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: News Briefing

News, weather, papers and sport

: Farming Week

A regional view of farming in the week ahead.
Presented from Plymouth by Robin Hicks BBC Bristol
6.25 Shipping forecast long wave only

: Today

Presenters John Timpson and Hugh Sykes
G.45* Prayer for the Day with DOM EDMUND JONES
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by colin CORAN
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Hugh Sykes
Unknown: Dom Edmund Jones
Read By: Colin Coran

: The Week on 4

with Christopher Slade


Unknown: Christopher Slade

: Miles Kington

again tries to set the record straight with the help of the BBC Sound Archives.
(Repeated: Fri 11,45 pm)

: News

: Start the Week with Richard Baker

Fifty-five minutes of live and lively conversation from the personalities who will be in the news this week. Producer PETER ESTALL


Producer: Peter Estall

: News

long wave only

: Money Box

Presenter Louise Botting The programme that keeps you in touch with what's happening in the field of personal savings, tax, mortgages, insurance, social security and the financial problems of everyday life. long wave only


Presenter: Louise Botting

: Daily Service

NEM, p 46; Jesus, Lord, we look to thee (BBC HB 374); Psalm 119, part 4; Galatians 3, vv 19-29
(Rsv); Lord, thy church on earth (BP 57) long wave only

: Morning Story

The Verger by W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM Read by Charlie Chester 1 " We don't want to be harsh with you, Mr Foreman," said the vicar.
" But the churchwardens and I have quite made up our minds. We'll give you three months and at the end of that time you'll have to go." '
Producer MITCH rapeb long wave only


Unknown: W. Somerset Maugham
Read By: Charlie Chester
Producer: Mitch Rapeb

: News

long wave only

: Down Your Way

Brian Johnston visits Dartmouth
long wave only


Unknown: Brian Johnston

: Poetry Ptease!

Some of the poetry requested by Radio 4 listeners.
Introduced by p. J. Kavanagh
Requests to:
Poetry Please!,
BBC Bristol BS8 2LR long wave only


Introduced By: P. J. Kavanagh
Unknown: Hugh Burden
Unknown: June Barrie
Unknown: Brian Patten

: News

: You and Yours

News, views and advice for consumers.
Presenter Bill Breekon Editor DAVID HARDING


Presenter: Bill Breekon
Editor: David Harding

: Legal, Decent, Honest and Truthful

Ken Handley's got a problem. A big problem. Ken Handley's in advertising. Martin Jarvis is Ken Handley in the brand-new, superbly-designed comedy series. Listen to it. Believe it. it's all over your radio. From now. with Sheila Steafel as Sarah Christopher Godwin as Sandy, Lockwood West as Freddie, Vincent Brimble as the hitch-hiker, Richard Bebb as Portley and Simon Jones as Runcie
Script and commercial concepts by GUY JENKIN Commercials by JON CANTER
Producer Geoffrey Perkins (
12.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Ken Handley
Unknown: Ken Handley
Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Ken Handley
Unknown: Sheila Steafel
Unknown: Sarah Christopher Godwin
Unknown: Sandy Lockwood West
Unknown: Freddie Vincent Brimble
Unknown: Richard Bcbb
Unknown: Guy Jenkin
Unknown: Jon Canter
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins

: The World at One: News

Presenter Brian Widlake


Presenter: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

long wave only

: Woman's Hour

in the South West
Sue MacGregor is at
The Guildhall, Plymouth to welcome her guests from Devon and Cornwall - among them, Charles Causley and Marika Hanbury-Tenison
Producer PAMELA HOWE BBC Bristol
Catriona by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON abridged in 14 parts by ELIZABETH BRADBURY
Read by JOHN SAMSON (3) long wave only


Producer: Pamela Howe
Unknown: Robert Louis Stevenson
Unknown: Elizabeth Bradbury
Read By: John Samson

: News

: Afternoon Theatre

Hi-Fidelity by KEN BLAKESON


Unknown: Ken Blakeson

: Report South West

What's Going on in the Toe of England Five programmes concerned with the people and events in the South West.
Presenter Ian Phillips Producers COLIN CALEY and JEFF COHEN


Presenter: Ian Phillips
Producers: Colin Caley
Producers: Jeff Cohen

: Story Time

The Chords of Youth by H. E. BATES abridgedintwoparts and produced by JOHN CARDY
Read by Philip Voss (1)
Aunt Leonora has invited Mayor Untermeyer to lunch - German wines, steak and kidney pud,
Christmas pud with rum. Then a brisk trot over the hills to shake it all down. So good for the digestion, so disastrous for
Anglo-German entente.


Unknown: H. E. Bates
Produced By: John Cardy
Read By: Philip Voss
Read By: Aunt Leonora

: PM

Gordon Clough and Valerie Singleton on VHF until 5.55
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather: programme news


Unknown: Gordon Clough
Unknown: Valerie Singleton

: The Six O'Clock News

including Financial Report

: The News Quiz

: News

: The Archers

(Repeated: Tucs 1.40 pm)

: Start the Week with Richard Baker

(Revised repeat of 9.5 am)

: The Monday Play

To Be a Farmer's Boy by c. p. TAYLOR , with Peter and George are brothers, and even as children their apparent closeness belied the tensions between them. The play follows Peter's memories of their past as they each cope with the challenges, excitements and miseries of wresting a good life from their harsh Dartmoor farms.


Unknown: C. P. Taylor
Violin: Diana Dixon
Directed By: Shaun MacLoughlin
Peter: Donald McBride
George: Stephen Thornc
Dorothy: June Barrie
Clair: Maureen O'Bricn
Eric: Cornelius Garrett
Mum: June Marlow
Young Peter: Rosalind Adams
Young George: Shaun Ley

: Kaleidoscope

The Cathedral Church of St Peter in Exeter
In the midst of one of the most ambitious cathedral restoration projects ever undertaken, including the reopening of local medieval quarries for stone replacement, Michael Oliver talks to some of those involved in the life and preservation of Exeter Cathedral. It is remarkable for its two Norman towers and carved west front, its unique vaulted interior and the unparalleled survival of 13th- and 14thcentury colour stone in the sculptures.
Contributors: the Dean of Exeter, The Very Rev
Richard Eyre, Canon John Thurmer, Cathedral archivist Audrey Erskine, master mason Peter Dare and Dr Avril Henry of the University of Exeter. Producer


Talks: Michael Oliver
Unknown: Clare Selerie-Grey
Editor: Rosemary Hart

: Weather

: The World Tonight: News

with Alexander MacLeod Editor KEN goodie


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod
Editor: Ken Goodie

: Science Now

Presented by Peter Evans Producer DEBORAH COHEN


Presented By: Peter Evans
Producer: Deborah Cohen

: A Book at Bedtime

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by JAMES JOYCE adapted in 15 parts by KEITH DARVILL Read bv
John Hurt (1)
Producer ROBERT COOPER BBC Northern Ireland long wave only


Unknown: James Joyce

: The Financial World Tonight

long wave only

: News

Weather report: forecast followed by an interlude

About this project

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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