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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Producers Alasdair Cross , John Harvey and Ruth Kiely


Producers: Alasdair Cross
Producers: John Harvey
Producers: Ruth Kiely

: Prayer for the Day

with Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok .


Unknown: Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok

: Today

with Sue MacGregor and Peterflobday.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day with HRH the Prince of Wales.


Unknown: Sue MacGregor

: Our Man on the Spot

The BBC's war correspondent Frank Gillard vividly recalls the last days of the Second World War and the ambiguous triumphs of Allied victory. Producer Julian Hale


Unknown: Frank Gillard
Producer: Julian Hale

: News

: Start the Peace

Live from Berlin, Melvyn Bragg and historian David Reynolds are joined by Lord Callaghan and a panel from Russia, Germany and France. Researcher Jeanette Thomas


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Unknown: David Reynolds
Unknown: Jeanette Thomas

: Daily Service

from the Lutheran Church Music
Institute in Bayreuth, Germany. Von guten Machten (Abel); Romans 8, w 31-39; Da Pacem Domine (Frescobaldi); Go forth into the world in peace (Rutter). With the choir of the Lutheran Church
Music Institute. Director of music
Karl Rathgeber. Organist Thomas Rothert.


Organist: Karl Rathgeber.
Organist: Thomas Rothert.

: Across the Pond

Alistair Cooke and other commentators remember the view from the USA as the war in Europe drew to a close. Producer Richard Bannerman


Unknown: Alistair Cooke
Producer: Richard Bannerman

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray introduces a special edition for VE Day. The year is 1945. Cookery demonstrator Marguerite Patten suggests celebration dishes and how to make the rations go further; Good Housekeeping editor Sally O'Sullivan predicts the length of hemlines in the new peace, and Judith Kerr , like so many other European refugees, plans a new life in Britain.
Today's story, also commemorating the historic day, is an extract from Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson and abridged by Di Speirs. Producer Kate Murphy


Introduces: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Marguerite Patten
Editor: Sally O'Sullivan
Editor: Judith Kerr
Unknown: Kate Atkinson
Abridged By: Di Speirs.
Producer: Kate Murphy

: Surrender

German soldiers and civilians recall the effects of unconditional surrender. Producer Cathy Drysdale


Producer: Cathy Drysdale

: You and Yours

with Daire Brehan.


Unknown: Daire Brehan.

: Fighting for a Laugh

Frank Muir presents an affectionate look back at wartime wireless comedy. With contributions from Robb Wilton ,
ITMA, Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, Gert and Daisy, George Formby and others. Producer Richard Edis


Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Robb Wilton
Unknown: George Formby
Producer: Richard Edis

: The World at One

with Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: The Archers

Repeated from Friday

: The List

by Nick Stafford. With Gillian Barge as Vera and Nathaniel Parker as Arthur.
1: Reunion. On VE Day 1945, Vera Makin reassembles her estranged family. During the celebrations, her children and guests argue out a list of their desires from the peace.
Other parts played by members of the cast
Director Celia de Wolff. Part 2 broadcast 8.10pm


Unknown: Nick Stafford.
Unknown: Gillian Barge
Unknown: Nathaniel Parker
Unknown: Vera Makin
Director: Celia de Wolff.
Norman: Colin McFarune
Ernest: Charles Simpson
Eva: Becky Hindley
Pat: Emma Gregory
Denys: Hugh Kermode
Mr Betts: David Collings
Mrs Hammond: Frances Jeater
Mrs Budge: Eva Stuart
Navigator: Joshua Towb

: The Afternoon Shift

with Laurie Taylor and guests.


Unknown: Laurie Taylor

: News

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Vaughan reads some of the poetry and literature to come out of the war and considers the musicals written and performed in 1945, such as Carousel. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Paul Vaughan

: A Story for VE Day: Everyone Needs an Ancestor

by Fay Weldon. Grandad is fit, rich and relaxed. He has many a tale to tell about the end of the War. His audience
- that is his grandson - is restless and rebellious. Read by Joshua Towb. Producer Duncan Minshull


Unknown: Fay Weldon.
Read By: Joshua Towb.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: PM

with Jon Sopel and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Jon Sopel
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: The News Quiz

Repeated from Saturday 12.25pm

: News

: The Archers

"Please leave me butter alone." Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: The Food Programme

Derek Cooper celebrates VE Day by talking to the scientist who worked out our wartime diet, and the cook who helped develop the recipes that made it all bearable. Producer Shelia Dillon


Unknown: Derek Cooper
Producer: Shelia Dillon

: Return of the Soldier

British soldiers recall the last few steps on the path home. The women they had left behind had also lived through the war and many relationships would never be the same again. Producer Kim Normanton


Producer: Kim Normanton

: The Monday Play: The List

by Nick Stafford. 2: Commemoration. With Gillian Barge as Vera and Nathaniel Parker as Arthur. In the run-up to VE Day 1995, Vera, old and lonely, considers the list made in 1945. Other parts played by members of the cast
Director Celia de Wolff. Part 1 broadcast 2.00pm


Unknown: Nick Stafford.
Unknown: Gillian Barge
Unknown: Nathaniel Parker
Director: Celia de Wolff.
Rose: Carmen Monroe
Norman/Marshall: Colin McFarlane
Supervisor/Young Rose: Adjoa Andoh
Ernest/Young Man: Charles Simpson
Pat (the Elder): Tessa Worsley

: Document Special: Harbouring the Enemy

Why was it so easy for war criminals to find sanctuary in Britain just three years after VE Day? Christopher Cook asks whether the British authorities turned a blind eye to murder.


Presenter: Christopher Cook
Producer: Mark Burman

: Kaleidoscope

The 1962 Coventry Festival celebrating the consecration of Coventry Cathedral had reconciliation as its theme. Lynne Walker looks back at the event that included Tippett's KingPriam, Benjamin Britten 's War Requiem, works by Duke Ellington, a tapestry by Graham Sutherland and a window by John Piper. Producer Helen Garrison


Unknown: Lynne Walker
Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Graham Sutherland
Producer: Helen Garrison

: The World Tonight

with Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Coupons and Nylons: The Underside of VE Day

For the thief and the spiv, VE Day marked the beginning of the end of the chaos of war. Criminologist Dick Hobbs speaks to Frank Fraser and "John" about VE Day in the life of a criminal. Producer Matt Thompson


Unknown: Dick Hobbs
Unknown: Frank Fraser
Producer: Matt Thompson

: The Price of Victory

Britain came out of the war victorious, but the end of the war ushered in a long period of decline. Germany and Japan, despite being destroyed, emerged a short while later with strong economies. Were they the real victors? Denys Blakeway chairs a discussion with Corelli Barnett ,
Professor Kathleen Burk , Alan Clark MP, Will Hutton ,
Denis Healey and Dr Anthony Seldon. Producer Nigel Acheson


Unknown: Denys Blakeway
Unknown: Corelli Barnett
Unknown: Professor Kathleen Burk
Unknown: Alan Clark
Unknown: Will Hutton
Unknown: Denis Healey
Unknown: Dr Anthony Seldon.
Producer: Nigel Acheson

: News

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