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: Prayer for the Day



Unknown: John Congdon

: Today

with Nigel Rees in London and Brian Redhead in Manchester
At 7.0 and 8.0 News and more of Today, Including Thought for the Day at 7.45*
English Regions: see column 5


Unknown: Nigel Rees
Unknown: Brian Redhead

: Jumbo



Read By: Manning Wilson

: News

: The Living World

Which birds in a group form a ' charm '7 What is a ' crotchet-tailed puttock '? Do you know a bird that sounds as if it's trying to arouse a young cat? Whether you know the answers to these questions or not, why not join us for a Christmas wildlife quiz?
Series producer DILYS BREESE BBC Bristol
(Beast on Christmas Sunday)


Introduced By: David Streeter
Producer: John Harrison
Producer: Dilys Breese

: Finger on the Pulse

Thanks to Peter Pan
Nancy Wise visits the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, which is partly supported by the royalties from J. U. Barries famous play. She talks to patients and their parents, and the staff who look after them.


Unknown: Peter Pan
Unknown: Nancy Wise
Producers: Susan Snailum
Producers: Pat Taylor

: News

: In Britain Now

BBC home correspondents and reporters


Presented By: Laurie MacMillan
Producer: Stepben Kanocz

: Daily Service

NEM, p 17; Behold, the great Creator makes (BBC HB 44); Psalm 33, vv 13-21; Philippians 2, vv 1-11 (NEB); A great and mighty wonder (BBC BB 41)

: Morning Story

Week-end Flyer by CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL Read by Roger SaowdoB


Unknown: Christopher Russell
Read By: Roger Saowdob

: News

: What Ho! Jeeves

(Broadcast on Boxing Day)

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Big Jake Rides Again by JOHN UNSWORTH
With his big Pools win, Jack Hepplewaithe takes the family away from Oldham on a sentimental journey to the American West, pursuing the memory of Great-Great-Uncle Jake, * the terror of Deadman's Gulch '.
Produced and directed by BRIAN MILLER BBC Bristol


Unknown: John Unsworth
Unknown: Jack Hepplewaithe
Directed By: Brian Miller
Jack: James Thomason
Annie: Olwin Griffiths
Albert jo: Manning Wilson
Waiter: Rex Holdsworth
Guggin: Roger Snowdon

: News

: You and Yours

Rights and Responsibilities
Edition. Presenter Nancy Wise


Presenter: Nancy Wise

: The Burkiss Way

... to Dynamic Living
Radio's Advanced Correspondence Course
All you have to do is fill ia your name here: take out all the vowels and consonants and make an anagram of what remains to win Lesson 9 - Gain Spiritual Fulfilment the Burkiss Way with instruction from Jo Kendall, Nigel Rees, Chris Emmett and Fred Harris. Alternative prizes: a script by ANDREW MARSHALL and DAVID RENWICK or a production by simon BRETT

(Rptd: New Year's Eve 6.15pm)


Jo: Kendall
Nigel: Rees
Chris: Emmett
Fred: Harris
Script By: Andrew Marshall
Script By: David Renwick
Production By: Simon Brett

: The World at One: News

Brian Widlake


Unknown: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Guest of the Week:
Sir Denys Lasdun , architect of the National Theatre.
2.0-2.2 News
'A Peasant's Biggest Capital Investment '. BETTY SVENDSON plans to give practical help to donkeys abroad.
There'll Always be an England: GORDON SNELL revives, in words and music, the lost art of patriotism.
Sweet Confusion (2)


Unknown: MacGregor Guest
Unknown: Sir Denys Lasdun
Unknown: Betty Svendson
Unknown: Gordon Snell

: Listen with Mother

Story: Dr Susan by ANNE WELLINGTON

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

Out for the Count by KEN WHITMORE with ' I'm an old campaigner In the sex war. But when a man's advances are coupled with repeated warnings to be careful with my money, when you run after me all night round the Casino, spoiling my pleasure saying " don't spend this. watch your pennies " - and then when we get back to the hotel, try to break down my bedroom door, it's too much. What I can't stand is you being tight-fisted and randy at the same time! '
Produced and directed by ALFRED BRADLEY BBC Manchester


Unknown: Ken Whitmore
Directed By: Alfred Bradley
Molly Martingale: June Barry
Customer: Herbert Smith
Oscar: Christopher Godwin
Cleo/The Princess: Carole Hayman
Crystal Swinkly: Penelope Davis
Victor: Laurence Kenny
Mr Spice: Ronald Herdman
Count: Geoffrey Wheeler

: News

: My Islands in the Sun

In 1967 in the kingdom of Tonga, history was in the making. Two years after Queen Salote's death. her son was to be crowned King Taufa-ahau Tupou IV.
June Knox-Mawer looks back an her visit to the friendly islands of Tonga when she watched the Coronation of the head of the last Polynesian monarchy.
Producer PETER de ROSA


Producer: Peter de Rosa

: Story Time

I Capture the Castle 2: The Visitors

: PM Reports

Brian Widlake
S.50 Financial Report
VHF Regional news and weather
5.55 Weather, programme news


Unknown: Brian Widlake

: News

: Just a Minute

A panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons tn which Clement Freud
Peter Jones. Alfred Marks and Kenneth Williams endeavour to prevent each other from talking for just a minute on this - or that. Devised by IAN MESSITER Producer
(Repeated: New Year's Eve
12.27 pin)


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Peter Jones.
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Ian Messiter
Producer: John Browell

: The Archers

(Repeated: Thursday 1.30 pm)

: News

: Time for Action

with Roger Cook and Nick Ross Anywhere bat Next to us
The ratepayers in the West Midlands have a grievance and the travellers, or gypsies, have very few places to go, despite legislation designed to provide official sites throughout the country. This is regarded by many as The Solution to a persistent problem.
But now, eight years on, that problem has not gone away and the gulf between local residents and the itinerant traveller is as wide as ever. ROGER cook (for the travellers) and NICK ross (on behalf of aU local protest) investigate in the West Midlands area, and look at the national implications.
Production assistance
SALLY DIPLOCK. Producer ISABEL JAMES (Repeated: Thursday 11.5 am)


Unknown: Roger Cook
Unknown: Nick Ross
Unknown: Nick Ross
Unknown: Sally Diplock.

: The Night We Closed the Empire

'Prudes on the Prowl In Leicester Square!'
'Empire Licence Refused' '1894 Sensation'
Tsars might die and Mongolian dynasties collapse but the loss of London's brightest and merriest theatre caused chaos in the capital.
Crowd effects by courtesy of the BA performance arts course of the Middlesex Polytechnic


Written By: Ian Liston
Producer: Christopher Swann
Narrator: Michael McClain
Original songs of the period sung by: Valentine Palmer
Original songs of the period sung by: Bea Aston
Arranged by: Grant Hossack
Played by: The Empire Promenaders
Mrs Ormiston Chant: Maxine Audley
George Edwardes: David March
Mr Winston Churchill: Nigel Anthony
The intrepid reporter: Timothy Bateson
Ladies of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Kathleen Helme
Ladies of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Shirley Dixon
Ladies of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Jane Knowles
Gentlemen of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Alan Barry
Gentlemen of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Douglas Blackwell
Gentlemen of the Empire and other interested parties played by : William Eedle
Gentlemen of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Michael Harbour
Gentlemen of the Empire and other interested parties played by : Malcolm Reid

: The Viper and the Cross

Robert Fox on life in Milan, the city of St Ambrose and the warring family of the Visconti, whose emblems were the cross and the viper. Now it is Italy's industrial and financial capital, a centre of opera and the world of letters, and the city where Cardinal Montini. now Pope Paul VI , was Archbishop.


Unknown: Robert Fox
Unknown: St Ambrose
Unknown: Cardinal Montini.
Unknown: Pope Paul Vi

: Kaleidoscope

' Run on stage, scream with laughter -and drop dead! '
Sir John Gielgwd. in conversation with JOHN MILLER , talks about the problems of acting in television, radio and films.
' In movies they say " here's your leading lady and they pin up a piece of paper and you say your close-up to that! '


Unknown: Sir John Gielgwd.
Talks: John Miller

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

John Tusa reporting with voices and opinions


Unknown: John Tusa

: A Book at Bedtime

Mrs Lirriper 's Legacy by CHARLES DICKENS


Unknown: Mrs Lirriper
Read By: Barbara Mitchell

: The Financial World Tonight

Radio 4's International Business Report; Market Trends

: Logical and Lateral

1: Is Democracy an Efficient Form of Government?
This is the topic for tonight's discussion between Sir A. J. Ayer. Professor of Logic at Oxford. and Dr Edward de Bern, exponent of lateral thinking. Producer PAT TAYLOR


Unknown: Sir A. J. Ayer.
Producer: Pat Taylor

: News

preceded by Weather

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