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: News Briefing

: Test Match Special

Australia v England inclusion of the second day's play in the Fifth Ashes Test. for commentator details see yesterday at 11pm *approximate time
Highlights of the second day's play are on BBC2 at 11.20pm tonight

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev George Stack. Farming Today Presented by Anna Hill.


Unknown: George Stack.
Presented By: Anna Hill.

: Today until 6.30am

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May. '48 Thought for the Day With Dom Antony Sutch.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dom Antony Sutch.

: Midweek

Lively and entertaining conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Led by Clair Jaguiss. At the Name of Jesus (Evelyns).
Philippians 2, vvl-11. What Cheer? (Walton). All Praise to Thee (Engleberg). With the John Powell singers. Organist Jeffrey Makinson. Director of music John Powell.


Unknown: Clair Jaguiss.
Singers: John Powell
Organist: Jeffrey Makinson.
Music: John Powell.

: Book of the Week: Books to ChangeYour Life by

3/5. The Successful Self. Frances Jester reads insights from Dorothy Rowe 's self-help psychology book. Introduced by Bel Mooney. For details see New Year's Day Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Frances Jester
Unknown: Dorothy Rowe

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray
10.45 The Goddess 3/5. By Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45am


Presented By: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee.

: African Journeys

2/4. Kenya's farmers grow some of the world s best coffee, commanding top prices on the international
Markets. They should be rich, but instead they're poor - thanks largely to corruption and mismanagement by the country's political elite who have simply looted the money. Across Africa a continent where three-guarters of the people are still farmers, the same situation applies to whatever cash or food crop is being grown.
Aidan Hartley examines why Africa's rural population has been milked dry by its rulers. producer Jolyon Jenkins


Unknown: Aidan Hartley
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Street and Lane

New series 1/4. Ringing the Changes. The white van men return. University drop-out and would-be writer Johnny Street and his worker-of-the-world mate Arthur Lane are Yorkshire builders for whom no job is too small. Today they have to fix some church bells with the help of slightly suspect "bell expert" Stan French. By Ian McMillan and Dave Sheasby.
Producer David Hunter


Johnny Street: Shaun Dooley
Arthur Lane: Fine Time Fontayne
Rev Susan: Claire Rushbrook
Stan French: Stephen Hogan
Writer: Ian McMillan
Writer: Dave Sheasby.
Producer: David Hunter

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
Commentary on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test. For details see New Year's Day at 11pm Resumes tomorrow at 5.30am

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

With Shaun Ley.


Unknown: Shaun Ley.

: Lives in a Landscape

2/6. Barbaraville. A 40-year-old settlement of Romany Gypsys at a village in Herfordshire is threatened by Proposals to build a huge composting plant next door.
The close-knit community looks to the ghost of its original benefactor, Barbara Cartland , for help. Producer Neil George


Unknown: Barbara Cartland
Producer: Neil George

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: All Fingers and Thumbs

A romantic comedy about communication. Sign language interpreter Marie wants more deaf people to enjoy the theatre. So does director Tom - but not if it involves a bothersome spot-lit woman waving her arms about on his stage. By Alan Stafford.
Director Dirk Maqqs


Unknown: Alan Stafford.
Director: Dirk Maqqs
Tom: Bill Nighy
Marie: Susannah Doyle
Helen: Felicity Montagu
Sal: Jenny Eclair
Michael: Steve Day
Paula: Fifi Garfield
Clive: Brian Bowles
Jamie: Brian Bowles
Gordon: Brian Bowles

: Gardeners' Question Time

Chris Beardshaw, Matthew Biggs , John Cushnie ,
Bob Flowerdew , Pippa Greenwood and Anne Swithinbank are joined by members of the Thursley Horticultural Society in Surrey for a discussion on gardeners' bugbears. Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at 3.25 Gardening
Weather Forecast. Shortened repeat from New Year's Eve at 2pm


Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Eric Robson

: Scottish Shorts

3/5. Cool Room 3. Following an incident with an ice-cream cone, a family are abandoned on a motorway. By Regi Claire. Read by Finlay Welsh. For details see New Year's Day


Unknown: Regi Claire.
Read By: Finlay Welsh.

: Owl Prowl

3/5. Chris Sperring goes in search of Britain's most common owl - the tawny owl. For details see New Year's Day


Unknown: Chris Sperring

: Thinking Allowed

To mark the beginning of Liverpool's 800th year, Laurie Taylor visits the city to explore its contribution to the social sciences. Producer Kevin Dawson


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Kevin Dawson

: All in the Mind

4/6. In the USA a mass screening programme for mental illness is well under way using a controversial online test that takes barely 15 minutes to complete.
Claudia Hammond hears about one high-school student who's objecting, through the courts, to her instant diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Claudia Hammond

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Down the Line

6/6. Talk-radio DJ Gary Bellamy (Rhys Thomas ) hosts another outrageous phone-in show. With Simon Day, Charlie Higson , Lucy Montgomery and Paul Whitehouse , and special guests Amelia Bullmore , Felix Dexter and Harry Enfield. 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
Unknown: Felix Dexter
Producers: Paul Whitehouse
Producers: Charlie Higson
Producers: Lucy Armitage

: The Archers

The Ambridge grapevine goes into overdrive.
For cast see Friday 29th December Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson with arts news, reviews and an interview with dramatist Roy Williams , who has written a play in response to Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Dramatist: Roy Williams

: The Goddess

3/5. Uma watches events in the Temple with a growing sense of despair. Only Horosundari seems to understand. By Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee.
For details and cast see New Year's Day Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee.

: Decision Time

2/4. Nick Robinson shines a light on the process by which controversial decisions are reached behind closed doors in Whitehall. With a panel of top politicians and advisers, he reveals what counts more - political advantage or the national interest. Producer Peter Mulligan


Unknown: Nick Robinson
Producer: Peter Mulligan

: The Greeks, for Better or Worse

2/2. Becoming a Citizen. How hard was it to become and to remain a citizen in ancient Athens? What is expected of a citizen today and what is a citizen entitled to expect? Paul Cartledge reflects on democracy today and in ancient Greece. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Paul Cartledge
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: The E Generation at 40

Has the drug ecstasy bred a generation of depressed, forgetful 40-somethings? Psychologist
John Marsden assesses the latest scientific evidence and hears from members of the first generation to ride the chemically fuelled clubbing explosion of the early 1990s. He also hears how ecstasy is being used as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Producer David Prosser


Unknown: John Marsden
Producer: David Prosser

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

News and analysis, with Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Ghost at the Table

3/10. Blue Willow China. Frances clucks with excitement as their father crosses her threshold for the first time in 25 years. Cynnie, however, can only recall his dereliction. By Suzanne Berne. For details see New Year's Day


Unknown: Suzanne Berne.

: Dave Podmore's Ashes Quest

2/2. As the Test series reaches its climax, Dave Podmore (Christopher Douglas) finally gets that long-awaited broadcasting nod - as cricket correspondent for Al Jazeera. With Andrew Nickolds as Andy Hamer, and Nicola Sanderson, Lewis MacLeod and Mark d'lnverno. Producer Richard Wilson


Dave Podmore: Christopher Douglas
Andy Hamer: Andrew Nickolds
Unknown: Nicola Sanderson
Unknown: Lewis MacLeod
Unknown: Mark d'lnverno
Producer: Richard Wilson

: Six Thousand Postcards

Rummaging in a cupboard, Richard Rawles of the psychology department of University College London stumbled upon 6,000 dusty postcards, dating from 1953. Chris McManus describes how he and his colleagues tracked the postcards to an early BBC TV science programme and put them through computer analysis to find out what they could say now about the people and the time they lived in. Producer Richard Bannerman


Unknown: Richard Rawles
Unknown: Chris McManus
Producer: Richard Bannerman

: News

: Book of the Week: Books toChange Your Life by

3/5. Repeated from 9.45am

: News

: On Screen

: News

: Outlook

: World Today

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