December 31: Film of the day

ARTS Editor Andrew Clarke makes his final selection of the best films on terrestrial TV over the festive period.

- The Sound of Music; BBC One, 3.30pm

The hugely successful Rogers and Hammerstein musical based on the true story of novice nun Maria, who is employed as a governess to the seven unruly Von Trapp children.

Their widowed father runs the house on military lines, but his new employee eventually brings fun and music back into his offspring’s lives and melts his heart in the process.

However, the Austrian family’s happiness is threatened by the looming threat of the Second World War.

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Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer are both superb and the story never fails to bring a tear to the eye.

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