Sue Lawley's Christmas castaway is
Michael Crawford. Renowned for his attention to detail,
Crawford has always performed his own stunts. A consummate professional, he admits to escaping from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from exhaustion, so the musical Bamum, that he was starring in, could go on. Producer Angie Nehring. Repeated Boxing Day 11.15am
Susannah Clapp profiles this country's most successful contemporary playwright,
Alan Ayckbourn , to mark his 60th birthday. With an extended interview with Ayckbourn himself and contributions from Julia McKenzie and Jane Asher. Producer Rebecca Stratford
Mrs Pepperpot sets off to the supermarket on top of Mr Pepperpot 's hat. They find themselves bringing home a bionic baby who causes no end of trouble. With Alison Darling as Auntie Solamina. For details see Tuesday 21 December
From "broddler"to "umbles" and "inkhorns"to "handys" - Frank Delaney and a celebrity panel debate a compendium of questions aboutthe history of the words we use and the way we have spoken through the ages.
Producer Emma Kingsley. Rptd Tuesday 28 December 11.30pm
By Roald Dahl. The second of two parts dramatised by Brian Sibley. 2: The Fantastic, Marvellous Idea. Danny comes up with the perfect plan to put paid to Mr Victor Hazell. For cast see yesterday 2.15pm
From the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
Members of the college tell the story of the loving purpose of God as revealed in the Bible. The choir is directed by Stephen Cleobury. For full order of service see page 46.
Producers James Whitbourn and David Kremer Repeated tomorrow 3.15pm on Radio 3 Full order of service: page 46
Alex Brodie and his guests examine which media will survive the information revolution. In the age of the internet, some of the oldest devices are still getting the message across. Producer Dave Harvey
In the first of two programmes, Simon Hoggart selects the best of the topical quiz from 1999. Featuring Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith , Francis Wheen and guest panellists. Producer Lucy Armitage. Rptd tomorrow 12noon
Brian leads the booing and hissing.
Written by Simon Frith. Director Keri Davies
Editor Vanessa Whitburn.
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The first of two programmes about angels.
Thomas Aquinas believed them to be "made of pure intellect", but what are they and where do our ideas about them come from?
See the choice on page 204.
Repeated from Tuesday 21 December 3.30pm. The second part can be heard tomorrow 7.45pm
Bill Bryden 's Royal National Theatre production of The Mysteries, based on the medieval plays of York, Wakefield and Chester, in a version by Tony Harrison and the Company. The play tells the story of the birth of Christ, attended by the shepherds and the three kings, and Herod's slaughter of the innocents.
Starringin alphabetical order: Peter Armitage , Stephen Bent.
David Bradley , Cathryn Bradshaw , David Busby , Paul Copley , Joe Duttine. William Gaunt , Sue Johnston. Trevor Laird ,
William MacBain. John Normington , Robert Oates , Joanna Page , Trevor Ray , lain Robertson, Jack Shepherd. John Tarns , Howard Ward and Don Warrington. Music performed by Graeme Taylor ,
Jonathan Davie. Stephen Dawson. Alan Dunn , Michael Gregory , Kevin Morgan , John Tarns , Keith Thomson , Roger Wilson and Linda Thompson. Producer Nicholas Newton. Director Bill Bryden
Trevor McDonald introduces his favourite literary extracts in this special Christmas edition recorded at the BBC Radio theatre. He reflects on his roots in the Caribbean and his lifelong fascination with journalism. He chooses pieces by Oscar Wilde , Derek Walcott , James Cameron and WH Auden. Readers Eleanor Bron , Tim Pigott -Smith and Ben Onwukwe.
Producers Viv Beeby and Mary Ward Lowery Repeated tomorrow 3.10pm
As the hour approaches for the annual Christmas rite of Midnight Communion, three Christian priests from very different parishes describe how they are preparing for the sermon and finding the right words to welcome the last Christmas Day of the second millennium.
The traditional midnight Eucharist welcoming the birth of Jesus Christ. Live from a candlelit
Westminster Cathedral, with music by the world famous cathedral choir. Celebrant and preacher the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols. Master of music James O'Donnell. Organist Andrew Reid. Producer Philip Billson
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