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: World News

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
This morning features closing commentary from the first day's play of the Fourth Test from Melboune.
Commentary on the second day's play begins at approximately 12 midnight. *Approximate times

: Prayer for the Day

With Fr John McCullagh.


Unknown: John McCullagh.

: Leisure Update

With Trixie Rawlinson. Editor Chris Burns


Unknown: Trixie Rawlinson.
Editor: Chris Burns

: News Briefing

: Sports Desk

: Open Country Revisited

With Richard Uridge.


Unknown: Richard Uridge.

: Today

With Anna Ford and James Naughtie.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths.


Unknown: Anna Ford
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Leslie Griffiths.

: Home Truths

John Peel revisits some of the shining stars who have appeared on the Programme over the past few months. PHONE: [number removed].
E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: John Peel

: Double Vision

Miles Kington and Edward Enfield try to disprove the adage that "man is the only animal that laughs." With Richard Burge , director of London Zoo;
Professor Roger Scruton , author of On Hunting; and Lady Margaret Oswick. Producer Tony Staveacre


Unknown: Richard Burge
Unknown: Professor Roger Scruton
Unknown: Lady Margaret Oswick.
Producer: Tony Staveacre

: The Food Programme

Andrew Jefford samples the delights of champagne.
Producer Paul Kobrak
Repeated Monday 28 December 4pm


Unknown: Andrew Jefford
Producer: Paul Kobrak

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie presents analysis from correspondents worldwide.


Presenter: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Presented by Alison Mitchell. Producer Sarah Pennells


Presented By: Alison Mitchell.
Producer: Sarah Pennells

: News Quiz of the Year

Satire with Simon Hoggart. Repeated from yesterday 6.30pm


Unknown: Simon Hoggart.

: News

: Correspondents' LookAhead

A look foward at the coming year. Repeated from yesterday 8pm

: Shelf Lives

The Christmas Turkey. Stephen
Bayley, Raymond Blanc and Bernard Matthews help Nigel Cassidy uncover the curious history of the bird at the centre of a multimillion-pound industry. Producer Neil Koenig


Unknown: Turkey. Stephen
Unknown: Raymond Blanc
Unknown: Bernard Matthews
Unknown: Nigel Cassidy
Producer: Neil Koenig

: A Straight History of the Bent Banana

Rogan Taylor unpeels the layers of myth, history and politics that make the banana the most potent fruit of all.


Presenter: Rogan Taylor
Producer: Mark Burman

: The Saturday Play:Moonfleet

J Meade Falkner 's classic tale, dramatised by Nick Warburton.
Young John Trenchard is drawn into the dangerous world of smuggling when he goes in search of Blackbeard's diamond. But the treasure brings a curse, and soon John must flee for his life. with James Laurenson. Ron Cook. Stephen Boxer. Tilly Gaunt. Stephen Critchlow , Sean Baker , Ian Masters and Frances Jeater. Producer Sally Avens


Unknown: J Meade Falkner
Dramatised By: Nick Warburton.
Unknown: John Trenchard
Unknown: James Laurenson.
Unknown: Ron Cook.
Unknown: Stephen Boxer.
Unknown: Tilly Gaunt.
Unknown: Stephen Critchlow
Unknown: Sean Baker
Unknown: Ian Masters
Unknown: Frances Jeater.
Producer: Sally Avens
Young John: Richard Pearce
Narrator: Robert Glenister

: Weekend Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray. Editor Ruth Gardiner


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Editor: Ruth Gardiner

: Saturday PM

Eddie Mair presents analysis of the news and sports headlines.


Unknown: Eddie Mair

: Talking Pictures

Russell Davies presents a special holiday edition of Radio 4's programme about films and filmgoing. Producer Simon Elmes. Repeated Tuesday 29 December 11.30pm


Unknown: Russell Davies
Producer: Simon Elmes.

: The Now Show

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the sketch and stand-up show that delivers the sharpest and biggest laughs of the week, with the regular team of Simon Munnery ,
Jane Bussmann , David Quantick , Nick Romero and Dan Freedman.
Producer Aled Evans. Repeated Tuesday 29 December llpm


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Simon Munnery
Unknown: Jane Bussmann
Unknown: David Quantick
Unknown: Nick Romero
Unknown: Dan Freedman.
Producer: Aled Evans.

: Hearing with Hegley

Poet John Hegley entertains with a microphone and a book of verse. With Nigel Piper and Sue Norton. Recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Producer Phil Clarke Repeat


Unknown: John Hegley
Unknown: Sue Norton.
Producer: Phil Clarke

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and guests review the cultural hits and misses of 1998. Producer Adrian Washbourne


Unknown: Tom Sutcliffe
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Keyword

Matt Frei highlights a word from a foreign language which captures the essence of that country and its culture. 3: Losing Face
Producer Tony Grant. Repeated Wednesday 30 December 8.45pm Repeat


Unknown: Matt Frei
Producer: Tony Grant.

: The Archive Hour:On Conversation

Poet and critic Tom Paulin explores the history of conversation, from the teaching dialogues of Socrates and Plato to the gossip of nineties sitcoms. With help from Pete and Dud, Isaiah Berlin and Harry Enfield. Producer Clare Hughes


Unknown: Tom Paulin
Producer: Clare Hughes

: The Classic Serial:Bleak House

By Charles Dickens , dramatised in five parts by John Dryden. 4: Having sworn her long-lost daughter to silence over their relationship, Lady Dedlock is confronted by her lawyer. Tulkinghorn, who threatens to expose all. With Claire Price and Michael Kitchen.
Repeated from Sunday 20 December 3pm


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: John Dryden.
Unknown: Michael Kitchen.

: Education 2000

A forum which tests plans to improve the country's education system. With Edward Stourton.
Repeated from Wednesday 23 December 8pm


Unknown: Edward Stourton.

: The Bells of Russia

Russia's history has been rung out through the centuries by thousands of church bells. Russian poet
Irina Ratushinskaya tells Ken Asch the story of bells through a mixture of chimes, legends, poems and songs. Producer Tim Whewell. Repeated Monday 28 December 11.30pm


Unknown: Irina Ratushinskaya
Unknown: Ken Asch
Producer: Tim Whewell.

: Fine Lines

In the continuing series about contemporary poetry,
Christopher Cook talks to poets Kate Clanchy and Helen Dunmore about the changes that have taken place in women's poetry over the last 150 years. Producer Susan Roberts Repeat


Talks: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Kate Clanchy
Unknown: Helen Dunmore
Producer: Susan Roberts

: News

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
This morning features closing commentary from the first day's play of the Fourth Test from Melboune.
Commentary on the second day's play begins at approximately 12 midnight. *Approximate times

: Experimental Feature: Short Short Stories

The Cold Spot. By Nicola Barker , read by Niamh Cusack. In the bedsit, there is one area that remains below room temperature. Producer Duncan Minshull Repeat


Unknown: Nicola Barker
Read By: Niamh Cusack.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: The Late Story:Winter Stories

The First Christmas Story. By Angela Lambert , read by Jane Asher. A young couple abandons friends and family to spend Christmas in a hotel with strangers. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon


Story By: Angela Lambert
Read By: Jane Asher.
Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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