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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 John Timpson and Brian Redhead
6.45* Prayer for the Day with FR JOHN REDFORD
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Bead by BRIAN PERKINS
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Fr John Redford
Unknown: Brian Perkins

: News

: Midweek: Noel Edmonds

is the present presenter, with presents, questions and conversation for the eve of Christmas Eve. Producer BILL ROGERS


Producer: Bill Rogers

: News

: Gardeners' Question Time

visits Essex where members of the Loughton Horticultural Society put their questions to
Professor Alan Gemmell Clay Jones and Peter Seabrook
Questionmaster Ken For4 BBC Manchester


Unknown: Professor Alan Gemmell
Unknown: Clay Jones
Unknown: Peter Seabrook
Unknown: Questionmaster Ken

: Daily Service

NEM, p 38; O day of God, draw nigh (BBC hb 24); Canticle 12; Luke 1, vv
26-35 (Rsv); What Adam's disobedience cost (BP 97) long wave only

: Morning Story

Santa Shuggie and the Good Fairy by FRED URQUHART
Read by Fraser Kerr
'"It's all settled," Alice said. " Mr Imrie wants you and he's goin' to pay you for doin' it. And his wee girls want you. His wee girls are awful taken with you, Shuggie.
Gloria Anne tells me you were her ' Pin Up Boy
No 1 '. She's goin' to kiss you under the mistletoe at the party." " God help me! " Shuggie naid.'


Read By: Fraser Kerr
Producer: Mitch Raper

: News

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker presents a blend of musical entertainment on record, mixing the well-loved with the less familiar and occasionally including the spoken word.


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Ray Abbott

: News

: You and Yours

News, views and advice for consumers.
Presenter Bill Breckon


Presenter: Bill Breckon

: A Walk In the Dark

Last of a five-part serial by CHRIS BOUCHER with Patrick Mower
Helen Atkinson Wood and David Timson
Ruth Cobb has been kidnapped and the reason now becomes clear.
Det Con Partridge and Daryl Kennedy from the Australian police set out to give the kidnappers a big surprise, but it's Partridge who gets the biggest surprise of all.
Partridge....PATRICK MOWER Ruth Cobb
Daryl Kennedy. JOHN ROWE Garvey.GREGORY DE POLNAY Clerk in bank...GARY CADI Directed by GERRY JONES
12.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Chris Boucher
Unknown: Patrick Mower
Unknown: Helen Atkinson Wood
Unknown: David Timson
Unknown: Ruth Cobb
Unknown: Daryl Kennedy
Unknown: Patrick Mower
Unknown: Ruth Cobb
Unknown: Helen Atkinson Wood
Unknown: Daryl Kennedy.
Unknown: John Rowe
Directed By: Gerry Jones

: The World at One:News

Presenter Peter Ruff with voices and topics, in and behind the headlines


Presenter: Peter Ruff

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Including
Guest of the Week: Petula Clark
Family Films:
WILLIE RUSHTON and his son TOBY sample some films on release this Christmas aimed at the young. Dance in your Chair: swim, dance, play bowls, keep fit, for 30p an afternoon. GERRY MONTÉ reports on a new scheme to bring sport to the over 50s.
Story: Green
(Petula Clark is in ' The Sound of Music ' at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London)


Unknown: Petula Clark
Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: Petula Clark

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

The Biggest Sandcastle in the World by PAUL THAIN with Colin Douglai as Archie Booth John Hollis as Jimmy Redpath and Geoffrey Matthews as Tommy Sugden
Tyneside, 1981: Archie, Jimmy and Tommy are just three of the countless numbers out of work. Rather than sit at home all day or in the local pub spending their rapidly dwindling redundancy money, they decide to do something to keep themselves occupied.
Building the biggest sandcastle in the world would seem an innocent enough occupation - until, that is, the ' authorities ' get to hear about it.
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN (Fred Pearson is a member of the Royal
Shakespeare Company)


Unknown: Paul Thain
Unknown: Colin Douglai
Unknown: Archie Booth
Unknown: John Hollis
Unknown: Jimmy Redpath
Unknown: Geoffrey Matthews
Unknown: Tommy Sugden
Directed By: Glyn Dearman
Directed By: Fred Pearson
Betty Booth: Kathleen Helme
Fred: Brett Margolis
MiCk: James Bate
Harry: Christopher Fairbank
Reporter: David Gooderson
Employment officer: George Parsons
Television interviewer: David McAlister
Arthur Ridley: Gordon Faith
Higgins: Trevor Cooper
Jackie: Fred Pearson

: The Cities of the Plain

Robert Fox visits four of the great cities of northern Italy to see how much of their past glory lives on today. 4: Parma
City of ham and cheese and villainy in the house of Verdi.
Series producer PADDY O'KEEFFE


Unknown: Robert Fox

: Elisabeth Soderstrom

In the first of six programmes the great
Swedish soprano recalls, with the aid of gramophone records, some of the unusual places where she has sung. ' I once sang in the Toronto Maple Leaf Garden, a cosy little place that can seat 15,000 people ... ' Producer
BBC Manchester

: Story Time

Tell Sally (8)

: PM

5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

: The Six O'Clock News

Half-an-hour of reports from around the world
Including Financial Report

: My Music

A special Christmas edition of the musical quiz devised by Edward J. Mason and Tony Shryane.
Joyful John Amis and Frank Muir festively challenge jocund Ian Wallace and Denis Norden.
In the seasonal chair Steve Race who, after returning from an autumn holiday in Venice, told Radio Times a musical anecdote:
'I still can't believe the music that they played us as the aircraft took off. Not cosy strings, but a vocalist singing quite distinctly "This time we almost made that long hard climb, didn't we?" What's more, they followed with "Blowing in the wind"!'
Questions compiled by Steve Race.


Devised by: Edward J. Mason
Devised by: Tony Shryane
Chairman/Questions compiled by: Steve Race
Panellist: John Amis
Panellist: Frank Muir
Panellist: Ian Wallace
Panellist: Denis Norden

: News

: The Archers

: Shepherds

A Christmas Pastoral by Tom Vernon A picture of the shepherd's life, ancient and modern, with music and voices from
Northumbria, Scotland and Wales.


Unknown: Tom Vernon

: The Dillen

Memories of a man of Stratford-upon-Avon compiled by Angela Hewins Narrated by Michael Williams with John Hollis as George The book on which this feature is based was published to outstanding critical acclaim earlier this year. George Hewins lived in late Victorian England. Despite a life of appalling hardship, his story is a testament to the human determination to survive. It also provides a fascinating insight Into the day-to-day life of a family bound together by love and friendship.


Unknown: Angela Hewins
Unknown: Michael Williams

: File on 4

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events.
Reporter Eric Robson Producer STUART SIMON BBC Manchester
(Repeate on Christmas Eve at 11.1 am)


Reporter: Eric Robson
Producer: Stuart Simon

: Kaleidoscope

Overture for Beginners Michael Oliver talks to Children's Music Theatre's founder
Jeremy James Taylor about his five-year-old company and joins the children aged 9 to 15 as they audition for a new show, then visit the Kent hop fields to research it. The children themselves are heard in performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in The Leaving of Liverpool and reacting to what, for many of them, is their first time in front of an audience. Producer


Talks: Michael Oliver
Unknown: Jeremy James Taylor
Unknown: Richard Bannerman

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

John Morgan reporting with voices and opinions from around the world


Unknown: John Morgan

: A Book at Bedtime

The Orchid Trilogy by JOCELYN BROOKE abridged in 12 parts by MICHAEL VOYSEY


Unknown: Jocelyn Brooke
Unknown: Michael Voysey
Read By: David March

: The Financial World Tonight

Radio 4's international business report; market trends

: News

Weather report; forecast 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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