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: Breakfast

Presented by Bill Turnbull and Jules Botfield.
Timetable on Monday 23 December


Presented By: Bill Turnbull
Presented By: Jules Botfield.

: Great Railway Journeys

Aleppo to Aqaba. AlexeiSayle attempts to travel from Aleppo in northern Syria to Aqaba in Jordan on the Red Sea.

: The World at War

Reckoning. The forging of the UN heralded international diplomacy, but the Nuremberg trials equalled retribution. With Germany apportioned between the Allies, the seeds of the Cold War were sown. (B&W and colour)

10.45 Remember. 20 million Russians, five million Germans, six million Jews and three million from Japan, America, Britain and the Commonwealth died during the war. The world would never be the same again. Last in the series. (B&W and colour)

: Laurel and Hardy: Scram!

Accused of vagrancy, Stan and Ollie have an hour to leave town.


Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Mystery - the first in this afternoon's Watching the Detectives triple bill.
Holmes tries to stop Professor Moriarty from carrying out the crime of the century - the theft of the Crown Jewels. Review page 74.
Director Alfred Werker (1939. PG)


Director: Alfred Werker
Sherlock Holmes: Basil Rathbone
Dr Watson: Nigel Bruce
Ann Brandon: Ida Lupino
Jerrold Hunter: Alan Marshal
Billy: Terry Kilburn
Professor Moriarty: George Zucco
Sir Ronald Ramsgate: Henry Stephenson
Inspector Bristol: E E Clive
Bassick: Arthur Hohl
Mrs Jameson: May Beatty

: Columbo

No Time to Die. HayleyMills's sister Juliet co-stars alongside Peter Falk. A bride is abducted on her wedding night and Columbo must race against time to find her.


Unknown: Peter Falk.

: A Pocketful of Rye

Few tears flow when bossy businessman Rex Fortescue is poisoned. But when his wife and maid are murdered too,
Miss Marple is determined to see the killer punished. Joan Hickson stars as the Agatha Christie heroine, concluding the Watching the Detectives triple bill.


Unknown: Joan Hickson
Unknown: Agatha Christie

: Ready Steady Cook Special

How to Cook a Tart author Nina Killham guests in the last of this week's looks back over the past year of the against-the-clock culinary contest. With Ainsley Harriot.
(Celebrity Ready Steady Cook is on BBC1 tonight at 7.30pm)


Unknown: Nina Killham
Unknown: Ainsley Harriot

: Weakest Link Special

Nine noisy contestants try to win up to £10,000 in a special edition. Can Anne Robinson silence them?


Presenter: Anne Robinson

: The Simpsons: Dancin' Homer

Singer Tony Bennett adds a guest voice to the story of how Homer found fame after becoming the mascot for a baseball team.


[Actor]: Tony Bennett

: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Who's the Boss? Carlton becomes the Peacock Stop's manager and Hilary is the victim of hatemail.

: Robot Wars: the Sixth Wars

Tornado whips up a storm while Thor shows off its Viking pedigree. But will Inshreddable live up to its name? Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester host the show, Jonathan Pearce commentates and Growler is the house robot.
Director Derek Wheeler ; Series producer Bill Hobbins
First shown on BBC Choice


Unknown: Craig Charles
Unknown: Jonathan Pearce
Director: Derek Wheeler
Producer: Bill Hobbins

: The Good Life

An episode from 1975 of the self-sufficiency comedy.
Say Little Hen ... To the apprehension of the neighbours, Tom and Barbara introduce livestock into Surbiton.
Written by John Esmonde , Bob Larbey ; Producer John Howard Davies


Written By: John Esmonde
Written By: Bob Larbey
Producer: John Howard Davies

: Gardeners' World

Farewell to Alan. After seven years at the helm of BBC2's most popular gardening programme, Alan Titchmarsh is moving on from Gardeners' World. In a tribute to him, viewers are taken behind the scenes during the filming of one of his final programmes to reveal why millions of gardeners have tuned in weekly to be captivated by his personality, warmth and all-round horticultural know-how.
Series producer Collette Foster; Executive producer Tony Laryea BBC MAGAZINES: Gardeners' World. L2.60, Gardens Illustrated, L3.50


Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh
Producer: Tony Laryea

: The Lost World of Tyntesfield

Secrecy surrounded the Tyntesfield Estate near Bristol for over 100 years while the outside world was oblivious to both its existence and its treasures. But all that changed in 2002 when it hit the headlines after being bought by the National Trust for over L20 million. Even Kylie Minogue was rumoured to have been interested in buying it.
Dan Cruickshank crosses a threshold that has, for over
150 years, been open only to family, friends and servants. Beyond a blanket of dense trees lies a Gothic fantasy and a monument to the Victorian age; England's last great Victorian country mansion. Aided by family members, Cruickshank coaxes forgotten secrets out of hiding.
Director Jenny Danes ; Producer Stephanie Collins


Unknown: Dan Cruickshank
Director: Jenny Danes
Producer: Stephanie Collins

: Porridge

Heartbreak Hotel. The solutions to the problems facing a worried father and a lovelorn first offender both present themselves in the prison waiting room.
For cast see Christmas Eve

: Newsnight

Presented by Gavin Esler. (5)


Presented By: Gavin Esler.

: Newsnight Review

American writer Bonnie Greer , film critic Mark Kermode and magazine editor Ekow Eshunjoin host Mark Lawson for a look at the week's cultural highs and lows.
Producer Tanya Hudson Repeated next Sunday on BBC4


Unknown: Bonnie Greer
Unknown: Mark Kermode
Editor: Ekow Eshunjoin
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Tanya Hudson

: The Lady and the Champ

Ever since seeing Muhammad Ali fight, Tania Follett has dreamt of managing her own world champion. Having spent months scouring London's gyms for talent, Follett found the man she'd been looking for. Filmed over a year, The Lady and the Champ follows Follett and cruiserweight Rob Hayes-Scott in their bid to conquer the world.
Producer/Director Patricia Doherty


Unknown: Muhammad Ali
Unknown: Tania Follett
Unknown: Rob Hayes-Scott
Director: Patricia Doherty

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Terry Wogan , Johnny Logan , Cheryl Baker and Sonia guest on a Eurovision-themed edition of the irreverent pop-music quiz. Presented by Mark Lamarr with team captains Phill Jupitus and Sean Hughes.


Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Johnny Logan
Unknown: Cheryl Baker
Presented By: Mark Lamarr
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Sean Hughes.

: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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