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: Nativity Reading

Judi Dench reads the birth narrative from the Gospel according to St Luke.


Unknown: Judi Dench

: ..and yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree

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
My particular Christmas favourite.
(First broadcast Christmas Day 1977)
(Repeated: next Sat 5.251
7.55 Weather; programme news
0 come, all ye faithful


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Penelope Keith
Unknown: Timothy Bateson
Directed By: John Theocharis

: News

: Robin Ray

with a Christmas stocking 01 records
8.55 Weather; programme news
O come, all ye faithful

: News

: Christmas Bells

A seasonal greeting from the bells of Christ Church, Swindon; St Mary's, Rush-den, Northants; St Mary the Virgin, Shenfleld, Essex; Christ Church, Radyr near Cardiff; The Church of the Holy Rude, Stir-ling; St Patrick, Ballymena, Co Antrim; Chester Cathedral; and the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Introduced by Robert Hudson


Introduced By: Robert Hudson
Producer: John Haslam

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth

: Christmas Morning Service

Mattins from the Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Wells, Somerset.
Preacher: The Rt Rev John Bickersteth , Bishop of Bath and Wells
Responses (Byrd); Canticles (Stanford in B flat) Psalm 85
Lessons: Isaiah 9. vv 2-7 (RSV); Luke 2, vv 1-20
Anthem: Hodie Christus natus est (Sweelinek) Hymns (ER):
While shepherds watched (30); A great and mighty wonder (19)
Organist and Master of the Choristers
ANTHONY CROSSLAND Assistant Organist


Unknown: John Bickersteth
Organist: David Cooper.

: Christmas Briers

Richard Briers personally plucks seasonal snippets and festive fronds from the Christmas Tree. with a teaser twined throughout. Jovial jests from Joyce Grenfell , Peter Ustinov , Ogden Nash , Rolf Harris , and at 11.0* The Goons
A Christmas Carol with Peter Sellers. Harry Secombe. Spike Milligan THE RAY ELLINGTON QUARTET MAX GELDRAY
Orchestra conducted by WALLY STOTT. Announcer WALLACE GREENSLADE
Script by SPIKE MILLIGAN Producer JOHN BROWELL and yet more mirth and music lurking in the lower branches! Seasonal script


Unknown: Richard Briers
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Peter Ustinov
Unknown: Ogden Nash
Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Peter Sellers.
Unknown: Harry Secombe.
Unknown: Spike Milligan
Conducted By: Wally Stott.
Announcer: Wallace Greenslade
Script By: Spike Milligan
Producer: John Browell
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore

: News

: A Charm of Carols

Jeremy Siepmann delves behind our popular image of the carol and finds some unusual surprises. gramophone records


Unknown: Jeremy Siepmann

: Top of the Form

The Final
(Repeated: Thurs 6.30 pm)
12.55 Weather; programme news

: The Oueen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth

: News

: All Our Christmases

As celebrated through the ages in life, literature, humour, and song. Presented bv
Stephen Murray
' Our images of Christmas are for the most part Victorian: the flickering firelight, the gaily decorated tree, the hollv. the mistletoe, and the cosily domestic bonhomie of it all.'
Written by GERALD FROW Producer JOHN DYAS
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Unknown: Stephen Murray
Unknown: Timothy Bateson
Unknown: Sheila Mathews.
Unknown: Peter Reeves
Unknown: Jean Rogers.
Written By: Gerald Frow
Producer: John Dyas

: The Archers

: Quote ... Unquote

(Details: Friday 10.30 pm)

: The Country side at Christmas

Introduced by Wynford Vaughan -Thomas (Details: Thurs 8.45 pm)


Introduced By: Wynford Vaughan

: Afternoon Theatre

The Prisoner of Zenda bv ANTHONY HOPE adapted by ERIC MASCHWITZ and KAY PATRICK. with Julian Glover , Nigel Stock Hannah Gordon Martin Jarvis and David Timson
The great swashbuckling story of the English gentleman Rudolf Ras sendyll and his adventures in Ruritania.
... the highlight of the listening week. (THE GUARDIAN)
(First broadcast in 1973) (New Year's Eve at 2.30: Rupert of Hentzau)


Adapted By: Eric Maschwitz
Unknown: Kay Patrick.
Unknown: Julian Glover
Unknown: Nigel Stock
Unknown: Hannah Gordon
Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: David Timson
Unknown: Rudolf Ras
Directed By: Martin Jenkins
Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf: Julian Glover
Ladv Rose Burlesdon/Inn-keeper: Diana Bishop
Lord Burlesdon: Clive Swift
Antoinette de Mauban: Anne Kidd
DukeMichael: Michael Spice
Train Guard: William Sleigh
Customs officer: Brian Haines
Rosa: Cherry Gilliam
Johann: Sam Dastor
Count Fritz von Tarlen heim: David Timson
Colonel Sapt: Nigel Stock
Josef: Haydn Jones
Princess Flavia: Hannah Gordon
Captain Detchard: Terry Scully
Countess Helga: Hilda Schroder
Rupert of Hentzau: Martin Jarvis
Bersonin: David Gooderson

: Beryl Reid's Christmas Collection

of sketches, mjnologues, plays and poetry

: Children at Christmas

Their day - in their words.
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5.55 Weather: programme news

: News

: Christmas Appeal

Richard Baker makes the annual appeal for the Wireless for the Blind Fund
A wireless set costs about £25 and up to 9.000 sets are needed annually.
Donations to: Richard Baker , Wireless for the Blind Fund, [address removed] (No postage necessary)


Unknown: Richard Baker
Unknown: Richard Baker

: Wireless Wonderland

Terry Wogan extends a cordial invitation to join his Christmas tour of the networks. His plan is to tiptoe through the wavebands, stopping here and there to talk to friends and colleagues, including Tony Blackburn, Janet Brown. Peter Cava nagh. David Davis. Colin Doran. Patricia Husrhes. John Laurie. Laurie Lee
Less-than-intrepid travellers are advised that the tour guide is Kenneth Williams , and they should therefore expect the unexpected. James Galwav plays the role of the Pied Piper so that no one gets lost. There will be a stop in Ambridge for The Archers and Down Your Street (at regular intervals f meet the Clissolds, played by REGINALD MARSH , MADGE JENKINS and PATRICIA GALLIMORE)
Editor JOCK GALLAGHER BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Janet Brown.
Unknown: Peter Cava
Unknown: Colin Doran.
Unknown: Patricia Husrhes.
Unknown: John Laurie.
Unknown: Laurie Lee
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: James Galwav
Played By: Reginald Marsh
Played By: Madge Jenkins

: The Archers

: Wireless Wonderland

Part 2

: The Magistrate

A farce by ARTHUR W. PINERO with Nigel Stock. Jill Ben nett. Charles Gray , Maria Aitken. Anthony Daniels , Jonathan Cecil
The magistrate, circumspect and scrupulously just, has married a widow with a young son. But his wife has deceived him and the son leads him astray.
Directed by JOHN TYDEMAN (Nigel Stock is in 'Look After Lulu ' at the Hay-market Theatre, London)
9.58 Weather


Unknown: Arthur W. Pinero
Unknown: Nigel Stock.
Unknown: Jill Ben
Unknown: Charles Gray
Unknown: Maria Aitken.
Unknown: Anthony Daniels
Unknown: Jonathan Cecil
Directed By: John Tydeman
Directed By: Nigel Stock
Aeneas Posket: Nigel Stock
Agatha Poskel: Jill Bennett
Mr Bullamy: Anthony Newlands
Col Lukyn: Charles Gray
Capt Vale: Jonathan Cecil
Cis Farringdon: Anthony Daniels
Achille Blond: Philip Sully
Isidore: Adrian Egan
Mr Wormington: Manning Wilson
Inspector Messiter: John Gabriel
Sgt Lugg: Roger Hammond
Constable Harris: Bill Monks
Wvke: Tim Bentinck
Charlotte: Maria Aitken
Beatie Tomlinson: Amanda Murray
Popham: Eva Stuart
Pianist: Mary Nash

: News

: When Mary Crossed Over the Mountains

An Alpine Christmas
In the high mountain villages of Southern Germany and the Austrian Tyrol the traditional songs and celebrations of Christmas reveal a simple and devout attitude to the story of the Nativity This documentary programme about them was a West German (ARD) entry for this year's Italia Prize. English translation MARGARET WIGHTMAN
Original production by KLAUS LINDEMANN of Sender Freies Berlin. English version ALAN HAYDOCK


Narrator: Stephen Thorne
Narrator: With Elizabeth
Narrator: Peter Wickham
Production By: Klaus Lindemann

: Epilogue

The World's Desire
Words and music for the evening of Christmas Day chosen and presented by Michael Mayne with readings bv Judi Dench


Presented By: Michael Mayne
Unknown: Judi Dench

: News

Weather report: forecast followed by an interlude

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