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: On Christmas Day in the Morning

John Timpson and Gerald Priestland host a sequence of carols, carillons and conversation.
7 00 News read by BRYAN MARTIN
6.45*, 7.05* Christmas Story Read by Bob Arnold Producer SHIRLEY SCOTT BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: Gerald Priestland
Read By: Bryan Martin
Read By: Bob Arnold
Producer: Shirley Scott

: News and Vintage Archers

Crows fly to their nests and pheasants roost, but Tom and Walter hardly notice that night is falling on Ambridge. It's Christmas Eve and their talk has turned nostalgic....
Producer LIZ RIGBEY. BBC Pebble Mill


Producer: Liz Rigbey
Walter Gabriel: Chriss Gittins
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
Voices: from the past -
Peggy Archer: Thelma Rogers
Jack Archer: Denis Folwell
Arthur Perkins: Bernard Fishwick
Doris Archer: Gwen Berryman
Dan Archer: Harry Oakes
Dan Archer: Monte Crick
Lilian Archer: Elizabeth Marlowe

: On a Wing and a Prayer

Canon Colin Semper 's doubts about angels are shaken when the Archangel Gabriel arrives in his cloisters at Westminster Abbey. Spirited away on a wing and a prayer, he learns of haloes and harps and war in heaven. Featuring Colin Semper as himself.
BBC Pebble Mill
* HEAR THIS! page 20


Producer: Brian King
Himself: Canon Colin Semper
Satan: Barry Foster
Michael: Iain Cuthbertson
Gabriel: Peter McEnery
Capt Stormfield: Terry Molloy

: News

preceded by 0 come, all ye faithful. Stereo

: After Henry

by SIMON BRETT The Season of Relative Goodwill
'Even doing what you always do at Christmas presupposes agreement about exactly what it is that you always do.' Producer PETE ATKIN. Stereo


Unknown: Simon Brett
Producer: Pete Atkin.
Sarah: Prunella Scales
Eleanor: Joan Sanderson
Russell: Benjamin Whitrow
Clare: Gerry Cowper

: The Queen

speaks to the Commonwealth.

: * Morning Service for Christmas Day

from Christchurch, Clifton, Bristol
Led by The Rev Paul Berg
Sermon The Rev James Jones Reading: Luke 2, vv 1-20
Hark! The herald-angels sing (AMR 60); Long time ago; No room at the inn; King of Kings; Little donkey; Angels, from the realms of glory (AMR 64); Joy to the world; Thou didst leave thy throne (AMR 363); Emmanuel sung by STREETLIGHT; 0 come, all ye faithful (AMR 59)
Musical director BERJ TOPALIAN Organist PAUL WILLIAMS BBC Bristol. Stereo


Unknown: Paul Berg
Unknown: James Jones

: The Countryside at Christmas

Mollie Harris revives childhood memories when she visits
Ducklington in Oxfordshire. The village of her youth has changed and, together with Martin Muncaster , she discovers how the locals spend Christmas now. There's a visit to the village school for their nativity play, a meeting with the local turkey farmer and a bell-ringing evening.


Unknown: Mollie Harris
Unknown: Martin Muncaster
Producer: Caroline Ell

: With Great Pleasure

I am going to throw all the law books out of the window ... they are not fit to be read aloud - or at all.
Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls, presents, a selection of favourite poetry and prose, before an audience at the Whitchurch Centre, Hampshire. Readers JILL BALCON and PAUL ROGERS
Producer BRIAN PATTEN BBC Bristol. Stereo (R)


Readers: Jill Balcon
Readers: Paul Rogers
Producer: Brian Patten

: How to Broadcast

A review of good and fairly good programmes performed by select members of the How
Repertory Company including Carleton Hobbs , Roy Plomley Deryck Guyler , Betty Hardy. (First broadcast in 1951)


Unknown: Stephen Potter
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Carleton Hobbs
Unknown: Roy Plomley
Unknown: Deryck Guyler
Unknown: Betty Hardy.

: Hancock's Half Hour

starring Tony Hancock with Sidney James
Bill Kerr , Hattie Jacques Kenneth Williams in Christmas - East Cheam Style WALLY STOTT ORCHESTRA
(First broadcast December 1956)


Unknown: Tony Hancock
Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Bill Kerr
Unknown: Hattie Jacques
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Wally Stott

: The Queen


: * News

: News Quiz of the Year

The sinking of the Titanic and man's first tentative steps on the moon -just two of the events that didn't happen in 1987. Probing into some of the events that did are Alan Coren , Ian Hislop and their guests. Chairman Barry Took Written and compiled by JOHN LANGDON
Producer DAN PATTERSON. Stereo


Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: John Langdon
Producer: Dan Patterson.

: The Archers

: The Player King

Christopher Cook sets out to discover what makes Laurence Olivier - the greatest actor of his time. The company includes Peggy Ashcroft
Diana Boddington , John Dexter Peter Hall , Harold Hobson Anthony Hopkins
Derek Jacobi , Jonathan Miller Terrence Morgan
John Mortimer , John Osborne Joan Plowright , Maggie Smith Franco Zeffirelli and Olivier himself
Producer JOHN POWELL. Stereo


Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Peggy Ashcroft
Unknown: Diana Boddington
Unknown: John Dexter
Unknown: Peter Hall
Unknown: Harold Hobson
Unknown: Anthony Hopkins
Unknown: Derek Jacobi
Unknown: Jonathan Miller
Unknown: Terrence Morgan
Unknown: John Mortimer
Unknown: John Osborne
Unknown: Joan Plowright
Unknown: Maggie Smith
Unknown: Franco Zeffirelli
Producer: John Powell.

: The Pickwick Papers

by CHARLES DICKENS , dramatised in eight parts by BARRY CAMPBELL and CONSTANCE cox, with 1: The Pickwick Club
London-Rochester 1827
The Pickwick Club - named in honour of the man who traced to their source the mighty ponds of Hampstead and agitated the scientific world with his Theory of Tittlebats - was made up of the illustrious man himself, the susceptible Tracy Tupman , the poetic
Snodgrass and the sporting
Winkle. Their intention was to travel and so to extend the sphere of their observations.... Directed by JANE MORGAN. Stereo


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Barry Campbell
Unknown: Tracy Tupman
Directed By: Jane Morgan.
Mr Pickwick: Freddie Jones
Mr Jingle: Paul Chapman
Mrs Bardell: Elizabeth Spriggs
Dickens: And Simon Cadell

: Mariya Yudina

She was a special case. The ocean was only knee-deep for her.
Though virtually unknown in the West, Mariya Yudina
(1899-1970) is acknowledged in the USSR as a great pianist who lived according to her convictions without fear of the consequences. This feature, written and complied by ELIZABETH WILSON , tells the story of her life.
With Paola Dionisotti as Yudina
Narrator John Moffatt
JOHN ROWE and ALISON SKILBECK Producer CATHY WEARING. Stereo (Re-broadcast on 6 January)


Unknown: Dmitri Shostakovich
Unknown: Elizabeth Wilson
Unknown: Paola Dionisotti
Narrator: John Moffatt
Unknown: John Franklyn
Unknown: Robbins. Michael Govan
Unknown: John Rowe
Unknown: Alison Skilbeck

: The Tale of Johnny Wei

Shanghai, 1934, a new-born child cries. His mother is not home; she's a prostitute on the game.
His father is not home; he's a US seaman on duty aboard ship. In spite of his beginnings,
Johnny Wei rose to become a Chinese hero, only to lose all at the hands of the Red Guards: all, except the dim memory of the father who held the keys to his true identity.
Producer SIMON ELMES Stereo (R) revised


Unknown: Johnny Wei
Producer: Simon Elmes

: News


: Christmas in Mind

Richard Baker with a seasonal miscellany of words and music Producer JANE BEVAN. Stereo


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Jane Bevan.

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast on Holiday Monday at 1.40pm)

: Inside Job

The second of six programmes Phil Smith listens to the experiences of the Artists.


Unknown: Phil Smith

: Peter Pan

by j. M. BARRIE. Music by JOHN CROOK , arranged by CHRIS WALKER
Indians, mermaids, passers-by played by members of the cast BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by CHRIS WALKER Adapted and directed by GLYN DEARMAN. Stereo (R)


Unknown: J. M. Barrie.
Music By: John Crook
Arranged By: Chris Walker
Conducted By: Chris Walker
Directed By: Glyn Dearman.
Mr Darling/Captain Hook: Robert Lang
Mrs Darling: Joanna David
Peter Pan: Graham McGrath
Wendy Darling: Lucinda Bateson
J M Barrie: Alec McCowen
Nana (a dog): Leonard Fenton
John Darling: James Trevelyan
Michael Darling: Alistair White
Liza/Tiger Lily: Natasha Pyne
Smee: Ronald Herdman
CeCCO: John Church
Bill Jukes: Stuart Organ
Cookson STEPHEN: H Attersley
Starkey: Edward de Souza
Skylights: Manning Wilson
Mullins: Gordon Reid
Noodler: Eric Stovell
Lost boys Slightly: Wayne Phelan
Curly: Daniel Steel
Nibs: Craig Coughlin
First twin: Nigel Harman
Second twin: David Dawson
Tootles: Spencer Wilton

: The Teeth of Abbot Thomas

A rib-tickling, toe-curling tale of orthodontic outrage


Writer: Stephen Sheridan
Producer: Don Patterson
Abbot: Alfred Marks
Dr Bonteen: Robert Bathurst
Uncle Montague: Jonathan Adams
Mrs Halliday: Denise Coffey
Stump: Bill Wallis

: A Book at Bedtime

Three Country Stories 3: Loss of Pride. Stereo

: News

: .. and Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree

A cautionary tale for Christmas by BRIAN SIBLEY the recipient of a series of gifts from an extravagant admirer. 'I have just succeeded in accommodating your seven swans a-swimming in my bath, which was no mean achievement when one considers the number of pear trees on the landing....' With Timothy Bateson
Directed by JOHN THEOCHARIS Stereo (R)


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Unknown: Timothy Bateson
Directed By: John Theocharis
Miss Cynthia Bracegirdle,: Penelope Keith

: Dame Eva at 95

Dame Eva Turner , Britain's first international opera star, talks to Sue MacGregor. Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: Dame Eva Turner

: A Christmas Meditation

On the Way to the Vision of God with His Eminence
Cardinal Basil Hume ,
Archbishop of Westminster Producer CAROLINE DONNE. Stereo


Unknown: Basil Hume
Producer: Caroline Donne.

: *amNews

followed by an interlude

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