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: CBeebies: Bob the Builder

(R) (S)

: CBeebies Pantomime: Oh Yes It Is!

Festive fun. (R) (S) (AD)

: CBBC: Inside Life

Frigate birds. (R) (S)

: CBBC: Gimme a Break

(R) (S)

: Wainwright Walks

Julia Bradbury heads off for Helvellyn summit. (R) (S) (AD)


Presenter: Julia Bradbury

: Great Railway Journeys

Nick Hancock travels through Cuba by rail. (R) (S)


Presenter: Nick Hancock

: Heidi

Adventure drama starring Emma Bolger and Max von Sydow. An orphaned girl is sent to live with her grandfather. (2005, U) (S) (W)


Director: Paul Marcus
Heidi: Emma Bolger
Uncle Alp: Max von Sydow

: Star of Bethlehem

Scientists discover whether the three wise men could have followed a real astronomical event. (R) (S) (AD)

: Kiss Me Kate

Musical comedy starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.
Review p76 (1953, U) (S)


Director: George Sidney
Lilli Vanessi, Katherine: Kathryn Grayson
Fred Graham, Petruchio: Howard Keel
Lois Lane, Bianca: Ann Miller
Lippy: Keenan Wynn
Gremio: Bobby Van

: White Christmas

Musical starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Old army buddies Phil Davis and Bob Wallace travel with the glamorous Haynes sisters to the Columbia Inn in Vermont to put on a show.
Review page 76 (1954, U) (S) (AD) (W)


Director: Michael Curtiz
Bob Wallace: Bing Crosby
Phil Davis: Danny Kaye
Betty: Rosemary Clooney
Judy: Vera Ellen
General Waverly: Dean Jagger
Emma: Mary Wlckes

: La Boheme

Film version of Puccini's opera. A struggling artist living in 1830s Paris is drawn into an ill-fated love affair with a young seamstress.
Review page 76. (2008, PG) (S)


Director: Robert Dornheim
Mimi: Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Rodolfo: Rolando Villazon (tenor)
Musetto: Nicole Cabell
Alcindoro: Loan Holender

: The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece - The Mystic Nativity

It's a painting that lovers of mystery fiction should love. Botticelli's Mystic Nativity is a Renaissance masterpiece crammed with cryptic symbols disguising a dangerous message. But it is much more besides. Painted in 1500, it is a supremely beautiful vision of maternal love, earthly harmony and heavenly ecstasy. However, the painting also has a dark side. Botticelli had to carefully conceal its dangerous meaning, and only a recent chance discovery by a scholar fully unlocked its message.
Signed repeat on Tuesday 29 December at 2.35am on BBC1 (S) (AD)


Director/producer: Ian Michael Jones

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth, shown at 3pm on BBC1 (S) (SL)

: James May's Toy Stories: Hornby

Hornby model railway sets were once among the most popular playthings for boys, and also their fathers, but tracks rarely extended beyond the floor of a bedroom or lounge. James May has bigger ideas as he continues his quest to show what is possible with old-fashioned toys by attempting to build in Devon the longest ever model railway track - an extraordinary ten miles in length.
Repeated on Sunday 27 December at 6.45pm (S) (AD)


Presenter: James May

: Dad's Army: Turkey Dinner

Can Captain Mainwaring really be a softie at heart? The struggling senior citizens of Walmington-on-Sea are about to find out. (R) (S)


Writer: David Croft
Writer: Jimmy Perry

: Blackadder

Series three. Blackadder attempts to find a rich wife for the Prince Regent. Starring Rowan Atkinson. (R) (S)


Writer: Rowan Atkinson
Writer: Richard Curtis
Producer: John Lloyd
Edmund Blackadder: Rowan Atkinson
Prince Regent: Hugh Laurie

: Top Gear

Jeremy, Richard and James attempt to prove that cars can be art by taking over an entire modern-art gallery in Middlesbrough.
See choice, page 108
Shown on Sunday 20 December at 8pm (S)

: Oz and Hugh Drink to Christmas

Oz Clarke has a new drinking partner as Hugh Dennis joins the wine expert in a challenge to sample every Christmas drink, past and present.
Shown on Sunday 20 December at 9pm
Signed repeat on Tuesday 29 December at 1.35am on BBC1 (S) (AD)


Presenter: Oz Clarke
Presenter: Hugh Dennis

: The Funny Side of Chat

Some of the most embarrassing moments on TV talk shows, including Frank Skinner's chat with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Michael Aspel's lowest point and host Clive Anderson's own toe-curling experiences.
Repeated on Monday 28 December at 11.55pm (S)


Interviewer (archive): Frank Skinner
Interviewee (archive): Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Interviewee: Michael Aspel
Presenter: Clive Anderson
Director: Angus McIntyre
Executive producer: Alan Tyler

: QI

Quiz hosted by Stephen Fry. (R) (S)


Presenter: Stephen Fry

: Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Where Are They Now?

Highlights from the last series, plus a catch-up with some of the guest hosts.
Repeated on Wednesday 30 December at 11pm (S)

: TOTP2 Christmas Special

Mark Radcliffe presents a look back at vintage Christmas hits.
Shown on Wednesday 23 December at 7.30pm (S)


Narrator: Mark Radcliffe

: Stella Street

Irreverent comedy based on the cult BBC TV series, starring Phil Cornwell, John Sessions and Ronni Ancona. (2004, 15) (S) (W)
(to 3.50)


Director: Peter Richardson
Nicholson/Bowie/Jagger/Caine: Phil Cornwell
Hoffman/Pacino/Pesci/Richard: John Sessions
Madonna/Cruz/Posh Spice: Ronni Ancona

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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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