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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

Presented by the Rev Ernest Rea.


Unknown: Ernest Rea.

: Farming Today

Presented by Miriam O'Reilly.


Presented By: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Joel Edwards.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Joel Edwards.

: Melvyn Bragg - In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the significant ideas and events that have shaped our history. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Book of the Week: Wild Mary

4/5. The war is over, but Mary Wesley and her husband Eric find themselves trapped in a more personal conflict with a chillingly persistent stalker. Biography by Patrick Marnham. Read by Felicity Kendal. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Mary Wesley
Unknown: Patrick Marnham.
Read By: Felicity Kendal.

: Daily Service

Led by the Rev Roger Hutchings. When Morning Gilds the Skies (Laudes Domini). Ephesians 1, vv17-23. Let All the World (Vaughan Williams). At the Name of Jesus (Evelyns). Director of music Simon Lole. Organist Graham Eccles.


Unknown: Roger Hutchings.
Organist: Simon Lole.
Organist: Graham Eccles.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Ottoline and Bertie
4/5. Dramatisation by Derek Bowskill of the letters and journals of Bertrand Russell and Lady Ottoline Morrell. for details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Derek Bowskill
Unknown: Bertrand Russell
Unknown: Lady Ottoline Morrell.

: From Our Own Correspondent

A lively collection of dispatches from the BBC's foreign correspondents, who report on stories in their regions. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Presented By: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: The Accidental Entertainers

The Brothers Grimm are responsible for producing some of the best-loved fairy tales of all time and have inspired countless spin-offs by writers, film-makers, composers and artists down the years. Michael Rosen investigates where stories like Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel came from, and how a project that started as a serious scholarly endeavour could turn into one of the biggest cultural phenomena ever.
Producer Deborah Preston Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Deborah Preston

: You and Yours

Topical consumer affairs, presented by John Waite and Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: John Waite
Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis. introduced by Shaun Ley.


Introduced By: Shaun Ley.

: Open Country

Exploring rural life around Britain.

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Disappearing Island

A lakeland fantasy about mid-life crisis and the romantic imagination. London schoolteacher Tom Quincey is in disgrace after being caught in possession of drugs on school premises. To escape the publicity, he flees to the heart of the Lake District, where he sets about rethinking his life and troubled marriage. By Nigel Richardson.
Producer/Director Karen Rose


Unknown: Tom Quincey
Unknown: Nigel Richardson.
Director: Karen Rose
Tom: Mark Heap
Mr Wilson: Paul Copley
Catherine: Becky Hindley
Johnny: Daniel Ryan
Gordon: Daniel Ryan
Landlord: Daniel Ryan
Headmaster: Ian Masters
AA reporter: Peter Jefferson
Weatherman: Peter Jefferson
John Humphrys: Himself

: Questions, Questions

8/10. The problem-solving programme, presented by Stewart Henderson. Producer Emily Williams
PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) email: questions.questions@bbc.co.uk


Presented By: Stewart Henderson.
Producer: Emily Williams

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from Sunday at 7.55am

: People I Wanted to Be

4/5. When the Dark Is Light Enough. Written by Gina Ochsner and read by Madlena Nedeva and Vicki Simon. The intriguing encounter between an obsessive crime scene investigator and a murdered Russian woman. For details see Monday


Written By: Gina Ochsner
Read By: Madlena Nedeva
Read By: Vicki Simon.

: This Sceptred Isle: Empire

79/90. Defending the Empire. As the Empire grew, so did the cost of protecting it, and so did the difficulty of organising that protection. No other nation had a problem as big as this. By Christopher Lee. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson , with readings by Charlie Higson ,
Jack Davenport and Rupert Degas. For further details see Monday


Unknown: Christopher Lee.
Unknown: Juliet Stevenson
Unknown: Charlie Higson
Unknown: Jack Davenport
Unknown: Rupert Degas.

: Open Book

Repeated from Sunday 4pm

: The Material World

Forecasting Evolving Coastlines. England's 130 million square metres of shoreline - much of it wildlife habitat - is under constant threat; environmental agencies such as English Nature say that much of the vital terrain will have disappeared by 2025. How this impacts on man and wildlife will depend on our ability to forecast the way sands, mud and sediments move around our coasts. In n order to make these predictions scientists need to establish mathematical models, allowing for the complicated effects of tides and changing waves. That's just what a team of researchers in the Netherlands has embarked on. They join Quentin Cooper to discuss what the lessons they've learned can tell us about whether we should invest in a property by the sea. Producer Colin Grant


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Colin Grant

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Who Took the Cork off My Lunch? - a Tribute to WC Fields

WC Fields, comic genius and an original anti-hero, has become a cult figure on both sides of the Atlantic. In this special tribute, Geoffrey Palmer looks at the influence Fields had on British culture. He also reveals how Fields developed an appreciation of British music-hall comedy and English literature that reverberated throughout his stage and screen career. With contributions from comedy historian Glenn Mitchell and a rare archive recording of Benny Hill impersonating Fields. Producer Stephen Garner


Unknown: Geoffrey Palmer
Unknown: Glenn Mitchell
Unknown: Benny Hill
Producer: Stephen Garner

: The Archers

Jazzer finds a new direction. For cast see page 32 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson with arts news and an interview with novelist Douglas Coupland , whose new novel JPod follows a lowly video game designer working for a vast corporation. Producer Philippa Ritchie


Unknown: John Wilson
Unknown: Douglas Coupland
Producer: Philippa Ritchie

: Ottoline and Bertie

4/5. Bertie goes to America. The love affair between
Bertrand Russell and Lady Ottoline Morrell , dramatised by Derek Bowskill from their letters and journals. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Bertrand Russell
Unknown: Lady Ottoline Morrell
Dramatised By: Derek Bowskill

: The Cull of the Wild

As pressure grows for a cull of badgers, is there a case for preserving this protected species when other wildlife is culled with little debate? Miriam O'Reilly investigates. Producer Fran Barnes


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly
Producer: Fran Barnes

: In Business

5/9. Hush Hush. The Silent Plane is just one of the projects being pursued by the transatlantic Cambridge-MIT Institute. Peter Day finds out what happens when you put two brainy institutions together.
Producer Sandra Kanthal Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm


Unknown: Peter Day

: Leading Edge

2/9. Geoff Watts reports on the latest news from the world of science, and talks to the scientists hitting the headlines this week. Producer Alexandra Feachem


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Alexandra Feachem

: Melvyn Bragg - in Our Time

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

National and international news and analysis.

: Book at Bedtime: Black Swan Green

9/10. Revenge. After months of bullying, 13-year-old
Jason, secret poet and stammerer, takes sweet revenge on his enemies. By David Mitchell. For details see Monday


Unknown: David Mitchell.

: Bearded Ladies

1/6. The sketch show that laughs out loud at our lives. Written and performed by Susie Donkin ,
Charlotte McDougall , Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling , and featuring Dave Lamb. Producer Carol Smith


Unknown: Susie Donkin
Unknown: Charlotte McDougall
Unknown: Oriane Messina
Unknown: Fay Rusling
Unknown: Dave Lamb.
Producer: Carol Smith

: Winning Beauty

2/3. South Africa. Sun City in South Africa is hosting the "Face of Africa", with contestants from all over the continent. Until the end of apartheid, segregation also took place in beauty contests. If "Miss South Africa" once showcased the typical blonde, blue-eyed, long-legged beauty, "Face of Africa" today features mainly black women. In this new post-apartheid era, Rosie Goldsmith asks what African beauty is, and why there are no white finalists this year. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Rosie Goldsmith

: News

: Book of the Week: Wild Mary

4/5. Patrick Marnham 's biography of novelist Mary Wesley. Read by Felicity Kendal. Repeated from 9.45am
World Briefing 1.40 Analysis 1.50 Sports Round-up 2.00 News
2.05 Assignment 2.30 The Beat 3.00 News 3.05 Outlook
4.00 World Today 5.00 World Briefing


Unknown: Patrick Marnham
Unknown: Mary Wesley.
Read By: Felicity Kendal.

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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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