A visit to the circus to meet the clowns.
Household junk is turned into something special.
Martin Jarvis reads The Christmas Truce, his adaptation of a Richmal Crompton story.
Animation about a young polar bear.
Cartoon about an immortal hero.
Animated antics of an arachnid.
Adventures with a naughty cartoon character.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)
Cartoon about an ancient mask.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)
The series from 1988.
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 27 December at 9pm) (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 1's gospel special on Christmas Eve, featuring singers Neneh Cherry and Gabrielle, and the London Community Gospel Choir. Plus an interview With Whitney Houston.
(Christmas According to the Gospel of.... is on Christmas Eve at 10pm on Radio 1)
The London Community Gospel
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 four groups from different parts of the country as they travel to London for the big day.
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)
See Films: pages 50-72
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 Pilkington 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.
Concluding the series exploring the origins of the wildlife and civilisations of the Caribbean and Central America.
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 by this 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.
B'Elanna is taken prisoner by the Vedeans, who force her to undergo radical surgery. Her half-human, half-Klingon genetic inheritance develops into two separate beings, who receive very different treatment.
(For cast see Sunday 29 December)
(Highlights of a gala event can be seen in Star Trek: 30 Years and beyond, Saturday 28 December 12.40pm)
Robert Hughes charts the story of America as a global superpower after the 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 Jasper Johns.
Pop Art soon followed, with the billboards of James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol'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.
At 70 years of age, singer Tony Bennett has been dubbed the King of Cool by the MTV-watching generation. 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 Elvis Costello and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
(An Arena on American TV actor Sid Caesar and his writing team is on Christmas Eve at 9pm)
A dark and stylish drama set in wartime Britain, based on La Bete Humaine, Emile Zola's classic thriller. Starring David Suchet, Adrian Dunbar, Saskia Reeves
November 1940: Ruben Roberts, a deputy station master, makes the shocking discovery that he owes everything in life - his job, his marriage and his home - to the sexual favours that his young wife Selena has been forced to grant to her abusive godfather, the rich and powerful railway chairman Arthur Grandridge. Driven by jealousy, he murders Grandridge on the Brighton express train.
See today's choices.
Based on "La Bete Humaine" by:
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
See Films: pages 50-72 ***
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