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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow.

: Farming Today

With Richard Uridge. Producer Sandra Keating


Unknown: Richard Uridge.
Producer: Sandra Keating

: Today

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


Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Elaine Storkey.

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

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


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

: Sense the Difference

in a five-part series Claudia Hammond examines whether men and women see, smell, hear, feel and taste things differently.
1: Smell the Difference.The science behind the experience of parents Deborah and Matt who have noticed that she always smells the baby's dirty nappy first. Producer Dymphna Flynn


Unknown: Claudia Hammond
Producer: Dymphna Flynn

: Daily Service

Of the Father's Heart (Willocks); Luke 2, wlO-11 and Ephesians 1, w3-14; Glory to God (Handel); Lift Up Your Hearts (Woodlands). Director of music John Powell.


Music: John Powell.

: Words on Words with Ian Hislop

With John Sessions and Eleanor Bron. Part 4. For details see Monday 27 December


Unknown: John Sessions
Unknown: Eleanor Bron.

: Woman's Hour

Is there a crisis in masculinity? Jenni Murray hosts a debate between American author
Susan Faludi , British feminist Lynne Segal and Esquire editor PeterHowarth. Drama: Georgiana,
Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part 14. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Susan Faludi
Unknown: Lynne Segal
Unknown: Amanda Foreman.

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie presents memories and anecdotes, featuring correspondents from four decades. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: Ballet Shoes

By Noel Streatfeild. 4: Pauline's licence has arrived and she is finally old enough to be engaged as a professional actress. But her first audition makes it clear that she is by no means the academy's most talented student.
With Olivia Breeze , Max Digby , Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Miriam Berry. For regular cast and details see Monday 27 December


Unknown: Noel Streatfeild.
Unknown: Olivia Breeze
Unknown: Max Digby
Unknown: Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Unknown: Miriam Berry.

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Trixie Rawlinson.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Trixie Rawlinson.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Open Country

With Richard Uridge.
Shortened repeat from Christmas Day 7.05am


Unknown: Richard Uridge.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Boy's Own Book of the Dead

By Graham White. In the seventies two friends buried a time capsule to be opened at the millennium. But unearthing it reopens a dark past perhaps best left buried.
Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Graham White.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Tom: David Bamber
Kevin: Alastair Danson
Scott: Kim Wall
Paula: Zelah Clarke
Karen: Suzanna Hamilton
Lynn: Susie Bran

: Call You and Yours: [number removed]

With Peter White. Editor Chris Burns


Unknown: Peter White.
Editor: Chris Burns

: Radio 4 Appeal

Shortened repeat from Boxing Day 7.55am

: The Old Road

With Patrick Muirhead. 4: Journey's End For details see Monday 27 December


Unknown: Patrick Muirhead.

: This Sceptred Isle: the 20th Century

89: 1998 to 1999 - Devolution, Kosovo, and the Lords For details see Monday 27 December

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen 's series about words and the way we speak. 2: Spirit of the Dance. What words do you use for something as visual as dance? And at the threshold of the millennium, a plain guide to Janus, the January god. Repeated Sunday 8.30pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: The Material World

Quentin Coopertakes engineers Scott Steedman and Tanya Ross back to the Renaissance. Both agree that Brunelleschi's Dome is a work of genius, but how much common ground is there between contemporary engineers and theirforebears? E-MAIL: material.world@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Quentin Coopertakes
Unknown: Scott Steedman
Unknown: Tanya Ross

: PM

With Steve Evans and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Steve Evans
Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Test Match Special Report

Jonathan Agnew looks back at Third Test between South Africa and England in Durban.


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew

: Dome Alone

4: The Community Zone. Including The Picturesque Poverty Experience. Repeated from yesterday 12.15am

: 4 at the Store

In the first of two programmes award-winning stand-up comedian Simon Bligh hosts a night out at London's Comedy Store. Featuring Ian Stone , Jayne Tunnicliffe and Milton Jones. Producer Helen Williams


Unknown: Simon Bligh
Unknown: Ian Stone
Unknown: Jayne Tunnicliffe
Unknown: Milton Jones.
Producer: Helen Williams

: The Archers

A welcome trip to a restaurant is spoiled when the Grundy family returns home to be greeted with a final demand for thousands of pounds- but Eddie is hoping he can stave off disaster. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

One Last Case. In 1999 Colin Dexter decided that
Inspector Morse had solved his last case.
Mark Lawson investigates how crime writers sustain the careers of their detectives and when they decide that it is time for the final chapter. With Colin Dexter , Ian Rankin and PD James. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Colin Dexter
Unknown: Inspector Morse
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Colin Dexter
Unknown: Ian Rankin
Unknown: Pd James.
Producer: Robyn Read

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

By Amanda Foreman , dramatised by Jennifer Curry. 14: The Death of Beauty, 1796
For details see Monday 27 December. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Amanda Foreman
Dramatised By: Jennifer Curry.

: A Brief History of the End of the World

Forthousands of years people in many cultures have worried about the end of the world. In the first of two programmes, Professor Christopher Frayling , head of the Royal College of Art and one of the organisers of the Millennium Dome, considers what has made this fear and expectation a majordriving force in history. Producer Simon Crow


Unknown: Professor Christopher Frayling
Producer: Simon Crow

: Analysis

A Better Future. Tony Blair has pledged to ensure that progressive politics dominate the 21st century. Is this anything more than rhetoric? Ian Hargreaves asks whetherthere are reasons to believe the new century will be better than the last. Producer Ingrid Hassler
E-MAIL: analysis@bbc.co.uk. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm


Unknown: Tony Blair
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Producer: Ingrid Hassler

: Fabled Creatures

Reports of creatures that have eluded science can be found in most countries. In the last part of his series Mark Carwardine investigates these stories and looks at the biological evidence for the existence of some of these beasts.
Big Cats at Large. From the beast of Bodmin to the Surrey puma, there are plenty of accounts of the big cats that are meant to roam the British countryside. Ifthey really do exist, could their habitats support a population of such a top predator? If they are out there and are breeding, then the balance of the United Kingdom's ecology would be radically altered. Producer Simon Roberts


Unknown: Mark Carwardine
Producer: Simon Roberts

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

Repeated from 9am

: Book at Bedtime: The Devastating Boys

By Elizabeth Taylor , read by Sarah Bade !. The arrival of two little boys from London for a fortnight changes Laura's life for ever. (R)


Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Read By: Sarah Bade

: Wireless Wise

Repeated from yesterday 6.30pm

: Being So Cheerful

A look at how the BBC's wartime wireless programmes kept Britain entertained and productive during the darkest days of the Second World War.
2: Just a Laugh and a Joke, Mate. A dip into the comedy archives of It's That Man Again and Band Waggon, two of the BBC's all-time comedy classics. Producer Libby Cross (R)


Producer: Libby Cross

: News

: Dome Alone

5: The HealingZone. Including a cleansing of mind, body and spirit, and a few hints about getting your chakras in shape forthe new millennium. Repeated tomorrow 6.15pm

: The Late Book: All Quiet on the Orient Express

By Magnus Mills. Final part.


Writer: Magnus Mills
Reader: Nick Mercer

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