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    December 2006

    Friday 29 December

  • Stop smoking campaign

  • The government's launched a new campaign to help people stop smoking. It says nicotine can be as addictive as heroin. You can get help and advice on giving up from all sorts of organisations. The NHS runs local smoking cessation support groups and offers nicotine substitutes to people giving up. NHS Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 0 169 Quitline: 0800 00 22 00


    Thursday 28 December

  • Adoption

  • The charity which supports adults who were adopted as children is called NORCAP. It has a helpline: 01865 875000 - and a website


    Wednesday 27 December

  • Stammering

  • For more help on stammering, try the British Stammering Association


    Friday 22 December

  • Christmas recipes

  • We've featured lots of recipes on Breakfast in the run up to Christmas, from Nigella Lawson, Kevin Woodford, Marguerite Patten and Rose Gray. Follow the links below to find them.

  • Chris and Carol's ice dancing

  • Find out how to sponsor Chris and Carol who are taking part in an ice dance, to raise money for Children in Need. You can see how they get on: BBC One, new year's eve special programme. And read their blog.

  • All Angels

  • We featured the all-girl classical crossover group All Angels on Friday's programme. Their album All Angels was released on 13 November on the Universal Classics and Jazz label.

    Travel chaos
    If you've been affected by delayed and cancelled flights because of fog at Heathrow airport, or elsewhere, there is some information and advice on Breakfast's main story:

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • The final is on Saturday 22 December, all the information and transmission times can be found from the Strictly website:


    Thursday 21 December

  • Travel chaos

  • If you've been affected by delayed and cancelled flights because of fog at Heathrow airport, there is some information and advice on Breakfast's main story:

  • Dracula

  • We spoke to two of the cast of the BBC's Christmas adaptation of Bram Stokers 'Dracula'. BBC One Thurs 28 December, 9.00pm.

  • Animals in the Womb: Mammals
    We spoke to the director of the programme 'Animals in the Womb' which features amazing footage of unborn mammals. It's on Channel 4, tonight at 9.00pm.

  • Matt Lucas: The Wind in the Willows

  • Susanna went back stage at the Little Britain tour to talk to Matt Lucas about the BBC drama The Wind in the Willows. The programme is on new year's day.


    Wednesday 20 December

  • Declan's Green Christmas

  • Declan spoke to Andrew Davis from the Environmental Transport Association, about the impact of travelling over Christmas.

  • Green Green Grass

  • We spoke to John Challis and Sue Holderness about the Christmas episode of Green Green Grass. It's on BBC One, at 3.10pm on Christmas day. Both John and Sue appear in panto, at Richmond Theatre (Jack and the Beanstalk).


    Tuesday 19 December

  • Road pricing: online petition

  • The online petition we discussed on road pricing is on the official Ten Downing Street website

  • Worst Christmas
    The comedy series The Worst Week of my Life returns for a Christmas special on December 19, 21 and 22 on BBC One at 9.30pm


    Monday 18 December

  • Christmas pudding

  • The wartime cook Marguerite Patten, who's still going strong at 91, is starring in a podcast about how to make your own Christmas pudding. This is NOT a BBC podcast: you can get it from two sites: Podmaster and Howto.tv
  • Using up leftover Turkey
  • Our recipes for Turkey hash cakes and Stilton soup - from chef Kevin Woodford - are on a separate page

  • Christmas gadgets

  • We discussed what sort of presents to buy gadget-obsessed men for Christmas. One of our guests was Tom Dunmore of Stuff Magazine. It has a website full of reviews of high-tech gadgets.


    Friday 15 December

  • Interest rates

  • Richard Westcott came into the studio to tell us about a BBC investigation which has found that while banks are quick to put up the interest rates on mortgages, they're dragging their heels when it comes to increases in rates for savers.

  • Marcus Wareing's Christmas recipes
    You can find the recipes which chef Marcus Wareing demonstrated on the BBC's Great British Christmas website. The last episode of the series is tonight on BBC Two

  • One Man and His Dog

  • We spoke to Ben Fogle about the new series of One Man and His Dog, it's on BBC Two, Saturday 16 December at 6.10pm.

  • The Real Hustle

  • The Real Hustle Christmas Special is on BBC Three, Saturday 16 December, at 8.00pm.


    Wednesday 13 December

  • Concert for Diana

  • We have been told that tickets for the Diana concert have sold out - but there will be more available in the New Year

  • Gene Detectives

  • If you'd like to find out more about tracing your long lost relatives, call 0161 235 6565


    Tuesday 12 December

  • Miriam Margolyes

  • The distinguished actress who played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films told us about her work with the charity Sense, which works with people who are both deaf and blind. She's just announced the winners of a special writing competition organised by Sense

  • Ipswich murders: hotline

  • The number to call with any information which might help the police is: 0800 0961011. They're particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen two missing women: Paula Clennell, 24, and Annette Nicholls, aged 29

  • Bank charges

  • Watch The Money Programme's investigation into bank charges tonight on BBC Two at 10pm. The guest we talked to at just after 8.20am is Martin Lewis, of the website Moneysaving expert.com.You can download a template letter complaining about bank charges from his website

  • Deep Water

  • The documentary about sailing hoaxer Donald Crowhurst is on general release in cinemas from this Friday. It's called Deep Water


    Monday 11 December

  • Brits abroad

  • One in ten British people now lives abroad, according to a new study.

  • Christmas post

  • The last posting dates for Christmas are: December 16 (Second Class) and December 19 (First Class).
    Santa's official address is: Reindeerland, SAN TA1 - make sure you include your own address, so he knows where to send his reply.

  • MUFC book

  • The huge coffee table book we featured is called The United Opus. It's on sale to raise money for the charity UNICEF, it weighs more than 30kg and it costs 3,000 (yes, that's right: three thousand pounds)

  • Film

  • The movie we featured which involves riding on a dragon's back is called Eragon. Starring Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Ed Spelleers, it's aimed at older children and teenagers


    Friday 8 December

  • Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

  • Was a guest in the studio on Friday.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • We had the latest update from the Strictly... team.

  • Sports Personality of the Year 2006

  • Chris was talking about this years awards programme which is on 7.00pm, BBC One on Sunday 10 December.

  • The Sarah Jane Adventures

  • We spoke to Elisabeth Sladen who stars in the latest Doctor Who spin off - The Sarah Jane Adventures - you can see it on BBC One, on New Year's Day.


    Thursday 7 December

  • Myleene Klasse
    Came into the Breakfast studio to talk about her adventures in I'm a Celebrity...

  • Planet Earth
    We took another sneak preview at the BBC's Planet Earth, this week's programme is about the oceans, it's at 9.00pm on Sunday 10 December.

  • Recycling
    Find out more about reducing waste and recycling.


    Wednesday 6 December

  • Jude Law's latest film

  • The romantic comedy we featured, starring Jude Law, Kate Winslett and Cameron Diaz is called The Holiday.

  • Student link-up: Iran and UK

  • The student link-up we featured, between a school in the UK and a university in Iran is part of the BBC's Generation Next series.


    Tuesday 5 December

  • Teenage girls' safety

  • The biggest threat to the safety of teenage girls is their boyfriend's driving, according to the makers of a new video being sent to secondary schools. It's been produced by the charity MissDorothy.com

  • Obesity and cancer

  • Being overweight increases your risk of cancer, according to new research. You can download leaflets on losing weight from the Cancer Research UK's website

  • Saving electronic "loose change"

  • The scheme which sweeps the "loose change" on your debit card into a savings account is run by Lloyds TSB. It's called Save the Change.

  • School dinners

  • We reported from a school in Berkshire which has brought in a local bakery chain to run its school dinner service. The school is Cox Green School in Maidenhead - and the've awarded their school meals franchise to Cooks the Bakery.


    Monday 4 December

  • Exercise programmes for children

  • The children's programme which encourages children to take exercise is called Lazytown. It features characters such as Sportacus. There's a single called Bing Bang (time to dance) and a DVD. And you can now watch Lazytown on CBeebies on Freeview.

  • Worldwide survey of young people

  • The global survey of young people's view is called Generation Next. It has its own website


    Friday 1 December

  • Bank charges

  • The downloadable letter on bank charges is available on the website run by one our guests, Martin Lewis. It's called Money Saving Expert

  • Melinda Messenger: Aids in Africa

  • Melinda visited Malawi to see the work of the British charity Action Aid. You can find out more about their work with Aids orphans from their website



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