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: Days That Shook the World

Examining two milestones of the atomic age: nuclear fission and the disaster at Chernobyl. (AD)

: The World

international news.
Followed by Weather

: Dickens in America:Washington and Richmond

Miriam Margolyes meets a pistol-toting Christian minister and prison inmates in Washington DC, "the headquarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva", according to Charles Dickens. There's also a tour of Virginia's tobacco factories. (AD)


Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Charles Dickens.

: Hot Spots: Nigeria

Rich oil deposits mean this densely populated part of Africa should be a superpower of the developing world - instead, the country has been torn apart by civil war and brutal dictatorships. This film, with contributions from Afrobeat star Femi Kuti and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Wole Soyinka , charts Nigeria's bloody and turbulent history.


Unknown: Femi Kuti
Unknown: Wole Soyinka

: The Desk

Tyler Brûlé on the global media landscape.

: As 8.30pm.

: Himalaya with Michael Palin

3/6. Maoist insurgents almost spoil
Palin's outing with the annual Gurkha recruitment drive. The suffering starts, though, when he ascends 15.000 feet to witness the majesty of Annapurna. Next, he's blessed by the King of Nepal and visits the world's highest monastery, before heading for Everest.

: as 7pm

: Birdland

a History of Jazz: animation set to April in Paris, as played by the Count Basie Orchestra

: Mike Hodges

beyond Get Carter: the lowdown on Hodges's crime drama I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

: as 9pm

: as 8.30pm

: as 7pm

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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