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: News Briefing

: Bells on Sunday

St Margaret's Church, Dunham Massey, Cheshire.

: The Watchdog and the Feral Beast: 2/3

Rptd from Wednesday 23 December at 8.45pm

: News Summary

: Something Understood: Born Lucky

Mark Tully explores how the circumstances of a person's birth - the year, Parents, birth order, star sign, religion - can shape a personality and affect the course of their life.
Repeated at 11.30pm


Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Eley McAinsh

: On Your Farm: 3/7

Adam Henson visits Charbel Akiki, a Lebanese farmer who farms biodynamically, Worcestershire, growing produce familiar from his childhood.


Presenter: Adam Henson
Guest: Charbel Akiki
Producer: Perminder Khatkar

: Sunday

Religious and ethical news, presented by Roger Bolton.


Presenter: Roger Bolton
Series producer: Amanda Hancox

: Radio 4 Appeal

Kay Parkinson appeals on behalf of Alstrom Syndrome UK.
Repeated at 9.26pm and on New Year's Eve at 3.27pm
Donations: [address removed]
Credit cards: Freephone [number removed] Online via the Radio 4 website


Presenter: Kay Parkinson
Producer: Sally Flatman

: Test Match Special: South Africa v England

Commentary on the second day of the Second Test, held at Kingsmead in Durban.
For commentators see yesterday
*approximate times
Commentary also on 5 Live Sports Extra at 7.45am
(to 16.00)
(LW only)

: News; Sunday Papers

(FM only)

: Sunday Worship

Another chance to hear The Manchester Carols, a collection written by the poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning. The Manchester Carollers and choirs from the city's schools are joined by narrator James Quinn. (R)
The poet laureate's Christmas poem: p51
(FM only)


Writer (The Manchester Carols): Carol Ann Duffy
Writer (The Manchester Carols): Sasha Johnson Manning
Singers: The Manchester Carollers
Narrator: James Quinn
Producer: Philip Billson

: A Point of View

Repeated from Christmas Day at 8.50pm
(FM only)

: Broadcasting House

Paddy O'Connell discusses the week's major news headlines.
(FM only)


Presenter: Paddy O'Connell
Editor: Joanna Carr

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.
(FM only)

: Desert Island Discs

Actor David Tennant talks to Kirsty Young and selects eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical island.
Rptd on New Year's Day at 9am
The new face of David Tennant: page 26
(FM only)


Castaway: David Tennant
Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Leanne Buckle

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Rptd from Monday 21 December at 6.30pm
(FM only)

: The Food Programme: Bread Skills

The majority of British bread is highly processed and packed with additives, but, as Sheila Dillon reports, there are enthusiastic bakers working to bring back real, artisan bread, including a man who sells his own loaves door-to-door in Surrey.
Repeated tomorrow at 4pm
(FM only)


Reporter: Sheila Dillon
Producer: Margaret Collins

: The World This Weekend

Presented by Shaun Ley.
(FM only)


Presenter: Shaun Ley
Editor: Jamie Angus

: On the Outside It Looked like an Old-Fashioned Police Box

Actor, writer and Doctor Who fanatic Mark Gatiss presents this affectionate gallop through the hugely popular novelisations of the 1970s and 80s published by Target Books. Featuring contributions from Doctor Who writers, actors, producers and illustrators. (R)
(FM only)


Presenter: Mark Gatiss
Producer: Simon Hollis

: Gardeners' Question Time

At the GQT Christmas party at the Garden Museum, south London, Bob Flowerdew, John Cushnie and Pippa Greenwood reflect on the troubles and trends of 2009. With Eric Robson in the chair.
At 2.40 Gardening Weather Forecast
(FM only)


Panellist: Bob Flowerdew
Panellist: John Cushnie
Panellist: Pippa Greenwood
Chairman: Eric Robson
Producer: Howard Shannon

: Joan Armatrading's Favourite Choirs: 4/5: Scunthorpe Co-op Junior Choir

Joan Armatrading meets the members of the Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, some of whom are as young as three years old, as they prepare for the Choir of the Year contest. With Howard Goodall. (R)
(FM only)


Presenter: Joan Armatrading
Subject/Singers: Scunthorpe Co-op Junior Choir
Guest: Howard Goodall
Producer: Susan Marling

: Classic Serial: Matilda: 2/2

Matilda is determined to save the school and her favourite teacher, Miss Honey, from the vicious grip of its terrifying head Miss Trunchbull. Roald Dahl's story is dramatised by Charlotte Jones.
Rptd on Saturday at 9pm
(FM only)


Author: Roald Dahl
Dramatised by: Charlotte Jones
Producer/director: Claire Grove
Narrator: Lenny Henry
Matilda: Lauren Mote
Miss Trunchbull: Nichola McAuliffe
Mrs Wormwood: Claire Rushbrook
Miss Honey: Emerald O'Hanrahan
Michael: Ryan Watson
Lavender: Sinead Michael
Nigel: Bertie Gilbert
Mr Wormwood: John Biggins

: Open Book

Mariella Frostrup explores the role of the book editor. Her guests include Diana Athill, whose memoir Stet chronicled her 50-year editorial career, the novelists Giles Foden and DJ Taylor, and Jenny Uglow, who works as both an editor and an author.

Rptd on New Year's Eve at 4pm


Presenter: Mariella Frostrup
Guest: Diana Athill
Guest: Giles Foden
Guest: Jenny Uglow
Producer: Thomas Morris

: The Kalevala: Finland's National Epic

Storyteller and musician Nick Hennessey visits Finland to explore the mythical world of the Kalevala, the country's national poem. First published in 1835, this 50-chapter epic remains a cornerstone of contemporary Finnish culture.
Repeated on Saturday at 11.30pm


Presenter: Nick Hennessey
Producer: Simon Jacobs
Producer: Phil Smith

: 1989: Day-by-Day

The world comes to Romania's aid.
For details see Saturday 19 December

: The New Art of Diplomacy: 2/2

Repeated from Tuesday 22 December at 8pm

: From Fact to Fiction

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Pick of the Week

Sheila McClennon makes her selection from the past week of BBC radio.
For contact details see Sunday 20 December


Presenter: Sheila McClennon
Producer: Cecile Wright

: The Archers

Helen loses her rose-tinted glasses.
For cast see New Year's Day
Rptd tomorrow at 2pm
Ambridge diary: pages 238-239

: Americana

Matt Frei hosts an insider's guide to the US.


Presenter: Matt Frei
Producer: Jocelyn Frank
Producer: David Schulman

: An Italian Bestiary: 1/5: At Home with Dormice

"A family of dormice are sleeping in a crack in the outside wall of our house". A series of stories, written and read by Julia Blackburn, about the animals and people who live in a mountainous valley in Liguria in northern Italy, where Blackburn has made her home. (R)


Writer/reader: Julia Blackburn
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

: Walking on the Moon

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing in July 1969, Buzz Aldrin relives the dangerous and dramatic moments of the final descent to the lunar surface. With unique oral archive from Nasa, along with the recollections of people from around the world who remember the historic event. (R)


Presenter: Buzz Aldrin
Producer: Mark Rickards

: Money Box

Rptd from yesterday at 12.04pm

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from 7.55am

: In Business

The effectiveness of the Salvation Army.
Repeated from Christmas Eve at 8.30pm

: News

: News Review of the Year

Repeated from yesterday at 1.15pm

: 1989: Day-by-Day

Omnibus of the last seven editions.


Producer: Barney Rowntree
Producer: Joby Waldman

: Something Understood

Rptd from 6.05am

: News

: Thinking Allowed

Repeated from Wednesday 23 December at 4pm
(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.

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