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: Breakfast

Presented by Darren Jordon.
Timetable on Christmas Day (W)


Presented By: Darren Jordon.

: Laurel and Hardy: The Fixer Uppers

Hardy is challenged to a duel to the death.
(BW) (R) (S)


Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: Our Relations

Comedy, a newly restored print continuing the Laurel and Hardy season.
Respectably married Stan and Ollie land in trouble when their no-good twin brothers arrive in town.
(1936, U) (BW) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 ***


Director: Harry Lachman
Stan/Alf Laurel: Stan Laurel
Ollie/Bert Hardy: Oliver Hardy

: Sons of the Desert

Another Laurel and Hardy comedy in which the pair try to attend a convention in Chicago without their wives finding out.
(1933, U) (BW) (S)
Films: pp 49-79 *****


Director: William A Seiter
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: Full Circle with MichaelPalin

Palin treks through the Peruvian rainforest, up the Amazon, on to Bogota and then to Cartagena on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Concludes tomorrow at 11.15am
(R) (S) (W)

: Classic Challenge

Karl Jenkins , composer of the chart-topping Adiemus series, has just seven days to create a piece for Manchester's Chinese New Year celebrations. Last in the series. (S) (W)


Unknown: Karl Jenkins

: Champion

Drama, continuing the Kirk Douglas season. Ambitious, ruthless and embittered by poverty, Midge Kelly hits the road and gets into the fight game. Kirk Douglas Scene by Scene follows.
Director Mark Robson (1949. PG)
(BW) (S) Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: Midge Kelly
Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Director: Mark Robson
Midge Kelly: Kirk Douglas
Grace Diamond: Marilyn Maxwell
Connie Kelly: Arthur Kennedy
Tommy Haley: Paul Stewart

: Kirk Douglas Scene byScene

Mark Cousins talks to cinema's original gladiator about a career that has spanned such greats as Spartacus, The Vikings and Lust for Life. Lonely Are the Brave follows. (S) (W)


Talks: Mark Cousins

: Lonely Are the Brave

Modern-day western starring Kirk Douglas , Gena Rowlands and Walter Matthau. When old-fashioned cowboy Jack Burns finds himself thrown in jail, he makes a defiant bid for freedom.
Director David Miller (1962)
(BW) (S) Man without a Star concludes the Kirk Douglas season tonight at 7.30pm Films: pp 49-79 ★★★★


Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: Gena Rowlands
Unknown: Walter Matthau.
Unknown: Jack Burns
Director: David Miller
Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Jack Bums: Kirk Douglas
Jerri Bondi: Gena Rowlands
Sheriff Johnson: Walter Matthau
Paul Bondi: Michael Kane

: Robot Wars

Tag Team Championship. The first of four special daily editions of the show that puts the scrap back into metal as more home-made robots do battle. See Choice. (S) Children: page 19

: The Count of Monte Cristo

In the third part of the daily drama Dantes, still posing as the Count, initiates his revenge on Danglars. In French with English subtitles. For cast see Boxing Day

: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Third in the daily seven-part dramatisation of John le Carre 's classic spy drama. George Smiley sets out for
Oxford to visit an old and valued friend while Peter Guillam is despatched for a spot of burglary.
For cast see Wednesday 27 December and New Year's Eve (R) (S)


Unknown: John Le Carre
Unknown: George Smiley
Unknown: Peter Guillam

: Steptoe and Son

Classic comedy starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell. The Seven Steptoerai. Albert's martial arts friends save the day when a protection racket menaces the Steptoes. Written by Ray Galton , Alan Simpson ; Producer Douglas Argent (R) (S)


Unknown: Harry H Corbett
Written By: Ray Galton
Written By: Alan Simpson

: Man without a Star

Concluding the Kirk Douglas season. Western starring
Kirk Douglas and Jeanne Crain. Veteran Dempsey Rae sets about making a real cowboy out of youngster Jeff Jimson. They find work at the Big Triangle ranch, whose owner turns out to be a woman, the very determined Reed Bowman.
Director King Vidor (1955) (S) Films: pp 49-79 ****


Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: Kirk Douglas
Unknown: Jeanne Crain.
Unknown: Dempsey Rae
Unknown: Jeff Jimson.
Dempsey Rae: Kirk Douglas
Reed Bowman: Jeanne Crain
Idonee: Claire Trevor
Steve Miles: Richard Boone
Jeff Jimson: William Campbell
Strap Davis Jay: C Flip
Tess Cassidy: Myrna Hansen
Moccasin Mary: Mara Corday
Bill Cassidy Eddy: C Waller

: The Last Fast Show Ever - Part Three

Concluding the three-part special of the comedy show. Competitive Dad has to cope with the arrival of his own father for Christmas, Ron Manager bids farewell to Aunty Beeband Colin Hunt is fired. A collection of sketches, You Ain't Seen These, Right? is at 10.20pm. (S) (W)


Unknown: Ron Manager
Unknown: Beeband Colin Hunt

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks Special

Mark Lamarr , Sean Hughes and Phill Jupitus are joined by Dave Hill from Slade, Tony Wright of Terrorvision, GMTV's Lorraine Kelly and comedian Rich Hall for a fun and festive edition of the irreverent pop quiz. See Choice.
Producer Richard Wilson ; Director Paul Wheeler (S) (W)


Unknown: Mark Lamarr
Unknown: Sean Hughes
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Dave Hill
Unknown: Tony Wright
Unknown: Lorraine Kelly
Unknown: Rich Hall
Producer: Richard Wilson
Director: Paul Wheeler

: You Ain't Seen These, Right?

Another chance to see a one-off collection of sketches featuring such comic creations as Road Rage Richard, the King and Midlife Crisis Man. With Paul Whitehouse , Charlie Higson , John Thomson and Simon Day.
Producers Alex Walsh-Taylor and Anil Gupta (R) (S)


Unknown: Paul Whitehouse
Unknown: Charlie Higson
Unknown: John Thomson
Producers: Alex Walsh-Taylor
Producers: Anil Gupta

: American Perfekt

Psychological drama starring Robert Forster. On her way from LA to Utah, Sandra Thomas is driven off the road by a mysterious station wagon. She is helped by Jake Nyman , a passing motorist, whose car also breaks down. As they wait for assistance, Nyman flips a coin and discusses the nature of chance.
Director Paul Chart (1997, 15) (S) Films: pp 49-79***


Unknown: Robert Forster.
Unknown: Sandra Thomas
Unknown: Jake Nyman
Director: Paul Chart
Dr Jake Nyman: Robert Forster
Sandra Thomas: Amanda Plummer
Alice Thomas: Fairuza Balk
Ernest Santini: David Thewtis
Sheriff Frank Noonan: Paul Sorvino
Willy: Geoffrey Lewis
Sammy Goodall: Chris Sarandon
Shirley Dutton: Joanna Gleason

: Universal Horror

Continuing the Universal Horror season with film historian Kevin Brownlow 's documentary chronicles how Universal Studios became Hollywood's most famous producer of horror films, populated with such characters as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh.
(1998. PG) (Colour and BW) (S) The season continues with The Old Dark House which follows at 2am
Films: pp 49-79****


Unknown: Kevin Brownlow
Unknown: Kenneth Branagh.

: The Old Dark House

Classic comedy horror, continuing the Universal Horror season, starring Boris Kartoff. A group of stranded travellers is forced to take refuge from a storm in the house of the sinister Femm family. Ends 3.10am.
Director James Whale (1932. PG) (BW) (S) The Black Cat is on tomorrow at 1.40am. Gods and Monsters, a biographical drama about director James Whales , is on New Year's Eve at 10.15pm Films: pp 49-79****


Unknown: Boris Kartoff.
Director: James Whale
Director: James Whales
Morgan: Boris Kartoff
Roger Penderel: Melvyn Douglas
Sir William Porterhouse: Charles Laughton
Margaret Waverton: Gloria Stuart
Gladys DuCane: Lillian Bond
Horace Femm: Ernest Thesiger
Rebecca Femm: Eva Moore
Philip Waverton: Raymond Massey
Saul Femm: Brember Wills

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