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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Drama repeated at 7.45pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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)
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
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