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: The Great Ossian Hoax:McCall Smith Investigates

BBC4's This Is Scotland strand continues with Alexander McCall Smith 's investigation into an 18th-century literary hoax.


Unknown: Alexander McCall Smith

: Mrs Brown

Intimate historical drama starring Judi Dench and Billy Connolly.

Queen Victoria's staff are concerned about her prolonged period of mourning following the death of Prince Albert. They summon servant John Brown, a favourite riding companion of her late husband, to help lift her depression.
Review page 37.
(1997, PG)


Director: John Madden
Queen Victoria: Judi Dench
John Brown: Billy Connolly
Benjamin Disraeli: Antony Sher
Henry Ponsonby: Geoffrey Palmer
Doctor Jenner: Richard Pasco
Bertie, Prince of Wales: David Westhead
Archie Brown: Gerard Butler

: Balmoral

Documentary examining the history of the royal family's most private residence and its links to Scottish traditions including tartan and bagpipes.
First shown last Sunday

: Boswell and Johnson'sTour of the Western Isles

Robbie Coltrane and John Sessions star in a re-creation of the writers' 1773 tour of the Hebrides - arguing about politics every step of the way. Part of the Johnson at 300 strand.


Unknown: Robbie Coltrane
Unknown: John Sessions

: Samuel Johnson:the Dictionary Man

Drama documentary exploring the 18th-century writer's unusual life and his compiling of the first English dictionary. See panel.

: Balmoral

: Gregory's Girl

Romantic comedy with John Gordon Sinclair

: The Great Ossian Hoax

McCall Smith Investigates

: Balmoral

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.

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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.

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