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: Prayer for the Day

6.50-7.0 Regional news, weather and programme news

: Today

7.0 News
John Timpson and Douglas Cameron
7.40 Today's Papers
7.45 Thought for the Day
7.50-8.0 Regional news. weather and programme news
8.0 News and more of Today
(including Regional Extra and Today in the South and West)
VHF East Anglia: see column 5
8.40 Today's Papers


Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: Douglas Cameron

: Peter Ustinov

recalls the eventful day he was sent to learn all about Radar,

: News

: The King's Favourite

based on Mme de Pompadour by NANCY MITFORD : adapted for radio bv ALAN MEI.VILLE 3: The Well-Beloved
Moira Lister. Edward de Souza and Alan Melville
(Moira Lister is in Move Over Mrs Markham ' at the Vaudeville Theatre: Edward de Souza in ' The Philanthropist ' at the May Fair Theatre. London)


Unknown: Mme de Pompadour
Unknown: Nancy Mitford
Unknown: Moira Lister.
Producer: Norman Wright
Producer: Moira Lister
Unknown: Mrs Markham
Narrator: Alan Melville
Louis XV EDWARD: De Souza
Mme de Choiseul: Kate Binchy
Mme de Pompadour: Moira Lister
Mme de Hausset: Cecile Chevreau
A young widow: Deborah Dallas
Dr Quesney: Godfrey Kenton
d'Argenson: Geoffrey Matthews
M de Sacy: Philip Morant
Mme d'Estrades: Jane Knowles
M Collin: John Samson
Marquise Ferté: Margot Boyd
The Queen: Pauline Letts

: Seven is My Number

Actress Ann Todd believes that life is a succession of new beginnings. Seven years ago she began a new career making documentary films. Now, ' because,' she says, ' my life seems to change every seven years, she wonders what the next beginning will bring.
In this interview she talks to ALAN HAYDOCK


Unknown: Ann Todd
Unknown: Alan Haydock

: Daily Service

NEM p 15: The advent of our King (BBC HB 39); Psalm 111; Matthew 1, vv 18-25 (AV); People, look East (oac 133)

: Show Boat

Songs from the LP of the famous KERN and HAMMERSTEIN musical made by the stars of the new London production: Andre Jobin. Cleo Laine
Thomas Carey. Kenneth Nelson Lorna Dallas , Ena Cabayo
Jan Hunt , and Derek Royle who introduces the programme Producer DEREK CHINNERY
(Repeated: Monday, 2.15 pm)
(Derek Royle is in ' Show Boat' at the Adelphi Theatre, London)
(See-BBC2. 5.45 pm)


Unknown: Andre Jobin.
Unknown: Cleo Laine
Unknown: Thomas Carey.
Unknown: Kenneth Nelson
Unknown: Lorna Dallas
Unknown: Ena Cabayo
Unknown: Jan Hunt
Unknown: Derek Royle
Producer: Derek Chinnery
Unknown: Derek Royle

: Happy Christmas

A seasonal programme for young people invented and presented by JEAN MACINTYRE (14 years) FRANCINE BATES (13 years) TESSA STOREY (12 years) NlLU PATTNAIK (13 years) PAUL BOROSS (12 years)
With some grown-ups, speaking when they're spoken to: Leslie Crowther
Cyril Fletcher , Clement Freud Jon Pertwee
With MISS DARIEL PERTWEE Kenneth Williams and Dr Maurice Burton
Also the unbridled views and opinions of young people from all over the country Producers DAVID HATCH and SIMON BRETT


Presented By: Jean MacIntyre
Unknown: Francine Bates
Unknown: Paul Boross
Unknown: Leslie Crowther
Unknown: Miss Caroline Crowther
Unknown: Cyril Fletcher
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Jon Pertwee
Unknown: Miss Dariel Pertwee
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Dr Maurice Burton
Producers: David Hatch
Producers: Simon Brett

: You and Yours

Take a rest from Christmas preparations as Joan Yorke presents the leisure edition of the series that tackles topics of direct concern to you, including:
A look at the Norwegian system where husband and wife share the same job; the labours that go into your 100th birthday; and how Income Tax reductions hit charities,
VHF South West: see column 5


Unknown: Joan Yorke

: Petticoat Line

12.55 Weather, information and news for your area

: The World at One: News

Jonathan Dimbleby


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby

: The Archers

: Listen with Mother

The Story of Christmas by JEAN SUTCLIFFE


Unknown: Jean Sutcliffe

: Afternoon Theatre

Selected for Friday
A Nativity for N-Town Arranged for radio by RAYMOND RAIKES from the 15th-century plays of Lincoln
Music, based on traditional carols, arranged and composed by ELIZABETH POSTON with the BBC CHORUS and a section of the NEW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by HAROLD NOBLE Producer RAYMOND RAIKES


Unknown: Raymond Raikes
Composed By: Elizabeth Poston
Conducted By: Harold Noble
Producer: Raymond Raikes
Contemplation, who proclaims the play: Carleton Hobbs
High Priest: Arthur Gomez
Mary: June Tobin
Angel Gabriel: Godfrey Kenton
Joseph: Norman Shelley
Voice of the Trinity: John Pullen
Boosras, Maunfras and Amys, shepherds: John Baddeley
Boosras, Maunfras and Amys, shepherds: George Hagan
Boosras, Maunfras and Amys, shepherds: Anthony Hall
Herod the King: Derek Smith
Kings Balthazar, Melchizar and Jaspar: Austin Trevor
Kings Balthazar, Melchizar and Jaspar: Antony Viccars
Kings Balthazar, Melchizar and Jaspar: David Valla
Seneschal: Malcolm Hayes
Two Women: Barbara Mitchell
Two Women: Elizabeth Morgan
Death: Kenneth Hyde

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, upon Christmas Eve (A stereophonic recording can be heard on Christmas morning at 10.40 on Radio 3 - for Order of Service, see page 60)

: And They be Fair and Black

PERCY BARNES of Tenterden recalls the days well over half a century ago when he worked with oxen on a Kent farm.
Introduced by ANTHONY THOMAS


Unknown: Percy Barnes
Introduced By: Anthony Thomas

: Story Time

Stones of Destiny by MARGARET POTTER 5: Star of Africa
Narrative spoken by GEOFFREY BANKS who also portrays the various characters


Unknown: Margaret Potter
Spoken By: Geoffrey Banks

: PM Reports

Jonathan Dimbleby and PM's reporting team
5.50-6.0 Regional news, weather and programme news


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby

: News

: Top of the Form

: The Archers

(Repeated: Monday, 1.30 pm)


Written By: Bruno Milna

: News Desk

Gerald Priestland presenting world news and views


Unknown: Gerald Priestland

: Pick of the Week

NANCY wise makes a personal selection from BBC Radio and TV. Introduced by JOHN ELLISON (Repeated: Saturday.4.0pm)


Introduced By: John Ellison

: Any Questions?

A spontaneous discussion by LORD BOOTHBY, RUSSELL BRADDON
(Repeated: Saturday, 1.15 pm)


Unknown: Russell Braddon
Unknown: David Jacobs
Producer: Michael Bowen

: It Was Always Snowing at Christmas

Jean Metcalfe is one of those for whom snow and Christmas have a special magic. This is reflected in her selection of poetry, prose and music, which includes extracts from Beatrix Poster 's The Tailor of Gloucester and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Lamplighter. There'll also be certain poets reading their own work: SIR JOHN BETJEMAN and PHILIP LARKIN , and the recorded voice Of DYLAN THOMAS.
(Repeated: Tuesday, 9.35 am)


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Beatrix Poster
Unknown: Robert Louis
Unknown: John Betjeman
Unknown: Philip Larkin
Unknown: Dylan Thomas.
Producer: Elizabeth Smith

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

Douglas Stuart reporting


Unknown: Douglas Stuart

: That Most Excellent Gift....

A two-part examination by DEREK COOPER of the workings of Charities in modern society. 2: Roles and Regulations Producer BERNARD TATE


Unknown: Derek Cooper
Producer: Bernard Tate

: A Book at Bedtime

The Shipbuilders
Read by TOM FLEMING (15)


Read By: Tom Fleming

: Ronnie Barker

Lines from my Grandfather Christmas's Forehead.
A sequential entertainment for Christmas, also featuring Terence Brady and Pauline Yates, with GORDON LANGFORD at the piano. The lines are contributed by CHRIS ALLEN, JOHN GRAHAM, W. W. MAYNE and LESLIE HARRIS, MICHAEL PALIN, MYLES RUDGE and GORDON LANGFORD, ALLAN SCOTT and CHRIS BRYANT, DYLAN THOMAS, GERALD WILEY.
(Repeated: tomorrow, 12 noon) (Christmas cover story: page 3)


Starring: Ronnie Barker
Featuring: Terence Brady
Featuring: Pauline Yates
At the Piano: Gordon Langford
Written By: Chris Allen
Written By: John Graham
Written By: W. W. Mayne
Written By: Leslie Harris
Written By: Michael Palin
Written By: Myles Rudge
Written By: Gordon Langford
Written By: Allan Scott
Written By: Chris Bryant
Written By: Dylan Thomas
Written By: Gerald Wiley
Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

: News

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

: Midnight Communion

Service from Bethany Baptist Church, Rhiwbina, Cardiff conducted by the Minister, THE REV GWYNFRYN C. THOMAS Organist GORDON BUTTERS Choirmaster ALFRED HILL


Organist: Gwynfryn C. Thomas
Organist: Gordon Butters
Choirmaster: Alfred Hill

: Closedown

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