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: Prayer for the Day



Unknown: John Jackson

: Today

The world this morning: what Britain's getting up to, plus the news from anywhere on earth, introduced by John Timpson and Desmond Lynam. Including at 6.50 and 7.50 med wave only Travel news, What's on and (6.50 only) Keep Fit with EILEEN FOWLER ; Weather and prog news at 6.55 and 7.55. At 7.0 and 8.0 News and more of Today with Sports-desk at 7.25 and 8.25; Today's Papers at 7.35* and 8.35*: and Thought for the Day 7.45-7.50 by CYRIL FLETCHER


Introduced By: John Timpson
Introduced By: Desmond Lynam.
Unknown: Eileen Fowler
Unknown: Cyril Fletcher

: Put Out More Flags

by EVELYN WAUGH abridged in 15 instalments by DONALD BANCROFT
Read by Hugh Burden (1)
September 1939. As other men brace themselves to serve their country, Basil Seal , too, prepares for war. So long as it is agreeable and lucrative, war, for Basil, will do just as well as peace.


Unknown: Evelyn Waugh
Unknown: Donald Bancroft
Read By: Hugh Burden
Unknown: Basil Seal
Producer: John Cardy

: News

: Start the Week with Richard Baker

Aided by Harriet Crawlcy , Sheridan Morley , Lance Perci val. Esther Rantzen , Kenneth Robinson. Fritz Spiegl and other Monday morning regulars, he takes a lively look round. Producer HUGH PURCELL


Unknown: Harriet Crawlcy
Unknown: Sheridan Morley
Unknown: Lance Perci
Unknown: Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Kenneth Robinson.
Unknown: Fritz Spiegl
Producer: Hugh Purcell

: News

: Wildlife

Why don't migratory birds adapt to breeding and wintering in the same placet Do ear-wigs go into ears' How does a fly land on the ceilingT
A few of the knotty problems discussed in this Wildlife question session.
Introduced by DEREK JONES Producer JOHN HARRISON
Series producer DILYS BREESE
Questions to: Wildlife, BBC, Bristol BS8 2LR


Introduced By: Derek Jones
Producer: John Harrison
Producer: Dilys Breese

: Daily Service

NEM, p 89; Behold us, Lord (BBC HB 349); Psalm 118, vv 1-14; Isaiah 63, vv 7-17 (hsv); Lo! he comes (BBC HB 35)

: Morning Story

The Big One by JOHN ONSLOW Read by Nigel Graham
The wolf stood by her, head cocked to one side, and then like a puppy he danced before her. capering in the snow..., Shelagh's plumed tail beat softly....


Read By: Nigel Graham
Producer: Barbara Crowther

: News

: Any Questions?

(Details as Saturday 1.15 pm)
11.50 Announcements

: News

: You and Yours

Presenter George Luce
See the Med-and Make the Bed Feel the need to get away? NANCY WISE talks to some young people who, free from ties, have temporarily dropped out With other items and your letters in What's On Your Mind?


Presenter: George Luce

: Desert Island Discs

Angela Baddeley , actress
Weather, programme news


Unknown: Angela Baddeley

: The World at One:News

and voices and topics In and behind the headlines introduced by Robert Williams


Introduced By: Robert Williams

: The Archers

: Woman's Hour

Presenter Sue MacGregor Talk till Two.
2.0-2.2 News
Christmas is Coming: last-min
, ute suggestions and reminders from ZENA SKINNER.
My Beegees and 1: BA MASON turns into a goose mother.
Music Fit for a King: JEAN FIT-CHEW talks to boys and men of King's College Choir. Cam-bridge, on the eve of their Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols ,
Death of the Hind Legs by JOHN WAIN abridged by PAT MCLOUGHLIN read by SHEILA GRANT


Unknown: Zena Skinner.
Abridged By: Pat McLoughlin
Read By: Sheila Grant
Editor: Teresa McGonagle
Editor: Wyn Knowles

: Listen with Mother

Story: Big Fat Rosie's Snowman by MARY CALVERT
Book, Turnip Tom and Big Fat Rosie, 30p, from bookshops


Unknown: Mary Calvert
Unknown: Turnip Tom

: News

: Afternoon Theatre: The Ghost and Mrs Muir

by R. A. Dick


Author: R. A. Dick

: A Pickwickian Christmas at Dingley Dell

Read by Geoffrey Matthews
' good-humoured Christmas account of a wedding and some other sports beside: which although in their way. even as good customs as marriage itself, are not quite so religiously kept up in these degenerate times.'
1: An old-fashioned drive in fine frosty weather and other sundry events
Part 2: tomorrow 4.35 pm


Read By: Geoffrey Matthews

: Reports

The news magazine: presented by Robert Williams with PM's reporting team
5.50 Financial Report
5.55 Weather, programme news


Presented By: Robert Williams

: News

: Just a Minute

A panel game controlled (!) by Nicholas Parsons in which Kenneth Williams
Clement Freud. Peter Jones and AndrCe Melly try to talk for just a minute on this and that
(Rptd: Christmas Day 2.30 pm)


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Peter Jones
Unknown: Andrce Melly
Unknown: Ian Messiter
Producer: John Lloyd

: The Archers

(Repeated: tomorrow 1.30 pm)


Written By: Bruno Milna

: News Desk

John Tidmarsh presenting world news and views


Unknown: John Tidmarsh

: Cold Comfort Farm

Read by Kenneth Williams The book by STELLA GIBBONS abridged in six parts and produced by PAMELA HOWE
3: I saw something nasty in the woodshed ...


Read By: Kenneth Williams
Book By: Stella Gibbons
Produced By: Pamela Howe

: The Monday Play: Present Laughter

A light comedy by Noel Coward adapted and produced by Ian Cotterell with Paul Scofield and Fenella Fielding, Patricia Routledge, Joy Parker and David Timson
'Every play you appear in is exactly the same. You have a great following and a strong personality, and all you do with your talent is wear dressing-gowns and make witty remarks!'
(Rptd: next Sunday 2.30 pm)
(Fenella Fielding is in 'Absurd Person Singular' at the Vaudeville Theatre, London)


Writer: Noel Coward
Adapted by/Producer: Ian Cotterell
Daphne Stillington: Miriam Margolyes
Miss Erikson: Diana Olsson
Fred: Timothy Bateson
Monica Reed: Patricia Routledge
Garry Essendine: Paul Scofield
Liz Essendine: Joy Parker
Roland Maule: David Timson
Henry Lyppiatt: Alan Rowe
Morris Dixon: Vernon Joyner
Joanna Lyppiatt: Fenella Fielding
Lady Saltburn: Betty Huntley-Wright

: Sir John Betjeman

' At home ' - with conversation, music and poems drawn mainly from his latest collection A Nip in the Air
(Repeated: Friday 4.5 pm)


Producer: Tom Vernon

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

Douglas Stuart reporting


Unknown: Douglas Stuart

: A Book at Bedtime

Smokescreen by DICK FRANCIS abridged in 12 parts by BRIAN GEAR
Read by Jack Watson
' Three years ago I was asked to go out and judge the horses at the Rand Show in South Africa, and I thought I mustn't go out there without trying to make a little bit of use of it. My wife and I went racing, we went down the gold mines, we went for three or four days up in the Kruger Game Reserve, and that helped me build up the story of Smokescreen.' (DICK FRANCIS in a BBCtv interview) Producer MICHAEL BOWEN (Bristol)


Unknown: Dick Francis
Read By: Jack Watson
Unknown: Dick Francis
Producer: Michael Bowen

: The Financial World Tonight

Radio 4's International Busli ness Report: Market Trends

: Hammers and Harmony

Johnny Morris recalls an age of self-acting musical instruments and introduces choice items restored to technical perfection at the West Cornwall Museum of Mechanical Music,


Presenter: Johnny Morris

: News

preceded by Weather

: Inshore forecast


: With Radio 3

At 12.0 Experimental Broadcast: BBC in Quadraphony CORMAC RIGBY introduces The First Nowell
A Nativity Play with music by RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS See facing page


Introduces: Quadraphony Cormac Rigby
Music By: Ralph Vaughan Williams

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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.

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