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: News Summary

6.27 Farming Today
6.45 Prayer for the Day
6.50-7.0Regional news, weather and programme news

: Today The News

The world this morning': Britain at breakfast-time and the news from anywhere on earth introduced by John Timpson and Robert Robinson
7.40 Today's Papers
7.45 Thought for the Day
7.50-8.0 Regional news, weather and programme news


Introduced By: John Timpson
Introduced By: Robert Robinson

: The News

and more of Today
(including, in the Midlands and E Anglia, Regional Extra; and Today in the South and West introduced by DEREK JONES ) VHF East Anglia: see below
8.40 Today's Papers


Introduced By: Derek Jones

: The News

: From Our Own Correspondent

Contributed by the BBC's Foreign News Staff

: With Great Pleasure Eric Porter

presents a personal anthology of some of the poetry and prose he keeps on his bookshelf and reveals, before an invited audience in London, the significance of his choice. Produced by HELEN FRY


Produced By: Helen Fry

: Daily Service

NEM p 47: Love of the Father (BBC HB 522); Psalm 143: Luke 2, vv 21-27 and 34-40: My soul, there is a country (BBC HB 526)

: Music Hour

Sidney Harrison introduces some easily remembered music played by played by LIGHT ORCHESTRA conducted by MICHAEL MOORES ROBIN MILLER (oboe)


Introduces: Sidney Harrison
Conducted By: Michael Moores
Oboe: Robin Miller

: Larger than Life

Ten portraits by JULIA SMALL 2:Yuuny Man on the Make
(Mr Slope from Barchester Towers by ANTHONY TROLLOPE) Narrated and produced by DAVID DAVIS
'It is well known that the family of the Slopes never starve. They always fall on their feet like cats.'


Unknown: Mr Slope
Produced By: David Davis
Anthony Trollope: Lockwood West
Mr Slope: Wilfrid Carter
Mrs Proudie: Kathleen Helme

: You and Yours

Joan Yorke presents the Radio 4 series that tackles topics of direct concern to you. Today's main feature:
Your Home and Family
Howmucha Day?: MAUREEN O'CONNOR surveys the changing milk scene.
Other topical items too, and a selection from your letters in What's On Your Mind?
(Write to You and Yours, BBC, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA: or phone [number removed], extension 3030, and record your letter)
VHF South West: see col 1


Unknown: Joan Yorke
Unknown: Maureen O'Connor

: Dr Finlay's Casebook

From the television series based on the characters created by A. J. CRONIN with Andrew Cruickshank as Dr Cameron Barbara Mullen as Janet Bill Simpson as Dr Finlay For Services Rendered written and adapted by HARRY GREEN
Broadcast by arrangement with GRAHAM STEWART
Produced by PETER TITHERADGE (Repeated: Thursday, 6.15 pm)
12.55 Weather, information and news for your area


Unknown: A. J. Cronin
Unknown: Andrew Cruickshank
Unknown: Dr Cameron Barbara Mullen
Unknown: Janet Bill Simpson
Adapted By: Harry Green
Arrangement With: Graham Stewart
Produced By: Peter Titheradge
Dr Snoddie: Eric Woodburn
Willie Cochrane: Henry Stamper
Mrs Cochrane: Margot Boyd
Matron: Margot Boyd
Sheriff: John Dunbar
Mr Grant: Antony Higginson
Mr Muir: Douglas Blackwell
Constable: Sean Arnold
Usher: Sean Arnold

: The World at One The News

and voices and topics in and behind the headlines introduced by William Hardcastle


Introduced By: William Hardcastle

: The Archers

: Listen with Mother

Story: Freddie the Road Engine by MRS L. GARNER


Unknown: Mrs L. Garner

: Steve Race's Invitation to Music



Leader: Maurice Cavanagh
Conducted By: Alun Francis
Violin: Derek Collier

: C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers

A novel-sequence (1914-1968) arranged for radio in 29 parts 16: Events too big for men
1944. At Barford the atomic bomb has become an imminent probability, but with the technical problems almost solved the scientists begin to concern themselves with the moral implications of their work.
Produced by ROGER PINE Executive producer NORMAN WRIGHT


Produced By: Roger Pine
Producer: Norman Wright
Lewis Eliot: Geoffrey Matthews
Sir Hector Rose: John Bentley
Walter Luke: Michael Kilgarriff
Martin Eliot: John Samson
Sawbridge: Jon Rollason
Pearson: John Forrest
Mounteney: Patrick Tull
Francis Getliffe: Simon Lack
Irene: Joanna Wake

: Venus with Pistol

The novel by GAVIN LYALL adapted as an eight-part serial by BETTY DAVIES with Edward Woodward and Toby Robins
7: The Elusive Captain Parker Who is Captain Parker? Bert and Elizabeth find the answer - an answer that threatens their lives.


Novel By: Gavin Lyall
Unknown: Betty Davies
Unknown: Edward Woodward
Unknown: Toby Robins

: Gardeners' Question Time

FRANKLIN ENGELMANN invites FRED LOADS, BILL SOWERBUTTS and ALAN GEMMELL to answer questions which listeners have sent in by post. Produced by KENNETH FORD
Questions (on postcards) to: Gardeners' Question Time, BBC, Woodhouse Lane , Leeds LS2 9PX


Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Unknown: Bill Sowerbutts
Unknown: Alan Gemmell
Produced By: Kenneth Ford
Unknown: Woodhouse Lane

: Story Time Tales of the Five Towns

A series of short stories by ARNOLD BENNETT adapted by BARRY CAMPBELL 7: Phantom
Mr Lionel Woolley , bank manager and ' amazing instance of a creature without a soul ', is brought into contact with 1 those secret forces beyond human ken.'
Produced by JAMES DUCKETT (from Birmingham)


Stories By: Arnold Bennett
Adapted By: Barry Campbell
Unknown: Mr Lionel Woolley
Reader: George Woolley
Produced By: James Duckett

: PM

The news magazine that sums up your day - and starts off your evening. Presented by William Hardcastle and Roger Cook
5.50-6.0 Regional news, weather and programme news


Presented By: William Hardcastle
Presented By: Roger Cook

: Me and the Missus

Written by DAVID CUMMING and DEREK COLLYER starring
Bill Fraser as Me and with Produced by TRAFFORD WHITELOCK


Written By: David Cumming
Written By: Derek Collyer
Unknown: Bill Fraser
Produced By: Trafford Whitelock
The Missus: Patricia Hayes
Mr Harris: Robert Doming
Rita: Stella Tanner
Mr Diplock: John Graham
Maggie: Andria Lawrence

: The Archers

(Repeated: Wed, 1.30 pm)


Writer: Brian Hayles

: News Desk

Gerald Priestiand presenting world news and views With MERYL O'KEEFFE


Unknown: Gerald Priestiand

: It's Your Line

[number removed]
Ring Robin Day to put your question in person to
Sir Francis Chichester , air navigator, pilot and yachtsman To promote a maximum flow o] questions, [number removed](12 lines) will take them from 6.30 pm onward, as well as while the programme is on the air.
(Shortened version: Wednesday, 9.35 am)


Unknown: Sir Francis Chichester
Produced By: Walter Wallich

: The Orange Sunrise Richard Wagner's Love Affair with

Cosima von Biilow Compiled and written by ANTHONY WILKINSON
Three women played a decisive role in the life of Wagner. One he married, one he renounced, and one married him. The third, Cosima von Biilow , came to him in the evening of his life ...


Written By: Anthony Wilkinson
Unknown: Cosima von Biilow
Unknown: Richard Bebb
Unknown: Katherine Parr
Unknown: Elizabeth Proud
Unknown: Ronald Herdman
Unknown: Trevor Martin
Unknown: Clifford Norgate
Produced By: John Powell
Richard Wagner: David Buck
Olwen Griffiths: Cosima Von Biilow
Minna Wagner: Gwen Watford

: Mr President, would you please reconsider....

We don't say the President is wrong. We say 'Mr President. would you please reconsider...?'
In Indonesia you only contradict politely; the opposition believe in co-operation; the army leads a civilian government; the people believe they are all descended from heroes: corruption is a barrier to progress, and the only thing that makes it possible.
In a recent visit to this little-known South-East Asian country, John Tusa explores some of the contradictions resulting from Indonesian attempts at that difficult reconciliation of ancient traditions with the pressures of modern economic reality.


Presenter: John Tusa
Producer: Anne Duncan-Jones

: Weather

: The World Tonight The News

Douglas Stuart reporting, with voices and opinions from around the world


Unknown: Douglas Stuart

: A Book at Bedtime: Bhowani Junction: 17

by John Masters
Read by Tony Britton as Rodney Savage

(Tony Britton is in 'Move Over Mrs Markham' at the Vaudeville Theatre, London)


Rodney Savage (Reader): Tony Britton

: The Late News

All the day's news preceded by Weather
11.31 Market Trends

: Closedown

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