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: Modern Times

Continuing the season directed by or starring Charlie Chaplin
A factory worker becomes unhinged and is put in a psychiatric hospital. After his release, he meets an orphan.
(1936, U) Black and white
City Lights is on Boxing Day at 6.05am
See Films: pages 43-79 *****


[Actor]/Writer/Director: Charlie Chaplin

: Key Largo

Continuing the season directed by John Huston , and the first of two films today starring Humphrey Bogart
Also starring Edward G. Robinson
A weary war veteran arrives at a remote hotel to find it under a mobster's control.
(1948, PG) (Black and white)

(Bogart is in "To Have and Have Not" at 10.40am)
(See Films: pages 43-79)


Director: John Huston
[Actor]: Humphrey Bogart
[Actor]: Edward G. Robinson

: One Magic Christmas

Disney fantasy drama starring
Mary Steenburgen
A mother is deoressed when her husband loses his job and the family faces eviction. But an angel appears to show her the true meaning of Christmas.
Director Phillip Borsos (1985, U) Subtitled. ♦ See Films: pages 43-79


Unknown: Mary Steenburgen
Director: Phillip Borsos

: To Have and Have Not

War drama, ending the double bill of films starring Humphrey Bogart France has fallen but Harry Morgan declines an offer to work for the French underground, preferring to stay neutral. Director Howard Hawks (1944, PG)
Black and white Subtitled................ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, starring Bogart and directed by John Huston , is tomorrow at 8am
♦ See Films: pages 43-79 *****


Unknown: Harry Morgan
Directed By: John Huston

: Rex the Runt

Another animated double bill.
12.20 The lottery is fiddled.
At 12.30 Adventures on Telly (part 1) Bad Bob shoots the television.
Repeat Digital widescreen
Video plus code for 12.20-12.30pm ..... Codeforl2.30-12.40pm Code for 12.20-12.40pm (not PDC)

: The West

Death Runs Riot: 1856-68. As states in the east moved evercloserto Civil War,
Kansas and Missouri flared into violence as both sides in the slavery struggle battled for superiority. Subtitled . The West continues on Monday28at 10.05am

: Shenandoah

s Continuingthe season of westerns. Starring James Stewart
LonerCharlie Anderson keeps his family out of the Civil War until his son-in-law decides to join the Confederate army. Director Andrew V McLaglen (1965. PG)
Dodge City is tomorrow at 11.45am
♦ See Films: pages 43-79 ****


Unknown: James Stewart
Unknown: Lonercharlie Anderson
Director: Andrew V McLaglen

: Choir of the Year

Four-part choral series, culminating in Sunday's final, presented by Howard Goodall from Buxton Opera House.
Today's programme features the single voice semi-final. Will the barbershops triumph orwill the traditional single-voice choirs have the upper hand?
Digital widescreen Subtitled ............. Event sponsored by Sainsbury's


Presented By: Howard Goodall

: Carols from King's

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, marking the Christmas Eve service's 70th anniversary, is from the chapel of King's College,
Cambridge. See today's choices.
Director David Kremer ; Producer James Whitbourn
Digital widescreen


Director: David Kremer
Producer: James Whitbourn

: The Simpsons: Duffless

Marge convinces Homer he may have a drinking problem.

: Rex the Runt

Continuing the adult animation. Adventures on Telly (part 2)
The canine friends travel to the North Pole. Featuringthe guest voice of comedian Paul Merton.
Repeated on Tuesday 29 at 2.25pm
Digital widescreen


Unknown: Paul Merton.

: The Simpsons: Homer Loves Flanders

Flanders becomes Homer's best friend.

: It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's classic fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.
George Bailey is a small-town businessman who believes he has been a failure. One night as he contemplates suicide, George meets his guardian angel and discovers what life in Bedford Falls would have been like had he never lived.
(1946, U) (Black and white) (Subtitled)
See Films: pp 43-79 *****


Director: Frank Capra
George Bailey: James Stewart
Mary Hatch: Donna Reed
Mr Potter: Lionel Barrymore
Uncle Billy: Thomas Mitchell
Clarence: Henry Travers
Mrs Bailey: Beulah Bondi
Ernie: Frank Faylen
Bert: Ward Bond
Violet Bick: Gloria Grahame
M rGower: HB Warner
Pa Bailey: Samuels Hinds
Sam Wainwright: Frank Albertson
Harry Bailey: Todd Karns
Cousin Tilly: Mary Treen
Ruth Dakin: Virginia Patton
Cousin Eustace: Charles Williams
Mrs Hatch: Sarah Edwards
Mr Martini: Bill Edmunds

: Dear John: a Tribute to John Wells

The late John Wells, who died in January, combined careers as dramatist, director and satirist.
This profile of the man who immortalised Denis Thatcher in Private Eye's "Dear Bill" letters features a portrait of Wells as a family man from wife Teresa and daughter Dolly. Those paying tribute to his multi-talented public aspect are Private Eye editors past and present Richard Ingrams and Ian Hislop, model Jerry Hall, actress Diana Rigg, playwrights and novelists Tom Stoppard and John Mortimer, impressionist Rory Bremner and satirists John Fortune and John Bird.
Director Angela O'Leary ; Producer Paul Reizin
Digital widescreen


Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: Denis Thatcher
Unknown: Richard Ingrams
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: Jerry Hall
Unknown: Diana Rigg
Unknown: Tom Stoppard
Unknown: John Mortimer
Unknown: Rory Bremner
Director: Angela O'Leary
Producer: Paul Reizin

: The Search for Shangri-la

The lost Tibetan city of Shangri-la, an ancient mountain paradise reputed to hold the secrets to happiness and eternal youth, is the Holy Grail for intrepid traveller Charles Allen.
Earlier this year, he set out with explorer and sceptic Mark Shand to discover the true origins of the remote civilisation shrouded in myth. Led by a Tibetan monk, the pair track along the roof of the world, through the breathtaking Himalayan scenery. But the inhospitable and unforgiving terrain pushes the pair to the point of giving up on their trek.


Subject: Charles Allen
Subject: Mark Shand
Director: John Bulmer
Producer: Nicholas Claxton

: Meetings withRemarkable Trees

The series profiling significant trees looks at the Handkerchief
Tree in Northern Ireland.
Producer Rob Payton : Executive producer
Clare Paterson Repeat


Producer: Rob Payton
Producer: Clare Paterson

: The Moonstone

An adaptation of Wilkie Collins's classic detective novel, starring Greg Wise, Antony Sher, Patricia Hodge, Keeley Hawes
Heiress Rachel Verinder is given a priceless diamond for her 18th birthday. It is, though, no ordinary gem but a moonstone stolen from a sacred shrine in India - and it haunts all who cross its path.
(Repeat) (Subtitled)


Author: Wilkie Collins
Dramatised by: Kevin Elyot
Producer: Chris Parr
Director: Robert Bierman
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
Col Herncastle: Terrence Hardiman
Druisilla 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

: The Haunting

' Horror starring
Julie Harris , Claire Bloom
New England's infamous Hill
House attracts investigators determined to uncover the terrifyingtruth about the place.
But as soon as they arrive. strange things start to happen - somethingfrom beyond the grave prowls the panelled corridors and climbs the creaking walls. Widescreen.
Director Robert Wise (1963, 12)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 43-79 ****
Followed by Weatherview


Unknown: Julie Harris
Director: Robert Wise
Eleanor Vance: Julie Harris
Theodora: Claire Bloom
Dr John Markway: Richard Johnson
Luke Sanderson: Russ Tamblyn
Mrs Sanderson: Fay Compton
Mrs Dudley: Rosalie Crutchley
Grace Markway: Lois Maxwell
MrDudley: Valentine Dyall

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