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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

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 Read by BRYAN MARTIN
7.30. 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Fr John Redford
Read By: Bryan Martin

: Yesterday in Parliament

8.59 Continental Travel Information

: News

: Christmas 41

A nostalgic medley of radio from 40 years ago presented by Christopher Andrew with Vera Lynn , Wilfred Pickles and The Brains Trust. All that and the Luftwaffe too!
Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester


Presented By: Christopher Andrew
Unknown: Vera Lynn
Unknown: Wilfred Pickles
Producer: Peter Everett

: The Living Wonderland

with Peter France
Alice's fantastic dreams conjured from the mind of Lewis Carroll such unlikely animals as slithy toves, borogoves and mome raths. A lobster quadrille, a mad tea party and a croquet game with flamingoes and hedgehogs were all part of Carroll's Wonderland - but could it really exist? Fat Morris. Sam Berry and Michael Clegg indulge in a Caucus race. Producer MOIRA MANN BBC Bristol


Unknown: Peter France
Unknown: Lewis Carroll
Unknown: Sam Berry
Unknown: Michael Clegg
Producer: Moira Mann

: News

: Enterprise

The last of ten programmes Audrey Eyton
When AUDREY EYTON said she was launching a highly specialised magazine about slimming, most people thought she was mad. But. with her ex-husband. she persevered and built Slimminq into one of Britain's most successful magazines.
She talks to Ann Tennant Producer JOCK GALLAGHER BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Audrey Eyton
Unknown: When Audrey Eyton

: Daily Service

nem, p 17: The advent of our King (BBC HB
39): Psalm 111; Matthew 1, vv 18-25 (Rsv): On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (BBC HB38) long wave only

: Morning Story

Compliments of the Season by DAVID WAINE
Read by Douglas Leach Producer PAMELA howe BBC Bristol


Unknown: David Waine
Read By: Douglas Leach
Producer: Pamela Howe

: News

: File on 4

: Enquire Within

Neil Landor answers your queries.


Unknown: Neil Landor

: News

: You and Yours

The year is 1931. The Depression looms and Britain is leaving the Gold standard. But the Flappers dance on, and are the daily lives of Britain's consumers really so very different? Jenni Mills and Bill Breckon report


Unknown: Jenni Mills
Unknown: Bill Breckon

: Top of the Form

12.55 Weather; programme news

: The World at One: News

Presenter Peter Ruff


Presenter: Peter Ruff

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor , including Christmas Anthology: a selection of words and music
The Orchestration of Edna: BARRY HUMPHRIES and CARL DAVIS discuss their unlikely partnership.
Christmas with a Stranger written and read by Leslie Thomas abridged by PAT MCLOUGHLIN


Introduced By: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Barry Humphries
Read By: Leslie Thomas
Abridged By: Pat McLoughlin

: News

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel,
Cambridge Processional Hymn:
Once in royal David's city ( H. J. Gauntlett ). Bidding Prayer. Carols: Up! Good Christen folk, and listen
(Piae Cantiones, 1582, arr G. R. Woodward );
Resonet in laudibus (adapted from
Jacob Handl by Ledger). First Lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15. 17-19: A CHORISTER Adam lay vbounden (Boris Ord): Sussex
Carol (trad English, arr Ledger); Second Lesson: Genesis 22, vv 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR
My Dancing Day (arr Willcocks)
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, vv 2, 6, 7: A
In dulci jubilo (16th-century German, arr
Pearsall); 0 little town of Bethlehem (words Brooks, trad English, arr Vaughan Williams, v 2 arr Ledger, descant Armstrong)
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, vv 1-4, 6-9: A
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY The holly and the ivy (trad English arr
Davies); Angelus ad virginem (16th-century words, melody c 1250, arr Carter)
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1,
I heard a maiden softly sing (Douglas Gibbs ); Still, still, still (trad German. arr Ledger) Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, vv 1, 3-7: A
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SISTER COLLEGE AT ETON Sans Day Carol (trad Cornish, arr Rutter)
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
Stille Nacht (Griiber, arr Ledger): While shepherds watched
(Este's Psalter 1592); The shepherd's cradle song (trad German, arr Macpherson)
Eighth Lesson:
Matthew 2, vv 1-11: THE VICE-PROVOST
The three Kings (arr
Atkins); A Babe is born (16th-century, arr Mathias)
Ninth Lesson: John 1, VV 1-14: THE PROVOST
Hymn: Adeste fldeles (J. F. Wade )
Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! The herald angels sing (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
Director of Music
Organ Scholar JOHN butt


Unknown: J. Gauntlett
Unknown: G. R. Woodward
Unknown: Jacob Handl
Unknown: Douglas Gibbs
Unknown: Stille Nacht
Unknown: F. Wade

: Natural Selection Special

Listen very hard - you might hear the jingle of bells and the click of hooves on your rooftop as Malcolm Coe presents the reindeer.


Unknown: Malcolm Coe
Producer: Anne Blair

: Story Time

Tell Sally by MAGDA SZABÓ translated by URSULA MCLEAN , abridged in nine parts and read by MIA NADASI (9)


Translated By: Ursula McLean
Read By: Mia Nadasi
Producer: Clare Taylor

: PM

5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

: The Six O'Clock News

Half-an-hour of reports from BBC newsmen around the world including Financial Report followed by Continental Travel Information

: It's a Bargain

with Norman Tozer


Unknown: Norman Tozer

: News

: The Archers

: Time for Verse

John Julius Norwich keeps a ' commonplace book ' from which, each year, he compiles a Christmas gift for his friends. He presents. with Artemis Cooper , his favourite poems from the collection.
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol


Unknown: John Julius Norwich
Unknown: Artemis Cooper
Producer: Brian Patten

: 300 Murders

A Detective Comedy by COLIN N FREE with David March and Margot Boyd
Major L. N. Best has just completed his story of Ace Detective Bill Biff Cunningham 's masterly solution of his
300th Murder Case. When the script is delivered to Scobie Dearden , Editor of that much-loved but under-subscribed Boys' Adventure Magazine Sunny Boy, he has a number of surprises in store - a real-life Murder among them!
Directed by JOHN TYDEMAN


Unknown: David March
Unknown: Margot Boyd
Unknown: Major L. N. Best
Unknown: Bill Biff Cunningham
Unknown: Scobie Dearden
Directed By: John Tydeman
Scobie Dearden: David March
Maggie Best: Margot Boyd
Denton Carey: David McAlister
Capella: Ronald Herdman
Insp Magee: Alan Barry

: On a Midnight Clear

A Christmas anthology in words and music.
Upottery. in the Black Down Hills of Devon, is not a likely place for a festival, but Penelope Lee has successfully run one there for several years. She has gathered a rich array of talent and material in Upottery Parish Church for tonight's celebration of the 12 days of Christmas. The poetry ranges from Kipling and Hardy to
Dylan Thomas and a poem by a 14-year-old boy. With THE CHOIR OF
Music for brass quintet and soloist
Marilyn de Blieck
The poems are read by Timothy West. John Carson and Penelope Lee Producer


Unknown: Penelope Lee
Unknown: Dylan Thomas
Unknown: Peter Firth

: Kaleidoscope

Peter Ustinov - Profile of a Well-Rounded Man Michael Billington talks to colleagues, critics, artists and friends of Peter Ustinov about the life and work of this versatile writer and entertainer.
A delight from start to finish (THE OBSERVER) Producer CARROLL MOORE


Unknown: Peter Ustinov
Talks: Michael Billington
Unknown: Peter Ustinov
Producer: Carroll Moore

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

John Morgan reporting


Unknown: John Morgan

: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

Involvins 20 questions and an array of objects. with Bettine le Beau
John Junkin. Claire Rayner and David Taylor
In the Chair Barry Took


Producer: Danny Greenstone

: A Small Country Living at Christmas

Sugar mice and clove oranges. herb Rosemary and Rowan berries ... some of the ingredients that make Christmas special for Jeanine McMullen and some country folk she invites you to meet.
Producer SARAH PITT BBC Bristol


Unknown: Jeanine McMullen

: Midnight Mass

from the Abbey Church of Our Lord,
Our Lady and St Germaine , Selby, North
Holy Communion is celebrated by CANON ANTHONY SMITH assisted by THE REV CHRISTOPHER ELLIS Preacher
Communion service: Darke in F
Hymns: While shepherds watched (EH 24); Hark the herald angels (EH 30); 0 come all ve faithful (EH 28). Lesson: Micah 5. 2-4 Epistle: 1 John 4 7-14 Gospel: Luke 2, 8-29 Anthem: the Sussex carol (arr Willcocks)
Organist and choirmaster MERVYN BYERS
BBC Manchester


Unknown: St Germaine
Unknown: Canon Anthony Smith
Unknown: Christopher Ellis
Unknown: Morris Maddocks
Choirmaster: Mervyn Byers

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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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