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: Lightning - Nature Strikes Back

Lightning is almost as old as the planet, yet little about it is understood. This programme looks at its cause and effect.

: The World

International news.
Followed by Weather

: The Book Show

10/13. All
Smith, author of the Booker shortlisted Hotel World, talks about life and death to Martha Kearney.


Unknown: Martha Kearney.

: Light Fantastic

1/4. Simon Schaffer starts an exploration into humanity's fascination for light with a history of the early pioneers, from the Ancient Greeks and the Arabs to Descartes and Newton.
BBCi: explore light through the night sky by pressing the red button on the handset


Presenter: Simon Schaffer

: Mind Games

8/10. Scientist and comedian Timandra Harkness and former Radio Times contributor Quentin Cooper join the quiz. With
Marcus du Sautoy, Kathy Sykes and Michael Rosen.


Unknown: Timandra Harkness
Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Unknown: Kathy Sykes
Unknown: Michael Rosen.

: Arrested Development

When George-Michael is rejected by a private school due to the family's reputation, Michael hires a publicist to change the public perception of the Bluths.

: The Mark Steel Lectures

4/6. A profile of Thomas Paine whose book The Rights of Man helped inspire the American War of Independence.


Unknown: Thomas Paine

: To Live Is Better than to Die

A harrowing film from China following the bleak existence of the Ma family. Along with 30 per cent of their village they are infected with HIV after selling their blood in the 90s.

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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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