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: Breakfast

Presented by Noel Thompson and Anna Jones.
Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, news;
6.45, 7.45, 8.45 business news;
6.25, 6.53, 7.25, 7.53, 8.25, 8.53, 9.25 weather;
6.35, 7.35, 8.35 sport.
(S from 7am) (W)


Presenter: Noel Thompson
Presenter: Anna Jones

: The Trials of Life

Finding the Way. How animals ranging from albatrosses to ants can navigate themselves over long distances. Narrated by David Attenborough. (R) (S)


Unknown: David Attenborough.

: Around the World In 80 Days

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)

: Adam Hart-Davis SaysCome to Your Senses

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)

: The Flying Deuces

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)


Director: Edward Sutherland
Ollie: Oliver Hardy
Stan: Stan Laurel

: Racing

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


Introduced By: Clare Balding
Commentary By: Jim McGrath
Commentary By: Peter Scudamore
Commentary By: Richard Pitman.
Producer: Gerry Morrison

: The Tall Stranger * *

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)
(S) (W)


Unknown: Ned Bannon
Director: Thomas Carr

: Ready Steady Cook

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


Unknown: Glen Ross
Unknown: Steve Brooks
Presented By: Ainsley Harriott.

: Weakest Link - Runners-up

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
BBC PRODUCTS: CD-Roms. Weakest Link, for PC and Playstation, both £24.99; video Weakest Link - Insults and Exits, price £12.99, available now


Presented By: Anne Robinson.

: El Dorado *****

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)


Unknown: Cole Thornton
Unknown: El Dorado
Cole Thomton: John Wayne
JP Harrah: Robert Mitchum
Mississippi: James Caan
Maudie: Charlene Holt
Joey MacDonald: Michele Carey
Bull Harris: Arthur Hunnicutt
Kevin MacDonald: Rg Armstrong
Bart Jason: Edward Asner
Doc Miller: Paul Fix
NelseMcLeod: Christopher George
Milt: Robert Donner
Pedro: John Gabriel
Jason's foreman: Jim Davis
Maria: Mariana Ghane

: Would Like to Meet

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)


Unknown: Lowri Turner
Producer: Jenny Frieilich
Producer: Alannah Richardson

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

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


Written By: Raymond Allen
Producer: Michael Mills
Frank Spencer: Michael Crawford
Betty: Michele Dotrice
Jackson: Bryan Pringle
Hudson: Brian Hayes
Father O'Hara: Cyril Luckham
Mr Jennings: Bartlett Mullins
Mr Hunter: Reginald Thompson
Miss Murphy: Marjorie Hogan

: Rock Profile

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


Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: Matt Lucas
Presenter: Jamie Theakston

: Doubletake

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)


Director: Alison Jackson
Producer: Jemma Rodgers

: Wag the Dog ****

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)


Unknown: Jim Belushi
Director: Barry Levinson
Stanley Motss: Dustin Hoffman
Conrad Brean: Robert de Niro
Winifred Ames: Anne Heche
Fad King: Denis Leary
Johnny Green: Willie Nelson
Liz Butsky: Andrea Martin
Tracy Lime: Kirsten Dunst
MrYoung: William H MacY
Senator Neal: Craig T Nelson
Sgt William Schumann: Woody Harrelson

: I Love 1974

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


Unknown: Bionic Woman
Director: David Turnull

: Beware, My Lovely ***

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


Unknown: Ida Lupino
Unknown: Robert Ryan.
Director: Harry Horner

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