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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

The news of the week in rural Britain.

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Stephen Shipley.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: Facts and Fancies

By and with Armando lannucci. Part 3. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Armando Lannucci.

: News

: Midweek

In the pure air of the Scottish
Highlands, Professor George Dodd manufactures smells. Libby Purves and her guests, including birthday guest Charles Kennedy , join the professor beside Loch Ewe for an especially aromaful New Year's Eve. Producer Ronni Davis


Unknown: Professor George Dodd
Unknown: Libby Purves
Unknown: Charles Kennedy
Producer: Ronni Davis

: Daily Service

Balulalow (Warlock); 1 John 4, w7-16; God Beyond All Names (Farrell); Joy to the World (Handel). Director of music Christopher Walker.


Music: Christopher Walker.

: The Garden

The last of four programmes exploring the changing nature of the garden landscape with the Passage of the seasons and the relationship between the garden and the gardeners. Producer Sarah Blunt


Producer: Sarah Blunt

: On This Day

Geoffrey Wheeler reviews some of the stories, events and issues which made the news in 1947.


Unknown: Geoffrey Wheeler

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray presents the best of the Woman's Houryear. Producer Sarah Taylor


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Producer: Sarah Taylor

: The Pickwick Papers

By Charles Dickens , dramatised in six
Parts by Martyn Read.
Final part: Freedom, Friendship and a Satisfactory Conclusion!
For details and cast list see Christmas Eve Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Martyn Read.

: You and Yours

Presented by Mark Whittaker.


Presented By: Mark Whittaker.

: Little Novels

Five Victorian mysteries by Wilkie Collins , dramatised by John Arden. 1: Mr Policeman and the Cook
PC Brady has an astonishing deathbed confession to make.
Pianist Colin Guthhe Director David Blount


Unknown: Wilkie Collins
Dramatised By: John Arden.
Dramatised By: Mr Policeman
Pianist: Colin Guthhe
Director: David Blount
Wilkie Collins: Ronald Pickup
PC Brady: John Quinn
Priscilla: Rachel Atkins
Priest: Hugh Dickson

: The World at One

With James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: From the Bottom of a Well

By Claire Dowie. Geoff's parents are worried about him - he is 52 and has been made redundant. Now he's obsessed with excavating the well.
With Nicky Henson , Nicholas Le Provost and Selina Cadell. Directed by Cathryn Hom


Unknown: Claire Dowie.
Unknown: Nicky Henson
Unknown: Nicholas Le Provost
Unknown: Selina Cadell.
Directed By: Cathryn Hom
Geoff: Stephen Moore
Mr Bilson: Peter Sallis
Mrs Bilson: Jean Boht

: The Afternoon Shift

With Daire Brehan.


Unknown: Daire Brehan.

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Rocket Man and the Chlpolata Fingers This year, Elton John released a song that became the biggest-selling single of all time. He talks candidly to
Paul Gambaccini about the highs and lows of his 30-year career, in which music has remained a point of focus and hope in times of difficulty.
Producer Jerome Weatherald Repeat


Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: Paul Gambaccini
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Short Story: Out from Under

By Michael Carson , read by Louise Jameson.
Tiny and Mildred, two old friends, find a novel way of seeing in the new year. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon Repeated Saturday 12.30am


Unknown: Michael Carson
Read By: Louise Jameson.
Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

: PM

With Charlie Lee-Potter and Jon Sopel.


Unknown: Charlie Lee-Potter
Unknown: Jon Sopel.

: Masterbrain

Robert Robinson chairs a challenge match featuring 1997 Brain of Britain and Mastermind competitors.
Repeated from Monday 29 December 12.25pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson

: News

: The Archers

An unexpected midnight kiss. Repeated tomorrow 1.40pm

: Face the Facts

John Waite returns with his team of investigators to follow up listeners' complaints. The programme sets out to pursue both individual allegations of injustice and wider issues affecting the lives of ordinary people. Editor Graham Ellis
WRITE TO: Face the Facts.
BBC Broadcasting House. London W1A 1AA E-MAIL: ftf@bbc.co.uk
Repeated tomorrow 9.05am


Unknown: John Waite
Editor: Graham Ellis

: Correspondents Look Ahead

The BBC's senior correspondents join presenter Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1998. What stories will dominate the airwaves next year? Producer Tony Grant


Presenter: Alex Brodie
Producer: Tony Grant

: How Music Can Change the World

A three-part series exploring the influence of music on the world.
1: Can Music Change the World?
The Ancient Greeks certainly thought so - Amphion had only to play his lyre and the walls of Thebes built themselves.
David Huckvale starts the series with an investigation into the power of music and how it has affected spiritual values and political ideas. Producer Anthony Sellors Repeat


Unknown: David Huckvale
Producer: Anthony Sellors

: The Pickwick Papers

Repeated from 11.30am

: The World Tonight Special Debate

This last of three debates is about the European Union. With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Playback

By Raymond Chandler. Part 8.
For details see Monday 22 December Repeat


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: The (Almost) Accidental Adventures of Bell and Todd: Part 3

John Eggleston's six-part comedy in which two friends are thrown into a mad world by the wry narrator, Diana, played by June Whitfield.


Writer: John Eggleston
Producer: Liz Anstee
Diana: June Whitfield
Bell: Matthew Bell
Todd: Toby Longworth

: TV Dinners

Six-part darkly comic tale by Keith Lawes. 3: The Happiest Days of Your Life Starring Richard O'Brien , Jonathan Coy and Harry Capehom. Producer Phil Bowker


Unknown: Keith Lawes.
Unknown: Richard O'Brien
Unknown: Jonathan Coy
Unknown: Harry Capehom.
Producer: Phil Bowker

: John Shuttleworth's Open House

Join John Shuttleworth live from his
Sheffield house and garden. It is New Year's Eve, and the Shuttleworths are having a party. Unfortunately, Mary and the kids have made alternative arrangements, so John is left to greet the celebrity guests on his own.
Written and performed by Graham Fellows , with guest Tony Roche. Producer Paul Schlesinger


Unknown: John Shuttleworth
Unknown: Graham Fellows
Unknown: Tony Roche.
Producer: Paul Schlesinger

: News

: The Late Book: Ghost Stories

By MR James. 3: A School Story
Two corpses are dragged from a deep well, their arms inseparably entwined. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Mr James.

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