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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 November, 2004, 06:56 GMT
Potter makes BBC Christmas debut
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
The film is based on JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will get its terrestrial debut on BBC One this Christmas.

Other films to be shown on the BBC over the festive period include Shrek, Bend It Like Beckham, AI and Chocolat.

Two new episodes of The Vicar of Dibley, The final Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and the Strictly Come Dancing final are among the highlights.

A Christmas special of Little Britain and Graham Norton's Sound of Music 40th Anniversary will also be shown.

Animal magic

"This Christmas, BBC TV will take viewers on a magical journey to discover a world of heart-warming, funny and spine-tingling programmes featuring the home-grown talent they love," said the BBC's director of television, Jana Bennett.

L to R: Trinny Woodall, chat show host Trisha Goddard and Susannah Constantine.
What Not To Wear Returns with a Christmas Special

Festive editions of Absolutely Fabulous, My Dad's the Prime Minister, My Family and The Big Impression will also feature.

Family drama Pride follows the lives of a group of lions in South Africa, with the voices of Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet.

Celebrity contestants will get their skates on for Strictly Come Dancing On Ice and there will also be a What Not To Wear Christmas special.

Auld Lang Syne

BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky will host the countdown to midnight on New Year's Eve, with live coverage from the Thames in London and Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

On the arts front, Arena: Painting the Clouds - A Portrait of Dennis Potter will look at the life and work of the famous playwright on BBC Two.

Bruce Forsyth, Dawn French, Kim Medcalf, Dick and Dom and Sarah Manners
Dawn French (centre return) returns as the Vicar of Dibley after five years

The channel will also examine the origins of Father Christmas in The Real Santa Claus.

BBC Three fare includes a soft rock version of the Nativity called AD/BC: The Rock Opera, starring Matt Lucas, Julia Davis and Julian Barrat.

BBC Four will screen several Dennis Potter plays and The World of Nat King Cole about the life of the music legend.

Religious programmes on BBC One and Two include Midnight Mass from Saint George's Roman Catholic Church in Southwark, London, and Carols from Kings.

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