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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Mark Santer , Bishop of Birmingham.


Unknown: Mark Santer

: Farming Today

Year of the Black Sheep. Miriam O'Reilly investigates this year's foot-and-mouth crisis.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly

: Today

With Alan Little and Sarah Montague.
6.25, 7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Elaine Storkey.


Unknown: Alan Little
Unknown: Sarah Montague.
Unknown: Elaine Storkey.

: Melvyn Bragg - In Our Time

A discussion on the history of what we eat from the Renaissance to the present day. Joining Melvyn Bragg to engorge themselves on the fashions and philosophies of 500 years of food will be the historians Felipe Fernandez Armesto, Rebecca Spang and Theodore Zelden. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Guest: Felipe Fernandez Armesto
Guest: Rebecca Spang
Guest: Theodore Zelden
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

8: Hand Grenade Practice In Peking. By Francis Wood. Read by Emma Fielding . "Ours was a serious choir formed of diplomats, some of whom were very good singers, and beaten rather savagely into shape by the wife of the Head of Chancery." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at l2.30am.


Unknown: Francis Wood.
Read By: Emma Fielding
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Daily Service

Presented by Peter Firth. A Great and Mighty Wonder(Es Is ein' Ros Entsprungen). John 1, wl-14. Rise Up Shepherd (arr Rutter). Once in Royal David's City (Leddington Wright ). Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Presented By: Peter Firth.
Unknown: Leddington Wright
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Woman's Hour

Martha Kearney delves into the history of that great British dessert-trifle. Drama: Ladies ofLetters Make Mincemeat, part 4. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Martha Kearney

: Crossing Continents

India. India is proud to be the largest democracy in the world. Yet at the grassroots level corruption is endemic. Rosie Goldsmith meets the activists who are taking on - and beating- corrupt public officials. Also, Barefoot College, where students without formal qualifications learn howto construct solar energy systems, and the man who is bringing the internet to the street children of Delhi. Producer Tim Mansel. Editor Maria Balinska Repeated New Year's Eve 8.30pm


Unknown: Rosie Goldsmith
Producer: Tim Mansel.
Editor: Maria Balinska

: With Great Pleasure

The first of a new seven-part series in which guests select theirfavourite pieces of prose and poetry. Today, the international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes explains her choices.
Producer Viv Beeby. Repeated Sunday 30 December 12.15am


Designer: Zandra Rhodes
Producer: Viv Beeby.

: 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.

: Open Country

Extended rptfrom Saturday 22 December6.10am

: The Archers

Repeated from Boxing Day 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Mary, Mary

By Martin Sorrell. In Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice, it is the two older Bennet daughters who are centre stage. But nowthe third daughter, Mary, emerges from their shadow with a very different version of events in herjournal.
Director Sara Davies (R)


Unknown: Martin Sorrell.
Unknown: Jane Austen
Director: Sara Davies
Mary: Lucy Briers
MrBennet: Robert Whelan
Mrs Bennet: Kim Hicks
Elizabeth: Saskia Portway
Lydia: Nicole Arumugam
MrDarcy/MrCollins: Lan Kelly
MrBingley/MrGardiner: Chris Bianchi
MrWickam/MrHill: Chris Donelly
Denny/Dr Bracewell: Simon Armstrong

: Radio 4 Appeal

An appeal for a national charity which works with and for grandparents and grandchildren.
Producer Laurence Grissell. DONATIONS: Grandparents Federation, [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: Freephone [number removed]. Repeated from Sunday 23 December 7.55am


Producer: Laurence Grissell.

: Ask Albert

Dr Albert Ellis is one of the founding fathers of modern therapy. In this programme John Waite visits 85-year-old Dr Ellis at the impressive
Manhattan headquarters of the Albert Ellis Institute to find out whether the man some dismiss as "the geriatric guru" really does have the solutions to life, the universe and everything in-between. Producer Sue Mitchell.


Unknown: Dr Albert Ellis
Unknown: John Waite
Unknown: Albert Ellis Institute
Producer: Sue Mitchell.

: Colonel Clay - Master of Disguise

3: The Episode of the Reluctant Prosecutor.By Grant Allen , performed by Martin Jarvis. Will the colonel face his accuser in court? For details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Grant Allen
Unknown: Martin Jarvis.

: Open Book

Repeated from Sunday 23 December 4pm

: The Material World

Science series. Quentin Cooper talks to
John Dennis and Paul Brereton from the Central Science
Laboratory about howthey are using advanced scientific technologies to crack down on a continental cheese conspiracy. Does our farmhouse Cheddar really come from the West
Country as it purports on the label? And how can we be sure that the wine we are sipping contains the grape varieties they say it does?
Producer Fiona Roberts. E-MAIL: material.world@bbc.co.uk


Talks: Quentin Cooper
Unknown: John Dennis
Unknown: Paul Brereton
Producer: Fiona Roberts.

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: To Seek a Newer World

The second 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. 2: Is a more peaceful future achievable? Repeated 12.15am


Unknown: Fergal Keane

: Four at the Store

A new four-part series offering a night out at a comedy club without having to leave one's armchair. Simon Bligh hosts half an hour of stand-up comedy featuring Luke Ponte , Mitch Benn and Ian Moore. Producer Helen Williams


Unknown: Simon Bligh
Unknown: Luke Ponte
Unknown: Mitch Benn
Unknown: Ian Moore.
Producer: Helen Williams

: The Archers

Leon ie has news for Robert. Rptd Friday 28 December 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson meets bestselling writer Patricia Cornwell , famed for creating the tough-minded medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta. Cornwell reflects on how her problematic childhood and her work in a morgue have shaped herfiction and recalls the turbulent events in her personal life. Producer Erin Riley


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Patricia Cornwell
Unknown: Dr Kay Scarpetta.
Producer: Erin Riley

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

4: Irene encourages Vera's Children to vent their feelings in verse, and drama turns to crisis.
For details see Christmas Eve. Repeated from 10.45am


Vera: Patricia Routledge
Irene: Prunella Scales
Howard: Christopher Kelham
Karen: Mia Soteriou
Sabrina: Candice Davies

: Stalin Stole My Honeymoon

After the Second World War hundreds of British women wentto live in Czechoslovakia, newly married to Czechs and Slovaks who had fought with Britain against Nazism. Some of the few women still living there tell Chris Bowlby how they survived Stalinist persecution and isolation behind the Iron Curtain. Producer Chris Bowlby. Editor Nicola Meyrick


Unknown: Chris Bowlby
Producer: Chris Bowlby.
Editor: Nicola Meyrick

: Analysis

The Ghost of Recessions Past. Although America is in recession, Treasuryforecasts still saythe British economy will continue to grow in 2002. Should we believe them, and if so is itjust a lucky break?
Ian Hargreaves asks if Britain has really learned how to avoid boom and bust and examines the evidence of new, underlying strength in the economy.
Producer Zareer Masani. Repeated Sunday 30 December9.30pm


Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Producer: Zareer Masani.

: Costing the Earth

2: Space Waste. Since space travel began in 1957, the extra-terrestrial wilderness has gradually been polluted with man-made debris from spacecraft manoeuvres and accidents. Is it too late to prevent us from doing to space what we've already done to earth? Tom Feilden investigates. Producer Karen Gregor


Producer: Karen Gregor

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Brian Hanrahan.


Unknown: Brian Hanrahan.

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sloop

By Raymond Chandler. 4: Curtains forBrody. For details see Christmas Eve


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: Losers

Niall Ashdown and Luke Sorba star in a sitcom about the human condition, sex and food. With Stella Duffy , Victoria Finneyand Lee Simpson. Producer Bill Dare


Unknown: Niall Ashdown
Unknown: Luke Sorba
Unknown: Stella Duffy
Unknown: Lee Simpson.

: Angels at the Ritz

Four programmes celebrating the art of the lyricist. Seen Better Days but I'm Putting Up with These Elaine Delmar looks at the words of the blues. Pianist Michael Haslam. Producer Enyd Williams (R)


Unknown: Elaine Delmar
Pianist: Michael Haslam.
Producer: Enyd Williams

: News

: To Seek a Newer World

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Book of the Week: Chosen forChristmas

Repeated from 9.45am

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