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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Stephen Shipley.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.

: Farming Today

Presented by Charlotte Smith. Producer Anna Varle


Presented By: Charlotte Smith.
Producer: Anna Varle

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Canon Lucy Winkett.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Canon Lucy Winkett.

: Simpson in Afghanistan

The BBC world affairs editor
John Simpson has been travelling to Afghanistan for nearly 30 years. He's seen Soviet occupation, Soviet withdrawal, civil war and the Taliban takeover. Now he reports from a country still at war eight years after the American-led intervention in 2001, and asks how and why things went so wrong. Producer Tim Mansel Repeated at 9.30pm


Editor: John Simpson
Producer: Tim Mansel

: Islam, Mullahs and the Media

5/5. Conclusion. Writer Kenan Malik examines the effect TV news and documentaries may have had on the treatment of Muslim detainees, and the responsibilities programme-makers and artists face when dealing with Islamic issues. Producers Peregrine Andrews and Arlen Harris


Unknown: Kenan Malik
Unknown: Arlen Harris

: Daily Service

Led by Fr Philip Sumner. Blest Are the Pure in Heart (Franconia). Matthew 19,
VV13-15. In the Heavenly Kingdom (Harris). Children of the Heavenly King (Monkland).


Unknown: Fr Philip Sumner.

: Book of the Week:William Golding: the Man Who WroteLord of the Files

4/5. Golding fails miserably in his attempts to research the future Booker Prize-winning novel Rites of Passage. Written and abridged by John Carey and read by Christian Rodska. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Abridged By: John Carey
Read By: Christian Rodska.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Au Pairs 4/5
The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Crossing Continents

9/9. Egypt. After nearly 30 years in power, the Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak , who is now 81, has no obvious successor, giving rise to fears of a succession crisis. Magdi Abdelhadi explores what kind of society Mubarak will leave behind and finds that, nearly 60 years after the military seized power, Egyptians still look to the army for a saviour. Producer Michael Gallagher
Repeated on Monday at 8.30pm


Unknown: Hosni Mubarak
Unknown: Magdi Abdelhadi
Producer: Michael Gallagher

: Ena

Mark Radcliffe explores the life of actress Violet Carson, who played Ena Sharples in Coronation Street for 20 years until 1980. A classical pianist and established radio star, Carson was playing Shakespearean roles when Granada asked her to play the hatchet-faced harridan in a hairnet. With contributions by Tony Warren, Geoffrey Wheeler, Melvyn Bragg and Adele Rose.

Ena 11.30am Radio 4
As hair-netted battleaxe Ena Sharples (above), actress Violet Carson set the template for all future Coronation Street matriarchs. For 20 years she was the moral conscience of the cobbles, taking on flighty Elsie Tanner and uppity Annie Walker with rapid-fire putdowns that were as zesty and as much of a mouthful as a bag of sherbet lemons. In this affectionate tribute, Mark Radcliffe looks at Ena's best confrontations, including her High Noon-style showdown with Elsie over the authorship of some poison-pen letters, and also explores Carson's pre-Corrie career on the BBC Home Service's Children's Hour. Fascinatingly, it was at this time that she first met a 14-year-old child actor called Tony Warren, who went on to create the world of Weatherfield and give Carson the iconic role for which she'll always be remembered. (David Brown)


Presenter: Mark Radcliffe
Interviewee: Tony Warren
Interviewee: Geoffrey Wheeler
Interviewee: Melvyn Bragg
Interviewee: Adele Rose
Producer: Lindsay Leonard

: You and Yours

Consumer affairs with Winifred Robinson.


Unknown: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Martha Kearney.


Unknown: Martha Kearney.

: Costing the Earth

2/9 Best before Waste. We throw away more than five million tons of food every year because of confusion over "display until",
"best before" and "use-by" dates. Tom Heap investigates where these dates came from. Repeated from Monday at 9pm

: The Archers

Rptd from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Cold

1959- the Common Cold Unit. Medical researchers are certain a cure for the cold is just around the corner, but they haven't foreseen a revolution within their own walls. Comedy drama by Tony Bagley. Barry Paul Reynolds
Producer Sally Avens


Unknown: Tony Bagley.
Unknown: Barry Paul Reynolds
Producer: Sally Avens
John: Philip Fox
Nurse Bader: Melissa Advanl
Doctor Michael: Fenton Stevens
Lillian: Alex Tregear
Geraldine: Emerald O'Hanrahan
Narrator: Piers Wehner
Junior doctor/Wandering man: Joseph Cohen-Cole

: Open Country

Rptd from Saturday at 6.07am

: Radio 4 Appeal

Rptd from Sunday at 926pm

: The A to Z of Dr Johnson: Johnson's Miscellany

3/3. Readings from Johnson's Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare and one of the final instalments of biography and literary criticism examining the life and work of the poet Alexander Pope. For details see Tuesday


Unknown: William Shakespeare
Unknown: Alexander Pope.

: The Test of Time

4/5. Science writer Gabrielle Walker goes punting on the River Cam to discover whether Aristotle's treatise on meteorology stands up under modern scrutiny. Aristotle likened earthquakes to bodily ructions but, remarkably, knew that "where there is dry land there will one day be sea". For details see Monday


Unknown: Gabrielle Walker

: Bookclub

Repeated from Sunday at 4pm

: The Material World

Quentin Cooper reports on the progress being made to re-open the Large Hadron Collider. In September 2008, the giant atom-smasher was switched on in Switzerland in a blaze of publicity but, before the month was out, the experiment was suspended after a major electrical failure.


Presenter: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Roland Pease

: PM

Presented by Carolyn Quinn.

: Electric Ink

4/6. The paper hires a reality star as a columnist and Maddox must find a way of rewriting her copy without upsetting her. Satire on the newspaper world by Alistair Beaton with additional material by Tom Mitchelson.
Producer Sally Avens


Unknown: Alistair Beaton
Unknown: Tom Mitchelson.
Producer: Sally Avens
Maddox: Robert Lindsay
Oliver: Alex Jennings
Freddy: Ben Willbond
Amelia: Elizabeth Berrington
Tasneem: Zita Sattar
Masha: Debbie Chazen
Debbie: Lizzy Watts
Announcer: Matt Addis

: The Archers

Reality bites for The Ambridge Fraudster. For cast see Friday Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

With Mark Lawson, including an interview with Barry Humphries as he prepares for live shows starring Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.


Presenter: Mark Lawson
Guest: Barry Humphries
Producer: Nicki Paxman

: Au Pairs

4/5. Alvy and Dorika go to the zoo. Lock up your children. Comedy of manners, morals and childcare by David and Caroline Stafford. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45pm


Unknown: Caroline Stafford.

: The Report

A closer look at the major news stories, combining original insights with topical investigations. Producer Sally Avens


Producer: Sally Avens

: In Business

8/9. Student Start-Ups. With Britain's universities alive with student societies bringing would-be entrepreneurs together with backers and mentors, Peter Day reports on some of the business start-up ideas on show in Cambridge. Producer Richard Berenger RptdSun930pm


Unknown: Peter Day
Producer: Richard Berenger

: Leading Edge

2/13. Geoff Watts reports from the British Science Association's Festival in Guildford, where he discusses how animals and people communicate emotions and recognise faces, and the role of brain function in stimulating creative expression. Producer Martin Redfern


Unknown: Geoff Watts
Producer: Martin Redfern

: Simpson in Afghanistan


: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Love and Summer

9/10. As Florian's departure date approaches, Ellie makes another visit to Shelhanagh. By William Trevor. For details see Monday


Unknown: William Trevor.

: I've Never Seen Star Wars

4/5. Tim Brooke-Taylor . Marcus Brigstocke invites comic actor Tim Brooke-Taylor to try new experiences, Producer Bill Dare


Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke
Unknown: Tim Brooke-Taylor

: Jon Ronson on....

3/7. Uncontrollable Responses. Jon Ronson talks to people who have experienced moments of no self-control. Producer Laura Parfitt


Talks: Jon Ronson
Producer: Laura Parfitt

: News

: Book of the Week:William Golding: the Man Who WroteLord of the Flies

4/5. By John Carey. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: John Carey.

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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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