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: CBeebies: Boogie Beebies

Followed by Christmas Storytime with Roly Mo (R)

: CBeebies: Postman Pat

Followed by Pingu

: CBBC: Maya & Miguel

Followed by Bernard

: CBBC: The Owl

: Animal Park: Wild in Africa

Ben Fogle encounters Africa's most dangerous animal.


Unknown: Ben Fogle

: Meerkat Manor

Flower's pups emerge from the burrow.

: Around the World in80 Days

1/7. Michael Palin sets off from
London to Venice.


Unknown: Michael Palin

: How We Built Britain

Elizabethan homes.

: Who Do You Think You Are?

David Tennant traces his Scottish roots. The next episode is Boxing Day at 11.15am. David Tennant stars in Doctor Who tomorrow at 6.50pm on BBC1


Unknown: David Tennant
Unknown: David Tennant

: Celebrity MasterChef

With Matthew Wright , Lome Spicer and Jeremy Edwards.
12.45 Angela Rippon , Chris Bisson and Darren Bennett compete. The next episode is on Boxing
Day at 12.15pm.


Unknown: Matthew Wright
Unknown: Lome Spicer
Unknown: Jeremy Edwards.
Unknown: Angela Rippon
Unknown: Chris Bisson
Unknown: Darren Bennett

: My Fair Lady

Classic period musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, starring Audrey Hepburn as a socially mobile flower girl. Review page 60.
Director George Cukor (1964, U)


Based on a play by: George Bernard Shaw
Director: George Cukor
Eliza Doolittle: Audrey Hepburn
Professor Henry Higgins: Rex Harrison
Alfred P. Doolittle: Stanley Holloway
Colonel Hugh Pickering: Wilfrid Hyde White

: The Good Life

Silly, but It's Fun. A festive episode from 1977. The Good Life is the subject of Comedy Connections on Friday 28 December at 1220am. Writers John Esmonde and Bob Larbey


Unknown: John Esmonde
Unknown: Bob Larbey

: Pavarotti: aLife in Seven Arias

An intimate portrait of the Italian tenor, who died this year.
Director/Producer David Thompson Andrea Bocelli : the Story behind the Voice is tomorrow at 6.50pm
Best seat in the house: page 45


Producer: David Thompson
Producer: Andrea Bocelli

: Carols from Kings

The annual service from King's College, Cambridge, which tells the Christmas story through music and prose. Featuring the chapel choir under Steven Cleobury and carols including Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
Director David Kremer ; Producer James Whitbourn (HD) A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, from King's College, is today at 3pm on Radio 4 and tomorrow at 2pm on Radio 3


Unknown: Steven Cleobury
Director: David Kremer
Producer: James Whitbourn

: Dad's Army

For the Love of Three Oranges. In a Christmas show from 1976, the vicar holds a bazaar where Mainwaring finds himself bidding against Pike for a highly prized orange. Another episode is tomorrow at 8pm.
Writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft


Unknown: Jimmy Perry
Unknown: David Croft

: Blackadder's Christmas Carol

On Christmas Eve 1850, Ebenezer Blackadder resolves to mend his benevolent ways after a visiting spirit shows him his ruthless ancestors.
Rowan Atkinson stars in the festive special from 1988.


Writer: Richard Curtis
Writer: Ben Elton
Director: Richard Boden
Producer: John Lloyd
Ebenezer Blackadder: Rowan Atkinson

: Arena: Ken Dodd's Happiness

A tribute to the Liverpudlian comedian, who turned 80 last month. Here, he discusses his 50-year career and the influences on his comedy style. Featuring film clips of his early performances and footage of his latest tour. An Audience with Ken Dodd is at 10.10pm. Director Ashtar Alkhirsan ; Editor Anthony Wall


Unknown: Ken Dodd
Director: Ashtar Alkhirsan
Editor: Anthony Wall

: The Comedy Christmas

A celebration of the shows that have tickled our festive funnybones over the years, from the Morecambe and Wise and Mike Yarwood spectaculars of the 1960s and 70s, to the Only Fools and Horses specials of the 1990s. Plus more recent yuletide treats, such as The Royle Family and The Catherine Tate Show. Director/Producer Cybele Rowbottom
Repeated tomorrow at 11pm


Unknown: Mike Yarwood
Unknown: Catherine Tate Show.

: An Audience with Ken Dodd

In a special first aired in 1994, the comedian entertains and takes questions from a celebrity audience, including Frank Carson , Jane Horrocks and members of the Coronation Street cast.
Director Patricia Mordecai ; Producer Lorna Dickinson


Unknown: Frank Carson
Unknown: Jane Horrocks
Director: Patricia Mordecai
Producer: Lorna Dickinson

: Ken Dodd: Blankety Blank Christmas Special

The comedian and his tickling stick feature in a festive edition of the quiz from 1984, alongside Lorraine Chase, Russell Harty, and Derek Nimmo.


Panellist: Ken Dodd
Panellist: Lorraine Chase
Panellist: Russell Harty
Panellist: Derek Nimmo
Director: David Taylor
Producer: John Bishop

: Dawn French's More Boys Who Do: Comedy

Veteran funnyman Ken Dodd talks about his half-century on the stage and explains his comedy ethos. Director Joanna Hanley ; Producer Ben McPherson First shown on BBC4 Rptd on Friday 28 Dec on BBC4 at 12.10am


Talks: Ken Dodd
Director: Joanna Hanley
Producer: Ben McPherson

: Comedy Connections

The story behind cult sci-fi show Red Dwarf.

: Red Dwarf

Series one. Dave Lister wakes up to a few surprises after 3 million years in suspended animation. Continues on Wednesday at 12.25am.


Unknown: Dave Lister

: Mr Deeds Goes to Town

Oscar-winning comedy starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. A man learns the downside of celebrity when he inherits a fortune. Review page 62.
Director Frank Capra (1936, U) (BW)


Unknown: Gary Cooper
Unknown: Jean Arthur.
Director: Frank Capra

: The Leopard Man

Stylised, atmospheric thriller starring Dennis O'Keefe and Jean Brooks. A small town is menaced by a killer - but is it animal or human? Review page 62. Director Jacques Tourneur (1943) (BW)


Unknown: Dennis O'Keefe
Unknown: Jean Brooks.
Director: Jacques Tourneur

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.

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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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