• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: Ragtime



Unknown: Maggie Henderson
Unknown: Fred Harris

: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The Christmas story told in carols - mostly very familiar but a few new ones - readings and pictures, all by pupils of schools in Leicestershire.
Recorded in the church of St James the Greater, Leicester
Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and Choirs with their conductor, Eric Pinkett
Director Roy Tipping
Producer Denis Moriarty


Conductor: Eric Pinkett
Director: Roy Tipping
Producer: Denis Moriarty

: The Happy Prince

A cartoon featuring the voices of GLYNIS johns as the swallow
Oscar Wilde 's classic bittersweet story of a swallow winging its way south which stays to rest upon the sorrowing statue of a once happy Prince and stays behind to help.


Unknown: Christopher Plummer
Unknown: Oscar Wilde
Producers: Murray Shostak

: Keith Michell

appeals on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Donations, preferably by crossed po or cheque, to Keith Michell , NSPCC, [address removed]


Unknown: Keith Michell

: Christmas Morning Service

from St George 's Chapel, Windsor Castle 1475-1975 in the presence of HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of The Royal Family
National Anthem
Hymn: Once in Royal David's City Psalm 85
Lesson: Isaiah 9. vv 2-6 read by CANON j. a. FISHER Te Deum: Britten in E
Lesson: St Luke 2, vv 8-17 read bv CANON G. B. BENTLEY Sans Day Carol
(arranged by John Rutter ) Collects for Christmas Day
Hvmn: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Hvmn: 0 Come all ye Faithful Prayers and Blessing
Organ Voluntary; Finale from Symphony No 1 by Vierne
Service conducted by REV I. G. COLLINS
Scene described by TOM FLEMING Director ANTONY CRAXTON


Unknown: St George
Read By: Canon J. A. Fisher
Unknown: Canon G. B. Bentley
Arranged By: John Rutter
Unknown: Launcelot Flemimg
Unknown: I. G. Collins
Directed By: Christopher Robinson
Organist: John Porter
Unknown: Tom Fleming
Director: Antony Craxton

: Rod Hull and Emu: Sing a Christmas Song

with help from Billy Dainty, Tom Chatto, Barbara New, 300 children and the Glossop School Band.
BBC Manchester


Comedian: Rod Hull
Comedian: Billy Dainty
Actor: Tom Chatto
Actress: Barbara New
Musicians: Glossop School Band
Bandmaster: Jack Fletcher
Musical Director: Bernard Herrmann
Director: Geoff Wilson
Producer: Hazel Lewthwaite
Children: from Whitfield and Simmondley primary schools in Glossop

: Laurel and Hardy: Pack Up Your Troubles

Two of the world's greatest laughter-makers in a Christmas season of their funniest films.
Today with James Finlayson, Billy Gilbert

It's World War I and just before their best pal is killed in action, Stan and Ollie promise him that they'll look after his little girl and restore her to his wealthy parents. But back in the States after the war, things prove rather difficult; all they know about their friend is that his name was Smith... (Black and White)


Director: George Marshall
Director: Raymond McCarey
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy
General: James Finlayson
Mr. Hathaway: Billy Gilbert

: Holiday on Ice

Your annual rink-side seat at one of the world's most spectacular touring ice extravaganzas
Lavish production numbers create the settings for international stars Wolfgang Schwarz , Milena Leslie Robinson , Ruth Hutchinson
Joop and Carie, Katie Walker and a colourful skating ballet
Chorus and stars salute America's 200th Anniversary in Celebrations; convey the joy of youth: Velvet Rock; honour the humour and gaiety of the songs of old London Town: London Forever; sway to the rhythms of the South Seas: Paradise Revisited; and revive memories of Minstrel Shows: Minstrels are Back in Town
Created, staged, directed by TED SHUFFLE Televised by arrangement with SKEE GOODHART for International Holiday on Ice Co: recorded in Lausanne Lighting TOMMY THOMAS Director ERIC NOGUET
Produced for television by DON SAYER


Unknown: Wolfgang Schwarz
Unknown: Milena Leslie Robinson
Unknown: Ruth Hutchinson
Unknown: Katie Walker
Directed By: Ted Shuffle
Arrangement With: Skee Goodhart
Unknown: Tommy Thomas
Director: Eric Noguet
Television By: Don Sayer

: Top of the Pops

A special Christmas edition featuring No 1 records of the year.
Introduced by Tony Blackburn and Noel Edmonds including Mud, The Tymes, Pilot, Telly Savalas, Bay City Rollers, Tammy Wynette, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, 10cc, Stylistics, Art Garfunkel, David Essex. with Pan's People.


Introduced by: Tony Blackburn
Introduced by: Noel Edmonds
Group: Mud
Singers: The Tymes
Group: Pilot
Singer: Telly Savalas
Group: Bay City Rollers
Singer: Tammy Wynette
Singers: Windsor Davies and Don Estelle
Group: 10cc
Singers: null Stylistics
Singer: Art Garfunkel
Singer: David Essex
Dancers: Pan's People
Choreography: Flick Colby
Assistant producer: Stanley Appel
Producer: Robin Nash

: The Queen

The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth

: Billy Smart's Christmas Circus

From the Big Top, a special international gala presentation of the world-famous circus.
Ringmistress Yasmine Smart introduces from Colombia:
The Albarracinis strength and grace above the ring from Great Britain: Mary Chipperfield with her five Bengali tigers
Harlequin and Columbine Elephants presented by YASMINE SMART Jacko Fossett and Little Billy fun with the clowns from Germany: The Liswoys daredevil Cossack riding from Italy:
The Bruksons low wire comedy and precision The Di Lellos music and clowning from America:
The Flying Terrels thrills on the trapeze from Poland:
The Okowinskys acrobatics with laughter The Wozniaks spins and somersaults from the springboard
Commentator RAY MOORE
Circus produced by RONNIE . DAVID andBILLY SMART Musical director KEN GRIFFIN Designer DON TAYLOR
Television presentation IAN SMITH


Unknown: Mary Chipperfield
Presented By: Yasmine Smart
Presented By: Jacko Fossett
Presented By: Little Billy
Commentator: Ray Moore
Produced By: Ronnie David
Produced By: Billy Smart
Director: Ken Griffin
Designer: Don Taylor
Unknown: Ian Smith

: The Wizard of Oz

A feature film starring Judy Garland with Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
The unforgettable Judy sings "Somewhere over the Rainbow"; we follow the yellow brick road on our journey to see the Wizard and on the way meet The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion - all elements in one of the most magical movies of them all, being screened today on British TV for the first time.
(Colour, with black and white sequences) Films: pages 16-17


Director: Victor Fleming
Dorothy: Judy Garland
Professor Marvel: Frank Morgan
The Wizard: Frank Morgan
Hunk: Ray Bolger
Scarecrow: Ray Bolger
Zeke: Bert Lahr
Cowardly Lion: Bert Lahr
Hickory: Jack Haley
Tin Man: Jack Haley
Glinda: Billie Burke
Miss Gulch: Margaret Hamilton
The Wicked Witch of the West: Margaret Hamilton

: National News

Kenneth Kendall ; Weatherman


Newsreader: Kenneth Kendall

: Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game

Bruce Forsyth with Anthea Redfern
A bumper Christmas edition with family couples from all over the country joining Bruce and Anthea and surprise guests for an hour of festive fun for all the family.
Orchestra directed by RONNIE HAZLEHURST
Programme associate TONY HAWES Design JAMES HATCHARD Director ALAN BOYD


Unknown: Bruce Forsyth
Unknown: Anthea Redfern
Directed By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Unknown: Tony Hawes
Design: James Hatchard
Director: Alan Boyd
Producer: James Moir

: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Written by Raymond Allen
starring Michael Crawford as Frank with Michelle Dotrice as Betty, Peter Jeffrey as Hayes, George Sewell as Wheeler, Campbell Singer as Finney and David Jacobs.
(Michael Crawford and George Sewell are appearing in "Billy" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London)


Writer: Raymond Allen
Action: Marc Boyle
Visual Effects: Bernard Wilkie
Design: Rochelle Selwyn
Producer: Michael Mills
Frank: Michael Crawford
Betty: Michele Dotrice
Hayes: Peter Jeffrey
Wheeler: George Sewell
Finney: Campbell Singer
Himself: David Jacobs
Mrs Perkins: Hazel Bainbridge
TV cameraman: Michael Angrave
TV sound man: Richard Latham
Clapper boy: David Woodcock
Make-up girl: Wendy Gilmore
Rude boy: Chris Leonard
Rude boy: Alrick Riley

: The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show

A star-studded holiday special starring Eric morecambe and Ernie Wise
Written by EDDIE BRABEN with special guests Diana Rigg, Des O'Connor, Gordon Jackson, Diane Solomon, Robin Day, Brenda Arnau PAN'S PEOPLE with ANN HAMILTON , ARTHUR TOLCHER
Choreography by FLICK COLBY
Musical arrangements and orchestra directed by PETER KNIGHT Designer VIC MEREDITH Producer ERNEST MAXIN


Written By: Eddie Braben
Unknown: Diana Rigg
Unknown: Des O'Connor
Unknown: Gordon Jackson
Unknown: Diane Solomon
Unknown: Brenda Arnau
Unknown: Ann Hamilton
Unknown: Arthur Tolcher
Choreography By: Flick Colby
Directed By: Peter Knight
Designer: Vic Meredith
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The world television premiere of the famous feature film starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross with Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, Henry Jones
You never met a pair like Butch and the Kid! The two most affable amiable outlaws in Western history are the subject of the most exuberant, exciting and engaging of all western movies - the story of Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Longbaugh, otherwise known as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Director GEORGE ROY HILL Films: pages 16-17
George Roy Hill, director of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", spent the first few weeks directing the movie on his back. He says:
'I fell and dislocated my spine, so the medics rigged up a stretcher, and I lay broiling under the desert sun giving horizontal directions. Newman and Redford thought it was quite funny - and I encouraged them, because they were total strangers before we began, and I wanted to create a kind of spontaneous humour. We had a lot of laughs on the set. At one point Paul had to say a line like "Just to think that 50 years ago there was nothing here." In fact. there was nothing there, and each time he said it he just broke up laughing. In the end we just had to give up. In fact, the locations were very important to the movie, and I made two separate trips within six weeks, hunting for good situations. Normally one leaves that sort of thing to a location scout, but on this occasion I literally covered hundreds of miles of Mexico.
The critics roasted the film. If it had been a play, we'd have closed in one night. Thank God for word of mouth and my scriptwriter - he said: " I gave you Shane and you gave me Gunga Din." What we really got was the Laurel and Hardy of Deadwood Gulch.'


Director: George Roy Hill
Butch Cassidy: Paul Newman
The Sundance Kid: Robert Redford
Etta Place: Katharine Ross
Percy Garris: Strother Martin
Bike Salesman: Henry Jones
Sheriff Bledsoe: Jeff Corey
Woodcock: George Furth
Agnes: Cloris Leachman
Harvey Logan: Ted Cassidy
Marshal: Kenneth Mars
Macon: Donnelly Rhodes
Large Woman: Jody Gilbert

: The Good Old Days

A Christmas edition of Old-Time Music-Hall from the stage of the Famous City Varieties Theatre, Leeds (by arrangement with Stanley and Michael Joseph )
For your delectation and delight, your Chairman, Leonard Sachs , introduces Vera Lynn
Sheila Steafel
j Windsor Davies and Don Estelle Lyn Kennington
Davy Kaye
Ray C. Davis
Members of the Players Theatre, London:
Musical director BERNARD HERRMANN Producer BARNEY COLEHAN BBC Manchester
(Lyn Kennington is appearing at the Victoria Palace, London)


Unknown: Michael Joseph
Introduces: Leonard Sachs
Unknown: Vera Lynn
Unknown: Sheila Steafel
Unknown: J Windsor Davies
Unknown: Don Estelle
Unknown: Lyn Kennington
Unknown: Davy Kaye
Unknown: Ray C. Davis
Unknown: Loraine Hart
Unknown: Dudley Stevens
Unknown: Jacquie Toye
Unknown: Clifton Todd
Unknown: Jenny Wren
Unknown: Norman Warwick
Unknown: Doreen Hermitage
Director: Bernard Herrmann
Producer: Barney Colehan
Unknown: Lyn Kennington

: News

with Kenneth Kendall; Weather


Newsreader: Kenneth Kendall

: Parkinson meets Bob Hope

Born in South-East London in 1903, Bob Hope moved to the United States four years later and grew up to become one of the legends of show business. Tonight he flies home to celebrate Christmas as Michael Parkinson's special guest.


Presenter: Michael Parkinson
Guest: Bob Hope
Director: Colin Strong
Producer: Richard Drewett

: Weather

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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel