The crew's singing keeps Booty awake. (R)
7.05 Polka Dot Shorts
Adventures in the land of Roo. (R)
Father Christmas gets stuck in the chimney. (R)
7.35 Anthony Ant
Kevin sets up a new club. (R) (S)
Continuing the superhero adventures. (S)
8.10 Why 5
Last in the series of the science show. With signing.
Shown yesterday at 4.35pm on BBC1 (S)(W)
Animated double-bill with Angelica and friends. (R) (S)
Eating Contest. Bilko pins his hopes to one of the motor pool
GIS. (BW) (R) (S)
First of a three-part look at the life of the 33rd US president
Harry S Truman , narrated by Jason Robards.
An Accident of Democracy. How did a small-time farmer become the planet's most powerful man? Continues tomorrow at 9.15am. Director David Grubin (S)
The Speck ofthe Future 1848-56 The 19th-century gold rush made millionaires of some but left many "non-Americans" more persecuted than ever. Continues tomorrow Ham. (R) (S) The western Tension at Table Rock follows
Richard Egan. Wes Tancred is unjustly accused of murder when he kills in self-defence. Branded a coward, he travels to another town where trailherders are terrorising the local people.
Director Charles Marquis Warren (1956, U) (S) Films: pp 77-84 ***
J Comedy, continuing a season of newly restored
Norman Wisdom films, introduced by the star himself. Crossed in love, Norman Puckle joins the navy and is put into training with chaotic results. Widescreen.
Director Robert Asher (1960, PG)
(BW) (S) On the Beat is tomorrow at 1.50pm Films: pp 77-84 **
Admiral Sir Bryanston Blyth:
China. Chairman Mao's hotel room is Michael Palin 's first stop in China. He climbs a holy mountain, takes a steamer down the Yangtze River and aims forVietnam. (R) (S)
Against-the-clock cookery test, with Ainsley Harriott. (S) Celebrity Ready Steady Cook is tonight at 7pm on BBC1
General knowledge quiz, with Anne Robinson. (S) (W)
The programme's annual Christmas celebration features acts including Slade, Mariah Carey , the Pretenders, Jethro Tull , Wham, Dana, Cliff Richard , Bing Crosby and Mud.
Plus Roy Wood and the Wombles singing / Wish It Could Be a Wombling Merry Christmas Everyday.
Producer Mark Hagen (S) Top of the Pops is on Friday at 7.30pm on BBC1 WEBSITE: www.totp.beeb.com
TOP OFTHE POPS THE MAGAZINE: price £1.50, available from newsagents
Family Business. Quark faces an astronomical fine for his mother's flaunting of Ferengi tradition. (R) (S)
Continuing the series in which the Royal Ballet's principal dancer Deborah Bull explores different dance styles.
Deborah Bull Tries Belly Dancing. In anticipation of a show at a London restaurant, Bull learns to belly dance. But can she learn to relax muscles that she is used to holding in? Director/Series producer Jill Marshall (S)
A sumptuous three-course menu of cooking programmes with a seasonal flavour. See Choice.
- Gary Rhodes Christmas Special Gary Rhodes enhances traditional Christmas fare by preparing turkey ballottine with ham and armagnac stuffing, while for dessert he departs even further from the script with an iced pear parfait accompanied by sweet kirsch cherries.
Producer Mandy Cooper ; Executive producer Nick Vaughan-Barratt
with this special festive edition in which one of Britain's best-loved cooks and most popular television stars helps an admirer prepare a dinner party with a difference.
Executive producer Nick VaugharvBarratt ; Series producer Nichola Hegarty
(S) (W) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/food/friends
hour-long special, Jamie Oliver travels to Manhattan to work with celebrated chef David Bouley in his restaurant Danube. He also finds time to prepare a DIY dinner at a friend's apartment and celebrate the end of his stay by cooking a Christmas dinner featuring mussels with leeks, pork and peaches, and a spectacular chocolate bombe.
Director Niall Downing: Producer Patricia Llewellyn (S) (W) Oliver's Christmas twist: page 41
What's in Store. House of Fraser's chief executive
John Coleman goes to work in his Oxford Street department store during the final hectic weeks of its L20 million pre-Christmas refit. Last in the series.
Producer Veronica Clifford : Series producer Hugh Dehn (S) (W) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/floor
Analysis of the news with KirstyWark. (S) (W)
Robert Tear - English Song. Internationally-renowned tenor Robert Tear shares his experience of the the world of English song with four young singers. Introduced by James Naughtie. (S) (W)
Another programme in the series highlighting the day's events in Westminster.
Continuing this week's repeated series about the building of the Millennium Dome. Narrated by Robert Lindsay.
The Longest Hour. Early 1999: with many exhibitions still undecided, the new man in charge, Lord Falconer, needs to make a quick impact. (R) (S) (W)
Drama, starring Patricia Wettig , based on a true story about a woman whose life is shattered when she is raped near her home. Ends 2.55am.
Director Harry Winer (1992, 15)
(Colour and BW) (S) Films: pp 77-84 **