Australia v England inclusion of the third day's play in the Fourth Ashes Test. for commentator details see Christmas Day at 11pm 'Approximate time
Highlights of the third day's play are on BBC2 at 11.10pm tonight
Led by Becky Harris. A Child is Born in Bethlehem
(Scheidt) Matthew 2, vv13-18. The Coventry Carol (trad
English, arr Rathbone). Unto Us is Born a Son (Puer Nobis , arr Willcocks). With the Coupland Consort. Director of music Marcus Farnsworth. Organist Darius Battiwalla.
4/5. Beatrix Potter reaches middle age, and immerses herself in the Cumbrian landscape and the routines of farming life. Lindsay Duncan reads from Linda Lear 's new biography of the children's author. For further details see Christmas Day Repeated at 12.30am
8/10. Escaping Caste. One of the founders of modern India,
Bhimrao Ambedkar , who was born an "untouchable", believed that the only way for the lower castes to rise above their status in the rigid Hindu system was to convert to
Buddhism Dan Isaacs examines what difference conversion has made to those who've followed Dr Ambedkar s path. Producer Tessa Watt Repeated on New Year's Day at 8.30pm
The old show-business yarn about beginning a career by Playing the back end of the cow in pantomime is not just a ioke: for many actors, this was their chosen role, and one that they took very seriously. Bernie Clifton , famous for his performing ostrich, explores the world of the "skin
Performer". Producer Douglas Mounce Rptd New Year's Eve at 12.15am
RT It's that dead time between Christmas and New
CHOICE Year and Rob is writing his autobiography - except he can't think of anything interesting to put in it.
He's also assembling a Mini in the kitchen. But why does he hide under the table when his best friend calls round for the rent? A bittersweet comedy about lonely people at Christmas bv Ian Kershaw.
Producer/Director Gary Brown
6/8. Giving Up Smoking. At a Brighton clinic,
Barbara Myers and her guests are joined by smokers and ex-smokers to discuss the best strategies to try and make those New Year resolutions to give up last. Producer Eliane Glaser
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2/3. Mrs Marvel 's Angel. When a cleaning lady finds a valuable painting of an angel in her employer's attic, good things start to happen. By Clare Boylan , read by Rosemary Leach. For further details see yesterday
On the indoor ski slopes of North Yorkshire,
Ouentin Cooper talks to experts in ski technology and ski-jump design about how science and engineering play an important role in the sport. Producer Fiona Roberts
4/5. My Foul-Mouthed Lady. Madonna wants to be a lady, Guy Ritchie wants to be a cock-er-ney. Can Professor Iggins help? Can they become their opposites? Will opposites attract? Starring Richie Webb , Dave Lamb and Mel Hudson. For further details see Christmas Day
4/6. Chef and writer Antony Worrall Thompson is today's guest host in the comedy panel show. Taking questions about Thompson's life and interests are Sue Perkins, Lucy Porter, Robin Ince and Will Smith. Producer Aled Evans
In an extended interview, John Wilson talks to composer, arranger and producer Ouincy Jones , whose career stretches from playing the trumpet with Billie Holiday to producing Billie Jean for Michael Jackson. Producer Timothy Prosser Revised repeat
4/5. The Transparent Apple and the Silver Saucer. Little Stupid's gift from her father - a magical apple within which she can see the world - sends her cruel sisters into a jealous rage. By Arthur Ransome.
For further details see Christmas Day Repeated from 10.45am
For nearly 20 years, "tic-lady" Pat Moore has been providing door-step loans to people on Tyneside's poorer estates. Fran Abrams follows Moore on her rounds and finds out why her regular clients still choose to borrow from her rather than look for lower interest rates elsewhere.
Producer Samantha Fenwick
8/8. Telling Muslim Stories. Has reporting of the Iraq war abroad and the terrorist threat at home damaged the trust of ordinary Muslims in the mainstream news media? And does it matter if it has? Charlie Beckett considers whether it's journalism's role to foster social cohesion and whether journalists have been questioning enough - or knowledgeable enough - about Muslim matters. Producer Mukul Devichand
5/6. In the early 20th century the British Empire was in decline and there were three devastating wars. Michael Morpurgo explains how these events ultimately benefitted Children. For further details see Christmas Eve
3/4. Do You Know Where I Am? By Sherman Alexie. Two college sweethearts rescue a lost cat - an act that will have profound consequences for the rest of their lives together. Read by Otter Ochampaugh. For details see Boxing Day
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