With the Rt Rev James Jones , Bishop of Liverpool.
The joys of Christmas in the countryside. Producer David Street
Mark Tully explores the enduring appeal of Christmas.
Producer Beverley McAinsh
Country Christmasses down the ages, Presented by Richard Uridge. Producer Alasdair Cross
Fergal Keane reflects on some of the key events of the year.
Producer Stephen Shipley
From the Metropolitan
Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. Celebrant and preacher the Most Rev Patrick Kelly , Archbishop of Liverpool. Adeste Fideles; Unto Us Is Born a Son: Missa Brevis in G (Caldara); Et Natus Est; Emmanuel; Away in a Manger; Psalm 97 and Alleluia; Isaiah 52, w7-10; Hebrews 1, wl-6; John 1, wl-18. Director of music Mervyn
Cousins. Organist Meirion Wynn Jones.
Sir David Attenborough is Sue Lawley's special castaway this morning. After a lifetime filming animals in their natural habitats, life on a desert island should hold no fears for him.
Producer Angle Nehnng. Rptd Sunday 11.15am ♦ See People: page 16
A drama by Sally Worboyes. Part 5. Repeated at 7.45pm.
For details see Monday 21 December
Cinderella and Her Very Ugly Sisters by Stewart Permutt and Debbie Barham. The shocking story of Cinderella and her facially-challenged sisters is retold in sensational detail: marvel at the depth of Thelma's voice, thrill at the quality of Cinderella's housework and gasp at her stepmother's clothing allowance.
Music Howard Goodall. Featuring the Cantate Youth Choir. soloists Tom Solomon and Sara Mitra. Director Bruce Hyman. Repeated at 9pm ? See People: page 14
Humphrey Lyttelton presents highlights of this year's award-winning series.
Featuring regulars Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and guests Paul Merton , Sandi Toksvig , fred MacAulay and Jeremy Hardy.
Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated at 6.05pm
Presented by Brian Sibley from the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester. Producer Fiona Bailey. Editor Kevin Marsh
A nostalgic look at Christmases past, drawn from 19 years at The Food Programme. With Derek Cooper. Producer Lauretta Reynolds
Repeated from yesterday 7pm
By Dirk Maggs. Radio 4's Christmas
Day audio movie, starring Christopher Lee as Drake. Two lab chimps return to Earth after 40 years marooned in orbit, possessing exceptional intelligence, exceptional compassion and the key to saving a child's life.
Music Matthew Strachan. Director Dirk Maggs # See Family: page 10
4: The Arrest of the Colonel. Will the mysterious Colonel finally be unmasked? For details see Monday 21 December
The Queen's Christmas message to the Commonwealth. Followed by the News.
Sue MacGregor selects her favourite pieces of prose and poetry.
Producer Mary Ward Lowery. Rptd at 10pm
Lionel Kelleway and naturalist Chris Sperring explore the woods of Avon and Somerset in search of night owls. Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat
In 1946, the Picture Post visited
Christmas Street, south-east London to capture the spirit of Christmas in postwar Britain. Alan Dein tracks down former residents t o hear how their Christmasses have changed.
Producer Mark Burman. Repeated at midnight
Simon Hoggart serves the first six months of 1998 on a platter of satire. Producer Jon Rolph. Rptd tomorrow 12.30pm
Ruth and David save the day.
For cast and details see New Year's Day
A selection of the arts over the past year. Producer Mohit Bakaya
Senior BBC correspondents join Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1999.
Producer Rosie Goldsmith
Repeated tomorrow 1.15pm
5: Judi Dench reads The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
For details see Monday 21 December
LATE NIGHT ON 4
The second of two programmes. For details see yesterday 11pm
Novelist Frank Delaney extemporises on the lives of intriguing people in history. Gilbert White , Tortoise Man. Producer Liz Jensen Repeat
With poet Les Murray.
Australia v England
Commentary from the Melbourne
Cricket Ground on the first day's play of the Fourth Test. For information or retuning advice phone [number removed]. *Approximate times
Vision: the Once Over For details see Monday 21 December