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: Sarah Kennedy

: Ken Bruce

: Jeremy Vine


: Steve Wright

: Chris Evans

Live from the top of Blackpool Tower, kicking off Radio 2's series of live shows from Blackpool.

: Friday Night Is Music Night

Barry Forgie conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with guests Tony Christie, Claire Sweeney, Peter Grant and Paloma Faith in a swing-themed spectacular presented by dancer Anton Du Beke (Strictly Come Dancing), from Blackpool's Opera House.


Conductor: Barry Forgie
Guest: Tony Christie
Guest: Claire Sweeney
Guest: Peter Grant
Guest: Paloma Faith
Presenter: Anton Du Beke

: Radio 2 Live at the Lights

A broadcast from Blackpool to mark the switching-on of the annual lights spectacle, begun in 1879 but first staged in its modern form in 1912 in honour of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise's visit to the town. Presented by Kate Thornton, with performances by JLS, Madness, Tony Christie, Paloma Faith and Pixie Lott. Alan Carr throws the switch, resulting in a million illuminated lights along six miles of promenade.


Presenter: Kate Thornton
Unknown: Tony Christie
Unknown: Pixie Lott
Unknown: Alan Carr

: Listen to the Band

A brass concerto-themed special in which Frank Renton introduces tuba virtuoso James Gourlay , euphonium star Steven Mead , Black Dyke Band trombonist Brett Baker and top trumpeter Martin Winter.


Introduces: Frank Renton
Unknown: James Gourlay
Unknown: Steven Mead
Unknown: Brett Baker
Unknown: Martin Winter.

: Claudia Winkleman

Guests include English food writer
Tom Parker Bowles (The Full English) and, playing her trumpet live,
Classical Brit winner Alison Balsom.


Unknown: Tom Parker Bowles
Unknown: Alison Balsom.

: Mark Lamarr .


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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