Christmas Day for Saturday 25 December 2010

6:00 Sugar and Spice's Christmas Morning

Christmas fairies Sugar and Spice are back to get your Christmas morning off to an entertaining start and put you in a festive mood for the rest of the day.

12:00 The World at Noon

A roundup of today's national and international news

12:35 ImprovFM

Improvised comedy recorded live at Circa Theatre in Wellington (RNZ)

1:06 Carols at Christmas

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band in concert (BBC)

2:06 A History of the World in 100 Objects

The director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, charts the history of our world over the past two million years, by telling the story of things that humans have made at different points in the period from the Stone Age to the digital age (BBC)

3:04 Silent Vigil, by Jenny Pattrick

Delia is old and eccentric but at Christmas time, a neglected baby gives her reason to live(RNZ)

4:06 The Returning - Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell

A tribute to two notable New Zealand poets who have passed away (RNZ)

5:00 The World at Five

A roundup of today's national and international news

5:12 pm Being Joseph

The story of Christ‘s birth in Bethlehem is retold every year, yet what‘s usually overlooked is that for one person it must have been a time of emotional turmoil. Joseph, a man from the proud line of King David, found himself stepfather to the new-born baby, at a time and in a culture when such births would have carried considerable stigma. (BBC)

5:48 pm On The Band Stand

Those who know Stu Buchanan say he's responsible for developing some of Christchurch’s finest musicians. He’s a composer, arranger, conductor and player of jazz and blues. For at least thirty years he provided an alternative for young aspiring musicians who weren’t interested in learning classical music, and brought them into the world of the Big Band. (RNZ)

6:06 The Queen's Message

Queen Elizabeth II with her annual message to the Commonwealth (BBC)

6:15 Great Encounters

A memorable interview from the past week on Radio New Zealand National.

7:06 Christmas Night with Peter Fry

Four hours of special music, reminiscences, requests and entertainment for the day.

11:06 Church Service

A repeat broadcast of our service from The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Wellington (RNZ)