• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: But First This

With Simon Parkin, Philippa Forrester and Esther McVey.

The Woman Who Raised a Bear as Her Son
An entertaining cartoon about an Eskimo lady who adopts a baby polar bear, and the love that develops between them.

7.25am Playdays
The Patch Stop. [STEREO]

7.45am Dot and the Koala
Intrepid adventurer Dot returns to the Australian outback and teams up with a koala bear with an eye for fun. Network TV premiere.
● FILMS: pages 41-67

8.55am A Muppet Family Christmas
A musical Muppet spectacular, including Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock regulars. Fozzie invites all his friends to spend Christmas at his mother's.

9.45am Alien's First Christmas
It is the year 2027 and the "Peoples" are living in outer space. But Christmas is Christmas wherever you are.

10.10am The Flintstones
Fred, Wilma and the Rubbles win a game-show prize - an all-expenses paid trip to Rocksylvania.


Presenter ("But First This"): Simon Parkin
Presenter ("But First This"): Philippa Forrester
Presenter ("But First This"): Esther McVey

: Grease

The hit musical starring John Travolta
Olivia Newton-John
After a summer romance, teenagers Danny and Sandy meet again under very different circumstances.
An affectionate view of the 50s, featuring a soundtrack of great old and new songs.
Director Randal Kleiser
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages41-67


Unknown: John Travolta
Unknown: Olivia Newton-John
Director: Randal Kleiser
Danny Zucco: John Travolta
Sandy Olsson: Olivia Newton-John
Betty Rizzo: Stockard Channing
Kenickie: Jeff Conaway
Principal McGee: Eve Arden
Teen Angel: Frankie Avalon
Vi: Joan Blondell
Vince Fontaine: Edd Byrnes

: Cartoons

: One O'Clock News

Followed by Weather

: A Jetson Christmas Carol

The festive season arrives for the cartoon space-age family.

: Neighbours


: An American Tail

The first showing on network television for this animated family film, produced by Steven Spielberg. It's 1885, and the Mousekewitz family of mice leave their native Russia and set sail for America - where, they believe, there are no cats and the streets are paved with cheese. A sequel, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West is now on release.
With the voices of Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Plummer, Cathianne Blore. Director Don Bluth


Produced By: Steven Spielberg
Fievel Mousekowitz: Phillip Glasser
Tiger: Dom Deluise
Mama Mousekowitz: Nehemiah Persoff
Gussie Mouseheimer: Madeline Kahn
Henri: Christopher Plummer
Bridget: Cathianne Blore
Director: Don Bluth

: Bigfoot and the Hendersons

First showing on network television for this family comedy.
Starring John Lithgow
While on a camping holiday a family discover a giant creature - the legendary Bigfoot - and, thinking it's dead, take it home. This film was the basis for the television series Harry and the Hendersons and won an Oscar for outstanding make-up.
Director William Dear
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-67


Unknown: John Lithgow
George Henderson: John Lithgow
Nancy Henderson: Melind Adillon
Dr Wallace Wrightwood: Don Ameche
Jacques La Fleur: David Suchet
Sarah Henderson: Margaret Langrick
George Henderson Sr: Memmet Walsh

: Final Score

Full classified football results.

: News and Weather

● TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888

: Telly Addicts

A BBC team takes on an ITV quartet in a special edition of the television knowledge quiz. Les Dawson captains the BBC team, with Carmen Silvera (Edith in 'Allo Allot), Mike Reid (Frank Butcher in EastEnders) and weather forecaster Suzanne Charlton.
You Bet's Matthew Kelly is the ITV captain, with Sarah Kennedy (from Busman Holiday), Bob Holness (of Blockbusters) and Best of Magic's Geoffrey Durham. Hosted by Noel Edmonds. Director Nick Hurran
Producer Richard L Lewis


Unknown: Carmen Silvera
Unknown: Mike Reid
Unknown: Suzanne Charlton.
Unknown: Matthew Kelly
Unknown: Sarah Kennedy
Unknown: Bob Holness
Unknown: Geoffrey Durham.
Unknown: Noel Edmonds.
Director: Nick Hurran
Producer: Richard L Lewis

: Neighbours

Melissa gets a note from the phantom kisser" - will he be unmasked at last?
(For cast see Monday 23 December. Shown at 1.30pm) STEREO

: Antiques Roadshow Going Live!

The first Antiques Roadshow for youngsters, with Roadshow's Hugh Scully and Going Live!' Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene - plus
Gordon the Gopher. Teddy bears, train sets, Sindy dolls,
Dinky toys, Thunderbirds, pop memorabilia, genuine antiques and collectable toys of every kind are featured in this special edition from Bristol, which attracted more than 3,000 children to Temple Meads station. Going Live! producer Cathy Gilbey says: "We had so many phone calls after Hugh Scully and expert Hilary Kay appeared on our show earlier this year we realised our viewers would love an Antiques Roadshow devoted entirely to them." Phillip Schofield says: "When I was younger I had an enormous number of Dinky toys - but my brother buried them in the garden." Producer Michele Burgess
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● CHILDREN: page 17


Unknown: Hugh Scully
Unknown: Phillip Schofield
Unknown: Sarah Greene
Producer: Cathy Gilbey
Unknown: Hugh Scully
Unknown: Hilary Kay
Unknown: Phillip Schofield
Producer: Michele Burgess

: EastEnders

Grant's Boxing Day surprise for Sharon doesn't have quite the effect he'd planned.
(For cast see Thursday 2 January) STEREO

: Bergerac

A special feature-length episode of the detective drama starring John Nettles
All for Love. Broken-hearted by a letter from his French girlfriend, Jim is back on the bottle. So Charlie decides he should be kept busy and persuades Jim to accompany him to Bath as minder of a priceless painting. There he falls victim to the wiles of a woman with specific plans for his future - including murder. Bill Nighy , recently in the BBC series The Men's Room, and Catherine Rabett , who plays Cissy in You Rang, M'Lord?, both appear tonight.
This could be the very last chance of following the adventures of the Jersey detective as there are no plans for a further series.
John Nettles , however, is writing a book, Jersey: a Personal History of Its People and Places, to be published in May by BBC Books.
Episode written by John Milne Producer George Gallaccio Director Terry Marcel ● STEREO
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 0 DRAMA: page 8


Unknown: Bill Nighy
Unknown: Catherine Rabett
Unknown: John Nettles
Written By: John Milne
Producer: George Gallaccio
Director: Terry Marcel
Jim Bergerac: John Nettles
Charlie Hungerford: Terence Alexander
Deborah Bergerac: Deborah Grant
Rupert Draper: Simon Williams
Cressida Draper: Suzan Crowley
Barry: Bill Nighy
Inspector Deffand: Roger Sloman
Willy Pettit: John Telfer
DC Ramsden: Al Ashton
Ben Lomas: David Kershaw
Petra Crowe-Smith: Jane Downs
Ronnie: Peter Watts
Pascal: Bruno Madinier
Philip: Philip Glenister
Ellie: Charmaine Parsons
Jane: Catherine Rabett

: News

Weather Bernard Davey
0 TELETEXT SUBTITLES (news): page 888


Unknown: Bernard Davey

: A Fish Called Wanda

First showing on network television of this wild comedy of lust, greed and seafood, starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
When straight-laced, married, barrister Archie Leach falls for sexy, American criminal Wanda Gerschwitz, things don't look good. Wanda and her psychopathic boyfriend are after a fortune in stolen gems. Cleese wrote the screenplay and won Bafta's best actor award. Kevin Kline won an Oscar for best supporting actor, and Bafta's best supporting actor award went to Michael Palin. Director Charles Crichton is also famous for directing the Ealing comedies The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt.
● TELETEXT SUBTITLES: page 888 ● FILMS: pages 41-67


Screenplay: John Cleese
Director: Charles Crichton
Archie: John Cleese
Wanda: Jamie Lee Curtis
Otto: Kevin Kline
Ken: Michael Palin
Wendy: Maria Aitken
George: Tom Georgeson
Mrs Coady: Patricia Hayes
Judge: Geoffrey Palmer
Portia: Cynthia Caylor

: Carry On Loving

Starring the Carry On gang, who run the Wedded Bliss Marriage Agency.
Director Gerald Thomas ● FILMS: pages 41-67


Director: Gerald Thomas
Sidney Bliss: Sidney James
Percival Snooper: Kenneth Williams
James Bedsop: Charles Hawtrey
Esme Crowfoot: Joan Sims
Sophie: Hattie Jacques
Terence Philpot: Terry Scott
Bertie Muffet: Richard O'Callaghan
Gripper Burke: Bernard Bresslaw
Sally Martin: Jacki Piper
Jenny Grubb: Imogen Hassall
Miss Dempsey: Patsy Rowlands
Adrian: Julian Holloway

: 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