Presented by Darren Jordon. Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, news; 6.27, 6.57, 7.27, 7.57,
(S from 7am) (W)
A Close Shave.
Arriving in India eight days behind schedule, Michael Palin tries to cross the country in record time and sail to Singapore. (R) (S)
You Only Move Twice. The family moves to a seemingly perfect community. With the voice of Albert Brooks. (R) (S)
Whoops, There It Is.
Selected outtakes from the US comedy starring Will Smith. (S)
Ballet for Christmas, a short season of dance-related broadcasts, starts with this classic drama. Impresario Boris Lermontov enlists dancer Victoria and composer Julian. When the pair fall in love, Lermontov decides it will not interfere with their careers. Review page 43.
Directors Michael Powell and Emeric
Pressburger (1948, U) (S)
Ballet for Christmas continues as Deborah Bull introduces Peter Wright's production.
With a score by Tchaikovsky, this traditional Christmas ballet features the orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Evgenii Svetlanov. (R) (S) (W)
Don Quixote concludes Ballet for Christmas at 3.10pm
Royal Opera House
Sugar Plum Fairy:
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace. Bart claims a burglar has ruined the family's Christmas. <s)
Concluding Ballet for Christmas, a production in three acts of this classic, which opened the first season for Ross Stretton , new director of the Royal Ballet. The story follows Quixote and servant Sancho Panza on their quest to find Dulcinea. Conducted by Charles Barker , with the Royal Opera House orchestra.
Executive producer Bob Lockyer ; Director Ross MacGibbon (W)
The first of five special editions of the elimination quiz features nine early washouts from previous shows. Hosted by Anne Robinson. (S) (W) Another special tomorrow at 5.15pm
Musical. Old army buddies Phil Davis and Bob Wallace travel with the Haynes sisters to the Columbia Inn in Vermont, where Phil and Bob learn that their old commanding officer, General Waverly, is struggling to keep the hotel going. The visitors decide to stage a show. Widescreen. Review page 44. Judy ...................................... Vera-Ellen
Director Michael Curtiz (1954. U) (S) (W)
Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth. With sign language and in-vision subtitles. (W)
Film profiles of three of the country's most popular comic talents, with an example of one's work. Ends 11.15pm.
Writer, performer and director Eric Sykes is at his creative best in his office, a place that has served as both haven and inspiration over the past 40 years. This film follows Sykes during a typical day at the office, where the 78-year-old muses on both his life and career. Contributions come from family, friends and colleagues.
Director Anthony Wall; Editor Emma Matthews (S) (W)
BBC VIDEO: Comedy Greats - Eric Sykes, available from retailers, Â£12.99
Charlie Drake is perhaps best known as the "little man" taking on the world in such films as The
Cracksman and television series like The Worker. Drake himself had much to overcome: marital, financial and career troubles dogged him, but, after reinventing himself as a "straight" actor, he won acclaim for roles in Harold Pinter 's The Caretaker and a BBC production of Bleak House. At his home in south London, Drake recalls his highs and lows. Director Mary Dickinson ; series editor Anthony Wall (S) (W)
The sketch, first shown in 1967, that took the Golden Rose at Montreux. Drake plays the conductor and all of the musicians in an orchestra. (R) (S)
Since a 1951breakthrough appearance on the long-running radio series Educating Archie, Bygraves has proved a hit with the British public, whether he performs as an actor, a comedian or a ballad singer. He still entertains today, dividing his time between Britain and a second home in Australia. Tonight's final Arena finds out what makes the entertainer tick.
Director Alan Lewens (S) (W) Videoplus numberfor 7.55-11.15pm (non PDC) Arena: the Private Dirk Bogarde is showing on Boxing Day at 9pm
A seasonal episode of the classic comedy, originally broadcast on Christmas Eve 1976.
The Desperate Hours. After months of fermentation, Fletcher and Godber's home brew is discovered before the pair have touched a drop. Does this mean Christmas in solitary? Written by Dick Clement. Ian La Frenais : Producer Sydney Lotterby
For cast see yesterday at 10pm (R) (S) BBC DVD: Porridge, complete first series, price £12.99
Gravel-throated former Slade frontman Noddy Holder looks back to the year the seventies began in earnest. The kung-fu craze, snorkel parkas, glam rock and Telly Savalas as Kojak all marked out this year as one to remember.
(R) (S) (W) I Love 1974 is on Thursday 27 December at 12.25am
A Crimescenes thriller starring Dana Andrews , Joan Fontaine and Sidney Blackmer. When a dancer is found strangled, a writer and a newspaper editor set out to prove a theory that an innocent man can be arrested, tried and executed for a murder he didn't commit. Review page 44.
Director Fritz Lang (1956. PG) (BW) (S) Crimescenes continues tomorrow at 1.10am with Force of Evil