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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Father James Hanvey.


Unknown: Father James Hanvey.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock.


Presented By: Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.59 Hymn for Good Friday
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Dr Rowan Williams.

: The Reith Lectures

2/5. In the Beginning Was Sound. This year's Reith lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist
Daniel Barenboim. "Music," argues Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human". In this lecture, recorded in front of an audience at the Symphony Center in Chicago, he tries to rescue "the neglected sense" - the ear - ana he launches his own campaign against muzak. Presented by Sue Lawley . Producer Tony Phillips Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Pianist: Daniel Barenboim.
Presented By: Sue Lawley
Producer: Tony Phillips

: Act of Worship

Led by the Rev Stephen Shipley.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.

: Book of the Week: The Yellow House

5/5. When Vincent and Gauguin quarrel, Vincent wields his razor. The citizens of Aries have had enough of both of them. By Martin Gayford. For details see Mon Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Martin Gayford.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Martha Kearney.
10.45 Snap! 5/5. By Charlotte Cory.
The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Martha Kearney.
Unknown: Charlotte Cory.

: The Battle for Babylon

The site of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon lies a mere
70 kilometres south of Baghdad. As one of the Seven
Wonders of the World, it was one of the great centres of early civilisation, yet recent events have threatened the ruins' survival. Used as a base camp by military forces there are reports of serious damage to the archaeological remains. Jonathan Charles attempts to make the dangerous journey to find out what has happened to Babylon. Producer Mark Rickards


Unknown: Jonathan Charles
Producer: Mark Rickards

: High Table, Lower Orders

2/6. Comedy drama set in a Cambridge college. While Simon is struggling in his new status as don, the Dean finds his popularity with the students on the increase.
Meanwhile, Gilbert faces the rather grave task of dealing with a student found cheating.


Writer: Mark Tavener.
Producer/Director: Dawn Ellis
Gilbert: Geoffrey Palmer
Simon: Samuel West
Bernard: Jonathan Coy
Dean: Michael Maloney
Zoe: Sharon Small
Roisin: Michelle Fairley
Jim: Stephen Hogan
Ian: Matt Green
Stewart: Anthony Glennon
Servant: Anthony Glennon
Student 1: Tom Price
Student 2: Zoe Gardner

: You and Yours

What is the public perception and portrayal of multiple sclerosis? Raine Pryor, daughter of comedian Richard Pryor, who died last year, talks about her father and MS. With Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson.
Phone: [number removed] Email: [email address removed]


Presenter: Liz Barclay
Presenter: Winifred Robinson
Interviewee: Raine Pryor
Series Editor: Andrew Smith

: The World at One

News and analysis, with Shaun Ley. Editor Colin Hancock


Unknown: Shaun Ley.
Editor: Colin Hancock

: The Message

Jenni Murray and her guests in lively conversation about how current media trends affect everyday life. Producer Cecile Wright Repeated on Sunday at 8pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Producer: Cecile Wright

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Talking to Ted

Another chance to hear a one-off comedy drama starring Les Dennis One evening, stand-up comic Ray Richards finds himself alone in a Manchester hotel room before a gig, talking to the teddy bear that his daughter had left in his car. Adapted from Tim Clark 's hit Edinburgh show by Dave Cohen.
Director Simon Nicholls


Unknown: Ray Richards
Unknown: Tim Clark
Unknown: Dave Cohen.
Director: Simon Nicholls
Ray: Les Dennis
Linda: Doon MacKichan
Brian: Simon Bligh
Lavinia: Mel Hudson
Bronwen: Emma Kennedy
Marvin: Matthew Holmes
Adam: Tim Clark
Announcer: Geoff McGlvern
Charlie: Felix Still
Molly: Julia Dunn

: Good Friday Liturgy

The Cross and the Bomb. The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, reflects on religious conflict in the context of the Passion of Jesus on the Cross. From St Ethelburga's, the medieval City of London church nearly destroyed by an IRA bomb, and rebuilt as a Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. With Simon Keyes and the St Ethelburga's Singers, musical director Andrew Parmley. Producer Stephen Shipley
Faith, hope and charity: page 35


Unknown: Simon Keyes
Director: Andrew Parmley.
Producer: Stephen Shipley

: Redeeming the Past

The Rev Donald Reeves returns to Bosnia with former
Times Balkans correspondent Eve-Ann Prentice to search for glimpses of hope that have arisen from some of the darkest moments of the 1990s Balkan War. Listening to accounts that are both moving and horrific, they learn of the resilience of the human spirit. Producer Mark O'Brien Faith, hope and charity: page 35


Unknown: Donald Reeves
Unknown: Eve-Ann Prentice
Producer: Mark O'Brien

: Last Word

John Wilson presents the weekly obituaries programme. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: John Wilson

: The Film Programme

Composer John Williams , whose 45 Oscar nominations include the scores for Jaws, Star Wars, ET: the Extraterrestrial and Schindler's List, talks to Francine Stock.
Producer Tim Prosser


Unknown: John Williams
Unknown: Francine Stock.
Producer: Tim Prosser

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair. Editor Peter Rippon


Presented By: Eddie Mair.
Editor: Peter Rippon

: The Now Show

2/8. Hugh Dennis rejoins Steve Punt at the reins of the topical comedy show, with the usual mix of stand-up, sketches and sons.
Producer Colin Anderson Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm
RT DIRECT: The Now Show (four episodes from the first series) is available for E16.99 including p&p. Send a cheque payable to Selections to: [address removed] call [number removed]
(national rate) quoting [number removed], or visit www.selections.com/rtdirect


Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Steve Punt
Producer: Colin Anderson

: The Archers

Things are on the up for Alistair. For cast see page 47
Written by Mary Cutter : Director Rosemary Watts : Editor Vanessa Whitburn
ARCHERS ADDICTS FAN CLUB: send an SAE to [address removed]


Written By: Mary Cutter
Director: Rosemary Watts
Editor: Vanessa Whitburn

: Front Row

Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and writer Philip Pullman discuss the relationship between music and the written word, in conversation with Mark Lawson.
Producer Martin Smith (Revised rpt)


Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Unknown: Philip Pullman
Unknown: Mark Lawson.
Producer: Martin Smith

: Snap!

5/5. The Last Laugh. Ageing model Hetty Vine has dolled herself up for the photographer. As she poses, she flirts and regales him with stories of her triumphs and disappointments. By Charlotte Cory , with Julia McKenzie as Hetty. For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Charlotte Cory
Unknown: Julia McKenzie

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion in Pembury, Kent. The panel comprises the Conservative vice-chair Margo James , former Labour MP Tony Benn , The
Spectator columnist Rod Liddle , and Inayat Bunglawala , media secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain. Producer Lisa Jenkinson Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Margo James
Unknown: Tony Benn
Unknown: Rod Liddle
Unknown: Inayat Bunglawala
Producer: Lisa Jenkinson

: A Point of View

12/13. Brian Walden , broadcaster and former MP, presents a weekly reflection on a topical issue. Producer Simon Hollis


Unknown: Brian Walden
Producer: Simon Hollis

: The Friday Play: London, This Is Washington

When Harold Macmillan meets the beguiling Jack Kennedy, the general supposition is that the old gent will roll over and submit to the ways of American politics. But observers, and Kennedy himself, are in for some surprises.

"Don't ever think this is friendship," says President Johnson to Prime Minister Wilson in this Friday Play. "It's horse tradin'. Just don't ever come here if your stable's empty." On paper, this political drama sounds as dry as a camel's hoof in a sandstorm. It charts meetings between American presidents and British prime ministers in the 60s that led to that "special relationship". In reality, broadcaster Mark Lawson's bullet-sharp dialogue blows any assumptions out of the water. Lawson has a knack of bringing political figures to life with humour. JFK admits to getting a headache if he "hasn't had a woman in three days", while Macmillan (with JFK, above) blusters at being offered a hamburger and delights in retiring to bed early with a good Trollope. The backdrop of worsening crises in Laos and Cuba puts the meetings into context, making this a most refreshing and lively take on recent history. (Gerry Kiernan)


Writer: Mark Lawson.
Producer/Director: Roland Jaquarello
Harold Macmillan: David Calder
John F Kennedy: Nathan Osgood
Harold Wilson: Philip Jackson
Lyndon B Johnson: Kerry Shale
Dick: Ian Porter
Timothy: Simon Robson
Announcer: Jon Glover

: The World Tonight

News, presented by Claire Bolderson. Editor Alistair Burnett


Presented By: Claire Bolderson.
Editor: Alistair Burnett

: Book at Bedtime: The Night Watch

5/15. London, 1947. Helen is becoming obsessive about
Julia's new friendship. Duncan behaves eccentrically late at night and Kay wonders about the packet she's been handed by Viv. By Sarah Waters. For details see Monday


Unknown: Sarah Waters.

: Great Lives

Repeated from Tuesday at 4.30pm

: The National Short Story Prize - the Shortlist

5/5. The last of the shortlisted stories. For details see Monday

: News

: Book of the Week: The Yellow House

5/5. By Martin Gayford. For details see Monday Rptdat12.30am


Unknown: Martin Gayford.

: News

: Close Up

: News

: Outlook

: News

: Assignment

: International Cricket

India v England: The seventh one-day international, from Indore. Producer Peter Baxter *approximate times
4.30 World Business Review 5.00 World Briefing
5.20 Sports Round-up


Producer: Peter Baxter

: International Cricket

India v England
The seventh one-day international comes from Indore.
With commentary by Simon Mann , Jonny Saunders and Angus Fraser. Including at 8.25 News and Papers.
Producer Peter Baxter -approximate times


Commentary By: Simon Mann
Commentary By: Jonny Saunders
Commentary By: Angus Fraser.
Producer: Peter Baxter

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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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