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: Legends: Val Doonican Rocks

Portrait of the veteran Irish singer who became as famous for his sweaters and faithful rocking chair as his easy-listening style. Surviving the revolutionary 1960s, IRA campaigns and changing musical styles, he was to become a familiar face on Saturday night TV. Featuring interviews with Rolf Harris, John Williams, Gerry Anderson, Gloria Hunniford and the entertainer himself.
Narrated by Father Ted's Pauline McLynn.


Subject/interviewee: Val Doonican
Interviewee: Rolf Harris
Interviewee: John Williams
Interviewee: Gerry Anderson
Interviewee: Gloria Hunniford
Narrator: Pauline McLynn

: Only Connect: 5/9

Three mathematicians pit their wits against the Cambridge Quiz Society to make connections between things that initially do not appear to be linked. Victoria Coren presents the first semi-final of the quiz show.
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Repeated tomorrow at 7.30pm


Presenter: Victoria Coren

: Wallander

When a riding pupil finds a stable owner dead in his barn, Wallander is initially at a loss for suspects - the victim had no friends, no social life and seemingly no enemies. However, a little digging reveals a complicated and sinister story. Starring Krister Henriksson and Johanna Sallstrom. In Swedish with English subtitles.
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Repeated on Thursday at 10pm


Kurt Wallander: Krister Henriksson
Linda Wallander: Johanna Sallstrom

: Crude Britannia: the Story of North Sea Oil

The history of North Sea oil and gas over the past 40 years. The first episode focuses on the men who risked their lives to get the oil ashore. (S)

11.30 2/3
Charting the oil industry through the 1980s.

12.30am 3/3
The impact of the Gulf War on the oil industry.

: Only Connect

as 8.30pm

: Style on Trial

Double bill.

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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