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: Breakfast

With Dermot Murnaghan and Natasha Kaplinsky.
With 6.00, 7.00, 8.00 news with Kate Sanderson (Mon 23. Christmas Eve), Louise Minchin (Mon 30. New Year's Eve), Luisa Baldini (Thu 2 Jan) and Max Foster (Fri 3 Jan); 6.15, 6.45,
7.50 business news; 6.25, 6.53, 7-15, 7.53, 8.15, 8.55 weather with Carol Kirkwood ; 6.27,6.55,
7.28, 7.55, 8.28, 8.55 regional news, travel: 6.35, 7.35, 8.35 sport. Editor Richard Porter


Unknown: Dermot Murnaghan
Unknown: Natasha Kaplinsky.
Unknown: Kate Sanderson
Unknown: Louise Minchin
Unknown: Luisa Baldini
Unknown: Max Foster
Unknown: Carol Kirkwood
Editor: Richard Porter

: Great Railway Journeys

Los Mochis to Vera Cruz. Chef Rick Stein crosses Mexico from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.


Unknown: Vera Cruz.
Unknown: Rick Stein

: The World at War

Barbarossa. Hitler turns his troops against Russia. (BW and colour)

10.45 Banzai! December 7 1941 sees the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (BW and colour)

: Hell Is for Heroes

Second World War adventure, featuring the late
James Coburn , who died last month.
In the latter days of the Second World War, a small squadron of Gis is assigned to hold an area of land near the Siegfried Line. Widescreen.Review page 45.
Director Don Siegel (1962)


Unknown: James Coburn
Director: Don Siegel
Reese: Steve McQueen
Private Corby: Bobby Darin
Sergeant Pike: Fess Parker
Sergeant Larkin: Harry Guardino
Corporal Henshaw: James Cobum

: Witness

Eyewitness reports on Argentina s Eva Peron and two total eclipses of the sun.


Unknown: Eva Peron

: The Kirov CelebratesNijinsky

Recorded at the Ch√Ętelet Theatre, Paris, the Kirov ballet celebrates the collaboration between Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Fokine with the ballets Scheherzade and the Firebird. Choreographed by Fokine, with Valery Gergiev conducting the Kirov Orchestra and song from the Chorus of the Marlinsky Theatre.
Presented by Deborah Bull. Director and Executive producer
Ross MacGibbon


Unknown: Vaslav Nijinsky
Unknown: Mikhail Fokine
Unknown: Valery Gergiev
Presented By: Deborah Bull.
Producer: Ross MacGibbon

: Jesse James

Classic western. Jesse and =rank James intervene when ,ailroad agents try to intimidate their mother into selling the family's farm. Review page 48.
Director Henry King , Irving Cummings
(1939. U)


Director: Henry King
Director: Irving Cummings
Jesse James: Tyrone Power
Frank James: Henry Fonda
Zee: Nancy Kelly
Will Wright: Randolph Scott
Major RufusCobb: Henry Hull

: Ready Steady CookSpecial

First of seven editions showing over the holiday fortnight in which Ainsley Harriott reviews the past year in the company of celebrity chefs and guests. Today he is joined by Rhona Cameron and Nell McAndrew.


Unknown: Rhona Cameron
Unknown: Nell McAndrew.

: Weakest LinkSpecial

Contestants with Christmas jobs face Anne Robinson on the elimination quiz.


Unknown: Anne Robinson

: Chisum

Western, showing as part of the John Wayne in ... strand.
Cattle baron John Chisum takes action when his empire is threatened by land-grabbing businessman Lawrence Murphy. Realising Murphy has the sheriff in his control, Chisum seeks the help of his friends among whom are both Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Widescreen. Review page 48.
Director Andrew V MeLaglen (1970, PG) The season continues tomorrow with They Were Expendable at 1.50pm


Unknown: John Wayne
Unknown: Lawrence Murphy.
Unknown: Pat Garrett
Director: Andrew V Melaglen
John Chisum: John Wayne
Lawrence Murphy: Forrest Tucker
Dan Nodeen: Christopher George
James Pepper: Ben Johnson
Pat Garrett: Glenn Corbett
Sheriff Brady: Bruce Cabot
Alex McSween: Andrew Prine
J H Tunstall: Patric Knowtes
Jess Evans: Richard Jaeckel
Sue McSween: Lynda Day

: University Challenge

Newcastle and Worcester College, Oxford, return to do battle for a place in the quarter-finals. Hosted by Jeremy Paxman. Director Tracey Rooney ; Producer Peter Gwyn


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman.
Director: Tracey Rooney
Producer: Peter Gwyn

: The Good Life

A Christmas special first shown on Boxing Day, 1977.
Silly, but It's Fun. Tom and Barbara and Margo and Jerry find their Christmas plans do not go according to schedule.
Written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey ;
Producer John Howard Davies


Written By: John Esmonde
Written By: Bob Larbey
Producer: John Howard Davies
Tom Good: Richard Briers
Jerry Leadbeatter: Paul Eddington
Barbara Good: Felicity Kendal
Margo Leadbeatter: Penelope Keith

: Cruise of the Gods

Comedy starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. Once the star of a futuristic cult TV show Andy Van Allen is now a hotel porter. In contrast, his former co-star, Nick Lee , has since shot to fame. Then fans of his former show organise a cruise and invite Andy along. With guest appearances from Brian Conley and Jack Jones.
Written by Tim Firth ; Producer Alison MacPhail ; Director Declan Lowney
Repeated on New Year's Eve at 12 midnight on BBC Choice Not all plain sailing: page 16


Unknown: Rob Brydon
Unknown: Steve Coogan.
Unknown: Andy van Allen
Unknown: Nick Lee
Unknown: Brian Conley
Unknown: Jack Jones.
Written By: Tim Firth
Producer: Alison MacPhail
Director: Declan Lowney
Andy Van Allen: Rob Brydon
Nick Lee: Steve Coogan
Russell: James Corden
Jenny: Helen Coker
Lurky: David Walliams
HughBispham: Philip Jackson
Graham: Niall Buggy
Yasmina: Rachel Shelley
Captain: Arturo Venegas
Female Agent: Robin Weaver
First Ad Micky: Gavan O'Herlihy
PARomy: Shelley Bond
Lloyd: Jake Broder
Doctor: Gray O'Brien
Mrs Hatcher: Di Botcher
Glynn: Russell Brand

: The Office

The Quiz. It's Tim's birthday, but it's also the annual quiz night. Brent and Finchy vow to maintain their unbeaten record. Cast on Boxing Day www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees, comedian Sean Lock , Five Star's Lorraine Pearson and Jason Perry , singer with rockers A, join host Mark Lamarr and team captains
Phill Jupitus and Bill Bailey for the pop quiz.


Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Lorraine Pearson
Singer: Jason Perry
Unknown: Mark Lamarr
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Bill Bailey

: League of Gentlemen

A special edition of the black comedy from Christmas
2000. Vicar Bernice Woodall is forced to listen to three festive tales from her Royston Vasey parishoners.
Written by Jeremy Dyson , Mark Gatiss , Steve Pemberton , Reece Shearsmith Producer Jemma Rodgers ; Director Steve Bendelack


Unknown: Bernice Woodall
Unknown: Royston Vasey
Written By: Jeremy Dyson
Written By: Mark Gatiss
Written By: Steve Pemberton
Producer: Jemma Rodgers
Director: Steve Bendelack

: I Love 1982

1980s DJs Dave Lee Travis and Mike Read take a look back at the year Bananarama dominated the charts, Imagination writhed to Body Talk and Musical Youth Passed the Duchie. A year of classic television saw the first series of anarchic comedy The Young Ones, and Alan Bleasdale 's Boys from the Blackstuff.
Director Andrew Nicholson
Have Yourself a Merry Eighties Christmas is tomorrow at 10.15pm


Presenter: Dave Lee Travis
Presenter: Mike Read
Director: Andrew Nicholson

: Re:Covered

Doves perform Pounding and the Smiths' Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want, Liberty X give Just a Little and Radiohead's High and Dry. The Vines play Get Free and Outkast's Ms Jackson.
More tomorrow at 1.25am First shown on BBC Choice


Unknown: Ms Jackson.

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