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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Farming, food, countryside news, market trends and weather

: Today

Presented by John Timpson and Brian Redhead
6.30, 7.30, 8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News with SIMON ROSE
7.0,8.0 Today's News
7.20* Your Letters
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought far the Day
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Brian Redhead
Read By: Charlotte Green
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: News

: Tuesday Call:[number removed]

Myths, Legends and Romance Who was Robin Hood ? When was King Arthur? Where was Camelot? What had Old King
Cole to be merry about? All you ever wanted to know about the myths and legends of our forefathers but didn't know who to ask. Who makes myths? Why is a legend a lie? Why do these stories live through the ages? The experts are folklorist Jennifer Westwood and Dr Ray Barron , President of the International Arthurian Society.
In the Chair Jill Burridee
Produced by the Woman 's Hour unit Lines open from 8.0 0 am


Unknown: Robin Hood
Unknown: Jennifer Westwood
Unknown: Dr Ray Barron
Unknown: Jill Burridee

: From Our Own Correspondent

Reflections on life and politics abroad from the BBC's team of foreign correspondents. Producer ZAREER MASANI
0 INFO: page 91

: Morning Story

A Sacrifice At Christmas byDAFYDDIFANS
Read by Dilys Price
'That sort of thing is nothing short of paganism. You'd be better off leaving such things alone....'


Read By: Dilys Price
Producer: Herbert Williams

: Daily Service

Advent Calendar:
The Darkness of Evil
NEM, p 89; Thy kingdom come, 0 God (BBC HB 27); Gabriel's message does away (OXFORD BOOK OF CAROLS 102); Micah 3, vv 1-12; Lo, he comes with clouds descending (BBC HB 35) Stereo

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

The Grotto by BRYAN OLIVER with Stratford Johns as Santa and Christopher Chescoe as the Boy
'But you are the real Father Christmas, aren't you?'
'The Santa of Gimling and Jones Department Store is the one and only 100 per cent real McCoy.'
'Oh, that's a relief. Only, I didn't want to think I was wasting my time talking to a phoney.' Directed by PETER JUKES


Unknown: Bryan Oliver
Unknown: Christopher Chescoe
Directed By: Peter Jukes

: For Schools

11.0 Religious Education St Paul (RV) by BRIAN SIBLEY and at 11.20 Paul the Persecutor by GEOFFREY CURTIS Presented by BRIAN REDHEAD Stereo
11.40 Education Now: Industry Year 1986
2: Science and Technology Linked projects between schools in physics, engineering and problem-solving. Presented by LIBBY PURVES


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Geoffrey Curtis
Presented By: Brian Redhead
Presented By: Libby Purves

: To Share a Life

When 19-year-old Helen became desperately ill and needed a kidney transplant to save her life, her father's offer to donate one of his was accepted by the surgeons.
With organ transplants becoming an almost daily occurrence in hospitals, this is the story of a kidney transplant performed in Belfast's City Hospital.
Presented and produced by Bob Crookes
(First broadcast on Radio Ulster)


Produced By: Bob Crookes

: You and Yours

Pattie Coldwell with the latest news and advice for consumers


Unknown: Pattie Coldwell

: Michael Parkinson

with his choice of archives Producer HELEN FRY


Producer: Helen Fry

: The World at One: News

Presented by Sir Robin Day


Presented By: Sir Robin Day

: The Archers

: For Schools

1.55 Listening Corner IRENE HANDL reads Grandma and Bopper Help the Christmas Postman by JANET SORENSEN (R)
2.0 La parole auxjeunes (French III)
2: Nos deux pays; au collège; on parle comme ca
2.30 Books, Plays, Poems Narrative Poetry (2)


Unknown: Janet Sorensen

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor
'I want to be an actress.... ': a not uncommon ambition, but for ROSEMARY BROWNE it meant overcoming disability to perform on stage and before TV cameras, and in the end achieve marriage and motherhood too. Serial: Ghost Stories by H. G. WELLS
5: The Stolen Body


Introduced By: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Rosemary Browne
Stories By: H. G. Wells

: The Afternoon Play: Country of Afternoon

by Alison Brackenbury
Long ago in 16th-century Italy, a young girl waits in her castle to see which of her two rival suitors - the youthful Silvano or the aged Paolo - will win her hand. But she herself has other thoughts: yearnings to see for herself the symbol of her fleeting freedom - a unicorn who apparently grazes in her woods....
BBC Bristol Stereo


Writer: Alison Brackenbury
Directed By: Brian Miller
Silvano: Benedick Blythe
Paolo: David Langton
Father: Malcolm Farquhar
Stella: Kim Hartman
Giovanni: Paul Darrow
Leo: David Garth

: News

: The Food Programme

Derek Cooper looks at a new food safety campaign whose members want more
Government controls - and at a campaign for the restoration of unpasteurised milk, which wants the Government to mind its own business.


Unknown: Derek Cooper
Producer: John Forsyth

: Kaleidoscope

: PM

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


Presented By: Valerie Singleton
Presented By: Robert Williams

: The Six O'Clock News

With PETER DONALDSON including Financial Report


Unknown: Peter Donaldson

: Top of the Form

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm) Written by JO TOYE Cast for the week:
BBC Birmingham


Written By: Jo Toye
Jennifer Aldridge: Angela Piper
Brian: Charles Collingwood
Tony Archer: Colin Skipp
Pat Archer: Patricia Gallimore
Jill Archer: Patricia Greene
Shula Hebden: Judy Bennett
Mark: Richard Derrington
David Archer: Timothy Bentinck
Elizabeth Archer: Alison Dowling
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
Walter Gabriel: Chris Gittins
Nelson Gabriel: Jack May
Eddie Grundy: Trevor Harrison
Clarrie Grundy: Fiona Mathieson
Jethro Larkin: George Hart
Det Sgt Barry: David Vann
Nigel Pargetter: Graham Seed
Kathy Holland: Hedia Niklaus
Sophie Barlowe: Moir Leslie

: A Breath of Fresh Air

Frank Dunlop takes a short break from planning next year's Edinburgh International
Festival to share the pleasure of a favourite walk in the centre of the city.
(Re-broadcast on Boxing Day)

: Carols from Liverpool

Richard Baker introduces the annual concert of carols and Christmas music direct from Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Emyr Wynne Jones (baritone) Childwall Church of England Primary School Choir choirmaster DAVID MOORE
Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra associate leader NICHOLAS WOOD conducted by Ian Tracey Parti


Introduces: Richard Baker
Leader: Nicholas Wood
Conducted By: Ian Tracey

: * The Travels of Fynes Moryson

Written and introduced byjeremy Kingston
Fynes Moryson was 24 when he set off on his travels from England throughout Europe and Turkey, in the spring of 1591. His itinerary of ten years' travel through these lands offers one of the earliest English language accounts of what it was like to be a 16th-century traveller....
Reader Benjamin Whitrow
Producer BRIAN MILLER. BBC Bristol


Reader: Benjamin Whitrow
Producer: Brian Miller.

: * Carols from Liverpool

Part 2

: Prestwich Pique

A series of six combative talks in which the novelist Howard Jacobson vents his spleen on more or less deserving subjects. 4: Me and Graham Greene
'Sometimes, when you look down at the copy of Havana Rock or The Quiet Comedian sitting unopened on your lap, you even think about willing a catastrophe.'


Unknown: Howard Jacobson
Unknown: Graham Greene

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Allen presents tonight's edition, which includes interviews, news and reviews of books, film, plays, broadcasting, music and exhibitions. Producer CARROLL MOORE


Unknown: Paul Allen
Producer: Carroll Moore

: A Book at Bedtime

A Christmas Carol
2: Marley's Ghost. Stereo

: The World Tonight

Presented by Charles Wheeler


Presented By: Charles Wheeler

: * 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.

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