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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Canon Noel Vincent.


Unknown: Canon Noel Vincent.

: FarmingToday

With Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Carolyn Quinn.
6.25,7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Mark D'Arcy and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.
Unknown: Mark D'Arcy
Unknown: David Wilby.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: Taking a Stand

3/8 Fergal Keane talks to people who have taken risks and made personal sacrifices for what they believe. Producer Jane Beresford Repeated at9.30pm


Talks: Fergal Keane
Producer: Jane Beresford

: Subterranean Stories

New series 1/5. The first of a series on hidden underground places. Dylan Winter travels to
Guernseyto investigate an underground hospital built by the Nazis duringtheir occupation of the Channel Islands. In the dank conditions, battlefield wounds did not heal, so the hospital was converted into an ammunition store. Now the mile-and-a-half of tunnels belongs to a family of Guernsey farmers. Producer Jolyon Jenkins


Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Book of the Week: Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper

2/5. By Peter Hill. The rookie lighthouse keeper learns the ropes at his first light, Pladda. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Peter Hill.

: Daily Service

With Dr Pauline Webb. I'm Not Ashamed to Own My God (Jackson). Romans 1, wl6-21. Kyrie (Byrd). All My Hope on God Is Founded (Michael). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Unknown: Dr Pauline Webb.
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Old Wives' Tale 7/15.
The Woman's Hour drama. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Nature

Respect YourElvers. The number of young eels returning to our rivers from the Sargasso Sea has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years.
Lionel Kelleway investigates whether their migration routes are blocked by weirs, if over-fishing and pollution are to blame, or whether the decline isjust part of a natural cycle. Repeatedfromyesterdayat9pm


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway

: Fred Housego's Unknowns

In the final programme of the series Fred Housego delves through the archive of some forgotten musical moments from great comedians, including Marty Feldman and Allan Sherman. Producer Paul Bajoria


Unknown: Fred Housego
Unknown: Marty Feldman
Unknown: Allan Sherman.
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: You and Yours

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


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Ken Clarke's Jazz Greats

3/4. Bessie Smith. Bessie Smith was born in abject poverty Singing on street corners before hertenth birthday and tragically killed just 32 years later, she had crammed a lot of hard living into that relatively short life. Ken Clarke talks to George Melly about the woman who brought together the blues and ragtime traditions to forge a new sound in jazz. Producer Paul Evans


Unknown: Bessie Smith.
Unknown: Bessie Smith
Talks: Ken Clarke
Unknown: George Melly
Producer: Paul Evans

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Dark Island

By Suhayl Saadi.
In the clear northern air, "burned by the whisky of purity", a doctor struggles to put down roots on a remote Scottish island. Dr Rustum Khan makes an effort to get to know the locals but finds himself plagued by a haunting sound in the night.

On a Scottish island Dr Rustum Khan sets out to find the source of the ghostly voice that disturbs his rest
The Dark Island 2.15pm R4
A story about a Pakistani doctor working on a remote Scottish island who finds he can't sleep much because of all the spectral singing he can hear coming from a sea cave. Yes, it's the R4 afternoon drama slot, and I am convinced the network feels we will be disappointed if the plot should ever be permitted to resemble normal life. In its favour, Suhayl Saadi's script is a brilliant bringing together of two different cultures, it's a genuinely original take on the cost of betraying the one you love, and the songs in Urdu and Gaelic are both beautiful and atmospheric. Vegetarians be warned however, there's enough ham knocking around in the final scenes to upset your metabolism for weeks to come.


Writer: Suhayl Saadi.
Music: Geoff Proudley
Producer/Director: Mark Rickards
Rustum: Shiv Grewal
Fenella: Celt Kearney
Auld Ewan: Alec Heggie
Shona: Anna Hepburn

: Home Planet

Richard Daniel presents the programme in which listeners set the agenda with their environmental concerns.
ADDRESS: [address removed] email: home.planet@bbc.co.uk Phone: [number removed] Producer Nick Patrick


Unknown: Richard Daniel
Producer: Nick Patrick

: Poste Restante

2/5. Letters from the Rich Cradle by Louisa Waugh. When Nancy moves to a village in Mongolia, it is the letters from her boyfriend in Africa that sustain her. Read byTamara Kennedy. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Louisa Waugh.

: Nature's Magic

2/5. Extraordinary scientific phenomena and their uses in 21st-century medical science. The Electric Ray For details see yesterday

: Shop Talk

What makes first nights so special? Is it the glad rags and sequins, the bow ties and suits that transform them into glamorous showbiz events attended by A-list celebrities and starstruck wannabees? Or are they money-spinning opportunities that could make or break a production? Producer Bridget Osborne


Producer: Bridget Osborne

: A Good Read

Conservative candidate for London Mayor Steve Norris and historian and philosopher Theodore
Zeldintalk to Sue MacGregor about their favourite books. Producer Mark Smalley Repeated on Sunday


Unknown: Steve Norris
Unknown: Sue MacGregor
Producer: Mark Smalley

: PM

With Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Night Class

3/5. Continuing the comedy series co-written by and starring Johnny Vegas. Anne suffers the loss of her beloved dog under her son's taxi wheels and decides to cremate him (the dog, that is). The kiln is then put to unconventional use, underthe sympathetic guidance of pottery teacher Johnny.
Written by Johnny Vegas , Tony Burgess and Tony Pitts. Music by Paul Heaton , performed and arranged by Paul Heaton and Tony Robinson Director Dirk Maggs


Unknown: Johnny Vegas.
Written By: Johnny Vegas
Written By: Tony Burgess
Written By: Tony Pitts.
Music By: Paul Heaton
Arranged By: Paul Heaton
Arranged By: Tony Robinson
Director: Dirk Maggs
Johnny: Johnny Vegas
Kieran: Tony Burgess
Rebecca: Fiona Carew
Sandra: Rebecca Front
Nathan: Christian Knowles
Ken: Adrian Manfredl
Chloe: Lyndsey Marshal
Paul: Tony Pitts
Anne: Gwyneth Powell
Carol: Nicola Stephenson

: The Archers

Neil and Susan take a gamble. Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson chairs the arts show and visits a major exhibition ofwork by the French painter and photographer Edouard Vuillard at the Royal Academy in London. ProducerRobynRead


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Edouard Vuillard

: The Old Wives' Tale

7/15. Crime. Constance and Sam, now married, receive a cryptic Christmas card from the exiled Sophia.
For details and cast see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am

: File on 4

Of Britain's privatised railway system, three companies own virtually all of the country's trains. The companies are subsidiaries of the High Street banks and were set up to help create a modern, reliable network. Reporter Alan Whitehouse asks whether or not they are del iveri ng value for money for both travellers and taxpayers.
Producer David Lewis Repeated on Sunday


Reporter: Alan Whitehouse
Producer: David Lewis

: In Touch

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


Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: All in the Mind

New series Dr Raj Persaud returns for another series of the programme dedicated to new finds about the wonders and mysteries of the mind. Producer Tony Phillips Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm


Unknown: Dr Raj Persaud
Producer: Tony Phillips

: Taking a Stand

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: Absolute Friends

7/10. By John le Carre. It is 2003 and the Iraqi War is officially over. Mundy has been contacted by Sasha once more. For details see yesterday


Unknown: John Le Carre.

: Concrete Cow

5/6. Art. A sketch show in which anything is possible, written by James Cary. This week someone goes too far at a murdery-mystery party. With Robert Webb , Beth Chalmers , Catherine Shepherd , Steven Kynman , Abigail Burdess and Chris Pavio. Producer Adam Bromley


Written By: James Cary.
Unknown: Robert Webb
Unknown: Beth Chalmers
Unknown: Catherine Shepherd
Unknown: Steven Kynman
Unknown: Abigail Burdess
Unknown: Chris Pavio.
Producer: Adam Bromley

: Today in Parliament

With Susan Hulme.


Unknown: Susan Hulme.

: News

: Book of the Week: Stargazing:

Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper
2/5. Repeatedfrom9.45am

: BBC Schools

3.00 Something to Think About (ages 5-7) 3.15 Let's Move
(ages 5-6) 3.35 Time to Move (ages 4-6) 4.05 Let's Sing (ages 5-7) 4.25 Just Prose Yr3: Adventure/mystery stories (ages 7-11) 4.40Talking Points (ages 10-12)

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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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