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A trio of history enthusiasts pit their wits against three Welshmen with a love of rugby union.

: The Story of Maths: 2/4

Beginning an evening celebrating 40 years of the Open University. Marcus du Sautoy discovers how, as Europe fell into the Dark Ages, the development of maths was taken up in the East.


Presenter: Marcus du Sautoy

: Indian School

The pressure is on from the parents and among the students as exam fever tightens its grip.

: Happy Birthday OU: Forty Years of the Open University

Documentary exploring the history of the British institution, examining how it became a success after initially being criticised by certain politicians and academics.
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Open all hours: page 22

Happy Birthday OU - 40 Years of the Open University 9.00pm BBC4
Remember when the OU was the only post-pub telly on offer? Quiet men and women in tank tops delivered lectures into the small hours, with primitive graphics and very long equations. Lenny Henry tells the story of this great British institution which has taught more than two million people, including him. This top-class film delivers a lively and entertaining insight into our social history. The OU was a revolutionary idea in a decade when only five per cent of young people went to university. Harold Wilson championed this university of the air, and the Tory education minister Margaret Thatcher also approved. In 1969, 40,000 applied to join the OU's first courses, many going on to enjoy student life - if only for a week or two at its summer schools. Contributors include David Attenborough, Tony Benn, and former OU lecturer Anna Ford. (Geoff Ellis)

: Educating Rita

Award-winning comedy drama. Rita White is a 26-year-old married hairdresser with ideas. One afternoon she turns up to an Open University literature class demanding to be "educated", and embarks on a journey that changes the course of her life. Review page 39 (1983,15)


Director: Lewis Gilbert
Dr Frank Bryant: Michael Caine
Rita Susan White: Julie Walters
Brian: Michael Williams
Trish: Maureen Lipman
Julia: Jeananne Crowley

: More Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy

Actress Julie Walters recalls her first meeting with Victoria Wood.


Interviewer: Dawn French
Interviewee: Julie Walters

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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.

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