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: News Briefing

: Daybreak

An early 55 minutes with Eugene Fraser including at
7.0 News summary


Unknown: Eugene Fraser

: Today

Presenters John Timpson and Michael Stewart including the result of the Man of the Year and Woman of the Year contest
7 45* News summary
7.46- Thought for the Day
8.0 Today's
8.16* Sport


Presenters: John Timpson
Presenters: Michael Stewart
Unknown: Newt Read
Unknown: Laurie MacMillan

: Quote.... Unquote

The quotations programme, including mind-boggling Eavesdroppings, dreadful cliches and the occasional outbreak of Foot in Mouth. With Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Alan Melville, Rosemary Anne Sisson and Julia Langdon
Quotations read by RONALD FLETCHER
Devised and presented by Nigel Rees


Unknown: Christopher Martln-Jenkina
Unknown: Rosemary Anne Sisson
Unknown: Julia Langdon
Read By: Ronald Fletcher
Presented By: Nigel Rees

: News

: Desert Island Discs

The late
Sir Ralph Richardson was ROY PLOMLEY 's. guest for the 1500th edition of the programme in August 1979. Besides choosing the eight records he would take to the mythical island. Sir Ralph talked about his early life in an insurance office, about some of the many films and playa in which he had acted, and about the National Theatre where he was appearing at the time. (Revised repeat)


Unknown: Sir Ralph Richardson
Unknown: Roy Plomley

: Points of Departure

With stereotypes in his knapsack and a hipflask full of the spirit of adventure,
Christopher Matthew sets out on a fresh collection of travellers' trails. Today he discovers the quintessence of suburbanity in Commuterland.


Unknown: Christopher Matthew

: Crotal and White

FINLAY J. MACDONALD continues the story of a boyhood in the Hebrides as the Second World War approaches.
Cars, lorries and buses were familiar sights in the Outer Hebrides by the late 30s and people and cattle alike had long since ceased to notice them. But the commotion on the day of the funeral heralded a new order altogether.


Unknown: Finlay J. MacDonald

: Morning Story

Bert's Resurrection by DOROTHY KiLMURRY-HALL
'A loud banging at the back door interrupted her thoughts. Maud could see a shape. A very large shape'
Read by Peggy Mount Producer GWYN Richards BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Dorothy Kilmurry-Hall
Read By: Peggy Mount

: Joy to the World

2 The Message of the Incarnation
A celebration in words and music for the week of Christmas

: Lorna Doone

by R.D. Blackmore dramatised for radio in five parts by Brian Gear
Narrated by Jack Watson
with Cornelius Garrett as John Ridd Stacy Dorning as Lorna Doone
2: In consequence of a brief glimpse of Lorna, John Ridd falls desperately in love with her and takes all kinds of risks to see her even if this should mean death at the hands of the Doones ...
(For cast see page 101)


Narrator: Jack Watson
John Ridd: Cornelius Garrett
Lorna Doone: Stacy Dorning

: Old Christmas

: Just a Minute

More repeat repetitions, hesitations and deviations featuring Kenneth Williams with Nicholas Parsons in the Chair


Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Ian Messiter

: The World at One: News

Presenter Gordon Clougb


Presenter: Gordon Clougb

: The Archers

: Vulcan with a Spanner

Some of the folklore of the garage in the heroic age of its beginnings, in the words and voices of some of those involved. Compiled and presented by Theo Barker ,
Professor of Economic History in the University of London Readers RONALD BADDlLEY.
Special music by JONATHAN GIBBS , BBC Radiophonic Workshop


Presented By: Theo Barker
Unknown: Timothy Bateson.
Unknown: Carole Boyd.
Music By: Jonathan Gibbs
Producer: Michael Mason

: Bolshol Tyshlnsky No 26

Scotsman Bill Campbell , alias 'Villi The Clown', lived for 46 years in the Soviet Union, having gone to Leningrad at the age of 16. In the first of four programmes, he talks about hfe as experienced by his friends and neighbours in the Moscow apartment house 'Bolshoi Tyshinsky No 26'. 1 What's in a Name ...
Series producer BARBARA CROWTWER


Unknown: Bill Campbell
Producer: Barbara Crowtwer

: Afternoon Theatre

Helen Worth and Martin Jarvis in East of the Sun and West of the Moon A Norwegian fairy tale dramatised by LOUIS MACNEICE
Prisoner/Parrot CHARLES COOKSON Music composed by ANTHEA GOMEZ and sung by SALLY JONES Directed by ALFRED BRADLEY BBC Manchester
(Martin Jarvis is a National Theatre player)


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Dramatised By: Louis MacNeice
Composed By: Anthea Gomez
Sung By: Sally Jones
Directed By: Alfred Bradley
Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Helga: Helen Worth
Bear Prince/East Wind/South Wind: Martin Jarvis
Mother: Victoria Hardcastle
Father/West Wind/ North Wind: Christopher Godwin
Halvor: Tony Robinson
Stepmother: Rosalie Williams
Longnose: Vikki Chambers
First /Second/Third crone: Kathleen Helme

: Down Your Way

Recording natterjack toads on a dark evening in Cumbria and carving love spoons are two of Brian Johnston 's many memories of his journeys Down Your Way


Unknown: Brian Johnston

: Story Time

The Wind in the Willows (4)

: PM

with Robert Williams


Unknown: Robert Williams

: Elkins In Israel

In a series of six talks
Michael Elkins plots his own course through the history of modern Israel.
2. The In-gathering of the Exiles
In the decade that followed the independence of 1948, Israel more than doubled her population.
She brought in Jews from all over the world even from
Jewish communities of which no one had ever heard.


Unknown: Michael Elkins

: News

: The Best of Maigret

With Maurice Denham as Jules Maigret and Michael Gough as Georges Simenon 2: Maigret in Montmartre
Translated by DAPHNE WOODWARD and adapted for radio by AUBREY WOODS with Brian Haines as Lucas John Rye as Lapointe and Sean Barrett as Janvier


Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Jules Maigret
Unknown: Michael Gough
Unknown: Georges Simenon
Translated By: Daphne Woodward
Unknown: Aubrey Woods
Unknown: Brian Haines
Unknown: Lucas John Rye
Unknown: Sean Barrett
Inspector Lognon: -Garard Green
Rose: Madi Hedd
Fred: Haydn Jones
Arlette: McOlette McKenzie
Arlette's aunt: Kathleen Helme
Philippe: Michael Burungton
Rosalie: Katherine Parr
Sergeant Simon: Peter Craze

: News

: The Archers

(Repeated: Wed 1.40 pm)

: With Great Pleasure

The Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman , CBE, presents his personal choice of poetry and prose with readings by RICHARD BRIERS and ELEANOR BRON Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol (Repeal)


Unknown: Sir John Betjeman
Unknown: Richard Briers
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Producer: Brian Patten

: Coward at Christmas: Blithe Spirit

A new production of Noel Coward's improbable farce with Paul Eddington as Charles
Condomine, Julia McKenzie as Ruth Condomine, Anna Massey as Elvira and Peggy Mount as Madame Arcati
The scene is the living-room of the Condomines' house in Kent.
(Paul Eddington is in "Lovers Dancing" at the Albany Theatre, London, Peggy Mount is a member of the RSC)


Author: Noel Coward
Director: Glyn Dearman
Charles Condomine: Paul Eddington
Ruth Condomine: Julia McKenzie
Elvira: Anna Massey
Madame Arcati: Peggy Mount
Dr Bradman: Richard Pearson
Mrs Bradman: Jane Wenham
Edith: Jill Lidstone

: Kaleidoscope

A Touch of the Sindens
'Ellen Terry , for me, made the best remark about acting She said "To act, you must make the thing written, your own. You must steal the words, steal the thoughts and convey the stolen treasures to othera with great art".'
Donald Sinden to
Michael Billington about his early career in the theatre, his film roles in The Cruel Sea and Doctor in the House, and his approach to acting Shakespeare.


Unknown: Ellen Terry
Unknown: Donald Sinden
Unknown: Michael Billington
Producer: Rosemary Hart

: The World Tonight News

with Alexander MacLeod


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: A Small Country Living

Peacocks and Llamas, Oil
Lamps and Thistle Stick, Call Ducks and Billy Goats
Jeanine McMullen celebrates the rarely-seen gaiety, energy and enthusiasm that goes into continuing A Small Country Living during the winter months.
Producer MARY PRICE BBC Bristol


Unknown: Billy Goats
Unknown: Jeanine McMullen

: A Book at Bedtime

The Poison Belt (2)

: The Archive Auction

Claire Rayner has an addiction-or as she prefers to say- an affliction: it is 'words'. So where better to indulge in her passion than The Archive Auction.


Unknown: Claire Rayner
Producer: Sally Lunn

: In One Ear

Live from the Paris
Studio.... LIVE! ... A brand new, up to the minute revue .. LIVE! Topicality and contemporary issues are not in evidence as this live show was recorded in April. with Steve Brown , Helen Lederer. Clive Mantle and Nick Wilton


Unknown: Steve Brown
Unknown: Helen Lederer.
Unknown: Clive Mantle
Unknown: Nick Wilton
Written By: James Hendrie.
Written By: Trevor McCallum.
Music By: Steven Brown
Producer: Jamie Rix

: News

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