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Live Football Special

5pm, Sky Sports 1

Time was when the Boxing Day fixtures were not so much a footballing contest but a test of which team had managed to turn up less hungover, as some bizarre and high-scoring results attested. No such fun nowadays, though neither of today's featured fixtures are immune from the possibility of surprise. The generally hapless but occasionally inspired Aston Villa meet Spurs, high-flying but prone to slip-ups; while Liverpool go to Stoke City – a team who try but currently fail to play football against a team who succeed in not doing so. DS

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012: The Modern Alchemist

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- David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Paul Howlett

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