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: World News

: Talking to God

Frank Delaney reflects on the language of the Creed as part of Radio 4's celebration of a 1,000 Years Of Spoken English. Producer Simon Elmes


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Producer: Simon Elmes

: News Briefing

: Something Understood

A Child Is Born. Mark Tully celebrates Christ's birthday in the company of poets, musicians, artists, historians and people from across the centuries and throughout the world. Producer Beverly McAinsh. Repeated at llpm


Unknown: Mark Tully
Producer: Beverly McAinsh.

: News Briefing

: Open Country

Richard Uridge uncovers more stories and characters from the British countryside.
Producer Karen Gregor. Repeated Thursday 30 December 1.30pm


Unknown: Richard Uridge
Producer: Karen Gregor.

: Joy to the World

Sheena McDonald and Allan Little present a celebration and reflection in words and music for Christmas morning, with special reports from around the world. Producer James Parkin


Unknown: Sheena McDonald
Unknown: Allan Little
Producer: James Parkin

: The Christmas Service from Bethlehem

Celebrating the miraculous birth of Christ and reflecting on the significance of Bethlehem, the City of Bread. With Dominican priest and biblical scholar Father Jerome Murphy O'Connor and pastor ofthe Lutheran Evangelical Christmas
Church DrMitri Rahab. Director of music
Gordon Stewart.


Unknown: Father Jerome Murphy O'Connor
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Christmas Home Truths

The programme has declared itself a tinsel-free zone: no mistletoe, no fairy lights, just good wholesome fair. John Peel presents highlights of the series and a mix of personal stories. With writers Anne Enright and Phil Hogan.
Producer Chris Berthoud. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk. Repeated at 10pm


Unknown: John Peel
Unknown: Anne Enright
Unknown: Phil Hogan.
Producer: Chris Berthoud.

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 11: Tinsel-Free and not-so Joyous 11 December 2016

: Aladdin, the Chinese Laundry Boy

The often alarming story of Aladdin, his magic lamp and his mother's laundry, retold in thrilling, squeaky-clean (well, almost) detail. Marvel at the depth of Widow Twankey's voice; thrill at the story which inspired Wagner's Rinse Cycle; gasp as Aladdin's magic lamp gives new meaning to the words 'light entertainment'.
Repeated tomorrow 7.15pm
Comedy, page 7; Webwatch, page 41


Written by: Stewart Permutt
Written by: John Langdon
Written by: Bruce Hyman
Musical Director: Philip Pope
Drums and percussion: Nick Mason
Bass Guitar: Kevin Powell
Director: Bruce Hyman
Abanazzar (a really wicked sorcerer): Terry Jones
Grand Vizier (a former lawyer-turned-public figure): Clive Anderson
Empress of China (a very royal personage): Penelope Keith
Aladdin (a cheeky chappy): Tony Robinson
Princess Mah-Jong (the Empress's beautiful daughter): Jennifer Ehle
Wishee Washee (Aladdin's surprisingly thick younger brother): Tony Hawks
Widow Twankey (their mother, owner of Twankey's Launderette): Robbie Coltrane
Genie of the Ring: Lesley Joseph
Genie of the Lamp: Jeremy Hardy
Pekinese people: Cantate Youth Choir

: The News Quiz Christmas Special

Simon Hoggart selects the best ofthe topical quiz from 1999. Repeated fromyesterday6.30pm


Unknown: Simon Hoggart

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

A festive edition ofthe antidote to panel games recorded atthe Golders Green Hippodrome.
Special guest Stephen Fry joins regulars Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and chariman Humphrey Lyttelton. Colin Sell accompanies on the merry organ. Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated at 6.05pm


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton.
Producer: Jon Naismith.

: Derek Cooper's Christmas Pudding

Derek Cooper is joined by an array of guests who reveal theirfavourite food ofthe year. Producer Min Raisman


Unknown: Derek Cooper

: Boiled Penguin and Crushed Biscuits

Travel writer Sara Wheeler delves into the diaries and memoirs of intrepid explorers ofthe Antarctic to see how they celebrated Christmas Day. Producer Elizabeth Abrahams. Repeated tomorrow 9pm


Unknown: Sara Wheeler
Producer: Elizabeth Abrahams.

: The Saturday Play: The Little Prince

The popular French classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated and dramatised by Bonnie Greer. An aviator believes he is alone in the Sahara Desert until he meets an unusual space traveller - a wise little boy. The child - the Little Prince - has fantastical tales to tell about his amazing interplanetary journey.
with Natasha Pyne, Stephen Thorne and Gemma Saunders. Producers Keith Waithe. Director Pam Fraser Solomon


Dramatised By: Bonnie Greer.
Unknown: Natasha Pyne
Unknown: Stephen Thorne
Unknown: Gemma Saunders.
Producers: Keith Waithe.
Director: Pam Fraser Solomon
Aviator: Robert Powell
Rose: Susannah Corbett
Little Prince: Garrett Moore
Snake: Colin Salmon
King: Bernard Cribbins

: The Queen

The Queen's Christmas message to the peoples of the Commonwealth.

: With Pleasure at Christmas

SirTrevor McDonald introduces his favourite literary extracts. Repeated from yesterday 10pm

: A Pint, a Pie and a Song

At this time of year in the west Yorkshire village of Marsden, a group of men get together to put on an all-male pantomime. This programme follows the making of Beau Geste , or The Camel Strikes Backfrom first rehearsals to costume fittings, dance routines and the opening night.
For details see Tuesday 21 December 11am. Revised repeat


Unknown: Beau Geste

: Scenes from a Painted Bestiary

Medieval bestiaries were the David Attenboroughs oftheirtime, though they were inaccurate as well as hugely popular.
Descriptions of the cute and not-so-cute beasts reveal the bizarre workings of the medieval mind. But do our present ideas get any nearer to the truth of what animals are all about? Producer Matt Thompson Repeated at midnight


Unknown: David Attenboroughs
Producer: Matt Thompson

: Talking Pictures

Brian Sibley with the big Christmas Day picture on the world of film, including a festive film quiz, Roy Disney on remaking Fantasia and a bumper guide to the pick of films on television.
WRITE TO: Talking Pictures, BBC Radio 4, London, W1A 1AA. E-MAIL: talking.pictures@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Roy Disney

: I'm Sorry I Haven't

a Clue Repeated from 12.30pm

: The Now Show

Steve Punt and H ugh Dennis host a Christmas special of the comedy show featuring sketches, songs and stand-up with a subversive twist. With regulars Bert Tyler-Moore , George Jeffrie , Mitch Benn , Emma Clarke and a surprise special guest. Producer Aled Evans. Repeated Tuesday December 28 11pm


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Bert Tyler-Moore
Unknown: George Jeffrie
Unknown: Mitch Benn
Unknown: Emma Clarke
Producer: Aled Evans.

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week's cultural highlights, including Oroonoko, Biyi Bandele 's adaptation of Aphra Benn 's novel about a 17th-century West African prince captured and sold by an English slave trader.


Unknown: Tom Sutcliffe
Unknown: Biyi Bandele
Unknown: Aphra Benn

: Angel Delights

The second of two programmes about angels.
People have been meeting angels for centuries, but what shape do these encounters take? Repeated from Wednesday 22 December 3.30pm

: The Archive Hour: A Christmas World in Your Ear

Emily Buchanan examines festive traditions through the medium of English language programmes from around the world. She looks at why the Czechs are filling their baths with carp, what is cooking for the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and why New Zealanders are keen to Stamp out flirting Santas. Producer Laura McCullagh


Unknown: Emily Buchanan
Producer: Laura McCullagh

: Classic Serial: Cider with Rosie

Laurie Lee 's childhood in the Gloucestershire countryside inspired one of the century's best-loved autobiographies. In the second instalment of Nick Darke 'stwo-partdramatisation, young
Loll experiences his first taste of the adult world. Repeated from Sunday 19 December 3pm


Unknown: Laurie Lee
Unknown: Nick Darke

: Christmas Home Truths

John Peel presents highlights of the series and a mix of personal stories. With writers Anne Enright and Phil Hogan. Repeated from 10am


Unknown: John Peel
Unknown: Anne Enright
Unknown: Phil Hogan.

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: Scenes from a Painted Bestiary

Repeated from 5pm

: Christmas Meditation

A spiritual, intellectual and religious meditation on the subject of Christmas. Producer James Parkin


Producer: James Parkin

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