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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev David Kerr.
.45 Letter from America - a Celebration
Another chance to hear one of Alistair Cooke 's vintage broadcasts. Repeated from yesterday Repeated on Sunday at 8.45am


Unknown: David Kerr.
Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: News Briefing

6.05 Papers
6.08 Sports Desk

: Open Country

Helen Mark explores rural life across the UK.
Producer Benjamin Chesterton Extended


Unknown: Helen Mark
Producer: Benjamin Chesterton

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.
7.25 and 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought forthe Day With Dr Jeevan Singh Deol.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sarah Montague.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: Dr Jeevan Singh Deol.

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look at the foibles of family life. Producer Bella Bannerman Shortened PHONE: [number removed] email: home.truths@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: John Peel
Producer: Bella Bannerman

: Excess Baggage

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and JOYs of travel. Producers Kevin Dawson and Torquil MacLeod


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Producers: Kevin Dawson
Producers: Torquil MacLeod

: A Festschrift for Lucky Jim

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kingsley Amis's novel Lucky Jim ,
Laurie Taylor marks the (long overdue) retirement of its central character, Jim Dixon , with the help of his guests, including Germaine Greer , Melvyn Bragg and Norman Stone. Producer David Stenhouse


Unknown: Lucky Jim
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Unknown: Jim Dixon
Unknown: Germaine Greer
Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Unknown: Norman Stone.
Producer: David Stenhouse

: Test Match Special

England v New Zealand
Coverage of the third day's play in the Second Test at Headingley, with commentary by Jonathan Agnew ,
Simon Mann , Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Bryan Waddle , and expert comments from Mike Gatting ,
Mike Selvey and Jeremy Coney. And at 1.30 News and A View from the Boundary.


Commentary By: Jonathan Agnew
Commentary By: Simon Mann
Commentary By: Christopher Martin-Jenkins
Commentary By: Bryan Waddle
Unknown: Mike Gatting
Unknown: Mike Selvey
Unknown: Jeremy Coney.

: Talking Politics

Dennis Sewell presents the political discussion programme, sharpening the focus on current ideas and events. Producer Paul Vickers


Unknown: Dennis Sewell
Producer: Paul Vickers

: From Our Own Correspondent

Insight and colour from BBC correspondents around the world, With KateAdie. Producer Tony Grant


Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Paul Lewis presents impartial advice and the latest news from the world of personal finance. Producer Jennifer Clarke Repeated tomorrow at 9pm


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Jennifer Clarke

: The News Quiz

8/8. The "finest topical comedy panel game known to radio" presented by Simon Hoggart , with Alan Coren , Linda Smith , Jeremy Hardy and Armando lannucci , from King's Theatre, Southsea. Repeated from yesterday


Presented By: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Armando Lannucci

: News

: Any Questions?

As the world remembers D-Day, Jonathan Dimbleby chairs an international edition of the programme from Caen, Normandy. The panel includes historian Andrew Roberts ; Dominique Moisi of the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales; and the American lawyer and former chair of Republicans Abroad, Colleen Graffy. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Andrew Roberts
Unknown: Dominique Moisi
Unknown: Colleen Graffy.

: Any Answers?

Jonathan Dimbleby takes listeners' calls and emails in response to Any Questions? PHONE: [number removed] Lines open at 12.30pm email: any.answers@bbc.co.uk Producer Peter Griffiths


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Producer: Peter Griffiths

: From Dunkirk to D-Day

After the retreat from Dunkirk, Britain struggled to build its alliance against Hitler. On D-Day the trauma of that retreat could finally be overcome. Charles Wheeler recalls the epic of survival and strategic success that made cross-Channel victory possible.


Presenter: Charles Wheeler
Producer: Chris Bowlby

: The Saturday Play: The Biggest Secret

In the early hours of 5 June 1944, Captain Rob Collins, who is languishing in hospital, receives a call that will take him on a journey through England that will change his life.

(See also The Long Wait at 9pm)


Writer: Mike Walker.
Producer: Jeremy Howe
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
Capt Collins: Benedict Cumberbatch
Cpl Cunningham: Claudia Harrison
Jack: Danny Webb
Gloria: Kaye Wragg
Lancaster skipper: Jamie Glover
Lancaster crew: Carl Prekopp
Lancaster crew: Simon Nehan
Warders: Chris MacDonnell
Warders: John Rowe
Ray: Joseph Tremain
Tim: Ben Tibber
Gen Eisenhower: Colin Stinton
Flt Lt Parker: Bertie Carvel
Lilly: Emily Chennery
Eddie: Ricci Hamett
Rosie: Alice Hart
Sea captain: David Leonard
First Lt RN: Andrew Mackintosh
Gl: John Guerrasio
Monty: Philip Fox
Nursing sister: Joanna McCallum

: Saturday PM

The weekend's news and sports headlines. Editor Peter Rippon


Editor: Peter Rippon

: Back Row

Between 1939 and 1945, cinema box-office receipts in Britain tripled. As war dragged on, audiences who had once queued up for patriotic, morale-boosting classics like In Which We Serve were now spending their precious money on escapism and entertainment. And Hollywood knew how to provide it. By 1944 cinema had become a major social phenomenon. But as Jim White discovers, cinema was not simply reflecting the great changes taking place in British society- it had itself become a major force for Change. Producer Jerome Weatherald


Unknown: Jim White
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin presents another mix of music, comedy and conversation. Producer Main Russell


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Main Russell

: The People's D-Day

"LibbyPurves follows the way Britain prepared forthe assault on Normandy through the eyes and ears of the men and women right across Britain who were caught up in the vast machine of war. Accompanied by historian Dr Adrian Smith , Purves travels from
Southampton to the New Forest, where many troops camped before embarking for France, to introduce a sequence of short features and stories told by the people who made D-Day happen.
7.13* The Machine of War: Part 1
7.21* A Nurse at D-Day
7.31* When the Beaches Were for Sandcastles
7.39* Mapping Nazi Normandy
7.55* A Harbour Called Mulberry
8.15* The Machine of War: Part 2
8.27* Cornwall, Caves and Communications
8.44* * Faking It with Fortitude * Approximate time
Producers Clare Csonka. Isobel Eaton , Simon Elmes , Neil George , Beaty Rubens , Miles Warde and Rachel White


Unknown: Dr Adrian Smith
Producers: Clare Csonka.
Producers: Isobel Eaton
Producers: Simon Elmes
Producers: Neil George
Producers: Beaty Rubens
Producers: Miles Warde
Producers: Rachel White

: The Long Wait

Written by Sarah Daniels , based on a story by Mike Walker. In Normandy on the evening of 5 June 1944 Nicole is getting ready to go out to see a jazz band with her German boyfriend Karl. Not even the nightly air raids are going to stop them from having a great evening.
Music by Neil Brand and Johnny Eacott Director Toby Swift


Written By: Sarah Daniels
Story By: Mike Walker.
Music By: Neil Brand
Music By: Johnny Eacott
Director: Toby Swift
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
Nicole: Felicite de Jeu
Pte Enters: Kenneth Collard
Fr Pierre: Bill Wallis
Louise: Claudia Harrison
Mitzi: Raquel Cassidy
Madeleine: Raquel Cassidy
Simone: Tonia Chauvet
Marie: Abbie Nichols
Yves: Charlie Hicks
Flt Lt Parker: Bertie Carvel
Sabroe: Bertie Carvel
Maj Gorlitz: Paul Humpoletz
Etienne: Damian Lynch
Wolfgang: Damian Lynch
Lancaster skipper: Jamie Glover

: What if.... D-Day Had Failed?

In a special D-Day edition of the series that rewrites history, Professor Christopher Andrew and a group of guests discuss what would have happened if the Allied landings in Normandy had not succeeded. In the Map Room at Southwick House are D-Day veteran John Gritten, who was on board a landing craft moored in nearby Southampton Sound, and historians Professor David Stafford of Edinburgh University; Professor Dennis Showalter from Colorado Liberal Arts College; Dr Soenke Neitzel of the University of Mainz; and Dr Gary Sheffield, of King's College, London, and the Joint Services Staff College in Shrivenham.


Unknown: Professor Christopher Andrew
Unknown: John Gritten
Unknown: David Stafford
Unknown: Dennis Showalter
Producer: Mark Smalley

: Crossing the Dark Sea

An eyewitness the night before the D-Day landings described the sea as black with boats. The voice of this programme is that of an ordinary soldier on one of those boats. Christopher Eccleston plays Alec, a young British soldier destined for France and for war. Katherine Jenkins (mezzo) sings the voice of his sweetheart, Sian, in a poetic response to the day's events, written by Michael Symmons Roberts and composer James Whitbourn.


Alec: Christopher Eccleston
Sian: Katherine Jenkins
Writer: Michael Symmons Roberts
Composer: James Whitbourn.
Producer: Philip Billson

: Women on Men

4/5. Ghost Writing. Written by Eddi Woodbridge and read by Mark Buffery. Producer Peter Everett


Written By: Eddi Woodbridge
Read By: Mark Buffery.
Producer: Peter Everett

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