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: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: The Choice

At some point most of us are faced with a single choice which irrevocably alters our lives. Michael Buerk talks to people who have made such decisions and takes them through the whole process, from dilemma to making the choice and living with the consequences.
Producer Liz Leonard. Repeated at 9.30pm


Talks: Michael Buerk
Producer: Liz Leonard.

: The Snowman

I I He is the sand castle of an inclement season, the winter equivalent of the scarecrow, and the jolliest of the folk-figure creations - a Christmas celebration of the snowman. Producer Alison Quinn
Programme of the Week: page 137


Producer: Alison Quinn

: Daily Service

With the Rev Stephen Shipley. Come, Thou
Redeemer of the Earth (Puer Nobis Nascitur);
Isaiah 64, wl-5, w8-9; Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences (Purcell); Have Faith in God, My Heart (St Ethelwald). Director of music Christopher Stokes.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.
Music: Christopher Stokes.

: Book of the Week: Mango and Mimosa: 2: Assam Java

By Suzanne St Alban, read by Jane Lapotaire.
For details see yesterday


Author: Suzanne St Alban
Reader: Jane Lapotaire

: Woman's Hour

Martha Kearney with the latest news, views and culture from a woman's perspective.
Drama: The Red Room, dramatised by Robin Brooks. Part 2.
Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presenter: Martha Kearney.
Story dramatised by: Robin Brooks
Editor: Ruth Gardiner

: Christmas Story - Myth or History?

Roger Bolton investigates the sources of the Nativity story and looks at elements that have puzzled historians down the ages. Should
Christians take literally the Gospel accounts of Jesus's birth? Was Mary really a virgin? Bolton tries to find some of the answers in art, classical mythology, astronomy and theology. He is helped by guests including art historian Sister
Wendy Beckett , classicist Peter Gandy and theologian Dr Elaine Storkey. Producer Elena Curti. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm


Unknown: Roger Bolton
Unknown: Wendy Beckett
Unknown: Peter Gandy
Unknown: Dr Elaine Storkey.
Producer: Elena Curti.

: There's a Funny Thing

Hugh Dennis unearths comedy gems from the BBC archives. This week, a look at the family-they come in all shapes and sizes, some of them odderthan others. Producer Libby Cross


Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Producer: Libby Cross

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and MarkWhittaker.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Kings beyond the Carols

As a precursor to the famous annual Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, Tim Marlow goes behind the scenes of King's College Choirto discover what the boy choristers and adult choral scholars are really like. How are they selected and trained, how do they fit such a punishing schedule around school and university studies, and what do the town dwellers of Cambridge really think of their famous student choir? Producer Helen Garrison


Unknown: Tim Marlow
Producer: Helen Garrison

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Man in Snow

By Israel Horovitz. Underthe northern lights, halfway up the highest mountain in Alaska, David Kipling is in charge of 20 honeymoon couples busy trying to conceive. I solitude, he reaches out to his wife by telephone and seeks to conjure up the son who died two years ago.
Director Ned Chaillet


Unknown: David Kipling
Director: Ned Chaillet
David: Israel Horovitz
Fanny: Marcia Warren
Connie: Dick Vosburgh
MrTakayama: Burt Kwouk
Joey: Bradley Lavelle
Emily: Lorelei King

: The Exchange: [number removed]

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


Unknown: Wendy Austin

: Fantastic Tales

Five classic European stories exploring the weird and the wonderful. 2: Autumn Sorcery by Joseph von Eichendorff. A young knight is driven to madness when he discovers that everything he holds dear is pure illusion. Read by Jamie Glover. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Joseph Von Eichendorff.
Read By: Jamie Glover.

: Puzzling Passions

2: Marcel Berlins looks at puzzling numbers, some of which have outfoxed mathematicians for hundreds of years. Do mathematicians themselves see the point of solving the problem or are they just having fun? For details see yesterday (R)


Unknown: Marcel Berlins

: Nice Work

Philippa Lamb looks at the issues that change and shape our working lives, from switching careers to spicing up our working days. Producers Penny Hasiam and Lesley McAlpine


Unknown: Philippa Lamb
Unknown: Lesley McAlpine

: A Good Read

Louise Doughty and guests, broadcaster
Kirsty Wark and playwright Gabriel Gbadamosi , discuss three of their favourite paperbacks. Producer Miles Warde. Repeated Sunday llpm


Unknown: Louise Doughty
Unknown: Kirsty Wark
Unknown: Gabriel Gbadamosi
Producer: Miles Warde.

: PM

With Clare English and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Acropolis Now

rSex, squid and six Socratic dialogues by Lynne Truss. In the smelly but convivial surroundings of the Acropolis Fish Restaurant, 408 BC, great
Athenians confront the eternal verities and also eat a lot. 1: Fish. A chorus of Ancient Greek fish delivery men bringdisturbing news for Aristophanes.
Producer Brian King


Unknown: Lynne Truss.
Heraclitus: Stephen Moore
Aristophanes: Alan Cox
Socrates: Robert Hardy
Oracle: Rosemary Leach
Plato: Tom George
Xanthippe: Rachel Atkins
Chorus: Gavin Muir

: The Archers

A busy day at the jeweller's. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

With Francine Stock , including a reassessment of the comedy-writing team of George S Kaufman and Moss Hart , whose play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, is on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day. Producer Rebecca Stratford


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: George S Kaufman
Unknown: Moss Hart
Producer: Rebecca Stratford

: The Red Room: 2: Mr Tallent's Ghost

Ghost stories for Christmas, dramatised by Robin Brooks.

2: Mr Tallent's Ghost by Mary Webb.

For details see yesterday.

Repeated from 10.45am.

Further cast details across the week.


Written by: Mary Webb
Dramatised By: Robin Brooks
Director: Clive Brill
Tallent: Sean Baker
Johnny: Alan Cox

: File on 4

Jenny Cuffe with major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Producer David Lewis. Repeated Sunday 5pm


Unknown: Jenny Cuffe
Producer: David Lewis.

: In Touch

Peter White with news for visually impaired people. Producer Cheryl Gabriel
PHONE: [number removed] for more information


Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Case Notes

This week Dr Graham Easton provides the information you need to have a healthy holiday, especially if you are planning an exotic trip this Christmas. He has advice on how to avoid common problems, looks at the pros and cons of injections and investigates whether tropical diseases are on the increase in the UK.
Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald
E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk. Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm


Unknown: Dr Graham Easton
Producer: Geraldine Fitzgerald

: The Choice

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Woodlanders

By Thomas Hardy , read by Juliet Stevenson. 2: Giles is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, but will she return his love? For details see yesterday


Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Read By: Juliet Stevenson.

: Me and My Pal

Mark Radcliffe presents a tribute to two great comic geniuses - Laurel and Hardy. This week, how Lancashire-born Arthur Jefferson went to America and became Stan Laurel. Producer Libby Cross (R)


Unknown: Mark Radcliffe
Unknown: Arthur Jefferson
Unknown: Stan Laurel.
Producer: Libby Cross

: News

: The Late Book: Writing at theKitchen Table

Helena Bonham Carter reads extracts from Artemis Cooper 's biography of Elizabeth David. Part 2. For details see yesterday(R)


Unknown: Helena Bonham Carter
Unknown: Artemis Cooper
Unknown: Elizabeth David.

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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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