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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Farming, food and countryside news, market trends, weather

: Prayer for the Day

A meditation for the beginning of a new day


Unknown: Joyce Huggett.

: Today

Presented by Jenni Murray and Brian Redhead
6.30, 7.30, 8.30 News Summary
6.45* Business News With PETER DAY
7.0, 8.0 Today's News Read by HARRIET CASS
7.25*, 8.25* Sport
7.45* Thought for the Day
8.35* Yesterday in Parliament


Presented By: Jenni Murray
Presented By: Brian Redhead
Read By: Harriet Cass
Unknown: Garry Richardson

: News

: Midweek With Libby Purves

Inflammatory! Outrageous! sensational! Startling! It may be none of these....
Producer IAN STRACHAN. Stereo


Producer: Ian Strachan.

: Gardeners' Question Time

celebrates its 40th birthday at The Old Palace of Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
Daphne Ledward, Geoffrey Smith , Fred Downham and Dr Stefan Buczacki answer the horticultural queries of the famous who are better known in other roles than that of Keen gardener.
Chairman Clay Jones
Producer DIANA STENSON °BC Manchester
0 FEATURE: page 10


Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Fred Downham
Unknown: Dr Stefan Buczacki
Producer: Diana Stenson

: Morning Story

Read by Marcella Riordan Producer SHEILA FOX


Read By: Marcella Riordan
Producer: Sheila Fox

: Daily Service

NEM, p 25; Dear Lord and Father of mankind (BBC HB 351);
Psalm 3; Isaiah 50, w 4-10; Praise to the Holiest (BBC HB 88) Stereo

: For Schools

The China Project
11.0 A Day at School with NICK Ross in China
11.20 Chinese Poetry Compiled by FRANK FLYNN 11 40 The First Emperor of China by TERRY JAMES China in the third century BC Stereo (e)


Unknown: Nick Ross
Unknown: Frank Flynn
Unknown: Terry James

: Secret Life at Southdowns

People think we've got bars on the windows and locks on the doors - that we've done something terrible to be there. At the edge of a Hampshire village, you can catch a glimpse, through an avenue of trees, of a large Victorian house - 'Southdowns'. The front door is always open but not many people know what lies behind it. If they did, they'd discover a remarkable community, a children's home.
Nigel Farrell looks behind the stern facade of life in care, to spend a week with the children and the staff, to learn of the problems and the joys, the routine and the unexpected - to share the 'secret life at Southdowns'.


Reporter: Nigel Farrell
Producer: Sharon Banoff

: Enquire Within

From the apparently obvious to the downright obscure,
Dilly Barlow , together with specialist experts and help from the BBC Reference Library, attempts to answer your questions, easy pickings for those with jackdaw minds. Producer ANDREW PARFITT
Questions, on postcards only, please, to- Enquire Within,
BBC, London WIA 4WW


Unknown: Dilly Barlow
Producer: Andrew Parfitt

: You and Yours

Presented by John Howard


Presented By: John Howard

: Proof



Unknown: Dick Francis

: The World at One: News

Presented by Sir Robin Day


Presented By: Sir Robin Day

: Party Political Broadcast

by the Labour Party

: The Archers

: For Schools

1 55 Listening Corner Abigail Tidies Up Stereo
2.0 French B Branchez-vous! (3). Stereo (e)
2.30 Modem Plays Confusions by ALAN AYCKBOURN
3: Gosforth's Fete. Stereo (e)


Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Sue MacGregor Guest of the Week:
Sally Soames, photographer Serial:
The Accidental Tourist (11)

: The Afternoon Play

The Prickly Bush by NEIL MCKAY with 'Mother have you brought me gold or silver to pay my fee.
Or have you come to watch me hanging, from the gallows tree?' Julie's family love her but can they persuade her to save herself from 'The Prickly Bush'?
Directed by SUSAN HOGG BBC Manchester. Stereo


Unknown: Neil McKay
Directed By: Susan Hogg
Julie: Elizabeth Rider
Dad: Geoffrey Matthews
Mother: Rosalie Williams
Nicholas: Malcolm Hebden
Amanda: Elizabeth Mansfield
Alan: Jon Strickland

: Time for Verse

A series of seven programmes in which the poet George MacBeth presents poems about animals. 5: Birds
Producer ALEC REID. BBC Bristol (R)


Unknown: George MacBeth
Readers: Jill Balcon
Unknown: Ronald Pickup
Producer: Alec Reid.

: News

: File on 4

: Kaleidoscope Extra

The Oldest Language
I found I could play music very easily, so I decided, oh, I'll do this.
For Ornette Coleman music is the oldest language and his performances have been an important part of the jazz world for over a quarter of a century. His appearance at this year's Camden Festival is a highlight in a programme which also features shows from Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and the Monk Project, a tribute to the late Thelonius.
Paul Vaughan reports. Producer WILL CANTOPHER


Unknown: Ornette Coleman
Unknown: Carla Bley
Unknown: Charlie Haden
Unknown: Paul Vaughan

: PM

Presented by Robert Williams and Carole West continued on VHFjFM 5.50-5.55


Presented By: Robert Williams
Presented By: Carole West

: The Six O'Clock News

With BRIAN PERKINS including Financial Report

: Blandings

Summer Lightning by P. G. WODEHOUSE
5: Painful Scene in a Bedroom


Unknown: P. G. Wodehouse

: News

: The Archers

(Re-broadcast tomorrow at 1.40pm)

: Legacy of Empire

Nick Clarke reports on trade with the Commonwealth.


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: Rebels

4: LiWe Langtry
I resent Mrs Langtry , she has no right to be intelligent, daring and independent as well as lovely. It is a frightening combination of attributes. (BERNARD SHAW) Adored by Oscar Wilde , painted by Millais and the mistress of the Prince of Wales, she was one of the most famous women of her generation. In her attitudes to social conventions, clothes and sex she was a creator and setter of fashions. As her granddaughter Mary Malcolm says, 'She was a woman in advance of her time. Although she was no suffragette, in a male dominated society she stood for the right of women to lead an independent, unshackled life'. Presented by Hugh Sykes Researcher MIKE WOOLF Producer GAYNOR SHUTTE


Unknown: Mrs Langtry
Unknown: Oscar Wilde
Unknown: Mary Malcolm
Presented By: Hugh Sykes
Presented By: Researcher Mike Woolf
Producer: Gaynor Shutte

: The Thatcher Effect

4: The Public Servants
Caring parents don't, according to the Analysis opinion poll, advise teenagers to try for jobs in the Civil Service - or local government - any more.
The policy of cutting public spending, cutting Civil Service numbers and cutting controls has also cut the power and prestige that went with being a public servant.
Do we live in a better-run country as a result? Has public spending really been cut?
Has the role of Government been reduced or is power being pulled back into Whitehall as friction and frustration build up between central and local government? Is privatising more than the sale of family silver?
In the last of four special programmes Mary Goldring looks at the change wrought by the Thatcher Effect upon the men who run the country. Producer DAVID MORTON


Unknown: Mary Goldring
Producer: David Morton

: Thirty-Minute Theatre A Good Used Heart

by LEO GOLDMAN. Stereo


Unknown: Leo Goldman.

: At Least it's Live

Susan MarUng meets some of the people who have found neither fame nor fortune in show business but still carry on. 3: Norman Barret - circus ringmaster and budgerigar trainer.


Unknown: Susan Marung
Unknown: Norman Barret
Producer: Sally Thompson

: Kaleidoscope

Paul Allen presents tonight's edition, which includes interviews, and news and reviews of films, books, plays, broadcasting, music and exhibitions.


Unknown: Paul Allen
Producer: Mike Greenwood

: A Book at Bedtime

Victory (13)

: The World Tonight

Presenter Alexander MacLeod National and international news, background, analysis and comment


Presenter: Alexander MacLeod

: Open University

11.30 Modern Art: Cezanne
11.50 Arts Review: Dixon of Dock Green - Myth or Reality?
12.10 am Music

: * am L W News

followed by an interlude

: Schools Night-time Broadcasting

12.30 5: Celebrating Guru Nanak 's Birthday and at 12.50
6: Celebrating Baisakhi. Stereo (e)

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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