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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Kenyan correspondent
Charlie Allan reports on one of Intermediate Technology's local farming projects.
Plus a five-day weather forecast for farmers and growers. Producers TIM FINNEY and DYLAN WINTER


Unknown: Charlie Allan
Producers: Tim Finney

: Prayer for the Day

The Christmas story according to St Luke.
BBC North East. Stereo

: Today

Presented by Sue MacGregor and John Humphrys,8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News With MARTIN CRASS
7.00, 8.00 Today's News Read by BRYAN MARTIN
7.25*, 8.25* Sport With ANDY SMITH
7.45* Thought for the Day


Presented By: Sue MacGregor
Presented By: John Humphrys
Read By: Bryan Martin
Unknown: Andy Smith

: The Week on 4

Eugene Fraser looks ahead.


Unknown: Eugene Fraser

: Sound Effects Safari

The bellowing of the Galapagos sealion and the 'ooh' of the Arsenal crowd as the ball hits the woodwork in extra time.
Nick Baker explores the strange and secret life of the BBC Sound Effects Library.
Producer ANDREW PARFITT. Stereo


Unknown: Nick Baker
Producer: Andrew Parfitt.

: News

: Start the Week

with Melvyn Bragg.


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg.
Producer: Marina Salandy Brown

: Money Box

: Morning Story

Even the Mice Know by MICHAEL WHERLY.
Read by William Roberts Producer SHEILA FOX


Unknown: Michael Wherly.
Read By: William Roberts
Producer: Sheila Fox

: Daily Service

from St George 's,
Brandon Hill , Bristol.
With the CHOIR OF CLIFTON COLLEGE. Hymns: Adam lay y bounden; Out of your sleep; Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (MHB 890) Reading: Isaiah 11, vv 1-6
Conducted by THE REV ERNEST REA BBCBristol. Stereo


Unknown: St George
Unknown: Brandon Hill
Unknown: Ernest Rea

: Down Your Way

'I will sing the praises of Great Ormond Street from the rooftops and no-one will stop me,' declares writer and broadcaster Bel Mooney in support of London's Hospital for Sick Children.
Small wonder, since daughter Kitty now thrives after eight years of their unique brand of tender loving care.
An unashamedly biased account as the hospital's muchpublicised Wishing Well Appeal reaches its halfway mark. Producer JILL MARSHALL BBCBristol


Unknown: Bel Mooney
Producer: Jill Marshall

: Poetry Please!

Some of the poetry requested by Radio 4 listeners.
Presenter John Fuller. Readers JUNE BARRIE and MARTIN jar vis.
Producer MARGARET BRADLEY BBCBristol. Stereo
Requests to: Poetry Please! BBC, Bristol BS82LR


Readers: John Fuller.
Producer: Margaret Bradley

: You and Yours

Presented by John Waite. Editor KEN VASS
Write to: You and Yours, BBC London W1A 1AA


Presented By: John Waite.
Editor: Ken Vass

: Round Britain Quiz

Gordon Clough and Louis Allen - linked by the miracle which is wireless - preside over a further series of cerebral callisthenics and aerobics for the frontal lobes....
Irene Thomas and Eric Kom challenge John Julius Norwich and Peter Oppenheimer. Researcher AUDREY ROBINS Producer ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester


Unknown: Gordon Clough
Unknown: Louis Allen
Unknown: Irene Thomas
Unknown: Eric Kom
Unknown: John Julius Norwich
Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer.
Unknown: Audrey Robins
Producer: Alastair Wilson

: The World at One

Presented by James Naughtie. Editor MARTIN COX


Presented By: James Naughtie.

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Open the window, what can we hear? Christmas sounds from far and near. Alvin Stardust opens the windows of the Listening Corner Advent calendar. Today: Jingle All the Way Written and produced by MARY KALEMKERIAN Stereo (R)


Unknown: Alvin Stardust

: Woman's Hour

Mothers, martyrs and managers, musicians, models and men - Jenni Murray and guests invite you to share the hour that highlights women's interests and colours men's thinking.
Five Short Stories by RONALD BLYTHE.
Read by Ronald Pickup 3: The Common Soldiery Editor CLARE SELERIE-GREY


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Stories By: Ronald Blythe.
Read By: Ronald Pickup

: The Dwelling Place



Play By: Catherine Cookson

: Kaleidoscope

Frankie Goes to Liverpool.
Frank Clarke , writer of Letter to Brezhnev and The Fruit
Machine, takes Paul Allen on a cultural tour of his home city. His itinerary ranges from a theatre group struggling on the dole to the bingo on a Saturday night.


Unknown: Frank Clarke
Unknown: Paul Allen

: PM

Presented by Gordon Clough and Valerie Singleton
5.00,5.30 News Summary
5.25 PM Letters Letters to: PM, BBC London W1A 1AA
0 If you would like the chance to read out your own letter over the Christmas period, please enclose a daytime telephone number.
5.31 City News
Editor ROGER MOSEY continued on FM 5.50-5.55


Presented By: Gordon Clough
Presented By: Valerie Singleton

: The Six O'Clock News



Unknown: Harriet Cass

: The News Quiz


: News

: The Archers

: The Food Programme

Derek Cooper 's weekly defence of pure food at a fair price.


Unknown: Derek Cooper

: Science Now

: Violette

When Emile Zola published his famous J'accuse in defence of Captain Dreyfus, his own liberty was put at risk and he fled to England. He ended up in Surrey with a most unusual housekeeper, who was aged 16 and called Violette.
Directed by JANE MORGAN. Stereo


Unknown: Ray Jenkins.
Unknown: Emile Zola
Directed By: Jane Morgan.
Emile Zola: Norman Jones
Labori: Philip Sully
Fernand Desmoulin: Richard Tate
Ernest Vizetelly: Michael Graham Cox
Capt Alfred Dreyfus: Steve Hodson
F W Wareham: Johnmoffatt
Violette Vizetelly: Francesca Buller
Jeanne Rozerot: Alice Arnold
Denise Rozerot: Nicola Stewart
Jacques Rozerot: William Summers

: Lord's Day

The last of four programmes presented by Margaret Howard. The 2nd Baron Colwyn leads a busy life. His days are divided between his successful dental practice and the House of Lords; but at night he plays trumpet in his own society dance band. Producer GRAHAM TAYAR (R)


Presented By: Margaret Howard.

: Kaleidoscope

David Hayman , newly appointed director of 7:84 Scotland, talks to
Joyce McMillan about his plans for the acting company, and Tom Brooke finds out what's buzzing in New York.
Presenter Prabhu Guptara Producer JOHN BOUNDY


Unknown: David Hayman
Unknown: Joyce McMillan
Unknown: Tom Brooke
Presenter: Prabhu Guptara
Producer: John Boundy
Editor: Richard Bannerman

: A Book at Bedtime

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by THOMAS HARDY abridged in 20 episodes by DONALD BANCROFT.
Read by Kenneth Haigh (1)
The tragedy of a 'pure woman' destroyed by a false and heartless code of values and by the cruelty of the two men in her life.


Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Unknown: Donald Bancroft.
Read By: Kenneth Haigh
Producer: Maurice Leitch

: The World Tonight

Presented by Michael Vestey Editor BLAIR THOMSON


Presented By: Michael Vestey
Editor: Blair Thomson

: 'am News

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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.

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