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: CBeebies: Tikkabilla

Press the red button between 7.00am and 7.00pm to access two sing-along
Christmas songs from the CBeebies gang and Something Special's Mr Tumble.
Pre-school show, with music and stories.

: CBeebies: Teletubbies

Christmas is coming.

: CBeebies: Boo!

The gang get ready for Christmas and meet someone very special.

: CBeebies: Pingu

The little penguin and his family celebrate Christmas.

: CBBC: Bernard

Gravity causes the polar bear problems.

: CBBC: Arthur

Preparations for the festive season.

: CBBC: Smile

Barney Harwood and Kirsten O'Brien host a morning of Christmas games and cartoons.
[web address removed]


Presenter: Barney Harwood
Presenter: Kirsten O'Brien
Director: James Morgan
Producer: Toby Smith

: Animal Park

The monkeys pester the water buffalo and Kumaii the lion cub receives his first inoculation.


Series Producer: Chris Powell

: Churchill's Bodyguard

New series Walter Meets
Winston. The work of Walter
Thompson, the man assigned to protect Winston Churchill. Narrated by Robert Powell.
First shown on UKTV History


Unknown: Winston Churchill.
Unknown: Robert Powell.

: C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia

Documentary-drama charting the life and work of writer C.S. Lewis, who created the Chronicles of Narnia. Anton Rodgers stars as Lewis, with Diane Venora as his poet wife Joy Gresham.


C.S. Lewis: Anton Rodgers
Joy Gresham: Diane Venora
Writer: Norman Stone

: Solomon and Sheba

Ornate biblical epic starring Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida.
The tempestuous story of Solomon, hero of the Israelites, his conflict with the Egyptians and his stormy relationship with Magda, the cunning Queen of Sheba. Review pages 63-97.
Director King Vidor (1959, PG)


Unknown: Yul Brynner
Unknown: Gina Lollobrigida.

: The Hours: behind the Camera

Behind-the-scenes look at Stephen Daldry's film.


Unknown: Stephen Daldry

: The Nun's Story

Multi-Oscar-nominated drama starring Audrey Hepburn. After entering a convent, a young Belgian girl finds the principle of unquestioning obedience hard to observe. Review pages 63-97. Director Fred Zinnemann (1959, PG)
(SXW) Audrey Hepburn stars in My Fair Lady on Friday 29 December at 11.40am


Unknown: Audrey Hepburn.
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Unknown: Audrey Hepburn

: Carols from King's

The annual service from King's College, Cambridge, which tells the Christmas story through music and prose, with the chapel choir, under director Stephen Cleobury , singing carols old and new.
Director David Kremer ; Producer James Whitbourn
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, from King's College, is today at 3pm on Radio 4 and tomorrow at 2pm on Radio 3


Director: Stephen Cleobury
Director: David Kremer
Producer: James Whitbourn

: The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece

New series 1/3. The Annunciation. The first moment in the Christmas story is the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel to tell Mary that she has been chosen to give birth to the son of God. Many painters have depicted this miraculous event, but none better than the great Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck. As befits a man who seemed to mix espionage with painting for his patron, Eyck's picture is full of symbols and half-concealed messages. Narrated by Samuel West. The next episode is on Christmas Day at 6.15pm.
Director/Producer John Bush


Unknown: Archangel Gabriel
Unknown: Jan van Eyck.
Unknown: Samuel West.
Producer: John Bush

: Dad's Army

7/8. My Brother and I. Captain Mainwaring has an unexpected and most unwelcome guest - much to the delight of Frazer. The Boxing Day edition of the much-loved sitcom from 1975. Another episode can be seen on Boxing Day at 7pm.
Writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry


Unknown: I. Captain Mainwaring
Unknown: David Croft
Unknown: Jimmy Perry

: Strictly Come Dancing - the Final

If you missed the final of the pro-celebrity contest, don't miss this chance to catch highlights of the action. (Revised repeat)

Let's dance!: page 29


Director: Nikki Parsons

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks Bumper Edition

Simon Amstell gets festive with Phill Jupitus , Bill Bailey , Danny Jones of McFly, comedian
Kevin Eldon , Dan Gillespie of the Feeling and David Gest. Director John Spencer ; Producer Lucy Clarke
Repeated on Friday at 10pm


Unknown: Simon Amstell
Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Unknown: Bill Bailey
Unknown: Danny Jones
Unknown: Kevin Eldon
Unknown: Dan Gillespie
Unknown: David Gest.
Director: John Spencer
Producer: Lucy Clarke

: Mock the Week

Previously unseen footage, outtakes and the best moments from the satirical quiz, with host
Dara O'Briain and guests Andy Parsons , Russell Howard , Ed Byrne , Clive Anderson , Mark Steel and Gina Yashere. Repeated on Friday at 10.45pm The Inside Story: page


Unknown: Dara O'Briain
Unknown: Andy Parsons
Unknown: Russell Howard
Unknown: Ed Byrne
Unknown: Clive Anderson
Unknown: Mark Steel
Unknown: Gina Yashere.

: Grumpy Old Men at Christmas

Real-life Scrooges, including Will Self, Rory McGrath , Rick Wakeman , Arthur Smith , Rick Stein and Matthew Parris , reveal what gets their goat at Christmas, from pantomimes to carol singers.
Director/Producer Alan Lewens


Unknown: Rory McGrath
Unknown: Rick Wakeman
Unknown: Arthur Smith
Unknown: Rick Stein
Unknown: Matthew Parris
Producer: Alan Lewens

: The Story of Light Entertainment

3/8. Radio Stars. Terry Wogan is among the guests as Stephen Fry looks at the impact that radio celebrities have had on both their own medium and television.
Why does radio still appeal to TV stars such as Jonathan Ross , Michael Parkinson and Ricky Gervais ? Plus, a look at how rock 'n' roll and pirate radio led to the birth of the celebrity DJ, and how radio has constantly fed television with new formats and fresh shows. The next episode is tomorrow at 12.35am.
Director/Producer Shelley Lawrence


Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Jonathan Ross
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Ricky Gervais
Producer: Shelley Lawrence

: A Date with the Falcon

Detective mystery starring George Sanders and Wendy Barrie. When a brilliant scientist and his formula for synthetic diamonds disappear, the police turn to the Falcon for help. The amateur detective is reluctant to get involved, until the glamorous Rita Mara changes his mind. Review pages 63-97.
Director Irving Reis (1941, PG) (BW)


Unknown: George Sanders
Unknown: Wendy Barrie.
Unknown: Rita Mara
Director: Irving Reis

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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