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? Director Charles Walters (1949, U)
Black and white
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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
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. Homer needs to earn some extra cash.
Shown on Saturday 21 December at 5.35pm
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.
People recall their magic movie moments. Casablanca, the next film in the Affairs to Remember season, is at 3.10pm
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.
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, stereo .......
Continuing the animated saga of the Gogs. The family tries to ward off disease.
Gogs ends tomorrow 11.15pm Stereo
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)
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Captain Louis Renault:
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.
Director Anna Gravelle ; Producer Christina Macaulay
Her Majesty makes her address to the Commonwealth. With signing, subtitles. Shown at 3pm on BBC1 and ITVand 6.40pm on Channel 4
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.
Series producer Henry Eagles: Executive producer
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.
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.
Director Kriss Rusmanis : Producer
Jan Younghusband Stereo ............... FURTHER INFORMATION: see Ceefax page
The King of Scotland:
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.
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce ; Series editor Roland Keating ; Director Anand Tucker
Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
Genevieve de Ville-Franche:
Chic party guest:
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.
Director James Foley (1992, 15)
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Shelley The Machine Levene:
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.
Director Herbert Ross (1972, 15) ..........
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Followed by Weatherview