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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

Presented by Anjum Anwar.


Presented By: Anjum Anwar.

: Farming Today

Presented by Anna Hill.


Presented By: Anna Hill.

: Today

With Tim Franks and James Naughtie.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day


Unknown: Tim Franks
Unknown: James Naughtie.

: Hungary'56

On 23 October 1956 students and workers took to the streets of Budapest and issued a set of demands to the Soviet-backed government. But 12 days later Russian tanks crushed the revolt. Veteran foreign correspondent Charles Wheeler visits Hungary for the first time since he covered these events for the BBC and attempts to find out what happened to some of the people he met during the initial euphoria and subsequent tragedy.
Producers David Prest and Valeria Toth Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Charles Wheeler
Producers: David Prest
Producers: Valeria Toth

: Book of the Week: Thomas Hardy - the Time-Torn Man

1/5. Claire Tomalin's new biography of Thomas Hardy opens with a description of the great novelist and poet's uncertain and humble beginnings. Read by Haydn Gwynne. Abriged by Doreen Estall. Producer Elizabeth Allard
Rptd at 12.30am
RT DIRECT: Thomas Hardy - the Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin is available for E22.50 (RRP E25) 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: Claire Tomalin
Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Read By: Haydn Gwynne.
Unknown: Doreen Estall.
Producer: Elizabeth Allard Rptd
Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Unknown: Claire Tomalin

: Daily Service

Lead by the Rev Tony Burnham for One World Week. With music from Gospelphoenix, directed by Bill Tamblyn.


Unknown: Tony Burnham
Directed By: Bill Tamblyn.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Fragments of Amy 1/5. By Bill Murphy. The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Bill Murphy.

: The Storytellers

Adrian Chiles sets forth to join the ranks of Britain's 420 professional storytellers, the guardians of our oral tradition and performers of ancient fables. Producer Clare Davison


Unknown: Adrian Chiles
Producer: Clare Davison

: The Eliza Stories

3/5. Eliza Getting On. A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is "artistic"as he says, or "cock-eyed" as she does, is a matter of opinion.
But there is room for a larger family. Written by Barry Pain and adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Producer/Director Ellen Dryden


Written By: Barry Pain
Adapted By: Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Director: Ellen Dryden
Eliza: Sophie Thompson
Herhusband: Mark Heap
Gillivant: Guy Fearon
Shop assistant: Samuel James

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs, with Winifred Robinson and Liz Barclay.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson
Unknown: Liz Barclay.

: The World at One

National and international news with Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Brain of Britain

8/17. Four contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia 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 at7pm

: Afternoon Play: Beast

By Nick Warburton. Somewhere near a small fishing village a creature is pulled out of the sea. Is it harmless or does it represent some kind of threat? Clay and Rowena must decide what to do about it. Whatever they do, it seems certain to change their lives.
Music by David Pickvance : Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Nick Warburton.
Music By: David Pickvance
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Clay: James Fleet
Rowena: Eve Best
Digby: Struan Rodger
Father Anthony: Gerard McDermott
Soldier: David Goodfellow

: Money Box Live

Paul Lewis and guests are on hand to answer listeners' personal finance questions. Producer Chris A'Court
PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) Lines open from 1.30pm


Unknown: Paul Lewis

: Classical Assassins

1/5. Tchaikovsky and Me. A series of monologues by those responsible for the deaths of some of the great composers. The Chief Prosecutor of the Russian Senate reflects on his involvement in the trial of "a certain degenerate composer" - his old friend Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. By Jonathan Lennie. Read by Benjamin Whitrow. Producer Christine Hall


Unknown: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky.
Unknown: Jonathan Lennie.
Read By: Benjamin Whitrow.
Producer: Christine Hall

: The Invention of Childhood

21/30. What Is the Meaning of Empire Day?
Michael Morpurgo explores how the British Empire affected children, whether they learned about it at school, were exiled to its dominions as punishment, or arrived in Britain as new immigrants. The readers are Poppy Friar, Adam Godley , Sara Kestelman and Anna Maxwell Martin. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Michael Morpurgo
Unknown: Adam Godley
Unknown: Sara Kestelman
Unknown: Anna Maxwell Martin.
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: The Food Programme

Repeated from yesterday at 12.30pm

: More or Less

New series 1/10. Andrew Dilnot investigates the numbers that underlie everyday claims to truth in the news, in politics and in life. Producer Michael Blastland


Unknown: Andrew Dilnot
Producer: Michael Blastland

: PM

With Eddie Mair.

: Quote.... Unquote

6/8. 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

Emma feels she's not alone.
For cast see page 36 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

With Kirsty Lang. Producer Nicola Holloway


Unknown: Kirsty Lang.
Producer: Nicola Holloway

: Fragments of Amy

1/5. Susan Lynch returns as DI Sue Manson in a new five-part detective thriller by Bill Murphy. Manson has to find Amy, a missing heiress, whose abductor teases the police with riddles. Manson seeks help from Angela's twin, Amy.
Producer Lawrence Jackson Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Susan Lynch
Unknown: Di Sue Manson
Unknown: Bill Murphy.
Producer: Lawrence Jackson
DI Sue Manson: Susan Lynch
Phillips: Ron Cook
Mags: Gillian Kearney
Plummer: Eddie Marsan
Leila Muggeridge: Alexander Mathie
Researcher/Telfor/Priest: Roger May
Brian Torrey: Rhashan Stone
Amy/Angela: Fuschia Sumner
Noreen Manson: Frances Tomelty
Dr Fred Johnson: David Warner

: Out of Aden

On 30 November 1967, the last British forces slipped out of Aden. Nearly 160 years of British rule unravelled rapidly in a welter of pain, recrimination and bloodshed. For both the British and the Arabs, the leavetaking left a deep sense of betrayal. Alan Dein hears from civilians, soldiers and ordinary Adenis on those last years and days of Britsh rule and the coming of independence. Producer Mark Burman


Unknown: Alan Dein
Producer: Mark Burman

: The Learning Curve

7/9. The world of learning, explored by Libby Purves. Producer Sukey Firth Repeated on Sunday at 11pm


Unknown: Libby Purves.

: Nature

7/9. Ups and Downs. The English National Parks contain some of our most important historical landscapes, many of which have acquired a rich and fascinating wildlife. Paul Evans visits Dartmoor in search of bats and damself lies that depend on the fabric of these landscapes remaining intact and asks whether the conservation of these important species and habitats is the job of the National Parks themselves. Producer Paul Evans Repeated tomorrow at 11am


Unknown: Paul Evans
Producer: Paul Evans

: Hungary '56

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

News and analysis, presented by Robin Lustig.


Presented By: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

6/10. Like Sugar in Water. Iris has rescued her newly discovered great-aunt Esme from the institution where she has been for 61 years. But only her grandmother Kitty, who has Alzheimer's, remembers the story of Esme's past. Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron continue Maggie O'Farrell 's poignant story about the shameful treatment of unconventional women in the 1930s and the lengths a woman might go to for the thing she wants most. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Di Speirs
RT DIRECT: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell is available in hardback for E13.50 (RRP E14.99) including p&p. To order, send a cheque payable to RT Direct Book Offers to: [address removed]P. 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: Hannah Gordon
Unknown: Frances Grey
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: Maggie O'Farrell
Abridged By: Sally Marmion.
Producer: Di Speirs
Unknown: Esme Lennox
Unknown: Maggie O'Farrell

: White Van Man Speaks

The image of the aggressive, tailgating driver who cuts up other cars on the road while mouthing obscenities has become common currency, but how true is the stereotype? Rory Cellan-Jones goes out on the road to meet them. Producer Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Rory Cellan-Jones
Producer: Beaty Rubens

: Today in Parliament

Today's events in Westminster with David Wilby.


Unknown: David Wilby.

: News

: Book of the Week: Thomas Hardy - the Time-Torn Man

1/5. Repeated from 9.45am

: News

: Iran

a Revolutionary State (3/3) John Tusa looks at the making 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.

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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