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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

Pause for reflection with Lynn Gallagher.


Unknown: Lynn Gallagher.

: Farming Today

With Mark Holdstock. Producer Alasdair Cross


Unknown: Mark Holdstock.
Producer: Alasdair Cross

: Today

Today's quest editor is Jarvis Cocker. With Evan Davis and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News 7-48 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Jarvis Cocker.
Unknown: Evan Davis
Unknown: Edward Stourton.

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Led by Canon Chris Chivers. Amazing Grace (Trad American). Titus 3, vv3-7. God So Loved the World (Stainer).
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Cruger).


Unknown: Canon Chris Chivers.

: Book of the Week: How to Get Things Really Flat

3/5. "Carpets are supposed to last longer if vacuumed at least once a week." Andrew Martin 's wry guide to housework for men continues. For details see Monday 29 December Rptd at 12.30am


Unknown: Andrew Martin

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Seventy-Odd 3/5 The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Snow in Libya

After an absence of 50 years, Peter Snow returns to the scene of his postwar childhood in Libya, to make a Personal voyage around the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - with all its inconsistencies and defiant reputation. Producer Sarah Jane Hall


Unknown: Peter Snow
Producer: Sarah Jane Hall

: A Charles Paris Mystery:The Dead Side of the Mic

4/4. Charles comes face to face with the killer - in the sound-effects store. By Simon Brett dramatised by Jeremy Front.
Producer Sally Avens


Unknown: Simon Brett
Dramatised By: Jeremy Front.
Producer: Sally Avens
Charles: Bill Niqhy
Frances: Suzanne Burden
Juliet: Tilly Gaunt
Pixie: Tilly Gaunt
Maurice: Jon Glover
Tom: Nicky Henson
Jamie: Alex Lanipekun
Toby: Paul Rider
Steph: Emily Raymond
Edwin: Chris Pavlo

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs with Julian Worricker.


Unknown: Julian Worricker.

: The World at One

News and analysis presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: The Media Show

Steve Hewlett presents the topical programme about media in all its forms, with key players from within the industry helping to shed light on the issues of the day. Producer Sally Spurring

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven

By John Mortimer.
When Lewis Luby wakes up in an Italian hospital, he finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. Surely some mistake: Luby, who has never for one moment believed in the immortality of the soul, cannot possibly be in Heaven!
Starring Jeremy Irons.
Producer/Director Jeremy Mortimer


Written By: John Mortimer.
Director: Jeremy Mortimer
Lewis: Jeremy Irons
Tommy: Stephen Critchlow
Sophie: Marsha Fitzalan
Doctor: Chris Pavlo
Miss Waterlow: Donnla Hughes
English guide: Dan Starkey
Italian guide: Flaminia Cinque
Nun: Flaminia Cinque

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Pippa Greenwood and Bob Flowerdew are guests of Hassocks
Horticultural Society, West Sussex. Chaired by Eric Robson. At 3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened rpt from 28 Dec Sunday at 2pm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Big Charlie

3/5 The five-and-a-half ton elephant is reluctant to enter his crate. By JH Williams. For details see Monday December 29

: Pilots That Never Flew

3/5 Actors and Presenters. Joining
Paul Roseby are Megan Dodds , Lucy Briers , Neil McCaul , Annabel Giles and Beverley Turner. For details see Monday December 29


Unknown: Paul Roseby
Unknown: Megan Dodds
Unknown: Lucy Briers
Unknown: Neil McCaul
Unknown: Annabel Giles
Unknown: Beverley Turner.

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor talks to key thinkers as he explores new research on how society works. producer Charlie Taylor


Talks: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: Case Notes

1/8. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm

: PM

News and analysis with Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Alistair Cooke's Seasonal Lettersfrom America

6/8 The BBC's North America editor Justin Webb introduces one of Alistair Cooke 's seasonal Letters from America, originally broadcast in December and January during his 50-year career. Continues tomorrow.


Introduces: Justin Webb
Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Will Smith's Midlife CrisisManagement

3/6. Half-way through histhree-score-year-and-ten, Will Smith is in a panic as life is passing him by. Luckily, his godfather Peter is on hand to help him. This week, Peter invites US rap star '10 Shot" to help Will with his confidence. By Roger Drew and Will Smith.
Other roles are played by Gunnar Cauthery , Roger Drew , Robert Lonsdale , Paul Rider and Dan Starkey Producer Tilusha Ghelani


Unknown: Roger Drew
Unknown: Will Smith.
Played By: Gunnar Cauthery
Played By: Roger Drew
Played By: Robert Lonsdale
Played By: Paul Rider
Played By: Dan Starkey
Producer: Tilusha Ghelani
Will: Will Smith
Peter: Roger Allam
10 Shot: Jimmy Akingbola
Teenaoeairl: Jill Cardo
Teenage girl: Manjeet Mann
Geoff the instructor: Ewan Bailey

: The Archers

New year, new start for Will and Nic.
For cast see Friday 2 January Rptd tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson reports on how leading musicians respond to working under the shadow of past success. With Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Coldplay and all three members Of The Police.


Presenter: John Wilson
Guest: Paul McCartney
Guest: Ringo Starr
Guest: Damon Albarn
Guest: Paul Weller
Producer: John Goudie

: Seventy-Odd

3/5. The men try a bath - Arab style - and Lois gets to the bottom of things. Written by Rachel Joyce.
For cast and details see Mon 29 Dec Rptd from 10.45am


Written By: Rachel Joyce.

: Irreplaceable

Which of the world's species are truly irreplaceable? Andrea Catherwood chairs a debate hosted by the Earthwatch Institute at the Royal Geographical Society in London in which five eminent scientists argue the case for the five organisms they believe we cannot bear to lose. Producer Kirsty Henderson


Unknown: Andrea Catherwood
Producer: Kirsty Henderson

: Secret Lives

2/3. Gyles Brandreth explores the secret lives of politicians - who they are, where they come from, what inspired them, their greatest moment, their worst moment, what their hobbies are and what they hope to achieve. Repeated from Sunday 28 December at 11pm


Unknown: Gyles Brandreth

: Stage to Screen

On the Town. Paul Gambaccini looks at MGM's film of Leonard Bernstein 's first musical comedy in the company of Betty Garrett , who played opposite Frank Sinatra in the screen version, film historian Dana Polan and Jude Kelly , who directed the successful English National Opera production. Producer Adrian Edwards


Unknown: Leonard Bernstein
Unknown: Betty Garrett
Unknown: Frank Sinatra
Unknown: Dana Polan
Unknown: Jude Kelly
Producer: Adrian Edwards

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

News round-up with Carolyn Quinn.


Presenter: Carolyn Quinn

: Book at Bedtime: The Dark Flower

3/5. Summoned home, Mark encounters his childhood sweetheart, Sylvia. By
John Galsworthy. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: John Galsworthy.

: 1968: Day-by-Day

A selection of highlights from this year's daily series in which John Tusa , drawing on news archive and music from the time, retraced the political, cultural and social events of 1968 as they happened. Producer Russell Finch


Unknown: John Tusa
Producer: Russell Finch

: News

: Q&A

6/10. 1,000,000 Rupees. Thomas recalls being robbed on a train back to Mumbai. It's a life experience that helps him answer a vital question in the show Who Will Win a Billion. By Ayeesha Menon from the novel by Vikas Swarup.
For cast and details see Saturday 27 December


Novel By: Vikas Swarup.

: Book of the Week: How to Get Things Really Flat

3/5. By Andrew Martin.
Repeated from 9.45am


Author: Andrew Martin

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