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: Ceefax AM

: Kirkwood and Brown

in Rogues to Riches.
An RKO film

: Weather

: Breakfast Time

with Kirsty Wark and Jeremy Paxman


Unknown: Kirsty Wark
Unknown: Jeremy Paxman

: The Flintstones

The Hot Piano (R)

: News

Weather followed by Now It's Christmas
Simon Parkin , Andy Crane and guests - starting with Boss Cat in The Case of the Missing Anteater (R)


Unknown: Simon Parkin
Unknown: Andy Crane
Unknown: Boss Cat

: Why Don't You...?

The gang hurry for the ferry. Verity's bag has everything they need. Ben stays behind doing something in the cellar.

: News, Weather followed by Now It's Christmas

Simon Parkin - starting with Popeye
Private Secretaries, The First Resort and Goon Balloon (R)


Unknown: Simon Parkin

: Playbus

stops today at The Dot Stop
Dot stops at number one, and finds that one is in any number of dots.
Storyteller lain Lauchlan
Story: The Dog and the Bone Musician STEPHEN MAW Producer Michael COLE


Producer: Michael Cole
Dot: Eithne Hannigan

: Five to Eleven

with Frank Thornton


Unknown: Frank Thornton

: News

Weather followed by Now It's Christmas starting with Rolf Harris Cartoon Time
Tom and Jerry in The Invisible Mouse,
Betty Boop in The Fox Hunter and Barney Bear in The Little Wise Quacker.


Unknown: Betty Boop
Unknown: Fox Hunter

: Superman

starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel in The Big Freeze.


Unknown: George Reeves

: News, Weather followed by: Rainbow City

Five thousand children sang Rainbow City as Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales, inaugurated the Glasgow Garden Festival of 1988. Waiting to greet them was an invited audience of 45,000. Gallagher and Lyle saluted the royal couple with their festival song, You Put the Heart Back in the City. And, as The Prince of Wales declared the festival open, Glasgow rang with a royal salute of church bells, ships' sirens and fireworks. Tom Fleming recaptures the opening of the biggest outdoor event in Britain this year.


Commentator: Tom Fleming
Researcher: Margaret MacRae
Assistant Producer: Liz Scott

: One O'Clock News

with Philip Hayton


Unknown: Philip Hayton
Unknown: Weather John Kettley

: Neighbours

Daphne comes up against unexpected problems with motherhood.
Written by TARQUIN SCOTT Directed by STEVE MANN
(Forcast see page 52. Repeated at 5.35 pm)


Written By: Tarquin Scott
Directed By: Steve Mann

: Holiday Quiz

Presented by Anne Gregg with Kathy Tayler and Bill Buckley.
Did the Japanese art of head butting begin as a means of billing evil spirits, and why isn't it safe to thumb a lift in southern Sardinia?
Desmond Morris ,
Sarah Kennedy , Hunter Davies and Joanna Monro join the Holiday team in a travel quiz. And there's a competition for viewers.


Presented By: Anne Gregg
Unknown: Kathy Tayler
Unknown: Bill Buckley.
Unknown: Desmond Morris
Unknown: Sarah Kennedy
Unknown: Hunter Davies
Unknown: Joanna Monro

: Geronimo

Chuck Connors Kamala Devi.
1883: Geronimo and his band of Apache warriors surrender to
- the US military - in return for the promise of land and food. But when cheated of their supplies the Indian chief declares 'war' - 50 men against the US cavalry!
Screenplay by PAT FIELDER Produced and directed by ARNOLD LA VEN
• FILMS: page 24


Unknown: Chuck Connors
Unknown: Kamala Devi.
Play By: Pat Fielder
Directed By: Arnold La Ven
Geronimo: Chuck Connors
Teela: Kamala Devi
Mangus: Ross Martin
Maynard: Pat Conway
Delahay: Adam West
Huera: Enid Jayes
Gen Crook: Lawrence Dobkin
Senator Conrad: Denver Pyle
Natchez: Armando Silvestre

: Children's BBC

Andy Crane - starting with Booker
Learning to read was considered a crime for negro slaves in the South.
Booker T. Washington pleads with his schoolteacher,
Laura Burroughs , to teach him to read. She believes he can learn but refuses, saying she could go to jail. But Booker's sheer determination and hard work convince his family that he must be given the chance to learn.


Unknown: Booker T. Washington
Unknown: Laura Burroughs
Producer: Avon Kirkland
Director: Stan Lathan
Booker T Washington: Shavar Ross
Wash: Thalmus Rasulala
Jane c C: H Pounder
Newt Burroughs: Judge Reinhold
Laura Burroughs: Shelley Duvall
Monroe: Tony Haney
Eliza Burroughs: Doreen Lang
Lee: Julius Harris
Sophia: Marilyn Coleman
William Davis: Levar Burton

: Bushfire Moon

First of two parts
1891: one week before Christmas. In south-eastern Australia.
Mischievous 8-year-old, Ned O'Day has few hopes for a Christmas present, until a remarkable thing happens - he thinks he sees Santa Claus.
(Part 2 on Friday at 4. 40pm)
0 FILMS: page 24


Unknown: Peter Beilby
Unknown: Robert Le Tet
Director: George Miller
Elizabeth O'Day: Dee Wallace Stone
Patrick O'Day: John Waters
Max Bell: Charles Tingwell
Mr Watson: Bill Kerr
Ned O'Day: Andrew Ferguson
Ned O'Day: Christopher Stevenson
Sharkey: Francis Bell
Sarah O'Day: Nadine Garner
Pip McKimmie: Calue Gray

: Neighbours

: Six O'Clock News

with Philip Hayton and Andrew Harvey


Unknown: Philip Hayton
Unknown: Andrew Harvey

: Regional news magazines



Unknown: Ian McCaskill

: Wogan

Tonight one of the legends of Hollywood visits the Theatre on Shepherd's Bush Green to talk with Terry Wogan. His 80-odd films include The
Philadelphia Story, Harvey, The Spirit of St Louis,
The Glenn Miller Story ,
Vertigo and Rear Window - James Stewart.
Music from Paul Turner with the Paramount Band.


Unknown: Terry Wogan.
Unknown: James Stewart.
Unknown: Paul Turner
Producer: Peter Weill
Research: Natalie Elsey
Director: John Burrowes
Producer: Peter Estall

: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: Part 3

Part three of a four-part adventure by Stephen Wyatt
Starring Sylvester McCoy
The Doctor and Ace are trapped in the Psychic Circus battling robot clowns, forces of ancient evil and the most boring human being within three million light years.
(For cast see page 68)


Writer: Stephen Wyatt
Visual Effects Designer: Steve Bowman
The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Ace: Sophie Aldred

: Nine O'Clock News

with Michael Buerk
Regional News; Weather


Unknown: Michael Buerk

: Wife Begins at 40

A comedy play by ARNE SULTAN , EARL BARRETT and RAY COONEY recorded in the presence of a studio audience.
Starring Liza Goddard Ray Cooney John Quayle.
George and Linda's
17th wedding anniversary is coming up. Stick-in-the-mud George regards this as just another milestone along the path of a happy marriage but, as far as Linda is concerned, enough is enough! A month later a vasectomy, Roger's friend, and Linda's new hobbies all serve to bring George to a bold decision. Why not turn the lights down, put on some romantic music, shift the coffee table and let nature take its course. But is it that easy?
Designer DINAH WALKER Produced and directed by HAROLD SNOAD


Play By: Arne Sultan
Play By: Earl Barrett
Play By: Ray Cooney
Unknown: Liza Goddard
Unknown: Ray Cooney
Unknown: John Quayle.
Director: Mike Jefferies
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Designer: Dinah Walker
Directed By: Harold Snoad
Bernard Harper: John Horsley
Gertie: Herself
George Harper: Ray Cooney
Linda Harper: Liza Goddard
Roger Dixon: John Quayle
Betty Dixon: Tricia George
Leonard Harper: Grant Pmo

: James Stewart in Two Rode Together

also starring
Richard Widmark.
Guthrie McCabe , a tough but easy-going Texas marshal, is summoned by the US cavalry for a special mission - to negotiate with the Comanches for the return of the white captives they hold. With Lt Gary he rides into the Comanche camp to find that only four prisoners have survived ...
Screenplay by FRANK NUGENT Based on a novel by WILL COOK Produced by STAN SHPETNER Directed by JOHN FORD
0 FILMS: page 24


Unknown: Richard Widmark.
Unknown: Guthrie McCabe
Unknown: Frank Nugent
Novel By: Will Cook
Produced By: Stan Shpetner
Directed By: John Ford
Guthrie: James Stewart
Lt Jim Gary: Richard Widmark
Marty Purcell: Shirley Jones
Elena: Linda Cristal
Sgt Darius P Posey: Andy Devine
Maj Frazer: John McIntyre
Belle Aragon: Annelle Hayes
Quanah: Henry Brandon
Edward Purcell: Paul Birch
Running Wolf: David Kent

: Weather

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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.

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