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: Test Match Special

Australia v England
'he second day of the Fourth Ashes Test from the MCG. for commentator details see Christmas Day at 11pm •Approximate time
Highlights of the third day's play are on BBC2at 11.05pm tonight

: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.


Unknown: Richard Chartres.

: Farming Today

1 "ere is a shortage of goat's milk. Mark Holdstock finds out why. Producer Mark Holdstock


Unknown: Mark Holdstock
Producer: Mark Holdstock

: Today until 6.30am

With James Naughtie and Carolyn Quinn. Guest editor Clive Woodward.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Giles Fraser.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.
Editor: Clive Woodward.
Unknown: Dr Giles Fraser.

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her Quests. Producer Chris Paling


Unknown: Libby Purves

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

3/5. Potter's initial success as a writer is matched by a close relationship with her publisher, Norman Warne. By Linda Lear. For further details see Christmas Day Rptd at 12.30am FIT DIRECT- Beatrix Potter : a Life in Nature by Linda Lear is available (from 4 Jan) for only £22.50 (RRP E25.00) including p&p. To order send a cheque, Payable to RT Direct Book Offers, to: [address removed]. Or call [number removed] (land-line calls cost no more than Bp per minute) quoting RT, or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com. UK delivery only


Unknown: Norman Warne
Unknown: Linda Lear
Unknown: Beatrix Potter
Unknown: Linda Lear

: Daily Service

Led by Canon Chris Chivers. Torches (Joubert).
1 John 1, vv1-7. A Great and Mighty Wonder (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen). Joy to the World (Moscow, arr Rutter). With the Coupland Consort. Director of music Marcus Farnsworth.


Unknown: Canon Chris Chivers.
Music: Marcus Farnsworth.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray , who considers philanthropic women both in the Victorian age and in modern times.
10.45 Old Peter's Russian Tales 3/5. Baba Yaga By Arthur Ransome. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Arthur Ransome.

: African Journeys

New series 1/4 Big Men, Big Hopes. African writer Aidan Hartley begins his exploration of the history of post-independence Africa by travelling to Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia to look at the charismatic figures who became the fathers of their nations. Producer Jolyon Jenkins


Unknown: Aidan Hartley
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
Commentary on the third day's play in the Fourth Test.
For full details see Christmas Day at 11pm Resumes tomorrow at 5.30am

: The Little World of Don Camillo

4/4. Don Camillo Returns. With Don Camillo away the bishop is running the parish, and Peppone is standing for parliament. By Giovanni Guareschi , dramatised by Peter Kerry.
Producer/Director Chris Wallis


Unknown: Don Camillo
Unknown: Giovanni Guareschi
Dramatised By: Peter Kerry.
Director: Chris Wallis
Don Camillo: Ian Hogg
Peppone: Shaun Prendergast
God: Joss Ackland
The Bishop: John Moffatt
Smilzo: Donald McBride
Brusco: Trevor Fox
Mrs Peppone: Becky Hindley
Mrs Castellino: Charlie Hardwick
Neri: James Garbutt
Camoni: Rod Arthur

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

News, with Shaun Ley.


Unknown: Shaun Ley.

: Lives in a Landscape

1/6. Under Throckmorton. Stories from around the UK, beginning with James Maw 's visit to an old airfield in Worcestershire. Producer Neil George


Unknown: James Maw
Producer: Neil George

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Edward Alleyn's Devil

London 1605: Edward Alleyn was the most famous actor of the Jacobean theatre. At the height of his fame he believed he saw a devil on stage.
Nicola Baldwin's sparkling play investigates what really happened.
Producer Steven Canny


Writer: Nicola Baldwin
Producer: Steven Canny
Edward Alleyn: Richard McCabe
William Grogan: Brian McCardie
Philip Henslowe: Philip Jackson
Fardinandoo Black: Desmond McNamara
Joan Alleyn: Christine Kavanagh
Sir Francis Calton: Sam Dale
John Pyg: Joe Prospero
Robert Shaa: Joseph Kloska
Miss Wills: Bethan Walker
Isack Shackerley: Paul Richard Biggin
Singer: Miranda Keeling
Schoolboys: Dulwich College Boys

: Gardeners' Question Time

Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at 3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened repeat from Christmas Eve at 2pm


Unknown: Eric Robson

: Angelic Hosts

1/3. And We Flew into Bethlehem. A shepherd boy has an unexpected encounter with the angel Gabriel. By Michael Morpurgo , roarl hw Pai Copley and Rnhprt Hastie


Unknown: Michael Morpurgo
Unknown: Rnhprt Hastie

: Divine Art

3/5. Antony Whishaw joins Brian Sewell at Christ Church, Kensington, to examine the links between the Anglican
Church and its artisans. For further details see Christmas Day 2.45pm


Unknown: Brian Sewell

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor leads a discussion on issues arising from the academic and research world. Producer Charlie Taylor


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: All in the Mind

2/6. Claudia Hammond considers whether all human brains have an innate colour sense or whether we learn which colour is which as we learn to speak. Producer Fiona Hill


Unknown: Claudia Hammond
Producer: Fiona Hill

: PM

With Nigel Wrench.

: 15-Minute Musical

3/5. George W Formby Does It Again. George W Formby Jr, armed with his ukulele, makes a bid to be Vaudeville
King of the World. Starring Richie Webb , Dave Lamb and Vicki Pepperdine. For further details see Christmas Day


Unknown: George W Formby
Unknown: Richie Webb
Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Vicki Pepperdine.

: Down the Line

5/6. Talk-radio DJ Gary Bellamy (Rhys Thomas ) hosts his outrageous phone-in show. With Simon Day, Charlie Higson , Lucy Montgomery , Paul Whitehouse and Amelia Bullmore. Producers Paul Whitehouse , Charlie Higson and Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Gary Bellamy
Unknown: Rhys Thomas
Unknown: Charlie Higson
Unknown: Lucy Montgomery
Unknown: Paul Whitehouse
Unknown: Amelia Bullmore.
Producers: Paul Whitehouse
Producers: Charlie Higson
Producers: Lucy Armitage

: The Archers

Brenda acts the chaperone.
For cast see Friday 29 December Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Are there any taboos left in television comedy?
Mark Lawson reports, with guests, including Armando Iannucci , Matt Lucas , David Walliams , Catherine Tate , Jocelyn Jee Esien and the creators Of South Park. Producer Timothy Prosser


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Armando Iannucci
Unknown: Matt Lucas
Unknown: David Walliams
Unknown: Catherine Tate
Unknown: Jocelyn Jee
Producer: Timothy Prosser

: Old Peter's Russian Tales

3/5. Baba Yaga. A kind girl finds that her sweet nature is the best defence against the wickedness of Baba Yaga. By Arthur Ransome.
For further details see Christmas Day Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Baba Yaga.
Unknown: Baba Yaga.
Unknown: Arthur Ransome.
Old Peter: Trevor Cooper
Maroosia: Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Girl: Jemma McKenzie-Brown
Vanya: Harry Hughes
Cat: Harry Hughes
Baba Yaga: Miranda Keeling
Mouse: Bethan Walker

: Decision Time

New series 1/4. Nick Robinson looks at the process by which decisions are reached in Whitehall. With a panel of top politicians and advisers, he reveals what counts more - political advantage or the national interest.
Producer Peter Mulligan Repeated on Sat 30 December at 10.15pm


Unknown: Nick Robinson
Producer: Peter Mulligan

: The Greeks, for Better or Worse

1/2. Vote 'Em Out or Chuck 'Em Out. Paul Cartledge , professor of Greek history, reflects on the differences and similarities between democracy today and in ancient Greece. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Paul Cartledge
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: The Invention of Childhood

4/6. Reaching the 19th century, Michael Morpurgo recalls the impact of new public schools on better-off children, while others worked or were living on the streets. For further details see Christmas Eve Revised repeat


Unknown: Michael Morpurgo

: The World Tonight

With Jackie Hardgrave.


Unknown: Jackie Hardgrave.

: Book at Bedtime: Christmas with the Savages

3/5. It's Christmas Eve and all the rituals have to be observed, dressing the tree in the ballroom, handing out meat to the servants, and frightening the life out of nannies. By Mary Clive. For further details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Mary Clive.

: Dave Podmore's Ashes Quest

1/2. It's time for the seasoned England all-rounder to prove that he can bear grudges against anyone, anywhere, anytime. Comedy written and starring
Chris Douglas (Dave Podmore ), Andrew Nickolds (Andy Hamer ) with Nick Newman. Also starring Nicola Sanderson and Lewis Macleod. Producer Richard Wilson


Unknown: Chris Douglas
Unknown: Dave Podmore
Unknown: Andrew Nickolds
Unknown: Andy Hamer
Unknown: Nick Newman.
Unknown: Nicola Sanderson
Unknown: Lewis MacLeod.
Producer: Richard Wilson

: Either Too Young or Too Old

1/2. Morwenna Banks explores the fun to be had when actors play characters younger or older than themselves, including Beryl Reid as Monica and Matt Lucas as Vicky Pollard in Little Britain. Producer Angela Sherwin


Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Matt Lucas
Unknown: Vicky Pollard
Producer: Angela Sherwin

: News

: Americana

2/4. Draggin' the Dog. in Anika Nailah's short story, a high-school principal battles with her staff and her cravings for junk food. Read by Alibe Parsons. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Anika Nailah
Read By: Alibe Parsons.

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

3/5. Repeated from 9.45am

: News

: On Screen

: News

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