At some point most of us are faced with a single choice which irrevocably alters our lives. Michael Buerk talks to people who have made such decisions and takes them through the whole process, from dilemma to making the choice and living with the consequences.
Producer Liz Leonard. Repeated at 9.30pm
I I He is the sand castle of an inclement season, the winter equivalent of the scarecrow, and the jolliest of the folk-figure creations - a Christmas celebration of the snowman. Producer Alison Quinn
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With the Rev Stephen Shipley. Come, Thou
Redeemer of the Earth (Puer Nobis Nascitur);
Isaiah 64, wl-5, w8-9; Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences (Purcell); Have Faith in God, My Heart (St Ethelwald). Director of music Christopher Stokes.
Roger Bolton investigates the sources of the Nativity story and looks at elements that have puzzled historians down the ages. Should
Christians take literally the Gospel accounts of Jesus's birth? Was Mary really a virgin? Bolton tries to find some of the answers in art, classical mythology, astronomy and theology. He is helped by guests including art historian Sister
Wendy Beckett , classicist Peter Gandy and theologian Dr Elaine Storkey. Producer Elena Curti. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
As a precursor to the famous annual Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, Tim Marlow goes behind the scenes of King's College Choirto discover what the boy choristers and adult choral scholars are really like. How are they selected and trained, how do they fit such a punishing schedule around school and university studies, and what do the town dwellers of Cambridge really think of their famous student choir? Producer Helen Garrison
By Israel Horovitz. Underthe northern lights, halfway up the highest mountain in Alaska, David Kipling is in charge of 20 honeymoon couples busy trying to conceive. I solitude, he reaches out to his wife by telephone and seeks to conjure up the son who died two years ago.
Director Ned Chaillet
Five classic European stories exploring the weird and the wonderful. 2: Autumn Sorcery by Joseph von Eichendorff. A young knight is driven to madness when he discovers that everything he holds dear is pure illusion. Read by Jamie Glover. For details see yesterday
2: Marcel Berlins looks at puzzling numbers, some of which have outfoxed mathematicians for hundreds of years. Do mathematicians themselves see the point of solving the problem or are they just having fun? For details see yesterday (R)
rSex, squid and six Socratic dialogues by Lynne Truss. In the smelly but convivial surroundings of the Acropolis Fish Restaurant, 408 BC, great
Athenians confront the eternal verities and also eat a lot. 1: Fish. A chorus of Ancient Greek fish delivery men bringdisturbing news for Aristophanes.
Producer Brian King
With Francine Stock , including a reassessment of the comedy-writing team of George S Kaufman and Moss Hart , whose play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, is on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day. Producer Rebecca Stratford
This week Dr Graham Easton provides the information you need to have a healthy holiday, especially if you are planning an exotic trip this Christmas. He has advice on how to avoid common problems, looks at the pros and cons of injections and investigates whether tropical diseases are on the increase in the UK.
Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald
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