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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rt Rev Mark Santer , Bishop of Birmingham.


Unknown: Mark Santer

: Farming Today

Year of the Black Sheep. Miriam O'Reilly with the first part of an investigation of the foot-and-mouth crisis. Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With Alan Little and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Colin Morris


Unknown: Alan Little
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Dr Colin Morris

: Midweek

Conversation with Libby Purves and guests. Producer Alison Hughes. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Alison Hughes.

: Daily Service

Presented by Judy Merry. Christians, Awake!
(Yorkshire). Matthew 10, W16-22. Sans Day Carol (arr Rutter). Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord). Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Presented By: Judy Merry.
Unknown: Lord Jesus Christ
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Book of the Week: Chosen for Christmas

7: The Russian Journal of Lady Londonderry, 1836 Read by Barbara Leigh Hunt. "The cold had been daily increasing and now had arrived at nearly 30 degrees below zero." Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Repeated at 12.30am


Read By: Barbara Leigh Hunt.
Produced By: Jane Marshall.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray hosts lively and topical discussions from a woman's point of view. Drama: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat, part 3. Drama rptd at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray

: The Routes of English: Talking Posh

In a special edition of his series charting the development of spoken English, Melvyn Bragg turns his attention to the mysterious speech patterns of Britain's aristocrats for whom Cadogan Square will forever be a "squah". But was it ever thus? And is toffs' talk the product of a lineage that in many cases stretches back to the Middle Ages? Producer Bella Bannerman. Repeated at 9pm


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Bella Bannerman.

: Just William - Live!

William and the Princess Goldilocks. Martin Jarvis returns with another classic Richmal Crompton story, recorded live before anaudience at the Everyman theatre, Cheltenham. Avisitto the pantomime leads William by a typically convoluted route to a local hotel and draws him into a scenario worthy of the Marx Brothers.
Producer Rosalind Ayes. Director Pete Atkin


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Richmal Crompton
Producer: Rosalind Ayes.
Director: Pete Atkin

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Peter White.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Sheena McDonald.


Unknown: Sheena McDonald.

: Parliamentary Questions

Another round of the panel game that reveals the lighter side of life around the despatch box. Joining Steve Richards , Roy Hattersley and Sir Patrick Cormack this week are Gerald Kaufman and Robin Oakley. Producer Simon Nicholls


Unknown: Steve Richards
Unknown: Roy Hattersley
Unknown: Sir Patrick CormacK
Unknown: Gerald Kaufman
Unknown: Robin Oakley.
Producer: Simon Nicholls

: The Archers

Repeated from Christmas Day 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Red Balloon

By Albert Lamorisse , adapted for stage and radio by Anthony Clark with music by Mark Vibrans.
A musical version of this classic story of a lonely Parisian boy befriended by a stray red balloon.
Schoolchildren played by the Liverpool Philharmonic Training Choir. Music played by Owain Bailey (flute, piccolo), Tim Redpath (clarinet, soprano saxophone), Annalise Martinsen (horn), Claire Gainford (bassoon) and Matthew Whittington (percussion). Musical director Dane Preece (piano) Director Melanie Harries


Unknown: Albert Lamorisse
Unknown: Anthony Clark
Music By: Mark Vibrans.
Played By: Owain Bailey
Clarinet: Tim Redpath
Horn: Annalise Martinsen
Bassoon: Claire Gainford
Bassoon: Matthew Whittington
Piano: Dane Preece
Director: Melanie Harries
Pascal: Nlck Corrln
Maman: Deborah McAndrew
Papa: Daniel Crowder
Mme Helen: Maeve Larkln
Headmaster: Claude Close
Albert Philip: Andrew Rowson
Beatrice: Alice French
-1 Philharmonic: Training Choir

: Gardeners' Question Time Christmas Special

A special edition of the programme from the DordOgne in France.

: Colonel Clay - Master of Disguise

2: The Episode of the Man Downstairs.By Grant Allen , performed by Martin Jarvis. Will the new photographic system reveal the true identity of the Chameleon Colonel Clay? For details see Christmas Day


Unknown: Grant Allen
Unknown: Martin Jarvis.

: Thinking Allowed

In 1962the sociology department of Leicester University carried out 860 interviews with local teenagers about their attitudes to life, work and home. Professor Laurie Taylortalks to John Goodwin from the university as to what the research reveals about how life differed forteenagers 40 years ago.
Producer James Marshall. E-MAIL: thinking.allowed@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Professor Laurie Taylortalks
Unknown: John Goodwin
Producer: James Marshall.

: Tony Hawks's 12 Days of Christmas

This yuletide, Tony Hawks has decided to try and collect every item featured in the song The 12 Days of Christmas, just to make his girlfriend happy. But how many pipers will he convince to pipe? How do you go about persuading maids to do some milking these days? What steps will he have to take to ensure his six geese really are a-laying? And just how much is it all going to cost him, anyway?
Producer Danny Wallace. Repeated on Saturday 29 December 2pm


Producer: Danny Wallace.

: PM

With Eddie Mair and Dan Damon.


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Unknown: Dan Damon.

: To Seek a Newer World

The first of three talks this week by Fergal Keane examining the state of the world in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York on 11 September. 1: How the world has reacted to the atrocities.
Producer Tony Grant. Repeated 12.15pm


Unknown: Fergal Keane
Producer: Tony Grant.

: Sean Lock - 15 Storeys High

Another chance to hear Sean Lock 's comic crawl along the urban underbelly. 4: More urban inspiration at Rat 76. Elderberry House. Starring Sean Lock , Alex Lowe , Dan Mersh , Tracy-Ann Oberman and Rob Rouse. Producer Chris Neill (R)


Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Sean Lock
Unknown: Alex Lowe
Unknown: Dan Mersh
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Rob Rouse.
Producer: Chris Neill

: The Archers

Siobhan has time on her hands.
Repeated Thursday 27 December 2pm

: Front Row

Pianists including Vladimir Ashkenazy , Andras Schiff , Dave Brubeck , Mitsuko Uchida and Joanna MacGregor discuss life at the keyboard, lessons, bad instruments and how they look after their hands. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Unknown: Andras Schiff
Unknown: Dave Brubeck
Unknown: Mitsuko Uchida
Unknown: Joanna MacGregor

: Ladies of Letters Make Mincemeat

3: Vera has her hands full entertaining Ninouska's parents from Norway while her children take refuge at Irene's.
For details see Christmas Eve. Repeated from 10.45am
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Ladies of Letters ... and More Ladies of Letters.com are both available now on audio cassette from all good retailers and from [web address removed]. Call [number removed]


Vera: Patricia Routledge
Irene: Prunella Scales
Howard: Christopher Kelham

: Race, Culture and Creed

Last summer's riots in Bradford have been interpreted by some as proof that multiculturalism has failed in the city. In the first of three landmark debates, Edward Stourton returnatothe city to unpick the complex relationship between religion, race and culture. An invited group of panellists and guests discuss the proposition that "religion, not race, is the main obstacle to the creation of a successful multicultural society." Producer Jim Frank. Editor Nicola Meyrick
Repeated Saturday 29 December 10.15pm


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Producer: Jim Frank.
Editor: Nicola Meyrick

: Maiden Speeches

Nick Utechin on that first speech before "the most chilling and nerve-destroying audience in the world." Producer Dave Batchelor. Rptd from Sunday 23 December 10.45pm


Unknown: Nick Utechin
Producer: Dave Batchelor.

: The Routes of English: Talking Posh

A special edition of Melvyn Bragg 's series. Repeated from 11am


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler. 3: Nude Photos. For details see Christmas Eve


Unknown: Raymond Chandler.

: Beyond the Back of Beyond

A new six-part comedy by Paul Barnhill and Neil Warhurst. 1: Brian Tongue is getting married. But can fellow explorer Mark Bark-Jones persuade him to take a final trip to the Amazon in search of the mythical Wet People?


Writer: Paul Bamhill
Writer: Neil Warhurst
Producer: Sally Avens
Mark: Nell Warhurst
Brian: Paul Barnhill
Sandra: Rosle Cavallero
Luke: Mark Benton
Mawa: Jacey Salles

: The In Crowd

Wendy Clapper 's still having nightmares about swallowing pool water after naked swimming classes. Find out more in the hit sketch show from the Comedy Store, Manchester, starring
Smug Roberts , Kate Ward , Robin Ince and Helen Moon. Producer Graham Frost (R)


Unknown: Wendy Clapper
Unknown: Smug Roberts
Unknown: Kate Ward
Unknown: Robin Ince
Unknown: Helen Moon.
Producer: Graham Frost

: The Devil's Drop

Repeated from Christmas Day 11.30am

: News

: To Seek a Newer World

Repeated from 6.15pm

: 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.

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