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: News

: Westminster

A roundup of business from the Lords and Commons.

: A Year in the Life

The conclusion of a mini-series about a year in the life of an American family.
3: Christmas 86. As the year ends three couples kindle, reaffirm and extinguish romantic feelings. (R)

: After Hours

The American showbiz magazine. Today: the Harlem Globetrotters.

: The Invisible Man

An Attempt to Save Face. Dr Daniel Westin (David McCallum ) must try to save an eastern bloc diplomat from being murdered. (R) %


Unknown: Dr Daniel Westin
Unknown: David McCallum

: George White's Scandals

Joan Davis , Jack Haley
Joan Mason and Jack Williams , stars of the Broadway show The Scandals, announce their engagement. But first they have to marry off Jack's unappealing sister.
Director Felix E Feist
0 FILMS: pages 39-47


Unknown: Joan Davis
Unknown: Jack Haley
Unknown: Joan Mason
Unknown: Jack Williams
Joan Mason: Joan Davis
Jack Williams: Jack Haley
Gene Krupa: Himself
Tom McGrath: Phillip Terry
George White: Glenn Tryon
JillAsbury: Martha Holliday
Clarabelle: Margaret Hamilton
Ethel: Smith Herself
Billie: Bette Jane Greer
Hilda: Rose Murphy

: The Historyman

New Plymouth. When the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in the New World, many of their settlements were named after places they'd left behind. Plymouth Plantation re-creates their first village. Producer Bryan NcNerney (R)


Producer: Bryan Ncnerney

: Charlie Chalk

Animation. Charlie lands on Merrywit. (R)

: Under Sail

Asgard //. This brigantine was built in 1980 to give Irish youngsters a taste of life under sail. Her trainee crew set sail from Galway and make for Kilkerrin. (R)

: A Carol from Ely

Ding Dong Merrily on High
The last of five carols from the choir at Ely Cathedral.

: News

Weather followed by The Making of a Continent
Last in a series on the landscape of North America.
The Great River. The violent history of the Mississippi. Written and narrated by Barry Paine. Producer Ned Kelly (R)


Unknown: Barry Paine.
Producer: Ned Kelly

: News

Weather followed by Christmas in the City
City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir,
Harpur's Hill Primary School Choir and Steel Band, Maureen Hegarty , Mary McKee and Sam Moreland , Pueri et Puellae Cantores and St
Anne's Cathedral Choir come together at the City Hall in Belfast to bring the familiar carols and songs of Christmas. Director Ian Hamilton
Producer James Skelly (R)


Unknown: Maureen Hegarty
Unknown: Mary McKee
Unknown: Sam Moreland
Director: Ian Hamilton
Producer: James Skelly

: News and Weather

Regional News and Weather

: Catchword

The word game with Paul Coia.


Unknown: Paul Coia.

: Behind the Headlines

Jeffrey Archer and Paul Boateng agree to differ on two controversial political issues.


Unknown: Jeffrey Archer
Unknown: Paul Boateng

: Play Snooker

The Modern Game. In this final programme, Dennis Taylor examines the changing face of snooker with the help of top coach Jack Karnehm.
Director/Producer Gordon Menzies A GM production for BBCtv (R) (Postponed from 13 December)
0 BOOK: C6.99, video £9.99, from retailers.


Unknown: Dennis Taylor
Unknown: Jack Karnehm.
Producer: Gordon Menzies

: Away in a Manger

A Christmas celebration by children - their own stories, songs, pictures and thoughts about the Nativity. Producer Robyn Wallis (R)


Producer: Robyn Wallis

: The Road Movies: Road to Bali

The colourful end of the season of classic comedies starring Bing Crosby
Bob Hope , Dorothy Lamour
Song and dance men Cochran and Gridley wind up in Bali fleeing from a shotgun wedding.
Director Hal Walker
0 FILMS: pages 39-47


Unknown: Bing Crosby
Unknown: Bob Hope
Unknown: Dorothy Lamour
Director: Hal Walker
George Cochran: Bing Crosby
Harold Gridley: Bob Hope
Lalah: Dorothy Lamour
Ken Arok: Murvyn Vye
Gung: Peter Coe
Bhoma Da: Ralph Moody
Ramayana: Leon Askin
Jane Russell: Herself
Dean Martin: Himself
Jerry Lewis: Himself
Bob Crosby: Himself

: Southern Eye

Carols in the Kremlin. 'What we are going to try and do is knock down a few walls of ignorance, and in their place build a few bridges of understanding.' Last Christmas, a boys' choir from Seaford College, in West Sussex, went carol singing in Moscow. They wanted to sing in Red Square, to bring the sounds of Christmas to the centre of the Soviet Empire. The choir's director, Philip Hill , narrates the story of their expedition to the Kremlin. Producer Tony Williams
0 REGIONAL PROGRAMME: for details of variations see panel below.


Director: Philip Hill
Producer: Tony Williams

: Delia Smith's Christmas

A chronology of the final hours leading up to serving Christmas lunch, with a detailed plan of action to avoid last minute panics. Director Howard Perks Producer Jayne Owens
Details on Ceefax page 617
0 BOOK: same title, £12. 95. from booksellers.
0 FOOD: page 8


Director: Howard Perks
Producer: Jayne Owens

: Wildlife Showcase: Wild Islands

The last of three programmes by wildlife film-makers from around the world. Since being abandoned by their human inhabitants 50 years ago, the storm-swept and inhospitable Inishkeas off Ireland's north-west coast have since been repossessed by nature. Seals have returned to bays that once sheltered fishing boats and geese graze the fields.
A Wildgoose Films production
Picture Story: page 73
(Ceefax subtitles)

Wildlife Showcase 8.30 pm BBC2
'When we watch natural history films it's sometimes difficult to imagine the hardships involved,' says David Cabot, whose chronicle of the Inishkea Islands off the north-west coast of Ireland completes the Wildlife Showcase trilogy. 'I hope that the drama comes over in Wild Islands, particularly of the storms. When we were filming the baby seals on the island of Duvillaun Mor we were marooned for a fortnight. I recalled while we were huddled in the tent that David Lean went to Portugal to film the storms for Ryan's Daughter. I didn't have to bother - it's quite dangerous enough on the doorstep!'

: The New Homeowners' Guide to Happiness

An offbeat American comedy special starring
Judge Reinhold , Demi Moore
Why are Paul and Sandy Gardner drilling holes in lamb chops?
Hounded by the noise of local dogs, this perfect young couple take desperate measures. (R)


Unknown: Judge Reinhold
Unknown: Demi Moore
Unknown: Sandy Gardner

: 40 Minutes

Chocolate! What makes us all surrender to the sensual substance? Gerard Ronay is the first Englishman to make French-style hand-made chocolates. Meanwhile
'Chocoholics Unanimous' take a special celebratory tour of the Cadbury's factory. Producer Jonathan Gili Editor Caroline Pick
0 GLORIA! page 4
0 PICTURE STORY: page 73


Unknown: Gerard Ronay
Producer: Jonathan Gili
Editor: Caroline Pick

: Nicholas Craig - The Naked Actor

The last in the series starring Nigel Planer
Nicholas Craig explains the way to give and receive awards. Written by Christopher Douglas Director Charles Miller
Producer Caroline Wright


Unknown: Nigel Planer
Unknown: Nicholas Craig
Written By: Christopher Douglas
Director: Charles Miller
Producer: Caroline Wright

: Newsnight

With Peter Snow.

: The Late Show

African Americans. Some black Americans are reacting to the return of radical afro-centrism culturally rather than politically.
Producers Mark Cooper and Kevin Sutcliffe


Producers: Mark Cooper
Producers: Kevin Sutcliffe

: Weatherview

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