** Animated adventure. When his grandfather falls ill, Littlefoot travels to the dangerous Land of Mists to find the golden petals of the night flower that could save his life. Review page 40. (1996, U) (S)
Tweenies: Christmas Countdown: Day 24 of the calendar. (S) (W)
Then Chucklevision: Lollipop men Paul and Barry disguise themselves as old ladies in order to retrieve their stolen lollipop. (R) (S) (W)
7.20 Gadget Boy: It's Gadget Boy to the rescue when Spydra threatens to stop Christmas existing. (R) (S)
7.45 Rugrats: Even when Susie has her tonsils out in hospital, Angelica still can't be nice. (R) (S)
8.10 Blue Peter - a Rock 'n' Roll Christmas: The team get into the festive spirit with a pantomime rock 'n' roll extravaganza set in 1958. Shown last Friday (S) (W)
8.35 The Wild Thornberrys: Eliza and Debbie go swimming with dolphins. (R) (S)
9.05 Super Duper Sumos: The evil Stinger kidnaps Santa Claus.
Shown in The Saturday Show (S)
9.30 Santa's Special Delivery: Animation. In order to deliver all his presents, Santa Claus needs the help of Leon, a computer whiz kid. Featuring the voice of Rik Mayall. (R) (S)
9.55 Arthur: The young aardvark worries that Christmas might not be perfect. (R) (S)
10.50 Little Monsters: Animated antics. (R) (S)
10.55 Snowden's Christmas Holiday Special: A young boy's favourite toys are stranded in Ohio when they fall from a removal truck on the way to New York. (S)
11.20 Santa Claus ** Seasonal Comedy starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. One of Santa's Elves heads for New York where he teams up with a ruthless toy manufacturer. Review page 41. Director Jeannot Szwarc (1985, U) (S) (W)
Weather; Regional News
Second Star to the Left A hamster, a rabbit and a guinea pig embark on a journey to deliver a lost present.
Rptd tomorrow 9.30am (S) (W)
1.50 Blue Peter A festive edition with a carol, Christmas tree, cards and gift ideas for pets. Repeated tomorrow at 7.15am (S) (W)
Disney musical comedy starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. George Banks 's search for a no-nonsense nanny to take care of his two naughty children comes unstuck when the practically perfect
Mary Poppins glides into their lives. Review page 41.
Director Robert Stevenson (1964, U)
Weather; Regional News
First of four specials of the elimination quiz. (S) (W)
Weakest Link - First-round Failures is tomorrow at 5.05pm on BBC2
Comedy. After continuously missing his own wedding, Professor Philip Brainard is given one last chance by fiancee Sarah. Yet again he blows it, but this time he has a good excuse: he's been busy inventing Flubber, a substance that appears to generate its own energy. Review page 41. (1997, U) (S) (W) ***
Professor Philip Brainard:
Sara Jean Reynolds:
Dale Winton hosts a special Christmas Eve edition of the lottery show. Guests include singer, actor and comedian Will Smith and footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones. Also on the show will be some of 2001's chart-topping stars, such as Westlife, S Club 7, the Corrs and Cher, all of whom will be performing live in the studio.
Director Simon Staffurth ; Producer Jon Mountague (S) (W)
Steve is intrigued when Melanie says she wants to talk. Meanwhile, Dot begins to wonder if Jim is having second thoughts, and Sharon is feeling cornered.
Episode written by Gillian Richmond For cast see Thursday 27 December and Thursday 3 January Repeated at 10pm on BBC Choice (S) (W) Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Ding-Dongs: page 24
The first showing on network television for this action comedy thriller. When his daughter is kidnapped in Los Angeles, a diplomat demands that the authorities send Hong Kong cop Inspector Lee. The FBI reluctantly agrees, but assign maverick LAPD detective James Carter to keep Lee out of trouble. Unfortunately, trouble is the last thing these mismatched cops avoid. Review page 43.
(1998, 12) (S) (W)****
Detective Inspector Lee:
Detective James Carter:
Captain Diel Philip:
Festive edition of Michael Parkinson 's popular talk show, Robbie Williams joined on stage by Lenny Henry to perform a couple of big-band numbers. Plus Dame Edna Everage and Geri Halliwell drop in for a chat and Charlotte Church sings a special Christmas carol. (S)
Followed by National Lottery Update
With George Alagiah.
Weather Sarah Wilmshurst. (5) (W)
A candlelit service live from Westminster Cathedral, where worshippers gather for a celebration of the First
Mass of Christmas. The service is led by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O 'Connor and the music, sung by the cathedral choir, includes Adestes Fideles; Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; 0 Little Town of Bethlehem; and Once in Royal David's City.
Producer John Kirby : Executive producer Hugh Faupel (S) (W)
Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor introduce a compilation of comic moments from the ever-popular series of Carry On films. Featuring Bernard Bresslaw , Roy Castle , Kenneth Connor , Harry H Corbett , Jim Dale ,
Charles Hawtrey , Frankie Howerd , Hattie Jacques ,
Sid James , Leslie Phillips and Joan Sims. Review page 43.
Director Gerald Thomas (1977, PG) (ColourandBW) (S)
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