A roundup of business from the Lords and Commons, by the BBC parliamentary team.
Some Daytime on Two programmes are aimed at teenagers and may be unsuitable for the very young.
This week June Whitfield discovers that getting fit doesn't have to be a horror story - in fact, using the stairs instead of the lift could be all most of us need to be healthy. (R)
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Collective worship in schools. (R)
A window on Scotland. Kelso. (R)
Badger Girl. Finding the ponies. (R)
Town Living. Looking for the past in the present - a boy newly-arrived in Aberdeen explores the city. (R)
The Caribbean. Children start preparing their music to celebrate Christmas. (R)
The easiest way to get to, and around, Hamburg. (R)
Energy. Mat Irvine and Dilly
Bellingham show how to make and fly your own solid fuel rocket. (R)
Bandit Disease. Self-confessed compulsive gamblers describe how their addiction to fruit machines has affected and often destroyed years of their lives. (R)
Writing: is it a boring, lonely task? Or can you use it to communicate ideas, entertain people, or even get a skateboard park built? (R)
Cartoon. Pat has a difficult day. (R)
In No Time. Episode 3. With in-vision subtitles for hearing-impaired children. (R)
Weather followed by Words and Pictures
Meanwhile....Back at the Ranch.
Presenter Stuart Bradley and Nutmeg the cat are made honorary sheriffs for the day in Silver City. (R)
2.40 Racecall Ascot Hurdle
Race (2 Vim)
3.10 Hurst Park Novices'
3.40 Lion Gate Handicap Hurdle (3m)
Commentary by Peter O'Sullevan , Julian Wilson and Richard Pitman.
Six finals this afternoon of the TSB National Winter Championships from Coventry with places in the British World Championships team in Perth, Australia at stake.
Commentary by Hamilton Bland and Andy Jameson.
Introduced by Helen Rollason. Producer Mark Wilkin Editor Dave Gordon
3.00pm News and Weather
3.50pm News and Weather
Regional News and Weather
A duel of words and wit between
Arthur Marshall with Sheila Steafel and Stephen Fry , and Frank Muir with Elaine Paige and Lord Havers. Referee: Robert Robinson. (R)
Presented by Sandi Toksvig with her regular guest Mark Lawson of The Independent.
Presented by Chris Kelly , Michael Barry and Jill Goolden.
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Chris Goffey tests the new VW
Caravelle and Toyota Previa. With William Woollard and Tony Mason.
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Richard the Lionheart is being held captive in Austria but his brother Prince John refuses to pay the ransom. Ivanhoe, loyal to Richard, enlists the aid of Isaac of York and his beautiful daughter Rebecca to help raise the money but John will go to any lengths to ensure that he does not succeed.
Director Richard Thorpe
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Michael White of The Guardian looks back at the events of the week as they were reported in the national press.
A Granada production for BBCtv
Local Government - Where Costs
Come First? To keep next year's poll tax down, local authorities all over the country are cutting millions of pounds from their budgets. Hard decisions are being made as councils are forced to question exactly what their role and responsibilities are to local people. John Andrew reports from
Wandsworth - the pioneer of the low Community Charge - and asks what is the real cost of the drive to save money?
Producer Sarah-Jane Cohen Editor Nigel Chapman
Northern Coast of Spain. The Atlantic coastline around
Santander is a favourite holiday area with the Spanish, but little known to the British. The programme looks in detail at the major resorts, the local lifestyle and the nearby Picos de Europa, a high and wild mountain range.
Introduced by Penny Junor with Matthew Collins and Dr John Thornes.
Studio director Paul Colbert
Executive producer Alan Dobson
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Last of the dramas of real cases where forensic science helps catch the criminals. Introduced by Ludovic Kennedy.
Voice of Extortion. Christmas Eve in Sydney: the toy department of Woolworths is ripped apart by an explosion. A man's voice demands money over the phone. A policeman dresses up as the courier and is led to the end of the pier where he throws the money in the water. Can the police catch their fish? Director/Producer David Evans An ABC (Australia) production
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The classic British comedy series written and performed by Graham Chapman , John Cleese Eric Idle , Terry Jones and Michael Palin with animation by Terry Gilliam Every home should have a Wordsworth or a Tennyson - get one now from the East Midlands
Producer Ian MacNaughton (R)
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A comedy quiz show hosted by Angus Deayton. Team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton , abetted by this week's guests Tony Banks , MP and writer Germaine Greer , are challenged on the week's news. Producer Harry Thompson
A Hat Trick production for BBCtv
Presented by Jeremy Paxman.
The best of country harmony singing with the Desert Rose Band featuring Chris Hillman , the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Producers Mark Cooper and Tracey Macleod
First showing on network television. Starring
Jean-Louis Trintignant Gerard Depardieu
Director Claude Berri 's comedy about the merry-go-round of sexual relationships brings together an impressive star cast. Alice, an independent woman in her prime, has several complicated relationships behind her. She and her lovers and their children celebrate an unorthodox Christmas.
Screenplay by Claude Berri and Michel Grisolia (In French with English subtitles)
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This lively version of a traditional Togolese tale, rich in song and dance, was voted best African television programme at the 1987 Journées du cinema africain in Montreal. An unsuccessful hunter finds a singing tortoise but his unscrupulous father-in-law appropriates the tortoise to strengthen his bid for power.
With Ass Ayigah 's Dancers and the Troupe of the Togo National Theatre. Producer/Director Hantz Koffi (In French with English subtWes)