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: Breakfast

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)


Presenter: Asad Ahmad

: The Trials of Life

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

: Around the World in 80 Days

Oriental Express.
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)


Unknown: Michael Palin

: Adam Hart-Davis Says Come to Your Senses

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)


Presenter: Adam Hart-Davis
Presenter: Katie Knapman

: Only the Valiant

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.
(1950, PG) (BW) (S)


Director: Gordon Douglas
[Actor]: Gregory Peck

: Butterflies

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)


Written By: Carla Lane

: III Met by Moonight ****

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


Unknown: Dirk Bogarde.
Directors: Michael Powell
Major Paddy Leigh Fermor: Dirk Bogarde
General Karl Kreipe: Marius Goring
Captain Billy Stanley Moss: David Oxley
Sandy: Cyril Cusack
Manoli: Laurence Payne
AndoniZoidakis: Michael Gough

: How to Marry a Millionaire ****

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)
(S) (W)


Director: Jean Negulesco
Loco: Betty Grable
Pola: Marilyn Monroe
Schatze Page: Lauren Bacall
Freddie Denmark: David Wayne
Eben: Rory Calhoun

: Weakest Link - National Champions

The second of five special editions features contestants who have all been national champions in various events, from squash to tiddlywinks. (S) (W)
Another special tomorrow at 5.15pm
WEBSITE: [web address removed]

: Doctor at Sea **

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


Unknown: Dirk Bogarde
Unknown: Simon Sparrow
Director: Ralph Thomas
Unknown: Dirk Bogarde
Simon Sparrow: Dirk Bogarde
Helene Colbert: Brigitte Bardot
Muriel Mallet: Brenda de Banzie
Captain Hogg: James Robertson-Justice
Easter: Maurice Denham
Trail: Michael Medwin
Archer: Hubert Gregg
Fellowes: James Kenney
Captain Beamish: Raymond Huntley
Hornbeam: Geoffrey Keen
Carpenter: George Coulouris
Corbie: Noel Purcell

: The Naked Spur

*** 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)


Director: Anthony Mann
Howard Kemp: James Stewart
Ben Vandergroat: Robert Ryan
Una Patch: Janet Leigh
Roy Anderson: Ralph Meeker
Jesse Tate: Millard Mitchell

: Arena: the Private Dirk Bogarde

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
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Stars: page 11


Interviewee: Gareth Forwood
Interviewee: James Fox
Interviewee: Michael York
Interviewee: Charlotte Rampling
Director: Adam Low

: The Night Porter ***

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)


Director: Liliana Cavani
Max: Dirk Bogarde
Lucia: Charlotte Rampling
Klaus: Philippe Leroy
Hans: Gabriele Ferzetti
Stumm: Giuseppe Addobbati
Countess Stein: Lsa Miranda
Adolph: Nino Bignamini
Atherton: Marino Mase
Bert: Amedeo Amodio
Day porter: Piero Vida
Kurt: Geoffrey Copleston
Dobson: Manfred Freiberger
Mario: Ugo Cardea
Greta: Hilda Gunther

: Force of Evil

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")


Director: Abraham Polonsky
Joe Morse: John Garfield
Doris Lowry: Beatrice Pearson
Leo Morse: Thomas Gomez
Freddy Bauer: Howland Chamberlin
Ben Tucker: Roy Roberts
Edna Tucker: Marie Windsor
Hobe Wheelock: Paul McVey
Johnson: Tim Ryan

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