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BBC Radio 4 FM

Morning Story

The Play's the Thing by MRS GEORGE MADDEN MARTIN Read by Libby Morris
' As the pews emptied, the stout lady passed Emmy Lou on, addressing someone beyond. " Hold to this one," she said, and I'll take the other two, or they'll get tramped in the crowd." '
BBC Radio 4 FM

Saturday Briefing

Radio 4 fills you in on the political scene at home and abroad.
9.5 From Our Own Correspondent
BBC correspondents throughout the world report on the societies they live in - the politics and the people.
9.30 Conference Special
GEORGE FFITCH discusses the week's events in Brighton, where the Conservatives have been holding their annual conference, with mps and other representatives.
10.0 News
10.2 Between the Lines
NIGEL REES invites journalists to confront their readers and the people they have written about in the press this week. Narrator JOHN MARSH
BBC Radio 4 FM

Where Are You Taking Us?

The first of four programmes presenting questions concerning science, scientists and the public.
1 : Towards the Superwoman
Does the fact that women have babies hold them back from high office in our society? Do their hormones make them less reliable than men? Is the menopause to blame for reducing their capabilities at what would otherwise be the prime of life? What are the answers to these questions now that we have safe childbirth and totally effective contraception, when menstrual tensions can be eliminated and the menopause itself exploited for long-term advantages not available to men?
Michael Smee talks to gynaecologists. endocrinologists. sociologists, experts on ageing and the theorists of women's liberation, in an attempt to assess the biological factors in the position of women in society. Producer MEG SHEFFIELD
BBC Radio 4 FM

Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Talk till Two.
2.0-2.2 News
France on a Few Francs: LYN MACDONALD and some cheap holidays - French style.
The Selection Process Went Mad: an experience with a marriage bureau.
Conversion - 2: PETER MOORE , first arL Anglican, became agnostic and now holds the Russian Orthodox faith.
The Way of All Flesh (13) Editor WYN KNOWLES
BBC Radio 4 FM

Tuesday Call: [number removed]mediumwaveonly

Are You Being Served - by Your Garage?
If the Consumer Association is to be believed, one area of after-sales service which is sadly lacking is that provided by the motor industry. It is also an area in which we rely heavily on the competence and honesty of the garages. Car manufacturers keep a close watch on the dealers who hold their franchise and the Motor Agents Association, which represents about 85 per cent of garages in this country, claims to protect the customer by operating a Code of Practice with independent arbitration.
Michael Heelas , Managing Director of Volkswagen (GB) Ltd, and Michael Bradstock , Chairman of the University Motors garage chain, will be in the studio to exchange views with you on garage servicing.
In the Chair Sue MacGregor Produced by the Woman's Hour Unit
Call [number removed]from 8,0 am
BBC Radio 4 FM

Woman's Hour

from 2.0
Introduced by Sue MacGregor A Host of Golden Daffodils: HELEN PALMER has visited Dove Cottage, one-time home of William Wordsworth.
2.0-2.2 News
Playing the Pans: nick HUGHES reports on the upsurge of steel band music in our schools. Reading Your Letters.
My Arms Wanted to Hold Something: CAROLINE BORRETT talks about the kind of understanding the parents of a still-born baby need.
GORDONGARDNERreads A Quiet Life (7)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Morning Story

The Green Patch by w. FROOM Read by Julia Lang
' An absurd desire to dance down the supermarket aisles took hold of her. She managed to restrain it, and tried to concentrate on the goods on display ... Suddenly she saw something by the door - strategically displayed of course, to catch the eyes of children.'
BBC Radio 4 FM

In Touch

The National Federation of the Blind has been holding its annual conference in Edinburgh over the Bank Holiday. peter white was there and gives a first-hand report on the proceedings.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Thirty-Minute Theatre

medium only
Love in the Office by DUDLEY WARMAN , with Richard O'Callaghan as Green Rosalind Ayres as Miss Timothy Bateson as Brown and Irene Sutcliffe as Mrs Taking very long lunch hours and holding hands in the park with a junior typist doesn't seem the way to get on in the Civil Service, but Mr Green isn't that interested in his career. with NICOLETTE MCKENZIE and KENNETH SHANLEY . Directed by JANE MORGAN
(Repeated: Tuesday 11.5 am)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Larks of Dean

by Michael Oliver
This book my property contains And here's my wages for my pains :
'Tis neither silver, brass nor gold -
Notes is the property 1 hold.
The story of some 18th- and early 19th-century workmen who were ' musicianers ' living in the Valley of Dean, eight miles south of Burnley in Lancashire. Based on the recollections of Moses Heap, who died in 1913, and whose memoirs in manuscript, together with some of the ' larks ' music notebooks, are now in Rawtenstall Public Library. with Leslie Sands as Moses Heap Other parts played by DAVID MAHLOWE and ALAN ROTHWELL The music of the larks transcribed by MICHAEL OLIVER , edited by MICHAEL COE and sung by the WILLIAM BYRD SINGERS, conducted by STEPHEN WILKIN SON. Directed by PATRICIA BRENT (Shortened version of the R3 broadcast)
A perpetual delight ... one of the most joyful things to come out of my radio this year. (DAVID WADE, The Times)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Pickwick Papers

by CHARLES DICKENS , dramatised in 12 parts by BARRY CAMPBELL and CONSTANCE COX
' Whenever I meet that Jingle again, I'll inflict personal chastisement on him. I will or my name is not Pickwick.'
' And whenever I catches hold o' that melancholly chap with the black hair, if I don't bring some real water into his eyes, my name a'nt Weller.'
Mr Pickwick and Sam have so far been outwitted by Jingle and Job Trotter but they're not defeated yet.
5: Perambulations and Proposals
(Elizabeth Spriggs is a National Theatre Player; Tim Wylton is a member of the RSC)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre: Here Am I, Where Are You?

by Sheila Hodgson, based on an idea by M.R. James
with David March as James
"Do you want to look at the book, Paul? Take it! Hold it tight. It belonged to some very learned monks in the 9th century. They put a curse on it. Do you know what a curse is? Anyone who touches those pages will go mad! Slowly, of course. His brain will rot, he'll see horrible visions and finally..."
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

Stella's Dream by PETER russkll with Bernard Hepton as Theo and Judy Franklin as Stella
When Theo Hubered found himself on the verge of bankruptcy he was saved by Stella. Now she exerts a strange hold over his life, but it's threatened by a dream.
Directed by GERRY JONES
BBC Radio 4 FM

Heroes for a Time

medium only
2: Jimmy Wheeler
' With his long experience playing the Music-Halls. no one could hold a candle to Jim He was what is so missing these days - he was a funny man ' I ARTHUR ASKEY) Every generation produces its cult figures. For a time they capture huge followings and receive much adulation.
Tony Bilbow looks back on the careers of people who were popular heroes and tries to discover the secret of their success. Producer BRIAN cook
BBC Radio 4 FM

Talking Politics

medium only
Does the outcome of the Hamilton by-election mean that Scotland still holds the kev to the next General Election? What is the future of the Scottish National Party? If it declines, who stands to gain most - the Labour Party with its commitment to a Scottish Assembly, or the Conservative Party which is opposed to Devolution altogether?
Andrew Neil reports on the state of the Parties in Scotland. Producer ANNE SLOMAN
BBC Radio 4 FM

Many Reasons Why

The American Involvement in Vietnam
Presented by Michael Charlton ' We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to ensure the survival and the success of liberty.' (PRESIDENT KENNEDY) 4: The New Frontiersmen Hold the Line
Eisenhower bequeaths the ' chaos in Laos ' to his successor. But why does President Kennedy accept the advice of the Taylor/Rostow mission and send military advisers to Vietnam?
Producer ANTHONY MONCRIEFF (First broadcast on Radio 3)
BBC Radio 4 FM

God and Caesar

In the 20th century, why do some modern governments still take the Church so seriously? And has the Church betrayed Christ by accepting too comfortable a relationship with the Caesars of our time? This series examines those questions by looking in turn at four countries where one Church has a special position.
2: The Romanian Symphony
Trevor Beeson. Canon of Westminster Abbey, investigates the strange compromise between the Orthodox Church and one of the toughest Communist governments in Eastern Europe. The State pays part of the salaries of the clergy, and bishops sit in the parliament - the only one in Eastern Europe to have a cross on its building. Leading Marxists speak of ' our Church ' and some of them even hold office in it. Is this a triumph of co-operation or is it a sell-out by the Church? The task in Romania is to discover where the truth lies. for apart from the symphony projected by the Church-State orchestra, there can also be heard some jarring and discordant notes.
Series producer JOHN WILKINS
BBC Radio 4 FM

Conference Special

medium only
How will the Labour Party react to the Prime Minister's decision not to hold a General Election this autumn? Matthew Coady reports on the issues and the personalities dominating the Labour Party Conference in Blackpool.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Newseries An Actor in his Time

of 11 programmes, talks to JOHN MILLER about his life in the theatre.
1: The Purple of the Terrys
' Ellen Terry was my great-aunt. What I remember mostly about her is her movement - she was then an old lady, deaf and rather blind and very vague in mind, but when she came on stage you really believed that she was either walking on the flagstones of Venice, or in the fields of Windsor, and she moved with extraordinary swiftness and grace, holding her skirts gathered in two hands and you got the impression of swiftness, and the people who wrote about her always said that the great line in Much Ado ........ where Beatrice like a lapwing runs close by the ground to hear our conference ... was so applicable to her.'
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Monday Play

A Touch of Daniel by PETER TINNISWOOD and A Northern drama about the Brandon family, in which youngCarterstrugglesfor love in a world preoccupied with Cheshire cheese, individual trifles. dominoes, outbreaks of wireworm and vests; where strong women fight grimly to maintain their hold on a traditionally matriarchal society and where the only person who really understands Carter is his cousin, the baby Daniel.
Directed by TONY CLIFF BBC Manchester
(First broadcast November 1977)

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