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: Match of the Day

Yesterday's Premiership games. Shown yesterday at 10.30pm on BBC1

: Pack Up Your Troubles

A newly restored print that continues the Laurel and Hardy season.

The duo try to keep a promise made to a dead comrade.
(1932, U) (BW) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 *****


Director: George Marshall
Director: Raymond McCarey
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: One Magic Christmas

Seasonal drama starring Mary Steenburgen. Ayoung mother becomes depressed when her husband loses his job and the family faces eviction. But an angel appears to show her the true meaning of Christmas. Director Phillip Borsos (1985, U)
(S) Films: pp 49-79 **


Unknown: Mary Steenburgen.
Director: Phillip Borsos

: The Simpsons

Mother Simpson. Homer fakes his own death. Guest starring
Glenn Close. (S)


Unknown: Mother Simpson.
Unknown: Glenn Close.

: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Ain't No Business like Show Business. Will takes part in a comedy club showcase.
(R) (S)

: Choir of the Year

The daily visits to Buxton Opera House continue today as eight of the country's best youth choirs compete for the two places in the final at Royal Albert Hall. With Howard Goodall and Diane Louise Jordan. (S) (W)


Unknown: Howard Goodall
Unknown: Diane Louise Jordan.

: Travels with My Tutu

Deborah Bull Tries Break Dance
I The Royal Ballet's principal dancer break-dances at the Funkin' Pussy Club in London. The final episode is on Boxing Day at 2.20pm (S)

: Black Narcissus

Oscar-winning classic drama starring Deborah Kerr as one of five nuns who establish a school and hospital in a disused harem high in the Himalayas.
Directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (1947. PG) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 *****


Director: Michael Powell
Director: Emeric Pressburger
Sister Clodagh: Deborah Kerr
Dilip: Rai Sabu
Mr Dean: David Farrar
Sister Philippa: Flora Robson
General: Esmond Knight
Kanchi: Jean Simmons

: Our Man Flint

Spy spoof. Derek Flint , international playboy and the world's greatest secret agent, is summoned to battle a mysterious group of scientists.
Director Daniel Mann (1966. PG)
(S) Films: pp 49-79 ★★★


Unknown: Derek Flint
Director: Daniel Mann
Derek Flint: James Coburn
Cramden: Leej Cobb
Gila: Gila Golan
Malcolm Rodney: Edward Mulhare
Dr Schneider: Benson Fong

: Carols from King's

rA celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The Christmas story is told through readings from the Bible and poems, while carols include Once in Royal David's City, 0 Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter and Hark! The
Herald Angels Sing. See Choice. Producers David Kremer and James Whitbourn (S) (W) A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. the traditional Christmas Eve carol service from King's College, Cambridge, is broadcast today at 3pm on Radio 4 and tomorrow at 2pm on Radio 3


Producers: David Kremer
Producers: James Whitbourn

: The Weakest Link

Anne Robinson hosts a special edition of the knockout quiz in which nine celebrities work together to win up to £10,000 for a charity chosen by the winner. Taking part are Adam Woodyatt, Mel Giedroyc, Alice Beer, Louis Theroux, Vanessa Feltz, Simon Biagi, Sue Perkins, Nicholas Parsons and Charlotte Hudson.
Repeated on Tuesday 2 January at 5.10pm (S) (W) Entertainment: page 7


Presenter: Anne Robinson
Contestant: Adam Woodyatt
Contestant: Mel Giedroyc
Contestant: Alice Beer
Contestant: Louis Theroux
Contestant: Vanessa Feltz
Contestant: Simon Biagi
Contestant: Sue Perkins
Contestant: Nicholas Parsons
Contestant: Charlotte Hudson
Producer: Kate Middleditch
Series Producer: Phil Parsons

: It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's classic fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.
A small-town businessman, who believes he has been a failure, is brought back from the brink of suicide by his guardian angel.
(1946, U) (BW) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 *****


Director: Frank Capra
George Bailey: James Stewart
Mary Hatch: Donna Reed
Mr Potter: Lionel Barrymore
Uncle Billy: Thomas Mitchell
Clarence: Henry Travers
Mrs Bailey: Beulah Bondi
Ernie: Frank Faylen
Bert: Ward Bond

: Christmas Trade Secrets

Top tips on celebrating the festive season in style.
Producer Alexandra Fraser (R) (S)


Producer: Alexandra Fraser

: I Love a Seventies Christmas

Blue Peter presenters Peter Purves, John Noakes and Valerie Singleton , take a look back at Christmas 1970s style.
From Jimmy Osmond to Basil Brush, Operation, Buckeroo and selection boxes, and the disappointment of another year without Scaletrix or Tiny Tears, the show remembers all the festive trimmings of the decade. See Choice.
Directors/Producers Stephen Franklin and Stephen McGinn (S) (W) / Love the Seventies is on New Year's Eve at 8pm Noddy Holder - Entertainment: page 8

ENTERTAINMENT I Love a Seventies Christmas
8.30pm BBC2 In the decade that taste forgot, they knew how to party at Christmas, so now, for those viewers of a certain age, here's another chance to relive yearnings for Scalextric and Sindy. Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves present this celebration of naffhess, a sequel to the ones the same team made earlier, shown over the summer. For those who struggled three decades ago, here's a revision course on how to make the Blue Peter advent decoration using two wire coat hangers wrapped in tinsel. After that, why not wash down that Curly Wurly with a glass of Mateus Rose or Babycham? GE


Unknown: John Noakes
Unknown: Valerie Singleton
Unknown: Jimmy Osmond
Producers: Stephen Franklin
Producers: Stephen McGinn

: Arena: Clint Eastwood

Out of the West. The first of a two-part Christmas special profiling the Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood. Eastwood recalls his tough childhood, and looks back at his early career, from Rawhide to Dirty Harry and the spaghetti westerns. With contributions from Don Siegel , Sergio Leone , Eli Wallach and Martin Scorcese , plus an exclusive interview with his mother Ruth. Escape to Alcatraz, starring Eastwood, follows and this portrait concludes tomorrow at 9.20pm.
Producers Bruce Ricker and Anthony Wall (S) (W)


Director: Clint Eastwood.
Unknown: Don Siegel
Unknown: Sergio Leone
Unknown: Eli Wallach
Unknown: Martin Scorcese
Producers: Bruce Ricker

: Escape from Alcatraz

Prison drama, based on a true story, starring
Clint Eastwood and Patrick McGoohan. Alcatraz is America's highest security prison, from where no one escapes. But one prisoner is determined to prove otherwise. Widescreen.
Director Don Siegel (1979, 15) (S) (W) Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Clint Eastwood
Unknown: Patrick McGoohan.
Director: Don Siegel
Frank Morris: Clint Eastwood
Warden: Patrick McGoohan
Chester Doc'Dalton: Roberts Blossom
Clarence Anglin: Jack Thibeau
John Anglin: Fred Ward
English: Paul Benjamin
Charley Butts: Larry Hankin
Wolf Bruce: M Fischer
Litmus: Frank Ronzio

: The Fury

Psychological horror, continuing the Kirk Douglas season.
Also starring John Cassavetes. When psychic researcher
Peter Sandza mysteriously disappears while on holiday in the I Mediterranean, his son Robin believes he has been killed.
Director Brian De Palma (1978. 18) (S) The Kirk Douglas season continues with The War Wagon tomorrow at 1.15pm Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: John Cassavetes.
Unknown: Peter Sandza
Director: Brian de Palma
Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Peter Sandza: Kirk Douglas
Childress: John Cassavetes
Hester: Carrie Snodgress
Dr Jim McKeever: Charles Duming
Gillian Bellaver: Amy Irving
Dr Susan Charles: Fiona Lewis

: Frankenstein

Universal Horror, a season celebrating horror movies made by Universal Studios, begins with this classic starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff. Mad scientist Dr Frankenstein's dreams of creating a living being from dead human bodies become a nightmare. Ends 3.50am.
Director James Whale (1931. PG) (BW) (S)
The season continues with The Mummy on Boxing Day at 1.55am Films: pp 49-79 *****


Unknown: Colin Clive
Unknown: Boris Karloff.
Director: James Whale
Dr Frankenstein: Colin Clive
The Monster: Boris Karloff
Elizabeth: Mae Clarke
Victor: John Boles
Dr Waldman Edward: Van Sloan
Fritz, the dwarf: Dwight Frye

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