7: The Russian Journal of Lady Londonderry, 1836 Read by Barbara Leigh Hunt. "The cold had been daily increasing and now had arrived at nearly 30 degrees below zero." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at 12.30am
In a special edition of his series charting the development of spoken English, Melvyn Bragg turns his attention to the mysterious speech patterns of Britain's aristocrats for whom Cadogan Square will forever be a "squah". But was it ever thus? And is toffs' talk the product of a lineage that in many cases stretches back to the Middle Ages? Producer Bella Bannerman. Repeated at 9pm
William and the Princess Goldilocks. Martin Jarvis returns with another classic Richmal Crompton story, recorded live before anaudience at the Everyman theatre, Cheltenham. Avisitto the pantomime leads William by a typically convoluted route to a local hotel and draws him into a scenario worthy of the Marx Brothers.
Producer Rosalind Ayes. Director Pete Atkin
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 Gerald Kaufman and Robin Oakley. Producer Simon Nicholls
By Albert Lamorisse , adapted for stage and radio by Anthony Clark with music by Mark Vibrans.
A musical version of this classic story of a lonely Parisian boy befriended by a stray red balloon.
Schoolchildren played by the Liverpool Philharmonic Training Choir. Music played by Owain Bailey (flute, piccolo), Tim Redpath (clarinet, soprano saxophone), Annalise Martinsen (horn), Claire Gainford (bassoon) and Matthew Whittington (percussion). Musical director Dane Preece (piano) Director Melanie Harries
In 1962the sociology department of Leicester University carried out 860 interviews with local teenagers about their attitudes to life, work and home. Professor Laurie Taylortalks to John Goodwin from the university as to what the research reveals about how life differed forteenagers 40 years ago.
Producer James Marshall. E-MAIL: email@example.com
This yuletide, Tony Hawks has decided to try and collect every item featured in the song The 12 Days of Christmas, just to make his girlfriend happy. But how many pipers will he convince to pipe? How do you go about persuading maids to do some milking these days? What steps will he have to take to ensure his six geese really are a-laying? And just how much is it all going to cost him, anyway?
Producer Danny Wallace. Repeated on Saturday 29 December 2pm
The first of three talks this week by Fergal Keane examining the state of the world in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York on 11 September. 1: How the world has reacted to the atrocities.
Producer Tony Grant. Repeated 12.15pm
Another chance to hear Sean Lock 's comic crawl along the urban underbelly. 4: More urban inspiration at Rat 76. Elderberry House. Starring Sean Lock , Alex Lowe , Dan Mersh , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Rouse. Producer Chris Neill (R)
Pianists including Vladimir Ashkenazy , Andras Schiff , Dave Brubeck , Mitsuko Uchida and Joanna MacGregor discuss life at the keyboard, lessons, bad instruments and how they look after their hands. Producer Robyn Read
3: Vera has her hands full entertaining Ninouska's parents from Norway while her children take refuge at Irene's.
For details see Christmas Eve. Repeated from 10.45am
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Last summer's riots in Bradford have been interpreted by some as proof that multiculturalism has failed in the city. In the first of three landmark debates, Edward Stourton returnatothe city to unpick the complex relationship between religion, race and culture. An invited group of panellists and guests discuss the proposition that "religion, not race, is the main obstacle to the creation of a successful multicultural society." Producer Jim Frank. Editor Nicola Meyrick
Repeated Saturday 29 December 10.15pm
A new six-part comedy by Paul Barnhill and Neil Warhurst. 1: Brian Tongue is getting married. But can fellow explorer Mark Bark-Jones persuade him to take a final trip to the Amazon in search of the mythical Wet People?
Wendy Clapper 's still having nightmares about swallowing pool water after naked swimming classes. Find out more in the hit sketch show from the Comedy Store, Manchester, starring
Smug Roberts , Kate Ward , Robin Ince and Helen Moon. Producer Graham Frost (R)
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