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: Music on Record

Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks

: In Perspective

A thought for Holy Week from Prof Keith Ward of King's College, London


Unknown: Prof Keith Ward

: News

preceded by the National Anthem
7.10 Today's Papers

: On Your Farm

Producer ANTONY PARKIN BBC Birmingham

: Down to Earth

Mike Gilliam asks Alan Titchmarsh about jobs in the garden this weekend.


Unknown: Mike Gilliam
Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh

: News

preceded by the National Anthem
8.10 Today's Papers

: Sport on 4

Presented by Tony Lewis Easter weekend sees the start of a two-week sporting marathon - the Embassy World Snooker
Championship. The world's top players assemble at the Crucible Theatre,
Sheffield for a tilt at the crown held by Steve Davis. Producer DAVE GORDON


Presented By: Tony Lewis
Unknown: Steve Davis.
Producer: Dave Gordon

: Breakaway

Introduced by Bernard Falk , with help from SUSAN MARLING. ROBIN DEWHURST and PATRICK STODDART. Producer
Editor ROGER MACDONALD including at 9.0 News


Introduced By: Bernard Falk
Unknown: Susan Marling.
Unknown: Robin Dewhurst
Unknown: Patrick Stoddart.
Unknown: Jenny Malunson
Editor: Roger MacDonald

: News Stand

with Peregrine Worsthorne
Producer MIKE gilliam


Producer: Mike Gilliam

: Talking Politics

As the British government battles for a better deal in Europe and the political parties gear up for the Euro-elections in June, the BBC's Political Correspondent, John Harrison, asks if Britain's reputation in the EEC has been permanently damaged and could withdrawal become a real option in the next decade?


Reporter: John Harrison
Producer: Margaret Budy

: Pick of the Week

with Margaret Howard


Unknown: Margaret Howard

: From Our Own Correspondent

BBC correspondents talk about the countries they work in. Producer ZAREER MASANI


Producer: Zareer Masani

: Money Box

with Louise Botting


Unknown: Louise Botting

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

For this special holiday weekend a very ordinary edition with Barry Cryer Graeme Garden Willie Rushton
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Chairperson Humphrey Lyttelton Pianoperson COLIN SELL


Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Chairperson Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown: Pianoperson Colin Sell
Unknown: Nonperson Paul Mayhew-Archer

: News

: Any Questions?

The Rt Hon David Owen , mp
The Rt Hon Gwyneth Dunwoody , mp
Dr Richard Clutterbuck Max Hastings from Teignmouth, Devon


Unknown: David Owen
Unknown: Gwyneth Dunwoody
Unknown: Dr Richard Clutterbuck
Unknown: Max Hastings

: News

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Wild Horses by JON BEER
When ambitious Alan announces to the staffroom his plans to further his career, old
Frank is moved to recount the Awful Tale of Alan's predecessor, whose vaulting ambition o'er leapt itself with horrible consequences.
(Repeated: Tues 11.0 am) (Richard Vernon is in 'Pack of Lies' at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London; Philip Jackson is a member of the RSC)


Unknown: Jon Beer
Directed By: Matthew Walters
Unknown: Richard Vernon
Unknown: Philip Jackson
Frank: Richard Vernon
Royde: Philip Jackson
Alan: Michael Jenner
Pearson: William Eedle
Bill/Johnson: Colin Starkey
Joan: Hilda Schroder

: Medicine Now

Geoff Watts reports


Unknown: Geoff Watts

: Wildlife

Presenter Derek Jones


Presenter: Derek Jones

: Groundswell

with Hugh Sykes
This week Groundswell reports on the sale of Forestry Commission woods and forests and the questions that this raises. Will public access be affected? What will the new owners do to the landscape?
Producer MICK WEBB (Repeated: Tuesday
11.0 pm VHF)


Unknown: Hugh Sykes
Producer: Mick Webb

: Radio News Special Report

The Last of eight programmes
The Far East Cockpit The shooting down of KAL 007 showed how quickly and dangerously an incident in this area embroils Japan, China, Korea, the United States and the Soviet Union. The USSR is extending its power in the Far East. Is an anti-Soviet entente like NATO appearing in the Pacific? What was the real aim of the West's recent military exercise, 'Team Spirit 84' based on South Korea and what did it achieve? And how serious are superpower rivalries in the region.
Reporter William Horsley Producer ADAM RAPHAEL


Reporter: William Horsley
Producer: Adam Raphael

: Does He Take Sugar?

A magazine for disabled listeners.
Presenter John Mills Editor MARLENE PEASE
Correspondence address:
BBC, Broadcasting House, London WIA 4WW Tel: [number removed]
(Mon-Fri 10.0 am-5.0 pm)


Presenter: John Mills
Editor: Marlene Pease

: Poet to Poet

The last of five poets of the past seen through the eyes of poets of the present.
A Man Who Used to Notice
Patricia Beer looks at the poetry of Thomas Hardy.
Reader GARARD GREEN Producer FRASER STEEL BBC Manchester


Unknown: Patricia Beer
Reader: Thomas Hardy.

: Merely Melville

Ian Carmichael presents a tribute to the late Alan Melville , the great master of Intimate Revue.
6.0 News with PETER DONALDSON including
Sports Round-up


Unknown: Ian Carmichael
Unknown: Alan Melville
Unknown: Peter Donaldson

: Desert Island Discs

David Lodge with ROY PLOMLEY
(Details: Friday 9.5 am)


Unknown: David Lodge
Unknown: Roy Plomley

: Stop the Week with Robert Robinson

Occasionally over-animated conversation inspired by episodes of the week.


Music By: Jeremy Nicholas
Producer: Michael Ember

: Dog Days

A spring walk with man's best friend
Walkers June Barrie and Jack Watson
Readings by BARRY PAINE Written and compiled by KATE TIFFIN
BBC Bristol


Unknown: Jack Watson

: Saturday-Night Theatre

Welcome Sister Death A play with music about the life of Francis of Assisi. Words and lyrics by WALLY K. DALY
Music by JIM PARKER with William Nighy Peter Jeffrey and Donald Hewlett
Shortly after his death, Francis is about to be canonised. However, the Church is faced with a dilemma. Should they allow the full truth of his life to emerge or a carefully-prepared 'official' version?
DAVID JAMES (counter-tenor) DAVID TIMSON (baritone) ALAN DUDLEY (bass) FIONA HIBBERT (harp)


Unknown: Wally K. Daly
Music By: Jim Parker
Unknown: William Nighy
Unknown: Peter Jeffrey
Unknown: Donald Hewlett
Unknown: David James
Baritone: David Timson
Bass: Alan Dudley
Harp: Fiona Hibbert
Unknown: John Bull
Unknown: David McAlister
Unknown: John McAndrew
Unknown: Christopher Scott
Directed By: Martin Jenkins
Br Illuminato: David Timson
Bishop Guido: Peter Jeffrey
Br Elias: Donald Hewlett
Pietro Bemadone: Manning Wilson
Pica, his wife: Petra Davies
Francis, his son: William Nighy
Bernard: Christopher Scott
Leo: Sean Arnold
John/Clare's brother: John Bull
Angelo: John McAndrew
Giles/Ruffino: John Webb
Masseo: David McAlister
Favorino Scifi: Patrick Barr
Clare, his daughter: Elizabeth Rider
Doctor: Alan Dudley
Sultan: Michael Spice
Bishop Ugolino: John Rye

: News

: Deep River

The story of the American contralto
Marian Anderson who became the first black singer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, in 1955. 'After Marian Anderson , the doors were open. Nobody asked, is she black, is she white, is she green? It was just a normal thing, as it should always have been.'
Written and presented by Gordon Ledbetter with contributions from MARIAN ANDERSON herself, SIR
(Repeated: Fri 11.0 am)


Contralto: Marian Anderson
Unknown: Marian Anderson
Presented By: Gordon Ledbetter
Unknown: Marian Anderson
Unknown: Rudolph Bing
Unknown: Todd Duncan
Unknown: Henry Pleasants
Unknown: Shirley Verrett

: Evening Service

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb There is a green hill (BBC HB 92); At evening hour
(Bach); Mark 15, vv 42-47; It is finished (BBC HB 82)

: Coast to Coast

Nine talks by the novelist, Joseph Hone
4: Zaire: Up the Congo

: Earwig

Six overheard conversation pieces by ALUN OWEN with Hugh Burden as Mr Emmanuel
4: Anna and the Dame with Margaret Courtenay as Dame Laura Angela Pleasence as Anna Jim McManus as Jake Moir Leslie as Emma and Brett Usher as Peter Dame Laura is a well-known actress and she is lunching with her agent and a rising young actress. Mr Emmanuel , at the table next to them, overhears all they have to say but then, such is the force of Dame Laura's personality, it would be hard not to overhear her anywhere.
Directed by JOHN TYDEMAN (Margaret Courtenay is a National Theatre player)


Unknown: Alun Owen
Unknown: Hugh Burden
Unknown: Mr Emmanuel
Unknown: Margaret Courtenay
Unknown: Dame Laura Angela Pleasence
Unknown: Anna Jim McManus
Unknown: Jake Moir Leslie
Unknown: Brett Usher
Unknown: Peter Dame Laura
Unknown: Mr Emmanuel
Directed By: John Tydeman
Directed By: Margaret Courtenay

: News

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