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: World Bnefing

: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Fr James Hanvey. Society of Friends.


Unknown: James Hanvey.

: Who Was Wenceslas and Who Decided He Was Good?

Repeated from Wednesday 22 December at 3.45pm

: News Briefing

: Christmas in Many Bethlehems

Libby Purves and her guests are in Bethlehem,
South Wales, finding out how Christmas is celebrated in the many Bethlehems all overthe world. Including News at 7.00. Producer Phil Pegum


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Phil Pegum

: Home Truths

Linda Smith takes a wry look at the foibles of festive family life. Producer Kate Murphy
Repeated on Monday 27 December at llpm
PHONE: [number removed] email: home.truths@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Linda Smith
Producer: Kate Murphy

: Christmas Morning Service

From St Mary, Islington, in London. Led by Bishop
Stephen Oliver and Graham Kings, vicar of St Mary's. Colin Morris asks why Christmas happened the way it did. Music includes Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; 0 Little Town of Bethlehem and 0 Come All Ye Faithful. Music arranged by John Rutter , who directs the Southbank Sinfonia and Pegasus. Producer Mark O'Brien


Unknown: Stephen Oliver
Unknown: Colin Morris
Arranged By: John Rutter
Producer: Mark O'Brien

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

David Frost reveals some of his favourite pieces of writing. He's joined by Andrew Sachs and Tim Pigott -Smith with a mix of seasonal prose and poetry.
Barb Jungr and Adrian York provide the music. Producer vivBeeti


Unknown: David Frost
Unknown: Andrew Sachs
Unknown: Tim Pigott
Unknown: Barb Jungr
Unknown: Adrian York

: Monastic Gardens

Peter France visits an enclosed order of Franciscan nuns in North Wales to see how their garden reflects their attitude to the natural world. Producer Mary Colwell


Producer: Mary Colwell

: Santarchy

Anyone can dress up as Father Christmas. But should you trust him? We might be well advised to be cautious, as comedian Arthur Smith discovers when he meets the shadowy organisation called "Santacon". Smith dons a fake beard and goes undercover to find out the mysteries of these Santas.


Presenter: Arthur Smith
Producer: Sara Jane Hall

: Soul Music

In the Bleak Midwinter. Originally a poem by Christina Rossetti. this carol came into being when
Vaughan Williams asked Hoist to set the words to music for the English Hymnal. Peggy Reynolds , Ian Bradley and Raymond Head tell the story of a Christmas favourite.
The reader is Cathryn Bradshaw. producer Sara Conkey


Unknown: Christina Rossetti.
Unknown: Vaughan Williams
Unknown: Peggy Reynolds
Unknown: Ian Bradley
Unknown: Raymond Head
Unknown: Cathryn Bradshaw.
Producer: Sara Conkey

: Fanshawe Gets to the Bottom af.... Christmas

1/2. Santa Simon Fanshawe and his little helper
Bill Wallis ride into the festive season on a sledge made o comedy, quotations, literature and laughter. They are / assisted by Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore , Morecamtx and Wise, and Tom Lehrer. Producer Paul Dodgson
See Fanshawe Gets to the Bottom of the Party Spirit New Year's Eve, 11pm


Unknown: Simon Fanshawe
Unknown: Bill Wallis
Assisted By: Peter Cooke
Assisted By: Dudley Moore
Unknown: Tom Lehrer.
Producer: Paul Dodgson
Producer: See Fanshawe

: News Quiz of the Year

How did the News Quiz regulars deal with 2004's major news events - a year that saw the re-election of George W Bush, chaos in Iraq and Batman invading Buckingham Palace? Here's your chance to hear it all again.
(Repeated on New Years Eve at 4.30pm)
BBC AUDIO: A third volume of highlights from recent series of The News Quiz is now available on audio cassette and CD from [web address removed], and all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]


Producer: Katie Tyrrell

: News

: Pick of the Year

Sandi Toksvig with the best of BBC Radio from 2004. Producer Torquil MacLeod Shortened repeattomorrow at6.15pm


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

: Hallelujah!

Handel's Messiah was written by a German and Premiered in Dublin, yet no piece of music can match its status in Britain. From local choral societies to the Royal Albert Hall , Huw Edwards examines the place it holds in the country's musical life. Producer Martin Smith


Unknown: Albert Hall
Unknown: Huw Edwards
Producer: Martin Smith

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonweattt

: News summary

: Why Barrie Wrote ... The Little White Bird

JM Barrie wrote The Little White Bird in 1902. It tells of a retired captain (loosely based on Barrie himself) and his friendship with a little boy, David. The two create stories, one of which is Peter Pan , the first time the character appeared in print. The reader is Michael Siberry. John Peacock 's dramatisation of Barrie's
Story follows this programme. Director Sara Conkey


Unknown: Peter Pan
Unknown: Michael Siberry.
Unknown: John Peacock
Director: Sara Conkey

: The Little White Bird

The moving story of the relationship between a retires army officer and a young boy draws us into the magical fairy-tale world of London's Kensington Gardens after lock-out time.
By JM Barrie, dramatised by John Peacock.
Music Simon Desorgher
Songs by Oakfields Preparatory School Choir
Director Celia de Wolf


Dramatised By: John Peacock.
Music: Simon Desorgher
Songs By: Oakfields Preparatory School Choir
Director: Celia de Wolff
James: Michael Siberry
David: Thomas Glenister
Peter Pan: Joe Absolom
Solomon: Philip Voss
The Father: Chris Pavlo
Mary: Sara Markland
William: Daniel Ryan
Mrs Hicking: Becky Hindley
Irene: Robin Weaver
Maimie: Gabriella Smith
Tony: Matthew Thomas Davies
Oliver: Thomas Anderson
Ellen/Ho: Polly Adams
Elm: Sam Dale
Mr Beecher: Keith Drinkel

: A Long Way to Go for a Wedding

The peripatetic vet and adventurer Joe Hollins takes a Christmas pilgrimage across the Simian Mountains of Ethiopia. His destination is a New Year wedding in Lalibela - the Coptic "Jerusalem". Hollins's journey takes him over deserts and mountains and through crocodile-infested gorges in search of a Christmas and a wedding like no Other. Producer Sara Jane Hall


Unknown: Joe Hollins
Producer: Sara Jane Hall

: The Film Programme at Christmas

A special edition hosted by Francine Stock.
Producer Sally Spurring


Unknown: Francine Stock.

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin slathers over the smorgasbord that was 2004 and finger-picks the prime ends of his Loose
Ends programmes. Producer Tamsin Hughes


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Tamsin Hughes

: Remembering Alistair Cooke

The man many consider to be one of the greatest " broadcasters in the English-speaking world died earlier this year. James Naughtie pays tribute to this
Renaissance man and monument of broadcasting. / Producer Rosie Goldsmith
BBC AUDIO: Vanous titles by Alistair Cooke. including Alistair Cooke at the BBC and a newly released compilation of Letter from America, are available on audio cassette and CD from www.bbcshop.com and all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]


Unknown: James Naughtie
Producer: Rosie Goldsmith
Unknown: Alistair Cooke.
Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: The Archive Hour: Sing Christmas

/ On Christmas Day 1957 the BBC made a ground-i breaking hour-long live broadcast of Christmas songs from around the British Isles, anchored by the Texan folklorist and broadcaster Alan Lomax. It was a mixture of ancient carols, folk songs, calypso, West African music, dixieland, skiffle and glees. This programme gathers the memories of those involved and allows us to experience again this musical time capsule from nearly 50 years ago. Producer Jolyon Jenkins


Unknown: Alan Lomax.
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Classic Serial: The Pickwick Papers

3/4. A good-humoured Christmas succeeded by far less agreeable scenes from the great drama of life."
By Charles Dickens. Dramatised by Michael Eaton. J
For cast list and_details see Sunday 19 December at 3


Unknown: Charles Dickens.
Dramatised By: Michael Eaton.

: The Great Debates

! 2/3. Another re-match of a historial debate, hosted by i Allan Little. Professors 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.
Repeated from Wednesday 22 December at 8pm


Unknown: Allan Little.
Unknown: Carla Pinto-Correia
Unknown: John Durrant
Unknown: Albrecht von Haller
Unknown: Caspar Wolff

: The House

A unique sound portrait of life through the seasons in the timber-framed Suffolk house of writer and conservationist Roger Deakin. Producer Sarah Blunt


Unknown: Roger Deakin.
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: Poetry Please

2/9. A nourishing feast of requests for seasonal verse. Among works by UA Fanthorpe, Helen Dunmore and William Wordsworth are poems that acknowledge a little more than just the joys of a healthy appetite. With Roger McGough.
Repeated from Sunday 19 Dec at 4.30pm


Unknown: Helen Dunmore
Unknown: William Wordsworth
Unknown: Roger McGough.

: Christmas Meditation

Cardinal Keith O'Brien , Roman Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, considers the message of Christmas for the human family. Producer Norman Winter


Unknown: Keith O'Brien
Unknown: St Andrews
Producer: Norman Winter

: Five Fantastic Tales

K 4/5. The Prisoner of the Coral Deep. In a lonely spot, the giant woman beckons. By JG Ballard. Abridged by Duncan Minshull and read by David Horovitz. Producer Duncan Minshull


Abridged By: Duncan Minshull
Read By: David Horovitz.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: News

The Interview

: News

: News

Pick of the World

: Write On

: News

: The Ticket

: News

: Play of the Week

The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo


Unknown: Dario Fo

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