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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

The daily bulletin of rural current affairs.
Producers Sue Broom and Steve Punter

: Prayer for the Day

with the Rev
Derek Boden. Stereo


Unknown: Derek Boden.

: Today

Presented by John Humphrys and Jenny Bond. Including:
6.45 Business News
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.


Presented By: John Humphrys
Presented By: Jenny Bond.
Unknown: Lionel Blue.

: The Week on 4

: Glimpses of the Past

A three-part series in which
Professor Theo Barker delves among the BBC Sound Archives. 1: Well Satisfied for Four Pence!
A century ago, a worker was lucky if he earned 18 shillings a week.
But beer was cheap - and the bread and cheese often on the house.
Producer Daniel Snowman


Unknown: Professor Theo Barker
Producer: Daniel Snowman

: News

: Start the Week

A special edition of the programme from the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. With Melvyn Bragg and guests Dr Patrick Greene , Yvonne Brewster ,
Alexei Sologubenko and Martine McDonagh. Guest interviewer
Winifred Robinson.
Producer Marina Salandy-Brown Stereo


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Unknown: Dr Patrick Greene
Unknown: Yvonne Brewster
Unknown: Alexei Sologubenko
Unknown: Martine McDonagh.
Interviewer: Winifred Robinson.

: Money Box

: Morning Story

The First Banana in England
Jonathan Treitel's short story describes a fruity discovery made in Elizabethan times.
'It is a yellow fruit. And long. Its flesh is as soft as butter and sweet as honey. If chopped intwain, you will see the sign of the cross on its middle.' Read by Stephen Moore. Producer Duncan Minshull


Read By: Stephen Moore.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: Daily Service

from St German's Church, Cardiff, led by the Rev Roy Jenkins with the Welsh Chamber Singers. Introit: After Darkness Light; Isaiah 6, w 1-8; Praise the Lord, His
Glories Show; Round the Lord in Glory Seated; Forth in Thy Name. Stereo


Unknown: Roy Jenkins

: Down Your Way

: Poetry Please!

Simon Rae introduces listeners' requests, including The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Readers Andrew Sachs and Rosalind Shanks.
Producer Susan Roberts. Stereo 0 REQUESTS to: Poetry Please!, BBC. Bristol BS8 2LR


Introduces: Simon Rae
Readers: Andrew Sachs
Readers: Rosalind Shanks.
Producer: Susan Roberts.

: You and Yours

Presented by John Howard. Editor Ken Vass


Presented By: John Howard.
Editor: Ken Vass

: Brain of Britain 1991

A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain. Chairman
Robert Robinson.
First Round - London.
Lance Haward (solicitor); Lynn Dunford (librarian); Stephen Wortley (stockbroker); and William Silver
(company director).
The programme includes Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants.
Producer Richard Edis. Stereo


Unknown: Robert Robinson.
Unknown: Lynn Dunford
Unknown: Stephen Wortley
Unknown: William Silver
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The World at One

Presented by James Naughtie. Editor Roger Mosey


Presented By: James Naughtie.
Editor: Roger Mosey

: The Archers

: Woman's Hour

Out of Character
A special programme from the Vaudeville
Theatre, London with Jenni Murray.
Maureen Lipman , Ruth Madoc , Celia Imrie and leading director Mandy Fletcher demonstrate the art of comedy. Producer Mary Sharp 0 FEATURE: page 22


Unknown: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Unknown: Ruth Madoc
Unknown: Celia Imrie
Director: Mandy Fletcher
Producer: Mary Sharp

: The Norman Conquests

The last of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Round and Round the Garden
The final play takes place in the garden. Norman, heavily under the influence of dandelion wine, now professes love and affection for his brother-in-law.


Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn.

: Kaleidoscope

Airtime Epics
The epics of Indian literature, like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, encompass some of the greatest, and oldest, stories ever told. Now there's a thriving industry translating the deeds of gods and men into television for a worldwide audience. John Keay reports from India on their enormous impact across the cultural and political spectrum.
Producer Mike Greenwood


Unknown: John Keay
Producer: Mike Greenwood

: PM

with Wendy Austin and Frank Partridge.


Unknown: Wendy Austin
Unknown: Frank Partridge.

: The News Quiz

: News

: The Archers

How does Jill keep her holiday guests occupied?

: The Food Programme

with Derek Cooper.


Unknown: Derek Cooper.

: The Monday Play

The Words are Strange Tom is a radical teacher in a reactionary school, where the entrepreneurial spirit would consign poetry to the dustbin. Written by Robin Glendinning.
Director Eoin O'Callaghan. Stereo


Unknown: Strange Tom
Written By: Robin Glendinning.
Director: Eoin O'Callaghan.
Tom Fairfax: John Hewitt
The Principal: T P McKenna
Sally Fairfar: Eleanor Methven
Alison: Heather McIlwaine
Jonathan: Damian O'Hare
Gary: Mark Lamb
Vice Principal: John Keyes
Jim: Wesley Murphy
Arthur: Anthony Finnigan
Stuart: Bj Hogg
Sir Richard: Patrick Duncan
Black: Robert Taylor
Ursula: Galina Tanney
Schoolboy: Mark Phelan
Schoolgirl: Helen Nelson

: Fine Arts Brass

The last in the series with one of this country's leading chamber ensembles. Producer Richard Edis. Stereo


Producer: Richard Edis.

: Kaleidoscope

: The Financial World Tonight

Can Britain offer as good a holiday as the Mediterranean package deal? Nigel Cassidy investigates. Stereo


Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

: The World Tonight

with Robin Lustig.
Editor Margaret Budy. Stereo


Unknown: Robin Lustig.
Editor: Margaret Budy.

: A Book at Bedtime

Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson.
Maggie Vardoe has made a careful plan to leave her husband and her home in Vancouver. The first of ten episodes read by Shelley Thompson. Abridged by Ed Thomason Producer Pete Atkin


Unknown: Ethel Wilson.
Unknown: Maggie Vardoe
Read By: Shelley Thompson.
Abridged By: Ed Thomason
Producer: Pete Atkin

: Flying the Flag

A six-part comedy written by Alex Shearer.
4: The Comrade Connection
The diplomats tackle the drug barons.
Producer Neil Cargill. Stereo


Written By: Alex Shearer.
Producer: Neil Cargill.
MacKenzie: Dinsdale Landen
William Frost: Peter Acre
Helen: Moir Leslie
Colonel Surikov: Christopher Benjamin
Spiro: Stephen Greif

: The Great Forest of Caledon

Scotland's pine forest once covered much of the highlands, but today only a few scattered wild woods survive. Great efforts are now being made to protect what remains and restore some poorer areas.
Michael Scott reports. Producer John Harrison


Unknown: Michael Scott
Producer: John Harrison

: News

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