A roundup of business from the Lords and Commons.
A three-part mini-series tracing the lives of an American family from one Christmas to the next. 1: The First Christmas. It is
Christmas and the whole Gardner family is gathered together for the first time in many years. But the events that follow will change their lives irrevocably and make this the last Christmas they spend together.
Today's fast-moving American entertainment magazine programme features video-jockey Downtown Julie Brown.
Sight Unseen. Dr Daniel Westin
(David McCallum ) is asked to locate the kidnapped daughter of a key witness against organised crime. (R)
A Celebration of John Betjeman
Few writers in our time have gained a wider audience than Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.
This special programme includes excerpts from some of Sir John's most enjoyable television programmes over the last 20 years and brings together a number of close friends who talk with affection of a much loved enthusiast whose 'basic honesty', as Philip Larkin put it, 'ensures that he will always be taken seriously.' With Sir Osbert Lancaster , John Sparrow ,
Philip Larkin , Prunella Scales , Judi Dench and Patrick Garland.
Producer Margaret McCall (R)
The magazine programme for the deaf community.
In today's adventure, Green Claws has to decide what to wear to a fancy dress party at the royal palace. (R)
From Seaward to Port. The Atlantic coast of Portugal is one of Europe's last strongholds of sail. There, they dredge for seaweed in unique craft. They also celebrate an annual festival with the exciting race of the port wine boats on the River Duoro. This film portrays two aspects of this great seafaring nation's history. Narrated by Tom Salmon. Director Yvonne Deutschman (R)
Once in Royal David's City.
The choir performs a third carol in the cathedral at Ely.
Weather followed by Show Jumping
From the Grand Hall, Olympia. David Vine looks back over five days of top-class show jumping and some lighthearted moments from this year's event. Commentary by Raymond Brooks-Ward and Stephen Hadley.
Weather followed by Westminster Live
Prime Minister's questions and other Parliamentary highlights of the day. Presented by Vivian White. Commentary by Brian Curtois. Editor Geoffrey Sumner
Regional News and Weather
Anagram: Chinese ran to cook. Clue: British female novelist.
Answer in today's programme. The quiz for wordsmiths, with host Paul Coia.
Director Justin C Adams Producer Leslie Mitchell
Robert Robinson and Loyd Grossman invite two guest commentators to discuss the minutiae of modern life as reflected in the week's events.
Runaways. An estimated 100,000 young people run away from home every year. While they are away from home, they are vulnerable and exposed to danger. Why do they run, where do they go and can anything be done to help them? Editor Frank Ash
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Southern California (Part 2). Penny Junor and Matthew Collins take a detailed look at all the major attractions in Los Angeles and San Diego, from the man-made fantasies of Disneyland to the exotic natural life of Sea World. Details on Ceefax page 619
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Chuck Connors , Kamala Devi
1883: Geronimo and his remaining band of Apache warriors surrender to the US military, in return for the promise of land and food. But they are cheated out of their supplies.
Producer/Director Arnold Laven
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'We need work or we will die.' The Europe that prides itself on being the seat of civilisation - and approaching a new dawn in 1992 - looks very different from the underside. Blood
Rights author Mike Phillips examines the life of immigrants and refugees. He finds laws made and broken to suit the needs of various countries. Denied rights, foreign workers fear the future and rage against the present. Producer/Director Peter Lee-Wright
Community Programme Unit Editor Tony Laryea
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This week, Michael Barry offers simple festive menus for fathers and children to prepare. The editor of Radio Times, Nicholas Brett presents the prizes to the winner of the Mastercook competition, and there's the winning Christmas pie. Guest Oz Clarke has some late
Christmas wine suggestions, and there's a crafty way to cook turkey. With Chris Kelly and Jill Goolden. Studio director Linda Nash Producer Peter Bazalgette
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A comedy special written by and starring Phil Cool. Britain's bendiest comedian performs a daring extravaganza. Sir Alastair Burnet metamorphoses into a space monster, and Terry Wogan nearly allows a guest to get a word in edgeways. Director David Weir
Producer Steve Weddle
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The final episode of a documentary series on the Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution.
The sentence is almost complete - all but two have gone through the system. Lee waits to hear if he'll finally walk free, while Darren faces the governor at an adjudication.
Mizu Shobai. There are more nightclubs in Tokyo than in any other capital city, including a computerised bunny bar. Director George Haggerty
Executive producer Janet Street-Porter
With Jeremy Paxman. Editor Tim Gardam
Holocaust Cinema. In a year that's seen the release of films like
Triumph of the Spirit and The Music Box, The Late Show reports on how the Holocaust has been portrayed in the cinema. The film includes interviews with directors
Marcel Ophuls , Louis Malle and Costa-Gavras. Producer Saskia Baron