Presented by Noel Thompson and Anna Jones.
Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, news;
6.45, 7.45, 8.45 business news;
8.53,9.25 weather; 6.35, 7.35,
8.35 sport. (S from 7am) (W)
Finding the Way. How animals ranging from albatrosses to ants can navigate themselves over long distances. Narrated by David Attenborough. (R) (S)
Far East and Farther East. Day 48: Palin sails out of Shanghai bound for Yokohama on a mysteriously empty Chinese ferry. Getting back on Fogg's schedule all hinges on a swift river crossing. (R) (S)
In the second of a three-part series, Hart-Davis investigates the senses of taste and smell, using himself as a guinea pig to see if, while blindfolded and with his nose blocked, he can tell the difference between an apple and a raw onion. (S) (W)
Comedy, continuing the Laurel and Hardy season.
Ollie, with Stan in tow, joins the French Foreign Legion to try to forget about a failed romance.
Review page 50. (1939. U) (BW) (S) **
(Blotto - Saturday 29 December 11.10am)
The Welsh National, one of the foremost steeplechases in the national-hunt calendar, is, at
2.15, the highlight of Chepstow's biggest race day of the year.
Three other starts are at 1.10,
1.40 and 2.50. Introduced by Clare Balding . Commentary by Jim McGrath , Peter Scudamore and Richard Pitman.
Producer Gerry Morrison (W) More racing coverage on Saturday from
1.05pm on BBC1
Western. When ex-army officer Ned Bannon is wounded, he is saved from death by a wagon train heading for California.
But, as the settlers reach land owned by Ned's half-brother, they find their way is blocked. Widescreen. Review page 51. Director Thomas Carr (1957. PG)
In the first of two specials, two of Britain's strongest men,
Glen Ross and Steve Brooks , are asked to create 20-minute meals. Presented by Ainsley Harriott. (S) (W) More tomorrow at 4.30pm
In the third of five specials, nine unlucky finalists have a second chance to leave with up to £10,000. Presented by Anne Robinson. (S) (W)
Repeated New Year's Day at 8.15pm on BBC Choice More tomorrow at 5.15pm
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Western. Gunfighter Cole Thornton joins forces with sheriff
JP Harrah to rid the town of El Dorado of a cattle baron's hired guns. As Thomton has a paralysed arm and Harrah has a drink problem, they face a stern test. Review page 51.
Director Howard Hawks (1967. PG) (S)
In a one-off update of the series shown in the autumn in which members of the public put their love lives in the hands of Lowri Turner and her team of date specialists, the fate of the original contestants is revealed. Has George untied the apron strings and left home? Did Kelli manage to tone down her tomboy image long enough to reel in the man of her dreams? And did frumpy Janine decide to retain her vampy makeover? Fellow singletons Sam, Mike and Andy, who also featured on the dating show, are reunited with George, Kelli and Janine to discuss dating stories.
Producer Jenny Frieilich ; Series producer Alannah Richardson (S) (W)
The Christmas 1974 edition of the comedy series.
Jessica's First Christmas. Frank takes on the role of the Angel of the Lord in a nativity play- with chaotic results.
Written by Raymond Allen ; Producer Michael Mills (R) (S) Another episode on Saturday 29 December at 11.35am
Elton John , aka Matt Lucas , is interviewed by presenter
Jamie Theakston in this short spoof special. (S) A compilation from the series is on Sunday 30 December at 10pm
A surreal and sometimes shocking take on the events of 2001 as hidden cameras and closed-circuit television purport to reflect the year in extraordinary intimacy, infiltrating the corridors of power - even the royal household -capturing the powerful and famous on video in an apparent series of remarkable exclusives. Director Alison Jackson ; Producer Jemma Rodgers
Repeated on Sunday 30 December at 10.30pm (S) (W)
Satirical comedy. When the US President is accused of molesting a White House visitor two weeks before he's due for re-election, a spin doctor is brought in to concoct an incident to divert the press. Widescreen. Review page 51. Jim Belushi Himself
Director Barry Levinson (1997, 15) (S) (W)
Sgt William Schumann:
Cult cartoon characters Roobarb and Custard introduce the stars of 1974. including The Six Million Dollar Man. his female counterpart The Bionic Woman, the Wombles and Pan's People, plus the car du jour, the Ford Capri.
Director David Turnull (R) (S) (W) I Love 1975 is on Saturday 29 December at 11.35pm
Drama, showing in the Crimescenes season, starring Ida Lupino , Robert Ryan. A lonely widow hires a handyman, unaware he is in fact a dangerous psychopath on the run. Review page 52. Director Harry Horner (1952) (BW) (S) Crimescenes continues tomorrow at 12.40am with The Sound of Fury