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: Leisure Update

Editor Chris Burns


Editor: Chris Burns

: News Briefing

: Sports Desk

: Open Country

A look back at the brightest and best from the British countryside in 2000. Producer Adrian Holloway. Shortened rptThursday4 January 1.30pm


Producer: Adrian Holloway.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Edward Stourton.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Canon Eric James.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Canon Eric James.

: Home Truths

John Peel looks back over the year, and forward to an uncertain future of tall tales, haunted houses and evening classes.
Producer Jacqueline Smith. PHONE: [number removed] WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths
E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk. Repeated New Year's Day 11pm


Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

: Excess Baggage

Michael Palin 's Iron Curtain. 1: Trieste. "From Szczecin.... to Trieste ..., an iron curtain has descended across the Continent" -Winston Churchill , 1946. In the first of two special editions of the travel programme, Michael Palin explores Trieste and how it was forced to play as a bordertown between East and West, capitalism and communism - and he gets to drink some pretty good wine as well.
Producer Sarah Jane Hall. PHONE: [number removed] WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/excessbaggage E-MAIL: excessbaggage@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Winston Churchill
Unknown: Michael Palin
Producer: Sarah Jane Hall.

: Who Put the Cat In the Hat?

Dr Seuss, that's who! He also made the Grinch steal Christmas. Michael Rosen pulls up his fox in socks to discover how the good doctor helped two generations of children to read and love words. Producer Mark Burman (R)


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Mark Burman

: Talking Politics

Sheena McDonald presents the first of two political discussion programmes, sharpening the focus on current ideas and events. Producer Kirsten Lass


Unknown: Sheena McDonald
Producer: Kirsten Lass

: From Our Own Correspondent

BBC foreign correspondents with the stories behind the world headlines. Introduced by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Introduced By: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Paul Lewis with the latest news from the world of personal finance. Producer Jennifer Clarke


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Jennifer Clarke

: News Quiz of the Year

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. Repeated from yesterday6.30pm


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Francis Wheen.

: News

: Pick of the Year

The very best ofthe year's broadcastingon BBC radio celebrated by Eddie Mair in the concluding part of his pick of picks.
Producer Neil George. PHONE: [number removed]
E-MAIL: potw@bbc.co.uk. Repeated tomorrow6. 15pm


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Producer: Neil George.

: You're through to the Show Caller

Brian Hayes traces the 50-year history of the radio phone-in programme, using archives of its most electric, poignant and confrontational moments. Among the extracts are Britain's first phone-in programme, What Are They Up to Now? and the late Sir Robin Day trying fruitlessly to defend Margaret Thatcher from an insistent caller who would not let her get a word in. With contributions from some of the phone-in's most important early pioneers, producer Matthew Dodd (R)


Unknown: Brian Hayes
Unknown: Margaret Thatcher
Producer: Matthew Dodd

: The Saturday Play: The Flump

A touching comedy by Marcel Pagnol, France's greatest 20th-century comic writer.
Percy S. Smith is called 'the Flump', a nickname given by those in the film industry to a person who is obsessed with becoming a great tragic actor. The victim of a practical joke, Percy gets a walk-on part in a new film and suddenly finds himself an overnight star. However, he is feted as a comic, not as a tragedian.
Director Bruce Hyman


Writer: Marcel Pagnol
Director: Bruce Hyman
Percy: Johnny Vegas
Uncle Bernard: Jimmy Tarbuck
Aunt Clarrisse: Laura Shavln
Byshe: Paul Kember
Meyerboom: Michael Winner
Frances: Charlotte Coleman
Andrew: Mike Fenton Stevens
Charlie: Andy Taylor

: Weekend Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray presents the best bits of the year on Woman's Hour, including conversations with Kate Winslet , Patrick Duffy , Isabel Allende , Thora Hird , Jerry Hall , Terry Wogan and Julie Walters. Editor Ruth Gardiner. E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Kate Winslet
Unknown: Patrick Duffy
Unknown: Isabel Allende
Unknown: Thora Hird
Unknown: Jerry Hall
Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Julie Walters.
Editor: Ruth Gardiner.

: Saturday PM

Full coverage and analysis of the day's news, plus the sports headlines. Presented by Dan Damon.


Presented By: Dan Damon.

: Back Row

Andrew Collins surveys the highlights of gossip and revelation from a year of interviews with film stars, including Michael Caine , Uma Thurman ,
Robert Carlyle , Joan Plowright , Ewan MacGregor and Rachel Griffiths. Producer Nicki Paxman


Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: Michael Caine
Unknown: Uma Thurman
Unknown: Robert Carlyle
Unknown: Joan Plowright
Unknown: Ewan MacGregor
Unknown: Rachel Griffiths.
Producer: Nicki Paxman

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin and guests with the usual eclectic mix of conversation, comedy and music. Producers Ian Gardhouse and Chris Wilson


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producers: Ian Gardhouse
Producers: Chris Wilson

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and guests reflect on a year which has seen architectural triumphs and disasters, including Zadie Smith, Harry Potter, plenty of Pinter, and enough George Clooney films to guarantee DVD retailers a prosperous 2001. (Jerome Weatherald)


Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe

: The Baggage Train

Kate Adie takes a historical perspective and draws on her experiences inthe Balkans to consider the implications of reporting on wars as they happen. Shortened repeat from Christmas Eve 5.40pm


Unknown: Kate Adie

: The Archive Hour: The Archers

After 50 years of radio's longest-running soap,
Simon Hoggart revisits the Ambridge of the fifties to find out how this portrait of country life has moved with the times. Using contemporary news reports and music, he revisits old episodes and talks to series editors - past and present - to show how one of Radio 4's favourite programmes has always been very much more than just an everyday tale of country folk. Don't miss tomorrow's double-length episode at 7.00pm. Producer Lindsay Leonard
BBC Radio Collection: Three volumes of Vintage Archers cassettes are available from all good retail outlets and www.bbcshop.com.


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: Cherries Hung with Snow

By Ronnie Smith.
1958. Fulham, south-west London. It has been over five years since Tommie was demobbed after national service. Now he has come back in search of some familiar faces.
A poignant comedy, interspersed with the music of over 40 years ago. (R)


Writer: Ronnie Smith
Director: Enyd Williams
Older Tommie: George Cole
Younger Tommie: David Thorpe
Lil: Becky Hlndley
Duckett: John Hartley
Doreen: Deborah Berlin
Mrs Letts: Kate Williams
Hank/Slobbo: Matt Podmore
Duckett: John Hartley

: Moral Maze

Another debate on the moral issues behind one of the week's controversies.
Shortened repeat from Wednesday 27 December 8pm

: The Real History of Opera

Huw Edwards uncovers the real-life history behind the scenes of six favourite operas.
4: Don Carlos. Verdi's opera, set in Spain, tells the story of a Spanish king. But its heart and music are in 19th-century Italy and in a people's Struggle for national unity. Producer Martin Smith (R)


Unknown: Huw Edwards
Unknown: Don Carlos.
Producer: Martin Smith

: Poetry Please

Frank Delaney presents a selection of requests for the festive season, including Ghost Story by Dylan Thomas , Benjamin Zephaniah 's Talking
Turkeys and Walter de la Mare 's Mistletoe. Readers Timothy West , Stephanie Cole and Haydn Gwynne. Repeated from Christmas Eve 4.30pm


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Story By: Dylan Thomas
Story By: Benjamin Zephaniah
Story By: Walter de la Mare
Readers: Timothy West
Readers: Stephanie Cole
Readers: Haydn Gwynne.

: News

: My Sistine Chapel

Etta Halliday talks to Donald Jackson , the Queen's scriptologist, about the task he has been preparing for all his life - handwritten Bible for the 21st century. Repeatedfrom Christmas Day6.45pm


Talks: Etta Halliday
Unknown: Donald Jackson

: The Late Book: On Stage atCheltenham

Five stories by writers at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. 4: Stringhoppers by Romesh Gunesekera. A tale offood, ambition and national pride in Sri Lanka. Producer SaraDavies(R)


Unknown: Romesh Gunesekera.

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