With the Rev Alison Elliot.
Presented by Caz Graham.
With John Humphrys and Carolyn Quinn.
6.25, 7.25. 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought for the Day
With Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O 'Connor.
Another castaway joins Sue Lawley.
Shortened repeat from Sunday 19 December at 11.15am
5/5. Flesh. Why chicken soup is good for ageing rats. Plutarch's method for slaughtering swine and why jelly is just as good as calves' feet for sea captains. ror details see Monday 20 December Repeated at 12.30am
The Rev Stephen Shipley leads a live meditation at King's College, Cambridge, with the King's Choral
Scholars, who traditionally sing to those waiting to enter the chapel. Reading: Matthew 1. wl8-24.
Presented by Martha Kearney.
10.45 Loma Doone By RD Blackmore. 5/10. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
On a visit to some of the most remote and windswept Parts of Britain. Edi Stark explores centuries of struggle against bitter cold. darkness and hunger. and how our surroundings and way of life have been Shaped by them. Producer Julia Adamson
5/6. It's time for the Sparrowhawk Family Centre office Christmas party. Comedy by Harry Venning and David Ramsden. starring Sally Phillips , Nina Conti.
Gemma Craven , Alex Lowe. Richard Lumsden and Ellen Thomas. Producer Katie Tyrrell
In a Face the Facts special. John Waite returns to
Kenya for an update on Archbishop Gilbert Deya. the Pastor at the centre of baby-trafficking allegations. Senes editor Andrew Smith
With Paul Moss. Editor Coim Hancock
3/6. Rosie Goldsmith scans the international airwaves for Christmas radio gems. including the sound of salsa from Brazil, and Christmas comedy and calypso from the Caribbean. Producer Julia Rooke
Repeated from yesterday at 7pm
by Agatha Christie
In an attempt to avert a diplomatic catastrophe, Hercule Poirot must attend an old-fashioned Christmas house-party, where he is to use all his powers to retrieve a priceless stolen ruby.
Live from the chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
Once in Royal David's City (Gauntlett, Harmony, desc Cleobury).
Up! Good Christian Folk (harm Woodward).
Sussex Carol (arr Willcocks).
First Lesson: Genesis 3. vv8 -15: 17-19. read by a chorister.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston).
Adam Lay Ybounden (Peter Warlock ).
Second Lesson: Genesis 22. vv15-18. read by a choral scholar
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (Paul Manz).
In Dulci Jubilo (arr Pearsall).
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, v2. 6 and 7. read by the Provost of Eton College.
God Would Be Born in Thee (Judith Bingham ) (first performance; King's College commission).
O Little Town of Bethlehem (harm Vaughan Williams, desc Armstrong).
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11. vl-3a. 4a. 6-9. read by a representative of the city.
A Great and Mighty Wonder (arr Whitbourn).
A Spotless Rose (Philip Ledger).
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1. v26-35. 38. read by the director of music.
The Cherry Tree Carol (arr Cleobury).
Mary's Magnificat (Andrew Carter).
Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, v l. 3-7, read by a member of staff.
Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Richard Lloyd ).
I Wonder as I Wander (Carl Rutti).
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2. v8 -16. read by a Fellow.
Starry Night o'er Bethlehem (specially written by David Willcocks).
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (arr Willcocks).
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2. vv1-12. read by a former Vice-Provost.
The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius. arr Atkins).
Noel Nouvelet (arr Stephen Jackson ).
Ninth Lesson: John 1. v l -14. read by the Provost.
O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr Cleobury).
Collect and Blessing.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn, desc Cleobury).
Organ voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo, BWV729 (Bach).
Director of music Stephen Cleobury.
Organist Tom Winpenny.
Producer Stephen Shipley
Extended rpt tomorrow on Radio 3 at 2pm
See also Carols from King's on BBC2 at 5.15pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 3.00pm R4
The same time, the same place. The well-known words from the Bible and those crystal-clear voices soaring in ecstatic descant over the tunes of carols new and old. This is the annual service from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, where even the acoustics are familiar. This is Christmas. The waiting is over. (Laurence Joyce)
And don't miss ...
Fiona Shaw on the Virgin Mary's enduring appeal in Mary, Mary ( 10pm R2); and Aled Jones narrating Raymond Briggs's The Snowman (6. 30pm Classic FM) for the first time.
Craftsmen in Naples have been making miniature model holy stables for centuries. Susannah Clapp goes there to explore the survival of this true folk art. Producer Tim Dee
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis look at the lessons we've learnt in 2004: Marcus Brigstocke and Laura Shavin look forward to 2005: and Mitch Benn and Jon Holmes look like Santa Claus and an elf. And there's a Very special guest. Producer Colin Anderson
BBC AUDIO: Highlights from the first senes of The Now Show are available on audio cassette and CD from www.bbcshop.com and all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]
Bridge Farm looks to the future. For cast see page 201
Arts news with Mark LawSOn. Producer Nicola Holloway
5/10. John Ridd saves the life of the King's messenger, Jeremy Stickles. By RD Blackmore.
For cast and details see Monday 20 December Repeated from 10.45am
By Dylan Thomas. The acclaimed production that uses Richard Burton 's unforgettable 1963 performance as First Voice alongside a contemporary all-Welsh cast.
Music by John Hardy Musicians Paula Gardiner. Lee Goodall and Dewi Watkins Producer/Director Alison Hindell
Voice of a guidebook:
The poet Dylan Thomas and cricket commentator
John Arlott shared a passion for cricket. John Arlott 's biographer David Rayvern Allen charts their friendship through the letters Thomas sent to Arlott and their combined work in the BBC archives. Producer Tom Alban
News and analysis, with Paul Moss. Editor Alistair Burnett
5/5. "For some time I had been unable to help noticing that I was not unattractive to the opposite sex." Terry Wale reads from the spoof autobiography. For details see Monday 20 December
Shortened rpt from yesterday
Live from the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Chad's in Birmingham, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols , celebrates the first Mass of Christmas. The setting used is Monteverdi's Messa a quattro voci da cappella, with traditional carols, including Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and 0 Little Town of Bethlehem. Readings: Isaiah 9. w2-7; Titus 2. wll-14; Luke 2. wl-14. Director of music David Saint.
Producer Janet McLarty
5/5. By Alice Thomas Ellis. Repeated from 9.45am