BBC's season of two halves
Wednesday 04 December 1996
The BBC has bought Jurassic Park from Hollywood director Steven Spielberg for showing on Christmas Day at 7pm. Spielberg insisted that no cuts be made and BBC1 controller Michael Jackson has scrutinised the film, which shows humans being hunted by dinosaurs, and says it has been carefully scheduled to avoid scaring young children. It will compete with the Oscar- nominated Remains of the Day on ITV, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
The fortnight of programmes contains almost 200 hours of BBC-originated material, with 37 drama and entertainment specials and 12 television network film premieres.
Comedian David Jason returns for a three-part mini-series of Only Fools And Horses and Dawn French stars in The Vicar of Dibley. Films include The Firm, starring Tom Cruise as a lawyer desperate to escape his new bosses, whale movie Free Willy, Cliffhanger, starring Sylvester Stallone, and Shadowlands with Sir Anthony Hopkins as the writer CS Lewis.
Richard Gere and Jodie Foster come together for Sommersby - the Hollywood adaptation of the Return of Martin Guerre. Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery and Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon are BBC2 highlights. Drama includes The Mill On The Floss starring Emily Watson and James Frain, while Inspector Morse star Kevin Whately plays a civil servant trapped in a food scare in the Screen One comedy Gobble.
Last year the BBC switched the broadcasting time of EastEnders because of a clash with ITV's Coronation Street, and Mr Jackson has not ruled out last-minute adjustments this year. "We will tinker with the schedule right up until the last minute. We want to make sure we have the best programme combination," he said.
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- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
- 5 Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
UK weather: Warning for more snow and ice as freezing temperatures and gales hit Britain
Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
UK weather: Travel chaos continues as King's Cross train delays add to snow on roads
The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
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