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Presented by John Timpson with PETER RUFF including at
6.45* Prayer for the Day with FR AGNELLUS ANDREW
7.0. 8.0 Today's News
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: John Timpson
Unknown: Peter Ruff
Unknown: Peter Donaldson

: To Build A Fire


: News

: Mid-Week with Desmond Wilcox

plus Angela Rippon as an inquisitive hostess of well-known guests on their birthdays, and other familiar names playing unfamiliar roles in this live miscellany of reassuring entertainment, disturbing oddities, and stimulating arguments.
From Glasgow, Fran Morrison; from Cardiff. Gerry Monté; and from Dublin, Frank Delaney , investigate and tell stranger than fiction real-life stories.
Live musical interludes and punctuations by THE BOWLES BROTHERS
A Start and Stop the Week team production


Unknown: Angela Rippon
Unknown: Frank Delaney

: News

: Flight Deck Fantasy

How would you cope if, in an emergency, you were asked to take over the controls of a large jet airliner and bring it safely to land by instructions from ground control? Clive Jacobs experiences a frighteningly real flight into danger in an aircraft training simulator. Producer


Unknown: Clive Jacobs
Producer: Michael Gilliam

: Daily Service

NEM, p 25; Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child (Carols for Choirs 23); Psalm 27, part 1; Matthew 2. vv 13-23 (AV); Unto us a boy is born! (Oxford Book of Carols 92)

: Morning Story

The Brains of the Outfit by EDWARD SALMON
Bead by Frank Windsor
' The plan was very simpie - though I think George was overdoing it when he said it bore the hallmarks of genius - nothing could go wrong. Producer JANE MARSHALL BBC Birmingham


Producer: Jane Marshall

: Fringe Benefits

Brian Matthew presents a selection of comedy. music and oddities from the Fringe of this year's
Edinburgh Festival.


Unknown: Brian Matthew
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

: Listen with Mother

Story: Tommy Tabby and his Song by CONSTANCE MAUNSELL


Unknown: Tommy Tabby
Unknown: Constance Maunsell

: News

: You and Yours

News and information that affects the way you live,
Presenters Nancy Wise and Bill Breckon


Unknown: Bill Breckon

: The 27-Year Itch

12.55Weather; programme news: long wave only

: The World at One: News

and voices and topics In and behind the headlines Presented by Brian Widlake


Presented By: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour 1978

Sue MacGregor presents a selection from a year's broadcasting - laughter, events, and issues, and the voices of, among others,
Th Duke of Edinburgh Diana Dors
Barbara Cartland Germaine Greer and Jack Jones and Moon's Ottery (2)


Unknown: Th Duke
Unknown: Diana Dors
Unknown: Barbara Cartland
Unknown: Germaine Greer
Unknown: Jack Jones

: News

: Blessed Assurance

The story of the Victorian hymn-writers, Moody and Sankey. told by H. COLIN DAVIS


Told By: H. Colin Davis
Producer: Rowanne Pasco
Dwight L Moody: Timothy West
Ira D Sankey: Antony Miall

: Afternoon Theatre: All Those Women

by David Wheeler
with Richard Hurndall as Stephen Ryan
An elderly art collector who has prided himself always on his taste in women, wishes to see them all again before he dies, so that he can leave his collection to the one who most recalls the pleasures of the past. But memory is so unreliable...


Writer: David Wheeler
Director: Margaret Etall
Stephen Ryan: Richard Hurndall
Nurse Madeley: Jennifer Piercey
Dante: Tim Bentinck
Isobel: Ann Wrigg
Margot: Margot Boyd
Lucille: Judith Morse
Jane: Monica Grey
Elizabeth: Petra Davies
Helen: Heather Bell

: Story Time

Charles Causlev reads
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by ROBERT BROWNING and The Jackdaw of Rheims from The Ingoldsby Legends by R. » BARHAM
BBC Bristol


Unknown: Charles Causlev
Unknown: Robert Browning

: PM

The news magazine Presented by Robert Williams and Susannah Simons
5.59 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news


Presented By: Robert Williams
Presented By: Susannah Simons

: The Six O'Clock News

Financial Report

: Top

of the Form
The Final
Northern Ireland
North of England


Unknown: St Patrick
Unknown: Tim Gudgin
Unknown: John Anthony
Unknown: Roy Smith
Producer: Griff Rhys

: News

: The Archers

(Repeated: Fri 1.40 pm) Cast for the fortnight:
BBC Birmingham
Tom Forrest's Country Calendar, £1.20, from bookshops


Written By: Keith Miles
Written By: Alan Bower
Dan Archer: Edgar Harrison
Doris Archer: Gwen Berryman
Peggy Archer: June Spencer
Jennifer Aldridge: Angela Piper
Brian Aldridge: Charles Collingwood
Tony Archer: Colin Skipp
Pat Archer: Patricia Callimore
Philip Archer: Norman Painting
Jill Archer: Patricia Greene
Shula Archer: Judy Bennett
Christine Johnson: Lesley Saweard
Laura Archer: Betty McDowall
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
Jack Woolley: Philip Garston-Jones
Walter Gabriel: Chris Gittins
Sid Perks: Alan Devereux
Polly Perks: Hilary Newcombe
Jethro Larkin: George Hart
Neil Carter: Brian Hewlett
George Barford: Graham Roberts
Mike Tucker: Terry Molloy
Betty Tucker: Pamela Craig
Colonel Danhy: Norman Shelley
Jackie Smith: Maggie McCarthy
Eva Lenz: Hedli Niklaus
Nick Wearing: Gareth Johnson

: Time for Verse

Light Verse
The ninth of 13 programmes in which Kingsley Amis introduces poems from The New Oxford Book of Light terse. The poems in this edition are by c. S. LEWIS , NOËL cowARD and PHYLLIS MCGINLEY. Readers DAVID BRIERLEY and HEATHER BELL
Producer ALEC REID
(Repeated: Sat 11.20 am)


Introduces: Kingsley Amis
Unknown: S. Lewis
Readers: Phyllis McGinley.
Readers: Heather Bell
Producer: Alec Reid

: Joseph and the Amazing Techni color Dreamcoat

starring Paul Jones in the ever popular rock opera by TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER also featuring
Jacob's wives, Ishmaelites, slave girls: FRAN-CESCA LUCY , AUDREY DUGGAN , JEANNA L'ESTY, MAGGIE RYDER
THE MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY'S children's choir and orchestra, conducted by JACK FORSYTH
Technical presentation by JOHN WHITEHALL and COLIN DUFF Directed by RICHARD WILLCOX
Presented by arrange. ment with MARTIN GATES
The Musical Theatre
' Company's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat directed by Ken Hill , is now at the Westminster Theatre, London) i Broadcast on Boxing Day at 7.20 pin)


Unknown: Paul Jones
Unknown: Tim Rice
Unknown: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Unknown: Cesca Lucy
Unknown: Audrey Duggan
Conducted By: Jack Forsyth
Presentation By: John Whitehall
Directed By: Richard Willcox
Unknown: Martin Gates
Directed By: Ken Hill
The Narrator: Jonn Golder
Pharaoh: Leonard Whiting
JaCOb: Michael Bal'Er
Reuben: Stan Pretty
Simeon: Frank Elms
Levi: Robert Lister
Napthali: Ray Scally
Isaacher: Eric Gething
Potiphar/Asher: Michael Heath
Dan: Terry Matkin
Zebulun: Brian Byrne
Gad: Peter Eden
Judah: John Aron
Benjamin: Clive Griffin
Potiphar's wife: Audrey Duggan

: The Country-side at Christmas

Introduced by Wynford Vaukhan -Thomas A seasonal look at the Calf of Man. 616 acres of rock and scrub-the home of lighthouse-keepers, National Trust wardens and birds; Christmas trees by the thousand - KEITH ALLAN visits a Northumbrian pine forest: foxes which are more playful than destructive -
MARTIN MUNCASTER meets a remarkable lady who has nursed injured foxes and : reared orphaned cubs: a < country vicar explains the significance of the Christ. mas crib - THE REV DONALD JOHNSON talks to some of his young parishioners: a mid-winter birdlife in Highland Scotland - ERIC simms takes his tape-recorder into the Cairngorms.
Producer DON MOSEY BBC Manchester


Introduced By: Wynford Vaukhan
Unknown: Keith Allan
Unknown: Martin Muncaster
Talks: Donald Johnson
Unknown: Eric Simms

: Kaleidoscope

David Attenborough Robert Gittings and Julia O'Faolain discuss a selection of books published this year.
Presenter Paul Vaughan Producer DAVID PERRY
9.59 Weather


Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Robert Gittings
Unknown: Julia O'Faolain
Presenter: Paul Vaughan
Producer: David Perry

: The World Tonight: News

Douglas Stuart reporting


Unknown: Douglas Stuart

: The Lion and the Unicorn

A compilation by BRIAN SIBLEY which ventures through fable, verse and prose seeking to ensnare them both, with Judy Parfitt
Christopher Cazenove
Clive Francis. Tony Steed -man, Jean Rogers , Michael Johnson
Directed by CHRISTOPHER VENNING i Broadcast on Christmas Eve at 2.30 pmi


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Judy Parfitt
Unknown: Christopher Cazenove
Unknown: Clive Francis.
Unknown: Tony Steed
Unknown: Jean Rogers
Unknown: Michael Johnson
Directed By: Christopher Venning

: A Book at Bedtime

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: The Financial World Tonight

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: Unforgettables

A selection of music for late-night listening.

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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