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: Jazz: Irresistible

The mid-1950s saw visionary pianist Thelonious Monk's own inimitable style become popular, while the smooth and mellow sound of "cool" also gained ground. Charlie Parker overdosed on heroin, and Miles Davis began to lead jazz in a new direction.


Subject: Thelonious Monk
Subject: Charlie Parker
Subject: Miles Davis

: The Blue Planet: Tidal Seas

David Attenborough looks at how the tides create opportunities for marine life. Snails surf the waves in pursuit of a meal, giant stingrays glide on currents for a rest, and dolphins participate in a deadly game of catch.


Presenter: David Attenborough

: Stray Dog ***

Crime drama. Akira Kurosawa's atmospheric film noir, set in the rundown backstreets of Tokyo, sees a detective (Toshiro Mifune) plagued by feelings of guilt after his weapon is stolen and used in a number of crimes, In Japanese with English subtitles.


Director: Akira Kurosawa
Detective Murakami: Toshiro Mifune

: Rhapsody In August

Drama, directed by the then 80-year-old Akira Kurosawa. A Japanese family is traumatised by the visit of a half-American relative (played by Richard Gere) who brings back memories of the bombing of Nagasaki in the Second World War. In Japanese with English subtitles.


Director: Akira Kurosawa
Clark: Richard Gere

: Jazz: Irresistible

Visionary pianist Thelonious Monk introduces his own inimitable style. As 7pm.


Pianist: Thelonious Monk

: Face to Face: Albert Finney

An interview from 1962, in which John Freeman cross-examines actor Albert Finney. Still a young stage actor, Finney was enjoying his big film break in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.


Interviewee: Albert Finney
Interviewer: John Freeman

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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.

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