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: Prayer for the Day

With Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor.


Unknown: Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.


Presenter: Anna Hill

: Love Came Down

Mark Lawson provides a festive start to the day with a rich and spicy mixture of music, poetry and stories. Readers Fiona Shaw and Simon Russell
Beale. Producer Amanda Hancox. Shortened repeat at 10pm


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Readers: Fiona Shaw
Producer: Amanda Hancox.

: Open Country

A celebration of the country Christmas, presented by Richard Uridge. Producer AiasdairCross


Presented By: Richard Uridge.

: Joy to the World

With Emily Buchanan. Reports from BBC foreign correspondents around the world present a seasonal snapshot of countries which have featured prominently in the news over the past year. Producer Claire Campbell Smith


Unknown: Emily Buchanan.
Producer: Claire Campbell Smith

: Christmas Morning Service

The Gift. A festive celebration from St Martin in the Fields, London. Led by the Rev Nicholas Holtham who visits the Social Care Unit and discusses two paintings of the Adoration of the Christ Child with Neil MacGregor , director of the National Gallery. Carols are sung by the StMartin's Choir, directed by Paul Stubbings. There is also a performance of Michael Mouse- a drama for Christmas. Producer Stephen Shipley


Unknown: St Martin
Unknown: Nicholas Holtham
Unknown: Neil MacGregor
Directed By: Paul Stubbings.
Producer: Stephen Shipley

: Home Truths Christmas Special

Resplendent in his big reds, John Peel presents the shepherd who ditched his flock one night and the mother who moved into herpigsty. With Ned Sherrin. Producer Jacqueline Smith
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths Repeated at 9pm


Unknown: John Peel
Unknown: Ned Sherrin.
Producer: Jacqueline Smith

: A Short History of the Fork

The fork is an odd instrument - four curved prongs emanating from a fat ridge, joined to a handle. Where did it come from and how should it be used? Joe Farrell investigates with a little help from collectors, manufacturers and fans. Producer Miles Warde


Unknown: Joe Farrell
Producer: Miles Warde

: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

By Penelope Lively , adapted in five parts by Ellen Dryden. 1: James Harrison loves the new cottage his family has moved to. But why does his dog keep barking? Why is James's bedroom so cold? And who wrote "alchemie" on the blackboard?
Director Don Taylor


Unknown: Penelope Lively
Unknown: Ellen Dryden.
Unknown: James Harrison
Director: Don Taylor
James: Jack Blumenau
Thomas: John Grillo
Mrs Harrison: Alexandra Mathie
MrHarrison: Simon Chandler
Helen: Lucy Curtis
Simon: Scott Charles
Julia: Megan Whelan

: The Food Programme

From Our Own Food Correspondents
To celebrate Christmas Day, the programme calls on its correspondents, from the South Pole to Barcelona via Manhattan, to give us their best food stories.
Producer Sheila Dillon


Producer: Sheila Dillon

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

Humphrey Lyttelton introduces highlights of the antidote to panel games, featuring regular team members Tim Brooke-Taylor , Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, together with notable contributions from Jeremy Hardy , Sandi Toksvig , Stephen Fry , Neil Mullarkey and Tony Hawks. Producer Jon Naismith.
Repeated New Year's Eve 12.04pm
BBC Radio Collection: A range of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue audio cassettes are auailabte from all good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com.


Introduces: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Neil Mullarkey
Producer: Jon Naismith.

: News

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

Extended repeat from yesterday 5pm

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Echoing Waters

A Cheshire Mystery Cycle. By Alan Garner. Pagan folklore, local mythology and Christian tradition intertwine in a potent re-telling of the story of Christ's birth and death, transported to Cheshire.
Music composed and performed by Oily Fox. Director Wils Wilson


Unknown: Alan Garner.
Unknown: Oily Fox.
Director: Wils Wilson
Chorus/First shepherd: Dave Hill
Second shepherd: Patrick Bridgman
Third shepherd: Tony Monroe
Joseph John: Uoyd Fillingham
Mary: Gillian Kearney
Matthew: Mark Scott
Peter: Chris Middleton

: The Queen

Her Majesty 's Christmas message to the peoples of the Commonwealth.


Unknown: Her Majesty

: Pick of the Year

The best of the year's broadcasting on BBC radio, with Eddie Mair in the first part of his pick of picks. Producer Neil George. PHONE: [number removed]


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Producer: Neil George.

: The Man Who Came to Dinner

By Moss Hart and George S Kaufman , adapted by Marcy Kahan. Simon Callow stars as Sheridan Whiteside , the great Broadway creation, in this classic comedy of the thirties. A broken leg turns a visiting celebrity into a tyrannical house guest mercilessly abusing the hospitality of the Stanley family. An entomologist, Hollywood and West End friends converge on Ohio, bringing stardom, chaos and cockroaches to small-town America.
Other parts played by members of the cast. Director Ned Chaillet


Unknown: Moss Hart
Unknown: George S Kaufman
Adapted By: Marcy Kahan.
Adapted By: Simon Callow
Unknown: Sheridan Whiteside
Director: Ned Chaillet
Sheridan: Simon Callow
Maggie: Elizabeth McGovern
Bert: Conleth Hill
Lorraine: Cheryl Campbell
Banjo/Metz: John Sessions
Ernest: Colin Stinton
Daisy: Pat Starr
Harriet Bonnie: Sue Arp
Richard: Adam Sims
Beverley: Malcolm Sinclair
John: Bob Sherman
Dr Bradley: Don Fellows
Nurse Preen: Barbara Bames
Mr Westcott: David Thorpe
Radioman: Alex Trinder

: Stephen Fry's Gorilla Hunt

Stephen Fry searches for the endangered mountain gorilla in Uganda.
Producers Dymphna Flynn and Cathie Mahoney (R)


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Producers: Dymphna Flynn
Producers: Cathie Mahoney

: When Christmas Was Illegal

Shortened repeat from yesterday 10.10pm

: My Sistine Chapel

Etta Halliday talks to Donald Jackson , the Queen's scriptologist, about the task he has been preparing for all his life -a handwritten Bible forthe 21st
Century. Producer Evelyn Ellison. Rptd Saturday 30 Dec 12.15am


Talks: Etta Halliday
Unknown: Donald Jackson
Producer: Evelyn Ellison.

: The Archers

Hostilities are suspended. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Edna, May, Vera and the Zulus

A true story for Christmas as Zulu Natal meets
Pennine west Yorkshire. Music, laughter and line dancing from three sisters and a team of Zulus as they come together to revive lost family carols. Producer Lindsay Leonard


Unknown: Zulu Natal
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: Geilgud - the Acting Blood

In 1995 the late Sir John Geilgud spoke to
John Theocharis about his childhood, his acting family circle, his successes and failures, his friendships and his inescapable death. His comments are interwoven with illustrations from some of his historic performances. Producer John Theocharis (R) BBC Radio Collection: John Geilgud at the BBC is available on audio cassette from all good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com.


Unknown: Sir John Geilgud
Unknown: John Theocharis
Producer: John Theocharis
Unknown: John Geilgud

: Home Truths Christmas Special

Rptd from 10am

: Love Came Down

Shortened repeat from 6am

: Book at Bedtime: The Woodlanders: 6

Juliet Stevenson reads Thomas Hardy's classic tale of thwarted love and ambition. Abridged in ten parts by Doreen Estall.
The newlyweds return to Little Hintock, but not to wedded bliss.


Author: Thomas Hardy
Reader: Juliet Stevenson
Abridged by: Doreen Estall
Producer: Di Speirs.

: Son of Santa

A festive comedy by Nev Fountain. Santa's son returns to the North Pole, having qualified as a management consultant. He aims to restructure, redefine and expand the business of Christmas.
Producer Maria Esposito (R)


Producer: Maria Esposito
Santa Claus: Ron Moody
Son: James Fleet
Elf: Dave Lamb
Elf: Ronnie Ancona
Holly Berry/Secretary: Lynda Bellingham

: Wildbrain

Lionel Kelleway presents the quiz which goes in search of Britain's most knowledgeable naturalist. This week the programme comes from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust headquarters at , Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.
Producer Brett Westwood. E-MAIL: nature@bbc.co.uk
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/nature


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Producer: Brett Westwood.

: News

: Enduring Christmas

Fay Weldon considers the meaning of gift-giving, the problem of belief and the bringing of heaven to earth on this special day in the year. Producer Ben weston


Unknown: Fay Weldon

: The Late Book: Playing theMoldovans at Tennis

In 1998 Tony Hawks decided to see if he could beat the entire Moldovan national football team at his chosen game of tennis. Written and read by Tony Hawks in five parts. Part 1. Producer Chris Neill (R)


Read By: Tony Hawks
Producer: Chris Neill

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