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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Mark Santer , Bishop of Birmingham.


Unknown: Mark Santer

: Farming Today

Sweets for My Sweet. Anna Hill follows a sugary trail from muddy fieldsto Christmas puddings. Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Anna Hill
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Love Came Down

Writer and critic Mark Lawson presents his personal selection of seasonal poetry and prose. Rptd at 10pm


Unknown: Mark Lawson

: Music to Our Ears

Peter France asks why we find birdsong so beautiful and looks for answers in Psychology, jazz and religion. Producer Grant Sonnex. Revised repeat


Producer: Grant Sonnex.

: Jingle All the Way

Every December, nearly 100,000 people travel to a Norfolk farmyard to witness an event which sells more tickets than the Edinburgh Festival.
Aled Jones investigates the great and mighty wonder that is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. Producer Bill Lloyd. Repeated at 7.15pm


Unknown: Aled Jones
Producer: Bill Lloyd.

: Joy to the World

Religious affairs correspondent Emily Buchanan presents a personal selection of seasonal reports from journalists around the world. At the end of a year of seismic world events, she reflects on a number of human stories - including her own adoption of a Chinese baby - and asks how these events affect our understanding of the meaning of Christmas. Producer Roger Cnilds


Unknown: Emily Buchanan
Producer: Roger Cnilds

: Christmas Morning Service

God among Us. Canon Martin Shaw worships the Christ Child with the people of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. With LibbyPurves and the Rev
Tony Whatmough. St Mary's Choir is directed by Anthony Pinel. Organist Graham Alsop.
Producer Stephen Shipley. E-MAIL: sunday.worship@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Canon Martin Shaw
Unknown: Tony Whatmough.
Directed By: Anthony Pinel.
Organist: Graham Alsop.
Producer: Stephen Shipley.

: Home Truths Christmas Special

A special edition of John Peel 's wry look at the foibles, frustrations and fun of family life. Producer Alison Hughes. PHONE: [number removed]
E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk. Extended repeat 9pm


Unknown: John Peel
Producer: Alison Hughes.

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

Repeated at 7,45pm

: Frozen in Time

Reminiscences of life on the polar ice as writer Chris Eldon Lee travels with a party of British
Antarctic Survey veterans to revisit the "elaborate garden sheds" in which they spent their winters during the fifties and Sixties. Producer Chris Eldon Lee


Unknown: Chris Eldon Lee
Producer: Chris Eldon Lee

: The Devil's Drop

Alcohol has been the bringer of disease and a cleanser of wounds, a tonic and a torment. Here at last, its story is told. Written and performed by Kevin Hayes. With Emma Clarke and Kim Wall.
Producer Julian Mayers. Repeated Boxing Day at 11.30pm


Unknown: Kevin Hayes.
Unknown: Emma Clarke
Unknown: Kim Wall.
Producer: Julian Mayers.

: News Quiz of the Year

Simon Hoggart with the first of a two-part review of the best of the year's News Quiz, with contributions from Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith and Francis Wheen , among others. Producers Lucy Armitage and Steve Doherty


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Francis Wheen
Producers: Lucy Armitage
Producers: Steve Doherty

: The Food Programme Christmas Special

Derek Cooper serves up a visual feast in this special programme for Christmas Day. Throughout the ages artists have celebrated the food we eat in their paintings but how well do we appreciate their mean ing? Producer Paula McGinley


Unknown: Derek Cooper
Producer: Paula McGinley

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

Michael Parkinson entertains an audience with his choice of favourite writing, including a music-hall classic, pieces by Philip Larkin and Woody Allen , and some war poetry. The readers are Eve Matheson, Michael Fenton Stevens and Michael Elwyn. Producer Viv Beeby. Shortened repeat at 11.15pm


Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Philip Larkin
Unknown: Woody Allen
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Michael Elwyn.
Producer: Viv Beeby.

: The Archers

Repeated from Christmas Eve 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Growing Summer

By Noel Streatfeild. Dramatised for radio by Julie Wilkinson. Set in the summer of 1965. When their father falls dangerously ill, the youngGareth children are sent to stay with their eccentric Great Aunt Dymphna in her crumbling mansion on the coast of Ireland.
Director Sue Sutton Mayo (R)


Unknown: Noel Streatfeild.
Unknown: Julie Wilkinson.
Unknown: Sutton Mayo
Aunt Dymphna: Ann Rye
Naomi: Holly Grainger
Alex: Will Haigh
Penny: Emily Fleeshman
Robin: Paul Herriott
Stephan/Oswald: James Caplin
Oonagh: Catherine Keane
Gypsy: Vincent Patrick

: The Queen

Her Majesty 's Christmas message to the peoples of the Commonwealth.


Unknown: Her Majesty

: The Christmas Pudding

It's rich, it's fruity, it's alcoholic - and it'll leave 25 million families fit to bust today. Yet at least half the population don't like it very much. Nigel Cassidy celebrates a uniquely British pudding. Director Neil Koenig


Unknown: Nigel Cassidy
Director: Neil Koenig

: Colonel Clay - Master of Disguise

Martin Jarvis performs in a new five-part series of dazzling mystery stories by GrantAllen.
1: The Episode of the Missing Dividends. Colonel
Clay stalks his quarry, the morally dubious millionaire Sir Charles Vandrift, with a bagful of brazen schemes. Will Sir Charles be fleeced again or will he discover the true identity of the wily colonel at last? Director Martin Jenkins. Producer Rosalind Ayres


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Sir Charles Vandrift
Director: Martin Jenkins.
Producer: Rosalind Ayres

: Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces

By John Mortimer. Christmas Day in a chilly Norfolk village and a trip to the pantomime provide Horace Rumpole with the opportunityto solve a crime involving a duplicitous dame and to indulge in a little seasonal, charitable blackmail.
Pantomime music written by Neil Brand. Director Marilyn Imrie


Unknown: John Mortimer.
Unknown: Horace Rumpole
Written By: Neil Brand.
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Rumpole: Desmond Barrlt
Hilda: Joanna David
RevLongstaff: Oliver Ford Davies
Donald: Tim McInnerny
Fred: Nigel Anthony
Phillida: Patience Tomlinson
Judge: Philip Voss
Skimpy: Loan Meredith
Bonny: Bruce Alexander
Di: John Hartley
Aladdin: Rebecca Lacey
Denis: Tom George
Widow Twanky: Tilly Vosburgh
Tristan: Lewis Reece
Isolde: Lauren Bird

: A Good Read

Satirical puppet masters Peter Fluck and Roger Law share their favourite paperbacks with Matthew Parris. Theirchoices include Seeds of Change by Henry Hobhouse , Anthony Bourdain 's Kitchen
Confidential and an account of an 18th-century It-boy. Producer Miles Warde. Repeated Sunday 30 December 11pm


Unknown: Peter Fluck
Unknown: Roger Law
Unknown: Matthew Parris.
Unknown: Henry Hobhouse
Unknown: Anthony Bourdain
Producer: Miles Warde.

: Completely Crackers

Comedian Linda Smith concludes her investigation of the Christmas cracker, unwrapping among others the specialist "Spinster's Cracker" of 1913 and paying a visit to the World Cracker Pulling extravaganza.
(Repeated llpm)


Presenter: Linda Smith
Producer: John Tuckey

: That Reminds Me

In the last of this series of raconteurs' anecdotes, John Inman reminisces in front of a live audience about his early career in rep and his love of pantomime, and he shares some behind-the-scenes stories of working On Are YOU Being Served? Producer Claire Jones


Unknown: John Inman
Producer: Claire Jones

: The Archers

Kathytothe rescue. Repeated Boxing Day 2pm

: Jingle All the Way

Repeated from 7.30am

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

2: Vera judges a mince pie contest, the au pair arrives with a live carp and Irene poisons the "Christingle".
For details see Christmas Eve. Repeated from 10.45am


Vera: Patricia Routledge
Irene: Prunella Scales
Howard: Christopher Kelham
Stephan/Oswald: James Caplin

: Candlelight

Through personal story and commentaryfrom a variety of contributors, this programme explores the symbolism of candlelight.
Producer Sera Lefroy-Owen . Repeated Friday 28 December 11.30pm


Producer: Sera Lefroy-Owen

: On Top of the World

Even experienced mountain climbers can die from extreme mountain sickness. A group of British medical researchers subject themselves to high altitude and ill health to find the cause of this mysterious ailment, and discover a possible cure. Producer Neil Walker


Producer: Neil Walker

: Home Truths Christmas Special

Extended rpt from 10am

: Love Came Down

Shortened repeat from 6am.

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler. 2: LongJade Earrings. For details see Christmas Eve


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: Completely Crackers

Repeated from 6.15pm

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

Shortened repeat from 1.05pm

: News

: Heaven Sent

Travel writer William Dalrymple 's meditation on Christmas Day, exploring the unique mystery on which Christian belief hinges-the Incarnation.


Unknown: William Dalrymple

: The Christmas Tree

Nigel Cassidy 's account of the Christmas tree story. Producer Neil Koenig (R)


Unknown: Nigel Cassidy
Producer: Neil Koenig

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