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: Children's BBC in Lapland

Ends 10.50am.

7.00 Teletubbies Advent Calendar
(R) (S)

then Barney
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.

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.

8.50 Pocket Dragon Adventures
The dragons help the wizard wrap Christmas presents.

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)


Subject (Generation X): Natalie Casey
Subject (Generation X): Barry Casey
Presenter (Blue Peter): Simon Thomas
Presenter (Blue Peter): Konnie Huq

: Morning Service from Sandringham

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
(S) (W)


Presenter: Nicholas Witchell
Producer: John Kirby

: BBC News; Weather

Regional News (S) (W)

: Are You Being Served?

The Hold-Up. Thieves who break into Grace Brothers reckon without the first floor staff.
Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft
(R) (S)


Written By: Jeremy Lloyd
Written By: David Croft

: Castaway Christmas Diary

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

: Morecambe and Wise

A Christmas special from Eric and Ernie, with guests Robin Day, Pan's People, Diana Rigg and Des O'Connor.
(R) (S)


Unknown: Robin Day
Unknown: Diana Rigg
Unknown: Des O'Connor.

: EastEnders

Omnibus edition. (S) (W)

: Casper

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 ★★★★


Unknown: Malachi Pearson
Director: Brad Silberling
Kat Harvey: Christina Ricci
Dr James Harvey: Bill Pullman
Carrigan Crittenden: Cathy Moriarty
Dibs: Eric Idle

: BBC News and Weather

(S) (W)

: Regional News

: Charlotte Church - Christmas in the Holy Land

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)


Producer: Andy Geffen
Editor: Hugh Faupel

: Lorna Doone

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


Author: R.D. Blackmore
Dramatised by: Adrian Hodges
Producer: Deirdre Keir
Director: Mike Barker
Lorna Doone: Amelia Warner
John Ridd: Richard Coyle
Carver Doone: Aidan Gillen
Jeremy Stickles: Martin Clunes
Sir Ensor Doone: Peter Vaughan
Sarah Ridd: Barbara Flynn
Baron de Whichehalse: Martin Jarvis
Judge Jeffreys: Michael Kitchen
Counsellor Doone: Anton Lesser
Uncle Reuben: Jack Shepherd
Tom Faggus: Anthony Calf
Marwood de Whichehalse: Jesse Spencer
Lizzie Ridd: Joanne Froggatt
Annie Ridd: Honeysuckle Weeks
Ruth Huckaback: Rebecca Callard
Betty Muxworthy: Ruth Sheen
Gwenny Fairfax: Helen Coker

: Christmas Holiday Swaps

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


Introduces: Carol Smillie
Producer: Richard Pearson
Producer: Mark Hill

: Auntie's Sparkling Bloomers

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)


Introduces: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Brian Blessed
Unknown: Caroline Quentin
Unknown: Jerome Flynn
Unknown: Martin Kemp.
Director: Ben Kellett
Producer: Clare Ragsdale

: Independence Day

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 ****


Unknown: Will Smith
Unknown: Bill Pullman
Unknown: Jeff Goldblum.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Captain Steve Hiller: Will Smith
President Whitmore: Bill Pullman
David Levinson: Jeff Goldblum
Marilyn Whitmore: Mary McDonnell
Julius Levinson: Judd Hirsch
General William Grey: Robert Loggia
Russell Casse: Randy Quaid
Constance Spano: Margaret Colin
Albert Nimziki: James Rebhom
Marty Gilbert: Harvey Fierstein

: They Think It's All Over

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


Unknown: Nick Hancock
Unknown: David Gower
Unknown: Gary Lineker
Unknown: Jonathan Ross
Unknown: Rory McGrath
Unknown: Frank Bruno
Unknown: Omid Djalili
Unknown: Gail Porter.
Director: Ian Lorimer
Producer: Harry Thompson

: BBC News

With Fiona Bruce. Weather David Braine. (S) (W)


Unknown: Fiona Bruce.
Unknown: David Braine.

: First Communion of Christmas

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)


Unknown: Dominic Fenton
Unknown: Dr Wesley Carr.
Producer: Steven Benson

: Carry On Again Doctor

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 ****


Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Jim Dale
Unknown: Sidney James.
Director: Gerald Thomas

: BBC News 24

Ends 5.45am.

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