The Christmas Story
What are the facts about the birth of Jesus? How much has tradition inlluenced our interpretation? How much has it affected our ideas about family life?
Put your questions to Sophie Laws , Lecturer in New Testament Studies at King's
College, London. and The Rt Rev Bill Westwood , Bishop of Edmonton.
In the Chair Jill Burridge Produced by the Woman's Hour unit
Lines open from 8.0 am
including eavesdroppings, graffiti and the occasional outbreak of foot-in-mouth. Chairman Nigel Rees Guests Celia Haddon Rula Lcnska
Arthur Marshall and Paul Theroux Quotations read by RONALD FLETCHER Producer ALAN NIXON (Rptd. Wed 10.30 pm)
12.55 Weather: programme news
Introduced by Sue MacGregor Including
Getting the Wind Up:
BOB PRIZEMAN hears of the feats and failures of a dwindling band of organ blowers.
Games People Play;
Schoolboy PATRICK BOSSERT explains the fascination of the cube that's hooked millions around the world. Story: A Bear Called Priscilla
by Henry Fielding.
Adapted for radio in six parts by Hallam Tennyson.
In which Sophia runs away; Tom is shaved by Mr Partridge: Mrs Waters 'repays' Tom for rescuing her from a hanging; and Tom and Sophia find rooms at the same inn, with catastrophic results.
(Martin Jarvis is in "Caught in the Act" at the Garrick Theatre, London)
Music composed by:
Jorvik - Viking York
Over the last eight years a wealth of Viking objects has been brought to light from the wet, oozey mud of Coppergate - an archaeological site in the heart of York. A shopping area is now being built over it, but what has been learnt so far about the Viking city, Its inhabitants, its trade and character? How are thethousandsofobjects so far recovered to be conserved and studied? A report by Malcolm Billings
Producer ROY HAYWARD BBC Bristol
GIRVAN ACADEMY, Girvan » either COWES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. Cowes, IoW
Or TASKER MILWARD SCHOOL, Haverfordwest,
TIM GUDGIN and PADDY FEENT Questions set by PAUL LIVESEY
NIGEL RICHARDSON and PADDY FEENY Producer
' From Bethlehem
Hospital: a pair of ancient shackles ... 9s 6d. From curio shops in Rome: a small mortar and three old books on magic, surgery and arithmetic. 16th century: £1 17s 4d.'-At the time of his death in 1936, Sir Henry Wellcome 's collections of medical, anthropological and archaeological objects consisted of over one-and. a-half million items. Geoff Watts visits
Wellcome Museum of the History of Medicine, which opened last week at the Science Museum in London, and talks to the people responsible for exhibiting this testimony to man's concern with the preservation of health
Producer ALISON RICHARDS
In this edition, Jane-Finnis reports on the range of talking calculators which are now available; and some blind children talk about the presents they would like to find waiting for them when they wake up on Christmas Day.
Presenter Peter White Producer THENA HESHEL
Blind listeners can phone in suggestions and comments relating to the programme on [number removed]8.30-10.0 pm Free quarterly bulletins summarising information broadcast, arailable from Room 816. Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA
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