Producers ROBIN HICKS and GARTH COOPER
6.40 Prayer for the Day ROSEMARY WAKELIN
with Nigel Rees in London and Brian Redhead in Manchester
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 and Weather; and Thought for the Day at 7.45*
English Regions: see column 5
How ' Normal' is the Paranormal?
Have you ever seen a ghost or suffered from poltergeists? Do you dream about the future, bend spoons or dowse for water? Are you telepathic? Or do you believe all such reported experiences can be put down to delusion, deception or coincidence?
Paranormal phenomena have been notoriously elusive when put to the scientific test, nevertheless researchers throughout the world are producing results, positive and negative, often inconclusive but frequently fascinating.
To find out what they are, or how they may relate to your experience, ring Tony Buzan and Professor John Taylor. In the Chair Sue MacGregor Produced by the Woman's Hour Unit
Call [number removed]from 8.0 am
NEM, p 50; 0 spirit of the living God (BBC HB 159); Psalm 86; John 20, vv 19-29 (rsv); Our father's home eternal (BBC HB 233)
The Sky is Clear by JAMES PRESTON
Read by Kerry Francis
' Alarm flooded through me ... I knew that it was only a matter of time before I was back behind the prison walls, but freedom, brief as it may be, is sweet ... And now here was this kid about to see me, to turn and run and spread the alarm ... '
' One of my favourite carols Is While shepherds watched their flocks by night ". I think it is because this marvellous experience came to simple people, uneducated people like me. people who thought themselves of no account.'
A selection from MARGARET POWELL 'S radio recordings over the years.
Home and Fmily Edition Presenter Mart Prichard with your letters
A general knowledge contest between schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Questionmasters: Tim Gudgln and Bob Holnen First Round 6: Scotland
Craigmount High School, Edinburgh v
Wallace High School. Stirling Questions set by ROY SMITH Producer JOHN BRIDGES
(Repeated: Thursday 6.15 pm)
Weather and programme newt VHF Regional news and weather
and voices and topics in and behind the headlines introduced by Brian Widlake
Introduced by Sue MacGregor Carolling Round Europe: a seasonal tour of customs and carols with folksingers JOY HYMAN and JENNIFER RICE.
How the Other Half Dies: SUSAN GEORGE on the avoidance of famine.
One Black, One Brown. One Pink: in a mixed immigrant area the school Nativity Play has special charm.
Shellfish for Tea: MARl PRICHARD spends a day at sea on a shrimp boat.
MARLENE SIDAWAY reads
Milk My Ewes and Weep by JOYCE FUSSEY (4)
Story: The Naughtiest Story of All by DOROTHY EDWARDS
by HENRY JAMES with and Dramatised for radio in two parts by MARY HOPE ALLEN In conjunction with the producer and director IAN COTTEREU. Part 1
Although set In Venice at the end of the last century, this - one of Henry James 's best known short stories - deals with the timeless moral problem of how far a biographer, in trying to find out the truth of the famous dead, is justified in prying into the private lives of the less famous living.
The Biographer Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies:
The Misses Bordereau:
visits Huntingdon where members of the St Ives and District Flower Club put their questions to
FRED LOADS, BILL SOWERBUTTS and ALAN GEMMELL
Questionmaster MICHAEL BARRATT Producer KENNETH FORD BBC Manchester
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by LEWIS CARROLL
Read by BERNARD CRIBBINS
2: Alice is assured by the Red Queen that she, too, can be a Queen (if she behaves like a pawn). She has a strange railway journey accompanied by insects, loses her name, finds It again, and hears the story of The Walrus and the Carpenter.
5.50 Financial Report
VHF Regional news and weather
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 Questions compiled by PETER MOORE
(Repeated: Thursday 12.27 pm)
(Repeated: Wednesday 1.30 pm)
Presenter Michael Oliver
Douglas Stuart reporting and including
The Financial World Tonight
by Charles Dickens, abridged In three parts by Ann Rees-Jones
Read by Barbara Mitchell
1. A loveable landlady in the grand Dickensian tradition, an orphaned boy left to gladden the heart of his adoptive 'Gran' and Major Jemmy Jackson, a lodger of many years' standing and great esteem, form a happy little family circle at No 81 Norfolk Street, Strand.
Producer Margaret Etall
The first of three meditations by Rev Donald Cole , Rector of St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church, Colinton, Edinburgh.
followed by an interlude