'Biography' tells story of Mary, mother of Jesus

Today's TV

December 23, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The woman responsible for Christmas gets the "Biography" treatment on A&E tonight.

"The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- These two repeats offer two chances to get to like Jeff Foxworthy (something I've never really mastered). In the first, Jeff is a little too honest when his wife asks him to be critical of her; in the second, Jeff organizes a hunting trip that's really nothing more than an excuse to play cards and eat junk food. NBC.

"Her Hidden Truth" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Kellie Martin is a young woman who escapes from prison eight years after being wrongly convicted of starting the fire that killed her mother and younger sister. Antonio Sabato Jr. is the sympathetic detective who's willing to help clear her name. NBC.

"Christmas at the U.S. Naval Academy" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Soloists from the Metropolitan Opera (soprano Wendy Nielsen) and New York City Opera (tenor Daniel Hendrick) join in this 50th annual Naval Academy performance of Handel's "Messiah" -- the 25th conducted by John Barry Talley, the USNA's director of musical activities. Performing groups include the Naval Academy Glee Club, the Concert Choir of Hood College in Frederick and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Cable

"Road to Singapore" (noon-1: 30 p.m.), "Road to Zanzibar" (1: 30 p.m.-3: 15 p.m.), "Road to Morocco" (3: 15 p.m.-4: 45 p.m.) and "Road to Utopia" (4: 45 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., AMC) -- A lighthearted good time is guaranteed for all who hit the road with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour (and her sarong, of course). Fun tip: watch as Hope and Crosby constantly try to out-do each other, and as Lamour heroically tries to get a word in edgewise.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Mary, the mother of Jesus, is rarely mentioned in the Gospels, but her role in the development of Roman Catholicism has been incalculable. Find out what the historical record tells us about the most revered mother who ever lived.

"A Christmas Story" (9: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., TCM) -- Here's one last chance to see the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB-gun. Bonus: This time, there are no commercials, and the film is being shown in letterbox (wide-screen) format.

Pub Date: 12/21/96

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