Potsworth and Co
Animated tales with four friends and a dog.
5.50 The Toy Symphony
Animation with music by Leopold Mozart
6.40 Teletubbies Advent Calendar
The Christmas countdown ends.
Christmas in South Africa.
Fizz meets her favourite toy.
(R) (S) (W)
7.45 Scrooge Koala's Christmas
Animation. One of Santa's reindeer is lost in Australia.
8.10 Round the Twist
Pete's dreams cause him problems with Santa Claws. Written by Paul Jennings
8.35 50/50 Christmas Special
Game-show with Sally Gray.
9.05 Badjelly the Witch
A fairy story written and read by Spike Milligan. Tim and Rose hunt for their missing cow.
See Choice. (S) (W)
Children: page 19
9.35 Santa's Special Delivery
Animation. Santa Claus seeks help when people stop believing in him.
Voiced by Rik Mayall. (S)
Children: page 19
Badjelly the Witch
9.05am BBC1 Spike Milligan's imaginative tale, written for his daughter in 1973, is as weird and wonderful as you'd expect. The characters, drawn with childishly simple lines, interact with Milligan as he tells and draws the story. There's more animation at 9.35am in Santa's Special Delivery. (JR)
Music (The Toy Symphony):
Writer (Round the Twist):
Presenter (50/50 Christmas Special):
Author/Storyteller (Badjelly the Witch):
Voices (Santa's Special Delivery):
Live from All Saints parish church in Daresbury, Cheshire, birthplace of Alice creator Lewis Carroll. Producer Pamela Hossick ; Executive producer Denis Nowlan (S) (W)
Seasonal fantasy. A divorced father takes over from Santa. Director John Pasquin (1994, U)
(b) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ***
Comedy animation narrated by Robbie Williams. Robbie the Reindeer joins Santa's team.
(R) (S) (W) Children: page 19
This year's top-sellers and the Christmas number one, with ' Jamie Theakston , Sara Cox and Richard Blackwood.
Director Chris Cowey ; Producer Lee Lodge (S)
Prince Charles introduces this programme for the British Forces' Foundation, hosted on HMS
Invincible by Jim Davidson and Suzi Perry. (S) (W)
Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth. (S) (W)
Fantasy. The Borrowers, tiny people living secretly in a house. help thwart a greedy lawyer.
Director Peter Hewitt (1997, U)
(S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ★★★
the Ballad of Big Al
1991 a fossil allosaurus, nicknamed Big Al, was found in the USA. The first of two films looks at his life 145 million years ago. See Choice. (S) (W) Big Al Uncovered, is on Wednesday 27 December at 8pm on BBC1 Factual: page 22
Mel makes a decision that will change her life. See Choice.
EastEnders continues tonight at 8.50pm
Premiere. James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. During the Titanic's maiden voyage in 1912, penniless artist Jack Dawson falls for socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater. Years later, Rose relives the affair and the tragic events that followed.
(1997, 12) (S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 *****
A French and Saunders spoof of Titanic can be seen at 11.30pm
Barry Norman's Christmas plums and turkeys: page 46; The youngest Titanic survivor Millvina Dean's kind of day: page
Rose DeWitt Bukater:
Ruth DeWitt Bukater:
Captain E.J. Smith:
An uninvited guest causes mayhem at the Fowlers'. Phil's actions have a devastating effect. See Choice.
For cast see New Year's Eve and Tuesday 2 January (S) (W) Drama: page 11; Alison Graham's Soap and Flannel: page 36
Dozens of celebrities from the worlds of film, television, and pop music join Victoria Wood in a series of comic pastiches, including a Dickens saga and a documentary set on board a cruise liner. See Choice.
(S) (W) Entertainment: page 7: Victoria Wood 's questionnaire: page 31
Bloated with turkey, the family gather round the TV to enjoy the Christmas edition of Animal Hospital. See Choice.
Written by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash
Director Caroline Aherne : Producer Kenton Allen (S) Entertainment: page 8
j With George Alagiah. i Followed by Weather Sarah Wilmshurst. (S) (W) 992309 ,
Angus Deayton haunts famous personalities with clips they would rather forget. Victims embarrassed tonight include Michelle Pfeiffer , Robbie Williams , Russell Crowe , Jamie Theakston , Kirsty Young and All Saints.
Producer Samantha Peters : Executive producer Caroline Wright (S)
Joanna Lumley introduces this spoof taken from Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders's 1998 Christmas show.
Director Edgar Wright; Producer Janice Thomas (R) (S) (W)
A short Nativity play with a difference, featuring
John Thomson of Cold Feet and The Fast Show. ; Written and produced by Roger Childs ; Director Nick Copus (S) (W)
Comedy starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley. George Bush is in the White House, Frank Drebin is in Police Squad, and pollution threatens the planet.
Director David Zucker (1991, 15) (S) Films: pp 49-79 ****
Naked Gun 33K: the Final Insult is on Thursday 4 January at 10.35pm
Followed by Weatherview
Lieutenant Frank Drebin:
Dr Meinheimer/Earl Hacker:
Comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams.
Sid Boggle and Bernie Lugg take their girlfriends on a holiday. Director Gerald Thomas (1969, PG) (S) Films: pp 49-79 ★★★