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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Alison Elliot , Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.


Unknown: Alison Elliot

: Frming Today

Presented by Giles Latcham.


Presented By: Giles Latcham.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Robert Orchard and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: David Wilby.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Midweek

Diverse. lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Flesh, Fish andGood Red Herring

3/5. A look at the menu. Peter the Great's breakfast. Emperor Vitellus's passion for peacock brains, and Probably the most gigantic feast ever prepared for a coming-of-age party. By Alice Thomas Ellis. For details see Monday 20 December Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Alice Thomas Ellis.

: Daily Service

Presented by the Rev Peter Whittaker. Long Ago,
Prophets Knew (Personent Hodie). Luke 1. w39-50.
Magnificat in G (Stanford). A Great and Mighty Wonder (Es ist ein ros 'entsprungen). Director of music Christopher Stokes.


Unknown: Peter Whittaker.
Music: Christopher Stokes.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Lorna Doone By RD Blackmore.

3/10. The Woman's Hourdrama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: Moonshine

Two wine writers join forces to investigate the part
Played by moonshiners in the histories of Ireland and Scotland and in the development of the modern whisky (or whiskey) industry. While Susie Atkins goes in search of the poteen makers of Ireland who are still "legally distilling in hidden locations, Dave Broom travels to Speyside in Scotland to find out how the excisemen of the 18th century effectively criminalised much of the Highland population. Producer Paul Kobrak


Unknown: Susie Atkins
Unknown: Dave Broom
Producer: Paul Kobrak

: Gilbert without Sullivan

2/5. A Sensation Novel. Ebeneezer Fudge , writer of "melodramatic sensation novels, is disturbed when his characters start coming to life and criticising his Preposterous plots. By WS Gilbert , dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.
Director Jenny Stephens


Unknown: Ebeneezer Fudge
Unknown: Ws Gilbert
Dramatised By: Stephen Wyatt.
Director: Jenny Stephens
Gilbert: Jonathan Coy
Ebeneezer: John Rowe
Demon of Romance: Nicholas Boutton
Lady Rockalda: Julia Hills
Sir Ruthven: Hugh Dickson
Herbert: Jason Chan
Alice: Wendy Baxter

: You and Yours

Consumer issues, presented by Liz Barclay and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

National and international news, with Mark Mardell.


Unknown: Mark Mardell.

: X Marks the Spot

3/6. The radio treasure hunt and cryptic quiz show has panellists Rod Liddle. David Edwards and Francine Stock racing against the clock to locate a mystery treasure, where X marks the spot. Among the week s questions - what have a piece of burnt toast, a silicon chip, a geranium and a model-T car all got in common? Presented by David Stafford. Producer Sarah Rowlands


Unknown: Rod Liddle.
Unknown: David Edwards
Unknown: Francine Stock
Presented By: David Stafford.
Producer: Sarah Rowlands

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The House in the Trees

Mary lives alone with her father in a house with an eccentric garden he has made, which is open to the Public. Teased at school for being "the garden girl". Mary decides it's time to find out more about her absent mother. By Susan Roberts.
Director Susan Roberts


Unknown: Susan Roberts.
Director: Susan Roberts
Mary: Carly Bawden
Father: Peter Hamilton Dyef

: Gardeners' Question Time

Answering horticultural queries at Aston under Hill WI, are Anne Swithinbank , Matthew Biggs and Bunny Guinness. Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at


Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Eric Robson

: Angelic Hosts

3/4. Mrs Marvel 's Angel. When a cleaning lady finds a valuable painting of an angel in her employer's attic, good things start to happen. By Clare Boylan , read by Rosemary Leach. For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Mrs Marvel
Unknown: Clare Boylan
Read By: Rosemary Leach.

: Who Was Wenceslas and Who Decided He Was Good?

Good King Wenceslas tells a story about an early tenth-century Bohemian duke who has since become the national saint of the Czech Republic.
So why have British people been singing about him at Christmas for more than 150 years? Mark Whitaker finds out. Producer Mark Whitaker Rptd on Chnstmas Day at 5.45am


Unknown: Mark Whitaker
Producer: Mark Whitaker

: Thinking Allowed

Debating the significance of the coffee shop of the 17th and 18th centuries is Markman Ellis , author of The Coffee House, a Cultural History, who joins Laurie Taylor. Together they compare those cultural power houses with the ubiquitous, mass-produced, modern-day, high-street equivalent. Producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Markman Ellis
Unknown: Laurie Taylor.
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

2/10. Urinary Incontinence. Incontinence can strike at any time of life. Dr Mark Porter finds out about the latest treatments. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Double Trouble

3/3. Flanders and Swann. The revues of Michael
Flanders and Donald Swann , such as At Drop of the Hat. fit a very British tradition of satirical whimsy. Stuart Maconie tracks their lives and working partnership. Producer Angela Sherwin


Unknown: Donald Swann
Unknown: Stuart MacOnie
Producer: Angela Sherwin

: The Archers

Lilian broadens Brian's horizons.
For cast see page 201 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Kirsty Lang With the arts news. Producer Phil Tinline


Unknown: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Phil Tinline

: Lorna Doone

3/10. John is called in front of Judge Jeffreys in London to report from Exmoor. His delight at returning home is mitigated when he hears that Lorna has been engaged to Carver Doone. By RD Blackmore.
For cast and details see Monday 20 December Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Judge Jeffreys
Unknown: Carver Doone.

: The Great Debates

2/3. Another re-match of a classical debate, hosted by Allan Little. Carla Pinto-Correia and John Durrant restage the 19th-century arguments between Albrecht von Haller and Caspar Wolff about how life develops from a fertilised egg to a human being. They also look at how little we still know in today's age of the genome. Producer Kirsten Dwight Repeated on Christmas Day at 10.15pm


Unknown: Allan Little.
Unknown: Carla Pinto-Correia
Unknown: John Durrant
Unknown: Albrecht Von Haller
Unknown: Caspar Wolff
Producer: Kirsten Dwight

: Triumphs and Disasters

3/3. In 1977. the Lib-Lab Pact between
James Callaghan 's Labour government and David Steel 's Liberals came in the middle of the battle for
Birmingham, Stechford. Steve Richards tells the stories of famous by-election campaigns.
Producer Peter Mulligan Repeated from Sun 19 December at 10.45pm


Unknown: James Callaghan
Unknown: David Steel
Unknown: Steve Richards
Producer: Peter Mulligan

: Falling Up

People have the oddest hobbies. In sheds and garages in Britain and across the world, amateur inventors are trying to reverse the laws of physics by building antigravity machines. Sue Nelson finds out if we're on the verge Of learning how to fall up. Producer Andrew Tait


Producer: Andrew Tait

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Augustus Carp, Esq- by Himself

3/5. Terry Wale continues to read from the spoof memoi r. For details see Monday 20 December


Unknown: Terry Wale

: All the Way from Memphis

3/6. Writer Richard Curtis and music supremo Anthony Wilson , along with team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins , are put through their pop music paces by James Walton. With Beth Chalmers as the reader. Producer Dawn
Ellis Back in black: page 12


Unknown: Richard Curtis
Unknown: Anthony Wilson
Unknown: Tracey MacLeod
Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: James Walton.
Unknown: Beth Chalmers
Unknown: Ellis Back

: Darling, It's Crystals for Christmas

Helen Lederergoes in search of the people who style Christmas and make it their business to persuade us to have a fashionable tree. As she gets out her shoe-box of decorations, what is their position on her wickerwork stars and red tinsel? Bin them. It's crystals this year - "tinsel is so over". Producer Sarah Taylor


Unknown: Helen Lederergoes
Producer: Sarah Taylor

: News

: Book of the Week: Flesh, Fish and Good Red Herring

3/5. By Alice Thomas Ellis. Repeated from 9.45


Unknown: Alice Thomas Ellis.

: News

: World Today

: News

: News

: Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

: News

: World Today

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Ring Road (4/5)
By Ian Sansom


Unknown: Ian Sansom

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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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