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: The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: 1/3

Exploring the backgrounds of famous artworks, beginning with The Annunciation by Flemish painter Jan van Eyck.
More tomorrow at 7pm (S)

: Bennett on Bennett

Alan Bennett discusses the burden of shyness.
More tomorrow, 7.50pm (S)


Presenter: Alan Bennett

: The Story of Allegri's Miserere

Simon Russell Beale explores the history of one of the most popular pieces of sacred music ever, once decreed by the Pope to be too beautiful to be heard outside the Sistine Chapel. (S)


Presenter: Simon Russell Beale

: Only Connect

In the first of a run of games-related programmes, the winners of the first and second series, the Crossworders and Rugby Boys, compete to become the ultimate champions of the cerebral quiz. Presented by Victoria Coren. (S)


Presenter: Victoria Coren

: Games Britannia: 3/3

Benjamin Woolley explores the increasing popularity of video games, from the early creations of the 1980s to the online community created in World of Warcraft.
See panel (S)


Presenter/Writer: Benjamin Woolley

: How to Win at Chess

In this Time Shift documentary, British grandmasters Dan King and Ray Keene offer tips on playing chess, taking viewers through a game, from its opening gambit to checkmate. (S)


Presenter: Dan King
Presenter: Ray Keene

: Jackie Stewart: the Flying Scotsman

Portrait of the former racing driver, winner of three Formula One World championships, chronicling his early career and subsequent role as an internationally respected businessman. (S)


Subject: Jackie Stewart

: Graham Hill

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: Games Britannia

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: as 10pm

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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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
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