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: Legends: Roy Orbison

Celebrating the life of the US singer/ songwriter. featuring interviews with Elvis Costello and Bill Wyman.


Unknown: Elvis Costello
Unknown: Bill Wyman.

: Japan in Colour - the WonderfulWorld of Albert Kahn

New. BBC4's Hidden Japan strand continues with this documentary telling the story of the philanthropist who was inspired to create an "archive of the planet" after photographing Japan in 1908. See page 54.

: Secret Wilderness - Japan

1/2. Steve Backshall explores the variety of wildlife in Japan. Concludes on Wednesday at 8pm.


Unknown: Steve Backshall

: Great Railway Journeys

BBC correspondent Fergal Keane travels through Japan on the high-speed
Shinkansen "bullet" train.


Unknown: Fergal Keane

: In Search of Wabi Sabi

Marcel Theroux samples three very different lifestyles in Japan to learn about wabi sabi, the aesthetic which finds beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature.


Unknown: Marcel Theroux

: The Hidden Blade

Period romantic drama with Masatoshi Nagase. Having rescued an abused wife, a 19th-century wandering swordsman is sent to dispose of the one-time comrade who has rebelled against the shogunate. In Japanese with subtitles. Director Yoji Yamada (2005,15)


Unknown: Masatoshi Nagase.
Director: Yoji Yamada

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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