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: The Truth about Christmas Carols

Howard Goodall investigates the uncomfortable relationship between carols and the Church's celebration of Christmas. Includes performances by Bella Hardy and the Purbeck Village Choir.
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Presenter: Howard Goodall
Singer: Bella Hardy
Singers: The Purbeck Village Choir

: Games Britannia: 2/3

Benjamin Woolley traces the political and social impact that board games including Monopoly, Scrabble and Cluedo have had in Britain over the past 200 years.
Shown last Monday (S)


Presenter/writer: Benjamin Woolley
Director and producer: Simon Chu

: Bennett on Bennett

Playwright and author Alan Bennett reflects upon his life in a series of wryly humorous monologues.
More tomorrow at 7.50pm (S)


Monologist: Alan Bennett

: Cardigans at Christmas

Charting the history of Christmas light-entertainment specials on television, where stars such as Val Doonican would perform popular hits and seasonal songs.
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: The Andy Williams Christmas Show

A compilation of highlights from the easy-listening singer's Christmas TV specials, which were recorded for NBC in California between 1962 and 1974. (S)


Presenter/singer: Andy Williams

: Your Date with Val

Christmas edition of The Val Doonican Show from 1976, with guests including Nana Mouskouri, James Galway, Tony Blackburn, Pete Murray, Terry Wogan, Janet Brown and Henry Cooper. (S)


Presenter/singer: Val Doonican
Guest: Nana Mouskouri
Guest: James Galway
Guest: Tony Blackburn
Guest: Pete Murray
Guest: Terry Wogan
Guest: Janet Brown
Guest: Henry Cooper

: Queens of British Pop

Female singers who influenced British pop over the past 50 years. (S)

: Cilla



Presenter/singer: Cilla [Black]

: The Sandie Shaw Supplement



Presenter/singer: Sandie Shaw

: Lulu's Back in Town



Presenter: Lulu

: Games Britannia

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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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