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: Weekend 24

News with Ben McCarthy and Jules Botfield.
Including 6.00, 7.00, 8.00 news;
6.15, 7.15, 8.15 sport;
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 weather.


Presenter: Ben McCarthy
Presenter: Jules Botfield

: Great Railway Journeys

India: East to West. Ian Hislop journeys from Calcutta to the medieval world of the maharajas.

: The World at War

Tough Old Gut. November 1942, 11 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and US troops join the Allies on the road to Rome, where they have their first encounter with the Wehrmacht. (BW and Colour)

10.45 It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow. As Allied troops prepare to defend Burma, they are confronted by the Japanese, who are well-prepared for jungle warfare.
(BW and Colour) The episode "Genocide", which has strong content, is at 7.05pm

: Can't Get Enough ...Television

In the second Science at Christmas programme, Steve McKenna tests the true power of television by depriving a family of telly addicts of their viewing for a week. If, as the programme claims, the human brain finds it hard to tear itself away from moving images, how will the family cope?


Unknown: Steve McKenna

: Witness

The inventor of the internet. And one man's obsession with space travel.

: Choir of the Year

Music from traditional Baroque settings to Gospel anthems can be heard as six of the country's finest choirs compete for the coveted title Choir of the Year 2002, at the Royal Albert Hall. Sharon D Clarke , the Opera Babes and the London Adventist Chorale provide additional music. With Howard Goodall , Diane Louise Jordan and Maddy Stevens.
Director Bob Coles ; Producer Paul Bullock


Unknown: Albert Hall.
Unknown: Sharon D Clarke
Unknown: Howard Goodall
Unknown: Diane Louise
Unknown: Maddy Stevens.
Director: Bob Coles
Producer: Paul Bullock

: Columbo

Death Hits the Jackpot. After hushing up his lottery win, a young man is permanently silenced by his scheming uncle, in the first of this afternoon's Watching the Detectives programmes.

: Perry Mason: the Case of the Defiant Daughter

When Mason comes to the aid of a man accused of murder, the suspect's teenage daughter is on hand to ensure the lawyer remains diligent.

: One Man and His Dog

In a one-off special of the classic competition, guest team captains represent their native countries as shepherds from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales battle for national supremacy at Longleat in Wiltshire. Ben
Fogle captains England, Shauna Lowry represents Scotland, Rhodri Williams heads the Welsh team and Jackie Bird backs Scotland. Clarissa Dickson Wright hosts.


Guest team captain: Ben Fogle
Guest team captain: Shauna Lowry
Guest team captain: Rhodri Williams
Guest team captain: Jackie Bird
Presenter: Clarissa Dickson Wright
Director: Will Clough
Producer: Daniel Brittain-Catlin

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Jessica's First Christmas

Frank and Betty look forward to Christmas, and particularly the church Nativity play.
Written by Raymond Allen ; Producer Michael Mills


Written By: Raymond Allen
Producer: Michael Mills

: The World at War: Genocide

An examination of how the Nazis implemented the twisted ideals that resulted in the Holocaust. Contains violent and disturbing scenes. Narrated by Laurence Olivier. (BW and Colour) The series continues tomorrow at 9.55am


Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
Producer: Jeremy Isaacs

: PG Wodehouse - Lost Overseas

Journalist, author, lyricist and librettist, but best known as the creator of Jeeves and Wooster, PG Wodehouse was one of Britain's most versatile and popular writers. This programme explores Wodehouse's extraordinary life and career, focusing on his time in a Nazi internment camp, and subsequent exile amid allegations of treachery. It features interviews with Wodehouse, readings from his novels, and excerpts from film and television productions of his work.
Director/producer Ian Denyer


Unknown: Pg Wodehouse
Producer: Ian Denyer

: Peter Cook - at a Slight Angle to the Universe

Providing an insight into the complex personality and ultimately tragic life of inspirational comic genius Peter Cook , this documentary features contributions from friends and contemporaries including Eric Idle , Ian Hislop , Michael Parkinson , Mel Smith , John Fortune and Dick Clement.
Producer Lucy Kenwright ; Executive producer Caroline Wright Peter Cook 's genius: page 7


Unknown: Peter Cook
Unknown: Eric Idle
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Mel Smith
Unknown: Dick Clement.
Producer: Lucy Kenwright
Producer: Caroline Wright
Producer: Peter Cook

: Peter Cook - a Posthumorous Tribute

The cream of British comedy talent congregates to pay tribute to Peter Cook. Providing a rare opportunity for viewers to see ex-Pythons Terry Jones and Michael Palin together again, the show also features a specially written performance by Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall, as well as appearances by Harry Enfield, Angus Deayton, Dom Joly, Jon Culshaw, David Baddiel, Clive Anderson, Griff Rhys Jones, Neil Innes and Josie Lawrence, many of whom will be recreating classic Cook sketches. Sir David Frost hosts the event, held to raise funds for the Peter Cook Foundation. Producer Sam Donelly; Executive producer Beatrice Ballard


Unknown: Peter Cook.
Unknown: Terry Jones
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Adrian Edmondson
Unknown: Rik Mayall
Unknown: Angus Deayton
Unknown: Dom Joly
Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: David Baddiel
Unknown: Clive Anderson
Unknown: Griff Rhys
Unknown: Neil Innes
Unknown: Josie Lawrence
Unknown: Sir David Frost
Producer: Sam Donelly
Producer: Beatrice Ballard

: The Office

Continuing the rerun of the acclaimed comedy with the second episode of series two. It's the day of the staff appraisals, and David is getting the feeling that he is not terribly popular with the new employees - prompting an existential examination of comedy prowess.
For more cast see Boxing Day


Neil: Patrick Baladi
Rachel: Stacey Roca
The Oggmonster: Stephen Merchant
Jimmy the Perv: Bruce MacKinnon
Simon: Matthew Holness
Ray: Tom Goodman-Hill
Jude: Jennifer Hennessy
Oliver: Howard Saddler
Brenda: Julie Fernandez
Keith: Ewen MacIntosh

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Strangler Jean-Jacques Burnel, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, multi-faceted broadcaster Nicholas Parsons and US comic Mike Wilmot join Phill Jupitus, Bill Bailey and host Mark Lamarr for the comedy music quiz.


Unknown: Strangler Jean-Jacques Bumel
Unknown: Nick Carter
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Mike Wilmot
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Bill Bailey
Unknown: Mark Lamarr

: I Love 1987

Richard E Grant, the star of the cult film hit Withnail and I, hosts this look back at the other crazes of the year. Blossoming musical talent included soul sensation Terence Trent D'Arby, baritone angel Rick Astley and party animals the Beastie Boys, while lifestyle tips were provided by US TV drama thirtysomething, and designers took on everything from food and beer, to trainers and puffballs.
Producer Liz Molyneux / Love 1988 shown tomorrow at 12.10am


Unknown: Richard E Grant
Baritone: Terence Trent D'Arby
Unknown: Rick Astley
Producer: Liz Molyneux

: Re:Covered

Johnny Cash , Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan receive musical tributes from Black Rebel Motorycle Club, Morcheeba and Wyclef Jean respectively. More tomorrow at 1.40am First shown on BBC Choice


Unknown: Johnny Cash
Unknown: Bob Dylan
Unknown: Wyclef Jean

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