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: Sarah Kennedy

: Ken Bruce

: Jeremy Vine


: Steve Wright

: Chris Evans

: Nat King Cole

New series 1/4. Radio 2 profiles one of the giants of 20th-century popular music, who in 1965 died of lung cancer, aged 45, having earned the title of Nat "King" Cole from formidable careers as a jazz pianist and, from 1943, a singer with an immaculate, buttery and stately voice. Defining recordings include / Love You for Sentimental Reasons, The
Christmas Song, Nature Boy, Too Young, Pretend, Mona Lisa , Smile, When / Fall in Love and Stardust. With input from pianist George Shearing , clarinettist
Buddy DeFranco , producer Rockin' Ronnie Weiser and, from the archives,
Chuck Berry , Bo Diddley and others. Producer Neil Rosser


Unknown: Mona Lisa
Pianist: George Shearing
Clarinettist: Buddy Defranco
Unknown: Ronnie Weiser
Unknown: Chuck Berry
Unknown: Bo Diddley
Producer: Neil Rosser

: Friday Night Is Music Night

Boston Pops conductor
Keith Lockhart directs the BBC Concert Orchestra with singer Claire Martin in a special programme of US music.


Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Singer: Claire Martin

: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Cynthia Nixon reads a verson of Anita Loos 's satirical 1925 novel.
2/8. Cruising towards Europe, Lorelei meets a ghost from her past.


Unknown: Cynthia Nixon
Unknown: Anita Loos

: Listen to the Band

Frank Renton plays requests.


Unknown: Frank Renton

: Claudia Winkleman

With guest Joan Bakewell.


Unknown: Joan Bakewell.

: Mark Lamarr

Ebony Steel Band perform a live set.

: Mike Harding


: Mo Dutta

Music and chat.

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.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

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.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

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