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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Elaine Storkey


Unknown: Elaine Storkey

: Farming Today

With Anna Hill. Producer Julia Letts


Unknown: Anna Hill.
Producer: Julia Letts

: Today

With Sue MacGregorand Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Elaine Storkey.


Unknown: MacGregorand Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Elaine Storkey.

: Melvyn Bragg - In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas and events which have influenced our time. Repeated at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: Carols for Choirs

Alaistair Hume examines the words and music to O Little Town of Bethlehem and asks just how British is it? For details see Tuesday 21 December 9.30am


Presenter: Alaistair Hume

: Book of the Week: The Real James Herriot

By Jim Wright. 4: Of Banks and Books Fordetails see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Jim Wright.

: Daily Service

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling(Blaenwern);
Matthew 25, w34-40; Nativity Carol (Rutter); In the Bleak Midwinter (Darke). Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray presents the latest news, views and interviews from a woman's point of view. Drama: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part9. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Amanda Foreman.

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie presents a special edition, featuring correspondents from four decades. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: Mrs Pepperpot

Mrs Pepperpot 's long-lost sister arrives from
America with a huge handbag. It comes in very useful when Mrs Pepperpot unexpectedly shrinks to the size of a doll and needs somewhere to hide. With Sarah Parks as Margaret Anne. For details see Tuesday 21 December


Unknown: Mrs Pepperpot
Unknown: Mrs Pepperpot
Unknown: Margaret Anne.

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and John Waite. With the Veg Talk men, Greg and Charlie.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Open Country

Presented by Richard Uridge.
Shortened repeat from Saturday 18 December6.10am


Presented By: Richard Uridge.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Danny the Champion of the World: 1: A Deep, Dark Secret

by Roald Dahl, dramatised in two parts by Brian Sibley.
Danny thinks William Champion is the best father a boy ever had, but William is about to make some shocking disclosures. Part two is tomorrow at 2.15pm.
Family: page 15

Roald Dahl's hero Danny the Champion of the World (2.15pm R4) lives with his father in a caravan, in mutually supportive happiness - until the equilibrium of their lives is disrupted by mystery, danger, suspense, heroism and eventually that most Dahlian delicacy, sweet revenge. In this exciting dramatisation, the young Nick Robinson makes an excellent Danny, with Jack Dee as his father and Hywel Bennett as the rich and (of course) vulgar villain, Mr Hazell.


Author: Roald Dahl
Dramatised by: Brian Sibley
Director: John Taylor
Danny: Nick Robinson
William: Jack Dee
Victor Hazell: Hywel Bennett
Sergeant Samways: Bill Treacher
Doc Spencer: Andrew Sachs
Captain Lancaster: Crawford Logan
Mrs Clipstone: Janine Duvitski
Mr Snoddy/Cartwright: Ian Masters
Sidney: Robin Rayner
Bradley: David Bagheri
Norman: Jonathan Neal

: Call You and Yours: [number removed]

With Peter White. Editor Chris Burns


Unknown: Peter White.
Editor: Chris Burns

: Radio 4 Appeal

Shortened repeat from Sunday 7.55am

: This Sceptred Isle: the 20th Century

84: 1991 John Major and War with Iraq
85: 1992-Oldies, Speculators, and Labour Falls Again For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: John Major

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen returns with the programme about words and the way we speak.
1: Season's Greetings. Agift-wrapped parcel of word goodies to get you in party mood. Producer Michael Nangla


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Michael Nangla

: The Material World

Quentin Cooper goes backto school with John Gribbin , Brian J Ford and Jacqueline Mitton to face tough questioning from the scientists of the future. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: material.world@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Unknown: John Gribbin
Unknown: Brian J Ford
Unknown: Jacqueline Mitton
Producer: John Watkins.

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Charlie Lee-Potter


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Charlie Lee-Potter

: In the End

The final episode of MarkTavener's satirical comedy thriller starring Michael Williams and Barry Foster. George is convinced that he is the murderer's next target, but can he find the killer before it is too late? And could the Prime Minister be thinking about handing overthe reins? with Harry Towb , Phil Cornwell , Michael Fenton Stevens. Peter Woodthorpe , Hugh Parker. David Holt and Beth Chalmers Music Paul Mottram. Producer Dawn Ellis
Executive producer Paul Schlesinger


Unknown: Michael Williams
Unknown: Barry Foster.
Unknown: Harry Towb
Unknown: Phil Cornwell
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens.
Unknown: Peter Woodthorpe
Unknown: Hugh Parker.
Unknown: David Holt
Unknown: Beth Chalmers
Music: Paul Mottram.
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
George Cragge: Michael Williams
Superintendent Jefferson: Barry Foster
Prime Minister: Jonathan Coy
Charles Prentiss: Stephen Fry
Martin Griffiths: John Bird
Crichton Potter: Anton Rodgers
Marcia Mallon: Rebecca Front
Chancellor: Simon Greenall
Maria: Jessica Oyelowo

: The Archers

Debbie is Still icy. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

The Mystery of Harry Potter. Francine Stock meets JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books which have proved the publishing phenomenon Of the year. Producer Rebecca Stratford


Unknown: Harry Potter.
Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Harry Potter
Producer: Rebecca Stratford

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

By Amanda Foreman , dramatised by Jennifer Curry. 9: Menage a Trois, 1784
For details see Monday 20 December. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Amanda Foreman
Dramatised By: Jennifer Curry.

: The Masada Myth

The tragic story of the defence of the rock fortress at Masada by Jewish rebels has been an inspiring force for contemporary Israel. Now this heroic tale is increasingly coming under question. Malcolm Billings investigates truth, fantasy and the manufacturing of history. Producer Hugh Levinson


Unknown: Malcolm Billings
Producer: Hugh Levinson

: Analysis

Forgiveness. When we witness forgiveness it can be inspirational. So why is it so rare? Andrew Dilnot examines the uses of forgiveness and asks how it affects different kinds of relationships.
Producer Michael Blastland. E-MAIL: analysis@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Andrew Dilnot
Producer: Michael Blastland.

: Fabled Creatures

Mark Carwardine investigates reports of strange creatures that have eluded science.
3: Monsters of the Deep. The world's largest unexplored habitat is the sea and, despite the advances of modern science, more is known about the surface of the moon than this alien world. If monsters exist, then surely it is here that they will be found. Mark Carwardine investigates stories of sea monsters, unravels fact from fiction, and discovers one monsterthat is known to science -the largest invertebrate predator on earth - but one that no one has yet seen alive. Producer Simon Roberts


Unknown: Mark Carwardine
Unknown: Mark Carwardine
Producer: Simon Roberts

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig


Unknown: Robin Lustig

: Book at Bedtime: Chosen for Christmas

Emma Fielding reads Natasha's First Ball from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.


Unknown: Leo Tolstoy.

: The Weekend Starts Here

Last of the comedy series by Bill Matthews.
Shipcombe Green is a village divided - between the villagers and the weekenders. A swish new restaurant, the Teal and Ptarmigan, is set to open and swipe customers from the Shipcombe Arms. with Tom Marshall and Tom George. Music composed and performed by Terry Davies. Director Paul Miller


Unknown: Bill Matthews.
Unknown: Tom Marshall
Unknown: Tom George.
Unknown: Terry Davies.
Director: Paul Miller
Marina: Diana Hardcastle
Terence: Philip Bretherton
MrsThorogood: Gillian Barge
MrThorogood: Rupert Vansittart
Christine: Susan Brown
Norman: Gavin Muir
Felicity: Gemma Saunders
Robbie: Tim Treloar

: Being So Cheerful

A three-part look at how the BBC's wartime wireless programmes kept Britain entertained and productive during the darkest days of the Second World War.
1: The Rrst Wireless War. The classical and documentary series of the day, from Music while You WorktO Home Front. Producer LibbyCross(R)

: News

: The Late Book: All Quiet on the Orient Express

By Magnus Mills. Part 4.
For details see Monday 20 December

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