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: News Briefing

News, weather, papers and sport

: Farming Today

6.25 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Today

What Britain is getting up to. Two hours of news and views from home and around the world. Presented by John Timpson and Brian Redhead including at
6.45* Prayer for the Day with GAI EATON
7.0, 8.0 Today's News
Read by LAURIE MACMILLAN News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Gai Eaton
Read By: Laurie MacMillan

: News

: Mid-Week with Russell Harty

An ordinary talk show with some extraordinary people.


Producer: Ian Gardhouse

: News

: Daily Service

NEM p 106: Shepherd divine, our wants relieve
(BBC HB 348); Psalm 23:
Isaiah 11, v 10 to 12, v 2
(AV); Son of God. eternal
Saviour (BBC HB 377)

: The Bandsman's Daughter



Unknown: Irene Thomas

: News

: Baker's Dozen

Popular classics on record, presented by Richard Baker


Presented By: Richard Baker

: News

: You and Yours

News, views and advice for consumers.
Presenters Nancy Wise and Bill Breckon


Unknown: Bill Breckon

: Double Act

A selection of plays from the series
Just Before Midnight And No Birds Sing by TED WILLIS
12.55Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Ted Willis
Directed By: David Johnson
Unknown: Rose Tremain
Directed By: Shaun MacLoughlin
Philip: Hugh Burden
Ann: Mary Miller
Det-Sgt Syms: Adrian Egan
Paul: Colin Blakely
Cherry: Joan Matheson

: The World at One: News

Presented by Robin Day


Presented By: Robin Day

: A Party Political Broadcast

by the Liberal Party

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour in Japan

with Sue MacGregor : Cut off from most of the world until the late 19th century. Japan has developed a highly refined culture.
Cherry Blossom and Bamboo: PETER ESTALL and LIZ MARDALL have visited Kyoto, the ancient cultural capital. And also:
Guest of the Week:
Dr Mary Leakey , archaeologist and anthropologist. and Pets (7): Stick Insects and Garter Snakes. The Ginger Tree (10)


Unknown: Peter Estall
Unknown: Liz Mardall
Unknown: Dr Mary Leakey

: News

: Listen with Mother

Story: Constantinople or The Elephant Who Didn't Like Baths by JANEY GORDON and PETER ASHLET


Unknown: Janey Gordon
Unknown: Peter Ashlet

: Afternoon Theatre

Kenneth More and Michael Kitchen in Chicken On the Road by BOB WILSON.
A young hitch-hiker gets a lift. As the journey progresses he reveals a knowledge of the driver's life. About his family, about his mistress. But there seems to be no question of blackmail.
Directed by PETER KING


Written by: Bob Wilson
Directed by: Peter King
Driver: Kenneth More
Youth: Michael Kitchen
Garageman: Martin Friend
Girl: Amanda Murray
Secretary: Alex Marshall
Lorry driver: Leonard Fenton
Policeman: John Church

: Choral Evensong

from Ripon Cathedral
Responses (William Byrd ) Psalms 65. 66, 67 (Walmisley. Wesley, Perrin, Noble)
Readings fRSV): Isaiah 5, vv 1-7; I Thessalonians 2, vv 13-20
Canticles (Noble in a minor)
Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David (Gibbons) Hvmn: Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Helmsley)
Organist RONALD PERRIN Assistant organist MARCUS HUXLEY
BBC Manchester


Unknown: William Byrd
Organist: Ronald Perrin
Organist: Marcus Huxley

: Short Story

A Word to Scoffers by WILLIAM SAROYAN
Read by Barry Warren


Unknown: William Saroyan
Read By: Barry Warren

: PM

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


Presented By: Susannah Simons
Presented By: Robert Williams

: The Six O'Clock News

including Financial Report and half-an-hour of reports from BBC Newsmen around the world.

: My Word!

A panel game devised by TONY SHRYANE and EDWARD J. MASON Dilys Powell and Frank Muir challenge Anne Scott-James and Denis Norden In the chair
John Julius Norwich
Questions compiled by PETER MOORE
BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Unknown: Dilys Powell
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Anne Scott-James
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: John Julius Norwich
Unknown: Peter Moore

: News

: The Archers

: Checkpoint

A weekly investigation into accusations of unfairness, fraud and injustice.
Presented by Roger Cook (Repeated: Thurs 9.5 am)
HELP! page 15


Presented By: Roger Cook

: The Reith Lectures

The African Condition 6: In Seared of Pax Africana by AH Mazrul, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.
Africa is the most centrally located of all continents but is politically and militarily the most marginal. How can Africa increase its political leverage on world affairs?
PROFESSOR MAZRUI argues that implicit in the concept of Pax Britannica was the assumption that western powers have special privileges for being armed to the teeth while at the same time disarming the natives. Should Africa, in turn, now pacify the war lords by entering the politics of nuclear power and nuclear proliferation? BBC Manchester
(Repeated: Sunday at 6.0 pm on Radio 3, and printed in THE LISTENER dated 13 December)

: Pen to Paper

A lighthearted anthology of new words and old-time music, introduced by Peter Wheeler with Ronald Baddiley Bob Grant and Kathleen Helme
Music-hall songs sung by TONY BATEMAN withTOM STEER (piano) Producer KAY JAMIESON BBC Manchester


Introduced By: Peter Wheeler
Unknown: Ronald Baddiley
Unknown: Bob Grant
Unknown: Kathleen Helme
Sung By: Tony Bateman
Piano: Tom Steer
Producer: Kay Jamieson

: File on 4

Presented by Peter Oppenheimer
Current events, attitudes and opinions, at home and abroad.
Reporter Steve Bradshaw Producer STUART SIMON Editor COLIN ADAMS BBC Manchester


Presented By: Peter Oppenheimer
Reporter: Steve Bradshaw
Producer: Stuart Simon
Editor: Colin Adams

: Kaleidoscope

A nightly review of books. films, plays, broadcasting, music and exhibitions. Presented by Jacky Gillott


Presented By: Jacky Gillott
Producer: Carroll Moore

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

with Alexander MacLeod and voices and opinions from around the world.


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: Three-Piece Sweet

Six comedy plays
6: Three's Company

: A Book at Bedtime

A Cab at the Door 8: Dulwich Days long wave only

: The Financial World Tonight

Radio 4s International Business Report; Market Trends long wave only

: News

Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude

About this project

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.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

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.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

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