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: Farming Today



Producers: Leslie Cottington
Producers: Ken Pollock

: Yours Faithfully

A note from Gerald Priestland
6.55 medium only
Weather and programme news
VHF Regional news and weather


Unknown: Gerald Priestland

: News

: On Your Farm

Producer ANTHONY PARKIN BBC Birmingham
7.40 Today's Papers


Producer: Anthony Parkin

: It's a Bargain

with Norman Tozer
7.55 medium only
Weather and programme news
VHF Regional news and weather


Unknown: Norman Tozer

: News

: John Arlott's Sporting Year

1977 - the year in which Virginia Wade won the Women's
Singles title at Wimbledon, when Barry Sheene retained his world motorcycling title, when England regained the Ashes and Liverpool won the Football League Championship and the European Cup.
John Arlott relives those moments and 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 1977. A Radio Sport and ob production (Repeated: Boxing Day 10.5 ptn)
8.55 Today's Papers


Unknown: Barry Sheene
Unknown: John Arlott

: News

: Pick of the Week

Margaret Howard 's selection


Unknown: Margaret Howard

: News

: From Our Own Correspondent


: Daily Service

NEM, page 17; 0 come, 0 come, Immanuel (BBC HB 36); Psalm 111; Matthew 1, vv 18-25 (AV); Hark what sound (BBC HB 32)

: Between the Lines

Nigel Rees 's weekly look at the Press explores the mysteries of crossword puzzles in the company of one of The Times's compilers and two distinguished ' solvers '.


Unknown: Nigel Rees
Producer: Anne Sloman

: The Man Who Loved Trees

with Paul Young as David Douglas
Narrator Tom Fleming written by PEGGY BRANFORD
A few days before Christmas 1826 a young Scottish botanist was reduced to bartering the buttons off his coat for foods David Douglas was one of the greatest plant collectors, risking his life many times, struggling not only against the elements but against Indians, grizzly bears and the dangerous rapids of swollen rivers.
The plant for which he is best remembered is the giant fir which bears his name. From his journals and letters a portrait emerges of a remarkable man, dedicated to the one ruling passion of his life - the hardy trees of North America. Producer ALAN HAYDOCK


Unknown: Paul Young
Narrator: David Douglas
Written By: Peggy Branford
Unknown: David Douglas
Producer: Alan Haydock

: The King's Breakfast

by A. A. MILNE in which various matters are explained by Michael Hordern and Polly James
Accompanist BRIAN FITZGERALD Producer KAY JAMIESON BBC Manchester


Unknown: A. A. Milne
Unknown: Michael Hordern
Unknown: Polly James
Music By: H. Fraser Simson
Accompanist: Brian Fitzgerald
Producer: Kay Jamieson

: News

: Silver Jubilee: A Day of Celebration

A chance to enjoy again the celebrations in London on Jubilee Day. Desmond Lynam introduces highlights from that day in June to celebrate 25 years of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A Radio Sport and OB production
12.55 medium only
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather


Introduces: Desmond Lynam
Unknown: Queen Elizabeth Ii.

: News

: Any Questions?

Margaret Powell
The Bishop of Salisbury Lord Soper. Jimmy Young
Chairman David Jacobs


Unknown: Margaret Powell
Unknown: David Jacobs

: Quote, Unquote

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Come Back Mary Brown ! a play for Christmas Eve by ANGELA SEWELL narrated by Gabriel Woolf
' Most of them came into the church because of the weather but some had no choice ..."
Directed by DICKON REED
A BBC World Service drama production


Unknown: Mary Brown
Unknown: Angela Sewell
Unknown: Gabriel Woolf
Directed By: Dickon Reed
Mrs Kneely: Hilda Fenemore
Lady Hightower: Grizelda Hervet
Mr Bagley/Bishop/Joseph: Manning Wilson
Mrs Gentle: Kathertne Parr
Jemma Green: Judy Bennett
Badger/Reverend Mother: Shirley Dixon
Sikh/American tourist: Saeed Jaffrey
Vicar: Rod Beacham
Red Cross: Joanna Wake
Willie Spender: Alaric Cotter

: News

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

in King's College Chapel, Cambridge upon Christmas Eve
(Full details: Christmas Day
3.0 pm R3)
(A quadraphonic broadcast using Matrix H, compatible for both stereo and mono receivers)

: The Lighter Side of Christmas

Vincent Kane takes a light-hearted look at Christmas with prose, poetry and music.


Unknown: Vincent Kane

: Kaleidoscope Encore

Sheridan Morley 's selection from the arts reviewed last week. Editor ROSEMARY HART


Unknown: Sheridan Morley
Editor: Rosemary Hart

: Week Ending...

5.55 medium only
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather

: News

: With Great Pleasure

In the first of two special holiday editions Alan Bennett , playwright, humorist and actor, introduces his personal choice of poetry and prose Reader PHYLLIDA LAW
(New Year's
Eve: Alan Ayckbourn )


Unknown: Alan Bennett
Reader: Phyllida Law
Producer: Brian Patten
Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn

: These You Have Loved

Christopher Grier with records


Unknown: Christopher Grier

: Saturday-Night Theatre: The Box of Delights

or "When the Wolves were Running"
A Christmas Fantasy by John Masefield freely dramatised for radio by John Keir Cross
"O Greatness, hear, O Brightness, hark,
Leave us not Little, nor yet Dark."


Author: John Masefield
Dramatised by: John Keir Cross
Radiophonic Effects: Richard Yeoman-Clark
Director: Graham Gauld
Kay Harker (a man): David Davis
Kay Harker (a boy): Jean English
Abner Brown: Heron Carvic
Cole Hawlings: Cyril Shaps
Foxy Man: Roy Spencer
Chubby Man: Paul Meier
Caroline Louisa: Irene Sutcliffe
Sylvia Daisy Pouncer: Kathleen Helme
Rat: Norman Shelley
Lady of the Ring: Grizelda Hervey
Inspector: Rod Beacham
Jemima Jones: Nicolette McKenzie
Maria Jones: Anne Rosenfeld
Susan Jones: Jane Knowles
Peter Jones: Judy Bennett
Bishop: Lewis Stringer
The boy: John Levitt
The Bronze Head: John Gabriel

: Weather

: News

: In Praise of Christmas

Christmas carols introduced by Leonard Pearcey , with BRIAN MORRIS , HENRY CHADWJCX SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS
' Because it is popular it is genial as well as simple - it dances because it is so Christian; the carol is nearer to ultimate truth because it is SO jolly.' ST MARGARET 'S WESTMINSTER SINGERS conductor RICHARD HICKOX


Introduced By: Leonard Pearcey
Unknown: Brian Morris
Unknown: Henry Chadwjcx
Unknown: Sir David Willcocks
Unknown: Sydney Carter
Unknown: St Margaret
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Producer: Angela Tilby

: News

: Snaps from the Family Album

A confection of recorded humour about childhood and family life, featuring the voices Of WOODY ALLEN , BOB NEWHART , NOEL COWARD, DANNY KAYE , BILL COSBY , JOYCE GRENFELL , TOM LEHRER , MIKE NICHOLS and ELAINE MAY , TERRY SCOTT , ALLAN SHERMAN and many others. Producer SIMON BRETT


Unknown: Woody Allen
Unknown: Bob Newhart
Unknown: Danny Kaye
Unknown: Bill Cosby
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Tom Lehrer
Unknown: Mike Nichols
Unknown: Elaine May
Unknown: Terry Scott
Unknown: Allan Sherman
Producer: Simon Brett

: Midnight Eucharist

from St David's Church, Morriston, Swansea, West Glamorgan. Celebrant and Preacher CANON HUBERT HUGHES , assisted by THE REV HOWARD JONES and GORDON MORRIS
Introit: Behold, I bring you good tidings; Epistle: Hebrews 1, vv 1-6; Psalm 85, w 8-15; Gospel: St John 1, w 1-14; Offertory Sentence: Alleluia, unto us a child is born.
Hymns: 0 little town of Bethlehem; 0 come, all ye faithful; Hark, the herald angels sing


Unknown: Canon Hubert Hughes
Unknown: Howard Jones
Unknown: Gordon Morris
Organist: Grenville Fisher
Producer: John Stuart Roberts

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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