Bump sets out to meet Santa. (R)
Pat has to take to a sledge. (R)
The story of Good King Wenceslas. (R)
Eek receives the wrong present. (R)
Comedy. The boys look to their ambitions. (R) (S)
Animation special featuring the bad cat. (R) (S)
A seasonal animated triple bill. (R) (S)
Festive game-show frolics with Philip Olivier, Adam Rickitt and Michaela Strachan. (S)
From Manchester Cathedral, fun, music and praise, featuring the new Love Shone Down, Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year Michelle Grogan singing special carol God's Surprise, and all-girl band Shine with Do It Right.
Animated comedy. Goofy is now a single parent with a teenage son, Max. On learning the boy has been misbehaving at school, he decides to take him fishing.
Director Kevin Lima (1995. U) (S) Films: pp 51-80 **
Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Kevin Bacon , Bob Hoskins and Bridget Fonda. i Alaska 1925: conflict arises when an outcast hound and his rival are included in a team of sleigh dogs sent on a life-saving mission. Director Simon Wells (1995. U)
(S) (W) Films: pp 51-80 ***
First of a two-part omnibus edition. Concludes tomorrow at
2.15pm. (S) (W)
Comic fantasy based on the book by Roald Dahl. Matilda, the daughter of Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, loves reading but her parents refuse to let her go to school. Until, that is, her father sends her to the unforgiving Miss Trunchbull's Crunchem Hall. (1996, PG) (S) (W)
Films: pp 51-80 ****
From Lincoln Christmas market, before a floodlit cathedral,
Willard White joins the cathedral choir and i i Miriam Stockley to sing seasonal songs and carols, including Good King Wenceslas, Deck the Halls, When a Child Is Born, / Saw Three Ships, The Sussex Carol, The Holly and the Ivy, Silent Night and A
White Christmas. (S) (W)
: A roundup of today's results, with Ray Stubbs. (S)
As the festivities approach, the young vets' surgeries are packed with patients. Before heading home for a traditional Norwegian celebration, Trude treats a puppy trampled by a horse. Steve deals with a cat who has swallowed a needle, while Emma and Joe find room for a severely injured abandoned cat. The series returns in the New Year.
Director Mike Mundell ; Series producer Rachel Bell (S) (W) Factual: page 12
Rolf Harris presents a Christmas special in which Christa Hart pays a festive visit to a herd of reindeer in the Scottish Highlands. There's also a roundup of all the waif and stray dogs that have been helped during the current series. Animal Hospital will be back in the spring.
Executive producer Sarah Hargreaves (S)
Regional Variations (2)
David is now a young man about town. Deeply in love with the beautiful but immature Dora, he sets out to woo her. But first he re-acquaints himself with some old friends.
A gas explosion ruins any chance of a quiet Christmas in A&E. Max and Tina make the most of being stuck in a lift, while Barney tries to keep the peace between feuding dwarves.
For regular cast see Saturday 18
Drama: page 9
Action spy thriller, based on the sixties TV series, and starring Tom Cruise as a member of the elite Impossible Missions Force.
The IMF's latest assignment is to recover stolen information that threatens to blow the cover of US spies around the world. But the plan goes badly wrong!
Films: pp 51-80
With Peter Sissons. Weather Helen Willetts (S)
All the news, goals and action from the day's traditional Boxing Day fixture list, which sees Newcastle take on Liverpool at St James' Park, Bradford face Manchester United at Old Trafford, and struggling Sheffield Wednesday play host to Middlesbrough. Hosted by Gary Lineker with Trevor Brooking. Repeated tomorrow at 7.10am on BBC2 Another edition of Match of the Daycan be seen on on Tuesday 28 at 10.30pm (S) (W)
Followed by Weatherview
Farcical comedy starring John Cleese and Alison Steadman.
Meticulous headmaster Brian Stimpson has gone to great pains to plan his big day addressing a prestigious conference in Norwich. But he misses his train and the day turns into an increasingly hysterical race against the clock.
Director Christopher Morahan (1986, PG) (S)
Films: pp 51-80 ***