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: My Fair Lady

Delightful, Oscar-winning musical based on George Bernard Shaw 's play Pygmalion, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, showing in a night of BBC Voices programmes on regional accents and dialects. Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor, bets his friend Colonel Pickering that he can coach a cockney flower girl to pass as a lady at any social function. The girl, Eliza Doolittle , initially scorns the idea, but later turns up at Higgins's house seeking tuition.


Unknown: George Bernard Shaw
Unknown: Audrey Hepburn
Unknown: Rex Harrison
Unknown: Henry Higgins
Unknown: Eliza Doolittle

: Say It like It Is

The moment we speak a judgement is made about our upbringing, education and class, and regional accents carry connotations about the speaker's friendliness, intelligence and sense of humour. This entertaining documentary looks at how we respond to the voices of public figures, from politicians and newsreaders to entertainers and pundits. Includes contributions from Michael Buerk , Brian Sewell , Patrick Moore and Marcus Bentley , aka the voice of Big Brother. New.


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Brian Sewell
Unknown: Patrick Moore
Unknown: Marcus Bentley

: Blimey!

1/3. How the spoken
English language has evolved since the Second World War, beginning with a focus on the 1960s.

: The spread

2/3. The spread of estuary
English in the 1970s and 80s.

: Blimey!

3/3. How youth culture and technology have reinvented the contemporary lexicon.

: as 9.50pm

: Cast & Crew

Wicker Man: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and director Robin Hardy discuss the cult British horror film.
More on Monday at 11.35pm

: Cambridge Folk Festival

1/2. With Mavis Staples , Kate Rusby , Karine Polwart and KT Tunstall


Unknown: Mavis Staples
Unknown: Kate Rusby
Unknown: Karine Polwart

: as 9.50pm

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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