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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day

With Henry Tankel.


Unknown: Henry Tankel.

: Singing for a Living

Nigel Douglas talks to the Wagnerian baritone Norman Bailey.
Producer Gillian Hush. Revised


Talks: Nigel Douglas
Baritone: Norman Bailey.
Producer: Gillian Hush.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Sue MacGregor. Including the Today Personality of the Year result. 7-25, 8.25 Sports News 7-45 Thought for the Day *ith Oliver McTernan.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.
Unknown: Oliver McTernan.

: Murderers and Other Friends

In the first of five excerpts from his recent book, John Mortimer begins his recollections of life at the Bar.
Producer David Benedictus


Unknown: John Mortimer
Producer: David Benedictus

: News

: Boards and Lodgings

It's panto season again and luwies throughout the country sacrifice a Christmas at home to tread the boards.
Comfy digs can make all the difference as Jeremy Nicholas discovers with the help of Timothy West , Danny La Rue , Jeremy Sinden and Jack Tripp. Producer Jane McMorrow


Unknown: Jeremy Nicholas
Unknown: Timothy West
Unknown: Danny La Rue
Unknown: Jeremy Sinden
Unknown: Jack Tripp.
Producer: Jane McMorrow

: Questions of Taste

Chris Kelly presents a festive edition of the popular food and drink quiz. Producer Richard Wilson


Unknown: Chris Kelly
Producer: Richard Wilson

: Daily Service

from St Peter 's Church, Hale, with the Bodon Choir. Brightest and best of the sons of the morning (Epiphany); Micah 5. w 2-4; Sing Lullaby (Basque Noel, arr Willcocks); Jesus child (Rutter). Director of music Sasha Johnson Manning.


Unknown: St Peter
Music: Sasha Johnson Manning.

: Children's Radio 4: Charlotte's Web

by E B White.
6: That Nifty Little Thing
For details see Monday 19 December

: Photo Appreciated

Six people advertise for a partner in the personal columns. 1: Cupid. How do you sell yourself in 30 words? Producer Sara Conkey Rpt


Producer: Sara Conkey Rpt

: A Word for the Belly

An anthology of writing that explores the seductive pleasures of food and the sharp contrasts of excess and Paucity - where boiled ham, a bowl of Plums and a clove of garlic are all the stuff of anger, humour and passion. Producer Julian Wilkinson


Producer: Julian Wilkinson

: Murder in Mesopotamia

A five-part dramatisation of the Agatha Christie novel.
1: In the heat of the Arabian Desert, a beautiful woman fears for her life. Dramatised by Michael Bakewell Director Enyd Williams
For cast list see Friday 30 December 11.30am


Unknown: Agatha Christie
Dramatised By: Michael Bakewell
Director: Enyd Williams

: Second to None

A five-part series about people who do other people's jobs. 1: An Extra Pair of Hands - the Agency Nurse. Reporter Sara Parker. Producer Sukey Firth


Reporter: Sara Parker.

: Screenplay

with Dick Vosburgh , Barry Cryer ,
Stephen Tompkinson , and Sylvia Syms.


Unknown: Dick Vosburgh
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Stephen Tompkinson
Unknown: Sylvia Syms.

: The World at One

with James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: The Archers

Repeated from Friday

: The Wind in the Willows

Another chance to hear Alan Bennett 's acclaimed dramatisation of Kenneth Grahame 's classic story, with original music and songs by Jeremy Sams.
With James Taylor , Geoffrey Matthews , David Sinclair , Elizabeth Mansfield , Tina Gray. Simon Treves. Jeffrey Holland. Mana Charles. Danny Schiller , David Holt , Belinda Baldwin , Jill Graham , Peter Acre , Natasha Pyne. Peter Whitman ,
Lucie Fitchett , Paul Panting , Peter Kenny and Tom Bevan. Director David Blount Rpt


Unknown: Alan Bennett
Unknown: Kenneth Grahame
Songs By: Jeremy Sams.
Unknown: James Taylor
Unknown: Geoffrey Matthews
Unknown: David Sinclair
Unknown: Elizabeth Mansfield
Unknown: Tina Gray.
Unknown: Simon Treves.
Unknown: Jeffrey Holland.
Unknown: Mana Charles.
Unknown: Danny Schiller
Unknown: David Holt
Unknown: Belinda Baldwin
Unknown: Jill Graham
Unknown: Peter Acre
Unknown: Natasha Pyne.
Unknown: Peter Whitman
Unknown: Lucie Fitchett
Unknown: Paul Panting
Unknown: Peter Kenny
Unknown: Tom Bevan.
Director: David Blount
Narrator: Alan Bennett
Mole: Adrian Scarborough
Rat: Richard Briers
Toad: Nickolas Grace
Badger: Derek Waring
Albert: Terence Rigby
Otter: John Hartley
Chief Weasel: David March
Weasel Norman: Stephen Tompkinson
Rupert: Graham Seed
MOnlca: Allson Dowling
Magistrate: Leslie Phillips

: News

: On the Road Again

Four programmes retracing the hippy trail of the 60s across Europe and Asia. 1: The Word Is Out. News correspondent Simon Dring first hitched to India when he was 16. Three decades later, he returns. Producer Joy Hatwood


Unknown: Simon Dring

: Family Feelings

A series of five original stories for Christmas, written and read by Deborah Moggach. 1: Fool for Love Producer Jocelyn Boxall


Read By: Deborah Moggach.
Producer: Jocelyn Boxall

: PM

with Chris Lowe and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Chris Lowe
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: Christmas in the Pine Woods

Christmas Day 1921 found
Sadie Gammon living in a tent, in a commune on 20 acres of Norfolk heathland. A Revolution Recordings production Repeated New Year's Eve at 3.45pm


Unknown: Sadie Gammon

: The News Quiz of the Year

Repeated from Christmas Eve 12.25pm

: News

: The Archers

Couchi-Couchi-Coochi-Moo! Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: The Food Programme

Revised rpt of Friday at 12.25pm

: The Monday Play: Distant Music

by Christopher Fitz-Simon , based on the short story The Dead by James Joyce , with Dermot Crowley as Gabriel and Catherine Byrne as Gretta. Dublin 1903: Gabriel and Gretta travel to the Yuletide party.
With Marcella Riordan , Annabel Mullion and David Antrobus. Party piano played by Mary Nash and songs sung by Mark Redway , David Antrobus and Marcella Riordan Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Christopher Fitz-Simon
Unknown: James Joyce
Unknown: Dermot Crowley
Unknown: Catherine Byrne
Unknown: Marcella Riordan
Unknown: Annabel Mullion
Unknown: David Antrobus.
Played By: Mary Nash
Sung By: Mark Redway
Sung By: David Antrobus
Sung By: Marcella Riordan
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Aunt Kate: Kate Binchy
Aunt Julia: Maggie Whiting
Mary Jane: Use-Ann McLaughlin
Lily: Hilary Reynolds
Mr Browne: Nigel Anthony
Freddy Malins: Mark Lambert
Mrs Malins: Pauline Delaney
Mr Bartell D'Arcy: Ian Masters

: Four on a Tour

Part 3 presented by David Foster.
For details see Monday 19 December


Presented By: David Foster.

: Kaleidoscope Feature

The Big Kiss We all have our favourite screen kiss. But a kiss is never that simple. Harriett Gilbert explores the enduring power of the big screen kiss. Producer Louise Swan Rpt


Unknown: Harriett Gilbert
Producer: Louise Swan Rpt

: The World Tonight

with Max Pearson.


Unknown: Max Pearson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

by F Scott Fitzgerald. At school, John T Unger befriends the enigmatic Percy Washington. Read byGarrick Hagon . Abridged by Andrew Simpson Producer Duncan Minshull Rpt


Unknown: Scott Fitzgerald.
Unknown: John T Unger
Unknown: Percy Washington.
Read By: Garrick Hagon
Abridged By: Andrew Simpson
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: The Street

5: Keith Street , Stomoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Sooner or later everyone in the Outer Hebrides has an appointment in Keith Street. A Tony Wilkinson production


Unknown: Keith Street
Unknown: Tony Wilkinson

: Touch of Genius

George Shearing is the only British-born pianist to rival the American jazz greats of the keyboard, although he has never seen a piano. In the first of four programmes, he tells June Knox-Mawer how he came to terms with being born blind into a London working-class family 75 years ago. Producer Derek Drescher. Part 2 tomorrow


Producer: Derek Drescher.

: News

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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.

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