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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 concludes her investigation into the foot-and-mouth crisis.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly

: Today

With James Naughtie and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Jamie Oliver. See the radio choice on page 192.


Unknown: Jamie Oliver.

: Act of Worship

Presented by the Rev Roger Hutchings.


Unknown: Roger Hutchings.

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

9: May Week Was in June. Written and read by Clive James. The Oxford and Cambridge ski club go to Austria. "I should have taken my skis off and walked." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at 12.30am.


Read By: Clive James.
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Woman's Hour

Martha Kearney hosts lively and topical discussions from a woman's point of view.
Drama: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat. Part 5. PHONE: [number removed]. E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Martha Kearney

: Ladybird, Ladybird

It's the 60th anniversary of Ladybird books but, as the company closes down itsA/lidlands operation and is swallowed up by Penguin, an era comes to an end. Clare Jenkins tells the story of a publishing phenomenon and the last vestiges of a fifties childhood that is fading from memory - along with ankle socks, sleeveless Fair Isle pullovers and innocence. Producer Lindsay Leonard


Unknown: Clare Jenkins
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends

The first episode of a new four-part sitcom written by Kay Stonham and Simon Greenall. Robin and Wendy are a childless couple who have an unhealthy obsession with the contents of their garage: there they have built Mayfield, a model village that is the centre of their lives.
Starring Phil Cornwell , Simon Greenall , Debbie Stephenson and Kay Stonham.
Producer Mario Stylianides


Written By: Kay Stonham
Written By: Simon Greenall.
Unknown: Phil Cornwell
Unknown: Simon Greenall
Unknown: Debbie Stephenson
Unknown: Kay Stonham.
Producer: Mario Stylianides

: You and Yours

With LiZ Barclay. Editor Chris Burns. PHONE: [number removed]
E-MAIL: youandyours@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Liz Barclay.
Editor: Chris Burns.

: The World at One

With Sheena McDonald. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Sheena McDonald.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: A World in Your Ear

Another selection of international radio highlights. This week Emily Buchanan presents a sample of award-winning documentaries from around the globe. Including stories of shipwrecked British merchants landing in Connemara and the love-life of a maiden prime minister.
Producer Arlene Gregorius. Repeated Sunday 30 December 8pm


Unknown: Emily Buchanan
Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

: The Archers

Repeated from Thursday 27 December 7pm

: Afternoon Play: A Haunting

By William Boyd.
A landscape architect finds himself taken over by an unseen presence and is forced to make a strange drawing. He begins to act out-of-character, lusting after waitresses and butchers' assistants, growing a beard and behaving so strangely that he seems to have a breakdown.
Director Dave Batchelor


Writer: William Boyd.
Director: Dave Batchelor
Rief: John Sessions
John- Jo/Didier: Liam Brennan
Demarco/Giles: Crawford Logan
Leandra/Fiona: Eliza Langland
Stella/Incarnation: Emma Currie
Stewardess/Old woman/Petra: Joanna Tope

: Veg Talk

This week food writer Lindsey Bareham joins interactive greengrocers Gregg Wallace and Charlie Hicks. The three will be taking listeners' calls on onions - how to grow them, cook them and stop them making you cry. Producer Paula McGinley PHONE: [number removed]. Lines open from 1.30pm


Unknown: Lindsey Bareham
Unknown: Gregg Wallace
Unknown: Charlie Hicks.
Producer: Paula McGinley

: Colonel Clay - Master of Disguise

The series concludes with a thrilling double-bill. 4: The Episode of the Old Bailey. Who is the true villain in the trial of the master impersonator?
3.45 5: The Episode of the Final Verdict. What will be the verdict of the court, and can the colonel make a final escape? For details see Christmas Day

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen presents another programme about words and the way we speak. 4: Sitting on Sigmund Are you draped over a Henman, plumping up a Sigmund or trying to find your remote down the back of the Matisse? The naming of sofas explained. And with Tolkien in the cinemas, riddles Anglo-Saxon style. Producer Mark Burman. Repeated Sunday 30 December 8.30pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Mark Burman.

: The Message

Conversation about how current media trends affect modern life, with Jenni Murray. Producer Dave Harvey.


Unknown: Jenni Murray.
Producer: Dave Harvey.

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: To Seek a Newer World

The last 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.
3: How is the world dealing with the problems arising from the atrocities? Repeated 12.15am


Unknown: Fergal Keane

: Dead Ringers: the Best of the Year - Part 1

A special compilation featuring the best sketches and spoof phone calls from 2001. Starring
Kevin Connelly , Jon Culshaw , Mark Perry and Jan Ravens. Producer Mario Stylianides. Part 2 Saturday 29 December 12.30pm


Unknown: Kevin Connelly
Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Mark Perry
Unknown: Jan Ravens.
Producer: Mario Stylianides.

: The Archers

While the cat's away....
Written by Mary Cutler and Carole Simpson Solazzo Directors Sue Wilson and Peter Leslie Wild
Editor Vanessa Whitburn. ARCHERS ADDICTS FAN CLUB: send an sae to [address removed]


Written By: Mary Cutler
Written By: Carole Simpson Solazzo
Directors: Sue Wilson
Unknown: Peter Leslie
Editor: Vanessa Whitburn.
Phil: Norman Painting
Jill: Patricia Greene
Shula: Judy Bennett
David: Timothy Bentlnck
Ruth: Felicity Finch
Nigel: Graham Seed
Elizabeth: Alison Dowling
Julia: Mary W!mbush
Tony: Colin Skipp
Pat: Patricia Gillimore
Tom: Tom Graham
Brian: Charles Collingwood
Jennifer: Angela Piper
Debbie: Tamsin Greig
Jack: Arnold Peters
Peggy: June Spencer
Sid: Alan Devereux
Kathy: Hedli Niklaus
Joe: Edward Kelsey
Eddie: Trevor Harrison
Clarrie: Rosalind Adams
Ed: Barry Farrimond
Neil: Brian Hewlett
Hayley: Lucy Davis
Robert: Graham Blockey
Lynda: Carole Boyd
Leonie: Sara Poyzer
Coriander: Alexandra Lilley
Tim: Jay Villiers
Siobhan: Caroline Lennon
Fallon: Joanna van Kampen
Solly: James Thackwray
Heather: Joyce Gibbs

: Front Row

John Wilson reports on the generation of photographers who first found fame in the late fifties and early sixties and talks to David Bailey , who re-invented fashion photography, and to Don McCullin , who found himself recording war and famine and, more recently, the English landscape. Producer Lawrence Pollard


Unknown: John Wilson
Unknown: David Bailey
Unknown: Don McCullin
Producer: Lawrence Pollard

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

In the last episode of the series, Vera's family are released from police cells and Irene attempts to make peace with her son Christopher. Then Vera and Irene raise a glass to the New Year.
For details see Christmas Eve. Repeated from 10.45am

: Pick of the Year

The very best of the year's broadcasting on BBC radio celebrated by Sue MacGregor in her pick of the series. Producer Neil George. Repeated Saturday 29 December 1.15pm


Unknown: Sue MacGregor
Producer: Neil George.

: Letter from America

With veteran commentator Alistair Cooke.
Rptd Saturday 29 December 5.45am and Sunday 30 December 8.45am


Commentator: Alistair Cooke.

: The Seven White Masks of Scaramouche Jones

By Justin Butcher. Another chance to hear Warren Mitchell 's portrayal of Scaramouche Jones , a 100-year-old clown whose white face is his greatest asset and his greatest handicap. A vivid odysseythrough the heart ofthe 20th century. Director Claire Grove (R)


Unknown: Justin Butcher.
Unknown: Warren Mitchell
Unknown: Scaramouche Jones
Director: Claire Grove

: The World Tonight

With Max Easterman.
Editors Prue Keely and Jenni Russell. E-MAIL: world.tonight@tjbc.co.uk


Unknown: Max Easterman.
Editors: Prue Keely
Editors: Jenni Russell.

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler. 5: Police Business For details see Christmas Eve


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: The Copysnatchers

David Aaronovitch presents the first in a new series of the talk show in which invited guests from around the world observe, parody and dissect topical British stories from theirforeign perspective. Producer Katy Hickman


Unknown: David Aaronovitch
Producer: Katy Hickman

: Candlelight

Repeated from Christmas Day 8pm

: News

: To Seek a Newer World

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Book

of the Week: Chosen for
Christmas Repeated from 9.45am

: as BBC World Service

Radio4: Website: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/

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