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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Bishop RoyWilliamson

: Talking to God

Frank Delaney reflects on the timeless words used i n prayer - from the Dark Ages to today - as part of Radio 4's celebration of 1,000 Years of Spoken English. Producer Simon Elmes


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Producer: Simon Elmes

: News Briefing

: Sports Desk

: Open Country

Richard Uridge explores the architecture of the British countryside.
Producer Gabi Fisher. Repeated Thursday 1.30pm


Unknown: Richard Uridge
Producer: Gabi Fisher.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Edward Stourton.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With the Prince of Wales


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Edward Stourton.

: Home Truths

Enjoy the beginning of the new year with no resolutions, no clever hangoverjokes and no turkey sandwiches. Just John Peel with a bit of Louise Rennison thrown in for good measure. Producer Chris Berthoud. PHONE: [number removed]
E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Louise Rennison
Producer: Chris Berthoud.

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin presents a special edition with guests predicting the future in politics, science, music and language, and with live music from the Divine Comedy.
Producers Jayne Gibson , Julian Mayersand EmilyWhisk


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producers: Jayne Gibson
Producers: Julian Mayersand

: Art of Darkness

We tend to assume that art progresses and that the avant-garde work of today constitutes an inventiveness that is totally original. But a visit to one of the many caves decorated by Ice Age artists from around 20,000 years ago shows that the idea of modern art predated not only this century but also this millennium. With Robert McNab. Repeated from yesterday 10pm


Unknown: Robert McNab.

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie presents insight and analysis from Correspondents worldwide. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: Millennium Peal Service

From the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, led by Canon Stephen Oliver , beginning and ending with the sound of cathedral bells ringing out over the City of London. With the St Paul's Cathedral
Choir. Brother James' Air; Forthe Beauty of the Earth (Rutter); Lift Thine Eyes (Mendelssohn). Revelation 21, wl-6.


Unknown: Canon Stephen Oliver

: Ring Out, Wild Bells

Church bells across Britain ring call changes and peals from noon to celebrate the millennium. With Canon Stephen Oliver. Producer JanetMcLarty


Unknown: Canon Stephen Oliver.

: The News Quiz Millennium Special

Simon Hoggart invites Alan Coren ,
Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy and Linda Smith to feast on a satirical selection box from the past 1,000 years. Repeated from yesterday 6.30pm


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Linda Smith

: News

: Mortimer at the Millennium

Life, Love and the Law. Novelist, playwright and QC Sir John Mortimer and friends entertain before an invited audience at the BBC Radio Theatre, London. With Richard Briers , Sinead Cusack and Joanna David.
Piano Christine Croshaw. Flute Clive Conway
Producer Catherine Bailey. Director Marilyn Imrie


Unknown: Sir John Mortimer
Unknown: Richard Briers
Unknown: Sinead Cusack
Piano: Joanna David.
Piano: Christine Croshaw.
Flute: Clive Conway
Producer: Catherine Bailey.
Director: Marilyn Imrie

: Forty Days to Dairen

LibbyPurves presents an anthology of words, music and interviews to mark the century's preoccupation with seafaring.
Producer Emma Kingsley. Repeated tomorrow 8pm


Producer: Emma Kingsley.

: The Saturday Play: Learning to Swim

Clare Chambers's book, winner of the Romantic Novel of 1999, is dramatised by Catherine Czerkawska.

Abigail believes that she has banished the ghost of her first love affair and the catastrophe that ended it, but 13 years later a chance encounter forces her to acknowledge that the spell is far from broken.
(Repeated next Saturday)


Author: Clare Chambers
Dramatised by: Catherine Czerkawska
Cellist: Sophie Harris
Music: David Chilton
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Abigaii: Emily Bruni
Rad: Oliver Milburn
Young Abigail: Phoebe Phillips
Mother: Penny Downie
Father: David Troughton
Granny: Marcia Warren
Birdie: Cathy Sara
Frances: Tilly Gaunt

: Unrecognisable Accounts of the 20th Century

Alan Dein tours Britain -from a Festival of Britain show flat opposite the Millennium Dome to the Northumberland coast - to hear testimonies that will not appear in official chronicles of the century. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Alan Dein

: Faith in the Future

Just how secular are we in Britain today? Does the steady decline in church attendance really mean we are abandoning religion, or are our spiritual needs finding new forms of expression? The Rev Ernest Rae examines the true state of Britain's faith. Producer Amanda Hancox. Repeated tomorrow 12.15am


Unknown: Rev Ernest Rae
Producer: Amanda Hancox.

: Saturday PM

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


Presented By: Dan Damon.

: Talking Pictures

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


Unknown: Brian Sibley
Producer: Simon Elmes.

: The Big Booth

Boothby Graffoe stars in a comedy programme of monologues, sketches, straw polls and songs. With Simon Evans , Vivienne Soan, Big Al and special guest Glen Tilbrook. Producer Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Simon Evans
Unknown: Glen Tilbrook.
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: The Cocktail Hour

Sparkling entertainment from Luscombe and McKee, live from the Radio Theatre. Starring Clive Francis, Josephine Tewson, Simon Green, Christopher Luscombe, Cathy Sara and Malcolm McKee. Director Sue Wilson.


Performer/Writer: Christopher Luscombe
Performer/Writer: Malcolm McKee
Performer: Clive Francis
Performer: Josephine Tewson
Performer: Cathy Sara
Performer: Simon Green
Director: Sue Wilson

: A Presence of Laughter: Coward's SecondCentury

Patricia Hodge and John Standingjoin
Christopher Cook and eminent others in celebrating Noel Coward 's life and work. Producer Ned Chaillet


Unknown: Patricia Hodge
Unknown: John Standingjoin
Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Noel Coward
Producer: Ned Chaillet

: Tonight at 8.30

A Noel Coward double bill.

Fumed Oak
Adapted by Malcolm McKee.
A snivelling daughter, a slovenly nagging wife and a hideous mother-in-law dominate Henry Gow's life. In 1930s South London, domestic revolt is about to take place.
With Stephanie Cole, David Bamber, Janine Duvitski, Malcolm McKee and Teresa Gallagher Director Sue Wilson.

Family Album
Autumn 1860, and the Featherways family gather to hear the will of their deceased father. As the Madeira flows, the memories become less rosy, and Burrows is summoned to open the mysterious trunk from the attic.
With Roger Allam, Josephine Tewson, Teresa Gallagher, Christopher Scott, Cathy Sara, John Duttlne, Belinda Sinclair, Andrew Wincott, Roger May and Malcolm McKee.
Musicians: Paul Arden Taylor, Audrey Douglas, Katherine Gittings, Suzanne Walden, Kevin Waterman and Malcolm McKee. Director Sue Wilson.
Programme of the Week: page 143


Play One: Fumed Oak
Author: Noel Coward
Adapted by: Malcolm McKee
Director: Sue Wilson
Mrs Rocket: Stephanie Cole
Henry Gow: David Bamber
Doris Gow: Janine Duvitski
Elsie Gow: Cathy Sara
Max: Malcolm McKee
Daphne: Teresa Gallagher
Play Two: Family Album
Author: Noel Coward
Adapted by: Malcolm McKee
Director: Sue Wilson
Jasper Featherways: Roger Allam
Lavinia Featherways: Josephine Tewson
Jane Featherways: Teresa Gallagher
Burrows: Christopher Scott
Charles Winter: John Duttlne
Harriet Winter: Belinda Sinclair
Emily Valance: Cathy Sara
Edward Valance: Andrew Wincott
Richard Featherways: Roger May
Lubbock: Malcolm McKee
Oboe: Paul Arden Taylor
Harp: Audrey Douglas.
Violin: Katherine Gittings
Cello: Suzanne Walden
Percussion: Kevin Waterman
Piano/Musical Director: Malcolm McKee

: My Life with Noel

Coward's companion, the actor Graham Payne , caps the Coward evening with reminiscences of his life with the dramatist and actor. Adapted by Barry Day. Producer Ned Chaillet


Unknown: Graham Payne
Adapted By: Barry Day.
Producer: Ned Chaillet

: Revelation - a Guide to the End of the World

Timothy West reads from the Book of Revelation as presenter Peter Stanford explores how the last book in the Bible is being interpreted by fundamentalist Christians awaiting the end of the world. Repeated from Wednesday


Unknown: Timothy West
Presenter: Peter Stanford

: Sound Foundations

Valentine Cunningham tells how Fred Gaisberg became the most important figure in the early history Of the music business. Repeated from Tuesday


Unknown: Valentine Cunningham
Unknown: Fred Gaisberg

: The Deeper Magic

In this special programme of poetry written by under-18s, Michael Rosen sees the world through the eyes of the next generation. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: News

: The Late Story: The Little Death

By Patrick O'Brian , read by Liam O'Callaghan.
When he is invited to shoot pigeons at a country estate, a former Second World Warfighter pilot is haunted by memories of death and his vow never to kill again . Producer Roland Jaquarello


Unknown: Patrick O'Brian
Read By: Liam O'Callaghan.
Producer: Roland Jaquarello

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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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