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: City Lights

Romantic comedy, the second in a short season of films directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin
The story of a tramp, a blind girl and an eccentric millionaire, with music by Chaplin.
(1931) B/W ♦ See Films: pages 49-72 ***** Modern Times is tomorrow at 7.15am


Unknown: Charlie Chaplin

: Mame

Continuingthe short season of musicals, a comedy starring
Lucille Ball , Robert Preston
Patrick's life is transformed when he goes to live with his Auntie Mame. Widescreen. Director Gene Saks (1974) ♦ See Films: pages 49-72
The musical My Fair Lady is at 3.20pm


Unknown: Lucille Ball
Unknown: Robert Preston

: The Voyage of CharlesDarwin

A six-part documentary drama series, showing overthe next week, based on the naturalist's five-year voyage of adventure and scientific discovery to South America and the Galapagos.
1: 1 Was Considered a Very Ordinary Boy Darwin sets sail in HMS Beagle. Charles Darwin
MALCOLM STODDARD. Captain FitzRoy ANDREW BURT. Dr Darwin IAIN CUTHBERTSON. Josiah Wedgwood GEORGE COLE. Professor Henslow KEITH SMITH, Lieutenant Sulivan PETER SETTELEN Written by Robert Reid ; Director Martyn Friend
Producer Christopher Railing


Unknown: Boy Darwin
Unknown: Malcolm Stoddard.
Unknown: Captain Fitzroy Andrew Burt.
Unknown: Dr Darwin Iain Cuthbertson.
Unknown: George Cole.
Unknown: Professor Henslow Keith
Written By: Robert Reid

: Celebrity Mantelpiece

Reflections on the treasures kept on his mantelpiece by the late actor
Michael Hordern.


Unknown: Michael Hordem.

: The Adventures ofQuentin Durward

Period drama starring
Robert Taylor
Quentin Durward becomes the pawn in a struggle between King Louis XI and the Duke of Burgundy. Widescreen.
Director Richard Thorpe (1955) ............. * See Films: pages 49-72 ****


Unknown: Robert Taylor
Unknown: Quentin Durward
Director: Richard Thorpe
Quentin Durward: Robert Taylor
Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy: Kay Kendall
King Louis XI: Robert Morley
Charles, Duke of Burgundy: Alec Clunes
Count Philip deCreville: Marius Goring
Master Oliver: Wilfrid Hyde White

: Anne FrankRemembered

The International Emmy award-winning account of the life of Anne Frank , the 15-year-old who kept a diary through her two years in hiding in Amsterdam during the Second World War. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh , with excerpts from the diary read by Joely Richardson and music composed and conducted by Carl Davis. Director/Producer Jon Blair


Unknown: Anne Frank
Unknown: Kenneth Branagh
Read By: Joely Richardson
Conducted By: Carl Davis.
Producer: Jon Blair

: My Fair Lady

Showing as part of a short season of musicals based on Broadway shows, a comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison
Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor, bets Colonel Hugh Pickering that he can train a cockney flower girl and introduce her as a lady at social gatherings. Widescreen.
More Loverly than Ever, a documentary on the making of My Fair Lady, is on Friday 29 December at 3. 25pm Director George Cukor (1964)
See Films: pages 49-72
The musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever can be seen tomorrow at 3.55pm


Director: George Cukor
Eliza Doolittle: Audrey Hepburn
Professor Henry Higgins: Rex Harrison
Alfred P Doolittle: Stanley Holloway
Colonel Hugh Pickering: Wilfrid Hyde White
Mrs Higgins: Gladys Cooper
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Jeremy Brett

: The Gurkhas

Soldiers of myth and mystery, the Nepalese men who swear allegiance to the Queen have fought for Britain for 180 years, winning a total of 26 Victoria Crosses along the way and inspiring fear in enemy armies. Ian Wooldridge considers what makes these men from the foothills of the Himalayas such good soldiers. He follows the process of selection, which involves choosingfrom around 57,000 applicants only 150 new Gurkhas, and the men's introduction to England.
ProducerMichaelBegg Stereo


Unknown: Ian Wooldridge

: Pride and Prejudice:from Page to Screen

Anotherchancetosee Andrew Davies , who adapted
Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice for the recent TV series, and other members of the production team discussing the novel's dramatisation. Writer P D James assesses their version.
See today's choices.
Producer Sara Feilden ; Executive producer
Angie Mason Rot Stereo Subtitled ...


Unknown: Anotherchancetosee Andrew Davies
Unknown: Jane Austen
Producer: Sara Feilden
Producer: Angie Mason

: Sylvie Guillem

A new three-part series, showing on consecutive nights, in which French dancer Sylvie Guillem invites directors and choreographers to explore new ways of bringing dance and movement to the screen.
Tonight's piece, entitled Smoke, is a duet created by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek for Sylvie and his brother, the dancerNiklasEk. Using music by Avro Part , they explore the relationship between a man and a woman.
Directors Mats Ek. Gunnilla Wallin ; Executive producers Beatrice Dupont. Bob Lockyer
Part 2 tomorrow at 7.30pm Stereo........


Unknown: Sylvie Guillem
Music By: Avro Part
Directors: Mats Ek.
Directors: Gunnilla Wallin

: The Abbey

The second of a three-part series in which Alan Bennett explores Westminster Abbey.
Whom Would You Like to Be Seen
Dead With. Bennett goes high up into the north transept, wanders along a hidden passage that goes around the whole building, sits in on a meetingof the Dean and Chapter, and visits the tombs. See today's choices.
The final part can be seen tomorrow at 8.00pm


Unknown: Alan Bennett

: Close Up

Screenwriting teacher Robert McKee chooses a scene from Erich von
Stroheim's silent classic Greed.


Presenter: Robert McKee

: A to Z of ATV

An alphabetical compendium of classic clips and famous faces from over a quarter of a century of the channel ATV, includingMorecambeand Wise, Crossroads, Sunday Night at the London Palladium and The Prisoner.
Producer Louis Heaton Rpt


Producer: Louis Heaton Rpt

: Victoria Wood - as Seen on TV Special

A repeat showing of a 1987 special edition of the comedy show, written by and starring Victoria Wood, and featuring such classic sketches as Acorn Antiques. Also featuring Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Susie Blake, Jim Broadbent, Maggie Steed, Paul Heiney, and Sam Kelly. Director/Producer Geoff Posner


Unknown: Victoria Wood
Unknown: Julie Walters
Unknown: Celia Imrie
Unknown: Duncan Preston
Unknown: Susie Blake
Unknown: Jim Broadbent
Unknown: Maggie Steed
Unknown: Paul Heiney
Unknown: Sam Kelly.
Producer: Geoff Posner

: Screen Two: The Hour of the Pig

Comedy drama starring Colin Firth
Idealistic young Parisian lawyer Richard Courtois sets up a practice among the superstitious rural community of Abbeville. Soon, he gets embroiled in religious. political and sexual intrigue. Showing in widescreen format.
Director Leslie Megahey 1993)
* See Films: pages 49-72 ***


Director: Leslie Megahey
Richard Courtois: Colin Firth
Albertus: Ian Holm
Pincheon: Donald Pleasence
Samira: Amina Annabi
Seigneur Jehan d'Auferre: Nicol Williamson
Magistrate Boniface: Michael Gough
Jeannine: Harriet Walter
Mathieu: Jim Carter
Filette d'Auferre: Lysette Anthony
Gerard d'Auferre: Justin Chadwick
Maria: Sophie Dix
Dark stranger: Michael Cronin
Madame Langlois: Elizabeth Spriggs

: Faust

Fantasy from celebrated
Czech animatorand director
Jan Svankmajer , starring
Specially commissioned by the BBC, this contemporary retelling of a great European legend draws on plays by Marlowe and Goethe and the opera by Gounod, as well as Czech folk traditions. The director creates an original Faustian world, mixing live action with model animation and life-sized marionettes in an idiosyncratic style. Selected forthe Cannes Film Festival, this English language version features all voices by Andrew Sachs.
Director Jan Svankmajer (1994) Stereo . # See Films: pages 49-72 *****


Director: Jan Svankmajer
Voices By: Andrew Sachs.
Director: Jan Svankmajer

: The Body Snatcher

Horrorstarring Boris Karloff , Bela Lugosi
Edinburgh, 1832: a gifted doctor enters into a sinister relationship with a grave-robberto obtain cadavers to use for dissection.
Director Robert Wise (1945)
B/W............................................. See Films: pages 49-72 *****


Unknown: Horrorstarring Boris Karloff
Unknown: Bela Lugosi
John Gray: Boris Karloff
Joseph: Bela Lugosi
DrMacFarlane: Henry Daniell
MegCamden: Edith Atwater
Donald Fettes: Russell Wade

: Weatherview.

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