• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation



Gramophone records

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


and his Orchestra


Bible readings on the Life of Christ, with comment by the Rev. F. Townley Lord , D.D .
' The Kingdom Within '


Unknown: F. Townley Lord , D.D

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


BBC Revue Orchestra (Leader, David Paget )
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz


Leader: David Paget
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz


Talk by Margaret Bean
I.ast August some Turkish sponge-fishers brought up in their nets the head of a Greek bronze statue-probably a statue of Demeter of the fourth century/B.C. It is agreed by all to be among the most important artistic finds of recent years. Miss Bean and her brother, an archaeologist, were the first people, besides the villagers of Bitez, to see the fishermen's catch.


Talk By: Margaret Bean


Violet Hems (mezzo-soprano)
James Atkins (bass-baritone)
Anatole Mines (viola)
Frederick Stone (piano)


Bass-Baritone: James Atkins
Piano: Frederick Stone


music AND MOVEMENT I, by Christine Trodd


Unknown: Christine Trodd


Glorious things of thee are spoken
(BBC Hymn Book 176)
New Every Morning, page 96 Psalm 42 (Broadcast Psalter) St. Matthew 18. vv. 12-20
Hark. the glad sound (BBC Hymn
Book 490)


Wynford Reynolds and his Orchestra


RHYTHM AND MELODY, by Gladys Whitred
11.20 GEOGRAPHY. Life and work in Asia. The Hwangho. Script by the Rev. H. R. Williamson , D.Litt. (BBC recordiing)
11.40 INTERMEDIATE GERMAN. FraU Baumann ist krank. Wer wird denn jetzt den Haushalt besorgen? Manuskript von Rolf Richards


Unknown: Gladys Whitred
Unknown: Rev. H. R. Williamson


Sandy Macpherson at the BBC theatre organ


Unknown: Sandy MacPherson

: Workers' Playtime

from Scunthorpe wi'th
Jean Campbell , Denis Goodwin Eddie Calvert , Robert Moreton
Jimmy Leach at the electric organ
Fred Harries ait the piano Presented by Alan Clarke


Unknown: Jean Campbell
Unknown: Denis Goodwin
Unknown: Eddie Calvert
Unknown: Robert Moreton
Unknown: Jimmy Leach
Unknown: Fred Harries
Presented By: Alan Clarke

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Harry Davidson and his Orchestra with Kathleen Joyce
Introduced by Frederick Allen
Master of Ceremonies,
Charles Crathorn
Producer. Stanton Jefferies


Unknown: Harry Davidson
Unknown: Kathleen Joyce
Introduced By: Frederick Allen
Unknown: Charles Crathorn
Producer: Stanton Jefferies


ADVENTURES IN ENGLISH. ' Secrets Of the Fiord': a serial story from ' Feats on the Fiord ' by Harriet Marttneau. Script In- Philippa Pearce. 3—' The Water Spirit '
2.20 HISTORY I. The Last Davs of Charles I: the story of his wanderings and negotiations in the years of 1645-49. Script by C. V. Wedgwood
2.40 SCIENCE AND THE COMMUNITY. ' The Story of Rayon.' Script by John Richmond


Unknown: Harriet Marttneau.
Script By: C. V. Wedgwood
Script By: John Richmond

: Hubert Gregg and Andrew Cruickshank in ' DEATH KEEPS A DATE'

by Sidney Nelson and Maurice Harrison
Cast in order bf speaking:
Produced by Charles Lefeaux


Unknown: Sidney Nelson
Unknown: Maurice Harrison
Produced By: Charles Lefeaux
Mr Barrett: James Date
Michael Billing: Hubert Gregg
Laura Robens: Elizabeth Gray
Mr Hartnell: Richard Williams
Percy Simpson: Norman Claridge
Jenny Drew: Barbara Lott
Inspector Corcoran: Andrew Cruickshank
Vickery: John Ruddock
Tom Martin: Ian Sadler

: Children's Hour

For Children of Most Ages
'The Table Manners of Birds'
Written and told by Ruby E. Cleeve
followed by 'Storm Over the Fells'
A new adventure of Norman Bones and Henry Bones the Boy Detectives by Anthony C. Wilson
Production by Josephine Plummer


Writer/storyteller (The Table Manners of Birds): Ruby E. Cleeve
Writer (Storm Over the Fells): Anthony C. Wilson
Production: Josephine Plummer
Norman Bones: Charles Hawtrey
Henry Bones, his cousin: Patricia Hayes
Miss Clara Forester: Ann Codrington
Nigel Forester, her nephew: Philip Clive
Mr French, her Estate Agent: Philip Cunningham
Arthur Lomer: Richard Williams
Mary Lomer, has wife: Gladys Spencer
Mrs Mailing: Hilda Davies
Mr Fleetwood: Harry Lockwood West
Superintendent Hudson: Preston Lockwood

: The Weather

Shipping and general weather forecasts, followed by a detailed forecast for South-East England


Tonight's speaker selects an event from the week's news


Sean Treacy ,
(in a recorded programme) discusses his choice of gramophone records with Roy Plomley
Programme produced by Denvis Jonies


Unknown: Sean Treacy
Produced By: Denvis Jonies

: Charles Leno in 'THE WAR IN THE AIR'

A serial play in eleven parts by Lance Sieveking based on a 1906 prophecy by H. G. Wells
Pant 8
Characters in order of speaking:
Narrator, Hamilton Dyce
Produced by David H. Godfrey
It is 1920 as imagined by H. G. Wells in 1906. The 1914 war has not happened. The earth has been securely at peace for half a lifetime. But the Germans dream of ruling the world, and believing that their secret fleet of airshiips is the only one in existence they sail to attack America. Owing -to mistaken identity they take with them a little cockney named Bert Smallways, who its overwhelmed with incredulous horror at the bombing of New York. This act proves to be the spark that starts war all over the world. All countries have secret a:r fleets. The Chinese arrive over the German repa r depot at Niagara and utterly defeat the Germans. Bert and Leutnant Kurt are left behind on the ground. A Chinese flyi.ng machine lands, and rhe p'lot attacks them.


Unknown: Lance Sieveking
Unknown: H. G. Wells
Narrator: Hamilton Dyce
Produced By: David H. Godfrey
Unknown: H. G. Wells
Bent Smallways: Charles Leno
Luft-LeUtnant Kurt: Anton Diffring
Chinese pilots: T D Tsien
First officer: George Herbert
Second officer: Frederick Schiller
Kitten: Elizabeth London


Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano)
Ernest Lush (piano)
The Dutch String Quartet:
Nap de Klijn (violin) Jaap Schroder (violin)
Paul Godiwin (viola)
Cairel Boomkamp (cello)


Mezzo-Soprano: Flora Nielsen
Piano: Ernest Lush
Violin: Nap de Klijn
Violin: Jaap Schroder
Viola: Paul Godiwin
Cello: Cairel Boomkamp


by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Ted Ray in ' RAY'S A LAUGH '

with Kitty Bluett , Peter Sellers and Patricia Hayes , Charles Hawtrey
Kenneth Connor
BBC Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet
Script by Eddie Maguire
George Wadmore and Ted Ray
Produced by George Inns


Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Patricia Hayes
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Kenneth Connor
Conductor: Paul Fenoulhet
Script By: Eddie Maguire
Script By: George Wadmore
Script By: Ted Ray
Produced By: George Inns


Visitors from Sweden
Questions about the Swedish people, their country, and their way of life, asked by a Malvern audience and answered by : Mrs. Perniilla Tunberger
Woman's. Page Editor of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter
Prof. F. E. H. Velander
Director of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Bertil Kugelberg
Managing Director of the Swedish Employers' Con,federation
Valter Aman
A member of the Swedish Parliament and Director of the Swedish Central Organisation of Salaried Employees
Chairman, Denis Morris
In September 1952 Town Forum took a team of British speakers to Stockholm to face the questions of a Swedish audience. This return visit is broadcast from the Winter Gardens, Malvern


Unknown: Mrs. Perniilla Tunberger


A miscellany of musical entertainment with the BBC Concert Orchestra
(Leader, John Sharpe )
Conducted by Guy Daines
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master. Leslie Woodgate )
Ian Blair (baritone)
Introduced by Bruce Wyndham
Produced by Eric Arden
Master Melody Old BalladBritish Light Music ClassicOperetta ExcerptMusic Paints the SceneNew BalladNocturne


Leader: John Sharpe
Conducted By: Guy Daines
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Baritone: Ian Blair
Introduced By: Bruce Wyndham
Produced By: Eric Arden

: Science Survey

A weekly programme about work in the world of science
The Big Machines of Modern Physics
I-The Birth of Nuclear Science by P. M. S. Blackett , F.R.S., Professor of Physics,
Imperial College, London.
In this talk, the first of a group of three, Professor Blackett reviews whart is often called the Rutherford epoch. A period of great frui-tfulness, ilt saw the discovery of radioactivity and Bohr's theory of the atom. The most important event at the beginning of nuclear science was when Rutherford first split an atom with a natural source of radioactivity.


Speaker: Professor P.M.S. Blackett, F.R.S

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
Continue Cancel