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: Breakfast

With Chris Hollins.


Unknown: Chris Hollins.

: Christmas Day Eucharist

Live from Peterborough
Cathedral, a service of traditional carols.

: The Santa Clause 2

Comedy sequel starring Tim Allen. Review page 68.
Director Michael Lembeck (2002. U)
jmulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel


Unknown: Tim Allen.
Director: Michael Lembeck

: The Two Ronnies

Seasonal edition from 1997 with guest David Essex.


Unknown: David Essex.

: News; Weather

: Top of the Pops Christmas Special

Countdown of the year's most successful songs.
Press red during the show to get the lyrics and sing along karaoke-style

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth. "Ptd at 7.50pm on BBC2 Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel

: Shark Tale

Animated comedy featuring the voices of Will Smith ,
Jack Black , Renee Zellweger and Robert De Niro. Review p68.
Directors Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Vicky Jenson and Rob Letterman (2004, U)


Unknown: Will Smith
Unknown: Jack Black
Unknown: Renee Zellweger
Unknown: Robert de Niro.
Unknown: Vicky Jenson
Unknown: Rob Letterman

: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

**** Animated comedy adventure. The enterprising duo are now running a pest-control outfit, "Anti-Pesto". But business turns sour when a huge, mysterious beast begins destroying every garden in the area. Film of the Day: page 68.
Maturing the voices of: Directors Nick Park and Steve Box
(2005, U) Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
4 Matter of Loaf and Death is at 8.30pm
* quantum of Wallace: page 16
Wallace & Gromit Doster offer. Daae 18


Directors: Nick Park
Wallace: Peter Sallis
Victor Quartermaine: Ralph Fiennes
Lady Tottington Helena: Bonham Carter
PC Mackintosh: Peter Kay
Mrs Mulch: Liz Smith

: Doctor Who: The Next Doctor

Christmas Eve, 1851: the Time Lord lands in a London threatened by cybermen, meeting another character who calls himself the Doctor.
Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC3.
Repeated New Year's Day at 2.50pm
Doctor Who at the Proms is on New Year's Day at 1.50pm
Doctor, Doctor: page 22; Poster offer: page 25


Writer: Russell T Davies
Producer: Susie Liggat
Director: Andy Goddard
The Doctor: David Tennant
The Doctor: David Morrissey
Miss Hartigan: Dervla Kirwan
Rosita: Velile Tshabalala
Cybershade: Ruari Mears
Cyberleader: Paul Kasey
Mr Scoones: Edmund Kente
Mr Cole: Michael Bertenshaw
Vicar: Jason Morell
Jed: Neil McDermott
Lad: Ashley Home
Frederick: Tom Langford

: Strictly Come Dancing

The title of Christmas champion 2008 is up for grabs as this year's top three couples come up against three other pairings which will include
Kelly Brook, Alesha Dixon and Jill Halfpenny. Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel Waltz this way!: page 26


Unknown: Alesha Dixon
Unknown: Jill Halfpenny.

: EastEnders

Suzy causes ructions by telling Roxy she knows the truth about Amy's parentage. More at 9pm. Writer James Payne Cast on pages 186 and 216 Both tonight's episodes repeated at 12 midnight on BBC3


Writer: James Payne

: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

A new escapade with Nick Park 's claymation duo begins with our heroes plying a roaring trade with their new Top Bun bakery business. But with a murderer on the loose targeting bakers - and Wallace distracted by the charms of Piella Bakewell - it falls to Gromit to uncover the killer's identity. Repeated on New Year's Day at 7pm Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
A quantum of Wallace: page 16; Poster offer: page 18


Unknown: Nick Park

: EastEnders

A familiar face comes knocking at Dot's door.
Writer James Payne Cast on pages 186 and 216 Both tonight's episodes are repeated at 12 midnight on BBC3


Writer: James Payne

: The Royle Family

The New Sofa. A Nigella-inspired Denise decides that she will cook the Christmas dinner this year.
Writers Caroline Aherne , Craig Cash and Phil Mealey
Director Caroline Aherne ; Producer John Rushton Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel Extended family: page 28


Unknown: Caroline Aherne
Unknown: Craig Cash
Unknown: Phil Mealey
Director: Caroline Aherne
Producer: John Rushton
Denise Best: Caroline Aherne
Dave Best: Craig Cash
Jim Royle: Ricky Tomlinson
Barbara Royle: Sue Johnston
David Best Sr: Tom Courtenay
Twiggy: Geoffrey Hughes
Jocelyn Best: Helen Fraser

: Blackadder Rides Again

It's 25 years since the first episode featuring the dastardly Blackadder made its debut. Now the iconic cast of the much-loved comedy appear together in a documentary for the first time. Director/Producer Matt O'Casey
Repeated New Year's Day at 10pm on BBC2


Producer: Matt O'Casey

: News; Weather

News with George Alagiah followed by weather

: Bend It like Beckham

Smash-hit comedy drama starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley. Review page 71.
Director Gurinder Chadha (2001,12)


Unknown: Parminder Nagra
Unknown: Keira Knightley.
Director: Gurinder Chadha

: On Christmas Night

The Christmas story, read by Robert Hardy and Gabrielle Drake.


Read By: Robert Hardy
Read By: Gabrielle Drake.

: Carry On Follow That Camel

Irreverent comedy starring Phil Silvers. Review page 71.
Director Gerald Thomas (1967, PG)
Followed by Weatherview


Unknown: Phil Silvers.
Director: Gerald Thomas

: BBC News

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