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: News Briefing

: * Prelude

Music selected by Michael Ford BBC Birmingham. Stereo

: Farming Today



Producers: Allan Wright
Producers: Tim Finney

: News

7.10 Today's Papers

: On Your Farm

The agricultural world sometimes sneers at part-time farmers, labelling them as 'amateurs' or 'good lifers'.
But On Your Farm discovers that not all part-timers choose their way of life. Some are trying desperately to break into full-time farming while others have been forced to take jobs off the farm to supplement their income.

: In Perspective

with Rosemary Hartill


Unknown: Rosemary Hartill

: Radio 4 Christmas Competition

Once again Radio 4 is providing an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of programmes broadcast throughout the year. Entries, on a postcard only please by Friday 3 January 1986. to:
Radio 4 Christmas Competition, BBC Broadcasting House, London WL4 4WW

: News

8.10 Today's Papers (Broadcastat 7.10am)

: Peace, Brotherly Love and a Punch in the Mouth

Written by RICHARD STILGOE with songs by PETER SKELLERN Christmas - time for all songwriters to forget their little differences, hang some holly on the synthesizer and write another monster Christmas hit.
BBC Manchester. Stereo
(Revised broadcast on Boxing Day at 12.30pm)


Written By: Richard Stilgoe
Songs By: Peter Skellern
Producer: Mike Craig
Baz Mordant: Richard Stilgoe
David Barr: Peter Skellern
Jamie Burberry: Charles Colungwood
Penny Barr: Judy Bennett
Marie Robins: Liz Goulding
MC/Waiter: David Adams

: News

: The Dark Christmases

For six Christmases, Britain was dark, families were apart and good cheer was in short supply. Dr Christopher Andrew looks back at those bittersweet times and the radio programmes that kept Britain smiling through: morale boosters from
Churchill's speeches to Workers' Playtime and the sentiment of Issy Bonn and Vera Lynn. Producer JULIE SIMMONS BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: Dr Christopher Andrew
Unknown: Vera Lynn.

: News Stand

Angela Gordon presents a personal review of the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Angela Gordon
Producer: John Edwards

: The Week in Westminster

Robert Carvel of The London Standard chairs a special
Christmas edition including highlights from the year's programmes.


Unknown: Robert Carvel
Producer: Sheila Cook

: Pick of the Week

with Margaret Howard Stereo

: Nuts for Christmas

Celebrating Christmas is a year-round occupation for Maria and Andrew Von Staufer. They run The Christmas Archives, a collection of over 100,000 items connected with the festival, from days gone by and from many different countries. In this profile of the Von Staufers ' work, Robert Foxcroft discusses the enthusiasm which so many people bring to their Christmas celebrations. What is it that makes them 'nuts for Christmas'?
Producer JOHN FORREST. Stereo
(Re-broadcast Boxing Day at 1.10pm)


Unknown: Andrew von Staufer.
Unknown: Von Staufers
Unknown: Robert Foxcroft
Producer: John Forrest.

: A Small Country Living at Christmas

Jeanine McMullen with a breath of wintry air from the depths of rural Britain. Goat sweaters, animal horoscopes and a horse with thermal underwear are just some of the secrets of life on A Small Country Living at Christmas.
Producer MARY PRICE BBC Bristol
(Re-broadcast on Friday at 12.30pm)


Unknown: Jeanine McMullen

: News Quiz of the Year

The final battle commences.
Chairman Barry Took cowers as Private Eye editor
Richard Ingrams , his deputy Ian Hislop , and Angela Gordon clash with Punch editor Alan Coren , his deputy David Taylor and Janet Street-Porter , in the first part of a titanic struggle to decide which team knows more about the news of the year. Stereo
(Re-broadcast at 11.0pm)
(The conflict is resolved next Saturday at 12.27pm)


Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Richard Ingrams
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: Angela Gordon
Editor: Alan Coren
Unknown: David Taylor
Unknown: Janet Street-Porter

: News

: Any Questions?

Lord Soper, The Rt Hon
Roy Hattersley , mp, Jeffrey Archer , and Rosemary Brown


Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Jeffrey Archer
Unknown: Rosemary Brown

: The Afternoon Play

Lord Glenaldy
The last in a three-part serial byA.R R RAWLINSON
Caught up in the romantic world of war-time cloak-and-dagger operations,
Angus Fraser (now Lord Glenaldy) is in his element. However, all good things must come to an end, and what then?
Script editor BARRY CAMPBELL
Directed by GRAHAM GAULD. Stereo


Unknown: Angus Fraser
Editor: Barry Campbell
Directed By: Graham Gauld.
Sandy: Gabriel Woolf
Tommy: Gordon Reid
Molly: Rosalind Shanks
the General: Jeffrey Segal
Angus: James MacPherson
Gen Von Hummel: Garard Green
Colonel Weston: Bruce Boa
Lieutenant: Christopher Scott
Oberleutnant Stem: Owen Scott
American pilot: Adrian Egan
Freddie: David Learner

: A Christmas Story

'Molly's mind raced round the house. The back door was shut and bolted, as was the front door. All the windows were closed and tightly locked, even the fanlight. She looked at the fireplace. The fire was nearly out. Well, if he could get down the chimney then he really was supernatural....'
(First broadcast on BBC Radio Foyle)


Unknown: Joe Mahon
Producer: Maureen Gallagher
Joe/Old Tom: Joe Gormley
Miss Kincaid: Sheila McGibbon

: South Africa at Christmas

Radio News Special Report This year for many South
Africans from all communities the Christmas spirit will be troubled by the effects of civil disorder and the search for change. As they prepare for the season of goodwill, how much do the people feel the strain of recent strife, and what do they look forward to in the new year? Reporter Graham Leach Producer ADAM RAPHAEL
(Re-broadcast on Monday at 9.45 am)


Reporter: Graham Leach
Producer: Adam Raphael

: Serendipity on the Shropshire Union

Fred Basnett has his own reasons for being fond of canals: the pubs of course, and the dawdling, and the odd buildings ... and the people: 'You jus' travellin' thru?' (R)


Unknown: Fred Basnett

: Kaleidoscope

V. S. Pritchett
I began to write short stories because they were short
- I didn't think I had the breath to go on month after month in one long narrative.
For more than 50 years Sir
Victor Pritchett has found the breath to produce enough short stories, essays, travel writing and criticism to ensure a permanent place in the history of English Literature. This month he is 85 and, in conversation with Richard Mayne , he talks about his life and work.


Unknown: S. Pritchett
Unknown: Victor Pritchett
Unknown: Richard Mayne
Producer: Carroll Moore

: Call Sign WELD

Downtown Fisher, West
Virginia, consists of a few houses, a post office, an agricultural store - and a radio station. The programming this offers is high on audience appeal but low, it has to be said, on polish. In fact, as Jean Snedegar discovered when she visited them, the five presenters are notorious for the number of mistakes they can cram into a day.
(Re-broadcast on Christmas Day at 9.50 pm)


Unknown: Jean Snedegar
Producer: Sally Thompson

: Week Ending

An irreverently critical look back at last week's news Stereo

: News

With BRYAN MARTIN including Sports Round-up


Unknown: Bryan Martin

: Joy to the World

The Christmas message goes out to all nations and this miscellany of carols and readings gives a flavour of the celebrations in other lands, and other times.
The carols are sung by boy soprano Aled Jones and the BBC Welsh Chorus conducted by JOHN HUGH THOMAS With HUW TREGELLES WILLIAMS at the organ.
The readers are
Ray Smith and Annest Wiliam Compiled and produced by ROBERT COLES and HERBERT WILLIAMS BBC Wales. Stereo
(Re-broadcast Boxing Day at 9.30pm)
0 FEATURE: page 3


Soprano: Aled Jones
Conducted By: John Hugh Thomas
Unknown: Huw Tregelles Williams
Unknown: Ray Smith
Produced By: Robert Coles
Produced By: Herbert Williams

: Stop the Week with Robert Robinson

Saturday evening table talk Music by FASCINATING AIDA
Producer MICHAEL EMBER. Stereo


Producer: Michael Ember.

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker presents a selection of words and music on record.
Producer JANE BEVAN. Stereo


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Jane Bevan.

: Saturday-Night Theatre Agents and Patients

by ANTHONY POWELL dramatised for radio by FREDERICK BRADNUM as the BBC's tribute to the celebrated author who is 80 today. With
The year is 1932. Blore-Smith is eager for adventure and a full life. Chipchase and Maltravers come to his rescue, and show him life of an adventurous nature in London, Paris and Berlin.
Directed by GRAHAM GAULD. Stereo


Unknown: Anthony Powell
Unknown: Frederick Bradnum
Directed By: Graham Gauld.
Blore-Smith: Andrew Branch
Chipchase: Anthony Daniels
Maltravers: Steve Hodson
Mrs Mendoza: Avril Clark
Commander Venables: Noel Johnson
Tour d'Espagne: George Parsons
Colonel Teape: Martin Friend
Reggie Frott: Adrian Egan
Schlumbermayer: Ronald Herdman
Scrubb: Graham Blockey
Pauline de Borodino: Betty Baskcomb
Yoyo: Elaine Claxton
Hedwig: Frances Jeater
Roth: Gordon Reid
Fritzi: Susan Sloman
Herman: David Learner

: News

: Evening Service

The Night is Far Spent
Wake, 0 wake! for night is flying (BBC HB 40); Nunc dimittis
(Howells); Romans 13, w 7-14; Hark! a herald voice is calling (EH 5). Stereo

: Solstice

Written and compiled by ALISON MCLEAY
It is now the Winter Solstice, the night when the sun dies and is reborn: a night of magic, which has more to do with our traditional Christmas celebrations than people might like to admit. Just for tonight, the Shaman lives ...
With the voices of Michael Elder , Diana Olsson and Paul Young Producer PATRICK RAYNER BBC Scotland. Stereo
(Re-broadcast next Sunday at 5.5 pm)


Unknown: Alison McLeay
Unknown: Michael Elder
Unknown: Diana Olsson
Unknown: Paul Young

: News Quiz of the Year


: Once Upon a Time ...

Three traditional fairy tales by PAUL SHEARER and NICK SYMONS 1: Cinderella with Helen Atkinson Wood as Cinderella Nick Wilton as Buttons Nicholas Parsons as Prince Charming
Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden as the Ugly Sisters Libby Purves as Fairy
Godmother Nick Maloney as Beamish Rory Bremner as Absolutely Everyone Else Musical interludes
(Re-broadcast on Monday at 3.30pm) ('Jack and the Beanstalk' tomorrow at


Unknown: Paul Shearer
Unknown: Nick Symons
Unknown: Helen Atkinson Wood
Unknown: Cinderella Nick Wilton
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Libby Purves
Unknown: Godmother Nick Maloney
Unknown: Beamish Rory Bremner

: * am News

followed by an interlude

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