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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day


: Today

Presented by Brian Redhead and John Humphrys
6.30,7.30,8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News With PETER DAY Today's News Read by david SYMONDS
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thoughtfor the Day
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament


Presented By: Brian Redhead
Presented By: John Humphrys
Read By: David Symonds
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: News

: Punters

The last in the series of programmes where you set the agenda.
Radio 4 offers listeners the opportunity to sort out what's bugging them. Susan Marling and Nigel Farrell are on hand with support, advice and a touch of humorous observation. You ask the questions the professionals wouldn't dare to. Researcher PENNY BOREHAM Producer JO DOBRY
Series editor MARY PRICE
BBC Bristol .
If you would like to take part in the next senes of 'Punters' write, with address and telephone number, to: Punters, BBC Radio 4.
Bristol BS8 2LR or telephone Bristol (0272) [number removed]


Unknown: Susan Marling
Unknown: Nigel Farrell

: Rogues' Gallery

The last in the series in which Sheila Minto reminisces with Jock Gallagher about her career as secretary to eight Prime Ministers at No 10.
Today: Clem Atlee , Anthony Eden and her favourite PM, Harold Macmillan.
Producer ANNE MARIE COLE BBC Pebble Mill (R)


Unknown: Sheila Minto
Unknown: Jock Gallagher
Unknown: Clem Atlee
Unknown: Anthony Eden
Unknown: Harold MacMillan.
Producer: Anne Marie Cole

: The Natural History Programme

Fergus Keeling , Jessica Holm and Lionel Kelleway present a special festive view of the natural world.
Producer LESLIE JEWELL BBC Bristol


Unknown: Fergus Keeling
Unknown: Jessica Holm
Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Producer: Leslie Jewell

: An Act of Worship for Christmas Eve

reflecting the issues of the day. Introduced from Broadcasting House, London Stereo

: Citizens

A Christmas Carol (2) Stereo

: The Board Game Game

Goose, from 16th-century Italy, was probably the first; Big
Funeral or How to Be a Jewish Mother rank among the more bizarre titles; and industry staples like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit sell in their tens of millions every year.
Most people regard the board game as little more than simple entertainment, but there are those who read in the cardboard social and historical significance. Nick Baker throws the dice and plays the board with game consultants, collectors, enthusiasts and inventors.
Producer ANDREW PARFITT Stereo


Unknown: Nick Baker
Producer: Andrew Parfitt

: Through My Window

Mike Harding takes a ten-minute break to ponder the view from his home, high on the side of a Yorkshire Dale. BBCBristol(R)


Unknown: Mike Harding

: You and Yours of Yesteryear

John Howard, Susan Rae and John Buckley , assisted by a glittering cast, take a less than serious look at the consumer stories of 30 years ago. Producer LUCY CACANAS


Unknown: Susan Rae
Unknown: John Buckley

: Hancock's Half Hour

starring Tony Hancock with Bill Kerr
Sidney James , Andree Melly and Kenneth Williams in The Television Set
Producer DENNIS MAIN WILSON (First broadcast June 1955)
Book, 'Hancock's 's Half Hour - The
Classic Years', £8.95 from booksellers


Unknown: Tony Hancock
Unknown: Bill Kerr
Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Andree Melly
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Conducted By: Harry Rabinowitz
Written By: Ray Galton
Written By: Alan Simpson
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: The World at One: News

Presented by John Sergeant


Presented By: John Sergeant

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Alvin's Advent Calendar Today: Long Time Ago in Bethlehem Presented by ALVIN STARDUST Stereo


Presented By: Alvin Stardust

: Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour, Woman's Hour Women all the way.
Have a merry Christmas,
Don work too hard today. Let him stuff the turkey, Let him fill your sack,
Stay in bed all morning, Let him break his back
With brussels sprouts and holly And artificial snow.
Let him change the fairy lights And buy the mistletoe.
So why not have a change of plan?
We've got the best solution,
Listen each day to Woman's Hour For your New Year's resolution. Story: Violets and Strawberries in the Snow

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Advent Calendar Day 11: Tinsel-Free and not-so Joyous 11 December 2016

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve in King's
College Chapel, Cambridge Processional Hymn:
Once in royal David's city (Descants: Cleobury) Bidding Prayer
Carol: The Lord at first did Adam make (Cleobury)
First Lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER
Carols: Jesus Christ, the apple tree (Music: Elizabeth Poston ); Adam lay ybounden
(Music: Peter Warlock )
Second Lesson: Genesis 22, VV 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR Carols: In dulci jubilo
(Pearsall); I saw three ships (Philip Ledger)
Third Lesson: Isaiah 9, vv 2,6,7:
Carols: Sussex carol (Philip Ledger); God rest you merry, gentlemen (David Willcocks ) Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11,
VV l-3a, 4a, 6-9: A REPRESENTATIVE
Carols: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Musical setting: Praetorius); Noel nouvelet (Stephen Jackson )
Fifth Lesson: Luke 1, w 26-35,38: THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Carols: Angelus ad Virginem (Medieval); Laetabundus (Music: Gordon Crosse )
Carols: 0 little town of Bethlehem (Music:
Walford Davies ); Silent night (Cleobury) Seventh Lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
Carols: In the bleak mid-winter (Harold Darke ); The first Nowell (David Willcocks ) Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, VV 1-11: THE VICE PROVOST
Carols: What sweeter music
(John Rutter ); Sir Christemas (William Mathias )
Ninth Lesson: John 1, vv 1-14: THE PROVOST
Hymn: 0 come, all ye faithful Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! The herald-angels sing
Chorale Prelude upon 'In dulci jubilo' (Bach, Bwv 729)
Organ Scholar STEPHEN LAYTON Director of Music


Music: Elizabeth Poston
Music: Peter Warlock
Unknown: David Willcocks
Unknown: Stephen Jackson
Music: Gordon Crosse
Unknown: Walford Davies
Unknown: Harold Darke
Unknown: David Willcocks
Unknown: John Rutter
Unknown: William Mathias
Unknown: Stephen Layton
Unknown: Stephen Cleobury

: Kaleidoscope

: News

: Waiting for Mrs Forbes

En attendant Mme Forbes
Ray Gosling presents a tale of ecclesiastical life in the Diocese of Fulham and Gibraltar.
The Rev Kenneth Forrester is chaplain to the dying Anglican community in Pau, in south-west France.
His church, St Andrew 's, has neither bells, vergers nor jumble sales -just a tiny congregation of ageing expatriates who assemble to hear true-blue 1662 ideas more ancient than modern.... Producer ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: Mme Forbes
Unknown: Ray Gosling
Unknown: Kenneth Forrester
Unknown: St Andrew
Producer: Alastair Wilson

: The Six O'Clock News

with BRYAN MARTIN including Financial Report


Unknown: Bryan Martin

: On Duty

Gerald Kay reflects on clocks and a life spent among them. Producer PIERS PLOWRIGHT. Stereo


Unknown: Gerald Kay
Producer: Piers Plowright.

: My Music

John Amis and Frank Muir challenge
Ian Wallace and Denis Norden In the Chair Steve Race
Questions compiled by STEVE RACE Producer PETE ATKIN. Stereo


Unknown: Tony Shryane
Unknown: Edward J Mason
Unknown: John Amis
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Ian Wallace
Unknown: Denis Norden
Producer: Pete Atkin.

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1. 40pm. 'Vintage Archers' tomorrow 8. 05am)

: Inside Job

In the first of six programmes offering an intimate view of working life in Lancashire, Phil Smith listens to the experiences of the Demolition Men.
Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester


Unknown: Phil Smith

: Crime at Christmas: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

by Agatha Christie, dramatised by Michael Bakewell

When Hercule Poirot retires to the country to grow vegetable marrows, he finds that someone has planted the seeds of treachery and murder.

("Whose Body?" by Dorothy L. Sayers, on Boxing Day at 7.45pm)


Author: Agatha Christie
Dramatist: Michael Bakewell
Director: Enyd Williams
Hercule Poirot: John Moffatt
Sheppard: John Woodvine
Roger Ackroyd: Laurence Payne
Raymond: Peter Gilmore
Caroline: Diana Olsson
Miss Russell: Eva Stuart
Flora: Zelah Clarke
Mrs Cecil Ackroyd: Joan Matheson
Ursula Bourne: Karen Archer
Hector Blunt: David Goodland
Insp Raglan: Richard Tate
Insp Davis: Simon Cuff
Ralph Paton: Paul Sirr
Kent: Peter Craze
Hammond: Alan Dudley
Parker, the butler: Deryck Guyler

: Les Misérables

The Words and the Music
A montage documentary which explores the translation of VICTOR HUGO 'S epic novel from page to stage.


Unknown: Victor Hugo

: A Book at Bedtime

Three Country Stories
2: Great Uncle Crow. Stereo

: News

: Pick of the Year

Margaret Howard with the highlights from her listening year.
Producer HELEN FRY. Stereo


Unknown: Margaret Howard
Producer: Helen Fry.

: The First Communion of Christmas

direct from the Moreton
Methodist Church, the Wirral BBC Manchester. Stereo
A simultaneous broadcast with BBC1. Full service details on page 76

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