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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Tony Burnham.


Unknown: Tony Burnham.

: Farming Today

With Mark Holdstock.


Unknown: Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Clifford Longley.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Clifford Longley.

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and guests set the cultural agenda for the week. Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Producer: Alice Feinstein

: Daily Service

Presented by Judy Merry. God's Spirit Is in My Heart (Richards arr Fish). Luke 4, wl4-21. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Poston). Lord of Our Life. With the Chapel Choir of Harrogate Ladies' College. Director Of music David Andrews. Producer Philip Billson


Presented By: Judy Merry.
Unknown: Jesus Christ
Music: David Andrews.
Producer: Philip Billson

: Book of the Week: A Travellers'Companion to St Petersburg

Edited by Laurence Kelly. A collection of letters, diaries and eye witness accounts of the splendid and turbulent history of St Petersburg to celebrate the city's 300th anniversary. 1: Peterthe Great creates his "Gatewayto Europe". Read by Emma Fielding, Tim Pigott-Smith and David Troughton. Producer Jane Marshall


Edited By: Laurence Kelly.
Unknown: Peterthe Great
Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smith
Unknown: David Troughton.
Producer: Jane Marshall

: Woman's Hour

Presented byJenni Murray.
10.45 Posties Part 1 ofthe Woman's Hour drama. Drama repeated at 7.45pm

: Kidnapped

Kidnap is a growth industry: in the last ten years attacks worldwide have risen by 500 per cent. The victims include travellers and business people working abroad. This programme looks at the reasons for the increase, what precautionary measures can be taken and the industry that has sprung up in its wake. With contributions from hostage survivors, including John McCarthy. Producer Kate Bland


Unknown: John McCarthy.
Producer: Kate Bland

: Hopes and Desires

Toad Squad. By Nick Warburton. Reg, bitter at being retired prematurely, finds a toad crushed on the road as it was crossing to mate. Now Reg has a mission. In future, none ofthe toad's fellow creatures will end up looking like flattened gardening gloves.
Producer/director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Nick Warburton.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Reg: Philip Jackson
Bel: Amanda Root
Mr Topping: Jonathan Coy

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and John Waite.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Counterpoint

The final heat in the annual contest of music knowledge. Ned Sherrin is in the chair.
Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated on Saturday at llpm


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Fresh from the Coast

A thriller by Caroline Gawn , set in the 1940s.
Elsie Haworth and Kathleen James are old schoolfriends, working on the rebuilding of Waterloo Bridge. Elsie is heavily pregnant, but will not reveal the father's name to anyone, not even Kathleen. A police inspector starts to dog the two women's footsteps, asking probing questions about the mysterious father.
Director Polly Thomas


Unknown: Caroline Gawn
Unknown: Elsie Haworth
Unknown: Kathleen James
Director: Polly Thomas
Elsie: Jo Joyner
Kathleen: Christine Brennan
Police Insp: Mark Chatterton
Mr Jackson: Martin Reeve
Gerhard: Ken Bradshaw

: Money Box Live

Vincent Duggleby and guests answer questions about personal finance. Producer Penny Haslam


Unknown: Vincent Duggleby

: Two in Torquay

Written by and featuring Alan Bennett. With Judi Dench. A middle-aged man and a middle-aged
J woman engage in polite conversation in a Torquay seaside hotel. But neither of them is quite whom they appearto be. Who is deceiving whom?
Producer Gordon House
Corpsing with Judi: page 117


Unknown: Alan Bennett.
Unknown: Judi Dench.
Mr Mortimer: Alan Bennett
Miss Plunkett: Judi Dench

: Alphabet - as Easy as ABC

In five programmes this week, Lynne Truss looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 1: Getting Sorted Alphabetical order: it helps us find books in shops and words in dictionaries, but is it fair to list people alphabetically? Producer Angela Hind


Unknown: Lynne Truss
Producer: Angela Hind

: The Food Programme

Self-sufficiency. Could we grow our own food? Sheila Dillon considers self-sufficiency on an individual and on a national scale. Extended repeat of yesterday


Unknown: Sheila Dillon

: Four Corners

From art to anthropology, sportto science and politics to popular culture, Anne Mackenzie examines the similarities and differences in cultures across the globe. Producer Amber Dawson


Unknown: Anne MacKenzie
Producer: Amber Dawson

: PM

With Clare English and Carolyn Quinn.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.

: Quote.... Unquote

Joining Nigel Rees to swap favourite quotations and anecdotes forthe last time in the current series are
Susan Greenfield , Paul Heiney , Simon Fanshawe and Charles Collingwood. The reader is William Franklyn. Producer Carol Smith
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A collection of highlights from this show is available on audio cassette at good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]


Unknown: Nigel Rees
Unknown: Susan Greenfield
Unknown: Paul Heiney
Unknown: Simon Fanshawe
Unknown: Charles Collingwood.
Unknown: William Franklyn.
Producer: Carol Smith

: The Archers

Poor Greg's lOStforwordS. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock with arts news, interviews and the verdict on The Matrix Reloaded, the sequel to the 1999 hit in which a computer hacker, played by Keanu Reeves , discovers that the reality of the world around him is Virtual. Producer Martin Smith


Unknown: Francine Stock
Played By: Keanu Reeves
Producer: Martin Smith

: Posties

Five gentle stories about letters, postal workers and the way communication is changing.
1: Lost Letters, by Julia Darling. Tilley, a young postal worker, is asked to deliver a lost letter, posted in 1960 and found in an old post box. Her search takes her to the Newcastle flat of Amy Heard.
Music by Dave Scott and Neil Blenkinsop
Producer/director Susan Roberts Repeat of 10.45am


Unknown: Julia Darling.
Music By: Dave Scott
Music By: Neil Blenkinsop
Director: Susan Roberts
Tilley: Grace Stlllgrove
Amy: Val McLane
Mr Peas: Donald McBride

: Which Way Are We Facing?

The final part of Gavin Esler 's investigation of whether we are becoming closer to Europe or to America. Producer Martin Rosenbaum


Unknown: Gavin Esler
Producer: Martin Rosenbaum

: In Search of Unicorns

"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."
(Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. ) Kirsty Walker goes in search of the origins of the unicorn. Very early translations of the bible mention it, Alexander the Great reported seeing one, and Queen Elizabeth I owned a unicorn's horn. The horn was said to protect you from poison, and in Chinese culture, the one-horned animal was used to decide who was guilty. It was said that only virgins could capture a unicorn. So, as a "mature" woman, will Kirsty Walkerfind what she's looking for? Producer Sarah Taylor


Unknown: Lewis Carroll.
Unknown: Kirsty Walker
Unknown: Kirsty Walkerfind
Producer: Sarah Taylor

: Nature

Tree Kangaroos. Evolved from a rock wallaby-like ancestor over 5 million years ago, tree kangaroos now exist only in Australia and New Guinea. Today they face an uncertain future in both countries because of forest fragmentation and hunting. Lionel Kelleway meets the scientists who are studying these strange but beautiful creatures of the rainforest canopy.
Producer Sarah Blunt Repeated tomorrow at 11am


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway

: Start the Week

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Sheena MacDonald.


Unknown: Sheena MacDonald.

: Book at Bedtime: Saturday Night andSunday Morning

Alan Sillitoe 's classic novel set in Nottingham in the 1950s. Abridged in ten parts by Jane Marshall. Read by Paul Copley. 6: Mrs Bull 's malicious gossip makes trouble in the yard. Producer Jane Marshall


Unknown: Alan Sillitoe
Unknown: Jane Marshall.
Read By: Paul Copley.
Read By: Mrs Bull
Producer: Jane Marshall

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look at the foibles of family life. Shortened


Unknown: John Peel

: Today in Parliament

News, views and features on today's stories as well as a look behind the scenes in committee.

: News

: Book of the Week: A Travellers'Companion to St Petersburg

Part 1. 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.

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