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: News Briefing

: Farming Week

: Morning Praise

A service of music and meditation led by David Winter Shepherds came their praises singing (HFTC 74); A child is born in Bethlehem (Carols for
Choirs 2); A baby was born in Bethlehem (trad); When Christ was bom of Mary free; Child in a manger; Angels from the realms of glory (HFTC 77)
Reading (Rsv): Luke 2, w 15-21 Director of music


Music: Noel Tredinnick.

: Today

Presented by Chris Lowe and Jon Silverman
6.30,7.30,8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News With BOB FINIGAN
7.0,8.0 Today's News Read by BRIAN PERKINS
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: Chris Lowe
Presented By: Jon Silverman
Unknown: Bob Finigan
Read By: Brian Perkins
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: Cat's Whiskers

Five programmes for children under 12. Each day there is a story, a cartoon and a quiz.
Presented by Bernard Cribbins Storyline by NICK SYMONS and SANDI TOKSVIG
8.31* The Lobster Mobster by BRIAN TRUEMAN
8.41* Fungus the Bogeyman by RAYMOND BRIGGS featuring Brian Blessed
8.46* The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by PENELOPE LIVELY dramatised by ALFRED BRADLEY
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Presented By: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Nick Symons
Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Unknown: Brian Trueman
Unknown: Raymond Briggs
Unknown: Thomas Kempe
Unknown: Penelope Lively
Dramatised By: Alfred Bradley
Unknown: Judith Barker
Unknown: Neil Caple
Unknown: Anna Jane Casey
Unknown: Edward de Souza. Philip
Unknown: Glancy Cliff Howells
Unknown: Jenny Luckraft
Unknown: Daphne Oxenford
Unknown: Steven Rendall
Unknown: David Ross
Unknown: Peter Wheeler
Flute: Sarah Harrison
Producer: Caroline Smith

: News

: With Great Pleasure

'I've noticed that people like doing best the things they do second-best. Comedians, they say, like to play Hamlet, piano players like to read aloud.
Personally I mourn the lost art of reading aloud.'
Steve Race , in company with Timothy West and Prunella Scales , presents before an audience in Broadcasting
House, London, a selection of his favourite poetry and prose. Producer JOHN POWELL BBC Bristol. Stereo


Unknown: Steve Race
Unknown: Prunella Scales
Producer: John Powell

: No Laughing Matterl

Five areas of life to which most of us never give much thought. But if you don't fall within the norm in these areas, life can be fraught with difficulties.
1: Margaret Horsfield shares the thoughts of the accident-prone. Producer SUSAN SNAILUM (R)


Unknown: Margaret Horsfield
Producer: Susan Snailum

: Granny Goes to Sea

Faith Spencer-Chapman has always had a deep love of sailing. Well into her 60s, in June 1984 she joined the crew of the American tall ship
The Gazella of Philadelphia as general dog's body for a ceremonial sail from Halifax to Quebec and on up the St Lawrence Seaway through
Lake Ontario to Toronto. She ' took with her a small tape recorder to help keep alive her memories of a varied collection of people of all ages and nationalities brought together by their love of the sea. Producer JOHN THEOCHARIS Stereo (R) revised


Producer: John Theocharis

: The Fosdyke Saga

Episode 29: 'Waiter, another portion of chips for my friend and another six lunches for me.' Stereo

: Wives of theGreat Composers

Another variation on the theme of musical matrimony, in which Fritz Spiegl portrays partnerships both harmonious and discordant.
Today: Mrs Robert Schumann


Unknown: Fritz Spiegl
Unknown: Mrs Robert Schumann

: Emma

Part 5 Stereo

: Fat Man on a Bicycle

The last of five programmes The Pyramids of the Sun The climb through the Cevennes and the city set in sand. Stereo

: The Goon Show

Your last chance this Christmas to hear a brand-new comedy programme, originally recorded in 1958 The Silent Bugler

: The World at One: News

Presented by Brian Widlake


Presented By: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

The Snow Queen by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN adapted by GUY HUTCHINS Storyteller HANNAH GORDON 1: Kai sees the Snow Queen Stereo


Unknown: Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted By: Guy Hutchins
Adapted By: Storyteller Hannah Gordon

: News Review of the Year

Halley's Comet, thought by manytobea harbinger of ill fortune, made one of its rare appearances in 1986; it was a year in which an American space shuttle exploded on take-off; and the Soviet town of Chernobyl became the scene of the world's worst nuclear accident. But there was also the joy of a royal wedding and a football World Cup enriched by the skills of the world's greatest player, Diego Maradona.
Tim Llewellyn recalls these and the many other contrasting sounds of the past 12 months. Written and produced by JONATHAN BAKER


Unknown: Diego Maradona.
Unknown: Tim Llewellyn
Produced By: Jonathan Baker

: The Afternoon Play

The Admirable Crichton by J.M BARRIE with and The natural order of an aristocrat's household, the lord superior to his butler, the butler disdainful of the odds and ends in the scullery and kitchen, is humorously disrupted when master and servant are shipwrecked on a desert island.
Adapted and directed by CAROLINE RAPHAEL Stereo
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Unknown: J.M Barrie
Directed By: Caroline Raphael
Barrie: Alec McCowen
Crichton: Kenneth Cranham
Lord Loam: Richard Pearson
Lady Mary: Sylvestra Le Touzel
Lady Catherine: Jane Leonard
Lady Agatha: Susie Brann
Ernest: Nick Dunning
Treherne: Dominic Jephcott
Brocklehurst: Eric Stovell
Countess of Brocklehurst: Pauline Letts
Tweeny: Elaine Claxton

: The Natural HistoryProgramme

The Wild Humbug Hunt
Leave, for just half an hour, the bright lights of the Christmas tree, the warming roast, the robins on the mantelpiece, and step into the awful chill without Join Lionel Kelleway on a stealthy Christmas tree patrol; follow Fergus Keeling keeping a flock of rare waterfowl from the table; and consider, in these bright times, the plight of the imprisoned Maltese robin Producer GEORGE MONBIOT BBCBristol


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Unknown: Fergus Keeling
Producer: George Monbiot

: PM

Presented by Gordon Clough


Presented By: Gordon Clough

: The Fosdyke Saga

Episode 30: '1 realised that when you kissed the bottle of champagne and threw the lady mayoress against the wall.' Stereo

: Radio 4Christmas Competition

Another opportunity to hear the clues for Radio 4's Christmas Competition.
(Details of entry page 77at8.50am)

: The Six O'Clock News

With SIMON VANCE including Financial Report


Unknown: Simon Vance

: I've Been Together Nowfor 70 Years

Johnny Morris recalls his childhood in Wales.


Unknown: Johnny Morris

: Paul Temple and the Conrad Case

5: A Dry Martini

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1.40pm)

: Goin' Bamboo: 1: Driven by the Voices

Last year, the novelist Alun Richards travelled to Tokyo and took up residence in a block of spotless Japanese flats.
Tonight, crammed into his miniscule room, with the ten-volume Tokyo telephone directory for a desk, he begins a series of five letters home.
BBC Wales


Speaker: Alun Richards
Producer: Adrian Mourby

: Murder for Christmas

The Smiler With the Knife by NICHOLAS BLAKE dramatised by BARRY CAMPBELL with and A thieving magpie and a rather fussy Surveyor of Highways cause Nigel Strangeways and his wife to stumble upon an organisation which has close links with Fascist Germany and some very odd ideas about the future of this country.
(Simon Cadell is a National Theatre Player)


Unknown: Nicholas Blake
Dramatised By: Barry Campbell
Unknown: Nigel Strangeways
Unknown: Andrew Branch.
Unknown: John Church
Unknown: Elaine Claxton
Unknown: Steven Harrold
Unknown: Shaun Prendergast
Unknown: Natasha Pyne.
Unknown: Gordon Reid
Unknown: Eric Stovell
Unknown: Jonathan Tafler
Directed By: Jane Morgan.
Unknown: Simon Cadell
Georgia Strangeways: Jackie Smith-Wood
Nigel Strangeways: Simon Cadell
Sir John Strangeways: Jack May
Lord Canteloe: John Rye
Alison Grove: Susie Brann
Peter Braithwaite: Christopher Douglas
Mme Alvarez: Avril Clark
Senor Alvarez: Tim Reynolds
Celia Mayfield: Deborah Makepeace
Major Keston: David Sinclair
Professor Hargreaves Steele: Richard Durden
Mrs Fortescue: Jill Balcon
The Rev Fortescue: Peter Howell
Miss Agg-Thorsby: Pauline Letts

: We Select an Englishman

A portrait of Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) written by ARTHUR JACOBS and based on the composer's letters and diaries, and also on the memoirs of the London music critic Hermann Klein.
Gambler, charmer of women, racehorse owner, friend of royalty, aristocracy and the establishment, and of course composer, Sullivan regarded his 'serious' music and his attempt at grand opera as much more important than his collaborations with W. S. Gilbert , whom he never much liked and with whom he frequently quarrelled. With and Hermann Klein
Producer STEPHEN SHIPLEY. Stereo (R)


Unknown: Arthur Sullivan
Written By: Arthur Jacobs
Unknown: Hermann Klein.
Unknown: W. S. Gilbert
Unknown: Hermann Klein
Producer: Stephen Shipley.
Arthur Sullivan: Bill Homewood
his American mistress,: Estelle Kohler
his American mistress,: Fanny Ronalds
the music critic,: Nigel Douglas

: John Morgan on Money

In another of his occasional series of talks, John Morgan reflects on how different people see the value of money in different ways.


Unknown: John Morgan

: Ghost Story

Midnight Express by ALFRED NOYES
Joss Ackland reads the first of five tales to chill the blood. Abridged and produced by RICHARD DUNN


Unknown: Alfred Noyes
Unknown: Joss Ackland
Produced By: Richard Dunn

: The World Tonight

Presented by Richard Kershaw National and international news, background, analysis and comment


Presented By: Richard Kershaw

: 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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