With Philippa Forrester and Toby Anstis. Phone in on 081.[number removed]for a chance to play Maggot Moments. • STEREO
Animation. Felix uses his charm to outwit the nasty professor.
Today, the Playbus stops at the Christmas Tree Stop.
A Felgate production for BBCtv
Smoke from the Stinkypoo causes a heatwave.
Philip Hawthorn finds out how to communicate without speech. ● STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p 888
Recycling ideas with Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe. * STEREO
Mark and Ben find a dolphin that has escaped from an aquarium show.
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Children's splash hit game show. ● STEREO
Lion-0 discovers a tribe of tiny people on Third Earth.
Last in the comedy drama.
It's the village cricket match but Kevin has other things on his mind.
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A roundup of last week's shows. ● STEREO
A Take That special, reviewing the group's success this year and revealing some interesting secrets about Gary, Robbie, Howard, Jason and Mark. ● STEREO
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Last in the series.
Duke Orsino loves Countess Olivia but, following her brother's death, she has shut herself away.
Give or Take a Million. Two greedy thieves threaten to spoil a little boy's Christmas. 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888
American sci-fi drama.
Starring Roy Thinnes
Task Force. The aliens plot to take over the US media.
The week's political news in the region. With Bruce Parker.
The region's political review.
With Laurie Mayer , Tim Friend and Philippa Thomas.
• REGIONAL PROGRAMMES
The Modern Security Systems Christmas Puissance, from the Grand Hall, Olympia. • STEREO
Sir Colin Davis conducts a rare performance of Sibelius's symphonic epic, recorded during the Barbican Centre s festival of Scandinavian culture. Based on the early myths of Finnish history, it is the story of the warrior hero Kullervo. With
Soile Isokski (soprano),
Jorma Hynnien (baritone), the London Symphony Orchestra and the University of Helsinki Choir.
Introduced by Christopher Cook. Director Peter Maniura OSTEREO
London v North
Midlands v South West
The final weekend of the ADT
Divisional Championship. With Chris Rea , and commentary from Nigel Starmer-Smith . ● STEREO
First of a daily 12-part comedy drama series based on Barry Pain's humorous Eliza Stories about a stuffy Edwardian clerk, with upwardly mobile aspirations. Starring John Sessions
Housemaid 's Knee. Ernest is irritated by the strange noises coming from the maid.
With Sue Roderick as Eliza and Joy Roston as Parker. Producer Helen Greaves
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The season's first slalom race comes from Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia's northern border with Austria. With David Vine.
Producer Mark Wilkin
Executive producer Jim Reside
Network TV premiere for this nostalgic view of a child's Christmas, starring Melinda Dillon
1940s suburban America:
9-year-old Ralphie has set his sights on a major present.
Director Bob Clark
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Last in the series on the natural history of the former USSR.
Born of Fire. In Russia's far east is Kamchatka, a wilderness with more than 30 active volcanoes.
It is a blend of Arctic austerity and tropical lushness. Swept by summer monsoons, its forests are festooned with creepers and inhabited by exotic birds, butterflies, frogs, Siberian tigers and dogs that cannot bark. The rivers run with salmon, food for huge sea eagles - and for Russia's biggest bears.
Presented by Nikolai Drozdov. Producer Nigel Marven
Series producer John Sparks
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Followed by Advent Calendar(Txt)
The Cry of Gabriel. Keely
Hodgson's haunting percussion piece for Advent describes the events of the Annunciation, when Mary receives a visit from the angel Gabriel.
With Ruth Cowley as Mary, and percussionists Evelyn Glennie ,
Gregory Knowles , Rachel Gledhill, and Gary Kettel.
Producer Christopher Mann
(The series ends with John Tavener 's The CryofChristmas.ChristmasDay. 10.55pm) ● STEREO
Network TV premiere for this sophisticated romantic comedy adapted from her novel by Susan Sandier , and starring Amy Irving
A 33-year-old bookstore manager is horrified to find her grandmother has been matchmaking on her behalf - and picked a pickle merchant.
With George Martin , John Bedford Lloyd, Claudia Silver , David Pierce , Rosemary Harris.
Director Joan Micklin Silver
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A Question of Taste. From religion to sex to language, comedy has always pushed the boundaries of taste. This gritty. fly-on-the-wall style film about the making of a documentary about offensive humour contains scenes guaranteed to outrage. Director Mark Chapman
Series producer Sarah Williams A Tiger production for BBCtv
Alfred Hitchcock 's disturbing thriller starring Jon Finch , Barry Foster , Alec McCowen
Suspicion for a series of brutal "necktie" murders falls on an ex-RAF officer. With
Barbara Leigh-Hunt , Anna Massey , Vivien Merchant, Bernard Cribbins , Billie Whitelaw. Jean Marsh. (B/wj
(The next Hitchcock film is Mr and Mrs Smith , tomorrow at 9. 1 5am) 0 FILMS: pages 41-65