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
8.05 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
from the past
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
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preceded by 0 come, all ye faithful. Stereo
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
speaks to the Commonwealth.
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
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.
Producer CAROLINE ELL 'OT
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)
including How Not To by STEPHEN POTTER and JOYCE GRENFELL
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)
starring Tony Hancock with Sidney James
Bill Kerr , Hattie Jacques Kenneth Williams in Christmas - East Cheam Style WALLY STOTT ORCHESTRA
(First broadcast December 1956)
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
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
by CHARLES DICKENS , dramatised in eight parts by BARRY CAMPBELL and CONSTANCE cox, with 1: The Pickwick Club
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
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
Also taking part JOHN FRANKLYN -ROBBINS. MICHAEL GOVAN
JOHN ROWE and ALISON SKILBECK Producer CATHY WEARING. Stereo (Re-broadcast on 6 January)
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
Richard Baker with a seasonal miscellany of words and music Producer JANE BEVAN. Stereo
(Re-broadcast on Holiday Monday at 1.40pm)
The second of six programmes Phil Smith listens to the experiences of the Artists.
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)
Mr Darling/Captain Hook:
J M Barrie:
Nana (a dog):
Lost boys Slightly:
A rib-tickling, toe-curling tale of orthodontic outrage
Three Country Stories 3: Loss of Pride. Stereo
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)
Miss Cynthia Bracegirdle,:
Dame Eva Turner , Britain's first international opera star, talks to Sue MacGregor. Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester (R)
On the Way to the Vision of God with His Eminence
Cardinal Basil Hume ,
Archbishop of Westminster Producer CAROLINE DONNE. Stereo