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: Light Fantastic

Presenter 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.


Presenter: Simon Schaffer

: The World

International news.
Followed by Weather

: Yes, Prime Minister

An enthusiastic new Health Minister presents the PM with a plan to abolish smoking, but the civil service are horrified at the prospect of losing L4 billion tax.

: My Land Zion

Storyville film byYulie Cohen Gerstel who left New York to give birth to and raise her children in Israel. Now. as she struggles to defend the policies of the country she loves, she questions whether she and her teenage daughters should leave. Cohen Gerstel is also the subject of the following programme.


Unknown: Yulie Cohen Gerstel
Unknown: Cohen Gerstel

: My Terrorist

Storyville charts the controversial campaign of Yulie Cohen Gerstel. Amid heavy criticism from her own people, she has spent more than 20 years trying to free a Palestinian terrorist from prison in Britain, even though she was one of his Victims.


Unknown: Yulie Cohen Gerstel.

: Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album performed on stage by the group's creative driving force, Brian Wilson , and a 10-piece band.


Unknown: Brian Wilson

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: Lightning - Nature Strikes Back

lightning is almost as old as the planet, yet little about it is understood. Jack
Fortune narrates a look at its cause and effect: signed

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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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
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