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: News Briefing

: The Farming Week

Richard Sanders reports from Surrey on a parish struggling to stay rural in the face of diversification. Producer Richard Sanders


Producer: Richard Sanders

: Prayer for the Day

with James Whitbourn.


Unknown: James Whitbourn.

: Today

with Sue MacGregor and Peter Hobday.
7.20 Listeners' Letters
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day with Fr Oliver McTernan. Editor Philip Harding


Unknown: Sue MacGregor
Unknown: Peter Hobday.
Unknown: Fr Oliver McTernan.
Editor: Philip Harding

: News

: Sport on 4

with Cliff Morgan. Producer Rob Nothman


Unknown: Cliff Morgan.
Producer: Rob Nothman

: Breakaway

Ken Bruce and Maria Harding discover Jamaica, where reggae can be heard on the beaches and Christmas trees grow on the Blue Mountains. Producer Sara Jane Hall
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Unknown: Ken Bruce
Unknown: Maria Harding
Producer: Sara Jane Hall

: Something Borrowed, Something New

Jeremy Nicholas explores the world of musical quotes, borrowings and plagiarism. Producer Ian Gardhouse. Stereo


Unknown: Jeremy Nicholas
Producer: Ian Gardhouse.

: Classic Serial

Tolkien's The Hobbit or There and Back Again. Last of four parts.
Music David Cain , performed by the Early Music Consort. Adapted by Michael Kilgarriff Director John Powell
(First broadcast 1968)


Music: David Cain
Adapted By: Michael Kilgarriff
Director: John Powell
Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit: Paul Daneman
Talebearer: Anthony Jackson
Gandalf the Grey: Heron Carvic
Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves: John Justin
Dwalin: Lockwood West
Balin: Peter Pratt
Kili: Nicholas Edmett
Fili: David Brierley
Dori: Alexander John
Nori: Antony Vicars
Ori: Wilfred Carter
Oin: Rolf Lefebvre
Cloin: Peter Baldwin
Bifur/Bert/Dain: Brian Haines
Bofur/Great Goblin: Denis McCarthy
Bombur/Lord of the Eagles: Duncan McIntyre
Bill: Victor Lucas
Tom/Smaug: Francis de Wolff
Elrond/Man: John Pullen
Gollum: Wolfe Morris
Great Grey Warg: Haydn Jones
Beorn: Denys Hawthorne
First spider: Hilda Kriseman
Second spider/Thrush: Marjorie Westbury
Third spider: Betty Hardy
Elven King: Leonard Fenton
Master: John Bryning
Woman: Gretta Gouriet
Bard: Peter Williams
Herald: Ian Thompson
Roac: John Wyse

: The Board Game

The new panel game in which business brains challenge each other in knowledge and nerve.
With Peter Day, Rani King , Alastair Ross Goobey and Nigel Whittaker.
Chairman Nigel Cassidy. Producer Neil Koenig. Stereo


Unknown: Rani King
Unknown: Alastair Ross Goobey
Unknown: Nigel Whittaker.
Unknown: Nigel Cassidy.
Producer: Neil Koenig.

: News Quiz of the Year

An irreverent review of the year by Barry Took , Richard Ingrams , Alan Coren , Ian Hislop and Rory Bremner. Stereo


Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Richard Ingrams
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Ian Hislop
Unknown: Rory Bremner.

: News

: With Great Pleasure

Stephen Fry presents a selection of his favourite poetry and prose, with Jill Balcon and Martin Jarvis. Producer Alec Reid. Stereo


Unknown: Stephen Fry
Unknown: Jill Balcon
Unknown: Martin Jarvis.
Producer: Alec Reid.

: Saturday Playhouse: The Royal Baccarat Scandal

Royce Ryton's play, based on the book by former Lord Chancellor Michael Havers and Edward Grayson, dramatises a notorious Victorian scandal of 1890. Director Matthew Walters. Stereo


Writer: Royce Ryton
Book by: Michael Havers
Book by: Edward Grayson
Director: Matthew Walters
Sir William Gordon Cumming: Michael Jayston
Prince of Wales: Robert Lang
Lycett Green: Aden Gillett
Ethel: Jane Arden
Mrs Wilson: Jo Kendall
Stanley Wilson: Neil Roberts
Mrs Gibbs: Judi Bowker
Gen Williams: Jonathan Adams
Mrs Williams: Morar Kennedy
Mr Levett: Matthew Sim
Sir Edward: Brett Usher
Sir Charles: Peter Penry-Jones

: The Art of Travel Writing

Now that television and the package tour have reached the parts only the seriously intrepid had reached before, are the days of the serious traveller numbered?
Annette Kobak discusses this and other questions with Bill Bryson ,
PJ Kavanagh , Ella Maillart and Caryl Phillips in a programme recorded at the Cheltenham Festival.
Producer Kate McAll. Stereo


Unknown: Annette Kobak
Unknown: Bill Bryson
Unknown: Pj Kavanagh
Unknown: Ella Maillart
Unknown: Caryl Phillips
Producer: Kate McAll.

: A Rose Is a Rose IsaRose....

The Hybrid Rose
The final programme with the writer and garden designerjane
Fearnley-Whittingstall. Producer David Perry


Producer: David Perry

: Walters's Winterwonderland

John Walters gets broody and moody about Christmas past. As usual the carol singers will not do requests and on Christmas Day he finds himself a victim of the International
Brigade of Nutcracker Thieves....
Producer Cathie Mahoney. Stereo


Unknown: John Walters
Producer: Cathie Mahoney.

: News

and Sports Round-Up

: Year Ending


: Ad Lib

Robert Robinson eavesdrops on another series of conversations recorded at venues up and down the country. In the bar of the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds, a group of stand-up comics talk about the funny business of trying to make people laugh.
Producer Michael Ember


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Producer: Michael Ember

: Kaleidoscope

Film director Woody Allen talks to Nigel Andrews in New York: Allen talks about comedy, his change of style, and the family of actors he uses in his films.
Producer Anthony Denselow Stereo


Talks: Woody Allen
Unknown: Nigel Andrews
Talks: Allen Talks
Producer: Anthony Denselow

: The Pavilion on the Links

Robert Louis Stevenson 's stirring adventure of life, love and honour, where two well-born young men fight on a lonely Scottish shore.
Dramatised by Trevor Royle
Director Patrick Rayner. Stereo (The Beach ofFatesa, Fri 2.00pm)


Unknown: Robert Louis Stevenson
Dramatised By: Trevor Royle
Director: Patrick Rayner.
Cassilis: Stuart McQuarrie
Northmour: Allan Sharpe
Clara: Rosaleen Pelan
Huddlestone: Neville Barber
Barmaid: Carolyn Bonnyman
Farmer: Iain Agnew
Italian: Liam Brennan

: Masterbrain

Robert Robinson chairs a special challenge match featuring the winners and runners-up of the 1991 Brain of Britain and Mastermind competitions. With Chris Wright (Brain of Britain 1991); Margaret Thomas (Runner-up Brain of Britain 1991); Stephen Allen (Mastermind 1991) and Kate Ford (Runner-up Mastermind 1991).
Producer Richard Edis. Stereo


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Unknown: Chris Wright
Unknown: Margaret Thomas
Unknown: Stephen Allen
Unknown: Kate Ford
Producer: Richard Edis.

: Music in Mind

Presented by Brian Kay.
Producer Sarah Devonald. Stereo


Presented By: Brian Kay.
Producer: Sarah Devonald.

: Ten to Ten

led by Canon Colin Semper. Stereo


Unknown: Canon Colin Semper.

: News

: Captain Pepper's Autograph Album

Steve Race looks at an illustrious collection of characters from Charles II to Christina Rossetti.
With June Barrie,
Moir Leslie , Stuart Organ and Christian Rodska.
Producer Pete Atkin. Stereo


Unknown: Steve Race
Unknown: Christina Rossetti.
Unknown: Moir Leslie
Unknown: Christian Rodska.
Producer: Pete Atkin.

: The End of the Road Show

A four-part comedy series from Radio 4's student roadshows. Today from Newcastle Polytechnic.
With Nick Hancock , Tony Hawks, Neil Mullarkey and Regina Freedman. Producer Sarah Smith. Stereo


Unknown: Nick Hancock
Unknown: Neil Mullarkey
Unknown: Regina Freedman.
Producer: Sarah Smith.

: News

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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