4/5. Fish. The crucial role fish has played in our diet, including what to do with live eel, how to Prepare a prehistoric fish, the first encounter with an pctopus and why fish can start wars. Written and read by Alice Thomas Ellis. For details see Monday 20 December Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by the Rev Tony Burnham. A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (Scheidt, arr Willcocks). Isaiah 9, w2-6. For unto Us a Child Is Bom (Handel). Torches (John Joubert ). Director of music Gordon Stewart.
A fascinating insight into the world premiere of JM Barrie's Peter Pan. which took place at Christmas in 1904 - 100 years ago. Barrie himself tested the tying harness and Gerald du Maurier strutted the stage as the first Captain Hook. Producer Merilyn Hams
Juliet Stevenson stars as Alison, one of London's "many hidden lonely people - working, coping, acting brave". A chance encounter at a Christmas church service brings her a new understanding of what love means. By Sue Gee.
4/4. The Green Angel. An abstract image of an angel triggers off a forgotten memory. With hindsight, could apparently random events be a sign of divine intervention? By John Burnside. read by David Rintoul. for details see Monday 20 December
This delightful retelling of the Nativity story, by Brian Patten , one of Britain's most popular poets, was written especially for the children of the village of Dittisham, in Devon, where this performance by the Village children was recorded on location.
Producer/Director Kate McAII Shortened repeat tomorrow at 11pm
Three Wise Men:
Diamonds and champagne - they're two of life's luxuries. Quentin Cooper explores the science behind them. He discovers the secrets of the creation of bubbly. Dr Paul May from the University of Bristol explains how diamond chips under the skin could act as biosensors to monitor blood glucose for diabetics. Also. as science perfects the art of making artificial diamonds, will they lose their exclusive cachet? Producer Pamela Rutherford
4/4. David Baddiel hosts the programme that dares to commit such heresies as "sitcoms are classier without a laugh track" and "Christmas has nothing to do with Christ anymore". A panel made up of some of our most talented comedians argues for and against these entrenched opinions. Producer Brian King
4/10. John Ridd continues to meet Lorna in secret and begs her to leave Doone Valley and come and live with his family. By RD Blackmore.
For cast and details see Monday 20 December Repeated from 10.45am
7/8. The Search for Certainty. In the post-Marxist and supposedly secular era, strong beliefs seemed to be permanently out of fashion. But modern forms of "fundamentalism" are emerging in response. Bruce Clark asks why certainty is still proving so attractive. and where the search for it might take us. Producer Chns Bowlby
1/2. History has been illuminated by the efforts of human beings to maintain and improve health. Rajesh Mirchandani begins an exploration of ancient medical traditions and practices by looking at clay tablets found in Mesopotamia that show that the ancient Assyrians had developed an astonishingly complex system of medical beliefs and practices. In turn, their wisdom influenced the Greek physicians who laid the ethical foundations fortoday's medicine. Producer John Watkins
4/5. "I had never dreamed it possible that here, in a public park, a married man could thus openly sit with his arm round a female who was not his wife." Terry Wale reads from the spoof memoir. For details see Monday 20 December
Although Steven would like nothing more than a normal Christmas - a succession of meals and presents as his parents tend to his every whim - this year it's going to be different. With Santa Claus on a bender after his wife left him for Frosty the Snowman,
Steven is his unlikely replacement. Will Christmas ever be the same again? With Paul McCrink as Steven and featuring Ewan Bailey , Rosalind Paul , Nigel Betts and Rachel Atkins. Written by Steven Appleby.
Producer/Director Toby Swift Repeated on Boxing Day at 12.15am
Once every year, at the start of November, Copenhagen has one thing on its mind: beer-aspicy, seasonal brew that is made just for yuletide. Simon Calder spends
24 hours in the Danish capital proving that we're only here for the beer. Producer Sara Jane Hall
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