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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev James Jones , Bishop of Liverpool.


Unknown: James Jones

: Farming Today

The joys of Christmas in the countryside. Producer David Street


Producer: David Street

: Something Understood

Mark Tully explores the enduring appeal of Christmas.
Producer Beverley McAinsh


Unknown: Mark Tully
Producer: Beverley McAinsh

: Open Country

Country Christmasses down the ages, Presented by Richard Uridge. Producer Alasdair Cross


Presented By: Richard Uridge.
Producer: Alasdair Cross

: Joy to the World

Fergal Keane reflects on some of the key events of the year.
Producer Stephen Shipley


Producer: Stephen Shipley

: Christmas MorningService

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.


Unknown: Patrick Kelly
Organist: Meirion Wynn Jones.

: Desert Island DiscsSpecial

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


Unknown: Sir David Attenborough

: Under One Roof

A drama by Sally Worboyes. Part 5. Repeated at 7.45pm.
For details see Monday 21 December


Unknown: Sally Worboyes.

: Christmas Panto

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


Writer: Stewart Permutt
Writer: Debbie Barham
Music: Howard Goodall
Soloist: Tom Solomon
Soloist: Sara Mitra
Director: Bruce Hyman
Baron Hardup: John Bird
Baroness Susan: Maureen Lipman
Thelma: Robbie Coltrane
Louise: Peter Capaldi
Cinderella: Ruthie Henshall
Buttons: Arthur Smith
Dandini: Angus Deayton
Prince Charming: John Gordon-Sinclair
Fairy Godmother: Patricia Hodge

: I'm Sorry IHaven't a Clue - ChristmasSpecial

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


Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy.
Producer: Jon Naismith.

: Screen Test

Presented by Brian Sibley from the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester. Producer Fiona Bailey. Editor Kevin Marsh


Presented By: Brian Sibley
Producer: Fiona Bailey.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: Derek Cooper'sChristmas Lunch

A nostalgic look at Christmases past, drawn from 19 years at The Food Programme. With Derek Cooper. Producer Lauretta Reynolds


Unknown: Derek Cooper.
Producer: Lauretta Reynolds

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: The Gemini Apes

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


Unknown: Dirk Maggs.
Unknown: Christopher Lee
Music: Matthew Strachan.
Director: Dirk Maggs
JOJO: Gary Martin
Maisie: Lorelei King
Ricky: Alan Marriott
Rusty: Garrick Hagon
Mollie: Liza Ross
Kate: Katherine Shannon
Molson: Rupert Degas
Walker: Nic Colicos
Mike: Simon Treves

: Colonel Clay - Masterof Disguise

4: The Arrest of the Colonel. Will the mysterious Colonel finally be unmasked? For details see Monday 21 December

: The Queen

The Queen's Christmas message to the Commonwealth. Followed by the News.

: With Pleasure atChristmas

Sue MacGregor selects her favourite pieces of prose and poetry.
Producer Mary Ward Lowery. Rptd at 10pm


Producer: Mary Ward Lowery.

: A Night with the Owls

Lionel Kelleway and naturalist Chris Sperring explore the woods of Avon and Somerset in search of night owls. Producer Sarah Blunt Repeat


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Unknown: Chris Sperring

: Life on Christmas Street

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


Producer: Mark Burman.

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue - Christmas Special

Repeated from 12.04pm

: News Quiz of the Year

Simon Hoggart serves the first six months of 1998 on a platter of satire. Producer Jon Rolph. Rptd tomorrow 12.30pm


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Producer: Jon Rolph.

: The Archers

Ruth and David save the day.
For cast and details see New Year's Day

: Front Row

A selection of the arts over the past year. Producer Mohit Bakaya


Producer: Mohit Bakaya

: Under One Roof

Repeated from 10.45am

: Correspondents'Look Ahead

Senior BBC correspondents join Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1999.
Producer Rosie Goldsmith
Repeated tomorrow 1.15pm


Unknown: Alex Brodie
Producer: Rosie Goldsmith

: Christmas Panto

Repeated from 11am

: With Pleasure atChristmas

Repeated from 4.10pm

: Book at Bedtime:Chosen for Christmas

5: Judi Dench reads The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
For details see Monday 21 December


Unknown: Judi Dench
Unknown: Hans Christian Andersen.

: The Modern Magi

The second of two programmes. For details see yesterday 11pm

: Revealed Lives

Novelist Frank Delaney extemporises on the lives of intriguing people in history. Gilbert White , Tortoise Man. Producer Liz Jensen Repeat


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Unknown: Gilbert White
Producer: Liz Jensen

: Christmas Meditation

With poet Les Murray.


Unknown: Les Murray.

: Test Match Special

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

: Life on Christmas Street

Repeated from 5.30pm

: The Late Book: Out of Her Senses

Vision: the Once Over For details see Monday 21 December

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