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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr Allison Elliot.


Unknown: Dr Allison Elliot.

: Farming Today

Mark Holdstock asks whether the millions spent on farmers' environment schemes arejustified by results. Producer Sarah Falkingham


Unknown: Mark Holdstock
Producer: Sarah Falkingham

: Today

With James Naughtie and Stephen Sackur.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Stephen Sackur.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Midweek

Lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: The LastEnglishman - the Life of JL Carr

By Byron Rogers , read by Kenneth Branagh. Part 3. For details see Mon 29 Dec at 9.45am Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Byron Rogers
Read By: Kenneth Branagh.

: Daily Service

Presented by Dr Pauline Webb. All Praise to Thee (Engelberg). Philippians 2, w5-ll. Dignus Est
Agnus (Williamson). At the Name of Jesus (Evelyns). With BBC Radio 2 Choirboy of the Year, Harry Sever. Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Presented By: Dr Pauline Webb.
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray.
10.45 Honey from a Weed Part 3. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Something in the Water

New series In a three-part series, Philosopher Nigel Warburton and architectural historian John Grundy explore why radical ideas took hold at particular places and times in British history, and investigate their legacy. In the first programme, they visit Mow Cop in Staffordshire to trace the origins of the Primitive Methodists or Ranters, a religious movement that promoted women preachers and is credited with stimulating the rise of the Labour movement. Producer Faith Lawrence


Unknown: Nigel Warburton
Unknown: John Grundy

: Stanley Baxter and Friends: 1:A Brush with Change

by Laurence Howarth

Stanley Baxter features in a series of four comic plays.

With Claire Bloom and Maureen Lipman.
A story of art, marriage and growing old disgracefully. Sir Leslie McKinsey RA is famous for one thing only: his highly popular paintings of elephants. But for this year's summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, he's done a very different set of paintings. Very different. Has he gone mad?
Producer Graham Frost
Baxter on being back in the saddle: page 28


Unknown: Stanley Baxterfeatures
Unknown: Laurence Howarth
Unknown: Maureen Lipman.
Producer: Graham Frost
Sir Leslie/Walter/Kevin: Stanley Baxter
Fan club president Mrs Thomley: Maureen Upman
Lady Nichola: Claire Bloom

: You and Yours

Presented by Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Guto Harri.


Unknown: Guto Harri.

: Inspiration!

A light-hearted quiz about inventions and innovations. Chris Stuart presides overteam captains Adam Hart-Davis and Professor Lewis Wolpert. With guests vulcanologist Janet Sumner and cosmochemist Caroline Smith. Producer Katie Marsden


Unknown: Chris Stuart
Unknown: Adam Hart-Davis
Unknown: Professor Lewis Wolpert.
Unknown: Janet Sumner
Unknown: Caroline Smith.
Producer: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Cold Calling

By Lynne Truss. Daniella, Ryan and Raman have three things in common: they are about to start another shift working in a call centre; they will have to deal with a range of disgruntled, demanding and needy callers; and before the day is through they will have experienced something totally unexpected.
Mrs Unwin/Yorkshire woman/Distraught woman played by Becky Hindley Producer/Director Karen Rose


Unknown: Lynne Truss.
Ryan: Jason Hughes
Daniella: Katy Murphy
Raman/Mike: Kulvlnder Ghlr
Birmingham caller/West Country man/Posh man: Ewan Bailey
Laurence: Charlie Simpson
Mrs Jenkins/Old Scottish woman: Marlene Sadway
Clever Clarissa: Rachel Atkins
Young woman: Lucy Lott

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness answer questions from gardeners in Milton Keynes. Sue Cook is in the chair.
Producer Trevor Taylor Shortened Dec 28 at 2pm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Milton Keynes.
Producer: Trevor Taylor

: Scottish Shorts

3: Twice Nightly. By Alastair Potter. War breaks out when a new warden is appointed at the Maurice Cowley Rest Home for Mature Actors. Read by Robert Trotter. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Alastair Potter.
Read By: Robert Trotter.

: The Musical Storybook

3: The Great Minster Fire. Choristers and pupils from the Minster School in York dramatise and perform the true story of an arson attack on the Minster in 1829. With incidental music also written by the Chi idren. For details see Monday 29 December

: Thinking Allowed

In the spirit of the age Laurie Taylor and guests discuss the idea that ideas by themselves are a source of material change. Producer Jacqueline Smith


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Jacqueline Smith

: Case Notes

Sleep Disorders. One in 20 of us suffers from poor sleep. Dr Mark Porter looks at the tests doctors use to assess whether someone is suffering excessive daytime drowsiness and investigates how paying more attention to the symptoms could save lives, help snorers, and break our dependence on sleeping tablets. Repeatedfrom yesterdayat9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

With Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Oh No It's Not! Oh Yes It Isl

Rony Robinson continues to follow the production of Mother Goose from conception to the opening night. For details see Monday 29 December Repeated at 12.15am


Unknown: Rony Robinson

: Bearded Ladies

New series A comedy sketch show that takes a peek at modern-day life from a different perspective, with an assortment of women behaving oddly.
Written and performed by Susie Donkin. Charlotte McDougall. Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling , with Ewan Bailey Producer Carol Smith


Unknown: Susie Donkin.
Unknown: Oriane Messina
Unknown: Fay Rusling
Unknown: Ewan Bailey
Producer: Carol Smith

: The Archers

Brian gets a shock. Rptd tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson talks to Bob Geldof about songwriting, his family and celebrity. Producer Thomas Morris


Talks: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Bob Geldof
Producer: Thomas Morris

: Honey from a Weed

3: The Moon Peers over the Mountains. Patience and Norman live on the Greek island of Naxos.
For details see Monday 29 December Repeated from 10.45am


Patience: Anna Massey
Norman: David Codings
Angelos: Peter Polycarpou
Countess/Kalliope: Becky Hindley
Eyrnni: Mia Soterlou
Apostolyi: George Sawldes

: Heresy

David Baddiel chairs the programme that dares to commit heresy. Armando Iannucci, Vicky Coren, Peter Bradshaw and David Walliams challenge some of the most entrenched opinions of 2003, ranging from "the Atkins diet is dangerous" to "David Blaine's 44 days of starvation was a magician's trick". The studio audience decides if the heretics should be burned at the stake.

(Repeated on Saturday)


Unknown: David Baddiel
Unknown: Armando Iannucci
Unknown: Vicky Coren
Unknown: Peter Bradshaw
Unknown: David Walliams
Producer: Brian King

: The Other Candidates Are ...

They enliven every election, but who are the minority candidates who spend their own money on lost deposits but carry on campaigning all the same? Matthew Parris reports on some ofthse other candidates who campaign about.... sex.
Editor Chris Bond Repeated from Sunday 28 December at 10.45pm


Unknown: Matthew Parris

: A Cell for All Seasons

As the UK becomes the world centre for research into stem cells, Geoff Watts examines how close the research is to delivering treatments for a range of debilitating diseases. Producer Adrian Washbourne


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Paul Moss.


Unknown: Paul Moss.

: Book at Bedtime: Far from the Madding Crowd

By Thomas Hardy. 3: A new shepherd and a missing maiden. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Thomas Hardy.

: Six Geese A-laying

Another chance to hear this comedy by Mark Maier set on a hot, slow, and frustrating train journey from London to Edinburgh on New Year's Eve. Who will win the "tannoy contest" among the buffet-car staff? Will Alan and Frank get a kidney for transplant to Newcastle on time? With Dave Lamb, Zoe Lyons, Mark Maier, Dan Maier, Laura Shavin, Catherine Tate and Benedict Wong.


Writer/Performer: Mark Maier
Performer: Dave Lamb
Performer: Zoe Lyons
Performer: Dan Maier
Performer: Laura Shavin
Performer: Catherine Tate
Performer: Benedict Wong
Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor

: Baggy Trousers

2: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Repeated from Christmas Day at 11.30am

: News

: Oh No It's Not! Oh Yes It Is!

Repeated from 6.15pm

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