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: Business Confessions

Tricks of the trade from
Barry Cunningham , the publisher who discovered JK Rowling.


Unknown: Barry Cunningham

: Bookmark: Shanghai Jim

From Shepperton to Shanghai, Bookmark looks at the scenes of JG Ballard's childhood and adult life which inspired his novels Empire of the Sun and The Kindness of Women. The film of the former is at 9.30pm. First shown on BBC2

: BBC4 News and Weather

[web address removed]

: Days That Shook the World

The rise of Communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall are recounted. How did these events bookend the political ideology that arguably played a major role in defining world events in the 20th century?

: Empire of the Sun

Steven Spielberg 's Second World War drama from 1987, based on JG Ballard's novel. John Malkovich and Christian Bale star in the tale of a boy separated from his parents when Japan's army marches into Shanghai.


Unknown: Steven Spielberg
Unknown: John Malkovich
Unknown: Christian Bale

: As 7.10pm.

: The Big Read: Battle of the Books

Pride and Prejudice v Bridget Jones's Diary. Proponents John Walsh and Ian McMillan are refereed by Sandi Toksvig.


Unknown: John Walsh
Unknown: Ian McMillan
Unknown: Sandi Toksvig

: As 8.30pm.

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.

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