4/5. Michael Bywater 's triumphant compendium of what we have lost ponders Patchouli and Poofs as well as the demise of Dunwich and other submerged towns. For details see Monday 19 December Repeated at 12.30am
From writing gags for Bob Hope to creating the tragicomic world of the TV sitcom M*A*S*H, Larry Gelbart has kept audiences laughing for years. Mark Lawson looks back at the long career of one of Hollywood's finest writers. With contributions from Mel Brooks , Barry Levinson and Sid Caesar. Producer Mark Rickards
New series 1/7. The return of the magazine programme hat makes sense of numerical nonsense, a guide through the myriad numbers and statistics in the news, in politics, In life, showing where numbers have the power to explain an-d enlighten, as well as to deceive. Presented by Andrew Dilnot. Producer Michael Blastland
f/5. Between Here and Knitwear. A poignant reminder hat when everything else is reduced to a melancholy wee, love and warmth give meaning to the season. Written and read by Chrissie Gittins. F°r further details see Monday 19 December
The panel and audience discuss issues relating to the value and politics of water - as part of the series of question-and-answer programmes in association with the Open University's Science in Context course.
Ouentin Cooper and the expert panel discuss such questions as "How do we protect against mass natural water-poisoning from arsenic as happened in Bangladesh?" and "Will we run out of clean, fresh water in the future?" as well as "Who has the right to dam large rivers and alter the supply to those living downstream?" The fourth of six debates comes from Camden, London. Producer Fiona Roberts
2/4. Smoked Meat. Randy, devious, sexist and work-shy, John Weak puts the man into management. Sir Marcus wants a global web presence by the end of the week. Weak descends to the IT netherworld to do battle with Gavin Smedley , an IT director grown from the sweat of a techie's armoit. Comedy by Guy Browning.
Producer/Director Jonquil Panting
Mark Lawson unwraps a selection of highlights from the past year, and talks to the names behind the headlines, including Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and writer John le Carre. producer John Goudie
14/20. David continues to visit Spenlow's daughter, Dora, in secret. He takes on two extra jobs to support Betsey and Mr Dick. By Charles Dickens. Adapted by Mike Walker. For cast and details see Monday 19 December Repeated from 10.45am
Sita Ramamurthy joins a delegation of monks, nuns and lay people as they make a historic trip to Vietnam with their
Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh , as he returns home for the first time since the Vietnam War, 39 years ago. Producer Amanda Hancox
6/7. Why Can't We Stop Shopping? Every year there are more shops full of more things to buy and, every year, the consumer buys them. For most of the last decade the economy has relied on ever higher levels of consumer spending and borrowing to keep the world economy going. But can this go on for ever? Will an increasingly educated and affluent public finally decide buying things does not lead to happiness or is capitalism just too effective at sustaining our addiction to shopping?
Bob Tyrrell examines the future of consumption and looks at what might happen to our economy if more of us decided we had got enough "stuff". Producer Richard Vadon
1/5. In a world where presentation is at the wheel, and content is firmly bound and gagged in the back, Radio9 finds itself with so much to say but no idea how to say it.
Written and performed by Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. Producers Johnny Daukes and Claire Jones
It sounds like an obscure movement in philosophy, but phenology's more down to earth than that. It's the study of recurring natural events - when the first leaf or the first butterfly appears, or when the first swallow departs. Mark Whitaker meets the amateur nature watchers around the UK whose meticulous records are being collated to provide evidence on climate change. Another chance to hear this programme, first broadcast earlier this year. Producer Janet Graves
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