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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow.

: Farming Today

Presented and produced byGaina Morgan.

: Today

With Sanchia Berg and James Naughtie.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Dr Colin Morris.


Unknown: Sanchia Berg
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Colin Morris.

: Start the Week

Jeremy Paxman and guests set the cultural agenda for the week. Producer Ariane Koek. Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman
Producer: Ariane Koek.

: Daily Service

Church leaders from the nations of the United Kingdom set a seal on the old millennium and anticipate the new. From St Giles's Cathedral, Edinburgh, led by the Very Rev
Gilleasbuig Macmillan. With the Cathedral Choir directed by Michael Harris. Organist John Harris. Anthem Susann/(Richard Rodney Bennett ).


Unknown: Gilleasbuig MacMillan.
Organist: Michael Harris.
Organist: John Harris.
Unknown: Richard Rodney Bennett

: Words on Words with Ian Hislop

John Sessions and Eleanor Bron perform five extracts from the finest writing on language, chosen and introduced by Ian Hislop as part of the celebration of 1,000 years of spoken English. Part 1. Producer Sarah Johnson


Unknown: John Sessions
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Introduced By: Ian Hislop
Producer: Sarah Johnson

: Woman's Hour

Martha Kearney presents highlights of the past year's programmes, featuring Monica Lewinsky, Germaine Greer, Julie Birchill and Hugh Grant. Drama: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Part 11 of 15. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presenter: Martha Kearney
Guest: Monica Lewinsky
Interviewee: Germaine Greer
Interviewee: Julie Birchill
Interviewee: Hugh Grant

: John McCarthy's Bible Journey

John McCarthy presents a series about his attempt to understand the Bible.
5: Who Do You Say That I Am?Two days after
Christ's supposed 2,000th birthday, McCarthy visits the places where he lived and died, in search of the real Jesus. Did the Gospel writers faithfully preserve his message or embellish it with their own views?


Unknown: John McCarthy

: Ballet Shoes

By Noel Streatfeild , adapted in five parts by Ellen Dryden. Great Uncle Matthew is always bringing Sylvia strange and exotic finds from his archaeological expeditions, but nobody could ever have expected that he would send her not one but three babies. Broadcast across the week.


Unknown: Noel Streatfeild
Unknown: Ellen Dryden.
Nana: Rosemary Leach
Gum: John Ringham
Sylvia: Alexandra Mathie
Pauline: Victoria Shalet
Petrova: Lucy Curtis
Director: Don Taylor
Posy: Lia Williams
Mr Simpson: Charles Edwards
Mrs Simpson: Abigail Thaw
Dr Jakes: Alison Skilbeck
Theo Dane: Olivia Breeze

: You and Yours

With Trixie Rawlinson in Norway and Liz Barclay.


Unknown: Trixie Rawlinson
Unknown: Liz Barclay.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Wildbrain

Lionel Kelleway presents the wildlife quiz which aims to find Britain's top naturalist. This week's programme comes from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. Producer Brett Westwood


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Producer: Brett Westwood

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Deep End

By Pete Lawson. A magical underwater world awaits Leni - if her cry from the depths of the public swimming baths can be heard.
Director Ned Chaillet


Unknown: Pete Lawson.
Director: Ned Chaillet
Leni: Michelle Holmes
Sven: Patrick Nielsen
Colm: Stephen Hogan
Jools: Teresa Gallagher
Patrick: Roger May

: Money Box Live: [number removed]

Vincent Duggleby takes your calls on a topical issue affecting your finances.
Producer Marcia Hughes. UNES OPEN from 1.30pm


Unknown: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Marcia Hughes.

: The Old Road

Patrick Muirhead retraces the footsteps of Hilaire Belloc who, in 1899, set out to retrace an ancient route, from the old English capital of Winchester to the tomb of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. it was a route that had existed from England's earliest history, when the north of the country remained largely undiscovered and the progress of peoples, ideas, minerals and livestock would have been east to west, west to east.
1: Winchester and Away Producer Rebecca Moore


Unknown: Patrick Muirhead
Unknown: Hilaire Belloc
Unknown: Thomas Becket
Producer: Rebecca Moore

: This Sceptred Isle: the 20th Century

A unique history of Britain telling the story of our present century. Narrated by Anna Massey , with additional readings by Robert Powell. 86: 1993 to 1994 - the Death of John Smith , Maastricht, and the Balkans


Unknown: Anna Massey
Unknown: Robert Powell.
Unknown: John Smith

: The Food Programme

Hung over and dyspeptic? Today's programme explores purification with diets designed to cleanse the system and hangover cures from around the world. Repeated from yesterday 12.30pm

: Turning World

Jenni Murray and guests take a global view of news, traditions and human stories.


Unknown: Jenni Murray

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: Test Match Special Report

Jonathan Agnew reports live from Durban on the second day's play of the Third Test.


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew

: Dome Alone

In the first in a series of five programmes, writer and broadcsater Alistair Beaton invites listeners to a sneak preview of what is really in the Millennium Dome and takes an irreverent look at what people are supposed to be celebrating at Greenwich.
1: The Journey Zone Repeated from yesterday 12.15am


Unknown: Alistair Beaton

: Just a Minute

Nicholas Parsons is joined by Clement Freud , Paul Merton , Linda Smith and Graham Norton for radio's most devious panel game. Recorded at the Newcastle City Hall as part of the Newcastle
Comedy Festival. Producer Chris Neill. Rptd Sunday 12 noon


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Graham Norton
Producer: Chris Neill.

: The Archers

David is praying it is nottoo late. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson investigates the global march of American literature and cinema, with Tom Wolfe , Gore Vidal , Joseph Heller , George Lucas , Warren Beattyand Michael Crichton. Producer Tanya Hudson


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Tom Wolfe
Unknown: Gore Vidal
Unknown: Joseph Heller
Unknown: George Lucas
Producer: Tanya Hudson

: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

By Amanda Foreman , dramatised in 15 parts by Jennifer Curry. 11: True Love, 1790. Georgiana has produced a son and heir, but her unhappy marriage leads to exile when she falls in love with Charles. For regular cast see Monday 20 December with Emma Trickett , loan Meredith and Beth Chalmers Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Amanda Foreman
Unknown: Jennifer Curry.
Unknown: Emma Trickett
Unknown: Beth Chalmers

: Alistair Cooke's Century

Biographer Nick Clarke joins Alistair Cooke to listen to some of the gems from his career as one of Britain's best loved broadcasters.
Repeated from yesterday 9am


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Nature

Dreaming of Whales
Mark Carwardine travels the globe in the last of a series of programmes looking at whales. 3: Grey Whales from Alaska to California
Carwardine follows the migration of grey whales as they travel down the west coast of North America.


Unknown: Mark Carwardine

: Start the Week

Shortened repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

Claire Bolderson


Unknown: Claire Bolderson

: Book at Bedtime: Goodbye and Good Luck

Miriam Margolyes reads Grace Paley 's witty New York love story- a tale of passion and prudence Over half a Century. Abridged and produced by Di Speirs (R)


Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Grace Paley
Produced By: Di Speirs

: Pick of the Year

Repeated from yesterday 6.15pm

: An Elf at Christmas

Could you survive the festive season as one of Santa's little helpers at a New York department store? American humorist David Sedaris reads from hisdiaries. Producer Steve Doherty (R)


Unknown: David Sedaris
Producer: Steve Doherty

: News

: Dome Alone

2: The Foreign Zone. Including The Ethical Foreign
Policy Memorial Pavilion.
For details see yesterday. Repeated tomorrow 6.15pm

: The Late Book: All Quiet on the Orient Express

Magnus Mills's novel takes us to a village in the Lakes, where a man and his oil drums present a dangerous obsession. Abridged in nine parts by Neville Teller, read by Nick Mercer. Part 6.


Abridged by: Neville Teller
Reader: Nick Mercer
Producer: Duncan Minshull

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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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