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: Open University

6.35 Pure Maths: Matrix
7.00 Data-Based Aids
7.25 Hogarth's Paintings
7.50 A Feel for Space
8.15 Engineering
Mechanics: Free
Body Diagrams
8.40 Music: Cadences
9.05 Jamaica and the Sea
9.30 Monetarism and Coal
9.55 Arts: Composer and Audience
10.20 Biology: Metabolic
10.45 Maths: 'Real'
Exponential Functions
11.10 Managing Schools:
One More Step
11.35 Science: Energy

: Westminster Week

Christopher Jones presents the week's best speeches, most telling moments and wittiest asides. A look at the politicians at work in the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Committee Rooms. Then, how decisions made at Westminster affect different parts of the country.


Unknown: Christopher Jones

: Around Westminster

Sue MacGregor presents a weekly look at the work of the south and east's MPs and at how they help to shape the world beyond
Westminster. Parliamentary reports from David Brewer and Terry Dignam.
Regional producer Vincent Dowd Network editor Lydia Howard


Unknown: David Brewer
Unknown: Terry Dignam.
Editor: Lydia Howard

: Open Forum Magazine

Is the career advice on offer to students appropriate or is it tailored to the needs of industry? And do mature students need their own careers service? Plus some new research from Scotland into which qualities make a good student.
Director Peter Champness
Series producer Jean Rowton
A BBC/Open University production


Director: Peter Champness
Producer: Jean Rowton

: 40 Minutes

Tracey's Search
This is the year
Tracey Harrison changed her life. She switched careers, lost three stone in weight and set out to trace her natural parents - her white mother and black father.
Tracey, 27, was brought up by white foster parents. Her mother is tracked down and a meeting arranged. But there are shocks to come. Producer Harry Weisbloom


Unknown: Tracey Harrison
Producer: Harry Weisbloom

: Horizon: The City That Waits to Die

In this award-winning "Horizon", Californian scientists charged public officials with neglecting earthquake safety. Television executives in San Francisco claimed the film was 'too shocking' to be screened. A pirated copy was eventually televised and prompted public hearings on the adequacy of building codes.


Writer/Producer: Michael Barnes
Editor: Robin Brightwell

: Folk City: a Celebration

A concert recorded in 1985 to celebrate New York's
Gerdes Folk City - a club which gave a platform to folk music artists such as Bob Dylan.
With Joan Baez ,
Arlo Guthrie , Suzanne Vega , Roger McGuinn , the Violent Femmes, the Roches, Tom Paxton and Melanie.
A Halcyon days production (R) revised


Unknown: Bob Dylan.
Unknown: Joan Baez
Unknown: Arlo Guthrie
Unknown: Suzanne Vega
Unknown: Roger McGuinn
Unknown: Tom Paxton

: Why'd the Beetle Cross the Road?

Blackie the beetle has a difficult time crossing a perilous Californian road.

: The Magnum Story

A series of threeprogrammes about
Magnum, a co-operative of the world's leading photojournalists.
2: The photographers are at the centre of events in the turbulent decade of the 60s. Producers Patricia Wheatley and Rosemary Bowen-Jones (R) revised


Producers: Patricia Wheatley
Producers: Rosemary Bowen-Jones

: Rugby Special

Saracens v Bath
In the last round, Bath lost the Courage League
Championship lead to
Gloucester. This weekend they travel to Saracens, who are only a point behind in their debut season in the First Division.
Introduced by Chris Rea. Commentator:
Nigel Starmer-Smith . Executive producer Johnnie Watherston


Introduced By: Chris Rea.
Unknown: Nigel Starmer-Smith
Producer: Johnnie Watherston

: It's Garry Shandling's Show

A comedy series starring Garry Shandling
A search party is organised when Garry fails to appear for this evening's show.


Unknown: Garry Shandling
Nancy: Molly Cheek

: The Money Programme

The new electricity companies came into being yesterday. The privatisation is promised to increase competition. But is it working out as planned? John Fryer reports on the independent generators who feel they could be kept on the sidelines, and Peter Jay interviews Energy Secretary John Wakeham.
Deputy editor Alan Haydn Griffiths Editor David Nissan


Unknown: John Fryer
Unknown: Peter Jay
Unknown: John Wakeham.
Editor: Alan Haydn Griffiths
Editor: David Nissan

: Land of the Eagle

An eight-part natural history of North America.
6: Today more than two million people live in style in the hottest, driest part of North America, the Sonoran desert. They are the last in a long line of settlers - Spanish missionaries,
American cowboys and farmers - who all tried to impose a new way of life on the fragile nature of this desert. Unlike the plants and animals which have evolved spectacular ways of coping with these arid lands, the newcomers seeking the sunshine of Phoenix, Arizona, are only now beginning to face the harsh reality of living here on the edge of existence.
Narrator: Alan Ereira. Music Martin Kiszko
Producer Paul Reddish
Executive producer Peter Crawford BBC Bristol


Narrator: Alan Ereira.
Music: Martin Kiszko
Producer: Paul Reddish
Producer: Peter Crawford

: Washes Whiter

A history of the British television commercial in five films.
Tonight: cleaning, shopping and cooking as revealed through TV advertising.
How have commercials for household products changed over the past 35 years?

Cover Feature: page 4
Roger Woddis: page 78
(Ceefax Subtitles)


Producer: Archie Baron
Series Producer: Nicholas Barker

: Ripping Yarns

A comedy series written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. The Testing of Eric Orthwaite The rough, tough story of folk who couldn't afford to go on the Jarrow March. Starring Michael Palin with Kenneth Colley ,
Liz Smith , Barbara New , John Barrett , Reg Lye , Petra Markham , Anita Carey , Clifford Kershaw , Roger Avon , Norman Mitchell , Anthony Smee ,
Marcelle Samett and Peter Graham.
Stunts Mark Boyle and Jim Dowdall Designer John Stout
Director Jim Franklin (R)


Written By: Michael Palin
Written By: Terry Jones.
Unknown: Eric Orthwaite
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Kenneth Colley
Unknown: Liz Smith
Unknown: Barbara New
Unknown: John Barrett
Unknown: Reg Lye
Unknown: Petra Markham
Unknown: Anita Carey
Unknown: Clifford Kershaw
Unknown: Roger Avon
Unknown: Norman Mitchell
Unknown: Anthony Smee
Unknown: Marcelle Samett
Unknown: Peter Graham.
Unknown: Mark Boyle
Unknown: Jim Dowdall
Designer: John Stout
Director: Jim Franklin

: The Talk Show with Clive James

Sunday evening conversation with Clive and his guests. Producer Elaine Bedell
Director Dominic Brigstocke


Producer: Elaine Bedell
Director: Dominic Brigstocke

: Screen Two: Kremlin Farewell

A new BBC film by Nigel Williams.
Starring Freddie Jones Kenneth Colley
A drama of intrigue and betrayal in Stalin's Russia. Stepan grows up in an orphanage, learning to love Stalin as 'a father to all children'. He retains disturbing memories of the disappearance of his real father and, when a strange message is delivered to him, he's determined to find out the truth.
Script editor Jane Tranter Designer John Bone
Photography Nigel Walters Film editor Ardan Fisher
Producer David M Thompson Director Tristram Powell
0 FILMS: pages 17-19


Unknown: Nigel Williams.
Unknown: Freddie Jones
Unknown: Kenneth Colley
Editor: Ardan Fisher
Producer: David M Thompson
Director: Tristram Powell
Ageyev: Freddie Jones
Sergei: Kenneth Colley
Nadia: Polly Walker
Lebedev: Richard Wilson
Stepan: Daniel Eastland
Stalin: Bernard Kay
Pauker: Ken Robertson
Stepan (aged 3): Tony Quant
Ikramov: Laurence Zage
Sasha: James Cooper
Comrade Grosberg: Igor Gridneff
Lipetkin: Graham Crowden
Startsev: David Foxxe
Ulinov: Aden Gillett
Vyshinsky: Bill Wallis
Official: Peter Majer

: Riot in Cell Block 11

Starring Neville Brand
When prisoners in a big state prison barricade themselves in, the warden wants to negotiate, but the state prefers to use force.
Director Don Siegel
0 FILMS: pages 17-19


Director: Don Siegel
Dunn: Neville Brand
Warden: Emile Meyer
Haskel: Frank Faylen

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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.

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