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: Farming Today



Unknown: Allan Wright

: In Perspective

A note from Religious Affairs Correspondent. Rosemary Hartill
(Repealed at 7.50 am)


Unknown: Rosemary Hartill

: News

: On Your Farm

Producer ANTHONYPARKIN BBC Birmingham

: News

8.10 Today's Papers

: Smash of the Day: Hancock's Half-Hour

Starring Tony Hancock
with Sidney James
and Wilfred Babbage, Hugh Morton, Frank Partington in The Christmas Club Hand-Out
Wally Stott and his Orchestra
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Producer Tom Ronald
(First broadcast in December 1956)


Unknown: Tony Hancock
Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Wilfred Babbage
Unknown: Hugh Morton
Unknown: Frank Partington
Unknown: Wally Stott and his Orchestra
Writer: Ray Galton
Writer: Alan Simpson
Producer: Tom Ronald

: News

: Breakaway

Introduced by Bernard Falk , with help from SUSAN MARLING and ROBIN DEWHURST. taking a critical look at the holiday, travel and leisure scene. Producer CHERYL. GARNSEY Editor ROGER MACDONALD


Introduced By: Bernard Falk
Unknown: Susan Marling
Unknown: Robin Dewhurst.
Producer: Cheryl. Garnsey
Editor: Roger MacDonald

: News Stand

Colin Semper presents a personal review of the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Colin Semper
Producer: Susan Snailum

: The Week In Westminster

Robert Carvel. Political Editor of the London
Standard, reviews parliaments last few working days before the Christmas recess and reports on how the inhabitants of Westminster have been enjoying the spirit of the season.

: Daily Service

Advent Calendar: The Birth of Jesus
New Every Morning, page 67; O little town of Bethlehem
(BBC HB 56); Love came down at Christmas; Matthew 1, vv 18-25; 0 come, all ye faithful (BBC HB 55)

: Pick of the Week

Radio and TV extracts with Margaret Howard


Unknown: Margaret Howard

: News Quiz of the Year

Part 1 ... in which
Simon Hoggart remembers the major and minor events of 1983, and finds out whether Alan Coren , John Wells , Joan Bakewell , Gillian Reynolds ,
David Taylor and Michael White can do the same!
Festively compiled by JOHN LANGDON and the yuletide producer DANNY GREENSTONE
(Part 2 on Christmas Day at
5.0 pm)


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Gillian Reynolds
Unknown: David Taylor
Unknown: Michael White
Unknown: John Langdon
Producer: Danny Greenstone

: The First Half Century

A series of eight programmes in which Alistair Cooke takes a personal view of social life in Britain and the USA from 1900-50 as it was reflected in the popular music of the time 4: A Time of Peace (1918-23) Producer ALAN OWEN


Unknown: Alistair Cooke
Producer: Alan Owen

: News

: Any Questions?

: Afternoon Theatre

with Anna Barry as Anne Hathaway in Mistress Mine by JUDITH GICK
'Heere lyeth interred the body of Anne, wife of William Shake speare who departed this life the sixth day of August 1623 being the age of 67 years
What's the rest of it?
Can't you make it out? No, too difficult.'
In this radio version of her stage monologue, written for Anna Barry and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1981, Judith Gick puts together historical fact and the internal evidence from Shakespeare's writing, to reconstruct the life and marriage of Anne Hathaway.
With the voices of MICHAEL BILTON.
Music specially arranged by IAIN STEWART and played by IAIN STEW ART (flute) and SUZANNE BRAMSON (guitar)
Directed by RICHARD (Repeal)


Unknown: Anna Barry
Unknown: Anne Hathaway
Unknown: Judith Gick
Unknown: William Shake
Unknown: Anna Barry
Unknown: Judith Gick
Unknown: Anne Hathaway.
Unknown: Michael Bilton.
Unknown: Richard Huw.
Unknown: Pauline Siddle
Arranged By: Iain Stewart
Played By: Iain Stew
Played By: Suzanne Bramson

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

First Lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER Carols: Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord); Sussex Carol (trad English, arr Ledger)
Second Lesson: Genesis 22, vv 15-18: a CHORAL SCHOLAR Carol: In dulci Jubilo (14th-century German, arr Pearsall)
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9. vv 2, 6, 7: A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CAMBRIDGE CHURCHES Carols: All this time (Walton); Morning song for the Christ child (Peter Sculthorpe ); O little town of Bethlehem (trad English, arr Vaughan Williams, descant Thomas Armstrong).
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, vv 1-38, 4a, 6-9: A ????
of the city Carols: The lamb (John Tavener); A spotless rose (Howells).
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1; vv 26-35, 38: THE DIRECTOR op music Carols: I eingofa maiden (Patrick Hadley ); Joys Seven (trad, arr Cleobury). Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, vv 1, 3-7: A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SISTER COLLEGE AT ETON Carol: In the bleak midwinter (Darke).
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW Carol: When thou wast born in wintertime (Lennox Berkeley) Hymn: While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter, descant Cleobury).
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2. vv 1-11: the VICE PROVOSTCarols: Three kings (Ivor Atkins ): Unto us is born a Son (Piae Cantiones, arr Willcocks).
Ninth Lesson: John 1, vv 1-14, the PROVOST Hymn: Adeete Fideles (J. F. Wade , descant Cleobury) Collect and Blessing Hymn: Hark! The herald angels sing (Mendelssohn,descant Cleobury) Chorale Prelude: In dulec jubilo (Bach) Final de la Evocation, Op 37 (Marcel Dupre ) Organ Scholar DAVID BRIGGS Director of Music


Unknown: H. J. Gaunt
Unknown: G. R. Woodward
Unknown: Elizabeth Poston
Unknown: Peter Sculthorpe
Unknown: Vaughan Williams
Unknown: Thomas Armstrong
Unknown: John Tavener
Unknown: Patrick Hadley
Unknown: Lennox Ber
Unknown: Ivor Atkins
Unknown: J. F. Wade
Unknown: Marcel Dupre
Unknown: David Briggs
Unknown: Stephen Cleobury

: ' Does He Take Sugar?

A magazine of special interest to disabled listeners and their families with countrywide news and views on matters of concern.
Presenter John Mills Editor MARLENE PEASE
Correspondence address: BBC, Broadcasting House, London W1A 4WW
Tel: [number removed]
(MonFri 10.0 om-5.0 pm)


Presenter: John Mills
Editor: Marlene Pease

: Wildlife

Questions put by an audience to the team in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Field Studies Council.
Presented by Derek Jones


Presented By: Derek Jones

: The Mistletoe Bough

Here come 1, old Father
Am I welcome, or am 1 not? JhopeoldFatherChristmas
Will never be forgot.
Some seasonal verse, prose and song.
(Revised repeat)


Readers: John Darran
Producer: Herbert Williams

: News

: The Winged Boy

A story by MARY HAYLEY BELL dramatised for radio by DENYS HAWTHORNE with music by MAX EARLY
Until he was 4 years old, Shaunie wasn't different from any other child of his age. Then, his parents noticed something strange about his shoulders....
The Voice of the Swan
Music played by the NASH ENSEMBLE
Technical presentation by PETER NOVlS
Directed by RICHARD
(The full effect of this programme can be heard by listening on stereo headphones)


Story By: Mary Hayley Bell
Unknown: Denys Hawthorne
Music By: Max Early
Assisted By: Roy Fraser
Assisted By: David Chilton
Mother: Kate Binchy
Shaunie: Jill Lidstone
Owner: Lockwood West
Father: Alan Barky
Doctor: Jim Norton
Father O'Leary: Harry Werster
Circus owner: Alan Dudley
Surgeon: Stephen Thorne
Children: Jean Trend
Children: Patience Tomlinson
Neighbour: Theresa Streatfeild
Neighbour: Wendy Murray
Diarmid: Jill Lidstone

: 70 Marvellous Years

Dame Angela Marvell celebrates her 70th birthday.
In conversation with Peter France, she and Sir Kenneth Shandy share memories of their distinguished stage partnership and recreate some of their famous performances together.
Also taking part Arthur Marshall and Kenneth Williams.
BBC Bristol


Interviewer: Peter France
Dame Angela Marvell: Arthur Marshall
Sir Kenneth Shandy: Kenneth Williams
Producer: Pamela Howe

: The Wexford Carols

Each Christmas in the village of Kilmore, just outside Wexford town in the south-east corner of Ireland, six men sing a unique form of Christmas carol, preserving a tradition which can be traced back to the 17th century.
Sean MacReamoinn explores the origins of the Wexford carols and talks to
Jack Devereux and some of the other singers in Kilmore who today mamtain a tradition centuries old.
(First broadcast on Radio Ulster)


Unknown: Sean MacReamoinn
Unknown: Jack Devereux
Producer: Kathryn Porter

: Saturday-Night Theatre

The Holly and the Ivy bv WYNYARO BROWNE adapted for radio by PEGGY WELIS and RAYMOND RAIKES with Stephen Murray ,
Nora Nicholson , Jane Knowles and Isobel Black
'But as a parson you've got a different attitude to life. Can't you see? How can parsons expect to be told the truth, when one can't even talk to them as human beings?'
A country vicarage, Christmas Eve 1950
Followed by an interlude


Unknown: Wynyaro Browne
Unknown: Peggy Welis
Unknown: Raymond Raikes
Unknown: Stephen Murray
Unknown: Nora Nicholson
Unknown: Jane Knowles
Unknown: Isobel Black
Directed By: Martin Jenkins
David: John Samson
Jenny: Jane Knowles
Martin: Stephen Murray
Mick: Geoffrey Beevers
Bridget: Shelagh Fraser
Lydia nora: Nichoi Son
Richard: William Fox
Margaret: Isobel Black

: News

: The Countryside at Christmas

Wynford Vaughan-Thomas reflects on the festive season with a collection of country tales. There are memories of a village Christmas during the 1930s, a visit to a bird sanctuary in Leicestershire, the story of a young couple hoping to promote goats' milk, and the sound of handbells ringing in Oxfordshire.


Presenter: Wynford Vaughan-Thomas
Producer: Caroline Elliot

: Old Christmas

The American writer,
Washington Irving , established his reputation in this country with his sketches of English life and traditions, particularly at this season.
James Munson introduces Irving's affectionate observations of England and its characters. With Peter Marinker as Washington Irving
Producer GILLIANMUSH BBC Manchester


Unknown: Washington Irving
Introduces: James Munson
Unknown: Peter Marinker

: Midnight Mass

from St John the Baptist Church, Chipping llarnet
Celebrant the REV ADRIAN ESDAILI Preacher the RT REV
JOHN TAYLOR. Bishop of St Albans Mass of Light - al*\" wititoN
Readings: Isaiah 9, vv 2. 6, 7; Luke 2, vv 1.14
Once in Royal David's City (A&MR 432);
O little town of Bethlehem (A&MR 65);
A spotless rose (Howells);
0 come all ye faithful (A&MR. 59)
Organist and Choirmaster TERENCEATKtVS
Assistant Organist ALAN PARISH


Unknown: St John
Unknown: Adrian Esdaili
Unknown: John Taylor.
Organist: Alan Parish

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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.

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