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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Angela Tilby.


Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Farming Today

With Mark Holdstock.


Presenter: Mark Holdstock

: Today

With Mark Coles and Sarah Montague.
6.25,7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Mark Coles
Unknown: Sarah Montague.

: Midweek

Conversation with Libby Purves and guests. Producer Chris Paling Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Presented by Canon Stephen Oliver. There's a New Life in Jesus (arr Swinford). Thou Art the Everlasting Word (Supreme). 1 John 1, wl-7. Jesus (arr
Swinford). Lord, forthe Years (Lordofthe Years). Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Presented By: Canon Stephen Oliver.
Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Book of the Week: John Betjeman:New Fame, New Love

By Bevis Hillier. Part 3. For details see Mon 30 Dec Rptd 12.30am

: Pick of the Year

Jeremy Paxman presents the very best of the year on BBC radio. Shortened repeat ofChristmas Day 3.10pm


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman

: The Old Curiosity Shop

Part 8. Repeated at 7.45pm

: Cell Mates

Leyhill Prison is famous for the gardens created by its officers and inmates. This yeartwo of the staff, Sally Scott and Terry Dive , visited Idete Prison in Tanzania to help with a new project. Producer Cathy Packe


Unknown: Sally Scott
Unknown: Terry Dive
Producer: Cathy Packe

: No Commitments

The ninth series of Simon Brett 'scomedy drama begins with a bereavement, which sends shock-waves in unexpected directions.
Producer Simon Brett


Unknown: Simon Brett
Producer: Simon Brett
Anna: Rosemary Leach
Victoria Angela: Thome
Emily: Lisa Coleman
Vincent: Bruce Alexander

: Just a Minute's 35th Birthday Show

In a special hour-long edition, chairman Nicholas Parsons and panellists Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock, Paul Merton and Graham Norton return to the show's first venue, the Playhouse Theatre, London, to celebrate 35 years of hesitation, repetition and deviation. Celebrity subject-setters include Pam Ayres, Gyles Brandreth, Charles Collingwood, Jenny Eclair, Steve Frost, Chris Neill and Ross Noble. Producer Claire Jones

Just a Minute's 35th Birthday Show
12.04pm R4
Although Clement Freud is the only remaining member of the classic line-up of panellists (with Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones and Derek Nimmo now playing the great celestial panel game), his razor-sharp wit is one of the reasons why this programme is still funny after 35 years - when youngsters such as Paul Merton let him get a word in edgeways. Revealing anniversary subjects include "How to win points on Just a Minute" and "Ten things you never knew about Nicholas Parsons". (Richard Partridge)


Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Sheila Hancock
Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Graham Norton
Unknown: Pam Ayres
Unknown: Gyles Brandreth
Unknown: Charles Collingwood
Unknown: Jenny Eclair
Unknown: Steve Frost
Unknown: Chris Neill
Unknown: Ross Noble.
Producer: Claire Jones

: The World at One

With Tim Franks.

: Keeping the Feast

"Now, but now, we break ourfast together. We have waited all our lives for this ..." To celebrate the 80th anniversary of BBC religious broadcasting, Michael Symmons Roberts 's specially commissioned poem instigates an exploration of ritual and celebratory meals and the intimate link between faith and food. Music by Rhett Brewer producer JeremyGrange RptdonSunSJan


Unknown: Michael Symmons Roberts
Music By: Rhett Brewer

: The Archers

Repeat of yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Man on the Green Bicycle

By Jennifer Curry. The moving story of the love affair between Alison Grant and Arthur Waley , the famous translator of Oriental poetry.
Director Cherry Cookson


Unknown: Jennifer Curry.
Unknown: Alison Grant
Unknown: Arthur Waley
Director: Cherry Cookson
Ronald Pickup: Arthur Waley
Maureen O'Brien: Alison Grant
Beryl: Carolyn Jones
Student: Helen Longworth
Hugh: Ray Lonnen
John Hayward: Ewan Bailey

: Gardeners' Question Time

Pippa Greenwood , Roy Lancaster and Anne Swithinbank are guests of the Shaston Gardening
Association in Shaftesbury. Eric Robson is in the chair. Shortened 2pm


Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Roy Lancaster
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Eric Robson

: Crime in Mind

3: Best Eaten Cold by Laura Wilson. Awaitress at a dinner party finds that revenge is on the menu. Read by Paola DioniSOtti. Fordetailssee Monday 30 December


Unknown: Laura Wilson.
Read By: Paola Dionisotti.

: Magic Makers

Magician and broadcaster Hugh Levinson meets the hidden geniuses who devise "miracles" for conjurors. Can Ali Bongo and Pat Page dream up a miraculous trick with a random group of props? Producer Hugh Levinson


Unknown: Hugh Levinson
Unknown: Ali Bongo
Unknown: Pat Page
Producer: Hugh Levinson

: Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylortalks to leading thinkers about the ideas, politics and language that shape changes in society. Producer Jacqueline Smith


Unknown: Laurie Taylortalks
Producer: Jacqueline Smith

: Slab City

In the summer, the abandoned army base once called Camp Dunlap , in the Californian desert, is empty.
But when the first snowfalls across America, it comes alive. Hundreds of campers go to spend winter in the sun, in a place with no power, no water and no parking fees. Peter Day hears the stories of the people who created "Slab City". Producer Neil Koenig


Unknown: Camp Dunlap
Producer: Neil Koenig

: PM

With Dan Damon and Carolyn Quinn.

: A Short History of Darkness

3: Dark Thoughts. An essay on the spiritual aspects of darkness, taking us from infant fears of the dark to the blackness of the universe and the underworld. Plus new poems by Ruth Padel and Collete Bryce. Producer Sean Walsh


Unknown: Ruth Padel
Unknown: Collete Bryce.
Producer: Sean Walsh

: Old Harry's Game Christmas Special

A two-part festive special from Hell, written by Andy Hamilton. Part2. Knocking on Heaven's Door
Satan's epic quest concludes as he meets Death, Davina McCall , and St Peter and his rottweilers.
With Michael Fenton Stevens , Felicity Montagu , Philip Pope and Claire Skinner. Producer Paul Mayhew-Archer Repeated at 11.30pm


Written By: Andy Hamilton.
Unknown: Davina McCall
Unknown: St Peter
Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Felicity Montagu
Unknown: Philip Pope
Unknown: Claire Skinner.
Producer: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Satan: Andy Hamilton
The Professor: James Grout
Thomas: Jimmy Mulville
Scumspawn: Robert Duncan

: The Archers

KentOn'S made a resolution. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson goes behind the scenes at the British Museum with its new director, Neil McGregor , who gives his first broadcast interview as the museum celebrates its 250th anniversary. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: John Wilson
Director: Neil McGregor

: The Old Curiosity Shop

8: Quilp will use anyone who can help him find
Little Nell and her grandfather, starting with Dick Swiveller. Fordetailssee Monday 30 December RptoflO.45am


Unknown: Dick Swiveller.

: Cheering Up Britannia

In the first of two debates chaired by Edward Stourton , former Dome chief executive PY Gerbeau argues that the UK is the best place to live in the world. Producer Jim Frank Repeated Saturday 4 January


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Producer: Jim Frank

: A View from the Sidelines

The first in a series of talks in which Michael Shea - writer, diplomat, former member of the Cabinet
Office staff and press secretary to the Queen -tells his stories of state visits, presidents and prime ministers. Producer Zillah Watson Repeated Sunday 5 January


Unknown: Michael Shea
Producer: Zillah Watson

: What Remains to Be Discovered?

In 1899, the head of the American patent office suggested that it be closed down, as there couldn't be anything left to discover. Now, after more than a century of spectacular innovation, are we anywhere nearerthe end of science? Bob May , President of th( Royal Society, begins a four-part investigation into the basic laws of nature and asks if we're close to understanding them fully. Producer Martin Redfern


Unknown: Bob May
Producer: Martin Redfern

: Midweek

Repeat of 9.00am

: News Briefing

: Book at Bedtime: Casino Royale

3: Shaken not stirred. Bond's survival calls for revival. For details see Monday 30 December

: Not So Tiny Tim

By Nicholas Mcinerny. In the second of two sequels to Dickens's A Christmas Carol, we return to the firm of Scrooge and Marley 15 years afterthe events of the book. Tiny Tim has become the ruthless manager of the company, and is poised to become the most powerful businessman in London - butthen he receives the first of three disturbing visitors.
Producer Peter Leslie Wild


Unknown: Nicholas McInerny.
Producer: Peter Leslie Wild
Tim: Ian Pepperell
Bob: Richard Derrington
Mary: Gillian Goodman
Ellen: Cathy Sara

: Ol d Harry's Game Christmas Special

Rpt of 6.30pm

: Test MatchSpecial

Australia v England for the Ashes
Commentary on the first day's play of the Rfth Test in Sydney, by Jonathan Agnew , Tim Lane , GeoffLawson Jim Maxwell and KerryO'Keefe. Producer Peter Baxter


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew
Unknown: Tim Lane
Unknown: Geofflawson Jim Maxwell
Producer: Peter Baxter

: News

: Hamish and Dougal - You'll Have Had Your Tea

Repeat of Friday 27 December 6.15pm

: Book

of the Week: John Betjeman : New Fame, New LovePart 3. Repeat of 9.45am


Unknown: John Betjeman

: Test MatchSpecial

Australia v England for the Ashes
Commentary on the first day's play of the Rfth Test in Sydney, by Jonathan Agnew , Tim Lane , GeoffLawson Jim Maxwell and KerryO'Keefe. Producer Peter Baxter


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew
Unknown: Tim Lane
Unknown: Geofflawson Jim Maxwell
Producer: Peter Baxter

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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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