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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Elaine Storkey


Unknown: Elaine Storkey

: FarmingToday

With Anna Hill. Producer Julia Letts


Unknown: Anna Hill.
Producer: Julia Letts

: Today

With Sue MacGregor and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.


Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: George Carey.

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's Christmas castaway is
Michael Crawford. Renowned for his attention to detail,
Crawford has always performed his own stunts. A consummate professional, he admits to escaping from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from exhaustion, so the musical Bamum, that he was starring in, could go on. Producer Angie Nehring. Repeated Boxing Day 11.15am


Unknown: Michael Crawford.
Producer: Angie Nehring.

: Book of the Week: The Real James Herriot

By Jim Wright. 5: The World's Favourite Vet For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Jim Wright.

: An Act of Worship

From the Chapel of the Angels in the Shepherds' Fields near Bethlehem, led by the Rev Stephen Shipley. With the Daily Service Singers directed by Gordon Stewart.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.
Directed By: Gordon Stewart.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray presents topical interviews and debate from a woman's point of view. Drama:
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part 10. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Amanda Foreman.

: Joking Apart

Susannah Clapp profiles this country's most successful contemporary playwright,
Alan Ayckbourn , to mark his 60th birthday. With an extended interview with Ayckbourn himself and contributions from Julia McKenzie and Jane Asher. Producer Rebecca Stratford


Unknown: Susannah Clapp
Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn
Unknown: Julia McKenzie
Unknown: Jane Asher.
Producer: Rebecca Stratford

: Mrs Pepperpot

Mrs Pepperpot sets off to the supermarket on top of Mr Pepperpot 's hat. They find themselves bringing home a bionic baby who causes no end of trouble. With Alison Darling as Auntie Solamina. For details see Tuesday 21 December


Unknown: Mrs Pepperpot
Unknown: Mr Pepperpot
Unknown: Alison Darling
Unknown: Auntie Solamina.

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and John Waite.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Nick Clarke.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: The Christmas Dictionary Quiz

From "broddler"to "umbles" and "inkhorns"to "handys" - Frank Delaney and a celebrity panel debate a compendium of questions aboutthe history of the words we use and the way we have spoken through the ages.
Producer Emma Kingsley. Rptd Tuesday 28 December 11.30pm


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Producer: Emma Kingsley.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Danny the Champion of theWorld

By Roald Dahl. The second of two parts dramatised by Brian Sibley. 2: The Fantastic, Marvellous Idea. Danny comes up with the perfect plan to put paid to Mr Victor Hazell. For cast see yesterday 2.15pm


Unknown: Roald Dahl.
Dramatised By: Brian Sibley.
Unknown: Mr Victor Hazell.

: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

From the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.
Members of the college tell the story of the loving purpose of God as revealed in the Bible. The choir is directed by Stephen Cleobury. For full order of service see page 46.
Producers James Whitbourn and David Kremer Repeated tomorrow 3.15pm on Radio 3 Full order of service: page 46


Directed By: Stephen Cleobury.
Producers: James Whitbourn
Producers: David Kremer

: The Message

Alex Brodie and his guests examine which media will survive the information revolution. In the age of the internet, some of the oldest devices are still getting the message across. Producer Dave Harvey


Unknown: Alex Brodie
Producer: Dave Harvey

: PM

With Dan Damon and Chris Lowe. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Dan Damon
Unknown: Chris Lowe.
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: The News Quiz Christmas Special

In the first of two programmes, Simon Hoggart selects the best of the topical quiz from 1999. Featuring Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy , Linda Smith , Francis Wheen and guest panellists. Producer Lucy Armitage. Rptd tomorrow 12noon


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Francis Wheen
Producer: Lucy Armitage.

: The Archers

Brian leads the booing and hissing.
Written by Simon Frith. Director Keri Davies
Editor Vanessa Whitburn.
ARCHERS ADDICTS FAN CLUB: send sae to [address removed]


Written By: Simon Frith.
Director: Keri Davies
Editor: Vanessa Whitburn.
Phil: Norman Painting
Jill: Patricia Greene
Alistair: Michael Lumsden
Shula: Judy Bennett
David: Timothy Bentinck
Ruth: Felicity Finch
Nigel: Graham Seed
Elizabeth: Alison Dowling
Julia: Mary Wimbush
Tony: Colin Skipp
Pat: Patricia Gallimore
Brian: Charles Collingwood
Jennifer: Angela Piper
Debbie: Tamsi Ngreig
George: Graham Roberts
Jack: Arnold Peters
Peggy: June Spencer
Sid: Ala Ndevereux
Eddie: Trevor Harrison
Clarrie: Rosalind Adams
Neil: Brian Hewlett
Mike: Terry Molloy
Betty: Pamela Craig
Roy: Ian Pepperell
Brenda: Am Yshindler
Robert: Graham Blockey
Lynda: Carole Boyd
Hayley: Lucy Davis
Janet: Molr Leslie
Bert: Eric Allan
Simon: Garrick Hagon
Jolene: Buffy Davis
Tim: Jay Villlers
Roy: Ian Pepperell

: Angel Delights

The first of two programmes about angels.
Thomas Aquinas believed them to be "made of pure intellect", but what are they and where do our ideas about them come from?
See the choice on page 204.
Repeated from Tuesday 21 December 3.30pm. The second part can be heard tomorrow 7.45pm


Unknown: Thomas Aquinas

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

By Amanda Foreman , dramatised by Jennifer Curry. 10: The Vortex of Dissipation, 1786
For details see Monday 20 December. Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Amanda Foreman
Dramatised By: Jennifer Curry.

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby isjoined at the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation, Bethlehem, by Riah
Abu El-Assals, Rabbi David Rosen , SalahTa'maria and Anne Widdecombe MP. Producer Lisa Jenkinson


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: David Rosen
Unknown: Anne Widdecombe
Producer: Lisa Jenkinson

: Letter from America

By Alistair Cooke. Insight, anecdote and history from the doyen of commentators. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Alistair Cooke.
Producer: Tony Grant

: The Friday Play: The Nativity

Bill Bryden 's Royal National Theatre production of The Mysteries, based on the medieval plays of York, Wakefield and Chester, in a version by Tony Harrison and the Company. The play tells the story of the birth of Christ, attended by the shepherds and the three kings, and Herod's slaughter of the innocents.
Starringin alphabetical order: Peter Armitage , Stephen Bent.
David Bradley , Cathryn Bradshaw , David Busby , Paul Copley , Joe Duttine. William Gaunt , Sue Johnston. Trevor Laird ,
William MacBain. John Normington , Robert Oates , Joanna Page , Trevor Ray , lain Robertson, Jack Shepherd. John Tarns , Howard Ward and Don Warrington. Music performed by Graeme Taylor ,
Jonathan Davie. Stephen Dawson. Alan Dunn , Michael Gregory , Kevin Morgan , John Tarns , Keith Thomson , Roger Wilson and Linda Thompson. Producer Nicholas Newton. Director Bill Bryden


Unknown: Bill Bryden
Unknown: Tony Harrison
Unknown: Peter Armitage
Unknown: David Bradley
Unknown: Cathryn Bradshaw
Unknown: David Busby
Unknown: Paul Copley
Unknown: Joe Duttine.
Unknown: William Gaunt
Unknown: Sue Johnston.
Unknown: Trevor Laird
Unknown: William MacBain.
Unknown: John Normington
Unknown: Robert Oates
Unknown: Joanna Page
Unknown: Trevor Ray
Unknown: Jack Shepherd.
Unknown: John Tarns
Unknown: Graeme Taylor
Unknown: Jonathan Davie.
Unknown: Stephen Dawson.
Unknown: Alan Dunn
Unknown: Michael Gregory
Unknown: Kevin Morgan
Unknown: John Tarns
Unknown: Keith Thomson
Unknown: Roger Wilson
Unknown: Linda Thompson.
Producer: Nicholas Newton.
Director: Bill Bryden

: With Pleasure at Christmas

Trevor McDonald introduces his favourite literary extracts in this special Christmas edition recorded at the BBC Radio theatre. He reflects on his roots in the Caribbean and his lifelong fascination with journalism. He chooses pieces by Oscar Wilde , Derek Walcott , James Cameron and WH Auden. Readers Eleanor Bron , Tim Pigott -Smith and Ben Onwukwe.
Producers Viv Beeby and Mary Ward Lowery Repeated tomorrow 3.10pm


Introduces: Trevor McDonald
Unknown: Oscar Wilde
Unknown: Derek Walcott
Unknown: James Cameron
Readers: Eleanor Bron
Readers: Tim Pigott
Readers: Ben Onwukwe.
Producers: Viv Beeby

: Book at Bedtime: Chosen for Christmas

Tim Pigott-Smith reads Christmas Truce 1914 from A Fox under My Cloak by Henry Williamson , set in the First World Wartrenches nearYpres.


Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smith
Unknown: Henry Williamson

: The Big Gig

As the hour approaches for the annual Christmas rite of Midnight Communion, three Christian priests from very different parishes describe how they are preparing for the sermon and finding the right words to welcome the last Christmas Day of the second millennium.


Producer: Simon Elmes

: Mass

The traditional midnight Eucharist welcoming the birth of Jesus Christ. Live from a candlelit
Westminster Cathedral, with music by the world famous cathedral choir. Celebrant and preacher the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols. Master of music James O'Donnell. Organist Andrew Reid. Producer Philip Billson


Unknown: Jesus Christ.
Unknown: Vincent Nichols.
Organist: James O'Donnell.
Organist: Andrew Reid.
Producer: Philip Billson

: The Late Book: All Quiet on the Orient Express

By Magnus Mills. Part 5.
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.

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