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: Bells on Sunday

From the Chandale Handbell Ringers.

: News Briefing

: Something Understood

As the tableau of the Holy Family in the stable takes centre stage. Mark Tully looks at parenthood.


Unknown: Mark Tully

: News

: Sunday Papers

: On Your Farm

Mistletoe and Wine. Quentin Seddon breakfasts with mistletoe grower
Captain Bill Swinley. Producer Joanna Toye


Unknown: Quentin Seddon
Unknown: Captain Bill Swinley.
Producer: Joanna Toye

: Sunday

Colin Morris hosts a programme of religious news for Christmas Eve.
8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Rachel Hawkes


Unknown: Colin Morris
Producer: Rachel Hawkes

: Anne Diamond

speaks for the Week's Good Cause about a charity which delivers aid to children and their carers in the aftermath of war or natural disaster. DONATIONS TO: The Anne Diamond Appeal,
Feed the Children, [address removed]CARDS: [number removed]

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Letter from America

ByAlistairCooke. Repeated from Friday

: Morning Service

A Word for Our Time
The Word Made Flesh. Live from
Epsom Methodist Church, Surrey. Led by the Minister, the Rev J
David Bridge. Preacher the Rev Dr Kenneth Greet. Isaiah 11, w 1-6; Let earth and heaven combine; Love came down at Christmas; Hark the glad sound: The race that long in darkness pined. Director of music Ian Holiday. Organist Ron Perkins.


Unknown: David Bridge.
Unknown: Dr Kenneth Greet.
Organist: Ron Perkins.

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.

: Derek Cooper's Christmas Pleasures

A look at Derek Cooper's Christmas lunch. And, in her debut broadcast, Derek's wife Janet makes her traditional Christmas pudding.
Revised repeat tomorrow at 7.20pm


Presenter: Derek Cooper
Guest: Janet Cooper
Producer: Sheila Dillon

: ForeignCorrespondence

Five BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 2: Dublin. Leo Enright picks his way through the letters of politicians, writers and Queen Victoria herself to create a picture of his native city.

: Desert Island Discs

With actress and singer Petula Clarke. Repeated on Friday at 9.05am


Singer: Petula Clarke.

: Gardeners' Question Time

Pippa Greenwood , Nigel Colborn ,
Geoffrey Smith and guest panellist Gordon McMaster MP are grilled by MPs and Peers at the Palace of Westminster. Chairman Eric Robson.


Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Gordon McMaster
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Baboushka

By Nick Warburton. When the Three Kings seek shelter at Baboushka's home, a tragic story of loss unfolds.
With Simon Treves and James Taylor Director Sally Avens


Unknown: Nick Warburton.
Unknown: Simon Treves
Unknown: James Taylor
Director: Sally Avens
Baboushka: Ann Mitchell
Caspar: Michael Maloney
Michael: Alun Armstrong
Katya: Tracy Wiles

: A Festival of NineLessons and Carols

from the Chapel of King's
College, Cambridge. See panel on right for Order of Service. Director of music (*and descant)
Stephen Cleobury. Organ scholar James Vivian. Producers David Kremer and James Whitboum


Unknown: Stephen Cleobury.
Unknown: James Vivian.
Producers: David Kremer
Producers: James Whitboum

: Did You Have a NiceChristmas?

Reminiscences about unusual
Christmases of the past. Producer Amanda Hancox Rpt


Producer: Amanda Hancox Rpt

: La Mia Italia

Repeated from Tuesday

: Poetry Please!

Gareth Owen presents his own selection of Christmas poetry.


Unknown: Gareth Owen

: Letters from Ireland

Repeated from Friday

: Fire and Ice

A celebration of the wintry verse of America's poet laureate of the north, Robert Frost. With readings by Bradley Lavelle , Meg Davies and William Roberts.
Producer Ned Chaillet. Rptd Wed 9.00pm


Unknown: Robert Frost.
Unknown: Bradley Lavelle
Unknown: Meg Davies
Unknown: William Roberts.
Producer: Ned Chaillet.

: Children's BBC Radio 4:Peter Pan

ByJ M Barrie. The final part of Philip Glassborow's dramatisation. Spring Cleaning Time Again
For cast list see Sunday 17 December


Unknown: Byj M Barrie.

: A Good Read

Repeated from Wednesday

: Blades, Bunnies and the Urban Warrior

Robert Irwin, novelist, historian and raver blader explores the craze for "rollerblades" and inline skating. (Rpt)


Presenter: Robert Irwin
Producer: Abigail Appleton

: Strong Impressions

Repeated from yesterday 4.00pm

: Concerto

The Beaux Arts Trio celebrated its
40th anniversary this year, but only one of its founder members, pianist Menahern Pressler , is still with the group, In conversation with June Knox-Mawer, he recalls some of the highlights.
Producer Derek Drescher


Pianist: Menahern Pressler
Producer: Derek Drescher

: News

: Devout ScepticsChristmas Special

Bel Mooney and guests including
Sheila Hancock , John Carey and Ian Hislop discuss the meaning of Christmas. Producer Malcolm Love. Rptd Boxing Day 8.30pm


Unknown: Bel Mooney
Unknown: Sheila Hancock
Unknown: John Carey
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Producer: Malcolm Love.

: The Christmas Letter

By Adrian Mourby. A romance between two lonely people brought together by a succession of sick cats.
Producer Brian King


Unknown: Adrian Mourby.
Sian: Brenda Blethyn
Roger: Martin Jarvis

: The Shuttleworths inWireless Wanderings

The award-winning comedy show about aspiring singer/songwriter John Shuttleworth , written and performed by Graham Fellows. With a special contribution by Charlotte Green. Producer Paul Schlesinger Rpt


Songwriter: John Shuttleworth
Unknown: Graham Fellows.
Producer: Paul Schlesinger Rpt

: Mass

The first Communion of Christmas from Bridlington Priory, East
Yorkshire. The celebrant is the Rector, Canon John Meek. The preacher is the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Rev James Jones. Darkein in Uohn
4, w 7-21; John 1, w 1-14; It came upon the midnight clear; On
Christmas night all Christians sing; 0 little town of Bethlehem; Hark! the herald angels sing; Silent night; In the bleak midwinter; 0 come all ye faithful. Director of music Michael
Smith. Organist John Hughes.


Unknown: Canon John Meek.
Unknown: James Jones.
Organist: John Hughes.

: News

: The Late Story:The Ways We Surfed

Bill Franzen 's tale pays homage to the great surfer - Floyd "B-positive" Miller. Read by Garrick Hagon. Producer Duncan Minshull Rpt


Unknown: Bill Franzen
Read By: Garrick Hagon.
Producer: Duncan Minshull Rpt

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