Caroline Quentin , Jerome Flynn and Martin Kemp.
Director Ben Kellett ; Producer Clare Ragsdale (S)
Sci-fi blockbuster starring Will Smith , Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. When alien spaceships take up positions above major cities, their intentions are not clear until a cable-TV boffin discovers a sinister signal emanating from the aliens.
Director Roland Emmerich (1996, 12) (S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ****
Captain Steve Hiller:
General William Grey:
Nick Hancock hosts the sports quiz. Captains David Gower and Gary Lineker are joined by Jonathan Ross , Rory McGrath , Frank Bruno , comedian Omid Djalili and Gail Porter.
Director Ian Lorimer ; Producer Harry Thompson (S) (W) Repeated on Saturday 30 December at 11.40pm
With Fiona Bruce. Weather David Braine. (S) (W)
The traditional Christmas service comes live from
Westminster Abbey. The celebrant is the Precentor, the Rev Dominic Fenton and preacher the Dean, the Very Rev Dr Wesley Carr. With hymns 0 Come All Ye Faithful, 0 Little Town of Bethlehem and In the Bleak Mid-winter.
Producer Steven Benson (W)
Followed by Weatherview (W)
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams , Jim Dale and Sidney James. Dr Nookey's behaviour gets him posted to a South
Sea island where he senses a money-making opportunity. Director Gerald Thomas (1969, PG) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 ****