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: Prelude

A seasonal music sequence. BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo

: On Christmas Day in the Morning

John Timpson is your host with Rosemary Hartill
Frank Muir , Sarah Ryan Fine Arts Brass Ensemble and surprise guests.
Including at 7.00, 8.00 News Researcher ROSIE BOULTON Producer SHIRLEY SCOTT BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: Rosemary Hartill
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Sarah Ryan
Unknown: Rosie Boulton

: News

: Christmas Tingle

John Julius Norwich presents words and music that send a tingle down his spine. Stereo


Unknown: John Julius Norwich

: The Queen

speaks to the Commonwealth. Stereo

: *am Morning Service

Family Mass for Christmas Day from the Church of St Edward the Confessor, Macclesfield.
Readings (JB): Isaiah 52, vv 7-10; Hebrews 1, w 1-6; John 1, vv 1-18 Hymns: Joyful news to you I bring; Psalm 67;
Song of welcome for the word; Away in a manger;
Christmas communion song; Hark! The herald-angels sing Celebrant and Preacher
Music Director GEOFF DEAN BBC Manchester


Unknown: Fr Michael

: The Archers

Omnibus edition
Directed by NIALL FRASER Producer ADRIAN MOURBY BBC Pebble Mill


Directed By: Niall Fraser
Producer: Adrian Mourby

: Radio Fun at Christmas

In the company of Gillie Potter, Amos 'n' Andy, Tommy Handley, The Lyons Family, Joyce Grenfell, The Goons and many others, Russell Davies pieces together what wireless comedians made of Christmas.


Presenter: Russell Davies
Producer: Neil Cargill

: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Part 2. Stereo (R)

: The Queen


: *pm News

: With Great Pleasure

Alan Bennett , in company with Phyllida Law, presents some favourite poetry and prose. (R)


Unknown: Alan Bennett

: The Real Mahler

Reviled in his own day, and almost forgotten after his death, Gustav Mahler is now one of the most performed of all symphonic composers.
Norman Lebrecht tracks down recorded reminiscences by some of Mahler's closest contemporaries - his widow
Alma, his players, and conductors such as Walter, Stokowski and Klemperer - plus a 1905 recording of Mahler at the piano. Producer DANIEL SNOWMAN. Stereo


Unknown: Gustav Mahler
Unknown: Norman Lebrecht
Producer: Daniel Snowman.

: Tom Jones

by HENRY FIELDING adapted in six parts by HALLAM TENNYSON.
1: Gentleman, Foundling and Bastard
(For full cast see page 125) Stereo (R)


Unknown: Henry Fielding
Unknown: Hallam Tennyson.
Tom: With Anton Lesser
Sophia: Cathryn Hurlbutt
as Squire Allworthy: Clifford Rose
Squire Western: Peter Jeffrey
Fielding: Martin Jarvis
Miss Western: Sarah Badel
Molly Seagrim: Helen Worth
Mrs Waters: Annette Crosby
Mr Partridge: John Warner
Lady Bell: Jill Baum
as Mrs Fitzpatrick: Hannah Gordon
Lord Fellamar: Charles Gray
and as Mr Nightingale: David McAlister

: The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of Mystery and Imagination by CHRISTOPHER COOK with music by CLAUDE DEBUSSY . Detective Auguste Dupin, one of Poe's own creations, investigates the bizarre life and strange death of the writer.
Auguste Charles Dupin with Michael Graham Cox Joe Dunlop and Melinda Walker Directed by JOHN POWELL. Stereo


Unknown: Christopher Cook
Music By: Claude Debussy
Unknown: Auguste Charles Dupin
Unknown: Michael Graham Cox
Unknown: Joe Dunlop
Directed By: John Powell.
Unknown: Edgar Allan Woddis
as Edgar Allan Poe With: Kerry Shale
Chevalier: And John Moffatt

: Down Your Way at Christmas

visits Salisbury Cathedral.
Producer JOHN HOLMES. BBC Bristol


Producer: John Holmes.

: News



Unknown: Charlotte Green

: Hoffnung

A celebration in words, music and non-sequiturs in which Bob Sinfield captures the blunderbuss-spread of

: Playing from the Heart

A family celebration in words and music. When Eugene Goossens came to England from
Belgium in 1845, he founded a musical dynasty whose talent still vibrates through British musical life. Granddaughters Marie and Sidonie, now aged 94 and 89, look back and forwards, with help from archive recordings of their brothers Leon and Eugene, and contributions from actress Jenny Goossens , artist
Anne Goossens Obermer and jazz pianist Tony Laurence and family.
Devised and compiled by CAROLE ROSEN
Producer PIERS PLOWRIGHT. Stereo


Artist: Jenny Goossens
Artist: Anne Goossens OBErmer
Pianist: Tony Laurence
Unknown: Carole Rosen
Producer: Piers Plowright.

: Comedy at Christmas

Relatively Speaking by ALAN AYCKBOURN with Michael Aldridge and Rosemary Leach.
Ginny and Greg are a young couple who want to marry - but first Ginny has a 'past' she wants to discard.
Directed by KAY PATRICK. Stereo (R)


Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn
Unknown: Michael Aldridge
Unknown: Rosemary Leach.
Directed By: Kay Patrick.
Greg: Nigel Lambert
Ginny: Joanna Wake
Philip: Michael Aldridge
Sheila: Rosemary Leach

: Penguins and Plum Puddings

While in the comfort of your home, surrounded by presents and full of turkey, spare a thought for those intrepid naturalists, explorers and others who do not let Christmas Day deflect them from their purpose - facing danger, excitement and, in David Bellamy 's case, nearly becoming a shark's Christmas dinner.
Presented by Barry Paine. Producer JOHN HARRISON BBC Bristol


Unknown: David Bellamy
Presented By: Barry Paine.
Producer: John Harrison

: News

: Superman on Trial

Accused of crimes against humanity, the last son of Krypton stands powerless before a court dominated by Lex Luthor - criminal genius turned prosecutor.
Only Lois Lane can defend 50 Years of the Man of Steel!
Written by DIRK MAGGS. Based on the character Superman created by JERRY SIEGEL and JOE SHUSTER , published by DC COMICS INC
Producer NEIL CARGILL. Stereo (R)


Unknown: Lois Lane
Unknown: Dave Gibbons.
Written By: Dirk Maggs.
Unknown: Jerry Siegel
Unknown: Joe Shuster
Superman: Stuart Milligan
Lex Luthor: William Hootkins
Lois Lane: Shelley Thompson
Jimmy Olsen: Vincent Marzfllo
Batman: Bob Sessions
Martha Kent: Lorelei King
Jonathan Kent: David Graham
Jor-El: Garrick Hagon
Judge: Leon Herbert

: Concerto

James Galway talks to
June Knox-Mawer about his upbringing in Belfast and his rise to fame as a flautist.
Producer DEREK DRESCHER. Stereo (R)


Talks: James Galway
Producer: Derek Drescher.

: Seeds of Faith

i Words and music for
Christmas night, with His Grace The Most Rev Dr John Habgood , Archbishop of York. Producer NOEL VINCENT BBC Manchester. Stereo


Unknown: Dr John Habgood

: *am News

followed by an interlude

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