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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With Bishop Alan Abernethy.


Speaker: Bishop Alan Abernethy

: Farming Today

With Charlotte Smith.


Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Fran Barnes

: A Laureate's Legacy: the Poetry Archive

Andrew Motion talks about the great achievement of his tenure as poet laureate: the Poetry Archive. (R)
The poet laureate's Christmas poem: p51


Presenter: Andrew Motion
Producer: Julian May

: Bryn Terfel Masters Wine

Operatic bass-baritone Bryn Terfel explores his love of wine and attempts to become a master sommelier. (R)


Presenter: Bryn Terfel
Producer: Llinos Jones

: The Museum of Curiosity

Cast your ears as Clive James, Tim Minchin and Philip Pullman donate objects of extreme interest to the world's most eclectic museum. With John Lloyd and Sean Lock. (R)
RT Direct: The Museum of Curiosity is available on CD for £11.50 (RRP £15.65) inc p&p, call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary), quoting [number removed], or visit [web address removed]


Panellist: Clive James
Panellist: Tim Minchin
Panellist: Philip Pullman
Presenter: John Lloyd
Presenter: Sean Lock
Producer: Richard Turner
Producer: Dan Schreiber

: Desert Island Discs

With Michael Caine.
Rptd from Sun 20 Dec 11.15am


Guest: Michael Caine

: The Santa Tapes: 4/4: Santa's Everywhere

Alan Dein catches up with Santa as he crosses the globe.
For details see Monday 21 December at 3.45pm


Presenter: Alan Dein

: Christmas Service

Carols old and new from All Souls Church, Langham Place, London.


Producer: Simon Vivian

: Book of the Week: Paw Tracks In the Moonlight: 5/5

by Denis O'Connor.
It is Christmas Day and O'Connor reflects on how his life has improved since he rescued a tiny kitten just a year ago.
For details see Monday 21 December
Rptd at 12.30am


Author: Denis O'Connor

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray and her guests muse on the Way Christmas celebrations have changed.


Presenter: Jenni Murray

: Woman's Hour: Someone like You: 5/5

The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: A Funny Sort of Sound

Julian Clary dives into the world of comedy musical acts. Contributors include Ken Dodd and Jim Tavare. (R)


Presenter: Julian Clary
Interviewee: Ken Dodd
Interviewee: Jim Tavare
Producer: Emily Williams

: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!: 2/6: Murder Most Fouled Up

by Steve Delaney.
Arthur helps out in a murder mystery event for Lord and Lady Preston.
with Mel Giedroyc, Alastair Kerr and David Mounfield.


Writer: Steve Delaney
Producer: John Leonard
Producer: Mark Radcliffe
[Actress]: Mel Giedroyc
[Actor]: Alastair Kerr
Geoffrey: David Mounfield

: Loose Ends

Clive Anderson presents the programme's best bits from from 2009. With Andy Williams, Will Young, Mary Wilson, Speech Debelle, and many others.


Presenter: Clive Anderson
Singer: Andy Williams
Singer: Will Young
Guest: Mary Wilson
Rapper: Speech Debelle
Producer: Chris Wilson

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

A celebration of pieces of writing brought to life in front of an audience.


Producer: Christine Hall

: The Archers

Rptd from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: 1/2: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

by Alexander McCall Smith.
Precious Ramotswe, owner of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, is about to get in over her head. She's got an important new client from the incomprehensible world of football.
More at 3.15pm

RT Direct: The No Ladies Detective Agency Vol 1 is available for £8.80 (RRP £12.72) inc p&p. Call [number removed] (BT landlines cost 5p per min; other networks vary), quoting [number removed], or visit [web address removed] entering [number removed] at the checkout


Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Producer: Gaynor MacFarlane
Director: Eilidh McCreadie
Mma Ramotswe: Claire Benedict
Mma Makutsi: Nadine Marshall
Mr JLB Matekoni: Ben Onwukwe
Mma Potokwani: Janice Acquah
Mr Molofololo: Mo Sesay
Phuti: Nyasha Hatendi
Puso: Kedar Williams-Stirfing
Boy: Kedar Williams-Stirfing
Rops: Emmanuel Ighodaro
Violet: Anna Bengo
Mma Tafa: Gbemisola Ikumelo
Fanivell: Beru Tessema
Oteng: Emmanuel Ighodaro
Charlie: Tyronne Lewis
Grandmother: Alibe Parsons

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and Commonwealth.

: Afternoon Play: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: 2/2: The Seller of Beds

by Alexander McCall Smith.
The detectives are embroiled in the murky world of the football cheat as they investigate the recent bad form of the Kalahari Swoopers.
For cast and further details see 2.15pm


Author: Alexander McCall Smith

: Frequently Asked Questions

Ian Samson traces the relationship between authors and their readers through the changing nature of the contact between them. (R)


Presenter: Ian Samson
Producer: Sara Davies

: The Film Programme

British screen legend Googie Withers talks to Francine Stock about working with Alfred Hitchcock and Michael Powell.


Guest: Googie Withers
Presenter: Francine Stock
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: 1989: Day-by-Day

Ceausescu and his wife are executed in Romania.
For details see Saturday 19 December

: Pick of the Year

Rob Brydon unwraps the best of the year's offerings from across BBC radio.

Repeated tomorrow at 10.05pm


Presenter: Rob Brydon
Producer: Cecile Wright

: The News at Bedtime: 2/7

The Queen of Hearts presents her traditional Christmas message. With Alex MacQueen.
For cast and details see yesterday
The next edition is on Monday 28 December at 6.15pm


[Actor]: Alex MacQueen

: The Now Show: 5/6

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis take a festive look through the week, with help from Jon Holmes, Laura Shavin, Mitch Benn and Marcus Brigstocke.
Rptd tomorrow at 12.30pm


Presenter: Steve Punt
Presenter: Hugh Dennis
Panellist: Jon Holmes
Panellist: Laura Shavin
Panellist: Mitch Benn
Panellist: Marcus Brigstocke
Producer: Julia McKenzie

: The Archers

There's a Christmas crisis at Grange Farm.
For cast see New Year's Day


Writer: Caroline Harrington
Director: Kate Oates
Editor: Vanessa Whitburn

: Front Row

Alan Bennett discusses his work and the idea of Englishness with Mark Lawson. (Revised rpt)


Guest: Alan Bennett
Presenter: Mark Lawson
Producer: Gavin Heard

: Someone like You: 5/5: Nunc Dimittis

Written by Roald Dahl.
A slighted lover plots an elaborate revenge.
For details see Monday 21 Dec
Rptd from 10.45am


Writer: Roald Dahl
Storyteller: Charles Dance
Gladys: Sarah Badel
John: Jonathan Keeble
Janet: Katie Scarfe

: The Anniversary Anniversary

From pop albums to battles, Dominic Sandbrook mines the archives to explain our passion for anniversary celebrations. (Revised rpt)


Presenter: Dominic Sandbrook
Producer: Tom Alban

: A Point of View

Clive James reflects on a topical issue.
Rptd on Sun 27 Dec at 8.50am (FM only)


Presenter: Clive James
Producer: Sheila Cook

: The Friday Play: The Late Mr Shakespeare

by Robert Nye.
As a boy actor, Pickleherring played Viola, Juliet and Cleopatra. He was Shakespeare's favourite. Now in his 80s, he finally discovers what it means to fall in love. (R)


Writer: Robert Nye
Director: Jeremy Mortimer
Pickleherring: Jim Broadbent
Boy: George Longworth
Polly: Jill Cardo
Pompey Burn: Dan Starkey

: News

: We Three Kings

Who are these mysterious figures from the East? Ian Hislop examines the legend of the Three Kings of the Nativity to see how history has shaped their legacy. (R)


Presenter: Ian Hislop
Producer: Philip Sellars

: Book at Bedtime: The Ingoldsby Legends: 10/10: A Singular Passage: 2/2

The conclusion of yesterday's story.
For details see Monday 21 December

: Great Lives

Rptd from Tue 22 Dec at 4.30pm

: The Music Group: 1/2

Don Warrington, Laura Barton and Martyn Poliakoff discuss and defend their musical choices with Phil Hammond. (R)
See also New Year's Day


Guest: Don Warrington
Guest: Laura Barton
Guest: Martyn Poliakoff
Presenter: Phil Hammond
Producer: Tamsin Hughes

: News

: Christmas Meditation

Michael Morpurgo, former children's laureate, reflects on the magic of storytelling at Christmas.


Presenter: Michael Morpurgo
Producer: Simon Vivian

: Book of the Week: Paw Tracks in the Moonlight: 5/5

Rptd from 9.45am
(to 0.45)

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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.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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