News roundup, with Darren Jordon , Susanna Reid. Weather
. update at 8.25. (W)
Second in David Attenborough 's 12-part natural-history series.
Growing Up. For animals, there is no greater challenge than surviving the vulnerable first years of life. This episode demonstrates that nature's solutions are as varied as those in human society. (R) (S)
Second in Michael Palin 's seven-part global expedition.
Fate lies in wait for Palin at the port of Suez on the Red Sea. He crosses Egypt safely by train, camel and battered taxi, but, in Suez, the ferry to Jeddah is cancelled at the last minute owing to engine trouble.
Continuing the Laurel and Hardy season. Ollie's plans to marry his sweetheart are thwarted when her father forbids the union. (BW) (R) (S)
(The Flying Deuces is showing on Thursday 27 December at 11.50am)
Colonel Hall tries a scam to cure Bilko of his addiction to gambling. (BW) (R) (S)
Seasonal drama, a version of the tale behind the carol.
Toward the end of the Dark
Ages in Europe, a young prince is appalled by the cruelty of his mother, the queen. The conflict between the two escalates, with the queen plotting to kill the prince to prevent him becoming king. Review page 40.
Director Michael Tuchner (1994)
Presented by Clare Balding.
1.35, 3.10 Show Jumping Live coverage from Olympia in west London of the Grand Prix at this international tournament, the most lucrative part of the event.
1.40 Olympic Dreams A behind-the-scenes look at some of Britain's Olympic medal hopefuls.
2.00 Gymnastics International Grand Prix action from the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Among the competitors are Alexei Nemov and Svetlana Khorkina, who recently won her second world title. Hosted by Suzanne Dando, with commentary by Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.
4.30 Ski Sunday Action from St Moritz, where
Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, Lasse Kjus and Stefan Eberharter are among the entrants looking to fine-tune their performances as the Winter Olympics approaches. Presented by Max Chilton and Graham Bell. (W) Website: www.bbc.co.uk/sport
Presenter (Ski Sunday):
Presenter (Ski Sunday):
Steve Wright introduces a Christmas edition of the vintage pop compendium, with a selection of uptempo party hits drawn from across the decades of Top of the Pops.
Producer Mark Hagen (S) Top ofthe Pops runs through the year's top singles on Christmas Day at
1.30pm TOTP2 continues on Wednesday 2 January at 6pm
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The arrival of strong-willed teacher Anna Leonowens at the court of Siam arouses lively curiosity. Anna's task is to teach western manners and the English language to the royal household, but the all-powerful king is not used to having his decisions questioned. Widescreen. Review page 40. Eliza. Yurik
Director Walter Lang (1956. U) (S) (W)
Keeper of the dogs:
Although Peter Pan is regarded as one of the most enduring childhood heroes of the 20th century, the story behind JM Barrie's creation is as rich and strange as any of the boy's adventures in Never-Never Land. This film reveals how an unusual friendship in London's Kensington Gardens led to the birth of "the boy who never grew up".
Producer Richard Downes : Director Clara Glynn (S) (W)
Futuristic thriller. 2035: an unknown virus has wiped out most of humanity and the few survivors live in a grim subterranean city beneath Philadelphia. Haunted by a vision from the past, convict James Cole is "volunteered* to travel back in time to 1996 to discover the origin of the epidemic. But Cole is transported to the wrong year and is arrested as a madman. Widescreen. Review page 40.
Director Terry Gilliam (1995.15) (S) (W) 5350752"
Dr Kathryn Railly:
Britt Ekland looks back to the year in which she broke into the limelight with her role in the razor-sharp thriller Get Carter. She recalls the craze for space hoppers and the bizarre children's television show The Banana Splits as well as pondering the success of singles such as Middle of the Road's number-one hit Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. (R) (S) (W)
I Love Christmas is tomorrow at 8.30pm, with I Love 1972 at 10.45pm
Two films taking escape as a theme. In The Lift, choreographer Carol Brown and director Jane Thorburn depict a woman's triumph over office life, while, in Mend Good Fortune, directed by Dick Hauser and choreograph by Job Cornelissen and Sassan Saghar Yaghmai , two men spend 24 hours out on the town. (S) (W) The next edition is on Saturday 29 December at 12.35am
**** Continuing the Crimescenes season.
A vice boss's empire is threatened when a law-and-order candidate runs for mayor. Caspar commands small-time hood Ben Grace to smear the rivals - but Ben has his own ideas.
Widescreen. Review page 41
Crimescenes continues tomorrow with Farewell My Lovely at 11.45pm