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Ends 9.00.

Tweenies Count to Christmas
The big day is finally here.

Little Bear
Animated triple bill of ursine adventures.

6.30 Fimbles
Fimbo thinks a woolly hat might be magical.

6.50 Romuald the Reindeer
Romuald makes an interesting discovery about his father.

7.00 Tangerine Bear
A sad bear finds unexpected happiness with other toys in a quiet shop.

Followed by CBeebies Birthdays

8.05 Bob the Builder
Bob's twin comes home for Christmas.

8.55 Pingu
Pingu and family celebrate Christmas.

: Millennium: a Thousand Years of History

4/10. Century of the Scythe
The Black Death ravages Europe in the 14th century.

: Ray Mears's Extreme Survival

4/12. Alaska. Mears relates two incredible tales of survival from frozen Alaska.
Director Martin Pailthorpe


Director: Martin Pailthorpe

: Around the World in 80 Days

4/7. A Close Shave. In the first of a double bill,
Michael Palin journeys to Madras from Bombay.
11.35 5/7. Oriental Express
Michael travels from Singapore to Hong Kong.


Presenter: Michael Palin

: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Mystery starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Sherlock Holmes tries to prevent a pioneering Nazi weapon from falling into the hands of his arch-rival Professor Moriarty. Review page 59. Director Roy William Neill (1942, PG)
(BW) Pursuit to Algiers tomorrow at 12.50pm


Unknown: Basil Rathbone
Unknown: Nigel Bruce
Unknown: Sherlock Holmes
Director: Roy William Neill

: My Fair Lady

Classic musical based on George Bernard Shaw 's play Pygmalion, starring
Audrey Hepburn. Phonetics professor Henry Higgins bets his friend he can coach cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to pass as a lady at any social gathering. She initially refutes the idea, but later asks to be taught. Review page 59.
Director George Cukor (1964. U)


Unknown: George Bernard Shaw
Unknown: Audrey Hepburn.
Unknown: Henry Higgins
Unknown: Eliza Doolittle
Director: George Cukor
Eliza Doolittle: Audrey Hepburn
Professor Henry Higgins: Rex Harrison
Alfred P Doolittle: Stanley Holloway
Col Hugh Pickering Wilfrid: Hyde White
Mrs Higgins: Gladys Cooper

: Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss 's witty operetta, recorded at the Glyndebourne Festival. When her husband
Gabriel is supposedly ordered to prison, Rosalinde seizes the chance to meet with her former lover, Alfred, but Gabriel is diverted by Dr Falke to a party. The cast includes Thomas Allen , Par Lindskog, Hakan Hagegard , Artur Korn and Ragnar Ulfung. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Presented by James Naughtie. Director Francesca Kemp
Executive producer Ross MacGibbon
First shown on BBC4 Strauss's music features prominently in the New Year's Day Concert from Vienna on 1 January at 11.10am


Unknown: Johann Strauss
Unknown: Thomas Allen
Unknown: Hakan Hagegard
Unknown: Artur Korn
Unknown: Ragnar Ulfung.
Unknown: Vladimir Jurowski
Presented By: James Naughtie.
Director: Francesca Kemp
Producer: Ross MacGibbon

: Belleville Rendez-vous

Acclaimed comic animated adventure. A devoted grandmother crosses the ocean with her trusty hound to rescue her cyclist grandson who has been kidnapped during the Tour de France. In French with English subtitles. Review page 60.
Director Sylvain Chomet (2003, 12A) (Colour and BW) There's another chance to see Belleville Rendezvous on Tuesday 30
December at 11.40pm on BBC4: and tonight at 8.30pm BBC4 are showing The Old Lady and the Pigeons, a short from director Sylvain Chomet


Director: Sylvain Chomet
Director: Sylvain Chomet

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth. With signing.

: Highgrove: a Prince's Legacy

Filmed over a year, this Natural World documentary offers a rare look behind the walls of Highgrove, home to Prince Charles. The prince, an advocate of organic principles, is seen playing an active role in maintaining the 25-acre garden and 1,000-acre farm, where achieving a natural balance between commercial farming, productive gardening and a diverse wildlife population presents an ongoing challenge. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Producer Sarah Pitt : Series editor Michael Gunton www.bbc.co.uk/nature
There's another chance to visit Highgrove in Ultimate Wild Night on New Year's Day at 6pm


Unknown: David Attenborough.
Producer: Sarah Pitt
Editor: Michael Gunton

: Wild Battlefields: Polar Bear

3/3. As a mother polar bear and her cub emerge from their snowy den in the High Arctic, they enter a hostile world of sub-zero temperatures where food supplies are limited. Survival becomes a constant challenge in the ice, where the bears and seals become mortal enemies. This film in the series following nature's most formidable predators, follows the search-and-attack strategy of the world's largest land-based carnivore.
Producer Michael Bright: Executive producer Neil Nightingale


Producer: Neil Nightingale

: Grumpy Old Men at Christmas

Festive cheer is put on the backburner as a rogues' gallery of middle-aged moaners vent their spleen on everything they find repugnant about Christmas in this Scrooge-esque special edition. Pantos, nativity plays, false bonhomie and novelty socks are among the many bugbears as Jeremy Clarkson , Andrew Marr and John Sergeant add their gripes to those of the usual cast of Will Self, Arthur Smith, John Peel, Rick Wakeman and Rory McGrath.
Director Alan Lewens
Executive producer Stuart Prebble
Repeated on New Year's Day at 11.10pm and a re-run of the series begins tomorrow at 11.50pm

DOCUMENTARY Grumpy Old Men at Christmas 10.20pm BBC2
A bunch of middle-aged men moaning about everything from body piercing, lazy language and celebrities to mobile phones, the royal family and call centres: it doesn't sound too appealing, does it? Yet this was the basis for one of the funniest documentary series of 2003.
However, if you're a child of the 1960s and bitterly disappointed with the way things have turned out, your list of grievances is probably never-ending. So having done their Victor Meldrew best to get all their everyday complaints off their chests, Will Self, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Smith, Andrew Marr, Jeremy Clarkson et al now turn their attention to the festive season. Among the things they'll be saying "Bah! Humbug!" to are pantomimes, carol singers, stuffing and shopping. Whoever said "Tis the season to be jolly" can't have met this lot... JR


Unknown: Jeremy Clarkson
Unknown: Andrew Marr
Unknown: Arthur Smith
Unknown: Rick Wakeman
Unknown: Rory McGrath.
Director: Alan Lewens
Producer: Stuart Prebble

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 11: Tinsel-Free and not-so Joyous 11 December 2016

: Room 101

Paul Merton launches Jonathan Ross into a tirade of his pet hates, culminating in a sustained assault on his own notoriously flamboyant dress sense.
Director Geraldine Dowd


Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Jonathan Ross
Director: Geraldine Dowd

: The Fast Show

Quickfire comedy sketches and catchphrases from Paul Whitehouse , Charlie Higson , Mark Williams ,
John Thomson , Caroline Aherne , Simon Day and Arabella Weir. Directors Arch Dyson and John Birkin


Unknown: Paul Whitehouse
Unknown: Charlie Higson
Unknown: Mark Williams
Unknown: John Thomson
Unknown: Caroline Aherne
Unknown: Arabella Weir.
Unknown: John Birkin

: Red Dwarf V: Terrorform

3/6. Rimmer is prisoner inside his own mind.


Director: Juliet May
Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones


Steve Wright unveils a selection of archive performances from the Rolling Stones, George Michael , the Electric
Light Orchestra and Hazel O'Connor.


Unknown: Steve Wright
Unknown: George Michael
Unknown: Hazel O'Connor.

: Later.... with Jools Holland

Jools is joined by dance hitmakers Moloko, pop-soul perennials Simply Red, brooding troubadour Nick Cave with some of his Bad Seeds, retro-rockers the Thrills and the rock sensation of 2003, the Darkness.


Unknown: Nick Cave

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