with Sue MacGregor.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day with Hilary Forrest.
8.40 Yesterday in Parliament
With Cliff Morgan.
with Eddie Mair. Julian Pettifer raises a glass to the Christmas season in the wineries of the Hunter Valley, Australia.
with Ned Sherrin and guests. Producer Laura Druce
Join Chairman Nicholas Parsons and guests Clement Freud , Stephen Fry ,
Peter Jones and Derek Nimmo as they celebrate Christmas without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Producer Ann Jobson. Rptd Thursday 6.30pm
State of the Nation Special Crime, Poverty, Recession,
Unemployment. Happy New Year. Written and presented by Andy Hamilton and Nick Revell and featuring Felicity Montagu and Jasper Jacob. Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer Rpt
In the first of two special festive editions from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Sue MacGregor delves into the rich storehouse of our national past to quiz Denise Coffey , Christopher Cook. Philippa Gregory and Maxwell Hutchinson. With a where-is-he puzzle from John Grundy. Producer Gillian Hush
Barry Took continues his look back at the best stories and answers of 1994. Producer Aled Evans. Rptd Boxing Day 6.30pm
Jeremy Paxman presents his favourite Pieces of writing in a special Christmas edition -with readers Bill Wallis , Alice Arnold and Christian Rodska.
Recorded at the Paris Theatre, London Producer Viv Beeby
Berlie Doherty 's version of Hans Christian Andersen 's wintry fairy tale 's narrated by Dirk Bogarde and stars Diana Rigg as the Snow Queen.
Gerda sets off into the wide world to find her playmate Kay, who has been lured away by the powerful Snow Queen to her ice palace in the far, far north.
With Don McCorkindale. Gavin Muir , George Parsons , Joshua Towb , Deborah Berlin ,
Robbie Gill , David Cooper , Adam Morley and Laurence Amias. Music by David Chilton and Nick Russell-Pavier . Director Janet Whitaker
# Diana Rigg remembers Christmas: page 24
LIVE from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of music (*and descant/ arrangement) Stephen Cleobury Organ scholar James Vivian
Producers David Kremer and James Whitbourn
Is it an art, a craft or a scam? Robert Robinson works his own magic as he meets contemporary conjurors. Producer Nadine Grieve
Repeated tomorrow at 9.30pm
A sparkling and witty entertainment of prose, poetry and song compiled by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee. With writers that include
Victoria Wood, NoÃ«l Coward, Patrick Barlow, Cole Porter, Frank Muir and Dennis Norden. In front of an audience at Pebble Mill, the cast celebrate the humour and reminiscences surrounding the Bard of Avon and his work.
With David Delve, Debra Gillet, Christopher Luscombe, Malcolm McKee and Abigail McKern.
Revised repeat tomorrow at 11.00pm
Repeated from yesterday at 11.00pm
It's Christmas in New York. Who is that jolly, bearded figure by the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center? Hold on - it's that Mark Steyn , with homemaker Martha Stewart , the Radio City
Rockettes and the singing Von Trapps ! producer Hamish Mykura
The Silent Mouse
According to an old German folk tale, the first few bars of the famous caroi Silent Night were in fact written by a small church mouse. Could this be true? Chris Eldon Lee investigates.
Producer Chris Eldon Lee. Rptd Fnday 9.30pm
by Alan Ayckbourn. Christmas gatherings are not always the joyous occasions the season warrants. For the guests at Neville and Belinda Bunker's house party, the season's greetings become frostier by the minute.
Adapted by Richard Wigmore Director Gordon House
A BBC World Service Drama production
Producer Anthony Sellors
Led by Father Oliver McTernan.
John Clare , the peasant poet of Northampton, shot to poetic fame and his first book was a bestseller. But he spent his last 22 years in a lunatic asylum, where he carried on writing until his death in 1864. Simon Rae uses
Clare's words to retell his tragic story. With Jack Shepherd as Clare. Music by Gary Yershon
Producer Susan Roberts Rpt
4: Lois Maxwell. From Dr No to
Octopussy, the actress who flirted with danger and 007 as Miss Moneypenny.
Repeated from Tuesday at 2.30pm
The first Communion of Christmas, from the Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells. The President at the Eucharist is the Dean, the Very Rev Richard Lewis and the Preacher the Rt Rev
Jim Thompson , Bishop of Bath and Wells. Communion Setting: Little Organ Mass in B flat (Haydn). Isaiah 9, w 2, 6-7;
John 1, w 1-14. 0 come, all ye faithful; 0 little town of Bethlehem; It came upon the midnight clear. Organist and Master of the Choristers Anthony Crossland. Assistant Organist Rupert Gough.