• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: News Briefing

: Farming Week

Presented from the South East by BRYAN PLATT
6.25 Shipping forecast long wave only


Unknown: Bryan Platt

: Today

Brian Redhead with LIBBY PURVES
6.45' Prayer for the Day BISHOP GEORGE APPLETON
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by JOHN MARSH
7.30, 8.30 News headlines
7.45* Thought for the Day


Unknown: Brian Redhead
Unknown: Libby Purves
Unknown: George Appleton
Read By: John Marsh

: Christmas on 4

with Christopher Slade


Unknown: Christopher Slade

: Little Women: 1: A Merry Christmas

by Louisa M. Alcott, abridged in nine parts by Christine Meek
Read by Anna Massey

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents." grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. It's so dreadful to be poor," sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress". "I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things and other girls nothing at all", added little Amy, with an injured sniff. "We've got Father and Mother and each other", said Beth contentedly."

(BBC Scotland)
(Part 2: Boxing Day at 10.45 am)


Author: Louisa M. Alcott
Abridger: Christine Meek
Producer: Marilyn Ireland
Reader: Anna Massey

: News

: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The show that began with the end of the world continues with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect stranded on prehistoric earth, and Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin thoroughly devoured by a carbon-copy of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. Peter Jones as The Book with Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox
Stephen Moore as Marvin Simon Jones as Arthur Dent
Geoffrey MeGivern as Ford Prefect/Frogstar Robot
Bill Paterson as Assistant Arcturan pilot
David Tate as Captain/ The receptionist/The lift and Alan Ford as Roosta Radiophonic sound and music by PADDY KINGSLAND Written by DOUGLAS ADAMS Producer GEOFFREY PERKINS (First broadcast on Christmas Eve 1978)
(Stephen Moore is a National Theatre player)


Unknown: Arthur Dent
Unknown: Peter Jones
Unknown: Mark Wing-Davey
Unknown: Zaphod Beeblebrox
Unknown: Stephen Moore
Unknown: Marvin Simon Jones
Unknown: Arthur Dent
Unknown: Geoffrey Megivern
Unknown: Bill Paterson
Unknown: David Tate
Unknown: Alan Ford
Music By: Paddy Kingsland
Written By: Douglas Adams
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Unknown: Stephen Moore

: I'm Sorry, IHaven't a Clue

(Details: Boxing Day 2.0)

: Peter Ustinov

reflects on the Englishness of the English, from the BBC Sound Archives.

: Daily Service

NEM, p 17; The advent of our King (BBC HB 39); Psalm 111; Matthew 1, vv 18-25 (AV); 0 come, 0 come (BBC HB 36)

: The Country-side at Christmas

(Details: Boxing Day 7.20)

: Many a Cross Word!

A lighthearted account of the chequered history of the crossword puzzle.
Directed by (H. JEATHON-CHOIRS) (Anag.)
(Rptd: 10 Jan)


Presented By: Len H. Jowls
Unknown: Patrick Barr
Unknown: Leonard Fenton
Unknown: Brian Haines
Unknown: Michael McStay
Unknown: Peggy Paige

: News

: You and Yours

Including a visit to a museum of kitchen ware and some old English recipes; Gail Duff talks about country lore for the winter months and Alexander Walker looks at what films are on general release during the holiday Presenters Nancy Wise and Bill Breckon


Talks: Gail Duff
Talks: Alexander Walker
Talks: Bill Breckon

: Lord Peter Wimsey

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by DOROTHY L. SAYERS , adapted in six parts by CHRIS MILLER starring withand
3: Mr Oliver Producer SIMON BRETT
12.55Weather; programme news: long wave only


Unknown: Dorothy L. Sayers
Unknown: Chris Miller
Producer: Simon Brett
Lord Peter: Ian Carmichael
Robert Fentiman: Allan Cuthbertson
George Fentimnn: Martin Jarvis
Inspector Parker: Gabriel Woolf
Mr Murbles: John Gabriel
Culyer: Blain Fairman

: The World at One: News

Presenter Brian Widlake


Presenter: Brian Widlake

: The Archers

1.55 Shipping forecast long wave only

: News

: Woman's Hour

with Sue MacGregor
Out of Context: DAVID HAWKSWORTH talks to Tommy Steele about his lesser-known activity - painting and sculpting. (Tommy Steele is at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London)
Just What You Want (Although You Don't Know It): RON ALLDRIDGE looks at the life of the demonstrator
A Magnificent Woman and her Flying Machine: ELISE HACKETT , now 88, tells PAM GILLHAM about her early airborne days. Christmas Anthology: words and music.
The Two Wise Virgins of Hove by ROBIN MAUGHAM abridged in three parts by MADGE HART. Read by MARGOT BOYD and JOHN FRANKLYN-ROBBINS (3). (Music: Mathias' Vivat Regina)


Talks: David Hawksworth
Unknown: Tommy Steele
Unknown: Tommy Steele
Unknown: Ron Alldridge
Unknown: Elise Hackett
Unknown: Pam Gillham
Unknown: Robin Maugham
Unknown: Madge Hart.
Read By: Margot Boyd
Read By: John Franklyn-Robbins

: News

: A Festival of NineLessons and Carols

in King's College Chapel, Cambridge upon Christmas Eve
Processional Hymn; Once in royal David's city (H. J. Gauntlett )
The Bidding Prayer
Hymn: Of the Father's heart begotten (Piae Cantiones, 1582, arr Willcocks) First Lesson: Genesis 3, vv 8-15, 17-19: A CHORISTER Adamlayybounden (Boris Ord); Sussex Carol (trad English, arr Ledger)
Second Lesson: Genesis 23, VV 15-18: A CHORAL SCHOLAR Joseph and Mary (trad English, arr Vaughan Williams); Up, awake and away! (Galician melody, arr Ledger)
Ding dong! merrily on high (16th-century French, arr Wood)
Hymn: 0 little town of Bethlehem (trad English) Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 11, vv l-3a, 4a, 6-9: A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE
A maiden most gentle (trad French, arr Carter); The Holly and the Ivy (trad English, arr Walford Davies)
Fifth Lesson: St Luke 1, VV 26-35, 38: THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
In dulci jubilo (14th-century German, arr de Pearsall)
Stille nacht (Gruber, arr Ledger), Sans day carol (trad Cornish, arr Rutter) Seventh Lesson: St Luke 2, vv 8-16: A FELLOW
King Jesus has a garden (19th-century Japanese melody, arr Ledger)
Hymn: While shepherds watched (Este's Psalter, 1592)
Quelle est cette odeur agréable? (trad French, arr Willcocks)
Eighth Lesson: St Matthew 2, W 1-11: THE VICE-PROVOST-
In the bleak mid-winter (Harold E. Darke ); A babe is born (William Mathias )
Ninth Lesson: St John 1, VV 1-14: THE PROVOST
Hymn: 0 come, all ye faithful (J. F. Wade ) Collect and Blessing
Hymn: Hark! The herald angels sing (Mendelssohn) Director of Music PHILIP LEDGER. Organ Scholar ADRIAN PARTINGTON (Rptd: Christmas Day 3.0, R3)


Unknown: H. J. Gauntlett
Unknown: Harold E. Darke
Unknown: William Mathias
Unknown: J. F. Wade
Unknown: Adrian Partington

: A Part-Time Island

For five hours every day the holy island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the rest of Northumberland by the tide. When the sea retreats, thousands of summer visitors flood the island.
Keith Allan examines the effects of the invasion on the island and its people. Producer GILLIAN HUSH BBC Manchester


Unknown: Keith Allan

: PM

with Gordon Clough and Joan Bakewell
5.50 Shipping forecast long wave only
5.55 Weather; programme news


Unknown: Gordon Clough
Unknown: Joan Bakewell

: The Six O'Clock News

including Financial Report

: Give or Take

(Details: Thurs at 12.27)

: News

: The Archers

(Rptd: Christmas Day 2.0)

: Science Now

Presented by Geoff Watts Producer DAVID PATERSON


Presented By: Geoff Watts
Producer: David Paterson

: The Story of the Lyric

Frank Muir tells the story, with music, of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, with some of the many famous artists who have appeared at the old Lyric, recorded on the stage of the new theatre.
Written by MICHAEL MEYER with, in order of appearance: Cathleen Nesbitt Athene Seyler Richard Gooldea Peter Bull Michael Hordern Maurice Denham Elisabeth Welch Irlin Hall Joan Heal Ronald Harwood Donald Swann Fenella Fielding with Richard Bartlett Malcolm Bullivant , Anita Dobson , Lesley Duff , Fiona Mathieson and the recorded voices of Edith Evans and John Gielgud
Music director COLIN SELL Director DAVID CARSON
Edited and presented for radio by IAN COTTERELL


Unknown: Frank Muir
Written By: Michael Meyer
Unknown: Cathleen Nesbitt
Unknown: Athene Seyler
Unknown: Richard Gooldea
Unknown: Peter Bull
Unknown: Michael Hordern
Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Elisabeth Welch
Unknown: Irlin Hall
Unknown: Joan Heal
Unknown: Ronald Harwood
Unknown: Donald Swann
Unknown: Richard Bartlett
Unknown: Malcolm Bullivant
Unknown: Anita Dobson
Unknown: Lesley Duff
Unknown: Fiona Mathieson
Unknown: Edith Evans
Unknown: John Gielgud
Director: Colin Sell
Director: David Carson
Unknown: Ian Cotterell

: Pop of the Tops

... the treetops, that is. Jeffery Boswall talks about birdsong and illustrates his comments with his personal Top 20 - the 20 most musical of our British bird songsters. Producer DILYS BREESE BBC Bristol
9.59 Weather


Talks: Jeffery Boswall
Producer: Dilys Breese

: News

: The ITMA File

' Will you please watch the ITMA script a little more closely with regard to dirt? On one or two occasions recently you have been overstepping the bounds. The " stick it up " gag last week was a case in point.'
Throughout the Second World War. the nation may have laughed at Tommy Handley , ' Mrs Handley 's boy ', and at the other characters of radio's most successful comedy show, but behind the scenes BBC officials agonised over what should and should not be permitted on the air.
Gordon Snell tells the extraordinary story of the 300 editions of ITMA, from 1939 to 1949, based on documents in the BBC Written Archives, together with extracts from the original radio broadcasts. With DOUGLAS BLACKWELL , MARTIN FRIEND, GARARD GREEN, ROGER HAMMOND , GODFREY KENTON , PEGGY PAIGE and EVA STUART Producer ALAN HAYDOCK


Unknown: Tommy Handley
Unknown: Mrs Handley
Unknown: Gordon Snell
Unknown: Douglas Blackwell
Unknown: Roger Hammond
Unknown: Godfrey Kenton
Unknown: Peggy Paige
Unknown: Eva Stuart
Producer: Alan Haydock

: Voices Rounda Star

A meditation for Christmas by Michael Ffinch with music specially composed by Francis Shaw I have risen and I am with you,
Not as the world is the peace I give you.
Man whose mastery Now forgets me,
Search the mystery Love besets me:
High was the joy in the Bethlehem dawn,
High in your heart let a child be born. with the voices of the poet, MICHAEL FFINCH
(First broadcast in 1973)


Unknown: Michael Ffinch
Unknown: Francis Shaw
Unknown: Michael Ffinch
Unknown: Rosalind Shanks
Unknown: Elizabeth Morgan
Unknown: Julie Hallam
Unknown: Timothy Bateson.
Unknown: Stephen Thorne
Directed By: Shaun MacLoughlin

: Midnight Mass

of Christmas from Cotham Diocesan Worship Centre, Bristol. In Butterfield's first church, containing Eric Gills first publicly commissioned sculpture, and on the site of a public gibbet, the midnight communion of Christmas is celebrated by THE REV GEOFFREY GRANT , who is also the Preacher Lessons (NEB): John 4, vv 7-14; John 1, vv 1-18
Hymns (EH): 0 little town of Bethlehem (15); Come thou Redeemer of the earth (14); Hark! The herald angels sing (24)
Director of Music DR JOHN BISHOP. BBC Bristol followed by an interlude


Unknown: Eric Gills
Unknown: Geoffrey Grant
Music: Dr John

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