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Seasonal Highlights for BBC Weeks 51/52

Picture highlights:

Katherine Jenkins's Classical Christmas

Monday 21 December on BBC RADIO 2

Award-winning Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins hosts her own show, with a Christmas flavour

Robbie Williams's Line Of Enquiry

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December on BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 listeners ask the questions as former Take That member and multi-million-selling solo artist Robbie Williams discusses his ideal Christmas present and his thoughts on fatherhood

The Best Of Adam And Joe

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December on BBC 6 MUSIC

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish present the highlights from their Saturday morning BBC 6 Music show

A Magical Manilow Christmas

Christmas Day Friday 25 December on BBC RADIO 2

Self-confessed Christmas aficionado Barry Manilow invites listeners into his home in Palm Springs to brighten Christmas Day with a sprinkling of Californian sunshine

Other festive highlights:

Saturday Play – The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

Saturday 19 December on BBC RADIO 4

Dorothy's famous quest to find her way back home is revisited in this new radio adaptation staring Emma Fielding and Zubin Varla

Matilda

Sunday 20 December on BBC RADIO 4

Lenny Henry narrates one of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories, Matilda, adapted by award-winning writer Charlotte Jones and starring Nicola McAuliffe, Claire Rushbrook and John Biggins

BBC Radio 1 Festive Festival With Nick Grimshaw

Monday 21 December on BBC RADIO 1

Nick Grimshaw hosts a night of festivities and live music from BBC's Maida Vale studios with performances from established and hotly tipped acts

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Performance On 3 – Purcell At The Abbey

Tuesday 22 December on BBC RADIO 3

James O'Donnell conducts the Choir of Westminster Abbey and St James's Baroque in music by the composer in one of the highlights of BBC Radio 3's year-long celebration of Purcell's music

A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December on BBC RADIO 4

This year the annual Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols from King's College, Cambridge, which has been broadcast live since 1928, is directed by Stephen Cleobury

James – My Alcoholic Friend

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December on BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

In a follow up to the BBC One documentary Famous, Rich And Homeless, broadcast earlier this year, Annabel Croft goes back to the streets of London to track down a homeless man she befriended

Performance On 3 – Messiah

Christmas Day Friday 25 December on BBC RADIO 3

Laurence Cummings conducts English National Opera's new staged version of Handel's Messiah, directed by Deborah Warner

BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON

Throughout the week on BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presents two weeks of special programming leading up to Friday 8 January 2010 – when Elvis Aaron Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday

Opera On 3 Live From The Met – Elektra

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December on BBC RADIO 3

Fabio Luisi conducts soprano Susan Bullock in the title role of Richard Strauss's Elektra, live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Saturday Play – Educating Rita

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December on BBC RADIO 4

Willy Russell's award-winning comedy can be heard on radio for the first time, adapted by the author himself and starring Bill Nighy and Laura dos Santos

Woman's Hour Drama – My Mad Grandad

Throughout the week on BBC RADIO 4

Alison Steadman, Bernard Hill, Kenneth Cranham, Johnny Vegas, Gwyneth Powell and Matthew Kelly star in the late Mike Stott's play

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Breakfast – Composers Of The Year With Rob Cowan

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December on BBC RADIO 3

Rob Cowan launches a special day dedicated to BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year: Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn; plus, later in the day, listeners can vote for their favourite

Kermode And Mayo's Films Of The Year

New Year's Day Friday 1 January on BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode look back at the films of 2009

Sound Of Snow And Ice

New Year's Day Friday 1 January on BBC WORLD SERVICE

A documentary about the pioneering Jyväskylä School for the Visually Impaired in Finland

BBC Television and Radio Programme Information Christmas pull-up publication dates are now available up to Week 4: Publication dates.

Advisory note: BBC programme week numbers

BBC Week numbers throughout 2009 will differ from those of other broadcasters. We have made changes to the BBC Picture Publicity and BBC Press Office websites so that we refer to "BBC Week Numbers" and, wherever possible, actual dates.

We will also reflect this in email correspondence and telephone conversations with you.

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