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: Play School: Pets Day

Today's story is "Desmond Goes to Scotland" by Althea


Presenter: Miranda Connell
Presenter: Colin Jeavons
Author (Desmond goes to Scotland): Althea

: Closedown

: Newsroom

with Peter Woods


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Man Alive: Do We Need Exams?

Reporters Jim Douglas Henry, Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, Gillian Strickland, Denis Tuohy, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson

The row about whether or not schoolchildren and students get a fair deal from examiners rages on. Those for and against argue and snipe at each other in the columns of The Times. In the meantime, whether they like it or not, nearly every schoolchild in this country still must face a series of hurdles.

Does the present examination system continue because it is the only effective way, or do viable alternatives exist? And are new methods being ignored by reactionary forces, as critics claim? In the Man Alive studio tonight both sides of this fierce debate come together to discuss: do we need exams?


Producer: Shirley Fisher
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

: Times Remembered

Edith Leatt, milliner to Marie Tempest, royalty and the Gaiety Girls, talks to Man Alive reporter Gillian Strickland.


Interviewee: Edith Leatt
Interviewer: Gillian Strickland
Producer: Tom Conway

: Pot Black: BBC2 Snooker Competition

From the League of Champions tonight featuring David Taylor v Rex Williams
Taylor, the youngest player taking part in the series, will be anxious to clinch his first victory. But his opponent, a Pot Black semi-finalist last year, showed impressive form in his first match.
Introduced by Alan Weeks
(from Birmingham)


Presenter: Alan Weeks
Snooker player: David Taylor
Snooker player: Rex Williams
Referee: Sydney Lee
Commentator: Ted Lowe
Director: Jim Dumighan
Producer: Reg Perrin

: Prisoners

A Dialogue by Don Taylor
With Edward Woodward as The Man and Warren Mitchell as The Guard

A darkened room, a uniformed guard, locked doors - obviously one man is a prisoner, the other his guard...
(Callan takes on Alf Garnett: page 14)


Writer/Director: Don Taylor
Lighting: Gerry Millerson
Design: Judy Steele
The Man: Edward Woodward
The Guard: Warren Mitchell

: The Great Unknown Grand Canyon by Kayak and Raft

'We are ready to start on our way down the Great Unknown. We are three-quarters of a mile in the depths of the earth. What rocks beset the channel, what falls there are, we know not.' The words are those of John Wesley Powell who, in 1869, became the first man to navigate the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

A hundred years later a dozen of the world's top canoeists, backed by three rescue rafts, retraced Powell's voyage; at the bottom of a chasm over a mile deep, they too risked their lives amid the twenty-foot waves, vast whirlpools, and giant rapids of one of the most powerful rivers in the world.

Winner of First Prize in the Rank Newsreel Documentary Awards for 1970.

"One of the most thrilling action pictures ever made. It will surely go into the archives as a masterpiece of resolution and excitement." (The Sunday Times)


Narrator: Andrew Faulds
Photography: Paul Berriff
Writer/Producer: Richard Robinson

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.

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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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