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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Elaine Storkey


Unknown: Elaine Storkey

: Farming Today

With Anna Hill. Producer Julia Letts


Unknown: Anna Hill.
Producer: Julia Letts

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Rt Rev Thomas Butler.
8.32 Yesterday In Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.
Unknown: Thomas Butler.

: Midweek

Libby Purves and guests engage in lively and diverse conversation.
Producer Alison Hughes. Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Alison Hughes.

: Book of the Week: The Real James Herriot

By Jim Wright. 3: Darrowby For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Jim Wright.

: Daily Service

A Virgin Most Pure (Traditional); Genesis 24, wJ.2-26, Luke 2, w4-5; 0 Joseph Being an Old Man Truly (Traditional Arr Leddington-Wright); Father, Hearthe Prayer We Offer (Marching). Director of music Paul Leddington-Wright .


Music: Paul Leddington-Wright

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray hosts lively and topical interviews and debates from a woman's point of view.
Drama: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part 8. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Amanda Foreman.

: A Straight History of the Bent Banana

Rogan Taylor unpeels the layers of myth, history and politics that make the banana the most potent fruit Of all. Producer Mark Burman (R)


Unknown: Rogan Taylor
Producer: Mark Burman

: Mrs Pepperpot

Tiny Mrs Pepperpotgets into trouble at the Christmas market, including falling inside a baked potato. Rescued by Ronan Kitten , she decides to grow full size again with the help of helium gas.
For details and further cast see yesterday


Unknown: Tiny Mrs Pepperpotgets
Unknown: Ronan Kitten
Celia: Alison Darling
Delia: Sarah Parks

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Mark Whittaker. With the Veg
Talk men, Greg and Charlie.
Editor Chris Burns. PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: youandyours@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Mark Whittaker.
Editor: Chris Burns.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Parliamentary Questions

Steve Richards hosts the panel game about politics and politicians, with team captains Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack MP. This week's guests are journalist Julia Langdon and broadcaster James COX. Producer Steve Doherty


Unknown: Steve Richards
Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Sir Patrick CormacK
Unknown: Julia Langdon
Unknown: James Cox.
Producer: Steve Doherty

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Unwritten Law

Helena Kennedy QC concludes a second series of dramatised features about legal cases which led to a change in the law.
4: On Self Deliverance by Rib Davis.
In the seventies Exit published a booklet offering practical help to those wishing to commit suicide, technically a prisonable offence. How did the courts respond and has the ambiguity in the application of the law to cases of "mercy" or assisted killings changed in the nineties?
Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Helena Kennedy
Unknown: Rib Davis.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Dr Colin Brewer: Tim Treloar
Larry Hill: Gavin Muir
Nicholas Reed: Iwan Thomas
Roy Amlott: James Greene
Jean Davies: Lynne Verrall
Celia Fremlin: Elizabeth Bell
Detective Superintendent: Ian Masters
Mr Justice Lawton: John East
Mr Justice Woolf: Derek Waring
Narrator: Helena Kennedy QC

: Gardeners' Question Time

Nigel Colborn , Pippa Greenwood and Roy Lancaster answer questions posed by members ofSt Margaret's Society and St Margaret's and District Gardeners' Association, Dover. With Chairman Eric Robson. Repeated from Sunday 2pm


Unknown: Nigel Colborn
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Roy Lancaster
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Angel Delights

The second of two programmes about angels.
People have been meeting angels for centuries, but what shape do these encounters take? What do the angels look like and what effect do they have on the lives of those who see them? Repeated Christmas Day 7.45pm

: This Sceptred Isle: the 20th Century

83: 1990 - the Poll Tax, the ERM, and Exit Margaret Thatcher
For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Margaret Thatcher

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor and guests explore and explode some of the ideas that shape oursocietytoday. Producer Tony Phillips. E-MAIL: thinking.allowed@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Tony Phillips.

: Case Notes

Looking after a sick or elderly relative can be distressing, particularly for younger people. Dr Graham Easton looks at the strains of being a carer and what can be done to help. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Dr Graham Easton

: PM

With Eddie Mairand Charlie Lee-Potter

: No Commitments

Last in a comedy series by Simon Brett following the fortunes of three fortysomething sisters.
Emily goes off to university and Victoria is worried that she will not get in touch. Charlotte goes to see Emily to sort things out, but proves to be an acute embarrassment in a student environment.


Writer: Simon Brett
Producer: Maria Esposito
Anna: Rosemary Leach
Victoria: Angela Thorne
Charlotte: Celia Imrie
Roger: Bill Nighy
Emily: Lisa Coleman

: The Archers

Will Elizabeth be home for Christmas?
Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson and Francine Stock present their personal and seasonal selection of artistic highlights from the past 12 months. Producer Matthew Dodd


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Francine Stock
Producer: Matthew Dodd

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

ByAmanda Foreman, dramatised by Jennifer Curry. 8: A Woman of Great Importance, 1784
For details see Monday 20 December. Repeated from 10.45am


Dramatised By: Jennifer Curry.

: The Moral Maze

This week the programme is broadcast live with an invited audience. Michael Buerk,
David Starkey, Janet Daley, Ian Hargreaves and David Cook. What chance is there of the next millennium being better than the last? And what should be our definition of "better"? Well known witnesses drawn from the arts, politics and religions face cross examination from the team. Producer David Coomes. Repeated Saturday 10.15pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: David Starkey
Unknown: Janet Daley
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Unknown: David Cook.
Producer: David Coomes.

: Days That Shook the World

Niall Ferguson explores the details of the most critical days of the 20th century. (Repeated from Sunday 5.40pm)


Presenter: Niall Ferguson

: Quantum

Last in the series in which John Gribbin explores the strange subatomic world of quantum physics. Beyond Common Sense. A look ahead to the next quantum revolution with the building of the first quantum computers, uncrackable codes, teleporation and quantum devices the size of a wedding ring. Producer Louise Dalziel


Unknown: John Gribbin
Producer: Louise Dalziel

: Midweek

Libby Purves and guests engage in lively and diverse conversation. Shortened repeat of 9am


Unknown: Libby Purves

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig


Unknown: Robin Lustig

: Book at Bedtime: Chosen for Christmas

Miriam Margolyes reads Christmas Eve in New York from the bestselling novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.


Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Betty Smith.

: Sean Lock -15 Storeys High

Last in a comedy series by Sean Lock and Martin Trenaman. However much Sean tries to avoid the rest ofthe world, occasionally it will tryto engage with him. This week a romantic neighbour and a group of aggressive children tryto disturb his peace. Starring Sean Lock , Tracy-Ann Oberman , Chris Pavlo , Peter Serafinowicz and Martin Trenaman. Producer Chris Neill


Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Martin Trenaman.
Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Chris Pavlo
Unknown: Peter Serafinowicz
Unknown: Martin Trenaman.
Producer: Chris Neill

: The Way It Was

A satirical look back at the year's news and events. With Simon Evans , Dave Lamb , Chris Pavlo , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Shavin.
Producers Anil Gupta and Alex Walsh-Taylor . Revised repeat


Unknown: Simon Evans
Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Chris Pavlo
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Laura Shavin.
Producers: Anil Gupta
Producers: Alex Walsh-Taylor

: News

: The Late Book: All Quiet on theOrient Express

Magnus Mills's latest novel, set in a village in the Lakes. Part 3. For details see Monday 20 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.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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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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