with Brian Redhead in Manchester and Nigel Rees 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 and Weather; and Thought for the Day at 7.45*
English Regions: see column 5
by w. P. JOLLY
Read by MANNING WILSON (3)
Records introduced by Richard Baker
(A shortened version of the broadcast on Christmas Day)
BBC correspondents throughout the world report on the societies they live in - the politics and the people.
NEM, p 21: Ding dong! merrily on high (Carols for Choirs 10); Psalm 1; 1 Timothy 1, vv 1-2 and 8-17 (NEB); Angels, from the realms of glory (BBC HB 42)
The Girl in the Red Coat by PEGGY LOOSEMORE JONES Read by Sonia Eiliman
' She looked up now, hearing a slight sound, and saw that Cassie stood at her elbow. She smiled encouragingly, but the child was staring, aghast, at her picture. Paula looked, too, and saw that she had placed in the very centre of her drawing a little girl in a bright red coat, with her back turned towards them.'
Producer HERBERT SMITH BBC Manchester
says It's Been a Lot of Fun and recalls some amusing, as well as more serious moments in his 30 years of broadcasting. A series of four programmes 4: Round The Halls
Presenter George Luce including the BBC Shopping Basket with MOLLY PRICE-OWEN , the best buys for the weekend, and your letters.
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather
and voices and topics In and behind the headlines introduced by Brian Wldlake
Introduced by Sue MacGregor Talk till Two. 2.0-2.2 News Reading your letters.
I Knew You'd Come: PAT his-COCK delivers Meals-on-Wheels. JOHN PULLEN reads Sweet Confusion by NORMAN DENNY (3)
Story: Wriggly Worm and the Straggly Dog by EUGENIE SUMMERFIELD
by Margaret Harris
With Nicolette McKenzie
Carol Selby is staying in the country with her aunt in the hope that she will completely recover from the shock of the death of her mother and young sister in a plane crash. The country should be so much more peaceful. There are, however, many superstitions and beliefs in the country which can be as disturbing as the pressures of city life and Carol suffers an experience which lies far beyond the laws of nature.
From gardeners to ghost hunters; from poets to pop-stars; from cantors to crime-writers. JACK DE MANlO meets them all. Could you be on his list? Producer MICHELL RAPER 4.1-4.5 News
I Capture the Castle Read by ANGELA DOWN 3: The Shilling Book
The news magazine: presented by Brian Wldlake with PM's reporting team
5.50 Financial Report
VHF Regional news and weather
(Rptd: New Year's Eve 1.30 pm)
Bernard Falk talks to people who have decided to ' do their own thing '.
(B'cast on Christmas Sunday)
Writers and travellers discuss some of the pleasures and perils of their journeys.
This week Sir William Hayter , Paul Theroux and Angus Wilson consider the changing pattern of travel over the years at various levels, from third-class long-distance trains to the international movements of ambassadors.
Chairman Christopher Matthew Producer DENYS GUEROULT
(Rptd: New Year's Eve 11.5 am)
When a child plays truant from school, it may be to serve behind the counter in the family's fish and chip shop or to help took after younger brothers and sisters - or it may be to sit in the local pub to work out how to break and enter the shop down the road.
Jocelyn Ryder-Smith looks at the many reasons for truancy; at the extent of the problem and the difficulty of defining it and at the efforts being made to encourage persistent truants to go back to school.
Producer JENNY DE YONG BBC Birmingham
In the last edition in 1976 David Attenborough, Anne Jellicoe and Frederic Raphael discuss a somewhat unusual selection of books about African exploration, growing up in Hollywood, the British Raj, and Opera. Presenter Paul Vaughan
John Tusa reporting with voices and opinions from around the world
Mrs Lirriper 's Legacy by CHARLES DICKENS
Read by BARBARA MITCHELL (3)
(Starting next Monday: The Constipation of O'Brien by George MacDonald Fraser )
Radio 4's International Business Report; Market Trends
2: Is the Right to Life Absolute? This is the topic for tonight's discussion between Sir A. J. Ayer. Professor of Logic at Oxford. and Dr Edward de Bono , exponent of lateral thinking.
Sir A. J.