• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Conducted by Reginald Kilbey


Conducted By: Reginald Kilbey


' Mankind redeemed '
Talk by Dr. Leslie Cooke and a carol


Talk By: Dr. Leslie Cooke

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Isobel Baillie and the BBC Midland Chorus sing favourite
Christmas hymns and carols accompanied by recorders from
Coventry School of Music and the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, Donald Sturtivant )
Conducted by John Lowe


Unknown: Isobel Baillie
Leader: Donald Sturtivant
Conducted By: John Lowe

: Postman's Knock

Outside-Broadcasts commentators accompany three postmen delivering the mail on their Christmas-Morning round.
Max Robertson knocks on the door of the house of a popular radio family; John Ellison helps to deliver parcels to the children in the Gracie Fields Home and Orphanage at Peacehaven; Brian Johnston rings the bell at the home of two famous stars of the theatre.


Unknown: Max Robertson
Unknown: John Ellison
Unknown: Brian Johns

: Christmas Bells

Greetings from St. Mary's Church, Stockport; St. Julian's Church, Wellow, Somerset; St. Matthew's Church, Shankill, Lurgan, Co. Antrim; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London; The Church of the Orphan Homes of Scotland, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire; St. John's Church, Cardiff; and Chilvers Coton Parish Church, Nuneaton; and the recorded bells of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem


From Chilvers Coton Parish Church, Warwickshire. Conducted by the Vicar, the Rev.
R. R. P. Rigby. Preacher,
Canon E. Moore Darling
Introduction by the Preacher
O come all ye faithful (A. and M.
Rev. 59)
Versicles and Responses Psalm 19
Lesson: The Gospel for Christmas
Creed: Lesser Litany; The Lord's
Prayer; Collects
While shepherds watched their flocks by night (A. and M. Rev. 62)
Hark the herald-angels sing (A. and M. Rev. 60)
Organist, Norman Dodds


Unknown: R. R. P. Rigby.
Unknown: E. Moore Darling
Organist: Norman Dodds


A radio journey to all parts of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to see how people are spending their Christmas morning
Introduced by Frank Gillard
On the spot reports and interviews
In London and the South East
Jean Metcalfe , Raymond 'Baxter
Henry Riddel
In the West
Cliff Michelmore , Tom Salmon
In Wales
Selwyn Roderick , Ifan O. Williams
In the Midlands
David Gretton , Bill Hantley Jim Pestridge , John Vernon
In the North
Alan Clarke , Jack Armstrong
In Scotland
Patrick Hogg , Robin Cockburn
John Mearns
In Northern Ireland
John Body , Jack McGeagh and music and songs by Treorchy Royal Male Voice Choir in Cardiff
Helen T. MacMillan in Glasgow
The Kenny Thompson Trio in Belfast
Incidental muslic composed by Reginald Redman who conducts the BBC Wist o.f England Singers and a section of the Bristol Concert Orchestra
Edited and produced by John Irving


Introduced By: Frank Gillard
Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Raymond 'Baxter
Unknown: Henry Riddel
Unknown: Cliff Michelmore
Unknown: Tom Salmon
Unknown: Selwyn Roderick
Unknown: Ifan O. Williams
Unknown: David Gretton
Unknown: Bill Hantley
Unknown: Jim Pestridge
Unknown: John Vernon
Unknown: Alan Clarke
Unknown: Jack Armstrong
Unknown: Patrick Hogg
Unknown: Robin Cockburn
Unknown: John Mearns
Unknown: John Body
Unknown: Jack McGeagh
Songs By: Treorchy Royal
Unknown: Helen T. MacMillan
Unknown: Kenny Thompson Trio
Composed By: Reginald Redman
Produced By: John Irving


Harry Davidson and his Orchestra with John Hanson
Programme introduced by Frederick Allen
Master of Ceremonies,
A. J. Latimer
Producer, Stanton Jefferies


Unknown: Harry Davidson
Unknown: John Hanson
Introduced By: Frederick Allen
Unknown: A. J. Latimer
Producer: Stanton Jefferies

: Peter Cavanagh in THE VOICE OF THEM ALL

Twenty minutes of Christmas fun! including
' The One Man Play ' and ' Side by Side '
BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz
Produced by Jacques Brown


Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Produced By: Jacques Brown

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Christmas Crackers

The stars of six famous Home Service shows bringing you a crtackerful of seasonable jokes, novelties, and wheezes
'The Goon Show '
Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
Script by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens
Produced by Peter Eton
'Bedtime with Braden'
Bernard Braden with Benny Lee, Pearl Carr
Nat Temple and Ronald Fletcher
Script by Frank Muir and Denis Norden
Produced by Pat Dixon
' Much-Binding '
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne and Sam Costa with Maurice Denham
Script by Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
'A Life of Bliss'
George Cole with Gladys Henson and Percy Edwards
Script by Godfrey Harrison
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
' Variety Playhouse'
Vic Oliver
Script by Carey Edwards
Produced by Tom Ronald
' Ray's A Laugh '
Ted Ray with Kitty Bluett and Peter Sellers
Script by Eddie Maguire and Ted Ray
Produced by George Inns
The Keynotes
The Augmented
BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz
Special music and lyrics written by Johnny Johnston and Bunny Lewis
Production supervised by Vernon Harris


Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Spike Milligan
Script By: Spike Milligan
Script By: Larry Stephens
Produced By: Peter Eton
Unknown: Bernard Braden
Unknown: Benny Lee
Unknown: Pearl Carr
Unknown: Ronald Fletcher
Script By: Frank Muir
Script By: Denis Norden
Produced By: Pat Dixon
Unknown: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Sam Costa
Unknown: Maurice Denham
Script By: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Kenneth Horne
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont
Unknown: George Cole
Unknown: Gladys Henson
Unknown: Percy Edwards
Script By: Godfrey Harrison
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont
Unknown: Vic Oliver
Script By: Carey Edwards
Produced By: Tom Ronald
Unknown: Ted Ray
Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Script By: Eddie Maguire
Script By: Ted Ray
Produced By: George Inns
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Written By: Johnny Johnston
Unknown: Bunny Lewis
Unknown: Vernon Harris


See facing page and page 4


(Leader, J. Mouland Begbie )
Conductor, Ian Whyte
Cyril Smith (piano)


Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor: Ian Whyte
Piano: Cyril Smith

: Dick Bentley and Jimmy Edwards in ' TAKE IT FROM HERE '

with Wallas Eaton
Alma Cogan , June Whitfield
(Jimmy Edwards is appearing in 'London Laughs ' at the Adelphi Theatre; June Whitfield in ' Love from Judy,' at the Saville Theatre, London)


Unknown: Wallas Eaton
Unknown: Alma Cogan
Unknown: June Whitfield
Unknown: Jimmy Edwards


Wilfred Pickles reads
' The Donkey's First Christmas ' a short story by Mavis Connelly
Fantasia on a Carol Tune for violin and orchestra by Thomas B. Piitfield with Raymond Cohen (violin)
' The Hallowed Manger'A nativity play with words and music by Thomas B. Pitfield
Narrator, George Hagan
Singer, John Dethick
The Dormel Singers
Conductor, Dorothy Mellor
BBC Northern Orchestra Conductor, John Hopkins Produced by Trevor Hill


Unknown: Wilfred Pickles
Story By: Mavis Connelly
Unknown: Thomas B. Piitfield
Violin: Raymond Cohen
Music By: Thomas B. Pitfield
Narrator: George Hagan
Singer: John Dethick
Conductor: Dorothy Mellor
Produced By: Trevor Hill
The Donkey: Norman Somers
The Sheep: Herbert Smith
The Ox: Peter Kennaby
The Camel: John Wardle
A voice: Joan Sharp

: The Weather

Shipping and general weather forecasts, followed by a detailed forecast for South-East England


Where Are You Now?
A programme in which he recalls people he has met at Christmas-time in the past and plays some gramophone records for them

: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

In King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Processional Hymn: Once in Royal David's City
The Bidding Prayer
Invitatory: Recitative and Chorale from the Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
First Lesson: Reader. A Chorister (Continued in next column)
Ding, dong. merrily on high, I saw three ships
The noble stem of Jesse
Third Lesson: Reader, The Organist Carol: In Dulci Jubilo
Fifth Lesson: Reader, The Vice-Provost
Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary, A Virgin most pure
While shepherds watched.
O sleep, thou Heavenborn treasure
Eighth Lesson: Reader, A representative of the sister-college at Eton
Three kings from Persian lands afar,
The Infant King
Ninth Lesson: Reader, The Provost Recessional Hymn: Hark! the herald-angels sing (Mendelssohn)
Director of Music, Boris Ord
Hugh McLean (organ)
(a shortened version of yesterday's broadcast)


Director of Music: Boris Ord
Organ: Hugh McLean


Highlights of the Show World
Produced by David Miller


Produced By: David Miller


Appeal on behalf of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (registered in accordance with the National Assistance Act, 1948) by the Rt. Hon. Sir David Maxwell Fyfe , G.C.V.O., Home Secretary and Minister for Welsh Affairs
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
The British Wireless for the Blind Fund makes this appeal on Christimas Day for funds to provide wireless sets for the blind of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Every ye'ar more than four thousand new sets are needed. In addition to the large number required for the newly blinded (approximately seven thousand adult men and women lose their sight every year) applications to the Fund for sets to replace those worn out through long years of constant use show a steady annual increase.


Unknown: Sir David Maxwell Fyfe
Unknown: Sir David Maxwell

: A Christmas Edition of TWENTY QUESTIONS

Anona Winn , Joy Adamson
Jack Train , Richard Dimbleby ask all the questions and Gilbert Harding knows some of the answers


Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Joy Adamson
Unknown: Jack Train
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: Gilbert Harding


reads poetry chosen by himself for Christmas Day


sings with The Goldsbrough Orchestra (Leader, Emanuel Hurwitz )
Conducted by Charles Mackerras


Leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Conducted By: Charles MacKerras


A short story written and read by Joseph Tometty


Read By: Joseph Tometty

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel