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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day


: Today

Presenters Brian Redhead and John Humphrys


Presenters: Brian Redhead
Presenters: John Humphrys

: News

: Midweek

with Libby Purves
Producer ANGIE NEHRING Stereo


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Angie Nehring

: Gardeners' Question Time

(Details as Sunday 2. 00pm)

: Morning Story

The Day They Burnt the Books by JEAN RHYS
Read by Kate Littlewood Producer ALISON HINDELL


Read By: Kate Littlewood
Producer: Alison Hindell

: Daily Service

Introit: I am the first and the last (Rose); My God, accept my heart (BBC HB 356);
Acts 22, vv 6-16;
How lovely are the messengers (St Paul) (Mendelssohn);
Give to me, Lord, a thankful heart
Director of Music

: The Wednesday Feature

Reith Remembered
After he left the BBC in 1938, Lord Reith felt 'eyeless in Gaza'.
In the second of two programmes
Frank Gillard considers Reith's post-BBC career and discusses this paradoxical character with his family, friends and colleagues.
Producer CHRISTOPHER STONE BBC Bristol. Stereo


Unknown: Frank Gillard

: No Time for Nursery Rhymes

In the fifth of six programmes marking the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Tessa Shaw meets working children in the Philippines and in India. Producer MOHINI PATEL


Unknown: Tessa Shaw
Producer: Mohini Patel

: You and Yours

Presenter John Howard


Presenter: John Howard

: First on 4

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (A 1989 Sony Award winner)
Another chance to hear the improvisation show.
Regulars Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Griff Rhys Jones and Kate Robbins , as they wallow through the world of literary styles, TV theme tunes and film genres.
In the chair
Clive Anderson.
Devised and compiled by MARK LEVESON and producer DAN PATTERSON Stereo (R)


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: John Sessions
Unknown: Griff Rhys Jones
Unknown: Kate Robbins
Unknown: Clive Anderson.
Unknown: Mark Leveson
Producer: Dan Patterson

: The World at One

Presenter James Naughtie


Presenter: James Naughtie

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Gregory Goggly Has an Adventure. Stereo

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray meets
Valerie Strachan , Deputy Chairman of the Board of Customs and Excise.
Serial: Diana's Story (10)


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Valerie Strachan

: Box of Chocolates

A monologue by CHRISTOPHER REASON. With Prunella Scales as Christine.
When Christine receives a box of chocolates from her estranged Aunt
Shirley, she is prompted to show us how soft-centred she really is. But watch out for the nuts....
Directed by CLIVE BRILL . Stereo
0 See David Gillard , page 76


Directed By: Clive Brill
Unknown: David Gillard

: Time for Verse

The first of five programmes presented by George MacBeth , featuring Anthony Hyde reading poems by poet Alan Brownjohn. Producer ALEC REID BBC Bristol


Presented By: George MacBeth
Unknown: Anthony Hyde
Unknown: Alan Brownjohn.
Producer: Alec Reid

: News

: File on 4

(Details as Tuesday 7.20pm)

: Kaleidoscope Extra

Last March Lucy Neal , co-founder of the London International Festival of Theatre, set off for Chile to track down La Negra Ester, a theatrical experience which had become that country's biggest hit, keeping a record of her journey.
Producer JOHN GOUDIE. Stereo


Unknown: Lucy Neal
Producer: John Goudie.

: PM

Presenters Hugh Sykes and Frances Coverdale including daily reports from Wimbledon.


Presenters: Hugh Sykes
Presenters: Frances Coverdale

: Six O'Clock News

and Financial Report

: Brain of Britain 1989

Stem (Details as Mon 12.25pm)

: News

: The Archers

: Face the Facts

with John Waite


Unknown: John Waite
Producer: Graham Ellis

: Age to Age

(Details as Saturday 4.00pm)

: Medicine Now

: Two Hundred Leagues from Paris

by Colin McLaren.
Narrated by Peter Barkworth.
With Russell Boulter as Charles Barbaroux, Garard Green as Laurent Lautard and Edward de Souza as the Comte de Mirabeau

While crowds stormed the Bastille in Paris, the voices of the Marseillais were raised in protest at the price of bread - at first.
See panel, left

The Militants of Marseilles
The Revolution of 1789 was not confined to Paris alone, but erupted throughout France. Colin McLaren sets the scene for Wednesday's re-creation of revolutionary events in the ancient port of Marseilles.
What brought the citizens of Marseilles out onto the streets? Mainly their own independent spirit, which flared up at any threat to their privileges. They resented the power of the king's representative in the region and his influence over their city council. They detested, too, the way they were taxed, by a system which favoured the rich and oppressed the poor. Bad harvests and bitter winter brought these grievances to a head at the beginning of 1789.
Led by a group of young 'patriots and with the support of the redoubtable Comte de Mirabeau. the citizens challenged the established order. They had almost secured the reforms they wanted, when the government intervened. Military rule was imposed. followed by mass arrests, secret, trials and imprisonment in the Chateau d'If. But the patriots held out and, as events in Marseilles were overtaken by those in Paris, they triumphed. The nine-month struggle turned many of them into campaign-hardened militants. Their fervour would place Marseilles in the forefront of the Revolution. Their song would become its anthem. The story is long and complex, lurching from drama to farce. The testimony is heard of those who were there, taking part or looking on. The words come from their letters, speeches and memoirs and from the pamphlets they published, full of the heady rhetoric of revolution.
Two centuries on, the rhetoric is unchanged, the consequences no less bloody. Every decade has its own young 'patriots', convinced that oppression will yield to protest. As I write, echoes from the streets of Marseilles sound forlornly in Tiananmen Square.


Writer: Colin McLaren
Music: Roger Limb of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Director: Judith Bumpus
Narrator: Peter Barkworth
Charles Barbaroux: Russell Boulter
Laurent Lautard: Garard Green
The Comte de Mirabeau: Edward de Souza
Lord Gardenstone/Comte de Caraman: John Samson
Etienne Chompre: Donald Gee
Mathieu Blanc-Gilly/Commissioner d'Andre: Geoffrey Whitehead
Antoine Bemmond-Julien/Toussaint Pascal: Philip Sully
Francois Rebecquy: Joe Dunlop
Francois Granet: Ken Cumberledge
Youth: Susan Sheridan
Visitors to Marseilles and citizens: Donald Gee
Visitors to Marseilles and citizens: David Goudge
Visitors to Marseilles and citizens: Christopher Scott
Visitors to Marseilles and citizens: Ian Targett

: Kaleidoscope

Nigel Andrews visits the latest Disney extravaganza in Florida; Sean Connery meets
Indiana Jones; John Le Carre 's new novel is The Russia House; and Lindsay Kemp has his way with Alice.
Producer NICK1 PAXMAN Stereo (Revised repeat on Thursday at 4.35pm)


Unknown: Nigel Andrews
Unknown: Sean Connery
Unknown: John Le Carre
Unknown: Lindsay Kemp

: A Book at Bedtime

The Heat of the Day (13)

: The World Tonight

with Alexander MacLeod


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: Open University

11.30 Modern Art: Berlin Dada
11.50 Maxima and Minima

: Today In Parliament

on LWonly

: News

LW only 12.00-12.10

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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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