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On Our Way: How Roosevelt and Congress differed on the necessity of halting Hitler - until he declared war on America. (BW and Colour)

10.45 The Desert: The war in North Africa, culminating in the meeting of the Afrika Korps and Desert Rats at El Alamein. (BW and Colour)
Series continues Boxing Day at 9.55am

Classic wartime drama. The outbreak of war in 1939 sees an ordinary woman become a quiet heroine on the home front. Review page 50.
Director William Wyler (1942, U)
(BW)

Contributors

Director:
William Wyler
Mrs Miniver:
Greer Garson
Clem Miniver:
Walter Pidgeon
Carol Beldon:
Teresa Wright
Lady Beldon Dame:
May Whitty
Foley:
Reginald Owen

War drama, showing as part of the John Wayne in ... strand.
Manila 1941: navy lieutenant John Brickley is in command of a squadron of US motor torpedo boats used for sending messages. But one officer feels the unit should play a more vital role. Review page 50.
Director John Ford, Robert Montgomery (1945. U) (BW) The John Wayne season continues with In Harm's Way. Boxing Day. 1.35pm

Contributors

Director:
John Ford
Director:
Robert Montgomery
Lt John Brickley:
Robert Montgomery
Lt R G Rusty Ryan:
John Wayne
Lt Sandy Davyss:
Donna Reed
General Martin:
Jack Holt
Boats Mulcahey:
Ward Bond

The story of a shepherd boy, his devoted mother and the event that changes their lives for ever is told in this Christmas opera classic. With the City of London Sinfonia, conductor
Richard Hickox and the Choir of CM90.
Director Francesco Zambello ; Producer GethinScourfield

Contributors

Conductor:
Richard Hickox
Director:
Francesco Zambello
Amahl:
Pablo Strong (boy Soprano)
Mother:
Patricia Racette (soprano)
Kaspar:
Robert Tear (tenor)
Melchoir:
Hung Yun (baritone)
Balthazar:
Alvy Powell (bass)
Page:
Leroy Villanueva (bass)

A celebration of Christmas from the Chapel of King's College,
Cambridge. The story of Christmas is told through Bible readings and poems, while carols include Once in Royal David's City, 0 Little Town of Bethlehem, Sussex Carol and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. producers James Whitbourn and David Kremer A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the traditional Christmas Eve carol service from King's College, Cambridge, is broadcast today at 3pm on Radio 4 and tomorrow at 2pm on Radio 3

Contributors

Producers:
James Whitbourn
Producers:
David Kremer

Timeless musical. Old army buddies Phil Davis and Bob Wallace travel with the glamorous Haynes sisters to the Columbia Inn in Vermont. There, Phil and Bob are reunited with their old commanding officer, who is now struggling to keep the hotel going. The visitors decide there's only one answer-to put on a show. Widescreen. Review page 50. Judy Vera-Ellen
Director Michael Curtiz (1954, U) Bing Crosby: in His Own Words is tomorrow at 5pm

Contributors

Director:
Michael Curtiz
Bob Wallace:
Bing Crosby
Phil Davis:
Danny Kaye
Betty:
Rosemary Clooney
General Waverly:
Dean Jagger
Emma:
Mary Wickes
Joe:
John Brascia
Susan:
Anne Whitfield

Alan Bennett narrates this documentary on the experience of Christmas for those at home and on the battlefield during the Second World War. Interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions recall events including the Luftwaffe's bombardment of London in 1940 and the Christmas meal served up during the siege of Leningrad in 1941 that was made with joiner's glue. Producer Jamie Muir ; Executive producer Laurence Rees
Rptd with sign language on Monday, BBC1 at 2.15am

Contributors

Unknown:
Alan Bennett
Producer:
Jamie Muir
Producer:
Laurence Rees

Regional Variations (2)

Porridge

BBC Two England

Porridge

Christmas Special: No Way Out

Duration: 41 minutes

on BBC Two England

Christmas special of the classic sitcom from 1975. The festive season falls upon HMP Slade and finds the inmates planning a jailbreak. Show more

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Harry Grout:
Peter Vaughan
Warren:
Sam Kelly
Prison Doctor:
Graham Crowden

A light-hearted tribute to Christmas singles of the 1980s. From Jona Lewie 's Stop the Cavalry in 1980 right the way through to Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid 2, this is the story of the decade when everyone dreamed of a seasonal smash. David Bowie and Bing Crosby formed an unlikely duo to bring Peace on Earth, Fatboy Slim could be seen singing an a cappella version of Caravan of Love, and the Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen and even Run DMC got caught up in the Christmas rush.
Director/producer Garry Hughes I Love 1983 is at 11.55pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Jona Lewie
Unknown:
David Bowie
Unknown:
Bing Crosby
Unknown:
Fatboy Slim
Unknown:
Bruce Springsteen
Producer:
Garry Hughes

Training. To counter staff disillusionment, a training day is run. While Brent starts undermining the management consultant, Gareth reveals rather too much in a motivational exercise. All this proves too much for Tim, who resigns.
For cast see Boxing Day and Saturday 28 December

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff , Sheila Ferguson of the Three Degrees, comedian Steve Frost and presenter
Lauren Laverne join host Mark Lamarr and regular team captains Phill Jupitus and Bill Bailey.

Contributors

Unknown:
Jimmy Cliff
Unknown:
Sheila Ferguson
Unknown:
Steve Frost
Presenter:
Lauren Laverne
Unknown:
Mark Lamarr
Unknown:
Phill Jupitus
Unknown:
Bill Bailey.

Roland Rat celebrates the year he rescued TV-am. Diana Moran - the Green Goddess - and Lizzie Webb urged Britons to change into leotards and legwarmers, Michael Jackson released the innovative music video Thriller, Wham! topped the charts with Club Tropicana and the film Flashdance had people flocking to the cinema.
Director Karina Brennan
"I Love 1984" is tomorrow at 12.30am

Contributors

Presenter:
Roland Rat
Director:
Karina Brennan

Bluetones perform TLC's Waterfalls, Mis-teeq offer Roll On and HeyMrDJ plus Montell Jordan 's This Is How We Do It and Starbucks play David Lee Roth 's Just like
Paradise. Host Dermot O'Leary interviews the artists.
More tomorrow at 2.10am First shown on BBC Choice

Contributors

Unknown:
Montell Jordan
Unknown:
David Lee Roth
Unknown:
Host Dermot O'Leary

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