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: Children's BBC: Joe 90

Puppet series.

: Children's BBC: Playdays

A visit to the circus to meet the clowns.

(Repeat) (Stereo)

: Children's BBC: Bitsa

Household junk is turned into something special.
(Repeat) (Stereo)

: Children's BBC: Jackanory Gold

Martin Jarvis reads The Christmas Truce, his adaptation of a Richmal Crompton story.


Author: Richmal Crompton
Adapted by/Storyteller: Martin Jarvis

: Children's BBC: Little Polar Bear

Animation about a young polar bear.

: Children's BBC: Highlander

Cartoon about an immortal hero.
(Repeat) (Stereo)

: Children's BBC: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Animated antics of an arachnid.

: Children's BBC: McGee and Me

Adventures with a naughty cartoon character.

: Children's BBC: Incredible Games

Futuristic games.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

: Children's BBC: The Mask

Cartoon about an ancient mask.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

: Children's BBC: Grange Hill

The series from 1988.


Writer: Margaret Simpson

: Children's BBC: The Queen's Nose

Final episode of the drama.
Harmony's wishes run out.
(Shown last Wednesday on BBC1)


Writer: Steve Attridge
Harmony: Victoria Shalet
Mrs Parker: Paula Wilcox
Mr Parker: Stephen Moore
Melody: Heather-Jay Jones
Uncle Ginger: Donald Sumpter
Grandma: Liz Smith

: Shooting Stars

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)


Guest: Frank Bough
Guest: Clare Grogan
Guest: John Thomson
Guest: Sarah White

: The Sunday Show

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.


Unknown: Donna McPhail
Unknown: Paul Tonkinson
Unknown: Jenny Ross.

: The O Zone

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)


Singer: Neneh Cherry
Singer: Gabrielle
Singers: The London Community Gospel Choir
Interviewee: Whitney Houston.

: Messiah from Scratch

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.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)

: The Pirate

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


Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Manuela: Judy Garland
Serafin: Gene Kelly
Don Pedro Vargas: Walter Slezak
Aunt Inez: Gladys Cooper
Advocate: Reginald Owen
Viceroy: George Zucco
Uncle Capucho: Lester Allen
Isabella: Lola Deem

: Ski Sunday

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.


Presenter: Hazel Irvine
Commentator: Julian Tutt

: Rugby Special

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.


Presenter: John Inverdale
Editor: Gerard Lane

: Spirits of the Jaguar: The Fifth World of the Aztecs

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.


Producer: Mark Jacobs
Series Producer: Paul Reddish

: Star Trek: Voyager: Faces

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)

: American Visions: The Empire of Signs

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.


Presenter: Robert Hughes
Director: Julia Cave
Executive Producer: Nicholas Rossiter

: Arena: Tony Bennett's New York

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)

(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Unknown: Tony Bennett
Reporter: Reggie Nadelson.
Unknown: Mario Cuomo
Unknown: David Hockney
Songwriter: Eivis Costello
Musician: Wynton Marsalis
Director: Leslie Woodhead
Executive Producer: Martin Rosenbaum

: Cruel Train

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: Emile Zola
Adapted by/Director: Malcolm McKay
Producer: Mervyn Gill-Dougherty
Ruben Roberts: David Suchet
Jack Dando: Adrian Dunbar
Selena Roberts: Saskia Reeves
Superintendent Fish: Alec McCowen
Sergeant Handy: Jonathan Moore
Percy Cotton: Richard Ridings
Phyllis: Melanie Hill
Mrs Liddle: Vivienne Burgess
Colin Caine: Gerard Horan
Flora: Minnie Driver
Maurice Mussell: Bryan Pringle
Vera: Sheila Reid
Davidson: Patrick Godfrey
John Muster: Steven Crossley
Henry Holloway: Paul McKay
Arthur Grandridge: David Belcher
Railway policeman: Gerry Hinks
Airraid warden: Danny Davies
Newsvendor: Vincent Worth
Waitress: Louise Papillon
Soldier: Sean Connelly
Assistant station master: Derek Lewis
Messenger boy: Lee Broom

: In Bed with Madonna

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 ***

Followed by Weatherview


Unknown: Kevin Costner
Director: Alek Keshishian

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