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: The Barkleys of Broadway

The first in a double bill of musicals produced by Arthur Freed and starring Fred Astaire
Also starring Ginger Rogers

Josh and Dinah Barkley, married Broadway stars, split when Dinah is offered the lead in a new play. Will they find success apart?
(1949, U) (Black and white)
See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Charles Walters
Josh Barkley: Fred Astaire
Dinah Barkley: Ginger Rogers

: The Band Wagon

Concluding the double bill of musicals produced by Arthur
Freed and starring Fred Astaire
Also starring Cyd Charisse
Star Tony Hunter has not made a movie for three years. But with a little persuasion, he takes the lead in a new Broadway show.
Director Vincente Minneiii (1953.U) The Arthur Freed season continues with Singin' in the Rain on Friday 27 December at 5.20pm * See Films: pages 50-72


Unknown: Fred Astaire
Unknown: Cyd Charisse
Unknown: Star Tony Hunter
Director: Vincente Minneiii

: The Simpsons Christmas Special: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire

Homer needs to earn some extra cash.
(Shown on Saturday 21 December at 5.35pm)

: The Sunday Show

To end the series. Donna McPhail presents a compilation of show highlights, with Dennis Pennis 's celebrity interrogations, Jenny Ross on a pop pilgrimage to trace Icelandic star Bjork's roots, and a festive hangover cure from Bez.


Unknown: Donna McPhail
Unknown: Dennis Pennis
Unknown: Jenny Ross

: Affairs to Remember

People recall their magic movie moments. Casablanca, the next film in the Affairs to Remember season, is at 3.10pm

: Ballet

Documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman turns his cameras on the American Ballet Theatre as they prepare for their European tour. Wiseman captures the daily routine of a leading dance company, including the late Michael Somes in rehearsal and choreographer Agnes de Mille as she tries to construct a new ballet.


Director: Frederick Wiseman
Subject: Michael Somes
Subject: Agnes de Mille

: The Year in Flight

Julian Tutt reviews an eventful year in aviation, with action from the Farnborough Air Show, news of major projects in the Far East, the final passenger flight made by the Viscount, and a flypast for Heathrow Airport's 50th birthday.


Presenter: Julian Tutt

: Gogs

Continuing the animated saga of the Gogs. The family tries to ward off disease.
Gogs ends tomorrow 11.15pm Stereo

: Casablanca

The Affairs to Remember season continues with a classic screen romance, starring
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Rick's Cafe in wartime Casablanca is a haven for criminals, resistance fighters and Nazis. Its owner, expatriate American Richard "Rick" Blaine, takes risks for no one - until the arrival of Ilsa and her husband, who are desperate to get to America.
(1942, U) (Black and white)
(An Affair to Remember continues the season, Friday 2.50pm)
See Films: pages 50-72


Director: Michael Curtiz
Rick Blaine: Humphrey Bogart
lisa Lund: Ingrid Bergman
Victor Laszlo: Paul Henreid
Captain Louis Renault: Claude Rains
Major Strasser: Conrad Veidt
Senor Ferrari: Sydney Greenstreet
Ugarte: Peter Lorre

: Choir of the Year

First of a four-part search for Britain's top amateur choir in Sainsbury's Choir of the Year competition. Today's programme joins the semi-final stage, now the 10,000-strong field has been whittled down. Hosts Howard Goodall and Wasfi Kani report from Buxton Opera House.
(The youth semi-final is tomorrow at 3.45pm)


Presenter: Howard Goodall
Presenter: Wasfi Kani
Director: Anna Gravelle
Producer: Christina Macaulay

: The Queen

Her Majesty makes her address to the Commonwealth. With signing, subtitles.
(Shown at 3pm on BBC1 and ITV and 6.40pm on Channel 4)

: Today's the Day Christmas Special

Two celebrity teams made up of members of classic television comedy shows do battle in this festive edition of the nostalgia quiz using clips and facts from Christmases past. The famous faces taking part include Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor of The Goodies and Jean Boht, who played Nellie Boswell in Bread. Presented by Martyn Lewis.


Presenter: Martyn Lewis
Panellist: Bill Oddie
Panellist: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Panellist: Jean Boht
Series Producer: Henry Eagles
Executive Producer: Mark Rowland

: An Audience with Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol: Part 2

Simon Callow re-enacts Christmas dinner with the Cratchit family in the second scene selected from Charles Dickens's best-loved seasonal story.


Charles Dickens: Simon Callow

: Ariodante

From the London Coliseum, David Alden directs the English National Opera in an acclaimed production of Handel's three-act work, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Starring Lesley Garrett, Joan Rodgers, Ann Murray

Handel's tale explores the powerful themes of sexual intrigue, betrayal, manipulation and the release of repressed passion in the story of the battle to succeed to the Scottish throne. (Stereo)
Further Information: see Ceefax page


Opera director: David Alden
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Director: Kriss Rusmanis
Producer: Jan Younghusband
Dalinda: Lesley Garrett
Ginerva: Joan Rodgers
Ariodante: Ann Murray
The King of Scotland: Gwynne Howell
Lurcanio: Paul Nilon
Polinesso: Christopher Robson
Odoardo: Mark Lebrocq

: Saint-Ex

This one-off seasonal special edition of Bookmark is a drama-documentary telling the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of classic children's fable The Little Prince and fearless aviator, who mysteriously disappeared during the Second World War.
Starring Bruno Ganz, Miranda Richardson

The film traces the tempestuous relationship de Saint-Exupery had with his wife Consuelo and how the death in childhood of Saint-Exupery's younger brother influenced the writing of The Little Prince. The dramatisation is interspersed with interviews featuring relatives and friends, who remember him fondly half a century after his death.


Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Series Editor: Roland Keating
Director: Anand Tucker
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Bruno Ganz
Consuelo: Miranda Richardson
Genevieve de Ville-Franche: Janet McTeer
Prevot: Ken Stott
Gabrielle: Katrin Cartlidge
Simone: Brid Brennan
Marie: Eleanor Bron
Didier: Karl Johnson
Guillaumet: Daniel Craig
Aeropostale clerk: Dominic Rowan
Moisy: Anna Calder-Marshall
Young Antoine: Aidan Cottrell Boyce
Francois: Joe Cottrell Boyce
Chic party guest: Alex Kingston
Young Simone: Lucy Abigale Kent
Young Gabrielle: Hannah Taylor-Gordon

: Glengarry Glen Ross

The first showing on network television for this dramatic adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin

The recession is biting hard and new sales prospects are scarce at a small
Chicago real-estate office. Competition between the agents is fierce but tempered by their camaraderie. The office sponsors a contest, with the agent completing most sales winning a car. As the rest face an uncertain future, failure is unthinkable.
Showing in widescreen format.
(American Buffalo, also adapted by Mamet from his own Broadway play, is currently on release)
(1992, 15)
See Films: pages 50-72 *****


Author: David Mamet
Director: James Foley
Ricky Roma: Al Pacino
Shelley 'The Machine' Levene: Jack Lemmon
Blake: Alec Baldwin
Dave Moss: Ed Harris
George Aaronow: Alan Arkin
John Williamson: Kevin Spacey
James Lingk: Jonathan Pryce

: Play It Again, Sam

Comedy written by and starring Woody Allen
Also starring Diane Keaton

An insecure film critic, Allan Felix, calls on the spirit of Humphrey Bogart for advice on how to treat women.
(1972, 15)
See Films: pages 50-72

Followed by Weatherview


Screenplay: Woody Allen
Director: Herbert Ross
Allan Felix: Woody Allen
Linda Christie: Diane Keaton
Dick Christie: Tony Roberts
Humphrey Bogart: Jerry Lacy
Nancy Felix: Susan Anspach
Sharon: Jennifer Salt
Julie: Joy Bang
Jennifer: Viva
Discotheque girl: Suzanne Zenor
Fantasy Sharon: Mari Fletcher
First hood: Michael Greene
Second hood: Ted Markland

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