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
by W. P. JOLLY
Read by MANNING WILSON (4)
Ring Birmingham [number removed]and discuss your point of view on the air with George Scott and with other R4 listeners. Producer JENNY DE YONG BBC Birmingham
The lines are open from 8.0 am
Basil Boothroyd on Victorian and Edwardian humour.
NEM, p 5: Love came down at Christmas (BBC HB 53); Psalm 19, vv 1-11; 1 Timothy 2, vv 1-7 and 3, vv 1-7 (NEB); Of the father's love (BBC HB 57)
The Schemer by WALTER LIVINGSTONE
Read by Bryden Murdoch Producer ALLAN G. ROGERS BBC Scotland
An occasional series
Today the film star talks about how he views success and what it means to him, BBC Birmingham
Mind and Body Edition Presenter Bill Breckon
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather
Introduced from Birmingham by Jan Brookes
Resolutions: what are you going to give up or do better in the coming year? Peter Windows sounds some opinions.
Ghost Writer: 15-year-old Mark Coote writes ghost stories and stays up until two in the morning to conduct his research. He talks to Gwyn Richards.
Closer to the Player: Mike Meddings has a remarkable collection of piano rolls punched out by the hands of pianists ranging from Scott Joplin to Liberace. He plays some of them to Barney Bamford. BBC Birmingham Sweet Confusion (4)
Story: The Nearly New Guitar by MARY WALKER
Presenters GLADYS WHITRED and TONY AITKEN
Written by Gladys WHITRED Producer JENYTH WORSLEY
The 13 Clocks
A fairy-tale by JAMES THURBER adapted by PETER FIELDSON Music by DAVID CAIN with and ' Even the hands of the 13 clocks lie frozen in the Castle. They stopped one snowy night, seven years ago, when the Duke murdered time. He is afraid of Now, for Now has warmth and urgency, whereas Then is dead and buried ... Now might bring a certain knight of gay and shining courage who will steal Saralinda from the Castle....'
Music played by THE PRAETORIUS CONSORT conducted by DAVID CAIN Special effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Produced and directed by JOHN TUEOCHARIS
Xingu a minstrel:
The fabled Dame Angela Mar -veil and the legendary Sir Kenneth Shandy share memories of their long and distinguished stage partnership.
I Capture the Castle by DODIE SMITH
Read by ANGELA DOWN 4: The Dinner Party
Gordon Clough with PM reporting team
5.50 mpdium wave only Financial Report
VHf Regional news and weather
S.55 Weather; programme news
(Repeated: Monday 1.30 pm)
A short story for New Year's Eve by BENITO PEREZ GALDOS , translated by I.ESTER CLARK Read by Tony Britton
Producer MARGARET ETALL
by ALISTAIR COOKE
(Repeated: Sunday 8.15 am)
Elaine Padmore Introduces a sequence of frost-tinged music by composers from Purcell to Britten, with dancing snow-flakes and seasonal bells, the glitter of ice and the promise of spring.
John Tusa reporting with voices and opinions from around the world, and including a Financial Report
from St Mary's Church, Clifton, Nottingham conducted by REV WILF WILKINSON with the ENGLISH SINFONIA CHORALE directed by ANDREW BURNHAM BBC Birmingham
Ned Sherrin invites you to greet the New Year in the company of Millicent Martin, Ron Geesin, Pam Ayres, Hinge and Bracket, Frederic Raphael, Basil Boothroyd, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, Brendan Gill, The King's Singers and Jonathan Miller.
A Kaleidoscope production