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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Merian Ellis presents a special edition from Lapland on a roundup of reindeer.


Presenter: Merian Ellis
Producer: John Harvey

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Enid Morgan.


Unknown: Enid Morgan.

: Over the Counter

In the first of two programmes, Oliver Walston goes behind the scenes at Neal's Yard Dairy, Covent Garden. Producer Carol Trewin Rpt


Unknown: Oliver Walston
Producer: Carol Trewin Rpt

: Today

With James Naughtie and Peter Hobday.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Charles Handy.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Peter Hobday.

: A Christmas Carol

2: The First of the Three Spirits For details see yesterday


: Tumpty-Tumpty-Tumpty-Tum

Jeremy Nicholas examines the evolution of the signature tune. Producer Sue Foster. Rptd Sat 5.00pm


Unknown: Jeremy Nicholas
Producer: Sue Foster.

: Shelf Lives

Barbie. Nigel Cassidy reports on the survival of this all-American girl.


Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

: Daily Service

Good KingWenceslas (Piae
Cantiones); Romans 8, w 28-39;
Thou who wast rich (Fragrance); Of the Father's heart begotten (arr Willcocks). Director of music James Whitbourn.


Music: James Whitbourn.

: La Mia Italia

William Ward presents the last of four stories of contemporary Italy. Friends, Romans and Foreigners Repeated on Sunday at 5.00pm

: Children's BBC Radio 4:A Ghost for Christmas

Edward De Souza reads the first of four spooky Christmas tales.
The Woodman's Enigma. By
Garry Kilworth. Abridged by Penny Leicester . Producer Nandita Ghose. First broadcast on Radio 5


Unknown: Garry Kilworth.
Abridged By: Penny Leicester
Producer: Nandita Ghose.

: Walters' Festive Frolics

2: Christmas comes early for the seaside town of Eastbourne. For details see yesterday

: Test Match Special

South Africa v England
Coverage of the first day of the Fourth Test from Port Elizabeth. Including at
1.00 The World at One as FM For details see tomorrow * Approximate time

: Trying to Connect You

The first of two programmes celebrating the art of getting through to people by telephone. Producer Simon Elmes


Producer: Simon Elmes

: At Bertram's Hotel moniy

2: An old acquaintance of Miss Marple is about to have a nasty shock. For details see yesterday

: Trumpton Riots

2: Today Is Saturday. Caron Keating remembers TISWAS with Lenny Henry , Chris Tarrant , Sally James and Spit. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Caron Keating
Unknown: Lenny Henry
Unknown: Chris Tarrant
Unknown: Sally James

: The Heritage Quiz

Sue MacGregor quizzes Juliet Barker , Christopher Cook , Dr Patrick Greene and Philippa Gregory at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.


Unknown: Juliet Barker
Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Dr Patrick Greene
Unknown: Philippa Gregory

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: Box of Delights

By John Masefield. A two-part dramatisation by John Peacock , with music by Neil Brand.
1: When the Wolves Were Running with Simon Treves , David Holt , Geoffrey Matthews , David March, Chris Emmett , Gavin Muir. Richard Tate , Sandra James Young , Jane Whrttenshaw , Jill Graham. David Collings , Jonathan Keeble , Paul Jenkins , John Hartley , Zulema Dene and Roger May. Director David Blount Part 2 is broadcast tomorrow at 2.00pm


Unknown: John Masefield.
Unknown: John Peacock
Music By: Neil Brand.
Unknown: Simon Treves
Unknown: David Holt
Unknown: Geoffrey Matthews
Unknown: Chris Emmett
Unknown: Gavin Muir.
Unknown: Richard Tate
Unknown: Sandra James Young
Unknown: Jane Whrttenshaw
Unknown: Jill Graham.
Unknown: David Collings
Unknown: Jonathan Keeble
Unknown: Paul Jenkins
Unknown: John Hartley
Unknown: Zulema Dene
Director: David Blount
Abner Brown: Donald Sinden
ColeHawlings: Lionel Jeffries
Kay Harker: Alastair Sooke
Peter: Benjamin Guy
Maria: Kimberley Staines
Jemima: Elisa Mason
Susan: Holly Vote
Sylvia Daisy Pouncer: Celia Imrie

: Kaleidoscope:Miller's Tales

The first of four interviews recorded at Arthur Miller's home in Connecticut just before his 80th birthday.
1915-1940. The playwright talks to Christopher Bigsby about his childhood. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Christopher Bigsby

: Radio Lives

2: Frankie Howerd OBE- The
Borderline Case. Dylan Winter talks to those who knew Frankie well. Producer Matt Thompson Rpt


Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Producer: Matt Thompson Rpt

: Christmas Short Story:A Goose for Christmas

By Catherine Merriman , read by Julia McKenzie.
Producer Caroline Sarll. Rptd next Sunday


Unknown: Catherine Merriman
Read By: Julia McKenzie.
Producer: Caroline Sarll.

: PM

: It's Your Go!

First of four programmes playing some traditional family games. Scrabble Producer Sylvia Horn


Producer: Sylvia Horn

: Cook's Tour

John Bird introduces the first of three programmes on the life and times of the comic genius Peter Cook , with the help of Jonathan Miller , Alan Bennett , Willie Rushton , Chris Morris and John Cleese. Producer Neil Trevithick


Unknown: Peter Cook
Unknown: Jonathan Miller
Unknown: Alan Bennett
Unknown: Willie Rushton
Unknown: Chris Morris
Unknown: John Cleese.
Producer: Neil Trevithick

: News

: The Archers

Kate gets an invite.
Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: A Friend of a Friend....

Emma Freud and Jon Ronson investigate the phenomenon of the urban myth.
Producer Emma Kingsley


Unknown: Emma Freud
Unknown: Jon Ronson
Producer: Emma Kingsley

: The Unheard Prophet

Quentin Seddon looks at the life of Sir George Stapledon , whose prophetic work on ecology went largely unrecognised during his lifetime. Producer Carol Trewin
Repeated New Year's Day at 11.00pm


Unknown: Quentin Seddon
Unknown: George Stapledon
Producer: Carol Trewin

: Devout Sceptics

Repeated from Christmas Eve 10.15pm

: The In TouchChrisbnas Quiz

Peter White asks two teams of blind and partially sighted observers to spot the sounds and feel the objects that made the news in 1995. Producer Dave Harvey


Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Dave Harvey

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Salman Rushdie talks to Hermione Lee
about The Moor's Last Sigh, his first novel since The Satanic Verses.
Producer Abigail Appleton Rpt


Talks: Salman Rushdie
Unknown: Hermione Lee
Producer: Abigail Appleton Rpt

: The World Tonight

With Janet Cohen.


Unknown: Janet Cohen.

: Book at Bedtime:Memo from David O Selznick

2: Casting for Gone with the Wind For details see yesterday

: Take Me to the River

Stephen Jameson explores virginity.
Producers Sarah Jane Hall and Vibeke Venema


Unknown: Stephen Jameson
Producers: Sarah Jane Hall
Producers: Vibeke Venema

: Derek Cooper'sNecessary Pleasures

2: Eels. Derek Cooper visits Northern Ireland to see how they are caught.


Unknown: Derek Cooper

: News

: The Late Book: MissSmilla's Feeling for Snow

Part 7 of Peter Hoeg 's thriller.
For details see Monday 18 December


Unknown: Peter Hoeg

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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.

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.

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