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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With Lynn Gallagher.


Unknown: Lynn Gallagher.

: Farming Today

With Mark Holdstock. Producer Mark Holdstock


Unknown: Mark Holdstock.
Producer: Mark Holdstock

: Today

Today's guest editor is Sir Win Bischoff. With Evan Davis and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
1.48 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Evan Davis
Unknown: Edward Stourton.

: In Our Time

The Consolations of Philosophy.
Melvyn Bragg and guests AC Grayling, Melissa Lane and Roger Scruton discuss Boethius's The Consolations of Philosophy, written while he was awaiting execution for treason.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Guest: Melissa Lane
Guest: Roger Scruton
Producer: James Cook

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

4/5. "Of course, all supermarket trolleys are designed not to go in a straight line, but mine would be particularly wayward...." Andrew Martin 's wry guide to housework With men in mind. For details see Monday 29 December Rptd at 12.30am


Unknown: Andrew Martin

: Daily Service

Led by the Rev Clair Jaquiss. Morning Has
Broken (Bunessan arr Rutter). Philippians 2, vV5-11. What Cheer? (Walton). At the Name of Jesus (Evelyns).


Unknown: Clair Jaquiss.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray presents another chance to hear a special edition on the life, writings and legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. (Revised rpt)
10.45 Seventy-Odd 4/5 The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Simone de Beauvoir.

: Frost Fair

From Somerset House overlooking the Thames, Francine Stock and guests celebrate the Frost Fairs that were once held on the river. From 1309 to 1814 the river froze 23 times, sometimes so solidly that fairs were held on it, where entertainments such as fox-hunting, ox-roasting, swing boats, music, dancing and theatre were enjoyed. Reflecting on these sparkling occasions and the effect of ice on the British imagination are the writers Seamus Heaney , Michael Morpurgo and Carol Ann Duffy. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Seamus Heaney
Unknown: Michael Morpurgo
Unknown: Carol Ann Duffy.
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: Crossing Continents: 8/9: Cuba

The black market in housing and building materials is thought to be huge in Cuba. In a nation where it is illegal to buy and sell property, Linda Pressly discovers Cubans have come up with unique ways of getting around the regulations and securing a new home.
Repeated from Monday 29 December


Presenter: Linda Pressly
Producer: Polly How

: The World at One

Presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: Talk to the Hand: the History of Puppets on TV

Phil Jupitus examines the enduring appeal of TV puppets by interviewing Jelly and Jackson, current favourites on CBeebies, and Zippy from Rainbow. He also talks to Phil Cornwell, the voice of Gilbert the Alien, and Ronnie le Drew, the voice of Zippy.


Presenter: Phil Jupitus
Interviewee: Phil Cornwell
Interviewee: Ronnie Le Drew
Producer: Helen Lee

: The Archers

Rptd from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Hong Kong by Night

Locked out of her apartment, Poppy can either wait for dawn in the lobby or accept Arthur's invitation to explore
Hong Kong by night. From the market on Temple Street to the slaughterhouses of Mong Kok they find themselves and each other in the neon wonderland. In-Sook Chappell 's invp storv about loneliness and belonging.
Director Abigail le Fleming


Unknown: Mong Kok
Unknown: In-Sook Chappell
Director: Abigail Le Fleming
Poppy: Liz Sutherland
Arthur: Oliver Williams
Alice: Nina Kwok
Waitress: Nina Kwok

: Open Country

Repeated from Saturday 27 December at 6.07am

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from Sunday 28 December at 7.55am

: Big Charlie

4/5 By JH Williams. Billy Butlin wants
Charlie to be photographed for publicity en route, but Elephant Bill has other ideas. For details see Monday 29 December


Unknown: Jh Williams.
Unknown: Billy Butlin

: Pilots That Never Flew

4/5 Producers and Commissioning Editors Producer John Lloyd talks about his experience of creating pilots and Radio 4 commissioning editor Caroline Raphael discusses the role pilots play in making great shows. For details see Monday 29 December


Talks: John Lloyd
Editor: Caroline Raphael

: Open Book

Mariella Frostrup and her guests consider the relationships between novelists and their families. Rptd from Sun 28 December at 4pm


Unknown: Mariella Frostrup

: The Material World

Quentin Cooper joins scientists, artists and musicians on a research cruise to Disko Bay in Greenland to explore the cultural response to climate change in the Arctic. Among those taking part are Jarvis Cocker, KT Tunstall, Feist, Robyn Hitchcock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Martha Wainwright, Jonathan Dove and Marcus Brigstocke.


Presenter: Quentin Cooper
Unknown: Jarvis Cocker
Unknown: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Unknown: Martha Wainwright
Unknown: Jonathan Dove
Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke
Producer: Martin Redfern

: PM

Presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Act Your Age

6/6. Simon Mayo hosts a comedy show that pits the comic generations against each other to find out which is the funniest. With
Jon Richardson , Lucy Porter and Roy Walker. Producers Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews


Unknown: Simon Mayo
Unknown: Jon Richardson
Unknown: Lucy Porter
Unknown: Roy Walker.
Producers: Ashley Blaker
Producers: Bill Matthews

: The Archers

Lilian fears for her Tiger.
For cast see Friday 2 January Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson talks to the thriller writer John le Carre.
(Revised rpt)


Presenter: Mark Lawson
Guest: John Le Carre
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Seventy-Odd

4/5. Reg becomes a gooseberry and Bill reveals the truth, but mystery surrounds what he has been doing with his life-savings. Written by Rachel Joyce.
For cast and details see Mon 29 Dec Rptd from 10.45am


Written By: Rachel Joyce.

: The Quest for Virgin Birth

Scientists have recently discovered that sharks, turkeys and even komodo dragons are among the animals who practise parthenogenesis - virgin birth. With so many species making a success of virgin births, Aarathi Prasad explores whether it could be an option for humans. Producer Amanda Harqreaves


Unknown: Aarathi Prasad
Producer: Amanda Harqreaves

: In Business

Rptd from Sun 28 Dec at 9.30pm

: Based on a True Story

The first production of Howard Brenton 's play Never So Good recently dramatised the experiences of Harold Macmillan.
Peter Curran discusses the production with Jeremy Irons , who played Macmillan, the playwright Brenton and Lord Alexander Stockton , the grandson of Macmillan. Producer Kevin Dawson


Unknown: Howard Brenton
Unknown: Harold MacMillan.
Unknown: Peter Curran
Unknown: Jeremy Irons
Unknown: Lord Alexander Stockton
Producer: Kevin Dawson

: In Our Time

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Carolyn Quinn.


Presenter: Carolyn Quinn

: Book at Bedtime: The Dark Flower

4/5. Anna's love for young Mark meets an obstacle. By John Galsworthy. For details see Monday 29 December


Author: John Galsworthy.

: The Penny Dreadfuls Present:More Brothers Faversham

4/4. The story of twins Perceus and Lucius Faversham , Victorian Britain's greatest industrialists. Comedy, starring Humphrey Ker , David Reed , Thorn Tuck and Miles Jupp. Producer Julia McKenzie


Unknown: Lucius Faversham
Unknown: Humphrey Ker
Unknown: David Reed
Unknown: Miles Jupp.
Producer: Julia McKenzie

: Telly Savalas and the Quota Quickies

In the late 1970s, cities such as Portsmouth and Birmingham became the stars of a group of B-movies created by the late director Harold Bairn. Laurie Taylor tells the unexpected story of how and why these films were made. Producer Howard Shannon


Director: Harold Bairn.
Director: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Howard Shannon

: News

: Q&A

7/10. 10,000,000 Rupees. Thomas must answer a difficult question about the Bollywood tragedy queen, Neelima Kumari. Fortunately, he was once her house-boy.
By Ayeesha Menon from the novel by Vikas Swarup. For cast and details see Sat 27 December


Unknown: Neelima Kumari.
Novel By: Vikas Swarup.

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

4/5. By Andrew Martin. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Andrew Martin.

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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