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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr David Hope , Archbishop of York


Unknown: Dr David Hope

: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With Edward Stourton and Margaret Doyle.
6.25, 7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Elaine Storkey.


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Unknown: Margaret Doyle.
Unknown: Elaine Storkey.

: The Choice

Michael Buerk talks to people who have had to make a life-changingchoice.
Producer Liz Leonard Repeated at 9.30pm


Talks: Michael Buerk
Producer: Liz Leonard

: 1 Should Be So Lucky

Newseries Afive-parterinwhich Martin Plimmer takes a chance with luck. 1: Polly Miller 's husband of five weeks and several friends died in the Bali nightclub bombing. She was terribly burned. People told her she was lucky to be alive. She disagreed. And why did lightning strike Kenny MacDonald tour times? Producer Brian King


Unknown: Martin Plimmer
Unknown: Polly Miller
Unknown: Kenny MacDonald

: Daily Service

Presented by Judy Merry. Sans Day Carol (arr
Rutter). Isaiah 9, v2; w6-7. Tomorrow Shall Be My
Dancing Day (arr Willcocks). Once In Royal David's s City (Irby). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Presented By: Judy Merry.
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Book of the Week: Fairy Tales

2: Jack the Giant Killer. A traditional story - more familiar as Jack and the Beanstalk- about a brave Cornish lad in the days when King Arthur ruled Britain and there were many giants in the land. The Reader is Stephen Mangan. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Stephen Mangan.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Hendersons' Christmas Party Part z. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Mind Changers

Another programme in a series that looks at experiments that dramatically increased our knowledge, changing for ever our perception ot tne human mind. 3: Sir Frederic Bartlett and The War of the Ghosts. In this final programme Claudia Hammond focuses on the Chinese whispers experiment by the pioneering British psychologist Sir Frederic Bartlett.


Presenter: Claudia Hammond
Unknown: Sir Frederic Bartlett
Producer: Marya Burgess

: Just William - Live!: 1: William and the Lost Tourist

Martin Jarvis performs a Richmal Crompton story, recorded live in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October this year. Learning a speech from Shakespeare proves unexpectedly useful in coming to the aid of a beautiful American visitor. A second story is performed tomorrow at 11.30am Producer Rosalind Ayres Director Pete Atkin
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A selection of Just William stories is available on audio cassette, with some titles on CD, from retail outlets or from [web address removed] Call [number removed]


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Richmal Crompton

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and Peter White.
Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours. PHONE: [number removed] Lines open from 10am


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Interpretations

Newseries The first in a three-part conversation series that examines how different artists reach theirown interpretation of a particular work.
1: Cellists Steven Isserlis and Ralph Kirshbaum diSCUSS Bach'S Fifth Cello Suite. Producer Lucy Lunt


Unknown: Steven Isserlis
Unknown: Ralph Kirshbaum
Producer: Lucy Lunt

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: A Candle for Casey

A delicious Christmas ghost story written by veteran actor Harry Towb about an elderly Jewish man who is haunted by an old Irish pal who wants his help to get into heaven.
Producer/Director Tanya Nash


Unknown: Harry Towb
Director: Tanya Nash
Israelovitch: Henry Goodman
Casey: David Kelly
Bessie: Suzanne Bertish
Rachel: Joyce Springer
MrPrice: Harry Towb
Bus Driver: John Guerraslo

: Making History

Sue Cook presents the series examining listeners' historical queries.
EMAIL: making.history@bbc.co.uk
Address: [address removed] Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick


Producers: Ivan Howlett
Producers: Nick Patrick

: An Audience with Grimaldi

2:The Cock of Piccadilly.Grimaldi re-invents the Clown of the Harlequinade forthe new Regency age. For details see yesterday
The next episode is on Christmas Day at 8.30pm

: Pursued by Bears

Newseries Three programmes that explore the stories behind some of the most enduring characters in English children's literature - bears. 1: Please Look AfterThis Bear.Michael Bond ,
Marina Warner, Julia Eccieshare and zookeeper
Ray Charter discuss Paddington Bear as a wartime evacuee and as a postwar displaced person.
Producer Beaty Rubens The next two programmes are on Christmas Day at 8.45pm and on Boxing Day at 3.45pm


Unknown: Michael Bond
Unknown: Julia Eccieshare
Unknown: Ray Charter
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: Shop Talk

Heather Payton and guests discuss English wine; has it now come of age? Experts and growers indulge in a spot Of pre-Christmas tasting. Producer Caroline Bayley


Unknown: Heather Payton
Producer: Caroline Bayley

: A Good Read

Director Stephen Frears and novelist Sarah Waters talk to Sue MacGregor about their favourite books.
Producer Jane Greenwood Repeated on Sunday 28 December at llpm


Director: Stephen Frears
Unknown: Sarah Waters
Producer: Jane Greenwood

: PM

With Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: That Reminds Me

A series of reminiscences by well loved broadcasters. This week Melvyn Hayes talks about his career on stage, screen, TV and radio, including stories of working on Summer Holiday, the Carry On films and, Of course, It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Producer Claire Jones


Talks: Melvyn Hayes
Producer: Claire Jones

: The Archers

Party time at Home Farm.
Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson and Francine Stock unwraptheir selection of highlights from the past year and talk to the names behind the headlines, including the artist Damien Hirst. Producer JohnGoudie


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Francine Stock
Artist: Damien Hirst.

: The Hendersons' Christmas Party

By Alexandra Campbell. 2: 0 Come All Ye Faithful
Susannah is determined to make this a Christmas her husband will neverforget. Not to mention her mother-in-law! i-or oeians see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Alexandra Campbell.
Susannah: Serena Evans
Polly: Caroline Harker
Ed: Anthony Calf
Myrtle: Marsha Fitzalan
Janet: Jane Whlttenshaw
Mrs Henderson: Anne Reid

: Europe - the Great Leap East

With ten extra members next year the European
Union will contain winners and losers. Continuing his travels through the new Europe, David Sells looks at the economic order now taking shape.
Producer Chris Bowlby Repeated on Sunday 28 December at 5pm


Unknown: David Sells
Producer: Chris Bowlby

: In Touch

Peter White with news of interest to blind and partially sighted people. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Case Notes

Alcohol. Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug, yet most drinkers know surprisingly little about it, and what they do know is mostly based on myth. If you think hangovers are caused by dehydration or that beer is more fattening than wine, then listen to Dr Mark Porter 's report. Producer Helen Sharp


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter
Producer: Helen Sharp

: The Choice

Repeat of 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Cheese

By Willem Elsschot , read by Richard Griffiths. 2: 20,000 Tons Full Fat. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Willem Elsschot
Read By: Richard Griffiths.

: 'Twas the Night before Christmas

Ian McMillan reports from New York at Christmas time on a literary spat surrounding this evocative Seasonal poem. Producer VivBeeby


Unknown: Ian McMillan

: The Matchmaker

By John B Keane. A re-run three-parterthat listens in on matchmaker Dickie Mick Dickie as he offers advice to the lonely-hearted. Recorded at the SiasmaTireTheatreinTralee. Ireland. Parti.
Producer Elizabeth Freestone
The next episode is on Christmas Day at 11.30pm


Unknown: John B Keane.
Unknown: Dickie Mick Dickie
Producer: Elizabeth Freestone
Dickie/Claude: Des Keogh
Fionnuala/Thady's wife: Anna Manahan
Narrator/Cathrine: Pauline McGlynn
Narrator: David Kelly
Marge: Jeannane Crowley
Thady: Niall Toibin

: News

: Book of the Week: Fairy Tales

Part 3. 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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