The Unambiguous Yes
BISHOP DAVID SIIEPPARD talks about the Christmas promise.
7.55 Weather, programme news 0 come, all ye faithful ...
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 ...
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
The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
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
Sub-organist HUBERT STAFFORD
David Jacobs presents a selection of seasonal music and comedy for the whole family.
Songs by The Barber Surgeons with contributions from
ARTHUR ASKEY , RONNIE BARKER JIMMY EDWARDS , RAY FELL FRANKIE HOWERD , TED RAY and many others
Compiled and produced by TONY LUKE and FENNER
12.55 Weather, programme news
The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth followed by News
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
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...
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)
(Sat's broadcast: shortened)
Richard BAKER makes the annual appeal for the Wireless for the Blind Fund
Donations to Richard Baker (for address see 12.2 pm R2)
(Rptd: Boxing Day, 2.45 pm)
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
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
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.
Mabell, Countess of Airlie:
The Hon Margaret Wyndham:
King Edward VIII (David):
The Princess Royal (Mary):
The Duchess of Gloucester (Alice):
Walter Monckton, KC:
The Duchess of York (Elizabeth):
The Duke of York (Bertie):
... 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
Bethlehem by REV BERNARD WALKE
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