• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: News

Regional News and Weather

: Rupert

Simon Parkin gets fit after the culinary delights of Christmas, while Andi Peters and Philippa Forrester just watch TV, starting with Cartoon based on the stories by Alfred Bestall.


Unknown: Simon Parkin
Unknown: Andi Peters
Stories By: Alfred Bestall.

: Hallo Spencer

Adventures of a zany bunch of puppets. (R)

: Ovide

Cartoon adventures of a duck-billed platypus. (R)

: News

Regional News and Weather

: Touche Turtle

Cartoon. Touche Turtle is an unlikely musketeer. (R)

: Wizbit

The magical adventures of Wizbit and the residents of Puzzleopolis. Professor Doom makes a doppelganger.It's all very confuddling.
With Paul Daniels. (R)


Unknown: Paul Daniels.

: New Adventures of Mighty Mouse

Cartoon. Will Mighty Mouse marry Pearl Pureheart? (R)

: News

Regional News and Weather

: Popeye and Son

Cartoon. Sailor Popeye now has a son, Popeye Jr. (R)

: Why Don't You... ?

Intruders in uniform, something in sheepskin, and someone in a poncho. Yes it's the wild west of Liverpool! Director Alex Lonsdale
Producer Trevor Stephenson Long


Director: Alex Lonsdale
Producer: Trevor Stephenson

: Quick Draw McGraw

Cartoon. Quick Draw McGraw with his sidekick Baba Looey sets out to clean up the west.

: Playdays

The Christmas Tree Stop.
Today's stories are The Little Fir Tree (trad) and Twelve
Cats for Christmas by Martin Leman. With
Vanessa Amberleigh , Simon Harbrow and Ellie Darvill. (R)


Unknown: Martin Leman.
Unknown: Vanessa Amberleigh
Unknown: Simon Harbrow
Unknown: Ellie Darvill.

: Charlie Brown and Snoopy

A cartoon based on Peanuts by Charles M Schulz. (R)


Unknown: Charles M Schulz.

: The O-Zone

A look back at some of the hits of 1990. Today: January-June. (July-December tomorrow at 10.50am)

: The Five Pennies

Danny Kaye
The biography of brash
Dixieland cornet player 'Red' Nichols, whose ambition is to form a band of his own. Louis Armstrong HIMSELF
Director Melville Shavelson * FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Danny Kaye
Director: Melville Shavelson
Loring 'Red' Nichols: Danny Kaye
Bobbie Meredith: Barbara Bel Geddes
Will Paradise: Bob Crosby
Tony Valani: Harry Guardino
Dorothy Nichols (aged 6): Susan Gordon
Dorothy (aged 12-14): Tuesday Weld
Tommy Eden: Valerie Allen
Jimmy Dorsey: Ray Anthony

: News

With Philip Hayton. Weather Bill Giles


Unknown: Philip Hayton.
Unknown: Bill Giles

: Neighbours

Joe finds out who has been stealing his work.
(For cast see Friday 28 December. Repeated at 5.35pm) 0 CEEFAX SUBTITLES

: Zulu

Michael Caine
Stanley Baker Jack Hawkins
1879: Cetewayo, ruler of the Zulu kingdom, inflicts a heavy defeat upon the British army at Isandhlwana and marches towards the small garrison of Rorke's Drift. Two officers desperately rally their meagre forces: eight officers and 97 men against 4,000 Zulus.
Director Cy Endfield


Unknown: Michael Caine
Unknown: Stanley Baker
Unknown: Jack Hawkins
Lt Gonville Bromhead: Michael Caine
Lt John Chard, RE: Stanley Baker
Rev Otto Witt: Jack Hawkins
Margareta Witt: Ulla Jacobsson
Private Henry Hook: James Booth
Colour-Sergeant Bourne: Nigel Green
Private Owen: Ivor Emmanuel
Sergeant Maxfield: Paul Daneman

: Bushfire Moon

Introduced by Andi Peters.
A two-part children's drama set in 19th-century Australia. 1: Mischievous 8-year-old
Ned O'Day has few hopes for a Christmas present until a remarkable thing happens - he thinks he sees Santa Claus.
(R) (Part 2 tomorrow at 3.50pm)


Introduced By: Andi Peters.
Unknown: Ned O'Day
Elizabeth O'Day: Dee Wallace Stone
Patrick O'Day: John Waters
Max Bell: Charles Tingwell
Mr Watson: Bill Kerr
Ned O'Day: Andrew Ferguson
Jamie: Christopher Stevenson

: The Really Wild Dinosaur Show

Dinosaurs were huge, agile, dangerous, caring, vegetarian animals, not just piles of bones. Watch them come to life with Terry Nutkins , Chris Packham and Sue Dawson.
Producer Paul Appleby


Unknown: Terry Nutkins
Unknown: Chris Packham
Unknown: Sue Dawson.
Producer: Paul Appleby

: Blue Peter Review of the Year

All your favourite moments including Edd the Duck helping Yvette Fielding in the studio, John Leslie with Britain's worst football team and Diane-Louise Jordan learning to be a firefighter. And there are spectacular performances by the Georgian State Dancers, Young Musican of the Year and the Boys.
(Ceefax subtitles)


Presenter: Yvette Fielding
Presenter: John Leslie
Presenter: Diane-Louise Jordan

: Neighbours


: News

With Philip Hayton.
Weather Michael Fish


Unknown: Philip Hayton.

: The World's Strongest Man

A contest of endurance from
Joensuu, Finland, for the Daf Trophy. Competitors are: J P Sigmarsson (Iceland); 0 D Wilson (USA); Adrian Smith (Great Britain); Ilkka Nummisto (Finland); Aap
Uspenski (Estonia, USSR); Laszlo Fekete (Hungary); Tjalling Van Den Bosch (Netherlands);
Henning Thorsen (Denmark). With Bill McFarlan and Jamie Reeves. Producer Simon Betts


Unknown: Adrian Smith
Unknown: Ilkka Nummisto
Unknown: Laszlo Fekete
Unknown: Tjalling van Den Bosch
Unknown: Henning Thorsen
Unknown: Bill McFarlan
Unknown: Jamie Reeves.
Producer: Simon Betts

: EastEnders

Diane shares a secret with Mark and once again he finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

The fortnight's cast:
This week's episodes by Michael Russell
This fortnight's directors Alan Wareing and Charles Beeson
Drama: page 16
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Michael Russell
Director: Alan Wareing
Director: Charles Beeson
Disa: Jan Graveson
Diane: Sophie Lawrence
Mark: Todd Carty
Michelle: Susan Tully
Doctor: Mark Bannister
Cindy: Michelle Collins
Wicksy: Nick Berry
Ian: Adam Woodyatt
Pete: Peter Dean
Pat: Pam St Clement
Frank: Mike Reid
Janine: Rebecca Michael
Ricky: Sid Owen
Pauline: Wendy Richard
Arthur: Bill Treacher
Dot Cotton: June Brown
Ethel: Gretchen Franklin
Phil: Steve McFadden
Grant: Ross Kemp
Sharon: Letitia Dean
Etta: Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence
Celestine: Leroy Golding
Mrs George: Jill Brassington
Dr Legg: Leonard Fenton
Kathy: Gillian Taylforth
Eddie: Michael Melia
PC: Bryen Lawrence
WPC: Abigail Bond
Sam: Danniella Westbrook
Jason: George Russo
Mr Warren: Glyn Grimstead
Mrs Warren: Paddy Navin
Wayne Harris: Ellam Hull
Clyde: Steven Woodcock
Jules: Tommy Eytle
Lloyd: Garey Bridges
Hattie: Michelle Gayle
Karen: Adjoa Andoh
Father Christmas: Stewart Harwood

: Last of the Summer Wine

A special Christmas edition of the comedy series by Roy Clarke.
Starring Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Brian Wilde

It's Boxing Day, and Barry is in big trouble. Will Foggy's prized Christmas present come to his rescue?

Picture story: page 95
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Roy Clarke
Director/Producer: Alan J W Bell
Compo: Bill Owen
Clegg: Peter Sallis
Foggy: Brian Wilde
Nora Batty: Kathy Staff
Ivy: Jane Freeman
Edie: Thora Hird
Barry: Mike Grady
Wesley: Gordon Wharmby
Howard: Robert Fyfe
Marina: Jean Fergusson
Pearl: Juliette Kaplan
Glenda: Sarah Thomas
Eli: Danny O'Dea
Landlord: James Duggan
Passenger: Bernard Atha
Lady in car: Grace Mitchell
Man in car: Peter Diamond

: A Question of Sport

Celebrates its 21st birthday. David Coleman tests the former captains.
On Bill Beaumont 's team:
Willie Carson champion jockey and Brendan Foster 1971
5,000m European Champion. On Ian Botham 's team:
Emlyn Hughes the former
Liverpool and England captain. Gareth Edwards the former
Wales and Lions scrum-half.
Executive producer Mike Adley ● SPORT: page 27


Unknown: David Coleman
Unknown: Bill Beaumont
Unknown: Willie Carson
Unknown: Brendan Foster
Unknown: Ian Botham
Unknown: Emlyn Hughes
Unknown: Gareth Edwards
Producer: Mike Adley

: Nine O'Clock News

With Michael Buerk.
Regional News
Weather Michael Fish
0 CEEFAX SUBTITLES (news only)


Unknown: Michael Buerk.

: One Foot in the Christmas Grave: Who's Listening

A special edition of the comedy series by David Renwick.
Starring Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie
Victor wonders if Christmas ever had any deeper, spiritual meaning. But one snowy mid-winter's night, something wonderful is about to happen.
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: David Renwick
Director/Producer: Susan Belbin
Victor Meldrew: Richard Wilson
Margaret Meldrew: Annette Crosbie
Mrs Warboys: Doreen Mantle
Mrs Burridge: Cathy Shipton
Rev Croker: Geoffrey Chater
Pippa: Janine Duvitski
Patrick: Angus Deayton
Adam Burridge: Chase Marks

: Review of the Year 1990

This year saw the end of the Thatcher era, a united
Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela , World Cup mania and the Gulf crisis.
Jonathan Dimbleby presents a review of 1990 from key locations around the world and talks to some of the people behind the stories.
Producer Rosalind Erskine


Unknown: Nelson Mandela
Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Producer: Rosalind Erskine

: Lenny - Live and Unleashed

First showing on network television. Comedian Lenny Henry filmed in performance at the Hackney Empire in 1989. With Jeff Beck and Robbie Coltrane.
Director Andy Hames 0 FILMS: pages 51-64


Unknown: Lenny Henry
Unknown: Jeff Beck
Unknown: Robbie Coltrane.
Director: Andy Hames

: 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.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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