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: Prayer for the Day

With Archbishop Cormac Murphy O'Connor.


Unknown: Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

: Farming Today

Producer Steve Peacock


Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With DrMonaSiddiqui.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.

: The Routes of English

The conclusion of a series surveying 1,000 years of spoken English as reflected in the dialects of Britain. 6: AwRigh'tLuwie?
Ben Elton eschews the charge of affecting a " mockney" accent when he joins Melvyn Bragg in discussion with Professor John Wells and Dr Lynda Mugglestone. Are we developing a new sort of standard English based on the accents of south-east England - so-called "Estuary English"? Is it a dialect, is it a necessity in show business and where does it leave "traditional" dialects? Producer Bella Bannerman. Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Ben Elton
Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Unknown: Professor John Wells
Unknown: Dr Lynda Mugglestone.
Producer: Bella Bannerman.

: Shelf Lives

Pokemania. Every day, tens of thousands of schoolchildren buy, sell and swap highly priced cards depicting exotic mutated creatures. Nigel Cassidy traces the Japanese origins of the craze. Producer Neil Koenig


Unknown: Nigel Cassidy
Producer: Neil Koenig

: Book of the Week: Mrs Slocombe's Pussy

By Stuart Jeffries. 3: 1981 - Sebastian Flyte 's Teddy Bear. "I arrived in Oxford the same year as Brideshead Revisited was aired, and found it the coldest place on earth. " For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: Stuart Jeffries.
Unknown: Sebastian Flyte

: Daily Service

With Claire Campbell Smith. Unto Us Is Born a Son (arrWillcocks); Matthew 2, w 13-18; Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child (Leighton); What
Cheer? (Walton). With the John Powell Singers and the Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year, Emily Gray. Director of music John Powell.


Unknown: Claire Campbell Smith.
Unknown: Emily Gray.
Music: John Powell.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray and guests.
Drama: "The Red Room", dramatised by Robin Brooks. Part 8.
Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presenter: Jenni Murray
Story dramatised by: Robin Brooks

: Crossing Continents

Canada. There has been a series of shocking revelations about abuse suffered by American Indian children in Canadian boarding schools. The schools, mostly church-run on behalf of the government, have now been closed down. But thousands of native Americans are seeking legal redress and, as a result, a number of church dioceses today face bankruptcy. Rosie Goldsmith investigates. Producer Charles Haviland. Editor Maria Balinska


Unknown: Rosie Goldsmith
Producer: Charles Haviland
Editor: Maria Balinska

: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

By Penelope Lively. 4: Help comes James's way in the unexpected shape of a long-forgotten manuscript and a Victorian boy called Arnold.
For details see Christmas Day. Further cast details across the week


Unknown: Penelope Lively.
I Fannv: Alison Skllbeck

: You and Yours

With Trixie Rawlinson and John Waite.


Unknown: Trixie Rawlinson
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Open Country

Shortened repeat from Saturday 23 December6.10am

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: McLevy

A four-part detective story by David Ashton , set in Victorian Edinburgh. 2: The Trophy Club. Blocked ateveryturn in his efforts to solve the murder of a young prostitute, and convinced that the killer is from the highest level of Edinburgh society, McLevy bends the rules -with bitter consequences.
Director Patrick Rayner


Story By: David Ashton
Unknown: Victorian Edinburgh.
Director: Patrick Rayner
Insp McLevy: Brian Cox
Jean: Slobhan Redmond
Mulholland: Michael Perceval-Maxwell
Hallard: Steven Atholl
Dingwall: Tom Smith
Lt Roach: David Ashton
DrJarvis: David McKall
Biddy: Eliza Langland
Sheriff: David Bannerman

: Call You and Yours: [number removed]

With Peter White. EditorChris Burns


Unknown: Peter White.

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from Christmas Eve 7.55am

: Resolutions

3: Living by the Small Printby Fay Weldon.
A sparky tale of a young woman with an eye fora bargain. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: Printby Fay Weldon.

: Darkness Visible

3: A Story of Sex and Shopping. From Cinderella to Thomas the Rhymer, fairytales are often about desire - and the price paid for instant gratification. For details see Boxing Day

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak. Seasonal Cheers This week he examines the way the experts convey the flavour of whisky. Plus a look at the origins of the word Hogmanay, and the words we use to toast one another. Producer Elizabeth Abrahams


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Elizabeth Abrahams

: The Material World

From King James's School in Knaresborough, a group of 14- and 15-year-old students puts a series of science questions to a panel of experts, with subjects ranging from atomic structure to global climate change. With Quentin Cooper. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.ac.uk


Unknown: Quentin Cooper.
Producer: John Watkins.

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: Beyond the Beltway

Fergal Keane continues his travels across America. For details see Boxing Day (R)


Unknown: Fergal Keane

: Cabaret on 4

Simon Bligh hosts the stand-up programme, featuring the pick of the current comedy circuit and future talent. This week's programme includes Radio 4 favourite Boothby Graffoe , the irrepressible Andy Parsons and comedian-turned-Hollywood-star Omid Djalili. Producer Mario Stylianides


Unknown: Simon Bligh
Unknown: Boothby Graffoe
Unknown: Andy Parsons
Unknown: Omid Djalili.
Producer: Mario Stylianides

: The Archers

A kiss underthe mistletoe. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Strangers in Paradise. Francine Stock meets the film-makers who do notfeel at home in Hollywood, including Roman Polanski, David Lynch , Steven Soderbergh and Mike FiggiS. Producer Stephen Hughes


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: David Lynch
Unknown: Steven Soderbergh
Unknown: Mike Figgis.
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: The Red Room: 8: The Bodysnatcher

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nine ghost stories, dramatised by Robin Brooks.
For details see Boxing Day.
Repeated from 10.45am.
Further cast details across the week.


Written By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Dramatised By: Robin Brooks
Director: Clive Brill
Burke: Sean Baker
MacFarlane: Alan Cox
Grey: John McAndrew

: Who Massacred the Innocents?

A short passage in Matthew is the Bible's only reference to Herod's slaying of children in Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus. The Christian calendar marks this event with Holy Innocents
Day on 28 December. Faynia Williams examines how the incident fits into the Christmas story. Producer Richard Bannerman


Unknown: Faynia Williams
Producer: Richard Bannerman

: Analysis

The Ill-Adapted Male. Is there a crisis of masculinity? The argument that men's essential nature was fixed millennia ago on the savanna, leaving them ill-suited to the demands of soft-skilled modern life, has gained sudden popularity. Rosalind Gill asks why, and explores the origins of fashionable accounts of male angst. Producer Michael Blastland


Unknown: Rosalind Gill
Producer: Michael Blastland

: Expeditions

Paul Arnold joins ateam of archaeologists digging at a Neolithic site in northern Spain as theytryto understand how the prehistoric huntergatherers became some of the first farmers. Producer Paul Arnold. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Paul Arnold
Producer: Paul Arnold.

: The Routes of English

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Roger Hearing.

: Book at Bedtime: The Woodlanders

By Thomas Hardy. Part9. For details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Thomas Hardy.

: The 0 Show

Last in the currrent series of the acclaimed sketch show, featuring the best of Ireland's comedy talent. Written and performed by Barbara Bergin , Pom Boyd , Jason Byrne , Ian Coppinger ,
Mark Doherty , Kevin Gildea , Patrick McDonnell ,
Colin Murphy and Paul Tylak. Producers Bill Dare and Steve Lock


Unknown: Barbara Bergin
Unknown: Pom Boyd
Unknown: Jason Byrne
Unknown: Ian Coppinger
Unknown: Mark Doherty
Unknown: Kevin Gildea
Unknown: Patrick McDonnell
Unknown: Colin Murphy
Unknown: Paul Tylak.
Unknown: Steve Lock

: Choice Grenf ell

Maureen Lipman reinterprets the monologues, letters and songs by Joyce Grenfell. Today's programme includes The Wedding Is On
Saturday, about prenuptial nerves; the biography Life Story, and the songs When You Go and It's
Almost Tomorrow. Final part. For details see Boxing Day


Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Songs By: Joyce Grenfell.

: News

: Curlouser and Curiouser

3: Looking-Glass Room. What is it about mirrors that disturbs US SO? For details see Boxing Day (R)

: The Late Book: Playing theMoldovans at Tennis

By Tony Hawks. Part 4. For details see Christmas Day(R)

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