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: The Life of Mammals

4/10. David Attenborough shares his fascination with, and horror of, rodents.


Unknown: David Attenborough

: Wainwright Walks

4/4. Julia Bradbury tackles the Lakes'and England's highest peak - Scafell Pike.


Unknown: Julia Bradbury
Unknown: Scafell Pike.

: My Fair Lady

Classic musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, starring Audrey Hepburn. Review page 68. Director George Cukor (1964, U)


Unknown: George Bernard Shaw
Unknown: Audrey Hepburn.
Director: George Cukor
Eliza Doolittle: Audrey Hepburn
Professor Henry Higgins: Rex Harrison
Alfred P Doolittle: Stanley Holloway
Colonel Hugh Pickering: Wilfrid Hyde White
Mrs Higgins: Gladys Cooper

: Oklahoma!

Film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
Review page 68.
Director Fred Zinnemann (1955, U)


Director: Fred Zinnemann
Curly: Gordon MacRae
Laurey: Shirley Jones
Jud Fry: Rod Steiger
Ado Annie: Gloria Grahame
Will Parker: Gene Nelson

: Hansel and Gretel from the Royal Opera House

Colin Davis conducts Humperdinck's sumptuous fairy-tale opera, recorded recently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with a star-studded cast including Angelika Kirchschlager and Diana Damrau. Introduced by Katie Derham, with behind-the-scenes interviews during the interval. Showing on the BBC HD channel tomorrow at 2.15pm Brian Sewell's cultural round-up: p47


Unknown: Colin Davis
Unknown: Angelika Kirchschlager
Unknown: Diana Damrau.
Introduced By: Katie Derham
Unknown: Brian Sewell

: The Truth about Carols

Howard Goodall investigates the often uncomfortable relationship between carols and the Church's celebration Of Christmas. Showing on the BBC HD channel at 6pm


Unknown: Howard Goodall

: Maestro: the Inside Story

A look back at some of the most memorable moments from the series in which newsreader Katie Derham, actors David Soul, Jane Asher and Bradley Walsh , musicians Goldie and Alex James, and TV presenters Sue Perkins and Peter Snow competed to become classical conductors. Plus previously unseen footage and interviews.
Director/Producer Paul Buller


Unknown: Katie Derham
Unknown: David Soul
Unknown: Jane Asher
Unknown: Bradley Walsh
Unknown: Alex James
Unknown: Peter Snow
Producer: Paul Buller

: 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 a festive special from 1988.

(Blackadder Rides Again is at 10.30pm on BBC1)


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

: The Queen

Shown at 3pm on BBC1

: Dad's Army

For the Love of Three Oranges. Private Pike and Captain Mainwaring are locked in a bidding war for an orange at a fundraising bazaar.

: Dragons' Den around the World

An entertaining and illuminating journey through the 18 other countries that now have their own versions of the hit business show, including a look at some of the more hilarious pitches and at the cult Japanese show that started it all. Producer Ashtar Alkhirsan ; Series producer Sam Lewens
Repeated on Tuesday 30 December at 7pm See feature at www.radiotimes.com/dragons-den


Producer: Ashtar Alkhirsan
Producer: Sam Lewens

: Top Gear

Messrs Clarkson, Hammond and May travel to Florida in order to prove that fly-drive holidays can be more fun if you purchase a car instead of renting one. Top Gear Vietnam Special is on Sunday 28 December at 8pm.

: Casanova

Attractive period romp starring Heath Ledger. Sixteenth-century Venice: serial bed-hopper Giacomo Casanova thinks he's finally met the girl of his dreams in the spirited Francesca Bruni. What he doesn't know is that she's actually a serious intellectual who writes feminist tracts under a male nom de plume. Review page 71.
Director Lasse Hallstrom (2005, 12)
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel


Giacomo Casanova: Heath Ledger
Bishop Pucci: Jeremy Irons
Francesca Bruni: Sienna Miller
Papprizzio: Oliver Platt
Andrea Bruni: Lena Olin
Lupo: Omid Djalill
Donate: Stephen Greif
Dalfonso: Ken Stott
Giovanni Bruni: Charlie Cox
Victoria: Natalie Dormer
Doge: Tim McLnnerny
Bernardo Guardi: Phil Davis

: Have I Got a Bit More News for You

Extended seasonal edition with Alexander Armstrong.
Extended repeat from Christmas Eve, 9.30pm, BBC1


Host: Alexander Armstrong.


Memorable hits from The Kinks, New Order, Slade, Erasure, and Isaac Hayes.


Unknown: Isaac Hayes.

: Gilda

Classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Having been rescued from a brawl, gambler Johnny Farrell is hired by Ballin Mundson to work in his casino. Review p71. Director Charles Vidor (1946, PG) (BW)


Unknown: Rita Hayworth
Unknown: Glenn Ford.
Unknown: Johnny Farrell
Unknown: Ballin Mundson
Director: Charles Vidor

: Rita

Profile of screen legend Rita Hayworth, featuring contributions by Nicole Kidman, Ann Miller and Eli Wallach.


Unknown: Rita Hayworth
Unknown: Nicole Kidman
Unknown: Ann Miller
Unknown: Eli Wallach.

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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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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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