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BBC Radio 4 FM

Time for Action

To Have, or to Hold?
(Broadcost on sun at 7.15) long wave only
BBC Radio 4 FM

Frank Muir goes into.... The Post Office

Frank Muir and Alfred Marks investigate the humour of the subject
'There's a man on the phone selling clothes props.'
'Ask him to hold the line.' and the voices of TONY HANCOCK and ALAN SIMPSON , SHELLEY BERMAN , ALAN BENNETT , THE SCAFFOLD and LILY TOMI.IN
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Living World

Woods have tongues As walls haue ears
The trees in a wood hold many clues which can tell us how long it has been there, whether the seasons have been good or bad, and what has been going on about it. On this Radio Nature Trail a look into the history of some ancient woodland.
Introduced by Derek Jones Producer JOHN HARRISON BBC Bristol
(Repeated: Wed 9.5 am) long wave only
BBC Radio 4 FM

International Assignment

Facing the Crisis
The heads of government of the leading industrial nations hold a Summit meeting in Tokyo this week. They confront sharp questions on energy, employment, prices, and the world distribution of wealth.
Presented by the BBC's Economic Editor, Dominick Harrod
A Radio News production by RICHARD ANTHONY BAKER long wave only
BBC Radio 4 FM

Story Time

The Blessing by NANCY MITFORD abridged in ten parts by DONALD BANCROFT Read by Barbara Leigh-Hunt (1)
' " Women I love," he said. " but also I am a great family man, and that will be your hold on me." '
Producer PAMELA HOWE BBC Bristol
BBC Radio 4 FM

Saturday-Night Theatre: Blockbuster

by STEPHEN BARLAY, based on the author's novel
A demand is addressed to the British Government: hand over a million pounds or the East End of London will be destroyed. In the Thames Estuary, the wreck of the Richard Montgomery still contains thousands of tons of fragmentation bombs in her hold. How serious is the blackmailer's threat to detonate them? And who can he be? Superintendent Bucken is asked to investigate, perhaps on account of his reputation for unorthodox methods, or perhaps for more sinister reasons.
(For cast see Mon 3.5 pm)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Kaleidoscope: In Trust for the Nation

The National Trust, an independent charity, was established in 1895 )<) ac! as a corporation for the holding of lands of natural beauty and sites and houses of historic interest to be preserved in trust for the nation's use and enjoyment'.
John Jacob reports on the Trust's aims and achievements, anft its increasing diversity, he makes a remarkable journey back into Jacobean times \vHn the Young National Trust Theatre at Montague House, and enjoys the pleasures of a EreatJSth. century Fete Champctrp. magically re-created in the gardens of Stourhead. rroducprjOHNrowuLL
BBC Radio 4 FM

Morning Service

on this Hospital Sunday comes from Princess Margaret Hospital , Swindon and is led by the Chaplains and Staff of the Hospital. Preacher THE REV DIRRYCK EVANS
Readings (GNB) : Psalm 137; Revelation 21, vv 1-8
Hymns: A safe strong-hold (BBC HB 297): Thine arm. 0 Lord (382); All my hope on God is founded (299); Lift high the cross (CH 550)
Anthems: 0 come ye servantsoftheLord(Tye); God be in my head (Walford Davies) Choirmaster
Organist SR JOAN MATTHEWS BBC Bristol long wave only
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

A Desperate Hour
A comedy by JOHN GRAHAM Two criminals on the run from the police decide to lie low in an ordinary family house, holding the occupants hostage.... after all Humphrey Bogart did it in The Desperate Hour8.
However, what appears simple on film is seldom so In real life, particularly if the occupants of the house are not as ordinary as it would first appear.
Directed by GLYN DEARMAN (Norman Rodway is a member of the RSC)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Shades of Night

The Sutor of Selkirk
A ghost story from the Scottish Borders adapted by MICHAEL ELDER Read by Tom Fleming
'"Where will I bring the shoes to when they're done" " asked Rabbie. " will call for them myself before cock-crowing," responded the stranger. " Hout, sir," quoth Rabbie, " it will be just a pleasure for me to call with them at your house." " I have my doubts on that," said the stranger in a peculiar way, " and at all events, my house would not hold us both." Producer MARILYN IRELAND BBC Scotland
BBC Radio 4 FM

In Touch

Margaret Ford describes equipment which might be of value to visually handicapped musicians or typists, as well as to other people who need to hold reading material very close to their eyes.
Kevin Mulhern reports on ways in which pelican crossings could be improved to help blind pedestrians.
Presenter Peter White Producer THENA HESHEL
BBC Radio 4 FM


Dear Edith
A play for radio by JESSIE KESSON with Gudrun Ure as Miss Cresswell Eileen McCallum as the Warden Jan Wilson as Assistant Warden Lennox Milne as Miss Miller-Browne and Anne Scott-Jones as First Old Lady
.... I used to like this small bed-sitting room. My books, my Oesk, my photographs. All my belongings ... But now, Edith.... now the walls of my room seem to imprison me. I feel like assaulting them with cries and sounds. Breaking through them. And tearing them down. Emptiness has taken hold of me. Like a terror. And hurry seizes me. Like a panic....' Directed by MARILYN IRELAND BBC Scotland
(First broadcast on Radio Scotland)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor
Sounds Mouthwatering (5): MARY BERRY demon-strates the art of making ice-cream.
Stories of a Plant Hunter: ROY LANCASTER on his lifelong interest. 1: Child-hood Influences
An Insight into the Job: SUSAN MARLING reports on Project Fullemploy, which trains youngsters and helps them hold down a job.
Return of the Great Cham: PHILIP HOWARD talking about Dr Johnson's Dic-tionary.
With Scarlet Majors (3) Editor WYN KNOWLES
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Living World

The second of two programmes on wildlife in Sweden
Wildlife Under Siege
Hundreds of Sweden's sparkling crystal-clear lakes hold a disturbing secret - they are dead. Sulphur-rich rain from abroad has turned them into dilute sulphuric acid. Large areas at the bottom of the brackish, tideless Baltic Sea are devoid of life as a result of high levels of pollutants. Only international action can save Sweden s wildlife.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Eyeing the Eagle

Kevin Mulhern takes a personalised look at America and the Americans, ranging from elderly ladies on a picket line holding placards saying ' Do touch, wrinkles are not contagious ', to an irate lady in Boston who would not condone her umbrella's trip to Pitts-, burgh.
BBC Radio 4 FM

Richard Stilgoe's Bonfire Traffic Jam Show

with Bernie Clifton and Professor Stanley Unwin What do you mean, you've never seen a traffic jam round a bonfire? You obviously go to the wrong bonfires. Come on now, put the chairs in a circle, hold the RADIO TIMES in a gloved hand, stick a baked potato on the wireless, and let Richard and his guests provide the fireworks.
Written by richard stilgoe Musical director BRIAN FITZGERALD
Producer MiXE CRAIG BBC Manchester
(Repeated: Thurs 9.5 am)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor
Talking Point: opinions and ideas ...
That Extra Hold on Life: EVE-ANN PRENTICE looks at how mothers of healthy children donate their breast-milk to save the lives of premature babies. The Worst Hotelier in the World: CELIA AITKEN meets MR PETLEY.
Dear Father Christmas....: HONOR WYATT and CAROLINE SULLIVAN suggest some practical books for the nimble fingered.
The Opportunity of a Lifetime (8): long wave only
BBC Radio 4 FM


An Everyday Story....
On I January 1951, the doings of a family in the Borsetshire farming village of Ambridge were first heard on the Light Programme. Thirty years and 7,800 episodes later, The Archers has become a national institution. In 1955 the death of Grace Archer on the evening ITV was launched. provoked a public furore; Doris Archer 's death in October caused an even greater outcry.
Gillian Reynolds salutes the world's longest-running serial. She talks to some of the present producers and writers, and reflects on the programme's imaginative hold on its audience with some of its fans, including SUSAN HILL , MICHELINE WANDOR. JONATHAN RABAN and JEFFREY RICHARDS
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. TOLKIEN prepared for radio in 26 episodes by BRIAN SIBLEY starring and 19: Shelob's Lair
So it was that amid a gathering gloom Theoden, the King of the Mark, made ready to lead all his Riders on the eastward road. Hearts were heavy and many quailed in the shadow. (But they were a stern people, loyal to their lord, and little weeping or murmuring was heard, even in the camp in the Hold where the exiles from Edoras were housed, women and children and old men.) Doom hung over them. but they faced it silently, and Music composed and conducted by STEPHEN OLIVER. Episode adapted by MICHAEL BAKEWELL
Directed by JANE MORGAN (Repeated: Wed 10.30 pm) (Gerard Murphy is a member of the Royal
Shakespeare Company)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Theatre

Covering End by HENRY JAMES adapted for radio by D. a. BRIDSON
In this, the second of three radio plays based on Jamesia-n short stories, Captain Yule is offered a rather difficult choice, when Mr Prodmore holds all the trump cards. But the Old World learns something from the New and Mrs Graccdew proves a good teacher.

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