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: News Briefing

: * Prelude

Music selected by Michael Ford BBC Birmingham. Stereo

: Farming Today



Producer: Allan Wright

: Prayer for the Day

with Bernard Jackson. Stereo


Unknown: Bernard Jackson.

: News

7.10 Today's Papers

: On Your Farm

This week visits the Goodmans who run Walsgrove Farm at Great Witley near Worcester. Caught in the milk quota trap, they've been diversifying into new crops and enterprises. Producer ALLAN WRIGHT
(Revised re-broadcast on May Day Holiday at 7.20pm)


Producer: Allan Wright

: In Perspective

with The Rev Roy Jenkins


Unknown: Roy Jenkins

: Down to Earth

Mike Gilliam asks
Alan Titchmarsh about jobs in the garden this weekend.


Unknown: Mike Gilliam
Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh

: News

8.10 Today's Papers

: Sport on 4

Presented by Tony Lewis
On the final Saturday of the football League season, as Rugby League fans make their annual pilgrimage to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final between Castleford and Hull KR, the snooker faithful in Sheffield are anticipating another nail-biting final to the Embassy World Professional Championship.


Presented By: Tony Lewis

: News

: Breakaway

A traveller's guide to
Singapore and Malaysia. Bernard Falk is at the 'crossroads of Asia',
Singapore - a shoppers' and gourmets' paradise.
Susan Marling explores
Malaysia from the cool Cameron Highlands to the tropical 'Pearl of the Orient', the island of Penang.


Unknown: Susan Marling
Producer: Jenny Mallinson Duff

: News Stand

Alan Rusbridger presents a personal review of the weekly magazines.


Unknown: Alan Rusbridger
Producer: Susan Snailum

: The Week in Westminster

James Naughtie , Chief Political Correspondent of The Guardian, presents a personal review of a week in the parliamentary life of MPs and peers.


Unknown: James Naughtie
Producer: Sheila Cook

: Loose Ends

with Ned Sherrin , studio guests and contributions from
Angela Gordon , Robert Elms and Stephen Fry
Together they pick over some of the week's loose ends. Plus Nigel Farrell with Farrell's Travels and Making Yourself Totally Perfect - the Mat Coward course in self-improvement.
Additional material from ALISTAIR BEATON


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Angela Gordon
Unknown: Robert Elms
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Nigel Farrell
Unknown: Alistair Beaton
Producers: Ian Gardhouse
Unknown: Cathie Mahoney
Unknown: Jenny Danks

: From Our Own Correspondent

Reflections on life and politics abroad from the BBC's team of foreign correspondents. Producer GUDRUN DALIBOR


Producer: Gudrun Dalibor

: Money Box

(Details on May Day Holiday at
10.0 am)

: Questions of Taste

(Details on May Day Holiday at

: News

: Any Questions?

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke ,
John Mortimer , or General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley Dick Taveme , Qc


Unknown: Kenneth Clarke
Unknown: John Mortimer
Unknown: General Sir Anthony
Unknown: Farrar-Hockley Dick Taveme

: The Afternoon Play

Golden Girls by LOUISE PAGE
An adaptation in two parts of the stage play. Part 1
Five girls train for the 4 x 100 metres relay. They are aiming for the Athens Olympics. Can Ortolan's sponsorship help, or do the girls need something more? Is it impossible to run clean and free in a world where sexism, racism, sponsorship and drugs have already taken their toll on good sportsmanship?
Music by ILONA SEKACZ Technical presentation by MARK DECKER , assisted by TONY WASS and DAVID PAGE
Directed by VANESSA WHITBURN BBC Birmingham
(Jimmy Yuill is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company)
(Part 2 on May Day Holiday at 3.0 pm)


Music By: Ilona Sekacz
Presentation By: Mark Decker
Assisted By: Tony Wass
Assisted By: David Page
Directed By: Vanessa Whitburn
Unknown: Jimmy Yuill
Dorcas Ableman: Angela Wynter
Muriel Farr: Alphonsia Emmanuel
Sue Kinder: Sarah Berger
Pauline Peterson: Tammi Jacobs
Janet Morris: Beverley Hills
Laces Mackenzie: Jimmy Yuill
Vivien Blackwood: Patricia Galumore
Hilary Davenport: Caroline Mortimer
Mike Bassett: Terry Molloy
Noel Kinder: Edwln Richfield
Tom Billbow: Ben Roberts
Golden Girl: Maggie Tarver
Hotel porter: Garard Green
Director: Garard Green
Waiter: Jonty Stephens
Clapper: Jonty Stephens
Photographer: Jonty Stephens
Cross man: Jonty Stephens
Sports commentator: Alan Parry

: The Saturday Feature

Bebe and Ben Hubert Gregg tells the true story of Life with the Lyons.
Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon were perhaps best known in this country for the first radio situation comedy to feature a real family, but their careers began in the pioneer days of the American silent cinema.
They married in 1930, having successfully graduated to talkies, and were soon big stars. In 1936 they came to Britain for a few months, but they actually stayed here throughout the War, working with Vic Oliver on BBC's Hi Gang! series. When they returned to the USA for a short period, as head of casting for Twentieth Century Fox, Ben discovered and named Marilyn Monroe. Producer PETER HOARE
(Re-broadcast on Wednesday 11.0am)


Unknown: Ben Hubert Gregg
Unknown: Bebe Daniels
Unknown: Ben Lyon
Unknown: Vic Oliver
Unknown: Marilyn Monroe.
Producer: Peter Hoare

: Options

4.0 The Music Makers EDWARD SECKERSON meets five of the best of British. 5: SIMON RATTLE 'You don't just buy a Stradivarius orchestra. You have to build an orchestra: that's the business I'm in.' Producer DANIEL SNOWMAN. Stereo
4.30 Spain - Ten Years On A series of six programmes presented by ROBERT GRAHAM 5: The Cultural Revolution Franco's economic boom was never matched by a relaxation of social controls. But with democracy came an explosion of cultural freedom. Producer CHRISTOPHER STONE (R)
5.0 So You Want to Be a Writer Ten programmes written and introduced by DEREK PARKER 1: Can Do That How easy is it to become a writer, what are your chances of success, and what makes people write anyway? With MARGARET POWELL MALCOLM BRADBURY , DICK FRANCIS PENELOPE LIVELY Producer DENNIS SIMMONS (R) •INFO: page 69 New Series
5.30 Groundswell HUGH SYKES begins the new series of Groundswell with an examination of motorways and their impact on the environment.


Unknown: Edward Seckerson
Producer: Daniel Snowman.
Presented By: Robert Graham
Producer: Christopher Stone
Introduced By: Derek Parker
Unknown: Margaret Powell
Unknown: Malcolm Bradbury
Unknown: Dick Francis
Unknown: Penelope Lively
Producer: Dennis Simmons
Unknown: Hugh Sykes

: The Fosdyke Saga II

Episode 20 with Other parts by CAROLE BOYD. DONALD DOUGLAS and PHIL NICE Adapted (from the Daily Mirror cartoon) by BILL TIDY , JOHN JUNKIN Producer ALAN NIXON
(First broadcast on Radio 2)


Unknown: Carole Boyd.
Unknown: Donald Douglas
Unknown: Phil Nice
Unknown: Bill Tidy
Unknown: John Junkin
Producer: Alan Nixon
Rebecca: Stephanie Turner
Jos: Philip Lowrie
Victoria: Miriam Margolyes
Albert: Enn Reitel
Tom: David Threlfall
Roger Ditchley: Christian Rodska
Theresa O'Malley: Jan Waters
Mildew: Larry Lamb
Doc: David Ross
Binky: David Timson
Tim Fosdyke: Christopher Barr
Sid McGuffie: Nick Maloney
Ship's captain: Richard Platt

: Week Ending

: News

With BRYAN MARTIN including Sports Round-up


Unknown: Bryan Martin

: Stop the Week with Robert Robinson

Saturday evening table talk Music by DILLIE KEANE
Producer MICHAEL EMBER. Stereo


Music By: Dillie Keane
Producer: Michael Ember.

: Saturday-Night Theatre

Dear Octopus by DODIE SMITH adapted by CYNTHIA PUGHE with and To mark Dodie Smith 's 90th birthday, a radio version other delightfully nostalgic stage play, set in the home of Charles and Dora Randolph on their
Golden Wedding anniversary.
Directed by DAVID H. GODFREY Stereo (R)


Unknown: Dodie Smith
Adapted By: Cynthia Pughe
Unknown: Dodie Smith
Unknown: Dora Randolph
Directed By: David H. Godfrey
Dora Randolph: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Charles Randolph: Robert Harris
Hilda: Monica Grey
Margery: Eva Haddon
Cynthia: Jo Manning Wilson
Nicholas: Martin Jar Vis
Hugh: Tim Benttnck
Flouncy: Susan Sheridan
Bill: Elizabeth Lindsay
Scrap: Bernadette Windsor
Belle: Barbara Couper
Kenneth: Garard Green
Edna: Irene Sutcliffe
Laurel: Gretta Gourlet
Fenny: Lisa Harrow
Gertrude: Janet Burnell
Nanny: Margot Boyd

: Baker's Dozen

Richard Baker presents words and music on record. Producer JANE BEVAN. Stereo


Unknown: Richard Baker
Producer: Jane Bevan.

: Thriller!

A Judgement in Stone by RUTH RENDELL ,abridged in six parts by DONALD BANCROFT Read by Paul Daneman
5: The Evening of February 14th Producer PAMELA HOWE. BBC Bristol


Unknown: Ruth Rendell
Unknown: Donald Bancroft
Read By: Paul Daneman
Producer: Pamela Howe.

: News

: Evening Service

Look, ye saints (BBC HB 127);
Te lucis ante terminum (TaUis); Luke 26, w 36-49; Thine for ever! God of love (BP 89). Stereo

: The Mischief Makers

The last of five studies in talent and perversity Horatio Bottomley
From a Birmingham orphanage to national fame as an MP and editor of the influential, though scurrilous, magazine John Bull , Bottomley became probably the second most popular man in Britain during the First World War. His spectacular public career eventually ended when he was sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud.
Frances Farrer investigates the intriguing life of this gambling, womanising, reckless, thoroughly dishonest, but attractive figure, with the help of Julian Symons and Alan Hyman (biographers), Lord Brockway, whom
Bottomley tried to persuade to join John Bull, Walter Southgate and Percy Attwood who campaigned for him in his Hackney heartland.


Unknown: John Bull
Unknown: Frances Farrer
Unknown: Julian Symons
Unknown: Alan Hyman
Unknown: Walter Southgate
Unknown: Percy Attwood
Readers: Michael Poole
Readers: John Talbot
Producer: Graham Tayar

: Science Now

Presented by Georgina Ferry


Presented By: Georgina Ferry

: Bodgers, Banks and Sparkes

Stereo (Details on Friday at 12.27pm)

: * am News

followed by an interlude

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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.

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.

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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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