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: Horizon

How the discovery of an ancient fossil rocked the world of anthropology. Also at 11am, 2pm, 7.20pm.

: The Planets

A look at how life evolved on Earth. Also at 11.50am, 2.50pm.

: Earth Story

Aubrey Manning discovers that the tranquil scenery of modern Switzerland conceals a violent past. Also at 12.40pm, 3.40pm.


Presenter: Aubrey Manning

: Alien Empire

Including the crickets that live on an active volcano. Also at 1.30pm, 4.30pm.

: The Buccaneers

Virginia has produced an heir, but when her father is ruined, she is left with the Brightlingsea family.

: Four Minutes

Featuring the photographer Steve Pyke.


Subject: Steve Pyke

: Renaissance Secrets

A look at research that throws doubt on Johannes Gutenburg as inventor of the printing press.

: Mountain Men

The strange mysteries behind early attempts to climb Mount McKinley.

: As 8am.

: Egypt's Golden Empire

The story of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his family - was he a genius or a madman?

: Battlefields

Analysis of the key military campaigns of the Second World War.

: Storyville: Rats in the Ranks

The nature of politics is observed as Sydney's Leichhardt Council prepares to vote for its mayor.

: The Blue Planet

This edition explores predatory skills of whales, dolphins, sharks, tuna and rapier-nosed billfish.

: As 9pm.

: As 6.30pm.

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.

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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