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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

visits Bill Robson in Northern Ireland


Unknown: Bill Robson

: Prayer for the Day



Unknown: Trevor Huddleston

: Today

Presented by John Timpson and Peter Hobday
6.30,7.30,8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News with SIMON ROSE
7.0,8.0 Today's News Read by EUGENE FRASER
7.20* Your Letters
7.25*, 8.25* Sport with GARRY RICHARDSON
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: John Timpson
Presented By: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Simon Rose
Read By: Eugene Fraser
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: News

: Tuesday Call: [number removed]

The Three Wise Men who followed a star were not the first to seek knowledge from the skies and will by no means be the last. In 1986 the Space
Shuttle will launch an orbiting 'eye on the sky' telescope and Voyager II is due to send back the first photographs of the planet Uranus. But amateurs still make a real contribution to astronomy.
What observations can be made with relatively humble equipment? How much do we know about the far reaches of the universe? What was that. Christmas star?
Heather Couper, President of the British Astronomical Association, answers your questions, not least about
Halley's Comet, which may be at its most visible in January. In the Chair Jenni Mills
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit Lines open from 8.0 am

: From Our Own Correspondent

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


Producer: Zareer Masani

: Morning Story

There's Money in Cards written and read by Henry Livings
'I don't play so I don't know how come E100 can change hands after a rubber of bridge, but I've seen it happen. This is one of the reasons it's a floating game: landlords get nervous.' Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester


Producer: Gillian Hush

: Daily Service

NEM, p 122: All my hope on God is founded (Bp 3); Psalm 121; Hebrews 11, v 32 to 12, v 2;
For thy mercy and thy grace (BBC HB 429) Stereo

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Blues in Thirds by DAVID LUCK with Nigel Anthony and Joanne Zorian
Barbara falls in love with Dennis, the boy next door, but then discovers that he has two brothers - Albert and Maurice - and that they are identical triplets. If only she could tell them apart she might be able to decide which one to marry.
Directed by ALFRED BRADLEY BBC Manchester. Stereo
(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 9. 0 pm) (Nigel Anthony is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company)


Unknown: Nigel Anthony
Unknown: Joanne Zorian
Directed By: Alfred Bradley
Unknown: Nigel Anthony
Denis/Albert/Morice: Nigel Anthony
Barbara: Joanne Zorian
Dad: David Ross

: You and Yours

Consumer Quiz
The second semi-final sees the IRISH playing the WELSH in a friendly joust of consumer wits. Celebrities from both teams test each others' abilities to stand up for their rights.
Questionmaster John Howard


Unknown: John Howard

: My Word!

Dilys Powell and Frank Muir challenge
Antonia Fraser and Denis Norden In the Chair Michael O'Donnell Questions compiled by PETER MOORE Devised by TONY SHRYANE and EDWARD J. MASON
Producer PETE ATKIN. Stereo
(Re-broadcast on Thursday at 6.30pm)


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

: The World at One: News

Presented by John Sergeant


Presented By: John Sergeant

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

BRIAN CANT reads Rita Rutter and the Acrobats by KATE WILKINSON


Unknown: Rita Rutter
Unknown: Kate Wilkinson

: Woman's Hour

looks ahead to the New Year with ANDREW and his newly-adopted parents; MAGGIE and josie - two mothers planning a future without their daughters; and BEN WHITAKER and TESSA JOWELL, who anticipate the continuing expansion of charity appeals at home and abroad.
Sue MacGregor looks forward to the programme's 40th anniversary celebrations in 1986. Serial: Crampton Hodnet by BARBARA PYM abridged in 12 episodes by DOREEN ESTALL
Read by Patricia Routledge (1)
'Margaret Cleveland , who at one time helped and encouraged her husband with his work, had now left him to do it alone, because she feared that with her help it might quite easily be finished before one of them died, and then where would they be?'
The unmistakable Pym sense of humour is much in evidence in this novel, which was completed in 1940 but has only now been published posthumously. (Music: Schumann's


Unknown: Ben Whitaker
Unknown: Crampton Hodnet
Unknown: Barbara Pym
Unknown: Doreen Estall
Read By: Patricia Routledge
Read By: Margaret Cleveland

: The Afternoon Play

May's mother has died and now she is alone and lonely. She shares the secret of her treasured Chinese bowl with her new lover; but will sharing the secret break the magic?
Directed by MARILYN IMRIE BBC Scotland. Stereo


Unknown: Catherine L Czerkawska
Directed By: Marilyn Imrie
May: Maureen Beattie
Tom: Billy McColl
Mother: Sheila Donald
Yoga teacher: Rose McBain
Teacher: Jenny Baird
Hairdresser: Iain Wotherspoon
Woman: Sheila Latimer
Man: Sandy Neilson
Gillian: Sandra Raffan

: News

: Talking about Arthur

Hugh Scully , Bernard Price and Pamela Howe remember nearly 20 years of programme-making and friendship with Arthur Negus.
BBC Bristol (R) Revised


Unknown: Hugh Scully
Unknown: Pamela Howe
Unknown: Arthur Negus.

: Kaleidoscope

: PM

Presented by Robert Williams and Jon Silverman
continued on VHFIFM 5.50-5.55


Presented By: Robert Williams

: The Six O'Clock News

with CLIVE ROSLIN including Financial Report


Unknown: Clive Roslin

: Brogue Male


: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1.40pm)

: Waterlines

Boat Show Special
Cliff Michelmore previews the 32nd London International Boat Show which opens tomorrow at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. There is a large selection of craft, equipment and accessories on show, as well as a new display of artefacts from the Mary Rose and a full-size reconstruction of Wapping River Police Station. There is also a chance to speak to competitors in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Producer HELEN GILL


Unknown: Cliff Michelmore
Unknown: Mary Rose
Producer: Helen Gill

: Medicine Now

What's new in medical science? How well are the doctors looking after us? Is our money being spent to best effect? 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.
(Re-broadcast on Thursday at 10.0am)


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Julian Brown

: Travelling Bass

The second of two programmes Rodney Slatford reflects on the delights and difficulties of being a guest professor at the Peking Conservatoire. (R)


Unknown: Rodney Slatford

: Kaleidoscope

The Newcomers
For a few young artists and writers the past year has provided their first experience of public and critical recognition.
Natalie Wheen looks back at a year in the arts through the experience of some of those for whom 1985 was the year of living conspicuously.


Unknown: Natalie Wheen
Producer: Thomas Sutcuffe

: A Book at Bedtime

Vice Versa (2)

: The World Tonight

Presented by Charles Wheeler


Presented By: Charles Wheeler

: At the End of the Year

A meditation for the New Year by members of the Religious Broadcasting staff of Radio Scotland, Edinburgh. BBC Scotland. Stereo

: * 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.

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