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presents a sequence of words and music for Christmas morning.
(Stereo)

7.50 Nativity Reading
Alec McCowan reads the story of the Nativity according to the Gospels of St Luke and St John.
8.0 News, preceded by Christians awake

Contributors

Presenter:
Peter Barkworth
Producer:
Ray Abbott
Reader:
Alec McCowan

Clive Jacobs introduces a special Christmas edition which takes a seasonal look at the Christian Church, 2,000 years after the birth of its founder.

9.0 News, preceded by O come, all ye faithful

Contributors

Presenter:
Clive Jacobs
Producer:
David Coomes
Producer:
Roger Hutchings

Robert Hudson introduces a collection of Christmas bells from bell-towers across the UK, including Exeter Cathedral, Devon; St Mary's Church, Rougham, Suffolk;
Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland; St Philip and St James, Holywood, Co. Down; St George's Church, Poynton, Cheshire; St Botolph's Church, Aldgate, London.

Contributors

Presenter:
Robert Hudson
Producer:
Caroline Elliot

Christmas Day Eucharist (Rite B) from Salisbury Cathedral
Celebrant the Rt Rev John Baker, Bishop of Salisbury
Preacher The Very Rev Sydney Evans, Dean of Salisbury
Epistle; John 4, vv 7-14 (JB)
Gospel: John 1, vv 1-14 (AV)
Hymns (A&MR): O come, all ye faithful (59); While shepherds watched (62); O little town of Bethlehem (65); Hark the herald angels sing (60)
Anthem: In the bleak midwinter (Darke)
BBC Bristol
(approximate time)

Contributors

Speaker:
John Baker
Speaker:
Sydney Evans
Choirmaster:
Richard Seal
Organist:
Colin Walsh

Richard Briers unwraps a parcel of goodies in a programme of songs and comedy from past and present. Included in this jovial Christmas gathering are Cleo Laine, Joyce Grenfell, The Goons, The Glums, Hinge and Bracket, and Bing Crosby plus a few surprise guests.
(Stereo)

Contributors

Presenter:
Richard Briers
Writer/Researcher:
John Collee
Producer:
Andy Aliffe

A look back at some of the issues, events and personalities for which 1983 will be remembered - such as the invasion of Grenada, the fighting in Lebanon, the General Election and Greenham Common.
Presented by Noel Lewis
A Radio News production by John Allen

Contributors

Presenter:
Noel Lewis
Production:
John Allen

Adapted from "The Pickwick Papers" and "Christmas Stories" of Charles Dickens by Constance Cox
With David March as Mr Pickwick and Nigel Graham as Dickens, the narrator.

On 23 December 1827 Mr Pickwick and his manservant Sam Weller set out with his friends, Mr Tupman, Mr Snodgrass and Mr Winkle upon a journey to Dingley Dell. There, as guests of Mr Wardle, they were to enjoy the festivities of a good old-fashioned Christmas.

Characters in the stories are impersonated by certain of our revellers:
Somebody's Luggage -
Christopher...Bob Sawyer
Mrs Pratchett...Emma
Miss Martin...Miss Isabella
Mistress of the George...Miss Rachel
A Young Man...Benjamin Allen
A Gentleman...Mr Winkle

The Bagman's Story -
Tom Smart...Sam Weller
The Widow...Mrs Wardle
The Chair...Mr Wardle

Contributors

Author:
Charles Dickens
Adapted by:
Constance Cox
Violinist:
Ruth Ehrlich
Violinist:
Peter Manning
Harpist:
Skaila Kanca
Director:
David Johnston
Mr Pickwick:
David March
Charles Dickens, the narrator:
Nigel Graham
Sam Weller:
James Bryce
Mr Tupman:
John Bott
Mr Snodgrass:
Geoffrey Edwards
Mr Winkle:
Nicholas Courtney
Mr Wardle:
Michael Bilton
Old Mrs Wardle:
Sheila Grant
Miss Rachel:
Ellen McIntosh
Miss Emily:
Eileen Tully
Miss Isabella:
Helen Atkinson Wood
Miss Arabella Allen:
Maggie McCarthy
Mr G. Trundle:
Mark Rolston
Joe (the fat boy):
Stuart Organ
Benjamin Allen:
Peter Wickham
Bob Sawyer:
Steve Hodson
Emma:
Carole Boyd

by Brian Sibley
Thora Hird and Peter Goodwright invite you to eavesdrop on some of the likely and unlikely conversations between ordinary folk who may or may not have taken part in the first Christmas story.
Christmas music with a medieval flavour is supplied by Tarleton's Jig, arranged by Andrew Watts
Readings from the original story are by Peter Bartlett.
(Stereo)

Contributors

Writer:
Brian Sibley
Performer:
Thora Hird
Performer:
Peter Goodwrlght
Tarleton Jig's music arranged by:
Andrew Watts
Reader:
Peter Bartlett
Producer:
John Forrest

Kenneth Matthews finds roses in places other than his garden: on factory floors, on prehistoric walls, at parties and in poems always with a feeling of romance in the air, or at least, just around the corner.

(Repeat)

Contributors

Presenter:
Kenneth Matthews

...in which the struggle continues to find out which of the brains of Fleet Street can remember most about very little.
Simon Hoggart interrogates Alan Coren, John Wells, Joan Bakewell, Gillian Reynolds, David Taylor and Michael White
Festively compiled by John Langdon and the yuletide producer, Danny Greenstone
(Stereo)

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Hoggart
Panellist:
Alan Coren
Panellist:
John Wells
Panellist:
Joan Bakewell
Panellist:
Gillian Reynolds
Panellist:
David Taylor
Panellist:
Michael White
Compiled by:
John Langdon
Producer:
Danny Greenstone

Dr Christopher Andrew presents a nostalgic medley of wartime radio from 40 years ago.
BBC Manchester
(Revised repeat on Boxing Day at 12 noon)

Contributors

Presenter:
Dr Christopher Andrew
Compiled by:
Julie Simmons
Producer:
Peter Everett

George Deacon steps behind the Christmas card to find out what Christmasses were really like in the village of Helpston 50 years ago and 150 years ago when it was the home of the poet John Clare.
(Stereo)

Contributors

Presenter:
George Deacon
John Clare:
Scott Cherry
Disgusted vicar:
William Eedle
The Vicar Ecton:
Jon Strickland
Doctor:
Mark Jones
Beelzebub:
Clive Panto
King George:
Michael Jenner
Also taking part:
Countess Fitzwilliam
Also taking part:
The Rev Brian Blade
Also taking part:
Michele Berriedale Johnson
Also taking part:
Phyllis Crowson
Also taking part:
Frederick Wootten
Also taking part:
Margaret Crowson
Also taking part:
Dorothy Ward
Also taking part:
The Peterborough Morris
Fiddle player:
Pete Shaw
Producer:
Alec Reid

The story of the R101
A serial in seven parts by David Beaty

Time and date had been irrevocably fixed. R101 would depart for India on the evening of 4 October 1930. For reasons he could not understand, Lord Thomson, Secretary for Air, found that people were dragging their feet...
BBC Bristol
(Stereo)
(Repeated on Boxing Day at 5.0 pm)

Contributors

Writer:
David Beaty
Director:
Brian Miller
Narrator:
Conrad Phillips
Scott:
John Hartoch
Colmore:
Hubert Rees
Announcer/Pomfret/Hunt:
Rex Holdsworth
Olive:
Ingrid Hafner
Kirk:
Norman Bowler
Gloria:
Sarah Jane Bickerton
Thomson:
Esmond Rideout
Bell:
Elwyn Johnson
Binks:
Philip Manikum
Irwin:
Alan Moore
Richmond/Finch:
Pavel Douglas

As celebrated through the ages in life, literature, humour and song with Stephen Murray
(Stereo) (Repeat)

Contributors

Presener:
Stephen Murray
Performer:
Timothy Bateson
Performer:
Vivienne Elizabeth
Performer:
Sheila Mathews
Performer:
Peter Reeves
Performer:
Jean Rodgers
Performer:
David Strong
Performers:
Charles Young and his Singers and Musicians
Writer:
Gerald Mow
Producer:
John Dyas

In the old days, Christmas was a real festival. Children believed in Santa Claus and valued the modest gifts he brought. After the traditional lunch, everyone enjoyed Charades and nobody quarrelled.
Today Christmas is a commercial event with children greedy for expensive presents, adults greedy for food and drink and no thought for love and goodwill to men. True or false?
Glyn Worsnip has the answer with recorded evidence from past and present.

Contributors

Presenter:
Glyn Worsnip
Producer:
Helen Fry

An adaptation for radio from the novel and the farce by Ben Travers.
[Starring] Joan Hickson as Mrs Bone, Freddie Jones as Major George Bone, Ian Lavender as Peter Wykeham, Phoebe Nicholls as Margaret Hickett and Margaret Tyzack as Mrs Spoker

In 1925 the divorce laws took it for granted that any unmarried couple who spent the night together must be guilty of adultery. Down Maiden Blotton in the Stag and Hunt, landlady Mrs Spoker, who doesn't allow hanky panky with unmarrieds, mistakenly forces an innocent couple into just such a bed of shameful sin.
(Stereo)

Contributors

Author:
Ben Travers
Adapted by/Director:
Peter King
Music composed and played by (piano):
Ed Welch
Musician:
Ron Aspery
Mrs Bone:
Joan Hickson
Major George Bone:
Freddie Jones
Peter Wykeham:
Ian Lavender
Margaret Hickett:
Phoebe Nicholls
Mrs Spoker:
Margaret Tyzack
Barbara:
Yvonne Antrobus
Hickett:
Brett Usher
The Rev Sloley Jones:
Ellis Dale
George:
James Kerry
Alfred:
Henry Stamper
Noony:
Timothy Bateson
Gladys:
Alex Marshall
The garage:
James Bryce
Newsagent:
Maggie McCarthy
Pansy the dog:
Percy Edwards

The Bishop of Middlesborough, The Rt Rev Augustine Harris, concludes his reflections on some of the themes of the Christmas Festival, with readings and music.
BBC Manchester
(Stereo)

Contributors

Speaker:
Augustine Harris
Producer:
Roger Hutchings

Truly traditional Christmas carols, predating the Victorian hymn book and still thriving in South Yorkshire village pubs, where they're sung with gusto every Christmas.
Presented by Kathy Staff
BBC Manchester
(Stereo)

Contributors

Presenter:
Kathy Staff
Researcher:
Ian Russell
Producer:
John Leonard

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