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: Richard Baker

Presents a selection of music for Christmas morning. Producer Anthony Sellors


Producer: Anthony Sellors

: News

: Sunday

Colin Morris hosts a festive two-hour edition bringing you seasonal news and views, a quiz for Christmas, choirs and special guests, plus the Bethlehem story "as it unfolds".
8.00 News
Producer Christine Morgan


Unknown: Colin Morris
Producer: Christine Morgan

: The Queen

: News

: Christmas Morning Service

Live from the Round Church at St
Andrew the Great, Cambridge. Led by Rev Christopher Ash. Preacher Rev
Mark Ashton. The first Nowell (The first Nowell); Longtime ago in Bethlehem (Hairston arrTredinnick); Matthew 1, vv 18-25; Look to the skies (Kendrick); God rest you merry, gentlemen (God rest you merry, gentlemen); Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn).
Director of music Christopher Hayward.


Unknown: Rev Christopher Ash.
Unknown: Mark Ashton.
Music: Christopher Hayward.

: Letter from America

Repeated from Friday 10.15pm

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.

: The Masterson Inheritance Christmas Special

The wicked Masterson family attempt to celebrate Christmas in the traditional manner -with plenty of Plum duff, roly-poly and rumpy pumpy Puddings. Starring Josie Lawrence , Phelim McDermott , Paul Merton ,
Caroline Quentin , Lee Simpson and Jim Sweeney.
Producer Phil Clarke Rpt


Unknown: Josie Lawrence
Unknown: Phelim McDermott
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Caroline Quentin
Unknown: Lee Simpson
Unknown: Jim Sweeney.
Producer: Phil Clarke Rpt

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Christmas Special

Join Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Willie Rushton and Tim Brooke-Taylor for a stockingful of silly games and pointless revelry. With Humphrey Lyttelton in the chair, and Colin Sell on the merry organ. Producer Jon Naismith Rpt


Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Colin Sell
Producer: Jon Naismith Rpt

: Desert Island Discs

With actor David Jason OBE.
Producer Olivia Seligman. Rptd Friday 9.05am


Unknown: David Jason OBE.
Producer: Olivia Seligman.

: News

: Deck the Halls

Music and readings for Christmas in a lighter vein. Jean Marsh and John Mortimer present favourite prose and Poetry by Dylan Thomas ,
Charles Dickens and others, with seasonal choral music from the BBC Singers, conducted by David Angus.
Recorded in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Producer Michael Emery


Unknown: Jean Marsh
Unknown: John Mortimer
Unknown: Dylan Thomas
Unknown: Charles Dickens
Conducted By: David Angus.
Producer: Michael Emery

: It Was Christmas Day in the Empire....

In the days before television, the only truly British accompaniment to one's turkey and plum pudding was the radio relay of greetings from remote corners of the home country and Empire. Harry Thompson looks back. Producer Lucy Bartley Rpt


Unknown: Harry Thompson
Producer: Lucy Bartley Rpt

: The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Bryony Lavery. Kayley lannucci lives at the end of the Pier. Her parents, the famous battling lannuccis, run an ice-cream parlour, and have occasional skirmishes with the Rowbottoms who run the rock shop. Will the spirit of Christmas bring peace to the Pier?
With Kay Purcell , Linda Dobell. Ian Masters. Michael Tudor-Barnes and Jilly Bond Director Claire Grove


Unknown: Bryony Lavery.
Unknown: Kay Purcell
Unknown: Linda Dobell.
Unknown: Ian Masters.
Unknown: Michael Tudor-Barnes
Unknown: Jilly Bond
Director: Claire Grove
Kayley lannucci: Jane Dawson
Ricky Rowbottom: Joseph Vickers
Dj: Lemn Sissay
Santa Claus: Robin Soans
Massimo lannucci: Gavin Muir
Maria lannucci: Nicola Kathrens
Ronald Rowbottom: Neil Dudgeon
Granny Rowbottom: Margaret John
The Pier: David Shaw

: Pick of the Year

Christopher Serle juggles the gems of 1994's radio and television to present his Pick of the Picks.
Producer Jane Ray. Rptd Friday at 7.20pm


Unknown: Christopher Serle
Producer: Jane Ray.

: Dear Diary

Frances Partridge , born in Bloomsbury in 1900, married to Ralph Partridge with whom she edited The Greville Memoirs, started to write her own diaries at the beginning of the Second World War. Today, she selects entries made on 25 December from a variety of diaries, giving a vivid picture of Christmas Day through the centuries. Producer Kate McAII


Unknown: Frances Partridge
Unknown: Ralph Partridge
Producer: Kate McAii

: Terry Waite in Wilmslow

Repeated from Tuesday at 10.00am

: Poetry Please!

Gareth Owen celebrates with the winners of the Radio 4 Young Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition.


Unknown: Gareth Owen

: News

: Ninety Not Out

Ned Sherrin in conversation with well-known nonagenarians. Producer Michael Ember


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Michael Ember

: Children's Radio 4: A Child's Christmas in Wales

by Dylan Thomas.
Wil and Jim look back to their boyhood escapades in a time when "the snow was shaken from whitewash buckets in the sky and grew overnight on the roofs of houses".
Dramatised by Herbert Williams


Author: Dylan Thomas.
Dramatised by: Herbert Williams
Music: Andy Price
Producer: Foz Allan
Old Wil: Philip Madoc
Old Jim: Freddie Jones
Young Wil: Alun Horan
Young Jim: Owen Pillai
Mother/Female cousin/Miss Prothero: Lyn Hunter
Mrs Prothero/Auntie Bessie: Victoria Plucknett
Mr Prothero/Uncle George: Chris Griffiths
Uncle Ben/Fireman 1: Dillwyn Owen
Auntie Hannah: Helen Griffin
Fireman 2/Hearty voice/Angry old man: Philip Rowlands
Fireman 3/Postman/Small dry voice: Richard Elfyn
Dan: Owen Bodycombe
Jack: Chris Bodycombe

: Shoot the Turkey

Simon Rae loads his gun and sprays the festivities with satirical bullets. Producer Paul Dodgson


Unknown: Simon Rae
Producer: Paul Dodgson

: A Good Read

Repeated from Wednesday at 10.00am

: Concerto

Organist Gillian Weir introduces June Knox-Mawer to the mysteries of her chosen instrument.
Producer Derek Drescher Rpt


Organist: Gillian Weir
Producer: Derek Drescher Rpt

: Outside the Circle

or how Arpad and Elena Rosner broke out and came via football, ice-skating, poetry, music, dancing and factories to a new kind of freedom.
Producer Piers Plowright Rpt


Unknown: Elena Rosner
Producer: Piers Plowright Rpt

: Ad Lib

Repeated from yesterday at 4.30pm

: News

: Kaleidoscope Feature

The Last Dance. I 1816 the Times "felt it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion" but now the waltz's ability to shock has been surpassed by the tango and the twist. Peggy Reynolds reports. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Peggy Reynolds

: God's Secret Agents

All cultures have their angels - from innocent cherubs to angels of destruction, guardians to Satanic fallen angels, but who or what are they? Angel watchers, academics and believers try to shed light on this strange phenomenon. Producers Roger Childs and Amanda Hancox


Producers: Roger Childs
Producers: Amanda Hancox

: The Royal Shakespeare Company

in The Shakespeare Review
Revised repeat of yesterday at 5.00pm

: Christmas Meditation

Down to Earth. Nigel Forde and the Riding Lights Theatre Company explore the beauty and humour of Christmas. Producer Kathryn Pritchard


Producer: Kathryn Pritchard

: News

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