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: Breakfast

Presented by Bill Turnbull.
With 6.00, 7.00, 8.00 news; 6.15, 7.15, 8.15 sport; 6.25, 7.25, 8.25 weather. (S from 7am)


Presenter: Bill Turnbull.

: Great Railway Journeys

Singapore to Bangkok. Actor Stephen Tompkinson enjoys the Eastern and Oriental Express.


Presenter: Stephen Tompkinson

: The World at War

Stalingrad. The legend of German mastery on land was dispelled by their defeat at Stalingrad. Many were killed as the army was beaten for the first time. (BW and Colour)

10.45 Wolf Pack. Defeat in the Atlantic looms for the Allies as Germany's attempts to starve Britain by attacking ships bringing supplies from North America prove successful. (BW and Colour)

: Little Women

Period drama adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel. New England, 1860s: with their father away fighting in the Civil War, the March sisters are left to be brought up by their mother. Soon they are experiencing the joy and pain of romance. Review page 57. (1949, U)


Director: Mervyn Leroy
Jo March: June Allyson
Laurie Laurence: Peter Lawford
Beth March: Margaret O'Brien
Amy March: Elizabeth Taylor
Meg March: Janet Leigh
Professor Bhaer: Rossano Brazzi
Marmee March: Mary Astor
Aunt March: Lucile Watson

: In Harm's Way

Second World War action drama, showing as part of the John Wayne in... strand, portraying the fortunes of two US Navy officers.
Captain Rockwell Torrey is sent in search of the Japanese fleet, while his friend Commander Paul Eddington discovers a personal tragedy. Widescreen. Review page 57.
Director Otto Preminger (1965, PG) (BW)
The season continues with The Alamo, tonight at 6.20pm


Director: Otto Preminger
Captain Torrey: John Wayne
Commander Eddington: Kirk Douglas
Lt Maggie Haynes: Patricia Neal
Lt William McConnel: Tom Tryon
Bev McConnel: Paula Prentiss
Ensign Torrey: Brandon de Wilde
Ensign Annalee Dorne: Jill Haworth
Admiral Broderick: Dana Andrews

: Steptoe and Son: Men of Letters

The pair take up journalism. Starring Wilfred Brambell and Harry H Corbett.
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
The film "Steptoe and Son Ride Again" is at 1am on BBC1


Writer: Ray Galton
Writer: Alan Simpson
Albert Steptoe: Wilfred Brambell
Harold Steptoe: Harry H Corbett

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Learning to Drive

Radio star David Jacobs guests as Frank starts yet another new job in the 1975 Christmas special. Written by Raymond Allen
Another episode on Saturday 28 December at 6.10pm


Writer: Raymond Allen
Frank Spencer: Michael Crawford
Himself: David Jacobs

: Weakest Link Special

Nine hairdressers take on the "queen of mean" to win up to £10,000.

: The Alamo

Continuing the season of films in the John Wayne in... strand with this historical western, which is directed by and stars Wayne. A re-creation of events in the town of San Antonio in 1836, when a band of Texans and their supporters battled against overwhelming odds to defend a Spanish mission from Mexican troops. Widescreen. Review page 57.
(1960. PG) The season continues with The Horse Soldiers, tomorrow at 6.05pm


Director: John Wayne
Colonel Crockett: John Wayne
Colonel Bowie: Richard Widmark
Colonel Travis: Laurence Harvey
General Houston: Richard Boone
Smitty: Frankie Avalon
Captain Butler Bonham: Patrick Wayne
Flaca: Linda Cristal

: Dead Ringers

Topical comedy as the quintet send up stars. Last in the current series. Arena's inside look at the show follows.
Directors Jonathan Gershfield and Pati Marr : Producer Bill Dare


Directors: Jonathan Gershfield
Directors: Pati Marr

: Arena: Radio Ha!

Double bill of documentaries that go behind the scenes of two of Radio 4's most popular comedy shows.

9.30 Meet the Dead Ringers
In a world of mimicry and satire, do the Dead Ringers team know who they really are? Meet Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Mark Perry, Kevin Connelly and Phil Cornwell, whose impressions of everyone from Anne Robinson and Sven-Goran Eriksson to George Bush and Tony Blair recently made the move to TV.
Director: Fisher Dilke
Dead Ringers returns to Radio 4 tomorrow at 6.30pm

10.30 It's Time for Just a Minute
Not many can talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation - but, for 35 years, Just a Minute panellists have done just that. Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Linda Smith and Ross Noble continue the story, with referee Nicholas Parsons forever trying to keep the unruly quartet under control.
Director: Mary Dickinson
Series editor: Anthony Wall [Web Address Removed]
Just a Minute's 35th Birthday Show is on New Year's Day, 12.04pm, Radio 4
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: selections from Just a Minute are available on audio cassette at good retail outlets or via [Web Address Removed]. Call [number removed]

Arena: Radio Ha! 9.30pm BBC2
BBC2 spends a good portion of tonight keeping company with the best of Radio 4 comedy with a special two-part Arena focusing on two classics - Dead Ringers and the venerable Just a Minute. The programmes go behind the scenes of these wildly different but hugely successful shows. Just a Minute has been on the go for an astonishing 35 years and is a huge hit with BBC listeners across the world.
Dead Ringers, with its cast of gifted mimics, has recently made the transition to television (an episode precedes the two Arena programmes) and is very much a young pretender. Will it have Just a Minute's staying power? We'll have to wait and see. (Alison Graham)


Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Jan Ravens
Unknown: Mark Perry
Unknown: Kevin Connelly
Unknown: Phil Cornwell
Unknown: Anne Robinson
Unknown: Sven-Goran Eriksson
Unknown: George Bush
Unknown: Tony Blair
Director: Fisher Dilke
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Ross Noble
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Director: Mary Dickinson

: The Office

It's bad news in the last of the first series, as Brent hears his Slough branch is to be merged. Though there will be losses, his position is safe. Can he let his team down? Peter Purves Himself
A rerun of series two begins 11pm tomorrow


Brent: Ricky Gervais
Tim: Martin Freeman
Gareth: MacKenzie Crook
Dawn: Lucy Davis
Ricky: Oliver Chris
Jennifer: Stirling Gallacher
Lee: Joel Beckett
Glynn: David Schaal
Rowan: Vincent Franklin
Finchy: Ralph Ineson
Donna: Sally Bretton
Karen Roper: Nicola Cutter
Malcolm: Robin Hooper
Stewart: Robin Ince
Jackie: Kiki Kendrick
Joan the cleaner: Yvonne D'Alpra
Himself: Peter Purves
Asian employee: Paul Scharma
Man being sacked: Neil Fitzmaurice
Man in video: Richard Hollis
Woman in video: Lucy O'Connel
Office workers: Ben Bradshaw
Girls in nightclub Ellen Collier: Tiffany Stevenson-Oake

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Tony Blackburn, Gary Moore , Mint Royale's Chris Baker and comedian Jackie Clune guest on another slice of the comic quiz, featuring Mark Lamarr. The ubiquitous Tony Blackburn: page 13


Unknown: Gary Moore
Unknown: Chris Baker
Unknown: Jackie Clune
Unknown: Mark Lamarr.

: I Love 1985

Miami Vice, Max Headroom and Live Aid dominated TV screens, Bruce Springsteen and Prince filled the airwaves and hardy perennials Doc Marten and Levi's ruled the roost in the fashion world. Singer, model and Bond villain Grace Jones hosts a look back at 1985.
Director Marina Warsama 1 Love 1986 is tomorrow at 12 midnight


Unknown: Max Headroom
Unknown: Bruce Springsteen
Unknown: Doc Marten
Unknown: Grace Jones
Director: Marina Warsama

: Re:Covered

Gabrielle performs her own Out of Reach and Carole King 's It's Too Late, Mercury Rev play their Little Rhymes and Black Sabbath 's Planet Caravan, and Travis offertheir Flowers in the Window and Queen's KillerQueen. Host Dermot O'Leary interviews the artists. More tomorrow at 1.30am First shown on BBC Choice


Unknown: Carole King
Unknown: Black Sabbath
Unknown: Host Dermot O'Leary

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