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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Sister Elizabeth Obbard.


Unknown: Elizabeth Obbard.

: Farming Today

Presented by Anna Hill.


Presented By: Anna Hill.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Sarah Montague.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Akhandadhi Das.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Sarah Montague.
Unknown: Akhandadhi Das.

: Word 4 Word

6/6. Friends, Neighbours and Big Brothers.
Dermot Murnaghan 's series on the way British people talk concludes with an investigation on the possible effects that the television, radio and the internet are having on local dialects. He also asks what is the likely impact of chatroom communication on speech in 21st-century Britain. Producer Laurence Grissell Shortened repeat at 9.30pm EMAIL: word4word@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Dermot Murnaghan
Producer: Laurence Grissell

: Daily Service

Presented by Judy Merry. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Stainer). Galatians 5, vv13-18. The Father's Love (Lole). God is Love His the Care (Personet Hodie). Director of music Richard Tanner.


Presented By: Judy Merry.
Music: Richard Tanner.

: Book of the Week: The Planets

3/5. Mars. Dava Sobel's planetary exploration reaches Mars and finds that our knowledge of the planet has been enhanced by the discovery of a small meteorite called Allan Hills 84001. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Allan Hills

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Valley of the Dolls

By Jacqueline Susann.
13/15. The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jacqueline Susann.

: Mapping the Town

5/6. Chipping Campden. Julian Richards examines how this Cotswold village became the perfect home for the arts and crafts movement at the beginning of the 20th century. But what lasting effect did these artists have on the streetscape, and why does the 21st-century visitor see a town centre that's apparently changed very little in 500 years? Producer John Byrne


Unknown: Julian Richards
Producer: John Byrne

: Hopes and Desires

1/3. Vongole. A series of comedies about unconscious yearnings. Bill Nighy plays Professor Swann, whose obsession is seducing female students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole. But what is he really looking for? Written by Michael Butt.
Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Bill Nighy
Written By: Michael Butt.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Tristram: Bill Nighy
Minnie: Emma Callander
Helen: Miranda Colchester
Freddie: Stephen Crltchlow
Mamma/Judy: Carolyn Jones

: You and Yours

Topical consumer news and reports, presented by Sheiia McCiennon and John Waite.


Presented By: Sheiia McCiennon
Presented By: John Waite.

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis, presented by Nick Clarke.


Presented By: Nick Clarke.

: The Food Quiz

3/6. Clement Freud and Alastair Little are among food critic and journalist Jay Rayner 's gastronomic guests trying to deduce the difference between a Dublin Bay prawn and a langoustine; the identity of the south-east-Asian fruit banned from public transport, hotels and aeroplanes; and the principle duties of a sin eater. Producer Rebecca Wells


Unknown: Clement Freud
Unknown: Alastair Little
Unknown: Jay Rayner
Unknown: Dublin Bay
Producer: Rebecca Wells

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Missing Olga

Paul Morrison 's magical drama draws on his grandfather, Abram Moskovitch 's passionate love letters, written 100 years ago, to the girl he left behind in Odessa. Will he persuade his lover, Olga, to come and join him in London? And will he help Paul find the key to his own sense of belonging? Starring Andrew Sachs and Janet Suzman. Paul Morrison Himself
Producer/Director Mark Smalley


Unknown: Paul Morrison
Unknown: Abram Moskovitch
Unknown: Andrew Sachs
Unknown: Janet Suzman.
Director: Mark Smalley
Old Abram: Andrew Sachs
Young Abram: Daniel Hart
Olga: Janet Suzman
Clippie: Nia Roberts

: Gardeners' Question Time

Pippa Greenwood , Bob Flowerdew and Matthew Biggs answer questions posed by gardeners in Essex. With Gill Pyrah in the chair. Including at


Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Matthew Biggs
Unknown: Gill Pyrah

: Gardening Weather Forecast.


: I Want to Be Alone

3/5. Blood Strangers. "I had no time to recognise or clarify the uproar in my head." The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother. Written by Jim Crace. Read by Jeremy Swift. For details see Monday


Written By: Jim Crace.
Read By: Jeremy Swift.

: Who Ate All the Pies?

3/4. What are the origins of the bridie? Ian McMillan finds out when he visits Forfar, where Bill McLaren 's family has been baking bridies since 1893. And poet WN Herbert introduces McMillan to the infinite variety of Scottish pies, including such delights as the baked-bean pie and the macaroni Stovie. For details see Monday


Unknown: Ian McMillan
Unknown: Bill McLaren

: Thinking Allowed

Human behaviour, institutions and conventions are put under the microscope as Laurie Taylor leads the discussion on topical items and issues coming out of the academic and research world.
Producer Natasha Maw


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

Repeated from yesterday at 9pm

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Peter Cook in His Own Words

2/4. From Not Only but Also through to Behind the Fridge, Michael Palin trawls Peter Cook 's prolific back catalogue, which this week includes material from the period Cook later referred to as the happiest time in his career. Featuring interviews from the 1970s with Michael Parkinson and David Dimbleby , an account of Peter's short-lived career as a chat-show host, spoof arts-documentary footage and rare sketches from Not Only but Also and Goodbye Again. Producer Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Peter Cook
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: David Dimbleby
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: The Archers

Things start looking up for Tom.
For cast see page 37

: Front Row

More arts news and reviews, hosted by Kirsty Lang. Producer Jerome Weatherald


Unknown: Kirsty Lang.
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Valley of the Dolls

13/15. 1960: Neely loses her voice and Anne meets someone from her past. By Jacqueline Susann. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Jacqueline Susann.

: The Commission

6/8. Gang Crime. Nick Ross asks if gang crime is out of control in Britain's cities?
Producer Sara Nathan Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Nick Ross
Producer: Sara Nathan

: The Brandreth Rules: Party Conferences

2/3. Conquering. You've learned how to survive the party conference, now you want to become a conference darling. How do you make your speech and make your mark? Gyles Brandreth , former MP and minister and a seasoned conference hand, knows how it's done. Here, he lays down his rules for conguering the conference. Producer Chris Bond Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm


Unknown: Gyles Brandreth

: Stressed Out

When you argue with your partner or find work a trial, what is going on in the body to produce that feeling of stress, and what are the consequences? Vivienne Parry investigates the biological basis of stress. Producer Alexandra Feachem


Producer: Alexandra Feachem

: Word 4 Word

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

National and international news and analysis.

: Book at Bedtime: Corduroy

3/5. Ploughing, threshing and the winter months on the farm. By Adrian Bell. For details see Monday


Unknown: Adrian Bell.

: Weak at the Top

New series 1/4. John Weak puts the man into management. He's randy, devious, sexist and drink-sodden, a high-powered marketing director with the morals of a skunk, the skin of a rhino and the brain of a one-celled organism. Comedy series written by Guy Browning and starring Alexander Armstrong.
Producer/Director Jonquil Panting


Unknown: John Weak
Written By: Guy Browning
Unknown: Alexander Armstrong.
John: Alexander Armstrong
Hayley: Clare Perkins
Sir Marcus: Geoffrey Whitehead
Bill: Ron Cook
Tim: Ewan Bailey
Debbie: Colleen Prenderqast

: From Arial to Wide Latin

Ian Peacock explores how the fonts people dress their words in send secret, subliminal messages about who the authors are, arguing that fonts are as much a fashion statement as clothes are. Producer Erika Wright
12.00 News


Unknown: Ian Peacock
Producer: Erika Wright

: Book of the Week: The Planets

3/5. By Dava Sobel. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Dava Sobel.

: Analysis

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

What Is Life?
(5/5) Jonathan Miller concludes his view of the history of science


Unknown: Jonathan Miller

: World Today

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Planet of the Apes (4/5) For details see Sunday

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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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