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: News Briefing

News, weather, papers and sport

: Farming Today

Market prices and intelligence, the weather, and what's new for farmers.
6.25 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Today

Presenters Libby Purves and Paul Burden
6.45* Prayer for the Day THE REV LESLIE STOKES
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by BRYAN MARTIN
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: Libby Purves
Presenters: Paul Burden
Unknown: Leslie Stokes
Read By: Bryan Martin

: News

: Mid-Week: Russell Harty's People

The ordinary talk show with some extraordinary people, including Sue
Lawley's birthday guest and The Week So Far by itussell DaviesProducer


Unknown: Ian Gardhouse

: News

: Gardeners' Question Time

visits Warwickshire where members of the Dorridge and District Horticultural Society put their questions to Geoffrey Smith
Bill Sowerbutts and Professor Alan Gemmell Questionmaster Ken Ford BBC Manchester
Book, Down the Garden Path, £3.50, from bookshops


Unknown: Professor Alan Gemmell
Unknown: Questionmaster Ken

: Daily Service

NEM, p 54; Holy Spirit, truth divine, (BBC in 155); Psalm 48; Colossians 3, vv 12-17 (rsv); Angel-voices, ever singing (BBC HB 256) long wave only

: Morning Story

Hilbre Sunday by BERLIE DOHERTY
Read by Elizabeth Proud ' I always thought Andy Mason was a bit of a slob, though most of my mates were mad on him. He was good-looking all right, but arrogant with it. I can't stand that sort ...'


Unknown: Berlie Doherty
Read By: Elizabeth Proud
Unknown: Andy Mason
Producer: Mitch Raper

: News

: Baker's Dozen

: News

: You and Yours

Presenter Bill Breckon


Presenter: Bill Breckon

: A Murder of Quality

12.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: John Le Carre

: The World at One: News

Presenter Robin Day

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor
Guest of the Week: the international organist Gillian Weir.
Reading Your Letters. Suspicion: YVONNE GUNN talks about what happens when one of your family is accused of shoplifting. Cats!: prior to the new ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER musical. TONY BARNFIELD talks about them to the composer and investigates in words and music their perennial appeal. Up the Crossing
8: The Accumulator


Organist: Gillian Weir.
Talks: Yvonne Gunn
Andrew==>: Lloyd Webber
Talks: Tony Barnfield

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

A Lovesome Thing A comedy by ALAN MELVILLE with and The joys and delights of an English country-garden can occasionally be marred by the obsessive interest of neighbouring gardeners - perhaps it is they who need ' weeding out '!
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN


Comedy By: Alan Melville
Played By: Sion Probert
Unknown: Christopher Scott
Directed By: Glyn Dearman
Adam: Peter Baldwin
Janet: Jennifer Piercey
Mr B: Alan Melville
Mrs B: Katherine Parr
Tim: Stephen Garlick
Face: Kathryn Hurlbutt

: Letter from Hong Kong

Anthony Lawrence talks about the villages and the quieter places of Hong Kong that the visitor seldom sees.


Talks: Anthony Lawrence

: Choral Evensong

from the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge Introit: Let thy merciful ears (Mudd)
Responses (Rose)
Psalms: 142, 143 (Camidge, Pring) Fust Lesson:
Deuteronomy 12, v 1 and vv 8-11
Canticles (Stanford in A) Second Lesson: Romans 4, vv 1-8
Anthem: Dum transisset sabbatum (Taverner) Director of Music PHILIP LEDGER
Organ Scholar JOHN BUTT


Music: Philip Ledger
Unknown: John Butt

: Story Time

Poor Koko (3)

: PM

with Robert Williams and Janet Cohcn on VHF until 5.55
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Robert Williams
Unknown: Janet Cohcn

: The Six O'Clock News

including Financial Report

: My Music

devised by EDWARD J. MASON and TONY SHRYANE John Amis and Frank Muir challenge Ian Wallace and Denis Norden
In the Chair Steve Race Questions compiled by STEVE RACE. Executive producer BOBBY JAYE


Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: John Amis
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Ian Wallace
Unknown: Denis Norden
Producer: Bobby Jaye

: News

: The Archers

Written by JAMES 'ROBSON
(Repeated: Thurs 1.40 pm)
BBC Birmingham
See Letters: page 71


Phil Archer: Norman Painting
Jill: Patricia Greens
ShUla: Judy Bennett
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
Carol Tregorran: Anne Cullen
Jack Woolley: Arnold Peters
Joe Grundy: Haydn Jones
Eddie Grundy: Trevor Harrison
Mary Pound: Ysanne Churchman
Jethro Larkin: George Hart
Clarrie: Heather Bell
Neil Carter: Brian Hewlett
Mark Hebden: Richard Derrington
Robin Catchpole: Edward McCarthy
Jolene: Elizabeth Revill

: Checkpoint

A weekly investigation into accusations of unfairness, fraud and injustice.
Presented by Roger Cook


Presenter: Roger Cook

: The Heart of Matter

The Life and Thought of Teilhard de Chardin Presented by Vernon Sproxton
1 May 1981 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth Of
TEILIIARD DE CHARDIN , one of the most remarkable and original religious thinkers of the 20th century. So revolutionary were the ideas of this Jesuit priest that the Holy Office in Rome would not allow him to publish any theological writing, and, apart from a few friends, nobody knew of his thinking until he died in 1955. But he had some admirers in the scientific establishment -
Julian Huxley and W. H. Thorpe were among them.
The programme tells the story of his life, from the small boy with an obsession for rocks, through his exile in China, where he played an important role in the discovery of Pekin Man. to his final banishment to New York, where he died. In the programme, among others, are Teilhard's colleagues, Pierre le Roy and George Barbour , people who knew him, like Robert Speaight. together with Sir Peter Medawar ,
Dr Ursula King , Professor Anthony Dyson , Claud Curling and Robert Butterfield.


Presented By: Vernon Sproxton
Unknown: Teiliiard De Chardin
Unknown: Julian Huxley
Unknown: W. H. Thorpe
Unknown: Pierre Le Roy
Unknown: George Barbour
Unknown: Robert Speaight.
Unknown: Sir Peter Medawar
Unknown: Dr Ursula King
Unknown: Anthony Dyson
Unknown: Claud Curling
Reader: Robert Butterfield.
Reader: Gabriel Woolf

: File on 4

Major issues, changing attitudes, important events at home and abroad.
Reporter David Henshaw
Editor COLIN ADAMS BBC Manchester


Reporter: David Henshaw
Producer: Gerry Northam
Editor: Colin Adams

: Kaleidoscope

Now You See it, Now You Don't
Presented by Colin Ford A baggy-trousered tramp with bowler hat; the assassination of a president; film in its 85-year history has recorded fiction and fact in a form more vivid than any other. Yet, while film preserves history and fantasy, who preserves film itself? Until the 1930s, there was no systematic archiving of the cinema and two-thirds of all films made between 1895 and 1930 were lost or destroyed. Even today film is in danger, older films can spontaneously ignite, modern colour films fade as they age. As the financial belt tightens, choices have to be made today about what we can afford to preserve. Who makes those choices? By what criteria?
Researcher TIM DEAN


Presented By: Colin Ford
Unknown: Tim Dean
Producer: Richard Dunn
Editor: Rosemary Hart

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

Peter Paterson reporting


Unknown: Peter Paterson

: The Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. TOLKIEN (8)


Unknown: J. R. R. Tolkien

: A Book at Bedtime

The People of the Sea (8) long wave only

: The Financial World Tonight

Radio 4's international business report; market trends: long ware only

: Today in Parliament

long wave only

: News

Weather report; forecast long wave only followed by an interlude

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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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