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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Dr Bert Tosh.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With David Wilby and Simon Jones.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: David Wilby
Unknown: Simon Jones.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Presented by Mark Coffey. Saviour of the Nations, Come! (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland ). 1 Thessalonians 4, W13-18. If We Believe (Goss). Hark, What a Sound (Highwood). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Presented By: Mark Coffey.
Unknown: Heiden Heiland
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Book of the Week: The Explorer's Daughter

3/5. Emilia Fox reads from Kari Herbert 's memoir. Kari talks to a teacher at the school, the police and the social services, trying to understand the changing fabric of Inuit life in Qaanaaq and the larger Thule district Of Greenland. For details see Monday Rptd at 12.30am


Unknown: Emilia Fox
Unknown: Kari Herbert

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Three Wise Men and a Baby in a Pear Tree By Claire Bennett.3/5.
The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presenter: Jenni Murray

: Dates with the Devil's Disciple

2/2. Enver Hoxha was the ruthless president of Europe's last Stalinist state. James Maw concludes his portrait of Albania's most notorious leader by visiting the national archive, previously closed to the outside world. He discovers the legacy of a man who idolised Stalin, turned his country into a prison and yet was highly cultured. Maw meets Hoxha's victims as well as his son, Ilir Hoxha , who remembers a loving and attentive dad. Producer Neil George


Unknown: James Maw
Unknown: Ilir Hoxha
Producer: Neil George

: Gilbert without Sullivan

New series 1/5. The Wedding March
It's Woodpecker Tapping's wedding day but everything goes wrong. By WS Gilbert , dramatised for radio by Stephen Wyatt.
Director Jenny Stephens


Unknown: Ws Gilbert
Unknown: Stephen Wyatt.
Director: Jenny Stephens
Gilbert: Jonathan Coy
Woodpecker: Jason Chan
Bapp: Paul Clarkson
Foodle: Paul Clarkson
Leonora: Amy Shindler
Bella: Amy Shindler
Bopaddy: John Rowe
Duke: John Rowe
Servant: John Rowe
Anna Maria: Alex Tregear
Old Poppytop: Slon Probert
Bunthunder: Slon Probert
marchioness: Charlotte West-Oram

: You and Yours

Consumer issues, presented by Liz Barclay and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

National and international news, with Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: X Marks the Spot

2/6. The radio treasure hunt and cryptic quiz show has panellists John Sergeant, Daphne Fowler and Gerry Hanson racing against the clock to locate a mystery treasure, where X marks the spot. Presented by David Stafford. Producer Sarah Rowlands


Unknown: Daphne Fowler
Unknown: Gerry Hanson
Presented By: David Stafford.
Producer: Sarah Rowlands

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Shell Station Story

Christmas. Two strangers, both desperate for love, spend the holiday together in London. By Ewa Banaskiewicz.
Other parts played by Nick Boulton Director Sally Avens


Unknown: Ewa Banaskiewicz.
Played By: Nick Boulton
Director: Sally Avens
Asia: Ania Sowinski
Thiru: Riz Meedin
Dorota: Eve Karpf

: Gardeners' Question Time

Answering horticultural queries at Lisvane Community Association Gardening Club, near Cardiff, are John Cushnie , Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew. Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at
3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened rpt of sun 2pm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew.
Unknown: Eric Robson

: Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch

3/5. Pentecost - a Flashback. A prayer meeting in wartime Glasgow is rudely interrupted and the life of Mrs Funny , the hall caretaker, is changed for ever. A haunting story by Dorothy K Haynes. For details see Monday


Unknown: Mrs Funny
Story By: Dorothy K Haynes.

: Silverscreen Crackers

3/5. MaryPoppins. Disney composer
Robert Sherman tells fascinating stories about writing the Songs for this film. For more details see Monday
So who's the real Mary Poppins ?: page 31


Unknown: Robert Sherman
Unknown: Mary Poppins

: Thinking Allowed

The tribute band is a growing sector of the popular music industry. Shane Homan , editor of Access All
Eras: Tribute Bands and Global Pop Culture explains how the industry has capitalised on the popularity of nostalgia by commercialising memories. Laurie Taylor investigates. Producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Shane Homan
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

1/10. The time you wait for an operation is getting shorter. Dr Mark Porter examines the latest waiting lists and asks experts whether it's worth going private to cut the wait. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Double Trouble

2/3. Jewel and Warriss. Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss were cousins, born in the same bed in a house in Sheffield. Rooted in the traditions of the northern music hall, they were the quintessential straight man (Warriss) and clown (Jewel). Stuart Maconie tracks their careers from childhood through family feud to Successful double act. Producer Angela Sherwin


Unknown: Jimmy Jewel
Unknown: Ben Warriss
Unknown: Stuart MacOnie
Producer: Angela Sherwin

: The Archers

Tom calls on some neighbourly assistance. For cast see page 42 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

More arts news and reviews, hosted by John Wilson. Producer Nicola Holloway


Unknown: John Wilson.
Producer: Nicola Holloway

: Three Wise Men and a Baby in a Pear Tree

3/5. God Rest Ye Merry. As the big day approaches, Gran and Betty go for a senior citizens' pub crawl, much to Millie's horror. Bunty arrives home from
California with her extraordinary new husband, Johnny Four-Winds , while Mattie comes to the rescue again. Written by Claire Bennett and performed by Alex Kelly. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Johnny Four-Winds
Written By: Claire Bennett
Unknown: Alex Kelly.

: The Great Debates

New series 1/3. What if we could eavesdrop on some of history's titanic clashes of personalities and ideas? Allan Little acts as moderator as today's leading theologians and historians argue on behalf of their historical counterparts. The first programme revisits the controversy between St Augustine of Hippo and the British "heretic" Pelagius over Original Sin and raises questions about human nature, free will and the source of good and evil.
Producer Kirsten Dwight Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Allan Little
Producer: Kirsten Dwight

: Triumphs and Disasters

2/3. In 1986, the first signs of New Labour could be seen in the capaign for the marginal London seat of Fulham - where the high hopes of the SDPIAlliance turned to dust. Steve Richards tells the stories of famous by-election campaigns.
Producer Peter Mulligan Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm


Unknown: Steve Richards
Producer: Peter Mulligan

: Many Happy Returns

Dr Ian Stevenson is one of a number of scientists who have made investigations into children who seem to remember past lives - like the Lebanese girl who was able to name 23 members of her "previous" family.
But is this a field of endeavour where empirical study is valid, or even possible? Linda Pressly examines the claims of the scientists engaged in this controversial area of research. Producer Linda Pressly


Unknown: Dr Ian Stevenson
Unknown: Linda Pressly
Producer: Linda Pressly

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Frankenstein

8/10. Frankenstein travels to the remote Orkney
Islands to create a female companion for the monster. By Mary Shelley. For details see Monday


Unknown: Mary Shelley.

: All the Way from Memphis

2/6. Team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins , along with their guests, are put through their pace by James Walton on pop music from 1950s
Memphis to the present day. With Beth Chalmers as the reader. Producer Dawn Ellis


Unknown: Tracey MacLeod
Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: James Walton
Unknown: Beth Chalmers
Producer: Dawn Ellis

: Today in Parliament

The day's debates, highlighting Prime Minister's Questions. Presented by David Wilby.


Presented By: David Wilby.

: News

: Book of the Week: The Explorer'sDaughter

3/5. By Kari Herbet. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Kari Herbet.

: News

: News

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

: News

: News

: Outlook

including news at 4.29

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