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: Christmas Prelude

A musical sequence. Stereo

: A Service of Matins

for Christmas Day from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, conducted by THE REV JOHN WITHERIDGE Carol: Ding, dong, merrily on high
Responses (Smith) Psalm 85 (Ouseley)
Reading (Rsv): Luke 2, w 8-15 Te Deum (Britten in c) Carol: I saw three ships (arr Ledger) BBC SINGERS directed by BARRY ROSE
Organist ANDREW LUMSDEN Stereo


Unknown: John Witheridge
Directed By: Barry Rose
Organist: Andrew Lumsden

: News

preceded by Christians awake, salute the happy mom. Stereo
7.5 Caroline's Christmas or The Inexplicable Infant by STEPHEN LEACOCK
Read by Gabriel Woolf
Producer PAMELA HOWE. BBC Bristol
7.25 Christmas Bells
Introduced by Kate Moon
Producer CAROLINE ELLIOT. Stereo
7.50 The Christmas Story
Jeremy Irons reads the story of the Nativity. Stereo


Unknown: Stephen Leacock
Read By: Gabriel Woolf
Producer: Pamela Howe.
Introduced By: Kate Moon
Producer: Caroline Elliot.
Unknown: Jeremy Irons

: News

preceded by Christians awake, salute the happy morn. Stereo

: Vintage Archers

Join the Archer family as they share memories and events from the last 35 years. Cast from the past:
Producer LIZ RIGBEY. BBC Pebble Mill (For present cast see page 139 at


Producer: Liz Rigbey.
Laura Archer: Gwenda Wilson
Dan Archer: Harry Oakes
Dan Archer: Edgar Harrison
Doris Archer: Gwen Berryman
Jack Archer: Denis Folwell
Lillian Archer: Elizabeth Marlowe
JohnTregorran: Basil Jones
Carol Grey: Ann Cullen
Grace Fairbrother: Ysanne Churchman
Bob Larkin: Lewis Gedge
Reggie Trentham: Peter Wilde

: Radio 4Christmas Competition

Once again Radio 4 provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of programmes broadcast throughout the year. Entries on a postcard by Friday
2 January 1987 to: Radio 4 Christmas Competition, BBC, London WlA 4WW (Re-broadcast at 10. 10pm)

: News

preceded by 0 come, all ye faithful. Stereo

: After Henry

A Week of Sundays
'It seemed a bit sad that we weren't doing the full Christmas bit this year, and I thought maybe it'd be a good idea if we had our own little Christmas lunch on Sunday ...' Stereo

: The Queen

speaks to the Commonwealth Stereo (Re-broadcast at 1. 0pm)

: Morning Service

from Worcester Cathedral Celebrant
Preacher CANON JEFFERY FENWICK Readings: Hebrews 1, w 1-5 (JB); John 1, w 1-14 (rsv)
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Hymns (A&MNS): 0 come, all ye faithful (34); Of the Father's love begotten (33); 0 little town of Bethlehem (40); Hark, the herald-angels sing (35)
Offertory motet: Hodie Chnstus natus est (Sweelinck)
Director of Music DR DONALD HUNT Organist ADRIAN PARTINGTON BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Unknown: James Butterworth
Unknown: Preacher Canon Jeffery Fenwick
Music: Dr Donald Hunt
Organist: Adrian Partington

: The Fosdyke Saga

Episode 27: 'I was massaging your dad's foot, Vicky. He's got Miner's Toe.' Stereo

: Wives of theGreat Composers

Fritz Spiegl lifts the veil on Mrs Berlioz


Unknown: Fritz Spiegl

: Emma

by JANE AUSTEN dramatised in six parts by JOHN TYDEMAN
Part 1: Emma Woodhouse , handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence.... Then an event occurred one late September which brought with it an upheaval to the sublime state of domestic stability that reigned at Hartfield.... Stereo (R)
(For cast see page 115at 11.0am)


Unknown: Jane Austen
Unknown: John Tydeman
Unknown: Emma Woodhouse

: Fat Man on a Bicycle

In the summer of 1979 Tom Vemon pedalled his 19 stone from Muswell Hill to the Mediterranean.
1: Fair Stood his Windfor France A fitting with a bicycle tailor and a ferry to Dieppe.
Producer JOY HATWOOD . Stereo (R)


Unknown: Tom Vemon
Unknown: Muswell Hill
Unknown: Windfor France
Producer: Joy Hatwood

: The Goon Show: Operation Christmas Duff

Guaranteed original and genuine - originally recorded between 1956 and 1958 and never before broadcast in the UK.
Starring Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers
With Max Geldray, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Wally Stott and his Orchestra
HEAR THIS! page 22


Comedian: Spike Milligan
Comedian: Harry Secombe
Comedian: Peter Sellers
Harmonica player: Max Geldray
Musicians: The Ray Ellington Quartet
Musicians: Wally Stott and his Orchestra
Script: Spike Milligan
Script: Larry Stephens
Producer: Pat Dixon

: The Queen


: News

: I'm Shorry I Haven't a Cluezy Woozy

Join Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton. Slumped in the chair Humphrey Lyttelton.
Lying on the piano, Colin Sell. Topping up the glasses, Paul Mayhew-Archer. Stereo
(Re-broadcast Monday 11.15 pm)


Panellist: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Panellist: Barry Cryer
Panellist: Graeme Garden
Panellist: Willie Rushton
Chairman: Humphrey Lyttelton
Pianist: Colin Sell
Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Quincy the Christmas Toy
4: Second Floor - Quincy Meets a Christmas Cracker. Stereo

: Mario and Grisi

A true love story, with music, by ELIZABETH FORBES
Giovanni Mario and Giulia Grisi met when they sang in the first London performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia at Her Majesty's Theatre in June
1839. Soon after, they fell in love. They became the best-loved singers of the day, thrilling audiences for more than 20 years in such popular operas as Don Giovanni , Les Huguenots, II trovatore, Norma and L'elisird'amore.
Narrator John Rowe


Music By: Elizabeth Forbes
Music By: Giovanni Mario
Music By: Giulia Grisi
Unknown: Lucrezia Borgia
Unknown: Don Giovanni
Narrator: John Rowe
Narrator: With Carole Boyd
Narrator: John Church
Narrator: William Eedle
Narrator: Ronald Herdman
Narrator: John Rye
Narrator: Patience Tomunson
Producer: Alan Haydock.

: The Afternoon Play French Without Tears

1936: the living room at
'Miramar', a villa in a small town in the South of France.
Directed by GERRY JONES. Stereo


Unknown: Terence Rattigan
Directed By: Gerry Jones.
Kenneth Lake: Andrew Branch
Brian Curtis: Peter Wickham
The Hon Alan Howard: Neville Jason
Marianne: Susie Brann
MMaingot: Manning Wilson
Lieut-Com Rogers: Geoffrey Beevers
Diana Lake: Kathryn Hurlbutt
Kit Neilan: Peter Sowerbutts
Jacqueline Maingot: Rosalind Ayres
Lord Heybrook: Dan Hawcreb

: The Countryside In Winter

Presented by Wynford Vaughan -Thomas Lynn ten Kate investigates the electronic mail which links pupils at a village school in Devon with junior school children in Tasmania. There's concern in the north of Scotland about the threat to the homes of rare mammals, birds and plants by the planting of conifer trees. Plus, the village in Staffordshire that's encouraging businesses to move to the country. Producer CAROLINE ELUOT
(Re-broadcast on Saturday at 9.5 am)


Presented By: Wynford Vaughan
Producer: Caroline Eluot

: News

: Carry On Up the Shrubbery

British Nudism in the 1930s
Armed with a pair of binoculars and a copy of the Vagrancy Act, Harry Thompson explores the world of eurythmics, eugenics, gymnosophy and heliotherapy. Producer ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: Harry Thompson
Producer: Alastair Wilson

: News

: Richard Baker

talks about the value of radio in the day-to-day life of those who are blind. Donations to:
Richard Baker , British Wireless for the Blind, [address removed]


Unknown: Richard Baker

: I've Been Together Nowfor 70 Years

Nine programmes in which Johnny Morris recalls his childhood in Wales. BBC Bristol


Unknown: Johnny Morris

: Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

A serial in eight episodes by FRANCIS DURBRIDGE
Paul Temple is invited by the German police to help trace Dr Conrad's daughter.... 1: The Man from Munich (First broadcast in 1959) (For cast seepage 115 at 6.30pm)


Unknown: Francis Durbridge
Unknown: Paul Temple

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1.40pm)

: Letter from the Sticks

by David Bean


Unknown: David Bean

: Murder for Christmas

The Nine Tailors by DOROTHY L. SAYERS dramatised by MICHELENE WANDOR Gary Bond as Lord Peter Wimsey Jeffery Dench as Fr Venables Terry Molloy as Supt Blundell Mary Wimbush as Tailor Paul Hedli Niklaus as Batty Thomas On his way to visit friends at Walbeach, Lord Peter Wimsey 's car lands in a ditch and he and Bunter are forced to take shelter at Fenchurch St Paul.
Here they learn of the theft of the Wilbraham emeralds....
BBC Pebble Mill.Stereo
0 HEAR THIS! page 22


Unknown: Dorothy L. Sayers
Dramatised By: Michelene Wandor
Dramatised By: Gary Bond
Unknown: Lord Peter Wimsey
Unknown: Jeffery Dench
Unknown: Fr Venables
Unknown: Terry Molloy
Unknown: Supt Blundell
Unknown: Mary Wimbush
Unknown: Paul Hedli Niklaus
Unknown: Batty Thomas
Unknown: Lord Peter Wimsey
Directed By: Vanessa Whttburn
Will Thoday/Harry Gotobed: Peter Tuddenham
Mary Thoday: Elizabeth Proud
James Thoday/Jack Godfrey: Andrew Branch
Mrs Venables: Joyce Gibbs
Hilary Thorpe/Emily: Moir Leslie
Bunter: William Eedle
Cranton: Edwin Richfield
Dr Baines/Potty Peake: David Learner
Coroner/Edward Thorpe/Monsieur Rozier: Gordon Reid
Suzanne Legros/Mrs Coppins: Patricia Gallimore
Deacon/Ezra Wilderspin: Graham Padden
PC Priest/Arthur Cobbliegh: Manning Wilson
Mrs Gates/Mrs Tebbutt: Shirley Stelfox

: A Winter's Tale

Deep in the mire of a medieval winter, the funeral procession of an English Queen makes its sorrowful journey to Westminster. The grieving King decides that a massive stone cross shall be erected wherever her coffin rests. Who were the King and Queen and are any of those crosses still standing?
Written and presented by Jenny Hursell
BBC Pebble Mill
The full binaural effect can only be received by listening with stereo headphones
(Re-broadcast on Saturday at 4.30pm)


Writer/Presenter: Jenny Hursell
Lutonist: Michael Lewin
Producer: Gwyn Richards
Member of the Queen's court: Garard Green
Voice: Richard Derrtngton
Busker/Second voice: David Shaw Parker

: A Sideways Look At....

by Anthony Smith


Unknown: Anthony Smith

: News

: A Christmas Meditation

Hurrying to Bethlehem - the Challenge of Peace with Canon Anthony Harvey , Canon Residentiary of Westminster Abbey. Stereo


Unknown: Canon Anthony Harvey

: The Village

A Christmas story set in Orkney by GEORGE MACKAY BROWN
Read by Eileen McCallum Producer JOHN ARNOTT
(First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland)


Unknown: George MacKay Brown
Read By: Eileen McCallum
Producer: John Arnott

: Project Santa Claus

A seasonal satirical silliness.... How a Humble Civil Servant
Stumbles on an Official Secret Bigger than the Genuine Unemployment Figures
Written by STEVE PUNT
Producer DAVID TYLER. Stereo


Written By: Steve Punt
Producer: David Tyler.
Michael Downhill: Tony Slattery
Beryl Downhill: Joan Sims
Mr Claygate: David Tate
James: Hugh Dennis

: News

followed by an interlude

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