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Saturday 24 December
BBC RADIO 2
Tony Blackburn counts down the charts from this week in 1967 and 1972, with classic hits from the Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Chuck Berry and The Moody Blues.
Craig Charles highlights some of the best festive soul favourites from throughout the years, in a programme that's guaranteed to make you feel warm whatever the weather's like on Christmas Eve.
Dermot O'Leary presents the multi-layered story behind the Christmas classic Fairytale of New York by The Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl.
Liza Tarbuck presents a mix of classic Christmas music from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, as well as traditional Christmas carols.
BBC RADIO 3
Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment with Nino Machaidze (Marie) and Lawrence Brownless (Tonio) comes Live from the Met. Yves Abel conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus.
BBC RADIO 4
Across the week Radio 4 has traditional programming for the season, including:
Join Jack Trott on his seasonal adventure through pantoland with a twist - all the magical devices he finds could soon emerge from the world’s laboratories.
Poet Kenneth Steven explores Robert Frost's iconic poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Mariella Frostrup is joined by a line up of comedians and authors to take part in a balloon debate to argue the case for their funniest book.
BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA
On the day before Christmas, BBC Radio 4 Extra has myriad yuletide classics including:
BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Richard Bacon and special guests, including show regular Sam Delaney, look back on the year, discussing the top 20 most talked about stories from 2011.
The worlds of Sport and Music are set to collide on Christmas Eve when BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 6 Music join forces for a very special inter-station edition of 5 Live’s hugely popular show Fighting Talk.
Recorded in front of an audience at the legendary Maida Vale studios, Colin Murray presents a special inter-radio station showdown between BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 6 Music with a festive and musical twist.
Mark Chapman presents live Scottish Premier League commentary on St Mirren v Rangers, live from Paisley (kick-off 12.45pm). Plus updates on Inverness CT v Aberdeen and, from 1.30pm, Celtic v Kilmarnock and Dundee United v Hibernian.
Jamie Stangroom looks back at the music of 2011 including interviews with some of the biggest stars of the year including Adele, Professor Green, Snow Patrol, Olly Murs, Alice Cooper, Emily Sande, Buddy Greco, Bootsy Collins, Journey and the cast of Rock of Ages.
Colin Murray looks back at the big sporting moments of the last 12 months.
Between 6 and 10 August 2011, England's cities burned in the worst riots for 30 years. Five months on, there's still no definitive explanation as to why it happened. Some blame deprivation, some the so-called greed culture and pure opportunism, others blame criminal gangs.
Peter Allen looks back at the extraordinary story of the Arab Spring, with eyewitness accounts from those who saw revolution spread across Tunisia to Egypt and Libya, and reflections on what will happen next in the region.
BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
Pat Nevin will be warming up for the Fighting Talk special at 11am with an hour of his favourite tracks.
Liz Kershaw presents her Christmas party special with party hosts Gruff Rhys and Tim Wheeler and Emmy the Great, who host their fantasy Christmas parties.
Craig Charles presents the Best of The Funk and Soul Show 2011.