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: Breakfast

Presented by Nici Marx.
Timetable on Christmas Day (W)


Presented By: Nici Marx.

: When I Grow Up

Youngsters express their feelings about the future. (S)

: Laurel and Hardy

Laughing Gravy. It is a cold winter night and Stan and Ollie have a secret they're trying to hide from their landlord - a little dog called Laughing Gravy.
(BW) (R) (S)

: The West

The Geography of Hope 1877-87 With native Americans effectively confined to reservations, the homesteaders staked their claim to the West.
The series concludes tomorrow at
8.35am (R) (S)

: Full Circle with MichaelPalin

Chile and Bolivia. In the Antarctic winter, and with the aid of the Chilean navy, Palin achieves one of his great ambitions - to set foot on Cape Horn.
The series continues tomorrow at
10.30am (R) IS) (W)

: Are You Superhuman?

The second of three daily science programmes. Today, presenter Gary Lineker explores how people cope when they find themselves in extreme environments. (S) (W)


Presenter: Gary Lineker

: Dodge City

Western starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Wade Hatton , a tough cattleman, takes on the job of bringing law and order to Dodge City.
Director Michael Curtiz (1939. PG)
(S) Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Errol Flynn
Unknown: Olivia de Havilland.
Unknown: Wade Hatton
Director: Michael Curtiz
Wade Hatton: Errol Flynn
Abbie Irving: Olivia de Havilland
RubyGilman: Ann Sheridan
JeffSurrett: Bruce Cabot
Joe Clemens: Frank McHugh
Rusty Hart: Alan Hale
Matt Cole: John Utel
Dr Irving: Henry Travers

: Choir of the Year

Today it's the mixed-voice semi-final, which sees eight choirs battle it out for the two remaining places in the final. Presented by Howard Goodall and Diane Louise Jordan. The final can be seen tomorrow at 12 noon.
(S) (W)


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

: Travels with My Tutu

Last in the series in which the Royal Ballet's principal dancer explores different dance styles. Deborah Bull Tries Tango. Bull has only days before she must dance with tango star
Antonio Scares Cervila , aka Junior. Help comes from Clive James , a fan since his first visit to Argentina. But what will Junior think of Bull's rapidly learnt style? (S) Deborah Bull introduces The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker on Saturday 30 December at 3.25pm


Unknown: Antonio Scares Cervila
Unknown: Clive James
Introduces: Deborah Bull

: Cinderella

A A new production of Rossini's comic opera set in the 1950s, performed by the Royal Opera and directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser. Introduced by James Naughtie. See Choice.
Producer Caroline Speed ; Director
Sue Judd (S) (W)


Directed By: Patrice Caurier
Directed By: Moshe Leiser.
Introduced By: James Naughtie.
Producer: Caroline Speed
Director: Sue Judd
Don Ramiro Juan: Diego Florez(tenor)
Dandini: Marcin Bronikowski(bass)
Don Magnifico: Simone Alaimo(baritone)
Clorinda: Nicole Tibbels(soprano)
Thisbe: Leah-Marian Jones(mezzo)
Angelina: Sonia Ganassi(contralto)
Alidoro: Michele Pertusi(bass)

: The Count of Monte Cristo

A feature-length introductory instalment to a new drama, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas , starring
Gerard Depardieu , and being broadcast on seven consecutive days. On the eve of his wedding, Edmond Dantes is seized and imprisoned. In French with English subtitles. See Choice.
Dramatised by Didier Decoin ; Director Josee Dayan


Novel By: Alexandre Dumas
Unknown: Gerard Depardieu
Unknown: Edmond Dantes
Dramatised By: Didier Decoin
Director: Josee Dayan
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo: Gerard Depardieu
Mercedes: Ornella Muti
Femand de Morcerf: Jean Rochefort
Villefort: Pierre Arditi
Bertuccio: Sergio Rubini
Camille de la Richardais: Florence Darel
Baron Danglars: Michel Aumont
Caderousse: Roland Blanche
Albert de Morcerf: Stanislas Merhar
Maximilien Morrel: Christopher Thompson
Valentine de Villefort: Julie Depardieu
Young Emond: Guillaume Depardieu
Haydee: Ines Sastra

: Dance Lexie Dance

An Oscar-nominated short film from Northern Ireland, starring BJ Hogg and Kimberly McConkey , which tells the story of a young girl who dreams of being a Riverdancer. Written by Dave Duggan ; Producer Pearse Moore
Director Tim Loane (R) (S)


Unknown: Kimberly McConkey
Written By: Dave Duggan
Producer: Pearse Moore
Director: Tim Loane

: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The first episode in a nightly rerun of the seven-part, award-winning espionage drama of the seventies, based on the novel by John le Carre and starring the late Alec Guinness. Some say George Smiley is in innocent retirement. Others say he was sacked after the Czech scandal, but all agree that nobody ever leaves the Circus without some unfinished business. A documentary about John le Carre follows.
Dramatised by Arthur Hopcraft ; Producer Jonathan Powell ; Director John Irvin Forcast see Wednesday27 December and New Year'sEve (R) (S)


Novel By: John Le Carre
Unknown: Alec Guinness.
Unknown: George Smiley
Unknown: John Le Carre
Dramatised By: Arthur Hopcraft
Producer: Jonathan Powell
Director: John Irvin

Blog post that mentions this programme:

On This Day, 1979: Smiley's debut 10 September 2015

: John le Carre: the Secret Centre

John le Carre 's name is synonymous with spies, he is the world renowned author of thrillers such as The Spy Who
Came In from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. His real name is David Cornwell and he was an agent. In this documentary about spies in fact and fiction presented by Nigel Williams , le Carre discusses his extraordinary life. Executive producers Elizabeth Levy and Peter Maniura
Director Randall Wright (S) (W) Factual: page 23


Unknown: John Le Carre
Unknown: David Cornwell
Presented By: Nigel Williams
Producers: Elizabeth Levy
Producers: Peter Maniura
Director: Randall Wright

: The Last Fast Show Ever - Part One

First of three festive nightly editions of the comedy sketch show, allegedly the last ever, written by and starring, among others, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson. Tonight featuring special guest actor Johnny Depp. See Choice.
Director Mark Mylod : Producers Charlie Higson. Paul Whitehouse (S) (W)Entertainment: page 6


Unknown: Paul Whitehouse
Unknown: Charlie Higson.
Unknown: Johnny Depp.
Director: Mark Mylod
Producers: Charlie Higson.
Producers: Paul Whitehouse

: She's the One

Romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Edward Burns and Cameron Diaz. Mickey has just married in haste, while his brother Francis vacillates between a wife and a mistress. Romantic bliss proves elusive for both brothers, but their father's always on hand with some timely advice.
(1996,15) (S) Films: pp 49-79 * *


Director: Edward Burns
Renee: Jennifer Aniston
Mickey Fitzpatrick: Edward Burns
Heather: Cameron Diaz
Francis Fitzpatrick: Mike McGlone
Hope: Maxine Bahns
Mr Fitzpatrick: John Mahoney

: Christopher Lee's Ghost Stories for Christmas

Actor Christopher Lee reads The Ash Tree, the second of four ghost stories by Victorian writer MR James.
The series continues on Friday 29 December at 10.50pm (S) (W)


Unknown: Christopher Lee
Unknown: Mr James.

: The Last Sunset

The Kirk Douglas season continues with a western, also starring Rock Hudson. A fugitive and a lawman agree to join a rancher's cattle trail north to Texas.
Director Robert Aldrich (1961) (S) The season continues tomorrow with The Bad and the Beautiful at 3.10pm. Films: pp 49-79 ***


Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: Rock Hudson.
Director: Robert Aldrich

: The Mummy

The Universal Horror season continues with a classic starring Boris Karloff. Archaeologists discover a sarcophagus, along with a box upon which is written a dire warning to whoever disturbs the body within. Ends 3.05am. (1932, 15) (BW) (S)
See also Universal Horror on Thursday 28 December at 12.25am Films: pp 49-79 ****


The Mummy: Boris Karloff
Director: Karl Freund

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