Television: DAYTIME MOVIES

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Television: DAYTIME MOVIES


Stealing Christmas ITV, 9.40am A FUGITIVE from justice seeks sanctuary in a small town, where he starts planning his next big robbery.

However, he soon finds himself becoming embroiled in everyday life, even playing Santa for local children.

It's not long before he's dogged by doubts as he realises how warm and welcoming the jolly residents have been.

Festive crime caper with a sentimental moral message, starring Tony Danza, Lea Thompson and Betty White The Happiest Millionaire BBC2, 10.00am OVER-LONG Disney musical comedy which starts well but soon runs out of steam.

It stars Tommy Steele as an Irish immigrant who gets mixed up in all manner of strange escapades while working as butler to eccentric millionaire Fred MacMurray.

The film focuses on his efforts to smooth the way for the daughter of the house to marry her dream man - despite her future in-laws' misgivings. With Greer Garson, Geraldine Page and Lesley Ann Warren Mrs Miniver BBC2, 12.20pm DRAMATIC account of the courage of English villagers during World War Two, which was an effective propaganda piece in its day and is still a superb example of expert film-making.

Greer Garson won an Oscar for her wonderful performance in the title role, while Walter Pidgeon is rather out-classed as her husband. Also starring Dame May Whitty, Teresa Wright, Reginald Owen and Henry Travers The Sword of Xanten Channel 4, 12.35pm AMBITIOUS but ill-judged fantasy based on Norse mythology, which inspired Wagner's Ring cycle, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

Benno Furmann heads the rather shaky cast, playing a humble blacksmith with a shady past who courageously battles a ferocious dragon. After slaying the beast, he lays claims to its massive hoard of treasure - amove which unleashes a terrible curse. Kristanna Loken and Alicia Witt star Babe: Pig in the City ITV, 1.15pm THE little porker and his furry pals take a trip to the big city - but they are soon in danger, and the plucky pig faces a struggle to find a way to save his chums from doom. …

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