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: Welcome to Christmas

Join Charles Colvile as Radio 4 prepares for the day ahead.
6.50 A Christmas Message THE REV
CANON COLIN SEMPER. Head of Religious Programmes, BBC Radio.
6.55 Weather; programme news

Contributors

Unknown: Charles Colvile
Unknown: Canon Colin Semper.

: News

: Peter Barkworth

presents an anthology of words and music for Christmas morning. Producer RAY ABBOTT gramophone records
7.50 A Christmas Message
7.55 Weather: programme news

Contributors

Producer: Ray Abbott

: News

: Peter Barkworth

Part 2
8.55 Weather: programme news

: News

: Christmas Bells

Robert Hudson introduces a collection of Christmas bells from bell-towers across the UK, including Llandaff Cathedral, Wales; St Paul 's
Cathedral. London; St Peter 's, Halliwell,
Lancashire; St Keyne, Kenwyn, Truro.
Cornwall; St John's,
Newcastle, Co Down: St Giles, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs; The Holy Rude, Stirling, Scotland Producer CAROLINE ELLIOT

Contributors

Introduces: Robert Hudson
Unknown: St Paul
Unknown: St Peter
Producer: Caroline Elliot

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.

: * Morning Service

Parish
Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity from
St Finnian's Church. Cregagh
Belfast
Celebrant and Preacher THE REV NOEL BATTYE assisted by THE REV STUART LLOYD Music directed by SAMUEL LOWN and WILFRED PYPER
Readings: 1 John 4, vt 7-14; John 1, vv 1-14
Hymns (ICH): 0 come all ye faithful (64); Gloria in excelsis (Oakhill); Of the Father's love begotten (67); It came upon a midnight clear (63); In the bleak midwinter (62); While shepherds watched their flocks (68); Hark! the herald angels sing (61) Anthem: Jesu, lamb of God incarnate (Mozart) BBC Northern Ireland

Contributors

Unknown: Noel Battye
Unknown: Stuart Lloyd
Directed By: Samuel Lown

: The Countryside at Christmas

Introduced by Wynford Vaughan-Thomas LES LOWES samples a traditional Christmas breakfast on a croft in the heart of Shetland
While MARTIN MUNCASTER has joined the celebrations in a village in Sussex. LYNN TEN KATE watches a medieval mummers' play, performed by a group In the village of Crookham in Hampshire and GERRY MONTÉ tries another old custom - pike fishing in Wales. KEITH ALLAN investigates the myth behind mistletoe, MOLLIE: HARRIS takes a winter walk and ERIC SIMMS visits the Wildfowl Trust Collection at Peakirk in Cambridgeshire. Producer
CAROLINE ELLIOT

Contributors

Introduced By: Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
Unknown: Martin Muncaster
Unknown: . Keith Allan
Unknown: Eric Simms
Unknown: Caroline Elliot

: Desert Island Discs

Helene Hanff

Contributors

Unknown: Helene Hanff

: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue

with Tim Brooke-Taylor Willie Rushton Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden Chairman
Humphrey Lyttelton Pianist COLIN SELL Producer
GEOFFREY PERKINS

Contributors

Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Pianist: Humphrey Lyttelton
Pianist: Colin Sell
Unknown: Geoffrey Perkins

: My Music

12.55 Weather; programme news

: The Queen

: * News

: With Great Pleasure

Michael Hordern presents his choice of poetry and prose with Freda Dowie
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol
1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

Contributors

Unknown: Michael Hordern
Unknown: Freda Dowie
Producer: Brian Patten

: The Archers

: News Review of the Year

Presenter David McNeill What will you remember most clearly about 1981 - the Royal Wedding, the death of President Sadat, the riots in Britain's cities, or England retaining the Ashes"
A Radio News production by JOHN ALLEN

Contributors

Presenter: David McNeill
Production By: John Allen

: Afternoon Theatre

Enquiry by DICK FRANCIS dramatised bv
BARRY CAMPBELL. with Tony Osoba , Robert Lang Jack May. Selina Cadell When Kelly Hughes loses his licence as a jockey he loses more than just his job. But he's determined to fight back.
Technical presentation
DAVID GREENWOOD , assisted by DAVID HITCHINSON and DIANA BARKHAM
Special effects recorded at Hereford Racecourse and Lethornes, Berkshire Directed by JANE MORGAN

Contributors

Unknown: Dick Francis
Unknown: Barry Campbell.
Unknown: Tony Osoba
Unknown: Robert Lang
Unknown: Selina Cadell
Unknown: Kelly Hughes
Unknown: David Greenwood
Assisted By: David Hitchinson
Directed By: Jane Morgan
Kelly Hughes: Tony Osoba
Lord Gowery: Jack May
Dexter Cranfield: Philip Voss
Lord Ferth: Robert Lang
Charlie West: William Nighy
Mr Newtonnards: John Ronan
David Oakley: Michael Graham-Cox
Tony: David Savile
Roberta Cranfield: Selina Cadell
Archie: Michael McKevitt
Mrs Cranfield: Eva Stuart
Mrs West: Jenny Twigce
Secretary: Lolly Cockerell
Dewar: Gordon Reid
Grace Roxford: Thelma Whitely
Jack Roxford: David Sinclair
Doctor: Brian Carroll
Derek Hickson: Philip Fox

: Christmas Observed

Peter France explores the Yuletide journals of latter-day naturalists.
Producer JOHN HARRISON , BBC Bristol

Contributors

Unknown: Peter France
Producer: John Harrison

: To Fly Where the Sun Never Sets

The life story of an Arctic tern by Paul Thomas
Narrated by Andrew Sachs
Arctic terns migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year, a round trip of
25,000 miles. Zoologists Robin Baker, Euan Dunn and Chris Mead follow the fortunes of one individual.
BBC Bristol
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

Contributors

Writer: Paul Thomas
Narrator: Andrew Sachs
Speaker: Robin Baker
Speaker: Euan Dunn
Speaker: Chris Mead
Producer: Michael Bright

: News

: Christmas Appeal

RICHARD BAKER makes the annual appeal for the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. A radio for a blind person costs about £30 and up to
10,000 sets are needed each year.
Donations, preferably by crossed cheque or PO. to: Richard Baker , British Wireless for the Blind Fund, [address removed]

Contributors

Unknown: Richard Baker

: Just the Ticket

Magnus Magnusson Judith Chalmers Julian Pettifer and Kenneth Clarke , hp are kept on the edge of their seats by Joan Bakewell
Producer GEOFF DOBSON (From the British
Airways Trident Club)
6.40 Holiday programme news

Contributors

Unknown: Magnus Magnusson
Unknown: Judith Chalmers
Unknown: Julian Pettifer
Unknown: Kenneth Clarke
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Producer: Geoff Dobson

: The Archers

: Pick of the Week

with Margaret Howard
Producer JEREMY BIRCHALL

Contributors

Unknown: Margaret Howard
Producer: Jeremy Birchall

: When We are Married

bv J. B. PRIESTLEY
1908: Three respectable, self-important couples get together to celebrate their Silver Wedding...
Directed by ALFRED BRADLEY
BBC Manchester

Contributors

Unknown: J. B. Priestley
Directed By: Alfred Bradley
Ruby Birtle: Angela Curram
Gerald Forbes: Stephen Boxer
Mrs Northrop: Kathleen Helme
Nancy Holmes: Kate Lee
Fred Dyson: Peter John
Henry Ormonroyd: George A Cooper
Alderman Joseph Helliwell: Ronald Baddiley
Maria Helliwell: Paula Tilbrook
Cllr Albert Parker: Malcolm Hebden
Herbert Soppitt: Geoffrey Banks
Clara Soppitt: Barbara Young
Annie Parker: Ann Rye
Lottie Grady: Meg Johnson
The Rev Clement Mercer: Paul Webster

: Letter from America

bv Alistair Cooke
(Repeated: Sun 9.15 am)

Contributors

Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: I Remember Christy Brown

A celebration of Christy Brown , the Irish writer who died this autumn. Severely crippled from birth, with the use only of his left foot, he became a best-selling author and poet. His family and friends talk to Libby Purves. Producer JOHN SKRim

Contributors

Unknown: Christy Brown
Unknown: Libby Purves.
Producer: John Skrim

: Weather

: News

: Kaleidoscope

The Kenny Everett Audio Show
From the early pirate radio days to his return to network radio, Kenny Everett 's talent for making radio programmes elevated the role of disc-jockey to that of an innovator, as the gap* between the records blossomed with Kenny's zany humour. He talks tt his colleague, Paul Gambaccini.
Producer JOHN BOUNDY
(Rppeated on Boxing Day at 5.25 pm)

Contributors

Unknown: Kenny Everett
Unknown: Kenny Everett
Unknown: Paul Gambaccini.
Producer: John Boundy

: The Jason Explanation of the Festive Season

Today David Jason gives up his job at Selfridge's grotto to bring you his own views on the season, starring David Jason Sheila Steafel and Jon Glover
Music by MATTHEW SCOTT Lyrics by ALISTAIR BEATON Written by ANDY HAMILTON LAURIE ROWLEY , GUY JENKIN TONY SARCHET , JON CANTER Producer JIMMY MULVILLE

Contributors

Unknown: David Jason
Unknown: David Jason
Unknown: Sheila Steafel
Unknown: Jon Glover
Music By: Matthew Scott
Unknown: Alistair Beaton
Written By: Andy Hamilton
Written By: Laurie Rowley
Unknown: Jenkin Tony Sarchet
Unknown: Jon Canter
Producer: Jimmy Mulville

: Eigar: A Soliloquy

A portrait of SIR EDWARD ELGAR , played by Nigel Stock and compiled by MICHAEL KENNEDY from the composer's words and music.
Producer
CHRISTOPHER SWANN (RpO

Contributors

Unknown: Sir Edward Elgar
Played By: Nigel Stock
Unknown: Michael Kennedy
Unknown: Christopher Swann

: On Christmas Night

An evening meditation led by David Middletoa BBC Birmingham

Contributors

Unknown: David Middletoa

: News

Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude








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