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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: A Service of Matins

for Christmas Eve from the Alternative Service Book 1980, conducted by THE REV STEPHEN OUVER
Responses (Harrison Oxley ) Venite; Jubilate
(Alan Wilson : Christus Rex); Psalm 19 (Barry Rose )
Reading (NEB): Luke 2, w 1-7 Carol: People look east (arr Barry Rose)
Hymn: Jesus, hope of every nation (hftc 58) BBC SINGERS directed by BARRY ROSE
Organist PETER WRIGHT. Stereo


Unknown: Stephen Ouver
Unknown: Harrison Oxley
Unknown: Alan Wilson
Unknown: Barry Rose
Directed By: Barry Rose
Organist: Peter Wright.

: Today

Presented by Brian Redhead and, for the last time, by John Timpson
7.0,8.0 Today's News Read by DAVID SYMONDS
7.20* Business News
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.30 News Summary
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: Brian Redhead
Unknown: John Timpson
Read By: David Symonds
Unknown: Charles Colvile

: After Henry

The Kitten
'One kitten looks pretty much like another kitten so far as I'm concerned. They're just small versions of cats. And I'm not that keen on cats.'

: News

: Funny You Should Sing That

A frolicsome fantasia on family affairs fermented by festive fellowship and formulated by Jeremy Nicholas , who also presents it.


Unknown: Jeremy Nicholas
Producer: Sally Thompson

: The Fosdyke Saga

Episode 26
'When this tripe is too bullet-ridden to function as a vest, it's delicious with onions.' Stereo

: Wives of the Great Composers

Fritz Spiegl looks at Mrs Elgar.


Speaker: Fritz Spiegl

: With Great Pleasure

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie , presents his selection of prose and poetry.


Unknown: Dr Robert Runcie

: Enquire Within

Let Neil Landor , with his specialist experts and the help of the BBC Reference Library, sort out the answers to your queries, quibbles and quandaries. Producer ANDREW PARFITT


Unknown: Neil Landor
Producer: Andrew Parfitt

: You and Yours

The best of the Stars and Gripes series in which a constellation of stars with universal gripes talk to John Howard about their consumer problems, while Paul Daniels , Tom Conti Prunella Scales
Linda Davidson , Colin Baker and Jilly Cooper take part in a Christmas Eve special. Producer ANGELA KNIGHT


Unknown: John Howard
Unknown: Paul Daniels
Unknown: Tom Conti
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Unknown: Linda Davidson
Unknown: Colin Baker
Unknown: Jilly Cooper
Producer: Angela Knight

: A Matter of Honour



Unknown: Jeffrey Archer

: The World at One: News

Presented by John Sergeant

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Quincy the Christmas Toy
3: First Floor - Quincy Climbs Up to Toy Town. Stereo

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Do You Remember?...
To end the programme's 40th anniversary year, Sue MacGregor listens again to some of the voices and stories of Woman's Hour's more recent past.
Eight Stories by Elizabeth Bowen abridged by JANET HICKSON Read by Patricia Hodge 8: Green Holly


Introduced By: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Sue MacGregor
Stories By: Elizabeth Bowen
Abridged By: Janet Hickson
Read By: Patricia Hodge

: 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: Nowell sing we; Up! Good Christen folk, and listen
First Lesson: Genesis 3, w 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER
Carols: Adam lay ybounden; Indulci jubilo
Second Lesson: Genesis 22, vv 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR
Carols: Illuminare Jerusalem (Words: Bannatyne MS; Music: Judith Weir ) I saw three ships
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, w 2, 6, A REPRESENTATIVE OF ETON, SISTER
Carol: A Child is born in Bethlehem
Hymn: O little town of Bethlehem (Descant: Armstrong)
Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, w 1-3a, 4a, 6-9: A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY Carols: The Lamb; The holly and the ivy
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1, vv 26-35,38: THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Carols: The cherry tree carol; Hymne a la Vierge (Words: Roland Bouheret ; Music: Pierre Villette)
Sixth Lesson: Luke 2, w 1, 3-7: A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE STAFF
Carols: A Boy was bom in Bethlehem; The rocking carol
Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, w 8-16: A FELLOW
Carol: In the bleak mid- winter Hymn: While shepherds watched (Descant: Cleobury) Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, W 1-11: THE VICE-PROVOST
Carols: The three kings; Nowel (Words: Walter de la Mare; Music: Richard Rodney Bennett)
Ninth Lesson: John 1, w 1-14: THE PROVOST
Hymn: Adeste fideles (Descant and organ part: Cleobury) The Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! The herald-angels sing (Descant and organ part: Cleobury)
Chorale Prelude: In dulci jubilo (Bach)
Organ scholar STEPHEN LAYTON
Director of Music STEPHEN CLEOBURY
Stereo (Re-broadcast tomorrow on Radio 3 at 5.30 pm)


Music: Judith Weir
Unknown: Roland Bouheret
Music: Pierre Villette
Music: Richard Rodney
Unknown: Stephen Layton
Music: Stephen Cleobury


Each autumn, members of the Jane Austen Society of North
America meet for their Annual National Conference to discuss one of Miss Austen's novels. When they focused on Northanger Abbey in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, Jean Snedegar was there.
Producer SUSAN SNAlLUM (R)


Unknown: Jean Snedegar
Producer: Susan Snallum

: News

: Mexico at Christmas

Christmas is the most popular festival in the Mexican calendar, yet while the main streets are filled with shoppers, and the rich prepare to celebrate at the seaside, the homeless are gathering in opposition to the Government, inflation is at
100 per cent, and the country is over-burdened with debt. A BBC Radio News report
(Re-broadcast on Sunday at 11. 15 pm)

: The Six O'Clock News

With BRIAN PERKINS including Financial Report


Unknown: Brian Perkins

: Prompt!

A quiz about the theatre in which two teams of stage and screen actors try to answer questions harder than 'who wrote Hamlet?' and easier than 'why?'
In the Chair Sheila Hancock
Questions researched by HENNY BAYNES and BRIAN HAYWARD Producer DAVID TYLER. Stereo
(Re-broadcast on New Year's Eve at 12.27 pm)


Unknown: Sheila Hancock
Unknown: Jenny Baynes
Unknown: Brian Hayward
Producer: David Tyler

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm)

: Letter from the Sticks

David Bean dispatches a personal report on rural life.


Unknown: David Bean

: Murder for Christmas: Hercule Poirot's Christmas

By Agatha Christie, dramatised by Michael Bakewell
With Peter Sallis as Hercule Poirot
Simeon Lee is a monster to all around him and especially his family - but someone has planned to seek revenge on this particular Christmas Eve. The Police
The Household
Directed by Enyd Williams


Written by: Agatha Christie
Dramatised By: Michael Bakewell
Hercule Poirot: Peter Sallis
Directed By: Enyd Williams
Col Johnson: Manning Wilson
Supt Sugden: Edward de Souza
Simeon Lee: Cyril Luckham
Alfred Lee: Richard Durden
Lydia Lee: Rachel Gurney
George Lee: Gordon Reid
Magdalene Lee: Avril Clark
David Lee: George Parsons
Hilda Lee: Sheila Grant
Harry Lee: Nicky Henson
Stephen Farr: James Goode
Pilar Estravados: Deborah Makepeace
Tressilian, the butler: Deryck Guyler
Horbury, the manservant: Stuart Organ
Willie, the footman: David Goodland

: Sixty Years in Sixty Minutes

In this year of Her Majesty The Queen's 60th birthday, a nostalgic recollection of an age. Where were you when Henry Hall made music and Hitler made headlines; The Goons arrived on wireless and Gagarin departed for space; Kennedy fell victim and the Beatles became heroes; England took the World Cup and Wilson cut the pound; Britain joined the EEC and Nixon left the White House; McEnroe made an entrance and the country basked in the sunshine of a Royal Wedding? Relive these and many other moments in this montage of recollections compiled from the BBC Sound Archives Producer PETER GRIFFITHS (R)


Unknown: Henry Hall
Producer: Peter Griffiths

: A Sideways Look At ...

by Anthony Smith


Unknown: Anthony Smith

: A Book at Bedtime

My Uncle Silas
3: The Bedfordshire Clanger

: News

: Something Quite New

Dr Dolittle, the shy, tubby GP from Puddleby-in-the-Marsh, who learned 'something quite new' - how to talk to animals in their own languages - was the creation of Hugh Lofting. Nick Yapp tells Lofting's own story. Reader GEOFFREY BANKS Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester
(Re-broadcast on Saturday at 9.50am)


Unknown: Hugh Lofting.
Unknown: Nick Yapp
Reader: Geoffrey Banks
Producer: Gillian Hush

: The First Mass of Christmas

direct from Clifton Cathedral, Bristol
BBC Bristol. Stereo
A simultaneous broadcast with BBC1.
Full service details see page 68

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