Presented by Asad Ahmad.
Including 6.00,7.00,8.00, news;
6.15, 7.15, 8.15, sport; and 6.27,
6.57, 7.27, 7.57, 8.27, 8.57, 9.27 weather. (S from 7am) (W)
Hunting and Escaping. Life-and-death duels are fought daily in the wild: an orchid turns out to be a predator, killer whales ambush sea lions and chimps pursue colobus monkeys. (R) (S)i7i
Michael Palin zips through Singapore harbour to catch a ship to
Hong Kong, but faces stormy weather in the South China Sea before travelling across
China by train. (R) (S)
From London's Science Museum, the first in a three-part series showing on consecutive days in which Adam Hart-Davis and Katie Knapman explore the human senses. This first programme focuses on sight and hearing. (W)
Western starring Gregory Peck. As the Apache nation goes on the warpath, tough disciplinarian Captain Lance selects six unlikely men for a vital mission.
Review page 49.
Director Gordon Douglas (1950. PG)
The Christmas 1979 episode. Christmas with the Parkinsons Unhappy housewife Ria does her best to cope with the chaos of the seasonal celebrations.
Written by Carla Lane (R) (S)
Wartime drama, the first of three films showing today starring Dirk Bogarde. Crete ,
1944: in a bid to demoralise the occupying Germans, two British officers, with the help of local patriots, plan to kidnap a leading German officer.
Widescreen. Review page 49.
Directors Michael Powell and Emeric
Pressburger (1956. U) (BW) (S) (W) Doctor at Sea is at 6pm
Major Paddy Leigh Fermor:
General Karl Kreipe:
Captain Billy Stanley Moss:
Comedy. Three women rent a luxury Manhattan apartment together in a bid to impress affluent bachelors. Widescreen. Review page 49.
Director Jean Negulesco (1953. PG)
The second of five special editions features contestants who have all been national champions in various events, from squash to tiddlywinks. (S) (W)
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Comedy, the second of today's three Dirk Bogarde films.
Young medic Simon Sparrow runs away to sea to avoid marriage. But, while on board, he has to contend with the intimidating captain and a beautiful girl. Review page 49.
Director Ralph Thomas (1955, PG) (S) Arena presents a portrait of Dirk Bogarde at 9pm, while The Night Porter concludes the Bogarde film trilogy at 11.15pm
*** Western. Embittered Howard Kemp, a veteran of the Civil War, heads westward to the Rockies on the trail of killer Ben Vandergroat, determined to claim the $5,000 reward on his head. With the money, he aims to repurchase the ranch that his fiancee had sold during his time in the army. On the way he joins ranks with a star-crossed gold miner and a recently discharged soldier. Review page 50. (1953) (S)
In 1986, Dirk Bogarde burnt most of his personal papers at his home in southern France. However, 12 cans of home movies, shot mostly by Bogarde's long-term partner Anthony Forwood, survived the flames. This Arena special draws on this footage to present for the first time a comprehensive, two-part portrait of the reclusive actor, who died in 1999. The first film chronicles Bogarde's idyllic Sussex childhood and charts his meteoric rise to "idol of the Odeons" status in the fifties. Bogarde's sister, brother and grandmother, and Anthony Forwood's son Gareth offer their recollections. (S) (W)
10.00 The second film plots Bogarde's progress to the forefront of European cinema in films such as Joseph Losey's "The Servant" and Luchino Visconti's "Death in Venice" before retiring from acting to become a writer. Tributes come from co-stars James Fox, Michael York and Charlotte Rampling. Director Adam Low (S) (W) "The Night Porter", which follows, rounds off today's Dirk Bogarde triple bill
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Drama, the last of today's three films starring Dirk Bogarde. Vienna, 1957: Max, a former SS officer, is working as a night porter in a luxury hotel, where some of his wartime colleagues are also hiding, The situation gets complicated when Max's ex-lover Lucia, a former concentration-camp inmate, reappears. Widescreen. Review page 50.
Director Liliana Cavani (1973, 18) (S)
Crime drama continuing the Crimescenes season of film noir classics.
Joe Morse, the crooked lawyer for New York racketeer Ben Tucker, serves his boss faithfully until his own brother falls victim to a plan to take over the numbers racket of the entire city.
Review page 50. (1948, PG) (BW) (S) ****
(Crimescenes continues tomorrow at 1.25am with "Beware, My Lovely")