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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day


: Today

with Peter Hobday and John Humphrys. Details as Spring
Bank Holiday plus:
7.45 Thought for the Day with Dr David Cook


Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: John Humphrys.
Unknown: Dr David Cook

: Serial Reading

Nights at the Alexandra by William Trevor (4) (R)


Unknown: William Trevor

: News

: How Far Can You Go?

Four programmes with Barry Norman.
3: Do heroes reflect or create a mood in society? With James Fox David Puttnam
Michael Winner and Lady Antonia Fraser. Producer Amanda Hancox Editor David Coomes


Unknown: Barry Norman.
Unknown: James Fox
Unknown: David Puttnam
Unknown: Michael Winner
Unknown: Lady Antonia Fraser.
Producer: Amanda Hancox
Editor: David Coomes

: The Natural History Programme

Fergus Keeling and Jessica Holm eavesdrop on the bush babies of Tanzania.
Producer John Harrison
BBC Bristol


Unknown: Fergus Keeling
Unknown: Jessica Holm
Producer: John Harrison

: An Act of Worship


: Citizens

Stereo (Omnibus edition on Saturday at 6.25pm)

: On the Ropes

John Humphrys talks to four people who have weathered major storms in their careers.
2: Audrey Slaughter , who attempted to break the mould of women's magazines ...
Producer Brian King BBC Pebble Mill


Talks: John Humphrys
Unknown: Audrey Slaughter

: First Person

Sally Vernon was a student of Chinese in London at the time of the Tiananmen Square protests. A year on, she recalls the experience.


Unknown: Sally Vernon

: You and Yours

Presenter John Howard


Presenter: John Howard

: King Street Junior


: The World at One

with Nick Clarke in London and James Naughtie at the Superpower Summit in Washington.


Unknown: Nick Clarke
Unknown: James Naughtie

: The Archers

: Listening Corner

Abigail and the Scouts' Jumble Sale. Stereo (R)

: Woman's Hour

with Jenni Murray. Story:
Concerning Virgins
4: A Particular Calling


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Doesn't Everybody Live in a Ballroom?

by Sam Jacobs.
The Silver Slipper
Dancing Academy was David's home. In bleak post-war Birmingham he danced away his childhood to the sounds of Jo Stafford and Vera Lynn. To him it was paradise. But his mother had different ideas.
Director Ruth Patterson BBC Pebble Mill. Stereo


Unknown: Sam Jacobs.
Unknown: Jo Stafford
Unknown: Vera Lynn.
Director: Ruth Patterson
Mickey: Karl Johnson
Connie: Charlotte Martin
Girly: Annie Hayes
David Senior: William Simons
David Junior: Judy Bennett
Arthur: Roger Hume
Gertie: Sonia Fraser
Agnes Burton: Joyce Gibbs
Marcus: Rob Swinton
Mr Katz: Simon Carter

: News

: Bookshelf

Nigel Forde discovers the trials of a Northumbrian farrier as depicted by author and cartoonist
Henry Brewis ; Feminist Book Fortnight kicks off with a discussion; Romanian poet Nina Cassian visits Britain; and Ken Livingstone reveals his bookshelf to the world. Producer Belinda Sample


Unknown: Nigel Forde
Unknown: Henry Brewis
Unknown: Nina Cassian
Unknown: Ken Livingstone

: Kaleidoscope


: PM

with Robert Williams and Libby Fawbert


Unknown: Robert Williams
Unknown: Libby Fawbert

: Six O'Clock News

and Financial Report

: At Home with the Hardys


: News

: The Archers

: Long-headed Rats and Redundant Canaries

Business is brisk at
Big Pit, Blaenavon, but today's output is measured in people not coal, because the pit has become a museum.
The South Wales valleys are turning green again, and ex-miners now guide tourists round the underworld.
Producer Kate Fenton BBC Wales (R)


Producer: Kate Fenton

: Analysis

Whitehall Unbound?
More and more parts of the Civil Service are becoming commercial agencies, with greater independence from Government.
Peter Hennessy asks if this process heralds freedom for the bureaucrats or merely disguises
'business as usual'. Producer Simon Coates Editor Caroline Anstey


Unknown: Peter Hennessy
Producer: Simon Coates
Editor: Caroline Anstey

: Does He Take Sugar?

Presenter Kati Whitaker Producer Marlene Pease


Presenter: Kati Whitaker
Producer: Marlene Pease

: Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope in Venice Venice may be threatened by erosion but once again it is host to leading international artists as it mounts the Venice Biennale.
Scottish artists are represented for the first time and England has despatched
Anish Kapoor 's huge stone sculptures. Preserving Venice for the 21st century is also under discussion, and there's a musical reminder of its 16th-century splendour. With Nigel Andrews.
Producer John Boundy. Stereo


Unknown: Anish Kapoor
Unknown: Nigel Andrews.
Producer: John Boundy.

: The Financial World Tonight

with Roger White


Unknown: Roger White

: The World Tonight

with Alexander MacLeod Stereo


Unknown: Alexander MacLeod

: A Book at Bedtime

An Indiscretion in the Life of an Heiress (1) by Thomas Hardy abridged in eight parts by Sandra Willingham and Gareth Gwyn-Jones .
Reader Richard Pasco. Producer Janet Whitaker


Unknown: Thomas Hardy
Unknown: Sandra Willingham
Reader: Gareth Gwyn-Jones
Reader: Richard Pasco.
Producer: Janet Whitaker

: Lonelyheart 4122

by Colin Watson dramatised in six parts by Christopher Denys.
3: The clients of the Handclasp House Marriage Bureau come under police scrutiny.
Director Tony Cliff BBC North. Stereo


Unknown: Colin Watson
Unknown: Christopher Denys.
Insp Purbright: John Rowe
Miss Teatime: Linda Gardner
Det Sgt Love: Paul Downing
Mrs Staunch: Ann Rye
Receptionist: Victoria Finney
Phylis: Judy Holt
Capper: Keith Clifford
Rusk: Malcolm Raeburn
Singleton: Neville Barber

: The Poetry of Popular Song

Roy Dean considers the work of some lesser-known American lyric writers. 4: Leo Robin
(1900-84) - Thanks for the Memory (R)


Unknown: Roy Dean
Unknown: Leo Robin

: Literary Consequences

Dead of Night (part 4) Bob Peck reads a thriller serial by five bestselling writers - each picking up the story where the last one left off.
Ted Allbeury continues the story.


Reader: Bob Peck

: News

: Night School

Help Yourself: Very Small Business Presenter Dilly Barlow. Producer Graham Tayar
12.30 1: Getting the Idea
12.40 2: Developing / the Idea
12.50 3: Can the Jdea Pay?
4: Raising the Capital /


Presenter: Dilly Barlow.
Producer: Graham Tayar

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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