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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 Swadling.


Presenter: Sarah Swadling

: Today

Guest editor is the writer P.D. James.
With Evan Davis and Sarah Montague.

6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News

7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Angela Tilby.


Guest editor: P.D. James
Presenter: Evan Davis
Presenter: Sarah Montague
Speaker (Thought for the Day): The Rev Angela Tilby

: In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg is joined by John Mullan, Karen O'Brien and Barbara Taylor to discuss the ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Guest: John Mullan
Guest: Karen O'Brien
Guest: Barbara Taylor
Producer: Phil Tinline

: Book of the Week: Vincent van Gogh - the Letters: 4/5

Paul Gauguin finally joins Vincent in the yellow house in Arles, but their relationship soon begins to deteriorate in parallel with Vincent's mental health.
For details see Monday 28 December
Rptd at 12.30am
RT Direct: Vincent van Gogh - the Letters is available for £292.50 (RRP £325) inc p&p. Call [number removed] rational rate) quoting RT, or visit [web address removed]
(FM only)

: Daily Service

Led by the Rev Tony Burnham.
All Poor Men and Humble (Trad Welsh).
Luke 14, vv7-11.
No Small Wonder (Edwards).
While Shepherds Watched (Cranbrook).
(LW only)


Leader: The Rev Tony Burnham

: Woman's Hour

Celebrating women poets and their writing.
Presented by Jenni Murray.
The Poet laureate's Christmas poem: p51


Presenter: Jenni Murray.

: Woman's Hour: My Mad Grandad: 4/5

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

: Crossing Continents: 7/9

In-depth examination of political and Social issues around the world.
Rptd on Monday at 8.30pm


Editor: Hugh Levinson

: The Frost Collection: 2/6

David Frost looks back at some of his favourite interviews since the 1960s, with his studio guests Tim Rice, Imogen Stubbs and Anne Atkins.


Presenter: David Frost
Guest: Tim Rice
Guest: Imogen Stubbs
Guest: Anne Atkins
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs with Winifred Robinson.


Presenter: Winifred Robinson
Series Editor: Andrew Smith

: The World at One

With Shaun Ley.


Presenter: Shaun Ley

: Questions, Questions: 2/6

Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme to answer those niggling questions.
PHONE: [number removed]
EMAIL: [email address removed]


Presenter: Stewart Henderson
Producer: Kevin Dawson

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm.

: Afternoon Play: Fireworks at the Villa Lucia

Comedy drama by Paul Mendelson.
When struggling TV writer Pete finds himself staying in the same Italian villa as a cult movie director, he tries to sell his dog-eared screenplay as the true story of how he met his wife Julie. The fireworks begin when he press gangs Julie into pretending to be a psychotic Venezuelan ex-soap star - while he masquerades as her psychoanalyst.


Writer: Paul Mendelson.
Director: David Ian Neville
Pete: Philip Whitchurch
Julie/Julia: Samantha Bond
David: Kerry Shale
Cassie: Megg Nicol
Lucia: Flaminia Cinque
Mrs Booth: Flaminia Cinque
Elio: Dan Starkey
Eric: Dan Starkey

: Open Country

Repeated from Boxing Day at 6.07am.

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from Sunday 27 December at 7.55am.

: Bright Young Things: 3/3: Bernice Bobs her Hair

Dowdy Bernice becomes a "society vampire" under guidance from her popular cousin Marjorie.
But when the new party girl begins to threaten her cousin's popularity, Marjorie lays a fiendish trap for her. Laurel Lefkow reads F Scott Fitzgerald's story.
For details see Tuesday 29 December


Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reader: Laurel Lefkow

: A View through a Lens: 4/5: Flying Elk

A flight from Sweden to Scotland proves a filming challenge for wildlife cameraman John Aitchison - an unusual trip that involved the toilet being removed to accommodate two moose who were his travelling companions.
For details see Monday 28 December (R)


Presenter: John Aitchison

: Open Book

Rptd from Sun 27 Dec at 4pm.

: The Material World: Amateurs and the Art of Science

Quentin Cooper examines the continuing role of enthusiasts at the front line of research.


Presenter: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Roland Pease

: 1989: Day-by-Day

A new Europe sees in a new year.
For details see Saturday 19 December

: PM


Presenter: Carolyn Quinn

: The News at Bedtime: 6/7

Mary Mary has shocking news of an egg on a wall. Guest star Brian Perkins.
For main cast and details see Christmas Eve


Guest star: Brian Perkins

: Andy Zaltzman's History of the Third Millennium: Series 1 of 100: 4/4: Planet Earth

Andy Zaltzman concludes his comic analysis of the millennium so far.
As the decade teeters on the edge of its own existence, he looks at the state of the planet and the people who live on it, and judges whether or not it is still fit for purpose.
With Rory Bremner, Bridget Christie, Lucy Montgomery and Kim Wall.


Presenter/comedian: Andy Zaltzman
Comedian: Rory Bremner
[Actress]: Bridget Christie
[Actress]: Lucy Montgomery
[Actress]: Kim Wall
Producer: Richard Grocock

: The Archers

Jazzer finally cuts to the chase.
For cast see New Year's Day Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson talks to leading actors about their work choices, and the power of directors. Guests include Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins and Clint Eastwood.


Presenter: Mark Lawson
Guest: Michael Caine
Guest: Bob Hoskins
Guest: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: My Mad Grandad: 4/5

by Mike Stott.
Gil gets his Saturday gobstopper, and discovers why parents like Sunday school. Starring Alison Steadman, Kenneth Cranham and Bernard Hill.
For cast and details see Mon 28 Dec; Rptd from 10.45am


Writer: Mike Stott
Mum: Alison Steadman
Grandad: Kenneth Cranham
Old Gill: Bernard Hill

: The Report

Current affairs series that mixes topical investigations with in-depth examinations of stories in the news. Presented by Phil Kemp.


Presenter: Phil Kemp
Producer: Smita Patel

: In Business: 6/9: Project Alcatraz

What makes a businessman turn gangsters into employees? Peter Day talks to Alberto Vollmer of the Santa Teresa Rum Company in Venezuela about how the theft of a security guard's gun led him to set up a project that has cut crime in his area by 40 per cent and has now become an integral part of this 200-year-old family business.
Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm


Presenter: Peter Day
Interviewee: Alberto Vollmer
Producer: Julie Ball

: Legion of Swine

The story of this year's swine flu epidemic from the point of view of the virus itself. A mixture of poetry and science reveals the devious route this strain of influenza has followed from its distant relative, the Spanish flu, into birds and pigs and back into humans around the world. What has the virus got to say for itself?


Producer: David Stenhouse

: In Our Time

Shortened repeat from 9am.

: The World Tonight

News and analysis, with Felicity Evans.


Presenter: Felicity Evans

: Book at Bedtime: The True Deceiver: 4/10

Written by Tove Jansson.
Katri takes action that changes the lives of Mats and Anna as well as her own.
For details see Monday 28 December
RT Direct: The True Deceiver is available for £7.59
(RRP £7.99) inc p&p. Call [number removed] (national rate) quoting RT, or visit [web address removed]


Author: Tove Jansson

: UK Confidential

Repeated from yesterday at 11am.

: News

: Dear Darwin: 4/5

Peter Bentley, who works at the cutting edge of digital biology, brings Charles Darwin up to speed on the emerging field of evolutionary computing.
For details see Monday 28 December (Revised rpt)


Presenter: Peter Bentley

: Book of the Week: Vincent van Gogh - The Letters: 4/5

Rptd from 9.45am
(to 0.45)

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