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Kung Fu Panda 7.30pm, Nine, NBN ★★★★ PG. 2008. Panda works in the fam­ily noo­dle shop and dreams of be­com­ing a kung-fu champ. He gets there via Karate Kid train­ing of course. There’s noth­ing that’s re­ally new here but it’s charm­ing, quite funny and the ac­tors put a lot of work into their char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions. If you don’t like it you have a heart of stone. Voices: Jack Black and Dustin Hoff­man. Movie of the Week It’s a Won­der­ful Life 10.50pm, ABC2 ★★★★ M. 1946. Frank Capra clas­sic about a civic­minded man who de­cides he’s a fail­ure, un­til his guardian an­gel shows him what life in the town would have been like with­out him. Ter­rific Christ­mas fan­tasy with a won­der­ful cast. One of the best films ever made and a must-see for all sen­ti­men­tal­ists. James Ste­wart, Donna Reed. Blast From The Past 8.30pm, Go! ★★★ M. 1999. Highly strung fam­ily, who took to their un­der­ground shel­ter dur­ing the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis 35 years ago, re-en­ter the out­side world of down­town Los An­ge­les and find it hard to fit in. Well­writ­ten com­edy plays the two cul­tures off against each other, par­tic­u­larly as grown son Brendan Fraser falls for the de­lec­ta­ble Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone. Van Diemen’s Land 10.20pm, SBS ONE ★★★ M. 2009. Es­cap­ing from cus­tody for Aus­tralia’s early con­victs would seem a point­less ex­er­cise, given the bru­tal ter­rain. Story of real life Alexan­der Pearce and seven other con­victs, who broke out in Tas­ma­nia in 1822, is a grim, re­lent­less tale of hard­ship, doom and can­ni­bal­ism. A hard slog.

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