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.
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
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
Fan club president Mrs Thomley:
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
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
Birmingham caller/West Country man/Posh man:
Mrs Jenkins/Old Scottish woman:
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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