• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: Open University

10 10 Health Choices: Stormy Weather
10.35 Consumer Decisions: Semi-detached

: Saturday Cinema: 1: Captains Courageous

Starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew
with Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney

In the first of this afternoon's adventure films, Harvey Cheyne, spoiled young son of a millionaire, is dismayed to find himself stranded on a small fishing boat.
But during three months at sea he discovers joy in his work as a cabin boy and, for the first time in his life, real friendship.
Spencer Tracy received an Academy Award for his fine performance as the Portuguese fisherman Manuel, in this vivid adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel.
Films: page 21


Based on the novel by: Rudyard Kipling
Screenplay: John Lee Mahin
Screenplay: Marc Connelly
Screenplay: Dale Van Every
Producer: Louis D. Lighton
Director: Victor Fleming
Manuel: Spencer Tracy
Harvey: Freddie Bartholomew
Disko: Lionel Barrymore
Mr Cheyne: Melvyn Douglas
Dan: Mickey Rooney
Uncie Salters: Charley Grapewin
'Long Jack': John Carradine

: Play Away

Starring Brian Cant in an entertainment of jokes, comedy and music with Alex Norton, Delia Morgan, Janine Sharp, Jonathan Cohen and the Play Away Band


Presenter: Brian Cant
Performer: Alex Norton
Performer: Delia Morgan
Performer: Janine Sharp
Performer/Musical Arrangements: Jonathan Cohen
Musicians: The Play Away Band
Designer: Gwen Evans
Director: John Smith
Producer: Ann Reay

: Saturday Cinema: 2: Bitter Springs

Starring Tommy Trinder, Chips Rafferty with Gordon Jackson.

After a hazardous 600-mile trek across desert and mountains, a pioneering sheep farmer and his family settle in a territory which has been the preserve of an Aborigine tribe for generations. Bitterness and feuding result over the possession of the one water-hole in the area.
Tommy Trinder provides effervescent humour in this dramatic adventure story of the Australian bush in the 19th century.
Films: page 21


Screenplay: W.P. Lipscomb
Screenplay: M. Danischewsky
From an original story by: Ralph Smart
Producer: Michael Balcon
Director: Ralph Smart
Tommy: Tommy Trinder
Wally King: Chips Rafferty
Mac: Gordon Jackson
'Ma' King: Jean Blue
John King: Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
Emma King: Nonnie Piper
Charlie: Nicky Yardley

: From Magna Carta to Microchips: 6: Some Impacts of Measurement on Life: And Can We Take it too Far?

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Young People.
The last of six lectures on the theme of measurement given by Professor R. V. Jones.
In this lecture we shall look at two triumphs of modern technology which enable us to measure and to control mechanisms with a precision of better than one ten thousandth of a centimetre. The first is familiar enough - the video disc - which gives us an instant replay of a football goal, or records a whole television programme. And the second is the microchip which involves the manufacture and positioning of minute stencils to etch electronic circuits - parts of which may be less than one thousandth of a centimetre across - and to reproduce them precisely by the million. Without such accuracy the microchip revolution could never have occurred.


Speaker: Professor R.V. Jones
Produced for television by: Brian Johnson

: News and Sport

with Jan Leeming and David Cass Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming
Unknown: David Cass

: In Front of the Children

An affectionate look at some of the television watched at school by children, presented by Peter Fiddick, The Guardian's television critic:

"For heaven's sake, don't we send them to school to get away from the telly? What are their teachers for? What can television do except numb their brains still further?"

Peter picks from 1,000 programmes a year that over 90 per cent of schools in the UK use, and comes up with a runaway teenager, a decorator in a stately home, a music lesson with a difference, Scottish mountains, geometry that moves, how not to get lost in Spain, and many other good things including excerpts from:

"Masculine Protest"
by Frank O'Connor
with Colm Ryan and Des Nealon

"A Place Like Home"
by David Cook
with Eric Deacon, Tommy Fender, John Fowler and Herbert Norville

And a new production of J.B. Priestley's "An Inspector Calls"
with Margaret Tyzack, Nigel Davenport and Bernard Hepton as Inspector Goole


Presenter: Peter Fiddick
Film Cameraman: Bill Matthews
Film Editor: Peter Essex
Producer: Ronald Smedley
Writer (Masculine Protest): Frank O'Connor
[Actor]: Colm Ryan
[Actor]: Des Nealon
Writer (A Place Like Home): David Cook
[Actor]: Eric Deacon
[Actor]: Tommy Fender
[Actor]: John Fowler
[Actor]: Herbert Norville
Author (An Inspector Calls): J.B. Priestley
Sibyl Birling: Margaret Tyzack
Arthur Birling: Nigel Davenport
Inspector Goole: Bernard Hepton
Sheila Birling: Sarah Berger
Eric Birling: David Sibley

: Aida

An opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Margaret Price and Luciano Pavarotti

Sam Wanamaker's new production of Verdi's operatic masterpiece was one of the outstanding events of the autumn season at the San Francisco Opera, with Pavarotti singing Radames for the first time and Margaret Price scoring a big personal triumph in the title role.

Chorus and Orchestra of The San Francisco Opera.

Act 1: Memphis
Scene 1: The King's Palace
Scene 2: Temple of Vulcan
Act 2
Scene 1: A hall in the apartments of Amneris
Scene 2: Before a gate of the city of Thebes


Introduced by: Humphrey Burton
Aida: Margaret Price
Radames: Luciano Pavarotti
Amneris: Stefania Toczyska
Amonasro: Simon Estes
Ramfis: Kurt Rydl
King: Kevin Langan
Messenger: Colenton Freeman
Priestess: Susan Quittmeyer
Solo dancer: Christian Holder
Conductor: Garcia Navarro

: Interval - conversation from

the San Francisco Opera

: Aida

Act 3
On the bank of the Nile, by the Temple of Isis Act 4
Scene 1: Hall in the King's Palace Scene 2: Temple of Vulcan
Stage director SAM WANAMAKER Set designer DOUGLAS SCHMIDT
Costume designer LAWRENCE CASEY Choreographer MARGO SAPPINGTON Italian text by ANTONIO GHISLANZONI
English subtitles by GILLIAN WIDDICOMBE Television director BRIAN LARGE A POLYPHON production
For the best effect, viewers with stereo Radio 3 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones are an alternative.


Director: Sam Wanamaker
Designer: Douglas Schmidt
Designer: Lawrence Casey
Designer: Choreographer Margo Sappington

: News on 2

with Jan Leeming Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: The Light of Experience: 1: Exodus

Eight personal accounts of experiences which have changed people's lives.

Two years as political hostages tested the resources of all 52 captives in the American Embassy in Tehran.
In the long months of boredom, confinement and sickness Barry Rosen drew strength from his close relationship with his wife and children and vivid memories of his Jewish childhood.


Presenter: Barry Rosen
Director: Fay Dickey
Producer: John Wilcox

: Midnight Movie: Chase a Crooked Shadow

starring Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom
with Alexander Knox, Faith Brook

In this tense mystery-thriller, heiress Kim Prescott, recuperating in her villa on the Costa Brava after the death of her father, is visited by a young man who claims to be her brother Ward. Only Kim is sure he's lying - Ward died in a car accident a year ago.


Screenplay by: David D. Osborn
Screenplay by: Charles Sinclair
Producer: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Director: Michael Anderson
Ward: Richard Todd
Kimberley: Anne Baxter
Vargas: Herbert Lom
Chandler Bridson: Alexander Knox
Mrs Whitman: Faith Brook
Carlos: Alan Tilvern
Maria: Thelma D'Aguiar

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