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: In Search of Genghis Khan

A documentary recording travel writer and explorer Tim Severin 's experiences during a four-month expedition through Mongolia on horseback


Unknown: Tim Severin

: Song of Norway

Musical biography. Aspiring musician Edvard Grieg needs funds to continue his studies in Italy.
A fellow student tries to convince her wealthy fatherto put up the money.
Director Andrew LStone (1970. U) * See Films: pages 50-72 * *


Musician: Edvard Grieg
Director: Andrew Lstone

: To Be or Not to Be

Second World War satire starring Carole Lombard
Jack Benny
Two actors running a theatre company in Warsaw find their lives thrown into turmoil by the arrival of the invading Nazis.
Director Ernst Lubitsch (1942. U)
Black and white
* See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Unknown: Carole Lombard
Unknown: Jack Benny
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
MariaTura: Carole Lombard
Joseph Tura: Jack Benny
Lt Stanislav Sobinski: Robert Stack
Greenberg: Felix Bressart
Rawitch: Lionel Atwill
Professor Siletsky: Stanley Ridges

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: The History in Our Bones: 1: Staring into the Abyss

Fossils and evolution are themes covered by this series of science lectures, showing over the next five days. which are intended to be of particular interest to children.

Professor Simon Conway Morris guides his audience through billions of years of fossil history.
See today's choices.
Video Pack: for a video and booklet, £29, or booklet. £4.50, send a cheque payable to BBC Education to: [address removed]


Lecturer: Professor Simon Conway Morris
Producer: Caroline van Den Brul
Executive Producer: Caroline van den Brul

: Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond

Highlights from a special gala, held last September, that brought together actors and guest stars from Star Trek, Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to celebrate the popular television series. StarTrek: Voyager istomorrowat5.25pm

: Ben-Hur

The Saturday Matinee season continues with this Oscar-winning epic drama, starring Charlton Heston
Wealthy prince Judah Ben-Hur sets himself up against the tyranny of his Roman masters at the time of Christ. He is separated from his family and condemned to almost certain death as a galley slave by his childhood friend Messala, but the two are fated to meet again. Showing in widescreen format.

(1959, PG) (Subtitled)
See Films: pages 50-72


Director: William Wyler
Judah Ben-Hur: Charlton Heston
Messala: Stephen Boyd
Esther: Haya Harareet
Quintus Arrius: Jack Hawkins
Sheik llderim: Hugh Griffith
Miriam: Martha Scott
Tirzah: Cathy O'Donnell
Pontius Pilate: Frank Thring
Simonides: Sam Jaffe


Hits from the Top of the Pops archive, plus today's chart sounds,

: Ready, Steady, Cook

Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson , from Birds ofa Feather, join chefs
Antony Worrall Thompson and Ainsley Harriott for a festive edition of the cookery challenge. With Fern Britton.
Producer Mary Ramsay Stereo


Unknown: Pauline Quirke
Unknown: Linda Robson
Unknown: Antony Worrall Thompson
Unknown: Ainsley Harriott
Unknown: Fern Britton.
Producer: Mary Ramsay Stereo

: Natural History Night

An Evening with David Attenborough and Friends

To mark next year's 40th anniversary of the BBC's Natural History Unit, David Attenborough and four of the cameramen he has worked with over the years recall some of their experiences. Their discussions lead into some of the best BBC nature films and sequences ever made. Throughout the evening, viewers have the chance to vote for their favourite wildlife programme of all and the most popular choice will then be shown at the end of the evening.
For details of how to vote see page 26.
See today's choices
Website [web address removed]
David Attenborough's Winter Wonder Night: page 24

6.15 Namib... Strange Creature of the Skeleton Coast
By day lizards dance, spiders turn cartwheels and beetles stand on their heads to drink. At night, to a chorus of barking geckos, the legless lizards and golden moles go hunting. Few men venture into the harsh yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Namib Desert in Africa. It is one of the bleakest spots on earth, where drifting dunes and gravel plains stretch along the notorious Skeleton Coast. But the shifting sands are home to one of the world's strangest communities of animals. (First shown in The World about Us series in 1976) Director David Hughes ; Producer Michael Rosenberg Repeat

7.15 Malice in Wonderland
A Red Sea coral reef resembles a garden of paradise but few plants exist there. In this film, the latest underwater photographic technology reveals a coral reef at its most spectacular and follows the fierce battles played out between the predatory animals that inhabit it. First shown in 1994 in the Wildlife on One series.
Producer Keith Scholey (Repeat)

7.50 Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Mightiest and most feared of all hunters, the polar bear stalks seals among the Arctic icebergs. But, in contrast to the great wh ite bears wrestling in the autumn snows, the females of the species are shown lovingly tending their cubs as they emerge into the spring sunshine. Producers Hugh Miles and Mike Salisbury

8.55 The Restless Year
Using the same revolutionary time-lapse photography developed for the series The Private Life of Plants, this film provides an astonishing natural history journey through winter, spring, summer and autumn in just 50 minutes. Set in the Cotswolds, it's a celebration of the British countryside, and the unique photography reveals the secrets of this wildlife year in a dramatically different way. Narrated by Norman Painting. Director Tim Shepherd ; Producer Neil Nightingale

9.50 On the Tracks of the Wild Otter
In the far north of Britain, on the storm-washed Shetland Islands, lives a rare and beautiful animal which most people never see - the otter. But this special version of a film first shown in 1982 in The Natural World series, provides an opportunity to watch the day-to-day activities of a family of wild otters. The camera shows a courting pair at play, young cubs bobbing at the water's edge, and maturing otters learning to hunt and fend for themselves.
Director Hugh Miles ; Producer Dilys Breeze

10.20 Attenborough in Paradise
David Attenborough realised his lifelong ambition when he set out to film the most exquisitely feathered and romantic of all birds. The birds of paradise have been a passion of his since he was nine years old. Their courting rituals are among the greatest wonders of the natural world. The cameramen - Richard Kirby and Mike Potts - spent nine months in the remote forests of New Guinea to capture the displays of over ten species. Many had never been filmed before, some had not even been described. David Attenborough travelled with Kirby and Potts to present this film which reveals the remarkable behaviour of these birds.
Producer Paul Reddish (Repeat) (Stereo)

11.30 The Most Popular BBC Wildlife Programme
A chance to see the programme chosen by viewers as the best BBC wildlife programme of all time.
Producer Mike Beynon (Natural History Night)
Videoplus code (not PDC) for 6.10-12.00


Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: David Attenborough
Director: David Hughes
Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Producer: Keith Scholey
Producers: Hugh Miles
Producers: Mike Salisbury
Director: Tim Shepherd
Producer: Neil Nightingale
Director: Hugh Miles
Producer: Dilys Breeze
Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Richard Kirby
Unknown: Mike Potts
Unknown: David Attenborough
Producer: Paul Reddish
Producer: Mike Beynon

: Cat People

The second in a season of films by producer Val Lewton is a horror starring Simone Simon
Oliver, a young New Yorker, falls in love with Irena, a Serbian-born fashion designer, whom he meets at the Central Park Zoo. But Irena is haunted by a bizarre past, which threatens those who approach her with death and destruction.
Director Jacques Tourneur (1942) (Black and white)
The next film in the season, The Curse of the Cat People, is on Monday 30 December at 12.55 am
See Films: pages 50-72
Followed by Weatherview


Producer: Val Lewton
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Irena Dubrovna: Simone Simon
Oliver Reed: Kent Smith
Dr Judd: Tom Conway
Alice Moore: Jane Randolph
Commodore: Jack Holt
Carver: Alan Napier

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