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: World News

: Bells on Sunday

From Westminster Abbey, London, ringing Stedman Caters.

: News Briefing

: Something Understood

A Child Is Born. Fergal Keane explores the impact of the arrival of a new child on the lives of ordinary mortals. Producer Jane Jeffes. Repeated at 11.30pm


Unknown: Fergal Keane
Producer: Jane Jeffes.

: The Living World

The Wren Hunt. Hunting for wrens once took place on St Stephen's Day as part of an ancient ceremony. Lionel Kelleway goes on a wren hunt of his own to see these beautiful birds up close as they face the Winter. Producer Helen Thomas


Unknown: Wren Hunt.
Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Producer: Helen Thomas

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday

Roger Bolton presents the programme from London, with guests live from Bethlehem,
Nazareth and Jerusalem. They examine the impact of the huge influx of pilgrims to the Holy Land, the alliances being struck between fundamentalist Christians and Jews, and the tensions that the millennium celebrations are placing on Muslim-Christian relations. Series producer Liz Leonard


Unknown: Roger Bolton
Producer: Liz Leonard

: Radio 4 Appeal

Michael Parkinson speaks on behalf of a charity which helps families that are in desperate need. DONATIONS: Family Welfare Association. [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: [number removed]
Repeated Thursday 30 December 3.28pm


Unknown: Michael Parkinson

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday Worship

On the last Sunday of the millennium, the Very Rev Michael Sellors celebrates the Eucharist in St
George's Cathedral, Jerusalem. The preacher is the Rt Rev Riah Abu El-Assal, bishop in Jerusalem, who has had an extraordinary role to play in building bridges between Palestinians and Israelis at this time in history. Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Unknown: Michael Sellors
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Alistair Cooke's Century

Biographer Nick Clarke joins Alistair Cooke to listen to some of the gems from his career as one of Britain's best loved broadcasters.
(Repeated tomorrow 8pm)
Factual: page 13


Interviewer: Nick Clarke
Interviewee: Alistair Cooke
Producer: Tony Grant

: The Archers

Omnibus edition

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's castaway is Michael Crawford. He talks about his varied and hugely successful career in film, television and theatre. Repeated from Christmas Eve 9am


Unknown: Michael Crawford.

: Just a Minute

Presented by Nicholas Parsons.
Repeated from Monday 20 December 6.30pm


Presented By: Nicholas Parsons.

: The Food Programme

Hung over and dyspeptic? Today's programme explores purification with diets designed to cleanse the system and hangover cures from around the world. Producer Lucinda Montefiore. Repeated tomorrow 4pm


Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

: The World This Weekend

With James Cox


Unknown: James Cox

: Gardeners' Question Time

The National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich hosts a special millennium edition with contributions from around the world. On the panel are Nigel Colborn , John Cushnie , Pippa Greenwood and Roy Lancaster. With chairman Eric Robson.
Producer Trevor Taylor. Repeated Wednesday 29 December 3pm


Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Roy Lancaster.
Unknown: Eric Robson.
Producer: Trevor Taylor.

: Season's Greetings

By Alan Ayckbourn , adapted by Vanessa Rosenthal. Christmas is the season of good cheer and harmony, but things are not working out that way in the Bunker household. It is Christmas Eve. A motley collection of friends and relatives fill the house with their own wishes, dreams and attitudes. The stage is set for seasonal disharmony and romantic intrigue.
Director Polly Thomas Drama: page 8


Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn
Adapted By: Vanessa Rosenthal.
Director: Polly Thomas
Harvey: Geoffrey Palmer
Rachel: Lia Williams
Belinda: Frances Barber
Eddie: Phil Daniels
Neville: Bill Nighy
Pattie: Ruth Lass
Bernard: John Sessions
Clive: Andrew Lincoln
Phyllis: Sophie Thompson

: Open Book

What do the books we may have opened yesterday say about us and the friends that gave them to us? David Stenhouse explores the psychology of giving and receiving books. Plus tales of obsession and betrayal -that special relationship between reader and writer. Producer Erin Riley


Unknown: David Stenhouse
Producer: Erin Riley

: The Deeper Magic

Children's insights into the spiritual and enchanting often go unheard. In this special programme of poetry written by under-18s, Michael Rosen sees the world through the eyes of the next generation. Producer John Tuckey. Repeated Saturday 11.30pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: John Tuckey.

: West East West

Mark Tully explores how eastern thought might help solve the problems of the west. Repeated from Tuesday 21 December


Unknown: Mark Tully

: Test Match Special Report

Jonathan Agnew introduces news and views live from Durban on the start of the Third Test between South Africa and England at Kingsmead.


Introduces: Jonathan Agnew

: Days That Shook the World

Niall Ferguson explores the details of the most critical days of the 20th century.
3: 27 October 1962 - the Cuban Missile Crisis The world held its breath as Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball. Producer Chris Marshall. Rptd Wednesday 29 December 8.45pm


Unknown: Niall Ferguson
Producer: Chris Marshall.

: Pick of the Year

The very best of the year's broadcasting on BBC radio celebrated by John Sergeant. Producer Bob Carter. PHONE: [number removed]
FAX: [number removed]. E-MAIL: potw@bbc.co.uk
WEB SITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/potw. Repeated tomorrow llpm


Unknown: John Sergeant
Producer: Bob Carter

: The Archers

Jennifer gives Brian the lowdown. Rptd tomorrow 2pm

: Aladdin

The often alarming story of Aladdin, his magic lamp and his mother's laundry. Repeated from yesterday 11am

: Sweeties

For Andrew O'Hagan , the Scottish writer shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize, hardly a day goes by when he does not miss sherbet fountains. Not that they no longer exist; it isjust that the person who used to eat them has gone. Producer Simon Coates


Unknown: Andrew O'Hagan
Producer: Simon Coates

: Antidote to Christmas

Quentin Cooper investigates the notion that Christmas is bad for you. Over the 12 days
80,000, Britons will end up in hospital, there will be 2,000 attacks by vicious trees, 500 falls caused by tinsel, and 500 children who munch and Swallow glass baubles. Producer Matt Thompson (R)


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Matt Thompson

: Boiled Penguin and Crushed Biscuits

With Sara Wheeler. Repeated from yesterday 1.30pm


Unknown: Sara Wheeler.

: The Red Road Diaries

Since May many Albanian families have been living as refugees in the United Kingdom. Despite a wave of publicity about those who went home in August, most are still here. This programme traces the story of families from Pristina now housed in a high-rise estate in Glasgow. Producer Mark Rickards


Producer: Mark Rickards

: The Westminster Hour

Who was Britain's greatest prime minister of the 20th century? Andrew Rawnsley asks Barbara
Castle, Roy Jenkins , Kenneth Baker , Ben Pimlot and Andrew Roberts who they would choose. A survey of 20 top experts also reveals the century's best - and worst- leaders. Editor John Evans Polly Toynbee : page 30


Unknown: Andrew Rawnsley
Unknown: Roy Jenkins
Unknown: Kenneth Baker
Unknown: Ben Pimlot
Unknown: Andrew Roberts
Editor: John Evans
Editor: Polly Toynbee

: A Good Read

Repeated from Tuesday 21 December

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: News

: Dome Alone

In five programmes throughout the week
Alistair Beaton gets a sneak preview of what is in the Millennium Dome and takes an irreverent look at what we are supposed to be celebrating at Greenwich. 1: The Journey Zone Seethe choice on page 216.
Producer Paul Vickers. Repeated tomorrow 6.15pm


Unknown: Alistair Beaton
Producer: Paul Vickers.

: The Late Story: Nay, Ivy, Nay

By Shena Mackay , read by Crawford Logan. Ivy covets a sprig of white-berried holly, cultivated by a botany professor in his garden, to decorate her Christmas pudding. Producer Julia Butt (R)


Unknown: Shena MacKay
Read By: Crawford Logan.
Producer: Julia Butt

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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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