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Today's Show: December

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Wednesday 31 December

Explorer and historian Nick Crane embarks on a new journey in 'Nicholas Crane's Britannia: The Great Elizabethan Journey'. In the series he retraces the journey made when explorer William Camden created the 16th century masterpiece - Britannia. The first episode is on 6th January at 9pm, BBC2.

The world famous clock Big Ben will be bringing in 2009 on its 150 birthday. An extra second is being introduced just before midnight because the earth is slowing on its axis.

City of Culture
2008 was the year Liverpool became a European City of Culture. Breakfast looked back at the 12 month celebration of arts, sport, music, heritage and culture and took a behind the scenes look at the Museum of Liverpool before it opens in spring 2009.

Tuesday 30 December

Cowboy Trap
Home expert Clive Holland is looking for people to take part in a new BBC1 series which visits people whose homes have been devastated by rogue traders. To apply, please call or email Mentorn Scotland - from anywhere in Britain - for a confidential discussion on 0141 331 7455 or email: If emailing please include your location and name in the subject line.

East Winch RSPCA centre helps all wildlife but especially orphaned, sick or injured seals. This year, they have been inundated with grey seal pups and are appealing for help from the public. Pubs are even being asked to sponsor a seal.

Sunset Boulevard
The new stage version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic 'Sunset Boulevard' is currently showing the Comedy Theatre. Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood and leading lady Kathryn Evans chatted to Breakfast about the show. Tickets, priced from £10 - £55, are available from the Comedy Theatre Box Office on 0870 060 6637 or at the website link below.

Monday 29 December

Family Tree
Ancestry websites report a huge surge in the amount of people trying to track down their family during the Christmas period. Debra Chatfield from the website talked to Breakfast about how getting together with relatives over Christmas might prompt people to start looking into their family history.

Shaun Dingwall
Actor Shaun Dingwall is featuring in a two part drama called 'Above Suspicion'. From the creator of Prime Suspect, the show is based on the novel of the same name by Lynda La Plante. Shaun plays Detective Chief Inspector Langton in the programme which airs on Sunday 4th Jan 9pm ITV1.

Maria Friedman
West End star Maria Friedman is starring in a new show, with her favourite songs arranged just for her. An 11 piece band will accompany Maria with songs like 'The Man With the Child in his Eyes' by Kate Bush . The show 'Maria Friedman -Re-arranged' will be at the Trafalgar Studios until 4th January.

Saturday 27 December

Puppy farming
For tips on buying a puppy and ensuring it's not from a puppy farm visit the RSPCA website

Marc Abraham runs the pet social networking website

Friday 26 December

Canine partners
If you would like more information about Sailor the dog and the training he received or if you are interested in perhaps receiving help from a dog or donating visit:

Thursday 25 December

Young carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to almost 354,000 carers, including over 20,000 young carers. To find your nearest centre call 0844 800 4361, or visit .

Wednesday 24 December

For more details about out of hours care over the festive period contact:
NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit Or if you're in Scotland contact NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24 or visit

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army have released an album, 'Together'.. They join Breakfast to play us out with Festive Cheer.

Tuesday 23 December

Dr Who
Doctor Who fans will be glued to their sets on Christmas day to see if the new Doctor will be revealed. Lizo Mzimba has been taking a look behind the scenes of the Christmas special and we chat to two Doctor Who fans about who might take over the role.

Folk Christmas
Before the introduction of traditional favourite carols, there was a rich catalogue of festive folk songs dating back to medieval times. There are pockets of the country where folk carols are still enjoyed, especially in Yorkshire and Derbyshire where Nick Ravenscroft has been to hear them.

Christmas Accidents
A recent leaflet published by The department or Children, Schools and Families contains safety advice at Christmas. Apparently 1,000 of us will be injured by Christmas trees this year and 350 of us end up in A&E because of fairy lights.

Monday 22 December

Rupert Penry Jones
The favourite thriller actor Rupert Penry Jones stars in a very different role as Richard Hannay in 'The 39 Steps' based on the classic novel by Scottish author John Buchan.

Lorna Luft
The daughter of the original 'Dorothy' (Judy Garland), plays the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz at the Lowry in Salford Quays.

Strictly Come Dancing
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup, the winners of Strictly, talk to Breakfast about Saturday's final and Tom's amazing last dance.

Friday 19 December

Plastic Bags
Britain's leading supermarkets have agreed to a 50% cut in the number of carrier bags given out by spring next year. The agreement will save enough bags to fill 60 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Bizarre Phrases
Toujouras Tingo is a book of bizarre words and phrases from around the world. Author Adam Jacot de Boinod talked to Breakfast about the meaning of words like 'A Gwarlingo'.

Daniel O'Donnell
Singer Daniel O'Donnell is celebrating success after his current album 'Country Boy' has achieved gold status. With over 21 years in the UK album chart, Daniel has packed out concert halls on tour, selling records in the US and Australia.

Thursday 18 December

Sarah Raven
Gardeners' World presenter Sarah Raven has put together a book of Christmas recipes decorations and flower arrangements that will sparkle this festive season. The book 'Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas, Food and Flowers' is out now.

Agony Aunts
The 'Kids in the Middle' campaign is being launched today. 50 agony aunts are meeting to discuss how children can be better supported when their parents separate.

Lucie Blackman
Lucie Blackman was murdered in Toyko back in 2000.Her sister, Sophie Blackman talked to Breakfast about the Lucie Blackman Trust which offers advice and tips on staying safe.

Social Selection
Research for a Radio 4 programme has found that many children who pass the 11+ exam were given extensive help outside of school - by tutors or family members. Andrew Bomford's report 'A Social Selection' is on tonight at 8pm on Radio 4.

Wednesday 17 December

Wobbly Bridge
A new study by Dr John Macdonald from Bristol University suggests why the London Millennium Bridge was so wobbly when it first opened. It looks into the pedestrian behaviour as opposed to the structure of the bridge.

Bjorn Again
The band Bjorn Again are celebrating 20 years as a group with a special concert in London. Founder of the group Rod Stephen told Breakfast about the history of the band and the anniversary show.

Il Divo
The chart topping operatic quartet formed back in 2004 and have since enjoyed worldwide success. Their new album 'The Promise' is out now and they start a UK tour in February.

Tuesday 16 December

Road to Bethlehem
BBC Gaza correspondent Aleem Maqbool is recreating the Christmas journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem over 10 days. It explores the difficulties in making the journey - having to cross through several checkpoints and with a donkey.

Jimmy Carr
Comedian Jimmy Carr is currently on tour with his Joke Technician show which runs until August 2009.

Nigella Lawson
Cook Nigella Lawson talked to Breakfast about how to try and have a stress free time in the kitchen over Christmas. Nigella's Christmas Kitchen is a series of programmes on BBC2 which gives her philosophy for coping with and enjoying cooking at Christmas. Her new book 'Nigellas Christmas' is out now.

Monday 15 December

The Christmas Book
Environmentalist and author of 'The Christmas Book' Sheherazade Goldsmith, talkd to Breakfast about he rguide to a simpler and greener festive season. The book is full of ideas for natural decorations, hand crafted gifts and traditional recipes.

Welsh band Stereophonics have had 5 consecutive number 1 albums and new release 'Decade In The Sun: The Best of Stereophonics' - a collection of their biggest hits from their 10 year career.

Its A Wonderful Life
The only surviving star of the classic film 'It's A Wonderful Life' Karolyn Grimes played Zuzu Bailey when she was only 6 years old. Karolyn talked to Breakfast about making the film over a decade ago. It's now available as a collectors edition DVD.

Friday 12 December

Status Quo
The band have released a Greatest Hits album, 'Pictures' and their first ever Christmas single, entitled "It's Christmas Time!

Amy Adams
She played Giselle in 'Enchanted', now Amy Adams is staring opposite Meryl Streep in the film 'Doubt'.

Naturally 7
Roger, Warren, Armand, Rod, Dwight, Jamal and Garfield are 'Naturally 7'. A vocal orchestra where everything they do is created using only their vocal chords. Their new album, 'Wall Of Sound' includes original songs and covers.

Thursday 11 December

Carol Vorderman
After twenty six years Carol Vorderman says farewell to Countdown.

Jack Dee
Jack is the star of sitcom Lead Balloon about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan- the show is now in its 3rd series.

Hairy Bakers
The Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers and Simon King, take to the road to find the very best in baking in Britain and for their Christmas Special they're cooking up their favourite festive recipes.

Wednesday 10 December

The band have reunited to release 'Back Again... No Matter', a greatest hits album with 3 new tracks on it. The new single "Better" is out now.

Baz Luhrmann
Breakfast talks to the director of the blockbuster 'Australia' staring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, which is due out on Boxing day.

Diana Vickers
The seventeen year old singer from Blackburn was voted out of the show on Saturday night in an emotional semi-final.

Jacks War
Panorama's Ben Anderson shadowed Lance Corporal Jack Mizon in Afghanistan during a gruelling 81 day journey spent trying to surpress guerrillas in 2007. Should more be done to help our fallen heroes?

Tuesday 9 December

Des O'Connor
The singer and entertainer, has just released his thirty sixth album, 'Inspired'. He has also recently received a CBE for a lifetime of services to showbiz.

James Morrison
The singer songwriter is releasing his second single from the album 'Songs for You, Truths for Me'; a duet with Nelly Furtado entitled "Broken Strings".

Jools Holland
Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have a new album called 'The Informer'.

Monday 8 December

James Blunt
The singer has released the deluxe edition of his 'All The Lost Souls' album, with four new tracks on it.

Aled Jones
Aled and Terry Wogan release their Christmas single today, 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'. All proceeds from the single will be going to Children in Need.

David Morrissey
The actor is starring in the play "In a Dark Dark House" at the Almeida Theatre, Islington and has a role in the Dr Who Christmas special.

Friday 5 December

Jonny Wilkinson
The England rugby star talked to Breakfast about his book 'Tackling Life' which he co-wrote with his coach and mentor Steve Black.

Singer Seal has sold more than 15million records worldwide and won 3 grammy awards. His 6th album 'Soul' is a collection of some of the best soul music, including covers of James Brown and Sam Cooke.

Jimmy Osmond
Performer Jimmy Osmond makes his Panto debut this year as Buttons in Northamptons production of Cinderella. Early next year Jimmy also takes over the role of 'Teen Angel' in the hit musical Grease.

Thursday 4 December

Twilight is a fantasy romance film in which a girl falls in love with a vampire. It topped the box office in North America and director Catherine Hardwicke and actress Kristen Stewart were at the UK premiere of the film last night.

Modified Toy Orchestra
Founder of the orchestra, Brian Duffy explained how they use recycled and abandoned children's electronic toys and turn them into musical instruments. They are taking part in the Covent Garden Christmas delight which is on tonight in London.

Lionel Blair
Lionel Blair celebrates 60 years in showbiz this Christmas Eve and joins Breakfast to talk about his career.

Wednesday 3 December

Ross Kemp and Corporal Chris Harding talked to Breakfast about the launch of the UK4U Thanks! Christmas Box campaign. It ensures that Armed Forces personnel serving abroad over Christmas in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, receive a box of presents.

Natures Top 40
Naturalists Chris Packham and Iolo Williams countdown the top 40 best wildlife spectacles to be seen across the UK. Listeners to BBC Local radio joined TV viewers and the programme's own presenters to suggest their favourites.

Christmas Advice
The Government's Consumer Direct can offer advice on a wide range of consumer issues and your rights as a customer in the run up to Christmas. You can call on 08454 04 05 06 (calls will cost no more than 4p per minute for BT customers, other networks may vary) or visit the website via the link below.

Tuesday 2 December

Jenny Éclair
Writer and comedian Jenny Éclair has co-written a book 'Wendy, the bumper book of fun for women of a certain age' with Judith Holder. The book includes pictures of favourite middle-aged television celebrities including our very own Bill Turnbull.

Natural World film 'Crocodile Blues' by biologist Romulus Whitaker looks at Gharials - big Indian river crocodiles. They have been saved from extinction but now the numbers in his sanctuary are mysteriously starting to decrease.

Christmas Day Out
A Christmas attraction in Dorset is being described as 'a scam' by angry visitors who feel they have paid over the odds for a fun day out. Anyone looking for advice can call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit the website below.

The controversial 'mosquito' device which was made to 'scare' away teenagers, has a new model designed to discourage people from congregating in some areas like car parks.

Monday 1 December

Actress Miranda Raison plays Jo Portman in the BBC drama Spooks. She talked to Breakfast about being part of the popular drama series and playing an MI5 officer.

Filthy Rich
Television documentary 'Filthy Rich and Famous' follows the siblings of Simon Cowell and Jesse Wallace to explore the world of celebrity from the eyes of their closest relations. The programme is on BBC Three tonight.

Around five million starlings have descended on the Italian capital Rome. The huge numbers of the birds are causing lots of muck and the city is sending in a team of bird scarers using loud speakers with screeching bird sounds to try and get rid of them.

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