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: Diary Days

Recalling the joy of VE Day: 8 May 1945.

: People's Century

The Cold
War period, from 1945 to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

: The World

With Nisha Pillai.
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Nisha Pillai.

: Yes, Prime Minister

1/8; series one. Hacker tries to cancel an order of missiles from the US.

: The Music of the Primes

For over 2,000 years, mathematicians have wrestled with a fiendish puzzle - the pattern of prime numbers. Marcus du Sautoy tells the stories of the great minds who have tried - and failed - to crack the code. New.

: Dylan in the Madhouse

Surprisingly, Bob Dylan first came to the attention of the British public through his role in a 1963 BBC TV play, The Madhouse on Castle Street. The tape was later wiped and has since become the holy grail of missing Dylan works. Joining the hunt, Arena uncovers rare Dylan tracks and the fascinating story of his first time in London. Featuring writer Evan Jones, director Philip Saville, and fellow musicians Martin Carthy and Peggy Seeger.
Documenting Dylan: page 14

Dylan in the Madhouse
10.00pm BBC4 Bob Dylan's first TV appearance was as an actor/singer in a 1963 BBC TV play, The Madhouse on Castle Street. The tape was later wiped, so this documentary becomes a quest to recover the lost recording, especially Dylan's four songs, including Blowin' in the Wind. More than that, it invokes the hard winter of 1962/63. It's enjoyably nostalgic, but without the lost footage, this is a real doughnut of a film: it has a hole instead of a centre. GE


Interviewee: Evan Jones
Interviewee: Philip Saville
Interviewee: Martin Carthy
Interviewee: Peggy Seeger

: Don't Look Back

DA Pennebaker's acclaimed documentary of Bob Dylan 's tour of Britain, during which the star was accompanied by Joan Baez.
Songs include The Times They Are A-Changin' and Subterranean Homesick Blues. Review p53. (BW) Arena: Tales of Rock 'n' Roll - Highway 61 Revisited is tomorrow at 11.45pm


Unknown: Bob Dylan
Accompanied By: Joan Baez.

: Dylan's Legends: real lives that inspired

Bob Dylan


Unknown: Bob Dylan

: as 9pm

: as 10pm

: as 12.25am

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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