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: News Briefing

: Something Understood

Christmas celebrations with Mark Tully. Producer Beverley McAinsh


Unknown: Mark Tully.
Producer: Beverley McAinsh

: Joy to the World

James Naughtie highlights key events °f the past year.
Producer Tim Pemberton


Unknown: James Naughtie
Producer: Tim Pemberton

: Offspring Christmas Morning

With John Peel.
Producers Dymphna Rynn and Cathy Drysdale


Unknown: John Peel.
Producers: Dymphna Rynn
Producers: Cathy Drysdale

: The Nation's Favourite Poems

Second of three programmes. Repeat

: The Queen

The Queen's Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

: News

: Morning Service

From Chichester Cathedral with Patrick Garland and friends. Led by the Very Rev Alan Thurlow.


Unknown: Patrick Garland
Unknown: Alan Thurlow.

: The Archers: Drinks at the Dower House

Caroline Pemberton and other Ambridge Residents reminisce about the past year.
Erector Keri Davies


Unknown: Keri Davies

: The Best of From Our Own Correspondent

With Peter Donaldson.
Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Peter Donaldson.
Producer: Tony Grant

: The Pickwick Papers

2: Elopement, Elections and Extravaganzas!
For details and cast list see yesterday
Repeated at 9.30pm

: Trumpton Riots Again: We Cannot Return Your Paintings

The first of two programmes looking at cult seventies children's television. (Repeat) (Repeated Sunday 6.30pm)


Producer: Laura Parfitt

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

4 dumber collection of the year's Choicest comic moments.
Producer Aled Evans and Jon Naismith


Producer: Aled Evans
Producer: Jon Naismith

: News

: Offspring Christmas Snack

John Peel prepares to carve nut loaf.


Unknown: John Peel

: A Hack Follows a Star

Dylan Winter goes on a pilgrimage through Wales, travelling from Nasareth ln Snowdonia to Bethlehem on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. rOducer Brian King. Repeated at 9pm

: The Archers

eDeated from yesterday 7.05pm

: History of Magic

4n appreciation of some of the greats ffn the world of conjuring and illusion.
With Wayne Dobson and James Randi.
Producer Julian Mayers. Rptd Sun 28 December


Unknown: Wayne Dobson
Unknown: James Randi.
Producer: Julian Mayers.

: Joseph: the Forgotten Father

Mark Tully finds that Joseph was more than just a bit-part player in the Nativity. Producer Mark Smalley. Repeated at 11.30pm


Unknown: Mark Tully
Producer: Mark Smalley.

: Word of Mouth's Christmas Cracker

Russell Davies presents a programme packed with linguistic whizzbangs. Producer Simon Elmes


Unknown: Russell Davies
Producer: Simon Elmes

: Christmas at the Windermere

In the 50th anniversary year of Indian partition, Clare Jenkins celebrates in a dusty corner of the old Empire. Producer Lindsay Leonard


Unknown: Clare Jenkins
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: A Rock'n' Roll Christmas

By Sue Teddern. When Carol and Joe meet over the washing-up on Christmas Day, they each find an unlikely ally. with Carolyn Jones. Gerard McDermott , Rachel Atkins. John Rowe , Tracy Ann Oberman , Alan Blyton , Brian Parr and Hugh Dickson. Director David Hunter


Unknown: Sue Teddern.
Unknown: Carolyn Jones.
Unknown: Gerard McDermott
Unknown: Rachel Atkins.
Unknown: John Rowe
Unknown: Tracy Ann OBErman
Unknown: Alan Blyton
Unknown: Brian Parr
Unknown: Hugh Dickson.
Director: David Hunter
Carol: Jennie Stoller
Joe: Stephen Tompkinson

: Short Story: The Selfish Giant

By Oscar Wilde , read by John Moffatt.


Unknown: Oscar Wilde
Read By: John Moffatt.

: An Artist in Sound

Water, Views and Kitchen Tables
BBC producer Piers Plowright sets some voices free.
Producer Lore Windemuth


Producer: Piers Plowright

: Offspring Christmas Tea

With John Peel.


Unknown: John Peel.

: Live from the Crypt

From Bristol, Ian McMillan hosts an evening of poetry, comedy and music. With Andy Sheppard , June Tabor ,
Wendy Cope and Marcus Brigstocke. Producer Paul Dodgson


Unknown: Ian McMillan
Unknown: Andy Sheppard
Unknown: June Tabor
Unknown: Wendy Cope
Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke.
Producer: Paul Dodgson

: News

: The Archers

Sid has cooked his goose. Repeated tomorrow 1.40pm

: Offspring Christmas Finale

With John Peel.


Unknown: John Peel.

: Mr Fletcher, the Poet

For An Artist in Sound, Piers Plowright introduces a documentary he made in 1984 about a man from a family of miners who became a builder and a poet.


Introduces: Piers Plowright

: Batteries Not Included

A look at the power of the battery to make or break a happy day.
Producer Marc Jobst. Rptd tomorrow 4.30pm * Buried Treasure: page 11


Producer: Marc Jobst.

: The Liquid Companion

Andrew Jefford is in the drinks cabinet. Producer Paul Kobrak


Unknown: Andrew Jefford
Producer: Paul Kobrak

: Shelf Lives

The first of six programmes.
Tamagotchi. Nigel Cassidy examines the life and times of the cyberpet. Producer Neil Koenig


Producer: Neil Koenig

: A Hack Follows a Star

Repeated from 1.10pm

: The Pickwick Papers

Repeated from 11.30am

: News

: On These Days

The news of 75 years ago. Repeat

: You Probably Think This Song Is About You

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
A true musical story of love at first sight with Kate Saunders. Producer Joanna Rahim Repeat


Unknown: Kate Saunders.
Producer: Joanna Rahim

: Book at Bedtime: Playback

By Raymond Chandler. Part 4.
For details see Monday 22 December Repeat


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: Ray Bradbury's Tales of the Bizarre

Ray Bradbury introduces the last of six dramatised versions of his stories.
6. The Day It Rained For Ever


Introduced by: Ray Bradbury
Dramatised by: Catherine Czerkawska
Harp: player Charlotte Petersen
Director: Hamish Wilson
Mr Smith: Michael MacKenzie
Mr Fremley: Bob Docherty

: Joseph: the Forgotten Father

Repeated from 2.45pm

: Tyndale's Christmas

A meditation by David Daniell on the Christmas story as told by 16th-century translator William Tyndale. Producer Denis Nowlan


Unknown: David Daniell
Unknown: William Tyndale.
Producer: Denis Nowlan

: News

: On This Day

The news of Christmas 1967.

: The Late Book: Christmastime at the End of the Road

4: The Town Tree
For details see Monday 22 December

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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.

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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