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: Reading the Decades

In the 1950s, a cultural backdrop of austerity and teenage rebellion created an appetite for the themes of adventure and romance prevalent in such books as Ian Fleming's James Bond series, Doctor Zhivago and The Cruel Sea. Narrated by Stephen Fry.


Unknown: Stephen Fry.

: Life Is Beautiful

Director Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning Second World War comedy drama in which a father turns the horror of the Holocaust and the persecution of Italian Jews into a comic tale to shield his son from the reality of their predicament.

Starring Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi. In Italian with English subtitles.


Director/Starring: Roberto Benigni
Starring: Nicoletta Braschi

: Cannes Film Festival

Tom Brook looks at the plentiful treats on offer at this year's celebration of celluloid.

: Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You

Actor Brad Pitt, fellow musicians and Buckley's mother Mary Guibert contribute to this portrait of the prodigiously talented guitarist and singer, who drowned five years ago.


Unknown: Brad Pitt
Unknown: Mary Guibert

: Jeff Buckley - Live In Chicago

The cult artist performs songs from his acclaimed album Grace, including Lover, You Should've Come Over, Last Goodbye and Lilac Wine.

: Gods of Brazil - Storyville

In 1950 Brazil failed to win the World Cup at home, but a golden age made possible by two players, Pele and Garrincha, was soon to emerge. This film tells the story of two football legends.


Subject: Pele
Subject: Garrincha

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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.

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