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: News Briefing

: *am The Farming Week

goes to Lancashire.

: Prayer for the Day

with Hope Sealy


Unknown: Hope Sealy

: Today

Presented by Peter Hobday and Sue MacGregor
7.00,8.00 Today's News Read by PETER DONALDSON
7.20* Letters
7.25* Sport with ANDY SMITH
7.30,8.30 News Summary
7.40*, 8.47* Today's Papers
7.45* In Perspective
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament


Presented By: Peter Hobday
Presented By: Sue MacGregor
Read By: Peter Donaldson
Unknown: Andy Smith

: News

: Sport on 4

with Cliff Morgan


Unknown: Cliff Morgan

: Breakaway

Chris Hawksworth tells of life behind the microphone. With Bernard Falk.


Unknown: Chris Hawksworth
Unknown: Bernard Falk.

: Loose Ends

Special Christmas Edition
Presented by Ned Sherrin , with Robert Elms, Craig Charles ,
Victoria Mather , Emma Freud and Richard Jobson.


Presented By: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Craig Charles
Unknown: Victoria Mather
Unknown: Emma Freud
Unknown: Richard Jobson.

: A Year in Westminster

James Naughtie chairs a panel made up of Robin Oakley ,
Political Editor of The Times;
Peter Jenkins , Associate Editor of The Independent;
Michael Elliott , Political Editor of The Economist and Andrew Marr , Political Editor of The Scotsman, to take a light-hearted look at some of the political events of the year.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Robin Oakley
Unknown: Peter Jenkins
Unknown: Michael Elliott
Unknown: Andrew Marr

: What Sweeter Music

What sweeter music can we bring, Than a carol for to sing?
The opening lines from one of the many carols specially composed for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Cambridge. To mark its 70th anniversary,
Brian Kay traces the history of this magical service, and talks to choristers, clergymen, composers and directors of music who have participated. Producer CAROLINE ELLIOT. Stereo ('A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' at 3.00pm)


Unknown: Brian Kay
Producer: Caroline Elliot.

: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

by JOHN LE CARRE adapted in seven parts by RENE BASILICO. and featuring
Stereo (R)
(For full cast see page 117)


Unknown: John Le Carre
Unknown: Rene Basilico.
Starring as George Smiley: Bernard Hepton
as Percy Alleline with: James Gront
Toby Esterhase: Charles Kay
Roy Bland: William Simons
Bill Haydon: Edward de Souza
Jim Prideaux: Denis Lill
as Sam Collins: Terrence Hardiman
Oliver Lacon: John Quayle
as Peter Guillam: Douglas Blackwell
Ricky Tarr: Christian Rodska
Control: Alan MacNaughtan
as Lady Anne Smiley: Sarah Lawson
as Roddy Martindale: John Savident
and as Irina: Valentina Yakumna

: News

: Any Questions?

: The Best of Times - the Worst of Times

Much Better to Die Doing
The last of a seven-part series compiled by MICHAEL BAKEWELL. With Martin Jarvis as Dickens. Stereo (R) (For cast see page 43)


Unknown: Michael Bakewell.
Unknown: Martin Jarvis

: Treasure Islands

(Extended repeat of yesterday 's broadcast at 11. 47am)

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
Processional Hymn: Once in royal David's city (Descants Stephen Cleobury ) Bidding Prayer
Carol: Up! Good Christian folk and listen (Piae Cantiones);
It is the birthday of thy King (Peter Sculthorpe );
First lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER
Carols: Adam lay y bounden (Boris Ord);
Noel nouvelet (arr Stephen Jackson )
Second lesson: Genesis 22, VV 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR
Carols: Nowell sing we (Medieval);
On Christmas night all Christians sing (arr David Willcocks )
Carols: In dulci jubilo (Hieronymus Praetorius);
O little town of Bethlehem (arr Vaughan Williams)
Fourth lesson: Isaiah 11. vv l-3a, 4a, 6-9: REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY Carols: The Lamb (John Tavener );
The holly and the ivy (arr Walford Davies)
Fifth lesson: Luke 1, vv 26-35,38: DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Carols: I sing of a maiden (Lennox Berkeley);
Joys seven (arr Cleobury);
Sixth lesson: Luke 2, w 1,3-7:
Carols: A virgin most pure (arr Charles Wood);
I saw three ships (arr Philip Ledger);
Seventh lesson: Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
Carols: In the bleak mid-winter (Harold Darke);
While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter)
Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2, vv 1-11: vice PROVOST
Carols: The three kings (arr Ivor Atkins);
Sir Christemasse (Michael Ball)
Ninth lesson: John 1, vv 1-14: PROVOST
Hymn: O come, all ye faithful
Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! the herald-angels sing
Chorale Prelude upon 'In dulci jubilo' (Bach)
Organ Scholar PETER BARLEY
Director of Music STEPHEN CLEOBURY.


Director of Music: Stephen Cleobury
Organ Scholar: Peter Barley
Choir: of King's College, Cambridge

: Conversation Piece

with guest Mary Wesley


Unknown: Mary Wesley

: Week Ending


: News

With CLIVE ROSLIN including Sports Round-Up

: Christmas Wrapping

Presents of the past, presents to come: a gift-wrapped miscellany in celebration of the present season.
Producer RUTH PRINCE. BBC Wales

: Citizens

Omnibus edition. Stereo

: Masterbrain

An invitation challenge match. Chairman Robert Robinson Taking part: Paul Monaghan (Brain of Britain 1988)
Robert Gleeson (runner-up Brain of Britain 1988)
David Beamish
(Mastermind 1988) Margaret Fleming
(runner-up Mastermind 1988) Questions set by IAN GILLIES and BOSWELL TAYLOR Mycroft IAN GILLIES
Producer RICHARD EDIS. Stereo


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Paul Monaghan
Unknown: Robert Gleeson
Unknown: David Beamish
Unknown: Margaret Fleming
Unknown: Ian Gillies
Unknown: Boswell Taylor
Unknown: Mycroft Ian Gillies
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The Ambridge Chronicles

Dramatised by PETER MACKIE from the novel To the Victor the Spoils by JOCK GALLAGHER.
The Ambridge summer fete: where young Dan Archer sees
Doris Forrest , where the band is chivvied along by a teenage
Walter Gabriel , while, a world away in Sarajevo, a shot has sounded that will change everyone's lives.
Directed by PHILIP MARTIN BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Dramatised By: Peter MacKie
Unknown: Jock Gallagher.
Unknown: Dan Archer
Unknown: Doris Forrest
Unknown: Walter Gabriel
Directed By: Philip Martin
as Dan ArcherWith: Michael Maloney
Doris: And Holly Aird
Ben Archer: David Learner
George Grundy: Trevor Harrison
John Archer: Ralph Lawton
Phoebe Archer: Gillian Goodman
Frank Archer: Richard Pearce
Walter Gabriel: Terry Molloy
Squire Lawson-Hope: Michael Deacon
Cedric Lawson-Hope: John Dixon
Alan Winstanley: Simon Cuff
Percy Hood: Richard Allenson
William Forrest: Roger Hume
Lisa Forrest: Sunny Ormande
Tom Forrest: Sam Barriscale
Josh Harris: William Ha Yes
Lisa Scroby: Susan Jeffrey
Vicar: Martln Matthews
Jake Burton: Geoff Serle

: The Natural History of the Gnome

The forest gnome, standing only six inches high and in his prime at 275 years old, is in an excellent position to deal with the everyday problems of wild animals. Peter France talks to naturalists about the role of the gnome in the ecology of his woodland home.
Producer MILES BARTON. BBC Bristol

: Ten to Ten

Canon Paul Oestreicher prepares for the First Communion of Christmas from Coventry.
BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo

: News

: The Colonel's Dancers

A Thousand and One Nights at the Ballets Russes
'The nature of dancers is to work, to sleep and to complain. They do not dance by right. They have no rights, just as they have no homes, no countries, no identity at all without my Ballets Russes. Most of the world would have no ballet without my Ballets Russes.' and Eva Stuart , Nicholas Courtney , Steve Hodson. Michael Graham Cox ,
Ian Michie and Marcia King. MARY NASH (piano)
Written and compiled. by BARBARA NEWMAN
Directed by JOHN POWELL. Stereo


Unknown: Eva Stuart
Unknown: Nicholas Courtney
Unknown: Steve Hodson.
Unknown: Michael Graham Cox
Unknown: Ian Michie
Unknown: Marcia King.
Unknown: Barbara Newman
Directed By: John Powell.
With as Colonel Vassily de Basil: Edward de Souza
as Olga Morosova: Diana Olsson

: One Starry Night

A Christmas meditation prepared by Rosemary Hartill , including the poetry of Masefield, Herbert, Scannell and Chesterton, and the music of Handel, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams and Britten.


Unknown: Rosemary Hartill
Producer: David Coomes

: First Communion of Christmas

from Coventry Cathedral. Service introduced by Canon Paul Oestreicher. BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo
Simultaneous broadcast with BBC1 Full service details on page 92


Introduced By: Canon Paul Oestreicher.

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