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: Morning has Broken

Music for Christmas Day
6.60 Nativity Reading
The story of the Nativity according to the Gospels of St Luke and St John.
7.0 News, preceded by Christians awake

: Peter Barkworth

presents a sequence of words and music for Christmas morning.
7.60 Nativity Reading
Alec McCowan reads the story of the Nativity according to the Gospels of St Luke and St John.
8.0 News, preceded by Christians awake


Unknown: Alec McCowan

: Sunday

Clive Jacobs introduces a special Christmas edition which takes a seasonal look at the Christian Church, 2.000 years after the birth of its founder.
9.0 News, preceded by O come, all ye faithful


Introduces: Clive Jacobs
Producers: David Coomes
Producers: Roger Hutchings

: Christmas Bells

Robert Hudson introduces a collection of Christmas bells from bell-towers across the UK, including Exeter
Cathedral, Devon; St Mary s Church, Rougham, Suffolk;
Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland; St Philip and St James. Holywood, Co Down; St
George's Church, Poynton,
Cheshire; St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London.


Introduces: Robert Hudson
Producer: Caroline Elliot

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.

: * Morning Service

Christmas Day Eucharist (Rite B) from Salisbury Cathedral
Celebrant the RT REV John BAKER , Bishop of Salisbury
Preacher THE VERY REV SYDNEY EVANS. Dean of Salisbury
Epistle; John 4, w 7-14 (JB) Gospel: John 1, vv 1-14 (AV)
Hymns (A&MR): 0 come, all ye faithful (59); While shepherds watched (62); 0 little town of Bethlehem (65); Hark the herald angels sing (60) Anthem: In the bleak midwinter (Darke)
Choirmaster RICHARD SEAL Organist COLIN WALSH BBC Bristol


Unknown: John Baker
Unknown: Sydney Evans.
Organist: Colin Walsh

: The Archers

Omnibus edition Directed by PETER WINDOWS
Producer WILLIAM SMETHURST Agricultural story editor ANTHONY PARKIN
BBC Birmingham


Directed By: Peter Windows
Producer: William Smethurst
Editor: Anthony Parkin

: Christmas Briers

Richard Briers unwraps a parcel of goodies in a programme of songs and comedy from past and present. Included in this jovial Christmas gathering are Cleo Laine, Joyce Grenfell, The Goons, The Glums, Hinge and Bracket, and Bing Crosby plus a few surprise guests.


Prssenter: Richard Briers
Writer/Researcher: John Collee
Producer: Andy Aliffe

: The Queen

: ' News

: ' News Review of the Year

A look back at some of the issues, events and personalities for which 1983 will be remembered-such as the invasion of Grenada, the fighting in Lebanon, the General Election and Greenham Common.
Presented by Noel Lewis
A Radio News production by JOHN ALLEN


Presented By: Noel Lewis
Production By: John Allen

: Afternoon Theatre

Christmas At Dingley Dell adapted from The Pickwick
Papers and Christmas Stories of CHARLES DICKENS by CONSTANCE COX with David March as Mr Pickwick and Nigel Graham as Dickens, the narrator. On 23 December 1827
Mr Pickwick and his manservant Sam Weller set out with his friends, Mr Tupman , Mr Snodgrass and Mr Winkle upon a journey to Dingley Dell. There, as guests of Mr Wardle , they were to enjoy the festivities of a good old-fashioned Christmas. Characters in the stones are impersonated by certain of our revellers Somebody's LuggageThe Bagman's Story


Stories Of: Charles Dickens
Unknown: David March
Unknown: Mr Pickwick
Unknown: Nigel Graham
Unknown: Mr Pickwick
Unknown: Sam Weller
Unknown: Mr Tupman
Unknown: Mr Snodgrass
Unknown: Mr Winkle
Unknown: Mr Wardle
Harp: Skaila Kanca
Directed By: David Johnston
Sam Weller: James Bryce
Mr Tupman: Joiin Bott
Mr Snodgrass: Geoffrey Edwards
Mr Winkle: Nicholas Courtney
Mr Wardle: Michael Bilton
Old Mrs Wardle: Sheila Grant
Miss Rachel: Ellen McIntosh
Miss Emily: Eileen Tully
Miss Isabella: Helen Atkinson Wood
Miss Arabella Allen: Maggie McCarthy
Mr G Trundle: Mark Rolston
Joe (the fat boy): Stuart Orcan
Benjamin Allen: Peter Wickham
Bob Sawyer: Steve Hodson
Emma: Carole Boyd
Christopher: Bob Sawyer
Mrs Pratchett: Emma
Miss Martin: Miss Isabella
Mistress of the George: Miss Rachel
A Young Man: Benjamin Allen
A Gentleman: Mr Winkle
Tom Smart: Sam Weller
The Widow: Mrs Wardle
The Chair: Mr Wardle

: A Birthday at Bethlehem

Thora Hird and Peter Goodwright invite you to eavesdrop on some of the likely and unlikely conversations between ordinary folk who may or may not have taken part in the first Christmas story.
Christmas music with a medieval flavour is supplied by Tarleton's Jig, arranged by Andrew Watts
Readings from the original story are by Peter Bartlett.


Writer: Brian Sibley
Performer: Thora Hird
Performer: Peter Goodwrlght
Tarleton Jig's music arranged by: Andrew Watts
Reader: Peter Bartlett
Producer: John Forrest

: An Enchantment of Roses

Kenneth Matthews finds roses in places other than his garden: on factory floors, on prehistoric walls, at parties and in poems always with a feeling of romance in the air, or at least, just around the corner.


Unknown: Kenneth Matthews

: News Quiz of the Year

Part 2
... in which the struggle continues to find out which of the brains of Fleet Street can remember most about very little.
Simon Hoggart interrogates Alan Coren , John Wells , Joan Bakewell ,
Gillian Reynolds , David Taylor and Michael White
Festively compiled by JOHN LANGDON and the yuletide producer, DANNY CREENSTONE


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 Creenstone

: Christmas 43

Dr Christopher Andrew presents a nostalgic medley of wartime radio from 40 years ago
Compiled by JULIE SIMMONS Producer PETER EVERETT BBC Manchester
(Revised repeat on Boxing Day at ]2 noon)


Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew
Unknown: Julie Simmons
Producer: Peter Everett

: News


: Crisis at Christmas

Lord Soper visits a centre where food, clothing, comfort and warmth are provided by Crisis for homeless people.
Donations to: [address removed]

: Helpston Cracked Pippins Northamptonshire Christmas

George Deacon steps behind the Christmas card to find out what Christmasses were really like in the village of Helpston 50 years ago and 150 years ago when it was the home of the poet John Clare. Also taking part:
Countess Fitzwilliam
The Rev Brian Blade
Michele Berriedale Johnson
Phyllis Crowson
Frederick Wootten
Margaret Crowson
Dorothy Ward
The Peterborough Morris with fiddle player Pete Shaw
Producer Alec Reid


Presenter: George Deacon
Speaker: Countess Fitzwilliam.
Speaker: The Rev Brian Blade
Speaker: Michele Berriedale Johnson.
Speaker: Phyllis Crowson
Speaker: Frederick Wootten
Speaker: Margaret Crowson
Speaker: Dorothy Ward
Dancers: Peterborough Morris
Fiddle: Pete Shaw
John Clare: Scott Cherry
Disgusted vicar: William Eedle
The Vicar Ecton: Jon Strickland
Doctor: Mark Jones
Beelzebub: Clive Panto
King George: Michael Jenner

: The Magic Carpet

The story of the R101 A serial in seven parts by DAVID BEATY
5: Time and date had been irrevocably fixed
. R101 would depart for India on the evening of 4 October 1930. For reasons he could not understand, Lord Thomson, Secretary for Air, found that people were dragging their feet....
Directed by BRIAN MILLER BBC Bristol


Unknown: David Beaty
Directed By: Brian Miller
Scott: John Hartoch
Colmore: Hubert Rees
Announcer/Pompfret/Hunt: Rex Holdsworth
Kirk: Norman Bowler
Gloria: Sarah Jane Bickerton
Thomson: Esmond Rideout
Irwin: Alan Moore
Richmond/Finch: Pavel Douglas

: All our Christmasses

As celebrated through the ages in life, literature, humour and song with Stephen Murray With TIMOTHY BATESON VIVIENNE ELIZABETH , SHEILA MATHEWS. PETER REEVES. JEAN RODGERS. DAVID STRONG. CHARI.ES YOUNG AND
HIS SINGERS AND MUSICIANS Written by gerald mow
Producer JOHN DYAS (Repeal)


Unknown: Stephen Murray
Unknown: Timothy Bateson Vivienne
Unknown: Sheila Mathews.
Unknown: Peter Reeves.
Unknown: Jean Rodgers.
Written By: Gerald Mow
Producer: John Dyas

: Christmas isn't What it Was In the old days, Christmas was

a real festival. Children believed in Santa Claus and valued the modest gifts he brought. After the traditional lunch, everyone enjoyed Charades and nobody quarrelled.
Today Christmas is a commercial event with children greedy for expensive presents, adults greedy for food and drink and no thought for love and goodwill to men. True or false?
Glyn Worsnip has the answer with recorded evidence from past and present.
Producer helen fry


Unknown: Glyn Worsnip

: A Cuckoo in the Nest

an adaptation for radio from the novel and the farce by Ben Travers.
In 1925 the divorce laws took it for granted that any unmarried couple who spent the night together must be guilty of adultery. Down Maiden Blotton in the Stag and Hunt, landlady Mrs Spoker, who doesn't allow hanky panky with unmarrieds, mistakenly forces an innocent couple into just such a bed of shameful sin.


Composer: Ed Welch
Piano: Ed Welch
Director: Peter King
Adaptor: Peter King
Mrs Bone: Joan Hickson
Major George Bone: Freddie Jones
Peter Wykeham: Ian Lavender
Margaret Hickett: Phoebe Nicholls
Mrs Spoker: Margaret Tyzack
Barbara: Yvonne Antrobus
Hickett: Brett Usher
The Rev Sloley Jones: Ellis Dale
George: James Kerry
Alfred: Henry Stamper
Noony: Timothy Bateson
Gladys: Alex Marshall
The garage: James Bryce
Newsagent: Maggie McCarthy
Pansy the dog: Percy Edwards

: News

: Behind the Chalet School

A salute to Joey Bettany and Co, whose pranks at the Chalet
School have enthralled girls for 60 years with Kate O'Mara and Helen McClelland
BBC Bristol


Unknown: Joey Bettany
Unknown: Kate O'Mara
Unknown: Helen McClelland

: The Festival of Peace

The Bishop of Middlesborough, The Rt Rev Augustine
Harris, concludes his reflections on some of the themes of the Christmas Festival, with readings and music.
Producer ROGERHUTCHINGS BBC Manchester


Unknown: Rev Augustine

: A People's Carol

Truly traditional Christmas carols, predating the Victorian hymn book and still thriving in South Yorkshire village pubs, where they're sung with gusto every Christmas.
Presented by Kathy Staff Research IAN RUSSELL
Producer JOHN LEONARD BBC Manchester


Presented By: Kathy Staff
Unknown: Ian Russell
Producer: John Leonard

: News

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