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: News Briefing

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
Conclusion of the first day's play in the Fourth Ashes Test. For commentator details see yesterday at 11pm 'Approximate time
Highlights of the first day's play are on BBC2 at 11.00pm tonight

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.


Unknown: Richard Chartres.

: Farming Today

Green Brewing. Clare Phillips reports on farmers' and brewers' efforts to go green. Producer Clare Phillips


Unknown: Clare Phillips
Producer: Clare Phillips

: Not What It Used to Be: England and Nostalgia

until 6.30 approx Sean Street explores how the warm evocation inspired by nostalgia can also be used to manipulate. With political Journalist Anthony Howard , historian Lisa Jardine , composer Michael Berkeley , singer Tom Robinson and rUral writer Richard Mabey. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Sean Street
Unknown: Anthony Howard
Unknown: Lisa Jardine
Singer: Michael Berkeley
Singer: Tom Robinson
Unknown: Richard Mabey.

: Today

Presented by James Naughtie and Carolyn Ouinn. Guest editor Yoko Ono.
7-25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.45 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.


Presented By: James Naughtie
Presented By: Carolyn Ouinn.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: Taking a Stand

6/6. Fergal Keane talks to people who have taken risks to stand up for what they believe in. Producer Jane Beresford


Talks: Fergal Keane
Producer: Jane Beresford

: The Four o'Clock Friends

4/5. While delving into the John Murray literary archive,
Vanessa Collingridge uncovers a series of remarkable
Papers surrounding the naming of Walter Scott as author of the Waverley novels, which were originally published anonymously. Producer Lynne Mennie


Unknown: John Murray
Unknown: Vanessa Collingridge
Unknown: Walter Scott
Producer: Lynne Mennie

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

2/5. Peter Rabbit makes his first appearance as Potter's s writing career takes off. By Linda Lear. For further details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Peter Rabbit
Unknown: Linda Lear.

: Daily Service

Led by Mgr Tony Rogers. Stephen, First of Christian Martyrs
(Wychbold). Acts 6 vv8-15. The Infant King (Basque carol, arr Willcocks). Good King Wenceslas (Piae Cantiones, arr Willcocks). With Manchester Baroque. Director of music Christopher Stokes. Organist Philip Rushforth.


Unknown: Mgr Tony Rogers.
Organist: Christopher Stokes.
Organist: Philip Rushforth.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Old Peter's Russian Tales 2/5.
The Fool of the World. By Arthur Ransome.
The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Arthur Ransome.

: Unearthing Mysteries

3/3. As everyone knows, Boudicca or Boadicea led a revolt against the Romans. But she also had a husband, King
Prasutagus, who was friendly to Rome. Aubrey Manning investigates his life and times. Producer Martin Redfern


Producer: Martin Redfern

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
Commentary on the second day of the Fourth Ashes Test. For commentators see yesterday at 11.00pm Resumes tomorrow at 5.30am

: The Night the Animals Talked

Ian McMillan explores the folk tales about the one time of Year r a n i m a can talk. k. Repeated from Christmas Eve at 10pm


Unknown: Ian McMillan

: Churchill Confidential

!n a fast-moving drama documentary with an all-star cast, including Jonathan Keeble , Tim Pigott-Smith , David Ryall , David Timson and Geoffrey Whitehead , Charles Wheeler reveals the notebooks of wartime cabinet secretary
Norman Brook , which were opened to the public this year. Director Penny Leicester; Producer David Prest


Unknown: Jonathan Keeble
Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smith
Unknown: David Ryall
Unknown: David Timson
Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead
Unknown: Charles Wheeler
Unknown: Norman Brook
Producer: David Prest

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis, presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: Page to Performance

1/2. 1 Got Rhythm. Lowri Blake traces the history of George Gershwin 's enduring hit I Got Rhythm, with archive of Gershwin himself playing and talking, and contributions from singer Lorna Luft , guitarist John Etheridge , conductor Leonard Slatkin , pianist Jack Gibbons , and biographer Rodney Greenberg. Producer Richard Bannerman


Unknown: Lowri Blake
Unknown: George Gershwin
Singer: Lorna Luft
Guitarist: John Etheridge
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Pianist: Jack Gibbons
Unknown: Rodney Greenberg.
Producer: Richard Bannerman

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at7pm

: King Lear on Boxing Day

On Boxing Day 1606, the entertainment offered to King
James I and his guests at Whitehall Palace was a brand-new Play by William Shakespeare - King Lear. Francine Stock and a studio full of guests, including actors Fiona Shaw and Oliver Ford Davis , scholars Jonathan Bate , Richard Dutton , Brett Dolman and Tiffany Stern , food historian Ivan Day and musicians Passamezzo, along with distinguished contributors from the BBC Archives, bring to life every aspect Of rh^t nnpninn night 400 years And Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: James I
Play By: William Shakespeare
Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Fiona Shaw
Unknown: Oliver Ford Davis
Unknown: Jonathan Bate
Unknown: Richard Dutton
Unknown: Brett Dolman
Unknown: Tiffany Stern
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: Divine Art

2/5. Brian Sewell examines sculptor Stephen Cox 's work at Canterbury Cathedral. For further details see yesterday at 2.45pm


Unknown: Brian Sewell
Unknown: Stephen Cox

: Word of Mouth

4/8. Michael Rosen presents the series examining words, language and the ways people speak. Producer Mark Smalley


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Mark Smalley

: Great Lives

3/8. Albert Einstein. Was Einstein really the crazy genius he seemed? Professor Kathy Sykes discusses the question with Matthew Parris and with Einstein's biographer John Gribbin. Producer Peter Everett


Unknown: Albert Einstein.
Unknown: Professor Kathy Sykes
Unknown: Matthew Parris
Unknown: John Gribbin.
Producer: Peter Everett

: PM

With Chris Ledgard.

: 15-Minute Musical

2/5. Manager Mia. Musical following the escapades of Sven-Goran Eriksson. With Richie Webb , Dave Lamb and Vicki Pepperdine. For further details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Unknown: Richie Webb
Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Vicki Pepperdine.

: Count Arthur Strong's Christmas Special!

One-time variety star Count Arthur Strong (
Steve Delaney ), an expert on everything from the world of - entertainment to the origins of the species, prepares for Christmas. What could possibly go wrong? Also starring Sue Perkins , Alastair Kerr and David Mounfield. Producers Mark Radcliffe and John Leonard


Unknown: Steve Delaney
Unknown: Sue Perkins
Unknown: Alastair Kerr
Unknown: David Mounfield.
Producers: Mark Radcliffe
Producers: John Leonard

: The Archers

Every cloud has a silver lining for Kenton.
For cast see Friday 29 December Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson looks back at a notable year for the musical with John Kander , composer of Cabaret and Chicago, and Claude-Michel Schonberg , co-creator of Les Misérables. Producer John Goudie Repeated on New Year's Eve at 8.04pm


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: John Kander
Unknown: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Producer: John Goudie

: Old Peter's Russian Tales

2/5. The Fool of the World. When the Tsar decrees that he will marry his daughter to the first man to arrive at his palace in a flying ship, he's horrified by the candidate who appears. By Arthur Ransome.
For further details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Arthur Ransome.
Old Peter: Trevor Cooper
Maroosia: Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Vanya: Harry Hughes
Fool of the World: John Dougall
Tsar: Mark Straker
Straw: Mark Straker
Shooter: Joseph Kloska
Swift-goer: Joseph Kloska
Listener: Saikat Ahamed
Sticks: Saikat Ahamed

: Britain's New Gamblers

With poker now acquiring a cool new image in the UK, thanks to the internet, James Maw investigates the effect on a new generation of players. Producer Neil George


Unknown: James Maw
Producer: Neil George

: In Touch

News of interest to blind and partially sighted people, presented by Peter White. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Presented By: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: The Invention of Childhood

3/6. In his survey of childhood in the18th century, Michael Morpurgo tells of the Foundling Hospital, the philosophers and parenting gurus John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau , the battle between the Evangelicals and the Romantics over the nature and purpose of childhood, and the growth of a new phenomenon - pester power. For further details see Christmas Eve


Unknown: Michael Morpurgo
Unknown: John Locke
Unknown: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

: The World Tonight

With Jackie Hardgrave.


Unknown: Jackie Hardgrave.

: Book at Bedtime: Christmas with the Savages

2/5. In which Evelyn introduces us to the Savages, the Glens and the Howliboos, and the mysteries of nursery life. By Mary Clive. For further details see yesterday For reader offer see Wednesday 27 December


Unknown: Mary Clive.

: Great Scott

Captain Scott's doomed last expedition to the South Pole, as recorded by penguins at the time, is given a unique new twist by global warming. Adapted by Steve Bell and Hugh Card from their stage musical.
Producer Karen Rose ; Director Julian Mayers


Adapted By: Steve Bell
Producer: Karen Rose
Director: Julian Mayers
Scott: Ewan Bailey
Nansen: Ewan Bailey
Birdie: Michael Roberts
Amundsen: Michael Roberts
Evans: John Ramm
Sir Clement: John Ramm
Kathleen Scott: Alison Goldle
Maureen: Alison Goldle
Captain Oates: Alex Lowe
Rolf: Alex Lowe

: News

: Americana

1/4. After the War. Ryan McCluskey reads Alice Sebold 's story. Having been judged "obsolete", the town of Oxbow has been flooded. But three people continue to live there. Producer Emma Harding


Unknown: Ryan McCluskey
Unknown: Alice Sebold
Producer: Emma Harding

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

2/5. Repeated from 9.45am

: News

: World Book Club

John le Carre

: News

: Outlook

: World Today

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