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: Spirit of the People

Historical drama starring Raymond Massey.
Robert E. Sherwood's acclaimed play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" is the basis for this moving portrait of "Honest Abe's" early days. It follows him from his roots as a peace-loving backwoodsman, through his career as a lawyer, to his involvement with politics and his rise to the Presidency.
Films: pages 41-65


Director: John Cromwell
Abraham Lincoln: Raymond Massey
Stephen Douglas: Gene Lockhart
Mary Todd Lincoln: Ruth Gordon
Ann Rutledge: Mary Howard
Elizabeth Edwards: Dorothy Tree
Ninian Edwards: Harvey Stephens
Joshua Speed: Minor Watson
Billy Herndon: Alan Baxter

: Shall We Dance

Continuing the season of films starring
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
A world-renowned ballet star, Petroff, falls in love with a musical comedy star.
Music by George and Ira Gershwin Director Mark Sandrich
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Fred Astaire
Unknown: Ginger Rogers
Petroff: Fred Astaire
Linda Keene: Ginger Rogers
Baird: Edward Everett Horton
Cecil Flintridge: Eric Blore
Arthur Miller: Jerome Cowan
Lady Tarrington: Kettigallian

: Pigeon Street

Animation about the people who live on Pigeon Street.

: Chinese State Circus

This year, for the first time, the Chinese State Circus toured
Britain, bringing with it 45 world-class acrobatic performers, a Chinese band, and costumes from the Peking Opera, in a show full of precision and innovation.

: Aspen - Colorado

A documentary by the acclaimed director Frederick
Wiseman which follows the antics of the rich and famous at
Aspen. Celebrities spend extravagant ski holidays there, while Wiseman records them and exposes another and more human side of the small town.

: Geraint Evans Masterclass

In the last of four programmes shown as a tribute to Sir
Geraint Evans , he works with young singers on Mozart's famous opera Cost fan tutte. Introduced by masterclass participant Rosemary Ashe , currently performing in Les Miserables.


Unknown: Geraint Evans
Unknown: Rosemary Ashe

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

The penultimate lecture by Professor Charles Stirling , FRS. Symmetry, Sensation and Sex Our sex depends directly upon the handedness of a molecule.
Professor Stirling examines the role of handed molecules like testosterone and adrenalin in the survival of the species.
(The final lecture tomorrow at 2.50pm)


Unknown: Professor Charles Stirling

: The Works

Slippery When Wet. A scientific look at liquid engineering. • TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888

: 10x10

Unusual insights into Britain today by first-time directors. The Last Haircut. It's
Christmas and a barber is giving his last haircut. (Blackandwhite. Rpt)

: World Darts

A look back at the final of the 1992 Embassy World Darts Championship between
Mike Gregory and Phil Taylor, one of the closest contests of this event. With Dougie Donnelly. ● STEREO


Unknown: Mike Gregory
Unknown: Phil Taylor
Presenter: Dougie Donnelly.

: Faldo's Open

Nick Faldo won his third Open Golf Championship in July, confirming his place as the world's No 1 player. This film looks back at a triumph fashioned by nerve, skill and strength of character. With Steve Rider.


Unknown: Nick Faldo
Unknown: Steve Rider.

: Life with Eliza

Last in the comedy drama series starring John Sessions Keeping Up Appearances
Ernest seems to be going up in the world at last.

: The Black Stallion

Family adventure starring
Mickey Rooney
Kelly Reno , Teri Garr
The tale of a boy shipwrecked off north Africa with a headstrong Arab stallion and their adventures after they are rescued and return to New York.
Director Carroll Ballard
* TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 0 FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Mickey Rooney
Unknown: Kelly Reno
Unknown: Teri Garr
Director: Carroll Ballard
Henry Dailey: Mickey Rooney
Alec Ramsey: Kelly Reno
Alec's mother: Terigarr
Snoe: Clarence Muse
Alec's father: Hoyt Axton

: I'm a Stranger Here Myself

Kurt Weill in America
The story of Kurt Weill's relationship with the American popular theatre. During his years in exile on Broadway, the composer of Mack the Knife and The Alabama Song, who personified decadent Berlin, found a new life in New York, creating such standards as September Song and Speak Low. Director Barrie Gavin describes the film as "the history of an artist ... struggling to write music which could have real meaning for the society he had just joined." Weill is remembered by the conductor Maurice Abravanel and the actor Burgess Meredith and there are extracts from several of his works.
( Weill's Street Scene from the English National Opera is tomorrow at 6. OOpm) ● STEREO


Unknown: Kurt Weill
Unknown: Kurt Weill
Unknown: Speak Low.
Director: Barrie Gavin
Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
Unknown: Burgess Meredith

: The Vampyr - a Soap Opera

Third episode of an action-packed updating of a 19th-century romantic opera. (Part 4 tomorrowat 10.25pm. Forcast see Tuesday 29 December) ● STEREO

: The Doug Anthony All-Stars

Music and comedy from
Australia's most irreverent trio. With a guest appearance from comedian Flacco.
Director/Producer Geoff Posner APozzitiveproductionforBBCtv


Producer: Geoff Posner

: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

First showing on network television for this spoof epic film.
AD 932: King Arthur and his page Patsy are seeking knights to join them at the Round Table. But a more demanding task awaits them when God appears telling them of their quest - to seek the Holy Grail.
With Graham Chapman ,
John Cleese , Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle , Terry Jones , Michael Palin , Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth, John Young and Neil Innes.
Directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Graham Chapman
Unknown: John Cleese
Unknown: Terry Gilliam
Unknown: Eric Idle
Unknown: Terry Jones
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: John Young
Unknown: Neil Innes.
Directors: Terry Gilliam
Directors: Terry Jones

: Rab C Nesbitt

Starring Gregor Fisher as Scotland's string-vested street philosopher.
Home. Hogmanay! When exiles think fondly of home.
Written by Ian Pattison
Director/Producer Colin Gilbert


Unknown: Gregor Fisher
Written By: Ian Pattison
Rab C Nesbitt: Gregor Fisher
Mary Nesbitt: Elaine C Smith
Burney Nesbitt: Eric Cullen
Gash Nesbitt: Andrew Fairlie
Jamesie Cotter: Tony Roper

: Without You I'm Nothing

Always provocative, often outrageous, American comedian Sandra Bernhard features in a filmed comedy-cabaret adapted from her 1990 off-Broadway stage show.
She takes her audience on a journey through love, sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and Madonna. But why isn't her audience responding and is she really nothing without them? Director John Boskovich


Unknown: Sandra Bernhard

: Weatherview

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