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: News

: Half-witted, Merry and Mad!

(B'cast on Christmas Sunday)

: Sportsdesk

A holiday edition, with the latest news in football and racing

: News

: Seventy Marvellous Years

This December the fabled Dame Angela Marvell celebrates her 70th birthday. In conversation with Peter France she and the legendary Sir Kenneth Shandy share memories of their long and distinguished stage partnership, and recreate some of their famous performances together.
Also taking part: JACK GRIFFIN
(Rptd: New Year's Eve, 4.5 pm)


Unknown: Dame Angela Marvell
Unknown: Peter France
Unknown: Sir Kenneth Shandy
Unknown: Jack Griffin
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Arthur Marshall
Producer: Pamela Howe

: Boots at the Holly Tree

Short story by CHARLES DICKENS Read by Andrew Cruickshank Producer john CARDY


Story By: Charles Dickens
Read By: Andrew Cruickshank
Producer: John Cardy

: News

: Start the Week with Richard Baker

Esther Rantzen. Kenneth Rob inson and Fritz Spiegl


Unknown: Esther Rantzen.
Unknown: Kenneth Rob
Unknown: Fritz Spiegl
Producer: Michael Gilliam

: News

: Wildlife

Holly and mistletoe, robins and turkeys, don't just appear on our Christmas cards: today the team puts on its paper hats to discuss your questions about Christmas wildlife.
Introduced by DEREK JONES Producer DILYS BREESE BBC Bristol


Introduced By: Derek Jones
Producer: Dilys Breese

: Daily Service

NEM, p 97; 0 word of God incarnate (BBC HB 191); Psalm 119, vv 105-112 (bcp); John 1, vv 1-14 (rsv); The blessed son of God (Carols for Choirs 36)

: Entertainment 76

Bryan Forbes reviews the Passing Year in the World of Entertainment including Live Theatre Extracts from:

Banana Ridge (Ben Travers) with Robert Morley, George Cole, Vivienne Martin (from the Savoy Theatre)

The Circle (W. Somerset Maugham) with Googie Withers, John McCallum and Bill Fraser (from the Theatre Royal, Haymarket)

Otherwise Engaged (Simon Gray) with Michael Gambon and Rosemary Martin (from the Comedy Theatre)


Presenter: Bryan Forbes
Script: Barry Norman
Producer: John Browell
Producer: Ian Fenner

: News

: The Foreign Legion

Traditionally the French Foreign Legion offered an escape after a failed love affair. There are varying descriptions of the men who have made up its ranks. Some describe them as a brutal band of ex-criminals choosing the Legion as an alternative to prison. Others rate them as some of the elite soldiers of the world.
Julian Manyon talks to men who have served in the Legion. Some completed their tours of duty, others escaped because they could stand it no longer. Producer DAVID SHUTE BBC Birmingham


Talks: Julian Manyon
Producer: David Shute

: Desert Island Discs

Weather and programme newt VHF Regional news and weather

: The World at One: News

Gordon dough

: The Archers

: Quote... Unquote

(B'cost on Christmas Sunday)

: News

: Afternoon Theatre: Portrait of a Man with Red Hair

with Peter Marinker, David March, Martin Jarvis and Caroline John
'Why had he a clutch of terror as though someone was whispering to him that he must turn tail and run? Nothing could be more lovely than that town basking in the mellow afternoon light, and yet he was afraid at the sight of it...'


Writer: Hugh Walpole
Adapted by: Antony Kearey
Dance composed and arranged by: John Wilbraham
Trumpet: John Wilbraham
Flute: George Crozier
Bass: Anne Collis
Arranged By: John Wilbraham
Director: Betty Davies
Producer: Betty Davies
Charles Harkness: Peter Marinker
Frances Prentice: Norma Ronald
Peter Prentice: Antony Kearey
David Dunbar: Martin Jarvis
JabeZ: Geoffrey Matthews
Hesther: Caroline John
Herrick: John Rye
Mabel: Carole Boyd
Crispin: David March
Gideon: Basil Jones
Geoffrey: Sian Probert
Tamsin: Emily Richard

: Kenneth More: The Inexperienced Ghost

Kenneth More reads The Inexperienced Ghost
A short story by H. G. Wells


Author: H.G. Wells
Reader: Kenneth More
Producer: Kay Patrick

: News

: That's the Way their Money Goes

How, on what, and when do people in other countries spend their money - and what do they seek from life?
Four of the BBC's foreign correspondents, home for Christmas, talk about the living standards of the people in the areas which they cover, and compare them with those they find in Britain.
Angus McDermid (United States) Philip Short (Soviet Union) Clive Small (South Africa) David Willey (Italy)
In the chair John Hosken Producer PADDY O'KEEFFE


Unknown: David Willey
Unknown: John Hosken
Producer: Paddy O'Keeffe

: Weather, programme news

VHF Regional news and weather

: News

: What Ho! Jeeves: The Ordeal of Young Tuppy

by P.G. Wodehouse
starring Michael Hordern as Jeeves and Richard Briers as Bertie Wooster with Vivian Pickles as Aunt Dahlia and Stephen Moore as Tuppy Glossop

(Repeated: Wed 11.5 am)
(Michael Hordern is a National Theatre player; Stephen Moore is in "Dirty Linen" at the Arts Theatre Club, London)


Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Adapted by: Chris Miller
Producer: Simon Brett
Jeeves: Michael Hordern
Bertie Wooster: Richard Briers
Aunt Dahlia: Vivian Pickles
Tuppy Glossop: Stephen Moore

: The Archers

(Repeated: Tuesday 1.30 pm)

: News

: My Kind of Music

John Julius Norwich plays some of his favourite records and explains why they give him particular pleasure,


Unknown: John Julius Norwich

: They Had to be Joking

GALLANT COLONEL (at Dinner Party): ' Your daughters, my dear Mrs Tympanum , are looking simply delightful tonight! ' MRS TYMPANUM (rather hard of hearing and very intent on a r6ti of duckling): ' Yes, aren't they. I've had them stuffed with sage and onions! '
Basil Boothroyd casts a mystified glance at what amused the Victorians and Edwardians Cast: MICHAEL MCCLAIN and JO MANNING WILSON
(Rptd: New Year's Eve 10.5 am)


Unknown: Mrs Tympanum
Unknown: Basil Boothroyd
Unknown: Michael McClain
Unknown: Jo Manning Wilson
Written By: Basil Boothroyd
Producer: Bobby Jaye

: The Monday Play

Design for Living by NOEL COWARD
' The actual facts are ao simple. I love you. You love me. You love Otto. I love Otto. Otto loves you. Otto loves me, There now! ... '
Edited for radio by GUY VAESEN Produced and directed by IAN COTTERELL


Radio By: Guy Vaesen
Directed By: Ian Cotterell
Gilda: Anna Massey
Otto: John Rye
Leo: Martin Jarvis
Ernest: John Rowe
Grace: Irene Sutcliffe
Henry: David Graham
Helen: Nicolette McKenzie

: Weather

: News

: John Arlott's Sporting Year

1976 - the year in which James Hunt conquered the world of motor racing.... the year when David Wilkie and John Curry struck gold for Britain. But it was also a year which left Britain with many questions to be answered in 1977. Will England qualify for the World Cup finals? Will Scotland win through? What of the challenge from Wales and Northern Ireland? Can the British Lions do it again in New Zealand? Can England's cricketers regain the Ashes when the Australians return again this summer?
JOHN ARLOTT , one of radio's most celebrated broadcasters, takes a reflective look at the sporting scene in the company of friends and colleagues, many of whom have either made or written the sporting headlines in 1976. A Radio Sports Unit production


Unknown: James Hunt
Unknown: David Wilkie
Unknown: John Curry
Unknown: John Arlott

: Betjemania

A musical entertainment based on the poems of Sir John Bctjeman with Rowland Davies. John Gould Gay Soper and Barry Stokes Words bv SIR JOHN BETJEMAN Music by JOHN GOULD
Produced for radio from David Benedictus 's stage production by SIMON BRETT
(Rowland Davies. John Gould , Gay Soper and Barry Stokes are in ' Betjemania ' at the Shaw Theatre, London)


Unknown: Sir John Bctjeman
Unknown: Rowland Davies.
Unknown: John Gould
Unknown: Gay Soper
Unknown: Barry Stokes
Unknown: Sir John Betjeman
Music By: John Gould
Unknown: David Benedictus
Unknown: John Gould
Unknown: David Benedictus
Production By: Simon Brett
Production By: Rowland Davies.
Production By: John Gould
Production By: Gay Soper
Production By: Barry Stokes

: News

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