Simon Brett chooses diary extracts for 18 December. Rumours fly around the White House from the journal of Harold L Ickes in 1937; a convincing Jack-the-Ripper theory from R D Blumenfeld in 1901; and in 1939. as news comes through from the River Plate, Mass-Observation diarists give their reactions to the scuttling of the Graf Spec. Readers Sean Barrett , Jane Whittenshaw and June Barrie. Producer Kate McAll. Stereo
Thriller-writer of many guises, Jonathan Aycliffe provides a ghostly element for Christmas with his new novel Whispers in the Dark. Nigel Forde also discusses the importance of time in fiction with novelists A S Byatt and Michael Frayn.
Producer Sally Marmion. Stereo
An excuse or a proposal?
Written by Janey Preger
Director Keri Davies. Stereo
●Archers Addicts Fan Club: sae to [address removed]
Jonathan Dimbleby and guests Lady Howe,
Chairwoman of Opportunity 2000; Glenys Kinnock ,
Chairwoman of One World
Action; Sir Nigel Mobbs , Chairman of Aims of Industry and Slough
Estates pic; and Anthony Smith , President of Magdalen College, Oxford, tackle the issues raised in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Producer Nick Utechin
Escape from Siberia
Leon Trotsky's account of his hair-raising escape by yak and reindeer from prison in Siberia.
The first of five parts, read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged by Mark Lodge Producer Claire Grove
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