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: William Walton Centenary Concert

A concert from the Royal Festival Hall, London, marking the centenary of the birth of composer William Walton. The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox and featuring American violinist Joshua Bell, perform the Violin Concerto, Symphony No 2, and the suite from Henry V, a score for the film that follows.


Unknown: William Walton.
Conducted By: Richard Hickox
Violinist: Joshua Bell

: Henry V

Laurence Olivier's 1944 directorial debut (he also stars) is a masterful and sweeping rendition of Shakespeare, ingeniously including a typical performance at the Globe theatre as if seen years previously. Also starring Robert Newton.


Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Robert Newton.

: Newsnight Review

Ian Hislop, Rosie Boycott and Toby Young join Mark Lawson for a review of cultural highlights and low points. Shown last Friday BBC2. OF APES AND MEN


Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: Rosie Boycott
Unknown: Toby Youngjoin
Unknown: Mark Lawson

: The Cultured Ape

Primatologist Frans de Waal claims that our closest relatives, the great apes, share "culture" with us. This film suggests that how we view them is a reflection of how we see ourselves. OF APES AND MEN


Unknown: Frans de Waal

: The Lives of Animals

A dramatisation of JM Coetzee's powerful and moving discussion of animal rights.
Starring Eileen Atkins and Paul Rhys.


Starring: Eileen Atkins
Starring: Paul Rhys

: Peter Singer - a Profile Special

A portrait exploring the moral philosophy of Peter Singer, the man who gave the world Animal Liberation. With Jonathan Freedland.


Unknown: Jonathan Freedland.

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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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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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