' Satirical comedy, concludingthe season directed by and starring
Following a peasant revolt, a destitute king moves to fifties New York but struggles to find his way in the city.
(1957) Black and white Subtitled .... * See Films: pages 43-79
The stars of Hollywood's silent age feature in this compilation including
Charlie Chaplin , Douglas Fairbanks ,
Laurel and Hardy, Harry Houdini and the Keystone Cops. Narrated by Jay Jackson. Director Robert Youngson (1961, U)
Black and white
♦ See Films: pages 43-79 ***
Meat Loaf's memories of Frank Sinatra.
Last in the series.
Medieval adventure starring
Robert Taylor , Ava Gardner
King Arthur is determined to bring peace to his beloved England but his enemies begin plotting and exploit Sir Lancelot's secret love for Arthur's wife
Guinevere in order to destroy the king and his idealistic reign. Widescreen.
Director Richard Thorpe (1953) ♦ See Films: pages 43-79
A New Year message by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Dr George Carey. Shown yesterday at 12.30am on BBC1
Polkas, waltzes and marches feature in the second half of the traditional concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. With guest conductor Lorin Maazel, plus the dancers of the Vienna State Opera. Introduced by Brian Kay. Director Brian Large ; Producer Dominic Best
Digital widescreen Also broadcast on Radio 3
Staying Alive: the Body in Balance
Pushing the Limits. Some creatures can survive in solid ice, others fordays without water in desert conditions. In her last lecture, Professor Nancy Rothwell looks at extreme lifestyles.
The second of two programmes featuring music from this year's festival, a central event in the folk calendar
Documentary telling the story of a Jewish family that has been scattered far and wide by religious and racial intolerance throughoutthe years. From as far afield as Japan, Norway, Africa and the USA, different branches of the Shealtiels have begun to rediscover each other, theirtale illustrating the global dispersal of the Jews. Director llanZiv; Executive producer
Religious drama starring
Richard Burton , Jean Simmons
A Roman officer ordered to carry out
Christ's crucifixion wins Jesus's robe in a dice game. Afterwards, it seemsto exert a strange power. Widescreen.
Director Henry Koster (1953, U)
Digital widescreen ♦ See Films: pages 43-79
Penultimate instalment of the five-part adaptation of Claudio Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea. While Nero's descent into depravity continues, his wife Ottavia is plotting revenge on him and his lover Poppea. With in-vision subtitles.
For cast see Tuesday 29
The series concludes tomorrow
Top-secret government papers released under the 30-year confidentiality rule will today finally give the public access to the true political picture in 1968. For the first time, TV has been given advance sight of the documents, and presenter Mark Urban unearths some major revelations, while Brian Walden reports on the most sensitive files held by Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
TV evangelist Johnny Saveloy brainwashes Wendy. With the guest voices of Bob Monkhouse and Professor Stanley Unwin. (Repeat) (Digital widescreen) (Subtitled)
Journalists from the tabloid and broadsheet press turn out for a special edition of the academic quiz. With Jeremy Paxman.
(Digital widescreen) (Subtitled)
The second series of the show for inexperienced gardeners starts with Helen Yemm helping Gerrie and Neill to tackle their derelictgarden in Kent, while Jojo Norris has tips for a couple on organic gardening. (Repeat) (Subtitled)
Alan Titchmarsh looks back on the year and at some of the gardens in the 1998 series. A new series of Gardeners World is set for February. (Subtitled)
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Fairest of the fair: page 30
The Friday Night Armistice team return to see in the New Year with more current-affairs hilarity, and the chance to win a babysitter for New Year's Eve 1999. (Subtitled)
Last of the animations.
Wendy promptly throws Rex out with the rubbish after he turns himself into spaghetti in a tragic accident. (Digital widescreen) (Subtitled)
Written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer.
A chance to see an episode of the anarchic eighties comedy.
When the radical foursome discover their house is to be demolished, they decide to do the job themselves. (Repeat) (Subtitled)
The Balowski family:
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are back with a six-part series of comedy sketches featuring new and familiar characters, including Tom Fun and the Stotts. Guests include Damon Hill and Caprice. (Digital widescreen) (Subtitled)
See today's choices.
A four-part series profiling top pop bands of the eighties.
The group fronted by gender-bending Boy George achieved huge chart success worldwide in the late eighties.
Now back together, all four members talk about the glamour, the success, the drugs and the love affair that split the band. (Digital widescreen) (Subtitled)
The flamboyant lead singer of Culture Club captures the essence of the band's first
US tour since re-forming. (Subtitled)
Weird animated tales, including a kung-fu kicking deer that terrifies hunters, cats and dogs fighting the American Civil War, and "Death" on holiday...
A double bill of the dimension-travelling science-fiction series.
12.35 Sole Survivors
The team visits a nightmare world that is dominated by zombies.
At 1.20 Stoker
A vampire rock band targets Wade.
Followed by Weatherview