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: News Briefing

: Prelude

with Marjorie Lofthouse Stereo


Unknown: Marjorie Lofthouse

: Morning Has Broken

with Jack Hywel-Davies including
Bells on Sunday from Portsmouth Cathedral. Stereo


Unknown: Jack Hywel-Davies

: News

: Sunday Papers

: On Your Farm

How did the legend of Father Christmas arriving down the chimney come about? Find out when Oliver Walston has breakfast with Dr Nicholas Tyler , somewhere in the Arctic Circle.


Unknown: Oliver Walston
Unknown: Dr Nicholas Tyler

: Sunday

with Andrew Green and Clive Jacobs including at


Unknown: Andrew Green
Unknown: Clive Jacobs

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sir Peter Ustinov

speaks for the Week's Good Cause about the work of the United
Nations Association Trust on behalf of Mozambican refugees in Malawi.
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: News

: Sunday Papers

: Letter from America

by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Morning Service

The Prince of Peace? The last in a series of sermons exploring the message of peace.
Peace and Social Conflict from St Cross with St Paul Church,
Clayton, Manchester.
Preacher: the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Stanley Booth-Clibborn. Led by the Rev Nigel Prior with the John Powell singers.


Singers: John Powell

: The Archers

Omnibus edition Director Niall Fraser


Director: Niall Fraser

: News Stand

with Hugh Prysor-Jones


Unknown: Hugh Prysor-Jones

: Pick of the Week

with Margaret Howard


Unknown: Margaret Howard

: Desert Island Discs

This week's castaway is Brian Keenan , who will be spending his first
Christmas in five years as a free man. He talks to Sue Lawley about those years, and about life before his captivity in Beirut. Stereo


Unknown: Brian Keenan

: The World This Weekend

with Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Gardeners' Question Time

from Liverpool, where members of the South
Mersey College put their queries to
Dr Stefan Buczacki , Fred Downham and Sue Phillips.
Chairman Clay Jones.


Unknown: Dr Stefan Buczacki
Unknown: Fred Downham
Unknown: Sue Phillips.
Unknown: Clay Jones.

: Sunday Playhouse

The Holly and the Ivy In Wynyard Browne's play, set in a country vicarage in 1950, Christmas spirit and Christian values are sorely tested.
Director Martin Jenkins (R)


Director: Martin Jenkins
David: John Samson
Jenny: Jane Knowles
Martin: Stephen Murray
Mick: Geoffrey Beevers
Bridget: Shelagh Fraser
Lydia: Nora Nicholson
Richard: William Fox
Margaret: Isobel Black

: Analysis

Why do the forecasters and pollsters so often go awry? Governments continue to spend significant sums on research, but how much do policy makers and the public really know about what is happening inside British society?

: Time for Verse

with Carol Ann Duffy.
William Stafford reads at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Producer Alec Reid. Stereo


Unknown: Carol Ann Duffy.
Unknown: William Stafford
Producer: Alec Reid.

: Down Your Way

with the Salvation Army's Croydon Citadel Band, out and about among Christmas shoppers. Producer Jill Marshall


Producer: Jill Marshall

: Smith on Old Age

Phil Smith 's six-part guide to making the most of your sunset years. 5: Have Pension, Will Travel
Producer Gillian Hush


Unknown: Phil Smith
Producer: Gillian Hush

: News

: Let It Be Sardinial

Four talks in which
David Bean traverses the island following the route marked out 70 years earlier by D H Lawrence. 3: Bandits, What Bandits?


Unknown: David Bean
Unknown: H Lawrence.

: A Spoonful of Sugar

Mary Poppins first appeared in 1934, yet author P L Travers is still recording her adventures. Travers talks about the spirituality that underlies her much-loved creation.
Cyril Cusack reads extracts from her books. Producer Martin Buckley
(P L Travers's play 'Fox at the Manger' is broadcast tomorrow at 2.00pm)


Unknown: Mary Poppins
Unknown: Cyril Cusack
Producer: Martin Buckley

: Handel: Messiah

Brian Kay introduces the complete oratorio from St David 's Hall, Cardiff. Lillian Watson (soprano) Ameral Gunson (mezzo) Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Michael George (bass) BBC Welsh Chorus chorusmaster
John Hugh Thomas
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra led by Geoffrey Trabichoff conducted by Simon Preston.
Producer George Michael
Stereo (In association with Price Waterhouse)


Introduces: Brian Kay
Unknown: St David
Soprano: Lillian Watson
Soprano: Ameral Gunson
Tenor: Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Bass: Michael George
Unknown: John Hugh Thomas
Unknown: Geoffrey Trabichoff
Conducted By: Simon Preston.
Producer: George Michael

: News

: Arthur - the King

The final part of Graeme Fife's epic serial. Arthur.
'Remember it - and our splendour.
No mild something that never was.
No something only that might be.
But Arthur - Arthur the King.'



Writer: Graeme Fife
Music: Steven Faux
Director: John Powell
Arthur: Keith Baxter
Morgan le Fay: Anna Massey
The Lady Guenever: Jill Balcon
Prince Mordred: Tom Hunsinger
Sir Lancelot: Nicholas Farrell
Sir Gawain: Ioan Meredith
Sir Bedivere: Edward de Souza
Sir Kay: Michael Kilgarriff
Sir Dinadan: James Greene
Unknown: Graeme Fife
Unknown: Jo Kendall
Unknown: Vincent Brimble
Unknown: Simon Treves
Unknown: Brian Miller
Unknown: Donald Gee

: Hotfoot from Heaven

Are angels real or imagined? Andrew Green draws on the experiences of devotees and doubters, and on the literature and music inspired by angels. Producer David Coomes Stereo


Unknown: Andrew Green
Producer: David Coomes

: Seeds of Faith

Good News at Christmas
The Rev David Winter , the Bishop's Officer for
Evangelism in the Diocese of Oxford, examines contemporary concerns I for evangelism in the light of the Christmas message. Stereo


Unknown: David Winter

: News

About this project

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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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