ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA conducted by RAYMOND LEPPARD gramophone record C.55 Weather; programme news
with Gerald Prlestland
Producer ANTHONY PARKIN BBC Birmingham
with Laurie MacMillan
7.55 Weather; programme news
with Tony Lewis including
Cricket .direct from Delhi, news of the Third Test between ENGLAND and INDIA from DON MOSEY - also news from Melbourne of the First Test between AUSTRALIA and the WEST INDIES from HENRY BLOFELD.
Racing: a preview of a tiaditionally packed holiday programme which includes the King George VI Steeplechase at
Kempton. A Radio Sport and OB production
8.55 Weather: programme news
King George Vi
Ode to the Second Day of Christmas by BERNARD FALK If the flavour's gone out of the turkey
And the sparkle has dropped off the tree
If the baubles are cracked on the carpet
Tune in and listen to me. Producer JENNY MARSHALL Editor ROGER MACDONALD
NEM. p 114; Love came down at Christmas (BBC HB 53); Psalm 82; Acts 6, vv 8-15 and 7, vv 55-60 (RSV); Good King
Wenceslas looked out
(Oxford Book of Carols 136)
Painter Derek Hill possesses a hilarious collection of off-beat old records. John Julius
Norwich prompts him to Play a few extracts.
Producer RAY ABBOTT
(Details on Holiday Monday at 10.2 am)
The first heat on the annual excursion back into the year's events as Richard Ingrams, Ann Leslie and Stan McMurtry discover whether they can remember more about the news of 1981 than Alan Coren, Gay Search and Simon Hoggart. Chaired by the man with all the answers and none of the rivalry - Barry Took.
Written, compiled and disowned by JOHN LANGDON and the producer DANNY GREENSTONE
(Part 2 next Saturday)
12.55 Weather; programme news '
James Mason presents his choice of poetry and prose.
With Colin Blakely
1.55 Shipping forecast (long wave only)
' Saturday night I was greatly exhilarated by the frightening but exciting knowledge that Gone with the Wind was finally in work. My brother rolled in just exactly too late: with him were
Larry Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Ssh! She's the Scarlett dark horse and looks damned good.... '
(PAVID O. SELZNICK)
Every girl in America wanted to play her, 1,500 made it to the production office but it was a young Englishwoman who landed the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the legendary film. Geoffrey M. Matthews tells the story of the search for Scarlett and of the making of one of the landmarks of the cinema. Reporter
Barbra Paskin / Producer
Bequest to the Nation by TERENCE RATTIGAN .... could I have rewarded these services, I would not now call upon my Country; but as that has not been in my power. I leave
Emma Lady Hamilton , therefore, a Legacy to my King and Country, that they will give her an ample provision to maintain her rank in life ... '
(ADMIRAL LORD NELSON)
Forte piano played by DAVID JOHNS , play adapted for radio by BRIDGET MARROW Directed by DAVID JOHNSTON
George Matcham Sr:
by BRIAN SIBLEY
An entertainment on the theme of the door. The door seen as a symbol of the mysteries and revelations of life; and life seen as a perspective of portals stretching into the distance. Some doors open to terrifying prospects; others to ludicrous frivolities.
With ALAN DUDLEY. RONALD HERDMAN , MARGARET ROBERTSON ,
ANDREW SECOMBE , STEPHEN THORNE and PATIENCE TOMLINSON Directed by JOHN THEOCHARIS
The end of a journey along the trade route whichhasconnected China with Europe for more than 2,000 years.
Jessica Rawson explains the historical background and Philip Short looks at the modern face of China. 4: From the oasis town of Turfan, to Vrumchi, capital of Sinkiang, the most westerly province of China
Producer ROY HAYWARD BBC Bristol
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news
Forty years ago in 1941, Esmond Knight stood on the bridge of HMS Prince of Wales. He watched mountainous seas break over the bows of HMS Hood. The two ships alone were chasing the Bismarck, the world's largest battleship. The
Bismarck was sighted, and a bitter blood-battle began. The Hood was sunk with only three survivors. The Prince of Wales, badly damaged, had to retire. ESMOND KN!GHT re-lives the sensations of that ferocious encounter.
Producer HELEN FRY
Over three evenings in November, some 1,200 school-age musicians from all over the country performed in the Royal Albert Hall. London. It was a rapturous success. This evening we hear a varied selection from two of the concert* of those outstanding groups that took part. Antony Hopkins introduces the first of two programmes.
the novel by T. H. WHITE
dramatised by NEVILLE TELLER
with Michael Hordern as Merlyn
and Toby Robertson as Wart
An education fit for a king - that is what young Wart receives when Merlyn the magician takes over as his tutor; a series of magical lessons with a most unexpected end in view.
Original music by BENJAMIN BRITTEN , played by a section of the ENGLISH SINFONIA ORCHESTRA conducted by STEUART BEDFORD
Special sounds by SWART ROBINSON of the BBC
Directed by GRAHAM GAULD
Test pilots of the 50s The 1950s were the golden years of British aviation, when Britain led the world in development of the delta. vertical take-off and advanced jet design. As the frontiers were pushed forward, it was the test pilots who caught the public imagination. George Luce meets a flight of 50s test pilots to paint a picture of the triumphs and perils of experimental flying through the decade.
led by Ronald Farrow
Song-and-dance man, golfer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, crony of presidents. Bob Hope at 78 is the United States' most resoundingly established comedian.
Charles Marnwitz reflects on the entertainer's longevity and the America he exemplifies in conversation with Jane Russell. Mel Shavelson.
Andrew Sarrls. Ward Grant and BOB HOPE himself.
Producers LOUISE PURSLOW CATHERINE WEARING
Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude