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: Breakfast for Two

Screwball comedy starring
Barbara Stanwyck
Carefree playboy Jonathan Blair has his life turned upside down by fiery
Texan heiress Valentine Ransome. A documentary on Barbara Stanwyck follows. Director Alfred Santell (1937)
Blackandwhite Stereo .....
♦ See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Unknown: Barbara Stanwyck
Unknown: Jonathan Blair
Unknown: Valentine Ransome.
Unknown: Barbara Stanwyck
Director: Alfred Santell

: Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire

Actress Sally Field presents a tribute to silver screen legend Barbara Stanwyck, star of the film that follows.


Presenter: Sally Field

: Cattle Queen of Montana

Western starring
Barbara Stanwyck ,
Ronald Reagan Sierra Nevada Jones is a hard-riding, gun-toting pioneer, determined to make a success of her Montana ranch after her father is killed bylndians.
Director Allan Dwan (1954) ..... ♦ See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Unknown: Barbara Stanwyck
Unknown: Ronald Reagan
Director: Allan Dwan

: Little Dorrit: Nobody's Fault

The first of a two-part adaptation by Christine Edzard of Charles Dickens's masterpiece.
Starring Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Sarah Pickering

Arthur Clennam returns home after spending 20 years in China, and becomes intrigued by his mother's young seamstress, known as Little Dorrit.
(Part two can be seen tomorrow at 9.45am) (1987, U)
See Films: pages 50-72 *****


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by/Director: Christine Edzard
Arthur Clennam: Derek Jacobi
William Dorrit: Alec Guinness
Little Dorrit: Sarah Pickering
Frederick Dorrit: Cyril Cusack
Mrs Clennam: Joan Greenwood
Flintwinch: Max Wall
Affery: Patricia Hayes
Flora Finching: Miriam Margolyes
Mr Pancks: Roshan Seth
Daniel Doyce: Edward Burnham
Fanny Dorrit: Amelda Brown
Tip Dorrit: Daniel Chatto
Mrs Merdle: Eleanor Bron
Mr Merdle: Michael Elphick
Mr Casby: Bill Fraser
Mr Meagles: Roger Hammond
Minnie: Sophie Ward
Dr Haggage: Heathcote Williams
Mrs Banghan: Liz Smith
Maggy: Pauline Quirke
Lord Decimus Barnacle: Robert Morley
Bishop: Alan Bennett

: Cinderella

Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role in a staging of Gioacchino Rossini's two-act opera. Based on the popular fairy tale, it was written by Rossini in just 24 days and has a libretto by Jacopo Ferretti. It is performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Campanella and the Houston Grand Opera Chorus under Richard Bado.


Musicians: The Houston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Campanella
Singers: The Houston Grand Opera Chorus
Conductor: Richard Bado
Angelina/Cinderella: Cecilia Bartoli
Don Ramiro: Raul Giminez
Dandini: Alessandro Corbelli
Don Magnifico: Enzo Dara
Clorinda: Laura Knoop
Tisbe: Jill Grove
Alidoro: Michele Pertusi

: Choir of the Year

From more than 200 choirs, just eight remain to battle it out in the youth semi-final of the competition. Presented by Howard Goodall and Wasfi Kani from Buxton Opera House.
The last adult semi-final is tomorrow at 4.40pm.


Presenter: Howard Goodall
Presenter: Wasfi Kani

: The Italian Job

Comedy caper, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward

Just out of jail, Charlie Croker inherits plans for a $4 million gold heist in Italy. But he must overcome a few problems, like lack of money, not having a gang, and the anger of the Mafia.
Showing in widescreen format. (1969, PG)
See Films: pages 50-72


Director: Peter Collinson
Charlie Croker: Michael Caine
Mr Bridger: Noel Coward
Professor Simon Peach: Benny Hill
Altabani: Raf Vallone
Freddie: Tony Beckley
Beckerman: Rossano Brazzi
Miss Peach: Irene Handl
Governor: John Le Mesurier

: Euro 96 When Football Came Home

A look back at the European football championships held in England in June. Shown on Monday at 10.30pm on BBC1

: Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld UK

Jeremy Clarkson goes investigating to find out who has been responsible for the demise of the British car industry. He also interviews Damon Hill, Jackie Stewart and Frank Williams about Britain's apparent domination of the world's motorsport industry.


Presenter: Jeremy Clarkson
Interviewee: Damon Hill
Interviewee: Jackie Stewart
Interviewee: Frank Williams
Director: Dennis Jarvis
Associate Producer: Andy Wilman

: A Tribute to Mohamed Amin

Michael Buerk presents a profile of Mohamed Amin, the cameraman who died when a hijacked airliner crashed into the Indian Ocean last month. It was the pair's report of the Ethiopian famine in 1984 that shocked the world and prompted Bob Geldof to launch Live Aid.


Presenter: Michael Buerk
Producer: Jeremy Bristow
Executive Producer: Dave Stanford

: An Audience with Charles Dickens: The Trial from Pickwick

Fourth of five programmes featuring readings by Simon Callow.

The breach-of-promise court scene from Pickwick Papers became so popular with his audiences that Charles Dickens performed it more frequently than any other reading.
(The series concludes on Monday 30 December at 7.45pm)


Charles Dickens: Simon Callow

: Swan Lake

Director and choreographer Matthew Bourne's challenging reworking of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has become a hit in London's West End. The score remains the same, but the famous corps de ballet of swans is now danced by men. The music is performed by the New London Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd Jones.

Life for the Prince is lonely as he carries out his regal duties and watches his mother, the Queen, flirt with her handsome courtiers. She also dislikes his girlfriend.

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Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne
Musicians: The New London Orchestra
Conductor: David Lloyd Jones
Director: Peter Mumford
Producer: Fiona Morris
Odette/Odile: Adam Cooper
Prince: Scott Ambler
Queen: Fiona Chadwick
Girlfriend: Emily Piercey
Press secretary: Barry Atkinson

: Steptoe and Son

Another chance to see the Christmas 1973 edition of the classic comedy.

Alfred is busy making preparations for Christmas. So is Harold, but his plans do not include his father- he is determined to go away.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
(Repeat) (Subtitled)


Writer: Ray Galton
Writer: Alan Simpson
Producer: Graeme Muir
Harold Steptoe: Harry H Corbett
Albert Steptoe: Wilfrid Brambell
Travel agent: Frank Thornton
Man in travel agency: Arnold Diamond
Woman in travel agency: Mary Barclay
First girl at party: Valerie Bell
First man at party: Peter Hughes

: Gogs

The last in the series featuring the animated Stone-Age family.
Domestic bliss is disturbed when baby is accidentally swapped for a gorilla.
(There is another chance to see the series next week, starting on Thursday 2 January at 9.30pm)

: Crumb

Documentary, showing as part of the Fine Cut series, providing an insight into the world of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, creator of characters such as Fritz the Cat. Crumb's friend Terry Zwigoff, who directed the documentary, looks at the cartoonist's work, meets his eccentric family and explores the strange surroundings in which he grew up. This is an often shocking, sometimes horrifyingly intimate, portrait of an artist and his world.
(1995, 18) (Stereo) (Subtitled)
See Films: pages 50-72


Subject: Robert Crumb
Director/Presenter: Terry Zwigoff

: The Seventh Victim

Horror, opening a short season of films by producer Val Lewton, starring Kim Hunter, Tom Conway

Mary Gibson tries to find her sister Jacqueline, who has disappeared. Her investigation leads to a sinister cult.
(1943) (Black and white)
(The next film in the Val Lewton season is Cat People showing on Saturday 28 December at 12 midnight)
See Films: pages 50-72

Followed by Weatherview


Producer: Val Lewton
Director: Mark Robson
Mary Gibson: Kim Hunter
Dr Louis Judd: Tom Conway
Jacqueline Gibson: Jean Brooks
Frances Fallon: Isabel Jewell
Natalie Cortez: Evelyn Brent
Jason Hoag: Erford Gage

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