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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

The story of the founding father of modern agriculture, Robert Bakewell , the man who started livestock breeding as we know it. Producer Ruth Kiefy


Unknown: Robert Bakewell
Producer: Ruth Kiefy

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Andrew Morton.


Unknown: Andrew Morton.

: Today

With Alex Brodie and Sue MacGregor.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Alex Brodie
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.

: Below the Parapet

Carol Thatcher reads extracts from her autobiography of Denis Thatcher. 4: Dear Bill.
For details see Monday 30 December


Unknown: Carol Thatcher
Unknown: Denis Thatcher.

: News

: Face the Facts

Repeated from yesterday 7.20pm

: Born to Be Perfect

Bon viveur Sue Nelson has been overdoing it and now she's on a quest to attain the perfect figure. In her audio diary she listens to the latest scientific advice on diets and exercise and find out if fatness is in the genes. Producer Anne McNaught
Repeated Sunday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Sue Nelson
Producer: Anne McNaught

: Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie 's famous novel, dramatised in five parts by Michael Bakewell.
1: Hercule Poirot decieds to take a little holiday to Egypt. with Timothy Bateson. Joanna Monro. Sean Baker , Nicholas Boulton , Ed Bishop , Emma Woodvine and Chris Pavlo. Director Enyd Williams


Unknown: Agatha Christie
Unknown: Michael Bakewell.
Unknown: Hercule Poirot
Unknown: Timothy Bateson.
Unknown: Joanna Monro.
Unknown: Sean Baker
Unknown: Nicholas Boulton
Unknown: Ed Bishop
Unknown: Emma Woodvine
Unknown: Chris Pavlo.
Hercule Poirot: John Moffatt
Linnet Ridgeway: Elaine Pyke
Jacqueline de Bellefort: Amanda Barton-Chapple
Simon Doyle: Robert Daws
MrsAllerton: Rosemary Leach
Mrs Otterbourne: Shirley Dixon
Pennington: Stratford Johns

: Daily Service

God Has Spoken (God Has Spoken); Hebrews 1, wl-9; God Came among Us (Baker); You Are the Mighty King (Espinosa). Director of music Mark Bryant.


Music: Mark Bryant.

: On This Day

Today's news from 50 years ago. For details see Monday 30 December

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Jenni Murray. Serial: The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard. Maria Aitken reads the first of 12 episodes, abridged by PatMcLoughlin.
Editors Sally Feldman and Clare Selerie E-MAIL: Womans.hour@bbc.co.uk


Introduced By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Shirley Hazzard.
Unknown: Maria Aitken
Editors: Sally Feldman
Editors: Clare Selerie

: From Our Own Correspondent Special

The second of two programmes which look back at the year's most memorable contributions to the programme from BBC correspondents around the world. Producer Tony Grant


Producer: Tony Grant

: You and Yours

With Mark Whittaker.


Unknown: Mark Whittaker.

: Wordly Wise

Panel game exploring words and language, with chairman Peter Hobday and guests Lorelei King, Graham Norton and Trevor Phillips.


Chairman: Peter Hobday
Guest: Graham Norton
Guest: Lorelei King
Guest: Kay Stonham
Guest: Trevor Phillips
Producer: Mark Tonderai

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: The Kite

A gentle and moving play about the secret lives of the unregarded, by Stephen James. Samuel works as a clerk in a government office and lives with his brother William, who is dying. Samuel tries to "borrow" a favourite painting from the office over
Christmas, but it all goes wrong. with Rosalind Philips , Mary Cunningham and Martin Reeve. Director Melanie Harris


Unknown: Stephen James.
Unknown: Rosalind Philips
Unknown: Mary Cunningham
Unknown: Martin Reeve.
Director: Melanie Harris
William: Philip Jackson
Samuel: Christopher Ravenscroft
Elaine: Amelia Bullmore
Henry: Michael Begley
Nina: Sarah Nixon

: The Afternoon Shift

Daire Brehan recalls some of the guests she's met over the year, and brings their stories up-to-date.


Unknown: Daire Brehan

: News

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Allen experiences Jessica Lange as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar
Named Desire. Plus reviews of the new Merchant Ivory film, Surviving Picasso. Producer Adrian Washbourne Revised repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Paul Allen
Unknown: Jessica Lange
Unknown: Blanche Dubois
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Short Story: Or Else the Lightning God

By Catherine Lim. Reader Alice Arnold. Producer Kristine Landon-Smith


Reader: Catherine Lim.
Reader: Alice Arnold.
Producer: Kristine Landon-Smith

: PM

With Charlie Lee-Potter and Jon Sopel.


Unknown: Charlie Lee-Potter
Unknown: Jon Sopel.

: The Skivers

The return of the ground-breaking sketch show written and performed by Nick Golson and Tim de Jongh , with Peter Bradshaw and Sally Phillips. The first edition features guest stars Patrick Allen and Michael Winner. Producer Jon Naismith


Unknown: Nick Golson
Unknown: Tim de Jongh
Unknown: Peter Bradshaw
Unknown: Sally Phillips.
Unknown: Patrick Allen
Unknown: Michael Winner.
Producer: Jon Naismith

: News

: The Archers

Friction at the bungalow. Repeated tomorrow at 1.40pm

: Slaves to Nature

Out of Africa. In the first of three programmes, Julian Pettifer explores the natural history of our origins with anthropologist Rob Foley. He discovers we were just another very insignificant animal in the African landscape. Producer Julian Hector


Unknown: Julian Pettifer
Unknown: Rob Foley.
Producer: Julian Hector

: Liberal Britain on Trial

Chaired by The World at One presenter, Nick Clarke , this is the first in a series of three radio trials challenging the assumptions that Britain has held from the sixties through to the final years of this century. On trial today: Sex and Morality. Prosecution: Mary Kenny. Defence: Polly Toynbee. Repeated Sunday at 4.15pm


Presenter: Nick Clarke
Unknown: Mary Kenny.
Unknown: Polly Toynbee.

: My Granny's Larder

5: HP Sauce
For details see Boxing Day 8.45pm

: Does He Take Sugar?

Presented by Frederick Dove. Producer Colin Hughes
FACTSHEET: send sae to [address removed] E-MAIL: dhtsugar@bbc.co.uk


Presented By: Frederick Dove.
Producer: Colin Hughes

: Kaleidoscope

Revised repeat of 4.05pm

: Book at Bedtime: Scarlet and Black

By Stendhal. 4: Two arch-rivals vie for Julien as their tutor until an unexpected revelation forces him to leave for a new life.
For details see Monday 30 December

: Bitter Medicine

Sharon Giess stars as private eye VI Warshawski in Michelene Wandor 's six-part dramatisation of the novel by Sara Paretsky. 3: The Monkfish Files An anti-abortion riot breaks out at
Lottie Herschel 's clinic.
For details and cast see Boxing Day 11.00pm


Unknown: Sharon Giess
Unknown: Vi Warshawski
Unknown: Michelene Wandor
Novel By: Sara Paretsky.
Unknown: Lottie Herschel

: The Art of Travel

Five travellers reflect on a journey, in conversation with Annette Kobak.
1: Laurie Lee
Producer Kate McAII Repeat


Unknown: Annette Kobak.
Unknown: Laurie Lee
Producer: Kate McAii

: News

: The Late Book: Through the Looking Glass

By Lewis Carroll. 4: The White Queen addresses herself, and Humpty Dumpty makes his appearance.
For details see Monday 30 December Repeat


Unknown: Lewis Carroll.

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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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