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7.20 Tots TV
7.30 Brambly Hedge
A trip to the big city.
8.20 Postman Pat
A snowman is brought inside to keep warm.
The British Wars
How Charles I's belief in divine right divided the fragile elements of his realm
Next episode Thursday 30 December 9am
7/7. The Panama Canal trench engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps 's grand scheme to build a canal across Panama linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Writer Rachel Wright
7/10. Jeremy Clarkson unearths a potential fortune when he researches his family tree.
Another edition tomorrow at 11am
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The defining moments from
Profiling the Welsh wheelchair racer and winner of 11 Paralympic gold medals.
The Welsh National from
Chepstow at 1.55. Further starts are at 12.50, 1.20 and 2.25.
Plus a race from Leopardstown at 2.40. With Clare Balding and Rishi Persad , and commentary by Jim McGrath and Tony O'Hehir.
Editor Stephen Cook
Lightweight comedy with Bill Murray. Self-help guru
Jack Corcoran inherits an elephant called Vera, but faces a logistical nightmare transporting her across country. Review page 72. Director Howard Franklin (1996; PG)
Two rival chefs cook-off against the clock. Ainsley
Nine nervous contestants brace themselves for put-downs aplenty from sneering Anne Robinson. Another edition tomorrow at 5.30pm.
Intelligent period romantic drama based on Dodie Smith's novel, starring Romola Garai and Bill Nighy. 1930s England: 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain leads a peculiar existence with her oddball family in a ramshackle castle. But the spectre of first love is hovering in the wings. Review page 72. (2002, PG)
Dodie Smith: Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman is at 8pm on BBC4
Mrs Eispeth Cotton:
New series 1/3. Years of research have unearthed hours of rare colour film offering a remarkable insight into the event that shaped our modern world. Home movies of Adolf Hitler and his cohorts, the devastation wrought by the Blitz, life on the home front, D-Day, the Allied invasion of France, and British bombers defying German fighters are all images captured here in sobering colour.
John Thaw narrates. Continues tomorrow at 8pm.
Producers Lucy Carterfl and Alastair Laurence ; Series producer
Ste . First shown on ITV
1/4. Celebrities share their wisdom on a range of subjects including marriage, sex, children and careers. Continues tomorrow at 8.50pm.
Producer Southan Morris ; Executive producer Stuart Prebble
On 16 August, the village of Boscastle on the north Cornish coast was devastated by a flash flood. A BBC film crew had been recording life in Boscastle for six months before the flood hit, and in this one-hour special to herald the second series of A Seaside Parish, we follow events leading up to that fateful day and the aftermath, seen through the eyes of the parish priest, the Rev Christine Musser. DirectorCharlie Forman; Producer Nigel Farrell
Mike Leigh 's acclaimed biographical comedy drama, starring Jim Broadbent.
After the relative failure of their latest opera, Princess Ida, WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan clash over their next project and seem set to end their partnership - until Gilbert's wife persuades him to visit an exhibition of Japanese culture. Review page 72.
William Schwenck Gilbert:
Lucy Kitty Gilbert:
Richard D'Oyly Carte:
Satirical impersonations. Another edition tomorrow 10.15pm.
3/6. Music from the Manic Street Preachers and Nick Cave , and the Bad
Seeds. More tomorrow at 12.05am.