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: A Man for All Seasons

Historical drama starring Charlton Heston, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud.

Loyalties are strained when Sir Thomas More opposes Henry VIII's divorce. More's principles are at stake - but so is his life.

(1988, PG) * See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Director: Charlton Heston
Sir Thomas More: Charlton Heston
Lady Alice More: Vanessa Redgrave
Cardinal Wolsey: John Gielgud
Duke of Norfolk: Richard Johnson
The Common Man: Roy Kinnear
Thomas Cromwell: Benjamin Whitrow

: Little Dorrit: Little Dorrit's Story

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
♦ See Films: pages 50-72 *****


Unknown: Christine Edzard
Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Derek Jacobl
Unknown: Alec Guinness
Unknown: Sarah Pickering
Unknown: Little Dorrit
Unknown: Mrs Clennam
Unknown: Little Dorrit

: Racing

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


Introduced By: Julian Wilson
Unknown: Richard Pitman
Unknown: Peter Scudamore.
Producer: Wendy Sheppard

: An Affair to Remember

Drama, continuing the Affairs to Remember season of films featuring great romances, starring Deborah Kerr, Cary Grant.

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)
(1957, U)
(The next film in the Affairs to Remember season is Brief Encounter, Monday 30 December at 4.50pm)
See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Director: Leo McCarey
Nickie Ferrante: Cary Grant
Terry McKay: Deborah Kerr
Kenneth: Richard Denning
Lois: Neva Patterson
Grandmother: Cathleen Nesbitt
Announcer: Robert Q. Lewis
Hathaway: Charles Watts
Courbet: Fortunio Bonanova
Father McGrath: Matt Moore
Mario: Louis Mercier
Miss Webb: Geraldine Wall
Gladys: Nora Marlowe
Miss Lane: Sarah Selby
Gabriello: Genevieve Aumont

: Choir of the Year

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.


Presenter: Howard Goodall
Presenter: Wasfi Kani

: Singin' in the Rain

Continuing a season of musicals produced by Arthur
Freed, starring Gene Kelly
Debbie Reynolds
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
♦ See Films: pages 50―72


Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Debbie Reynolds
Directors: Gene Kelly
Directors: Stanley Donen
Don Lockwood: Gene Kelly
Kathy Selden: Debbie Reynolds
Cosmo Brown: Donald O'Connor
Lina Lamont: Jean Hagen
RF Simpson: Millard Mitchell
ZeldaZanders: Rita Moreno
Roscoe Dexter: Douglas Fowley
Dora Bailey: Madge Blake
Dancer: Cyd Charisse

: House Detectives

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


Unknown: David Austin
Unknown: Judith Miller.
Presenter: Juliet Morris
Producer: Emma Worster
Producer: Roland Keating

: Escaping from Liberty

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


Unknown: Jan Morris
Director: Colin Thomas
Producer: John Hefin

: The Works

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


Unknown: Karol Wojtyla.
Unknown: Mark Lawsonjourneys
Producer: Mary Downes
Editor: Michael Poole

: Shooting Stars

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.


Unknown: Vic Reeves
Unknown: Ulrika Jonsson
Unknown: Mark Lamarr.
Singer: Jarvis Cocker
Presenter: Emma Forbes
Unknown: Ewen Bremner
Unknown: Ian Kelsey
George Dawes: Matt Lucas
Director: Mark Mylod
Producer: Alan Marke

: The Fast Show

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.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)


Director: Mark Mylod
Producer: Paul Whitehouse
Producer: Charlie Higson

: Knowing Me, Knowing Yule ... with Alan Partridge

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
Repeat Stereo


Unknown: Alan Partridge
Unknown: Steve Coogan
Unknown: Steve Coogan
Unknown: Tony Ferrino
Written By: Steve Coogan
Written By: Armando Lannucci
Written By: Patrick Marber
Director: Dominic Brigstocke
Producer: Armando Lannucci

: High Heels

Black comedy starring
Victoria Abril
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)
* See Films: pages 50-72


Unknown: Victoria Abril
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Rebecca: Victoria Abril
Beckydel Paramo: Marissa Paredes
Judge Dominguez/Femme Letal/Hugo: Miguel Bose
Alberto: Pedro Diez Del Corral
Manuel: Feodor Atkine
Margarita: Ana Lizaran
Little Rebecca: Rocio Munoz
Judge's mother: Mairata Owisiedo
Isabel: Miriam Diaz Aroca
Chon: Bibi Andersson

: A Night of Wonder

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.
(Repeat) (Stereo)

Followed by Weatherview


Singer/Musician: Stevie Wonder
Presenter: Tracey MacLeod
Director: Janet Fraser
Producer: Mark Cooper

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