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: Felix the Cat

With Philippa Forrester and Toby Anstis. Phone in on 081.[number removed]for a chance to play Maggot Moments. • STEREO
Animation. Felix uses his charm to outwit the nasty professor.


Unknown: Toby Anstis.

: Playdays

Today, the Playbus stops at the Christmas Tree Stop.
A Felgate production for BBCtv

: Smoggles

Smoke from the Stinkypoo causes a heatwave.

: Telling Tales

Philip Hawthorn finds out how to communicate without speech. ● STEREO; TELETEXT SUBTITLES: p 888


Unknown: Philip Hawthorn

: Orville and Cuddles

Orville wants to fly.

: Bltsa

Recycling ideas with Caitlin Easterby and Simon Pascoe. * STEREO


Unknown: Caitlin Easterby
Unknown: Simon Pascoe.

: Gentle Ben

Mark and Ben find a dolphin that has escaped from an aquarium show.

: The Wetter, the Better!

Children's splash hit game show. ● STEREO

: Thundercats

Lion-0 discovers a tribe of tiny people on Third Earth.

: Kevin and Co

Last in the comedy drama.
It's the village cricket match but Kevin has other things on his mind.

: Blue Peter Omnibus

A roundup of last week's shows. ● STEREO

: The OZone

A Take That special, reviewing the group's success this year and revealing some interesting secrets about Gary, Robbie, Howard, Jason and Mark. ● STEREO
CHILDREN: page 25

: Children's BBC: Shakespeare: the Animated Tales: Twelfth Night

Last in the series.
Duke Orsino loves Countess Olivia but, following her brother's death, she has shut herself away.

: Thunderbirds

Give or Take a Million. Two greedy thieves threaten to spoil a little boy's Christmas. 0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888

: The Invaders

American sci-fi drama.
Starring Roy Thinnes
Task Force. The aliens plot to take over the US media.


Unknown: Roy Thinnes

: Tex Avery

Cartoon fun.

: South South of Westminster

The week's political news in the region. With Bruce Parker.


Unknown: Bruce Parker.

: South East Around Westminster

The region's political review.
With Laurie Mayer , Tim Friend and Philippa Thomas.


Unknown: Laurie Mayer
Unknown: Tim Friend
Unknown: Philippa Thomas.

: Show Jumping

The Modern Security Systems Christmas Puissance, from the Grand Hall, Olympia. • STEREO

: Kullervo

Sir Colin Davis conducts a rare performance of Sibelius's symphonic epic, recorded during the Barbican Centre s festival of Scandinavian culture. Based on the early myths of Finnish history, it is the story of the warrior hero Kullervo. With
Soile Isokski (soprano),
Jorma Hynnien (baritone), the London Symphony Orchestra and the University of Helsinki Choir.
Introduced by Christopher Cook. Director Peter Maniura OSTEREO


Unknown: Sir Colin Davis
Soprano: Jorma Hynnien
Introduced By: Christopher Cook.
Director: Peter Maniura

: Rugby Special

London v North
Midlands v South West
The final weekend of the ADT
Divisional Championship. With Chris Rea , and commentary from Nigel Starmer-Smith . ● STEREO


Unknown: Chris Rea
Unknown: Nigel Starmer-Smith

: Life with Eliza

First of a daily 12-part comedy drama series based on Barry Pain's humorous Eliza Stories about a stuffy Edwardian clerk, with upwardly mobile aspirations. Starring John Sessions
Housemaid 's Knee. Ernest is irritated by the strange noises coming from the maid.
With Sue Roderick as Eliza and Joy Roston as Parker. Producer Helen Greaves
Written and directed by Beryl Richards * TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888


Unknown: Barry Pain
Unknown: Eliza Storiesabout
Unknown: Joy Roston
Producer: Helen Greaves
Directed By: Beryl Richards

: Ski Sunday

The season's first slalom race comes from Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia's northern border with Austria. With David Vine.
Producer Mark Wilkin
Executive producer Jim Reside


Unknown: David Vine.
Producer: Mark Wilkin
Producer: Jim Reside

: A Christmas Story

Network TV premiere for this nostalgic view of a child's Christmas, starring Melinda Dillon
1940s suburban America:
9-year-old Ralphie has set his sights on a major present.
Director Bob Clark
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 4 1-65


Unknown: Melinda Dillon
Director: Bob Clark
Mother: Melinda Dillon
Old man: Darren McGavin
Ralphie: Peter Billingsley
Randy: Ian Petrella
Flick: Scott Schwartz
Schwartz: Rd Robb
Miss Shields: Tedde Moore
Scot Farcus: Zack Ward

: Realms of the Russian Bear

Last in the series on the natural history of the former USSR.
Born of Fire. In Russia's far east is Kamchatka, a wilderness with more than 30 active volcanoes.
It is a blend of Arctic austerity and tropical lushness. Swept by summer monsoons, its forests are festooned with creepers and inhabited by exotic birds, butterflies, frogs, Siberian tigers and dogs that cannot bark. The rivers run with salmon, food for huge sea eagles - and for Russia's biggest bears.
Presented by Nikolai Drozdov. Producer Nigel Marven
Series producer John Sparks
Followed by Advent Calendar(Txt)


Presented By: Nikolai Drozdov.
Producer: Nigel Marven
Producer: John Sparks

: The Cry

The Cry of Gabriel. Keely
Hodgson's haunting percussion piece for Advent describes the events of the Annunciation, when Mary receives a visit from the angel Gabriel.
With Ruth Cowley as Mary, and percussionists Evelyn Glennie ,
Gregory Knowles , Rachel Gledhill, and Gary Kettel.
Producer Christopher Mann
(The series ends with John Tavener 's The CryofChristmas.ChristmasDay. 10.55pm) ● STEREO


Unknown: Ruth Cowley
Unknown: Evelyn Glennie
Unknown: Gregory Knowles
Unknown: Gary Kettel.
Producer: Christopher Mann
Unknown: John Tavener

: Crossing Delancey

Network TV premiere for this sophisticated romantic comedy adapted from her novel by Susan Sandier , and starring Amy Irving
A 33-year-old bookstore manager is horrified to find her grandmother has been matchmaking on her behalf - and picked a pickle merchant.
With George Martin , John Bedford Lloyd, Claudia Silver , David Pierce , Rosemary Harris.
Director Joan Micklin Silver
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-65


Novel By: Susan Sandier
Unknown: Amy Irving
Unknown: George Martin
Unknown: Claudia Silver
Unknown: David Pierce
Unknown: Rosemary Harris.
Director: Joan Micklin
Isabelle Grossman: Amy Irving
Sam Posner: Peter Riegert
Anton Maes: Jeroen Krabbe
Bubbie Kantor: Reizl Bozyk
Hannah Mandelbaum: Sylvia Miles

: Funny Business

A Question of Taste. From religion to sex to language, comedy has always pushed the boundaries of taste. This gritty. fly-on-the-wall style film about the making of a documentary about offensive humour contains scenes guaranteed to outrage. Director Mark Chapman
Series producer Sarah Williams A Tiger production for BBCtv


Director: Mark Chapman
Producer: Sarah Williams

: Frenzy

Alfred Hitchcock 's disturbing thriller starring Jon Finch , Barry Foster , Alec McCowen
Suspicion for a series of brutal "necktie" murders falls on an ex-RAF officer. With
Barbara Leigh-Hunt , Anna Massey , Vivien Merchant, Bernard Cribbins , Billie Whitelaw. Jean Marsh. (B/wj
(The next Hitchcock film is Mr and Mrs Smith , tomorrow at 9. 1 5am) 0 FILMS: pages 41-65


Unknown: Alfred Hitchcock
Unknown: Jon Finch
Unknown: Barry Foster
Unknown: Alec McCowen
Unknown: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Unknown: Anna Massey
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Billie Whitelaw.
Unknown: Jean Marsh.
Unknown: Mrs Smith

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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.

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.

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