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: The DVD Collection

Celebrating the Ealing comedies, film historian George Perry discusses their importance in British film and recalls the work of actor Alec Guinness and director
Alexander Mackendrick.


Unknown: George Perry
Unknown: Alec Guinness
Director: Alexander MacKendrick.

: Wild Weather

Hurricanes, jet streams, tornados, monsoons and floods are among the worst of the wind and water conditions braved by Donal Maclntyre. Lightning - Nature Strikes Back is tomorrow at 9.30pm


Unknown: Donal MacLntyre.

: Akenfleld Revisited

How the film Akenfield was made, and what has happened to the people and countryside since then.

: Akenfleld

To act the life of a community, director Peter Hall used the inhabitants of a Suffolk village as his cast. The cast improvised their dialogue, based on Ronald Blythe 's script of his own novel. The first British film to open the London Film Festival, 14 million viewers tuned in to see its UK TV premiere in 1975.


Director: Peter Hall
Unknown: Ronald Blythe

: The Orphans of Nkandla

Aids has orphaned thousands of children in South Africa. This film follows three families in Zululand to see how HIV/Aids has affected them. Documentary maker Brian Woods presents events from the children's point of view. See also It Is Better to Live than to Die on Wednesday at 11.20pm


Unknown: Brian Woods

: The Famine Business

millions were reported at risk last year. If rains failed in Africa, famine loomed. But was the threat real? Film-maker Jihan El Tahri visits Zambia


Unknown: Jihan El Tahri

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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.

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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