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: World News

: Bells on Sunday

From St Andrew 's Church, Hurstborne Priors, Hampshire.


Unknown: St Andrew

: World Report

News roundup and analysis from BBC World Service.

: News Summary

: Something Understood

Candies and Curses. For the last Sunday of 2003, Mark Tully is in conversation with the writer and former Beirut hostage Terry Waite. Producer Eley McAinsh Repeated at 11.30pm


Unknown: Mark Tully
Unknown: Terry Waite.
Producer: Eley McAinsh

: Living World

A Place among the Stones. Brett Westwood is in lichen heaven. With limited outcrops of rocks to be found in lowland England, the tombstones of churchyards provide one of the most important available habitats for lichen. Producer Sheena Duncan


Unknown: Brett Westwood
Producer: Sheena Duncan

: Sunday

With Roger Bolton. Series producer Amanda Hancox


Unknown: Roger Bolton.
Producer: Amanda Hancox

: Radio 4 Appeal

Michael Buerk appeals on behalf of Amref-the African Medical and Research Foundation.
Donations: [address removed]. Credit Cards [number removed] Producer Sally Flatman
Repeated at 9.26pm and on New Year's Day at 3.28pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Producer: Sally Flatman

: Sunday Worship

The Holy Innocents. From the Collegiate Church of St Mary's Warwick. Preacher DrVaughan Williams. Director of music Katherine Deines. Producer Janet McLarty


Music: Katherine Deines.
Producer: Janet McLarty

: Letter from America

With Alistair Cooke.
Repeated from Boxing Day at 8.45pm


Unknown: Alistair Cooke.

: Broadcasting House

With Dan Damon.


Unknown: Dan Damon.

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.

: Desert Island Discs

I Sue Lawley's castaway is the comedian
Paul O'Grady , otherwise known as Lily Savage.
Producer Leanne Buckle Shortened rpt on Friday 2 January at 9arn


Unknown: Paul O'Grady

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

From the Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds.
Ross Noble joins Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor . Humphrey Lyttelton ensures disorders prevails and Colin Sell is at the piano. Repeated from Monday 22 December at 6.30pm


Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Colin Sell

: The Food Programme ,

Bombay Lunch Boxes. Simon Parkes tells the story of the dabba wallahs- an ancient system of delivering lunch boxes unique to the Indian city of Mumbai. Producer Rebecca Wells Extended repeat tomorrow at 4pm


Unknown: Simon Parkes
Producer: Rebecca Wells

: The World This Weekend

With James Cox.
Editor Richard Clark


Unknown: James Cox.
Editor: Richard Clark

: Sunday Best: Twentieth-Century Troubadour

A celebration of the talent of the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, who died 25 years ago. Philip Sweeney finds out why the British don't like chanson and why the Belgians just don't care.


Presenter: Philip Sweeney
Producer: Miles Warde

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Rowerdew and Bunny Guinness answer questions from gardeners in Milton Keynes , and Matthew Biggs reports from the Caribbean on the award-winning Barbados Horticultural Society. Sue Cook is in the chair.
Producer Trevor Taylor Shortened repeat on New Year Eve at Jpm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Rowerdew
Unknown: Milton Keynes
Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Producer: Trevor Taylor

: Pin It, Squash it, Pickle and Stuff It

New series Brett Westwood takes a trip into the mysterious world of museum zoological collections. 1: Pickle It.Today he looks at the art of pickling animal specimens and asks how museums do it and why they keep thousands of specimens from
Sticklebacks to sharks and squid. Producer Simon Roberts


Unknown: Brett Westwood
Producer: Simon Roberts

: Classic Serial: The Fish Can Sing

By Halldor Laxness, translated by Magnus Magnusson. In early 20th-century Iceland, Garddar Holm is an enigma: an opera star of international acclaim, yet no one at home has ever heard him sing. Alfgrimur is determined that Garddarwill sing "the one pure note". Dramatised by Arnold Evans .
Music John Handy Producer Alison Hindell Rptd Saturday 3 Jan 9pm


Translated By: Magnus Magnusson.
Unknown: Garddar Holm
Dramatised By: Arnold Evans
Producer: Alison Hindell
Old Alfgrimur: Glyn Houston
Miss Guddmunsen: Ruth Jones
Garddar: Matthew Rhys
Alfgrimur: Meilyr Sion
Shaun: Hew Phillips
Listener: Niekie Rainsford
Bjorn: Howell Evans
Guddmunsen: William Thomas
Pastor: Richard Mitchley

: Open Book

Mariella Frostrup looks at the way in which emotions influence the creative process. Can you write well in a temper? Do fan clubs boost or spoil theirauthors' reputations?
Producer Hilary Dunn Repeated on New Year's Day at 4pm


Unknown: Mariella Frostrup
Producer: Hilary Dunn

: Poetry Please

New series Roger McGough returns in celebratory mood with the first of the poetry programme in which listeners choose the poems.
Producer Paul Dodgson Repeated on Saturday


Unknown: Roger McGough
Producer: Paul Dodgson

: Europe - the Great Leap East

With ten extra members next year the European
Union will contain winners and losers. Continuing his travels through the new Europe, David Sells looks at the economic order now taking shape. Repeated from Tuesday 23 December at 8pm


Unknown: David Sells

: Bush Lessons

New series The first of three radio diaries by overseas volunteer Ruth Charlton who spent a year working in a remote bush school in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. With no teaching experience and no common language, how do you explain the concept of birthdays and Christmas? Producer Chris Eldon Lee Repeated on Saturday


Unknown: Ruth Charlton
Producer: Chris Eldon Lee

: Pick of the Year

John Humphrys presents the best of the year's broadcasting on BBC Radio.
Shortened repeat from Christmas Day at 1.05pm


Unknown: John Humphrys

: The Archers

Caroline gets some bad news. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Go 4 H

Barney Harwood hosts the last programme of the year. Producer JohnnyVLeagas


Unknown: Barney Harwood

: Crime in Mind

3: Best Eaten Cold by Laura Wilson , read by Paola Dionisotti. Mrs Skinner is a waitress at a select dinner party where revenge is on the menu. Producer Elizabeth Allard


Unknown: Laura Wilson
Read By: Paola Dionisotti.
Read By: Mrs Skinner
Producer: Elizabeth Allard

: A World in Your Ear

Repeated from BoxingDayatl.30pm

: Word of Mouth

4: Whatever. Bart Simpson , Nasser Hussain and Eileen from Coronation Street have one word in common: "whatever". With Michael Rosen. Repeated from Boxing Day at 4pm


Unknown: Bart Simpson
Unknown: Nasser Hussain
Unknown: Michael Rosen.

: Money Box

Repeated from yesterday at 12.04pm

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from 7.55am

: Analysis: Agenda for the Next Pope

As Pope John Paul becomes increasingly frail, Vatican watchers are speculating about the identity of the next pontiff and the challenges he will face. Andrew Brown asks whether the next Pope can reassert the Church's s political and moral authority, and whether Roman Catholicism can survive as a truly global faith.


Presenter: Andrew Brown
Producer: Jim Frank
Editor: Nicola Meyrick

: News

: United Nations - or Not?

A look at the history and relationship between the UN and the US. With contributions from former US secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and James Baker , former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali and the US ambassador to the UN
Jeane Kirkpatrick. Presented by Edward Stourton. Producers Mark Savage and Mark Alden


Unknown: Madeleine Albright
Unknown: James Baker
Presented By: Edward Stourton.

: The Other Candidates Are....

They enliven every election and often have some worthwhile policies too. But who are they, these minority candidates who spend their own money on lost deposits but carry on campaigning all the same? Matthew Parris reports on some of these other candidates who campaign about.... sex.
Editor John Evans The Other Candidates Are.... is repeated on New Year's Eve at 8.45pm


Unknown: Matthew Parris
Editor: John Evans

: A Good Read

Director Stephen Frears and novelist Sarah Waters talk to Sue MacGregor about theirfavourite books. Repeated from Tuesday 23 December at 4.30pm


Director: Stephen Frears
Unknown: Sarah Waters
Unknown: Sue MacGregor

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: News

: Let's Dance

3: Line Dancing. Line dancing has never been more popular. Maurice the Carribbean Cowboy tells you why. Producer Nichola Humphries


Producer: Nichola Humphries

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We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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