A week of festive tales.... 3: Holly by TOM WAKEFIELD.
'Afterwards, we sang The Holly and the Ivy as if nothing had happened - but of course it had. We could still see the tiny spottles of blood on Miss Roper's hand.'
Read by Stephanie Cole. Producer MARILYN IMRIE
Carol: Gabriel's message (Basque carol, arr
E. Pettman ); Reading: Luke 1, vv 26-35
Carol: There is no rose (G. Hendrie )
Angelus ad virginem
(medieval, arr B. Rose). Director of Music
BARRY ROSE. Stereo
Transylvania - Dancing in the Dark
Transylvania: a rich culture unique in Europe. But Ceausescu's 'Systemisation' plan means it may be lost for ever. Recorded secretly in Romania, the programme reports on the gloomy state of village culture. Written, presented and produced by Simon Broughton.
by NOEL COWARD . The third of three
Coward short stories adapted by JOHN GRAHAM. With and The story of a young playwright's encounter with the big star who could make or break him in the theatre.
Directed by CHRISTOPHER VENNING (R)
J C Roebuck:
Sweet Chiming Bells Paul Allen visits the Black Bull pub at Ecclesfield near
Sheffield, where a group of singers meet to perform Christmas songs and carols stemming from the English folksong heritage, and where familiar words turn up wearing new tunes and harmonics.
Producer NOAH RICHLER. Stereo
David Ashford investigates the life and legends of the famous highwayman.
With Nigel Anthony as Turpin and the voices of JOHN GABRIEL, DAVID
GOUDGE, JOHN MOFFAT and JANE SLAVIN. Ballad singer PETER BOND
Beyond the Tunnel of History by Jacques Darras. 5: Toward the Light
'J see Europe poised on the brink of a spiritual and intellectual development that will gather together the scattered embers of its past.'
William Wordsworth stood on the beach at Calais and met for the first time his French daughter Caroline. Father and child provided a poignant symbol of the ambivalence between
France and England. But Jacques Darras finds a clue to our shared European future in a much earlier cross-
Channel cultural interaction: the 'School of Light' established by Irish monks in the medieval city of Laon. Producer DANIEL SNOWMAN
This has been the year of Hamlet in the theatre and Brighton's Zap club rounds it off with Hamlet, the Panto; David Self picks the best of this Christmas's television and radio, with a nostalgic reminder of BBC offerings 50 years ago; and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is staged in a 5,000-seat tent.
With Nigel Andrews. Producer HILARY NORRISH Stereo (Revised repeat on Thursday at 4.35pm)
Aspects of a decade recalled in nine parts by Harry Thompson. 9: Under the Counter Something Stirs
A view of the days when it was chastity, Horlicks and the Light
Programme - not sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. And nice girls didn't.... often....
STEPHANIE CROWTHER and LUCY BARTLEY
Producer AMANDA MARES Editor ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester
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