Screwball comedy starring
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 .....
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Actress Sally Field presents a tribute to silver screen legend Barbara Stanwyck, star of the film that follows.
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.
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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)
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Lord Decimus Barnacle:
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.
The Houston Symphony
The Houston Grand Opera
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.
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)
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Professor Simon Peach:
A look back at the European football championships held in England in June. Shown on Monday at 10.30pm on BBC1
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.
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.
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)
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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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
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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)
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)
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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)
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