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6.10 am R# THE HOOBS: Hats
Peep hats make hoobelly groobelly flowerpots! So hoobelly groobelly in fact that it’s hard to believe that Peeps wear them on their heads! www.4learning.co.uk/hoobs

6.35 am R# THE HOOBS: Camel
Groove has decided that there aren’t many more hoobygroovy things on the Peep planet than a camel! www.4learning.co.uk/hoobs

7.05 am R# BAGPUSS
Gabriel the frog tells his version of the fairy tale about the Frog Princess.

7.20 am R# BAGPUSS
An old ballet shoe arrives in the shop, giving the mice a great idea.

7.40 am R# THE CLANGERS
The Clangers encounter an unusual but clever iron chicken.

7.45 am R# THE CLANGERS
The Clangers wake to hear music coming from an egg that the Iron Chicken laid.

8.00 am BIG BREAKFAST
Early morning entertainment with RICHARD BACON, AMANDA BYRAM and guest presenters. www.channel4.com/bigbreakfast

10.00 am R# FATHER CHRISTMAS
Classic animation based on Raymond Briggs' book. What does Father Christmas do with himself for the other 364 days of the year? Here’s a chance to find out, thanks to the voice of MEL SMITH.

10.30 am R# THE BEAR
Animation from the stunning imagination of Raymond Briggs. The Bear tells the tale of a large, furry bear which arrives from the zoo to take up temporary residence with a little girl, Tilly, and her parents, before disappearing. With singing by CHARLOTTE CHURCH.

11.00 am # THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (1996)
Live-action adaptation of Carlos Collodi’s children’s classic, with MARTIN LANDAU starring as Geppetto, a puppetmaker whose marionette, Pinocchio (voiced by JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS), mysteriously comes to life. Among the puppet’s many distinguishing features is a nose that grows every time he tells a lie. Despite this, an evil showman (UDO KIER) determines to own him. Director: Steve Barron. Widescreen

12.40 pm # ANNIE (1982)
Adaptation of the Broadway hit musical about a plucky young orphan Annie who longs for a happier future. She finds comfort in the home of the rich Daddy Warbucks (ALBERT FINNEY) until the orphanage supervisor, Mrs Hannigan (CAROL BURNETT) devises a plot to claim Annie and a reward. Also starring TIM CURRY. Dir: John Huston. Widescreen

3.00 pm # THE ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Channel 4 again offers an alternative to the Queen's traditional Christmas address.

3.10 pm OLIVER! (1968)
Evergreen British musical based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, with MARK LESTER starring as the eponymous young orphan in Victorian London, introduced to a life of crime by Fagin (RON MOODY) and the Artful Dodger (JACK WILD). OLIVER REED and SHANI WALLIS co-star, although it’s the songs (including Food, Glorious Food, As Long As He Needs Me and I’d Do Anything) that really shine. Director: Carol Reed.

5.50 pm # COUNTDOWN
RICHARD WHITELEY and CAROL VORDERMAN in a new extended version of the show with a clock, vowels, consonants and numbers. In Dictionary Corner all this week is Countdown's very popular special guest, magician GEOFFREY DURHAM.

6.40 pm # KING MIDAS’ FEAST
For more than two and a half thousand years the remains of a banquet that fed kings and diplomats, high priests and nobleman, lay in what was to be one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the burial mound of King Midas, King of the Phrygians. A cocktail of cutting edge scientists and international chefs, this programme uses food to investigate the real King Midas. In the time it would have taken Midas’ cooks and brewers to prepare the original feast, actor and food enthusiast RALF LITTLE and accomplished chef and journalist FUCHSIA DUNLOP battle against the clock to recreate the tastes, smells and customs from two and a half millennia ago. www.channel4.com/history

7.35 pm # CHANNEL 4 NEWS Includes sport and weather.

7.50 pm # BECKETT ON FILM: KRAPP’S LAST TAPE
Award-winning director Atom Egoyan directs JOHN HURT as Krapp, an old man who lives alone with the reels of tape that document his life. Krapp listens to an audio diary made 30 years earlier on his 39th birthday, when his life was “on the crest of the wave??? and held a sense of value. Now, with death approaching, Krapp is slovenly and clumsy, appearing both comic and tragic as he shuffles around in the half-light, eating bananas. Whilst trying to reconcile perception with reality, he comes to a conclusion about the most important thing that has ever happened to him. www.channel4.com/plus/beckett

9.00 pm # THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (1996)
Following on from the critical and financial success of The Piano, Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady is a compelling costume drama of immaculate detail, with scriptwriter Laura Jones not so much adapting Henry James’ intense novel, as digesting it and skilfully reinterpreting it as a tale of an innocent woman’s journey of self-discovery, her descent into darkness and her entrapment with the confines of a repressed and claustrophobic society. Starring NICOLE KIDMAN, MARTIN DONOVAN, BARBARA HERSHEY and JOHN MALKOVICH.

11.45 pm # 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
Based on a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick’s momentous film continues to provoke film critics and movie lovers alike. Depicting mankind’s encounters with unseen aliens throughout the ages, from the dawn of man four million years ago to the title year when an alien artefact is found on the moon, this is an influential and unique masterpiece, with Oscar-winning special effects, that examines the reasons behind man’s existence.

2.10 am R# 2001: THE MAKING OF A MYTH
A definitive documentary about the making and mythology of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest science fiction movie ever made. Introduced by director James Cameron, the programme contains rare footage and exclusive interviews with the star of the film KEIR DULLEA, the co-author SIR ARTHUR C CLARKE, special effects wizard DOUGLAS TRUMBULL and film historian PROFESSOR CAMILLE PAGLIA.

3.15 am # TBA

4.15 am # BULL: The Quick Hit
Marissa convinces her working-class friends to risk millions of dollars by trusting her. Meanwhile Marty unknowingly causes Alison personal trouble.

5.05 am R# CHRISTMAS TV DINNERS
HUGH FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL joins festive preparations for two sumptuous but very different Christmas feasts. The first is a lavish 12-course affair in Norfolk for friends SIMON GOUGH, JAMES LATE and TONY ELLIOTT. The second culinary encounter is with artist TONY KITCHALL and his gang of 40 fellow travellers.

5.30-6.00 am R# WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY
American version of the improv series presented by DREW CAREY and featuring RYAN STILES. COLIN MOCHRIE, WAYNE BRADY and GREG PROOPS.
Followed by a look at tomorrow’s programmes.

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