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: Prayer for the Day



Unknown: Rosemary Wakelin

: Today

Michael Aspel presents Radio 4's two-hour Boxing Day morning special
6.50 Holiday travel news, What's on. and Keep Fit with EILEEN FOWLER


Unknown: Michael Aspel
Unknown: Eileen Fowler

: News

and more of Today on Boxing Day, including at 7.25 Sportsdesk

: News

and more of Today on Boxing Day, including at 8.25 Sportsdesk

: Night Passage

Read by SEAN BARRETT (2)


Read By: Sean Barrett

: News

: The Living World

As Others See Us

: Christmas Twenty Questions

from the Royal Herbert Hospital. Woolwich
Anona Winn , Joy Adamson
Norman Hackforth , Peter Glaze try to guess objects thought up by the patients and hospital staff. Peter Jones in the chair. Producer JOHN CASSELS


Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Joy Adamson
Unknown: Norman Hackforth
Unknown: Peter Glaze
Unknown: Peter Jones
Producer: John Cassels

: News

: Richmal Crompton's William

Martin Jarvis reads William and the Princess Goldilocks


Unknown: Martin Jarvis

: Daily Service

New Every Morning, p 17; All poor men and humble (Oxford Book of Carols 34): Psalm 111; Acts 7, v 55, to 8, v 3 (AV); 0 God. thy soldiers' faithful Lord (BBC HB 232)

: Morning Story

One Sunday in Cleveland recalled by Basil Boothroyd Producer BARBARA CROWTHER


Recalled By: Basil Boothroyd
Producer: Barbara Crowther

: News

: Down Your Way

BRIAN JOHNSTON recently visited The Hippodrome, Bristol, to watch final rehearsals for the Christmas pantomime, Aladdin. X


Unknown: Brian Johnston

: Out for the Count

James Burke gives his views on Boxing Day, with illustrations from BBC Sound Archives.


Unknown: James Burke

: News

: You and Yours

Country Style
Boxing Day Edition presented by Jeanine McMullen featuring a survival centre for rare farm animals; a new lease of life for battery hens; the gentle art of dry stone walling; a cautionary note on holly and mistletoe; and other seasonable country topics.


Presented By: Jeanine McMullen

: Just a Minute

Weather, programme news

: The World at One: News

William Hardcastle


Unknown: William Hardcastle

: The Archers

: Johnny Morris

Warts and Wieniawski - in which Johnny recalls the problems of being a child violinist. Johnny visits The Idle Islands: Friday at 7.50 pm BBC2

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

On the Second Day of Christmas by IVOR WILSON
Policemen enjoy a quiet Christmas as much as anybody, but when a young surgeon and a nurse are snatched from a hospital, Supt Thompson decides a lot of his men will have to forgo their family celebrations.
Producer ALFRED BRADLEY (Leeds)


Unknown: Ivor Wilson
Unknown: Supt Thompson
Producer: Alfred Bradley
Forbes: Alan Rothwell
SUpt Thompson: Geoffrey Banks
Sgt Gray: Graham Roberts
Galloway: Ronald Baddiley
Brenda Bennett: Carole Hayman
Stan: Ronald Baddiley
Vince: Colin Edwynn
Mick: David Mahlowe
Mrs PottS: Patricia England
Commander: David Mahlowe

: News

: Cliff Morgan

My Kind of Music
Alistair Cooke 's Kind of Music: New Year's Day, 1.45 pm


Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Reports

The news magazine: presented by William Hardcastle and PM's reporting team


Presented By: William Hardcastle

: News

: Petticoat Line

Renee Houston , Beryl Reid Margaret Powell Juno Alexander
In the chair Anona Winn
(Repeated: Friday, 12.27 pm)


Unknown: Renee Houston
Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Margaret Powell
Unknown: Juno Alexander
Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Ian Messiter.
Producer: Alastair Scott Johnston

: The Archers

(Repeated: Thursday, 1.30 pm)

: News Desk

Adam Raphael


Unknown: Adam Raphael

: Celebration: Take It From Here

A celebration of its birth some 25 years ago.
Frank Muir and Denis Norden reminisce about the story of the Glum Family and the seven-year engagement of Ron and Eth. Taking part in the original programmes are:
Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley, June Whitfield, Wallas Eaton
Written by MUIR and NORDEN produced by CHARLES MAXWELL
Excerpts made available by BBC Transcription Service
Celebration producer JOHN BROWELL


Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Dick Bentley
Unknown: June Whitfield
Unknown: Wallas Eaton
Produced By: Charles Maxwell
Producer: John Browell

: Midweek Theatre: Maugham the Storyteller: The Treasure

by W. Somerset Maugham, adapted by Liane Aukin
Carleton Hobbs, Richard Hurndall and Gwen Watford
Richard Harenger, rich man-about-town, engages a very personable parlourmaid - who turns out to be a treasure indeed!
(1969) (Repeated: Thursday, 3.5 pm)


Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Adapted by: Liane Aukin
Producer: Keith Williams
Somerset Maugham: Carleton Hobbs
Richard Harenger: Richard Hurndall
Pritchard: Gwen Watford
Superintendent: Ella Milne
Mrs Jeddy: Margot Boyd
Launder: Wilfrid Carter
Samuel Coalville: John Pullen
Dr Goscote: James Thomason
Sir William Chelsworth: Peter Pratt

: Boxing Day Challenge

A special Christmas contest between Round Britain Quiz and Brain of Britain Representing
Round Britain Quiz:
Irene Thomas. John Mays Anthony Quinton Representing
Brain of Britain:
Glyn Court , Hugh Stewart Peter Richardson
Chairmen Jack Longland and Robert Robinson Questions compiled by JACK LONGLAND and JOHN P.WYNN Producers MARTIN FISHER and TREVOR HILL
Sir Jack Longland answers
Any Questions? Friday 4 Jan.


Unknown: Irene Thomas.
Unknown: John Mays
Unknown: Anthony Quinton
Unknown: Glyn Court
Unknown: Hugh Stewart
Unknown: Peter Richardson
Unknown: Jack Longland
Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Jack Longland
Unknown: John P.Wynn
Producers: Martin Fisher
Unknown: Sir Jack Longland

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

Douglas Stuart discusses the year's events with Radio 4's anchormen: John Timpson (Today), William Hardcastle (The World at One) and Gerald Priestland (News Desk)


Unknown: Douglas Stuart
Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: William Hardcastle

: A Book at Bedtime

Goodbye. Mr Chips
(Part 3: Thursday. 10.30 pm)

: The Time of My Life

Kenneth Williams


Unknown: Kenneth Williams

: Harpsichord Music

Telemann and Rameau played by RAFAEL PUYANA gramophone records


Played By: Rafael Puyana

: News

preceded by Weather

: Closedown

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