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: The Desk

1/10. A look at the world's media landscape presented by Tyler Brûlé and featuring a mix of interviews, films and behind-the-scenes insights. See Tuesday's choice.

: Family Ties

The current Lord
Longford, Thomas Pakenham traces the history of the illegitimate daughter of one of his forebears.


Unknown: Thomas Pakenham

: The World

With Brian Hanrahan.
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Brian Hanrahan.

: Nation on Film

3/6. Going back to school with the history of secondary moderns, grammar schools and the 11-plus exam.

: The Street

A night of programmes on jazz begins with reflections on archive film of 1950s Soho.

: Ronnie Scott at the Coconut

Grove The saxophone virtuoso in a Leeds concert performance.

: Jazz Britannia

1/3. How jazz music, a 20th-century African-American art form, has been assimilated and interpreted by Britain. Tonight, how class and race issues clashed with youth rebellion in London's Soho in the 1950s. Narrated by Terence Stamp.


Unknown: Terence Stamp.

: Love You Madly

A musical salute to Duke Ellington, featuring performances from Cleo Laine , Acker Bilk , Tony Coe and Ian Carr.


Unknown: Cleo Laine
Unknown: Acker Bilk
Unknown: Tony Coe
Unknown: Ian Carr.

: Panorama: Jazz Clubs

Archive film from 1961 on the plight of youth and their passion for jazz.

: Smokey Dives

George Melly guests on a look at how postwar Britain was enlivened by jazz.


Unknown: George Melly

: FILM: Venus Beauty Institute

Frank French comedy drama about a Parisian beauty salon. Featuring Audrey Tatou in one of her first film roles. In French with English subtitles


Unknown: Audrey Tatou

: as 10pm

: as 8.30pm

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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