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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Marjory MacLean.


Unknown: Marjory MacLean.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock.


Presented By: Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Dr Jeevan Singh Deol.


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

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Daily Service

Presented by Becky Harris. We Cannot Measure How You Heal (Ye Banks and Braes). Matthew 4, vv23-end;
5, vvl-10. Go, Tell It on the Mountain (trad American, arr Rutter). Ye That Know the Lord Is Gracious (Rustington). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Presented By: Becky Harris.
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Book of the Week: Sleeping Arrangements

3/5. After the death of her mother, the seven-year-old Lily find herself with two new flat mates in her apartment in the Bronx, as her two uncles move in to take care of her. By Laura Shaine Cunningham , read by Miriam Margoiyes. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Laura Shaine Cunningham
Read By: Miriam Margoiyes.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Claw Marks on the Curtains By Saki. 3/5. The Woman's Hour drama.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Hard Graft: the Story of a 1930s Work Camp

" Thetford Forest is England's largest lowland forest.
Entirely man-made, it was planted in the 1920s ana
19305 by the Forestry Commission. Richard Daniels tells the story of how, 70 years ago, unemployed men from the North worked in labour camps planting the forest. But did the camps make a useful contribution or were they no more than slave camps? producer Ivan Howlett


Unknown: Richard Daniels
Producer: Ivan Howlett

: Baggage

5/6. Christmas Crises. It's Edinburgh. It's Christmas. It's a relaxed, partner-free zone. Throw in a goose, a ghost ana a garrulous whippet and you're all set. Unless, of course, FOhrer Fiona is in charge. Comedy drama by Hilary Lyon.
Producer Gordon Kennedy ; Director Marilyn Imrie


Unknown: Fohrer Fiona
Unknown: Hilary Lyon.
Producer: Gordon Kennedy
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Caroline: Hilary Lyon
Fiona: Phyllis Logan
Ruth: Adle Allen
Mike: Stuart McOuarrie
Caitlin: Holly Wagner
Alistair: Peter Capaldi
Rev Nicholas: Moray Hunter
Fats: Gordon Kennedy

: You and Yours

With Winifred Robinson and Sheila McClennon.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

National and international news, with Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Ice Dreams

It is 2120 and Matthew Cain is having a bad day at the office. His job is an unusual one - to select the people who will be revived from the cryogenic-freezing programme. By Steve Sunderland.
Director Gary Brown


Unknown: Matthew Cain
Programme By: Steve Sunderland.
Director: Gary Brown
Cain: Steve Edge
Michael: Malcolm Raeburn
Catherine: Barbara Marten
Alex: James Alper
Boss/Voice: Emma Clarke

: Gardeners' Question Time

Matthew Biggs , Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew are guests of the Trinity Festival, Cookham, near
Maidenhead. Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at
3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened at 2pm


Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew

: Cornish Tales

3/5. Today's Cornish legends are about pirates, smugglers and wreckers on the coast of Penwith. For details see Monday

: Ear to the Ground

2/4. British contemporary composer Robin Holloway started his musical life as a chorister in St Paul Cathedral school. His music draws its inspiration from the past but he's far from being an old fogey. With critic Paul Driver. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Robin Holloway

: Thinking Allowed

Policy makers suggest that skills are vital ingredients for economic prosperity. But precisely what is skill? In the past, skills were equated with technical know-how but now they seem to include personal characteristics, behaviours and attitudes. Laurie Taylor looks at the concept of skill and asks if it has become so broad as to become almost meaningless. producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Building a Healthier Britain

1/4. Heart Disease. Since the 1950s, doctors have continuously researched people's health and lifestyle.
Richard Hannaford examines the results of these studies. He begins with a project in Finland that reduced cholesterol, but the results are proving difficult to replicate here. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Richard Hannaford

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: The Right Time

3/3. Sketch show about life, by people who've lived a bit. Starring Dudley Sutton , Roger Blake , Eleanor Bron and Paula Wilcox. Producer Katie Marsden


Unknown: Dudley Sutton
Unknown: Roger Blake
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: Paula Wilcox.
Producer: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Kathy finds she's in the clear.
For cast see page 43 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Kirsty Lang chairs the arts show, and meets the writer Nick Hornby , whose new novel A Long Way Down is set on New Year's Eve on the roof of a building renowned as a suicide spot. Producer Stephen Hughes


Unknown: Kirsty Lang
Unknown: Nick Hornby
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: Claw Marks on the Curtains

3/5. Fur. Eleanor and Suzanne are best friends, but not for much longer. Suzanne knows she can get her rich cousin Bertram to buy her a fur in the sales, but she has to entrust the job to Eleanor, who has her own plans. By Saki.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Eleanor: Helen Longworth
Suzanne: Lydia Leonard
Bertram: Bertie Carvel
Woman in Park/Woman in Shop: Alex Tregear

: Reith Lectures: The Triumph of Technology

5/5. Risk and Responsibility. What are the responsibilities of the technologist? Is it acceptable to develop weapons of mass destruction or genetically modified foods? And should government or the market control the production of such technologies? Lord Alec Broers addresses the ethics of technology and speculates on what Britain should do to stay in the technological race. From Windsor Castle. Presented by Sue Lawley .
Producer Tony Phillips Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Lord Alec Broers
Presented By: Sue Lawley
Producer: Tony Phillips

: Sod's Law

3/3. Now it's Dung Man. More from Phil Smith on the real world of gardening. The vegetable patch needs to be cleared but when one man goes to mow it seems a hover can be a bother. Producer Harry Parker


Unknown: Phil Smith
Producer: Harry Parker

: Frontiers

5/6. Human Evolution. Some scientists now believe that we are as advanced as we're ever going to get. Over millennia, humans have even adapted to disease and genetic resistance has appeared in some populations. The programme asks if this process is still ongoing and presents new findings that have wide-reaching implications for evolutionary theory. Producer Julian Siddle


Producer: Julian Siddle

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Tortilla Curtain

8/10. As Thanksgiving arrives, Delaney celebrates at a barbecue in the backyard of a neighbour's house and Candido gets an unexpected bonus. By TC Boyle. For further details see Monday

: Laurence and Gus: Untold Stories

4/6. The Tea of Yevgeny Shivpotnik. Laurence and Gus tell another story about one of life's unsung heroes. The court of Peter the Great is rocked when a young genius tries to steal the tea-making crown of Yevgeny Shivpotnik.
Starring and written by Gus Brown and Laurence Howarth , With Alex Lowe and Katy Brand. Producer Helen Williams


Unknown: Yevgeny Shivpotnik.
Unknown: Yevgeny Shivpotnik.
Written By: Gus Brown
Written By: Laurence Howarth
Unknown: Alex Lowe
Unknown: Katy Brand.
Producer: Helen Williams

: Paperback Hell

4/6. Stop the Dodgems, I Want to Throw Up. Not-entirely-true autobiography as Jack "Sunglasses" Ramsey reads from his personal account of life in the 1960s criminal underworld. With Michael Fenton Stevens , Rebecca Front. Mel Hudson , Dan Tetsell , and Alex Lowe.
Written by Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell ; Producer Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Michael Fenton Stevens
Unknown: Rebecca Front.
Unknown: Mel Hudson
Unknown: Dan Tetsell
Unknown: Alex Lowe.
Written By: Danny Robins
Written By: Dan Tetsell
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: Curly Tales

2/2. Two writers have their wicked way with the short story. Writer's Block. By Julian Simpson , read by Mark Heap and William Hootkins. A writer stares at the empty page and and wishes for words. Perhaps a walk will give him inspiration ... and where is Aristotle when you need him? Producer Lisa Osborne


Unknown: Julian Simpson
Read By: Mark Heap
Read By: William Hootkins.
Producer: Lisa Osborne

: The Unofficial Election

8/8. More from Nick Revell and John Oliver with their intelligent, up-to-the-minute, satirical show focusing on the election campaign. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Nick Revell
Unknown: John Oliver

: News

: Book of the Week: SleepingArrangements

3/5. By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Laura Shaine Cunningham.

: Analysis

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

Reith Lectures (2/3)

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Fascination (4/5)
Fantasia on a Favourite Waltz Short story by William Boyd , read by Niamh Cusack


Story By: William Boyd
Read By: Niamh Cusack

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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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