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: Prayer for the Day

With Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor.


Unknown: Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

: Farming Today With

Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With Sue MacGregor and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.


Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Midweek

Libby Purves presents her conversational highlights of the year including Charles Aznavour, Leslie Phillips, Joan Sims and Jamie Oliver.
(Shortened repeat 9.30pm)


Presenter: Libby Purves
Guest: Charles Aznavour
Guest: Leslie Phillips
Guest: Joan Sims
Guest: Jamie Oliver.
Producer: Alison Hughes.

: Book of the Week: Mrs Slocombe's Pussy

By Stuart Jeffries. 2: 1976 - Mrs Slocombe 's Pussy. "Grace Brothers was Britain, a disunited kingdom that had started crumbling during the war and, against all the odds, still kept going." For details see yesterday


Unknown: Stuart Jeffries.
Unknown: Mrs Slocombe

: Daily Service

L W only
With Clair Jaquiss. A Great and Mighty Wonder (Praetorius); 1 John 1, wl-7; I Sing the Birth
(Lessons); In Dulci Jubilo (arr Pearsall). With the John Powell Singers. Director of music John Powell.


Unknown: Clair Jaquiss.
Singers: John Powell

: Woman's Hour

Disco diva Gloria Gaynor talks to Jenni Murray about surviving the drink and drugs of the seventies disco scene, and moving on from "I Will Survive".
Drama: "The Red Room", dramatised by Robin Brooks. Part 7.
Drama repeated at 7.45pm
BBC Radio Collection: The Woman's Hour Christmas Collection - an anthology of fiction and factual pieces - is available on audio cassette from all good retail outlets and [web address removed]


Presenter: Jenni Murray
Guest: Gloria Gaynor
Story dramatised by: Robin Brooks

: The Dalesman

Broadcaster and fan of The Dalesman,
Harry Gration , leafs through the pages of this much-loved publication dedicated to life in the Yorkshire Dales. Since its first appearance in 1939, its features, drawings and letters have reflected a changing way of life, from the days when the Dales were a closed world to the present when farms play host to long lines of ramblers and face an uncertain future. Producer Sue Ellis. Editor Maria Balinska


Unknown: Harry Gration
Producer: Sue Ellis.
Editor: Maria Balinska

: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

By Penelope Lively. 3: Maybe the solution to
James's problems is an exorcist- orwould the local wart-charmer and water-diviner do?
For details see Christmas Day
Further cast details across the week


Unknown: Penelope Lively.
Bert: Tony Selby
Mr Hollings: Charles Edwards

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and MarkWhittaker.


Unknown: Liz Barclay

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Parliamentary Questions

Steve Richards hosts the panel game about politics and politicians. Team captains
Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack MP are joined by guests Anthony Howard from The Times and the Rt Hon Neil Kinnock. Written by Hugh Rycroft and David Spicer. Producer Steve Doherty


Unknown: Steve Richards
Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Sir Patrick CormacK
Unknown: Anthony Howard
Unknown: Neil Kinnock.
Written By: Hugh Rycroft
Written By: David Spicer.
Producer: Steve Doherty

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Hunting of the Snark

T By Lewis Carroll , dramatised by Dylan Ritson. A surreal odyssey in which a bizarre group of characters sets off in search of the elusive and mysterious Snark. Comedy meets suspense in a quest of enormous proportions.
Director Karen Rose


Unknown: Lewis Carroll
Dramatised By: Dylan Ritson.
Director: Karen Rose
Barrister: Nigel Anthony
Bellman: David Bamber
Baker: James Fleet
Banker/Bonett: Jasmine Hyde
Beaver/Boots: Jane Whittenshaw
Butcher/Billmarker: Mark Williams

: Gardeners' Question Time

Nigel Colborn , John Cushnie and Bob Flowerdew are in the land of Christmas trees with a special edition from Gothenburg in Sweden. With chairman Eric Robson.
Shortened repeat from Christmas Eve 2pm


Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Resolutions

2: Protein. Today's story revolves around food, written by India Knight , author of one of the year's bestsellers - My Life on a Plate. For details see yesterday


Written By: India Knight

: Darkness Visible

f 2: A Story of Motherhood, Murder and Magic
Tales about fairy changelings abound in every culture. They express the secret fears of mothers and the lengths they will go to hide them. For details see yesterday

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Roger Silverstone about how we can provide television for all the UK's diverse groups, and Paco Underhill explains the processes we go through during the New Year sales. Producer Tony Phillips. E-MAIL: thinking.allowed@bbc.co.uk


Talks: Laurie Taylor
Unknown: Professor Roger Silverstone
Unknown: Paco Underhill
Producer: Tony Phillips.

: Case Notes

What can be done to prevent Christmas being ruined for children because of coughs and colds? Dr Graham Easton looks at some classic children's conditions and new ways to treat them. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Dr Graham Easton

: PM

With Dan Damon and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Dan Damon
Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Beyond the Beltway

Fergal Keane continues his travels across
America, exploring the Pacific Northwest, the borderlands of New Mexico, the Deep South and the Great Plains. For details see yesterday (R)


Unknown: Fergal Keane

: Smelling of Roses

Simon Brett 's comedy follows the trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company. 1: Wise after the Event Rosie and her granddaughter Jo's lives are shaken with the return of Jo's mother, Kate.
Starring Prunella Scales , Arabella Weir , Rebecca Callard , Duncan Preston , Annette Badland , Michael Fenton Stevens and Stephen Thorne. Producer Maria Esposito (R)


Unknown: Simon Brett
Unknown: Rosie Burns
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Unknown: Arabella Weir
Unknown: Rebecca Callard
Unknown: Duncan Preston
Unknown: Annette Badland
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Stephen Thorne.
Producer: Maria Esposito

: The Archers

Tom is stitched up. Rptd tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

In a rare interview with Francine Stock , writer
Norman Mailer reflects on a career which stretches back more than half a century. Producer Tanya Hudson


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Norman Mailer
Producer: Tanya Hudson

: The Red Room: 7: Jerry Bundler

by W.W. Jacobs
Ghost stories for Christmas, dramatised by Robin Brooks.
For details see yesterday.
Repeated from 10.45am.
Further cast details across the week.


Written By: WW Jacobs
Dramatised By: Robin Brooks
Director: Clive Brill
Old Gent: Sean Baker
Hirst: Alan Cox
Somers: Charlie Simpson

: Moral Maze

Michael Buerk chairs a debate in which
Janet Daley , David Starkey , Ian Hargreaves and David Cook cross-examine witnesses who have conflicting views on the moral issues behind one of the week's controversies. Producer David Coomes


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Janet Daley
Unknown: David Starkey
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Unknown: David Cook
Producer: David Coomes

: The Race

The most advanced yachts in the world line up to race around the world on New Year's Eve. Sue
Broom followed Britain's entry, Team Philips, and its skipper, Peter Goss , through a turbulent year of preparation. Producer Deborah Cohen. EMAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Peter Goss
Producer: Deborah Cohen.

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Woodlanders: 8

By Thomas Hardy, read by Juliet Stevenson.
Hopes are raised and then dashed.
For details see Christmas Day


Author: Thomas Hardy
Reader: Juliet Stevenson

: Sean Lock - 15 Storeys High

Sean Lock presents a comedy series of his crawl on the urban underbelly. This week, more inspiration at Flat 76, Elderberry House. Starring Sean Lock , Alex Lowe , Dan Mersh , Chris Neill , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Rouse. Written by Sean Lock. Additional material by Robert Fraser -Steele. Producer Chris Neill


Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Alex Lowe
Unknown: Dan Mersh
Unknown: Chris Neill
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Rob Rouse.
Written By: Sean Lock.
Unknown: Robert Fraser
Producer: Chris Neill

: Choice Grenfell

Maureen Lipman reinterprets the monologues, letters and songs written by the great comedian Joyce Grenfell. Today's programme includes
Telephone Call, a scene of divided loyalties set in the outback; Tristram, who is the despair and embarrassment of his liberal parents; and Lady Tullet, a steamy taste of close relationships from a Virginian verandah. For details see yesterday (R)
BBC Radio Collection: Choice Grenfelt is available on audio cassette and CD from all good retail outlets orwww.bbcshop.com.


Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell.

: News

: Curiouser and Curiouser

2: Who Stole the Tarts?Alice is in danger of being had up on charges of stealing the tarts. For details seeyesterday(R)

: The Late Book: Playing theMoldovans at Tennis

Written and read by Tony Hawks in five parts. Part 3. For details see Christmas Day(R)


Read By: Tony Hawks

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