IVAN METHUSELAH'S
CARPET-LINER LISTINGS

Following his previous analysis, Ivan lays bare the day's national network listings to help you to plan your Royal Wedding -free day.

A few notes about broadcast media in 1981, for those who are too young to remember:
There are only three TV channels in the country (no digital, no satellite), and one of those is heavily fragmented such that no two transmitters are broadcasting the same programming.
There are only four national radio stations, all run by the BBC. The BBC only operate three VHF (now better known as FM) frequencies, with Radios 1 and 2 presenting a split schedule over 88-91.
Teletext is in its infancy. The BBC offers "sub-titles" on a very small handful of programmes. All TV broadcasting is in mono.
The only station (TV or radio) to broadcast 24-hours-a-day is Radio 2. BBC 1 and 2 are still switching off during parts of the daytime schedule.


BBC 1
BBC 2
YTV
Radio 1
Radio 2
Radio 3
Radio 4 UK

(UHF)
(UHF) (UHF) (MW / VHF)
(MW / VHF) (VHF / MW)
(VHF)
(LW)
5.0





    as Radio 2
5.0 Steve Jones


5.05


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5.55


5.55 Open University
Cognitive Psychology
(VHF Only)

6.0


6.0 Today

John Timpson and Libby Purves talk to the people who will be involved later in all the pomp and pageantry, the personalities and the scores of ordinary folk who just ' like being there '.

6.5


6.10


6.15


6.15 Open University
Drama and Society
(VHF Only)

6.20


6.25


including at 6.25 Weather 
including at 6.25 Shipping forecast

6.30


6.30 Open University
Pressure Die Casting
6.35


6.35 Open University
Analysing the Analyses (2)
(VHF Only)
6.40


6.45


including at
6.45 Prayer for the Day

with The Very Rev Alan Webster.






The BBC Court Correspondent, David McNeil will be out and about too, not to mention reporters Michael Vestey at Buckingham Palace, Robert Fox at St Paul's, Hugh Sykes at Wellington Barracks and Andy Price at Trafalgar Suare.

In the studio at Broadcasting House, Brian Redhead.


6.50


6.55


6.55 Open University
Piano Development
6.55 Weather

7.0


7.0 Tom and Jerry
in Carmen Get It and Fine Feathered Friends.


7.0 Mike Read

Mike goes out to meet some of the spectators waiting for the Royal Procession.
7.0 News

7.5


7.5 Your Midweek Choice

anon
- Greensleeves; Fortune my foe; Packington's pound
Clementi - Sonata in E flat, Op 12 No 2
Michael Haydn - Concerto in C
7.10


7.15


7.15 Bugs Bunny
in Valentine Special.


7.20


7.20 Open University
Kinetics of a Gas Reaction
7.25


7.30


7.30 The Royal Wedding

Andrew Gardner, Selina Scott, Alastair Burnet and Ronald Allison present Independent Television's biggest-ever outside broadcast operation.

As crowds gather along the processional route and excitement mounts, ITN's reporting team brings you comprehensive coverage with the latest news and all the atmosphere of this historic day.

Sandy Gall is at Knightsbridge Barracks for the grooming of the Household Cavalry horses, Jon Snow joins the people camping out overnight, and Peter Sissons mingles with visiting world leaders.

At key points along the route ITV cameras and reporters set the scene- Judith Chalmers at Buckingham Palace, Leonard Parkin at Clarence House, Carol Barnes at Trafalgar Square and Martyn Lewis at St. Paul's.

Meanwhile, the Goodyear airship Europa transmits exclusive aerial pictures from 1,000ft. with reporter Alistair Burnet.
7.30 Terry Wogan

Terry joins the crowds outside Buckingham Palace, meets the commentators on the route and plays music to match the mood of this Royal day of celebration.
7.35


7.40


7.40 News Summary; Weather

7.45


7.45 The Day Begins

Angela Rippon with Michael Wood reflects the excitement of the morning on the great day, with reports from Eric Robson, John Craven and Gillian Miles along the route as London prepares for the pageantry to come.

Direct reports from the Castles of Balmoran and Caernarvon and a live visit to Prince Charles's old command HMS Bronington.

An unusual mixture of people and stories of interest to fit the morning of this happy day, with an occasional beak for some unique action.
7.45 FILM: Son of Paleface

Comedy western starring Bob Hope, Jane Russell, and Roy Rogers.
including at
7.45 Thought for the Day


7.50


7.55


8.0


8.5


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8.20


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8.35


8.40


8.40 Yesterday in Parliament

8.45


8.50


8.55


8.55 Weather; programme news

9.0


9.0 Simon Bates

Featuring a history of Royal Brides through the ages.
9.0 News

9.0 News

9.5


9.5 Bavarian Royal Wedding of 1568

In February 1568 the Heir to the Throne of Bavaria, Duke Wilhelm, married Princess Renée of Lorraine. The Munich wedding and the fortnight-long celebrations which followed were chronicled in a series of dialogues by Massimo Troiano, one of the singers in the court Kapelle. His Dialoghi are the basis of this three-part feature with Leo McKern, Cyril Shaps, the Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, and the Natural Trumpet Ensemble of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.


9.5 A Royal Marriage

St George's Chapel, Windsor, 10 March 1863. While Edward VII was Prince of Wales, he married a Danish princess - Alexandra. An account based on contemporary documents. Narrator Gerard Green with Elizabeth Pound as Queen Victoria. (Revised repeat of last Wednesday's broadcast).
9.10


9.15


9.20


9.20 Play School

Carol Chell and Johnny Ball present. Today's story: Mr Josh Jolly and the Flag by Joyce Thomsett.

Book, Play School Ready to Play, £1.50 from bookshops. Play On, Bang on a Drum, songs from Play School and Play Away, from record shops.


9.25


9.30


9.35


9.40


9.45


9.45 Carriage Procession and Marriage Service

Millions of viewers around the world join BBC Television to see the spendour and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. Tom Feleming describes the scene at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, along the route, and at St Paul's Cathedral, as final preparations for the ceremony take place. As the guests arrive at the Cathedral Barbara Griggs looks at the fashions.
9.45 The Royal Wedding

So that viewers who are hard-of-hearing will not have to miss information and commentary, BBC2 will provide sub-titled coverage of The Wedding of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Lady Diana Spencer.
9.45 The Royal Wedding

As the Royal processions prepare to leave Buckingham Palace for St Paul's Cathedral Richard Burton sets the scene for listeners around the world and guides you down the route.

(Simulcast with Radio 4UK)
9.45 The Royal Wedding

As the Royal processions prepare to leave Buckingham Palace for St Paul's Cathedral Richard Burton sets the scene for listeners around the world and guides you down the route.

(Simulcast with Radio 2)
9.50


9.55


10.0


10.5


10.5 This Week's Composer: Ravel

10.10


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10.30


10.35


10.40


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10.50


10.55


11.0


11.0 Andy Peebles

Andy joins in the celebrations by meeting the visitors to London's Trafalgar Square on this great day.
11.5


11.10


11.15


11.15 Music for Organ

Bach, Frank Martin, Dvorak, Hindemith.


11.20


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11.35


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11.45


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11.55


12.0


12.0 Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Haydn - Symphony No 48, in C.
Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante.


12.5


12.10


12.15


12.20


12.25


12.30


12.30 Newsbeat
with Peter Mayne.

12.35


12.40


12.45


12.45 Paul Burnett

including Fun at One - a daily comedy classic.
12.50


12.55


12.55 FILM: Hugo the Hippo

The feature-length cartoon starring the singing voices of Marie Osmond, Jimmy Osmond and Burl Ives.
1.0


1.0 News

1.0 The World at One: News

Presenter Robin Day with voices and topics in and behind the headlines.


1.5


1.5 Concert

Pt 2: Bartok - Divertimento for string orchestra.


1.10


1.15


1.20


1.25


1.30


1.35


1.35 Shura Cherkassky

...plays piano pieces by Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Britten and Liszt, with encores by Chopin and Sinding

(Rpt).

1.40


1.45


1.45 Midday News
followed by Weather with Jim Bacon.


1.50


1.55


1.55 Programme news
1.55 Shipping forecast

2.0


2.0 FILM: Beautiful People: The Famous Wildlife Adventure Film

From the majestic dignity of the elephant to the engaging antics of a honey badger cub, Jamie Uys has captured the life of the animals of SW Africa in amazing, fascinating detail.

Not to be missed (The Sunday Times).
2.0 FILM: High Society
2.0 Ed Stewart

Plus Racing from Goodwood with commentary by Peter Bromley.
2.0 The Archers

(Broadcast Tues 7.5 pm)
2.5


2.10


2.10 A Musical Railway Celebration

A little over 150 years ago, a single gunshot sent eight trains off on a 30 mile journey from Liverpool to Manchester. This was opening day for the world's first passenger rail service. Colin Welland tells the story and popular group Fivepenny Piece sing the songs to celebrate The Birth of the Railway Age.

(Repeat)


2.15


2.15 Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor.
We get married and live happily ever after. Or do we? Married or single, our happiness may depend partly on ourselves. How about taking a cool look at the way we are, mentally and physically, in the hope of becoming more like the people we'd like to be.

(Repeat).

Followed by Tolstoy Remembered (6).


2.20


2.25


2.30


2.30 Dave Lee Travis
2.35


2.40


2.45


2.45 Glorious Goodwood

What better way after the pageantry and excitement of today's Royal Wedding, than to relax along with the racegoers at one of the country's most beautiful courses.

Commentators are Peter O'Sullevan, Jimmy Lindley and John Hanmer.

TV presentation by Richard Tilling.

including at 2.45 Sports Desk
2.50


2.55


3.0


3.0 News

3.5


3.10


3.15


3.20


3.2 Afternoon Theatre

The Wonderful O
by James Thurber.

A lighthearted story telling of a group who force an island population to remove the letter ' o ' from their language - or at least attempt to.

(First broadcast in 1978)
3.25


3.30


3.30: Nationwide

Royal Wedding Special. Frank Bough, Sue Lawley, Richard Kershaw and Hugh Scully play host to some of the day's wedding guests and other personalities whose talents have delighted the Royal Family over the years.

With contributions from Band of the Welsh Guards, Joe Loss and his Orchestra, Members of the St Paul's Choir, and Arthur Askey.

3.30 Roussel

Symphony No 4, in A, Op 53: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jean Fournet.
3.35


3.40


3.45


3.45 Honeymoon Departure

The first stage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana's honeymoon is their departure from Buckingham Palace, with a professional [sic] drive down the Mall, across Horseguard's Parade, down Whitehall and over Westminster Bridge to Waterloo Station.
including at 3.45 Sports Desk

3.50


3.50 Through My Window
Yachtswoman Clare Francis considers the view from her window.
3.55


4.0


including at 4.0 Honeymoon Departure

Live coverage of the Bridge and Bridegroom as they leave Buckingham Palace in an open carriage for Waterloo Station, at the start of their honeymoon journey.
4.0 David Hamilton 4.0 Choral Evensong

...in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
4.0 In the Path of Belloc

with Robin Soans as Hillaire Belloc.

In June 1901, the young write Hilaire Belloc walked in pilgrimage ' by the straightest possible line ' from Toul in Lorraine to Rome, the Eternal City. He covered 750 miles in 23 days . . . or so he wrote in his classic The Path to Rome. In June 1981, John Stoneborough followed in Belloc's footsteps. Here he describes his adventures, discovers whether Belloc's feat was really possible and, above all, introduces the listener to the delights and insights of The Path to Rome.


4.5


4.10


4.15


4.15 Play School

A programme for children under 5 (Shown at 9.20 am)
4.20


4.25


4.30


4.30 Peter Powell
4.35


4.40


4.40 FILM: The Great Balloon Adventure

starring Katharine Hepburn.
4.45


including at 4.45 Sports Desk
4.45 One Pair of Ears

A review of the week's music broadcasting by Andrew Keener.


4.45 Story Time
Five Short Stories
by Anton Chekhov.
3: The Cobbler and the Devil.
Read by Michael Graham Cox.


4.50


4.55


5.0


5.0 Give Us A Clue Special

Michael Aspel hosts a special Royal Wedding Day edition of this popular male-versus-female game based on charades.

Among the guests appearing are Lionel and Joyce Blair, Anna Dawson, Derek Griffiths, Roy Kinnear and Ruth Madoc.


5.0 Bavarian Royal Wedding of 1568

Part 2
5.0 PM
with Susannah Simons and Robert Williams.
5.5


5.5 Disney Time Special

A celebratory programme of music, laughter and excitement.

Introduced by Penelope Keith.

Presented by Richard Evans.


5.10


5.15


5.20


5.25


5.30


including at 5.30 Newsbeat with Peter Mayne.

5.35


5.40


5.45


5.45 News at 5.45
with Leonard Parkin.

Including a complete summary of the Royal Wedding with the latest news of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, who are already on the way to their honeymoon.

5.45 News; Sport
5.50


5.50 Evening News
with Kenneth Kendall and a weatherman.
5.50 Local news (or PM (continued))
5.50 Shipping forecast

5.55


5.55 Weather; programme news
6.0


6.0 David Symonds: Much More Music
6.0 The Six O'Clock News
6.5


6.5 Regional News

6.5 A Stylish Affair (By Appointment)
Peter Tomlinson, Duncan Gibbins and Marian Foster - your regular hosts on Six Fifty-five Special - invite you to join a studio full of guests determined to celebrate the big day in style. Among those present: Norman Parkinson, Mike McGear and the Monarchists, Russell Grant, Peter York . . . and many more.
Enhancing the champagne mood throughout, the group recently given the royal seal of approval, Lord Colwyn and his 3B Band.

6.10


6.10 FILM: The Sound of Music
6.15


6.15 Crossroads

Adam Chance behaves mysteriously in his attempt to raise money. Kevin Banks tells Arthur Brownlow a secret.
6.20


6.25


6.30


6.30 The Year in Question

Terry Wogan and Ann Meo and guests Humphrey Lyttelton, Irene Thomas. Chairman Richard Stilgoe. Questions set by Libby Spurrier.

(Repeated: Fri 12.27 pm)


6.35


6.40


6.40 Hocus Pocus it's Magic

A baffling, breathtaking evening of Grand Illusion and comedy hosted by Dick Cavett. The world's foremost magicians delight and mystify in such spectacular acts as the Giant Buzz Saw Illusion, The Vanishing Tiger, The Girl with No Middle and culminating in the astonishing Disappearing Auto, in which a 3,500 pound car suspended in mid-air vanishes before the audience's eyes.

The superstars of illusion include The Great Tomsoni, Slydini, Harry Blackstone Jr, Siegfried and Roy,  and Mark Wilson.


6.45


6.45 Coronation Street

Not having been invited to the Royal Wedding, Annie Walker arranges a public TV viewing. Bust she runs into trouble . . .
Meanwhile, Len and Rita Fairclough face a very big decision.


including at 6.45 Sports Desk

6.50


6.55


7.0


7.0 Not the Nuptials

A celebration of marriage? Presented by Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith.
7.0 Emil Gilels
(piano)

Beethoven - Sonata in E flat, Op 27 No 1.
Brahms - Ballade No 1, in D minor.
7.0 News

7.5


7.5 The Archers

(Repeated: Thurs 1.40 pm)


7.10


7.15


7.15 FILM: Saturday Night Fever
7.20


7.20 Checkpoint

A weekly investigation into accusations of unfairness, fraud and injustice. Presented by Roger Cook.

(Repeated: Thurs 9.5 am)


7.25


7.30


including at 7.30 Cricket Desk
7.30 Prom for the Royal Wedding

Direct from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennadi Bozhdestvensky.

Part 1: Stravinsky: The Wedding (Les noces)


7.35


7.40


7.45


7.45 Old Herbaceous
by Reginald Arkell.

With Roger Hume as Herbert Pinnegar.

The reminiscences of the retired gardener of a Gloucestershire manor house recalling his life on the estate.

(Rpt)


7.50


7.55


7.55 News on 2; Weather

7.55 Six Continents

Ian McDougall presents his weekly selection of foreign radio broadcasts

(Broadcast Tues 1.5 pm).


8.0


8.0 A Man of the Black Mountains

Born on a Welsh hill farm in the 30s, Trevor Powell spent many of his schooldays working at richer farms and trading in rabbits and poultry. When he was ten, a bad winter almost wiped out their small flock of sheep. His father, always prudent, became even more cautious. Trevor, on the other hand, grew up an easy-going man, ready to take a gamble with anything, seldom resting, seldom out of the saddle, one of nature's cowboys. The film was shot during the week of the spectacular summer round-up, when Trevor and his neighbours ride up from the valleys and bring down their huge flocks from the common ground of the mountaintop.

Narrated by Deryck Guyler.


8.0 Richard Skinner 8.0 Listen to the Band

Charlie Chester introduces Western Band of the RAF Director of Music.
8.5


8.10


8.15


8.15 Proms 81

Part 2: Mendelssohn - Incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
8.20


8.25


8.30


8.35


8.40


8.45


8.45 Alan Dell: Dance Band Days
8.45 File on 4

Major issues, changing attitudes, events at home and abroad. Reporter: Tudor Lomas.

(Repeated: Thurs 11.5 am)
8.50


8.55


9.0


9.0 The Wedding of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Lady Diana Spencer

Scenes from this morning's ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, along the route and at Buckingham Palace, which was watched by an estimated 750 million viewers around the world.
9.0 FILM: Steve McQueen in The Reivers
9.5


9.10


9.15


9.15 Among Your Souvenirs
with Marie Hayward Segal, Freddie Williams, The Balladiers, Newham Band and the Reginald Leopold Orchestra. Introduced by Alan Keith.
9.15 Scientifically Speaking
Splitting Sums

A mathematician could spend years trying to solve an equation that a hungry computer can polish off in seconds. John Maddox talks to Professor John Fitch of Bath University about his programmes that keep a computer fed.

Followed by an interlude.


9.20


9.25


9.30


9.30 The Royal Wedding and News

Alastair Burnet and Selina Scott present highlights of the wedding, including pictures not seen during the live broadcast. Sandy Gall has the rest of the news.
9.30 Kaleidoscope
Eva the Diva - from Oldham to La Scala

Now in her 90th year, Dame Eva Turner talks to Elisabeth Hutchings about her life and times on and off the operatic stage.

(Revised repeat)


9.35


9.40


9.45


9.50


9.55


9.55 Sports Desk 9.55 Bavarian Royal Wedding of 1568

Part 3
9.59 Weather

10.0


10.0 Main News
with Kenneth Kendall and a weatherman.


10.0-12.0 John Peel 10.0 Stop the World...

Francis Matthews uncovers amusing and bizarre stories.
Strawberries and cream 65p, nude strawberries 50p.
Fellow reporters: Ronald Fletcher, Sally Grace, David Timson. Songs of Richard Digance.
(Repeated from Sun, 5.0 pm)
(Francis Matthews is in ' The Business of Murder ', Duchess Theatre, London)


10.0 The World Tonight: News
10.5


10.10


10.15


10.20


10.20 Shoestring
starring Trevor Eve in The Link-Up by Peter King.

A battered wife seeks Radio West's help, and Eddie discovers the strange truth about two husbands.

(Repeat)


10.25


10.30


10.30 The Knowledge

"So that was it. How it all started. I applied to go on The Knowledge. And I didn't even know what it was." This comedy, by Jack Rosenthal, is set in the tangled streets of London and tells the varying stories of would-be taxi drivers.
10.30 Hubert Gregg
says Thanks for the Memory
10.30 The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien (21)
(Broadcast Sun 12 noon)
10.35


10.40


10.45


10.50


10.50 The 20th Century Remembered

In the second of three programmes Lord Boothby talks to Andrew Boyle about the lead-up to the Second World War, his time in the political wilderness as an anti-appeaser during the Chamberlain era, his secret mission on the outbreak of war to secure much-needed weapons for the British Army and the 'Czech Gold Affair' which nearly ended his political life.


10.55


11.0


11.0 Brian Matthew: Round Midnight
11.0 News

11.0 Study on 4
Ochen' Priyatno
11.0 A Book at Bedtime
The Rain Forest
(13)

11.5


11.5-11.15 English Madrigals
by Lisley, Lorley and Johnson. Pro Cantione Antiqua.
11.10


11.13 News Headlines

11.15


11.15 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
Backbone of the Night

When the young Carl Sagan handed in his first library ticket for a book on 'The Stars' he was given a movie magazine.

Anyone who would have shared his dismay will be absorbed by this week's trip through our preconceptions and projections about the heavenly firmament - from early Man to Ancient Greece, to modern-day Brooklyn.


11.15 Open University
Science as a Social Institution
(VHF Only)
11.15 A Day to Remember

Richard Burton looks back on the celebrations during the day of the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Lady Diana Spencer.


11.20


11.25


11.25-12.15 Louis Armstrong Anniversary Concert

Featuring the Midnite Follies Orchestra. Musical directors: Alan Cohen and Keith Nichols. Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

In this tribute to Louis Armstrong, who died ten years ago this month, the Midnite Men sketch his life story with their own romping versions of some of his finest music.

Sound: Graham Haines; Lighting: John Mason.


11.30


11.30 Open University
The School of Rhetoric


11.35


11.35 Open University
Signal Statistics
(VHF Only)


11.40


11.45


11.50


11.50 Open University
Biography and Social History


11.55


11.55 Open University
Brecht as a Political Poet
(VHF Only)


12.0


   as Radio 2
12.0 News

12.5


12.5-1220 Weatherman / Regional Round-up of the day's events.


12.5 Closedown

12.10



12.10 Interlude

12.15


12.15-12.35 Open University
Curriculum Design and Development
(VHF Only)


12.15-12.23 Shipping Forecast and inshore forecast

12.20




12.25


12.30



12.35



12.40


12.45


12.50


12.55


1.0


1.0 Truckers' Hour
with Sheila Tracy.


1.5


1.10


1.15


1.20


1.25


1.30


1.35


1.40


1.45


1.50


1.55


2.0
+
2.0-5.0 You and the Night and the Music
with Patrick Lunt.


  
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