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: The Book Programme

Introduced by Robert Robinson


Presenter: Robert Robinson

: Westminster

A close look at the politicians, the tactics and progress of Parliament

: Open Door: Industrial Common-Ownership Movement

A weekly programme made by groups who have something to say.

: Horizon: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The story of how the Danish physicist Niels Bohr, 'father' of the atomic bomb, was snatched from under the noses of the Germans in 1943.

: News Review

A digest of the news of the week and other world matters of interest seen by news cameras around the world. The interesting, the picturesque, the important and the dramatic - plus a visual commentary for those who cannot hear.
With Richard Whitmore


Newsreader: Richard Whitmore
Editor: Bill Northwood

: News Summary


: See You Sunday

Reflecting the religious world of a new generation. Presented by Alex Dolphin and Alastair Pirrie


Presenter: Alex Dolphin
Presenter: Alastair Pirrie
Director: Bill Nicholson
Producer: Peter Armstrong

: The World About Us: Dragons on the Sea

Hong Kong shelters a Chinese community which lives on the water - 80,000 people for whom their boats are home. The whole family eats, sleeps and works on them. Even weddings are celebrated in floating restaurants. When they die they go ashore - to be buried on the land.

Each year special boats are fantastically decorated to compete against one another in the Dragon Boat Races at the Chinese New Year. It is a unique and colourful way of life which is slowly changing, as many of the boat people of Hong Kong are beginning to settle in terraced houses ashore.


Narrator/Director: Hugh Gibb
Series Editor: Anthony Isaacs
Series Editor: Christopher Parsons

: The Shadow of the Tower: Power in the Land

by Rosemary Anne Sisson
with James Maxwell as Henry VII

The rebels, Lord Lovell and the Stafford brothers, are more determined than ever to overthrow the usurper Henry VII. The perfect solution would be to kill him.
Book 30p; see page 86


Writer: Rosemary Anne Sisson
Designer: Spencer Butler
Producer: Jordan Lawrence
Director: Anthea Browne-Wilkinson
Henry VII: James Maxwell
Earl of Surrey: Julian Holloway
Duke of Northumberland: Richard Burrell
Jasper Tudor: Brian Badcoe
Thomas Stafford: John Hamill
Francis, Lord Lovell: Michael Johnson
Humphrey Stafford: Maurice Roeves
Queen Elizabeth: Norma West
Margaret Beaufort: Marigold Sharman
Sir Robert Willoughby: Paul Humpoletz
Abbot Sante: Maurice Perry
Brother Mark: Stephen Gordon
Richard Fox: Barrie Cookson
Earl of Lincoln: James Laurenson
Earl of Oxford: Hugh Sullivan
Judge: Edward Harvey
Earl of Warwick: Jake Robson

: How Did It Sound to Beethoven?

The story of piano sound through 250 years: presented by Kenneth van Barthold

Like Mozart and Haydn before him, Beethoven never heard his piano music the way it is usually played today. The first pianos sounded more like harpsichords. This film traces the development of piano sound, starting with one of the earliest instruments made by the piano's Italian inventor Cristofori, and including Beethoven's own piano. Piano music, from C.P.E. Bach to Chopin, Liszt and Frank Martin, is played on original instruments of the sort for which it was written.
Written by Kenneth van Barthold


Presenter/writer: Kenneth van Barthold
Film Editor: Martin Crump
Producer: David Buckton

: Morecambe and Wise Show

Written by Eddie Braben
[Starring] Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
with Anita Harris
featuring Anthony Sharp, Ann Hamilton
with Reg Lye


Writer: Eddie Braben
Orchestra directed by: Peter Knight
Designer: Victor Meredith
Producer: John Ammonds
Comedian: Eric Morecambe
Comedian: Ernie Wise
Singer: Anita Harris
[Actor]: Anthony Sharp
[Actress]: Ann Hamilton
[Actor]: Reg Lye

: News on 2


: Up Sunday: What is Life?

John Fortune and Eleanor Bron pose this deathless question. William Rushton, John Wells, Clive James, James Cameron and special guest Eric Idle supply the life enhancing answers.


Performer: John Fortune
Performer: Eleanor Bron
Performer: William Rushton
Performer: John Wells
Performer: Clive James
Performer: James Cameron
Performer: Eric Idle
Animation: Bob Gale
Studio Director: Tom Corcoran
Producer: Ian Keill

: Closedown

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.

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