A service of music and meditation led by CAROLINE DONNE
Music: What cheer (Carols for Choirs 1); The light of Christ (Mission Praise); When to the temple Mary went (Church
Anthem Book); Nunc dimittis; Joy to the world (arr Rutter) Reading: Luke 2, w 11-40 Director of music
NOEL TREDINNICK. Stereo
Presented by Peter Hobday and Chris Lowe
7.0, 8.0 News
Read by EUGENE FRASER 7 20* Business News
7.25*, 8.25* Sport With DAVID MERCER
7 30 News Summary
7.45* Thought for the Day
Presented by Bernard Cribbins 8 31* The Lobster Mobster (4)
8.41* Fungus the Bogeyman (4)
8.46* The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (4). Stereo
'There is no point in pretending that I am not fascinated by the behaviour of our upper classes....'
Russell Harty , in company with Geraldine McEwan and Kenneth Branagh , presents a selection of his favourite poetry and prose at Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. Producer ALEC REID BBC Bristol. Stereo
4 Margaret Horsfield shares the thoughts of the tone deaf.
Episode 35: 'I like a man who can make jokes in the face of adversity, Fosdyke, even bad jokes.' Stereo
In his penultimate portrait of the perils of musical partnership, Fritz Spiegl introduces Mrs Percy Grainger.
2: Accidents and Encounters Stereo
3: The Ballad of John Axon A ballad by EWAN MACCOLL and CHARLES PARKER
The story of engine-driver
John Axon and the tradition of railway service for which he stands, told by his widow and workmates.
Musical director PEGGY SEEGER Producer CHARLES PARKER (First broadcast in 1958)
A special invitation challenge match
Chairman Robert Robinson Taking part: Stephen Gore (Brain of Britain 1986)
Arthur Naylor (Runner-up Brain of Britain 1986) Jennifer Keaveney (Mastermind 1986) Philip McDonald
(Runner-up Mastermind 1986) including specialist rounds on subjects chosen by the contestants: The French
Revolution; The Royal Navy in World War 11; The Life and Works of Jane Austen ; The Life and Works of James Brindley
Questions set by IAN (MYCROFT) GILLIES, BOSWELL TAYLOR and PATRICK BEAVER
Producer RICHARD EDIS. Stereo
Presented by Nick Worrall
The Snow Queen
4: A Land of Ice and Snow. Stereo
Part 2: Ewiva Puccini! Stereo
Bequest to the Nation by TERENCE RATTIGAN adapted by BRIDGET MARROW
'... could I have rewarded these services, I would not now call upon my Country; but as that has not been in my power, I leave Emma Lady Hamilton , therefore, a Legacy to my King and Country, that they will give her an ample provision to maintain her rank in life
Fortepiano played by DAVID JOHNS Directed by DAVID JOHNSTON (R)
The Living World Good Food Guide
Peter France steers a course between hedgehog pie and hallucinogenic vegetables, asks why lions don't eat tigers, and discovers how chimpanzee gourmets are puzzling experts. Producer MEUNDA BARKER BBC Bristol (R)
Presented by Susannah Simons
Alan Bennett goes in search of his mother's brother, who died in Flanders in 1917. ... perfect wireless, a voice on the ether, radiant with pictures.
BBC Manchester (R)
With DAVID SYMONDS
Johnny Morris recalls his childhood in Wales.
(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm)
4: On the Isles of Sanitation
by Michael Innes, dramatised by Michael Bakewell
with John Hurt as Insp Appleby, John Le Mesurier as Everard Raven, Christopher Benjamin as Heyhoe/Insp Mutlow, Joyce Redman as Clarissa and Pippa Guard as Judith
Appleby of the Yard is used to dealing with serious crimes, but from the moment he steps on the train to Snarl to investigate a series of bizarre happenings, i he's plunged into a world where jokes play too large a part.
Once a year, BBC News correspondents get together to peer into a collective crystal ball. Linked together from their bases around the world, they try to predict the main issues of the year ahead.
by Robert Aickman
Joss Ackland presents a haunting love story.
Presented by Richard Kershaw
followed by an interlude