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