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: Thought for the Day

The Unambiguous Yes
BISHOP DAVID SIIEPPARD talks about the Christmas promise.
7.55 Weather, programme news 0 come, all ye faithful ...


Talks: David Siieppard

: News

: My Kind of Music

Gordon Jackson plays some of his favourite records and explains why they give him particular pleasure.
(Extended rpt: Boxing Day 11.5)
8.55 Christmas Day Parade O come, all ye faithful ...


Unknown: Gordon Jackson

: News

: Christmas Bells

3rcetings from St Swithun's, East Grin-stead, Sussex; St Andrew's, Preston, Weymouth; St Matthew 's, Buckley, North Wales; St Swithun's, East Retford, Notts; Dunblane Cathedral, Scotland; St Don ard's. Belfast; Leicester Cathedral; and The Church of the Holy Nativity,
Introduced by ROBERT HUDSON Producer


Unknown: St Matthew
Unknown: St Don
Introduced By: Robert Hudson
Producer: John Haslam

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth

: Christmas Morning Service

from Sheffield Cathedral
Conducted by the Precentor CANON DENIS MCKEE
Preacher RT REV RETLEY PRICE, Bishop of Doncaster
Readings (Rsv): Isaiah 9, vv 2-7; Luke 2, vv 1-20
Hymns (EH): Of the Father's heart begotten (613); 0 come. all ye faithful (28)
Te Deum (Sumsion in G)
Jubilate Deo (Britten in c)
Anthem: Here is the little door (Howells). Master of the Music GRAHAM MATTHEWS


Unknown: Canon Denis McKee
Music: Graham Matthews
Music: Sub-Organist Hubert Stafford

: Christmas Morning

David Jacobs presents a selection of seasonal music and comedy for the whole family.
Songs by The Barber Surgeons with contributions from
Compiled and produced by TONY LUKE and FENNER
12.55 Weather, programme news


Unknown: David Jacobs
Unknown: Arthur Askey
Unknown: Ronnie Barker
Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Ray Fell
Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Unknown: Ted Ray
Produced By: Tony Luke
Produced By: Fenner

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth followed by News

: My Word!

A panel game devised by TONY SHRYANE and EDWARD J. MASON
Dilys Powell and Frank Muir challenge
Anne Scott-James and Denis Norden
In the Chair Jack Longland


Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Unknown: Dilys Powell
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Anne Scott-James
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Jack Longland

: The Archers

: West End Winners: Relatively Speaking

by Alan Ayckbourn
with Michael Aldridge and Rosemary Leach
Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967 and helped to establish Ayckbourn as one of the leading comic dramatists in the country.
Ginny and Greg are a young couple who want to marry - but first Ginny has a past she wants to discard. Her attempts to do so result in a series of superbly funny mistaken identities and hilarious confusions...


Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: Kay Patrick
Greg: Nigel Lambert
Ginny: Joanna Wake
Philip: Michael Aldridge
Sheila: Rosemary Leach

: Twenty Questions

A special Christmas Party edition with a guest celebrity panel: Dorothy Tutin, Esther Rantzen, Cyril Smith, MP and Richard Briers.
In the Chair Cliff Michelmore
(Rev rpt: Boxing Day, 10.2 am)
(Dorothy Tutin is in "A Month in the Country" at the Albery Theatre; Richard Briers in "Absent Friends" at the Garrick Theatre, London)


Panellist: Dorothy Tutin
Panellist: Esther Rantzen
Panellist: Cyril Smith
Panellist: Richard Briers
Chairman: Cliff Michelmore
Producer: Bobby Jaye

: These You Have Loved

(Sat's broadcast: shortened)

: News

: Christmas Appeal

Richard BAKER makes the annual appeal for the Wireless for the Blind Fund
Donations to Richard Baker (for address see 12.2 pm R2)


Unknown: Richard Baker
Unknown: Richard Baker

: Just a Minute

: The Archers

(Rptd: Boxing Day, 2.45 pm)

: The Waltz King

with Elisabeth Bergner
One of the greatest of 20thcentury actresses makes a rare radio appearance in this programme to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Johann Strauss.
Like Strauss a native of Vienna, she tells his story in the form of a fictitious memoir. Written and produced by ALAN HAYDOCK


Unknown: Elisabeth Bergner
Unknown: Johann Strauss.
Produced By: Alan Haydock

: Roy Plomley's Christmas Island

Three guests from that Desert Island: Keep Fit expert Eileen Fowler ; writer and broadcaster Susan Hill ; vet-cum-author James Herriot , join ROY PLOMLEY for a glass of wine, some conversation, and possibly a record or two. Positively no seagulls. Producer BARBARA CROWTHER


Unknown: Eileen Fowler
Unknown: Susan Hill
Unknown: James Herriot
Unknown: Roy Plomley
Producer: Barbara Crowther

: Crown Matrimonial

by ROYCE RYTON adapted and produced by IAN COTTERELL starring Gwen Ffrangcon Davies and Peter Barkworth with Martin Jarvis. Jane Wenham and Rachel Kempson
The action of the play takes place in Queen Mary's private drawing-room at Marlborough House, London, in 1936. She is still Britain's only Queen, for her eldest son, King Edward VIII, has as yet no wife.


Unknown: Royce Ryton
Produced By: Ian Cotterell
Unknown: Gwen Ffrangcon Davies
Unknown: Peter Barkworth
Unknown: Martin Jarvis.
Unknown: Jane Wenham
Unknown: Rachel Kempson
Queen Mary: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Mabell, Countess of Airlie: Rachel Kempson
The Hon Margaret Wyndham: Hilda Schroder
King Edward VIII (David): Peter Barkworth
The Princess Royal (Mary): Rosalind Shanks
The Duchess of Gloucester (Alice): Deborah Paige
Walter Monckton, KC: Peter Bowell
The Duchess of York (Elizabeth): Jane Wenham
The Duke of York (Bertie): Martin Jarvis
Queen's page: Anthony Smee
Narrator: Alvar Lidell

: News

and Weather

: 'Neath Bredon Hill ...

... lies the tiny Worcester-shire village of Elmley Castle. a haphazard collection of black-and-white timbered cottages, a church and a couple of pubs. Life there changes little for the country folk whose home it is. In this special Christmas Night programme Gwyn Richards chronicles a year in the villages life, traces the changing patterns of the four seasons, and presents a sound picture of a year in one English village which could, in fact, be almost any English village in almost any year. Producer JOCK GALLAGHER BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Gwyn Richards
Producer: Jock Gallagher

: A Christmas Epilogue

Part of an archive recording of this Nativity play first broadcast from his parish church of St Hilary , Cornwall, 50 years ago this Christmas.
Introduced by RONALD FARROW


Unknown: Bernard Walke
Unknown: St Hilary
Introduced By: Ronald Farrow

: News

preceded by Weather

: Closedown

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