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: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko and the Flying Saucers

Bilko claims to have seen a UFO.
(Black and white) (Repeat)

: Going Hollywood: the War Years

How Hollywood portrayed the Second World War.
Command Decision follows.


Director/Producer: Julian Schlossberg

: Command Decision

Second World Wardrama starring
Clark Gable , Walter Pidgeon
A US general is given the task of bombing targets deep inside Germany.
Director Sam Wood (1948) Black and white. * See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Unknown: Clark Gable
Unknown: Walter Pidgeon
Director: Sam Wood

: Eisenhower: Soldier

The first of a two-part documentary on American president Dwight D Eisenhower.
(Concludes tomorrow)


Director: Adriana Bosch

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: The History in Our Bones: 3: The Great Dyings: Life after Death

Professor Simon Conway Morris relates the turbulent history of life on Earth.


Lecturer: Professor Simon Conway Morris

: Clash of the Titans

The first of four programmes this week comparing great sporting rivalries focuses on cricket's 1981 Ashes series.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

: The Essential Olympics: 1968-92

Today the Munich massacre of 1972 and the boycotts of the eighties.
(Revised repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

: The Car's the Star

A look at the trendy Triumph Herald of the Sixties.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)

: Great Railway Journeys: Derry to Kerry

Michael Palin travels from northern to southern Ireland in the first of a four-part series of celebrity journeys on this week.
(Repeat) (Stereo)


Presenter: Michael Palin

: Love on a Branch Line: Yes Sir, That's My Baby

Four-part comedy drama based on the novel by John Hadfield, showing this week. Starring Michael Maloney, Leslie Phillips

A Whitehall civil servant is sent to assess the work of a long-forgotten ministry department.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)


Writer: David Nobbs
Based on the novel by: John Hadfield
Jasper Pye: Michael Maloney
Lord Flamborough: Leslie Phillips
Lady Flamborough: Maria Aitken
Professor Pollux: Graham Crowden
Deidre: Emma Bernard
Mrs Pye: Jennifer Peircey
Mark Fairweather: Peter Blythe
Miss Tidy: Gillian Raine
Belinda: Abigail Cruttenden
Matilda: Charlotte Williams
Chloe: Cathryn Harrison
Quirk: Stephen Moore
Miss Mounsey: Amanda Root
Lionel Virley: David Haig
Mr Jones: Joe Melia

: Brief Encounter

Continuing the Affairs to Remember season, starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard

A couple's chance meeting leads to a romance which they must keep secret.
(1945, PG) (Black and white)
Season continues with Portrait of Jennie, Thursday 9.05am
See Films: pages 50-72


Director: David Lean
Laura Jesson: Celia Johnson
Dr Alec Harvey: Trevor Howard
Fred Jesson: Cyril Raymond
Albert Godby: Stanley Holloway
Myrtle Bagot: Joyce Carey
Dolly Messiter: Everley Gregg
Beryl Water: Margaret Barton

: The Witches

Fantasy adventure starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling

After the death of his parents, young Luke travels to England with his grandmother, Helga. Helga has warned Luke about witches so he is not surprised when he discovers that their seaside hotel is the venue for an English witch convention. He is turned into a mouse after drinking the Grand High Witch's evil potion, and then has to try to thwart her plan to turn the nation's children into mice.
(1989. PG)
See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Director: Nicolas Roeg
Miss Ernst/Grand High Witch: Anjelica Huston
Helga: Mai Zetterling
Mr Jenkins: Bill Paterson
Mrs Jenkins: Brenda Blethyn
Mr Stringer: Rowan Atkinson
Luke: Jasen Fisher
Bruno Jenkins: Charlie Potter
Miss Irvine: Jane Horrocks

: An Audience with Charles Dickens: Dr Marigold

Simon Callow concludes a week of readings from Charles Dickens's books with a Christmas story that was immensely popular in the 1860s but is now almost unknown.
The tale of the good-hearted cheap-jack Dr Marigold is a rare piece of story-telling and is full of extraordinary changes of pitch and mood, a work which Callow considers "an astonishing masterpiece".


Charles Dickens: Simon Callow

: Changing Rooms

Carol Smillie looks back on this autumn's series of the programme which asked neighbours to redecorate rooms in each other's homes in just two days with a budget of £500. She relives some of her favourite moments and also remembers a few of the worst nightmares involved with decorating someone else's home to one's own individual taste.


Presenter: Carol Smillie
Director: Nick Vaughan-Barratt
Executive Producer: Linda Clifford

: The Moonstone: 2

The second of a two-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins's classic detective novel.
Starring Greg Wise, Antony Sher, Patricia Hodge, Keeley Hawes.

The moonstone continues to haunt all those who have touched it but Franklin Blake is determined to solve the mystery of the Verinder household and, in doing so, win back Rachel's affections.
See today's choices.


Author: Wilkie Collins
Franklin Blake: Greg Wise
Sergeant Cuff: Antony Sher
Lady Julia Verinder: Patricia Hodge
Rachel Verinder: Keeley Hawes
Gabriel Betteredge: Peter Vaughan
Rosanna Spearman: Lesley Sharp
Dr Candy: Paul Brooke
Godfrey Ablewhite: Scott Handy
Ezra Jennings: Anton Lesser
Colonel Sir John Herncastle: Terrence Hardiman
Drusilla Clack: Kacey Ainsworth
Samuel: Nicholas Lane
Penelope: Rachel Lumberg
Indian: Surinder Duhra
Constable Seegrave: Roger Walker
Mrs Yolland: Janet Henfrey
Limping Lucy: Elizabeth Berrington
Mr Bruff: Peter Jeffrey
Gooseberry: Anthony Cumber
Septimus Luker: Bob Bernard
Spy: Carl Forgione
Landlord: Andy Devine

: Have I Got News for You

A second chance to see highlights of this year's comedy news quiz, and some of the outtakes rescued from the cutting room floor. Hosted by Angus Deayton, with Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and guests.
(Repeat) (Stereo)


Presenter: Angus Deayton
Team captain: Ian Hislop
Team captain: Paul Merton
Director: Paul Wheeler
Producer: Richard Wilson

: El Mariachi

Action adventure starring Carlos Gallardo

Two strangers, a mariachi musician and a hitman, arrive in a small Mexican border town. Both are dressed in black and carry guitar cases. But the musician - mistaken for the assassin - gets caught up in a violent feud.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
See Films: pages 50-72 ***


Director: Robert Rodriguez
El Mariachi: Carlos Gallardo
Domino: Consuelo Gomez
Bigoton: Jaime Dehoyos
Mauricio (Moco): Peter Marquardt
Azul: Reinol Martinez
Cantinero: Ramiro Gomez
Clerk: Jesus Lopez Vlejo

: Alanis Morissette in Concert

Singer Alanis Morissette performs tracks from her multi-million selling debut album Jagged Little Pill. The concert, filmed in New Orleans, captures the intimacy of the Canadian artist's hits, including You Oughta Know, Head over Feet and Ironic.
(Colour and Black and white) (Stereo)


Singer: Alanis Morissette
Director: Steve Purcell

: The Curse of the Cat People

Horror fantasy, concluding the season of films by producer Val Lewton, starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith.

A draughtsman is worried by his young daughter, who lives in a world of her own. The child invents a secret companion who appears to be her father's first wife, once thought to have supernatural powers. But is Irena merely a figment of the imagination?
(1944, U) (Black and white)
See Films: pages 50-72

Followed by Weatherview


Director: Robert Wise
Director: Gunther von Fritsch
Producer: Val Lewton
Irena: Simone Simon
Oliver Reed: Kent Smith
Alice Reed: Jane Randolph
Amy: Ann Carter
Barbara: Elizabeth Russell
Julia Farren: Julia Dean

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