Presented by Jeremy Bowen. Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00 news from Asad Ahmad ; 6.15, 6.45,
7.50 business news; 6.25, 6.53, 7-15, 7.53, 8.15, 8.55 weather from Helen Willetts 6.27,6.55,
7.28, 7.55, 8.28, 8.55 regional news, travel; 6.35,7.35,8.35 sport. (S) (W)
Continuing David Attenborough 's natural history of behaviour.
Courting. This edition looks at the various methods employed by species to attract a mate, including whales that sing
"songs", hamsters that emit an odour, and manakins that do acrobatic dances. (R) (S)
Crossing the Line. The team reach Ethiopia, where the political situation is unstable. The armed remnants offallen dictator Mengistu's forces are still at large and Palin's route lies directly through perilous bandit country. Only at the border with Kenya will the anxiety lessen. (R) (si
First in a two-part documentary examining the life of American general Douglas MacArthur. Destiny. Drawing on archival footage and first-person interviews, this film biography tells the story of a true US icon who became America's most decorated officer during the First World War, but who was also considered arrogant and dangerous. This instalment goes up to 1937, the year he was sent to the Philippines and seemed to be the only person picking up on Japanese ambitions in the area. Concludes tomorrow 11.10am. (S)
Romantic comedy. When a New York beautician is mistakenly employed to teach the children of a handsome east European dictator, she soon finds out why he is hated. Widescreen. Review page 64.
Director Ken Kwapis (1997. PG)
Romantic comedy. Housewife Beverly Boyer becomes an overnight TV sensation, much to the disgust of her husband, when she stars in a live soap commercial. Review page 64.
Director Norman Jewison (1963. U)
(S) Doris Day stars in The Ballad ofJosie, showing tomorrow at 2.50pm
Dr Gerald Boyer:
Old Tom Fraleigh:
Against-the-clock culinary challenge. (R) (S) (W) RECIPES: Ceefax page
Acid-tongued Anne Robinson presents another edition of the ruthless quiz. (R) (S) (W)
A special programme of fresh performances of seventies hits by the original artists. Among the music celebrities who will be recreating some of their classic songs are Lionel Richie , Elton John , Roxy Music, David Cassidy , Donny Osmond , Status Quo, Sting and the Bee Gees.
Including the voice of Steve Wright. (S) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/totp
TOP OFTHE POPS MAGAZINE: £1.80. February issue on sale 2 January
When the Bough Breaks. The Enterprise accidentally discovers the planet Aldea, which has hidden itself behind a sophisticated cloaking device. But the discovery is to spell danger for every child on board the ship.
Geordi La Forge:
Second episode of the first series, first shown in 1975. Starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal.
Say Little Hen ? ... The Goods introduce livestock into
Surbiton - much to the apprehension of their neighbours. For cast see Friday 28 December at 7.30pm (R) (S) 85
Patricia Routledge has become one of Britain's most popular actresses. Best known for her role as the snooty Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, she is also highly regarded as a dramatic actress, in particular for her part as a down-to-earth woman in Talking Heads. Contributions from, among others, Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn. Producer Gabrielle Osrin ; Editor Ben Frow
Postponed from 29 November (R) (S)
Fashionistas Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall meet their match tonight in the form of Geneve Vasiljevic , a 52-year-old Tina Turner lookalike. As Geneve is the owner of a hair-and-beauty salon, she believes that she knows a few things about style and defies all attempts by Woodall and Constantine to cover up what she sees as her biggest assets. The opinionated dialogue between the women results in an extraordinary transformation.
Producer Helen Foulkes ; Series editor Tracy Jeune (S) (W)
Romantic fantasy. Media tycoon William Parrish has lived a rich life in every sense but fears his days are numbered. He's offered a temporary reprieve when Death takes over the body of an attractive young man and decides to spend quality time on Earth. The stranger is drawn to Parrish's daughter, but she's puzzled by his failure to recognise her from an earlier meeting. Widescreen. Review page 64.
Director Martin Brest (1998.12) (S) (W)
Joe Black/Young man in coffee shop:
Lynda Carter, who shot to fame as Wonder Woman, hosts tonight's slice of seventies nostalgia. The US actress wasn't the only one portraying a comic-strip character that year, as The Incredible Hulk also hits British screens. The movie and music worlds were both dominated by Grease, while the year's top toys and games were the electronic Simon, arcade Space Invaders and Top Trump cards.
Director Steven Franklin (R) (S) (W) / Love 1979 is showing tomorrow at 11.20pm
Razer and Chaos 2 take on international competitors.
Shown on Friday 28 December at 6.45pm (S) (W)