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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.


Unknown: Richard Chartres.

: Farming Today

Elinor Goodman uncovers the secrets of cooking a tasty Christmas turkey. Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Elinor Goodman
Producer: Steve Peacock

: A Yorkshire Christmas

Martin Wainwright explores why so many Christian traditions started in "God's county". Producer Dawn Bryan


Unknown: Martin Wainwright

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and his guests, including Lewis Wolpert , discuss happiness. Producer Victoria Wakely Repeated at 8pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Unknown: Lewis Wolpert
Producer: Victoria Wakely

: News Quiz of the Year

Sandi Toksvig trawls through the major events of the year, as covered by Andy Hamilton , Alan Coren , Jeremy Hardy , Mark Steel , Francis Wheen , Fred MacAulay , Jo Brand and many Others. Producer Ed Morrish Repeated on New Year's Eve at 11pm


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Mark Steel
Unknown: Francis Wheen
Unknown: Fred MacAulay
Unknown: Jo Brand
Producer: Ed Morrish

: Christmas Service

Light Shining in the Darkness. From St Mary the Virgin in Bowden, Cheshire, led by Clair Jaquiss. Preacher Canon Trevor Dennis. Exploring the contrasting ways in which the gospels tell the story of Christ's birth. Director of music Sasha Johnson Manning , producer Philip Billson


Unknown: Clair Jaquiss.
Unknown: Canon Trevor Dennis.
Music: Sasha Johnson Manning
Producer: Philip Billson

: Book of the Week: Beatrix Potter: a Life in Nature

V5. Lindsay Duncan reads from a new biography by Linda Lear of one of the best-loved children's writers. Today's episode focuses on Potter's north-country roots. Abridged by Alison Joseph. Producer Kirsteen Cameron
For reader offer see Wednesday 27 December Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Lindsay Duncan
Unknown: Linda Lear
Abridged By: Alison Joseph.
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron

: With Great Pleasure

Sue Lawley presents a list of her favourite prose and poetry, including works by Jane Austen , Philip Roth ,
Marcus Aurelius and Hilaire Belloc. Read by Andrew Sachs , Pippa Haywood and Michael Elwyn. Producer Peter Everett


Unknown: Jane Austen
Unknown: Philip Roth
Unknown: Marcus Aurelius
Unknown: Hilaire Belloc.
Read By: Andrew Sachs
Read By: Pippa Haywood
Read By: Michael Elwyn.
Producer: Peter Everett

: Old Peter's Russian Tales

1/5. Sadko. By Arthur Rackham.
The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at7.45pm


Unknown: Arthur Rackham.

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
The first day's play of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne. Commentary by Jonathan Agnew , Henry Blofeld and Tim Lane. Expert analysis from Geoff Boycott and Ian Chappell. Producer Peter Baxter Resumes tomorrow at 5.30am


Commentary By: Jonathan Agnew
Commentary By: Henry Blofeld
Commentary By: Tim Lane.
Unknown: Geoff Boycott
Unknown: Ian Chappell.
Producer: Peter Baxter

: Christmas Crackers

Phill Jupitus explores how Christmas Day has been celebrated on television and radio over the last 60 years. Producer Libby Cross


Unknown: Phill Jupitus
Producer: Libby Cross

: Clare in the Community

2/6. Merry Christmas Mrs Lawrence. Clare is determined to survive Christmas Day with her family. Comedy by Harry Vennina and David Ramsden.
Producer Katie Tyrrell


Unknown: Mrs Lawrence.
Comedy By: Harry Vennina
Comedy By: David Ramsden.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
Clare Barker: Sally Phillips
Grandad: Gerard McDermott
Brian: Alex Lowe
Ray: Richard Lumsden
Helen: Gemma Craven
Irene: Ellen Thomas
Megan: Nina Conti
Simon: Andrew Wincott
Malcolm: Phil Davis
Celia: Brigit Forsyth
Emma: Christine Kavanagh

: Fanshawe Gets to the Bottom of Christmas

Simon Fanshawe and Bill Wallis explore Christmas. With comedy from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore , Morecambe and Wise, and Tom Lehrer. Producer Paul Dodgson


Unknown: Simon Fanshawe
Unknown: Bill Wallis
Unknown: Peter Cook
Unknown: Dudley Moore
Unknown: Tom Lehrer.
Producer: Paul Dodgson

: Brain of Britain

The final of this year's nationwide general knowledge quiz. Robert Robinson is in the chair.
Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday 30 December at 11pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Producer: Richard Edis

: News

: Pick of the Year

1/2. Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis with some personal selections from the best of BBC radio. Producer Kevin Dawson


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Producer: Kevin Dawson

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Ian McKellen reads Samuel Taylor Coleridge 's atmospheric poem, recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere.
Producer Susan Roberts Repeated on Saturday 30 December at 11.30pm


Unknown: Ian McKellen
Unknown: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Producer: Susan Roberts

: Divine Art

1/5. Art historian Brian Sewell examines the relationship between the Anglican Church and contemporary artists. Today he visits Philip Jackson , the royal sculptor to the Oueen at Chichester Cathedral. Producer Claire Williams


Unknown: Brian Sewell
Unknown: Philip Jackson
Producer: Claire Williams

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and Commonwealth.
Jeremy Paxman salutes the Queen's broadcast: page 40


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman

: News Briefing

: McLevy

A seasonal case for Victorian Edinburgh's most idiosyncratic policeman. McLevy is hardly a natural
Yuletide reveller. So it comes as a relief to him to find that a supernatural thief is haunting the city. By David Ashton.
Producer Patrick Rayner


Unknown: David Ashton.
Producer: Patrick Rayner
McLevy: Brian Cox
Jean Brash: Siobhan Redmond
Mulholland: Michael Perceval-Maxwell
Roach: David Ashton
Hannah: Colette O'Neil
Marcus Crowe: Matthew Pidqeon
Donald McIver: Andrew Nell
Margaret Beaton: Helen McAlpine
Percy Bierce: Stuart McQuarrie
Simone: Tracy Wiles
Finlay Hodge: Robert McLntosh
Lafferty: Mark Bonnar
Daniel: Dominic Di Rollo
Child: Anna McPhail

: More or Less

10/10. Andrew Dilnot explores the way numbers can influence daily life. Producer Michael Blastland


Unknown: Andrew Dilnot
Producer: Michael Blastland

: Woman's Hour at 60

Celebrating the diamond jubilee of Woman's Hour with Maureen Lipman , Patricia Routledge , Prunella Scales , Jo Caulfield and Jackie Kaye. Presented by Jenni Murray and Martha Kearney , with music from Hayley Westenra and Heather Small. producer Colin Dallibar


Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Unknown: Patricia Routledge
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Unknown: Jo Caulfield
Unknown: Jackie Kaye.
Presented By: Jenni Murray
Presented By: Martha Kearney
Unknown: Hayley Westenra
Unknown: Heather Small.
Producer: Colin Dallibar

: 15-Minute Musical

1/5. Oh What a Lovely Blair. The series of spoof musicals begins with the First World War musical that has Cherie keeping the home fires burning. Starring Mel Hudson ,
Dave Lamb , Alex Lowe and Richie Webb. By Dave Cohen , David Ouantick and Richie Webb. Producer Katie Tyrrell


Unknown: Mel Hudson
Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Alex Lowe
Unknown: Richie Webb.
Unknown: Dave Cohen
Unknown: David Ouantick
Unknown: Richie Webb.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell

: Best of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Humphrey Lyttelton picks his "least worst" moments from the panel game during 2006. Includes previously unbroadcast rounds, as well as several much requested highlights. With regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor , Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden are guests Jeremy Hardy , Rob Brydon ,
Tony Hawks and Andy Hamilton. Colin Sell is at the piano. Producer Jon Naismith Repeated on New Year's Eve at 12.04pm


Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Rob Brydon
Unknown: Andy Hamilton.
Unknown: Colin Sell
Producer: Jon Naismith

: The Archers

Brookfield hopes for a very merry Christmas.
For cast see Friday 29 December Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

In an extended interview, Michael Palin talks to Mark Lawson about his years as a member of the Monty Python team. Producer Jerome Weatherald Revised


Talks: Michael Palin
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Old Peter's Russian Tales

1/5. Sadko. In a hut in the Russian forest, Old Peter the forester tells his grandchildren a new story every day, starting with a poor musician's enduring love for his river, and the rewards he reaps for his fidelity from the Tsar of the Sea. By Arthur Ransome , dramatised by David Britton.
Dulcimer played by Matthew Fox
Producer/Director Jessica Dromgoole Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Old Peter
Unknown: Arthur Ransome
Dramatised By: David Britton.
Played By: Matthew Fox
Director: Jessica Dromgoole
Old Peter: Trevor Cooper
Tsar of the Sea: Trevor Cooper
Maroosia: Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Volkhov: Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Vanya: Harry Hughes
Sailor: Harry Hughes
Captain: John Dougall
Sadko: Joseph Kloska

: Start the Week

Repeated from 7.05am

: The Invention of Childhood

2/6. Michael Morpurgo looks at the effects on childhood of changes in religion, and of education and poor relief in the 16th and 17th centuries. For further details see yesterday


Unknown: Michael Morpurgo

: News

: Don Bradman - Myth, Reality, Commodity

For many Australians, cricketer Sir Donald Bradman , who died in 2001, is an icon, though others see a political agenda behind the creation of a myth. Mark Whitaker reports. Producer Mark Whitaker Repeated on New Year's Day at 12.30pm


Unknown: Sir Donald Bradman
Unknown: Mark Whitaker
Producer: Mark Whitaker

: Book at Bedtime: Christmas with the Savages

1/5. Eight-year-old Evelyn's memoir of the time she spent Christmas in a grand house, just before the First World
War. By Mary Clive , read by Patience Tomlinson . Abridged by Chris Wallis. Producer Chris Wallis


Unknown: Mary Clive
Read By: Patience Tomlinson
Abridged By: Chris Wallis.
Producer: Chris Wallis

: White Nights

Tamsin Greig presents original pieces to reflect the moments between waking and sleeping. Producer Simon Elmes Revised


Unknown: Tamsin Greig
Producer: Simon Elmes

: News

: Christmas Meditation

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflects on the God who reveals Himself in the birth of a baby. Producer Rosemary Dawson


Unknown: Desmond Tutu
Producer: Rosemary Dawson

: Book of the Week: BeatrixPotter: a Life in Nature

1/5. By Linda Lear. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Linda Lear.

: News

: Culture Shock

: News

: Outlook

: World Today

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