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The Raccoons: Gold Rush
Cyril Sneer urgently needs to gather together his fabulous fortune to finance his most dastardly scheme to date. (R)
Starring the Sesame Street Gang with John Candy, Chevy Chase, Waylon Jennings.
When Big Bird is taken from Sesame Street to stay with a family of his own kind - the Dodos - he runs away. But Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of his old Sesame Street friends soon set off to find him and begin a series of exciting adventures.
(First showing on British television)
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Narrated by Bob Godfrey (R)
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown and Louis have been given an assignment for the Christmas holidays, to read
War and Peace. This project is disturbed by Peppermint Patty. (R)
Last of five programmes.
The gang find themselves by a remote Scottish loch. Cara and David turn up to help with the barbecue.
BBC North West
Infink - Try; The Midnight Ride of Popeye Revere (R)
stops today at
The Why Bird Stop
The Why Bird and the driver try to solve the Mystery of the Missing Watch.
Stories: The Runaway
Dustcart by SONYA DANN , Jane's Shoe Lace by PETER LLOYD BENNETT Title design PAUL JOHNSON Designer TONY LAWRENCE Director CLARE BRADLEY Producer PENNY LLOYD
with Annette Crosbie
Porky Pig in One Meat Brawl, Betty Boop in Swat the Fly and Tom and Jerry in Casanova Cat.
The dog who is a wonderful housewife. The dart-playing budgie. The horse that can do long division.
Esther Rantzen introduces some of the most memorable Pets from the last 15 years of That's Life! producer BRYHER SCUDAMORE
Executive producer ESTHER RANTZEN
A rift in Gail and Paul's marriage causes concern in the Robinson household. (For cast see page 85. Repeated at 5.20pm)
with Philip Hayton
Weather Ian McCaskill
Featuring four races:
12.45 Steel Plate Trial Hurdle Race (2m)
1.20 Steel Plate and Sections Young Chasers Qualifier (Novices. 2m)
1.55 ASW Handicap Steeplechase (4m)
2.30 ASW Handicap Hurdle Race (2m)
Introduced by RICHARD PITMAN Commentators
PETER O'SULLEVAN and JOHN HANMER
With BILL SMITH
Reporter JONATHAN POWELL Producer KEITH MACKENZIE
Last in the series.
Presented by Anne Gregg with Kathy Tayler and Bill Buckley.
On which island are three-quarters of the men called Spiros, and how did limbo dancing start?
Tim Brooke-Taylor , Richard Stilgoe , Simon Mayo and Cheryl Baker join the Holiday team in a travel quiz on fact and fiction about
People and places. They'll be bringing along their own holiday snaps and souvenirs - can you guess where they've been?
Researcher NATALIE MEDD
Studio director PHIL CHIL VERS
Starring: Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Dilys Laye, Lance Percival, Kenneth Williams, Liz Fraser, Esma Cannon.
Captain Crowther of the SS Happy Wanderer sets off on a Mediterranean cruise with a new craft - and grave misgivings. The Carry On crew create havoc afloat in their efforts to impress Captain Sidney James with their efficiency.
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Introduced by Ralph Dellor. All the headline makers and day's results.
Philip Hayton presents the latest news from Britain and around the world. Weather BILL GILES
from Battersea Park, London. In a single year in Russia, 72 million people will go to the circus. They will watch thousands of performers in one of the 100 permanent or travelling circuses across the Soviet Union. From this enormous pool of talent,
70 artists have been selected to become the 1988 Moscow State Circus. Join
David Hibling and Charles Nove in the Big Top as they watch - Clown Anatoly Marchevsky ; The Firebird: grace and daring on the chord lisse The Kaminskys: balletic gymnastics on the Russian bar
The Odinstov: perch poles with a dramatic difference Daniya Kaseyeva : glamour and style with hoola hoops
The Druzhinas: husband and wife on the high wire
The Popovs: all action on the trampoline
The Garamovs: dashingyoung men on the flying trapeze Myagkostupov and Pilipovich: quick-fire synchronised juggling
The Shatins: comedy and acrobatics with human trapezes
The Annayevs: fearless Cossacks on horseback For the Moscow State Circus Artistic director:
Producer NATALYA MAKOVSKAYA For BBCtv
Lighting director PETER GREENYER Producer DAVID PICKTHALL
Albert Finney Carol Burnett and Aileen Quinn
Little orphan Annie is a survivor at 10 years old; she needs to be, when all there is to look forward to is Maybe and Tomorrow. But luck comes Annie's way and she is adopted - albeit temporarily - into the mansion and safe-keeping of Daddy
Warbucks. Gradually, the two become inseparable and as Daddy finds a heart, so Annie finds love and happiness.
This award-winning musical based on the comic strip includes the above-mentioned songs as well as I Think I'm Gonna Like It
Here, Little Girls and one of four songs specially composed for the film - Let's Go to the Movies.
Screenplay by CAROL SOBIESKI Produced by RAY STARK Directed by JOHN HUSTON
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with Philip Hayton Regional News Weather
by Mary Webb, screenplay by Maggie Wadey
Starring Janet McTeer, John Bowe, John McEnery, Emily Morgan, Clive Owen.
Mary Webb's powerful bestseller tells of a young disfigured woman's courageous fight for dignity and love in rural Shropshire at the start of the 19th-century - a cruel world of harsh poverty, ignorance and superstition.
Barry Norman introduces a season of cinema greats. Tonight:
The Man Who Came to Dinner starring Bette Davis Ann Sheridan
'Literary lion' Sheridan Whiteside is all sweetness and light in public, but in private he is a master of the studied insult. When he slips and injures his hip during a visit to the Stanley home,
Whiteside takes over the household and forces the entire family to wait on him. Bette Davis , in a rare comedy part, plays Whiteside's long-suffering secretary - the only person not afraid of him.
Screenplay by JULIUS J. AND PHILIP G. EPSTEIN From the stage play by GEORGE S. KAUFMAN and MOSS HART Directed by WILLIAM KEIGHLEY
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