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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

A Hard Row. Anna Hill visits the Ulster Farm Museum for a look at life before subsidy.
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 Elaine Storkey.


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Graham Leach.
Unknown: Elaine Storkey.

: Murderers and Other Friends

John Mortimer reads Part 4. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: John Mortimer

: News

: The Moral Maze

Last in the series with Michael Buerk in the chair, and Janet Daley , Rabbi Hugo Gryn, Edward Pearce and Professor Roger Scruton.


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Janet Daley
Unknown: Rabbi Hugo
Unknown: Edward Pearce
Unknown: Roger Scruton.

: No Commitments

Final part of Simon Brett 's comedy series, starring Rosemary Leach , Nicola Pagett and Celia Imrie. A Man Who Cares. Victoria fumes as Charlotte parades her latest lover.


Unknown: Simon Brett
Unknown: Rosemary Leach
Unknown: Nicola Pagett
Unknown: Celia Imrie.
Roger: Jonathan Coy
Pete: Derek Waring
Derek: Ian Masters

: Daily Service

With Wellspring; Joy to the world
(Antioch); Luke 2, w 8-20; Christmas child (Kendrick); 0 little town of Bethlehem (Eaton). Directors of music Sally Thornton and Francis Cummings.


Music: Sally Thornton
Music: Francis Cummings.

: Children's Radio 4: The Willows in Winter

by William Horwood. Part 2. For details see yesterday


Unknown: William Horwood.

: Photo Appreciated

4: Heatwave. Debbie gets a new pile °f letters.

: Miss Ballantine and the Big Fish

In 1922, Georgina Ballantine caught a 641b salmon which has remained a British record. Other women have made similar big catches, and their record in catching fish when men don't is also remarkable. David Bean looks at this link between women and the salmon. Producer Dave Sheasby
Repeated New Year's Day at 11.15pm


Unknown: Georgina Ballantine
Unknown: David Bean
Producer: Dave Sheasby

: Murder in Mesopotamia

4: One of the mysterious anonymous letters is found in the possession of a very unlikely suspect. For details see Boxing Day

: Second to None

Sara Parker reports on people who do other people's jobs. 4: Stand-in Objects


Unknown: Sara Parker

: The Year in Question

Brian Hayes umpires the final - and the winners mount the podium to receive the much-coveted trophy. A Testbed production


Unknown: Brian Hayes

: The World at One

with James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog)

by Jerome K Jerome , dramatised by Tom Stoppard.
With Alex Jennings as "J", Julian Wadham as George, Nicholas Le Prevost as Harris and Ron Cook as Montmorency.
"J", George and Harris are bored and listless - "What we need is a rest. Rest and a complete change." George suggests a river trip.
Featuring David Antrobus ,
Don McCorkindale , Michael Tudor Barnes , Peter Yapp , Joshua Towb , Jilly Bond , Kristin Milward and Annabel Mullion. Music by Matthew Scott. Director Hilary Norrish
A BBC World Service/Radio 4 co-production


Unknown: Jerome K Jerome
Dramatised By: Tom Stoppard.
Unknown: Alex Jennings
Unknown: Julian Wadham
Unknown: Nicholas Le Prevost
Unknown: Ron Cook
Unknown: David Antrobus
Unknown: Don McCorkindale
Unknown: Michael Tudor Barnes
Unknown: Peter Yapp
Unknown: Joshua Towb
Unknown: Jilly Bond
Unknown: Kristin Milward
Music By: Matthew Scott.
Director: Hilary Norrish

: In Excess

3: Getting Better. Just how confident, assertive and charming can Armando lannucci learn to be?

: News

: On the Road Again

Last in the series.
Some Kind of Pilgrimage. Every traveller in India is still a seeker of sorts ... Reporter Simon Dring. Rpt


Reporter: Simon Dring.

: Family Feelings

A fourth story by Deborah Moggach. Sex Objects. Life isn't without its complications. Even for the most desirable men- like Des.


Story By: Deborah Moggach.

: PM

with Hugh Sykes and Jon Sopel.


Unknown: Hugh Sykes
Unknown: Jon Sopel.

: Tides of History

3: Kevin Connolly angers a local warlord in troubled Chechnya.


Unknown: Kevin Connolly

: Just a Minute

Repeated from Christmas Eve at 11.00pm

: News

: The Archers

Debbie hits a sore point ... Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: Missing in Austin, Texas

The American actress Nancy Cole was well known at festivals for her one-woman show on the life of Gertrude Stein. In 1987 she left Austin, Texas, carrying two suitcases and leaving a note - "Moving on to New Orleans - will be in touch". She has never been seen since. Jan Fairley investigates. producer Fiona McLean


Unknown: Nancy Cole
Unknown: Gertrude Stein.
Unknown: Jan Fairley
Producer: Fiona McLean

: This Is My First Wife: A Hundred Years of James Thurber

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of James Thurber , Sue Limb examines his life and work, with interviews from friends and colleagues, including Larry Adler , Alistair Cooke and Malcolm Bradbury. They discuss the bizarre humour of work like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the darker side of one of America's best-known comic writers. Written by Kim Morrissey Producer Gareth Edwards
Repeated New Year's Day at 4.15pm


Unknown: James Thurber
Unknown: Sue Limb
Unknown: Larry Adler
Unknown: Alistair Cooke
Unknown: Malcolm Bradbury.
Unknown: Walter Mitty
Written By: Kim Morrissey
Producer: Gareth Edwards

: Medical Notes

Michael Oliver with the last in the series.
Maurice Ravel. With Dr John O'Shea ,
Roger Nichols and Paul Robertson. Producer Susan Kenyon


Unknown: Michael Oliver
Unknown: Dr John O'Shea
Unknown: Roger Nichols
Unknown: Paul Robertson.
Producer: Susan Kenyon

: Does He Take Sugftr?

Presented by Ted Harrison.


Presented By: Ted Harrison.

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Alex Welsh - the Lemonade King
The writer John Harvey recalls the rise and fall of jazz trumpeter Alex Welsh. The tale begins in the exuberant London clubs of the 1950s. Producer John Goudie Rpt


Unknown: Alex Welsh
Unknown: John Harvey
Unknown: Alex Welsh.
Producer: John Goudie Rpt

: The World Tonight

with Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

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

by F Scott Fitzgerald. Part 4. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: Scott Fitzgerald.

: Stephen King's Salem's Lot

A dramatisation of the classic vampire story from the master of modern horror. 3: Since an encounter with Barlow after
Danny Glick 's funeral, Ryerson has been looking odd and acting strangely. For cast see Thursday 22 December


Unknown: Danny Glick

: Touch of Genius

George Shearing leaves New York each summer to spend time with his wife
Ellie at their cottage in the Cotswolds. There, in this last programme, he talks about their life together, about his collaborations with jazz greats and about the launch of his new quintet. Producer Derek Drescher


Producer: Derek Drescher

: News

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