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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Lord Carey.

: Air Mail

15/16. For details see rpt at 7.45pm and tomorrow at 5.40pm

: News Briefing

: Papers

: Sports Desk

: Open Country

Exploring rural life in the UK.
Producer Gabi Fisher Extended


Producer: Gabi Fisher

: Farming Today This Week

Presented by Miriam O'Reilly. Producer Steve Peacock


Presented By: Miriam O'Reilly.
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With John Humphrys and Edward Stourton.
7.25 and 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.

: Thought for the Day

With Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O 'Connor.


Unknown: Cormac Murphy-O

: Home Truths

David Stafford takes a "Bah, Humbug!" look at the foibles ol family life. Producer Kevin Dawson Repeated on Boxing Day at 11pm
PHONE: [number removed]234 (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute: mail: home.truths@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: David Stafford
Producer: Kevin Dawson

: Excess Baggage

Sandi Toksvig visits the Christmas Market and the festive Preparations in Krakow, Poland, producer Harry Parker


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Producer: Harry Parker

: Life in the Boondocks

Aaron McGruder 's comic strip The Boondocks has found a home in more than 250 American daily newspapers. It
'allows two black brothers from Chicago, who reluctantly move to the suburbs with their grandfather. Journalist
Gary Younge assesses the impact of America's most subversively funny, controversial and politically engaged "ewspaper comic strip, as it attempts to make the transition to television. Producer Lucy Dichmont


Unknown: Aaron McGruder
Unknown: Gary Younge
Producer: Lucy Dichmont

: In Search of Mornington Crescent

Andrew Marr , assisted by the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue team, tries to uncover the history and rules of this most
Popular and mysterious of British games. Researched and Written by Graeme Garden , the programme features contributions from well-known experts and enthusiasts, Including Judi Dench and Michael Gambon , who perform a scene from Arthur Farquhar 's "Restoration" drama
The Bromley-by-Bow Strategem. producer Jon Naismith


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Written By: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Judi Dench
Unknown: Michael Gambon
Unknown: Arthur Farquhar
Producer: Jon Naismith

: From Our Own Correspondent

DIspatches from the BBC's foreign correspondents. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Presented By: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Ainsley's First Kitchen

Ainsley Harriott visits his childhood home in south
London to relive some of the experiences that made
Christmas special for him. He cooks his mother's recipes for chef Roopa Gulati and comedian Arthur Smith , visits Old friends, and meets stallholders in Balham market. Producer Clare Csonka Extended repeat on New Year's Day at 1.30pm


Unknown: Ainsley Harriott
Unknown: Roopa Gulati
Unknown: Arthur Smith
Producer: Clare Csonka

: The NOW ShOW

1/6. Repeated from yesterday at 6.30pm

: News

: Any Questions?

Repeated from yesterday at 8pm

: The Saturday Play: The Piper's Chair

A fast-moving, comic love story to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. It charts the involvement of Penny-whistle player Sean Hennessy and his fiddler father in the machinations that eventually lead to married bliss for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .


Writer: Michael Butt
Producer/Director: David Hunter
Mozart: Paul Rhys
Sean: Andrew Scott
Father: Tony Rohr
Maria: Samantha Spiro
Constanze: Sophie Roberts
Aloisia: Ella Smith
Mother: Carolyn Pickles
Leopold: Gerard McDermott

: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Live from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
Once in Royal David's City (Gauntlett, descant Cleobury).
Bidding Prayer, read by the Dean.
What sweeter Music (Rutter).
First Lesson: Genesis 3, vv8-15; 17-19, read by a chorister.
Remember, O Thou Man (Ravenscroft).
Adam Lay Ybounden (Ord).
Second Lesson: Genesis 22, vv15-18, read by a choral scholar.
God So Loved the World (Stainer).
In Dulci Jubilo (Pearsall).
Third Lesson: lsaiah 9, vv2; 6-7, read by a representative of the Cambridge churches.
On Christmas Night (arr Ledger).
Unto Us Is Born a Son (arr Willcocks).
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, vv1-3a; 4a; 6-9, read by a representative of the city of Cambridge.
A Tender Shoot (Goldschmidt).
A Spotless Rose (Howells).
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1, vv26-35; 38, read by a representative of Eton College.
Edi Beo Thu (anon English, later 13th-century).
Benedicamus Domino (Warlock).
Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, vv1; 3-7, read by the college chaplain.
Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang (Blackford).
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (Gardner).
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv8-16, read by the director of music.
Away in a Manger (Tavener, commissioned by King's College).
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (descant Cleobury).
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, vv1-12, read by the acting Vice-Provost.
Riu, Riu, Chiu (attrib Matheo Flecha the Elder).
Be Merry (Cleobury).
Ninth Lesson: John 1, vv1-14, read by the Provost.
Vom Himmel hoch (Bach Magnificat in E flat, BWV243a).
O Come, All Ye Faithful (desc Cleobury).
Collect and Blessing.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn, desc Cleobury).
Organ voluntary: In Dulci Jubilo, BWV729 (Bach).
Organist Tom Winpenny.
Director Of music Stephen Cleobury.
Producer Stephen Shipley
Repeated tomorrow on Radio 3 at 5pm
See also Carols from Kings on BBC2 at 5.15pm


Unknown: Edi Beo Thu
Unknown: Vom Himmel
Organist: Tom Winpenny.
Music: Stephen Cleobury.
Producer: Stephen Shipley

: Voices at the Door

Uncovering the other side of the Victorian image of seasonal good cheer. Records show that it consisted of a stream of visitors demanding access, food, drink and money, many of whom were unmannerly, abusive and even fraudulent, and all decidedly unwelcome. With Georgina Boyes and guest Norma Waterson. Producer Dave Sheasby


Unknown: Georgina Boyes
Unknown: Norma Waterson.
Producer: Dave Sheasby

: Living with Harry Potter

In a rare conversation, JK Rowling and the voice of the books on tape, Stephen Fry , discuss the process of bringing the Stories to life. Producer Helen Nicoll


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Producer: Helen Nicoll

: The Film Programme

Francine Stock discusses the movie hero. Producer sally spurring

: Loose Ends

Clarissa Dickson Wright , John Shuttleworth and Simon Hoggart are Ned Sherrin 's guests for a special edition of this mixture of music and conversation. Producer Simon Clancy


Unknown: Clarissa Dickson Wright
Unknown: John Shuttleworth
Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Simon Clancy

: Lynne Truss's Christmas Rant

A seasonal and characteristically icy blast from the author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots and Leaves - and the mistress of "Bah, Humbug!" Producer Viv Beeby


Producer: Viv Beeby

: Masses

While some people are stuffing the turkey, the British clergy are putting the finishing touches to Midnight Mass. For them this is a special night. With church numbers decreasing and the age of the congregation increasing, this is their one chance to speak to those people in their community they wouldn't normally see. The programme witnesses the preparations in three very different churches and speaks to the some of the people whose only church experience is this one night of the year. Producer Vibeke Venema

: Air Mail

15/16. Sarah MacDonald reflects on the latest social, cultural and political developments in Australia. Producer Arlene Gregorius Repeated from 5.45am


Unknown: Sarah MacDonald
Producer: Arlene Gregorius

: The Archive Hour: Lomax at Christmas

The folk-song collector Alan Lomax loved traditional
Christmas music and sought out music from around the world that summed up the spirit of the season. Folk musician Martin Carthy introduces this programme, which Lomax made in 1957, and other Christmas music that he collected. Artists include Ewan MacColl , Peggy Seeger and Seamus Ennis. Producer Paul Kent


Unknown: Alan Lomax
Introduces: Martin Carthy
Unknown: Ewan MacColl
Unknown: Peggy Seeger
Unknown: Seamus Ennis.
Producer: Paul Kent

: Classic Serial: The Razor's Edge

1/2. By W Somerset Maugham, dramatised by Ronald Frame . After the First World War young Larry Darrell returns to Chicago but finds it difficult to fit back into society. To the dismay of his fiancee, Isabel, he heads for Paris, where he embarks on a spiritual guest. Rptd from Sun18 December at 3pm


Dramatised By: Ronald Frame
Unknown: Larry Darrell

: Auntie Beeb and Her Little Listeners

Jean Seaton delves into the BBC archive to hear how
Auntie Beeb spoke to children and, in the process, wove her magic over her little listeners. Producer saiiy Flatman


Unknown: Jean Seaton

: Mass

Live from Corpus Christi Church in Leeds, the Rt Rev
Arthur Roche , Bishop of Leeds, celebrates the first Mass of Christmas. In anticipation of the 250th anniversary in 2006 of Mozart's birth, the setting used is his Missa Brevis in F, K192. With traditional carols, including 0 Come All Ye Faithful and 0 Little Town of Bethlehem. Director of music Benjamin Saunders. Producer Claire Campbell Smith


Unknown: Arthur Roche
Music: Benjamin Saunders.

: First Taste

New series 1/3. Coming of Age. Writers explore the link between taste and memory: tonight, Anna Pavord on Coca Cola in 1950s Norway and Margaret Drabble on garlic sausage on a school trip to Paris. Producer Beaty Rubens Continues tomorrow


Unknown: Anna Pavord
Unknown: Margaret Drabble
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: News

: Write On

: News

: The Ticket

: News; Play of the Week

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