The news and issues of the week in rural Britain.
With Denis Nowlan.
Joanna Pinnock presents highlights from the past year's programmes and reviews the major conservation stories of the last 12 months.
Repeated from Sunday 28 December 8pm
With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Harvey Thomas.
By and with Armando lannucci. Part 4.
For details see Monday 29 December
Repeated from yesterday 7.20pm
The true story of the struggle for survival of a family of swans on a storm-battered Highland loch, tQld through the letters and recordings Of Scottish naturalist and writer Jim Crumley.
Repeated from Boxing Day 4.05pm
Regional Variations (2)
It's Friday, It's Five to Five and It's... The second of two programmes [poking at cult seventies children's TV. Repeated from Boxing Day 12noon
With Geoffrey Wheeler.
Introduced by Jenni Murray.
Short story: Loreli King reads Silver
Water by Amy Bloom , from The
Woman's Hour Christmas Collection.
Andy Kershaw presents some of his favourite dispatches from last year.
phefirst of two programmes,
. fictions Present. Russell Davies nvestigates the mysterious arts of Prediction, forecast and prophecy, from the weather to the racecourse, from the economy to the stars.
° es today's technology allow us to anticipate the future more reliably than the rune, the tea leaf or the crystal ball The next programme is at 3pm.
Producers John Goudie and Paul Quinn
Simon Brett is in the chair as guest investigators Susan Moody and Simon Shaw try to solve a crime. Suspects played by Maria McEriane and Lee Simpson. 3: Oh Yes, She Is Dead Producer Liz Anstee
With Alex Brodie.
Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm
By Anthony Minghella.
"The day I stopped talking was one of those perfect days we have in England. They come in the spring and in the autumn, differently, the one full of entrance, the other full of exit....
I'd spoken to them all, in turn, carefully, loving them all; like suicide in a way, to stop talking."
Directors Anthony Minghella and Robert Cooper Producer Tony Cliff
The second of two programmes.
Predictions Past. Russell Davies and guests peer through the mists of time at some of the century's most potent visions of the future. Plus the pick of the century's prophetic fiction, the mysterious art of forecasting showbiz success and the search for the worst predictions ever made. (The first programme is at 12 noon, while
Predictions Past continues at 4.05pm.)
Continued from 3pm.
By Michael Carson.
Tiny and Mildred discover that
.miracles can happen on New Year's Day. Read by Louise Jameson. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon
With Charlie Lee-Potter , Nigel Wrench.
The panel game of improvisational wit and deceit, chaired by a charlatan and with a bunch of celebrity swindlers. Who will escape the Seething Tank of Lies in the bowels of Broadcasting House? Producer Adam Tandy
Caroline bows out gracefully. Repeated tomorrow 1.40pm
World heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis has pumped £1.5 million into a college in Hackney to educate "problem" teenagers.
Classes are small and morale is high. "The difference is that they treat you like an adult here," says 16-year-old Martin. But can this experiment in education survive? Paul Rees reports. Producer Joy Hatwood
David Huckvale continues his three-part exploration of the influence of music. 2: The American Indians believe that if you give your songs away, you give away your life.
Producer Anthony Sellors Repeat
Baileys Irish Cream
Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the unlikely cocktail of cream, whisky and technology that disproved the rule that you should not mix your drinks. Producer Neil Koenig
Frederick Dove with the magazine made by and for people with disabilities. Producer Colin Hughes
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Nick Drake : Unsung
Repeated from Saturday 20 December 7.20pm
With Robin Lustig.
By Raymond Chandler. Part 9.
For details see Monday 22 December Repeat
Jenni Murray presents an anthology of prose celebrating the best of classic and contemporary literature.
Producers Ned Chaillet and Chris Paling Repeat
By MR James. 4: The Haunted Doll's House. A collector buys what he thinks is a perfectly ordinary doll's house - until the figures inside it start to move! For details see Monday 29 December