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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Very Rev John Miller.


Unknown: John Miller.

: Today

With Sue MacGregor and James Naughtie
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev DrColin Morris


Unknown: James Naughtie

: Midweek

Conversation with Libby Purves and guests. Producer Alison Hughes. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Alison Hughes.

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

3: The Best of Bombeck. By Erma Bombeck. Read by Maureen Lipman. Bombeck on the Christmas newsletter: "Our family never does anything that I can talk about on a religious holiday." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at 12.30am.


Unknown: Erma Bombeck.
Read By: Maureen Lipman.
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Daily Service

Led bythe Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths. Alleluya, a New Work Is Come on Hand (Wishart). Zephaniah 3, wl4-20. Jubilate (Stanford). There's a Light upon the Mountains. Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Unknown: Dr Leslie Griffiths.
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray hosts lively and topical discussions from a woman's point of view. Drama: Be Not Afraid by John Fletcher. Part 3. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: John Fletcher.

: Letters to Father Christmas

Carole Boyd explores the tradition of writing letters to Father Christmas. She traces its origin and continuing popularity, with examples from the beautifully penned letters of great writers such as Dickens and Tolkien to some of the most original children's letters.
Producer Adele Armstrong. Editor Maria Balinska


Unknown: Carole Boyd
Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Editor: Maria Balinska

: The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

3: Pancakes. There is nothing Colonel Dedshott loves betterthan pancakes, hejust can't get enough of them - but no-one can make enough pancakes to satisfy him. No-one, that is, until the Professor invents a pancake-making machine. As usual, things end up in a bit of a mess. Fordetails see Monday

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Parliamentary Questions

Another round of the panel game that reveals the lighter side of life around the despatch box. Joining Steve Richards , Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack this week are Lord Kenneth Baker and Elinor Goodman. Written and researched by Hugh Rycroft and David Spicer. Producer Simon Nicholls


Unknown: Steve Richards
Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Sir Patrick CormacK
Unknown: Lord Kenneth Baker
Unknown: Elinor Goodman.
Unknown: Hugh Rycroft
Unknown: David Spicer.
Producer: Simon Nicholls

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Night before Christmas

By Steve May. Justin is 17, and although it's
Christmas Eve, itjust doesn't feel like the festive season. In trouble with his Mum and his girlfriend, Justin takes comfort from his favourite existential philosopher: "All human celebration is but a false dressing up of the meaningless and mechanical." But with a dusting of snow and a blaze of light, Justin is about to discoverthat the magic of Christmas really does exist.
Producer/director Mary Ward Lowery


Unknown: Steve May.
Director: Mary Ward Lowery
Justin: Samuel Barnett
Mother: Kate Rutter
Father: Clement Freud
Holly the cat: Lynne Truss
Uncle Michael: Michael Rosen
Uncle Bradley: Roger McGough

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Rowerdew and Nigel Colborn are guests of Askham Bryan College, near York. Plus the definitive guide to planting trees. The chairman is Eric Robson.


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

: Ned Sherrin's Theatrical Anecdotes

Ned Sherrin 's alphabet of theatrical anecdotes. A collection of showbusiness legends, stories and gossip. 3: F-l.


Unknown: Ned Sherrin

: Chicken Nuggets

With Jane Horrocks. 3: Fine Feathers. Some chickens are just too good to eat. If you've got silkie-bearded buff pullets, you want to crow about them. This programme visits the Poultry Club's National Championship Show to consider the hen-as-fashion-statement.
For details see Monday


Unknown: Jane Horrocks.

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylortalks to writer, management guru and broadcaster Charles Handy about his new book The Elephant and the Flea in which he explores the "future of everything".
Producer Marya Burgess. E-MAIL: thinking.allowed@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylortalks
Unknown: Charles Handy
Producer: Marya Burgess.

: Case Notes

The state of your bowels can tell you a lot about your general health - but most people shy away from talking about it. Dr Graham Easton asks the experts what's normal, and how much evidence there is that a high-fibre diet really does protect you against cancer. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Dr Graham Easton

: PM

With Clare English and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Sean Lock -15 Storeys High

Another chance to hear Sean Lock 's comic crawl along the urban underbelly. 3: Sean, his flatmate
Errol andtheirfriend Billy Two Nans are tangled in a conundrum of desperate dimensions. Starring Sean Lock , Dan Mersh , Tracy-Ann Oberman , Paul Putner and Rob Rouse. Written by Sean Lock. Additional material by Robert Fraser-Steele . Script Editor Mark Jones. ProducerChris Neill (R)


Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Dan Mersh
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Paul Putner
Unknown: Rob Rouse.
Written By: Sean Lock.
Unknown: Robert Fraser-Steele
Editor: Mark Jones.
Editor: Producerchris Neill

: The Archers

A Close call at the races. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock with arts news, interviews and the verdict on the long-awaited new film of The Lord of the Rings. Producer Lawrence Pollard


Unknown: Francine Stock
Producer: Lawrence Pollard

: Be Not Afraid

The story behind Handel's composition of the oratorio Messiah. Dramatised by John Fletcher. 3: 1 Know That My Redeemer Liveth
For details see Monday. Repeated from 10.45am


Dramatised By: John Fletcher.
Handel: Derek Jacobi
Dairyman: Paul Jesson
Coalman: John Hartley
Mrs Pendarves: Sarah Badel
Yob: Andy Robb
Anne/Miriam: Jane Galloway

: The Moral Maze

In the last programme of the current series, Michael Buerk chairs a live debate in front of an invited audience in which Claire Fox , Ian Hargreaves ,
Steven Rose and Roger Scruton cross-examine "witnesses" with passionate views on one of the week's moral dilemmas.
Producer David Coomes.


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Claire Fox
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Unknown: Steven Rose
Unknown: Roger Scruton
Producer: David Coomes.

: Signs of Life

The last programme in the series of drama-documentaries that explore the metaphors of illness. 3: The Chosen Path: Alcohol Dependency A drama written by Nicholas Mcinerny with documentary from Professor Griffith Edwards , DrEd Day and Dr Martin Dronfield. At a conference, a man is about to give the pitch of his life.
Producers Rosie Boulton and Sara Conkey


Written By: Nicholas McInerny
Unknown: Professor Griffith Edwards
Unknown: Dr Martin Dronfield.
Producers: Rosie Boulton
Producers: Sara Conkey
Guru: Jason Hughes
Seducer: Teresa Gallagher

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Three Men on the Brummel

By Jerome K Jerome. Part 3. For details see Monday


Unknown: Jerome K Jerome.

: The Bigger Issues

In the last episode of this series, the well-intentioned drama company continues its attack on all forms of injustice. Tonight, homophobia.
Listeners are warned that this evening's play may be poorly researched and rubbish. With Dave Lamb , Jim North , Nick Walker and Richie Webb. Producer Gareth Edwards (R)


Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Jim North
Unknown: Nick Walker
Unknown: Richie Webb.
Producer: Gareth Edwards

: Today in Parliament

A report of the day's proceedings, depending on whether or not Parliament is in recess.

: News

: Book of the Week: Chosen forChristmas

Repeated from 9.45am

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