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: News Briefing

: Music On Record

Polkas and waltzes by the Strauss family. Stereo

: Today

Presented by John Timpson and Triona Holden
6.30, 7.30, 8.30 News Summary
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by CLIVE ROSLIN
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Triona Holden
Read By: Clive Roslin

: Far Away and Long Ago

2: A Visit to Buenos Ayres


Unknown: Buenos Ayres

: News

: Tuesday Call: [number removed]

Look ahead to 1985 with Sue MacGregor in the Chair
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit Lines open from 8.0 am


Unknown: Sue MacGregor

: Golden Boat for a Sea God

written and narrated by Sam Hanna Bell
In the spring of 1896, two ploughmen were working in a field near the village of Broighter in County Londonderry when they accidentally stumbled on some of the most important archaeological artefacts ever to be found in Ireland - the Broighter Hoard. But their extraordinary discovery soon became the centre of a raging controversy between the British Museum and the Royal Irish Academy.
Sam Hanna Bell tells the story of the struggle for possession of these priceless objects.
(First broadcast on Radio Ulster)


Written and narrated by: Sam Hanna Bell
Reader: Patrick Brannigan
Reader: John Keyes
Reader: Ian McElhinney
Producer: Judith Elliott

: Morning Story

Grand Finale by s. w. LEWIS Read by John Shedden Producer JOHN ARNOTT BBC Scotland


Read By: John Shedden
Producer: John Arnott

: Daily Service

nem, p 25; 0 thou, whom neither time nor space (BBC HB 430); Canticle 12; John 1, w 1-11; Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (BBC HB 508). Stereo

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Happy Birthday, Darling
A comedy by ALAN MELVILLE with Rachel Kempson as Elspeth and Richard Vernon as Andrew Elspeth and Andrew are twins, born 17 April 1911. Each year they meet to celebrate their birthday and the fact that they are still around to enjoy it.
Well - 'enjoy' isn't exactly the word that describes Elspeth's attitude to old age ...
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN. Stereo


Comedy By: Alan Melville
Unknown: Rachel Kempson
Unknown: Richard Vernon
Unknown: Andrew Elspeth
Directed By: Glyn Dearman.

: Wildlife

Crackers in hand, the team tackles a few nutty problems from the Wildlife postbag. Walnuts supplied by Derek Jones. Shells cleared up by JOHN HARRISON
BBC Bristol. Stereo


Unknown: Derek Jones.
Unknown: John Harrison

: You and Yours

International Consumer Quiz
Teams of consumer broadcasters compete for the title of Champion of the Champions. Round 2: ENGLAND ϑ WALES Chairman Paul Heiney


Unknown: Paul Heiney

: My Word!

A panel game devised by TONY SHRYANE and EDWARD J. MASON Dilys Powell and Frank Muir challenge Antonia Fraser and Denis Norden
In the Chair Michael O'Donnell Questions compiled by PETER MOORE


Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Unknown: Dilys Powell
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Antonia Fraser
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Michael O'Donnell
Unknown: Peter Moore
Producer: Pete Atkin

: The World at One: News

Presenter John Harrison


Presenter: John Harrison

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Today's story: Andrew McAndrew and the Grandfather Clock


Unknown: Andrew McAndrew

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Pop Go the Women: from
Helen Shapiro to The Poison
Girls.... SALLY FELDMAN explores the role of women in rock. Flush (2)


Introduced By: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Helen Shapiro
Unknown: Sally Feldman

: The Afternoon Play

A Sense of Purpose by STEVE FITZPATRICK with John Rowe as Tom and Michael Deeks as Alan It's a big day for Alan, the teenage son of Tom Cartwright , and Dad is ready and eager to show his son the ropes. The day, however, develops unexpectedly and Alan soon learns that, although this may not be the 'time of his life', it's certainly the life of his times.
Directed by GERRY JONES. Stereo


Unknown: Steve Fitzpatrick
Unknown: John Rowe
Unknown: Michael Deeks
Unknown: Tom Cartwright
Directed By: Gerry Jones.
Alice: Gwen Cherrell
Frank: David Sinclair
Karen: Denica Fairman
Pete: Graham Blockey
Park-keeper: Brjan Smith

: The Grass Is Turning Blue at Edale

A natural phenomenon, perhaps; something in the water, maybe.
Malcolm Stent sets out to discover the cause of this strange discolouration and becomes involved with the banjos and fiddles of the Edale Bluegrass Festival. Producer GEOFFREY HEWITT BBC Birmingham Stereo


Unknown: Malcolm Stent
Producer: Geoffrey Hewitt

: Story Time

Just So Stories
2: The Beginning of the Armadilloes

: PM

Presenters Robert Williams and Carole West continued on VHFIFM 5.50-5.55

: The Six O'Clock News



Unknown: Peter Donaldson

: Anything Legal


: News

: The Archers

(Repeated: Wednesday 1.40 pm)

: Downhill All the Way

Ski-ing across country is centuries old, but the idea of ski-ing downhill is very much a British invention. Michael Smee traces the struggles faced by the early downhill skiers and chronicles the evolution of a prosaic and strenuous means of crossing snow-covered mountains into a world-wide leisure pursuit and an Olympic sport. Readers ELLEN MCINTOSH and GRAHAM BLOCKEY


Unknown: Michael Smee
Readers: Ellen McIntosh
Readers: Graham Blockey
Producer: Frank Warwick

: Medicine Now

Geoff Watts reports on the health of medical care -from the research laboratory and the operating theatre to the dentist's chair and the GP's surgery.
(Repeated: Thursday 10.0 am) r


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Deborah Cohen

: Crisis in Education

The first of four programmes. For some people, British education in the 80s is one big crisis. Others insist that there is none. In this series,
Professor Ted Wragg , of the University of Exeter, discusses some of the questions which concern him, with studio guests and reports from home and abroad. He predicts that sparks will fly.
This week: parent participation, school discipline and pupils' rights.


Unknown: Professor Ted Wragg
Producer: Christopher Stone

: In Touch

News, views and information for people with a visual handicap.
Presented by Peter White Producer THENA HESHEL
Book, £2.95, from [address removed]
Free quarterly bulletin from [address removed]A. Send four large saes for a year's supply


Presented By: Peter White

: Good Books ...

... in which a guest is invited to enthuse about a favourite work of literature.
G. K. Chesterton 's The Man Who was Thursday is the choice of novelist and poet Kingsley Amis, who particularly likes its sense of adventure, although its author once described this book as 'very dramatic moonshine'. Presenter Frank Delaney Reader HUGH BURDEN
(First broadcast on BBC World Service)


Unknown: G. K. Chesterton
Reader: Frank Delaney
Reader: Hugh Burden
Producer: Miriam Newman

: Kaleidoscope

Presenter Michael Oliver Producer KEVIN JACKSON


Presenter: Michael Oliver
Producer: Kevin Jackson

: A Book at Bedtime

Empire of the Sun (2)

: The World Tonight

Presenter Alexander MacLeod
11.0 Headlines


Presenter: Alexander MacLeod

: News

followed by an interlude

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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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