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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Farming, food and countryside news, market trends, weather

: Today

Presented by John Timpson and Brian Redhead
6.30, 7.30, 8.30 News Summary 6 45* Business News
7.0,8.0 Today's News Read by CLIVE ROSLIN
7.20* Your Letters
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought for the Day
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Brian Redhead
Read By: Clive Roslin
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: News

: Tuesday Call: [number removed]

The Scottish Highlands and Islands
Is there a knack to tossing a caber? How did Highland
Dancing originate? Is there any future for the traditional croft? Can Scottish Gaelic speakers understand Irish Gaelic?
Finlay J. Macdonald , author and broadcaster, and John Prebble , historian and author, answer your questions.
In the Chair Judith Chalmers
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit Lines open from 8. 0 am


Unknown: Finlay J. MacDonald
Unknown: John Prebble
Unknown: Judith Chalmers

: From Our Own Correspondent

Reflections on life and politics abroad from the BBC's worldwide team of foreign correspondents.

: Morning Story

The Running Rite by MICHAEL SPINDLER
Read by Philip Rowlands 'They returned to him in his dreams with the pad of feet on the grass, the movement, the gasps for breath, the weariness....'


Unknown: Michael Spindler
Read By: Philip Rowlands
Producer: Herbert Williams

: Daily Service

NEM, p 50; Oft in danger, oft in woe (BBC HB 363); Psalm 116; Acts 7, v 51-8, v 1; For all the saints (BBC HB 227) Stereo

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

A Million-to-One Chance by KEITH DEVLIN
When Tim loses a safe seat in a by-election, his mother, Sarah, threatens to disinherit him.
Goaded by constant misfortune, Tim challenges fate by planning to get rid of his jinx and his mother at the same time.
Directed by PHILIP MARTIN BBC Birmingham. Stereo


Unknown: Keith Devlin
Directed By: Philip Martin
Tim: Terry Molloy
Sarah: Beth Ellis
Hotel manager/Returning officer/Taxi driver: Roger Rowland
Reporter/Newcastle/Returning: Susan Mansell
Tannoy voice: Heduli Niklaus

: Wildlife

The team answers your questions.
Presented by Derek Jones Producer JOHN HARRISON BBCBristol


Presented By: Derek Jones
Producer: John Harrison

: You and Yours

Presented by Paul Heiney


Presented By: Paul Heiney

: Brain of Britain 1985

A nationwide general knowledge contest
Semi-final 1: London and the Home Counties
Chairman Robert Robinson Robert Collier (civil servant) Peter Biggs (bank clerk)
Roy Searle (retired BA pilot) John Small
(accounting technician)
Programme devised by JOHN P. WYNN Questions set by IAN GILLIES Producer RICHARD EDIS


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Robert Collier
Unknown: Peter Biggs
Unknown: Roy Searle
Unknown: John P. Wynn
Unknown: Ian Gillies
Producer: Richard Edis

: The World at One: News

Presented by Sir Robin Day


Presented By: Sir Robin Day

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Big and Liitle (2)

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor MONICA suswin explores the power of speech - the most sophisticated form of communication between people. Do we use or abuse it?
Serial: Joanna Godden (12)


Introduced By: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Joanna Godden

: The Afternoon Play

The Baby Alarm by PETER THOMSON with Karen Archer as Ros Bill Nighy as Tom Jim Barclay as Danny and Vicky Ireland as the child Bringing up baby is not quite the joyous task Ros expected. When a strange child is heard calling over the baby alarm, she feels threatened. But is it she or her baby who is in danger? Directed by CAROLINE RAPHAEL Stereo
(Bill Nighy is a National Theatre player)


Author: Peter Thomson
Ros: Karen Archer
Tom: Bill Nighy
Danny: Jim Barclay
Child: Vicky Ireland
Directed By: Caroline Raphael

: He Spread a Little Happiness

Clifford Grey wrote his biggest hit during the First World War, when every soldier sang to his sweetheart, 'If you were the only girl in the world'. More than 60 years later, his name was back in the charts when the popstar, Sting, revived 'Spread a little happiness'.

Born in Birmingham, and a double Olympic gold medallist in 1928 and 1932, Grey went to America where he became the most successful of all British lyricists. He teamed up with both Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, and wrote songs for Fred Astaire, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Crawford and Jeanette MacDonald.

Mark Steyn celebrates the life and lyrics of Clifford Grey and among those he talks to is his daughter, Dorothy Kerr, who remembers all the stars who visited their house in search of new numbers.
BBC Birmingham


Presenter: Mark Steyn
Interviewee: Dorothy Kerr
Producer: Jock Gallagher

: Story Time

Another Self
7: Advice from a Prime Minister

: PM

Presented by Robert Williams and Valerie Singleton
ontinued on VHF/FM 5.50-5.55


Presented By: Robert Williams
Presented By: Valerie Singleton

: The Six O'Clock News

With BRYAN MARTIN including Financial Report

: The Travelling Show


: News

: The Archers

: A New Kind of Joy

In May this year, as part of the Isle of Man's Year of Sport, over 1,000 mentally handicapped athletes competed in the 1985 Special Olympics UK.
Toni Arthur attended the games and reports on the efforts being made to enable those who previously only watched from the sidelines to discover the simple joy of taking part in sport.


Producer: Frank Warwick

: Medicine Now

Geoff Watts reports on the health of medical care. Producer JULIAN BROWN


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Julian Brown

: Ellison Street Revisited

In 1956 Gordon Cooper was among the youngsters at
Ellison Street Junior School photographed after passing their 11-plus exam.
This year they will be 40, having lived their lives in the welfare state introduced by the 1945 Labour Government.
In the third of four programmes Gordon talks to his class-mates about their working lives, and asks Robert Nathan , an occupational psychologist, how typical their experiences have been.


Unknown: Gordon Cooper
Unknown: Robert Nathan
Producer: Sarah Rowlands

: In Touch

News, views and information for people with a visual handicap Presented by Ian MacRae Producer THENA HESHEL
Listeners can phone with enquiries and comments on [number removed]Lines open 8.30-10.0pm
Free quarterly bulletin from
[address removed] (Send four large SAEsfor a year's supply)


Presented By: Ian MacRae

: Work and I

Veteran broadcaster Harry Soan reflects on some of the jobs he's tackled over the years. 4: To Be a Farmer BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Harry Soan

: Scottish Arts Week

2: The Glasgow Citizens'
'Brilliant', 'provocative' and 'unique' -just some of the descriptions applied to the Citizens' Theatre.
Mary Brennan explores the ideas behind this enterprising company.
With contributions from
('Weave and Print' tomorrow at 9.45)


Unknown: Mary Brennan
Unknown: Robert David
Unknown: Philip Prowse
Unknown: Michael Ratcliffe.

: A Book at Bedtime

The McGufrin (7)

: The World Tonight

Presented by Philip Short
11.0 Headlines


Presented By: Philip Short

: Open University

11.30 Open Forum: Students' Magazine
11.50 Expression in Classical Music

: * am 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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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