A Little Miracle. Christmas Eve 1962: miserly millionaire Michael Blake receives a Visitation. (R) (S)
Shown yesterday 11pm BBC1 (S)
8.50 1947: Freedom Now. How Europe's colonial empires in Africa and Asia crumbled in little more than 30 years after India gained its independence.
(BW and colour) (R) (S)
9.451945: Fallout. Nuclear energy promised a new age of scientific progress - and an awesome capacity for destruction. (BW and colour) (R) (S)
Bach's Christmas Oratorio goes on with the piece composed for the "third day of Christmas", performed at the Herdekirche in Weimar, Germany. (S) (W)Continues New Year's Day at 10.45am
Arrows of Time: Catching the Waves Dr Neil Johnson measures the waves that travel through time and space, and sets out to test Einstein's theory of relativity with an experiment that uses an atomic clock. (S) (W)
Most Hallowed Ground. The election pitted Abraham Lincoln against his former general, George McClellan. Meanwhile, Union campaigns in Georgia and the Shenandoah Valley seemed to have been checked. Narrated by David McCullough.
(R)(S) Next episode is on Wednesday at lpm
Second World War drama continuing the season of films starring Gregory Peck. Bomber pilots at an American air base in England become restless when martinet officer General Frank
Savage takes over command.
Director Henry King (1949, U)
(BW) (S) The Big Country: Wednesday 29, 2.05pm Films: pp 51-80 ****
Gen Frank Savage:
Lt Col Ben Gately:
Col Keith Davenport:
Maj Harvey Stovall:
Historical adventure. Ayoung boy arrives in the village of Moonfleet looking for the man his late mother loved. Widescreen.
Director Fritz Lang (1955) (S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 ***
Marge suggests a festival to boost Springfield's tainted public image.
Producer John Downer tells David Attenborough how he conveyed a sense of flight in the film that follows. See Choice.
In-flight Movie. The techniques and wing design required for gliding, diving and dipping are revealed in close-up as the camera follows a variety of birds, including peregrines and ducks, during flight. (S) The series continues tomorrow at 8pm
Dinefwr Park in Carmarthenshire is the picturesque setting for a bank holiday edition of the evergreen sheepdog-trials programme. Celebrity captains Clarissa Dickson Wright , Michaela Strachan and John Craven lead three teams of shepherds - whose ages range between 10 and 60 - in a combination of singles, brace and junior competitions. Presented by Robin Page and Gus Dermody.
Producer Ian Russell ; Series producer Daniel Brittaln-Catlin (S) (W)
War correspondent Wemer finds life on board submarine U-96 strangely monotonous after the first frightening alarm, while the captain and crew are also frustrated by the inactivity. But then they receive news of an enemy convoy. In German with English subtitles. Widescreen.
Continues tomorrow at 7pm For cast see yesterday at 6.25pm (R)
Concluding a two-part documentary profile of celebrated novelist, critic and composer Anthony Burgess.
1960-93. Continuing to write novels at a prolific rate, Burgess left England in 1968 after the death of his first wife. That same year, he married the Contessa Pasi and moved to Italy before deciding to settle in Monte Carlo. The controversy generated in 1971 by the film version of A Clockwork Orange -which painted a dark and nihilistic picture of the future -brought Burgess's work to a wider audience, while his literaryjoumalism, TV appearances and musical compositions ensured that his fame spread around the world. Readings by John Sessions. (S)
Blondes - Anita Ekberg. Perhaps best remembered as the shapely blonde who waded into the Trevi Fountain in La Dolce Vita , fifties sex symbol Anita Ekberg became a Hollywood icon and a cult figure in European cinema.
This portrait, which concludes the documentary trilogy about screen sirens, tracks down the reclusive Swede in Italy and traces the path of a career that began to take off when she won a Miss Sweden beauty contest. Ekberg talks candidly about growing old, surviving personal disappointment, and the pressure that comes with being recognised as one of the world's most beautiful women.
Director Nicola Roberts ; Producer Anthony Wall (S) (W)
Romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo. Abby Barnes , a radio vet who answers people's calls about their pets, is convinced she is unattractive to the opposite sex. When one of her callers, a young English photographer, wants to meet her, she sends her beautiful but dim neighbour Noelle to take her place. Widescreen.
Director Michael Lehmann (1996.15) (S) (W)
Films: pp 51-80 ****
For once, the annual rock and pop festival held during the summer at Worthy Farm, in Pilton, Somerset, enjoyed favourable weather conditions. Highlights of the plethora of acts playing last June in the sun-baked setting include American giants REM and Welsh figureheads Manic Street Preachers, plus other performances from the Corrs, Fun Lovin' Criminals, the Beautiful South, and Al Green.
Producer Alison Howe (W)
Historical drama starring Anne Bancroft. China, 1935: an isolated Christian mission, staffed by American and British women, is overrun by bandits. Widescreen. Ends 2.55am
Director John Ford (1966) (S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 ****