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6.00-7.00 GMTV News Hour, with John Stapleton and Kate Garraway. 7.00-9.25 GMTV Today: Fiona Phillips, Lorraine Kelly, Kate Garraway, Andrew Castle, John Stapleton, Jenni Falconer and Ben Shephard present a Christmas Eve special.

9:25 SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH. Christmas Amnesia. (TELETEXT)
American comedy series about a novice witch who lives with her two aunts and a talking black cat. Sabrina refuses to get into the Christmas spirit, until she accidentally erases everyone's memory of the holiday season. With Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick.

9:50 LOST IN THE SNOW. (TELETEXT)
Animation about a little girl who leaves her beloved teddybear on the window ledge, only for him to fall off and embark on an exciting adventure. With the voices of Hugh Laurie, Helen Baxendale, Rupert Farley, Susan Sheridan and David Holt.

10:20 THE KING'S BEARD. (TELETEXT)
Animated fairytale about a king whose huge beard inspires his subjects to grow beards as well, infuriating a poor barber who is driven to travel to the palace in a bid to shave the king's beard off while he sleeps, thereby restoring his livelihood. But his plan unwittingly leads him into a magical adventure far greater than he could ever have imagined. With the voices of Maureen Lipman, Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner.

11:45 ANIMAL STORIES. Keith the Caterpillar. (REPEAT)
Animated series giving a humorous insight into the lives of animals, with verse narration by Nigel Hawthorne. Keith the Caterpillar feels a change coming on.

11:55 FILM: THE CHRISTMAS STORYKEEPERS. (1998, Animation) (TELETEXT)
Animated adventures of four children on the run from persecution in Nero's Rome, who carry the story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and the miracle of Jesus' birth to the whole world.

1:15pm: ITV LUNCHTIME NEWS; WEATHER. (TELETEXT)
The latest national and international news, plus a weather update.

1:25 LOCAL NEWS AND WEATHER. (TELETEXT)
The latest headlines, plus a regional weather forecast.

1:30 OBLIVIOUS. (TELETEXT)
Davina McCall presents a comedy game show in which the contestants don't actually realise they are taking part. In the studio and on location, people are surprised to discover not only that they have been caught on camera but also that they may have won themselves thousands of pounds.

2:20 FILM: ZULU. (1964, Drama) (TELETEXT)
Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins.
A true story of heroism in the long-distant days of the British Empire. Cetewayo, ruler of the Zulu kingdom, has begun the war against the white invaders in earnest, by annihilating the British army at Isandhlwana, and is moving towards his next target - the small garrison at Rourke's Drift. Two of the remaining officers desperately try to rally their meagre force of 105 men against 4,000 marauding Zulus. Director: Cy Endfield.

4:45 THE RAILWAY CHILDREN. (REPEAT) (TELETEXT)
A new dramatisation of E Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line. Learning to fend for themselves in the absence of their father, the children make friends with the local station porter, and soon their lives begin to revolve around the railway. Jenny Agutter, who was Roberta in the 1972 film, plays the children's mother. With Jenny Agutter, Richard Attenborough, Gregor Fisher, Michael Kitchen, David Bamber, Clive Russell.

6:45 ITV NEWS; WEATHER. (TELETEXT)
The latest national and international news.

7:00 EMMERDALE. (TELETEXT)
Confused by Bernice's kiss, Ashley finds himself questioning his future. Pollard is trapped in the factory as he celebrates Christmas alone. Chris is surprised when Charity adds Tate Haulage to her Christmas list.

7:30 CORONATION STREET. (TELETEXT)
Les resorts to desperate measures. Things go from bad to worse for Eileen.

8:00 MORE FAMILY MISFORTUNES. (TELETEXT)
Compilation of clips from 20 years of `Family Fortunes', showing how Bob Monkhouse, Max Bygraves and Les Dennis handled hilarious moments from the show.

8:30 THE DES O'CONNOR TONIGHT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. (TELETEXT)
Des O'Connor is joined by celebrity guests Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Will Smith, Eddie Izzard and Harry Hill for his Christmas special.

9:30 A TOUCH OF FROST. A Minority of One. (REPEAT) (TELETEXT)
Feature-length drama about the exploits of the uncompromising Detective Inspector `Jack' Frost. Faced with the death of a police informer on an estate riven with racial tension, Frost finds his patience pushed to the limit. With David Jason, Bruce Alexander, Lennie James, Neil Phillips, Anya Phillips, Valentine Nonyela.

11:30 ITV NEWS; WEATHER. (TELETEXT)
The latest national and international news.

11:45 CHRISTMAS GLORY FROM NEW YORK. (TELETEXT)
A Christmas celebration in words and music from St Thomas Church on 5th Avenue, New York City. Featuring contributions from Jessye Norman, Charlotte Church and Sir James Galway.

1:15am: FILM: TIM BURTON'S NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. (1993, Animation) (TELETEXT)
A magical stop-motion animated musical fantasy created by Tim Burton and set in a world where every holiday has its own special land. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, tires of the same old routine in Hallowe'en Town and decides to gatecrash Christmas Town. He is instantly enraptured by the decorations, toys and warm spirit. However, not everyone feels the same about him. Director: Henry Selick.

2:35 FILM: A CHRISTMAS CAROL. (1984, Drama) (TELETEXT) (Signed for the hard of hearing)
George C Scott, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport.
Beautifully staged retelling of Dickens's classic tale about the Victorian misanthrope whose life is radically changed one Christmas Eve by visits from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Director: Clive Donner.

4:25 FILM: THE MAN FROM BUTTON WILLOW. (1965, Animation)
Cartoon western about America's first undercover agent, who in 1869 prevented crooks from forcing settlers to get rid of their land. Featuring the voices of Dale Robertson, Edgar Buchanan and Howard Keel. Director: David Detiege.

5:45 SCOOBY AND SCRAPPY DOO. (REPEAT)
Scooby and his eager nephew Scrappy try to solve more monster mysteries.

5:55 ITV NEWS.
The latest news headlines.

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