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: Play School

Story: The Surprise Party written and illustrated by PAT HUTCHINS PresentersJULIE STEVENS


Illustrated By: Pat Hutchins
Presenters: Julie Stevens
Unknown: Brian Cant

: Closedown

: News on 2 Headlines

with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather on 2

: Your Move

Brush up your reading and writing with BRIAN REDHEAD and ERIC SYKES


Writer: Barry Took
Unknown: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Eric Sykes

: Newsday

Presented by Michael Charlton and Charles Wheeler including UK Report
Newsreader Kenneth Kendall


Presented By: Michael Charlton
Presented By: Charles Wheeler
Unknown: Kenneth Kendall
Editor: John Tisdall

: Top Crown

Champions of Crown Green Bowling compete for the BBC2 Masters' Trophy
Bob Wilby (Yorkshire) v
Roland Pratt (North Midlands)
Two experienced County Players meet in a North Midlands clash for a place in the semi-finals.
Introduced by Colin Welland from the Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool. Commentator HARRY RIGBY
Producer NICK HUNTER. BBC Manchester


Unknown: Bob Wilby
Introduced By: Colin Welland
Commentator: Harry Rigby
Producer: Nick Hunter.

: The Book Programme

Children's Books for Christmas
Robert Robinson introduces a special edition on new books for children. Each year there are more and more children's books on the market - stories, illustrated books, fact books and annuals.
In the studio three writers of books for children - Nina Bawden , Peter Dickinson and Bernard Ash ley, who is also a London head-master, review a selection of new stories and annuals.
Studio director MARTIN L. BELL Producer PHILIP SPEIGHT
Executive producer wiu. WYATT


Introduces: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Nina Bawden
Unknown: Peter Dickinson
Unknown: Bernard Ash
Director: Martin L. Bell
Producer: Philip Speight

: The Hollywood Musical: Show Boat

starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel
This spectacular MGM version captures the colourful bustle and gaiety of the heyday of the Mississippi Show Boat and the ups-and-downs of the riverboat entertainers. It also charts the tumultuous love story between Cap'n Andy's daughter Magnolia and ne'er-do-well Gaylord Ravenal.
Films: page 10


Director: George Sidney
Magnolia Hawks: Kathryn Grayson
Julie La Verne: Ava Gardner
Gaylord Ravenal: Howard Keel
Captain Andy Hawks: Joe E Brown
Ellie May Shipley: Marge Champion
Frank Schultz: Gower Champion
Stephen Baker: Robert Sterling
Parthy Hawks: Agnes Moorehead
Cameo McQueen: Adele Jergens
Pete: Leif Erickson
Joe: William Warfleld

: Family Portrait

A series of four programmes about families, their jokes, memories, legends, mementoes, photographs and souvenirs.
4: The de Greys of Merton Hall
' You may have gathered by now, that we have rather sticky boots.'
The de Greys have held the manor of Merton for 600 years - long enough to learn how to keep matters in perspective. ' No one really owns the land - the land just sits there and we come and go.' Narrator PETER FRANCE
Written and directed by COLIN ROSI BBC Bristol


Unknown: Merton Hall
Narrator: Peter France
Producer: Michael Croucher
Directed By: Colin Rosi

: Late News on 2


: Closedown

In the Chinese Restaurant by IAIN CRICHTON SMITH


Unknown: Jill Balcon
Unknown: Iain Crichton Smith

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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