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6:00am: Breakfast. (Digital Widescreen) (T)

9:30 The Trials of Life. Finding Food. David Attenborough discovers that the quest for food in the animal kingdom is a devious business requiring exploitation and theft. While plants try to defend themselves from unwelcome visitors, animals have devised numerous ways to break down the defences. (R) (T)

10:20 Around the World in 80 Days. Ancient Mariners. Michael Palin and his film crew continue their journey in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg. They drive right across Arabia in only 40 hours to make up for lost time. In Dubai they hitch a lift on a very primitive sailing boat and come close to danger in the Strait of Hormuz when the engine fails and they drift among the mines sown during the Iran-Iraq war. (R) (T)

11:10 Holiday Snaps. David Gower and Rory McGrath take a trip down America's Pacific coast, while Oz Clarke explores San Diego. (R) (T)

11:20 FILM: Wagonmaster. (1950) Forced out of Crystal City, a group of Mormons head westward in search of the promised land. The journey is treacherous, and two footloose horse traders are persuaded to `give the Lord a hand' and guide them across the desert. On the trail, the wagon train encounters travelling entertainers, fugitive gunfighters and Indians in this poetic observation of the lives of these pioneering people. Starring Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Ward Bond, Harry Carey Jr, Charles Kemper, Alan Mowbray. Dir: John Ford. (B/W) (T)

12:45pm: FILM: Dear God. (Network TV Premiere) (Digital Widescreen) (1996) Comedy drama about a con artist who redeems himself by making miracles work for people who have written to God for help. When Tom Turner is sentenced to spend 12 months in full-time work to avoid a spell in jail, he ends up in a Los Angeles post office. Here he finds himself - by accident rather than design - trying to work miracles for those who are desperate enough to have sought divine help through the post. Starring Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Hector Elizondo, John Seda. Dir: Garry Marshall. (T)

2:30 FILM: Morning Departure. (1950) This vintage disaster movie is the claustrophobic story of a submarine that strikes a mine. Of the 12 survivors trapped under the sea the equipment used by the rescuers can save only eight. Based on the real-life sinking of the British submarine Truculent. Starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Nigel Patrick, Lana Morris, Andrew Crawford, Helen Cherry. Dir: Roy Baker. (B/W) (T)

4:05 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? A Special Christmas Edition. With Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth. Bob and Thelma are determined to enjoy the Christmas festivities to the full. But inevitably, Terry creates one or two problems for Bob, which starts the season off on the wrong foot. (R) (T)

4:50 Carols from King's. (Digital Widescreen) Carols from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, with the college choir directed by Stephen Cleobury. The Christmas story is told using the words of the Bible and the poetry of Michael Symmons Roberts. (T)

6:05 FILM: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. (1949) Western drama with the Duke as a US Cavalry officer on his last duty before retiring: escorting two women civilians to a stagecoach. The trio soon run into trouble in the form of hostile Indians. The second in Ford's cavalry trilogy produced an Oscar for Winton C Hoch's cinematography and one of John Wayne's finest performances - as a man learning to accept the relentless march of time. Starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr, Victor McLaglen. Dir: John Ford. (T)

7:45 Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. With Michael Crawford, Michele Dotrice, Peter Jeffrey, George Sewell, David Jacobs, Hazel Bainbridge. Classic sitcom with the king of the incompetents, Frank Spencer, who creates carnage and chaos in a festive episode from 1975. As Christmas approaches, Frank is starting yet another new job. (R) (T)

8:30 I Love Christmas. (Digital Widescreen) A treat for nostalgia lovers, a reminder of the golden days of Christmas when it always snowed, the pantomime was funny and the Christmas No 1 was worth waiting for. Featuring clips from film classics such as `The Snowman' and `Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', seasonal hits from the likes of Phil Spector and Greg Lake, and some of the essential toys for which Santa has received so much gratitude over the years. (T)

10:00 Porridge. No Way Out. With Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde. Christmas special of the classic sitcom from 1975. The festive season falls upon the inmates of HMP Slade and finds them planning an escape. Fletch, meanwhile, is certain that the plan will fail and that retribution for it will be extremely unpleasant, so he plans to spend some time in the infirmary. The doctor, however, likes to keep the place empty. (R) (T)

10:45 I Love 1972. (Digital Widescreen) Series celebrating 70s pop culture. Erstwhile teen heartthrob David Cassidy talks about his rivalry with Donny Osmond, how `Love Thy Neighbour' was blamed for causing racial tension across the UK, and how the publication of `Cosmopolitan' sought to change our lives. (R) (T)

11:45 FILM: Farewell My Lovely. (1945) Film noir classic adapted from Raymond Chandler's novel of the same name. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by ex-con Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend, embroiling the hard-boiled gumshoe in a plot which involves blackmail, murder, drugs and double-cross. Starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki, Miles Mander. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. (B/W) (T)

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