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: World News

: Prayer

for the Day With Elaine Storkey


Unknown: Elaine Storkey

: Farming Today

With Rupert Segar


Unknown: Rupert Segar

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.45 Thought forthe Day With Terry Waite.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Terry Waite.

: The Choice

At some point most of us are faced with a single choice that irrevocably changes our lives. Michael Buerk looks at how people make life-altering decisions and takes them through the whole process, from the initial dilemma to living with the consequences. Producer Rosemary Dawson. Rptd at 9.30pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Producer: Rosemary Dawson.

: Carols for Choirs

Former King's Singer Alaistair Hume goes in search of the origins of popular Christmas carols. He begins with Mary's Boy Child, which is still working its way into the repertoire by way of the fifties hit parade.
Producer Tom Alban. Continues Thursday 23 December 9.30am


Singer: Alaistair Hume
Producer: Tom Alban.

: Daily Service

A Great and Mighty Wonder; Luke 2, wl-3, 1 Timothy 2, wl-4; A Spotless Rose (Howells);
Hallelujah! Sing to Jesus (Hallelujah). Director of music Darius Battiwalla.


Music: Darius Battiwalla.

: Book of the Week: The Real James Herriot

By Jim Wright. 2: Siegfried, Tristan and Helen For details see yesterday


Unknown: Jim Wright.

: Woman's Hour

Martha Kearney presents topical interviews and discussion from a woman's point of view. Drama: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part7. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Martha Kearney
Unknown: Amanda Foreman.

: A Pint, a Pie and a Song

Each year in the west Yorkshire village of Marsden, a group of men get together to put on an all-male pantomime. The second of two programmes follows the making of Beau Geste , or the Camel Strikes Backfrom first rehearsals, costume fittings and dance routines to the opening night.
Musicians Richard Walker , Duncan Matley and Jeff Taylor
Producer Susan Roberts. Revised repeat Christmas Day 4pm


Unknown: Beau Geste
Musicians: Richard Walker
Musicians: Duncan Matley
Musicians: Jeff Taylor
Producer: Susan Roberts.
Writeranddirector: Peter Armitage
Choreographer: Doreen France
The Honorable Beau Leg: Nigel Haigh
Willy: Trevor Carter
Septimus: Alan Muskett
Humphrey: Philip Holdsworth
Fanny Fortisque: Steven Hendren
Pantomime fairy: Andre Wstead
Mustafa Woodbine: Malcolm Whitehead

: Mrs Pepperpot

Based on the books by Alf Proysen , dramatised throughout the week in four parts by Lavinia Murray. The adventures of Mrs Pepperpot , the incredible shrinking woman who always seems to be in trouble. 1: She swims through snow, rides on a cat and falls inside a talking horse.
Director Melanie Harris


Unknown: Alf Proysen
Unknown: Lavinia Murray.
Unknown: Mrs Pepperpot
Director: Melanie Harris
Mrs Pepperpot: Alison Steadman
Mr Pepperpot: Geoff Hinsliff
Hannah: Jane Cawdron
Herbert the Cat: Alison Darling
Gerry the Horse: Sarah Parks

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Mark Whittaker. With the Veg Talk men, Greg and Charlie.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Mark Whittaker

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Stomp Is What It Is

Percussion group Stomp have gone from Brighton street entertainers to internationally acclaimed artists. Theirtrademark is a unique and highly charged style of performance combining percussion with movement and comedy.
Creators and directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas and two original members relate the Story Of the company. Producer Karen Rose


Directors: Luke Cresswell
Directors: Steve McNicholas
Producer: Karen Rose

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: On the Whole It's BeenJolly Good

Maurice Denham stars as Sir Plympton Makepeace in Peter Tinniswood 's monologue, written to celebrate the actor's diamond jubilee in broadcasting. Director Enyd Williams (R)


Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Sir Plympton Makepeace
Unknown: Peter Tinniswood
Director: Enyd Williams

: The Exchange: [number removed]

Call Eddie Mair for an exchange of experiences and views on today's topical issues. Producer Sukey Firth. LINES OPEN from 1.30pm


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Producer: Sukey Firth.

: Angel Delights

The first of two programmes about angels.
Thomas Aquinas believed them to be "made of pure intellect". What are they, and where do we get our ideas about them? Part 2 is tomorrow. Producer Sera Lefroy-Owen . Repeated Christmas Eve 7.30pm


Unknown: Thomas Aquinas
Producer: Sera Lefroy-Owen

: This Sceptred Isle: the 20th Century

82: 1989 - the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and Tiananmen Square For details see yesterday

: Shop Talk

Heather Payton and guests with conversation about the world of business, money and technology. Producer Simon Crow


Unknown: Heather Payton
Producer: Simon Crow

: A Good Read

Margaret Forster and her guests Joan Bakewell and composer Gerard McBurney discuss three of their favourite paperbacks.
Producer Viv Beeby. Repeated Boxing Day llpm


Unknown: Margaret Forster
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Gerard McBurney
Producer: Viv Beeby.

: PM

With Steve Evans and Chris Lowe


Unknown: Steve Evans
Unknown: Chris Lowe

: Do Go On

A comedy series that uses the format of a live radio discussion programme to take an original look at media absurdity.
3: Manners. This week Ainsley Elliot and his guests look at modern manners and ask whether courtesy and etiquette mean anything nowadays.
Written by the cast, with Nick Canner and Paul B Davies Producer Paul B Davies (R)


Unknown: Ainsley Elliot
Unknown: Nick Canner
Unknown: Paul B Davies
Producer: Paul B Davies
JudePrentiss: Melanie Hudson
Professor Roger McCabe: Graeme Garden
Isabelle Lautrec: Deborah Norton
And And: Tom Hollander
Brian Pilbrow: Geoffrey McGivern

: The Archers

Mike wants a refund. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson with arts news and reviews.
Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Robyn Read

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

By Amanda Foreman , dramatised by Jennifer Curry. 7: A Passionate Politician, 1783 For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Amanda Foreman
Dramatised By: Jennifer Curry.

: West East West: 3: The God of Nothing

In the last programme of the series, Mark Tully explores how eastern thought might help solve the problems of the west.

Mark Tully seeks out reasons for the so-called spiritual crisis in the west and meditates on what contribution Hinduism and Buddhism can make.

(Repeated Boxing Day 5pm)


Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Mohit Bakaya

: In Touch

Another chance to hearthe edition in which flautist James Galway speaks to Peter White about his music and the impact that the eye condition nystagmus has had on his life. Producer Cheryl Gabriel
PHONE: [number removed] for more information
FACTSHEET: send a large sae to [address removed]


Unknown: James Galway
Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Case Notes

Looking after a sick or elderly relative can be distressing, particularlyfor younger people. Dr Graham Easton looks at the strains of being a carer and what can be done to help.
Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk
Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm


Unknown: Dr Graham Easton
Producer: Paula McGrath.

: The Choice

Michael Buerk looks at how people make life-altering decisions and takes them through the Whole process. Repeated from 9am


Unknown: Michael Buerk

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig


Unknown: Robin Lustig

: Book at Bedtime: Chosen for Christmas

Felicity Kendal reads A Second Christmas in Kenya from The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley.


Unknown: Felicity Kendal
Unknown: Elspeth Huxley.

: The Now Show

With Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
Repeated from Saturday 18 December 6.15pm


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis.

: News

: The Late Book: All Quiet on theOrient Express

By Magnus Mills. Part 2. For details see yesterday.

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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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