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: Open University

6.40 Infant Cognition

7.5 Gibbon and the Ruins of Rome

7.30 Images of the Working Class

: Closedown

: For Schools, Colleges

9.0-9.20 Twentieth-Century History Cold War: Confrontation
9.47 Mathshow
A Likely Story
10.10 Merry-go-Round
Orkney: Stone Age Village
10.35 Scene. The Kids Are Okay 1: Who's Leaving?
11.5 It's Maths. Area
11.30 Let's Look at Wales Madog

: Closedown

: Midday News

Weather MICHAEL fish

: 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 Birminoham


Unknown: Tony Bilbow.
Editor: Jim Dumighan.

: Mr Benn: The Caveman

Told by Ray Brooks


Story and illustrations: David McKee
Narrator: Ray Brooks

: You and Me

A series for 4- and 5-year-olds, and adults watching with them. BreakfastTime
The first of four new pre-reading programmes looking at and talking about Duncan's Picture Show
Introduced by MICHAEL MAYNARD and Duncan the Dragon
Puppet animation JOE BARTON Director diane MORGAN Producer JUDITH MILES


Introduced By: Michael Maynard
Unknown: Joe Barton
Director: Diane Morgan
Producer: Judith Miles

: For Schools, Colleges

2.15 Music Time
In the Town: 1
2.40 Television Club A School in Time
Freshwater Shark

: Closedown

: Play School

: The All New Popeye Show

Popeye, the spinach-guzzling cartoon sailor, gets involved in misadventures, galvanised into action, and heroically rescues Olive Oyl, always the damsel in distress.

: Graham's Gang

William thinks up the perfect April Fool's joke to play on Graham. But Graham isn't amused. Only Fooling
Executive producer ANNA HOME Director MARILYN FOX


Unknown: John Challen
Graham: Mark Francis
Mildred: Melanie Gibson
William: Neill Lillywhite
LUX: Alan Corbett
Robert: Tommy Pender
Keith: Lloyd Mahoney
Park keeper: Keith James
Voice of William's mother: Jean Marlow

: Blue Peter

with Simon Groom, Christopher Wenner, Tina Heath
St Christopher Ahoy!

The results of the competition to design a mural for the newest cross-channel ferry. Find out whether you have won a vip trip on the St Christopher's maiden voyage for you and your family.


Presenter: Simon Groom
Presenter: Christopher Wenner
Presenter: Tina Heath

: Captain Pugwash

The Plank

: Evening News

with Richard Baker ; Weatherman


Unknown: Richard Baker

: Nationwide

The Bosanquet View: Fashion
In the first of a new series of films, Reginald Bosanquet looks at the world of women's fashion.


Unknown: Reginald Bosanquet

: Tomorrow's World

Presented by Kieran Prendiville Michael Rodd , Judith Hann With SU INGLE
Forest fires and photographs - big cabbages and barnacles - some of the things involved in the latest news from the world of science and technology.
Studio director JOHN GORMAN


Presented By: Kieran Prendiville
Presented By: Michael Rodd
Presented By: Judith Hann
Director: John Gorman
Producers: Laurie John.
Producers: Andy Wiseman
Unknown: John Groom.
Editor: David Filkin

: Top of the Pops

Introduced by Steve Wright.


Presenter: Steve Wright
Dancers: Legs & Co
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Musical Director: Johnny Pearson
Choreography: Flick Colby
Sound: Anthony Philpot
Lighting: Alan Horne
Designer: Janet Budden
Producer: Phil Bishop
Executive Producer: Robin Nash

: Taxi

America's comedy hit One-Punch
Banta Tony 's never won a fight yet. Now he's offered a crack at the World Champion - as sparring partner. starring
Special guest stars


Unknown: Banta Tony
Directed By: James Burrows
Alex Rieger: Judd Hirsch
John Burns: Randall Carver
Bobby Wheeler: Jeff Conaway
Tony Banta: Tony Danza
Louie de Palma: Danny de Vito
Elaine Nardo: Marilu Henner
Latka Gravas: Andy Kaufman
Carlos Navarone: Carlos Palomino
Jerry Martin: Allen Arbus

: James Burke: The Real Thing

Life Sentence
The fact that you know what these words mean may be the reason why the entire Universe exists for you. The shape of reality may be fixed by the way you use grammar rules you learned at school! You have the power to wipe out anything with a negative. In the last of these journeys into your mind, James Burke investigates the extraordinary ability everybody has to make what they mean.
Photography DAVID FEIG
Production assistant JOHN LYNCH Produced by MICK JACKSON
Cathy doesn't like ' women's work ' so she joins the army. Harriet Walter in Play for Today: 9.35 pm


Unknown: James Burke
Editor: Gerry Pomeroy
Unknown: John Lynch
Produced By: Mick Jackson
Unknown: Harriet Walter

: A Party Political Broadcast

by the Liberal Party

: Main News

with Richard Baker ; Weatherman


Unknown: Richard Baker

: Play for Today: The Imitation Game

Cathy Raine , a ' respectable ' girl, joins the ATS against the wishes of her parents and boyfriend. She is determined to find a fulfilling job in the war against Fascism but it's not so easy ...
Produced and directed by richard EYRE


Unknown: Ian McEwan
Unknown: Cathy Raine
Editor: David Martin
Designer: Geoff Powell
Unknown: Photography Peter Bartlett
Directed By: Richard Eyre
Cathy Raine: Harriet Walter
Anna Raine: Lorna Charles
Tony: Simon Chandler
Tony's mother: Kristine Howarth
Mr Raine: Bernard Gallagher
Mrs Raine: Gillian Martell
Factory clerk: Keith Marsh
ATS officer: Patricia Routledge
Mary: Brenda Blethyn
ATS sergeant: Carol MacReady
First recruit: Annie Hayes
Second recruit: Jean Leppard
ATS lance corporal: Sue Greenwood
ATS girl: Penny Smith
Girl in bath: Belinda Lang
Dispatch rider: Daniel Webb
Publican: Peter Schofield
Major: Tim Seely
Clark: Kevin Elyot
Matthews: Matthew Scurfield
Turner: Nicholas Le Prevost
Smith: John Grillo
Junior officer: Andrew Seear
Technical officer: Rhys McConnochie
Officer in mess: Alister Cameron
Colonel in cell: Geoffrey Chater

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Memories of Play for Today 15 October 2017

: News Headlines

: Question Time

with Robin Day
The hour to question the ideas and decisions of today.
Labour elder statesman Lord Lever of Manchester, Lloyd's EEC adviser Liliana Archibald and former think-tank member Prof Tessa Blackstone are three of the public personalities who face questions and reaction from the general public at the Greenwood Theatre in South London. Chaired by ROBIN DAY


Unknown: Liliana Archibald
Unknown: Prof Tessa Blackstone
Producer: Barbara Maxwell

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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.

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