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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Sir Francis Calton:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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