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11:00Christmas Carol: The Movie[SUB AD]
Animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale about Christmas-hating miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is shown the error of his ways by a trio of ghosts sent to show him visions of his past and present - and what the future may hold if he does not repent. With the voice of Simon Callow, who also appears in a live action introduction as Dickens, with Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage and Rhys IfansFilm/Animated Movie/Drama

12:35Porridge[SUB AD]
Cellmates Fletcher and Godber are coerced into aiding an escape attempt organised by the sinister Grouty. However, they end up struggling to break back in before their absence is detected. Comedy spin-off from the TV series, starring Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Peter Vaughan, Fulton Mackay and Brian WildeFilm/Comedy

Members of the bankrupt Carraclough family are forced to sell their devoted pet to a mean-spirited Duke and his well-meaning wife, but, when the well-to-do couple move away, Lassie decides to track down her former owners. Family adventure, starring Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, Peter Dinklage, Steve Pemberton and Nicholas LyndhurstFilm/General Movie/Drama

16:15Time Bandits[SUB]
A bemused schoolboy is escorted on a bizarre journey through time by a group of larcenous dwarfs. His adventures lead him to encounters with various characters from history - but none of them are quite what he had imagined. Terry Gilliam's fantasy comedy, starring Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and David WarnerFilm/Comedy/Fantasy/Fantasy

18:35The Family Man[SUB]
A successful businessman is magically given the opportunity to find out what his life would have been like if he had not walked out on his loving girlfriend. He is suddenly transplanted into an alternative reality, complete with cosy home and kids. Although he is not initially impressed with the change, his cold exterior soon begins to thaw. Drama, starring Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don CheadleFilm/General Movie/Drama

A child is taken in by kind-hearted Santa and raised as an elf - so it comes as a bit of a shock when, years later, he discovers he is in fact human. Deciding to get back to his roots, he heads off for New York in search of his lost family, but is ill-prepared for the bustle of the Big Apple. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Edward AsnerFilm/Comedy

22:50Final Destination 3[SUB AD]
Minutes before boarding a rollercoaster with her friends, a high-school graduate has a premonition they will all die and persuades them to get off the ride - just before it crashes. However, death seems intent on catching up with the teenagers, as one by one they meet a gruesome end. Horror sequel, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman and Kris LemcheFilm/Horror

00:35A Dirty Shame
A bump on the head transforms a sexually repressed housewife into a sex-addicted exhibitionist - who finds her husband can no longer meet her needs and goes searching for satisfaction in Baltimore's seedy underworld. John Waters' comedy, starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair and Chris IsaakFilm/Comedy

A young nurse takes on the task of looking after an actress who has been struck mute, and takes her to an isolated seaside cottage to recuperate. The caregiver confides in her seemingly sympathetic charge, only to realise that their personalities have become inextricably linked, leading her to a breakdown. Ingmar Bergman's drama, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv UllmannFilm/General Movie/Drama