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: Flash Gordon

The classic serial starring Buster Crabbe
5: Flash Gordon finds a friend in Prince Barin, the usurped ruler of Mongo. (R)


Unknown: Buster Crabbe

: The Saint's Vacation

Another adventure for
Leslie Charteris 's
Robin Hood of crime.
Hugh Sinclair
Trying to get away from it all, the Saint stumbles across a gaggle of spies, thugs, cutthroats and bumbling policemen fighting for the possession of a valuable music box.
Director Leslie Fenton
0 FILMS: pages 19-20


Unknown: Leslie Charteris
Unknown: Robin Hood
Unknown: Hugh Sinclair
Director: Leslie Fenton
Simon Templar: Hugh Sinclair
Mary Langdon: Sally Grey
Monty Hayward: Arthur MacRae
Rudolph: Cecil Parker
Valerie: Leueen MacGrath

: Herbert Wilcox Directs: Irene

Beginning a short season celebrating the centenary of the film-maker's birth.
Starring Anna Neagle, Ray Milland

When working girl Irene O'Dare is mistaken for an Irish aristocrat she finds that life as the toast of New York society is not without its complications.
Films: pages 19-20


Director: Herbert Wilcox
Irene O'Dare: Anna Neagle
Don Evans: Ray Milland
Mrs Vincent: Billie Burke
Bob Vincent: Alan Marshal
Bertherton: Arthur Treacher

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

A series of five lectures with by physicist and musician Professor Charles Taylor.
1: Whenever the pressure of the air is changed rapidly, by beating a drum or rattling a stick in a tin can, the ear-brain system detects the pressure changes as sound. The sound travels from the source to the listener as sound waves. But what are they really like?
Producer William Woollard An InCA production (R)


Musician: Professor Charles Taylor.
Producer: William Woollard

: Green Claws

There's trouble at the royal palace and Green Claws is asked to help out.
With Nick Mercer ' and Stella Goodier.
Claws family stories Sonya Dann Illustrations Jane Gedye Script Ursula Jones
Director Adrian Mills
Producer Christine Hewitt (R)


Unknown: Nick Mercer
Unknown: Stella Goodier.
Unknown: Sonya Dann
Unknown: Illustrations Jane Gedye
Script: Ursula Jones
Producer: Christine Hewitt

: Better than New

Eight programmes about renovating old furniture at home.
4: Chairs are possibly the items of furniture most often in need of renovation. What you do to them depends on the type - frame chair, balloon back, bentwood or stick chair. Presented by David Day and Albert Jackson. Film editor Al Cell
Producer Ron Bloomfield (R)
0 BOOK: same title. price X4.75. from bookshops.


Presented By: David Day
Presented By: Albert Jackson.

: News

Weather followed by Songs of Praise For Palm Sunday, from Yeovil's parish church, with Ian Gall.


Unknown: Ian Gall.

: Cheetah's Grandfather

The story of Desmond Farraday , adventurer and one-time poacher. After rescuing a female cheetah in 1960, he set up a cheetah sanctuary at his home in the Transvaal where 104 cheetahs were born in ten years.
Director Alain Degre
A Gamma TV production


Unknown: Desmond Farraday
Director: Alain Degre

: Behind the Screen

Last in the series.
Neil Mullarkey looks ahead to a prestigious new series, The Ten Commandments, coming soon to BBC2. Producer Jeanine Josman


Unknown: Neil Mullarkey
Producer: Jeanine Josman

: News

Weather followed by The Last Place on Earth
Second of four programmes. In the remote village of Konchet in the kingdom of Zanskar, families live out their lives in the same way as their Tibetan ancestors did more than a thousand years ago. The tales told by Tsultrim's grandmother span five generations. When Tsultrim's baby falls ill, the local doctor holds his clinic in the house.
Presenter: Michael Peissel. Film editor David Farlie
Producer Peter Montagnon (R)


Presenter: Michael Peissel.
Editor: David Farlie
Producer: Peter Montagnon

: Play Snooker

If you want to take up one of the country's most popular pastimes, or just to improve your own game, then this is the series for you. 2: Dennis Taylor introduces his pupils to the secrets of successful potting. Plus, a look at the technique and cue delivery of some of the professional stars. Designer Pat Campbell
Producer/Director Gordon Menzies A GM production for BBCtv
(Tomorrow: controlling the cue ball)


Introduces: Dennis Taylor
Designer: Pat Campbell
Director: Gordon Menzies

: Plunder

Comedian and actor
John Sessions is invited by Emma Freud to plunder the BBC archives.
Producer/Director Phil Chilvers


Unknown: John Sessions
Unknown: Emma Freud
Director: Phil Chilvers

: Days of Glory

Gregory Peck
Tamara Toumanova
Peck made his film debut in this Second World War story in which Nina, a Russian dancer stranded behind Nazi lines, is rescued by a band of Russian freedom fighters.
Director Jacques Tourneur
Writer/Producer Casey Robinson
0 FILMS: pages 19-20


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Tamara Toumanova
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Producer: Casey Robinson
Vladimir: Gregory Peck
Nina: Tamara Toumanova
Sasha: Alan Reed
Yelona: Maria Palmer
Semyon: Lowell Gilmore


Music from Ireland
Final programme in the series, with concert footage, interviews and videos of the 4 of Us, Cactus World News, An Emotional Fish, the Black Velvet Band and Something Happens. Producer Bill Hughes
A Radius TV production for BBCtv
Computer Dreams
A journey into the world of computer animation.
The second of two programmes explores the fascinating possibilities opened up by computer animation in areas as different as science and advertising.
Producer/Director Geoffrey de Valois
A Digital Vision Entertainment production for BBCtv


Producer: Bill Hughes
Director: Geoffrey de Valois

: Italian Regional Cookery

A series of six programmes. Italian cookery expert and author Valentina Harris goes in search of the dishes which bring back memories of her childhood in Tuscany and Rome, such as the stews and iced puddings of Forte dei Marmi and the bean stews and wood-smoked meat and game of inland Tuscany. In her Tuscan home, Valentina demonstrates an old favourite of 'slaughterhouse' cuisine - oxtail with celery. The Lazio region provides the food: potato gnocchi with a luscious tomato sauce and chicken with rosemary and garlic.
Production assistant Diane Hadley Producer Clare Brigstocke
0 FACTSHEET: send ajarge sae to [address removed]
0 BOOK: same title, £7.99 paperback, £12.95 hardback, from booksellers.
W FOOD: page 88


Unknown: Valentina Harris

: First Easter

First in a series of films exploring the new realities of faith in eastern Europe. The world changed for Romanian priest
Fr Constantin Bogdan on 17 June 1987, when his 17th-Century church in Bucharest was torn down on orders from the State.
Fortunately, its medieval icons were spirited away.
This month, as the country celebrates its first free
Easter, Fr Bogdan and Abbot Panaite from
Budapest look forward to a future of rebuilding and reconciliation.
Series producer Peter Firstbrook Producer Christian Thau
0 VOICE OVER: page 77


Unknown: Fr Constantin Bogdan
Unknown: Fr Bogdan
Unknown: Abbot Panaite
Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Producer: Christian Thau

: Horizon

The Sharpest Show of the Universe
This Thursday, Nasa expects to launch the Hubble space telescope, which promises the greatest advances in astronomy since Galileo. It will show ten times more details than is possible from the ground and see objects
30 times fainter or five times farther away than ever before. It will search for planets outside our solar system, and will tell us much more about the Universe. With long delays and huge cost-overruns, it is now approaching its point of greatest risk. If anything goes wrong on the launch, there is no back-up.
Writer/Producer Alec Nisbett Editor Robin Brightwell
0 TRANSCRIPT: send a cheque for £1.75. payable to BSS. to [address removed]


Producer: Alec Nisbett
Editor: Robin Brightwell

: American Tales: I Want to Live

Starring Lindsay Wagner Death Row, San Quentin
1955: convicted murderess
Barbara 'Bloody Babs' Graham awaits her execution. Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her gutsy portrayal of this prostitute-crook in the original 1958 film.
Director David Lowell Rich
W FILMS: pages 19-20


Unknown: Lindsay Wagner
Unknown: Susan Hayward
Director: David Lowell Rich
Barbara: Lindsay Wagner
Jack Brady: Martin Balsam
Perkins Harry: Dean Stanton
Fr Charles: Jon Slade
Warden: Dana Elcar

: Newsnight

With Peter Snow.
Reporters: David Coss , Olenka Frenkiel ,
Peter Kellner , Wesley Kerr , Peter Marshall , Julian O'Halloran , David Sells , Francine Stock , Janet Trewin and Charles Wheeler.


Reporters: David Coss
Reporters: Olenka Frenkiel
Unknown: Peter Kellner
Unknown: Wesley Kerr
Unknown: Peter Marshall
Unknown: Julian O'Halloran
Unknown: David Sells
Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Janet Trewin
Unknown: Charles Wheeler.

: The Late Show

With Sarah Dunant. Tracey MacLeod and Kirsty Wark. Producer Janey Walker Editor Kevin Loader


Unknown: Sarah Dunant.
Unknown: Tracey MacLeod
Unknown: Kirsty Wark.
Producer: Janey Walker
Editor: Kevin Loader

: Weatherview

: Open University

Arts Foundation Course
Donald Burrows unravels the story behind Handel's Messiah, with Patrizia Kwella , soprano, and Angela East , cello. Producer Tony Coe


Unknown: Donald Burrows
Soprano: Patrizia Kwella
Cello: Angela East
Producer: Tony Coe

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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.

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