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: News Summary

9.32 Farming Today presented by BRYAN PLATT
(Europe Farm Facts, a set of 15 cards containing information on the common Agricultural Policy which comes into force next February, 75p: see p 114)
6.50 Outlook
Reflecting matters of Christian interest and concern
VHF: Regional news, weather
1.55 Weather, programme news


Presented By: Bryan Platt

: News

7.10 On Your Farm: a weekly review of the agricultural scene Producer ANTHONY PARKIN (from Birmingham)
7.40 Today Papers
7.45 Outlook


Producer: Anthony Parkin

: Today

Michael Aspel introduces Radio 4's 60-minute worldwide look at the weekend.
7.50 Travel news and What's on VHF: Regional news, weather
7.55 Weather, programme news
8.0 News and more of Today including at 8.20 TROMPETTO on food; at 8.30* Sportsdesk; at
8.45 Today's Papers


Introduces: Michael Aspel

: Weather

: News

: Saturday Briefing

Radio 4 fills you in on the political scene at home and abroad, starting with 9.5 From Our Own Correspondent
Contributed by the BBC's Foreign News staff
9.30 The Weekly World
ANDREW SINCLAIR reviews what the weeklies have to say, with illustrations read by BRIAN EMPRINGHAM
9.45 The Week in Westminster
Parliamentarians discuss the week's business with Narrator MARTIN MUNCASTER Producers BERNARD TATE


Read By: Brian Empringham
Producers: Bernard Tate
Unknown: Martin Cox

: Daily Service

NEM p80; Wake, 0 wake! (BBC HB 40); Psalm 11; Isaiah 64, vv 1-9 (rsv); 0 come, 0 come, Immanuel (BBC HB 36)

: Pick of the Week

NANCY WISE makes a personal selection of items from BBC Radio and TV.
Introduced by JOHN ELLISON Research JEAN STROUD
11.30 Announcements


Introduced By: John Ellison
Introduced By: Research Jean Stroud

: Sports Parade

Introduced by DESMOND LYNAM
Featuring League football in England and Scotland; Racing; Rugby Union and Rugby League Producer BOB BURROWS
(Sport on 2: from 2.0 pm. On Boxing Day there'll be more Sport on 2, including soccer, racing from Kempton Park and, from Twickenham, the All Blacks match against Combined Services)


Introduced By: Desmond Lynam
Producer: Bob Burrows

: You and Yours

Jeanine McMullen presents this edition of the Radio 4 series that tackles topics of direct concern to you. You and Your Time
Christmas Games: a look at family entertainment old and new.
Presents for anybody: some seasonable suggestions for satisfaction.
With other items and your letters in What's On Your Mind?


Unknown: Jeanine McMullen

: Top of the Form

A general knowledge contest between schools in England, Scotland, Wales and N Ireland. Questionmasters
Questions set by ROY SMITH Producer MARTIN FISHER
(Repeated: Friday, 6.15 pm)
12.55 Weather, programme news VHF : Regional news, weather


Unknown: John Ellison
Unknown: Tim Gudgin
Producer: Martin Fisher

: News

: Any Questions?

A spontaneous discussion by Baroness Stocks
The Bishop of Crediton Frank Gillard Kenneth More
Chairman David Jacobs Producer MICHAEL BOWEN from Somerset


Unknown: David Jacobs
Producer: Michael Bowen

: Afternoon Theatre: Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley adapted for radio by Malcolm Hazell
with Hugh Dickson as Victor Frankenstein, Trevor Martin as the Daemon

'I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the World.' (Mary Shelley: preface to 1831 edition)
Time: end of the 18th century.
(from Bristol)


Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Adapted by: Malcolm Hazell
Producer: Brian Miller
The Daemon: Trevor Martin
Victor Frankenstein: Hugh Dickson
Captain: Esmond Rideout
Helmsman: John Smith
Walton: Nigel Graham
Krempe: William Sleigh
Waldman: Terry Scully
Father: Douglas Blackwell
Clerval: Robin Browne
Judge: Nigel Graham
Advocate: John Smith
Justine: Jane Knowles
Elizabeth: Katy Kendall
Old man: Hedley Goodall
Felix: Terry Scully
Macalister: William Sleigh
Kirwin: Robin Browne

: Weekend Woman's Hour

Introduced by Judith Chalmers Christmas guest: Rolf Harris
What the European papers say. Bring on the Dancing Boys! BRIAN GEAR meets some promising lads at old tyme and ballet classes
Snowflakes and Ski-doos: Christmas in Canada, described by members of the TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR, with carols
A Wedding Man is Nicer Than Cats Miss by RACHEL scott abridged by olive SHAPLEY Read by BARBARA YOUNG


Introduced By: Judith Chalmers
Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Rachel Scott
Abridged By: Olive Shapley
Read By: Barbara Young

: 4th Dimension

John Dunn introduces a Christmas edition of the Saturday show for young listeners. Rex Radio by ALEXANDER GUYAN Captain Radio, Passionflower, and the man you love to hate, in Christmas Krakov with NIGEL LAMBERT
4.5 The Wizard of Oz dramatised by ALFRED BRADLEY from the novel by L. FRANK BAUM
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion set off along the yellow brick road to find the Wonderful Wizard who can give them their hearts' desires.
(Wendy Padbury is in ' Peter Pan ' at the London Coliseum; John Blythe in ' Mother Goose' at the Theatre Royal, Windsor) Editor GRAHAM GAULD


Introduces: John Dunn
Radio By: Alexander Guyan
Unknown: Nigel Lambert
Unknown: Pat Keen
Unknown: Garard Green
Producer: Elizabeth Ornbo
Dramatised By: Alfred Bradley
Novel By: L. Frank Baum
Music By: Trevor Holroyd
Producer: Alfred Bradley
Unknown: Wendy Padbury
Unknown: Peter Pan
Unknown: John Blythe
Editor: Graham Gauld
Dorothy: Wendy Padbury
Uncle Henry: Ronald Herdman
Aunt Em: Kathleen Helme
Good Witch of the North: Elisabeth Paget
Scarecrow: Christopher Godwin
Tinman: Douglas Fielding
Cowardly Lion: John Blythe
Guardian of the Gates: Brian Miller
Wizard of Oz: Ronald Herdman
Wicked Witch of the West: Kathleen Helme
WitCh'S Cat: Brian Miller

: The Long March of Everyman

Themes and Variations from the History of the People in Britain. based upon their own words, spoken by their descendants. 13: ArcadiaT
The British countryside before the Industrial Revolution.
Composed and produced by MICHAEL MASON under the direction of Joan Thirsk. Reader in Economic History. Oxford.
(A series of 26 programmes)
5.55 Weather, programme news VHF : Regional news, weather


Produced By: Michael Mason

: News

: Letter from America



Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Sports Session

The stories behind the day's sporting headlines

: Desert Island Discs

Elsie and Doris Waters (Gert and Daisy) discuss with hoy PLOMLEY (in a recorded programme devised by himi the gramophone records they would take to a desert island. Producer RONALD COOK
(Repeated: Monday. 7.0 pm)
(And they're in Sounds Familiar on Thursday, Radio 2, too)


Producer: Ronald Cook

: These You Have Loved

Richard Baker introduces a weekly sequence of favourite music chosen from records made by some of the world's great artists.
(And Christmas Eve, 11.15 am)


Introduces: Richard Baker

: Saturday-Night Theatre

Northanger Abbey by JANE AUSTEN arranged as a play by CONSTANCE cox and adapted for radio by SEAN MACLOUGHLIN
The year is 1808: and the action passes between Mrs Allen's lodgings in Bath and a Hall at Northanger Abbey.
ANNA BERENSKA plays the square piano of the period
(' Lady Susan ' begins in Story Time: Boxing Day, 4.30 pm)


Unknown: Jane Austen
Play By: Constance Cox
Unknown: Sean MacLoughlin
Unknown: Anna Berenska
Producer: Norman Wright
Mrs Allen: Sheila Mitchell
Susan her maid: Helen Worth
The Morlands: Catherine: Rosalind Shanks
James, her brother: Fraser Kerr
The Thorpes: Mrs Thorpe: Fabia Drake
Isabella, her daughter: Frances Jeater
John her son: Robin Browne
The Tilnevs:General Tilney: Geoffrey Wincott
Henry, his son: John Rye
Eleanor, his daughter: Jane Knowles
Captain Frederick, his eldest Son: Anthony Hall

: Weather

: News

: A Word in Edgeways

A late-evening conversation in Which PROFESSOR JOHN COHEN , STANLEY COLLIER and JIM HOGAN exchange thoughts, opinions, ideas and prejudices with BRIAN REDHEAD
Producer MICHAEL GREEN (from Manchester)


Unknown: Professor John Cohen
Unknown: Stanley Collier
Unknown: Jim Hogan

: Lighten Our Darkness

Evening Prayers conducted by FR PATRICK MCENROE


Conducted By: Fr Patrick McEnroe
Singers: St Gabriel
Conductor: Kennedy Ryan

: Film Time

A topical view of the cinema featuring the stars, the new films and the people who make them: including Robert Neame 's The Poseidon Adventure and George C. Scott in Precinct 45. Introduced by JOHN BENTLEY Written by MARJORIE BILBOW Producer BOBBY JAYE


Unknown: Robert Neame
Unknown: George C. Scott
Introduced By: John Bentley
Written By: Marjorie Bilbow
Producer: Bobby Jaye

: News

preceded by Weather
11.45 Inshore waters forecast

: Closedown

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