With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Robert Orchard and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament
3/5. A look at the menu. Peter the Great's breakfast. Emperor Vitellus's passion for peacock brains, and Probably the most gigantic feast ever prepared for a coming-of-age party. By Alice Thomas Ellis. For details see Monday 20 December Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by the Rev Peter Whittaker. Long Ago,
Prophets Knew (Personent Hodie). Luke 1. w39-50.
Magnificat in G (Stanford). A Great and Mighty Wonder (Es ist ein ros 'entsprungen). Director of music Christopher Stokes.
Two wine writers join forces to investigate the part
Played by moonshiners in the histories of Ireland and Scotland and in the development of the modern whisky (or whiskey) industry. While Susie Atkins goes in search of the poteen makers of Ireland who are still "legally distilling in hidden locations, Dave Broom travels to Speyside in Scotland to find out how the excisemen of the 18th century effectively criminalised much of the Highland population. Producer Paul Kobrak
2/5. A Sensation Novel. Ebeneezer Fudge , writer of "melodramatic sensation novels, is disturbed when his characters start coming to life and criticising his Preposterous plots. By WS Gilbert , dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.
Director Jenny Stephens
Demon of Romance:
3/6. The radio treasure hunt and cryptic quiz show has panellists Rod Liddle. David Edwards and Francine Stock racing against the clock to locate a mystery treasure, where X marks the spot. Among the week s questions - what have a piece of burnt toast, a silicon chip, a geranium and a model-T car all got in common? Presented by David Stafford. Producer Sarah Rowlands
Mary lives alone with her father in a house with an eccentric garden he has made, which is open to the Public. Teased at school for being "the garden girl". Mary decides it's time to find out more about her absent mother. By Susan Roberts.
Director Susan Roberts
3/4. Mrs Marvel 's Angel. When a cleaning lady finds a valuable painting of an angel in her employer's attic, good things start to happen. By Clare Boylan , read by Rosemary Leach. For details see Monday 20 December
Good King Wenceslas tells a story about an early tenth-century Bohemian duke who has since become the national saint of the Czech Republic.
So why have British people been singing about him at Christmas for more than 150 years? Mark Whitaker finds out. Producer Mark Whitaker Rptd on Chnstmas Day at 5.45am
Debating the significance of the coffee shop of the 17th and 18th centuries is Markman Ellis , author of The Coffee House, a Cultural History, who joins Laurie Taylor. Together they compare those cultural power houses with the ubiquitous, mass-produced, modern-day, high-street equivalent. Producer Natasha Maw
3/3. Flanders and Swann. The revues of Michael
Flanders and Donald Swann , such as At Drop of the Hat. fit a very British tradition of satirical whimsy. Stuart Maconie tracks their lives and working partnership. Producer Angela Sherwin
3/10. John is called in front of Judge Jeffreys in London to report from Exmoor. His delight at returning home is mitigated when he hears that Lorna has been engaged to Carver Doone. By RD Blackmore.
For cast and details see Monday 20 December Repeated from 10.45am
2/3. Another re-match of a classical debate, hosted by Allan Little. Carla Pinto-Correia and John Durrant restage the 19th-century arguments between Albrecht von Haller and Caspar Wolff about how life develops from a fertilised egg to a human being. They also look at how little we still know in today's age of the genome. Producer Kirsten Dwight Repeated on Christmas Day at 10.15pm
3/3. In 1977. the Lib-Lab Pact between
James Callaghan 's Labour government and David Steel 's Liberals came in the middle of the battle for
Birmingham, Stechford. Steve Richards tells the stories of famous by-election campaigns.
Producer Peter Mulligan Repeated from Sun 19 December at 10.45pm
People have the oddest hobbies. In sheds and garages in Britain and across the world, amateur inventors are trying to reverse the laws of physics by building antigravity machines. Sue Nelson finds out if we're on the verge Of learning how to fall up. Producer Andrew Tait
3/6. Writer Richard Curtis and music supremo Anthony Wilson , along with team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins , are put through their pop music paces by James Walton. With Beth Chalmers as the reader. Producer Dawn
Ellis Back in black: page 12
Helen Lederergoes in search of the people who style Christmas and make it their business to persuade us to have a fashionable tree. As she gets out her shoe-box of decorations, what is their position on her wickerwork stars and red tinsel? Bin them. It's crystals this year - "tinsel is so over". Producer Sarah Taylor
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