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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Dr Martyn Atkins.


Speaker: The Rev Dr Martyn Atkins

: Farming Today

With Sarah Falkingham.


Presenter: Sarah Falkingham

: Today

Guest editor is Lord Rees, president of the Royal Society. With Evan Davis and Justin Webb.

6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
(FM only - 8.25)

7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Dr Michael Banner.
(FM only)

(FM only from 7.45)


Guest editor: Lord Rees
Presenter: Evan Davis
Presenter: Justin Webb
Speaker (Thought for the Day): Dr Michael Banner

: Test Match Special: South Africa v England

Commentary on the third day of the Second Test.
For commentators see Boxing Day
*approximate times
See Daily Service at 9.45am
(LW only)
(to 9.45)

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and his guests look at the ideas and issues that have dominated the world of science in the past year.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
(FM only)


Presenter: Andrew Marr
Producer: Katy Hickman

: Book of the Week: Vincent van Gogh - the Letters: 1/5

Abridged by Doreen Estall.
Read by Mark Rylance, with Joseph Cohen-Cole and Julius D'Silva.
Van Gogh's letters throw light on his intriguing character, his relationships with his family as well as revealing his creative process.
Repeated at 12.30am
(FM only)


Abridged by: Doreen Estall
Reader: Mark Rylance
Reader: Joseph Cohen-Cole
Reader: Julius D'Silva
Editor: Leo Jansen
Editor: Hans Luijten
Editor: Nienke Bakker
Poducer: Emma Harding

: Daily Service

Led by Dr Michael Ford.
Coventry Carol.
Matthew 2, vv13-18. All and Some (Joubert). It Came upon the Midnight Clear (Noel).
(LW only)


Leader: Dr Michael Ford

: Test Match Special: South Africa v England

Commentary on the third day of the Second Test.
For commentators see Boxing Day
approximate times
See Daily Service at 9.45am
(to 15.45)
(LW only)

: Woman's Hour

Jane Garvey leads a discussion about what role men play on the programme.
(FM only)


Presenter: Jane Garvey

: Woman's Hour: My Mad Grandad: 1/5

The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
Radio features: pages 238-239
(FM only)

: Living with the In-Laws

Perminder Khatkar explores the truth behind Asian women who move in with their in-laws when they get married.
(FM only)


Presenter/Producer: Perminder Khatkar
Producer: Sara Conkey

: Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off: 3/4

It's "Merger on the Orient Express" as Giles takes four bad-tempered ladies and a Piece of lead piping on a septuagenarian trans-Balkan hen party.
For further details see Monday 21 December
(FM only)


Lady Flench: Alison Steadman
Giles: Marcus Brigstocke
Mrs Hadleigh-Broome: Morwenna Banks
Mrs Gunthorne: Janet Henfrey
Mr Timmis: Adrian Scarborough
Charlotte: Catherine Shepherd
Hugo: Ben Willbond
David: David Armand
Mehmet: Nej Adamson

: You and Yours

Peter White assesses whether or not the 2012 Olympics is on schedule.
(FM only)


Presenter: Peter White

: The World at One

News and analysis presented by Shaun Ley.
(FM only)


Presenter: Shaun Ley

: Brain of Britain: 12/17

The last of this year's heats. With Russell Davies in the chair.
Rptd Saturday at 11pm
The big RT quiz: page 48
(FM only)


Chairman: Russell Davies

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm
(FM only)

: Afternoon Play: McLevy: 2/4: End of the Line

by David Ashton.
Two ladies make an unusual discovery in Edinburgh on Waverley Station - the body of a drunken Italian aristocrat. What on earth was he doing on a late night train from Newcastle?
(FM only)


Writer: David Ashton.
Producer: Patrick Rayner
McLevy: Brian Cox
Jean: Siobhan Redmond
Mulholland: Michael Perceval-Maxwell
Roach: David Ashton
Hannah: Colette O'Neil
Pettigrew: Paul Young
Senga: Wendy Seager
Margaret: Monica Gibb
Jennie: Eliza Langland
Angus: Jimmy Chisholm

: Archive on 4: Doctor Who: The Lost Episodes

Shortened repeat from Boxing Day at 8pm
(FM only)

: A View through a Lens: 1/5: Seals

Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison combines location recordings with personal reflections on the relationship between nature and the human experience. He struggles across the rocky shore of Brownsman Island off the coast of Northumberland to film grey seals giving birth at night. (R)


Presenter: John Aitchison
Wildlife sound recordist: Chris Watson
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: The Food Programme

Repeated from yesterday at 12.30pm

: Beyond Belief: 1/13

Ernie Rea and his guests discuss the popularity of angels in contemporary culture. Angels appear in almost every religious tradition. But why are so many people prepared to believe in them, yet don't believe in God?


Presenter: Ernie Rea
Producer: Karen Maurice

: 1989: Day-by-Day

With John Tusa.
For details see Sat 19 December


Presenter: John Tusa

: PM

Presented by Carolyn Quinn.


Presenter: Carolyn Quinn

: The News at Bedtime: 3/7

Food campaigner Jack Spratt and the Tooth Fairy debate the nation's nutrition. The latest news from the land of Far, Far Away. Today's guest cast includes Charlotte Green, with Kate Lyden.
For main cast and other details see Christmas Eve


[Actress]: Charlotte Green
[Actress]: Kate Lyden

: The Unbelievable Truth - New Year's Special

Stephen Fry, John Lloyd and Rob Brydon tell lies in a bid to smuggle items of truth past their opponents. Hosted by David Mitchell.

The Unbelievable Truth - New Year's Special 6.30pm Radio 4
A festive dollop of the panel show that encourages comedians (not that comedians need much encouragement) to twist the truth into interesting new shapes for our amusement. With David Mitchell, Stephen Fry, John Lloyd and Rob Brydon on board, this promises to be a lavish smorgasbord of skulduggery and fabrication. (Gary Rose)


Panellist: Stephen Fry
Panellist: John Lloyd
Panellist: Rob Brydon
Presenter: David Mitchell
Producer: Jon Naismith

: The Archers

Pip has a crisis of confidence.
For cast see New Year's Day
Rptd tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson talks to Selina Hastings, John Carey and Martin Stannard about the art of literary biography.


Presenter: Mark Lawson
Interviewee: Selina Hastings
Interviewee: John Carey
Interviewee: Martin Stannard

: My Mad Grandad: 1/5

Mike Stott's tale of family quarrels and misspent old age. A 12-year-old boy moves to a quiet village where his best friend is the family's black sheep - his grandad.

Repeated from 10.45am
Radio features: pages 238-239


Writer: Mike Stott
Producer/Director: Dirk Maggs
Mum: Alison Steadman
Dad: Matthew Kelly
Old Gil: Bernard Hill
Grandad: Kenneth Cranham
Hartley: Johnny Vegas
Mercy: Gwyneth Powell
Gil: Stephen Rac
Kenny: Joshua Swinney
Muffin: Tomas Brennan

: The Things We Forgot to Remember: 4/4: The Glorious Revolution of 1688

Michael Portillo revisits the events that put William of Orange on the British throne in a different light - as a foreign "invasion" of England.


Presenter: Michael Portillo
Producer: Marya Burgess

: Crossing Continents

Repeated from Christmas Eve at 11am

: Dragons' Lab

Trevor Cox lifts the lid on the funding game as he spends a week with researchers out to win a share of public money.


Presenter: Trevor Cox
Producer: Alex Mansfield

: Start the Week

Shortened rpt from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Roger Hearing.


Presenter: Roger Hearing

: Book at Bedtime: The True Deceiver: 1/10

By Tove Jansson.
abridged by Jeremy Osborne.
Read by Indira Varma.
Winter settles over the Swedish fishing village of Vasterby. Katri offers to run errands for Anna Aemelin, but what does Katri want in return?


Author: Tove Jansson
Abridged by: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Indira Varma
Producer: Karen Rose

: Word Of Mouth

Rptd from Tue 22 Dec, 4pm

: A Life with.... Microbes

Paul Evans meets three scientists whose lifelong study of their subjects has contributed to our knowledge, beginning with Lynn Margulis whose work led to a new theory for life on Earth. (R)


Presenter/producer: Paul Evans
Guest: Lynn Margulis
Producer: Julian Hector

: News

: Dear Darwin: 1/5

Academics read personal letters they address to Charles Darwin, beginning with biologist Craig Venter. (R)


Reader: Craig Venter
Producer: Alex Mansfield

: Book of the Week: Vincent van Gogh - the Letters: 1/5

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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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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