with Eugene Fraser
Headlines and weather, a look at the papers, news for sports fans, Prayer for the Day (Tues-Thurs THE REV JOE GIBBON , Fri THE REV RICHARD HARRIES )
English Regions: see column 5
6.52 VHFRegionalnews, weather
Michael Cooke in Manchester Nigel Rees in London
with Eugene Fraser
7.52 VHF Regional news, weather
Nigel Rees in London
Michael Cooke in Manchester
8.35 News headlines, weather and sport
by HENRY JAMES (2)
A selection of seasonal songs that made the ' charts ' in great-grandfather's day - not forgetting two piano pieces that sold a million.
Presented by Joseph Cooper Singers MARY THOMAS
PAT WHITMORE , CHARLES YOUNG and the CHARLES YOUNG SINGERS BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA led by ARTHUR PRICE conductor ASHLEY LAWRENCE Devised and written by CHARLES CHILTON
Producer DANNY GREENSTONE
NEM, p 97; The blessed son (Carols for Choirs 36); Psalm 33, vv 1-12; John 1, vv 1-14 (AV); 0 word of God (BBC HB 191)
The Trouper, written and read by Jeffrey Segal
Blodwin and the Crock of Gold by J. C. W. BROOK with Jan Edwards as Blodwin Blodwin Stringburger , the beautiful Welsh maiden, has come to London to hear of her father's will. She'll only get her inheritance if she fulfils certain conditions. Can she ...
Directed by GERRY JONES
An insistent feminine type of the year has been the girl with the skimpy skirt. We have seen a very great deal of her - far too much in fact. We have seen her feet, her elbows, and all that was possible of her neck. And as though to make up for the scantiness of her clothing, she has been wearing a huge hat. The girl who affected this style of garb looked like many things, but there was one thing that she never looked like-- a lady.
Piers Burton-Page looks through the pages of the Girl's Own Annual and discovers that girls in 1912 were encouraged to fly, taught how to manage their servants, helped to dress properly, etc. And what music did thev listen to?
Readers BRENDA KAYE and MALCOLM GERARD
Compiled and produced by DEREK DRESCHER
Presenter Marl Prichard
Sir Alec Guinness, the actor, chooses the records he would take to a desert island and discusses them with ROY PLOMLEY, who devised the programme.
Producer DEREK DRESCHER
(Alec Guinness is in 'The Old Country' at the Queen's Theatre, London)
12.55 medium only
Weather and programme news VHF (exc London and SE)
Regional news and weather
and voices and topics in and behind the headlines
Introduced by Brian Wldlake
Woman's Hour's Choice Seleotion
Presenter Sue MacGregor
A chance to hear again some of the highlights from the 250 editions of Woman's Hour of 1977. And ROBERT MORLEY reads A Musing Morley
2: Trailing Clouds of Treacle
Story: Mrs McMuddle 's Washing Day by MOIRA heritage
by CHARLES DICKENS , dramatised in 12 parts by BARRY CAMPBELL and CONSTANCE COX and
Mr Pickwick was fain to prepare for his Christmas visit to Dingley Dell, with the pleasant anticipation that some two or three months afterwards an action for breach of promise would be brought against him, with Mrs Bardell having all the advantages desirable, not only from the force of circumstances, but from the sharp practice of Dodson and Fogg to boot.
6: Christmas and a Wedding
With JANE KNOWLES , MICHAEL GOLDIE and KENNETH SHANLEY Song composed by MICHAEL GRAHAM COX
Musicians MARTIN GOLDSTEIN , LOU WHITESON , CHRIS TAYLOR Directed by JANE MORGAN
Old Mrs Wardle:
Presented by Brian Widlak *
Peter Clayton has more words about words in popular song. Producer CHRISTINE HARDWICK
5.55 medium only
Weather and programme news VHF Regional news and weather
The humorous wireless programme
First Prize the Burkiss Way starring Jo Kendall
Nigel Rees , Chris Emmett and Fred Harris. Written by ANDREW MARSHALL and DAVID RENWICK . Producer JOHN LLOYD
(Repeated: Wednesday 1.30 pm)
Compiled by PATRie DICKINSON Introduced by William Eedle Readers ELIZABETH BELL and GAVIN CAMPBELL and featuring Tennyson's In Memoriam
Producer CHERRY COOKSON
On the west side of the huge plaza of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York stands the Metropolitan Opera House, with its spectacular high-arched portico and great glass screen.
1977-78 represents the brink of a new era in the life of the Metropolitan Opera, whose 93rd season is now under way. Michael Oliver goes behind the great golden curtain to get the backstage story of one of the world's great opera houses and discusses the challenge with Anthony Bliss. Executive Director; James Levine. Music Director; and John Dexter. Director of Productions, whose staging of Rigoletto was the season's first new production, Producer JOHN POWELL
John Tusa reporting
Michell Raper examines some of the stories of this master of the uncanny who died 40 years ago. Readers GERALD CROSS NORMAN SHELLEY and KENNETH FORTESCUE
The Rev David Young looks back at Captain Cook's discovery of December 1777. and recalls the British nuclear explosions of 20 years ago when he was working on this Pacific Island.
Producer TREVOR HILL BBC Manchester
Weather report and forecast followed by an interlude