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: Reach for the Stars: Days That Shook the World

How views of the world were challenged by astronomer Galileo's ideas and the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. (AD) Yuri Gagarin : Starman tomorrow at 7pm


Unknown: Yuri Gagarin
Unknown: Yuri Gagarin

: The World

With Kirsty Lang.
Then Weather


Unknown: Kirsty Lang.

: Jacques Loussier

To celebrate his 70th birthday, the acclaimed pianist takes a personal journey through the landscapes of 1950s Paris to trace the evolution of his distinctive style. It's followed by a special birthday concert with Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac and Andre Arpino, with music by Bach, Satie and Debussy, including Bach's Air on a G String, Prelude in C and Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Narrated by Geoffrey Bateman.


Pianist: Jacques Loussier
Musician: Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac
Musician: Andre Arpino
Narrator: Geoffrey Bateman

: The British Space Race

Britain was, briefly, the unlikely player in the field of rocket research. Time Shift tells the story of unsung pioneers of space exploration: the rocket engineers, the scientists and, ultimately, the dreamers who never gave up on a vision of bringing the future into the present. Interviewees include Professor Colin Pillinger, lead scientist of Beagle 2.

The British Space Race 10.00pm BBC4
This excellent Time Shift documentary shows how Britain's rocket scientists were poised to enter the satellite age when the Government pulled the plug. With superb archive material, it tells the entire history of Britain's involvement in space, right up to the failure of the Mars landing probe, Beagle 2, last Christmas. (Geoff Ellis)


Interviewee: Professor Colin Pillinger

: To Mars by A-bomb

The extraordinary yet true account of a secret US government-backed attempt to build a spaceship the size of an ocean liner and send it to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, propelled by thousands of miniature nuclear bombs.

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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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