Michael Cooke in Manchester and John Tlmpson in London
At 7.0 and 8.0 News and more of Today, including Sports News and Today's Papers; at 7.25* and 8.25* VHF Regional News, Weather; and Thought for the Day at 7.45*
English Regions: see column 5
Thousands and thousands of children truant from school each day. No one is sure of the exact number because despite registration children can still ' opt-out ' of school after roll-call.
Kathryn Davies has been to truancy centres and schools In order to find why young people don't find school that appealing any more.
by Jack Philip-Nichols
Read by Michael Elder
'I put the phone on the living-room table and laid the revolver beside it - I knew I hadn't got the job, but why had he asked me to phone that number - and why at that time? The red hand came round to eight seconds to eight and I started to dial...'
Chairman Robert Robinson
Second Round 24: Wales and Northern Ireland
Harry Butlin (Clwyd), retired technologist; James Pirie (Gwynedd), secretary; Paul Burrows (Co Armagh), school-master; Andrew Hemphill (Co Londonderry), schoolteacher
Including Beat the Brains
Questions set by John P. Wynn and Ian Gillies
(Repeated: Friday 6.15 pm)
12.55 Weather, programme news; VHF Regional news and weather.
Introduced by Sue MacGregor
Guest of the Week: Christopher Zealley, Chairman of the Consumers' Association,
Finos and Festivals and White Towns in the Sun: Teresa McGonagle reports on a visit to the Sherry region of Spain.
Perhaps You Need... an Actuary: a look at one of the less well-known professions.
Through the Eyes of a Child: going on holiday.
I Know a Rotten Place (3)
Blood Lines by JOHN KIRKMORRIS with William Eedle as Arthur and Joy Harrison as Sara Arthur : I came here today with a proposal. Joe can tell you about it. Go on, say your piece, Joe.
JOE: We haven't made a brilliant start, have we? Right. The short way of saying it is to tell you that your father-in-law wishes to make Christopher his eventual heir.
Directed by RICHARD WORTLEY
by Donald Bull
New stories about the characters created by A.J. Cronin
Broadcast by arrangement with Graham Stewart
Producer Edward Taylor
Broadcast by arrangement with:
Fourth in a 12-part drama series Ian Ogilvy in The Queen of Spades by ALEXANDER PUSHKIN adapted for radio by MAURICE TRAVERS
Throughout history men have gambled for high stakes but when Hermann discovered the secret of how to win at cards he gambled with a life and his own sanity.
Devised and directed by DEREK HODDINOTT
BBC World Service production
On 7 January 1973 the starved emaciated body of seven-year-old Maria Colwell was delivered in an old pram to a Brighton hospital The subsequent inquiry stated:
The overall impression created by Maria's sad history is that i while individuals made mistakes, it was " the system ". : using the words in the widest e sense, which failed her. Because that system is the product of society. It is upon society as a whole that the ultimate blame must rest: indeed, the highly emotional and angry reaction of the public in this case may indicate society's troubled conscience.'
Narrated by Edgar Lustgarten Written and produced by ALAN BURGESS
The quiz game about what famous people said and what Peter Cook. John Wells Richard Boston and Jo Kendall think they ought to have said instead.
Quotations read by Ronald Fletcher
Devised and presented by Nigel Rees
Producer JOHN LLOYD
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