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
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?
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)
Wildlife sound recordist:
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?
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
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)
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
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?
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