A selection of Christmas highlights just announced.
The Food Programme
Nigella Lawson: A Life Through Food
BBC Radio 4, 23 December, 12.30-1pm
Nigella Lawson shares the food memories, the dishes and flavours which have shaped her life. Being taught to cook by a mother with eating disorder, balancing a career in journalism with cooking for young children, what food means when you lose those closest to you, and how navigating a rise to food-icon status sometimes feels like joining the circus.
Diana Henry joins Nigella at home in the kitchen to talk life, death, and roast chicken. Marmite sandwiches to Steak Mirabeau, grouse to goose fat to Christmas "goddess". This is Nigella in her own words.
The Tim Vine Chat Show Christmas Special 2018
BBC Radio 4, 25 December, 6.30pm
Tim Vine hears the Christmas stories of the British public and offers up a sack full of seasonal one-liners, definitely not traditional songs and fiendishly silly seasonal games.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Private Passions
BBC Radio 3, 30 December, midday
Exclusively available on BBC Sounds from 26 December
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will feature in a special landmark edition of BBC Radio 3’s programme Private Passions, to mark the programme reaching over 1,000 editions. The programme will be available exclusively on BBC Sounds from Boxing Day, before airing on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 30 December. BBC Radio 3 is the radio station that aims to connect audiences with remarkable music and culture. Private Passions is one of Radio 3’s longest-running programmes in which guests discuss the influence music has had on their lives. The Prince speaks to presenter and composer Michael Berkeley about the intrinsic role music plays in his life.
Personal memories and key moments in His Royal Highness’s life are woven throughout the programme as he discusses his varied musical choices. Among his selection is music that was performed at his wedding to The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a work he personally conducted with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of her Royal Highness’s 60th birthday. He also speaks openly about formative early childhood experiences of attending the ballet and concerts with his grandmother, The Queen Mother, as well as his time as a student at Cambridge where he played the cello with the Trinity College Orchestra.
David Attenborough on Music Planet
BBC Radio 3, 28 December, 11pm
Sir David Attenborough first became nationally known as the presenter of BBC TV's Zoo Quest, a series based on expeditions to catch exotic animals for London Zoo. The programmes ran from 1954 to 1963, and in his spare time during the filming, Sir David made sound recordings of the local music, some of which were featured as part of his iconic TV series. He passed the tapes on to the BBC Sound Archive, who dutifully copied and preserved them all, and they are now being released to the public in their entirety for the first time.
In this Special edition of the Music Planet Mixtape, Sir David introduces some of his favourites he recorded on location - including some sparkling harp playing from Paraguay, the chanting of his team's luggage-carriers in New Guinea, and the funeral gongs of the Dyak people in Borneo.
Graeme Park’s New Year’s Eve Soundtrack
BBC Radio Manchester, 31 December
Legendary DJ Graeme Park, who made his name playing at famous Manchester nightclub The Hacienda, is making two seasonal specials for BBC Radio Manchester.
On New Year’s Eve, four hours of non-stop music in the build-up to midnight takes listeners on a musical journey through Manchester. A curated music mix will also be available on BBC Sounds, showing the platform provides an outlet for the best audio content from the BBC’s stations across the country.
Plus, in The Making Of Hacienda Classical, DJ Graeme Park explores how the biggest hits from The Hacienda came to be performed with an orchestra, as well as the challenges of performing dance music with classical musicians.
New Year Solutions
BBC Radio 4, 31 December - 4 January 2019, 1.45pm Podcast released throughout January 2019
We're often told that we could help the environment by driving less, eating less meat, or using less water. But in the face of a challenge as significant as global warming, how big a difference can small changes really make? And what would the world look like if we took those solutions to their logical extremes?
Over five radio episodes and five podcasts Jo Fidgen tackles the way ordinary people can make a difference. New Year Solutions examines topics that include what would happen if cars were removed from the ecosystem; the consequences of ending fast fashion; how making all food production local would impact on the economy and how to convince people to use less water.
15 Minute Musicals
BBC Radio 4
Returning to BBC Radio 4 this Christmas are two new musical comedies written by Richie Webb, David Quantick and Dave Cohen and starring Richie Webb, Pippa Evans and Dave Lamb.
Eurostars 31 December, 6.15pm
A Eurovision Song Contest inspired performance from our non-Brexit-obsessed counterparts on the continent as they look back on their action-packed 2018s. Featuring (maybe) all your classic Eurovision favourites: Boom Bang-a-Barnier, Save your Lira for Me and more!
The Sixth In Line To Be King And I 1 January 2019, 6.15pm
A Rodgers and Hammerstein inspired celebration of Meghan Markle’s life to date and a look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy Royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring.