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The Best of Times


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- the Worst of Times
A seven-part series compiled by MICHAEL BAKEWELL with 5: A Vague Unhappy Loss of Something
'The spring does not seem to fly back directly as it always did when I put my work aside.
Hypochondriacal whisperings tell me I am rather overworked.'
Other parts played by GWEN CHERRELL. SIMON CUFF
Directed by ROSEMARY HART. Stereo


Unknown: Michael Bakewell
Played By: Gwen Cherrell.
Played By: Simon Cuff
Played By: Alan Dudley.
Unknown: Elizabeth Lindsay
Unknown: Richard Tate
Unknown: Stephen Tompkinson
Unknown: Melissa Bakewell
Directed By: Rosemary Hart.
Charles Dickens: Martin Jarvis
John Forster/Narrator: Paul Daneman
Macready: Harold Innocent
Miss Flite: Patricia Hayes
Georgina Hogarth: Rosalind Ayres
YateS: Peter Marinker
Thackeray: Anthony Jackson
Kate Perugini: Zelah Clarke
Scrooge: Garard Green
Jane Carlyle: Eva Stuart
Amy Dorrit: Polly James
De La Rue: Arnold Diamond
Dombey: Anthony Jackson
Martha: Caroline Gruber
Whiffter: John Baddeley
Rose Maylie: Victoria Carling

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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.

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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.

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