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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Bishop Peter Firth.


Unknown: Peter Firth.

: FarmingToday

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With Sue MacGregor and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: On the Ropes

John Humphrys in conversation with six successful people who have weathered storms in their careers. Monty Python brought animator Terry Gilliam fame and fortune, but his career as a film director has been a mix of hits and misses. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen cost a fortune and flopped at the box office, and a new £32m project to film the story of Don Quixote has ground to a halt. What went wrong? Producer Brian King. Editor Andrew Thorman. Repeated at 9.30pm

On the Ropes
9.00am/9.30pm R4 Terry Gilliam talks failure to John Humphry's today. Well, not just failure, given his success as the Monty Python animator and director of several successful films, but On the Ropes is hardly meant to be a celebratory programme full of joy and happiness. So Gilliam talks frankly about two films, one that failed at the box office - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - and one that has yet to get as far as a cinema, a £32 million epic about Don Quixote which fell prey to everything from money problems to floods during the filming. Work has now stopped on the film, leaving Gilliam a decidedly unhappy, albeit a lot wiser, man. (Peter Barnard)


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Monty Python
Unknown: Terry Gilliam
Unknown: Don Quixote
Producer: Brian King.
Editor: Andrew Thorman.

: Let There Be Light!

This week in the series about the history of glass in architecture, Maxwell Hutchinson looks at how glass was used in buildings of the Victorian era. He meets a man who has collected 15,000 historic windows and examines the career of Joseph Paxton , architect of the greatest glass house of them ait-the Crystal Palace. Producer EienaCurti


Unknown: Maxwell Hutchinson
Unknown: Joseph Paxton

: Book of the Week: Even as We Speak

Written and read by Clive James. 2: A Voice Is Born improve your singing and you won't bring down the bathroom. For details see yesterday. Repeated at 12.30am


Read By: Clive James.

: Daily Service

With the Rev Stephen Shipley. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Rockingham); John 20, w24-29; Sing Joyfully (Byrd); Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning (Guiting Power). Directors of music Gordon Stewart and Paul Leddington Wright.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.
Music: Gordon Stewart
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray. Drama: Adam Bedeby George EliOt. Part 2. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Adam Bedeby
Unknown: George Eliot.

: Surnames, Genes and Genealogy

Understanding Your Family Roots.
George Redmonds traces the 700-year-old mother of all Dysons, and from the 13th century, Oddi de
Gasegill, the forbear of Bill Oddie. DNA analysis continues to reveal long-hidden secrets of genealogical research and even finds the descendants of passengers of the Mayflower. Producer Sandra Sykes. E-MAIL: nature@bbc.co.uk WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4


Unknown: George Redmonds
Unknown: Bill Oddie.
Producer: Sandra Sykes.

: Comedy Album Heroes

A guide to a time when listening to comedy records at parties was hip. With Greg Proops. Lily Tomlin
She started in Rowen and Martin's Laugh In, made the jump to stand-up comedy and with herthe comedy album came Of age. Producer Dave Batchelor


Unknown: Greg Proops.
Producer: Dave Batchelor

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and Peter White. including 12.30 Call You and Yours.
PHONE: [number removed]. LINES OPEN from 10am


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Gypsy in My Soul

A look beyond the stereotype of the Gypsy musician to changing attitudes to Gypsies and their music in Britan. Nick Bakervisits the Django Reinhardt festival in France where Gypsy and jazz spirits mingle. Producer Simon Broughton


Unknown: Django Reinhardt
Producer: Simon Broughton

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Dreaming Woman

Don Taylor 's drama tells the story of DH Lawrence's relationship with a woman during 1908-12. David, a young schoolteacher, is asked to speak to Helen, who has suffered a personal tragedy. A tale emerges which changes the relationship between them and becomes part of the development of a great English writer.
Director Don Taylor (R)


Unknown: Don Taylor
Director: Don Taylor
David: Ian Dunn
Helen: Kate Copeland
Agnes: Abigail Thaw

: Making History

The programme that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries, presented by Sue Cook. Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick
WRITE TO: [address removed]E-MAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk


Presented By: Sue Cook.
Producers: Ivan Howlett
Producers: Nick Patrick

: Five Stories by Elizabeth Bowen

2: TheNewHouse. Long-suffering Cicely and her irritable brother Herbert move into their first home without mother. All is well until Cicely makes a Shattering announcement. Fordetails see yesterday

: Medicine Machines

2: The X-Ray Machine. When the first x-rays were taken, they seemed miraculous, but their introduction was not without its problems. It was opposed by doctors who had hitherto depended on their eyes and ears for diagnosis, and patients were scared of the new machines. But as the decades went on, the x-ray department became the indispensable heart Of every hospital. Fordetails see yesterday

: Shop Talk

Conversation about the world of business, money and technology, with Heather Payton and guests. Producer Simon Crow


Unknown: Heather Payton
Producer: Simon Crow

: The Learning Curve

The intelligent guide to the wide world of learning, presented by Libby Purves.
ProducerAnne Freeman. E-MAIL: the.learning.curve@bbc.co.uk PHONE: [number removed]. Repeated Sunday llpm


Presented By: Libby Purves.
Presented By: Produceranne Freeman.

: PM

With Clare English and Nigel Wrench.


Unknown: Nigel Wrench.

: The Big Town All Stars

A four-part comedy series devised by Bill Dare about a struggling a cappella band.
1: Meet the Wife by Giles New. This week Kenny gets married and divorced in a day, and Johnny decides to make himself more attractive by lying. with Raquel Cassidy , Tony Gardner and Rachel Preece Producer Gareth Edwards


Unknown: Bill Dare
Unknown: Giles New.
Unknown: Raquel Cassidy
Unknown: Tony Gardner
Unknown: Rachel Preece
Producer: Gareth Edwards
Kenny: Stephen Tompkinson
Lorelei: Nicola Walker
Johnny: Adrian Scarborough
Nelson: Brian Bovell

: The Archers

Greg has a bit of a grouse. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Presented by Mark Lawson. Producer Sally Spurring


Presented By: Mark Lawson.

: Adam Bede

George Eliot 's haunting story of love betrayed and rewarded. 2: Dinah Morris , a young and remarkable Methodist preacher, arrives to comfort Lisbeth Bede. Arthur Richard Greenwood Further cast details across the week. For details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: George Eliot
Unknown: Dinah Morris
Unknown: Lisbeth Bede.
Unknown: Arthur Richard Greenwood

: File on 4

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad, presented by Liz Carney.
Producer Andy Denwood. Editor David Ross. Repeated Sunday 5pm


Presented By: Liz Carney.
Producer: Andy Denwood.
Editor: David Ross.

: In Touch

News, issues and information of interest to blind and partially sighted people, with Peter White.
Producer Cheryl Gabriel. PHONE: [number removed] for more information


Unknown: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel.

: Life as an Infant

Intelligence comes in many forms - children can be smart about nature, words, music or pictures. They can be good with people, on a sports field, with their bodies or at mathematics. But how many of these talents are taken into account when IQs are measured? Connie St Louis examines how children develop their particular forms of intelligence and looks at what can be done to help them along. Producer Julia Durbin. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk


Producer: Julia Durbin.

: On the Ropes

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Janet Cohen.


Unknown: Janet Cohen.

: Book at Bedtime: Back When We WereGrownups

Liza Ross reads from Anne Tyler 's latest novel.
2: Rebecca realises her life took a wrong fork without her knowing. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Liza Ross
Unknown: Anne Tyler

: At Home with the Snails

Gerard Foster's sitcom about George, Professor of Symbolics at Oxford, who is desperately trying to write a book. Alex moves into the shed at the bottom of the garden and takes his 200 snails with him. He starts to live like a snail and lets them crawl all over him. When a French girl arrives on the scene Alex falls for her and tries to prove he is normal by eating his pets.


Writer: Gerard Foster
Producer: Jane Berthoud
George: Geoffrey Palmer
Beverly: Angela Thorne
Colette: Magall Domec
Alex: Gerard Foster
Rose: Miranda Hart

: News

: Book of the Week: Even as We Speak

Repeated from 9.45am. For details see yesterday 9.45am

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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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