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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day


: Today

with Sue MacGregor and Brian Redhead
9.00am News


Unknown: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Brian Redhead

: Midweek

with Libby Purves
Producer ANGIE NEHRING Stereo


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Angie Nehring

: Gardeners' Question Time

(Details as Sunday 2.00pm)

: Christmas Story

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


Unknown: Tom Wakefield.
Read By: Stephanie Cole.
Producer: Marilyn Imrie

: Daily Service

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


Unknown: E. Pettman
Unknown: G. Hendrie

: The Wednesday Feature

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.


Produced By: Simon Broughton.

: Fragile Paradise

Andrew Mitchell 's journey across the Pacific ends on Easter
Island, where the silent statues tell a story of exploitation which is still relevant today. Producer JOHN HARRISON BBC Bristol


Unknown: Andrew Mitchell
Producer: John Harrison

: You and Yours

Presented by John Waite


Presented By: John Waite

: The Litmus Test

The panel game in which Michael Scott takes a quizzical look at the elements of science.
Producer LOUISE DALZIEL BBC Scotland Stereo (R)


Unknown: Michael Scott

: The World at One

Presented by James Naughtie


Presented By: James Naughtie

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Felicity Kendal reads Peter Pan. Stereo


Unknown: Peter Pan.

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Jenni Murray. Serial:
Mr Campion and Others 3: Safe as Houses


Introduced By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Mr Campion

: Star Quality

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.


Unknown: Noel Coward
Adapted By: John Graham.
Directed By: Christopher Venning
Lorraine Barrie: Jean Kent
Ray Malcolm: Michael Billington
J C Roebuck: Michael Shannon
Bryan Snow: Lawrence Douglas
Marion Blake: Patricia Moore
Tony Orford: Peter Whitman

: Time for Verse

Veteran poet
George Barker reads poems in celebration of Eliot and Yeats, at the Janneau
Festival, King's Lynn. Introduced by George Macbeth : Producer ALEC REID BBC Bristol


Unknown: George Barker
Introduced By: George MacBeth
Producer: Alec Reid

: News

: File on 4

(Details as Tuesday 7.20pm)

: Kaleidoscope Extra

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


Unknown: Paul Allen
Producer: Noah Richler.

: PM

Presented by Hugh Sykes and Frances Coverdale


Presented By: Hugh Sykes
Presented By: Frances Coverdale

: Six O'Clock News

and Financial Report

: Screenplay

Host lain Johnstone, with Dick Vosburgh Bernard Cribbins
Victoria Mather and Robin Ray.
Written and researched by JEREMY PASCALL and phil SWERN
Producer ANDY ALIFFE Stereo (R)


Unknown: Dick Vosburgh
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Unknown: Victoria Mather
Unknown: Robin Ray.
Unknown: Jeremy Pascall

: News

: The Archers

: Visiting Lives

Stereo (Details Tues 4.05pm)

: Turpin Hero

David Ashford investigates the life and legends of the famous highwayman.
With Nigel Anthony as Turpin and the voices of JOHN GABRIEL, DAVID


Presenter: David Ashford
Turpin: Nigel Anthony
Voice: John Gabriel
Voice: David Goudge
Voice: John Moffat
Voice: Jane Slavin
Ballad singer: Peter Bond
Producer: Peter Fozzard

: Medicine Now

: The 1989 Reith Lectures

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.'
In 1802,
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


Unknown: Jacques Darras.
Unknown: William Wordsworth
Unknown: Jacques Darras
Producer: Daniel Snowman

: Kaleidoscope

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)


Unknown: David Self
Unknown: Nigel Andrews.
Producer: Hilary Norrish

: The World Tonight

with Alexander MacLeod Stereo


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: A Book at Bedtime

Vintage Thurber
3: Guessing Game and The Night the Bed Fell

: Carry On up the 50s

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....


Unknown: Harry Thompson.
Unknown: Stephanie Crowther
Editor: Alastair Wilson

: News

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