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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Morning Praise

A service of music and meditation led by CAROLINE DONNE
Music: What cheer (Carols for Choirs 1); The light of Christ (Mission Praise); When to the temple Mary went (Church
Anthem Book); Nunc dimittis; Joy to the world (arr Rutter) Reading: Luke 2, w 11-40 Director of music


Unknown: Caroline Donne
Music: Noel Tredinnick.

: Today

Presented by Peter Hobday and Chris Lowe
7.0, 8.0 News
Read by EUGENE FRASER 7 20* Business News
7.25*, 8.25* Sport With DAVID MERCER
7 30 News Summary
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: Peter Hobday
Presented By: Chris Lowe
Read By: Eugene Fraser
Unknown: David Mercer

: Cat's Whiskers

Presented by Bernard Cribbins 8 31* The Lobster Mobster (4)
8.41* Fungus the Bogeyman (4)
8.46* The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (4). Stereo


Presented By: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Thomas Kempe

: News

: With Great Pleasure

'There is no point in pretending that I am not fascinated by the behaviour of our upper classes....'
Russell Harty , in company with Geraldine McEwan and Kenneth Branagh , presents a selection of his favourite poetry and prose at Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. Producer ALEC REID BBC Bristol. Stereo


Unknown: Russell Harty
Unknown: Geraldine McEwan
Unknown: Kenneth Branagh
Producer: Alec Reid

: No Laughing Matter

4 Margaret Horsfield shares the thoughts of the tone deaf.

: Farrell's Travels

Part 2

: The Fosdyke Saga

Episode 35: 'I like a man who can make jokes in the face of adversity, Fosdyke, even bad jokes.' Stereo

: Wives of the Great Composers

In his penultimate portrait of the perils of musical partnership, Fritz Spiegl introduces Mrs Percy Grainger.


Presenter: Fritz Spiegl

: Persuasion

2: Accidents and Encounters Stereo

: Classic Features

3: The Ballad of John Axon A ballad by EWAN MACCOLL and CHARLES PARKER
The story of engine-driver
John Axon and the tradition of railway service for which he stands, told by his widow and workmates.
Musical director PEGGY SEEGER Producer CHARLES PARKER (First broadcast in 1958)


Unknown: John Axon
Unknown: Ewan MacColl
Unknown: Charles Parker
Unknown: John Axon
Director: Peggy Seeger
Producer: Charles Parker

: Masterbrain

A special invitation challenge match
Chairman Robert Robinson Taking part: Stephen Gore (Brain of Britain 1986)
Arthur Naylor (Runner-up Brain of Britain 1986) Jennifer Keaveney (Mastermind 1986) Philip McDonald
(Runner-up Mastermind 1986) including specialist rounds on subjects chosen by the contestants: The French
Revolution; The Royal Navy in World War 11; The Life and Works of Jane Austen ; The Life and Works of James Brindley
Producer RICHARD EDIS. Stereo


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Stephen Gore
Unknown: Arthur Naylor
Unknown: Jennifer Keaveney
Unknown: Jane Austen
Unknown: Boswell Taylor
Unknown: Patrick Beaver
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The World at One: News

Presented by Nick Worrall


Presented By: Nick Worrall

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

The Snow Queen
4: A Land of Ice and Snow. Stereo

: The Immortal Bohemian

Part 2: Ewiva Puccini! Stereo


Edward: Peak

: The Afternoon Play

Bequest to the Nation by TERENCE RATTIGAN adapted by BRIDGET MARROW
'... could I have rewarded these services, I would not now call upon my Country; but as that has not been in my power, I leave Emma Lady Hamilton , therefore, a Legacy to my King and Country, that they will give her an ample provision to maintain her rank in life
Fortepiano played by DAVID JOHNS Directed by DAVID JOHNSTON (R)


Unknown: Terence Rattigan
Adapted By: Bridget Marrow
Unknown: Emma Lady Hamilton
Played By: David Johns
Directed By: David Johnston
Emma Hamilton: Sian Phillips
Nelson: Michael Bryant
Lady Nelson: Anna Massey
Captain Hardy: Alan Lake
George Matcham Sr: Michael Spice
Katherine Matcham: Judy Franklin
George Matcham: David McAlister
Lord Barham: Alan Dudley
Lord Minto: Nicholas Courtney
Betsy: Diana Bishop
Captain Blackwood: Geoffrey Beevers
Francesca: Patience Tomlinson

: The Living World

The Living World Good Food Guide
Peter France steers a course between hedgehog pie and hallucinogenic vegetables, asks why lions don't eat tigers, and discovers how chimpanzee gourmets are puzzling experts. Producer MEUNDA BARKER BBC Bristol (R)


Unknown: Peter France
Producer: Meunda Barker

: PM

Presented by Susannah Simons


Presented By: Susannah Simons

: Uncle Clarence

Alan Bennett goes in search of his mother's brother, who died in Flanders in 1917. ... perfect wireless, a voice on the ether, radiant with pictures.
BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: Alan Bennett

: The Six O'Clock News



Unknown: David Symonds

: I've Been Together Nowfor 70 years

Johnny Morris recalls his childhood in Wales.


Unknown: Johnny Morris

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm)

: Goin' Bamboo

4: On the Isles of Sanitation

: Murder for Christmas

Appleby's End by MICHAEL INNES dramatised by MICHAEL BAKEWELL with John Hurt as Insp Appleby and Appleby of the Yard is used to dealing with serious crimes, but from the moment he steps on the train to Snarl to investigate a series of bizarre happenings, i he's plunged into a world where jokes play too large a part.
Lady Farmer/Mrs Ulstrup/
Directed by JANE MORGAN. Stereo (R)


Unknown: Michael Innes
Dramatised By: Michael Bakewell
Unknown: John Hurt
Directed By: Jane Morgan.
Everard Raven: John Le Mesurier
Heyhoe/Insp Mutlow: Christopher Benjamin
Clarissa: Joyce Redman
Judith: Pippa Guard
Luke: Lewis Stringer
Robert: Anthony Newlands
Mark: Richard Derrington
Rainbird: John Sharp
Billy Bidewell/Mr Hoobin: Christopher Douglas
Colonel Pike: Jack May
Sir Mulberry Farmer/Liddell: Hugh Dickson
Hannah Hoobin: Pauline Letts
Gregory Grope: David Gooderson
Mr Smith: Trevor Baxter
Hannah Hoobin's boy: Stephen Garlick
Brettingham Scurl/Scott: John Uvesey

: The Year Ahead

Once a year, BBC News correspondents get together to peer into a collective crystal ball. Linked together from their bases around the world, they try to predict the main issues of the year ahead.


Producer: Adam Raphael

: Ghost Story: Laura

by Robert Aickman
Joss Ackland presents a haunting love story.


Author: Robert Aickman
Reader: Joss Ackland

: The World Tonight

Presented by Richard Kershaw


Presented By: Richard Kershaw

: News

followed by an interlude

About this project

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.

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