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Radio 4 Christmas 2004 highlights

Sunday 26 December - Boxing Day

Sunday Worship


The Very Reverend Jeffrey John leads his first broadcast sermon since his appointment as the Dean of St Albans.

In a service celebrating St Stephen's Day from the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, Hertfordshire, Dean John examines the lives of the first Christian martyrs.

The Abbey Girls' Choir sings excerpts from Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, directed by Simon Johnson.

Producer/Simon Vivian

BBC Manchester Publicity

The Reunion

1/1 9.15-10.00am

Sue MacGregor re-unites a group of women whose looks and faces defined the 1960s.

Icons of their age, the likes of Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Anoushka Hempel and Joanna Lumley turned heads wherever they went and were invited to all the great gatherings of the period mixing with members of the aristocracy as well as the stars of the rock and fashion worlds.

From the opening of Biba to famous Vogue shoots, the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park and endless parties on the Kings Road, they recall those heady days and reflect on where they have travelled since.

Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producer/David Prest

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Food Quiz Special

1/1 12.30-1.00pm


Guests including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clarissa Dickson Wright and the doyenne of wine writers Jancis Robinson are grilled by food critic Jay Rayner in a series of rounds designed to test their food and drink knowledge.

With true or false questions, blind tastings and quick-fire rounds on food history and culture, this quiz will determine which food experts know their onions and shake the listeners' thirst for surprising food facts.

Presenter/Jay Rayner, Producer/Dixi Stewart

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People's Day

1/1 8.00-11.00pm

People's Day - to include 8.15-10.15pm People's D-Day and 10.15-11.00pm D-Day Loose Ends

People's D-Day (repeat)


This is a second chance to hear the acclaimed programme of memories and stories presented by Libby Purves, first broadcast earlier this year to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Drawing on the responses of hundreds of people who were there and remember D-Day as if it were yesterday, The People's D-Day is a recreation of that strange, breath-holding moment when the future of the world literally would be determined by the secrecy and perfectly choreographed labours of thousands of men and women across the whole of the UK.

Libby travels to Southampton to chart the build-up to the invasion of Normandy as seen from the homes and harbours of Britain.

She hears what it was like to live within the coastal exclusion zone as thousands of tons of material - ammunition, vehicles and craft of all descriptions - were assembled ready for the word to go.

Woven through the programme are individual stories like the squaddie arrested for having a top secret word, actually his name, stencilled on his kit bag; of the BBC engineer locked in his studio with Eisenhower's announcement that D-Day had begun; of the hospitals cleared and nurses summoned to prepare for the thousands of expected casualties.

Presenter/Libby Purves, Producer/Simon Elmes

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

D-Day Loose Ends (repeat)


In a repeat of a special Loose Ends, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day earlier this year, Ned Sherrin looks back at the music, comedy and radio shows of that era.

To help him reminisce, he is joined by troupers from that period: Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, Sheila Tracy and Anthony Horowitz.

Music comes from the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Amy Winehouse.

Producer/Simon Elmes

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