• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group



We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Eric Gillett
Scott considered Horace Walpole ' the best letter-writer in the English language ', Byron spoke of his letters as ' incomparable ', and Austin Dobson wrote that ' for diversity of interest and perpetual entertainment, for the constant surprises of an unique species of wit, for happy and unexpected turns of phrase, for graphic characterisation and clever anecdote, for playfulness, pungency, .irony, persiflage, there is nothing in English like his correspondence '.
' If the charm of Walpole's letters must be expressed in a single phrase, it is this: their author was the most delightful of gossips. Like a good many other very intelligent men, he had plenty of time for trivialities and gossiped as readably to his correspondents about a dinner or a piece of scandal as about a war or an earthquake.
Walpole himself was quite conscious of the worth of a good letter. ' Nothing ', he wrote, ' would give so just an idea of an age as genuine letters ; nay, history waits for its last seal from them '.


Unknown: Eric Gillett
Unknown: Horace Walpole

Tell us more or contact us

Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?

Tell us more or contact us

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

Feedback about 'GOOD CORRESPONDENTS', National Programme Daventry, 20.40, 7 September 1937
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/74682cd3a7a248ae97d4722c57e76681

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel