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: Return to ... Airport

3/5. Jeremy Spake and his Heathrow colleagues reflect on the early days of the fly-on-the-wall series. Episode four is on Thursday at 7.30pm.


Unknown: Jeremy Spake

: The Way We Travelled

A look at the rivalry between ITV and the BBC when holiday programmes went mainstream, exploring alluring locations in the company of presenters including Jill Dando and Judith Chalmers.


Unknown: Jill Dando
Unknown: Judith Chalmers.

: The Secret Life of the Airport

New. 2/3. Joining the Jet Set. The documentary series examining the development of British airports continues by highlighting the golden age of the jet. The first frequent flyers paint a picture of how air travel expanded horizons.
Narrated by Philip Glenister. See panel.
Repeated on Thursday at 10pm


Unknown: Philip Glenister.

: The Jet Set

Time Shift documentary looking back at the glamorous heyday of the jet set from the 1950s to the 1970s, examining a time when the notion of the rich and famous flying to exotic locations around the world was a source of fascination and admiration for the general public. See panel.

The Jet Set/The Survivor's Guide to Plane Crashes
10.00pm, 10.40pm BBC4 DOCUMENTARY Once upon a time in the 50s, air travel was the preserve of the privileged. First broadcast in 2003, this first film recalls the early glamour of the Comet when riches - or Hollywood status - were more requisite than a passport, before Jumbos made flight accessible to all. The doc that follows at 10.40pm reminds us of the dangers. After reassuring us that over 90 per cent of air crashes are survivable, it alternates practical information along the lines of "brace yourself" and "sit near an exit" with footage of plummeting aircraft. Not for the squeamish. CW

: The Survivor's Guide to Plane Crashes

4n investigation into how to survive a plane crash. Despite the fact that three million people take to the skies every day, many fear they will be killed in an accident. Experts explain how improvements now mean the majority of crash victims live. See panel.

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: The Jet Set

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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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