with Hope Sealy
Presented by Peter Hobday and Sue MacGregor
7.00,8.00 Today's News Read by PETER DONALDSON
7.25* Sport with ANDY SMITH
7.30,8.30 News Summary
7.40*, 8.47* Today's Papers
7.45* In Perspective
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament
with Cliff Morgan
Chris Hawksworth tells of life behind the microphone. With Bernard Falk.
Special Christmas Edition
Presented by Ned Sherrin , with Robert Elms, Craig Charles ,
Victoria Mather , Emma Freud and Richard Jobson.
James Naughtie chairs a panel made up of Robin Oakley ,
Political Editor of The Times;
Peter Jenkins , Associate Editor of The Independent;
Michael Elliott , Political Editor of The Economist and Andrew Marr , Political Editor of The Scotsman, to take a light-hearted look at some of the political events of the year.
What sweeter music can we bring, Than a carol for to sing?
The opening lines from one of the many carols specially composed for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Cambridge. To mark its 70th anniversary,
Brian Kay traces the history of this magical service, and talks to choristers, clergymen, composers and directors of music who have participated. Producer CAROLINE ELLIOT. Stereo ('A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' at 3.00pm)
by JOHN LE CARRE adapted in seven parts by RENE BASILICO. and featuring
(For full cast see page 117)
Starring as George Smiley:
as Percy Alleline with:
as Sam Collins:
as Peter Guillam:
as Lady Anne Smiley:
as Roddy Martindale:
and as Irina:
Much Better to Die Doing
The last of a seven-part series compiled by MICHAEL BAKEWELL. With Martin Jarvis as Dickens. Stereo (R) (For cast see page 43)
(Extended repeat of yesterday 's broadcast at 11. 47am)
Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
Processional Hymn: Once in royal David's city (Descants Stephen Cleobury ) Bidding Prayer
Carol: Up! Good Christian folk and listen (Piae Cantiones);
It is the birthday of thy King (Peter Sculthorpe );
First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER
Carols: Adam lay y bounden (Boris Ord);
Noel nouvelet (arr Stephen Jackson )
Second lesson: Genesis 22, VV 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR
Carols: Nowell sing we (Medieval);
On Christmas night all Christians sing (arr David Willcocks )
Third lesson: Isaiah 9, VV 2, 6, 7: REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CAMBRIDGE CHURCHES
Carols: In dulci jubilo (Hieronymus Praetorius);
O little town of Bethlehem (arr Vaughan Williams)
Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11. vv l-3a, 4a, 6-9: REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY Carols: The Lamb (John Tavener );
The holly and the ivy (arr Walford Davies)
Fifth lesson: Luke 1, vv 26-35,38: DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Carols: I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley);
Joys seven (arr Cleobury);
Sixth lesson: Luke 2, w 1,3-7:
A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE STAFF
Carols: A virgin most pure (arr Charles Wood);
I saw three ships (arr Philip Ledger);
Seventh lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
Carols: In the bleak mid-winter (Harold Darke);
While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter)
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, vv 1-11: vice PROVOST
Carols: The three kings (arr Ivor Atkins);
Sir Christemasse (Michael Ball)
Ninth lesson: John 1, vv 1-14: PROVOST
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful
Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! the herald-angels sing
Chorale Prelude upon 'In dulci jubilo' (Bach)
Organ Scholar PETER BARLEY
Director of Music STEPHEN CLEOBURY.
Director of Music:
of King's College,
with guest Mary Wesley
With CLIVE ROSLIN including Sports Round-Up
Presents of the past, presents to come: a gift-wrapped miscellany in celebration of the present season.
Producer RUTH PRINCE. BBC Wales
An invitation challenge match. Chairman Robert Robinson Taking part: Paul Monaghan (Brain of Britain 1988)
Robert Gleeson (runner-up Brain of Britain 1988)
(Mastermind 1988) Margaret Fleming
(runner-up Mastermind 1988) Questions set by IAN GILLIES and BOSWELL TAYLOR Mycroft IAN GILLIES
Producer RICHARD EDIS. Stereo
Dramatised by PETER MACKIE from the novel To the Victor the Spoils by JOCK GALLAGHER.
The Ambridge summer fete: where young Dan Archer sees
Doris Forrest , where the band is chivvied along by a teenage
Walter Gabriel , while, a world away in Sarajevo, a shot has sounded that will change everyone's lives.
Directed by PHILIP MARTIN BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo
as Dan ArcherWith:
The forest gnome, standing only six inches high and in his prime at 275 years old, is in an excellent position to deal with the everyday problems of wild animals. Peter France talks to naturalists about the role of the gnome in the ecology of his woodland home.
Producer MILES BARTON. BBC Bristol
Canon Paul Oestreicher prepares for the First Communion of Christmas from Coventry.
BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo
A Thousand and One Nights at the Ballets Russes
'The nature of dancers is to work, to sleep and to complain. They do not dance by right. They have no rights, just as they have no homes, no countries, no identity at all without my Ballets Russes. Most of the world would have no ballet without my Ballets Russes.' and Eva Stuart , Nicholas Courtney , Steve Hodson. Michael Graham Cox ,
Ian Michie and Marcia King. MARY NASH (piano)
Written and compiled. by BARBARA NEWMAN
Directed by JOHN POWELL. Stereo
With as Colonel Vassily de Basil:
as Olga Morosova:
A Christmas meditation prepared by Rosemary Hartill , including the poetry of Masefield, Herbert, Scannell and Chesterton, and the music of Handel, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams and Britten.
Producer DAVID COOMES
from Coventry Cathedral. Service introduced by Canon Paul Oestreicher. BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo
Simultaneous broadcast with BBC1 Full service details on page 92