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: Good King Wenceslas

Seasonal drama. A young prince is appalled by the cruelty of his mother, and the conflict between the two soon escalates. Director Michael Tuchner
(1994) (S) Films: pp 51-80 **


Director: Michael Tuchner

: Grace under Fire

Mother Christmas. Grace's mum has definite ideas about how little girls should behave. (S)

: People's Century

8.00 1933: Master Race. How the Nazis put across their message. (BW and colour) (R) (S)
8.55 1939: Total War. The Second World War from civilian viewpoints. (BW and colour) (R) (S)
The series continues 8.10am Boxing Day
Then One Man and His Dog - the Previews Contestant profile. (S)

: Christmas in Connecticut

Romantic comedy,
Arnold Schwarzenegger 's directorial debut. A TV host, who knows little about her supposed area of expertise, has to boost ratings.
(1992. U) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ***


Unknown: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Elizabeth Blane: Dyan Cannon
Jefferson Jones: Kris Kristofferson
AlexYardley: Tony Curtis

: News Weather

: The American Civil War

The Universe of Battle. For three days, 150,000 soldiers fought to the death: the Battle of Gettysburg was to prove the turning point of the war. (R) (S) Next episode on Boxing Day at 12.20pm

: Jane Eyre

Franco Zeffirelli 's adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel.
Orphaned Jane Eyre leaves her hated boarding school to become governess to the daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester. Hoping for happiness at last, she finds her employer hides a dark secret.
(1996. PG) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ***


Unknown: Franco Zeffirelli
Unknown: Jane Eyre
Unknown: Mr Rochester.
Rochester: William Hurt
Jane Eyre: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Mrs Fairfax: Joan Plowright
Young Jane: Anna Paquin
Grace Poole: Billie Whitelaw

: Agas and Their Owners

This exploration of the middle class's passion for the famous range finds that many of them are obsessed with their culinary status symbol. (R) (S)

: The First Silent Night - the Road to Fame

Written against a backdrop of war, the world's most famous carol was first heard in a church near Salzburg on Christmas Eve, 1818. This film explores Silent Night's origins and its rise to worldwide fame.

: Seeing Salvation

Saviour of the World. Reubens's Adoration of the Magi shows how nativity paintings could be used as imperial tools. (S) (W) The series continues at 8.05pm

: Carols from King's

A celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, featuring Bible and poetry readings to tell the nativity story. Carols include Once in Royal David's City, 0 Come All Ye Faithful and 0 Little Town of Bethlehem. See Choice.
Producers David Kremer, James Whitbourn (S) (W) A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, is broadcast on Christmas Eve at 3pm on Radio 4 and Christmas Day at 3.15pm on Radio 3

Carols from King's
4.55pm BBC2
The traditional eve of Christmas service from King's College, Cambridge, is based on the college's own Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - a service that, for many people around the world, marks the start of the Christian festival, and will be broadcast live on Radio 4. Carols performed by the choir conducted by Stephen Cleobury include 0 Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger and In the Bleak Midwinter.


Producers: David Kremer
Producers: James Whitbourn

: Some Like It Hot

Classic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe , Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. It's Chicago 1929 -the era dominated by Prohibition and tough racketeers. When Joe and Jerry, two underemployed musicians, witness the St Valentine's Day massacre, they nearly become victims themselves. Their only escape is a jazz band heading for Florida. But there's one big problem - it's an all-girl orchestra.
Director Billy Wilder (1959, U) (BW) (S) Films: pp 51-80 *****


Unknown: Marilyn Monroe
Unknown: Tony Curtis
Unknown: Jack Lemmon.
Director: Billy Wilder
Sugar Kane Kowa: Marilyn Monroe
Joe/Josephine: Tony Curtis
Jerry/Daphne: Jack Lemmon
Spats Columbo: George Raft
Mulligan: Pat O'Brien
OsgoodE Fielding III: Joe E Brown
Little Bonaparte: Nehemiah Persoff
Sweet Sue: Joan Shawlee
Sig Poliakoff: Billy Gray
Toothpick Charlie: George E Stone

: Seeing Salvation

A Child Bom to Die. Neil MacGregor considers how pieces of nativity art such as Bruegel's Adoration of the Kings can be seen to foreshadow Christ's fate. (S) (W)
Final programme on Boxing Day at 9.45am


Unknown: Neil MacGregor

: Goodness Gracious Me

Last year's Christmas special of the Asian comedy sketch show features the Coopers sitting down to their very British Christmas dinner, and the staging of the multicultural
Hounslow nativity play. Starring Sanjeev Bhaskar , Kulvinder Ghir , Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.
Director Nick Wood ; Producer Anil Gupta (R) (S) (W)


Unknown: Sanjeev Bhaskar
Unknown: Kulvinder Ghir
Unknown: Meera Syal
Unknown: Nina Wadia.
Director: Nick Wood
Producer: Anil Gupta

: Arena

Blondes -Jayne Mansfield. In 1957, Jayne Mansfield was riding high as the most photographed woman in the world. Yet, ten years later, she was reduced to stripping in seedy nightclubs to finance a serious alcohol problem and support her five children from three broken marriages.
The first of three programmes on blonde bombshells from the arts strand hears from friends and relatives as it reassesses the star's roller-coaster life and career.
Director James Marsh ; Producer Alan Lewens (S) (W) The Female Jungle, starring Jayne Mansfield , is tonight at 1.30am Blondes - Diana Dors is on Boxing Day at 9pm Factual: page 13


Unknown: Jayne Mansfield.
Unknown: Jayne Mansfield
Director: James Marsh
Producer: Alan Lewens
Unknown: Jayne Mansfield
Unknown: Diana Dors

: Home Stories

Tracing the history of the Sunflower House, a 19th-century workers' cottage near Stevenage in Hertfordshire that is now decorated with murals. (R) (S) (W)
There is another from the series on Tuesday 28 at 8.40pm

: Clueless

Romantic comedy, starring Alicia Silverstone. Cher and her best friend Dionne are going on 16 and know everything about being gorgeous, popular, and always in vogue: they are clued-in. But everything changes when Tai, a new student, arrives. She is "clueless", and Cher sees it as her mission to give Tai a complete makeover. Widescreen. (S) (W)
Director Amy Heckerling (1995, 12) (S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 ****


Unknown: Alicia Silverstone.
Director: Amy Heckerling
Cher: Alicia Silverstone
Dionne: Stacey Dash
Josh: Paul Rudd
Tai: Brittany Murphy
Murray Donald: Adeosun Faison
Amber: Elisa Donovan
Travis: Breckin Meyer
Elton: Jeremy Sisto

: Cape Fear

Classic thriller, continuing the Gregory Peck season, also starring Robert Mitchum. Sadistic sex offender Max Cady blames respected small-town lawyer Sam Bowden for his conviction. Finally released from prison, Cady begins a campaign of terror against Bowden and his family.
Director J Lee Thompson (1962.15) (BW) (S) Twelve o'Clock High, starring Gregory Peck. is on Monday 27 at 1.25pm Films: pp 51-80 ****


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Robert Mitchum.
Unknown: Max Cady
Unknown: Sam Bowden
Unknown: Lee Thompson
Unknown: Gregory Peck.
Sam Bowden: Gregory Peck
Max Cady: Robert Mitchum
Peggy Bowden: Polly Bergen
Nancy Bowden: Lori Martin
Mark Dutton: Martin Balsam
Charles Sievers: Telly Savalas

: The Female Jungle

Crime drama, featuring Jayne Mansfield and starring
Lawrence Tierney. After being found drunk at the scene of the crime, Sergeant Stevens is handed the case of actress Monica Madison 's murder. Ends 2.40am
Director Bruno VeSota (1955) (BW) (S) Films: pp 51-80 *


Unknown: Jayne Mansfield
Unknown: Lawrence Tierney.
Unknown: Monica Madison
Director: Bruno Vesota

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