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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

S.25 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Today

Presenters John Timpson and Wendy Jones
6.45* Prayer for the Day THE REV WILF WILKINSON
7.6, 8.9 Today's News
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Wendy Jones
Unknown: Wilf Wilkinson

: The Giant Under the Snow

Part 4

: News

: Out of its Depth?

Is the law of the land at a loss when it comes to underwater claims? A sunken ship may yield pieces of eight and lose its archaeological value at the same time. Alison McLeay investigates the confusion surrounding the rights and wrongs of marine salvage.
Producer JOHN ARNOTT BBC Scotland


Unknown: Alison McLeay
Producer: John Arnott

: News

: Christmas in Nepal

Anne Catchpole spent last Christmas in Nepal. In this Hindu kingdom, which was also the birthplace of Buddha, she celebrated the birth of Jesus with a group of Nepalese Christians in an unlikely setting - the grounds of Katmandu zoo. In this programme she brings together the contrasting sounds and attitudes of three of the world's great religions.


Unknown: Anne Catchpole

: Daily Service

nem, p 25; All poor men and humble (obc 34); Psalm 27, part 1;
Philippians 2, w 1-11 (rsv); Sing lullaby!
Lullaby baby (Carols for Choirs 2: 41) long wave only

: Morning Story

A Posthumous Tale by KEN WIUTMORE
Read by David Mablowe Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester


Read By: David Mablowe
Producer: Gillian Hush

: News

: File on 4

: Enquire Within

with Nell Landor
Producer simon ELMES


Unknown: Nell Landor
Producer: Simon Elmes

: News

: You and Yours

On the last day of International Year of Disabled
People, You and Yours reveals the results of a Gallup survey on whether our attitudes to disability have changed at all. Jenni Mills and Kevin Mulhearn report on whether disabled people are now better or worse off. Producer DAVID HARDING


Unknown: Kevin Mulhearn
Producer: David Harding

: Never Too Late

12.55 Weather; programme news

: The World at One: News

Presenter Peter Huff


Presenter: Peter Huff

: A Party Political Broadcast

by the Liberal Party

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour 1981

Sue MacGregor with wild, whimsical, comic, controversial, touching, pragmatic. lyrical and illogical illustrations from this years programmes. A Start in Life (2)

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

The Terror by Arthur Machen dramatised by Pat Hooker During the First World War, a child s sudden and inexplicable death disturbs the peace of a quiet Welsh community. But the death of the child is only the beginning of a terror that will strike not only at the village, but nature itself.
All other parts played by members of the cast
Directed by Gerry Jones


Novelist: Arthur Machen
Dramatiser: Pat Hooker
Director: Gerry Jones
Dr Lewis: Douglas Blackwell
Secretan: Sam Dastor
Remnant: Manning Wilson
Merritt: Danny Schiller
Llewelyn: Sion Probert
Thomas Griffiths: Stephen Garlick
Mrs Roberts: Elizabeth Morgan
Old Griffiths: Derek Pollitt
Mrs Griffiths: Heather Bell
Sgt Jenkins: David Gooderson
Mrs Cradock: Rosalind Adams
Soldier: Crawford Logan
Willie Roberts: Patience Tomlinson

: Home Base

A weekly look at some of the people and places that don't always make the headlines.

: Bookshelf

: Story Time

The Lamp-Post Marauders (3)

: PM

5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

: The Six O'clock News

including Financial Report

: It Makes Me Laugh

Les Dawson invites you to join him in listening to some entertainers and comedians who make him laugh: including the voices Of JACK BENNY, ROBB WILTON, TONY HANCOCK, NORMAN EVANS, GERARD HOFFNUNG and w. c. FIELDS.


Producer: Phyllis Robinson

: It's a Bargain

with Norman Tozer


Unknown: Norman Tozer

: News

: The Archers

: All on a Summer's Day

A chance to enjoy again the celebrations in London on the day of the marriage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the Lady Diana Spencer. Cliff Morgan chooses some of his favourite moments from radio's coverage of the Royal Wedding. with RICHARD BURTON ,


Unknown: Lady Diana Spencer.
Unknown: Cliff Morgan
Unknown: Richard Burton
Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Susannah Simons
Unknown: Alun Williams
Unknown: Rolf Harris
Unknown: Lorraine Chase
Unknown: Peter Jones
Unknown: Brian Johnston
Unknown: Patricia Ewing

: A Year of Sport

David Coleman chairs a lively after-dinner conversation on some of the outstanding sporting events of 1981. Angela Rippon. Sebastian Coe , Michael Parkinson , Willie Carson and Ron Atkinson talk about the amazing Test series against Australia.
England's reprieve in the World Cup, a summer of athletic records, personalities like McEnroe and Nicklaus - and many other topics across the sporting calendar. A Radio Sports unit production


Unknown: David Coleman
Unknown: Angela Rippon.
Unknown: Sebastian Coe
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Willie Carson
Unknown: Ron Atkinson

: It Can't Get Any Worse, Can It?

in which Gerald Priestland looks nervously into the New Year and consults the precedents. For example, if you add up the figures 1+9+8+2 they eventually add up to two, which according to Pythagoras (who should know) is an extremely lucky number. And as for what happened in AD 982 ...
9.59 Weather


Unknown: Gerald Priestland

: The World Tonight: News

John Morgan reporting including Financial Report


Unknown: John Morgan

: With Great Pleasure

David Bellamy with his choice of poetry and prose. with Dinsdale Landen and Michele Dotrice
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol


Unknown: David Bellamy
Unknown: Dinsdale Landen
Unknown: Michele Dotrice
Producer: Brian Patten

: Year Ending

The Week Ending team look back over the year's news with their usual critical and irreverent eye with Bill Wallis
David Tate , Sheila Steafel Chris Emmett , and the mUSiC Of DAVID FIRMAN Written by GUY JENKIN JOHN LANGDON , RICHARD QUICK, JEREMY BROWNE


Unknown: Bill Wallis
Unknown: David Tate
Unknown: Sheila Steafel
Unknown: Chris Emmett
Unknown: David Firman
Unknown: Jenkin John Langdon
Unknown: Jeremy Browne
Unknown: Bob Sinfield
Unknown: Tony Sarchet
Unknown: Peter Hickey

: Big Ben

and meditation for
The New Year led by The Rev John Morgan BBC Birmingham

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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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