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: Breakfast

Presented by Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams. (S)


Presenter: Bill Turnbull
Presenter: Sian Williams

: Animal 24:7

The RSPCA race to save a starving dog from squalid conditions. (R) (S)

: Homes under the Hammer

Properties for auction include a faux gothic house in Surrey, a London flat and an unusual bungalow in Derby. (R) (S)
Followed by News; Weather (S)

: Car Booty

A Maidstone woman wants to raise £300 so she can enjoy a hot-air balloon ride. (R) (S)

: Cash in the Attic

Lorne Spicer helps a foreign correspondent downsize the antique collection that he's amassed on his global travels. (R) (S)
Followed by News; Weather (S)


Presenter: Lorne Spicer

: Bargain Hunt

Tim Wonnacott hosts as teams battle for bargains at Gateshead Stadium. (R) (S)


Presenter: Tim Wonnacott

: BBC News; Weather

Regional News; Weather (S)

: Only Fools and Horses: Sleepless in Peckham

In the 2003 Christmas special Cassandra is about to give birth, as the Trotters face bankruptcy and the loss of the family's flat. (R) (S) (AD)

: Keeping Up Appearances

Hyacinth orders Richard to dress as Father Christmas and distribute gifts to the old folk at the church hall in a seasonal episode from 1991. (R) (S)

: Murder, She Wrote: Dead Letter

Can an item of furniture reveal a clue in a case of murderous arson in Cabot Cove? (R) (S)

: Escape to the Country

Jules Hudson helps a couple search for a property in Norfolk with a garden suitable for raising chickens. (R) (S)


Presenter: Jules Hudson

: Weakest Link

Quiz show hosted by acerbic Anne Robinson. (R) (S)


Presenter: Anne Robinson

: BBC News; Weather


: The One Show

With Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. (S)


Presenter: Adrian Chiles
Presenter: Christine Bleakley

: Big Top: 4/6: Dad

Circus Maestro wins a prestigious and lucrative contract, but the money goes missing.
For cast see page 190 (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (for details see page 143)
The next episode is on Monday 28 December at 7.30pm
Followed by News Update (S)

: Waterloo Road

Lindsay faces a gruelling ordeal in the witness box during her mother's trial. Max starts to lose control. (S) (AD)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (for details see page 143)


Writer: Linton Chiswick
Producer: Sharon Channer
Director: Jonathan Fox Bassett
Rachel Mason: Eva Pope
Lindsey James: Jenna Louise Coleman
Marion James: Louise Delamere
Michaela White: Zarrah Abrahams
Ros McCain: Sophie McShera
Steph Haydock: Denise Welch
Kim Campbell: Angela Griffin
Max Tyler: Tom Chambers
Jo Lipsett: Sarah Jane Potts
Philip Ryan: Dean Smith
Rose Kelly: Elaine Symons
Bolton Smilie: Tachia Newell
Grantly Budgen: Philip Martin Brown
Emily James: Shannon Flynn
Ruby Fry: Elizabeth Berrington
Christopher Mead: William Ash
Tom Clarkson: Jason Done
Alison Yates: Sharlene Whyte
Court Clerk: Stephen Tomlin
Aleesha Dillon: Lauren Thomas
Danielle Harker: Lucy Dixon
Tony's Sister: Lisa Allen
Judge: Lynn Roden
Pathologist: David Slack
Defence Barrister: Olwen May
Prosecution Barrister: Seamus Gubbins
Siobhan Mailey: Phoebe Dynevor
Amy Porter: Ayesha Gwilt
Lauren Andrews: Darcy Isa
Sambuca Kelly: Holly Kenny
Denzil Kelly: Reece Douglas
Paul Langly: Thomas Milner
Female police officer: Andrea Crewe
Mark Barnes: Delroy Brown
Josh Stevenson: William Rush
Luke Pendle: Richie Jeeves
Karla Bentham: Jessica Baglow
Jennifer Headley: Georgia MacKenzie

: Spooks: 3/8

Series eight. Secret power group Nightingale have a deadly plan to provoke a nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan at a peace summit in London. Can Section D stop them?
Repeated tonight at 12.45am on BBC3 (S) (AD)

WINTER of the series, end of the Luckily Ros on her
PICK OF THE DAY Spooks 9.00pm BBC1
DRAMA Terrifyingly implacable Ros (is she actually human? Has anyone checked?) is in a spectacularly no-nonsense mood as Spooks reaches its finale. It's up to her and colleague Lucas to save the world from nuclear destruction and, by heck, Ros isn't going to let anyone get in her way.
It's a terrific episode that just about makes sense if you're prepared to believe that only two members of MB stand in the way of global meltdown. But this isn't the time to debate Secret Service staffing levels; just go with the flow, as India and Pakistan look set to press the button. Who will blink first?
Pakistan has "kidnapped" an Indian submarine and is holding the vessel in a harbour. But it appears that the situation has been engineered deliberately to bring the world to the point of nuclear annihilation. The two sides are invited to London for peace talks, but someone is determined that they will fail - spectacularly and bloodily.
Even though, in your heart of hearts, you know it's nonsense, it's hard not to get drawn in as the tension rockets and the episode ends in a classic Spooks cliffhanger. (Alison Graham)


Writer: Ben Richards
Producer: Chris Fry
Director: Alrick Riley
Harry Pearce: Peter Firth
Ros Myers: Hermione Norris
Lucas North: Richard Armitage
Ruth Evershed: Nicola Walker
Tariq Masood: Shazad Latif
Sarah Caulfield: Genevieve O'Reilly
Home Secretary: Tobias Menzies
Russell Price: Mark Aiken
Heng: Roger Yuan
President Mudasser: Nicholas Khan

: BBC News

With Huw Edwards.
Regional News; Weather with Jay Wynne (S)


Newsreader: Huw Edwards
Weatherman: Jay Wynne

: Not Going Out: Absent Father Christmas

Lucy urges forgiveness when Lee's estranged father turns up unannounced. (S)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel (see page 143)


Writer: Lee Mack
Writer: Daniel Peak
Director: Nick Wood
Producer: Jamie Rix
Lee: Lee Mack
Tim: Tim Vine
Lucy: Sally Bretton
Barbara: Miranda Hart
Daisy: Katy Wix
Lee's dad: Bobby Ball

: Six Days Seven Nights

Romantic comedy adventure starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. An uptight editor and a crusty pilot have to put aside their differences when they crash-land on a desert island.
Review page 73 (1998, 12) (S) (AD) (W)
Then National Lottery Update; Weatherview (S)


Director: Ivan Reitman
Quinn Harris: Harrison Ford
Robin Monroe: Anne Heche

: Sign Zone

Repeats not indicated.

Countryfile at Christmas
Shown Sun 20 Dec at 7pm (S)

1.55 Country Tracks
Shown Sun 20 Dec at 11am (S)

2.50 Cranford
Shown Sun 20 December 9pm (S) (AD)


: BBC News


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