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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Peter Wortley.


Unknown: Peter Wortley.

: Farming Today

Miriam O'Reilly asks how the children of farming families can hope to follow their parents on to the land.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rt Rev Richard Harries.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Richard Harries.

: Taking a Stand

The series returns for a new eight-part run. Fergal Keane talks to people who, through conviction or circumstances, have taken a stand forwhat they believe in. Producer Jane Beresford. Repeated 9.30pm


Talks: Fergal Keane
Producer: Jane Beresford.

: Please Do Not Adjust Your Set

A new five-part series in which Ben Silburn explores the psychology behind five of the most classic glitches in human behaviour. 1: it's on the Tip of My Tongue. The inability to retrieve a well-known word while talking is one of the most frustrating feelings. Ben Silburn visits the labs engaged in the quest to get to the root of this often embarrassing affliction. Producer Adrian Washbourne


Unknown: Ben Silburn
Unknown: Ben Silburn
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Book of the Week: The Letters of GustaveFlaubert

2: Breakdown, Travel and Mourning. Moving words as the young Flaubert struggles with ill health, and bereavement. For details see New Year's Eve. Repeated at 12.30am

: Daily Service

Presented by Claire Campbell Smith. A Babe Is Born (Mathias). Titus 2, wll-14. In Thee Is
Gladness (Stanford). The Old Year Now Away Is Red (Greensleeves). Director of music Richard Tanner.


Presented By: Claire Campbell Smith.
Music: Richard Tanner.

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's s New Year's Day castaway is the creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, barrister and writer Sir John Mortimer. He chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. Producer Miranda Birch (R)


Unknown: Sir John Mortimer.
Producer: Miranda Birch

: Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo. Repeated 7.45pm


Unknown: Victor Hugo.

: Nature

Repeated from New Year's Eve 9pm

: Playing a Blinder

By Andrew Dallmeyer.
A wartime farce loosely based on a true story. New Year's Day 1940 and neither war nor fog can stop Hibs and Hearts playing a blinder. Sports reporter Bob McAllister has the biggest challenge of his career as he attempts to provide a commentary for a match he cannot see.


Writer: Andrew Dallmeyer
Director: David Ian Neville
Bob: Andy Gray
Moira: Emma Currie
Leo: Gavin Mitchell
Robson: Lewis Howden
Donaldson: Stephen Cartwright

: Humph at 80

Last May, masterful jazz musician and incomparable chairman of I'm Sorry I Haven a Clue
Humphrey Lyttelton turned 80. Another chance to hear Graeme Garden 's archive celebration of this broadcasting icon, with contributions from ISIHAC team members, fans and producers. Producer Cathy Drysdale. Revised repeat


Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

: The World at One

With Tim Franks.

: Did I Shave My Legs for This?

Any number of songs have been written about how women deal with male infidelity, drunkenness, thoughtlessness and sheer stupidity, but nowhere is it tackled with more poignancy and honesty than in country music. Liz Kershaw tells the story of feminism in country music, with the help of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.
Producers Nick Barraclough and Peter Everett


Unknown: Liz Kershaw
Unknown: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Unknown: Emmylou Harris
Unknown: Dolly Parton
Producers: Nick Barraclough
Producers: Peter Everett

: The Archers

Repeated from New Year's Eve 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Stone Diaries

By Carol Shields. 2: 1927-36: Marriage and Love. In Bloomington, Indiana, the girls are getting excited as preparations are in hand for Daisy's wedding.
Director Marion Nancarrow


Unknown: Carol Shields.
Director: Marion Nancarrow
Daisy: Barbara Barnes
Beans: Teresa Gallagher
Fraidy: Debora Weston
Cuyler: Peter Marlnker
MrsHoad: Buffy Davis
Harold: Walter Lewis
Barker: William Hope
Newswoman: Denlca Fairman
Mrs Donaldson: Nancy Galr

: Home Planet

Richard Daniel presents a new series of the programme in which listeners set the agenda with their environmental concerns. LETTERS: [address removed]
PHONE: [number removed]. E-MAIL: [email address removed]


Presenter: Richard Daniel
Producer: Nick Patrick

: Afternoon Reading: Cold Comfort Farm

Sophie Thompson continues Stella Gibbons 's hilarious classic about Flora Poste 's visit to her rural relatives, the Starkadders. 2: The Cousins For details see New Year's Eve


Unknown: Sophie Thompson
Unknown: Stella Gibbons
Unknown: Flora Poste

: Monday's Child

2. Tuesday's Child Is Full of Grace. An Asian child dancer shows Jo Morris the art of grace. Can you learn to be that cool? For details see New Year's Eve


Unknown: Jo Morris

: A Good Read

Matthew Parris has chosen The Wind in the Willows as his New Year good read. He is joined by Anne Wood, creator of the Teletubbies, and comedian Dominic Holland, who's chosen a novel about a north London priest who doesn't believe in God.
(Repeated Sunday 6 January 11pm)


Presenter: Matthew Parris
Guest: Anne Wood
Guest: Dominic Holland
Producer: Peter Everett

: News Quiz of the Year

Simon Hoggart concludes his comedy review of a year's programmes. With contributions from Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith and Francis Wheen , and some choice newspaper cuttings. Producers Lucy Armitage and Steve Doherty


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

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: Shelf Lives: The Computer Mouse

Nigel Cassidy goes to Silicon Valley to meet the man who dreamt up the idea of the computer mouse and visits the company that failed to exploit an invention that changed the way we work. (Repeated 12.15am)


Presenter: Nigel Cassidy
Producer: Claire Jones

: Absolute Power

Stephen Fry and John Bird return as masters of spin
Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe in a new five-part series. This week, their government retainer comes under threat when they are presented with the difficult and complicated task of, as Martin so decorously puts it, "poking one right up the Prime Minister." With Tony Gardner, Siobhan Hayes, Tom George and David Timson. Written by Mark Tavener. Producer Dawn Ellis


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: John Bird
Unknown: Charles Prentiss
Unknown: Martin McCabe
Unknown: Tony Gardner
Unknown: Siobhan Hayes
Unknown: Tom George
Unknown: David Timson.
Producer: Dawn Ellis

: The Archers

Division at Bridge Farm. Rptd tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row: French Connections

Francine Stock reports on cross-Channel cultural relations in the wake of the success in Britain of the film Amelie and Michel Houellebecq's novel Atomised, and in anticipation of major exhibitions Of French art Opening this Spring.


Presenter: Francine Stock
Producer: Sally Spurring

: Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo. 2: Jean Valjean has broken the terms of his parole and is on the run. Dramatised by Sebastian Baczkiewicz.
For details see New Year's Eve. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Victor Hugo.
Unknown: Jean Valjean
Dramatised By: Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

: Correspondents Look Ahead

Allan Little chairs a lively discussion with specialists from around the globe to identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in the coming year- the future of Afghanistan, new terrorist threats, the global economy, the World Cup and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Producer Sue Ellis.


Unknown: Allan Little
Producer: Sue Ellis.

: Case Notes

If the headlines are to be believed the NHS is crumbling, the number of incompetent health professionals is increasing and hospitals are so dirty, we are lucky to get out alive. But how does the NHS compare with health-care systems in other countries? Dr Graham Easton takes a look at the facts. E-MAIL: [email address removed] Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm


Presenter: Dr Graham Easton
Producer: Paula McGrath

: Taking a Stand

Repeated from 9am

: News Briefing

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler. 7: Corrupted Flesh.


Unknown: Raymond Chandler

: Fingers on the Buzzer

From Twenty Questions to The News Quiz, Tony Hawks is in the archives tracing the history of the panel game. Plus his own experiences and anecdotes.


Presenter: Tony Hawks
Producer: Helen Garrison

: Best Sellers: the Life and Times of Peter Sellers: 1: 1925-51

Phill Jupitus charts the career of this comic superstar in the first of a four-part series. (R)


Presenter: Phill Jupitus
Producer: Steve Doherty

: News

: Shelf Lives

The Computer Mouse Repeat of6.i5pm

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