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: Today

Presented by Peter Ruff With HUGH SYKES Including at
6.45- Prayer for the Day with FR AGNELLIS ANDREW
7.0 and 8.0 Today's News Read bv COLIN DORAN
7.30. 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: Peter Ruff
Presented By: With Hugh Sykes

: To Build a Fire

A story in three parts bv JACK LONDON
Read by Alan Dobie (1)
' He squatted in the snow. pulling the twigs out from their entanglement in the brush and feeding directly to the flame. He knew there must be no failure, when it is 75 below zero.' Producer MAURICE LEITCH


Read By: Alan Dobie
Producer: Maurice Leitch

: News

: Victorian Top of the Pops

A selection of seasonal songs that made the ' charts ' in great-grand-father's day - not forgetting two piano pieces that sold a million. Presented by Joseph Cooper
Sinsers Pat Whitmore Maryetta Midgley John Gower
Charles Young
Charles Young Singers BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA with DENNIS GOMM (piano) led by JOHN BRADBURY
Conductor ASHLEY LA WRENCf Devised and written by CHARLES CHILTON


Presented By: Joseph Cooper
Presented By: Sinsers Pat Whitmore
Presented By: Maryetta Midgley
Conductor: John Bradbury
Conductor: Ashley La Wrencf
Written By: Charles Chilton
Producer: Danny Greenstoni

: News

: The Lighter Side of....

In this special Christmas edition of the lighter side of ..., Vincent Kane meets again some of your favourite characters from the summer: Ms Edith Truck, the famous failed female novelist; Professor Bertram Hutt , the amorous statistician: and others. Written and produced by VINCENT KANE BBC Wales


Unknown: Vincent Kane
Unknown: Ms Edith
Unknown: Bertram Hutt
Duced By: Vincent Kane

: Daily Service

NEM. page 46: The blessed Son of God (Carols for Choirs 36): Psalm 119. part 4: Acts 6, vv 8-15; 7, vv 55-60 (AV): Good King Wenceslas look'd out; (Carols for Choirs 13)

: Askey and Murdoch's Hall of Fame

in which Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch return to their flat at Broadcasting House and talk to Barry Took about some of the stars of a few years ago. including: CLAUDE DAMPIER , FLANAGAN AND ALLEN. GEORGE FORMBY, RONALD FRANKAU. TOMMY HANDLEY. NORMAN LONG. MAX MILLER , GILLIE POTTER. NELLIE WALLACE. WHEELER AND WILSON and ROBB
(Arthur Askey : New Year's Eve, 7.20 BBC2)


Unknown: Arthur Askey
Unknown: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Claude Dampier
Unknown: Ronald Frankau.
Unknown: Max Miller
Unknown: Gillie Potter.
Unknown: Nellie Wallace.
Producer: Edward Taylor
Producer: Arthur Askey

: Desert Island Discs

Sir Robert Helpmann. choreographer, actor and director, chooses the records he would take and discusses them with ROY PLOMLEY
Producer DEREK DRESCHER (Robert Helpmann is in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: New Year's Eve 3.55 BBC1)
12.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Sir Robert Helpmann.
Unknown: Roy Plomley
Producer: Derek Drescher
Producer: Robert Helpmann

: The World at One:News

Presented byBrian Widlake


Presented Bybrian: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

(B'cast Christmas Day 7.5)
1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Sudbury Hall:A Fairytale Quest

Deep in verdant Derby-shire countryside stands one of the most beautifully decorated country houses in England - Sudbury Hall. Built in the reign of Charles II, and formerly the seat of the Vernon family, it now belongs to the National Trust. Michael Oliver went there this summer and went over the house with its curator JOHN HODGSON. In the servants' quarters of the house is a museum of childhood: NICHOLAS TUCKER explores the fantasy world within, complete with mouseholes. an authentic Victorian classroom, a chimney smaller visitors can crawl up and, at its centre, a Fairytale Quest, relating the storv of Beauty and the Beast.
A Kaleidoscope production


Unknown: Michael Oliver
Unknown: John Hodgson.
Unknown: Nicholas Tucker
Producer: Chris Swann

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

Vincent Price and Coral Browne in Night of the Wolf
A horror legend of man and beast specially written for radio by VICTOR PEMBERTON
Time: around the end of the last century.
Place: Cambridge and the Fen Country.
'... It came to me from nowhere.... eyes glarin' out of the dark like emeralds. Teeth like rocks. tarnished with the blood of human flesh. And hair streamin' out of its neck and hands and feet.... This isn't one of Gods creatures, sir. It's the work of the devil himself: '
Directed by JOHN TYDEMAN


Unknown: Coral Browne
Unknown: Victor Pemberton
Directed By: John Tydeman
Judge Matthew Deacon: Vincent Price
Robert Deacon: Peter Whitman
Mrs Northcott: Coral Browne
Sybil, her daughter: Sheila Grant
Dorothy, Sybil's daughter: Elizabeth Proud
Nicholas, Sybil's son: John Rye
Griffin, an undergraduate: Michael Cochrane
Professor Forrester: Hugh Manning
Sir Richard Burnett: Haydn Jones
Morris: Paul Gaymon
Jessie: Norma Ronald

: Story Time

Sir Bernard Miles reads Horatius from
Lays of Ancient Rome by LORD MACAULAV
BBC Bristol


Unknown: Sir Bernard Miles

: PM

with Robert Williams and Susannah Simons
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather, programme news


Unknown: Robert Williams
Unknown: Susannah Simons

: News

: The 27-Year Itch

A marital comedy starring Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick
3: All Play and No Work Makes Jill An Unemployment Statistic featuring ALISON STEADMAN and BILL WALLIS
Written by BARRY PILTON Producer


Unknown: Betty Marsden
Unknown: Hugh Paddick
Unknown: Alison Steadman
Written By: Barry Pilton
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

: Bottom Right Hand Corner

Philip Howard celebrates that part of The Times' correspondence column which has attracted writers of wit and wisdom to air their views on subjects ranging from ' how to keep warm whilst reading in bed ', to Keats and claret.
Producer HELEN FRY (Revised repeat)


Readers: Anthony Newlands
Readers: Jim Norton

: News

: The Archers

: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

starring Paul Jones in the ever popular rock opera by TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (Cast: see Thurs 7.30)


Unknown: Paul Jones
Unknown: Tim Rice
Unknown: Andrew Lloyd Webber

: Back at Bart's

A special Christmas edition of With Great Pleasure in which Richard Cordon returns to the hospital in which he studied and practised medicine to present some of his favourite prose and poetrv. With readings by Dinsdale Landen
Producer BRUN PATTEN BBC Bristol
Recorded before an audience at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.
(Dinsdale Landen is a National Theatre player)


Unknown: Richard Cordon
Unknown: Dinsdale Landen
Producer: Brun Patten

: The Chef Who Went to War.

9.59 Weather

: News

: The Scenery is So Much Better

A lighthearted anthology of prose, poems and songs about radio, past and present, with Elizabeth Bell, Bernard Cribbins, Alex Glasgow, Henry Livings, Christian Rodska and Victoria Wood
BBC Manchester


Unknown: Elizabeth Bell
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Henry Livings
Unknown: Christian Rodska
Unknown: Victoria Wood
Producer: Alfred Bradley

: The Enfield Poltergeist

For more than a year now. strange and seemingly inexplicable events have been taking place in a house at Enfield in Middlesex. The family who live there, and many other people besides, believe that what is happening is caused by a poltergeist.
Rosalind Morris has been monitoring the mysterious goings-on in Enfield since soon after they began. Tonight she tells the story and introduces some of the many people who have seen and heard these unusual happenings. Producer SALLY THOMPSON


Unknown: Rosalind Morris
Producer: Sally Thompson

: News

Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude

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