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: Breakfast

Presented by Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams.
Timetable on Wednesday 2 January
(S) (W)


Presented By: Bill Turnbull
Presented By: Sian Williams.

: The Trials of Life

Concluding David Attenborough 's natural history of behaviour.
Continuing the Line. A look at the many and varied ways in which animals procreate in order to ensure that their genes are passed on to the next generation. (R) (S) The MakingofThe Trials of Life is showing tomorrow at 9.30am


Unknown: David Attenborough

: Pole to Pole

Continuing Michael Palin 's epic journey across the globe. Planes and Boats and Trains
Palin continues his trek with a safari in Kenya, before travelling by train through
Tanzania, then by ferry across Lake Tanganyika, down through Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, hoping to catch the annual sailing from Cape Town to the Antarctic. (R) (S)


Unknown: Michael Palin

: MacArthur

Concluding the two-part profile of American military legend Douglas MacArthur.
The Politics of War. In 1942, MacArthur had presided over the worst defeat in the US history, the surrender of more than 70,000 troops at Bataan and Corregidor. His quest to rescue the men he left behind became one of the greatest sagas of the Second World War.
In his last campaign as leader of forces in Korea, he bridled under the constraints of the nuclear age and, in 1951, President Truman relieved him of his command. When, in 1964, he died in Washington DC, tens of thousands of mourners paid tribute. But
Eisenhower and Truman were not among them. (S)


Unknown: Douglas MacArthur.

: Three Wishes **

a Fantasy drama. When
Korean war widow Jeanne iolman accidentally runs over drifter Jack McCloud and breaks his leg, she and her sons welcome him into their home - with unexpected results. Review page 66.
Director Martha Coolidge
(1995. PG) (S)


Unknown: Jack McCloud
Director: Martha Coolidge
Jack: Patrick Swayze
Jeanne Mary: Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Tom: Joseph Mazzello
Gunny: Seth Mumy
Phil David: Marshall Grant
Schramka: Jay 0 Sanders

: The Ballad of Josie

Comedy western starring Doris Day.
When widow Josie Minick takes up sheep farming to support herself and her son, her new neighbours express their dismay at her activities.
Review page 66. Director Andrew V McLaglen (1968. U) (S) **


Josie Minick: Doris Day
Director: Andrew V McLaglen

: Ready Steady Cook

More contestants are challenged to create 20-minute meals by Ainsley Harriott. (R) (S) (W)


Unknown: Ainsley Harriott.

: Weakest Link

Another round of the unforgiving elimination quiz, hosted by Anne Robinson.
(R) (S) (W)


Presenter: Anne Robinson

: Robot Wars Extreme

The Forces Special. The army, navy, RAF compete against the police, submarine and fire services in more head-to-head battles. Who will rule the robot roost? Presented by Craig Charles and Julia Reed , with commentary on the action coming from Jonathan Pearce. (S) (W) The series continues tomorrow at 6.45pm


Presented By: Craig Charles
Presented By: Julia Reed
Unknown: Jonathan Pearce.

: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

/ Was Made to Love You. A strange new girl appears on the scene asking about Warren. Meanwhile, Buffy, depressed by Riley's departure, tries to revive her social life.
Repeated tomorrow 1.55am (S) (W) WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/cult


Buffy Sarah: Michelle Gellar
Giles Anthony: Stewart Head
Xander: Nicholas Brendon
Willow: Alyson Hannigan
Anya: Emma Caulfield
Spike: James Marsters

: To the Manor Born

Last of the comedy series, first shown in October 1981. Back to the Manor. When DeVere is forced to sell the manor, the death of Audrey's uncle Greville gives her the means to buy it back. At her coming-home party, she and DeVere come to an agreement about their future together.
Written by Peter Spence (R) (S)


Written by: Peter Spence
Producer: Gareth Gwenlan
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: Penelope Keith
Richard DeVere: Peter Bowles
Marjory Frobisher: Angela Thorne
Mrs Polouvicka: Daphne Heard
Brabinger: John Rudling
Brigadier: Anthony Sharp
The rector: Gerald Sim
Ned: Michael Bilton
Anderson: Jonathan Elsom

: Ray Mears's Extreme Survival

A new six-part series in which Mears demonstrates survival skills in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Thailand. Mears explores jungle survival techniques in the north-east of Thailand with Vietnam veterans Colonel
George Day , America's most decorated soldier alive today, Captain Chuck Klusmann , the first US pilot shot down during the conflict, and Sergeant Tom Lutyens , an American survival instructor. Mears provides a place to entertain his guests by creating an elaborate bamboo camp, complete with shower, dining table and candelabra. Producer Shirley Pope ; Series producer Dick Colthurst (S) (W)


Unknown: George Day
Unknown: Captain Chuck Klusmann
Unknown: Sergeant Tom Lutyens
Producer: Shirley Pope
Producer: Dick Colthurst

: The Joy of Gardening

Britain's enduring passion for horticultural pursuits is recalled in a film that uses personal reminiscences and peeks into celebrity gardens to explore 50 years of gardening on TV. Among the talking heads providing the soundtrack are gardening icons Charlie Dimmock , Alan Titchmarsh , Chris Beardshaw and Diarmuid Gavin , while celebrity recollections come from Linford Christie ,
Kim Wilde , Nigella Lawson , Graham Le Saux and Dean Holdsworth. Director Kerry Richardson ; Executive producer Mark Hill (S) (W) The Flying Gardener, featuring Chris Beardshaw. starts a new eight-part series on Friday 4 January at 8.30pm


Unknown: Charlie Dimmock
Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh
Unknown: Chris Beardshaw
Unknown: Diarmuid Gavin
Unknown: Linford Christie
Unknown: Kim Wilde
Unknown: Nigella Lawson
Unknown: Graham Le Saux
Unknown: Dean Holdsworth.
Director: Kerry Richardson
Producer: Mark Hill
Unknown: Chris Beardshaw.

: Dad's Army

Gorilla Warfare. The platoon escort a secret agent while on an exercise. Can they outwit their opponents? (R)(S) More tomorrow at 10pm. For cast see Friday 28 December at 8pm

: Newsnight

Kirsty Wark presents the day's main news.
(S) (W)


Presenter: Kirsty Wark
Editor: George Entwistle

: I Love 1979

Concluding the celebration of a decade of pop culture.
Pin-up Bo Derek , who shot to fame in the final year of the decade in the film 10, looks back on a year in which Quadrophenia was the absolute must-see movie, The Dukes of Hazzard were burning rubber on the nation's small screens and Gary Numan asked chart followers Are Friends Electric? Meanwhile, people the world over scratched their heads over the fiendish Rubik's cube.
Director Matt O'Casey (R) (S) (W)


Unknown: Bo Derek
Unknown: Gary Numan
Director: Matt O'Casey

: Robot Wars Extreme

The Second World Championship. Sixteen robots from nine different countries compete to become world champion.
Shown on Sunday 30 January at 6.05pm (S) (W)

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