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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

Presented by the Rev Stephen Shipley.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock. Producer Steve Peacock


Presented By: Mark Holdstock.
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With John Humphrys and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Colin Morris.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Dr Colin Morris.

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and guests, who include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy , biographer Claire Tomalin , cosmologist Paul Davies and historian Andrew Roberts , set the cultural agenda for the week.
Producer Victoria Wakely Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Unknown: Bernard-Henri Levy
Unknown: Claire Tomalin
Unknown: Paul Davies
Unknown: Andrew Roberts
Producer: Victoria Wakely

: Book of the Week: Michael Palin Diaries: the Python Years

1/5. The Holy Grail. Michael Palin reads scintillating extracts from his diaries recounting the phenomenal success of the Monty Python comedy team during the 1970s. Today he recalls the making of their first film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Producer Louise Armitage
Repeated at 12.30am
RT DIRECT: Michael Palin Diaries: the Python Years is available for just E12.99 (RRP E20.00) including p&p. To order, call [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) or send a cheque, payable to BBC Shop, to: BBC Shop, [address removed], quoting [text removed] Michael Palin , ex-python: page 23

What a nice man Michael Palin is. We all knew he embodied the best of British from his travelogues - humble, slightly eccentric, affable and always genuine. All of which qualities are reflected in these extracts from his diaries from the late 70s. Kept religiously from 1969, a few months after Python came into his life, they are records of his feelings and experiences, not all of which are Python orientated. Wednesday's extract deals with his father's last days and is as poignant as his recollections of his appearance as host of Saturday Night Live are hilarious. How very British of him to be embarrassed about a stain left on his sleeve by a stage-frightened cat rather than being concerned about how funny the SNL sketch was. Python freaks will not be disappointed about the tales of disaster and near-disaster associated with Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but don't expect any dished dirt, because that's not the Palin way. He's just too nice.

Read more on page 23. (Frances Lass)


Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Monty Python
Unknown: Monty Python
Abridged By: Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
Producer: Louise Armitage
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Michael Palin

: Daily Service

Led by Andrew Graystone. Jubilate Deo (Dunn). Isaiah 56, vv1-8. Gather Us In (Haugen). Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts (Salve Festa Dies). Amen (Pergolesi). With the Choir of Abbots Bromley School for Girls. Director of music Colin Walker. Organist Richard Tanner.


Unknown: Andrew Graystone.
Organist: Colin Walker.
Organist: Richard Tanner.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Blank Wall 1/5, by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding.
The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm Jenni Murray looks back: page 18


Presenter: Jenni Murray

: Lives in a Landscape

6/6. Will Terrance Get a Degree? When Terrance first joined his Liverpool secondary school he was bottom of the class. Four years later he was head boy and had passed four A-levels with flying colours. Now he's won a place at Oxford University to study engineering. The only problem is that Terrance is a Ugandan refugee and, despite being resident here for four years, only qualifies as a foreign student. The race is on to raise E20,000 for his first year's fees - and term starts in three weeks' time. Producer Sarah Taylor and Caroline Adams


Producer: Sarah Taylor
Producer: Caroline Adams

: The Eliza Stories

1/5. Eliza. These stories of a pompous idiot of a husband and his long-suffering wife were a literary hit of the 1900s, rediscovered in the 1980s. Eliza and her husband live in a small house somewhere in suburbia. He is a low-grade city clerk with delusions of grandeur, she is a housewife with the patience of a saint. Written by Barry Pain and adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Director Ellen Dryden


Written By: Barry Pain
Adapted By: Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Director: Ellen Dryden
Eliza: Sophie Thompson
Her husband: Mark Heap
Mother/Lady Sandlingbury: Maev Alexander

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs, with Liz Barclay and John Waite.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Brain of Britain

6/17. Four contestants from the south of England compete in the continuing first round of the nationwide general knowledge contest. The chairman is Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at 11pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson.
Producer: Richard Edis

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: A Tiger for Malgudi

RK Narayan 's comic narrative is a rich evocation of Indian life in the 1970s that looks at human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal. An ageing tiger, now the companion of a monk, looks back on his life. Dramatised by Ronald Frame for the 100th anniversary of Narayan's birth.
Producer/Director Lu Kemp


Unknown: Rk Narayan
Dramatised By: Ronald Frame
Director: Lu Kemp
Deputy/Zoo Keeper/Captain/ Jaddu: Paul Bazely
Teacher: Meneka Das
Alphonse/Mandan: Kulvlnder Ghlr
Shekar: Raman Goyal
Wife: Indira Joshi
Raja, the Tiger: Raad Rawl
The Master: Nadim Sawalha

: Money Box Live

Listeners' personal finance questions answered by Paul Lewis and guests. Producer Jennifer Clarke
PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) Lines open from 1.30pm


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Jennifer Clarke

: Telling Tales: Stories from the CheltenhamLiterature Festival

1/5. The Festival of the Immortals. Five renowned writers read their stories on the theme of memory. Today's story is written and read by Helen Simpson , and is about a rather unusual literary festival. Producer Mary Ward-Lowery


Read By: Helen Simpson
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

: The Invention of Childhood

11/30. Like an Angelic Choir. When Britain's first Foundling Hospital was opened by Thomas Coram in 1741 it rightly met with huge acclaim, though the well-being of the individual children could sometimes be neglected for the sake of its public image. Michael Morpurgo continues his exploration of a thousand years of British childhood. The readers are Adam Godley and Timothy West. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Thomas Coram
Unknown: Michael Morpurgo
Unknown: Adam Godley
Unknown: Timothy West.
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: The Food Programme

Repeated from yesterday at 12.30pm

: Beyond Belief

Ernie Rea and his guests explore the place of faith in today's world. Producer Janet McLarty


Unknown: Ernie Rea
Producer: Janet McLarty

: PM

With Eddie Mair.

: Quote.... Unquote

4/8. The quiz based on quotations, hosted by Nigel Rees. The reader is William Franklyn. producer Claire Bartlett Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm


Unknown: Nigel Rees.
Unknown: William Franklyn.
Producer: Claire Bartlett

: The Archers

Eddie gets a sermon from Clarrie.
For cast see page 37 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

With Mark Lawson , who looks back at the creation of the musical Cabaret with its composer John Kander and writer Joe Masterhoff. Producer Stephen Hughes


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: John Kander
Unknown: Joe Masterhoff.
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: The Blank Wall

1/5. In a letter to her husband Lucia recounts the disastrous consequences of a secret meeting. Set in America during the Second World War, this dark story of humdrum family life threatened by blackmail, passion and deceit is by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding. Dramatised by Rachel Joyce.
Producer/Director Viv Beeby Repeated from 10.45am


Dramatised By: Rachel Joyce.
Director: Viv Beeby
Lucia: Barbara Barnes
Donnelly: John Lynch
Bee: Laurence Bouvard
David: Allan Lldkey
Mr Harper: Peter Marlnker
Mrs Lloyd: Rebecca Miles
Lt Levy: Demetri Goritsas
Nagle: Martin T Sherman
Ted: Steve Becklngham

: From the Kremlin to Knightsbridge

2/2. Michael Gillard examines the background of some of Russia's oligarchs - the businessmen who have accrued such immense wealth and influence since the fall of the Soviet Union - and particularly those who have recently become involved in UK K pic. Editor David Ross ; Producer Jenny Chryss


Unknown: Michael Gillard
Editor: David Ross
Producer: Jenny Chryss

: The Learning Curve

5/9. Current education issues, explored by Libby Purves. Producer Sukey Firth Repeated on Sunday at tipm


Unknown: Libby Purves.

: Nature

5/9. Why Garden for Wildlife? A revolution in wildlife gardening over the last 30 years or so has been accompanied by a rash of information on how to attract birds, bees, butterflies and a host of other animals into our gardens. Paul Evans explores the pros and cons of gardening for wildlife, in discussion with Ken Thompson and Chris Baines. Producer Brett Westwood Repeated tomorrow at 11am


Unknown: Paul Evans
Unknown: Ken Thompson
Unknown: Chris Baines.
Producer: Brett Westwood

: Start the Week

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Mission Song

6/10. John le Carre 's latest novel continues. The contract is signed and Salvo is flown home, but his bag contains damning evidence of the terrible events on the island. Read by Paterson Joseph. Abridged by Katrin Williams. Producer David Blount
RT DIRECT: The Mission Song by John le Carre is available in hardback for E17.50 (RRP E18.99) including p&p. To order, send a cheque payable to RT Direct Book Offers to: [address removed]. Call [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute), quoting RT, or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com. UK delivery only


Unknown: John Le Carre
Read By: Paterson Joseph.
Abridged By: Katrin Williams.
Producer: David Blount
Unknown: John Le Carre

: Comedy Playhouse

2/2. Carla, Clegga and Inside Legs. Tim Brooke-Taylor remembers the BBC's Comedy Playhouse. With contributions from Peter Sallis , Mike Craig and June Whitfield. Producer Stephen Garner


Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Peter Sallis
Unknown: Mike Craig
Unknown: June Whitfield.
Producer: Stephen Garner

: Today In Parliament

New series A round-up of the first day of the new
Parliamentary session. Presented by Rachel Hooper.


Presented By: Rachel Hooper.

: News

: News

: Iran

Revolutionary State (1/3) John Tusa recounts the history of modern Iran


Unknown: John Tusa

: Culture Shock

: News

: Outlook

: World Today

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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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