Spy drama. When the body of a frogman is washed ashore on the Irish coast, the British authorities send a spy to determine the corpse's identity. Director Francis Searle (1962)
(BW) (S) Rims: pp 51-80 *
Second World War drama, continuing the Gregory Peck season. 1945: in the Burmese jungle, the officers and men of an RAF station are increasingly disturbed by the strange behaviour of Squadron Leader Forrester.
Director Robert Parrish (1954) (S)Films: pp 51-80 ***
9.05 1968: New Release
A portrait of the youth rebellion of the late sixties, when youngsters defied the older generation with their radical new ideas.
(BW and colour) (R) (S)
10.00 1970: Half the People
How women in western countries gained new rights and struggled to achieve equality with men.
(Colour and BW) (R) (S)
Fictionalised biographical drama about the popular children's author. A cobbler is forced to leave his village because the children are playing truant to listen to his stories. He moves to Copenhagen, where his fairy tales receive a wider audience. DoroZizi Jeanmaire
Director Charles Vidor (1952. U)
(S) Films: pp 51-80 ****
Hans Christian Andersen:
In the last of the series, David Attenborough hears how producer Amanda Barrett and film-maker
Owen Newman approached the problem of covert filming at night for the documentary that follows. Wildlife Special: Leopard. This revealing portrait of African animals hunting at night concentrates on leopards and their prey. (S)
Freddie Young. The acclaimed cinematographer discusses a career that earned him three
Oscars, one for Doctor Zhivago, Which follows. (S) (W)
Oscar-winning epic, celebrating the work of cinematographer
Freddie Young. Doctor and poet
Yuri Zhivago is brought up in the family of Alexander Gromeko , whose daughter Tonya he marries. But his true love is for Lara, the mistress of a political opportunist. Widescreen.
Director David Lean (1965, PG)
(S) (W) Rims: pp 51-80 *****
Bart tires of Homer's lack of parental interest and chooses another father.
Sci-fi adventure. A games designer, convinced that his boss has stolen his ideas, is absorbed into a programme and becomes a competitor in a life-or-death game. Widescreen.
Director Steven Lisberger (1982. PG) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ***
Dr Walter Gibbs/Dumont:
Proton Power. Against the advice of his scientists, Otto invests in a dangerous but cheap new source of power.
Directors Neville Astley and Mark Baker (S)
Concluding Wolfgang Petersen 's acclaimed U-boat drama. The U-96 has been crippled while negotiating the heavily-defended Straits of Gibraltar. In desperation, the crew attempt repairs on the scuppered vessel before their air runs out. In German with English subtitles. Widescreen.
For cast see Boxing Day at 6.25pm (R)
A special edition of the show in which radio-controlled droids are sent into battle against each other and the house robots - including the dreaded Sir Killalot. Hosts Philippa Forrester and Craig Charles discuss tactics with the operators. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce.
BBC2 devotes the last night of the year to a special tribute honouring the decade that came to be labelled as the "caring, sharing nineties". Ends 11.50pm. See Choice.
TOTP2 Presents the Nineties
Steve Wright presents a special edition of TOTP2 that looks back on ten years of outstanding singles with the songs and stars that made nineties pop music what is was. Those who defined the decade include Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker,
Shania Twain, Oasis, the Spice Girls, Take That, Madonna, the Fugees, Blur, Fatboy Slim and Manic Street Preachers.
9.45 Gimme Gimme Gimme: Millennium
Flatmates Tom and Linda spend New Year's Eve drinking together.
Shown on Wednesday 29 at 9pm (S) (W)
10.20 Goodbye to the Nineties
An affectionate look at the highs and lows of the past ten years in a fast-moving montage of memorable moments with music and scrolling newsbites. This was the decade when OJ, Viagra and Ibiza became household names, former Take That star Robbie Williams rose and fell and rose again, and football "came home" to the middle classes.
Producer Renee Knight ; Executive producer Caroline Wright (S) Videoplus code for 8.45-11.50 (not PDC) NOTE: PDC functions only on individual programmes
TOTP2 Presents the Nineties Presenter:
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Ring in the New
31 December 2015
BBC2 joins BBC1 to witness the stroke of midnight and the arrival of the year 2000. (S)
Documentary charting an extraordinary year for pop star Fatboy Slim, alias Norman Cook. The film follows him across five continents, performing at huge festivals including Glastonbury, clocking up 4 million sales of his album and taking time off to get married to DJ and TV host Zoe Ball. (S)
Satire. It's New Year's Eve 1999 and Jesus arrives at JFK airport with his assistant, Magdalena. Over the course of the day, he risks banishment from heaven and gets involved in a debate with Satan over whether the souls of humans on Earth are really worth saving. Ends 2.00am
Director Hal Hartley (1998) (S) Films: pp 51-80 ****