Robert Eddison reads the birth narrative from the Gospel According to St Luke
7.55 Weather; programme news
0 come, all ye faithful ..
opens a Christmas box of records
8.55 Weather; programme news
0 come, all ye faithful
A seasonal greeting from the bells of Derby Cathedral; St Mary's, Shincliffe. Co Durham: Dundee Cathedral; St Bronach's, Kilbroney. Co Down; St Peter's, Carmarthen; St Peter 's, North Tawton. Devon: Guild-ford Cathedral: the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Introduced by Robert Hudson Producer JOHN HASLAM
The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
me uommunion or unnsimas Day from Coventry Cathedral Celebrant The Provost,
THE VERY REV II. C. N. WILLIAMS Preacher: The Bishop,
THE RIGHT REV JOHN GIBBS
Hymn: 0 come, all ye faithful; Epistle: Hebrews 1. vv 1-12; Gradual: Hodie Christus natusest (Peter Aston ); Gospel: John 1, vv 1-14
Offertory Hymn: Of the Father's love begotten
Anthem: Balulalow (Peter Warlock )
Carol: Unto us is born a Son Choir directed by IAN LITTLE
Assistant Organist PAUL WRIGHT BBC Birmingham
Forget Tomorrow's Monday - and celebrate Christmas Day With SIR JOHN BETJEMAN , the PARLOUR QUARTET, and through the eyes of children.
Presenter Teresa McGonagle Produced by the Woman's Hour Unit
Crumbs and morsels of comedy, words and apt music for Christmas Morning pulled together by David Jacobs
Research in David's Crackers family by PETER SPENCE Producer JOHN BROWELL
Richard Mayne celebrates the day with the best comedy, music, poetry and prose from this series.
Producer LOUISE PURSLOW assisted by SARAH DUNANT and (music) GEOFFREY SIMON
by Alistair Cooke
12.55 Weather, programme news
The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth
The very Dickens of a festive Variety Extravaganza
A joke, a song and a reading or two with MOIRA ANDERSON
MICHELE DOTRICE , ROY WALKER THE CHARLES YOUNG CHORALE
THE MAX HARRIS ORCHESTRA Script by ALISTAIR BEATON Producer RICHARD WILLCOX
KENNETH FORD invites FRED LOADS, BILL SOWERBUTTS and PROFESSOR ALAN GEMMELL to answer questions which listeners have sent in by post. BBC Manchester
Another chance to hear Flora Robson in Sister Ninian's Nightingale
An original play for radio by Charlotte Hastings specially written for Dame Flora.
Sister Ninian is 80, but she still feels that she can be of use to her convent and the world outside. The thought of retirement dismays her. She wants to die among the streets of the East End of London - her old battleground.
"Opportunities to listen to Flora Robson are all too scant nowadays: Charlotte Hastings' play provided one which I seized, and found the matchless voice to have lost none of its quality. For its clever use of the resources of radio the play scored full marks."
(Financial Times, 16 July 1977)
Arthur Negus, Bernard Price and Hugh Scully visit Sudeley Castle, at Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. Kings and Queens of England have made their home here. and today it houses a remarkable collection of furniture, pictures, needle-work and tapestries. Producer PAMELA HOWE. BBC Bristol
Curiouser and Curiouser ...
Birds of paradise with no feet, a fur-bearing trout and a species of rabbit with antlers like a deer - what have these strange animals in common? All three are exhibits from the fantastic menagerie of natural history hoaxes and frauds, and the stories behind them are even stranger....
Introduced by Peter France Producer DILYS BREESE
BBC Bristol (Rptd: Wed 9.5 am)
The presenters are involved in a battle of wits as they compete in a special Christmas quiz, with their producer asking the questions and doing his best to get the marking right. Listeners at home are cordially invited to match their wits (and memories) with DAVID, JANE, PETER and KEVIN. Producer MICHELL RAPER
A partial and prejudiced account by JENYTH WORSLEY , one of her great-nieces, including charades, letters, songs and one act of a comedy, recorded at her house in Chawton.
Musicians WILFRID PARRY , LUCIE FINCH , EMMA KIRKBY
Directed by JENYTH WORSLEY
(Rptd: Boxing Day 10.50 pm)
5.55 Weather; programme news
RICHARD BAKER makes the annual appeal for the Wireless for the Blind Fund
A wireless set costs about £20 and up to 9,000 sets are needed annually.
Donations to: Richard Baker , Wireless for the Blind Fund, [address removed].
6.10 Programme travel news
Script editor CHARLES LEFEAUX Producer TONY SHRYANE BBC Birmingham
... and you shall call his name Emanuel, which means
(MATTHEW 1, v 23)
In shanty-town and suburban home, in suffering and in joy, Richard Holloway discovers how Christians around the world understand and celebrate the heart of the Christmas message ' God with us.' Producer LESLIE MITCHELL BBC Manchester
For the first time since he began his professional career in 1963, Stuart Burrows returned home to Cilfynydd to sing before his own people. In this public concert recorded at Moriah Chapel, he talked about his career and sang well-known arias from oratorios and operas, and English and Welsh ballads. Accompanied by JOHN SAMUEL. Producer TELERI BEVAN. BBC Wales
by CHARLES DICKENS
6: Christmas and a Wedding
RICHARD MADDOCK and MARTIN MUNCASTER look at the realities of Christmas for a Suffolk parson and a family in remoter Hampshire; BOB DANVERS WALKER finds a legend alive in Somerset and mollie HARRIS talks to an Oxfordshire forester; DONALD A. JOHNSON takes shelter from the winter wind in a Sussex barn and ERIC SIMMS goes in search of his kind of Christmas geese on the Solway Firth. Introduced by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas Producer JOHN HASLAM
A Cautionary Tale for Christmas by BRIAN SIBLEY with Penelope Keith as the recipient of a series of gifts from an extravagant admirer who interprets the carol Twelve Days of Christmas too literally for comfort. "I have just succeeded in accommodating your seven swans a-swimming in my bath, which was no mean achievement when one considers the number of pear trees on the landing." with TIMOTHY BATESON Directed by JOHN THEOCHARIS (Rptd: Boxing Day 12.2 pm)
(Penelope Keith is in ' The Apple Cart ' at the Phoenix Theatre, London)
On Christmas Night
A sequence of words and music, With the CUMBERLAND CONSORT, directed by GEOFFREY TIMS Readers HAZEL ANDREA and STEPHEN THORNE
Producer HUBERT HOSKINS followed by an interlude