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FILM of the season; BABE, Christmas Day, BBC1 7pm.

THE story of Babe, the sheep-pig, is a delight for children - and for adults, too. It's clever, funny and touching and never talks down to its young audience.

Babe is spared the trip to market by Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell), who has taken a liking to him.

Raised by a female collie, the smart little pig turns out to have natural sheep-herding abilities and ends up entered for a top sheepdog championships, much to the amusement and scorn of Hoggett's fellow farmers.

On the way, there's a lot of clever observation of the foibles of the different animals on the farm.

Oh, and an unmissable group of mice singing Blue Moon.

SOAP of the season: CORONATION STREET, ITV, Times and dates vary

WHAT better on Christmas Day than a new soap baby?

TWO soap babies of course.

And that's exactly what's on offer in Corrie this festive season as Judy (Gaynor Faye) and Gary Mallett (Ian Mercer) become the proud parents of beautiful twins.

Gary's had a night on the beer on Christmas Eve but he's suddenly sober when he has to stay at Judy's bedside and wait to see if the babies are going to put in an appearance or not.

Poor Judy of course is doing all the hard work - and it's turning out to be a Christmas Day like no other for her.

DRAMA of the season: CASUALTY, Saturdays, BBC1, 8.05pm Hectic days at Holby City

SO do the hard-pressed staff of Holby City Hospital get a chance for some festive cheer in the two seasonal episodes of Casualty?

They might try, but they'd probably stand more chance of enjoying a heatwave on Christmas Day.

Christmas is one of the busiest times for real accident and emergency departments and that is reflected in two action-packed episodes.

As well as the usual dramas of the medical kind, there's plenty going on in the staff's lives too.

Paramedic Josh's gambling is getting out of control and he's having to face up to the consequences of his actions.

Doctor Max's drug addict son is rushed into the casualty department again.

And just to create even more chaos, receptionist Amy goes into labour at work and has to be helped to give birth by Sunny the porter.

There will be the odd heart-warming episode to catch the mood of the season but otherwise, life at Holby goes on in its gritty and realistic way.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 19, 1998
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