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: Today

Introduced by John Timpson and Desmond Lynam
Including at 6.50 and 7.50 Travel news, What's on and (6.50 only) Keep Fit; Weather and programme 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 7.45-7.5) by COLIN MAWBY


Introduced By: John Timpson
Introduced By: Desmond Lynam
Unknown: Colin Mawby

: Put Out More Flags

Read by HUGH BURDEN (2)


Unknown: Evelyn Waugh
Read By: Hugh Burden

: News

: Tuesday Call

I'll never forget the Christmas when ...
I'isited Bethlehem, the place where it all began ... The snow was calf-deep and crisp as a meringue and my red-faced long-awaited daughter slept in her crib ... My dinner was two pieces of bread and a tin of sardines ... We had to cut the cake with a fret-saw ... I spent Christmas in Holloway Prison ... The presents arrived by camel - wearing crown and artificial holly. Steve Race calls listeners to talk about Christmases they'll never forget.
Producer ANNE CATCHPOLE Woman's Hour Unit


Unknown: Steve Race
Producer: Anne Catchpole

: News

: Daily Service

NEM, p 25; Thy kingdom come! (BBC BB 28); Psalm 9; Isaiah 64, vv 1-9 (Rsv); 0 come, 0 come, Immanuel (BBC HB 36)

: Morning Story

Santa's Disc Dimes by EILEEN HOTS
Read by Blain Fairman
The radio was full on and Frankie could hear his father's voice: ' 'For the finest gift in town this Christmas, give yourself a present by helping the children of our less fortunate friends.' Frankie wished he could send in a request to Santa.
(Blain Fairman is in 'The Gingerbread Lady' at the Phoenix Theatre, London)


Read By: Blain Fairman
Unknown: Blain Fairman

: News

: Down Your Way

Variety Club of Great Britain

: John Ebdon

continues his investigation of the BBC Sound Archives but once again comes to no serious conclusion.

: News

: You and Yours

Presenter George Luce
Open Your Doors! (2) PAT nowi describes how to go about becoming a foster-parent.


Presenter: George Luce
Unknown: Pat Nowi

: Dr Finlay's Casebook

from the TV series based on the characters created by A. J. CRONIN with The Eternal Spring written by ARTHUR SWINSON adapted by PAT DUNLOP
An old herbalist seems to possess unique powers - but his prescriptions do not meet with the approval of Arden House.
Producer TRAFFORD WHITELOCK (Rptd: Boxing Day 6.15 pm)
Weather, programme news


Unknown: A. J. Cronin
Written By: Arthur Swinson
Adapted By: Pat Dunlop
Dr Cameron: Andrew Cruickshank
Janet: Barbara Mullen
Dr Finlay: Bill Simpson
Dorothy Hay: Rona Anderson
Anthony Hay: Lloyd Lamble
Flora: Helen Worth
Duncan Dinwoodie: Malcolm Hayes

: The World at One: News

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


Introduced By: William Hardcastle

: The Archers

: Woman's Hour

Presenter Sue MacGregor
The Celebration of Christmas: MARJORIE ANDERSON chooses some favourite poems and reads them with FRANK WINDSOR
2.0-2.2 News
Down and Out in London and Napoli: FRANCO LAGATTOLLA remembers good food in worse times.
Someone I'll Never Forget: recalled by CAROLYN SCOTT , ELIZABETH WEBB and JOHN MERRETT.
This is the way the world ends: three wives from Cyprus on the loss of their homes.
Jug o/ Silver by TRUMAN CAPOTE abridged and read by MARVIN KANE


Unknown: Marjorie Anderson
Unknown: Frank Windsor
Unknown: Carolyn Scott
Unknown: Elizabeth Webb
Unknown: John Merrett.
Read By: Marvin Kane

: Listen with Mother

The Story of Christmas by JEAN SUTCLIFFE
Listen with Mother Books , a series of paperbacks containing favourite stories from the programmes, from bookshops


Unknown: Jean Sutcliffe
Unknown: Mother Books

: News

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

in King's College Chapel, Cambridge upon Christmas Eve
(Rptd: tomorrow 2.50 pm R3) Order of service: page 48

: A Pickwickian Christ mas at Dingley Dell

Read by GEOFFREY MATTHEWS 2: A wedding with mistletoe


Read By: Geoffrey Matthews

: Reports

The news magazine: presented by William Hardcastle and PM's reporting team
5.55 Weather, programme news


Presented By: William Hardcastle

: News

: My Word!

A panel game devised by EDWARD J. MASON and TONY SHRYANE
Dilys Powell and Frank Mutr challenge Anne Scott-James and Dents Norden
In the chair Jack Longland Questions compiled by PETER MOORE
(Repeated: Boxing Day 12.27)


Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: Dilys Powell
Unknown: Frank Mutr
Unknown: Anne Scott-James
Unknown: Jack Longland
Unknown: Peter Moore

: The Archers

(Rptd: Christmas Day 2.15 pm)

: News Desk

John Tidmarsh presenting world news and views


Unknown: John Tidmarsh

: And Then We Wrote....

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann invite you to a party to hear how some of their hitherto unrecorded hit songs came to be written; and with the help of their friends - PAT LANCASTER , CHARLOTTE MITCHELL, ANNE ROGERS and JULIAN ORCHARD - they run through these pre-' Hat ' revue numbers from Oranges and Lemons, Penny Plain, Airs on a Shoestring and Fresh Airs. Compiled and produced by JOHN DYAS


Unknown: Michael Flanders
Unknown: Donald Swann
Unknown: Pat Lancaster
Unknown: Anne Rogers
Produced By: John Dyas

: Attenborough Round the World

David Attenborough plays his favourite sounds from around the world - and with every sound there's a story ...


Unknown: David Attenborough

: La Boheme

Philip Hope-Wallace introduces records of excerpts from Puccini's well-loved opera, conducted by SIR THOMAS BEECHAM , With VICTORIA DE LOS ANGELES. JUSSI BJORLING and ROBERT MERRILL.


Unknown: Sir Thomas Beecham
Unknown: Robert Merrill.

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

Douglas Stuart reporting


Unknown: Douglas Stuart

: A Book at Bedtime

Smokescreen by DICK FRANCIS Read by JACK WATSON (2)


Unknown: Dick Francis
Read By: Jack Watson

: The Happy Prince

and The Selfish Giant Two fairy tales by OSCAR WILDE read by Micheal Mac Liamm6ir
Producer RONALD MASON (1965)


Read By: Micheal Mac
Producer: Ronald Mason

: News

preceded by Weather

: Midnight Mass of the Nativity

from St Chad's Roman Catholic Church. South Hill, Chorley
Celebrant FR GEORGE SONGHURST Preacher
Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool Readings: Isaiah 9, vv 1-7; Titus 2, vv 11-14; Psalm 95; Luke 2, vv 1-14
Hymns: 0 come, thou Wisdom whose decree; Sussex Carol; See amid the winter's snow; Adeste Fideles; Sleep, Holy
Babe; Christ was born on Christmas Day; Hark! the herald angels sing
Introduced by FR JOHN THOMPSON


Unknown: Celebrant Fr George
Unknown: Augustine Harris
Choirmaster: Michael Callaghan
Organist: William Snape
Introduced By: Fr John Thompson

: Closedown

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