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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

4 Common Treasury. Anna Hill presents a short history of peasant protest, from Diggers to Ravers.
Producer Alasdair Cross


Unknown: Anna Hill
Producer: Alasdair Cross

: Prayer for the Day

With Father Danny McLoughlin.


Unknown: Father Danny McLoughlin.

: Today

with Peter Hobday and Graham Leach. Details as Monday plus:
7.45 Thought for the Day with Leslie Griffiths.


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Graham Leach.
Unknown: Leslie Griffiths.

: Murderers and Other Friends

John Mortimer reads Part 3. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: John Mortimer

: News

: Midweek

with Libby Purves and guests.


Unknown: Libby Purves

: A Good Read

with Michele Roberts and her guests Ronan Bennett and Roger Cooper. Repeated New Year's Day 7.30pm


Unknown: Michele Roberts
Unknown: Ronan Bennett
Unknown: Roger Cooper.

: Daily Service

Dingdong! merrily on high (16th-century French); Hebrews 1, w 1-5; LlJlly, lulla, thou little tiny child
(Leighton); Unto us is born a son (tune from Piae Cantiones arr Willcocks). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Children's Radio 4: The Willows in Winter

Part 1 of William Horwood's delightful story of the further adventures of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, abridged in eight episodes by Elizabeth Bradbury. Read by David Suchet.


Author: William Horwood
Abrdiged by: Elizabeth Bradbury
Reader: David Suchet
Producer: Matthew Walters

: Photo Appreciated

3: Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Katie and friends sift through some Promising replies.

: Scoring for Britain

Film historian and raconteur
John Huntley takes his sights off trains in Movies and recalls the eccentric British composers of the 40s and 50s.
Producer Barry Littlechild. Rptd Friday 6.30pm


Unknown: John Huntley
Producer: Barry Littlechild.

: Murder in Mesopotamia

3: A murderer is at large - and may be a member of the expedition. For details see Boxing Day

: Second to None

Sara Parker reports on people who do °therpeople'sjobs.
3: The Locum V/car(Part 2)


Unknown: Sara Parker

: The Oldest Member

with Maurice Denham in stories by P G WOdehouse. 3: The Clicking of Cuthbert. With Jonathan Cecil , Betty Marsden , John Graham , John Kane and Sue Holderness.
Drarnatised by Edward Taylor and Michael Pointon


Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: G Wodehouse.
Unknown: Jonathan Cecil
Unknown: Betty Marsden
Unknown: John Graham
Unknown: John Kane
Unknown: Edward Taylor
Unknown: Michael Pointon

: The World at One

with James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

In Jules Verne's classic Victorian adventure story, Lidenbrok, a Hamburg geologist, decodes the runes of Arne Saknussemm, revealing a passage to the centre of the earth. Entering at the icy Snaefells Peak, Lidenbrok's expedition delves not only into the earth's core, but into the terrifying world of their own inner beings.
Dramatised by Steve Walker
Director Eoin O'Callaghan


Author: Jules Verne
Dramatised By: Steve Walker
Director: Eoin O'Callaghan
Axel: Nathaniel Parker
Professor Lidenbrok: Nicholas Le Prevost
Rosemarie McNab: Kristin Milward
Hans/Student: Oliver Senton
Grauben: Deborah Berlin
Martha: Eva Stuart
Saknussemm: Peter Yapp
Headmaster/Giant: Michael Tudor-Barnes
Von Klimstein/Student/Pepe: Joshua Towb

: In Excess

2: Ideal Homes. Armando lannucci discovers that an Englishman's home is his castle - and his prison.


Unknown: Armando Lannucci

: News

: On the Road Again

A journey re-creating the hippy trail to India. 3: No Village Too Remote. The Chief of the Hamzazai tribe in north-west Pakistan offers green tea and sympathy. Reporter Simon Dring. Rpt


Reporter: Simon Dring.

: Family Feelings

A third story by Deborah Moggach.
Rent-a-Granny. Munro needs to shift his writer's block.


Story By: Deborah Moggach.

: PM

with Hugh Sykes and Jon Sopel.


Unknown: Hugh Sykes
Unknown: Jon Sopel.

: Tides of History

2: Kevin Connolly travels to the Arctic city of Norilsk. Built by prisoners, it has now become a jail to the people living there.


Unknown: Kevin Connolly

: Masterbrain

A special invitation challenge match featuring the winners and runners-up of the 1994 Brain of Britain and Mastermind competitions. Those taking part are Ian Wynn-Mackenzie (Brain of Britain 1994), Jeremy Cotton (Runner-up Brain of Britain 1994), George Davidson (Mastermind 1994) and Graham Roe (Runner-up Mastermind 1994). Chairman Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis
Repeated on New Year's Eve at 11.00pm


Unknown: Ian Wynn-MacKenzie
Unknown: Jeremy Cotton
Unknown: George Davidson
Unknown: Graham Roe
Unknown: Robert Robinson.
Producer: Richard Edis

: News

: The Archers

Tom's on a crusade...
Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: Night of the Hunter

Dramatised by John Fletcher from the novel by David Grubb , and best known as a celebrated Hollywood "film noir". Starring Struan Rodger as the Preacher, Tom Lawrence as John Harper Jnr , Angela Shaftoe as Pearl Harper and Betsy Blair as Ma Cooper. Two children are chased across rural
America by a terrifying killer.
Original music by Thomas Johnson and Stuart Gordon. Director Andy Jordan Rpt


Dramatised By: John Fletcher
Novel By: David Grubb
Unknown: Struan Rodger
Unknown: Tom Lawrence
Unknown: John Harper Jnr
Unknown: Angela Shaftoe
Unknown: Pearl Harper
Unknown: Betsy Blair
Unknown: Ma Cooper.
Music By: Thomas Johnson
Music By: Stuart Gordon.
Director: Andy Jordan Rpt
John Harper Snr: Peter Marinker
Willa Harper: Catherine Nix
Ben Harper: John Guerrasio
Icy Spoon: June Barrie
Wait Spoon: John Baddeley
Uncle Birdie: Brian Greene
Ruby: Pippa Hinchley
Miz Cunningham: Geraldine Fitzgerald
Grocer: John Telfer
Mary: Jessie Brammer
Clary: Abigail MacVean

: A Place to Lay One's Head

by Waldo Frank. First published in Esquire magazine in the 1940s: a mysterious tale of a chance encounter in a lonely seaside hotel. Read by Bradley Lavelle. Producer Lucy Hackney


Unknown: Waldo Frank.
Read By: Bradley Lavelle.

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Simplify Me When I'm Dead Keith Douglas , who was an accomplished writer, artist and fighter before he enlisted, kept ajournal of the battle for North Africa, Alamein to Zem Zem, that has become a classic.
Sean Street reassesses a paradoxical life. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Keith Douglas
Unknown: Sean Street

: The World Tonight

with Max Pearson.


Unknown: Max Pearson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

by F Scott Fitzgerald. Part 3. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: Scott Fitzgerald.

: One Born Every Minute

Repeated from Friday 23 Dec at 10.00am

: Touch of Genius

Pianist George Shearing , now in his 70s, looks back with June Knox-
Mawer to his early years in America when the unique sound of his quintet caught the public ear with such tunes as his own Lullaby of Birdland.


Pianist: George Shearing

: News

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