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: Weekend 24

News roundup, with Bill Turnbull and Anna Jones. Weather update at 8.25. (W)


Unknown: Bill Turnbull
Unknown: Anna Jones.

: The Trials of Life

Living Together. Examining some of the weird relationships that develop between species, from birds that relieve clients of hangers-on to hermit crabs that enlist stinging anemones to repel octopuses. (R) (S)

: Pole to Pole

A daily rerun of the eight-part series of Michael Palin 's trek from the North to the South Pole. Cold Start. This first leg takes Palin to the Russian border by ski plane, snow scooter and ice breaker. On the way, he talks to Santa Claus , and has his life saved by a trapper. (Rus)


Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Santa Claus

: Blotto

Classic comedy short concluding the Laurel and Hardy season. Ollie and Stan plan a night out, but Stan's wife is wise to their scheme. (BW) (R) (S)

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Motorbike

Classic comedy from 1978.
Frank gets a job as a dispatch rider. (R) (S)
Another episode tomorrow at 11.10am

: Much Ado about Nothing

**** Comedy drama based on Shakespeare's play, directed by and starring
Kenneth Branagh. After a long battle, Don Pedro and his men return to the court of Leonato in Sicily. Claudio, a soldier, falls in love with Hero, Leonato's daughter, pleasing all but Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, Don John. Review page 55.
(1993. PG) (S)


Unknown: Kenneth Branagh.
Unknown: Don Pedro
Unknown: Don Pedro
Unknown: Don John.
Benedick: Kenneth Branagh
Leonato: Richard Briers
Dogberry: Michael Keaton
Don Pedro: Denzel Washington
Don John: Keanu Reeves
Beatrice: Emma Thompson
Hero: Kate Beckinsale

: The Slipper and theRose **

Musical version of Cinderella.
In the kingdom of Euphrania, a girl and a prince are trapped in different worlds. They need only to meet to fail in love.
Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Bryan Forbes (1976. U)
(S) (W)


Director: Bryan Forbes
Prince: Richard Chamberlain
Cinderella: Gemma Craven
Fairy Godmother: Annette Crosbie
Dowager Queen: Edith Evans
King: Michael Hordern

: One Man and His Dog

Clarissa Dickson Wright presents a celebrity edition from Chatsworth Park in Derbyshire of the sheepdog trials show. Taking up the challenge with 12 players from England, Scotland and Wales are the guest captains - Animal Hospital's Shauna Lowry and Rhodri Williams, Blue Peter's Matt Baker and Top Gear's Vicki Butler-Henderson. Commentary by Gus Dermody. Director Will Clough ; Producer
Daniel Brittain-Catlin (S) (W)
Clarissa and the Countryman starts a new run on Friday 4 January at 7.30pm


Unknown: Clarissa Dickson Wright
Unknown: Rhodri Williams
Unknown: Matt Baker
Unknown: Vicki Butler-Henderson
Commentary By: Gus Dermody.
Director: Will Clough
Producer: Daniel Brittain-Catlin

: We Dive at Dawn ***

Second World War drama. Despatched to destroy the Nazis' new battleship, a British submarine finds itself short of fuel and food - and a long way from home. Review page 55.
Director Anthony Asquith (1943. U) (BW) (S)


Director: Anthony Asquith
James Hobson: Eric Portman
PO Mike Corrigan: Niall MacGinnis
Lt Freddie Taylor: John Mills
Ethel Dabbs: Joan Hopkins
CPO Dicky Dabbs: Reginald Purdell
Alice Hobson: Josephine Wilson

: The Lesley Garrett Show

The final show of the current series takes Garrett and her guests on a magical-themed music tour. She joins
Michael Ball to render The Phantom of the Opera, comic Shakespeare comes from the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Polish soprano Katarzyna Dondalska performs Mozart's
Queen of the Night and Willard White sings Berlioz's Void des Roses. Solo slots from the host include Somewhere over the Rainbow, Magic Moments, Song to the Moon, plus a whistle-stop, flying-carpet tour of the globe singing A Whole New World from Disney's Aladdin. Garrett will return in a new series in the autumn. (S) (W)


Unknown: Michael Ball
Soprano: Katarzyna Dondalska
Soprano: Willard White

: John Betjeman: the Last Laugh

A one-off special in the Reputations strand that provides an intimate portrait of the late Sir John Betjeman , the poet laureate who died, aged 77, in 1984. Betjeman's life was full of contrasts. He entertained the world with his warmth and enthusiasm, but, inwardly, he was haunted by fear, religious doubt, remorse and guilt. Highlighting his achievements as a conservationist and broadcaster, the film features contributions from the Prince of Wales and Lord Snowdon, who speak publicly for the first time about the most popular English poet of the 20th century. Narrated by Simon Russell Beale.
Producer Edward Mirzoeff : Series editor Jenny Abbott (S) (W)


Unknown: Sir John Betjeman
Unknown: Simon Russell Beale
Producer: Edward Mirzoeff
Editor: Jenny Abbott

: The English Patient *****

Much-lauded Second World War romantic drama, dramatised from Michael Ondaatje 's novel, that lifted Oscars for best film, best director and best supporting actress. During the final days of the war. the mystery behind the identity of a badly burned pilot is slowly unravelled by a nurse. Widescreen. Review page 55.
Director Anthony Minghella (1996. 15) (S) (W)


Unknown: Michael Ondaatje
Director: Anthony Minghella
Count Laszto Almasy: Ralph Rennes
Hana: Juliette Binoche
Caravaggio: Willem Dafoe
Katharine Clifton Kristin: Scott Thomas
Kip: Naveen Andrews
Geoffrey Clifton: Colin Firth
Madox: Julian Wadharn
Hardy: Kevin Whately
Major Muller: Jurgen Prochno*
Hardy: Kevin Whatery
Fenelon-Bames: Clive Merrisoc
D'Agostino: Nino Castelnuovo

: I Love 1975

Minder and Sweeney star Dennis Waterman introduces the highlights and heart-throbs of 1975, including Barry Sheene , David Essex and the Fonz from US teen comedy Happy Days. It was also the year of Jaws and cult musical show The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Plus memories of Saturday afternoons spent watching World of Sport.
Director Liz Molyneux (R) (S) (W) I Love 1976 is tomorrow at 11.20pm


Introduces: Dennis Waterman
Unknown: Barry Sheene
Unknown: David Essex
Director: Liz Molyneux

: Dance for the Camera

The final part of the innovative dance series examines relationships between men and women. In To a Woman's Heart, choreographed by Karin Post , a three-course seduction comes to a sticky end. Resistor, choreographed by Maria Voortman and Roberto de Jonge , explores power, while / Want You, Not the Money pays homage to film noir and is choreographed by Neel Verdoom. (S) (W)


Unknown: Karin Post
Unknown: Maria Voortman
Unknown: Roberto de Jonge
Unknown: Neel Verdoom.

: While the City Sleeps ***

Thriller starring Dana Andrews , showing as part of the Crimescenes season. When two women are murdered, a newspaper tycoon promises the top job to the employee who cracks the case and gets the scoop. Review page 58. Director Fritz Lang (1956. PG) (BW) (S) Crimescenes concludes tomorrow at 12.20am with On Dangerous Ground


Unknown: Dana Andrews
Director: Fritz Lang

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