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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Angela Tilby.


Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Farming Today

With Sarah Mukherjee.


Unknown: Sarah Mukherjee.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Colin Morris.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Colin Morris.

: The Choice

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced a life-changing choice. Producer Liz Leonard Repeated at 9.30pm


Talks: Michael Buerk
Producer: Liz Leonard

: Cutting a Dash

Is a misplaced apostrophe a catastrophe? Is a semi-colon as good as a whole one? Has the proper use of the comma reached a full stop? Lynne Truss explores the changing fashions of punctuation.
5: Punctuatingthe Future. From ivy leaves to smiley faces, a look at punctuation marks lost and gained. Producer Penny Vine

: Daily Service

Presented by Dr Pauline Webb. II Est Ne (French, arr Llewellyn). Hebrews 1, wl-8. Glorious in Majesty (trad, arr Cothson).Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach). Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Presented By: Dr Pauline Webb.
Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Book of the Week: John Betjeman:New Fame, New Love

By Bevis Hillier. Part 2. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Bevis Hillier.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Old Curiosity Shop Part 7. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: A Frontier Family

Jim and Teena Heimerick live 200 miles north of the one-horse town of Dead Horse in Alaska. For three generations the Helmericks have endured the rigours of the Arctic and survived. But now they are threatened by something far more frightening, as Howard Stableford finds out. Producer Julian Hector


Unknown: Teena Heimerick
Unknown: Howard Stableford
Producer: Julian Hector

: A Hard Day at the Orifice

Comedian and broadcaster Mervyn Stutter presents a wry look at the art of the type of impressionist who attempts to sound like animals or machines. With contributions from Percy Edwards , Ronnie Ronalde and Reginald Gardner , producer Libby cross


Unknown: Mervyn Stutter
Unknown: Percy Edwards
Unknown: Ronnie Ronalde
Unknown: Reginald Gardner

: You and Yours

With John Waite and Peter White.
Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours. PHONE: [number removed] LINES OPEN from 10am


Unknown: John Waite
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Tim Franks.

: A Little of What You Fancy

In 1912 music hall artistes gained social approval when some of them were commanded to perform in the first Royal Variety Performance. Hitherto they had been entertainers oftheworkingclass, albeit enjoyed by the "toffs" and even royalty. In the second of two programmes, Tim Healey looks at how the success of music hall may also have brought about its decline. Producer Paul Evans


Unknown: Tim Healey
Producer: Paul Evans

: The Archers

Repeat of yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Magic City

By E Nesbit. A hidden gem from the author of The
Railway Children, dramatised in two parts by Peter Kerry. 2: Philip and Lucy set off to relieve the islanders of the Great Fear.
Music by Rick Juckes Director Chris Wallis


Unknown: E Nesbit.
Unknown: Peter Kerry.
Music By: Rick Juckes
Director: Chris Wallis
MrNoah: David Jason
The Parrot: Jane Horrocks
Philip: Jordan Calvert
Helen: Kate Isltt
Graham Michael: Fenton Stevens
Lucy: Sara Blspham
Nurse: Pauline McLynn
Cook: Donna Croll
Captain: Harry Myers
Guard Tom: Raphael Eaves

: Home Planet

Richard Daniel presents the programme in which your environmental concerns set the agenda.
EMAIL: home. planet@bbc.co.uk PHONE: [number removed] WRITE TO: [address removed]Producer Nick Patrick


Unknown: Richard Daniel
Producer: Nick Patrick

: Crime in Mind

2: Old Dogs, New Tricks by Stella Duffy.
Marion Glaister has worked for the same company for 30 years, so when she is given three months' notice, she ensures that her presence will be sorely missed. Read by Marlene Sidaway. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Stella Duffy.
Unknown: Marion Glaister
Read By: Marlene Sidaway.

: Marking Time

As the new year approaches we all cock an earfor the chimes of Lucinda Lambton celebrates the 700-year history of public clocks in Britain and argues that we need more of them. Producer Peter Everett


Unknown: Lucinda Lambton
Producer: Peter Everett

: Tony Hawks's 12 Days of Christmas

In a Christmas adventure with plenty of spirit, Tony Hawks has decided to try to collect every item featured in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, just to make his girlfriend happy. But how many pipers will he convince to pipe? How many lords can he possibly get to leap? Andjust how much is it all going to COSt him, anyway? Producer DannyWallace

: A Good Read

Rosie Boycott and her guests, documentary film-maker Roger Graef and Labour MP George Galloway , discuss three of their favourite paperbacks: Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth , Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, and Burmese Days by George Orwell. Producer Jolyon Jenkins Repeated Sunday 5 January 11pm


Unknown: Rosie Boycott
Unknown: Roger Graef
Unknown: George Galloway
Unknown: Andrea Ashworth
Unknown: Gabriel Garcia
Unknown: George Orwell.
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: PM

With Dan Damon and Nigel Wrench.

: A Short History of Darkness

2: Dark Times, Dark Places. A lyrical montage of vivid experiences of darkness, featuring the solitary dark of the seabed, the black Antarctic winter and a haunting account of blindness. Plus new works by poets Sarah Maguire and John Burnside, mixing memory and imagination.
Producer Sean Walsh


Unknown: Sarah Maguire
Unknown: John Burnside
Producer: Sean Walsh

: Old Harry's Game Christmas Special

A two-part festive special from Hell, written by Andy Hamilton. Parti. The Roll of the Dice. Satan embarks on a quest and encounters Queen Victoria, Harpo Marx and a highly intelligent bluebottle.
With Michael Fenton Stevens , Philip Pope , Felicity Montagu and Claire Skinner.
Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer Repeated 11.30pm


Written By: Andy Hamilton.
Unknown: Harpo Marx
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Philip Pope
Unknown: Felicity Montagu
Unknown: Claire Skinner.
Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Satan: Andy Hamilton
The Professor: James Grout
Thomas: Jimmy Mulville
Scumspawn: Robert Duncan

: The Archers

A midnight kiSS for Chaba? Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Another chance to hearthe exclusive interview with American writer John Updike , marking his 70th birthday earlierthis year. He talks to Mark Lawson about his childhood, religious faith and, of course, novels, including his chronicles of 1960s suburban sex in Couples, and his best-known book The Witches of Eastwick, later adapted as a film and a West End musical. Producer John Goudie Revised repeat


Unknown: John Updike
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: John Goudie

: The Old Curiosity Shop

7: Back in London, Kit Nubbins is looking for a new job, and wonderi ng where Nell and Grandfather can have gone. Fordetailsseeyesterday Repeat of 10.45am

: The Hunt

A year in the life of hunt master James Barclay , whose family have hunted foxes for over 100 years. But 2002 is the yearthe hunting fraternity in England held its breath -would Parliament ban it?
Producer Gabi Fisher Repeated on Sunday 5 January


Unknown: James Barclay
Producer: Gabi Fisher

: In Touch

Peter White talks to author Sue Townsend about the impact her blindness has had on her life. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Unknown: Peter White
Unknown: Sue Townsend
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: The Miracle Men

How do you judge a miracle? Dr Raj Persaud examines the work of the doctors of Lourdes, whose job it is to scientifically investigate claims made by pilgrims who claim to have been cured by divine intervention. EMAIL: radtoscience@bbc.co.uk Producer Rami Tzabar


Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud
Producer: Rami Tzabar

: The Choice

Repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

With Paul Moss.


Unknown: Paul Moss.

: Book at Bedtime: Casino Royale

2: As James Bond prepares forthe biggame, he meets the beautiful Miss Vesper Lynd from HQ. For details see yesterday


Unknown: James Bond

: The Pub Carols

Two centuries ago, when the established church threw out the rough, locally-hewn carols sung in South Yorkshire villages, they could not have guessed they would survive in the pubs and taverns. Historians explain how the custom came about, and singers talk about how they keep it going. Producer Dave Sheasby Repeat of Christmas Day 11am


Producer: Dave Sheasby

: Old Harry's Game Christmas Special

Repeat of 6.30pm

: News

: Hamish and Dougal - You'll Have Had Your Tea

Repeat of Boxing Day 6.15pm

: Book of the Week: John Betjeman: NewFame, New Love

Part 2. Repeat of 9.45am

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