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: CBeebies: Fimbles

Press the red button between 7.00am and 7.00pm to access two sing-along
Christmas songs from the CBeebies gang and Something Special's Mr Tumble

: CBeebies: Boogie Beebies

Music and dance with Pete and Nat.

: CBeebies: Charlie and Lola

The siblings prepare for Christmas.
Kids' TV Choices: page

: CBeebies: Underground Ernie

Moscow the train is snowed in.
Kids' TV Choices: page

: CBBC: LazyTown

The residents hold a Christmas party.

: CBBC: Bernard

The polar bear considers going skydiving.

: Animal Park

The giraffes make a meal of a box of nettles.

: Incredible Animal Journeys

Steve Leonard trails wild dogs. Producer Martin Hughes-Games
Exec producer Sara Ford


Unknown: Steve Leonard
Producer: Martin Hughes-Games
Producer: Sara Ford

: Castle In the Country

Daily magazine.

: Churchill's Bodyguard

Thompson visits the Middle East. First shown on UKTV History

: A Christmas at Kew

Preparations for celebrations at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Rptd tomorrow at 1.50am

: Genevieve

Comedy starring John Gregson , Dinah Sheridan and Kenneth More. Review pages 63-97. Director Henry Cornelius (1953, U)


Unknown: John Gregson
Unknown: Dinah Sheridan
Unknown: Kenneth More.
Director: Henry Cornelius

: Cosi Fan Tutte

Glyndebourne celebrates the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
Nicholas Hytner directs, with Ivan Fischer conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Director Francesca Kemp
Exec producer Sue Judd There's a performance of The Magic Flute in Opera on 3: Live from the Met on Radio 3 on Saturday 30 December at 6.30pm


Unknown: Nicholas Hytner
Unknown: Ivan Fischer
Director: Francesca Kemp
Producer: Sue Judd
Fiordiligi: Miah Persson
Ferrando: Topi Lehtipuu
Dorabella: Anke Vondung
Guglielmo: Luca Pisaroni
Despina: Ainhoa Garmendia

: Duma the Cheetah

Documentary taking an intimate look into the life of the big cat.
Rptd Wed 27 Dec at 6.30pm

: Autumnwatch with Bill Oddie

The naturalist reports from across the nation.

: The Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece

2/3. Census at Bethlehem. A closer look at the image that inspired a thousand Christmas cards: Brueghel's Census at Bethlehem. It depicts Mary and Joseph's arrival in the town - but also offers a glimpse into life in a Netherlands village under the rule of foreign invaders. The next episode is tomorrow at 6.10pm

: The Queen

Her Majesty addresses the nation and the Commonwealth, Shown at 3pm on BBC1 Jeremy Paxman salutes the Queen's broadcast: page 40


Unknown: Jeremy Paxman

: Porridge: No Way Out

The inmates plan to escape, but Fletch has other ideas concerning a spell in the infirmary. The Christmas episode from 1975. Writer Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Producer Sydney Lotterby The Two Ronnies Christmas Sketchbook is on Boxing Day at 11.55am on BBC1


Writer: Dick Clement
Writer: Ian La Frenais

: Nicholas Nickleby

Adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel starring Charlie Hunnam. Young Nicholas is an innocent at large in a world controlled by Uncle Ralph Nickleby. First there is the tour to the lower depths of educational hell at Dotheboys Hall, run by Wackford Squeers and his wife. But then there is light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of the charitable Cheeryble brothers. Review pages 63-97. (2002, PG)
Great Expectations is on Tuesday 2 January at 12.50pm


Director: Douglas McGrath
Nicholas: Charlie Hunnam
Ralph: Christopher Plummer
Smike: Jamie Bell
Wackford: Jim Broadbent
Newman Noggs: Tom Courtenay
Sir Mulberry Hawk: Edward Fox
Mrs Squeers: Juliet Stevenson
Vincent Crummies: Nathan Lane
Mrs Crummles: Dame Edna Everage
Charles Cheeryble: Timothy Spall
Mr Folair: Alan Cumming
Kate Nickleby: Romola Garai
Madeline Bray: Anne Hathaway
Ned Cheeryble: Gerard Horan
John Browdie: Kevin McKidd

: The Royal Ballet - Dreams to Reality

A documentary about the pursuit of dreams, which goes behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet in its 75th year. With unique access to the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Ballet Company, follow the everyday highs and lows of a number of junior and senior dancers and students over the course of several months at one of Britain's greatest institutions. Repeated tomorrow at 1.45pm Giselle is on Boxing Day at 2.45pm Hearts-a-leaping: page 23

: TOTP2 Christmas Special

A rundown of Christmas hits as Steve Wright rummages around in his sledge to introduce the best ever seasonal hits. Featuring Slade, the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl , plus more recent offerings from The Darkness, Kylie Minogue and Saint Etienne.
Shown on Saturday at 7.40pm


Unknown: Steve Wright
Unknown: Kirsty MacColl
Unknown: Saint Etienne.

: The Story of Light Entertainment

4/8. Radio
Stars. Terry Wogan is among the guests as Stephen Fry looks at the impact that radio celebrities have had on both their own medium and television.
Another edition is tomorrow at 11.40pm.


Unknown: Terry Wogan
Unknown: Stephen Fry

: The Falcon Takes Over

Detective mystery starring George Sanders. When ex-wrestler Moose Malloy is released from prison, he goes searching for his former girlfriend, Velma, leaving chaos in his wake. Intrigued, Gay Lawrence , alias the Falcon, follows the trail of destruction and is soon facing danger. Review pages 63-97.
Director Irving Reis (1942) (BW)


Unknown: George Sanders.
Unknown: Moose Malloy
Unknown: Gay Lawrence
Director: Irving Reis

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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