Sue Lawley's castaway is astrophysicist
Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Only 24 when she made the discovery of a lifetime - mappingthe universe for her PhD, she chanced upon the radio signal for a new kind of star known as a pulsar. Her find is seen as one of the most important contributions to astrophysics in the 20th century. Shortened repeat from Christmas Eve 11.15am
From flock to Vymura, Willam Morris to woodchip, Tessa Shaw takes a light-hearted look at the history of wallpaper, currently being scraped off the nation's walls in a post-Changing Rooms flurry of minimalism. Producer Lindsay Leonard
By Penelope Lively. Is James's neighbour a witch? Is it dangerous for archaeologists to be digging an ancient burial ground? And, worst of all, is Thomas getting stronger? Final part.
For details see Christmas Day. Cast details across the week
David Almond 's prize-winning story of what happens when a young Newcastle boy discovers a dying angel near his new home.
Music Bernard Shaw. Director Pam Wardell. Producer Dave Batchelor
Greengrocers Gregg Wallace and Charlie Hicks take a hard look at nuts with the celebrated cook Philippa Davenport in this interactive tribute to the world of fruit and veg.
Producer Dixi Stewart. LINES OPEN from 1.30 pm
Fairies in Tights. Nineteenth-century stories, from Cicely Mary Barker 's Flower Fairies to
Oscar Wilde 's Happy Prince, were written in the context of Victorian morality. They tell us much about the pent-up frustrations and longings ofthetime. Final part. For details see Boxing Day
"Only the media value curiousity." Academics and writers discuss a controversial claim thatfarfrom dumbing down, the media now value curiousity more than universities do. With Alex Brodie. Producer Dave Harvey
Fergal Keane concludes his exploration of the US, away from the world of politics, carrying only a notebook and pen, together with the works of some of America's greatest writers. Fordetails see Boxing Day (R)
Simon Hoggart looks back at highlights of the past 12 months of the programme. With Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith , Francis Wheen and special guests. Producer Lucy Armitage. Repeated tomorrow 12.30pm
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A wanderer returns.
Written by Paul Brodrick. Director Sean O'Connor
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The Modem Maestro. Mark Lawson examines the role of the conductor, with Bernard Haitink , Simon Rattle , Roger Norrington , John Eliot
Gardiner, Mariss Jansons and Antonio Pappano. Producer John Goudie
John Boland 's crime thriller is probably best known in its classic British film version.
Mike Walker 's radio adaptation returns to the darker, more psychological approach of the novel. A decade after the end of the Second World War, ex-Major Gregory Hemmings recruits a team of disgraced former army officers to undertake a daring raid on a central London bank. Featuring Jonathan Coy , Raymond Coulthard , Adam Kotz , Mark Lewis Jones , Alistair Findlay and Thomas Arnold. Director TobySwift
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