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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

The Monday feature on the farm or on the fringe of the farm.
Followed by a five-day weather forecast for farmers and growers.

: Prayer for the Day

A meditation for the beginning of a new day With JENNY CARPENTER , Vice-President of the Methodist Conference BBC Manchester Stereo


Unknown: Jenny Carpenter

: Today

Presented by John Humphrys and Peter Hobday
6.30, 7.30, 8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News with SIMON GOMPERTZ
7.00, 8.00 Today's News Read by CLIVE ROSLIN
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: John Humphrys
Presented By: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Simon Gompertz
Read By: Clive Roslin
Unknown: John Inverdale

: The Week on 4

A look ahead with Brian Perkins


Unknown: Brian Perkins

: Through the Looking Glass

by LEWIS CARROLL abridged in seven parts by DAVID SELF
Alan Bennett reads the further adventures of Alice.
1: In which Alice goes through the glass and encounters the White King and Queen and the Red Queen ProducerCOUN SMITH


Unknown: Lewis Carroll
Unknown: David Self
Unknown: Alan Bennett
Producer: Coun Smith

: News

: Modest Proposals

Seven discussions in which Matthew Parris - in the company of the learned
Paul Barker , the loquacious Jeff Nuttall and various guests - considers some modest proposals for the improvement of our condition.... 2: Tradition
'We are a nation bulwarked by bogus traditions whose main purpose is to stabilise society in order that the-powers-that-be shall not be impeded in their duties....'
BBC Manchester. Stereo


Unknown: Matthew Parris
Unknown: Paul Barker
Unknown: Jeff Nuttall
Unknown: Amanda Mares
Producer: Anne Hinds

: A Small Country Living

Jeanine McMullen with fresh tales from deepest rural Britain. Everyone has their say as Jeanine progresses down scented lanes; the unique sheep, the portly porker, the fowl, even the makers and doers all share tips over tea on their small country livings.
Producer MARY PRICE. BBC Bristol


Unknown: Jeanine McMullen

: Morning Story

Ms Clip Inspects Ofingi by MICHAEL WHERLEY
Read by Maggie Steed Producer SHEILA FOX


Unknown: Michael Wherley
Read By: Maggie Steed
Producer: Sheila Fox

: Daily Service

from Knowle Parish Church, Solihull introduced by Rosemary Watts Music (mp): I heard the voice of Jesus say (85); Be still and know (16); 0 Jesus, I have promised (172)
Reading (Niv): Isaiah 40, vv 25-31 Director of Music DIANE GANJAVI BBC Pebble Mill


Introduced By: Rosemary Watts

: Take a Place Like....

Stanley Ellis, John Grundy and Dr Juliet Barker visit the historic market town with a reputation for rebellion.
They also explore the links between the infamous
Judge Jeffreys and the oldest steak bar in town and find out what a donkey was doing on top of St Mary Magdalene Church. Producer GEOFF SARGIESON BBC North East


Unknown: John Grundy
Unknown: Dr Juliet Barker
Unknown: Judge Jeffreys
Producer: Geoff Sargieson

: Poetry Please!

Presented by Fleur Adcock Readers GARARD GREEN and ELIZABETH BELL
Producer SUSAN Roberts BBC Bristol. Stereo
Requests to: Poetry Please! BBC, BristolBS82LR


Presented By: Fleur Adcock
Producer: Susan Roberts

: You and Yours

Presented by Debbie Thrower Editor KEN VASS
If you are concerned about health, education, housing or financial matters, or if you are the victim of incompetent or unhelpful traders or authorities, write to: You and Yours, BBC, London W1A 1AA


Presented By: Debbie Thrower
Editor: Ken Vass

: Brain of Britain 1988

A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain. Chairman Robert Robinson The Final
Christopher Cooke (bank official)
Ian Meadows (van di iver)
Paul Monaghan (retired teacher) Robert Gleeson
(publisher's representative)
Programme devised by JOHN P. WYNN Questions set by IAN GILLIES
Producer RICHARD EDIS. Stereo


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Christopher Cooke
Unknown: Ian Meadows
Unknown: Paul Monaghan
Unknown: Robert Gleeson
Unknown: John P. Wynn
Unknown: Ian Gillies
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The World at One: News

Presented by Nick Worrall Editor MARTIN COX


Presented By: Nick Worrall
Editor: Martin Cox

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Walter Crumpton and Doris the Duck by KATE WILKINSON Read by Christopher Lillicrap Producer MARY KALEMKERIAN Stereo (R)


Unknown: Walter Crumpton
Unknown: Kate Wilkinson
Read By: Christopher Lillicrap
Producer: Mary Kalemkerian

: Woman's Hour

Are you at your peak, or about to begin the downward slide?
The programme where women share their experiences finds out whether life really does begin at 40.
Serial: The True Story of Spit MacPhee by JAMES ALDRIDGE abridged in nine episodes by SALLY SKRIMSHIRE
Read by Nigel Graham (3) Presenter Sally Jones


Unknown: James Aldridge
Read By: Nigel Graham
Presenter: Sally Jones
Editor: Clare Selerie-Grey

: Peter Ibbetson



Play By: George du Maurier

: Best of British Youth Awards 1988

HRH The Princess of Wales presents the prizes to the winners of this year's Today/ YMCA Best of British Youth
Awards. Radio 4 listeners have been voting for the past month to choose the young person most worthy of the title and Today presenter John Humphrys introduces highlights of the lunch-time ceremony. Producer PETER BURDIN


Introduces: John Humphrys
Producer: Peter Burdin

: PM

Presented by Valerie Singleton and Gordon Clough
5.00,5.30 News Summary
5.25 PM Letters
5.31 City News
Editor ROGER MOSEY continued on FM5. 50-5. 55


Presented By: Valerie Singleton
Presented By: Gordon Clough

: The Six O'Clock News

with PAULINE BUSHNELL including Financial Report


Unknown: Pauline Bushnell

: Radio Fun

The Story of Radio Comedy In the first of 12 programmes Russell Davies begins his analysis of how people have fun on the radio by listening again to rare recordings of comedy pioneers including
NORMAN LONG. JOHN HENRY and BLOSSOM, and a young but promising TOMMY HANDLEY.


Unknown: Russell Davies
Unknown: Mabel Constanduros.
Unknown: A.J. Alan
Unknown: Norman Long.
Unknown: John Henry
Unknown: Tommy Handley.

: News

: The Archers

: Wilko's Weekly

Tony Wilkinson starts his six-part series, reporting on local newspapers and the communities they serve, in Wales. Merthyr Tydfil has some tough customers, but stories of a pit strike and a football disaster compete for the front page. Then there's the outbreak of sheep stealing....
1: The Merthyr Express
As the editor said - 'It's alive, it's warm.... and we've brought home the bacon!'
Producer JULIAN HALE (R)


Unknown: Tony Wilkinson
Producer: Julian Hale

: Science Now

: Snow Bubble

Petra feels trapped in her marriage by love and mutual incomprehension. An uneasy, tense equilibrium is maintained until two old friends come to stay....
Directed by ALEC REID BBC Bristol. Stereo
(Re-broadcast next Saturday)


Unknown: Tina Pepler
Directed By: Alec Reid
Petra: Deborah Makepeace
Ben: Christopher Douglas
Meg: Julia Hills
David: Peter Baldwin

: Women in Bondage

A person from the south is struck, when he enters Durham or Northumberland, with the sight of bands of women working in the fields under the surveillance of one man.... they are the bondagers ...an odd sound in fair and free
England. W.S. GILLEY
Richard Kelly draws on 19th-century accounts to present a picture of the bondager's life in the Border counties. Readers GEOFFREY BANKS and BARBARA PEIRSON Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester (R)


Unknown: England. W.S. Gilley
Unknown: Richard Kelly
Unknown: Barbara Peirson
Producer: Gillian Hush

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Vaughan and Christopher Cook explore a wordless version of Wagner's Ring cycle and a film about Van Gogh in which the artist never appears.
John Hegley has a poetic point to make, and composer
Paul Patterson arrives at
Hereford Cathedral for the first rehearsal of his most ambitious work, a Te Deum.


Unknown: Paul Vaughan
Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Van Gogh
Unknown: John Hegley
Unknown: Paul Patterson
Producer: John Boundy

: A Book at Bedtime

The Bible in Spain (11)

: The World Tonight

Presented by David Sells Editor BLAIR THOMSON


Presented By: David Sells
Editor: Blair Thomson

: Windblown

This week Andrew Marriner , principal clarinettist of the London Symphony Orchestra, presents four programmes on great players.
Tonight he introduces recordings by the bassoonist Gwydion Brooke.
Series producer NIGEL WILKINSON (Tomorrow: Barry Tuckwell )


Unknown: Andrew Marriner
Bassoonist: Gwydion Brooke.
Producer: Nigel Wilkinson
Unknown: Barry Tuckwell

: Open University

11.30 Open Forum: University Magazine
11.50 Humour in Classical Music

: 'am LW News

FM joins at 12.10

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