With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament With Susan Hulme and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament
Presented by the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch. Come, Thou
Redeemer of the Earth (PuerNobis Nascitur, arr Willcocks).
Luke 1, 1, vv67-69; 76-79. 0 Little Town of Bethlehem
Walford Davies). Hark What a Sound (Highwood). Directoi of music Christopher Stokes. Organist Greg Morris.
John Carter visits the ultimate Christmas workshop in Huddersfield, where a family firm dispenses high-tech festive decorations to all corners of the globe, including Dubai and Hong Kong. But now they face the most challenging deadline of them all: their largest installation ever. Producer Sarah Cuddon
New series 1/6. Rogue Mail. Does it seem that the nedia is run by idiots, lying charlatans and moronic - i2-year-olds? Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon , author, pipe smoker, and master of the abusive email. By Christopher Doualas and Andrew Nickolds. Producer Simon Nicholls
Richard E Grant plays Harry, a novelist who knows nothing about life itself, and needs to get in touch with the real world if his books are to sell. Then his luck changes. Into his flat walk two actual hardened criminals.
Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh
315. Poinsettia. Marion is not enjoying the Christmas Party, but then she has just had an argument with her escort that resulted in a frosty silence - if such a thing is Possible in the Caribbean. Written by Candy Neubert and read by Kim Hicks. For details see Monday 19 December
The last ten years have seen an astounding growth in "chick lit" - a genre of writing, aimed at women, that claims to have rewritten the contemporary romance. How, then, do these novels portray femininity and masculinity? How, if at all, are they positioned in relation to feminist ideas and concerns? Laurie Taylor looks at the popularity of chick lit and finds out what this says about contemporary culture. Producer Gavin Heard
3/4. A one-off performance by the great Mort Sahl , pioneering political comic of the 1950s and 60s, who proves that his grip on events is as sharp and biting today as ever. Hosted by Mark Thomas. Producer Paul Bajoria
1/2. All Special Terrorism Laws Should be Abolished
Conor Gearty , a professor of human rights law, argues a provocative thesis before an audience and a panel of critics whose role is to interrogate and find flaws in his case. Recorded at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall and presented by Evan Davis. Producer Michael Blastland
2/3. In a series about politically controversial legal cases, Clive Anderson looks at the dramatic case of the "Shrewsbury Pickets", jailed in 1973 for conspiracy to organise violent picketing. One of the pickets was the actor Ricky Tomlinson.
Producer Jane Ashley Repeated from Sunday 18 December at 10.45pm
New series 1/6. Ouentin Cooper reflects on the latest technology in mirrors. He visits the Steward Mirror Lab in Arizona to look at some of the problems faced and solutions sought in creating giant-sized mirrors for the world's largest telescopes. And how the enormous parabolic mirrors in the French Pyrenees are helping scientists to harness and focus the intensity Of the sun. Producer Julian Mayers
2/6. Simon Smug and the Crap Factory. Simon welcomes three golden Meal Ticket winners into his factory, where all the sugary sweet, sickly pop music you've ever heard, is made. Starring Richie Webb , Dave Lamb , Melanie Hudson and Alex Lowe. Written by Richie Webb , Dave Cohen and David Ouantick. Music by Richie Webb. Producer Katie Tyrrell
6/6. Tony Parsons. The story Tony Parsons concocts with Clover transports the author 35 years into the future to his 85th birthday, where he meets his daughter, who has a thing or two to say about his over-protective upbringing and womanising ways. Producer Gary Reich
Writer and conservationist Roger Deakin paddles his canoe, Cigarette, from the source of the River Waveney at Redgrave Fen in Suffolk to Geldeston Locks in Norfolk, reflecting on the changing mood of the river, its rich history and wildlife. Producer Sarah Blunt
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