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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 Charlotte Smith.


Presenter: Charlotte Smith

: Today

Guest editor is the footballer Tony Adams. With Sarah Montague and Justin Webb.

6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
(FM only from 7.45)

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


Guest editor: Tony Adams
Presenter: Sarah Montague
Presenter: Justin Webb
Speaker (Thought for the Day): The Rev Michael Sanders

: Test Match Special: South Africa v England

Commentary on the fifth and final day of the Second Test in Durban.
For commentators see Boxing Day
see Daily Service at 9.45am
(to 9.45)
(LW only)

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
(FM only)


Presenter: Libby Purves
Producer: Chris Paling

: Daily Service

Led by Bishop George Stack.
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Picardy, arr Jackson). 1 Corinthians 11, vv20-26. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (Rutti). Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour (St Helen).
(LW only)


Leader: Bishop George Stack

: Book of the Week: Vincent van Gogh - the Letters: 3/5

An illuminating portrait of the artist through his letters. Vincent leaves Paris for the light and warmth of Aries in the south of France, Here he establishes an artistic community.
For details see Monday 28 December
Rptd at 12.30am
(FM only)

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
(FM only)


Presenter: Jenni Murray

: Test Match Special: South Africa v England

Commentary on the fifth and final day of the Second Test in Durban.
For commentators see Boxing Day
see Daily Service at 9.45am
(LW only)
(to 15.45)

: Woman's Hour: My Mad Grandad: 3/5

The Woman's Hour drama.
for details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
(FM only)

: UK Confidential

As previously secret government documents are released to the public, Martha Kearney, in conversation with former government ministers, reveals the truth behind the headlines from 1979.
Repeated tomorrow at 11pm
(FM only)


Presenter: Martha Kearney
Producer: Emily Williams

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs with Winifred Robinson.
(FM only)


Presenter: Winifred Robinson

: The World at One

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


Presenter: Shaun Ley

: The Media Show

Steve Hewlett discusses the year's big stories in the fast-changing world of the media, with key players from within the industry.
(FM only)


Presenter: Steve Hewlett
Producer: Simon Tillotson

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm
(FM only)

: Afternoon Play: What Did I Say?

by Mark Lawson.
When Max Coleman is suspended from work for an allegedly offensive remark, he just can't figure out what on earth he might have said.
(FM only)


Writer: Mark Lawson
Producer: Gemma McMullan
Director: Eoin O'Callaghan
Max: Neil Pearson
Juliet: Amy Marston
Chubbs: Piers Wehner
Tom: Chris McHallem
Susan: Aine McCartney
Alice: Tessa Nicholson

: Money Box Live

Vincent Duggleby and his guests answer listeners' personal finance questions. Phone: [number removed] Lines open from 1.30pm
(FM only)


Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Diane Richardson

: Bright Young Things: 2/3: The Garden Party

A lavish party at the luxurious Sheridan family home is jeopardised when a labourer from one of the workers' cottages is killed. Romola Garai reads Katherine Mansfield's story.
For details see yesterday


Reader: Romola Garai
Author: Katherine Mansfield

: A View through a Lens: 3/5: Poyang Lake

Having set up his hide at the edge of Poyang Lake in China, John Aitchison waits for dawn and watches the birds as he reflects on miracles such as feathers, water boatmen and Chinese worms.
For details see Monday 28 December (R)


Presenter: John Aitchison

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor discusses whether education is the key to social mobility with Lynsey Hanley of The Guardian, Richard Reeves, director of the think tank Demos, Danny Dorling, professor of geography, and sociologist Dick Hobbs. With an audience of students from the University of Bedfordshire.
Rptd on Sunday at 12.15am


Presenter: Laurie Taylor
Panellist: Lynsey Hanley
Panellist: Richard Reeves
Panellist: Danny Dorling
Panellist: Dick Hobbs
Producer: Pam Rutherford

: Case Notes

Repeated from yesterday at 9pm.

: 1989: Day-by-Day

The lavish home of Romanian dictator Ceausescu is revealed to the world.
For details see Saturday 19 December

: PM

Presented by Carolyn Quinn.


Presenter: Carolyn Quinn

: The News at Bedtime: 5/7

Mary Mary reports on a medical mystery involving an old woman who swallowed a fly. With Fi Glover and Alex MacQueen.
For main cast and details see Christmas Eve


Herself: Fi Glover
[Actor]: Alex MacQueen

: Ayres on the Air: 1/4

Pam Ayres is joined by Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu for sketches and poems themed, this week, on the subject of passion, including how to pay your husband back when he interrupts your favourite Bruce Springsteen song. (R)
The poet laureate's Christmas poem: p51


Poet: Pam Ayres
[Actor]: Geoffrey Whitehead
[Actress]: Felicity Montagu
Director: Claire Jones

: The Archers

Ruth and Pip strike a deal.
For cast see New Year's Day Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson reports on the new generation of British female singers and songwriters, talking to acts, including Lily Allen, Bat for Lashes and Mercury Prize-winner Speech Debelle.


Presenter: John Wilson
Interviewee: Lily Allen
Interviewees: Bat for Lashes
Interviewee: Speech Debelle
Producer: Jack Soper

: My Mad Grandad: 3/5

by Mike Stott.
Grandad scares the life out of Gil with his tales of the trenches.
For cast and details see Mon 28 Dec
Rptd from 10.45am


Writer: Mike Stott

: Unreliable Evidence: 3/4: Justice Denied in the Civil Courts?

Civil court cases, from personal injury to unlawful detention, are increasingly being settled out of court. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has warned that the civil justice system is failing. Clive Anderson and his expert guests discuss whether the system can afford to give everyone their day in court.
Repeated on Saturday 10.15pm


Presenter: Clive Anderson
Producer: Brian King

: The Watchdog and the Feral Beast: 3/3

Christopher Meyer, former chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, concludes his examination into relations between the Press and politicians by considering the impact of the internet.
Rptd on Sunday at 5.40am.


Presenter: Christopher Meyer
Producer: Rob Shepherd

: The Eureka Years at Christmas

Adam Hart-Davis explores the history of the technology of Christmas, with balloons, stars, and a stocking of toys. (R)


Presenter: Adam Hart-Davis
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am.

: The World Tonight

With Ritula Shah.


Presenter: Ritula Shah

: Book at Bedtime: The True Deceiver: 3/10

by Tove Jansson.
Eyebrows are raised in the village as Katri and Mats spend more time at the rabbit house.
For details see Mon 28 Dec


Author: Tove Jansson

: All Bar Luke: Christmas Special

Luke finds himself ferrying Lee and Hayley between Christmas dinners with their parents - nursing family conflict, marital breakdown and his own broken heart in typically fumbling style. Comedy monologue written and performed by Tim Key.


Writer: Tim Key
Producer: Seb Barwell
Luke: Tim Key

: A Life with.... Ospreys

Roy Dennis, who has done much to save the fish hawk, is asked by Paul Evans what other creatures he would like to see back in the British countryside.
For details see Mon 27 Dec (R)


Interviewee: Roy Dennis
Presenter: Paul Evans

: News

: Dear Darwin: 3/5

Biologist Jerry Coyne tells Darwin about the body of evidence supporting his theory of evolution that has been discovered since his book On the Origin of Species was published.
For details see Mon 28 December (R)


Presenter: Jerry Coyne

: Book of the Week: Vincent Van Gogh - The Letters: 3/5

Rptd from 9.45am
(to 0.45)

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