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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr David Hope.


Unknown: Dr David Hope.

: Farming Today

Anna Hill joins an army of workers putting food on festive tables. Producer Sarah Falkingham


Unknown: Anna Hill
Producer: Sarah Falkingham

: Today

With Edward Stourton and Margaret Doyle.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day
With Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien.


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Unknown: Margaret Doyle.
Unknown: Keith Patrick O'Brien.

: Midweek

Lively conversation with Libby Purves and guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Fairy Tales

3: Little Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. Snow White's beautydrives herwicked motherto jealous revenge. Read by Keeley Hawes. For details see Monday 22 December Repeated at 12.30am


Read By: Keeley Hawes.

: Daily Service

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.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley

: Woman's Hour

Presented byJenni Murray.
10.45 The Hendersons' Christmas Party Part 6. Drama repeated at 7.45pm

: Christmas Spirits

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


Producer: Chris Eldon Lee

: Just William - Live!

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


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Richmal Crompton

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay and John Waite.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Tim Franks.

: Inspiration!

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


Unknown: Chris Stuart
Unknown: Professor Lewis Wolpert.
Unknown: Johnny Ball
Reporter: Ania Lichtarowicz.
Producer: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Shepherd Who Couldn't t See the Wood for the Trees

By Alick Rowe. While Joel is up in the hills overprotectinghis sheep, Miriam and Ruth, his npoipntpri wifp and mother-in-law, receive a visitation
Director Celiade Wolff


Unknown: Alick Rowe.
Director: Celiade Wolff
Miriam: Sarah Lancashire
Ruth: Thelma Barlow
Joel: James Fleet
Barbara: Judy Cornwall
Beryl: Julia McKenzie
Betty: Polly James

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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). Adam Lay Ybounden Bidding Prayer. 0 Little Town of Bethlehem (Walford Davies). First Lesson: Genesis 3, w8-15; 17-19, read by a chorister. Herefordshire Carol (arr Vaughan Williams). Adam Lay Ybounden (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, vv 1-3a, 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 (arr Pettman). Joys Seven (arr Cleobury). Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, vv 1, 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 (arr Willcocks). Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16, read by a Fellow. In the Bleak Midwinter(Darke). God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (arr Willcocks). Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, w1-12, read by the Vice-Provost. Look up, Sweet Babe (Lennox Berkeley). I Saw Three Ships (arr Ledger). Ninth Lesson: John 1, vv 1-14, read by the 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
A song for Christmas: page 22


Unknown: Walford Davies
Unknown: Stephen Plaice
Music: Stephen Cleobury.
Unknown: Ashley Grote.
Producer: Stephen Shipley

: Baggy Trousers: 1: The Papers of AJ Wentworth BA

Four programmes looking at great comic fictional characters in a school setting.

Although liked by the boys, Wentworth, maths master at Burgrove, has problems maintaining discipline.

(Two further episodes are broadcast tomorrow, and the fourth on Boxing Day Repeated on Tuesday 30 December at 11.30pm)


Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

: PM

With Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: Socks

The most common and most dreaded yuletide gift. Producer Alison Quinn Repeated at 11.00pm


Producer: Alison Quinn

: The Tailor of Gloucester

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


Unknown: Beatrix Potter
Dramatised By: Sarah Woods.
Played By: Helen Longworth
Played By: David Timson
Singers: Steve Bridgewater
Singers: Alex Kelly
Singers: Naomi Ludlam
Singers: Anders Sodergren.
Music By: Anders Sodergren
Narrator: Miriam Margolyes
Tailor: David Hargreaves
Simpkin: David Holt
Mayor: David Timson

: The Archers

A big day for Lynda. Rptd tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson and Francine Stock unwrap a further selection of highlights from the past year, andtalkto the names behind the headlines, including film director QuentinTarantino. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Francine Stock

: The Hendersons' Christmas Party

By Alexandra Campbell. 3: Silent Night. Her partner having recently traded her in for a younger model, Emma returns home to spend Christmas.
For details see Monday 22 December Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Alexandra Campbell.
Emma: Caroline Quentin
Caro: Jane Whrttenshaw
Mum: Elizabeth Kelly
Joe: Jonathan Keeble
Mrs Henderson: Anne Reid
Spare man: Simon Treves

: The Moral Maze

Michael Buerk chairs a moral debate with Steven
Rose Ian Hargreaves, Michael Gove and Claire Fox. Producer David Coomes Repeated on Sat 27 December at 10.15pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Michael Gove
Unknown: Claire Fox.
Producer: David Coomes

: Keeping It in the Family

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


Talks: Julia Langdon
Unknown: Nicholas Soames
Unknown: Hilary Benn
Producer: Mukti Jain Campion

: A Cell for All Seasons

In the first of two programmes, Geoff Watts looks at stem-cell research. Producer Adrian Washbourne


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Cheese

By Willem Elsschot. 3: RecruitingAgents For details see Monday 22 December


Unknown: Willem Elsschot.

: Socks

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Mass

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


Unknown: St George
Unknown: Kevin McDonald
Unknown: Charles-Marie Widor
Unknown: Kevin McDonald.
Music: Nick Gale.
Producer: Mark O'Brien

: Book of the Week: Fairy Tales

Part3. Repeated from 9.45am

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