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: Midday News

Weather Jack Scott

: Pebble Mill at One

Including Film Focus, a weekly guide to the latest releases and events in the movie world, presented by Tony Bilbow.
Editor JIM DUMIGHAN. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Tony Bilbow.
Editor: Jim Dumighan.

: Heads and Tails

Legs, Legs, Legs
The gurnard fish has legs of a sort, the little mudskipper has fins it uses like legs, but when it comes to legs, the race horse wins.

: Closedown

: Play School

Story: 'Ahhh!' said Stork Written and illustrated by GERALD ROSE . Presenters
Floella Benjamin , Johnny Ball


Illustrated By: Gerald Rose
Unknown: Floella Benjamin
Unknown: Johnny Ball

: Deputy Dawg

A cartoon series
Open Wide

: Jackanory

with Joanna David
The Eyes of the Amaryllis by NATALIE BABBITT. Part 4


Unknown: Joanna David
Unknown: Natalie Babbitt.

: Screen Test

Brian Trueman puts observation questions to contestants from Heston School, Hounslow, and St Thomas Moore RC Middle School, East Molesey, who will be looking at scenes from The Cat from Outer Space, Lord of the Rings, Fern the Red Deer and Dr Dolittle. Mr Greensleeves, a runner-up In the Young Film-makers' Competition, will also be shown.
Directed by PAUL LOOSLEY Produced by JOHN BUTTERY BBC Manchester


Unknown: Brian Trueman
Unknown: St Thomas Moore
Directed By: Paul Loosley
Produced By: John Buttery

: Blue Peter

with Simon Groom, Christopher Wenner, Tina Heath
In the Swim: Chris spends the day with Britain's 800m Women's Freestyle record holder, 14-year-old Jackie Willmott from Southend. Jackie swims a gruelling 10,000m per day and starts her training at 4.30 every morning - going on till after dark with lessons squeezed in between. Will all the effort pay off? Watch the 1980 Olympics to find out!


Presenter: Simon Groom
Presenter: Christopher Wenner
Presenter: Tina Heath
Guest: Jackie Will
Producer: Renny Rye
Assistant Editor: John Adcock
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Evening News

with Richard Baker Weatherman


Unknown: Richard Baker

: Nationwide

The Nationwide team of FRANK BOUGH , SUE LAWLEY
HUGH SCULLY , JOHN STAPLETON and BOB WELLINGS provides you with background to the news of the day and presents some of the less serious features and stories that make up the scene.


Unknown: Frank Bough
Unknown: Hugh Scully
Unknown: John Stapleton
Unknown: Bob Wellings

: Tomorrow's World

Looks Forward into the 80s
Presented by Judith Hann , Michael Rodd and Kieran Prendiville with reporter Su Ingle
A new decade-new horizons for science and technology - and long-established challenges such as the energy crisis. The latest report on the ingenious ideas and inventions trying to carve out a better future.
Studio director JOHN GORMAN Producer LAURIE JOHN Edited by DAVID FILKIN
Tomorrow's World Looks to the Eighties, £7.25, from bookshops


Presented By: Judith Hann
Presented By: Michael Rodd
Presented By: Kieran Prendiville
Reporter: Su Ingle
Director: John Gorman
Producer: Laurie John
Edited By: David Filkin

: Top of the Pops

Introduced by Kid Jensen.
Fifteen Years of Top of the Pops (record BELP 014, cassette zcr 014) from record shops


Introduced By: Kid Jensen
Dancers: Legs & Co
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Musical Director: Johnny Pearson
Choreography: Flick Colby
Studio sound: Anthony Philpot
Lighting: Eric Wallis
Designer: Humphrey Jaeger
Producer: Phil Bishop
Executive Producer: Robin Nash

: The Circus World Championships

A gala spectacular featuring the final night of the 1979 championships.
Outstanding international artistes combine grace and precision with panache and courage as they compete for the coveted titles of Circus World Champions in four breathtaking events. The contenders
Trick riding: defending champions Jerry, Jimmy and Jonny (Sweden); The Alexis Gruss Troupe (France); The Enrico Caroli Troupe (Italy) Juggling: defending champion Kris Kremo (Switzerland); Rudy Schweitzer (Germany); Dick Franco (USA) Trampoline Competition:
The Cristiani Family, (USA)
The Six Fornasari (Italy)
Flying trapeze Competition:
The Flying Volares (USA) The Flying Jimenez (Mexico)
Staged in the Robert Brothers Big Top


Ringmaster: Norman Barrett
Commentator: Bruce Hammal
Musical director: Laurie Holloway
Sound: Jeff Baker
Lighting: Clive Potter
Executive producer: Adrian Metcalfe
Director: Ian Smith

: Nine O'Clock News

with Peter Woods ; Weatherman


Unknown: Peter Woods

: Play for Today: Keep Smiling

by PAUL JOYCE with Family picnics should not be like this; bugging devices, men with X-ray eyes. Mary doesn't understand what terrifies Simon, nor the bizarre events of the next six months.
Studio lighting PETER BOOTH Script editor ROGER GREGORY Producer DAVID ROSE
Director PAUL JOYCE. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Paul Joyce
Music By: Dave Greenslade
Designer: Sally Williams
Editor: Roger Gregory
Producer: David Rose
Director: Paul Joyce.
Simon Hulse: Stephen Moore
Mary Hulse: Morag Hood
Harry Cowper: Morgan Sheppard
Cath Cowper: Harriet Reynolds
Matthew Hulse: Matthew Stradling
Lucy Hulse: Victoria Goodwin
Shales: John Franklyn Robbins
Doctor: Ewan Hooper
Tennant: Hugh Thomas
Miss Postlethwaite: Margaret Ford
Newscaster: Alastair Yates
Police constable: Peter Guinness
Police sergeant: Ralph Lawton
Solicitor: Hugh Dickson
Girl in flat: Alison Elliott

: Platform One

A weekly interview in which people whose decisions influence our lives talk about why they hold the views they do.


Director: Ann Morley
Producer: Margaret Douglas

: News Headlines

: The Sky at Night

Mapping the Sky
How many people know the meaning of terms such as ' right ascension' and ' declination '? And what exactly is the celestial sphere? Mapping the sky presents problems different from those of mapping the earth. Patrick Moore talks about sky-maps, and how astronomers have worked out their own equivalent of latitude and longitude.


Talks: Patrick Moore
Director: Pieter Morpurgo
Producer: Patricia Wood

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.

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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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