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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Elaine Storkey


Unknown: Elaine Storkey

: Leisure Update

Editor Chris Burns


Editor: Chris Burns

: News Briefing

: Sports Desk

: Open Country

Richard Uridge uncovers more stories and characters from the British countryside.
Producer Gabi Fisher. Repeated Thursday 23 December 1.30pm


Unknown: Richard Uridge
Producer: Gabi Fisher.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
7.20 Yesterday In Parliament
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Canon David Winter.
8.45 Yesterday In Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.

: Home Truths

Sally Deller returns to the sixties in this week's programme, as, microphone in hand, she records an audio diary at her Newcastle school reunion. Presented by John Peel.
Producer Fiona Hill. PHONE: [number removed]. E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk. Repeated Monday 20 December llpm


Unknown: Sally Deller
Presented By: John Peel.
Producer: Fiona Hill.

: Loose Ends

With Ned Sherrin. Producer Torquil MacLeod


Unknown: Ned Sherrin.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

: The Week in Westminster

Mary Ann Sieghart of The Times looks at the stories behind the week's political headlines. Editor Vicky Taylor


Unknown: Mary Ann Sieghart
Editor: Vicky Taylor

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie presents insight and analysis from correspondents worldwide, Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Alison Mitchell with the latest news from the world of personal finance, and impartial advice for all those trying to make the most of their money. Producer Marsha Hughes


Unknown: Alison Mitchell
Producer: Marsha Hughes

: True Lies

David Aaronovitch invites celebrity guests to satirically scrutinise the week's news. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: David Aaronovitch

: News

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby isjoined at Drylaw parish church, Drylaw, Edinburgh, by panellists including Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Dr Susan Greenfield and Malcolm Rifkind.
Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Roseanna Cunningham
Unknown: Dr Susan Greenfield
Unknown: Malcolm Rifkind.

: Any Answers? [number removed]

Jonathan Dimblebytakes listeners' calls in response to this week's edition of Any Questions? Producers Lisa Jenkinson and Stephanie Browning LINES OPEN from 12.30pm


Unknown: Jonathan Dimblebytakes
Producers: Lisa Jenkinson
Producers: Stephanie Browning

: Soldiers in Crime

Recruiting crooks into the army is nothing new. In 1921 the police force printed a list of criminals who had distinguished themselves in the Great War-a a villains' roll of honourwhich included a police killer. Julian Putkowski asks what sort of men they were. Were they good soldiers, and did they redeem themselves? Producer Matt Thompson


Unknown: Julian Putkowski
Producer: Matt Thompson

: The Saturday Play: The Children of Green Knowe

By Lucy M. Boston, dramatised by Brian Sibley.
Starring Patricia Routledge and Dominic Childs.
The story of Tolly, who has been sent to spend his Christmas holidays with his great grandmother in an old fenland manor house which is full of secrets, friendly ghosts and children from another time. As Christmas approaches, Tolly draws nearer to their world and, magically, is able to become part of it.
See The House at Green Knowe, Monday 20 December .


Author: Lucy M. Boston
Dramatised By: Brian Sibley
Music: The Fratelli Brothers
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Mrs Oldknow: Patricia Routledge
Tolly: Dominic Childs
Toby: Bobby Williams
Alexander: Nicholas Hoult
Linnet: Jennifer Wheelan
Boggis: Gavin Muir
Petronella: Elizabeth Bell
Mother: Gemma Saunders
Taxi driver: Tom George

: Weekend Woman's Hour

The best of the week on Woman's Hour, presented by Jenni Murray. Editor Ruth Gardiner


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Editor: Ruth Gardiner

: Saturday PM

Full coverage and analysis of the day's news, plus the sports headlines. Presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Talking Pictures

Brian Sibley with the big picture on the world of film, including an expert guide to the pick of films on television.
Producer Harry Parker. WRITE TO: Talking Pictures, BBC Radio 4, London, W1A 1AA. E-MAIL: talking.pictures@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Producer: Harry Parker.

: The Now Show

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis host the comedy show featuring sketches, songs and stand-up with a subversive twist. They are joined by regulars Bert Tyler-Moore , George Jeffrie , Emma Clarke , Simon Munnery and special guests Arnold Widdowson and Ben Willbond.
Producer Aled Evans. Repeated Tuesday 21 December llpm


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Bert Tyler-Moore
Unknown: George Jeffrie
Unknown: Emma Clarke
Unknown: Simon Munnery
Unknown: Ben Willbond.
Producer: Aled Evans.

: Quando, Quando, Quando

The final instalment of the comedy series by Rainer Hersch and Mark Maier set in London's finest hair salon, where brothers Rene, Carlo and Charlie Quando chop, snip and crimp their lucky clients. The Christmas Rush. When the Christmas snippinggets out of hand and the clients get too crazy, Carlo decides that he has had enough. It is time to do something about it. With Rainer Hersch , MarkMaier, Stephen Greif and Catherine Tate. Producer Claire Jones


Unknown: Rainer Hersch
Unknown: Mark Maier
Unknown: Charlie Quando
Unknown: Rainer Hersch
Unknown: Stephen Greif
Unknown: Catherine Tate.
Producer: Claire Jones

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week's cultural highlights.


Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Cardinale Sins

What was sex like in the fifties and early sixties before, in the words of Philip Larkin 's poem, sexual intercourse began? Fraser Harrison remembers the era of the European sex goddesses: Brigitte Bardot , Sophia Loren and his personal favourite - Claudia Cardinale. Producer Tim Dee. Repeated tomorrow 12.15am


Unknown: Philip Larkin
Unknown: Fraser Harrison
Unknown: Brigitte Bardot
Unknown: Sophia Loren
Unknown: Claudia Cardinale.
Producer: Tim Dee.

: The Archive Hour: Jingles All the Way

When independent television went on air in Britain in 1955 Johnny Johnston was waiting in the wings. Paul Vaughan explores the man who wrote more than 4,000 catchy tunes such as Beanz Meanz Heinz and Softness Is a Thing
Called Comfort, and who became known in the trade as the king of the jingles. With contributions from Vera Lynn , Bill Cotton , Denis Norden and Cliff Adams. Producer Phil Speight


Unknown: Johnny Johnston
Unknown: Paul Vaughan
Unknown: Beanz Meanz Heinz
Unknown: Vera Lynn
Unknown: Bill Cotton
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Cliff Adams.
Producer: Phil Speight

: Classic Serial: Cider with Rosie

Laurie Lee 's childhood in the Gloucestershire countryside inspired one of the century's best-loved autobiographies. Dramatised in two parts by Nick Darke. 1: The Lee family arrive in their new home. Part two is tomorrow at 3.00pm. See the choice on page 200. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Laurie Lee
Unknown: Nick Darke.

: The Moral Maze

Michael Buerk chairs an investigation of the moral questions behind the week's news.
Witnesses face cross-examination from David Starkey , Janet Daley , Professor Robert Winston and Ian Hargreaves. Repeated from Wednesday


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: David Starkey
Unknown: Janet Daley
Unknown: Professor Robert Winston
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves.

: Chaos Theory

Chris Maslanka discovers how composers through the ages - from Bach to the present day - have been fascinated by the relationship between things musical and things mathematical. There is, for instance, a connection between the arrangement of leaves on a branch and musical intervals that mysteriously please the ear: it's called the Fibonacci sequence. Repeated from Tuesday


Unknown: Chris Maslanka

: Fine Lines

Contemporary poetry with Christopher Cook featuring two of Britain's most celebrated poets: journalist, war correspondent and former Oxford professor of poetry James Fenton and the millennium poet Simon Armitage. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: James Fenton
Unknown: Simon Armitage.

: News

: The Late Story: Chosen for Christmas

Judi Dench reads Hans Christian Andersen 's
Snow Queen. Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall (R)


Unknown: Judi Dench
Unknown: Hans Christian Andersen
Produced By: Jane Marshall

: as BBC World Service

BBC Inhumation: you can write with comments on programmes and policies to PO Box 1116, Belfast. BT2 7AJ, ortelephone [number removed]. Minicom: [number removed]

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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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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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