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: Christmas Prelude

Seasonal music for Christmas Eve selected by Michael Ford Stereo

: Farming Today

visits Keith Lewis in Dorset


Unknown: Keith Lewis

: Matins For Christmas Eve

Hymn: A great and mighty wonder
Responses: Byrd; Venite (Rose) Psalm 116, w 1-6, 15, 16 (Carpenter)
Benedictus (the Short Service) (Gibbons)
Carol: Angelus ad Virginem (arr Willcocks)
Organ voluntary: Chorale Prelude on In dulcijubilo (Buxtehude). Stereo

: Today

Presented by John Timpson and Diana Goodman
7.30 News Summary
7.45* Thought for the Day
8.0 Today's News
8.25* Sport with GARRY RICHARDSON


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Diana Goodman
Read By: Charlotte Green
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The antidote to panel games Stereo (R)

: News

: With Great Pleasure

Beryl Reid 's Christmas Collection
She recalls some of the sketches, monologues, plays and poetry that have been a part of her life since childhood and in her career as actress and comedienne.
With YVONNE D'ALPRA and GEOFFREY HEAD at the piano Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol. Stereo (R)


Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Yvonne D'Alpra

: Christmas Under Capricorn

Presented by Barry Paine
While Britain is enveloped in the icy grip of winter, Australia is enjoying high summer.
Riding in a 'yellow submarine', scrambling over razor-sharp corals, and taking Christmas lunch on the beach at Heron
Island, Barry Paine explores the Great Barrier Reef - the largest living organism in the world; and he finds that every coral along its entire length spawns in the same hour, on the same night each year.
Producer MICHAEL BRIGHT BBCBristol. Stereo
(Re-broadcast on New Year's Day at 4.5pm)


Presented By: Barry Paine
Unknown: Barry Paine

: Radio 4 Christmas Competition

An opportunity to hear the clues again.
(Seepage 39 at 7.50 am for details)

: A Sideways Look At....

by Anthony Smith


Unknown: Anthony Smith

: The Fosdyke Saga

3: 'I am no longer a mere working man. I am a dedicated tripe visionary.'


Played By: Christopher Barr.
Played By: Sally Grace
Played By: John Junkin

: News

: Westward Ho!

2: The Mariners' Return Amyas Leigh returns in triumph from his round-the-world voyage with Drake, only to find new dangers at home.... Stereo (R)


Unknown: Amyas Leigh

: Classic Features

A series of documentaries from the BBC Sound Archives Undergraduate Summer
An impression of the summer term at Oxford. The BBC recording van has been round the colleges, into the lecture rooms and through the meadows to the barges, where some thousands of undergraduates are spending the happiest days of their lives....
Narrator Valentine Dyall Compiled and produced by STEPHEN POTTER
(First broadcast in 1939)


Produced By: Stephen Potter

: The World at One: News

Presented by Gordon Clough


Presented By: Gordon Clough

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

2: Christmas Creatures - Ox told by DANA

: The Way We Were

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Tuesday
8 May 1945 dawned bright and clear; there was joy and anticipation in the air, for this day was long awaited. Big Ben struck three o'clock and Winston Churchill announced to the people of Britain that there was peace in Europe. The memories of the celebrations and rejoicing come flooding back, not only for those in the armed forces, some of whom were still fighting in the Far East, but also for the civilians who stayed behind. At just 19 years old HM The Queen had a memorable night, and 40 years on, she has spoken for the first time with Godfrey Talbot about her own recollections of VE Day, for it was a time when the people of Britain could forget the austerity and their personal grief and join in the jubilation.
Stewart Macpherson , one of the BBC War Correspondents, remembers 8 May 1945. Producer CAROLINE ELLIOT (R) Revised


Unknown: Winston Churchill
Unknown: Godfrey Talbot
Unknown: Stewart MacPherson
Producer: Caroline Elliot

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Processional Hymn:
Once in Royal David's city (Descant: Cleobury) Bidding Prayer
Carols: The oxen (Radcliffe); Ding Dong! Merrily on high (arr Willcocks)
First Lesson: Genesis 3, w 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER
Carols: Adam lay ybounden (Ord); Noel Nouvelet (arr Stephen Jackson )
Second Lesson: Genesis 22, VV 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR Carol: One star, at last (Maxwell Davies)
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, vv 2,6,7: A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CAMBRIDGE
Carols: Sussex carol
(arr Ledger); God rest you merry, gentlemen (arr Willcocks)
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah ll.vv 1.3a, 4a, 6-9: A REPRESENTATIVE
Carols: Jerusalem rejos for joy (Judith Weir ); Sans day carol (arr Rutter)
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1, vv 26-35, 38:
Carols: Gabriel's message (arr Pettman)
Joys seven (arr Cleobury)
Sixth Lesson: Luke 2,vv 1, 3-7: A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE STAFF
Carol: Wither's rocking hymn (Vaughan Williams)
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
Carols: Bethlehem down
(Warlock); While shepherds watched (Descant: Cleobury) Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, VV 1-11: THE VICE-PROVOST Carols: The three kings
(P. Cornelius , arr Atkins); Wassail carol (Mathias)
Ninth Lesson: John 1, vv 1-14:
Hymn: Adeste Fideles (Descant: Cleobury)
The Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! The herald angels sing (Descant: Cleobury)
Chorale Prelude: In dulcijubilo (Bach)
Organ Scholar RICHARD FARNES Director of Music
(Re-broadcast tomorrow on Radio 3 at


Unknown: Noel Nouvelet
Unknown: Stephen Jackson
Unknown: Judith Weir
Unknown: P. Cornelius
Unknown: Stephen Cleobury

: Clear

written by LESLIE THOMAS
The story of one man's escape from the 'Santa claustrophobia' of the Christmas season Read by Alec McCowen (Re-broadcast on Boxing Day at 10.15 pm)
0 HEAR THIS! page 21


Written By: Leslie Thomas
Read By: Alec McCowen

: The Corncrake and the Lysander

2: The Visitation
How the crofters in a tiny community feted Scotland's most powerful churchman (R)

: PM

Presented by Robert Williams


Presented By: Robert Williams

: The Fosdyke Saga

4: 'Fosdyke International is going into red cabbage, pigs' feet and maybe even pickled onions.' Others parts played by DAVID ENGLISH and JOHN WESTBROOK (R)


Played By: David English
Played By: John Westbrook

: The Six O'Clock News



Unknown: Brian Perkins

: Wretchedness in Wrexham

A tale of seasonal misery written and read by Robert Overton
'Father was a large and flatulent man in a wing collar. His twin pursuits were bee-keeping and rat-poisoning.
Our icy Victorian house echoed to the sound of bronchitic coughing and the ideas of John Knox. ...'
Producer ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester
(Re-broadcast on Saturday at 8.15 am)


Read By: Robert Overton
Unknown: John Knox.
Producer: Alastair Wilson

: Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery

2: Concerning Mrs Milbourne
Paul Temple has been asked by a Mrs Milbourne to investigate the circumstances surrounding the supposed death of her husband in a car accident in Switzerland. (R)


Unknown: Mrs Milbourne
Unknown: Paul Temple
Unknown: Mrs Milbourne

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm)

: Franglais

The Lingo de Mid Channel
Episode Deux: Sacha Distel et l'intellectual français Stereo (R)


Unknown: Sacha Distel

: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by LEWIS CARROLL adapted for radio with additional lyrics by JOHN WELLS with music composed and conducted by CARL DAVIS with Repetiteur
A BBC Transcription Services recording by ADRIAN REVILL
Directed by IAN COTTERELL. Stereo (R) (Tomorrow: 'Through the Looking
Glass and What Alice Found There


Unknown: Lewis Carroll
Unknown: John Wells
Conducted By: Carl Davis
Unknown: Michael Reeves
Unknown: Adrian Revill
Directed By: Ian Cotterell.
Alice: Polly James
Alice's sister: Jane Knowles
White Rabbit: John Moffatt
Mouse/Duchess: Patricia Routledge
Duck: Alaric Cotter
Lory/Pigeon: Ellzabeth Bell
DodO: William Eedle
Eaglet: Heather Bell
Canary: Rachel Cook
Pat the Mole: Michael Tudor Barnes
Bill the Lizard/Card Gardener 7: Anthony Newlands
Caterpillar/Mock Turtle: Ian Wallace
Frog Footman/Card Gardener 2: Michael N. Harbour
Fish Footman: Neville Jason
Duchess's Cook/Executioner: Leslie Fyson
Baby: Jane Knowles
Cheshire Cat: Henry Knowles
Mad Hatter: John Wells
March Hare: John Fortune
Dormouse: Richard Goolden
Card Gardener 5: Gavin Campbell
Queen of Hearts: Jan Waters
Knave of Hearts: Kenneth Shanley
King of Hearts: Timothy Bateson
Gryphon: Clive Francis

: Station of the Stars

This is Radio Luxembourg, your Station of the Stars.
As Jack Payne and his
Orchestra play 'Tune in', listen once more to the famous gong, the Ovaltinies, the Top 20 Show, and Horace Batchelor in a programme marking half a century of entertainment from Europe's oldest commercial radio station.
Radio Luxembourg, broadcasting from the Grand
Duchy, has attracted millions of British listeners over the years: it invented the disc jockey and produced many of our top broadcasters, including
Noel Edmonds , who tells the story from its controversial beginnings in the 1930s. Producer ROY SAATCH1 BBC Birmingham
(How Noel Edmonds spends Christmas: page 4)


Unknown: Noel Edmonds
Unknown: Noel Edmonds

: A Book at Bedtime

A Christmas Carol
7: The Final Visions. Stereo

: The World Tonight

Presented by Tim Llewellyn


Presented By: Tim Llewellyn

: The First Communion of Christmas

from Bradford Cathedral Preacher The Very Rev
Brandon Jackson , Provost Celebrant
Canon Kenneth Cook , Precentor Hymns: Hark the herald angels sing; It came upon a midnight clear: 0 come, all ye faithful
Readings: I John 4, vv 7-14 (jb); Luke 2, vv 1-14 (Rsv); Service: Aston in F
Motets: Canticle of Light (Philip Wilby ):
The holly and the ivy (Walford Davies ); Still, still, still
(arr Philip Ledger)
Organist and Master of the Choristers GEOFFREY WEAVER
Assistant organist MARTIN BAKER Producer ROGER HUTCHINGS BBC Manchester. Stereo


Unknown: Brandon Jackson
Unknown: Provost Celebrant
Unknown: Canon Kenneth Cook
Unknown: Philip Wilby
Unknown: Walford Davies
Unknown: Geoffrey Weaver
Organist: Martin Baker
Producer: Roger Hutchings

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