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The Three Elizabeths CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by REGINALD KILBEY gramophone record
6.55 Weather; programme news
Presenters Hugh Sykes and Paul Burden
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by SUSAN DENNY
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day
A cautionary tale for Christmas by BRIAN SIBLEY with Penelope Keith as Miss Cynthia Bracegirdle , the recipient of a series of gifts from an extravagant admirer who interprets the carol 'The 12 days of Christmas too literally for comfort. With TIMOTHY BATESON
My particular Christmas favourite. (THE GUARDIAN) Directed by JOHN THEOCHARIS
(First broadcast in 1977)
8.55 Weather; programme news
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NEM, p 114; Behold the great Creator makes (BBC
HB 44); Psalm 82; Acts 6 vv 8-15 and 7, vv 55-60 (AV); Good King Wenceslas (obc 136)
by Philippa Pearce abridged for radio in six parts by the author.
Tom discovers to his surprise a beautiful garden behind the flats where he is staying with his aunt and uncle. But, strangely enough, he can only see his vision at midnight. In the daytime it is not there at all...
Read by Christopher Blake
When Norman Shelley died earlier this year. an obituary in The Times said he was ' among the most applauded actors of his time'. His performances ranged from the loveable Pooh Bear (of A. A. MILNE 'S stories for children), to ' a wise and gracious' Prospero in The Tempest; and included the reading of Churchill's wartime ' on-the-beaches ' speech for American radio listeners, and the part of Colonel Danby in The Archers.
In this tribute to an old friend and colleague, David Davis recalls some of those roles and reminisces about Norman's style and personality with people who worked alongside him.
Producer JOCK GALLAGHER BBC Birmingham
A surge of patriotism from BBC Correspondents at home and abroad reporting that. despite the gloomy headlines, there's still plenty to celebrate about living in Britain. Presenter David McNeil
A Radio News production by RICHARD ANTHONY BAKER (Repeated: Sat 10.15 pm)
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Presenter Brian Widlake
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Memories of butterfly days when the air was filled with yellow clouds, fields shimmered with azure and ' painted ladies received a painless quietus ... in a cyanide bottle '. Producers JOHN BURTON and MICHAEL BRIGHT
The Wild Swans by JOHN PEACOCK based on the story by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN with and Every moment of every day was filled for Queen Margrethe with hatred of her step-children. In her mind she planned their deaths and realised that with magic she could make the thought the deed, But magic can be used for good and evil.
The Princes: With
Music composed, arranged and conducted by PHILIP THORBY and played by MUSICA ANTIQUA OF LONDON Radiophonic sound by ELIZABETH PARKER
Technical presentation by DAVID GREENWOOD , ALMA CADZOW , RICHARD BEADSMOORE Directed by JANE MORGAN
To mark the 25th anniversary of From Our Own Correspondent Ian Mc Dougall talks to some of those who were in at the beginning' - about the excitements, the frustrations and the challenge of being a foreign correspondent for the BBC.
Taking part: ERIK DE MAUNY, IVOR JONES , ANTHONY LAWRENCE , KENNETH MATTHEWS, ANGUS MCDERMID , GERALD PRIESTLAND , CHRISTOPHER SERPELL , DOUGLAS STUART , CHARLES WHEELER Producer PADDY O'KEEFFE
George Melly describes one of the pleasures of life. BBC Manchester
Presenters Gordon Clough and Susannah Simons
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P. D. James , Brian Johnston , Sue MacGregor and Dick Vosburgh are questioned on some of 1980s' sui prising sayings. Quotations read by RONALD FLETCHER. Devised and presented by NIGEL REES Producer ALAN NIXON
Sir Bernard Lovell considers the evening view from his window at Jodrell Bank. Producer
JOHN HARRISON. BBC Bristol
(Repeated; Mon 1.40 pm)
Margaret Howard presents her selection of extracts from BBC programmes during the past year.
Producer PHYLLIS ROBINSON (Repeated; Sat 10.45 am)
Not only from the horse's mouth but also ...! Both ends of one of the oldest pantomime horses in Britain reminisce on 35 years of slapstick fairy-tale. But will there always be a part for Dobbinwhen all the jokes are about politics and the principals are pop stars?
Producer PAUL GIBBS
(Repeated; Sat 4.10 pm)
Baroness Phillips; Malcolm Muggeridge; The Rt Hon Enoch Powell, MP; Frank Chapple; from Copthorne, Sussex
(Repeated: Sat 1.10 pm)
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Barry Took opens, and leafs through, his alphabetical anthology of show-business aided and abetted by chief page-turners Michael McClain and Marie Sutherland. Today, the letters ' E
' F ' and ' G ' which include GEORGE FORMBY , W. C. FIELDS and JOYCE GRENFELL. plus special guest Noel Edmonds
Producer DANNY GREENSTONE
in A Musical Evening
Some companies may be bigger, some may feature more ' star ' singers, but none perhaps are as adventurous as the WELSH
In this portrait of music and speech, singers and musicians involved with the company, and responsible for its present high standing in the operatic world, talk about its progress and achievements. BBC Wales
Introduced by Wynford Vaughan Thomas LYNN TEN KATE Visits a Hampshire tree nursery; and KEITH ALLAN goes to Glenmore in Scotland in search of reindeer. TIM HELEY has a seasonal story from a Yorkshire Dales village; and MOLLIE HARRIS retells the Oxfordshire legend of the mistletoe bough. ERIC SIMMS watches live Christmas birds on Rutland Water; and MARTIN MUNCASTER finds a winter promise of summer fruit in a Surrey market garden. Producer JOHN HASLAM
Laurie Macmillan visits Whitechapel Bell Foundry to find how bells are made. Producer KAREN HAWORTH
Weather report; forecast followed by an interlude