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: Gulliver's Travels

Animated fantasy. During a storm the sailor-adventurer
Gulliver is washed ashore on the island of Lilliput and captured by its miniature inhabitants. Director Dave Fleischer (1939. U)
(S) Films: pp 49-79 ★★


Director: Dave Fleischer

: Pardon Us

Beginning a season of Laurel and Hardy films.
Stan's overzealous sales pitch leads the pair to jail, where they meet a motley crew of misfits.
(1931, U) (BW) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 ***


Director: James Parrott
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: It's Always Fair Weather

Musical comedy starring Gene Kelly , Dan Dailey and Cyd Charisse. Three ex-Gis reunite at a bar in New York. Widescreen.
Directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
(1955. U) (S) Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Dan Dailey
Unknown: Cyd Charisse.
Directors: Gene Kelly
Directors: Stanley Donen

: The West

Continuing the documentary series on America's history.
Fight No More Forever 1874-7 As white settlers broke their promises, Chief Sitting Bull urged his people to fight back.
(R) (S) Continues Boxing Day at 9.05am

: Classic Challenge

First of three programmes in which professionals from the world of music are challenged to write a piece of music in seven days. Stephen Warbeck 's composition, created for performance in the bar of a cross-channel ferry, incorporates a poem by an 11-year-old girl about the D-Day landings.
(S) (W) Continues Christmas Day at 10.45am


Unknown: Stephen Warbeck

: Choir of the Year

In the first of four daily programmes from Buxton Opera House, five of the UK's best barbershop choruses, two traditional ladies' choirs and the London Gay Men's Chorus battle it out for the two places in Wednesday's final. Presented by Howard Goodall and Diane Louise Jordan. (S) (W)


Presented By: Howard Goodall
Presented By: Diane Louise Jordan.

: Full Circle with MichaelPalin

Michael Palin continues his anticlockwise circuit of the Pacific Rim. Australia and New Zealand. Palin assists a flying vet and looks for sperm whales. (R) (S) (W) Continues Boxing Day at 10.30am


Unknown: Michael Palin

: The Early Bird

Comedy, last in a season of newly restored Norman Wisdom films introduced by the star. A hapless milkman causes havoc while waging a war against a dairy. Widescreen.
Director Robert Asher (1965, U)
(S) Films: pp 49-79 **


Unknown: Norman Wisdom
Director: Robert Asher

: The Big Sky

Western, beginning a season of films starring Kirk Douglas.
In the 1830s, a pair of Kentucky mountain men join a keelboat expedition into unknown territory.
(1952, U) (BW) (S)
(The Kirk Douglas season continues with "The Fury" tomorrow at 12.50pm)
Films: pp 49-79 ****


Director: Howard Hawks
Jim Deakins: Kirk Douglas


A Christmas edition features
Slade, Mariah Carey , Jethro Tull , Wham, Cliff Richard and Mud.
Shown last Wednesday (S)


Unknown: Mariah Carey
Unknown: Jethro Tull
Unknown: Cliff Richard

: Star Trek

Errand of Mercy. When war between the Klingons and the Federation seems unavoidable, the crew visit the Organians. (R) (S)

: What the Papers Say Awards

Clive Anderson hosts the annual awards celebrating journalistic excellence from the Savoy Hotel in London. This year's guest speaker is Anne Widdecombe MP.
Director Charles Kitchen ; Producer Christine Ruth (S) (W)


Unknown: Clive Anderson
Unknown: Anne Widdecombe
Director: Charles Kitchen
Producer: Christine Ruth

: The Good Life

A seasonal edition of the classic comedy from 1977.
Silly, but It's Fun. Tom and Barbara, and Margo and Jerry make careful preparations for their respective - and very different - -Christmases but nothing goes according to plan.
Written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
Producer John Howard Davies (R) (S)


Written By: John Esmonde
Written By: Bob Larbey
Producer: John Howard Davies
Barbara Good: Felicity Kendal
Tom Good: Richard Briers
Margo Leadbetter: Penelope Keith
Jerry Leadbetter: Paul Eddington
Bill: David Battley

: Song of the Earth

David Attenborough charts the progression of the human urge to make music. His exploration of the ancient origins of human music takes him from whale song to the complex cantatas of Bach and the fiesta of noise at the Rio Carnival.
Producer Grant Sonnex ; Executive producer Michael Gunton (S) (W)


Unknown: David Attenborough
Producer: Grant Sonnex
Producer: Michael Gunton

: Turning Points

Actress Sian Phillips looks back to a pivotal moment in her life when she took a role in the musical Pal Joey. (S)


Unknown: Sian Phillips

: LA Confidential

Oscar-winning crime drama starring Kevin Spacey , Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. 1953: three LAPD detectives become embroiled in a labyrinth of corruption, intrigue and murder involving a prostitute who looks like Veronica Lake and the editor of a sleazy tabloid. Widescreen. (1997, 18) (S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 * * * *
Barry Norman's Christmas plums and turkeys: page 46


Director: Curtis Hanson
Jack Vincennes: Kevin Spacey
Bud White: Russell Crowe
Edmund 'Ed' Exley: Guy Pearce
Captain Dudley Smith: James Cromwell
Lynn Bracken: Kim Basinger
Sid Hudgens: Danny Devito
Pierce Patchett: David Strathairn
District Attorney Ellis Loew: Ron Rifkin
Brett Chase: Matt McCoy
Mickey Cohen: Paul Guilfoyle

: Christopher Lee's Ghost Stories for Christmas

The first of four chilling Victorian ghost stories by the writer MR James , narrated by Christopher Lee.
The Stalls of Barchester. A grim tale of intrigue and murder in the haunted stalls of Barchester. See Choice.
Director Eleanor Yule ; Producer Richard Downes (S) (W) the next story is on Boxing Day at 11.25pm Christopher Lee - Drama: page 12


Unknown: Mr James
Unknown: Christopher Lee.
Director: Eleanor Yule
Producer: Richard Downes
Unknown: Christopher Lee

: That Thing

Madonna. The wedding of pop superstar Madonna and director Guy Ritchie will turn them into Britain's premier pop couple. This occasional series explores what it would be like to experience a celebrity marriage "madonna style". Director Sean Grundy ; Executive producer Michael Poole (S) (W)


Director: Guy Ritchie
Director: Sean Grundy
Producer: Michael Poole

: Vanishing Point

Road movie starring Barry Newman and Cleavon Little. A former racing driver bets that he can deliver a supercharged Dodge Challenger to San Francisco in 15 hours. Widescreen.
Director Richard C Sarafian 11971.18) (S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ***


Unknown: Barry Newman
Unknown: Cleavon Little.
Director: Richard C Sarafian
Kowalski: Barry Newman
Super Soul: Cleavon Little
Prospector: Dean Jagger
Vera: Victoria Medlin
Youngcop: Paul Koslo
Older cop: Robert Donner

: Will It Snow for Christmas?

Showing as part of the Movie World season an awardwinning drama. An unmarried mother struggles to bring up her children on a farm in France. In French with English subtitles. Director Sandrine Veysset (1996, 12) Films: pp 49-79 * *


Director: Sandrine Veysset

: Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson hosts one last session of provocative chat and jokes at the expense of deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Ends 3.30am.
Shown last Thursday (S) (W) Best of Clarkson 2000 is on Wednesday 27 December at 10.40pm

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