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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Father James Hanvey.


Unknown: Father James Hanvey.

: Farming Today

Mark Holdstock reports on butchery.


Unknown: Mark Holdstock

: Today

Richard Branson is today's guest editor.
With James Naughtie and Tim Franks.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Angela Tilby.


Unknown: Richard Branson
Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Tim Franks.
Unknown: Angela Tilby.

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Led by Becky Harris. Christians Awake! Salute the Happy Morn (Yorkshire). Titus 2. wll-14. And He
Shall Purify (Handel). Unto Us Is Born a Son (PuerNobis arr Willcocks). Musical director Christopher Stokes.


Unknown: Becky Harris.
Director: Christopher Stokes.

: Book of the Week: Just William - Doln' Good

3/5. Fireworks Strictly Prohibited. The Outlaws' nabitual impecuniousness threatens a miserable "reworks night. Can William. as their leader, come up with a plan? Martin Jarvis reads another Richmal Crompton Story. For details see Mon 27 Dec Rptd at 12.30am


Unknown: Martin Jarvis
Unknown: Richmal Crompton Story.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Lorna

Doone By RD Blackmore.
┬░/10. The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: Dicing with Dragons

Long before The Lord of the Rings became a film, a generation of teenage boys were fighting imaginary battles against ores, demons or dragons. How do they feel about their all-consuming hobby now they've grown up? Kim Newman celebrates.


Presenter: Kim Newman
Producer: David Stenhouse

: Gilbert without Sullivan: 3/5: A Colossal Idea

On holiday with his wife in Margate, Mr Yellowboy claims to be preparing the 123rd edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica but his activities are not that innocent.


Writer: WS Gilbert
Dramatised by: Steohen Wyatt
Director: Jenny Stephens
Gilbert: Jonathan Coy
Mrs Badger/Ticket lady: Tina Gray
Mr Yellowboy: Tim Hudsor
Mrs Yellowboy: Bella Merlin
Arabella: Sarah Hadland
Cousin Jack/Guardsman: James Howard

: You and Yours

consumer issues, presented by Sheila McClennon and Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: Sheila McClennon
Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis, Presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: The Write Stuff at Christmas

'nere'll be fierce seasonal quizzing and Christmaswemed pastiches as James Walton presides over team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh with guests Miles Kington and Sabhna Broadbent. Beth
2 Chalmers is the reader. Producer Katie Marsden


Unknown: James Walton
Unknown: Sebastian Faulks
Unknown: John Walsh
Unknown: Sabhna Broadbent.
Producer: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: All Fingers and Thumbs

Romantic comedy about communication. Sign language interpreter Marie wants more deaf people to enjoy the theatre. So does director Tom - but not if it involves a bothersome spoilt woman waving her arms about on his stage. By Alan Stafford.


Writer: Alan Stafford
Director: Dirk Maggs
Tom: Bill Nighy
Marie: Susannah Doyle
Helen: Felicity Montagu
Sal: Jenny Eclair
Michael: Steve Day
Paula: Fifi Garfield
Clive/Jamie/Gordon: Brian Bowles

: Gardeners' Question Time

A special Christmas edition from the islands of Orkney with news of a claimed breakthrough in seaweed-
Dased plant growth promoters, a medicinal plant that could bring wealth to the islands, and practical tips on growing in some of the most hostile conditions in Britain. Carole Baxter. John Cushnie and Anne Swithinbank answer questions from the East Mainland gardeners of Orkney. Eric Robson is in the chair.


Unknown: Carole Baxter.
Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank

: Gardening Weather Forecast. (

"Ortened repeat of Boxing Day at 2pm

: Peter and Wendy

3/5. Adventures and Pirates on the Mermaid's Lagoon. Alan Bennett reads JM Barrie 's adaptation of his stage play. For details see Monday 27 December


Author: J.M. Barrie
Reader: Alan Bennett

: Orwell's Babies

3/5. The New Romantics. First love, first heartbreak, first time - the game of love is all so new.
For more details see Monday 27 December

: Thinking Allowed

Human behaviour and conventions come under the microscope as Laurie Taylor leads a topical discussion On issues from the academic world. Producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

3/10. Indigestion. All that rich Christmas food may have left you with indigestion but it can mask a serious underlying condition. Dr Mark Porter reports. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Roy Hudd's Tales from the Lodge Room

3/5. The Friends of the Water Rat. How the Grand Order began. With Roy Hudd.
For details see Monday 27 December Repeated at 12.15am


Unknown: Roy Hudd.

: Ayres on the Air

1/4. Deterioration of eyesight, the figure and memory feature large in Pam Ayres 's poetry and sketch show this week. She is helped by Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu in sketches about being Topless at 60 and how to spice up your love life with a little celebrity fantasy in Me and Michael Aspel. Producer ClaireJones


Unknown: Pam Ayres
Unknown: Geoffrey Whitehead
Unknown: Felicity Montagu
Unknown: Michael Aspel.

: The Archers

Susan gets creative.
For cast see page 201 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson talks to the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Producer Martin Smith


Talks: Mark Lawson
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
Producer: Martin Smith

: Lorna Doone

8/10. With Lorna gone to live with her uncle in London, John's sister, Annie. comes to him with more bad news about her husband Tom. By RD Blackmore.
For cast and details see Monday 27 December Repeated from 10.45am

: The Great Debates

3/3. In 1787 Edmund Burke MP instigated the impeachment of Warren Hastings , the first governor-general of India, for "high crimes and misdemeanours". In this modern-day rematch, presided over by Allan Little , leading historians and present-day commentators argue over the moral legacy of the British empire.
Producer Kirsten Dwight Repeated on New Year's Day at 10.15pm


Unknown: Edmund Burke
Unknown: Warren Hastings
Unknown: Allan Little
Producer: Kirsten Dwight

: Yes, Minister

Why have sons of the Scottish Manse. like Gordon Brown , David Steel and John Buchan. had such a disproportionate impact on British politics? Why should being born the son of a Church of Scotland minister be the perfect preparation for a life in politics? Colin Bell attempts to explain. Producer David Stenhouse


Unknown: Gordon Brown
Unknown: David Steel
Unknown: John Buchan.
Unknown: Colin Bell
Producer: David Stenhouse

: Worlds Beyond

New series 1/3. The Hunt for Planet X. The outer edge of our solar system is a cold, unexplored place. Could another planet lurk among the icy rocks? Heather Couper reports. Producer Monise Durrani


Unknown: Heather Couper
Producer: Monise Durrani

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Roger Hearing.

: Book at Bedtime: Stories by W Somerset Maugham

3/5. The Promise. His lunch date fails to show. But who's that Sitting nearby? For details see Monday 27 December

: All the Way from Memphis

4/6. Stewart Lee. Martin Freeman and team captains Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins are put through their musical paces by James Walton. With Beth Chalmers as the reader, producer Dawn Ellis


Unknown: Stewart Lee.
Unknown: Martin Freeman
Unknown: Tracey MacLeod
Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: James Walton.
Unknown: Beth Chalmers
Producer: Dawn Ellis

: Laugh Out Loud

How much of ourselves do we reveal when we laugh? Nicola Green has recorded people laughing in every conceivable situation, creating music from the sound of pure laughter. Blending that music with laughing anecdotes, this is a portrait of the laugh. With
Paul Merton , Emma Freud and her family, Ainsley Harriot. Arthur Smith. the Rev Mark Oakley , Mark Steel and sound artist Scanner. Producer Katie Marsden


Unknown: Paul Merton
Unknown: Emma Freud
Unknown: Ainsley Harriot.
Unknown: Arthur Smith.
Unknown: Mark Oakley
Unknown: Mark Steel
Producer: Katie Marsden

: News

: Roy Hudd's Tales from the Lodge Room

Repeated from 6.15pm

: Book of the wlliam - Doin Good

3/5. By Richmal Crompton. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Richmal Crompton.

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Classic Fairy Tales (4/5) From the Arabian
Nights. Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Ali Baba finds the secret code to unlocking untold wealth and treasure. Read by Andrew Sachs


Unknown: Ali Baba
Unknown: Ali Baba
Read By: Andrew Sachs

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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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