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: News

: Farming Today



Producers: Ken Pollock
Producers: Leslie Cottington

: Yours Faithfully

A note from
Gerald Priestland
4.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Gerald Priestland

: News

: On Your Farm

Introduced by KEN FORD BBC Manchester
7.40 Today's Papers


Introduced By: Ken Ford

: It's a Bargain

with Norman Tozer
7.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Norman Tozer

: News

: Sport on 4

Presented by Tony Lewis including news of England's cricket team in Australia. i Tony presents Boxing Night at the Mill: Tues
11.10 BBC1)
8.45 Today's Papers


Presented By: Tony Lewis

: At the Turn of The Year

Seasonal impressions gathered by Nancy Wise Producer PAT TAYLOR


Producer: Pat Taylor

: News

: International Assignment

The State of Europe
6: Cold Shoulder, Warm Embrace
A Radio News production by BLAIR THOMSON

: Talking Politics

Do our politicians have a chance to enjoy Christmas? Ann Taylor , mp Lord Avebury and Norman St John-Stevas . mp, discuss the questions with Anthony King


Unknown: Ann Taylor
Unknown: Norman St John-Stevas
Unknown: Anthony King
Producer: Peter Robbins

: News Stand

Anthony Howard reviews the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Anthony Howard
Producer: Walter Wallicii

: Daily Service

New Every Morning, page 17; Hark what a sound, and too divine for hearing (BBC HB 32); Psalm 33, vv 13-21; Matthew 1, vv 18-25 (av); 0 come. 0 come, Immanuel (BBC HB 36)

: Pick of the Week

with Margaret Howard Producer NICK HUGHES


Unknown: Margaret Howard
Producer: Nick Hughes

: Time for Verse

: Wildlife

' Is it true that butterflies are smaller in the north and, if so, why? ' This is one of the questions tackled by the Wildlife team. Introduced by Derek Jones
Producer BRIAN LEITE BBC Bristol


Introduced By: Derek Jones
Producer: Brian Leite

: Spiegl on Saturday

Fritz Spiegl keeps a keen eye and ear on what's written and said. BBC Manchester


Unknown: Fritz Spiegl

: News

: Away from It All

with Joan Bakewell
The travel programme that takes you behind those glossy brochures. Editor ROGER MACDONALD


Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Editor: Roger MacDonald

: You've Got to be Joking

says Cardew Robinson to Bernie Clifton. Tom Mennard. Jan Harding KEN FRITH (piano)
Producer MIKE CRAIG BBC Manchester
(Repeated: Boxing Day at
10.50 pm)
12.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Cardew Robinson
Unknown: Bernie Clifton.
Unknown: Tom Mennard.
Unknown: Jan Harding
Piano: Ken Frith
Producer: Mike Craig

: News

: Any Questions?

Miriam Karlin Woodrow Wyatt
The Rev Roy Trevlviaa Arthur Marshall from Holt. Wiltshire
1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only


Unknown: Miriam Karlin
Unknown: Woodrow Wyatt
Unknown: Roy Trevlviaa
Unknown: Arthur Marshall

: Bookshelf

Frank Delaney introduces the magazine programme about books.


Introduces: Frank Delaney
Producer: Brian Cook

: Saturday-Afternoon Theatre: Convergence on Bethlehem

A nativity play in 21 scenes and poems by Clive Sansom
with and

"God, as you see, Astroleth, is not above taking his own advice.... Unless you become as a small child - guileless, imaginative,/Taking no thought for tomorrow, careless as wild anemones,/Free as the sparrow, harmless as the dove-you shall not enter/The Kingdom of Heaven" ...And these words were added: "You must be born again". So God himself is born in the shape of a child, to follow that admonition.'

BBC Bristol


Writer: Clive Sansom
Music specially composed and directed by: Sidney Sager
Harpist: Meinir Heulyn
Flautist: Elmer Cole
Clarinettist: Angela Malsbury
Cornettoist: Crispian Steele-Perkins
Percussionist: Paul Chalkin
Director: Shaun MacLoughlin
Kayphos: Nigel Stock
Astroleth: Geoffrey Beevers
Mary of Nazareth: Rosalind Shanks
Joseph: Stephen Thorne
Herod: Harold Innocent
Melchior: Saeed Jaffrey
Minister/Ox: Bill Monks
Boethus/Simon: Roger Hammond
Caspar/Ass: Sam Dastor
Balthazar/Ezra: Philip Voss
Warden of the Caravanserai: Phillip Manikum
Amos: Cornelius Garrett

: Does He Take Sugar?

Presenter Marilyn Alan
With the participation of the disabled themselves. Does He Take Sugart seeks to give practical advice to disabled listeners.


Presenter: Marilyn Alan
Editor: Marlene Pease

: You, The Jury

A series in which current and controversial issues are put on trial before Dick Taverne , Qc, and a jury, in Broadcasting House, London.
Today's proposition: Ghosts Exist
It is proposed by Andrew Green and opposed by Professor Frank George Producer KAY EVANS
(Repeated: Wed at 11.0 am)


Unknown: Dick Taverne
Unknown: Andrew Green
Unknown: Professor Frank George
Producer: Kay Evans

: Enquire Within

Let Neil Landor and the BBC Reference Library and other experts find the answer to your queries.


Unknown: Neil Landor
Producer: Denys Gueroult

: Kaleidoscope Encore

Michael Billington introduces a selection from the books, plays, films, music and other arts reviewed during the past week.


Unknown: Michael Billington
Editor: Rosemary Hart

: Week Ending

: Shipping forecast

long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

: News

: Desert Island Discs

Sir Robert Helpmann. choreographer, actor and director.


Unknown: Sir Robert Helpmann.

: A Christmas Forest

Dennis Potter spent his childhood jn the Forest of Dean. Gloucestershire.
The sounds of childhood Christmas still ring in his ears, and the images remain as powerful as ever.
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol
(Revised repeat: first broadcast in 1977)


Unknown: Dennis Potter
Producer: Brian Patten

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker with popular classics on records. Producer RAY ABBOTT
(Revised rpt: Fri 9.5 am) (Baker on Board: Mon
6.40 BBC2)


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Ray Abbott

: Saturday-Night Theatre

Dear Octopus by DODIE smith, adapted for radio by CYNTHIA PUGHE with Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies and Robert Harris
A revival of Dodie Smith's delightfully nostalgic play set in the home of Charles and Dora Randolph on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary.
Directed by DAVID H. GODFREY
9.58 Weather


Radio By: Cynthia Pughe
Unknown: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Unknown: Robert Harris
Unknown: Dora Randolph
Directed By: David H. Godfrey
Charles Randolph: Robert Harris
Dora Randolph: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Their children: Hilda: Monica Grey
Margery: Eva Haddon
Cynthia: Jo Manning Wilson
Nicholas: Martin Jarvis
Their grandchildren: Hugh: Tim Bentinck
Flouncy: Susan Sheridan
Bill: Elizabeth Lindsay
Scrap: Bernadette Windsor
Belle, Charles's sister-in-law: Barbara Coupe
Kenneth Harvey, Margery's husband: Garard Green
Edna Randolph Hugh's mother: Irene Sutcliffe
Laurel Randolph, Hugh's Wife: Gretta Gouriet
Fenny Dora's companion: Lisa Harrow
Gertrude: Janet Burnell
Nanny: Margot Boyd

: News

: Jack Warner Entertains

Good Evening All
Songs, stories and monologues recalled by Jack Warner from a lifetime of entertainment.
'I didn't orta et it', 'I'm a hunger up of rat holes' and the memorable letter-writer brother Syd are a few of the items in a programme of reminiscence that also features Britain's best-loved copper Dixon of Dock Green in: The Spirit of Christmas Past With GEOFFREY ADAMS, NICK DONNELLY, SALLY GRACE, EDWARD KELSEY, REG LYE, MICHAEL MCCLAIN, MARIANNE STONE
Written by GERALD KELSEY Piano accompaniment by BOBBY ALDERSON


Recalled By: Jack Warner
Unknown: Geoffrey Adams
Unknown: Nick Donnelly
Unknown: Sally Grace
Unknown: Edward Kelsey.
Unknown: Reg Lye
Unknown: Michael McClain
Written By: Gerald Kelsey
Unknown: Bobby Alderson
Producer: Bobby Jaye

: The Meaning of Christmas

The last of three talks by Evan Pilkington. Canon of St Paul's Cathedral.


Unknown: Evan Pilkington.

: Singer's Choice

Nigel Douglas presents recordings of singers. 6: Lauritz Melchior
(Nigel Douglas on Tauber: Boxing Day 5.5 pm R3)


Unknown: Nigel Douglas
Unknown: Nigel Douglas

: Just Before Midnight

The Cobweb Kiss by PETER J. HAMMOND.
With Gemma Craven as Lydia and Richard O'Callaghan as Jonathan.
In an old house, covered in dust. a beautiful toy merry-go-round shines brightly. Jonathan and Lydia wait patiently for their six-year-old son to return home. They have been waiting a long time ...
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN


Writer: Peter J. Hammond
Director: Glyn Dearman
Lydia: Gemma Craven
Jonathan: Richard O'Callaghan
James: Manning Wilson
Mary: Eva Stuart

: News

Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude

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