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: News Briefing

: * Prelude

Music selected by Michael Ford BBC Birmingham. Stereo

: Farming Today

Farming, food and countryside news, market trends, weather


Producers: Allan Wright.
Producers: Tim Finney

: Prayer for the Day

Bernard Jackson talks to a religious figure and invites them to begin the day with a prayer. Stereo


Talks: Bernard Jackson

: News

7.10 Today's Papers

: On Your Farm

A weekly review of the agricultural scene
(Revised re-broadcast Monday 7.20pm)


Producer: Allan Wright

: In Perspective

A note from Religious Affairs Correspondent
Rosemary Hartill


Unknown: Rosemary Hartill

: Down to Earth

Mike Gilliam asks
Alan Titchmarsh about jobs in the garden this weekend.


Unknown: Mike Gilliam
Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh

: News

8.10 Today's Papers

: Sport on 4

Presented by Tony Lewis For four years, the worthy burghers of Nezahualcoyotl and Queretaro have been looking forward to today - it's the start of the 1986 World Cup tournament in Mexico!
And if you can't distinguish your half-halts from your counter-canters, join us for some dressage instruction. Producer JOANNE WATSON


Presented By: Tony Lewis
Producer: Joanne Watson

: Breakaway

Bernard Falk presents a practical guide to the holiday, travel and leisure scene with help from Nigel Coombs , Susan Marling ,
Patrick Stoddart
Producer HELEN ROBSON including at 9.0 News


Unknown: Bernard Falk
Unknown: Nigel Coombs
Unknown: Susan Marling
Unknown: Patrick Stoddart
Producer: Helen Robson

: News Stand

Julia Langdon presents a personal review of the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Julia Langdon
Producer: Susan Snailum

: A Weak in Washington

Michael Elliott of The
Economist leaves Westminster to report on the current preoccupations concerning the American legislators on Capitol Hill.


Unknown: Michael Elliott
Producer: Anne Sloman

: Loose Ends

with Ned Sherrin , studio guests, and contributions from
Angela Gordon , Robert Elms and Stephen Fry.
Together they pick over some of the week's loose ends and decide which can be left hanging and which look like tying themselves, and us, in knots tomorrow.
Including Nigel Farrell with Farrell's Travels and Making Yourself Totally Perfect - the Mat Coward course in self-improvement.
Additional material from


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Angela Gordon
Unknown: Stephen Fry.
Unknown: Nigel Farrell
Unknown: Alistair Beaton
Producers: Ian Gardhouse
Unknown: Cathie Mahoney
Unknown: Jenny Danks

: From Our Own Correspondent

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


Producer: Gudrun Dalibor

: Money Box

(Details on Monday at 10.0am)

: The News Quiz

(Details on Monday at 6.30pm)

: News

: Any Questions?

Edwina Currie , mp, Ron Todd Roy Watts , Jonathon Porritt


Unknown: Edwina Currie
Unknown: Ron Todd
Unknown: Roy Watts
Unknown: Jonathon Porritt

: The Afternoon Play

The Spring of the Beast by HALLAM TENNYSON
It was to be one of the most extraordinary of literary friendships: a fitful, secretive, relationship of admiration, respect and unspoken love. It ended violently and James's dismay was later reflected in his famous tale
The Beast in the Jungle.
Directed by CAROLINE RAPHAEL Stereo


Unknown: Hallam Tennyson
Directed By: Caroline Raphael
Henry James: John Rowe
Constance Fenimore Woolson: Marian Diamond

: International Assignment

BBC Correspondents report from around the world.

: Options

4.0 Nursing History Ten programmes presented by MARGARET KORVING
4: A Sense of Profession As fully trained nurses made their mark in the voluntary hospitals - and, more slowly, in workhouse infirmaries - there were arguments for national registration. But it took 30 years to achieve. Producer GORDON HUTCHINGS
4.30 Parties and Party Hats Four programmes
3: Lost Among Officialdom Serving the community, and particularly those less fortunate, would almost certainly be the watchword for local councillors everywhere. Yet, as CHRIS HAWKSWORTH discovers, the job of councillor can be demanding. The rewards are scant for the civic politician. Why then do so many fight to get there? Producer SIMON MAJOR
5.0 So You Want to Be a Writer Ten programmes written and presented by DEREK PARKER 5: How Do You Publish? Many new authors have difficulty in finding a market for their work. Can a literary agent help, and how easy is it to find one? Is 'vanity publishing' a viable option? Producer DENNIS SIMMONS (R)
5.30 GroundsweU Britain's environmental groups come in all shapes and sizes and many political hues. Is this a help or hindrance to environmental improvenent? Presented by HUGH SYKES


Presented By: Margaret Korving
Producer: Gordon Hutchings
Unknown: Chris Hawksworth
Presented By: Derek Parker
Producer: Dennis Simmons
Presented By: Hugh Sykes

: The Saturday Feature

A Celebration of G. K. Chesterton by MICHAEL FFINCH
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
(1874-1936) wrote almost 100 books on almost every subject under the sun. He was an English eccentric, a wit, a raconteur and a controversialist, with such a gift for friendship that he never made an enemy.
Directed by SHAUN MACLOUGHLIN BBC Bristol (R) Revised
(Starting tomorrow at 7.0pm: 'The Man Who Was Thursday' by G. K. Chesterton )


Unknown: G. K. Chesterton
Unknown: Michael Ffinch
Unknown: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Directed By: Shaun MacLoughlin
Unknown: G. K. Chesterton
Chesterton: Hugh Burden
Maisie Ward: Mary Wimbush
Frances Chesterton: Rosalind Shanks
Christopher Hollis: Patrick Malahide
Hilaire Belloc: Bill Wallis
W R Titterton: Timothy Bateson
Fr Ignatius Rice: Paul Nicholson

: Feedback

Christopher Dunkley with your queries about BBC programmes


Unknown: Christopher Dunkley

: The Living World

Alistair Sommerville ,
Mike Scott and David Long tackle wildlife questions from an audience at the Royal
Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Introduced by Derek Jones (Broadcast last Tuesday/


Unknown: Alistair Sommerville
Unknown: Mike Scott
Unknown: David Long
Introduced By: Derek Jones

: Week Ending

An irreverently critical look back at the week's news.

: News

With CLIVE ROSUN including Sports Round-up


Unknown: Clive Rosun

: Stop the Week with Robert Robinson

Saturday evening table talk Music by DILLIE KEANE Producer MICHAEL EMBER Stereo


Music By: Dillie Keane
Producer: Michael Ember

: Saturday-Night Theatre The Missing Day

On Monday, 25 October 1893 the composer Tchaikovsky died suddenly and in agony as a result of contracting cholera - according to his doctors and his biographer brother, Modest.
Almost every hour of every day of the previous week can be accounted for, but of Monday the 19th there is no record. Here, at last, Modest reveals the terrible and tragic event that took place on that 'missing day'.
Directed by DAVID JOHNSTON Stereo
(Re-broadcast on Monday at I 0pm)


Unknown: Derek Kartun
Directed By: David Johnston
Peter llyich Tchaikovsky: Ronald Pickup
his brother Modest: Ian Ogilvy
Alexander Stenbok-Fermor: Stephen Rashbrook
Sergei, his friend: Jonathan Owen
Count Stenbok-Fermor: Edward Cast
Nikolay Jacoby: George Parsons
Boris Brovtsin: Brian Haines
August Gerke: Brlan Smith
Senator Schreiber: John Gabriel
Senator Mordvinov: John Forrest
Vladimir Gerard: Ronald Herdman
Woman at Grand Hotel: Sheila Grant

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker presents a selection of words and music on record, reviving old favourites, introducing the less familiar and including some recent releases.
Producer JANE BEVAN Stereo


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Jane Bevan

: Thriller!

Shadow of a Doubt by JUNE THOMSON abridged in six parts by NEVILLE TELLER
Read by Martin Jarvis 3: Where is the Body? Producer PAMELA HOWE BBC Bristol


Read By: Martin Jarvis

: News

: Evening Service

The God of love my shepherd is (BBC hb 474); King of glory. King of peace (Watford Da vies)
I Corinthians 13; Lord of beauty, thine the splendour (BBC HB 327) Stereo

: Soundings

A current religious or moral topic is explored.
Presented by Trevor Bames Researcher AMANDA PHILLIPS Producer CAROLINE DONNE Series editor JOHN NEWBURY


Presented By: Trevor Bames
Unknown: Amanda Phillips
Producer: Caroline Donne

: Science Now

Presented by Peter Evans


Presented By: Peter Evans

: The Cabaret Upstairs

A taste of some of the top acts to be found on the London cabaret circuit.
Recorded at The Comedy Store, Leicester Square, London Producer DAVID TYLER Stereo
(Re-broadcast on Friday at 12.27pm)


Unknown: Clive Anderson
Producer: David Tyler

: * 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.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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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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