Brian Redhead in Manchester and Nigel Rees in London At 7.0 and 8.1 News and more of Today, Including Thought for the Day at 7.45'
English Regions: see column f
What makes a doctor bad enough to be disciplined by the General Medical Council? Is it medical incompetence or moral laxity? Is there a change of emphasis at this time of shifting social mores?
As a Royal Commission investigates the GMC, Bill Breekon looks at some of the issues. Producers SUSAN SNALLUM and PAT TAYLOR
BBC home correspondents and reporters.
Presented by JOHN HEDGES Producer STEPHEN KANOCZ
nem, p 54; 0 king enthroned on high (BBC HB 158); Psalm 143; Isaiah 61, vv 1-11 (av): Eternal ruler (BBC HB 321)
The Fairy at 40 by MARY K. HUSSEY
Read by Harriet Buchan Producer ALLAN G. ROGERS BBC Scotland
Frank Muir gives an irreverent commentary on our social history. 7: Opera
Readers Alec McCoweB and Norman Shelley
Adapted by SIMON BRETT from The Frank Muir Book.
Producer HALLAM TENNYSON (Frank Muir goes into ... Pleasure: Christmas Day 8.10 am; Alec McCowen stars in Private Lives: next Tuesday
9.45 pm BBC1)
adapted and translated by DOROTHY BAKER from JULES SUPERVIELLE'S story The Ox and the Ass
The first nights of Christianity. In this stable the Virgin, Joseph, the ox and the ass were extraordinarily themselves.'
Music composed by RICHARD YEOMAN-CLARK of the BBC Radio-phonic Workshop
Produced and directed by PATRICIA BRENT
Rights and Responsibilities
Edition. Presenter Nancy Wise
... to Dynamic Living says ' Happy Burkiss to You,
(Fill in your name here for that personal touch) and offers a very Burkissy Lesson 8
Plan Christmas Schedules the Burkiss Way with merry Burkissy instruction from
Jo Kendall. Nigel Rees
Chris Emmett and Fred Harris Best wishes for a happy Burkiss script from ANDREW MARSHALL and DAVID RENWICK and a prosperous new Burkiss production by SIMON BRETT
Rptd: Christmas Ere 6.15 pm)
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather
Introduced by Sue MacGregor Guest of the Week:
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Hume
1 And in the Middle of the Night Jesus was Born': British Forces service children in Berlin tell, and sing, the story of the Nativity.
Cut Glass and Coconut Juice: ROSE GAMBLE remembers Christmas 1929.
Red, White, Sweet or Dry - 3: ANNE SUTER finds out about wines for the Festive Season. Milk My Ewes and Weep bv JOYCE FUSSEY abridged in five parti by LOUIS BATTYE
Read by MARLENE SIDAWAY (Final instalment)
(Music: Basel March played by the PHILIP JONES BRASS ENSEMBLE)
Story: A Place for Everything by HERBERT MCKAY
A Family Sort of Thing by JANET HOWORTH
We've always brought the kids up to be honest. There's a good thing going between us. We communicate. They tell us the truth. It's good but we don't broadcast it around . x x
Produced and directed by MARGARET ETALL
Pamela, his wife:
Cyril, his father:
Maud, his aunt:
Cora, his mother-in-law:
Bill, Felicity's boyfriend:
Mick, an ex-wrestler:
by Georges Simenon
Six years ago Simenon was summoned to his mother's bedside to pay his last respects. Several years after her death, he felt the need to write down his thoughts during that week of daily visits to the hospital, to set down the questions he would have liked to ask her as she lay dying, forever a stranger to her son.
Patrick Troughton reads extracts from this letter Simenon wrote in her memory as he tried to know and understand her, piecing together the fragments of her past.
Producer JOHN KNIGHT
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by LEWIS CARROLL
Read bv BERNARD CRIBBINS
3: The White Queen turns into a sheep and Alice rows her unsteadily back to the little dark shop. The sheep sells Alice an egg, which she pursues over a brook. In the wood it becomes Humpty Dumpty.
VHF Regional news and weather
A panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons in which Janet Brown
Clement Freud , Peter Jones and Kenneth Williams endeavour to prevent each other from talking for just a minute on this - or that Devised by IAN MESSITER Producer
(Rptd: Christmas Eve 12.27 pm)
(Repeated: Thursday 1.30 pm)
with your comments and questions to a leading public figure. In the Chair Robin Day
Producer ELIZABETH SMITH
The lines are open from 6.0 pm
A portrait of the famous conductor by DAVID WHEELER with Andrew Sachs as Dr Otto Klemperer
' I am neither a Beethoven specialist nor a "modern" conductor. My aim has always been to conduct competently in all musical styles. There are no specialists in the field of music. Here, as elsewhere, the maxim is - "all or nothing ".'
Narrated by Basil Moss with the recorded voices of PAUL JENNINGS , WALTER LEGGE , GARETH MORRIS and LOTTE MEITNER-GRAF Other parts: JOHN OXLEY
MURRAY BROWN , DAVID GRAHAM and JEFFREY SEGAL
Produced and directed by CHRISTOPHER VENNING
Presenter Chris Powling
Douglas Stuart reporting and including
The Financial World Tonight
Mrs Lirriper 's Lodgings (2)
The second of three meditations by Rev Donald Cole. Rector of St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church, Colinton, Edinburgh followed by an interlude