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: The Orson Welles Sketchbook: 3/5

The actor and director discusses a range of subjects, including bullfighting and black magic, which he illustrates with his own drawings.
Part of the Orson Welles strand (S)
Citizen Kane is tomorrow at 7pm


Presenter: Orson Welles

: A Child's Christmases in Wales

Ruth Jones stars in this comedy drama following a south Wales family's eventful Christmas celebrations during the 1980s, inspired by a Dylan Thomas story and written by Mark Watson. (S) (AD)


Writer: Mark Watson
Mum: Ruth Jones

: Swan Lake

Darcey Bussell presents a version of the ballet based on the production by the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, conducted by Russian maestro Valery Gergiev. Ulyana Lopatkina takes the demanding duel role of Odette the enchanted swan maiden and Odile, her black-clad rival.
See panel (S)


Presenter: Darcey Bussell
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Odette: Ulyana Lopatkina
Odile: Ulyana Lopatkina

: BBC Four Christmas Session: Fire and Ice

Contemporary folk talent from Shoreditch Town Hall, featuring 11-piece folk group Bellowhead, 2008 Mercury nominees the Unthanks, vocalist and fiddle player Lisa Knapp and singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore performing seasonal songs of their own alongside yuletide favourites. (S)


Group: Bellowhead
Group: The Unthanks
Singer/fiddle player: Lisa Knapp
Singer: Thea Gilmore

: Michael Wood on Beowulf

The historian traces the birth of English poetry back to the dark ages, bringing the story of Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf to life with the help of Seamus Heaney and Julian Glover. (S)


Presenter: Michael Wood
Interviewee: Seamus Heaney
Reader: Julian Glover

: Only Connect


: Ghosts in the Machine

(S) (AD)

: Ten Best Sacred Christmas Classics

(to 5.00)

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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