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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Roger Hutchings.


Unknown: Roger Hutchings.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Mark Coles.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Sean Curran and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Christina Rees.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Mark Coles.
Unknown: Sean Curran
Unknown: David Wilby.
Unknown: Christina Rees.

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: The Fringes of Power

3/5. August 1940 -January 1941. Air attacks on London intensify. Jamie Bamber continues to read from John Colville 's diaries, written while he was private secretary to Winston Churchill. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Jamie Bamber
Unknown: John Colville
Unknown: Winston Churchill.

: Daily Service

Presented by Becky Harris. We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (Fulda). Acts 9, vv19b-30. Sivahamba (trad South African arr Swinford). Forth in Thy Name (Song 34). Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Presented By: Becky Harris.
Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Early Viewing Recommended

3/5. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: Samovars on Bodmin

"In the mid-1950s, the small Cornish town of Bodmin I found itself at the centre of a Cold War scheme to teach 5,000 national servicemen to speak Russian."
John Sergeant tells the intriguing story of the Joint Services School of Linguists and its part in Britain's intelligence efforts against the Soviet Union.
The school attracted some of the brightest talents of a generation - from Alan Bennett, Dennis Potter and Michael Frayn to the former governor of the Bank of England, Eddie George. These former pupils remember their time at the JSSL and reflect on the way this early exposure to the Russian language influenced their future careers.


Presenter: John Sergeant
Interviewee: Alan Bennett
Interviewee: Dennis Potter
Interviewee: Michael Frayn
Interviewee: Eddie George
Producer: Isobel Eaton

: No Commitments

2/6. Foreign Affairs. Victoria is desperately worried about Roger's impending retirement and Charlotte is behaving even worse than usual. As ever, Anna has the unenviable role of being stuck inthe middle. By Simon Brett.
Producer Simon Brett


Unknown: Simon Brett.
Producer: Simon Brett
Anna: Rosemary Leach
Victoria: Angela Thorne
Charlotte: Felicty Montagu
Emily: Lisa Coleman
Eddie: James Greene

: 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, with Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Land Lines

New series 1/6. The Hoo Peninsula, North Kent
The world's first torpedo, a medieval duck trap and the inspiration for a Dickens novel are the clues that
Brett Westwood and the landscape detectives are given in the first of the series linking landscape with local history. Producer Grant Sonnex


Unknown: Brett Westwood
Producer: Grant Sonnex

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Beatification of JaswantSingh

It's 1982, the year of the Pope's visit to Britain, and 12-year-old Jonathan Sweet 's mother has left home. His Prayers for a miracle seem to have been answered when he meets Jaswant Singh at school, but Jonathan soon learns that life is never straightforward. A humorous look at the strengths and frailties of faith and family by Matthew Coombes.
Director Gaynor Macfarlane


Unknown: Jonathan Sweet
Unknown: Jaswant Singh
Unknown: Matthew Coombes.
Director: Gaynor MacFarlane
Jonathan: Ben Norman
Jaswant: Raman Goyal
Dad: Cornelius Garrett
Karen: Jenny Coverack
Mum/Newsreader: Bonnie Hurren

: Gardeners' Question Time

Tony Russell , Anne Swithinbank and Matthew Biggs answer horticultural queries put by the members of Chedworth and District Horticultural Society, near Cirencester. Chaired by Gill Pyrah. Including at
3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast, shortened rpt of Sun 2pm


Unknown: Tony Russell
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Gill Pyrah.

: Second Generation

3/5. Sticks and Stones. Something about Paul Fry 's vulnerability reminds Lewis of the torment of a half-forgotten nightmare. By Trezza Azzopardi , read
- by Ben Miles. For details see Monday


Unknown: Paul Fry
Unknown: Trezza Azzopardi
Read By: Ben Miles.

: How Strange the Change

3/5. Minor Disturbance. Why is it that we associate minor keys as sad and yearning? Does the answer lie deep within the psyche or is it simply enculturation? For more details see Monday

: Thinking Allowed

Charisma. Winston Churchill was a statesman of fervent convictions. Renowned for his captivating wartime speeches and volcanic energy, he was a charismatic leader. But what exactly is charisma and what makes a person charismatic? Laurie Taylor explores these issues as part of the season marking the 40th anniversary of Churchill's death. Producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Winston Churchill
Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

7/10. The latest developments in healthcare, as reported by Dr Mark Porter. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Reported By: Dr Mark Porter.

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Carolyn Quinn.

: The Museum of Everything

1/6. Sketch series written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke , Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell. Welcome to the Museum of Everything. Wander round its many galleries and experience the history of everything. Learn about the history of wicker, tour a stately home, and discover the real identity of Jack the Ripper. With Lucy Montgomery.
Music by Dominic Haslam and Ben Walker ; Producer Aiex Walsh-Taylor


Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke
Unknown: Danny Robins
Unknown: Dan Tetsell.
Unknown: Lucy Montgomery.
Music By: Dominic Haslam
Music By: Ben Walker

: The Archers

The Grundy rivalry kicks off again.
For cast see page 41 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Kirsty Lang reports from the opening night at the Comedy Theatre, London, of the new production of Brian Clark 's Whose Life Is It Anyway?, starring Kim Cattrall and directed by Peter Hall. Producer Rebecca Nicholson


Unknown: Kirsty Lang
Unknown: Brian Clark
Unknown: Kim Cattrall
Directed By: Peter Hall.
Producer: Rebecca Nicholson

: Early Viewing Recommended

3/5. The Merry-Go-Round. Owain's decision to take his best recipes and move to France has significant consequences for the would-be buyers and sellers, who become part of a chain. By Alex Parsons.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Alex Parsons.
Owain: Richard Elfyn
Laura: Melanie Walters
Sara: Clare Isaac
Tamzin: Siriol Jenkins

: Moral Maze

New series 1/10. A live debate, chaired by Michael Buerk , in which Melanie Phillips , Steven Rose , Ian Hargreaves and Claire Fox cross-examine witnesses who hold conflicting views on the moral complexities behind one of the week's news Stories. Producer David Coomes Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Melanie Phillips
Unknown: Steven Rose
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Unknown: Claire Fox
Producer: David Coomes

: The Brandreth Rules for Ministers

1/2. You've had the call from Number 10. At last, you're a minister. But what now? Gyles Brandreth has been a minister and he explains the do's and don'ts of ministerial life - how to arrive, how to survive and how to thrive. Producer Chris Bond Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm


Unknown: Gyles Brandreth

: Gut Reactions

2/3. Packed away inside the abdomen, the intestines take up little space, but rolled out, their surface area would cover two tennis courts. Geoff Watts finds out how the body defends this huge area from attack by bacteria. Producer Michelle Martin


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Michelle Martin

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Passionate Encounters -a Selection of Stories by Stefan Zweig

3/5. Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman 2/3 The English widow Mrs C continues her story of a dramatic encounter with a suicidal young gambler. Producer Annie Castledine For further details see yesterday


Producer: Annie Castledine

: Tina C's Tiny Island Tour

2/4. Scotland. Country singer and global activist Tina C , the comic creation of Christopher Green , promotes her album Not Tonight Darlin' Got a Heartache, in Glasgow. Pianist Duncan Walsh Atkins ; Producer Claire Grove


Unknown: Tina C
Unknown: Christopher Green
Pianist: Duncan Walsh Atkins
Producer: Claire Grove

: Crème de la Crime

2/4. Another tale of infamy from the vaults of villany. With Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. Producer Adam Bromley


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis.
Producer: Adam Bromley

: Today in Parliament

The day's business in Westminster, highlighting Prime Minister's Questions, presented by David Wilby.


Presented By: David Wilby.

: News

: Book of the Week: The Fringes ofPower

3/5. John Colville 's diary. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: John Colville

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Fantastic Tales (2/3) The Voice of God by Winifred Holtby , read by Jack Klass


Unknown: Winifred Holtby
Read By: Jack Klass

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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.

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