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Finding Food. The search for food in the animal world. With leaves defended by poisons and seeds clad in thorns, animals fight back in very innovative ways. (R) <s) Continues Boxing Day at 9.30am
Ancient Mariners. Michael Palin travels from Dubai to Bombay aboard a primitive boat. In the Strait of Hormuz the engine fails, leaving mines from the Iran-Iraq war drifting by. (R) (S)
More destinations. (R) (S)
Western. In 1879, a wagon train heads for the Utah-Wzona border. With two rootloose young men acting as guides, they meet travelling entertainers, fugitive gunfighters and indians. Review page 41.
Director John Ford (1950, PG)
Comedy. After mistakenly targeting two undercover cops, a con man must choose between jail or a legitimate job. Widescreen. Review page 41.
Director Garry Marshall (1996, PG)
Deep-sea drama. Twelve members of a submarine crew are trapped beneath the ocean. But on-board rescue facilities are capable of saving only eight. Review page 41.
Director Roy Baker (1950)
(BW) (S) John Mills stars in Great Expectations on Friday 28 December at 12.55pm
Classic comedy starring Rodney Bewes and James Bolan. Terry threatens Bob and Thelma's enjoyment of the festivities.
Written by Dick Clement , Ian La Frenais (R) (S)
A celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's
College, Cambridge. The story or Christmas is told through Bible readings and poems, while carols include Once in Royal David's City and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. 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
Western. A US Cavalry officer suffers a serious setback on his last mission and is "retired" before he can take further action. In order to avert a full-scale Indian war, he decides to act on his own initiative. Review page 43.
Director John Ford (1949. PG) (S) John Wayne stars in El Dorado , showing on Thursday 27 December at 6pm
The Christmas 1975 episode of the classic comedy series, starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. Learning to Drive. On his final driving lesson before his test, Frank takes an unscheduled diversion, much to the horror of his instructor. Back at home, he discovers he has been selected to feature in a DIY programme for the BBC. Featuring a guest appearance by DJ David Jacobs.
For more cast see Thursday 27 December at 9pm (R) (S)
A nostalgic journey back through the archives to the Christmasses of the seventies and eighties, when Santa Claus was instructed to deliver Tonka cars and Barbie dolls to millions of expectant, excited children, afternoons were spent gripped in front of the TV for the likes of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Snowman, and music of the era featured everything from Phil Spector to Greg Lake.
Director Andrew Nicholson; Producer Will Bryant (S) (W) A compilation of highlights from the series I Love the Eighties is showing on New Year's Eve at 8pm. I Love 1972 is tonight at 10.45pm
The Christmas 1975 episode of the classic comedy.
Fletch pretends that an old knee injury has flared up in the hopes that he'll get to spend Christmas in the prison hospital. However, the obligatory check up at the local civilian hospital provides the ideal opportunity for him to assist with the escape of a fellow inmate.
The Christmas 1976 episode is tomorrow at 11.15pm (R) (S)
Continuing the repeated series focusing on the popular culture of the decade. David Cassidy is tonight's celebrity presenter. He recalls the appeal of Fruit Salad sweets and looks back to his battle with Donny Osmond to become the world's top teen heart-throb. Plus memories of the challenge that ITV's Magpie posed to BBC's Blue Peter in the realm of children's television, the racism of the controversial comedy series Love Thy Neighbour and the huge influence of The Joy of Sex and Cosmopolitan.
Director Manna Warsama (R) (S) I Love 1973 is showing tomorrow at 12 midnight
Classic film noir showing as part of the Crimescenes season. Raymond Chandler's famous creation, private eye Philip Marlowe, faces one of his toughest cases when he is hired by an ex-convict to find his former girlfriend. Review page 43. (1945, PG) (BW) (S) *****
Crimescenes continues tomorrow at 1:00am with Beyond a Reasonable Doubt