7.30 Puppetseries. Repeat.1919280
A visit to the circus to meet the Clowns. Repeat Stereo ...............
Household junk is turned into something special. Repeat Stereo ..
Martin Jarvis reads
The Christmas Truce, his adaptation of a Richmal Crompton story. Repeat ...
Animation about a young polar bear. Repeat ................
Cartoon about an immortal hero. Repeat Stereo
Of an arachnid. Repeat
Adventures with a naughty cartoon character. Repeat.
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Cartoon about an ancient mask. Repeat Stereo Subtitled ..........
The series from 1988.
Written by Margaret Simpson Repeat
Final episode of the drama.
Harmony's wishes run out.
Shown last Wednesday on BBC1
Celebrity quiz with television presenters
Frank Bough and Clare Grogan and actors John Thomson and Sarah White.
Shown last Friday The next Shooting Stars is on Friday
27Decemberat9pm Stereo Subtitled .......
The madcap show reviews 1996's showbiz, pop and football news. Hosted by Donna McPhail , Paul Tonkinson and Jenny Ross. Highlights from the series can be seen on Christmas Day at 10.45am. Stereo.
The pop magazine previews Radio l's gospel special on Christmas Eve, featuring singers Neneh Cherry and Gabrielle, and the London Community Gospel Choir. Plus an interview With Whitney Houston. Stereo.......... Christmas According to the Gospel of.... is on Christmas Eve at 10pm on Radio 1
Every year more than 4,000 people from all over Britain join forces at the Royal
Albert Hall to sing Handel's masterpiece, Messiah. Cameras follow fourgroups from different parts of the country as they travel to London forthebigday. Stereo Subtitled .......
Continuing the season of classic musicals produced by Arthur Freed, starring
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly.
1820s: lovelorn Caribbean island girl Manuela fantasises about a notoriously dashing local pirate. Then wandering minstrel Serafin falls in love with her.
The next film in the Arthur Freed season is "Easter Parade", tomorrow at 4.20pm
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Don Pedro Vargas:
Featuring the men's downhill event from Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites.
Julian Tutt describes the action from the challenging Saslong course. Introduced by Hazel Irvine.
John Inverdale introduces fifth-round
Piikington Cup action, with first division Sale playing second division Richmond, and several other intriguing ties taking place. Plus highlights from League matches, with Cardiff facing Swansea, and the rest of the weekend's rugby news and views.
Editor Gerard Lane Stereo ..................
Concludingthe series exploringthe origins of the wildlife and civilisations of the Caribbean and Central America. The Fifth World of the Aztecs. The
Aztecs of ancient Mexico were a ragged desert tribe that had their origins in a harsh land of scorched canyons, erupting volcanoes, rattlesnakes, scorpions and predatory hawks.
Frightened bythis hostile environment, they came to believe that only the offering of human blood would prevent the gods from ending the world, and they practised ritual human sacrifice. However, they also wrote beautiful poetry and saw the spirits of dead warriors as butterflies.
Producer Mark Jacobs ; Series producer Paul Reddish
Faces. B'Elanna is taken prisoner by the Vedeans, who force herto undergo radical surgery. Her half-human, half-Klingon genetic inheritance develops into two separate beings, who receive very different treatment. For cast see Sunday29 December
Highlights of a gala event can be seen in Star Trek: 30 Years and beyond, Saturday 28 December 12.40pm
The Empire of Signs. Robert Hughes charts the story of America as a global superpower afterthe Second World
War. As an imperial America was born, new artists emerged, such as Jackson Pollock , Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Consumer culture and Cold War paranoia were the themes of the fifties, producing the Beat Generation and artists Robert Rauschenberg and JasperJohns.
Pop Art soon followed, with the billboards of James Rosenquist and AndyWarhol's celebration of the banal. President Kennedy's optimism and the Apollo space missions epitomised the belief that an exceptional people had finally claimed their destiny. Then the spectre of Vietnam plunged America into a destructive nightmare. Director Julia Cave: Executive producer
Tony Bennett 's New York At 70 years of age, singer Tony Bennett has been dubbed the King of Cool by the MTV-watchinggeneration. Arena reveals the man behind the silky voice as Tony Bennett -civil rights activist, jazz enthusiast, painter and New Yorker -takes a tour around his native city and the world of American music with reporter Reggie Nadelson. Featuring politician Mario Cuomo , painter David Hockney , songwriter Eivis Costello and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
An Arena on American TV actor
Sid Caesar and his writing team is on Christmas Eve at 9pm.
Director Leslie Woodhead ; Executive producer
Martin Ros aum Stereo Subtitled ...
A dark and stylish drama set in wartime Britain, based on La Bete Humaine, EmileZola's classic thriller. Starring
Adrian Dunbar , Saskia Reeves
November 1940: Ruben Roberts , a deputy station master, makes the shocking discovery that he owes everything in life-hisjob, his marriage and his home -to the sexual favours that his youngwife Selena has been forced to grant to her abusive godfather, the rich and powerful railway chairman Arthur Grandridge. Driven byjealousy, he murders Grandridge on the Brighton express train. See today's choices.
Adapted by Malcolm McKay ; Producer
Mervyn Gill-Dougherty: Director Malcolm McKay
Assistant station master:
An intimate portrait of Madonna, the controversial pop phenomenon.
Shot during the 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, this documentary features some frank backstage scenes (including Madonna's famous encounters with Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty and Sandra Bernhard) and hit songs such as Express Yourself,
Holiday, Vogue and Like a Virgin, which caused the Toronto authorities to consider arresting the singer for obscene behaviour.
Director Alek Keshishian (1991,18) Black and white and Colour
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