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: Miracle on Main Street

Seasonal drama starring
Margo, Walter Abel
When a dance hall girl discovers an abandoned baby in the alleys of Los
Angeles, her life is changed for ever.
Director Steve Sekely (1940) Black and white◆ See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Unknown: Walter Abel
Director: Steve Sekely

: Peter Ibbetson

Romantic fantasy drama, continuing the "Affairs to Remember" season of films featuring great screen romances. Starring
Gary Cooper, Ann Harding.

Peter Ibbetson , an architect, is hired by the Duke of Towers to build stabling. He recognises the Duke's wife as a childhood playmate. Unfortunately, the Duke misreads their affection as romantic interest.
(Black and white) (Subtitled)
(The next film in the "Affairs to Remember" season is "A Farewell to Arms" on Monday 23 December at 7.20am)
(See Films: pages 50-72)


[Actor]: Gary Cooper
[Actor]: Ann Harding
Director: Henry Hathaway

: Sports Review of the Year 1996

Another chance to see this year's sports review ceremony and the announcement of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Introduced from London's Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre by Desmond Lynam , Steve Rider and Sue Barker.
Executive producer Martin Hopkins ; Editor Dave Gordon Shown last SundayonBBCl Stereo


Unknown: Desmond Lynam
Unknown: Steve Rider
Unknown: Sue Barker.
Producer: Martin Hopkins
Editor: Dave Gordon

: Film 96 with Barry Norman

Reviews of Evita, SurvivingPicasso, Daylight and Matilda. Plus
Kenneth Branagh talks about his newfilm Hamlet. Films of the Year with Barry Norman is on Monday 23 December at 11.30pm on BBC1. Shown last Monday on BBCl Stereo Subtitled.


Talks: Kenneth Branagh
Unknown: Barry Norman

: Captain Horatio Hornblower

Adventure, the first film in today's Saturday Matinée double bill starring Gregory Peck
Also starring
Virginia Mayo While England is at war with France and Spain, Captain Hornblower sails on a secret mission to deliver weapons to a Spanish rebel, the bloodthirsty El Supremo.
Director Raoul Walsh (1951) Subtitled ......... ◆ See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Virginia Mayo
Director: Raoul Walsh
Captain Horatio Hornblower: Gregory Peck
Lady Barbara Wellesley: Virginia Mayo
Lieutenant William Bush: Robert Beatty
Quist JAMES: Robertson Justice
Admiral Leighton: Denis O'Dea
Captain: Christopher Lee

: The Big Country

Western, the second of today's
Saturday Matinee films starring
Gregory Peck
Also starring Jean Simmons
Having travelled westto claim the hand of Patricia Terrill , the daughter of a powerful landowner, former sea
captain James McKay finds himself at the centre of a feud. Showing in widescreen format.
DirectorWilliam Wyler (1958, PG) ♦ See Rims: pages 50-72


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Jean Simmons
Unknown: Patricia Terrill
Unknown: Captain James McKay
Unknown: Directorwilliam Wyler
James McKay: Gregory Peck
Julie Maragon: Jean Simmons
Patricia Terrill: Carroll Baker
Steve Leech: Charltonheston
Rufus Hannassey: Burlives
Major Henry Terrill: Charles Bickford


Hits from the Top of the Pops archives, plus today's chart sounds. stereo. A yuletide edition of Top of the Pops is on Christmas Day at 1.05pm on BBC1

: Gluck, Gluck, Gluck

Malcolm Gluck suggests wines suitable for inclusion in Christmas celebrations, eitherto accompany the traditional lunch or to buy as gifts. He also holds a tasting session to find some of the best cheap wines on offer, and travels to Scotland to recommend some bottles for a grand wedding reception. Last in the series. See today's choices.
Director Claudine Dabbs: Producer Tina Fletcher
INFORMATION: see Ceefax page 5800n Fridays
Internet address: http://www.bbc.co.uk/gluck


Unknown: Malcolm Gluck
Producer: Tina Fletcher

: Cat Show

The National Cat Club is celebrating 100 years of showing felines with its biggest show to date. Jessica Holm and Nick Knowles report from London's Olympia as more than 1,800 cats, of a wide range of breeds, are displayed in the annual event, which culminates with the Cat of the Year final.


Presenter: Jessica Holm
Presenter: Nick Knowles
Producer: Joy Corbett

: Affairs to Remember

The first in a short series of viewers' favourite classic film clips, selected to accompanythe Affairs to Remember season of romantic movies.
The film season continues with A Farewell to Arms on Monday 23 Decemberat 7.20am

: Christmas in Vienna

World famous Spanish opera tenor
Placido Domingo , American singing star Michael Bolton and China's premier operatic soprano Ying Huang come together in a festive concert featuring traditional and modern Christmas music and songs. The concert is staged by Mario Dradi , and features the Wiener Symphoniker orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio. The scene is described bypaul Gambaccini. TV presentation Stephen Morris
The city of Vienna plays host to another seasonal concert on New Year's Day at 11.15am


Tenor: Placido Domingo
Unknown: Michael Bolton
Soprano: Ying Huang
Unknown: Mario Dradi
Unknown: Wiener Symphoniker
Conducted By: Steven Mercurio.
Unknown: Stephen Morris

: What the Papers Say

Journalist Steve Crawshawe of The
Independent peruses the week's national newspapers.
Director Eric Harrison ; Producer Brian Blake
Stereo ..............................................


Unknown: Steve Crawshawe
Director: Eric Harrison
Producer: Brian Blake

: Enterprise Culture Revisited

The last of four documentaries updating a 1989 series about entrepreneurs.
Weighing Up the Risks. In the eighties two very different entrepreneurs needed moneyto expand their businesses.
Publisher Richard Flaye and fresh soup supplier Andrew Palmer approached a venture capitalist firm that eventually decided to invest in both. It was a risky undertaking, and one that has not, years later, paid off for everyone.
DirectorGail Taylor; Series producer EmmaWillis


Unknown: Richard Flaye
Unknown: Andrew Palmer

: Gogs

A five-part animated saga telling the story of the Gogs, Stone-Age folk living before the invention of language and confrontingthe trials of life using a mixture of ingenuity and brute force.
The mystery behind the construction of Stonehenge is resolved when Gramps builds baby a swing to keep him quiet. Directors Deiniol Morris and Michael Mort
Executive producers Meirion Davies and Colin Rose Gogs continues on Monday 23 December at 6.45pm


Unknown: Michael Mort
Producers: Meirion Davies
Producers: Colin Rose

: Musicals Great Musicals

MGM producer Arthur Freed was responsible for many of the most memorable musical films ever made, including An American in Paris, Gigi, Meet Me in St Louis, On the Town (which follows at 10.25pm), Singin' in the Rain and his debut film The Wizard of Oz. This documentary introduces a season of his films and salutes his contribution to the movie world.
See today's choices.
Director David Thompson
Producer Margaret Smilow


Director: David Thompson
Producer: Margaret Smilow

: On the Town

The first in a season of musicals produced by Arthur
Freed, starring
Gene Kelly , Frank Sinatra
Gabey, Chip and Ozzie are three sailors on a 24-hour pass in New York with high hopes for a memorable day. Their first order of business, however, istofind some female company.
Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
(1949. U) The next film in the Arthur Freed season is The Pirate, tomorrow at 2.25pm
* See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Frank Sinatra
Directors: Stanley Donen
Gabey: Gene Kelly
Chip: Frank Sinatra
Ivy Smith: Vera-Ellen
Ozzie: Jules Munshin
Brunhilde Esterhazy: Betty Garrett
Claire Huddesen: Ann Miller
Madame Dilyovska: Florence Bates

: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

A satirical drama about the Virgin Birth, set in New York in 1960. Starring Mira Sorvino , Malcolm McDowell Mary Weinstein , a nice Jewish girl, undergoes an extraordinary transformation during a day out. A visit to the doctor confirms that she is, miraculously, pregnant.


Unknown: Mira Sorvino
Unknown: Malcolm McDowell
Unknown: Mary Weinstein
MaryWeinstein: Mira Sorvino
Angel Gabriel: Malcolm McDowell
Mrs Weinstein: Anne Byrne
MrWeinstein: Ivan Kronenfeld
Joey: Tim Monsion

: REM Road Movie

American rock group REM returntotheir home state of Georgia forthis concert in Atlanta, recorded duringtheir recent tour. Songs featured include hits such as Losing My Religion, EverybodyHurts and It's 's the End of the World.
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