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: Today

With Sarah Montague and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Harvey Thomas.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Harvey Thomas.

: Start the Year

Who would you want to start the year in the company of: Queen Elizabeth I , Charles Darwin ,
Madonna, or Ghandi? Wake up in the company of Jeremy Paxman this first morning in 2001 with his guests Ann Widdecombe , Professor Steve Jones , Rosie Boycott and Professor Jonathan Bate to discovertheir choices in a heated debate from the Royal Society of Arts.
Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Queen Elizabeth I
Unknown: Charles Darwin
Unknown: Jeremy Paxman
Unknown: Ann Widdecombe
Unknown: Professor Steve Jones
Unknown: Rosie Boycott
Unknown: Professor Jonathan Bate
Producer: Ariane Koek.

: Daily Service

With the Rev Johnston McKay. With members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus. Director of music Christopher Bell.


Unknown: Johnston McKay.
Music: Christopher Bell.

: Book of the Week: Letters from Ambridge

As the BBC celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Archers, well-known Archers listeners give a personal view inspired by the programme. Part 1. Producer Keri Davies


Producer: Keri Davies

: Woman's Hour

With Martha Kearney. Drama: The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan. Part lof 5. Editor Ruth Gardiner. E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Martha Kearney.
Unknown: Christine de Pizan.
Editor: Ruth Gardiner.

: Bond's World

i James Bond was born in the Cold War, but all the old enemies have since disappeared. His world has changed beyond all recognition, but somehow 007 remains up-to-date. Historian j Jeremy Black , with help from KGB double agent j Oleg Gordievski and spy writer Nigel West , i investigates the impact and the politics of Bond.
Producer Miles Warde


Unknown: James Bond
Unknown: Jeremy Black
Unknown: Oleg Gordievski
Unknown: Nigel West
Producer: Miles Warde

: Just William - Live!

The Sweet Little Girt in White. Martin Jarvis performs this classic Richmal Crompton story, the one which introduced William - and the world - to the phenomenon that is Violet Elizabeth Bott. Recorded before an audience at the Everyman Theatre as part of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.
Children: page 18
Director Pete Atkin. Producer Rosalind Ayres
BBC Radio Collection: Just William, Volume 7is is available on audio i cassette from all good retail outlets and [web address removed]


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Richmal Crompton
Director: Pete Atkin
Producer: Rosalind Ayres

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's castaway is Norman Painting who has pi ayed Ph i I Archer in The Archers ever since its fi rst episode in January 1951. Rptd from Boxing Day i2.04pm


Unknown: Norman Painting

: The World at One

With James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: Wildbrain

Lionel Kelleway presents the quiz which goes in search of Britain's most knowledgeable naturalist. This week the programme comes from Dinton Pastures Country Park, near Reading. Producer Brett Westwood. E-MAIL: nature<s>bbc. co.uk WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/nature


Producer: Brett Westwood.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Tales the Countess Told

By Stephen Wyatt. Eleanor Bron plays Countess D'Aulnoy, who read her fairy tales to enraptured audiences in the salons of 17th-century Paris. The adventures of princesses, serpents, yellow dwarfs and tiny pagods mirrorthe life of the countess, which was as outrageous as the fantasies she fashioned for entertainment.
DirectorClaire Grove


Unknown: Stephen Wyatt.
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Countess: Eleanor Bron
Louise: Janlne Wood
Green serpent/Prince Richcraft: Adam Godley
Yellow dwarf: Phillip Joseph
Chief pagod/King of golden mines: Kenny Blyth
Queen/Desert fairy: Sandy Walsh
Laidronette/Finetta: Clare Corbett
Fairy Magotine/Princess Babillarda: Richenda Carey

: The Food Programme

Rptd from yesterday 12.30pm

: Dead Ringers: The Archers Special

A Christmas treat for fans of Dead Ringers and I The Archers. Starring Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens.
Producers Adam Bromley and Bill Dare. Rptd tomorrow llpm
BBC Radio Collection: Dead Ringers is available on CD and audio cassette from all good retail outlets and www.bbcshop.com.


Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Jan Ravens.
Producers: Adam Bromley
Producers: Bill Dare.

: PM

With Dan Damon and Clare English. j


Unknown: Dan Damon

: The Snowman

He is the sand castle of an inclement season, the winter equivalent of the scarecrow, and the jolliest of the folk-figure creations - a celebration Of the snowman. Producer Alison Quinn (R)


Producer: Alison Quinn

: Just a Minute

Nicholas Parsons welcomes in the New Year without hesitation, repetition or deviation. He is joined by Clement Freud , Linda Smith ,
Ross Noble and Tony Hawks at Buxton Opera House. Producer Claire Jones. Repeated Sunday 12.04pm
BBC Radio Collection: Just a Minute is available on audio cassette from all good retail outlets and www.bbcshop.com.


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Ross Noble
Producer: Claire Jones.

: The Archers

Events marthe anniversary. Repeated tomorrow 2pm The Archers 50th anniversary: page 14

: Front Row

Here's One I Prepared Earlier
From Encounters: New Art from 0/d at the National Gallery to Criar //e'S/4nge/s at the cinema and the sampled hits that top the pop charts, we live in a time when much of our culture reworks art of the past. Mark Lawson investigates the remake. Producer Mohit Bakaya


Unknown: Galleryto Criar
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Mohit Bakaya

: The Book of the City of Ladies

rBy Christine de Pizan , translated by Rosalind Brown and dramatised in five parts by Carol McGuigan. Christine de Pizan was France's first professional woman of letters in the 15th century. This allegorical fantasy about building a fortress for women from the stories and legends of female valour is considered to be her greatest work. 1: Three deities appear to Christine in her sleep- Reason, Rectitude and Justice. They command herto set about righting male slanders against women by building a city of ladies.
Director Polly Thomas. Repeated from 10.45am Further cast details across the week


Unknown: Christine de Pizan
Translated By: Rosalind Brown
Unknown: Carol McGuigan.
Unknown: Christine de Pizan
Director: Polly Thomas.
Christine: Kathym Hunt
Reason: Claire Benedict
Rectitude: Helen Lederer
Justice: Barbara Marten
Voice of the Clods 1: Stephen Tomlln
Voice of the Clods 2: Martin Reeve

: With Great Pleasure - the Queen Mother

Ned Sherrin presents a selection of poetry, prose and songs dedicated to the Queen Mother. Performed by Eleanor Bron , Leslie Phillips , Andrew Sachs and Peter Greenwell . With reminiscences from biographers Lady Longford and Grania Forbes. Featuring a reading by poet laureate Andrew Motion of his poem, Picture This, written specially for her centenary. Producers Viv Beeby and Miriam Newman (R)


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: Leslie Phillips
Unknown: Andrew Sachs
Unknown: Peter Greenwell
Unknown: Grania Forbes.
Unknown: Andrew Motion
Producers: Viv Beeby
Producers: Miriam Newman

: Nature

rDeer numbers have rapidly increased in the past
20 years. Todayyou are as likely to see a deer in your back garden in Leeds or Sheffield as you are a squirrel scampering up a tree. Mark Carwardine examines the phenomenon of the urban deer and the factors which contribute to its success in Britain. Producer Sarah Blunt. E-MAIL: nature@bbc.co.uk
WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/nature. Repeated tomorrow 11am


Unknown: Mark Carwardine
Producer: Sarah Blunt.

: Start the Year

Shortened repeat from 9am

: Book at Bedtime: 2001 - a Space Odyssey: 1: The Road to Extinction

Arthur C. Clarke's ground-breaking novel is read in ten parts by William Roberts. It is set in our present, a vision of a future yet to be, and a past shrouded in mystery.
BBC Radio 4 Books: 2001: A Space Odyssey is available on audio cassette from all good retail outlets and [web address removed]


Author: Arthur C Clarke
Reader: William Roberts
Producer: Dirk Maggs

: Home Truths

John Peel looks back over the last year, and forward to an uncertain future of tall tales, haunted houses and evening classes.
(Repeated from Saturday 30 December 9am)


Presenter: John Peel

: News

: The Windrose

A compilation of this year's commissioned poems for National Poetry Day. Repeated from Christmas Eve 12.30am

: The Late Book: The Penguin Book of20th-century Essays

Five essays from distinguished writers which form a portrait of the last century.
1: England Your England (1941) by George Orwell , read by Tim Pigott-Smith . "As I write highly civilised human beings are flying overhead tryingto kill me." Orwell challenges what is meant by patriotism. Abridged and produced by Chris Wallis and Jill Waters (R)


Unknown: George Orwell
Read By: Tim Pigott-Smith
Produced By: Chris Wallis
Produced By: Jill Waters

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