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: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly. Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.
Producer: Steve Peacock

: 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 invites back guests from 1991 to consider how their lives have changed overthe past decade.
Producer Charles Taylor. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Charles Taylor.

: Daily Service

With the Rev Stephen Shipley. Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You (Servant Song); Philippians 2, wl-11; Come Down, 0 Love Divine (Harris); At the Name of Jesus (Evelyns). Director of music Jeffrey Makinson.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.
Music: Jeffrey Makinson.

: 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 3.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray hosts interviews and discussion from a woman's point of view. Drama: The Book of the CityofLadies by Christine de Pizan. Part 3. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Christine de Pizan.

: Stealing the Glory: the Conquest of the North Pole

Matthew Henson was a black explorer at the North Pole. He is now recognised as co-discoverer, along with Admiral Robert E Peary.
But while other explorers returned home to bask in glory and honour, Henson lived and died in obscurity. Colin Salmon tells his story. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon


Narrator: Colin Salmon
Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

: Odd Balls

A new four-part comedy series by Don Howarth. 1: Emma Harper- Tussles in a Theme Village
Ex-headmistress Emma Harperwrites a column for a village newspaper. When she is poached by the local radio station, her gossip programme causes controversy, anger and revenge.
Producer Sue Wilson. Director Julie Beckett


Unknown: Don Howarth.
Unknown: Emma Harperwrites
Producer: Sue Wilson.
Director: Julie Beckett
Emma: Marcla Warren
Vicar: Geoff Holman
Sid: David Holt
Mrs Cowley: Sara Coward
Mr Mole: Ian Brooker
MsSpratt: Sharon Muircroft
Major Drum: Robert Uster

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Mark Whittaker.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Mark Whittaker.

: 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 journalists Andrew Rawnsley of The Observer and Matthew Parris of The Times.
Producer Steve Doherty


Unknown: Steve Richards
Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Sir Patrick CormacK
Unknown: Andrew Rawnsley
Unknown: Matthew Parris
Producer: Steve Doherty

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Peacemakers

The Baroness. In the first of three plays charting the history of the peace movement,
Melissa Murray dramatises a meeting between Baroness Bertha von Suttner and the dying Alfred Nobel in a hotel in Vienna. She tries to persuade the inventor of dynamite to invest some of his riches in the development of the Peace League. But
Nobel has other matters to raise with his old friend.
Director Peter Leslie Wild


Unknown: Melissa Murray
Unknown: Bertha von Suttner
Director: Peter Leslie Wild
Alfred: Jeffery Dench
Fried: Tom George
Baroness: Carolyn Pickles
Umfrid: Graham Padden

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Rowerdew and Bunny Guinness answer questions posed by the Thirsk and District Produce Association. With chairman Eric Robson. Shortened repeat from New Year's Eve 2pm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Rowerdew
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: The Verdi Centenary Stories

2: That Was Then, This Is Nowby biographer and writer Jonathan Keates. A story set in a village in the Po Valley where the locals, yearning for Italian independence, had once been fomented by performances of I Lombardi. An itinerant violinist playing in the village square reminds passers-by of the patriotic dreams they once had. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Jonathan Keates.

: Sweet Charities

2: The Northumbrian Language Society. Were it not for a few enthusiasts who meet to celebrate their culture, this rich and beautiful language
WOUld be lost to the nation. For details see yesterday

: Thinking Allowed - the Larger Map

Laurie Taylor visits the cathedral city of Lincoln to discover the intellectual and cultural heart of an area successfully building on its manufacturing and farming past. Producer Laura Parfitt


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Laura Parfitt

: Case Notes

Repeated from yesterday 9pm

: PM

With Clare English and Eddie Mair.

: Smelling of Roses

Simon Brett 's comedy follows the trials and tribulations of Rosie Burns and her event management company. 2: Out to Launch
Rosie's company, In Any Event, is given the job of launching the autobiography of the country's most famous and talented footballer, Lloyd Gratton. Starring Prunella Scales , Arabella Weir , Rebecca Callard , Duncan Preston , Annette Badland , Jon Glover , Will Ing and Tracy-Anne Oberman. Producer Maria Esposito (R)


Unknown: Simon Brett
Unknown: Rosie Burns
Unknown: Lloyd Gratton.
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Unknown: Arabella Weir
Unknown: Rebecca Callard
Unknown: Duncan Preston
Unknown: Annette Badland
Unknown: Jon Glover
Unknown: Tracy-Anne OBErman.
Producer: Maria Esposito

: The Archers

Kathy does not want it all. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock meets writer and director
Conor McPherson , best known for his play The Weir. His new film, Saltwater, is released this week. Mohit Bakaya


Unknown: Francine Stock
Director: Conor McPherson
Unknown: Mohit Bakaya

: The Book of the City of Ladies

By Christine de Pizan. 3: Christine is blinded by the brilliance of women's minds, so Reason takes her underground to the great temple of learning. For details see New Year's Day. Repeated from 10.45am Cast details across the week


Unknown: Christine de Pizan.

: The Countryside Debates

Edward Stourton chairs three new debates, this week focusing on the proposition that "Farming and food production should not be the primary activities in the countryside." Environmentalists and other rural experts argue overthe decline of agriculture and the future of the countryside. Producer Sue Davies. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Producer: Sue Davies.

: Women at the Top

Dinah Lammiman talks to four high-ranking women politicians around the world about what it means to be a woman in parliament.
Producer Jane Beresford. Shortened rptfrom New Year'sEve 10.45pm


Producer: Jane Beresford.

: Signs of Life

Three new drama-documentaries exploring the metaphors of illness.
1: Mapping the World -Alzheimer's Disease
A drama by Nicholas Mcinerny , with documentary from Dr Richard Harvey , Winn Harris and Margaret Benson. Two map makers both claim to have the true map of the world. Producer Rosie Boulton


Unknown: Nicholas McInerny
Unknown: Dr Richard Harvey
Unknown: Winn Harris
Unknown: Margaret Benson.
Producer: Rosie Boulton

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: 2001 - a Space Odyssey

By Arthur C Clarke , read by William Roberts. Part 3. For details see New Year's Day


Unknown: Arthur C Clarke
Read By: William Roberts.

: Me and Little Boots

By Shaun McKenna.
The sensational history of Emperor Caligula has been told in many ways and from many angles, but never from the point of view of his closest and most beloved associate - his horse, Incitatus! (R)


Writer: Shaun McKenna
Director: Tracey Neale
Incitatus: Leslie Phillips
Tiberius: Gavin Muir
Caligula: Tom George
Germanicus: Tim Treloar
Sosponilla: Beth Chalmers
Cassius: Christopher Kelham

: Half-Minute Melodies

Few tunes in the 20 century have entered the national consciousness like the signature tunes of favourite television programmes. But how does one compose those few seconds of music which have to announce the programme, say something about its content, and keep the nation's fingers away from the off switch? Chris Serle talks to signature tune composers about this most specialised musical art? Producers Bob Carter and Mike Sampney (R)


Talks: Chris Serle
Producers: Bob Carter
Producers: Mike Sampney

: News

: The Late Book: The Penguin Book of 20th-century Essays

3: The Guilty Vicarage (1961) by WH Auden, read by John Shrapnel. Auden examines the addictive delights Ofthe "whodunit". For details see New Year'sDay(R)


Read By: John Shrapnel.

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