Historical drama starring
Vanessa Redgrave , John Gielgud
Loyalties are strained when Sir Thomas
More opposes Henry VIM sdivorce. More s principles are at stake -but so is his life. SirThomas More CHARLTON HESTON , Lady Alice More VANESSA REDGRAVE , Cardinal Wolsey JOHN GIELGUD , Duke of Norfolk RICHARD JOHNSON, Trie Common Man
ROY KINNEAR , Thomas Cromwell BENJAMIN WHITROW
Director Charlton Heston (1988, PG) * See Films: pages 50-72 ***
Concluding Christine Edzard's two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens's masterpiece; Starring Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Sarah Pickering
Born among the wretched hovels of the Marshalsea debtors' prison, Little Dorrit's childhood has been consumed by the responsibility of caring for her egocentric father and her self-seeking family. While working as a seamstress for the autocratic Mrs Clennam, Little Dorrit encounters her son Arthur who by one simple act of kindness transforms her life.
For cast see Boxing Day
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From Chepstow, featuring at 1.55 the Welsh National, a gruelling marathon which has been won by Martin Pipe five out of the last seven times, and other races at
12.50, 1.20 and 2.25. Plus coverage of the 2.35 race from Leopardstown. Introduced by Julian Wilson , with commentary by PeterO'Sullevan, Richard Pitman and Peter Scudamore.
Producer Wendy Sheppard
Drama, continuing the Affairs to
Remember season of films featuringgreat romances, starring
Playboy Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay , the girlfriend of a wealthy man, fall in love on board a luxury liner bound for New York. They agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident threatens their planned future. Showing in widescreen format.
Director Leo McCarey (1957, U)
The next film in the Affairs to Remember season is BriefEncounter, Monday 30 December at 4.50pm
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Eight choirs battle it out in the last adult semi-final, presented by Howard Goodall and Wasfi Kani from Buxton Opera House. The programme reports on the increasing popularity of ladies' barbershop singing, and how one choir succeeds in encouraging boys to sing. The final can be seen on Sunday at 4.25pm.
Continuing a season of musicals produced by Arthur
Freed, starring Gene Kelly
A satirical and tune-filled story of Hollywood duringthe fabulous twenties, when the movie capital wrestled with the problem of turning silents into talkies.
Directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen (1952, U)
The next film in the Arthur Freed season is
An American in Paris on New Year's Eve at 4.35pm
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Another chance to see a team of architectural sleuths uncoverthe hidden history of a seemingly ordinary Victorian home in Norwood, south
London. Taking part are landscape archeologist David Austin , architectural historial Mac Dowdy and interior design historian Judith Miller. Presenter Juliet Morris
is on hand to guide viewers through the mass of clues to the past life of the house. A new series of House
Detectives begins in February.
Producer Emma Worster : Executive producer
Roland Keating Repeat
The first of two programmes in which traveller and historian
Jan Morris journeys to cities that have had an influence on her life.
Morris sets off from Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd for Trieste, Italy, which she first visited as a British army officer. In Cairo she considers her strange fear of the Egyptian capital. She then travels to Manhattan, which welcomed her as a reporter of the first Everest ascent. The second film is on Friday 3 January at
7.20pm. See today's choices.
Director Colin Thomas : Producer John Hefin
The Secret Life of the Pope Pope John Paul II is considered by many to be the most conservative pope of this century. Fifty years ago, however, he was better known as the subversive playwright, actor and poet Karol Wojtyla.
Mark Lawsonjourneys into the heart of Roman Catholic Poland to meet the directorof Brother of Our Lord, afilm based on one of Wojtyla's plays, and he talks to old friends of the radical writer who would later become pope.
Producer Mary Downes : Series editor Michael Poole
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer host a Christmas edition of the celebrity quiz show, with team captains Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr.
Joining in the festive fun are Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, TV presenter Emma Forbes, actors Ewen Bremner, who played Spud in the film Trainspotting, and Emmerdale actor Ian Kelsey. With Matt Lucas as George Dawes.
See today's choices.
Director Mark Mylod
Producer Alan Marke
There's another chance to see last year's festive Shooting Stars on New Year's Day at 8.40pm.
The Fast Show characters get together for a selection of fast-paced, festive sketches, including Ted and Ralph,
Ron Manager , Jesse's Diets, Suits You, Sir, and Jazz Club. See today's choices.
Director Mark Mylod : Producers Paul Whitehouse and CharlieHigson Stereo Subtitled .....
Chat show host Alan Partridge (alias Steve Coogan ) hosts a Christmas house party, which includes an attempt by 20 sea cadets to pull the biggest Christmas cracker in the world.
Steve Coogan 's most recent creation, Portuguese singing sensation
Tony Ferrino , stars in his own programme on New Year's Day at 9.20pm.
Written by Steve Coogan , Armando lannucci and Patrick Marber : Director Dominic Brigstocke Producer Armando lannucci
Black comedy starring
Former pop star Becky del Paramo had a string of gold discs in her sixties heyday - and almost as many husbands. Her insecure daughter,
Rebecca, is a newsreader married to TV executive Manuel, who happensto be one of Becky's former lovers. Mother and daughter meet for the first time in 15 years, setting off a bizarre and fateful chain of events. Showing in widescreen format. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director Pedro Almodovar (1991, 18)
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Judge Dominguez/Femme Letal/Hugo:
Pedro Diez Del
A studio concert featuring one of the enduring stars of popular music, Stevie Wonder. The show, filmed last year, features many of his hits. Introduced by Tracey MacLeod.
Director Janet Fraser Crook: Producer Mark Cooper