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: The Greeks

This edition portrays the conflict between Athens and Sparta. Also at 11am, 2pm.

: State of the Planet

David Attenborough takes a look at the future of life on Earth. Also at 11.50am. 2.50pm.


Presenter: David Attenborough

: Medical Mysteries

The last in the series considers the impact of being hit by lightning. Also at 12.40pm, 3.40pm.

: Alien Empire

The evolution of some insects to gain protective armour. Also at 1.30pm, 4.30pm.

: The Buccaneers

Part one of a dramatisation of Edith Wharton's novel about a group of free-spirited young American women in the 1870s.


Author: Edith Wharton

: Profile

A profile of the children's fantasy author Philip Pullman, whose work is both popular and controversial.


Subject: Philip Pullman

: Jazz

How, during the Depression, Louis Armstrong became America's top entertainer and Chick Webb pioneered the big-band sound.


Subject: Louis Armstrong
Subject: Chick Webb

: John Adams Live from the Barbican

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the American composer, perform four of his works in a concert recorded at the Barbican Centre.


Conductor: John Adams
Musicians: The BBC Symphony Orchestra

: Music Masters

Contemporary US composer John Adams talks to conductor Charles Hazlewood about his life and career.


Subject: John Adams
Interviewer: Charles Hazlewood

: Arena: According to Beryl

Author Beryl Bainbridge takes an idiosyncratic tour of the last 20 years of writer and poet Samuel Johnson's life.


Presenter: Beryl Bainbridge
Subject: Samuel Johnson

: As 7pm.

: As 6.20pm.

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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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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