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: Weekend 24

News roundup, with Darren Jordon , Susanna Reid. Weather
. update at 8.25. (W)


Unknown: Darren Jordon
Unknown: Susanna Reid.

: The Trials of Life

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)


Unknown: David Attenborough

: Around the World In 80 Days

Second in Michael Palin 's seven-part global expedition.
Arabian Frights.
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.


Unknown: Michael Palin

: Our Wife

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)


Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko Retires from Gambling

Colonel Hall tries a scam to cure Bilko of his addiction to gambling. (BW) (R) (S)

: Good King Wenceslas**

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)


Director: Michael Tuchner
Prince Wenceslas: Jonathan Brandis
The queen: Stefanie Powers
Tunna: Perry King
Queen Ludmilla: Joan Fontaine
Duke Phillip: Leo McKern
Boleslav: Oliver Milburn

: Sunday Grandstand

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: Clare Balding
Presenter (Gymnastics): Suzanne Dando
Commentator (Gymnastics): Mitch Fenner
Commentator (Gymnastics): Christine Still
Presenter (Ski Sunday): Max Chilton
Presenter (Ski Sunday): Graham Bell


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


Introduces: Steve Wright
Producer: Mark Hagen

: The King and I ★★★★

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)


Unknown: Anna Leonowens
Director: Walter Lang
Anna Leonowens: Deborah Kerr
The King: Yul Brynner
Tuptim: Rita Moreno
Kralahome: Martin Benson
LadyThiang: Terry Saunders
Louis Leonowens: Rex Thompson
Lun Tha: Carlos Rivas
Chulalongkorn: Patrick Adiarti
British ambassador: Alan Mowbrai
Ramsay: Geoffrey Toon
Simon Legree: Marion Jin
Keeper of the dogs: Robert Bans

: JM Barrie and Peter Pan

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)


Unknown: Peter Pan
Producer: Richard Downes
Director: Clara Glynn

: Twelve Monkeys ****

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"


Unknown: James Cole
Director: Terry Gilliam
James Cole: Bruce Willis
Dr Kathryn Railly: Madeleine Stowe
Jeffrey Goines: Brad Pitt
DrGoines: Christopher Plummer
Young Cole: Joseph Melito
Jose: Jon Seda
Dr Peters: David Mors«
Dr Fletcher: Frank Gorshin
Poet: Irma St Pauk
Detective Franki: Joey Peril"
Louie/Raspy Voice: Harry O'Toole

: I Love 1971

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


Presenter: Britt Ekland
Director: Grant Pollard

: Dance for the Camera

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


Unknown: Carol Brown
Director: Jane Thorburn
Directed By: Dick Hauser
Unknown: Job Cornelissen
Unknown: Sassan Saghar Yaghmai

: Slightly Scarlet

**** 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
(1956) (W)
Crimescenes continues tomorrow with Farewell My Lovely at 11.45pm


Ben Grace: John Payne
June Lyons: Rhonda Fleming
Dorothy Lyons: Arlene Dahl
Frank Jansen: Kent Taylor
Sol Caspar: Ted De Corsia
Gauss: Lance Fuller
Lenhardt: Buddy Baer
Dave Dietz: Frank Gerstle
Director: Allan Dwan

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