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: Great Britons

Jeremy Clarkson profiles Isambard
Kingdom Brunei, the engineer who led the way in the country's Industrial


Unknown: Jeremy Clarkson

: Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails

A look at the impact of the Beeching Report, which led to the closure of many of Britain's railway lines and stations.

: Dance Britannia

1/3. The story of popular dance in British culture during the 20th century, beginning with a look at the impact of new styles in the aftermath of the First World War.

: Brits Can't Dance

Vintage TV clips from dance shows that didn't go to plan.

: Mark Lawson Talks toJohn le Carre

New. Author John le Carre discusses his life and work. Now famous for his espionage thrillers, the writer started as a real-life spy working for M16.
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Unknown: John Le Carre

: Spy Stories

The Time Shift strand looks at the evolution of British espionage in the 20th century, considering its long relationship with spy fiction.

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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