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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Very Rev John Miller.


Unknown: John Miller.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Rabbi Lionel Blue.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Lionel Blue.

: Start the Week

Jonathan Freedland chairs a special programme with Nobel Prize-winningguests at the Nobel Centenary Celebrations in Stockholm. Producer Ariane Koek. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Jonathan Freedland
Producer: Ariane Koek.

: Daily Service

From Wellington Church, Glasgow, led by the Rev Johnston McKay. With the choir of St Mary's
Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, directed by Fridrik Walker. Organist John Gormley.


Unknown: Rev Johnston McKay.
Directed By: Fridrik Walker.
Organist: John Gormley.

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

A series of specially chosen light-hearted seasonal readings. 1: Christmas the Other Side of the Dale Written and read by Gervase Phinn. The school inspector drops in on some primary school nativity plays in north Yorkshire. Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at 12.30am.


Read By: Gervase Phinn.
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray. Drama: Be Not Afraid by John Fletcher. Part 1. Drama repeated at7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: John Fletcher.

: Mapping the Town

Archaeologist Julian Richards reveals howto uncoverthe hidden history of a town through the streets and buildings of today. 4: Hereford. Richards crosses the racial divide of Saxon times, the River Wye, which separated England and Wales. Hereford's most famous map, the Mappa Mundi , provides a graphic guide to the medieval world. Producer John Byrne


Unknown: Julian Richards
Unknown: Mappa Mundi
Producer: John Byrne

: The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

A five-part dramatisation by Mike Scott of Norman Hunter 's tales about an archetypal absent-minded professor and his outlandish adventures.
1: The Time Machine. Professor Branestawm turns his extraordinary brain powers to the greatest problem of them all - can human beings travel through time? Featuring music by Sergei Prokofiev. Producer Bruce Hyman ; Director Dirk Maggs
Hidden gem: page 12


Unknown: Mike Scott
Unknown: Norman Hunter
Music By: Sergei Prokofiev.
Producer: Bruce Hyman
Director: Dirk Maggs
Prof Branestawm: John Fortune
Mrs Flittersnoop: Julla McKenzie
ColDedshott: Leslie Phillips

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and John Waite.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at OneWith

Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Round Britain Quiz

Nick Clarke is in the chairfor another round of cryptic connections and lateral thinking. This week the Midlands - Philippa Gregory and Brian J Ford -take on the South of England - Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego. Producer Paul Bajoria. Repeated Saturday llpm


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Unknown: Philippa Gregory
Unknown: Brian J Ford
Unknown: Marcel Berlins
Unknown: Fred Housego.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: It's a Wonderful Divorce

By Anthony Green. The love of a good movie, Frank Capra 's It's a Wonderful Life, could become grounds for divorce as the season of good will approaches.
Producer/director Ned Chaillet


Unknown: Anthony Green.
Unknown: Frank Capra
Director: Ned Chaillet
David: David Bamber
Alex: Conrad Nelson
Carol: Michelle Holmes
Katherine: Carolyn Pickles
Clarissa: Tracy Wiles
MrPeterson: Stephen Critchlow
Mrs Peterson: Sarah Paul
Derek: Carl Prekopp

: Money Box Live

Financial experts answer listeners' personal finance questions. Presented by Paul Lewis. Lines are open On [number removed]from 1.30pm. Producer Penny Hasiam


Presented By: Paul Lewis.

: Ned Sherrin's Theatrical Anecdotes

Ned Sherrin 's alphabet oftheatrical anecdotes.
A collection of showbusiness legends, stories and gossip. 1: A-B. Director John Tydeman Curtain raisers: page 21


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Director: John Tydeman

: Chicken Nuggets: 1: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Globe?

Jane Horrocks (the voice of Babs in Chicken Run) explores the cultural significance of the chicken.

The history of the hen, from its origins in the Asian jungles to its importance for Vikings and Victorians. The Romans reckoned they could tell the future by looking at chickens' entrails. Today we rely on the Sell-by date.


Presenter: Jane Horrocks
Producer: Peter Everett

: The Food Programme

A celebration isn't complete without cake. This week's programme tucks into a variety of confections from around the world and explores why they are the centrepiece of so many special occasions. Extended repeat from yesterday 12.30pm

: Four Corners

Anne MacKenzie and guests roam the international agenda from politics to popular culture, sports to science, and art to anthropology. Producer Amber Dawson


Unknown: Anne MacKenzie
Producer: Amber Dawson

: PM

With Clare English and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Another bout of the perennial antidote to panel games comes from the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol. Andy Hamilton joins regular team members Tim Brooke-Taylor , Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer , chairman Humphrey Lyttelton and pianist Colin Sell. Producer Jon Naismith. Repeated on Sunday
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volumes 1-6 are available on audio cassette at good retailers and www.bbcshop.com. Call [number removed]


Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Humphrey Lyttelton
Pianist: Colin Sell.
Producer: Jon Naismith.

: The Archers

Lynda shows some Christmas spirit. Rptd tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson with arts interviews, news and reviews. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson

: Be Not Afraid

Dramatised by John Fletcher.
1: Comfort Ye. In 1741, in a period of about three weeks, with refinements and additions made later, Handel composed his oratorio Messiah. This is the story of the events that inspired him and surrounded the composition of his masterwork and its first performance in Dublin in 1742. Each of the five episodes features one of the significant pieces from the oratorio.
Producer Marilyn Imrie. Director John Dove. Repeated from 10.45am


Dramatised By: John Fletcher.
Producer: Marilyn Imrie.
Director: John Dove.
Handel: Derek Jacobi
Jennens: Paul Jesson
Duborg: Stanley Townsend
Old Mary: Jane Galloway
Harpsichordist: Christian Cumyn

: New Lives in a New Land

Jenny Cuffe follows the work of a teenage refugee from Afghanistan who runs a support network for other children and young people who've escaped to Britain. How difficult is itforthem to adapt to a new language and culture while coming to terms with the horrors of their past? Editor David Ross


Unknown: Jenny Cuffe
Editor: David Ross

: Crossing Continents

Lucy Ash meets two remarkable individuals who are working to keep a thread of friendship alive between Israelis and Palestinians. Dr Izzeldeen Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor who delivers Israeli babies. Hagit Raanan is a Jewish war widow who organises life-saving medical treatment for children from the Gaza Strip. The two have become allies in their efforts to uphold humane values.
Producer Hugh Levinson. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Lucy Ash
Unknown: Dr Izzeldeen Abuelaish
Unknown: Hagit Raanan
Unknown: Gaza Strip.
Producer: Hugh Levinson.

: Night Time Is the Right Time

2: Under the Cloak of Darkness. For many animals, being active at night is one way of escaping daytime predators. But hunting forfood at night requires sharpened senses, stealth and the skilled use of force. So wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson discovers on his trip Down Under when he finds himself staring into the jaws of a saltwater crocodile, encounters a snake in the dark and hears how some fancy footwork helps kangaroo rats keep their predators at bay. Producer Sarah Blunt


Unknown: Chris Watson

: Start the Week

Shortened repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: Three Men on the Bummel

By Jerome K Jerome. Hugh Laurie reads the comic sequel to Three Men on a Boat. 1: George, Harris and J are in need of a change. A cycling tour of Germany seemsjust the ticket and promises the same mixture of adventure and misadventure that characterised their earlier expedition on the river. Abridged in five parts by Peter Everett. Producer Sara Davies


Unknown: Jerome K Jerome.
Unknown: Hugh Laurie
Unknown: Peter Everett.
Producer: Sara Davies

: Home Truths

Shortened repeat from Saturday 9am

: News

: Book of the Week: Chosen forChristmas

Repeated from 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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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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