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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Richard Sanders examines the Food and Agriculture Organisation's achievements on its 50th anniversary. Producer John Harvey


Unknown: Richard Sanders
Producer: John Harvey

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Enid Morgan.


Unknown: Enid Morgan.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Ben Geoghegan.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Tom Butler.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Ben Geoghegan.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: A Christmas Carol

3: The Second of the Three Spirits. Scrooge meets the Ghost of Christmas Present.
For details see Christmas Day


: Midweek

With Libby Purves and guests.


Unknown: Libby Purves

: A Good Read

Edward Blishen and guests Vernon Scannell and Paul Vaughan discuss three favourite paperbacks. Producer Camilla Collier. Rptd Sun 7.30pm


Unknown: Edward Blishen
Unknown: Vernon Scannell
Unknown: Paul Vaughan
Producer: Camilla Collier.

: Daily Service

L W only
The truth from above (arr Vaughan
Williams); John 1, w 1-14; In dulcijubilo (arr Archer); Sussex carol (arr Ledger). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Music: Gordon Stewart.

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

Anna Keaveney reads the second of four spooky Christmas tales.
RSB Limited. By Brian Jacques. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Anna Keaveney
Unknown: Brian Jacques.

: Walters' Festive Frolics

3: The non-skiers guide to Austrian apres ski.
For details see Christmas Day

: Trying to Connect You

2: "Which Service Do You Require?" Tales of telephonic mystery as heard from the operator's end of the line. For details see yesterday

: Test Match Special

South Africa v England
Coverage of the second day of the Fourth Test at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. Commentary by Jonathan Agnew , Gerald de Kock and Mike London. Including at
1.00 The World at One as FM * Approximate time


Commentary By: Jonathan Agnew
Commentary By: Gerald de Kock
Commentary By: Mike London.

: At Bertram's Hotel

3: The morning paper brings Miss Marple some alarming news. For details see Christmas Day

: Trumpton Riots

3: Through the Arched Window. Maggie Philbin revisits Big Ted, Humpty and Hamble with the help of Johnny Ball , Chloe Ashcroft and Brian Cant. For details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Maggie Philbin
Unknown: Johnny Ball
Unknown: Chloe Ashcroft
Unknown: Brian Cant.

: Babblewick Hall

A six-part sitcom set in the 18th-century, written by the award winning Scott Cherry.
When idealistic Fenton Babblewick, (Nicholas Le Prevost) inherits his uncle's Yorkshire estate, it is the perfect opportunity to realise his Utopian dreams.


Writer: Scott Cherry
Music: Paul Mottram
Producer: Paul Schlesinger
Fenton Babblewick: Nicholas Le Prevost

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: Box of Delights

By John Masefield.
2: Under the Chester Hills. With Spike Milligan as Arnold ofTodi. For details and cast list see yesterday


Unknown: John Masefield.
Unknown: Chester Hills.
Unknown: Spike Milligan

: Kaleidoscope:Miller's Tales

2: 1940-1956. Arthur Miller discusses writing Death of a Salesman. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Arthur Miller

: News

: Radio Lives

3: The Ballad of Charles Parker.
Laurie Taylor looks at the poetry and the philosophy behind Parker's work. Producer Sally Ratman Rpt


Unknown: Charles Parker.
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Sally Ratman Rpt

: Christmas Short Story: Not So Tiny Tim, or God Bless Us, Everyone

By John Mortimer
Christmas, 1893. Sir Timothy Cratchit, Conservative millionaire and self-made man, winters in the Moroccan sun. But the spirit of Ebeneezer Scrooge has come to show him Christmas a hundred years on.
Read by Nicholas Le Prevost


Writer: John Mortimer
Reader: Nicholas Le Prevost
Producer: Jeremy Mortimer

: PM

: It's Your Go!

2: Monopoly
For details see yesterday

: Kit and the Widow'sSound of Music

The fifth edition of the music quiz. With guests Tom Conti , Howard Goodall , Rory Bremner and Wayne Marshall. Producer Fiona Shelmerdine


Unknown: Tom Conti
Unknown: Howard Goodall
Unknown: Rory Bremner
Unknown: Wayne Marshall.
Producer: Fiona Shelmerdine

: News

: The Archers

It's a cracker.
Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: I'm Bored

Dick Hobbs presents an unpleasant journey into the place we all fear - our own sweet boring selves. Producer Matt Thompson


Unknown: Dick Hobbs
Producer: Matt Thompson

: With Great Pleasure

To mark its 25th anniversary,
John Timpson presents a special edition of highlights from the programme in which guests including Maeve Binchy, Dennis Potter and Jacqueline du Pre select theirfavourite literature, which has varied from Shakespeare to the back of a sauce bottle. Producer Paul Dodgson


Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: Dennis Potter
Producer: Paul Dodgson

: Syncopation

Tony Staveacre investigates the dislocating effects of this rhythmic phenomenon. With composers, musicians, dancers and scientists, including Joshua Rifkin , Simon "Penguin Cafe" Jeffes, Bill
"Riverdance" Whelan and therapist
Leslie Bunt.
Producers Viv Beeby and Kate McAII Repeated Sunday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Tony Staveacre
Unknown: Joshua Rifkin
Unknown: Leslie Bunt.
Producers: Viv Beeby
Producers: Kate McAii

: Fire and Ice

Repeated from Christmas Eve 6.30pm

: Kaleidoscope Feature

The Cut above the Rest
Stephen Johnson goes in search of the Golden Section; the mystical proportion found where there is beauty. Producer Erika Wright Rpt


Unknown: Stephen Johnson
Producer: Erika Wright Rpt

: The World Tonight

With Isabel Hilton.


Unknown: Isabel Hilton.

: Book at Bedtime:Memo from David O Selznick

3: Filming gets under way at last. For details see Christmas Day

: Late Night Opening

11.00 Trust
Wendy Lee 's six-part satire on the NHS. 5: Mike Blunt 's greed knows no bounds.
For cast list see Wednesday 20 December
11.30 Paris London
With Simon Godley , Robert Harley , Carla Mendonca and Gary Parker. Rpt


Unknown: Wendy Lee
Unknown: Mike Blunt
Unknown: Simon Godley
Unknown: Robert Harley
Unknown: Carla Mendonca
Unknown: Gary Parker.

: News

: The Late Book: MissSmilla's Feeling for Snow

Part 8 of Peter Hoeg 's thriller.
For details see Monday 18 December


Unknown: Peter Hoeg

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.

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