As the queue forms outside King's College,
Cambridge, for today's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Rev Stephen Shipley leads a meditation for Christmas Eve with the King's Choral Scholars, who traditionally singto those waiting to enter the Chapel. Reading: Isaiah 60, wl-6.
On a Christmas evening 50 years ago, a group of people gathered together in a Middlesbrough sitting room for their weekly spiritualist circle. They kept written records of who came into their midst and what they said. But that night, they had something new in the room: an early tape recorder....
Producer Chris Eldon Lee Repeated on New Year's Day at 4.30pm
2: The Leopard Hunter. Martin Jarvis performs another Richmal Crompton story. The Brown family are at a loss to know how to get rid of an unwanted house guest, until William hears some startling news from a nearbycircus. For details see yesterday at 11.30am
A light-hearted quiz about inventions and innovations.
Chris Stuart presides overteam captains Adam nan-Davis and Professor Lewis Wolpert. With guests
Johnny Ball and World Service health reporter Ania LiChtarOWiCZ. Producer Katie Marsden
Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, the traditional service, first broadcast 75 years ago, that for many people all overthe world marks the beginning of Christmas.
Once in Royal David's City (Gauntlett, harm Mann, desc Cleobury). Bidding Prayer. 0 Little Town of Bethlehem (Walford Davies ). First Lesson: Genesis 3, w8-15; 17-19, read by a chorister. Herefordshire Carol (arrVaughan Williams). Adam LayYbounden
(Boris Ord). Second Lesson: Genesis 22, wl5-18, read by a choral scholar. In Dulci Jubilo (arr Pearsall). Ding Dong! Merrily on High (harm Charles Wood).
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, w2, 6, 7, read bya member of staff. Nowell, Nowell, Nowell (Maconchy). It Came upon the Midnight Clear (harm Sullivan, desc
Cleobury). Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, wl-3a, 4a, 6-9, read by a representative of the city. There Is No Rose (Anon). The Lamb (Tavener). Fifth Lesson:
Luke 1, w26-35, 38, read by the director of music.
Gabriel's Message (arrPettman). Joys Seven (arr
Cleobury). Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, wl, 3-7, read by a representative of Cambridge churches. The Gleam
(Birtwistle), words by Stephen Plaice (first performance; King's College commission). Tomorrow Shall Be My
Dancing Day (arrWillcocks). Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, w8-16, read by a Fellow. In the Bleak Midwinter(Darke). God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (arrWillcocks). Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, wl-12, read by the Vice-Provost. Look up, Sweet Babe (Lennox Berkeley). I Saw Three Ships (arr Ledger). Ninth Lesson: John 1, wl-14, read bythe Provost. 0 Come, All Ye Faithful (Anon, desc Cleobury). Collect and Blessing. Hark! the Herald
Angels Sing (Mendelssohn, desc Cleobury). Organ
Voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo, BWV729(Bach). Director of music Stephen Cleobury. Organ scholar Ashley Grote. Producer Stephen Shipley Repeated tomorrow on Radio 3 at 2pm
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Four programmes looking at great comic fictional characters in a school setting. 1: The Papers of AJ Wentworth BA. Although liked bythe boys,
Wentworth, maths master at Burgrove, has problems maintaining discipline. Producer Elizabeth Freestone
Two further episodes are broadcast tomorrow, and the fourth on Boxing Day Repeated on Tuesday 30 December at 11.30pm
By Beatrix Potter , dramatised by Sarah Woods. The poor Tailor of Gloucester must make a coat of cherry-coloured corded silk for the Mayor of Gloucester to be married in on Christmas morning.
Mice played by Helen Longworth , David Timson and Poppy Ellen Singers: Steve Bridgewater , Alex Kelly , Naomi Ludlam and Anders Sodergren. Original music by Anders Sodergren Director Jonquil Panting
3: Life as an MP. Journalist Julia Langdon talks to Nicholas Soames , Hilary Benn and other MPs who have followed in their parents' political footsteps. Producer Mukti Jain Campion
Repeated from Sunday 21 December at 10.45pm
Live from St George 's Cathedral, Southwark. The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev
Kevin McDonald , celebrates the first Mass of Christmas. The Cathedral Choir sing the Mass to the setting for double choir and organ by Charles-Marie Widor , and a feast of carols, including Hark the Herald Angels
Singand Adeste Rdeles. Readings: Micah 5, wl-4; Isaiah 9, wl-7; Titus 2, wll-14; Luke 2, wl-14. Homily: The Most Rev Kevin McDonald. Director of music Nick Gale. Producer Mark O'Brien
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