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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

A Drover's Life. Richard Sanders follows the ancient cattle route from the Isle of Skye to London's Smithfield Market. Producer Alasdair Cross


Unknown: Richard Sanders
Producer: Alasdair Cross

: Today

With Peter Hobday and John Humphrys.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Richard Holloway.


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: John Humphrys.
Unknown: Richard Holloway.

: News

: Sport on 4

Sport news with Cliff Morgan.


Unknown: Cliff Morgan.

: Breakaway

Presented by Sandy Gall.


Presented By: Sandy Gall.

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin isjoined by Ken Russell and Sally James for some festive fun. Producer Bob Nudd


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Ken Russell
Unknown: Sally James
Producer: Bob Nudd

: The Modern Magi

In the first of two programmes, three modern magi retrace the steps taken by the Three Wise Men almost 2,000 years ago. Rowan Williams , Bishop of Monmouth,
Professor Heather Couper , astronomer, and Paul Vallely of the Independent newspaper set off across the Syrian desert to re-create the atmosphere of this exotic group. Producer Christine Morgan


Unknown: Rowan Williams
Unknown: Professor Heather Couper
Unknown: Paul Vallely
Producer: Christine Morgan

: From Our OwnCorrespondent

The return of the Saturday edition, with fresh analysis from around the world. Producer Tony Grant


Producer: Tony Grant

: People Like Us

A Christmas edition of the British
Comedy Award nominated series. Hapless broadcaster Roy Mallard , Played by Chris Langham , spends a week with the director of an amateur dramatic society's Christmas show.
With Tracie Bennett , Polly Adams , Philip Pope , Robert Harley , Melanie Hudson , Caroline Strong and Stephen Critchlow. Written by John Morton
Producer Paul Schlesinger


Unknown: Roy Mallard
Played By: Chris Langham
Unknown: Tracie Bennett
Unknown: Polly Adams
Unknown: Philip Pope
Unknown: Robert Harley
Unknown: Melanie Hudson
Unknown: Caroline Strong
Unknown: Stephen Critchlow.
Written By: John Morton
Producer: Paul Schlesinger

: News Quiz of the Year

Barry Took presents the first of two compilations of the biggest, strangest and funniest stories from the News
Qu/zyear. With Alan Coren , Francis Wheen , Andy Hamilton and guests.
Producer Aled Evans. Rptd Christmas Day 6.30pm


Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Francis Wheen
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Producer: Aled Evans.

: News

: Any Questions?

Repeated from yesterday

: Saturday Playhouse:The Snow Queen

Berlie Doherty 's version of Hans Christian Andersen 's fairy tale is narrated by Dirk Bogarde with Diana Rigg as the Snow Queen.
Gerda sets off into the wide world to find her playmate Kay, who has been seduced away by the powerful Snow
Queen to her ice palace in the far north. with Natasha Pyne , Annabel Mullion , Oliver Senton. Kristin Milward , Don McCorkindale , Gavin Muir , George Parsons , Joshua Towb. Deborah Berlin , Robbie Gill , David Cooper , Adam Morley and Laurence Amias. Music by David Chilton and Nick Russell-Pavier Director Janet Whitaker Rpt


Unknown: Berlie Doherty
Unknown: Hans Christian Andersen
Unknown: Dirk Bogarde
Unknown: Diana Rigg
Unknown: Natasha Pyne
Unknown: Annabel Mullion
Unknown: Oliver Senton.
Unknown: Kristin Milward
Unknown: Don McCorkindale
Unknown: Gavin Muir
Unknown: George Parsons
Unknown: Deborah Berlin
Unknown: Robbie Gill
Unknown: David Cooper
Unknown: Adam Morley
Unknown: Laurence Amias.
Music By: David Chilton
Music By: Nick Russell-Pavier
Director: Janet Whitaker
Gerda: Samantha Glen
Kay: James Cohen
Grandmama: Margaret John
Troll/Robber Queen: Peter Woodthorpe
Robber Girl: Emma Wray
Baabaa, reindeer: Bill Paterson
Crow: Paul Copley

: Auntie's Secret Box

Susie Blake pokes around in Auntie's archive to unearth some crackers from Christmas past.
Written by Alan Francis and Mike Hayley Producer Jon Rowlands


Unknown: Susie Blake
Written By: Alan Francis
Written By: Mike Hayley
Producer: Jon Rowlands

: Strong Impressions

Sir Roy Strong continues his journey through six historic British towns.
4: Chester. A miracle of mock Tudor, where tweeness and tourist dollars combine to obscure the impact of ring roads and shopping malls,
Producer Martin Buckley. Rptd tomorrow 8.30pm


Unknown: Sir Roy Strong
Producer: Martin Buckley.

: Science Now

Peter Evans reports on the highlights of the winter meeting of the British Psychological Society.


Unknown: Peter Evans

: Paging Dr Love

Professor Anthony Clare analyses Hollywood's obsession with the screen psychiatrist. Repeated from Tuesday


Unknown: Professor Anthony Clare

: Queenan Country

Satirist Joe Queenan continues his exploration of the American soul.
4: You're So Quiet It's Unbelievable. US sports fans - confessions of a Yankee hooligan.


Unknown: Joe Queenan

: Week Ending

Repeated from yesterday

: Ad Lib

Is sharing the names Sellers, Morecambe, Olivier, Moore or Nicholson a useful asset or an overwhelming burden?
Robert Robinson finds out from sons and daughters of household names what it is like to live in the shadow of fame.
Producer Min Raisman. Rptd Thurs 11.30pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Oh No It Isn't!
Every year at Christmas time, hundreds of men dress up in skirts and pretend to be middle-aged women in front of thousands of complete strangers. Chris Wallis investigates the British phenomenon of the pantomime dame. Producer Jackie Christie. Rptd Fri 9.30pm


Unknown: Chris Wallis
Producer: Jackie Christie.

: Saturday Night Theatre:Christmas Eve

By Nikolai Gogol , dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.
When the Devil steals the moon on Christmas Eve, magic and mayhem befall the villagers of Dikanka. with Patrick Barlow. Gavin Muir.
Stephen Critchlow , Wayne Foskett. Patience Tomlinson, John Hartley , David Timson , Geoffrey Whitehead , Jane Whittenshaw and David Collings Director Sally Avens


Unknown: Nikolai Gogol
Dramatised By: Stephen Wyatt.
Unknown: Patrick Barlow.
Unknown: Gavin Muir.
Unknown: Stephen Critchlow
Unknown: Wayne Foskett.
Unknown: John Hartley
Unknown: David Timson
Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead
Unknown: Jane Whittenshaw
Unknown: David Collings
Director: Sally Avens
The Devil: Nickolas Grace
Vakula: Scott Ransome
Chub: Peter Jeffrey
Oksana: Julia Ford
Solokha: Louise Jameson

: Music in Mind

Presented by Brian Kay.


Presented By: Brian Kay.

: Ten to Ten

Led by Angela Tilby.


Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: News

: Word of Mouth

Russell Davies presents the last in the series which explores language. Firk, Cropple and Git Minging Producer Edward Odim Rpt


Unknown: Russell Davies
Producer: Edward Odim Rpt

: Eight of the Best

In the last of the series. Andrew Udris teaches French to a class of 13-yearolds at The Marr College, Troon.


Unknown: Andrew Udris

: Personal Records

Repeated from Tuesday

: A Wagner Matinee

The first in a series of three American plays is Willa Cather 's moving story of self-sacrifice, set in Boston in the late 1890s. Dramatised by Sara Baker.
A Public Media Foundation/New Voices production Rpt


Unknown: Willa Cather
Dramatised By: Sara Baker.
Clark Hamilton: Ron Le Van
Mrs Springer: Charlotte Peed
Georgiana: Sheila Ferrini
Howard: Ed Peed

: News

: The Late Story:The Long Donut Hole

By Bill Franzen , read by Garrick Hagon. Producer Duncan Minshull Rpt


Unknown: Bill Franzen
Read By: Garrick Hagon.
Producer: Duncan Minshull Rpt

About this project

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.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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