• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: Open University

5.55 Maths: Exam Revision
6.15 American Conversations:
Jeane Kirkpatrick
6.35 Social Science, the World and You


Unknown: Jeane Kirkpatrick

: Sacred and Profane

With Paul Guinery.
Hildegard of Bingen 0 Vos Angeli
7.15 Part Trisagion Lithuanian
7.29 Schein Ich Lasse Dich Nicht
7.33 Arauxo Tiento de Quarto Tono
7.38 Bach Church Cantatas:
Bach Cantata No 130: Herr Gott , Dich
Loben Alle Wir
7.56 Gibbons Fantazia ofFoure Parts;
8.03 Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David
8.07 Gliere Concerto for Coloratura
Soprano and Orchestra
8.20 Merbecke Domine Ihesu Christe
8.35 Arauxo Sexto Tiento de Medio
Registro de Baxon de 1 Tono
8.40 Ness Arcanae
Producer Antony Pitts


Unknown: Paul Guinery.
Unknown: Vos Angeli
Unknown: Arauxo Tiento
Unknown: Herr Gott
Unknown: Gibbons Fantazia
Unknown: Gibbons Hosanna
Producer: Antony Pitts

: Choice of Three

Former Radio 3 controller Stephen Hearst previews the week ahead in conversation with Susan Sharpe.


Unknown: Stephen Hearst
Unknown: Susan Sharpe.

: The Third at 50

Humphrey Carpenter introduces the anniversary day's programmes.
9.05 Major Thirds
Performances from the archives.
Mozart Exsultate , Jubilate, K165
Elly Ameling (soprano),
ECO, conductor Benjamin Britten
(From the 1969 Aldeburgh Festival)
Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Martha Argerich ,
LSO, conductor Lawrence Foster
(From My Favourite Concertos, 1968) Delius Brigg Fair
BBC SO, conductor Malcolm Sargent (From The Saturday Concert, 1965) Poulenc Le Travail du Peintre
Pierre Bernac (baritone), The Composer (piano)
Shostakovich Piano Trio, Op 67 Leonid Kogan (violin),
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Emil Gilels (piano)
11.00 From the Third to Three
Nicholas Kenyon , controller of Radio 3 since 1992, talks to
Humphrey Carpenter about the network and the changes that he has introduced.
11.15 The BBC Orchestras
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
In this opening concert from Cardiff, Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, and the Philharmonia Chorus in Ravel's ballet
Daphnis et Chloe.
The BBC Philharmonic perform live at 1.45pm # The Famous Five: page 30
12.15pm Music Matters Repeated from yesterday 5.45pm


Unknown: Mozart Exsultate
Soprano: Elly Ameling
Conductor: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Martha Argerich
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
Violin: Leonid Kogan
Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich
Piano: Emil Gilels
Unknown: Nicholas Kenyon
Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter
Unknown: Mark Wigglesworth

: Out of the Air

Listeners recall a moment from the Third Programme and Radio 3 that meant something to them. Producer Sarah Bowen


Producer: Sarah Bowen

: Celebrity Recital

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Bruno Walter (piano)
Schumann Frauenliebe und -Leben (Part of an Edinburgh Festival recital from 1949) Repeat


Contralto: Kathleen Ferrier
Piano: Bruno Walter

: The BBC Orchestras BBC Philharmonic

From the Concert Hall of New
Broadcasting House,
Conductor Matthias Bamert
Gerhard Suite : Soirées de Barcelone (first complete performance)
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform live at 4.30pm


Conductor: Matthias Bamert
Conductor: Gerhard Suite

: Spirit of the Age

Christopher Page and guests Anthony Burton , Richard Luckett and Lionel Salter dip into and discuss some of the first early music broadcasts, from Elizabethan madrigals performed during the war years to major series like The History of Music in Sound and Octave of the Nativity.
Producer Kate Bolton. See also Friday 3.00pm


Unknown: Anthony Burton
Unknown: Richard Luckett
Unknown: Lionel Salter
Producer: Kate Bolton.

: Two Light Up the Third

An anniversary repeat of one of the inaugural programmes to be broadcast by the Third Programme, How to Listen, with Joyce Grenfell and Stephen Potter. Plus a fictionalised dramatisation about how it made it to the airwaves, written by Russell Davies and starring Maureen Lipman as Joyce Grenfell.


Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Stephen Potter.
Written By: Russell Davies
Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell.

: The BBC Orchestras BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

From Studio One,
Broadcasting House, Glasgow.
Conductor Osmo Vanska ,
Douglas Boyd (oboe)
Sally Beamish Oboe Concerto (Tarn Lin) Shostakovich Symphony No 1
The BBC Symphony Orchestra gives this evening's main concert at 7.30pm


Conductor: Osmo Vanska
Oboe: Douglas Boyd
Oboe: Sally Beamish

: Perlman Plays Bach

Itzhak Perlman (violin)
Partita No 3 in E, BWV1006


Violin: Itzhak Perlman

: The Envy of the World

No Fixed Points
In the first of three documentaries charting the history of the Third
Programme and Radio 3, Humphrey Carpenter investigates the origins of the Third in the aftermath of the Second World War. In an interview that has never before been broadcast, director general William Haley outlines his vision of a network with no regular programmes, no news bulletins and no fixed points. Listeners including Peter Maxwell Davies and Harold Pinter remember how the Third changed their lives, and former controller Harman Grisewood reflects on an early complaint about
"vulgarisation" - from EM Forster. Producer John Goudie


Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter
Director: General William Haley
Unknown: Peter Maxwell Davies
Unknown: Harold Pinter
Unknown: Harman Grisewood
Unknown: Em Forster.
Producer: John Goudie

: Schubert at St John's

The 1979 tenth anniversary concert of the Monday Lunchtime Concerts given in St John 's, Smith Square.
Schubert String Quintet in C, D956
Amadeus Quartet, William Pleeth (cello) Repeat


Unknown: St John
Cello: William Pleeth

: The BBC Orchestras BBC Symphony Orchestra

From the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Conductor Andrew Davis , Eva Urbanova (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo), Denes Gulyas (tenor), Alexander Anisimov (baritone), Wayne Marshall (organ), BBC Symphony Chorus
Colin Matthews Renewal (BBC commission; first performance)
8.25 I'm Sorry Our Programmes Are Running Late
Recalling memorable and unexpected moments in Radio 3 history.
8.45 Janacek Glagolitic Mass
The BBC Concert Orchestra can be heard tonight at 10.45pm


Conductor: Andrew Davis
Soprano: Eva Urbanova
Soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Tenor: Denes Gulyas
Baritone: Alexander Anisimov
Baritone: Wayne Marshall

: The Sunday Play: All That Fall

A chance to hear the first production of Samuel Beckett 's original radio play, commissioned and broadcast in 1957. On the face of it. the play is an anecdote set in a rural community of Ireland - in reality, it is a careful synthesis of speech, sound and silence, hectically funny and bitterly tragic.
Director Donald McWhinnie Repeat


Unknown: Samuel Beckett
Director: Donald McWhinnie
Mrs Rooney: Mary O'Farrell
Christy: Alan McClelland
Mr Tyler: Brian Ohiggins
Mr Clocum: Patrick Magee
Mr Barrell: Harry Hutchinson
Tommy: Jack MacGowran
Miss Fitt: Sheila Ward
Female Voice: Peggy Marshall
Mr Rooney: J G Devlin
Jerry: Terrance Farrell

: The BBC Orchestras BBC Concert Orchestra

The BBC Concert Orchestra has played an integral part in the life of Radio 3 since their creation in 1952. Two of the works in this concert given earlier today at the Hippodrome, Golders Green, were commissioned by the orchestra.
Conductor Martyn Brabbins
Malcolm Arnold Scottish Dances
(1957 commission)
Bernstein Suite: On the Waterfront
Lennox Berkeley Overture for Light Orchestra (1959 commission)


Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Conductor: Malcolm Arnold

: The Price of Everything - the Value of Nothing

Robert Hewison , Asa Briggs , Georgina Born , Simon Jenkins and Terry Eagleton debate the cultural and aesthetic values of society and the Third Programme at the time of its creation and as Radio 3 today. Producer Judith Bumpus


Unknown: Robert Hewison
Unknown: Asa Briggs
Unknown: Georgina Born
Unknown: Simon Jenkins
Unknown: Terry Eagleton
Producer: Judith Bumpus

: Record Review

Building a Library
Revised repeat from yesterday 9.00am

: Through the Night

With Donald Macleod.
1.30 NDR SO/Herbert
Blomstedt Bruckner Adagio (String Quartet in F); Mass No 3 in F minor
2.50 Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op 15 Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50 Prague Spring Trio
4.00 Organist Vaclav Severin Golonka plays music by Widor, Eben, Reger, Brahms and Franck
5.00 Sequence


Unknown: Donald MacLeod.
Unknown: Blomstedt Bruckner Adagio
Organist: Vaclav Severin Golonka

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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel