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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Mark Santer , Bishop of Birmingham.


Unknown: Mark Santer

: Farming Today

Meals on Wheels. Miriam O'Reilly investigates the true cost of Christmas dinner. Producer Julie Owen


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly
Producer: Julie Owen

: Today

With James Naughtie and John Humphrys.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day The Rt Rev Jim Thompson.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: John Humphrys.
Unknown: Jim Thompson.

: Start the Week

Jonathan Freedland and guests set the cultural agenda for the week when the latest new ideas and issues are up for discussion.
Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Jonathan Freedland
Producer: Ariane Koek.

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

6: Christmas Pudding Is Mediterranean Food By Elizabeth David. Read by Joanna David. "By now I'd learned a little more about these kindly Greek village tyrants. If Christmas pudding they wanted, Christmas pudding I should have to give them." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Rptd 12.30am.


Unknown: Elizabeth David.
Read By: Joanna David.
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Daily Service

Presented by the Rev Stephen Shipley. Of the Father's Heart Begotten (Divinum Mysterium). Isaiah 9, w2, 6-7. For unto Us a Boy Is Born. (Handel). Infant Holy (Polish). Director of music John Powell.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.
Music: John Powell.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray. Drama: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat Part 1. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Mapping the Town

Archaeologist Julian Richardson uncovers the hidden history of a town through the streets and buildings of today. 5: Tin Town. A hundred years ago a town was founded in the Derwent Valley,
Derbyshire, to house workers building two massive dams. Why did the Derwent Valley Water Board build such an impressive homeforthe navvies, and was this artificial town a SUCCeSS? Producer John Byrne


Unknown: Julian Richardson
Producer: John Byrne

: The Tailor of Gloucester

A magical Christmas Eve tale for all the family by Beatrix Potter , dramatised for radio by Sarah Woods. The poor Tailor of Gloucester must make a coat of cherry-coloured corded silk forthe Mayor of Gloucesterto be married in on Christmas morning.
Mice played by Helen Longworth. David Timson and Poppy Ellen Singers: Steve Bridgewater , Alex Kelly , Naomi Ludlam and Anders Sodergren. Original music by Anders Sodergren. Director Jonquil Panting


Unknown: Beatrix Potter
Unknown: Sarah Woods.
Played By: Helen Longworth.
Played By: David Timson
Singers: Steve Bridgewater
Singers: Alex Kelly
Singers: Naomi Ludlam
Singers: Anders Sodergren.
Music By: Anders Sodergren.
Narrator: Miriam Margolyes
Tailor: David Hargreaves
Simpkin: David Holt
Mayor: David Timson

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Peter White.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Sheena McDonald.


Unknown: Sheena McDonald.

: Round Britain Quiz

Nick Clarke poses more fiendish questions for Wales and the Midlands.
Producer Paul Bajoria. Repeated Saturday 29 December llpm


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Producer: Paul Bajoria.

: The Archers

Repeated from Sunday 23 December 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Grace and the Angel

By Sheila Goff.
It is Christmas Eve in Ruislip and a rather disgruntled angel, resplendent in his exotic finery, lands rather clumsily in Grace's back garden.


Wrtier: Sheila Goff
Producer/Director: David Hunter
Grace: Marlene Sidaway
Angel: Rudolph Walker
Ro: Carolyn Jones
Vernon: Jonathan Kydd
Liz: Carolyn Pickles
Derek: Sean Baker
Nick: John Hartley
Prancer: Peter Darney
Clerk: Jonathan Forbes

: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The annual broadcast from the chapel of King's
College marks the beginning of Christmas for many people all overthe world. The choir, directed by Stephen Cleobury , sing carols old and new, and lead the congregation in traditional Christmas hymns. Producers James Whitbourn and David Kremer Repeated Christmas Day 2pm on Radio 3 Full order of service: page 20


Directed By: Stephen Cleobury
Producers: James Whitbourn
Producers: David Kremer

: The Food Programme

Sheila Dillon consider ways of educating young people about the pleasures and perils of alcohol.


Unknown: Sheila Dillon

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: Completely Crackers

"There are now bombs for the Christmas table", said Josiah Leek in 1892, referring to the prototype Christmas crackers, "primed to explode with a joyous profusion of irresistible nonsense." In the first of two programmes comedian Linda Smith finds out how the extraordinary collection of items - the wrapper, the bang, the joke, the hat and the gift-was first conceived.
Repeated llpm


Presenter: Linda Smith
Producer: John Tuckey.

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Christmas Special

Join chairman Humphrey Lyttelton for a festive edition of the famous antidote to panel games with Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and Jeremy Hardy , plus Colin Sell at the organ. Last in the series. Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated Sunday 30 December 12.04pm


Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Producer: Jon Naismith.

: The Archers

David does the rounds. Rptd Christmas Day 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson and Francine Stock unwrap their selection of highlights from the past year and talk to the names behind the headlines, including Peter Carey , winner of the Booker Prize for fiction. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Peter Carey

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman 's comedy returns with a new five-part series. Patricia Routledge and Prunella Scales are back as Vera Small and Irene Spencer , offering recipes and Christmas survival tips. But somehow, when Irene and Vera are around, disaster is never far away.
Director Claire Grove. Rptd from 10.45am . For cast see Christmas Day


Unknown: Lou Wakefield
Unknown: Carole Hayman
Unknown: Patricia Routledge
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Unknown: Vera Small
Unknown: Irene Spencer
Director: Claire Grove.

: Mighty Mary

Sister Mary Feane is a diminutive Irish nun-turned-men's-prison-chaplain. In the chapel and around the jail, Rosemary Hartill discusses her year-round work with offenders, hears her reflections on her murdered colleague, the London headmaster Philip Lawrence , and tempts her with a bet on the last race at HaydOCk Park. Editor Simon Coates


Unknown: Sister Mary Feane
Unknown: Rosemary Hartill
Unknown: Philip Lawrence
Unknown: Haydock Park.
Editor: Simon Coates

: Crossing Continents

Georgia. Corruption in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is rife. Can the once-admired Eduard Shevardnadze , Georgia's leader since 1992, survive? And what will the future hold for Georgia if he doesn't? Andy Kershaw investigates.
Producer Sue Ellis. Editor Maria Balinska. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Eduard Shevardnadze
Unknown: Andy Kershaw
Producer: Sue Ellis.
Editor: Maria Balinska.

: Night Time Is the Right Time

3: Lonely Hearts Ad. For nocturnal animals, finding a mate in the dark is often very vocal or very smelly; the two senses that carry so much information about an individual really come into their own at night, as wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson discovers when he eavesdrops on the booming calls of kakapo, joins screeching fruit bats in an Australian forest and follows the Scented trail Of moths. Producer Sarah Blunt


Unknown: Chris Watson

: Start the Week

Shortened repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler. Abridged in ten episodes by Neville Teller and read by John Turturro. l: Blackmail Private detective Philip Marlowe steps into a Los Angeles cauldron of murder, sex and violence. Producer Martin Jenkins


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.
Unknown: Neville Teller
Read By: John Turturro.
Unknown: Philip Marlowe
Producer: Martin Jenkins

: Completely Crackers

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Mass

The traditional first mass of Christmas comes live from Manchester Cathedral. The celebrant is the Rev Canon Paul Denby ; the preacher is the Dean, the Very Rev Kenneth Riley ; the organist and master of choristers is Christopher Stokes ; assistant organist is Jeffrey Makinson. With the cathedral choir.
Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai (Haydn); Carols: In the Bleak Midwinter (Darke); Sleep, Little Jesus , Sleep (Panufnik); The Little Road to Bethlehem (Head). Congregational carols: Once in Royal David's City (Irby); 0 Little Town of Bethlehem (Forest Green); It
Came upon the Midnight Clear (NoeD; 0 Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles). Readings: Titus 2, Wll-14; Luke 2, Wl-14. Producer Philip Billson


Unknown: Canon Paul Denby
Unknown: Kenneth Riley
Unknown: Christopher Stokes
Unknown: Jeffrey Makinson.
Unknown: Little Jesus
Producer: Philip Billson

: Book of the Week: Chosen forChristmas

Repeated from 9.45am

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