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: The Phil Silvers Show: Lieutenant Bilko

A promotion from the past could mean more money for Bilko - or something far worse.
(Black and white) (Repeat)

: James Cagney: Top of the World

Actor Michael J Fox looks at the life of one of Hollywood's most popular stars. James Cagney stars in the film Angels with Dirty Faces after this programme.
(Black and white and Colour) (Repeat)


Presenter: Michael J Fox

: Angels with Dirty Faces

Classic gangster movie, starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart

Two boys growing up together in the slums of New York find themselves on opposite sides of the fence.
(1938, PG) (Black and white)
See Films: pages 50-72 *****


Director: Michael Curtiz
Rocky Sullivan: James Cagney
Jerry Connelly: Pat O'Brien
James Frazier: Humphrey Bogart
Laury Ferguson: Ann Sheridan
MacKeefer: George Bancroft
Soapy: Billy Halop
Swing: Bobby Jordan
Bim: Leo Gorcey
Pasty: Gabriel Dell
Crab: Huntz Hall

: Eisenhower: Statesman

The second part of the documentary on Dwight D Eisenhower. Today, his accomplishments as president, which included the ending of the Korean war and urging moderation in the explosive racial issues in the Southern states.

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: The History in Our Bones: 4: Innovations and Novelty

Professor Simon Conway Morris uses fossil evidence to demonstrate some of the laws governing evolution.


Lecturer: Professor Simon Conway Morris

: Clash of the Titans

The unexpected outcome of the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Wimbledon. Including recollections of the game from Radio Times sports columnist and former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen.
(Repeat) (Stereo)


Interviewee: Alan Hansen.

: The Essential Olympics: Atlanta 1996

The last of a three-part Olympics documentary highlights this year's games. Among the outstanding achievements were Steve Redgrave's fourth consecutive gold, athlete Michael Jackson's double in the 200m and 400m, Donovan Bailey's world record in the 100m and Michelle Smith's three golds in the swimming pool.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)

: More Secret Gardens

A visit to Edge Hill, a beautiful garden in Gwent, South Wales.

: Great Railway Journeys: Hong Kong to Ulan Bator

Clive Anderson sets out on a 2,500-mile journey, ending on the Trans-Siberian Express in Mongolia.
(Repeat) (Stereo) (Subtitled)


Presenter: Clive Anderson

: Love on a Branch Line: I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight

A dramatic incident in the night is little compared to events the following day.

(Continues on Thursday at 3.40pm)
(For cast see yesterday)
(Repeat) (Stereo)

: An American in Paris

Continuing the season of musicals produced by Arthur Freed, starring Gene Kelly

Jerry, an American painter living in Paris, is loved by the rich and beautiful Milo. Perversely he falls in love with a poor orphan, who is engaged to somebody else. The film score is by George and Ira Gershwin, and at 7.15pm tonight the centenary of Ira Gershwin's birth is celebrated in Who Could Ask for Anything More? (1951, U)

The next film in the Arthur Freed season is It's Always Fair Weather, Friday 3 January at 10.20am
See Films: pages 50-72 ****


Music: George Gershwin
Music: Ira Gershwin
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Jerry Mulligan: Gene Kelly
Lise: Leslie Caron
Adam Cook: Oscar Levant
Henri Baurel: Georges Guetary
Milo Roberts: Nina Foch
George Mattieu: Eugene Borden
Mathilde Mattieu: Martha Bamattre

: Shadow - the Peregrine

The peregrine is the fastest and most lethal bird in the world. This year's animal special from John King (who narrates the drama) and his son Simon (who filmed the spectacular footage) follows Shadow, a female peregrine, as she courts, raises a family, and pursues her prey.
See today's choices.


Narrator/Producer: John King
Director: Simon King

: Who Could Ask for Anything More?

A Celebration of Ira Gershwin
The centenary of lyricist Ira Gershwin's birth is celebrated in this concert from
London's Royal Albert Hall.
Hosted by Charles Dance and David Soul , the performers include Larry Adler , Paul Nicholas , Liz Robertson , Murder
One star Daniel Benzali ,
Ruthie Henshall and Lorna Luft.
Director Paul Kafno ; Producer Ian Martin


Unknown: Ira Gershwin
Unknown: Albert Hall.
Unknown: David Soul
Unknown: Larry Adler
Unknown: Paul Nicholas
Unknown: Liz Robertson
Unknown: Daniel Benzali
Unknown: Ruthie Henshall
Unknown: Lorna Luft.
Director: Paul Kafno
Producer: Ian Martin

: Tap Dogs

The all-male Australian dance troupe swap top hats and tails for hard hats and jeans in their electrifying performances. Nicknamed "testosterone tap", this sextet of young men dance around a set of scaffolding, steel girders, beams, ladders and ropes in an amazing series of solos, duets and ensemble routines, choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Dein Perry.


Dancers: Tap Dogs
Choreography: Dein Perry
Director: Nigel Triffitt

: Siegfried and Roy: The Magic and Mystery

Siegfried and Roy have been called the "Liberaces of magic". Their extravagant Las Vegas shows - matched by their equally flamboyant lifestyles - have made them stars in America. Tonight's programme gives British viewers the opportunity to explore their world of magic and exotic illusions.


Magicians: Siegfried and Roy
Executive Producer: Kenneth Feld
Executive Producer: Bernie Yuman

: Burn Your Phone

Awittydrama, written by Andrew Wallace and based on his experience as a telephone operator. Alan Cumming stars in and directs this new short film forthe Screen Two strand.
Andy (Alan Cumming ) works at the Hastings Telephone Exchange. All day, every day he copes with emergencies, from squashed seagulls to suicide attempts. Buton this particular day he takes a series of callsfrom someone who is threatening to murder him.
With the voices of Jason I ssacs (as the Killer), Burt Caesar ,
Trevor Cooper , Ian Dunne , Beverley Hills and Anthony Jackson.
Producer Dixie Under Stereo Subtitled ..


Written By: Andrew Wallace
Unknown: Alan Cumming
Unknown: Alan Cumming
Unknown: Burt Caesar
Unknown: Trevor Cooper
Unknown: Ian Dunne
Unknown: Anthony Jackson.

: The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus

In December 1968, the Rolling Stones invited their friends and guests to perform in a one-off show inside a circus tent. On the bill over the two days of filming were Jethro Tull, the Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and the Dirty Mac (one of the first "supergroups", featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richard, Mitch Mitchell and Yoko Ono). Topping the bill for the last half hour are the Rolling Stones, performing a selection of hits including Jumping Jack Flash and Sympathy for the Devil.
Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Unknown: Jethro Tull
Unknown: Marianne Faithfull
Unknown: John Lennon
Unknown: Eric Clapton
Unknown: Keith Richard
Unknown: Mitch Mitchell
Unknown: Jack Flash

: Jools's Hootenanny

This fourth annual New Year's Eve extravaganza features Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with 17 horns and the Electra Strings accompanying three of Britain's most acclaimed popular music singers: Elton John , Paul Weller and Mick Hucknall.
The Lighthouse Family perform their two big hits - Lifted and Ocean Drive-accompanied by a 12-piece choir. The entertainment continues with the Manic
Street Preachers playing the rock anthem A Design for Life, with the help of their string section.
The New Yearwill be piped in by the First Battalion of Irish Guards and the studio's celebrity audience will be offering up their resolutions and predictions forthe coming 12 months. Director Janet FraserCrook ; Producer
MarkCooper Stereo .........................


Unknown: Jools Holland
Singers: Elton John
Singers: Paul Weller
Singers: Mick Hucknall.
Director: Janet Frasercrook

: Elvis - the 68 Comeback Special

Recorded in front of a studio audience, Elvis Presley performs 27 of his greatest hits including Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock and All Shook Up. The concert marked Presley's first appearance on television for more than a decade and is regarded as one of the best performances of his career. (Repeat)

Followed by Weatherview


Singer: Elvis Presley

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