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: Open University

Arts: The Great Exhibition

: Westminster

Parliamentary update.

: Daytime on 2

9.00 Lernexpress: Wie komme ich
the easiest way to get to, and around, Hamburg.

9.15 Teaching Today: Religious Education - RE in the Secondary School

9.45 Watch: Seashore - Collecting Things

10.00 Square One: The Case of the Map with a Gap
including "Mathnet" a drama serial for mathematicians.

10.20 The Geography Programme: Oases in the Desert (Part 1) - Rob Curling reports from the south west of the USA on how water from the Colorado Desert became the lifeblood of America's desert cities. (Stereo)

10.40 Greek Language and People: Buying Things

11.05 Short Circuit: Designer Babies
the work being done in genetic engineering. Will parents soon be able to design their own children?

11.30 Japanese Language and People: On the Road
writer Alan Booth walks the length of Japan.

12.00 English File: The Return
last of the drama series. (Stereo)

12.30 Scene: My Brother David
Simon Scarboro pays tribute to his actor brother David, who played Mark Fowler in "EastEnders" before he fell to his death at Beachy Head in 1988. (Stereo)

1.00 Science Topics: Radioactivity

1.20 Brum

1.30 The Adventures of Spot

1.35 Crystal Tipps and Alistair

1.40 Zig Zag: Tales from Europe - Belgium (with subtitles)

2.00 News and Weather
followed by Words and Pictures


Reporter (The Geography Programme): Rob Curling
Subject (The Japanese Programme): Alan Booth
Presenter (Scene): Simon Scarboro

: Weekend Outlook

Open University preview.

: Tennis

Live action from the Stella
Artois Championships. It's quarter-finals day at Queen's
Club and form is being assessed for Wimbledon, now just over a week away. Number 1 seed Stefan Edberg heads a high-quality field. Commentary by John Barrett , Mark Cox and Paul Hutchins.
Including at
3.00pm News; Weather
3.50 pm News; Weather and Regional News; Weather


Unknown: Stefan Edberg
Commentary By: John Barrett
Commentary By: Mark Cox
Commentary By: Paul Hutchins.

: The Vase

Another chance to see this film about Nigel Williams , a skilful young conservator who died earlier this year. In 1988 he spent a whole year restoring one of the greatest treasures of the British Museum, a small vase of Roman glass, worth more than £30 million.
Producer Ray Sutcliffe


Unknown: Nigel Williams
Producer: Ray Sutcliffe

: Spain on a Plate

Andalusia. Maria Jose Sevilla ends her gastronomic journey through Spain in the southern province of Andalusia. She examines the links between the four pillars of Andalusian life - wine, food, family and religion.
For centuries Arabs, Jews and Christians lived here alongside each other - sometimes peacefully, sometimes not. Their customs and tastes interacted, leaving indelible marks on language and food. Gazpacho, cured ham, egg cakes, and chicken cooked with sherry, pine kernels and raisins illustrate the diverse cultural heritage of Andalusian cuisine. Producer Dick Foster
Recipes Ceefax page 624
● BBC BOOK: Spain on a Plate, containing over 100 recipes, is available from bookshops, price£8.99.
0 BBC GOOD FOOD MAGAZINE: £1.25 from newsagents.


Unknown: Andalusia. Maria Jose Sevilla

: Public Eye

Dyslexia and Crime
New evidence is revealed tonight that a startling number of people in prison have dyslexia. Barbara Altounyan asks why so many people with this special learning difficulty end up in a life of crime. She reports from America and around the UK on initiatives hoping to identify the problem among schoolchildren, job seekers and first offenders.
Producer Clare Richards Editor Peter Horrocks
A Pillarbox production forBBCtv


Unknown: Barbara Altounyan
Producer: Clare Richards
Editor: Peter Horrocks

: Gardeners' World

Geoff Hamilton provides advice and information from
Barnsdale, and for those who like taking photographs of their own or other people's gardens, there's the Garden in Focus competition with the chance to win some sensational prizes. Liz Rigbey discusses the contest with gardening author and photographer Andrew Lawson in his garden at
Charlbury in Oxfordshire, while picking up some photographic hints.
Series producer Rosemary Forgan Executive producer Tony Laryea
A Catalyst Television production for BBCtv
0 BBC GARDENERS' WORLD MAGAZINE: f 1.45 from newsagents. ● GARDENING: page 18


Unknown: Geoff Hamilton
Unknown: Liz Rigbey
Unknown: Andrew Lawson
Producer: Rosemary Forgan
Producer: Tony Laryea

: Rory Bremner

Last in the series. More stand-up comedy, quick-fire impressions, satire and archive clips with Rory Bremner, John Bird and John Fortune.


Unknown: Rory Bremner
Unknown: John Bird
Unknown: John Fortune
Director: Sean Hardie
Producer: Geoff Atkinson

: Words on Film

Six personal documentaries written by contemporary poets, part of the Commissions and Collaborations season.
Simon Armitage focuses on housing problems on the notorious Ashfield Valley
Estate in Rochdale, Lancashire. To the background sound of the estate being demolished,
Armitage discovers that life is continuing there in gentle and surprising ways. The only remaining caretaker is a survivor of the 1956 uprising in Budapest, while a neighbour rescues local stranded cats.
One couple are not looking forward to moving from their immaculate flat, and another resident is cultivating a forest in his home.
Director Kim Flitcroft
Executive producer Peter Symes ● STEREO
● BOOKLET: for the written verse from this series send a cheque or postal order for £3.50 payable to BBCtv to [address removed]


Unknown: Simon Armitage
Director: Kim Flitcroft
Producer: Peter Symes

: Have I Got News for You

Comedy news quiz hosted by Angus Deayton, with team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, plus comic actor Steve Frost.
A Hat Trick production for BBCtv (Stereo)


Chairman: Angus Deayton
Team captain: Ian Hislop
Team captain: Paul Merton
Guest: Steve Frost
Producer: Harry Thompson

: Newsnight

With Francine Stock and Jeremy Paxman.


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Jeremy Paxman.

: What the Papers Say

A review of the week's press. A Granada production for BBCtv

: Scrutiny

lain Macwhirter looks at the work of Parliament.
Editor Geoffrey Sumner


Editor: Geoffrey Sumner

: Weatherview

: The Belle of the Alhambra

First showing on network television, in the Discovering Latin America season, for this lavish film from Cuba which evokes the sensual rhythms of the island's music. Starring Beatriz Valdes

Omar Valdes Havana 1920: Rachel is a young actress whose ambition is to play the Alhambra, the notorious music hall where the audience consists only of men, and the musical numbers are the source of scandal.

In Spanish with English subtitles.
Films: pages 45-52


Rachel: Beatriz Valdes
Federico: Omar Valdes
Pedro Carreno: Cesar Evora
Adolfito: Carlos Csuz
Amargen: Veronica Lynn
Rolen: Ramon Veloz
La Mejicana: Isabel Moreno
Eusebio: Jorge Martinez
Director: Enrique Pineda Bamet

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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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