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: Witness to History: Privatising the Railways

Tory policy has been blamed for the collapse of Railtrack and a string of fatal crashes. Here, those involved in instituting the legislation explain their motives.

: BBC4 News and Weather

With George Alagiah.


Newsreader: George Alagiah

: The Talk Show with Andrew Marr

The BBC's political editor and his guests discuss politics, arts and science.

: Understanding John Birt

As the former BBC director-general publishes his memoirs, Nick Fraser profiles the man criticised for his management style but also praised for saving the licence fee and rescuing the BBC from political interference.


Presenter: Nick Fraser
Subject: John Birt

: Mick Jagger - John Birt's Big Break

The Rolling Stones singer faces the Establishment in an excerpt from a 1967 World in Action.


Subject: Mick Jagger
Producer: John Birt

: Old Times

A powerful 1975 adaptation of Harold Pinter's play in which a film-maker and his wife are visited by an old friend in their seaside home.


Writer: Harold Pinter

: The Cuban Missile Crisis - the Other Side of Armageddon

The story of the 1962 crisis from a non-American slant.

: As 9pm.

: As 8.30pm.

: As 7pm.

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.

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.

BBC Guidance

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