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: MorningHas Broken

7.15 Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye for Asian listeners BBC Birmingham
7.45 Bells
7.50 The Shape of God
THE RF.V RLTH MATTHEWS reflects on the Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday in Advent: Matthew 1, vv 18-23
7.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Ghar Samajhiye

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday

Religious news
Presented by Clive Jacobs

8.55 Weather; programme news


Presenter: Clive Jacobs
Producer: John Newbury

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Letter from America

by Alistair Cooke


Speaker: Alistair Cooke

: Morning Service

The last of four broadcasts centred on the four traditional themes of Advent. Today: Heaven from Cohnton Parish Church, Edinburgh, led by THE REV W. B JOHNSTON
Hymns (CH 3): The Lord win come and not he slow (321): Jerusalem the golden (537); 0 holy citv, seen of John (509); Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation (507); Hark, how the adoring hosts above (532) Readings: Revelation 21, vv 1-4. 22-27; St Luke 16, vv 19-:;
Organist JAMES PATERSON BBC Scotland

: The Archers

Omnibus edition
Agricultural story editor ANTHONY PARKIN
BBC Birmingham


Written By: Tessa Diamond
Unknown: Helen Leadbeater
Producer: William Smethurst
Editor: Anthony Parkin

: WeekendWoman's Hour

Introduced by June Knox-Mawer, who with Edward Blishen chooses some Christmas boxes of paperback books; and also presents some memories of Christmas spent overseas and highlights from the weekday programme.


Unknown: Edward Blishen

: A Touch of Genius

Robin Ray traces, with records, the artistry and achievements of some of the world's great musicians. This week, the Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia


Unknown: Robin Ray
Guitarist: Andres Segovia

: The Food Programme

Derek Cooper takes the lid off food - good and bad, fun and fast -and the industry behind it.
12.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Derek Cooper

: The World ThisWeekend: News

Presenter Gordon Clough Editor DEREK LEWIS


Presenter: Gordon Clough
Editor: Derek Lewis

: Feedback

Your responses and reactions to programmes on radio and television
Presented by Tom Vernon Producer JENNY DE YONG
Comments, questions or suggestions to Feedback, Room 7076. BBC, Broadcasting House, London WIA 4WW
1.55 Shipping forecast lung wave only


Presented By: Tom Vernon
Producer: Jenny de Yong

: News

: Gardeners'Question Time

visits Cambridgeshire, where members of the Orwell and District Horticultural Society put their questions to FRED LOADS BILL SOWERBUTTS and PROFESSOR ALAN GEMMELL Questionmaster KEN FORD BBC Manchester


Unknown: Professor Alan Gemmell

: Afternoon Theatre

Peace Games by MIKE WALKER with Stan Phillips Christopher Blake Paul Gregory and Richard Hurndall
During the First World War. two cousins -one from Germany, the other from England -find themselves victims of wartime I games'.
' Mr Summerfield Is a deeply honest man - he is also extremely fond of his cousin. I simply presented him with a choice: help us prove his cousin innocent or ignore us and see him shut as a spy, Of course there was only one choice and he made it.'


Unknown: Mike Walker
Unknown: Stan Phillips
Unknown: Christopher Blake
Unknown: Paul Gregory
Unknown: Richard Hurndall
Unknown: Mr Summerfield
Piano: Stuart Hutchinson
Paul Von Kleist: Paul Gregory
Richard Summerfield: Christopher Blaki
Tom Walshe: Nigel Anthony
Katharyn Rolfe: Siân Phillips
Geoffrey Buckland: Philip Voss
Rear Admiral Old: Richard Hurndall
Novalis: Garard Green
Clairmont: Andrew Branch
Patty: Hilda Kriseman

: News

: Talking aboutAntiques

Arthur Negus and Bernard Price discuss listeners' questions with HUGH SCULLY. Producer
Questions to: Talking about Antiques, BBC, Bristol BS8 2LR


Unknown: Hugh Scully.
Producer: Sarah Pitt.

: The Living World

Talking Point
Field sports - friends or foes of wildlife conservation? The panel discusses the conflicts that can arise between the two interests.
Introduced by Derek Jones
Producer JOHN HARRISON BBC Bristol
(Postponed from 9 Dee)
(Repeated; Thurs 9.30 am)


Introduced By: Derek Jones
Producer: John Harrison

: A Jew at Christmas

Michael Elkins. the BBC Correspondent in Jerusalem, takes a highly personal look at Christmas as seen through the eyes of a Jew.
A Radio News production by BLAIR THOMSON (Postponed from 22 Dec 1978)


Unknown: Michael Elkins.

: Down Your Way Down Under

A chance to hear again some of the people Brian Johnston met earlier this year in Australia.
Producer ANTHONY SMITH BBC Bristol
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
S.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Brian Johnston

: News

: You, The Jury

in which current and controversial issues are put on trial before Dick Tav erne QC, and an audience of jurors.
Tonight s motion: The Language of Worship Should be Ancient not Modern
Proposer Anthony Quinton Opposer Lord Soper
The jury vote at the beginning and the end of the trial so any swing of opinion may be measured and a verdict reached. Producer KAY EVANS
(Repealed; Fri 11.5 am)


Unknown: Dick Tav
Unknown: Proposer Anthony Quinton
Unknown: Opposer Lord Soper
Producer: Kay Evans

: Bookshelf

with Frank Delaney


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Producer: Nick Hughes

: Evening Service

In preparation for the Christmas Festival from St Martin-in-the-Fields. London
Conducted by THE REV PREBENDARY AUSTEN WILLIAMS Readings: Isaiah 61, vv 1-4 (AV): Luke 2, vv 1-16 (Av); Philippians 2, vv 1-11 (av): Psalm 150
Hymns (BBC Hymn Book): Hark, what a sound (32); Lo! he comes with clouds descending (35): While shepherds watched their flocks by night (61); O little town of Bethlehem (56): Once in royal David's city (58); Hark, the herald-angels sing (50) Master of the Music CHRISTOPHER STOKES Deputy organist ROGER OVEREND


Unknown: Austen Williams
Master of the Music: Christopher Stokes
Organist: Roger Overend

: Behind the Baton

Sir Adrian Boult. on the occasion of his 90th birthday earlier this year. talked to Roy Plomlev about his long and distinguished career as a conductor. His memories include giving the first performance of The Planets by Holst, the problems involved in conducting for one of Diaghilev's ballet seasons, forming the BBC Symphony Orchestra and looking after it during the War. and his long recording career with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Unknown: Sir Adrian Boult.
Unknown: Roy Plomlev
Producer: Derek Drescher

: A Christmas Carol

starring Roy Dotrice as Scrooge
A musical version of Charles Dickens' story of the miser who was haunted into changing his ways.

(First broadcast on Christmas Eve 1978 on Radio 2)
(See also: Christmas Day 5.30 pm BBC2)

9.58 Weather


Author: Charles Dickens
Composer/Lyricist: Iwan Williams
Stage Adaptation: Ronald McGill
Adapter/Producer: Bobby Jaye
Singers: The Nigel Brooks Singers
Conductor: David Francis
Scrooge: Roy Dotrice
Bob Cratchit: Ronald Herdman
Fred: Michael McClain
Charitable gentleman: Edward Kelsey
Marley: Preston Lockwood
Spirit of Christmas Past: James Thomason
Fezziwig: Timothy Bateson
Dick: John Bull
Scrooge as a boy: Judy Bennett
Scrooge as a young man: Steven Facet
Fan/Mrs Fezziwig: Marise Hepworth
Belle: Rosemary Butler
Spirit of Christmas Present: William Fox
Mrs Cratchit: Diana Olsson
Peter: Russel Lewis
Tiny Tim: Simon Henderson
Old Joe: Benny Lee
Mrs Dilber: Patricia Hayes

: News

: News Quizof the Year

A sideways glance at 1979 Barry Took puts questions to Alan Coren Richard Ingrams Clive James
Stan McMurtrey Claire Rayner and Gillian Reynolds
Compiled and produced by ALAN NIXON and DANNY GREENSTONE


Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Richard Ingrams
Unknown: Clive James
Unknown: Stan McMurtrey
Unknown: Claire Rayner
Produced By: Alan Nixon
Produced By: Danny Greenstone

: Epilogue

In the season of Advent, devised and narrated by Frank Topping
4: Mother and Child Reader Petra Davies


Reader: Petra Davies

: Moonshine on ...

Moonshine is an unreliable, non-committal, unsentimental and inconsistent light, such as is shed by this inconclusive, distracting assemblage of verse, songs, stories and nostalgia on trains
Presented by Judi Deneh with additional readings by Joss Ackland
Music from Cambridge City Jassband.Vocal refrains Dave Skitani and the Rhythm Boys
Written and compiled by PETE ATKIN and RUSSELL DAVIES. Producer JONATHAN JAMES-MOORE
(Repeated: Tuesday 8 Jan) (Judi Dench is a member of the RSC)


Presented By: Judi Deneh
Unknown: Joss Ackland
Unknown: Dave Skitani
Unknown: Pete Atkin
Unknown: Russell Davies.
Producer: Jonathan James-Moore
Unknown: Judi Dench

: News

Weather report: forecast followed by an interlude

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