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.
You can join in and become part of the community that is improving this resource. As a result of the scanning process there are lots of spelling mistakes and punctuation errors and you can edit the entries to accurately reflect the information as printed in the magazine. You can also tell us when the schedule changed and we will hold on to that information for a later stage of this project.
This site has been created by BBC Archive Development, in conjunction with BBC Research and Development. Each page of Radio Times was scanned and a high resolution TIFF image was produced. The programme listings were then zoned in blocks and optical character recognition (OCR) techniques applied to the zones. The information was broken down into time, title, synopsis, contributors, tables etc. automatically and an XML file was then produced for each magazine. Once the programme listings had been reviewed and checked for compliance issues the files were ingested into the database for this site.
Radio Times has been published with regional versions only since 1926. The magazines which have been scanned, and the data sets which have been included in Genome are not exhaustive, rather they represent the ones which we could access and which covered the greatest areas and variations.
The BBC began life as the British Broadcasting Company in November 1922. It was formed by a consortium of radio manufacturers, under licence from the Post Office, with John Reith appointed as General Manager shortly thereafter. In early 1923 the Newspaper Publishers' Association refused to print BBC programme details without the payment of advertising fees, and in response, the BBC decided to publish its own magazine - The Radio Times ('The Official Organ of the BBC') - to alert listeners to what was on and when.
You can discover more about the timeline of the BBC and the Radio Times on the History of the BBC.
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.