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12 days of TV Christmas films

CHRISTMAS EVE FILMS continued s Mrs Miniverttmcli

ll.35atit slalSptii. (it‘eer (iai’son won ati Oscar for her performance as the mother of a troupe ol‘eyeryday heros. keeping the British spirit aliy e during World War ll

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? t(“5i l.|tI 3.50am. A seemingly kiiid oid w idow oI'I'eis to take in some orphans t'or (‘hristnias But when she starts to believe that one ot the girls is her dead daughter. e\ents take a sinister tiiiti. A Damsel In Distress it‘s r 3.50 4.40am 'l‘oe-tapping l'red Astaire is an .-\tneitcan composer in l.ondoii who irristakes a \ltlll} heiress tor a showgtrl. Night Nurse t(‘-li 3. l5 4. itlatii. A Baiham \'tanw yck douhle hill opens with the actress play trig .t prtyate nurse who unco\eis an ex rl scheme to stai'ye the two girls iii liei care to death and steal their inheritance

Baby Face t( it I 4M) 5.55am. Barbara Stanwyck is iii quintessential lemme [ti/tile mode as a woman using \arious men like rungs on a ladder in her clitiih Ii'oni the gtrtter to the top ot' society. Christmas Snow t(‘i ) 4.40 5.30am. l-eel-good l'ilrn ahout a Scrooge-like landlord w ho mysteriously disappears when he plans to ey ict a widow from the sweet shop she has run tor it) years.


A Christmas Carol t titu‘zi 7 s. Itianr, Sc iooge and ('o go through the paces iii a cteals} l‘l ‘5 \ei'stoti ol' Dickens's classic.

David Copperfield I BB( ‘ZI H II) lillfiaiii. .‘yloi‘e Dickens li'oin .itls Holly wood, (ieoige ('ttkor sttc‘cessl'ttlly liiriigs the spraw ling story to the screen. aided hy lltt‘ llkcs Ul- \\'.(‘. l'ieltls as Mt .‘yltcawhei' Dr Dolittle ((‘sil ltlam i3.4llplll. 'l‘here's plenty olcolottt' and a couple ol- good times as Re\ Harrison talks to the animals. hut it's way too long to keep the ktds tIIlc‘tL‘slt‘tl Honey, I Shrunk The Kids tScottishI Ill. Want noon i’allllly ad\eiittrr'e with tiiiriiattrirsed children lacing outsi/ed dangers

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory I BB('l I I l (Haiti Ilsltlpm. (iene \Vildei plays clioctdate-genius Willy \Vonka in this tantasy hased on the Roald l)ah| noyel. A surreal and sortietirnes cruel niorality tale.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (Scottish) H.350. lllpiri. Two dogs and a cat -- yoiced hy Michael .I. lios. Sally Field and Don Ariieche

trayel a long way to he reunited w itlt their human owners.

84 Charing Cross Road ((‘Si l.()5~-3.t)5prii. Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins star iii this true story ol' a low al‘t'air ot' letters between an outspoken leiitale w rtter' from New York and the titale owner ot' a bookshop in London.

Slapstick ((5) 3,05 4.2(lprii. (‘oiiipilation ot' some ot' the truest moments from the silent lilrii era.

White Christmas IBIK‘ZI 3. It) 5.05pm. Bing Crosby and friends head to an run in \"eriiiont and croon away the days.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (Scottish) 3.10 4.45pm. Brilliant \ersion of Dickens's seasonal tale with Kermit and (_"o causing Michael ('aine‘s Scrooge to haye a change ot' heart.

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4. It) 5.30pm. Bedrock is estruisitely recreated in this hye action update on the popular cartoon series. .lohn (ioodriiaii is Fred and Rick .\loi‘anrs plays Barney iii this esuherant Itioyie. Who cares ahotit plot when it looks so great" Moonwalker ((‘SI III) (iptti, Michael Jackson datice and music \ehrcle. Madame Butterfly l Imeli 5.20—7.3(lpiir. A nice. hut rather straightl‘orward \eiston ot' l’uccini‘s classic opera about the price paid hy a Japanese woman when she gryes her heart to art American \"rng lluang. Richard Troxell and Richard (‘owan are the yocal .stat‘s.

Kind Hearts And Coronets r(‘.ti 5.30- 7.30pm. ()iie ot the yery hest lialing comedies teatures Alec (itimiiess in no less thati eight roles. each time on the receiving end ot‘ l)eiiiiis l’rice‘s murderous intentions. Delightt'ully cynical.

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The Mask (BBC 1) 6.SO--8.30pm. When a mild-mannered bank clerk puts on an ancmnt mask, he becomes a superhuman cartOOn character wrth amazrnu powers of transformation Despite thrusting the horror that is Jim Carrey upon an unsuspecting public, The Mask is actually great fun and top-notch eye candy

tScottishI "will ‘l-lSpni Once again Macaulay (’ulkiti is separated tiont his parents. and once again he comes across the same inept criminals Neil Simon‘s London Suite t(‘<i ‘) illnilll‘lll 'l'\' nioy ie pieiiiiere starting I‘M/iii /"s Kelsey (iiaiiiiiiet Seyeii .-\niertcaits. all stay trig iii the same London Hotel. lose luggage. t'titd new hegiiinrngs arid are tempted hy old lo\ es La Reine Margot r Imcj. Ill.2tlpm lliiiiit. Superh l'rench epic that hriiigs yoti tip closet to the sweat and dirt than your usual costume diatiia Politics. religious persecution. hypocrisy and hloody tiiassactes keep the action arid the screen tilled w rtli colour lri l-iencli w itli suhtrtles

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stars tit this tortiaiitic coiiiedy al‘ottl two lU\ c‘ts Dracula, Prince Of Darkness tt‘ 1- ll.()5pirr l: Jinn ('lirrstophet | ee s second outing as llatriirrei 's |)iactila is liillll_\ t'oitiitilaic sttitt

Mortal Thoughts I Scottish. Illipni l _‘Ilain Henri Home plots to kill her al‘ttsiy e hushaiid in one ot the actress's hest irroy tes

Airplane! IBB(‘II ll .zspm I Ill.r".t A classic disaster itio\ te spool. w rtl: eycess haggage ot innuendo and wac k_\ antics Does anyone know him to Ily a plane ’3’

The Asphalt Jungle t Hist? l2 ‘6- .-\ ciiiriinal niasteinnnd gathers together a team tor a rewel store rohhety. hut .i douhle cioss hinders his plans Summer 0f'42 it‘s» I: to 3 “am -\ teenage hoy e\perierices the lust Ilush ot lo\ e arid se\tial aw akeirrng when he talls tor a w idow ed war hride

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