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The Big Read


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.
The search for the nation's number-one novel continues.
At 9.00, John Humphrys is in Alabama to argue the case for Harper Lee 's To Kill a Mockingbird; Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals at 9.30 how The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams has influenced his brand of comedy; then, at 10.00, comedian and author Arabella Weir visits Georgia to celebrate Margaret Mitchell 's epic Gone with the Wind. Votes can be cast on [number removed] (calls cost 15p), by texting (maximum 12p) or via the website [web address removed]. Digital satellite/cable viewers can vote via the remote control. Clive Anderson is on hand to summarise the appeals. Series producers Michael Poole and Mary Sackville West
Series editor Mark Harrison (S) RTSHOP: The Big Read Book of Books, [price removed]. To order telephone [number removed] (calls charged at national rate)


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Harper Lee
Unknown: Sanjeev Bhaskar
Unknown: Douglas Adams
Unknown: Arabella Weir
Unknown: Margaret Mitchell
Unknown: Clive Anderson
Producers: Michael Poole
Producers: Mary Sackville
Editor: Mark Harrison
Unknown: Agatha Christie

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.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Feedback about The Big Read, BBC Two England, 21.00, 8 November 2003
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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.

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