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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr Allison Elliot.

: Playing the Wind

Robert Valkenburgh plays the wind and reflects on the ancient art Of wind music. Producer Grant Sonnex

: A Land Fit for Change

Anna Hill and Miriam O'Reilly investigate how the changes in the way we subsidise farmers will alter rural life, the landscape and the food we eat. Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Anna Hill
Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With Stephen Sackur and Margaret Doyle.
7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Stephen Sackur
Unknown: Margaret Doyle.

: Devout Sceptics

New series The return of the series in which
Bel Mooney talks to her guests about faith and doubt. This week the guest is the comedian Linda Smith. Producer Malcolm Love Repeat at 9.30pm


Talks: Bel Mooney
Unknown: Linda Smith.

: Altered Images

New series A five-part series that examines items belonging to famous people, found aftertheir deaths, that shed new light on them. 1: Historian
Hannah Greig meets Colin White to find out why the discovery of letters by Frances Nelson prove that she did try to save her marriage to Horatio Nelson. Producer Rachel White


Unknown: Hannah Greig
Unknown: Colin White
Unknown: Frances Nelson
Unknown: Horatio Nelson.
Producer: Rachel White

: Daily Service

Presented by the Very Rev Ken Riley. To the Name of Our Salvation (Oriel). Luke 2, w21-24. When New Year Is Dawning (Lourdes). Of the Father's Heart
Begotten (arrWillcocks). With BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl ofthe Year, Marie Macklin. Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Unknown: Ken Riley.
Unknown: Marie MacKlin.
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

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

By Byron Rogers , read by Kenneth Branagh. Part 4. For details see Monday 29 December Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Byron Rogers
Read By: Kenneth Branagh.

: Desert Island Discs

Country-rock singer Emmylou Harris talks to
Sue Lawley. Shortened rptfromSunday21Decatll.l5am


Singer: Emmylou Harris

: Honey from a Weed

Part 4. Repeated at 7.45pm

: Crossing Continents

Linda Pressly travels to India with Bilal Dawood to seek justice from the government for his younger brother, British-born Muslim Saeed Dawood , who, along with his cousin and his friend, died in last year's religious riots in Gujurat, India. What chance does the family have of seeing those responsible for the killings punished fortheircrimes? Producer Linda Pressly


Unknown: Linda Pressly
Unknown: Bilal Dawood
Unknown: Muslim Saeed Dawood
Producer: Linda Pressly

: The Secret History of Bagpipes

We all know about bagpipes: deafeningly loud, and the quintessential symbol of Celtic aggression and _ pride. Or do we? Tom Morton wrestles with the truth about this most peculiar of instruments with contributions from Kate Adie , numerous pipers and pipe-makers, and one man who was prepared to go to court to protect the right to play his pipes. Producer Michael Surcombe


Unknown: Tom Morton
Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Michael Surcombe

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol

Repeated from Chnstmas Day at 12.04pm.

: The World at One

With Guto Harri


Unknown: Guto Harri

: Open Country

Helen Mark reflects on the past year and takes a journey through the changing seasons.
Extended 27 December at 6.10am


Unknown: Helen Mark

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: National Theatre of Brent's Complete and Utter History of the Mona Lisa

By Patrick Barlow.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the painting by Leonardo da Vinci. With Desmond Olivier Dingle starring as Leonardo da Vinci and his entire company, Raymond Box, as the Mona Lisa, it is believed that this is the very first time a historic work of art has actually been re-created on radio exactly as it would have been done at the time.


Writer: Patrick Barlow
Director: Martin Duncan
Producer: Bruce Hyman
Desmond: Patrick Barlow
Raymond: John Ramm

: A Robin's Tale

Patricia Routledge narrates a magical story about the antics of a young robin in an Oxfordshire garden. Combining an evocative and beautiful soundtrack recorded on location, with a wild drama set in the heart of England, the life and times of one of the most popular garden birds gently unfolds. Sound recordist Chris Watson Producer Sarah Blunt


Unknown: Patricia Routledge
Unknown: Chris Watson
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: Radio 4 Appeal

Michael Buerk appeals on behalf of Amref.
Donations: [address removed] Credit Cards [number removed] 28 December at 7.55am


Unknown: Michael Buerk

: Scottish Shorts

The first of two stories about celebrated composers by Ron Butlin. Tafelmusic and Cat-Scarers: a Brief Biography of the Real Georg Telemann reveals that for 250 years the critics have been writing about the wrong man. Read by Crawford Logan. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Ron Butlin.
Read By: Crawford Logan.

: The Musical Storybook

4: Black Shuck. Children from Burnham Market Primary School dramatise and perform a local folk story about a spectral hound that haunts the Norfolk Coast. Fordetails see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Black Shuck.

: Open Book

Repeated from Sunday 28 December at 4pm

: Christmas Spirits

Repeated from Christmas Eve at 11am

: PM

With Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

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

It's time for the technical run and dress rehearsal at York Theatre Royal's pantomime.
See Monday 29 Decemberfor details Repeated atl2.15am

: Four at the Store

The Australian comic Adam Hills is the compere of a night of comedy, music and yet more comedy. Producer TilushaGhelani


Unknown: Adam Hills

: The Archers

Susan's got high hopes. Repeatedtomorrowat2pm

: Front Row

John Le Carre talks to Mark Lawson about his renowned Cold Warfictions, including The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, as well as his new book Absolute Friends. Producer Sally Spurring


Talks: John Le Carre
Unknown: Mark Lawson

: Honey from a Weed

4:Pasta,Patisserie and Working with Stone in Apulia Patience and Norman finally settle in Apulia.
For details see Monday 29 December Repeated from 10.45am


Patience: Anna Massey
Norman: David Colllngs
Toni/Giovanni: Peter Polycarpou
Teresa: Mia Soteriou
Salvatore: Ewan Bailey
Patience's mother: Jill Balcon
Maria/Giovanni's wife: Becky Hindley

: It's My Story: Damilola's Family and the PC

The moving relationship that evolved over three years between Gloria and Richard Taylor , the parents of murdered ten-year-old Damilola, and theirfamilyliaison officer, PC Polly Mills. Their close bond has helped them to cope with the aftermath of the killing, as well as Mills's own crisis. Producer Sue Mitchell


Unknown: Richard Taylor
Producer: Sue Mitchell

: Excluded

Poet Andy Croft passionately bel ieves that poetry is for everyone, and to prove it, he spends a week at the Meadows school in Durham, teaching a group of difficult and challenging youngsters how to write poetry. Reporter Caroline Beck finds out if Croft still has his muse intact. Producer Andy Cartwright


Unknown: Andy Croft
Reporter: Caroline Beck
Producer: Andy Cartwright

: Stars in Their Eyes

In the second of two programmes,
Rajesh Mirchandani investigates how ancient India developed a cosmology that grew into a systematic and scientific discipline.
Producer John Watkins EMAIL: radioscience@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Rajesh Mirchandani
Producer: John Watkins

: Devout Sceptics

Repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

Robin Lustig presents a programme on spirituality.


Unknown: Robin Lustig

: Book at Bedtime: Far from the Madding Crowd

By Thomas Hardy. 4: Marry Me. A visit to the barracks and a Valentine sent in mischief.
For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Thomas Hardy.

: A Sting in the Tale: 2: Myrtle, Mahonia and Rue

by Briony Glassco.
Another chilling holiday tale.
In an attempt to escape her recurring nightmares, a landscape gardener decides on a drastic course of action.


Writer: Briony Glassco
Producer: Marc Beeby
Myrtle: Rachel Atkins
Getty: Lydia Leonard
Mahonia: Gbemisola Ikumelo
Rue: Cherie Taylor-Battiste

: Baggy Trousers

3: Molesworth: Down with Skool. Nigel Molesworth Of St Custard's. Repeated from Christmas Day at 6.30pm


Unknown: Nigel Molesworth

: News

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

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Book of the Week: The Last Englishman - a Life Of JL Carr

Part 4. Repeated from 9.45am

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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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