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: Farming Today



Producers: Leslie Cottington
Producers: Bryan Platt

: Yours Faithfully

A note from ReligiouS Affairs Correspondent Gerald Priestland
6.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Gerald Priestland

: News

: On Your Farm

Producer ANTHONY PARKIN BBC Birmingham


Producer: Anthony Parkin

: It's a Bargain

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


Unknown: Norman Tozer

: News

: Sport on 4

After presenting the programme direct from Australia for the past two weeks, Tony Lewis flies back to introduce today's edition. But there's still a strong cricketing flavour to the programme, as HENRY BLOFELD reports from Sydney on AUSTRALIA'S one-day international with the WEST INDIES, while CHRISTOPHER MARTIN-JENKINS in Brisbane has the latest news of the ENGLAND tour party.
Plus all the other sports news at home and abroad. A Radio Sport and OB production


Unknown: Tony Lewis
Unknown: Henry Blofeld
Unknown: Christopher Martin-Jenkins

: News

: Breakaway

with Barry Korman and an assembled multitude of personalities, experts and intrepid reporters who suggest ways and means of spending vour leisure hours.
Including this week, DIY: jobs in the home to tackle over the Christmas break; Jerusalem: a tourists guide to the Holy City; and Leonard Rossiter reveals his passion for squash.
For information sheets send a large sae to [address removed]


Unknown: Barry Korman
Unknown: Leonard Rossiter
Producer: Jenny Marshall
Editor: Roger MacDonald

: News Stand

Geoffrey Smith reviews the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Producer: Walter Wallich

: The Week inWestminster

Parliamentarians discuss the week's business with Robert Carvel

: Daily Service

NEM, p 25; Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes (BBC HB 490): Psalm 9; Luke 1, vv 26-35 (AV); Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (BBC HB 34) long wave only

: Pick of the Week

Margaret Howard presents her selection of extracts from BBC radio and television programmes over the past seven days.
long wave only


Unknown: Margaret Howard

: InternationalAssignment

The Book Makers
'Art for art's sake, money for God's sake.' As the season of book-buying reaches its peak, Peter Day takes a world-wide look at the gamble that is publishing, an uneasy attempt to marry literature and commerce.
A Radio News production


Unknown: Peter Day

: News

: Money Box

Presenter Louise Botting
Radio's key to the ever-present problem of how to get the best from your money.
A Financial World Tonight production


Presenter: Louise Botting

: Comedy First

Shows scripted by new writers for Peter Wheeler, David Casey, Carole Hayman, Geoffrey Banks and Marlene Sidaway
BBC Manchester

12.55 Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Peter Wheeler
Unknown: David Casey
Unknown: Carole Hayman
Unknown: Geoffrey Banks
Unknown: Marlene Sidaway
Producer: James Casey
Producer: Ron McDonnell

: News

: Any Questions?

The Rt Hon
Enoch Powell , MP Baroness Phillips Neil Kinnock , mp and Peregrine Worsthorne tackle issues raised by the audience in Birmingham Chairman David Jacobs
1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only


Unknown: Enoch Powell
Unknown: Baroness Phillips Neil Kinnock
Unknown: David Jacobs

: News

: Wildlife

' It was soft and orange, with a black stripe down the back. It changed colour and suddenly its head blew off. What was it, and why did it explodet '
DAVID GEORGE , HUMPHREY GREENWOOD and TONY SOPER ward off another salvo of listeners' questions. Introduced by Derek Jones
Questions to: Wildlife, BBC, Bristol BS8 2LR
(Postponed from 15 Dec)


Unknown: David George
Unknown: Humphrey Greenwood
Unknown: Tony Soper
Duced By: Derek Jones
Producer: Michael Bright

: Saturday-Afternoon Theatre: The Fifth String

by the American composer JOHN PHILIP SOUSA dramatised for radio by LIANE AUKIN with Sandor Eles as Angelo Diotti
Violin music arranged and played by Yossi Zivoni
'This is no ordinary violin - this string, the G, Is the string of pity; the D, the string of hope; the A, the string of love; the E gives forth the sound of joy - and the fifth string is the string of death. He who plays on it dies at once.'


Author: John Philip Sousa
Dramatised by: Liane Aukin
Violin played By: Yossi Zivoni
Directed By: Ian Cotterell
Angelo Diotti: Sandor Eles
Francesca Diotti: Gladys Spencer
Mrs Van Krall: Margot Boyd
Mr Perkins: Leonard Fenton
Mrs Llewelyn: Elaine Ives-Cameron
Mildred Wallace: Ann Bell
Simmons: Martin Friend
Satan: Godfrey Kenton
Mr Wallace: Hal Galili
Jack Sanders: Ed Bishop
Cabbie: Brian Carroll

: Does He Take Sugar?

A magazine for and with disabled listeners.
Presenter Marilyn Alan
Correspondence address: [address removed]


Presenter: Marilyn Alan
Reporter: Kevin Mulhern
Producer: Jane Wood
Editor: Marlene Pease

: News

: Chapter and Verse

Robert Foxcroft introduces a review of some of the memorable religious publications of 1979. Producer CRISPIAN HOLLIS


Unknown: Robert Foxcroft
Producer: Crispian Hollis

: Time for Verse

with Peter Porter
Spinks and ousels sing sublimely


Unknown: Peter Porter

: The Magic of Music

Kenyon Emrys-Roberts talks about Brahms's First Symphony.
Producer PATRICK LAMBERT gramophone records
(Repeated: Christmas Day at 5.5 pm)


Producer: Patrick Lambert

: Week Ending

with Bill Wallis David Tate
Sheila Steafel Chris Emmelt and THE DAVID FIRMAN TRIO
(Year Ending: 11.15 pm New Year's Eve)
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
S.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Bill Wallis
Unknown: David Tate
Unknown: Sheila Steafel
Unknown: Chris Emmelt

: News

: Desert Island Discs

Sir Osbert Lancaster , the cartoonist, theatre designer and writer
(Repeated: Fri at 9.5 am) (Desert Island Encores: Christmas Day 12.20)


Unknown: Sir Osbert Lancaster

: With Great Pleasure

The Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, CBE, presents his personal choice of poetry and prose.
Readers Richard Briers and Eleanor Bron
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol
(Richard Briers brings you Christmas Briers: Christmas Day 10.30 am, and is in 'Middle Age Spread' at the Lyric Theatre, London)


Unknown: Sir John Betjeman
Readers: Richard Briers
Readers: Eleanor Bron
Producer: Brian Patten
Unknown: Richard Briers

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker offers a recipe of popular classics on record: the mixture leavened occasionally by the unfamiliar, and listeners' requests.
(Repeated: Boxing Day at
12.2 pm)


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Ray Abbott

: Saturday-Night Theatre: Can-Can

by Michael Robson
With Edward de Souza as Jacques Offenbach and Maureen O'Brien as his wife Herminie
Edward Hardwicke as Charles Comte
Sarah Badel as Lise Tautin
and Kate Coleridge as Hortense Schneider

Paris 1858. Jacques Offenbach is already acclaimed as 'the Mozart of the Champs-Elysees', but his lavish spending on the productions of his operettas means that the theatre is losing a great deal of money. Could such an unlikely theme as Orpheus and Eurydice be turned into the glittering success that Offenbach is looking for?

(Edward de Souza is in "Night and Day" at the Phoenix Theatre, Edward Hardwicke in "Can You Hear Me at the Back!" at the Piccadilly Theatre, London)
9.58 Weather


Writer: Michael Robson
Researched by: Polly Binder
Director: David Spenser
Jacques Offenbach: Edward de Souza
His wife Herminie: Maureen O'Brien
Charles Comte: Edward Hardwicke
Lise Tautin: Sarah Badel
Hortense Schneider: Kate Coleridge
Ludo Halevy: Gordon Dulieu
Hector Cremieux: Andrew Branch
Henri De Villemessant: Ian Masters
Gustav Dore: Anthony Daniels
Dufort: Philip Sully
Lutard: Phllip Voss
Rochefort/Buffet: Stephen Thorne
Le Comte de Morny: John Westbrook
Herr Zimmer: Leonard Fenton
Herr Pelzer: Danny Schiller
Beggar/Herr Meyer: Martin Friend
Daniel: Brian Carroll
Workman: Trevor Cooper

: News

: Encore

Michael Billington re-plays and reflects on the movies, music, books, television, radio, plays and personalities from the nightly review of the arts - Kaleidoscope.


Unknown: Michael Billington
Editor: Rosemary Hart

: LightenOur Darkness

An evening meditation led by THE REV FRANK TOPPING

: The Spinners

The last of this series in which
Tony Davis
Mick Groves Cliff Hall and Hugh Jones with John McCormick (bass) sing some songs and tell the odd story - in the company of a few friends. Including tonight a very special friend Deryck Guyler Producer


Unknown: Tony Davis
Unknown: Mick Groves
Unknown: Cliff Hall
Unknown: Hugh Jones
Bass: John McCormick
Unknown: Deryck Guyler
Producer: John Fawcett Wilson

: Just Before Midnight: Aladdin

A series of plays for late-night listening.
A radio pantomime by JOHN MORLEY with and Fenella Fielding as the Genie of the Ring and a pantomime horse
A magic lamp awaiting a quick rub down; an innocent young lad willing to do the same; a carpet (and a castle) flying through the air; a wicked magician; a beautiful princess.... In other words, Aladdin in 15 minutes. FENTON
Morgan the Organ spoken and played by GARY YERSHON Directed by MICHAEL BARTLETT


Unknown: John Morley
Played By: Gary Yershon
Directed By: Michael Bartlett
Abanazar: Alfred Marks
Aladdin: Polly James
Widow Twankey: Hugh Paddick
Sphinx: John Bott
Princess: Jenny Twigge
Carpet driver: Michael McStay

: News

Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude

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