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Lebanon at Christmas
A close look at the people of this embattled country as they prepare for the holiday; the tragedies behind the news, and the politics behind the tragedy. In this special edition,BBC Middle East Correspondent, Gerald Butt, brings you the mixture of tension, hopes and fears, of private armies and foreign forces, and of ordinary people trying to live their lives In an atmosphere of hate, suspicion and uncertainty. A Radio News production by ADAM RAPHAEL
A Minor Incident by NICK YAPP
Read by Garard Green
Advent Calendar: The Birth of John
NEM. p 84; On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (BBC HB 38);
Gabriel'sMessage(Carols for Choirs n, 43); Luke 1, w 57-69; Let thine example, holy John, remind us (Ell 223)
French Mice and Billiard-balls The rat is a most strict observer of the law 'Be fruitful and multiply', for Madame la Ratte is generally in an interesting condition thrice-a year....'Thusobserved
Francis Trevelyan Buckland , 19th-century naturalist and enthusiast for creatures great andsmall.
Barry Paine reads a selection of highlights &om Buckland's Curiosities of Natural History. Producer ANNE BLAIR GOULD BBC Bristol
Introduced by John Howard and Norman Tocer with some advice on what to do with unwanted Christmas gifts. Full details of this week's programmes on Facl Sheet 33; send a sae to [address removed]
Presenter Brian Wldlake with voices and topics in and behind the headlines
Introduced from Birmingham by Marjorie Lofthouse including
For Samaritans Read Star Wars: instead of the Parable, Religious Instruction in Midland schools, is turning more and more to sci-fi for its examples, in an attempt to relate to religion. Is this the right approach? A group of people from mixed religious backgrounds discuss the questions.
Producer ANNE BROWN BBC Birmingham
A Tale of Two Princesses by ANNE SUTER
2: The Princess who had everything
Read by MARGARET COURTENAY
by BENJAMIN DtSRAlU (6)
Off the Record....
ROGER WORSLEY with his own early hit list of music hall recording pioneers and eccentricities.
Written and presented by IvanKendall
The story of some of the people who have made aviation history, told in six programmes to mark the 80th anniversary ofpoweredflight. 6:ManinSpace
Astronauts of the new era, featuring John Glenn and John Young.
Producer ANNE HOWELLS
The Wind in the Willows (2)
with Susannah Simons and Gordon Clough
with DAVID HITCHINSON
Half-an-hour of reports from the BBC newsmen around the world including Financial Report
with Chris Serle bringing you the stories behind the scenes in the world of travel and transport, with help from ERIC TOBTTT. ALANAH MARTIN and TOM BOSWELL
Producer GEOFF DOBSON Editor ROGER MACDONALD
Margaret Howard presents her selection of extracts from BBC radio and television programmes over the past seven days.
Producer ANGELA HIND
A personal portrait of a public figure or the story of a private individual.
Frances Morrell Jeffrey Archer Clare Francis Alun Richards tackle the issues raiaed by the audience in GLastonbury, Somerset
Chairman David Jacobs Producer MARY PRICE BBC Bristol
(Repeaud on Christmas Eve at
The American contributions to NORAID, a fund set up to fund arms and provide financial assistance to IRA members in jail, and the aftermath of the Harrods bombing.
by Alistair Cooke
Alistair Cooke's America, hardback Â£12, paperback Â£7.75, from booksellers
Irving Berlin, 95 years old, started early. At the age of 14 in 1902, he was singing in saloons. Ten years later, he'd made 100,000 dollars in royalties and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" had sold two million copies. The songs poured out over the next 50 years, 3,000 of them, but he never learnt to read music and composed on a piano with an automatic key changing device. Sheridan Morley explores the phenomenon of Irving Berlin with Alan Jay Lerner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ethel Merman, Jerome Robbins, Steve Ross and Brian Rust.
with John Morgan with voices and opinions from around the world
An irreverently critical look back at the week's news with Bill Wallis , David Tate ,
Jon Glover and Sally Grace Written by IAN BROWN RICHARD QUICK
JOHN LANGDON , ROY APP9
JOHN COLLEE. ROGER PLANER PAUL DAVIES , MARTIN BOOTH DAVE DIXON. BARRY fAULKNER PETER IIICKEY and others Producer JENNIE CAMPBEIL
Ask Mamma byR.S.SURTEEfl abridged in 15 parts by ARCHIE CAMPBELL
Read by JOHN FRANKLYN-ROBBINS 15: The Hunt Ball
Producer perm WINDOWS BBC Birmingham
(Starting on Boxing Day: The Poison Belt' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ) long wave only
Radio 4's international business report; market trends long wave only
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