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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

Contributors

Presenters:
Hugh Sykes
Presenters:
Paul Burden
Read By:
Susan Denny

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

Contributors

Unknown:
Brian Sibley
Unknown:
Penelope Keith
Unknown:
Miss Cynthia Bracegirdle
Unknown:
Timothy Bateson
Directed By:
John Theocharis

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

BBC Bristol

Contributors

Author/Abridged by:
Philippa Pearce
Reader:
Christopher Blake
Producer:
Brian Miller

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

Contributors

Unknown:
Norman Shelley
Unknown:
A. A. Milne
Unknown:
David Davis
Producer:
Jock Gallagher

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)

Contributors

Presenter:
David McNeil
Production By:
Richard Anthony Baker

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
BBC Bristol

Contributors

Producers:
John Burton

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.
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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

Contributors

Unknown:
John Peacock
Story By:
Hans Christian Andersen
Conducted By:
Philip Thorby
Unknown:
Elizabeth Parker
Presentation By:
David Greenwood
Presentation By:
Alma Cadzow
Presentation By:
Richard Beadsmoore
Directed By:
Jane Morgan
Elise:
Angela Pleasence
the Nurse:
Pauline Letts
King Arne:
Stephen Thorne
Queen Margrethe:
Valerie Sarruf
Arne:
Andrew Seear
Elronde:
Toby Hales
Kurt:
John McAndrew
Erik:
James Imber
Claus:
Michael Goodman
Peter:
Toby Landau
Hans:
Paul Bradbury
Johanne:
Francis Wilford
Karl:
Caspar Norman
Sven:
Tristram Fetherstonhaugh
Kristien:
Malcolm Ingram
Waldmaar:
Philip Voss
Ivar:
Anthony Hyde
Edrich:
John Church
Jakob:
John Bott
The Lamias:
Diana Bishop,
The Lamias:
Lolly Cockerell
The Lamias:
Jenny Lee
The Lamias:
Alexander John
The Lamias:
Michael Spice
The Lamias:
Gordon Reid

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

Contributors

Talks:
Ian Mc Dougall
Unknown:
Ivor Jones
Unknown:
Anthony Lawrence
Unknown:
Angus McDermid
Unknown:
Gerald Priestland
Unknown:
Christopher Serpell
Unknown:
Douglas Stuart
Unknown:
Wheeler Producer Paddy
on BBC Radio 4 FM

Presenters Gordon Clough and Susannah Simons
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news

Contributors

Presenters:
Gordon Clough
Presenters:
Susannah Simons

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

Contributors

Unknown:
D. James
Unknown:
Brian Johnston
Unknown:
Sue MacGregor
Unknown:
Dick Vosburgh
Read By:
Ronald Fletcher.
Presented By:
Nigel Rees
Producer:
Alan Nixon

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)

Contributors

Producer:
Paul Gibbs

Regional Variations (2)

Letter from America by Alistair Cooke

Chrysler financial crisis deepens

Duration: 14 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Auto workers call on Reagan's help as jobs are threatened by Chrysler cash crisis. Show more

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
9.59 Weather

Contributors

Unknown:
Barry Took
Unknown:
Michael McClain
Unknown:
Marie Sutherland.
Unknown:
George Formby
Unknown:
Joyce Grenfell.
Unknown:
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
NATIONAL OPERA.
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

Contributors

Introduced By:
Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Unknown:
Keith Allan
Unknown:
Tim Heley
Unknown:
Mollie Harris
Unknown:
Eric Simms
Unknown:
Martin Muncaster
Producer:
John Haslam

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