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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Alison Elliot. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.


Unknown: Alison Elliot.

: Farming Today

Presented by Giles Latcham.


Presented By: Giles Latcham.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought for the Day With John Bell.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: John Bell.

: Melvyn Bragg - In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the events and Aspirations in history that have influenced modem times. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: Book of the Week: Flesh, Fish andGood Red Herring

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


Read By: Alice Thomas Ellis.

: Daily Service

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.


Unknown: Tony Burnham.
Unknown: John Joubert
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Woman's Hour

Presented bv Jenni Murray.


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Lorna

Doone By RD Blackmore.
4/10. The Woman's Hour drama. fordetails see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: From Our Own Correspondent

3/9. Stories and colour from BBC correspondents
, around the world, with Kate Adie.
Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Opening Nights: Peter Pan Takes Right

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


Producer: Merilyn Hams

: You and Yours

Consumer issues, with John Waite and Peter White.


Unknown: John Waite
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis, Presented by Mark Mardell.


Presented By: Mark Mardell.

: Open Country

I A weekly report on rural life across the UK.
Extended repeat from Saturday 18 December at 6.10am

: Afternoon Play: Ancient and Modern

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.


Writer: Sue Gee
Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie
Alison: Juliet Stevenson
Jez: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Ed: Stephen Rashbrook
Belinda: Amelia Williams
Donald: Matthew Marsh
Rev Broadwall: David Shaw Parker
Dorothy: Vivienne Rochester
Darren: Ajax Kentish
Melanie: Harriet Cook

: Veg Talk

p/12. Nigerian cook Ronke Arogundade joins
Gregg Wallace and Charlie Hicks to make some tropical winter warmers with a kick. pHONE: [number removed] from 1.30pm Producer Adi Awojobi


Unknown: Gregg Wallace
Unknown: Charlie Hicks
Producer: Adi Awojobi

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from Sunday 19 Oec at 7.55am

: Angelic Hosts

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


Unknown: John Burnside.
Read By: David Rintoul.

: The Dittisham Nativity

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


Story By: Bnan Patten
Director: Kate McAii
Narrator: David Fletcher
Mary: Ellie Holland
Joseph: Charlie Gardner
Angel Gabnel: Kaye Wotton
innkeeper: Gabriella Witts
Spider: Mazey Holland
Fly: Simone Turner
Beetle: Rebecca Cannon
Mosquito: Louisa Fletcher
Moth: Emily Witts
Three Wise Men: Will Holland
Siobhan Cannon: Beth Milton
Herod: Luke Milton
Crowd: Amber Wotton
Crowd: Anna Wotton,
Crowd: Chloe Turner

: Open Book

Repeated from Sunday 19 December at 4pm

: The Material World

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


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Pamela Rutherford

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Heresy

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


Unknown: David Baddiel

: The Archers

Pat tries to help a friend.
For cast see page 201 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Arts news. interviews and reviews, with Mark Lawson. Producer Nicola Holloway


Unknown: Mark Lawson.
Producer: Nicola Holloway

: Loma Doone

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


Unknown: John Ridd

: It's My Story: Computer Games, Courtroom*and Controversy

Do violent video games provoke real-life violence?
Allan Urry examines a father's campaign to have them banned following the murder of his son. Editor David Ross


Unknown: Allan Urry
Editor: David Ross

: Analysis

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


Unknown: Bruce Clark
Producer: Chns Bowlby

: Herbs, Pills and Potions

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


Unknown: Rajesh Mirchandani
Producer: John Watkins

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

Shortened rpt from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: Augustus Carp, Esq- by Himself

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


Unknown: Terry Wale

: Steven Appleby's Normal Christmas

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


Unknown: Paul McCrink
Unknown: Ewan Bailey
Unknown: Rosalind Paul
Unknown: Nigel Betts
Unknown: Rachel Atkins.
Written By: Steven Appleby.

: Probably the Best Day in the World

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


Unknown: Simon Calder
Producer: Sara Jane Hall

: News

: Book of the Week: Flesh, Fish and Good Red Herring

4/5. By Alice Thomas Ellis. Repeated from 9.45


Unknown: Alice Thomas Ellis.

: World Today

: News

: Assignment

: News

: Westway

: News

: One Planet

: News

: World Today

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Ring Road (5/5) by Ian Sansom


Unknown: Ian Sansom

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