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: Modern Times

Continuing the season of films starring Charlie Chaplin
Also starring Paulette Goddard
A factory worker becomes unhinged by the nature of his work and is placed in a psychiatric hospital. Following his release, he meets a beautiful orphan.
Director Charles Chaplin (1936) B/W ...... ♦ See Films: pages 49-72 ***** The Great Dictator is tomorrow at 7.05am


Unknown: Charlie Chaplin
Unknown: Paulette Goddard
Director: Charles Chaplin

: Woman of the Year

Comedy, marking the first screen pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
Two journalists battle each other in their respective columns, but when they meet there is a definite attraction.
Director George Stevens (1942) B/W ****
See Films: pages 49-72


Unknown: Spencer Tracy
Unknown: Katharine Hepburn
Director: George Stevens

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Planet Earth, an Explorer's Guide: 1: On the Edge of the World

The first of five daily science lectures which are intended to be of particular interest to children.
Dr James Jackson, a geologist from Cambridge University, looks for clues in what explorers, meteorites, volcanoes and earthquakes tell us about the make-up of Planet Earth. See today's choices.
Stereo The next lecture is tomorrow at 11.30am
VIDEO PACK: see Friday 29 December at 11.30am


Speaker: Dr James Jackson
Producer: Cynthia Page
Executive Producer: Caroline van den Brul

: Celebrity Mantelpiece

A look at the treasures of novelist Kingsley Amis, who died this year.

: Racing

From Chepstow, featuring the Welsh
National at 1.55pm and races at 12.50,
1.20 and 2.30, plus the 2. 10 from
Leopardstown. With Richard Pitman.


Unknown: Richard Pitman.

: A River of Sound

The first ofthree programmes in which
Micheal O'Suilleabhain charts the course of Irish traditional music.
Between the Jigs and the Reels. A look at Irish dance music, featuringa master of the old style, still dancing at 75, and the glamour of the stage show Riverdance. Director Philip King ; Producer Nuala O'Connor
Part two is tomorrow at 12.30pm Stereo ..


Unknown: Micheal O'Suilleabhain
Director: Philip King
Producer: Nuala O'Connor

: Close Up

Teresa Gorman MP picks herfavourite moment from the Julie Andrews musical
Victor/Victoria. Stereo ................


Unknown: Teresa Gorman
Unknown: Julie Andrews

: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Continuing the short season of musicals. Starring Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand
A neurotic chain-smoker regresses to a Past life while under hypnosis, which rouses her doctor's interest.
Director Vincente Mlnnelli (1970)
See Films: pages 49-72 ***
Fiddler on the Roof is tomorrow at 3. 1 0pm


Director: Vincente Mlnnelli
Daisy Gamble: Barbra Streisand
Dr Marc Chabot: Yves Montand
Dr Mason Hume: Bob Newhart
Tad Pringle: Jack Nicholson
Winnie Wainwhisle: Irene Handl

: Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers

Another chance to see animator Nick Park's Oscar-winning comedy adventure. A mysterious penguin lodger tries to destroy Wallace and Gromit's happy home life at number 62 West Wallaby Street, and entraps Wallace - the inventor of a cunning pair of automated trousers - in a spectacular crime.
Wallace and Gromit in "A Grand Day Out" can be seen tomorrow at 6.00pm.
Wallace and Gromit giveaways: see page

: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape

While Riker and the Enterprise respond to a distress call from a Romulan ship, Jean-Luc, Troi, Geordi and Data are aboard the runabout. Suddenly they enter a time warp and, minutes later, the runabout's fuel tanks are exhausted.
The Enterprise is frozen in time on the brink of total annihilation, about to be caught in a massive disruptor beam. For cast see Wednesday 20 December
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is tomorrow at 6. 25pm

: Rocky Star

Space adventure serial. Zog has plans to destroy the Blue Streak, b/w

: Sylvie Guillem

In the second programme of the series, French dancer Sylvie Guillem asks the American-born choreographer William Forsythe to create a solo for himself.
Working with the young British director Thomas Lovell Balogh, the pair collaborate on a solo that explores the way a dancer and a camera can discover relationships which are impossible on the stage.

The second part of the programme, Movement, is a film by French director Francoise Ha Van which uses specially shot film and archive footage to show that movement can help to explain space, reality, speed and life itself.
Final programme: tomorrow at 7.30pm


Unknown: Sylvie Guillem
Unknown: William Forsythe
Director: Thomas Lovell Balogh
Director: Frangoise Ha Van

: The Abbey

A Mirror of England. Alan Bennett
watches the main daily service of Evensong and reflects on his boyhood religion in the last of this series on Westminster
Abbey. See today's choices.


Unknown: Alan Bennett

: Another Foot in the Past

The House that Time Forgot. The story of number 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, in Nottinghamshire - the only suburban semi owned by the National Trust and a 1920s time capsule.

: The Likely Lads

In this special Christmas edition Bob and Thelma are determined to enjoy the festivities but, inevitably, Terry creates trouble for Bob which starts the season off on the wrongfoot.
Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais : Producer BernardThompson Rpt Subtitled ......


Written By: Dick Clement
Written By: Ian La Frenais
Terry: James Bolam
Bob: Rodney Bewes
Thelma: Brigit Forsyth
Jack: Norman Mitchell
Man in pub: John White
Lady in pub: Betty Bowden
Andrea: Joanna Ross
Sylvia: Lilian Verner
Police constable: John Crocker

: Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam

She hit the headlines as the woman who supplied hookers to Hollywood's rich and famous. But what made a nice girl from a middle-class family descend into a sleazy world of drugs, pimps and sex for money which led her ultimately to jail and ruin? Award-winning documentary film maker
Nick Broomfield goes in search of the real Heidi Fleiss and discovers the fatal attraction of an abusive relationship.


Unknown: Nick Broomfield
Unknown: Heidi Fleiss

: A Great Day in Harlem

Jazz documentary.
One August morning in New
York in 1958, photographer
7 Art Kane recorded a remarkable moment in jazz history - a gathering in Harlem of all the greatest livirigjazz musicians, 57 of them, plus one club owner. Narrated by Quincy Jones , this documentary tells the story of that historic photograph, taken for Esquire magazine, and the jazz world that it captured. It also features home-movie footage of and archive performances by many of those who appeared in the picture. Including Dizzy Gillespie , Art Blakey , Art Farmer, Chubby Jackson , Eddie Locke , Paula Morris , Marian McPartland and Sonny Rollins. Director Jean Bach (1994)
BIWandColour Subtitled ................... + See Films: pages 49-72 *****


Unknown: Quincy Jones
Unknown: Dizzy Gillespie
Unknown: Art Blakey
Unknown: Chubby Jackson
Unknown: Eddie Locke
Unknown: Paula Morris
Unknown: Marian McPartland
Unknown: Sonny Rollins.
Director: Jean Bach

: Mo' Better Blues

Spike Lee directs and stars in this gritty portrait of a man approaching a crisis point in his life. Also starring
Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes Bleek Gilliam is an immensely talented but self-centred jazz trumpeter, whose single-minded concentration on his music leaves the two women in his life
- schoolteacher Indigo and aspiring singerclarke - battlingfor his attention.
(1990) .............................................. ♦ See Films: pages 49-72 ***


Unknown: Spike Lee
Unknown: Wesley Snipes
Unknown: Bleek Gilliam
Bleek Gilliam: Denzel Washington
Giant: Spike Lee
Shadow Henderson: Wesley Snipes
Indigo Downes: Joie Lee
Clarke Bentancourt: Cynda Williams
Big Stop Gilliam: Dick Anthony Williams
Left Hand Lacey: Giancarlo Esposito
Moe Flatbush: John Turturro
JoshFlatbush: Nicholas Turturro
Bottom Hammer: Bill Nunn
Butterbean Jones: Robin Harris

: Weatherview .

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