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: Limelight

Comedy drama, continuing the season of films directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. Also starring Claire Bloom.
Calvero, once a music-hall star, stops Terry, a young dancer, from committing suicide. The subsequent friendship alters the course of both their careers.
(1952, U) Black and white Subtitled. Chaplin's KinginNewYork istomorrowat6am
♦ See Films: pages 43-79 ****


Unknown: Charlie Chaplin
Unknown: Claire Bloom

: Come Blow Your Horn

Comedy, continuing the season of films starring Frank Sinatra
When Buddy Baker leaves his parents' home, he finds warm welcome at his elder brother's bachelor apartment. Widescreen. Director Bud Yorkin (1963) Subtitled ... Frank Sinatra stars in High Society at4.30pm + See Films: pages 43-79


Unknown: Frank Sinatra
Unknown: Buddy Baker
Director: Bud Yorkin
Unknown: Frank Sinatra

: Perfectly Frank

Eastender Frankie Dickens talks about how Sinatra inspired him. Subtitled ...


Talks: Eastender Frankie Dickens

: The West

One Sky above Us: 1887-1914. As native American cultures came under attack from land-hungry Americans, the Sioux made their last stand at Wounded
Knee. Last in the series.

: Classics for Kids: A Winter Celebration

The last of three concerts features seasonal music, played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Bell.
Digital widescreen Subtitled .............


Conducted By: Christopher Bell.

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: Staying Alive: the Body In Balance: The Times of Our Lives

The human body has a clock of its own and every creature works to a rhythm controlled by its genes. Professor Nancy Rothwell explains why the iguana has a third eye and how migrating birds navigate. Subtitled.


Unknown: Professor Nancy Rothwell

: Perfectly Frank

Opera singer Maria Ewing on High Society.

: Rex the Runt

Animated double bill.
2.20 Bob's International Hiccup Centre Bob loses his comic timing, butgains a talent for curing hiccups. With the guest voice of Paul Merton. Repeatedat8.20pm
At 2.30 Johnny Saveloy 's Undoing. A TV evangelist ensnares Wendy. With guest voices Bob Monkhouse and Professor
Stanley Unwin. Repeated tomorrow at 7.20pm Digital widescreen
Videoplus code for 2.20-2. 30pm ...... Code for 2.30-2.40pm Code for 2.20-2.40pm (not PDC)


Unknown: Paul Merton.
Unknown: Johnny Saveloy
Unknown: Bob Monkhouse
Unknown: Stanley Unwin.

: Cambridge Folk Festival

Music from this year's festival, one of the biggest events in the UK's folk calendar.
Part two tomorrow at 1.35pm......

: The Old Lady and the Pigeons

Animation set in fifties Paris

: Video Nation - Best of 98

John Peel 's s favourite moments from
Video Nation Shorts. subtitled ..


Unknown: John Peel

: Perfectly Frank

Songwriter Ervin Drake on his hit It Was a Very Good Year.


Songwriter: Ervin Drake

: High Society

Musical comedy, concluding the season starring Frank Sinatra
Time is short if if playboy composer CK Dexter-Haven is to reclaim his ex-wife before she marries another - especially with cynical reporter Mike Connor around. Director Charles Walters (1956, U)
♦ See Rims: pages 43-79


Director: Charles Walters

: Poppea

Poppea runs into her ex-husband Ottone and makes it clear she is now far out of his reach. Ottone decides to turn his attentions elsewhere. Meanwhile, Seneca receives some bad news.
For cast see Tuesday 29
Digital widescreen 3 Poppea continues tomorrow at 6pm

: Decisive Moments: Images from the News

From dramatic shots of Cambodian tyrant Pol Pot on his deathbed to the shocking bombing in Omagh, from the hooligans and red cards of the World Cup to an abseiling Prince Harry, photographers have mirrored the year's key events. This film looks at the images of 1998 with the help of picture editors, the agencies that sold the pictures and the photographers themselves.
See today's choices.


Producer: Elaine Shepherd
Executive Producer: Tim Kirby

: Mark Lamarr's New Year In

An evening in which Mark Lamarr invites viewers to make their last turkey sandwich, finish off the sherry and journey towards 1999.


Unknown: Mark Lamarr

: New Year Horrors

Mark Lamarr reveals his personal reasons for regarding New Year's Eve as the most overrated festival of the year. He offers his guide to the horrors of the new year party and the strange world of Hogmanay TV shows, and explains why even celebrities have disastrous new years.
Director Simon Toyne ; Producer Jon Riley


Unknown: Mark Lamarr
Director: Simon Toyne
Producer: Jon Riley

: Rex the Runt

Bob's 's International Hiccup
Centre. Bob loses his comic timing, but discovers that he has a talent for curing hiccups.
Repeat Digital widescreen

: The Making of Robot Wars

A documentary offering a glimpse behind the scenes of the TV series in which the mechanised creations of roboteers do battle with each other and against the show's resident metal marauders.
Featuring interviews with key members of the production team and previously unseen action from the first series.
Producer John Needham : Series producer Stephen Carsey


Producer: John Needham
Producer: Stephen Carsey

: The Simpsons: Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song

Bart and Santa's Little Helper create havoc, resulting in Skinner being fired as school principal.

: A Kick Up the Archive

A comedy compilation featuring characters from A Kick Up the Eighties, Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee and Naked
Video. Featuring sketches with Rik Mayall , Robbie Coltrane , Tracey Ullman , Gregor Fisher , John Sessions , Louise Gold ,
Miriam Margolyes , Jonathon Watson , Elaine C Smith , Tony Roper , Helen Lederer , Roger Sloman , Andy Gray , Ron Bain and Myra McFadyen.


Unknown: Rik Mayall
Unknown: Robbie Coltrane
Unknown: Tracey Ullman
Unknown: Gregor Fisher
Unknown: John Sessions
Unknown: Louise Gold
Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Jonathon Watson
Unknown: Elaine C Smith
Unknown: Tony Roper
Unknown: Helen Lederer
Unknown: Roger Sloman
Unknown: Andy Gray
Unknown: Ron Bain
Unknown: Myra McFadyen.

: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cult comedy musical starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon
Sweethearts Brad and Janet find themselves drawn into a bizarre and weird world when their car breaks down during a storm and they are forced to spend the night at a spooky nearby gothic mansion. Widescreen. (1975, 15)
Digital widescreen
See Films: pages 43-79 ****


Director: Jim Sharman
Frank N Furter: Tim Curry
Janet Weiss: Susan Sarandon
Brad Majors: Barry Bostwick
Riff Raff: Richard O'Brien
Dr Everett Scott: Jonathan Adams
Columbia: Nell Campbell
Rocky Horror: Peter Hinwood
Magenta: Patricia Quinn
Eddie: Meat Loaf
Criminologist: Charles Gray
Ralph Hapschatt: Jeremy Newson
Betty Munroe: Hilary Labow

: Jools's Sixth AnnualHootenanny

The yearly shindig, presented by Jools Holland. Guests
Tom Jones , All Saints, Sharleen Spiteri of Texas and the Beautiful South's Paul Heaton all perform with Jools's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra-complete with 17 horns, a string section and backing vocalists.
Plus music from three of the bands of the year-Irish singing family the Corrs, Welsh wizards Catatonia and Mercury Music Prize-winners Gomez. The new year will be greeted in traditional fashion by the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums and guests in the studio making their resolutions include Richard
Wilson, Tony Adams , Zoe Ball , Stephen Fry and Natasha Little. Director Janet Fraser Crook: Producer
MarkCooper Subtitled ...........


Presented By: Jools Holland.
Unknown: Tom Jones
Unknown: Sharleen Spiteri
Unknown: Paul Heaton
Unknown: Tony Adams
Unknown: Zoe Ball
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Natasha Little.
Director: Janet Fraser

: Glastonbury 98

Highlights from the summer festival that was one of the muddiest on record, but which included stirling performances from artists of the calibre of Robbie Williams, Tony Bennett , Blur, Pulp, Catatonia, Embrace, Underworld, Portishead,
Spiritualized, Gomez, Bernard Butler and Bob Dylan.
Producer Alison Howe Subtitled.
10.15pm-3.00am (not PDC) ..
7.45pm-3.00am (not PDC)...
Followed by Skiing Forecast


Unknown: Tony Bennett
Unknown: Bernard Butler
Unknown: Bob Dylan.
Producer: Alison Howe

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