The news of the week in rural Britain.
With James Whitbourn and his guest.
With John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Bishop Bill Westwood.
Cliff Morgan presents a relaxed look at the sporting world.
Pete McCarthy presents the insider's travel guide.
Repeated tomorrow at 7.30pm
With Ned Sherrin and guests.
Peter Riddell of The Times looks behind the scenes at Westminster. Editor Jane Ashley
Presented by Peter Donaldson.
Alison Mitchell with the latest news from the world of personal finance. Producer Sarah Pennells
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Simon Hoggart digs out the best extracts from the first half of the News Quiz year.
Repeated Monday 22 December 6.30pm
Jonathan Dimbleby and guests
Liberal Democrat spokesman Don Foster , Lord Hattersley, shadow
Health Secretary John Maples and writer Melba Wilson debate issues raised in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. Repeated from yesterday
Phone Jonathan Dimbleby with your views on the issues raised in this
Week's edition of Any Questions?
Producers Anne Peacock and Karen Turner LINES OPEN from 12.30pm
By John van Druten.
Bewitched and bewildered, Anthony Henderson wanders into the Christmas cauldron of a Knightsbridge witches' coven just when Gillian Holroyd decides that she wants a new man in her life. with Michael N Harbour. Twiglet, Midge and Bonaparte. Music by Mia Soteriou. Clarinet Merlin Shepherd. Violin Brent Snell
Adapted and directed by Ned Chaillet Repeat
A six-part series in which Bill Bryson delves into the history of Britain to reveal how English became the language it is.
2: From "The Wife of Bath" to "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
A look at the way in which English was honed to perfection and then shipped out to the colonies. Repeated tomorrow 8.30pm
A look at the future of the transistor.
With Peter Evans.
Repeated Tuesday 23 December 8pm
Liz Carney reports on major issues at home and abroad. Repeated from Tuesday
A six-part series celebrating the previously uncelebrated. 4: Custard
Satirical review of the week's news, with Sally Grace , Jon Glover , Dave Lamb and Sarah Parkinson.
Repeated from yesterday
Michael O'Donnell invites another guest to share with him their vision of an ideal world.
Regional Variations (2)
With Geoffrey Wheeler. Producer Lis Roberts
The last episode of Steve Chambers 's four-part series set in Victoria
Station, Bridgford, a century ago. Silent Night Train
Wednesday 18 December 1896 - a day notable for a rescued promise and a hopeful delivery. with Pauline Letts. Tom Bevan , Becky Hindley , Robert Harper. Keith Drinkel. Alex Lowe. Mary Roscoe , Adjoa Andoh , Shirley Dixon , Joanna Monro. Peter Gunn and Stephen Thorne Director Marion Nancarrow Repeat
Brian Kay presents a seasonal musical selection.
The last in the series of the Rev
John L Bell 's reflections for Advent.
By Ben Travers , adapted by Martyn Read.
The Stoatts have invited family and friends to Cobblers for Christmas.
A visit from a formidable local landlady and the presence of some touring theatricals in the town threaten to make the festivities into something that no one will ever forget. with Alex Jennings , Elizabeth Spriggs. Jill Graham , Teresa Gallagher , Jillie Meers , Christopher Scott , Geraldine Fitzgerald ,
Brian Miller , Sunny Ormonde. John Baddeley and Martyn Read.
Cornet player Kevin Robinson. Director Sue Wilson Repeat
Simon Armitage introduces a poetry reading by Peter Redgrave recorded at last year's Poetry
International festival in London.
The poet won the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1996. Producer Sandy Bell
By Beryl Bainbridge , read by June Barrie.
Mrs Henderson 's husband, Charlie, is not impressed by the panto tickets she is given by her employer instead of a Christmas box.
Producer Sara Davies Repeat