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: Days That Shook the World

Two related Cold War tales, in which the shooting down of a top-secret U-2 plane led to a dramatic spy swap on a Berlin bridge.

: The World

With Zeinab Badawi.
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Zeinab Badawi.

: Michael Palin Talks to Mark Lawson

An evening of Michael Palin programmes begins with an interview about his life and work - from his childhood in Sheffield to his globetrotting of today. New.


Unknown: Michael Palin

: Ripping Yarns

The Testing of Eric Olthwaite , by Palin and Python co-star Terry Jones. A boy so boring that his family runs away acquires notoriety after meeting a bank robber. First shown on BBC2


Unknown: Eric Olthwaite
Unknown: Terry Jones.

: Himalaya with Michael Palin

Dodgy dentists, life-threatening bulls and fierce games of polo loom on a trip through the northwest frontier province of Pakistan. Palin begins on the Khyber Pass and ends five miles from K2 on the Pakistan/China border. First shown on BBCl

: Monty Python's Flying Circus

Palin stars alongside John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones in The Cycling Tour, from the comic pioneers' third series, originally shown in 1972.
(First shown on BBC1)


Unknown: John Cleese
Unknown: Graham Chapman
Unknown: Terry Gilliam
Unknown: Eric Idle
Unknown: Terry Jones

: Arena: Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball?

John Cleese, Bob Geldof, Alan Bennett, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Ruby Wax, Lenny Henry, Phil Collins,
Rowan Atkinson and Sting star in a look back at Amnesty International's ground-breaking comedy show.


Unknown: John Cleese
Unknown: Bob Geldof
Unknown: Alan Bennett
Unknown: Jennifer Saunders
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Terry Jones
Unknown: Terry Gilliam
Unknown: Lenny Henry
Unknown: Phil Collins
Unknown: Rowan Atkinson

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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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