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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 John Davis.


Unknown: John Davis.

: Today

withjohn Humphrys and Sue MacGregor. Including:
6.45 Business News
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Dr Pauline Webb.


Unknown: Sue MacGregor.
Unknown: Dr Pauline Webb.

: The Week on 4

: News

: Start the Week

With Melvyn Bragg.
Christmas literature, music, rituals and religion - John Walsh , Marina Warner , Bel Mooney and others in festive conversation.
Producer Marina Salandy-Brown Stereo


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg.
Unknown: John Walsh
Unknown: Marina Warner
Unknown: Bel Mooney

: The Mating Game

The natural history quiz. With Nicola Davies , Sheila Anderson , Martin Banks and Ian Linn. Chairman Lionel Kelleway. Producer John Holmes


Unknown: Nicola Davies
Unknown: Sheila Anderson
Unknown: Martin Banks
Unknown: Ian Linn.
Unknown: Lionel Kelleway.
Producer: John Holmes

: Daily Service

from Westminster Abbey
With Canon Colin Semper. The Abbey choristers directed by Martin Neary.
Introit: Once in Royal David's City; Angelus ad 'irginem; The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came; Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth; Luke 1, vv 26-38.
Organist Andrew Lumsden.


Unknown: Canon Colin Semper.
Directed By: Martin Neary.
Unknown: Thou Redeemer
Organist: Andrew Lumsden.

: The Bible

Kings. The seventh of eight parts read from the Authorised Version by Paul Daneman.
Abridged by Alan England Director Alan Drury


Unknown: Paul Daneman.
Abridged By: Alan England
Director: Alan Drury

: Woman's Hour

Throw your chicken legs in the air, get out your lute, weave a little gold and take a trip to Tudor England with Sylvia Horn. Serial: Deep Sleep by Frances Fyfield. The final episode read by Jan Francis. Abridged by Doreen Estall Music: Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Editors Sally Feldman and Clare Selerie


Unknown: Sylvia Horn.
Unknown: Frances Fyfield.
Read By: Jan Francis.
Abridged By: Doreen Estall
Editors: Sally Feldman
Editors: Clare Selerie

: Money Box Live

Vincent Duggleby and a panel of experts sort through the Money Box postbag.
Producer Ann Gilmartin


Unknown: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Ann Gilmartin

: You and Yours

Presented by John Howard. Editor Ken Vass


Presented By: John Howard.
Editor: Ken Vass

: My Music

The musical panel game.
John Amis and Frank Muir challenge Ian Wallace and Denis Norden.
In the chair Steve Race. Producer Richard Edis. Stereo


Unknown: John Amis
Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Ian Wallace
Unknown: Denis Norden.
Unknown: Steve Race.
Producer: Richard Edis.

: The World at One

Presented by Roger Hearing. Editor Roger Mosey


Presented By: Roger Hearing.

: The Archers

: Christmas at the Wells

A Woman of No Importance
Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis play the leading roles in this new production of Oscar Wilde 's social comedy.
Violin Alexander Balanescu.
Adapted and directed by Adrian Bean. Stereo (London Assurance, Christmas Day 2.00pm)


Writer: Oscar Wilde
Director: Adrian Bean
Violin: Alexander Balanescu
Mrs Arbuthnot: Diana Rigg
Lord Illingworth: Martin Jarvis
Lady Hunstanton: Annette Crosbie
Lady Caroline Pontefract: Irene Sutcliffe
Mrs Allonby: Susan Sheridan
Lady Stutfield: Auriol Smith
Gerald Arbuthnot: Dominic Letts
Hester Worsley: Teresa Gallagher
Archdeacon Daubeny: David King
Sir John Pontefract: Geoffrey Chater
Mr Kelvill, MP: Jack Klaff
Alice: Adjoa Andoh
Lord Alfred Rufford: Peter Penry-Jones

: And Now, in Colour Christmas Special

Tim, Tim, Mike and Will have a quiet Christmas Day - apart from the exploding rabbit, of course. Precision comedy written and performed by Tim Firth , Tim de Jongh, Michael Rutger and William Vandyck.
Producer Lissa Evans. Stereo


Unknown: Tim Firth
Unknown: Michael Rutger
Unknown: William Vandyck.
Producer: Lissa Evans.

: News

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Vaughan sifts through the seasonal entertainment on radio and television, with interjections from today's musical guests.
Producer Belinda Sample. Stereo


Unknown: Paul Vaughan
Producer: Belinda Sample.

: Short Story

Swirsky Rejoices
An African Christmas in the 1950s, as recalled in five stories by Christopher Hope. The small town of Badminton welcomes a restless chemist called Nathan Swirsky. 1: Avanti!
"He arrived wearing a deadly moustache. And he came from the direction of the dynamite factory...." Producer Duncan Minshull


Stories By: Christopher Hope.
Unknown: Nathan Swirsky.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: PM

Presented by Valerie Singleton and Wendy Austin. Editor Kevin Marsh
● WRITE to: PM Letters. BBC, London W1A 1AA


Presented By: Valerie Singleton
Presented By: Wendy Austin.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: News Quiz of the Year


: News

: The Archers

Eddie impresses a special guest.

: The Food Programme

Presented by Derek Cooper.


Presented By: Derek Cooper.

: The Monday Play

Roxana Daniel Defoe 's story of a beautiful adventuress who rises from poverty to become the mistress of King Charles II.
Alison Steadman plays Roxana, a woman who finds fulfilment is not always to be found in fame and prosperity.
Dramatised by Alan England Director Philip Martin. Stereo


Unknown: Roxana Daniel Defoe
Unknown: King Charles Ii.
Unknown: Alison Steadman
Dramatised By: Alan England
Director: Philip Martin.
Amy: Claire Faulconbridge
Prince: Michael Fitzgerald
Laurence/Reinhard: David Learner
Barlborough: David Meal
King: Geoff Serle
Mr Mulders: Roger Hume
Susan: Georgia Greeph
Sister: Caroline Ryder
Husband: Andy Hockley
Sister-in-law: Tessa Gallagher
Quaker: Patricia Gallimore
Mrs Brown: Joyce Gibbs

: The Financial World Tonight

Presented by Roger White. Stereo


Presented By: Roger White.

: The World Tonight

Presented by Robin Lustig.
Editor Margaret Budy. Stereo


Presented By: Robin Lustig.
Editor: Margaret Budy.

: A Book at Bedtime

Walden by Henry David Thoreau. The fourth of seven parts read by William Hootkins. Abridged by Alistair Wilson Producer Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Henry David Thoreau.
Read By: William Hootkins.
Abridged By: Alistair Wilson
Producer: Peter Kavanagh

: Radio Active

The Radio Active team with the final selection of their past triumphs. Stereo

: The Tingle Factor

Peter Skellern talks to
Robin Ray about certain moments in music which send a shiver down his spine.
Producer Andrew Mussett Stereo


Talks: Peter Skellern
Unknown: Robin Ray
Producer: Andrew Mussett

: News

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