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: World News

: Bells on Sunday

From Howden Minster, East Riding of Yorkshire.

: World Report

News round-up and analysis.

: News Summary

: Something Understood

All the Mornings of the World. Fergal Keane examines the spirit and joy of Christmas morning. Producer Ronni Davis Repeated at 11.30pm


Unknown: Fergal Keane
Producer: Ronni Davis

: Sunday

Nigella Lawson is one of the guests in this celebration of Christmas presented by Roger Bolton and Jane Little.
With music from the London Adventist Chorale, stories from near and far, and the winning entries in the Reduced Nativity competition. Producer Amanda Hancox


Unknown: Nigella Lawson
Presented By: Roger Bolton
Presented By: Jane Little.
Producer: Amanda Hancox

: Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

Martha Lane Fox appeals on behalf of Camfed.
Donations: [address removed]; Credit cards: Freephone [number removed]44
Producer Sally Flatman Rptd at 10.56pm, and on Thu 29 Dec at 3.27pm


Unknown: Martha Lane Fox
Producer: Sally Flatman Rptd

: News Summary

: Pick of the Year

The best of the year's broadcasting on BBC radio, presented by Francine Stock.
Producer Torquil MacLeod Extended repeat on New Year's Eve at 11am


Presented By: Francine Stock.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

: Christmas Service

we Have Seen His Glory. From St Martin-in-the-Fields,
London. The impact of Christ's birth is explored through the events of the past year. with music, readings and the Premiere of the winning entry in the Radio 4 Christmas carol competition. Led by the Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley . preacher the Rev Nicholas Holtam. Director of music
Nicholas Danks. Producer Mark O'Brien


Unknown: Rosemary Lain-Priestley
Unknown: Nicholas Holtam.
Music: Nicholas Danks.
Producer: Mark O'Brien

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.

: Desert Island Discs

The composer John Rutter joins Sue Lawley to discuss the eight records he'd take to the mythical desert island. Producer Leanne Buckle Repeated on Friday 30 December at 9am


Unknown: John Rutter

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

6'7. Sandi Toksvig is the special guest in the godfather of f" Panel shows, which comes from the Harrogate
International Centre. Repeated from Monday 19 December


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig

: The Food Quiz

Chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall , Giorgio Locatelli and Charita Jones , and novelist Michele Roberts feel the heat as Jay Rayner grills them with festive culinary conundrums. Producer Paula McGinley Repeated tomorrow at 6.30am


Unknown: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Unknown: Giorgio Locatelli
Unknown: Charita Jones
Unknown: Michele Roberts
Unknown: Jay Rayner
Producer: Paula McGinley

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

Veteran political journalist and presenter Peter Snow is
On stage at the Drill Hall in London to present some of his 'avourite pieces of writing. Among guests who read from a choice that includes AA Milne, Gibbon, Dylan Thomas ,
Dickens and Tennyson, is his daughter, the actress
ShunaSnow. Producer SaraDavies


Presenter: Peter Snow
Unknown: Dylan Thomas

: Mozart 40

In 2006, throughout the classical-music world and far beyond, people will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As a curtain-raiser, this programme looks at the man and his music through 40 insights and ideas covering every angle of his extraordinary life and legacy, including tips from top layers, the latest in Mozart research and the future of Mozart in performance. Presented by Huw Edwards. Producer Martin Smith Repeated on New Year's Eve at 8pm


Unknown: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Presented By: Huw Edwards.
Producer: Martin Smith

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth.

: News Summary

: Open Book

Biographer Richard Holmes joins Kate Mosse in an exploration of MR James 's ghost stories, including the Christmas tales he wrote at King's College, Cambridge, from Where this programme is broadcast. Producer Hilary Dunn Extended


Unknown: Richard Holmes
Unknown: Kate Mosse
Unknown: Mr James
Producer: Hilary Dunn

: The Holly and the Ivy

The magic of Christmas is seen to work in mysterious ways in this classic stage-play - a feel-good, festive treat set in 1947. Written by Wynyard Browne and adapted for radio by Jonathan Hall.
Producer/Director Polly Thomas


Written By: Wynyard Browne
Unknown: Jonathan Hall.
Director: Polly Thomas
Gregory: Kenneth Alan Taylor
Margaret: Susannah Harker
Jenny: Eve Best
David: Matthew Pidoeon
Bridget: Maureen Toal
Lydia: Ann Rye
Richard: Philip Voss

: Adventures in Poetry

6/6. The Oxen. Thomas Hardy 's nostalgic poem is explored by Peggy Reynolds. Despite Hardy's agnosticism, this work describes the traditional Nativity scene, with its enduring message of faith and hope. It was first published in The Times on Christmas Eve of 1915, when the events of the First World War were at their most terrible. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated tomorrow at 6am


Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Unknown: Peggy Reynolds.
Producer: Viv Beeby

: Front Row

Alan Bennett reflects on his work as a dramatist, performer and diarist, and shares memories of his childhood and his parents, in conversation with Mark Lawson. Producer Stephen Hughes (Revised rpt)


Unknown: Alan Bennett
Unknown: Mark Lawson.
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: Air Mail

15/16. Sarah MacDonald considers the latest social, cultural and political developments in Australia. Repeated from yesterday at 7.45pm


Unknown: Sarah MacDonald

: News Quiz of the Year

A selection of the funniest moments from The News Quiz in 2005, introduced by Simon Hoggart.
Producer Katie Marsden Extended repeat on New Year's Eve at 11pm


Introduced By: Simon Hoggart.
Producer: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Neil shows some Christmas spirit.
For cast see page 217 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm Soap & Flannel: page 31

: Go 4 It

Children's magazine programme, with Barney Harwood. Producers Rebecca Armstrong and Abi Awojobi


Unknown: Barney Harwood.
Producers: Rebecca Armstrong
Producers: Abi Awojobi

: Politically Charged

3/3. In a series about politically controversial legal cases, Clive Anderson looks at the ABC Trial - the dramatic official secrets act trial in 1978 that lead to fundamental changes in government secrecy.
Producer Jane Ashley Repeated on Wednesday 28 December at 8.45pm


Unknown: Clive Anderson
Producer: Jane Ashley

: A World in Your Ear

3/6. The programme that showcases the best English-language radio on the planet. This week, Rosie Goldsmith tunes in to radio about food.
Repeated from Friday 23 December at 1.30pm


Unknown: Rosie Goldsmith

: Word of Mouth

4/9. Michael Rosen with a festive edition that asks, among other things, why we feel the need, at this time of year, to use words like "festive". See Choices: page 226. Repeated from Friday 23 December at 4pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: Archive Hour: Based on the Book

How classic-novel serialisation was pioneered by the BBC is a stirring story, told here by Robert Giddings. Its development, over 60 years, has both reflected and influenced our view of classic literature. Giddings hears from some of the actors, directors and writers who have made these serials so memorable, and searchs for gems from the BBC archives. Producer Sara Davies


Unknown: Robert Giddings.
Producer: Sara Davies

: News

: The Reunion: Not the Nine o'Clock News

Sue MacGregor reunites some of the founding team of Not the Nine o'Clock News, one of the most successful comedy series of the 1980s. John Lloyd , Rowan Atkinson , Mel Smith , Chris Langham and Pamela Stephenson recall their initial meetings, the rehearsals, endless rewrites and the controversial, offbeat comedy sketches that emerged from their improvisations.
Producers Christina Captieux and David Prest


Unknown: John Lloyd
Unknown: Rowan Atkinson
Unknown: Mel Smith
Unknown: Chris Langham
Unknown: Pamela Stephenson
Producers: Christina Captieux
Producers: David Prest

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from 7.55am

: A Good Read

3/10. Cherie Booth OC, and screenwriter Andrew Davies join Sue MacGregor to talk about their favourite books. See Choices: page 220.
Repeated from Tuesday 20 December at 4.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Davies
Unknown: Sue MacGregor

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: News

: Christmas Meditation

The director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor , reflects on the mystery of the Incarnation as he contemplates an Anglo-Saxon whalebone casket depicting the story of the Nativity. Producer Stephen Shipley


Unknown: Neil MacGregor
Producer: Stephen Shipley

: First Taste

2/3. The Flavours of Childhood. Joanne Harris on her grandmother's buckwheat pancakes, and Sean O'Brien on bacon fried in an unwashed pan by his father. For details see yesterday Series concludes on New Year's Eve


Unknown: Joanne Harris
Unknown: Sean O'Brien

: News

: The Interview

: News

: World Today

: News

: Talking Point

: Off the Shelf

Testimonies (1/5) Listeners' contributions to the historic audio tribute to the region affected by Asian tsunami

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