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: News Briefing

News, weather, papers and sport

: Farming Today

6.25 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Today

Presenters John Timpson and Brian Redhead
6.45* Prayer for the Day With FR DESMOND WILSON
7.0. 8.0 Today's News
7.30,8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Fr Desmond Wilson
Read By: Pauline Bushnell

: News

: Tuesday Call: [number removed]

A means of transport growing rapidly in popularity, but how do you know' which is the best bike for you? How can you maintain it? What are the best techniques for riding in traffic and what are the side effects and spin-offs of taking to pedal power? Richard Ballantyne and Martin Ayres join Judith Chalmers to answer your questions.
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit
Lines open from 8.0 am


Unknown: Richard Ballantyne
Unknown: Martin Ayres
Unknown: Judith Chalmers

: News

: From Our Own Correspondent

BBC Correspondents throughout the world talk about the countries they work in - the politics and the people.

: Daily Service

NEM, p 42; To Christ, the Prince of Peace (BBC HB 94); Psalm 84; Matthew
27, vv 27-38 (AV); Beneath the cross of Jesus (BBC HB 301) long wave only

: Poustinia

In Holy Week,
DOHERTY s book


Unknown: Annette Crosbie
Unknown: Catherine De Hueck

: News

: Double Act

Stop Me if You've Heard it Before
A rearrangement of an old fairytale by SARAH MAXWELL with and The toad needs to be kissed by a princess to be turned back into a handsome prince. Any old princess will do ...
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN (Nicky Henson is a National Theatre player) High Midnight bv GEOFFREY M. MATTHEWS When Ringo rides into town to claim Dallas as his woman, he guns down Marshall Snelgrove. The Kid picks up his badge, but as High Noon has already passed, gives
Ringo till midnight to git outa town.
The ' High midnight ' song played and sung by TIM BENTINCK Directed by MICHAEL BARTLETT


Unknown: Sarah Maxwell
Directed By: Glyn Dearman
Directed By: Nicky Henson
Unknown: Geoffrey M. Matthews
Sung By: Tim Bentinck
Directed By: Michael Bartlett
the Princess: Mollie Sugden
the Toad: Nicky Henson
Second toad: Colin Haigh
Pancho: Kerry Shale
Ringo: John Rye
Dallas: Kathryn Hurlbutt
The Kid: John McAndrew
Marshall: Tim Bentinck
Mayor McGee: Patrick Barr

: Wildlife

' Why doesn't someone introduce penguins to the Arctic?
Tony Soper. Jim Flegg and Pat Morris chat about your Wildlife questions.
Presented by Derek Jones Producer ANNE BLAIR GOULD BBC Bristol
(Repeated: Sat 2.5 pm)


Unknown: Tony Soper.
Unknown: Jim Flegg
Unknown: Pat Morris
Presented By: Derek Jones
Producer: Anne Blair Gould

: News

: You and Yours

Presenter Bill Breckon


Presenter: Bill Breckon

: Down Your Way

12.55 Weather; programme news

: The World at One: News

Presenter Robin Day

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Kay Alexander
Courage is ... : making a decision and sticking to it; going into battle when you're terrified; not giving a tip for bad service; among the definitions given to ANNE SUTER.
In the Mind's Eye: Mind Set determines how we see ourselves, others and the world we live in. MARK BROWN looks at ways we can set and unset our minds for the better. 4: Self-fulfillingProphecies.
Round Britain by Wheelchair: NEIL SLATTER is setting off on a 1000-mile marathon.
Reading Your Letters. Personal View:
ANN MACFARLANE speaks her mind.
The River (4)


Introduced By: Kay Alexander
Unknown: Anne Suter.
Unknown: Mark Brown
Unknown: Neil Slatter
Unknown: Ann MacFarlane

: News

: The House of Mirth


: Science Through the Looking Glass

Six programmes 4: Moments of Inspiration
How do scientists get their bright ideas?
By subjecting their skulls to the impact of over-ripe Bramleys? The best way is to drill the bare facts of the problem into the memory and then let the subconscious take over: by dozing. going for a stroll or wallowing in the bath, like Archimedes. Presenter David Jones
Producer MARTIN GOLDMAN BBC Scotland


Presenter: David Jones
Producer: Martin Goldman

: They Called Me Al

Derek Parker introduces records of the popular singer, Al Bowlly, who was killed in a London air raid 40 years ago.


Presenter: Derek Parker
Producer: Ronald Cook

: Story Time

6: Mana and neck and Lir

: PM

Robert Williams and Joan Bakewcll
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news


Presenters: Robert Williams
Presenters: Joan Bakewcll

: The Six O'Clock News

Half-an-hour of reports from BBC Newsmen around the world including Financial Report

: Brain of Britain 1981

A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain
Chairman Robert Robinson 9: North of England Jack Browning
Helen Daniell
(company director) Anthony Payne (schoolmaster) Robert McCrae
(retired bacteriologist)
The programme includes Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
Programme devised by JOHN P. WYNN
Questions set by IAN GILLIES
Producer RICHARD EDIS (Rptd: Thurs 12.27 pm)


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Helen Daniell
Director: Anthony Payne
Unknown: Robert McCrae
Unknown: John P. Wynn
Unknown: Ian Gillies
Producer: Richard Edis

: News

: The Archers

(Repeated: Wed 1.40 pm)

: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

An epic adventure in 12 parts in time and space including some helpful advice on how to see the Universe for less than 30 Altairian dollars a day. Fit the second: After being saved from certain death during the demolition of the Earth, Arthur Dent now faces a hopeless choice between meeting certain death in the vacuum of space or finding something pleasant to say about Vogon poetry, starring with and guard and computer
Special effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Written by DOUGLAS ADAMS Producer GEOFFREY PERKINS (Rpt. Stephen Moore is a National Theatre player)


Unknown: Arthur Dent
Written By: Douglas Adams
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Unknown: Stephen Moore
The Book: Peter Jones
Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern
Marvin: Stephen Moore
Zaphod Beeblebrox: Mark Wing-Davey
Trillian: Susan Sheridan
Vogon Captain: Bill Wallis
Vogon: David Tate

: The Seaside in Spring

Presented by Brian Thompson
Threatened - one of the most beautiful stretches of our shoreline is in danger of disappearing. MARTIN MUNCASTER Visits Chichester Harbour and examines the erosion at East Head.
In Scotland, MARINA DENNIS follows the attempts of ornithologists in the Western Isles to establish the rare and beautiful sea-eagle;
JOHN BENNETT enjoys the oysters of Strangford Lough ;
KEITH ALLAN looks back at the good old days on Redcar Pier;
ROBERT POWELL visits the Merseyside Maritime Museum and BOB DANVERS WALKER goes in search of sunken treasure among the 600 wrecks off the Isles of Scilly. Producer RON GUBBA BBC Manchester


Presented By: Brian Thompson
Unknown: John Bennett
Unknown: Strangford Lough
Unknown: Keith Allan
Unknown: Robert Powell

: Love's Old Sweet Song

The last of a sequence of six programmes A Perfect Day
' The evening darkens over.' wrote Robert
Bridges. His poem sets the mood for the last programme in this series of words and music featuring the voice of Stuart Burrows.
Readers John Darran and Elizabeth Proud Accompanist


Readers: Stuart Burrows.
Readers: John Darran
Accompanist: John Constable.
Unknown: Elaine Williams
Producer: Herbert Williams

: In Touch

Large Print Books and Braille Music
In this programme, you can hear about some of the less well-known services offered by the National Library for the Blind.
Presented by Peter White
Blind listeners can phone in with queries, suggestions or comments relating to the programme on [number removed]8.30-10.0 pm Free quarterly bulletins summarising information broadcast, available from [address removed]


Presented By: Peter White

: Kaleidoscope

Michael Oliver reviews The Accrington Pals, a new play by Peter Whelan 'at the RSC Warehouse Theatre; and a new recording of Parsifal with the BERLIN


Unknown: Michael Oliver
Play By: Peter Whelan
Conducted By: Herbert von Karajan.
Producer: Anne Winder

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

with Alexander MacLeod and voices and opinions from around the world


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: Cliché

: A Book at Bedtime

Billy Budd (2) long wave only


Unknown: Billy Budd

: The Financial World Tonight

long wave only

: Today in Parliament

long wave only

: News

Weather report; forecast long wave only followed by an interlude
12.15-12.23* am
Shipping forecast and inshore forecast

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