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: Colosseum - Rome's Arena of Death

Dramatised documentary about a real-life gladiator, Verus, who fought during the opening games in AD 80.
First shown on BBC1

: Historians of Genius - In Their Own Words

Simon Russell Beale brings to life Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (AD)


Unknown: Simon Russell Beale
Unknown: Edward Gibbon

: Whistleblowers

Time Shift recalls those who spoke out on stories the Government did not want to be revealed.

: Gleigud at the BBC

Charting John Gielgud 's special relationship with the corporation.


Unknown: John Gielgud

: He Knew He Was Right

Andrew Davies 's dramatisation of Anthony Trollope 's novel concludes. The Rowleys cross the Alps in pursuit of Louis. Aunt Stanbury tries to make peace with Dorothy. Rptd next Sun on BBC1


Unknown: Andrew Davies
Unknown: Anthony Trollope

: Je T'aime Jane Birkin

An intimate portrait of the actress, singer and 60s icon.

: Jane Birkin: Arabesque

An exotic interpretation of Serge Gainsbourg 's songs, performed by his former wife.


Unknown: Serge Gainsbourg

: Beck's Futures: the Winner

The outcome of the UK's hippest art prize.

: As 8.50pm.

: As 9.30pm.

: As 12.50am.

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.

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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