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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr David Hope.


Unknown: Dr David Hope.

: Farming Today

Mark Holdstock travels back in time to discover how farming used to be in 1913.


Unknown: Mark Holdstock

: The Spirit of Christmas

Joan Bakewell and guests discuss the perfect
Christmas and unpack some of the eccentricities of Christmas behaviour past and present. Producer Mark O'Brien


Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Producer: Mark O'Brien

: Open Country Christmas Special

Richard U ridge visits Papa Stronsay, a tiny island oft Orkney where Transalpine Redemptorist monks celebrate a unique Christmas. Producer Gabi Fisher


Unknown: Transalpine Redemptorist
Producer: Gabi Fisher

: Joy to the World

Emily Buchanan explores the human angle behind the headlines of the year. producer Janet McLarty


Unknown: Emily Buchanan
Producer: Janet McLarty

: Christmas Service

In his first broadcast sermon as Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright explores how the gospel writers pick up
Isaiah's prophecy of the coming of a Messiah. With the Very Rev Michael Sadgrove , and carols sung by the Durham Cathedral Choir and the congregation. Producer Philip Billson


Unknown: Tom Wright
Unknown: Michael Sadgrove
Producer: Philip Billson

: Loose Ends Christmas Special

Ned Sherrin's guests include Sir Jimmy Young, Sir John Mortimer, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Marguerite Patten and Eric Sykes. With music from Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band.


Presenter: Ned Sherrin
Guest: Sir Jimmy Young
Guest: Sir John Mortimer
Guest: Sir Peter O'Sullevan
Guest: Marguerite Patten
Guest: Eric Sykes
Musicians: Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

: The Hendersons' Christmas Party

Part 4. Drama repeated at 7.45pm

: Thanks for the Memory

In a tribute to Bob Hope , who died this year at trie ageof 100, Dick Vosburghtellsthe comic's life story and recalls his own experiences of writinggags forthe British-born entertainer. producer LibbyCross Revised


Unknown: Bob Hope
Unknown: Dick Vosburghtellsthe

: Baggy Trousers

2: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Sharp, cheeky and ultimately unstoppable, Georgia Nicolson and her merry band of friends attempt to OUtfOX their evil teachers. Producer Elizabeth Freestone Repeated on New Year's Eve at 11.30pm


Unknown: Georgia Nicolson
Producer: Elizabeth Freestone

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Christmas Carol

A unique interpretation of Dickens's A Christmas n Carol. Humphrey Lyttelton stars as Ebenezer Scrumph, Colin Sell as his assistant Crotchet, and Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer as the Ghosts of Christmas Future, Present and Hist. Stephen Fry narrates, with guests Jeremy Hardy , Andy Hamilton , Sandi Toksvig , Tony Hawks and Linda Smith making up the rest of the cast. Repeated on New Year's Day at 12.04pm


Unknown: Colin Sell
Unknown: Graeme Garden
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Barry Cryer
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Unknown: Linda Smith

: Pick of the Year

John Humphrys presents the best of the year s broadcasting on BBC Radio.
Producer Kate Murphy Shortened repeat on sun 28 Dec at 6.15pm


Unknown: John Humphrys
Producer: Kate Murphy

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: With Great Pleasure at Christmas

Brian Perkins has introduced many great BBC radio programmes. Now he takes the stage himself to entertain an audience with a seasonal selection of his favourite prose and poetry, assisted by Andrew Sachs , Carol Macready and Michael Fenton Stevens. Producer/Director Viv Beeby


Unknown: Brian Perkins
Assisted By: Andrew Sachs
Assisted By: Carol MacReady
Assisted By: Michael Fenton Stevens.
Director: Viv Beeby

: The Queen

Her Majesty 's Christmas message.


Unknown: Her Majesty

: News Summary

: Swing at the BBC

AlynShipton tells the story of swingduring the 1930s and 40s at the BBC with the help of letters and memos from the archives. Producer Martin Smith


Producer: Martin Smith

: Angels over the Airways

Repeated from Monday 22 December at 11.00am

: Genevieve

William Rose's screenplay of the classic 1953 romantic comedy and road movie, adapted by Adrian Bean. It tells the story of two men desperate to beat one another on the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and the women who accompany them.


Screenplay: William Rose
Adapted by: Adrian Bean
Producer: Tracey Neale
Alan: Michael Maloney
Wendy: Amanda Root
Ambrose: Robert Bathurst
Rosalind: Samantha Bond
Miss Windsor: Jennie Stoller
Commentator: David Holt
Roger: Kenny Blyth
Policeman: Philip Joseph
Harry: Jonathan Keeble
Mechanic: Alex Trinder
Old gent: Gordon Reid
Sidney: Jack Miller

: Brian Appleton at Christmas

Rock musicologist Brian Appleton tells his own "true" story of the yuletide yodellings offellow rockers. Written and performed by Graham Fellows. Additional material Rex Brough Producer Dawn Ellis


Musicologist: Brian Appleton
Unknown: Graham Fellows.

: Baggy Trousers

3: Molesworth: Down with Skool. Schoolboy Nigel Molesworth from Geoffrey Williams 's picture of life at St Custard's: one of the most popular comedy characters ever created. Rptd on New Year's Day at 11.30pm


Unknown: Nigel Molesworth
Unknown: Geoffrey Williams

: The Archers

Daggers drawn at Christmas dinner.
Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Open Book

Repeated from Sunday 21 Decemberat 4pm

: The Hendersons' Christmas Party

By Alexandra Campbell. 4: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Maddie has a senile mother, teenage children and a husband who takes her for granted. All the trimmings for a perfect family Christmas.
For details see Monday 22 December Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Alexandra Campbell.
Maddie: Jan Ravens
Paul: Roger Allam
Mum: Elizabeth Kelly
Valerie: Jane Whittenshaw
Ellie: Ella Vise
Mrs Henderson: Anne Reid
Laura: Jacinta Mulcahy

: It's My Story: Antarctic Odyssey

At the age of 78, Nancy Kershaw sets sail on her final attempt to reach the grave of her son Giles, a pioneering Antarctic pilot killed in a flying accident.
Presenter Dilly Barlow accompanies her to the Jones Ice Shelf on Blakelock Island, about 600 miles down the Antarctic Peninsula. Producer Sue Mitchell


Unknown: Nancy Kershaw
Presenter: Dilly Barlow
Producer: Sue Mitchell

: An Audience with Grimaldi

3: Easy Come, Easy Go.The pantomime artist. For details see Monday 22 December at 3.30pm The next episode is tomorrow at 3.30pm

: Pursued by Bears

2: Beyond the Enchanted Places. Ann Thwaite ,
Marina Warner, Julia Eccleshare and zookeeper Ray Charter on the enduring magic of Pooh. For details see Tuesday 23 December at 3.45pm


Unknown: Ann Thwaite
Unknown: Julia Eccleshare
Unknown: Ray Charter

: Just a Minute

Another chance to hear the show's 35th anniversary special from last year. With panellists Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Sheila Hancock and Clement Freud. Hosted by Nicholas Parsons. With celebrity subject setters, including Jenny Eclair , Ross Noble, Gyles Brandreth, Chris Neill, Pam Ayres, Steve Frost and Charles Collingwood. Producer Claire Jones BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Several series of Just a Minute are available on audio cassette, with most titles also available on CD, from retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]


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

: Stars in Their Eyes

In the first of two programmes Rajesh Mirchandani looks at ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cosmologies. Producer John Watkins EMAIL: radioscience@bbc.co.uk The second programme is on New Year's Day at 9.00pm


Unknown: Rajesh Mirchandani
Producer: John Watkins

: Daft Questions

Idle thoughts of our time investigated by Evan Davis. Why can't you open the windows in offices?
Producer Michael Blastland See also Sat 27 December 12.15am


Unknown: Evan Davis.
Producer: Michael Blastland

: Book at Bedtime: Cheese

By Willem Elsschot. 5: Appointed Vice-President For details see Monday 22 December at 10.45pm


Unknown: Willem Elsschot.

: A Sting in the Tale: 1: No Conferring

By Jonathan Holloway.
A Christmas bonding week in an isolated moorland cottage for the 1983 University Challenge team from Bracewell College, Cambridge, goes horribly wrong.
With Bamber Gascoigne and Jeremy Paxman as themselves.


Writer: Jonathan Holloway
Director: David Hunter
Derek: Damian Lynch
Dilly: Lydia Leonard
Ernest: Kenny Blyth
Donald: Peter Darney
Emily: Jaimi Barbakoff
Himself: Bamber Gascoigne
Himself: Jeremy Paxman

: The Matchmaker

By John B Keane. Part2. bee I uesday 23 December for details The final episode is tomorrow at 11.30pm


Unknown: John B Keane.
DicKie/Claude: Des Keogh
Fionnuala/Lena/Kate: Anna Manahan
Narrator 2/Cathrine: Pauline McGlynn
Bishop: Pat Kinnivan
Narrator/Cornelius/Fr Dree: Niall Tolbin

: News

: A Christmas Reflection

Christopher Patten , European Commissioner for
External Relations, shares his thoughts on the Significance Of Christmas. Producer Claire Campbell Smith


Unknown: Christopher Patten
Producer: Claire Campbell Smith

: The St Wenceslaus Mass

Convinced that Saint Wenceslaus will celebrate mass at midnight, a nine-year-old altar boy spends a cold night in St Vitus's Cathedral.

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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.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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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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