Story: How the Robin Got His Red Breast (traditional). Presenters Carol Chell , Fred Harris
starring Deanna Durbin
Mervyn Douglas , Jackie Cooper
Alice Fullerton is at an impressionable age. The arrival of a handsome war correspondent at the family home brings romance - and confusion into the household.
Screenplay by BRUCE MANNING Produced by JOE PASTERNAK Directed by EDWARD LUDWIG
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Christmas Matinee: 2
Because of Him starring Deanna Durbin
Charles Laughton , Franchot Tone Deanna Durbin plays a would-be actress who tricks her way into a Broadway production. Laughton steals the film as a flamboyant actor, and Franchot Tone is on hand as the romantically inclined author.
Screenplay by EDMUND BELOIN Produced by FELIX JACKSON
Directed by RICHARD WALLACE
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Continuing the series of some of the world's great paintings dating from Renaissance times to the present day. Each week a new theme. This week: Outdoor Life Anon (13th century)
Clear Weather in the Valley at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston
This scroll is at least 700 years old. It has been studied over the years by connoisseurs who have given written opinions on it and some of these have been mounted to the left of the painting. Written and presented by Penelope Mason
BILL MORTON and KENNETH CORDEN Director CHRIS JEANS
(Tomorrow: Avercamp's ' Winter Scene ')
The first in a special Christmas season of films starring America s versatile actor Walter Matthau
Tonight also starring Jack Lemmon
When a TV cameraman is injured while filming a football match his wily brother-in-law sees a golden opportunity to sue for a million dollars in damages.
Screenplay by BILLY WILDER and I. A. L. DIAMOND
Produced and directed by BILLY WILDER
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Last of four programmes from the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester starring Alan Price his musicians and singers and special guest Georgie Fame
Tonight the programme features songs by some of the best pop composers of recent decades including 'Fire and rain' and ' American pie'.
Designer JOHN COLEMAN
Producer PETER RIDSDALE SCOTT Director MIKE STEPHENS BBC Manchester
'Police shut Scots border.... ' Scots enthusiasts suspected ... On Christmas Eve 1950 the Coronation Stone was stolen from
Westminster Abbey by a group of young Scottish Nationalists. The police closed the roads to the north. The Serpentine was dredged, and the CID brought in a Dutch mystic to help. The Dean of Westminster said he would go ' to the ends of the earth' to get it back. But the stone was slipped through the border to begin a series of hilarious adventures and near mishaps in Scotland. The Pinch reveals what the newsreels of 1950 dared not show, and in the living monochrome of the period presents the full comedy of what actually went on. Written by GEORGE REID
Film recordist GORDON FORSYTH Film cameraman STUART WILD Designers
ALEX GOURLAY , JIM LONGMUIR Film editor ALEX MCCALL Producer NEIL FRASER Director MIKE HEALEY BBC Scotland
(A Gesture to Destiny: Radio 4, Christmas Day 10.5 pm)
Not so long ago they were playing in London pubs. This week - 16 platinum discs, 21 gold and a triumphant world tour later, Dire Straits return to the London stage. Tonight's Arena film features the superb concert they played on their last visit to The Rainbow, and band members talk about their music and the pressures and consequences of their astonishing success.
Film cameraman MIKE SOUTHON Film editor ALAN LEWENS Producer ALAN YENTOB Director NIGEL FINCH
(Arena returns on 3 January)