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: Breakfast

Presented by Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams.
Timetable on Monday 23 December


Presented By: Bill Turnbull
Presented By: Sian Williams.

: Great Railway Journeys

Hong Kong to Ulaanbaatar. Clive Anderson overcomes flu and an eye infection to cross China, visiting Confucian burial grounds, Buddhist caves and Mongolia along the way.


Unknown: Clive Anderson

: The World at War

The liberation of Paris and Brussels was followed by one of the most tragic episodes of the conflict.
(BW and Colour)

10.50 Nemesis
As the Allied forces closed on Berlin, Hitler retreated to a bunker to face the end of the Reich.
(BW and Colour)

: Laurel and Hardy: Beau Chumps

Stan and Ollie join the Foreign Legion to forget Ollie's disastrous affair with the captivating Jeanie Weenie. (BW)


Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: The House of Fear

Classic mystery, showing in the Watching the Detectives strand. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are called in to investigate suspicious deaths at a Scottish mansion where members of an unusual club have assembled. Review page 66.
Director Roy William Neill (1944) (BW)


Unknown: Sherlock Holmes
Director: Roy William Neill
Sherlock Holmes: Basil Rathbone
Dr Watson: Nigel Bruce
Alastair: Aubrey Mather
Lestrade: Dennis Hoey
Simon Merrivale: Paul Cavanagh
Alan Cosgrave: Holmes Herbert
John Simpson: Harry Cording

: Columbo

Peter Falk stars as the detective in an episode showing in the Watching the Detectives strand. Murder in Malibu. A romance writer's young "love rat" romeo goes gunning for the woman.


Unknown: Peter Falk

: At Bertram's Hotel

TR Bowen's feature-length dramatisation of Agatha Christie's novel starring Joan Hickson as the mild-mannered spinster sleuth, Miss Marple. Staying at an elegant hotel, Marple investigates when the doorman is murdered.
Producer George Gallaccio ; Director


Unknown: Agatha Christie
Unknown: Joan Hickson
Producer: George Gallaccio
Miss Jane Marple: Joan Hickson
Lady Bess Sedgwick: Caroline Blakiston
Elvira Blake: Helena Michell
Colonel Luscombe: James Cossins
Selina Hazy: Joan Greenwood
Chief Inspector Davy: George Baker
Sir Ronald Graves: Douglas Milvain
Detlnsp Campbell: Philip Bretherton

: Ready Steady Cook Special

An edition of the cookery show in which Ainsley Harriott looks back at highlights of the year in the company of celebrity guests.


Unknown: Ainsley Harriott

: Weakest Link Special

Nine entertainers face the stony-faced Anne Robinson for the elimination quiz. Will they be able to raise £10,000 for charity?


Presenter: Anne Robinson

: The Comancheros

Western concluding the John Wayne in... season.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter finds an unlikely ally in a tough gambler as he sets out on the trail of a gang of ruthless outlaws.
(Widescreen) Review page 66. (1961, PG)


Director: Michael Curtiz
Captain Jake Cutter: John Wayne
Paul Regret: Stuart Whitman
Pilar: Ina Balin
Graile: Nehemiah Persoff
TullyCrow: Lee Marvin
Amelung: Michael Ansara
Tobe: Patrick Wayne
Major Henry: Bruce Cabot

: Happy New Year

In the traditional end-of-year message, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Dr Rowan Williams , reflects on the past year and looks forward to the 12 months to come. Producer Jonathan Mayo : Executive producer Chris Loughlin Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm on BBC1


Unknown: Dr Rowan Williams
Producer: Jonathan Mayo
Producer: Chris Loughlin

: The Entertainers Christmas Special

Cameras follow the everyday lives of five stars from a bygone age during the festive period. Tony Blackburn turns the lights on in Oxford, Nicholas Parsons sets light to his annual bonfire, Bernard Manning shops for a Christmas tree, Frank Carson visits Santa's grotto with his grandchildren and Bernie Clifton takes his ostrich to the panto.

TV Insider
Child star: It's a chilling thought, but the ubiquitous Tony Blackburn is concerned that he's about to be upstaged - by his own five-year-old daughter.
It's been a big year for Tone, whose TV reinvention has been consolidated by appearances on The Entertainers, a special edition of which can be seen on BBC2 (8.00pm). "Even before going out to Australia for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, I'd filmed The Entertainers, and now that's taken off as well," he says. "To be associated with two such successful shows is terrific."
But daughter Victoria is showing signs of wanting to steal his limelight: "She has made more of an impact on The Entertainers than me - she loves the camera. I don't know who she gets it from."
She joins our Tone tonight as he switches on the Christmas lights in Oxford (the city, not the London street). "I think they only want me so long as she tags along," he says.


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Bernard Manning
Unknown: Frank Carson
Unknown: Bernie Clifton
Series Producer: Stuart Crabb
Executive Producer: David Mortimer
Executive Producer: Louis Theroux

: Fame, Set and Match

An irreverent look at the careers of those who first savoured the celebrity spotlight courtesy of television talent shows. The contrasting fortunes of Britney Spears, Freddie Starr, Gary Barlow, Sheena Easton and Little and Large are chronicled using a mixture of archive footage, animation and interviews with colleagues and friends.
Director/producer Jamie Matson
Repeated with sign language on Thursday 2 January at 3.30am on BBC1


Unknown: Freddie Starr
Unknown: Gary Barlow
Unknown: Sheena Easton
Producer: Jamie Matson


A dance down memory lane with performances by Dexys Midnight Runners, The Monkees, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Village People, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, the Bee Gees, Kylie Minogue, Bucks Fizz, The Mavericks, Los Del Rio, Bill Haley and the Comets, Wham, Yazz, Manhattan Transfer and Black Lace. With the voice of Steve Wright.
[web address removed]
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Narrator: Steve Wright
Producer: Mark Hagen

: Jools's Tenth Annual Hootenanny

Jools Holland celebrates his tenth annual New Year's Eve party with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Guests include Tom Jones, with a series of popular numbers; Jimmy Cliff performs You Can Get it if You Really Want and The Harder They Come; Solomon Burke with tunes including Everybody Needs Somebody to Love; Ms Dynamite celebrates an award-laden year; Pulp perform Babies and Doves carve out a couple of tracks from the album The Last Broadcast. Plus Chrissie Hynde, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Chas 'n' Dave and Vic Reeves, as well as the Pipers of the First Battalion of Scots Guards piping in the new year. Director Janet Fraser Crook: Producers Alison Howe and Mark Cooper
www.bbc.co.uk/later Vic Reeves 's specially made barrel: page 16


Unknown: Jools Holland
Unknown: Tom Jones
Unknown: Jimmy Cliff
Unknown: Solomon Burke
Unknown: Ms Dynamite
Unknown: Chrissie Hynde
Unknown: Jeff Beck
Unknown: Vic Reeves
Director: Janet Fraser
Producers: Alison Howe
Producers: Mark Cooper
Unknown: Vic Reeves

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Mark Lamarr takes us into the early hours as regular team captains Phill Jupitus and Sean Hughes are joined by Culture Club frontman Boy George , singer Mari Wilson , DJ Tommy Vance and UK hip-hop artist Blade. <R)


Unknown: Mark Lamarr
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Sean Hughes
Singer: Boy George
Singer: Mari Wilson
Unknown: Tommy Vance

: Re:Covered

Darren Hayes performs Strange Relationship and Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing, the Flaming Lips play Do You Realise? and Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head, and McAlmont & Butler sing Fat Larry's Band's Zoom plus their own Falling.
More tomorrow at 1.25am First shown on BBC Choice


Unknown: Darren Hayes
Unknown: Marvin Gaye

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