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: News Briefing

: Fanning Today

: Prayer for the Day

With James Whitbourn and guest. Producer Kathryn Blennerhassett


Unknown: James Whitbourn
Producer: Kathryn Blennerhassett

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Oliver McTernan.
8.40 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.
Unknown: Oliver McTernan.

: News

: Sport on 4

With Cliff Morgan.
Producer Audrey Adams


Producer: Audrey Adams

: Breakaway

Travel news with Anne Gregg. Producer Dave Harvey


Unknown: Anne Gregg.
Producer: Dave Harvey

: Loose Ends

With Ned Sherrin.
Producer Torquil Macleod


Unknown: Ned Sherrin.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

: The Week in Westminster

Peter Riddell of The Times presents a view of the life of MPs and peers. Producer Jane Robins


Unknown: Peter Riddell
Producer: Jane Robins

: From Our Own Correspondent

Producer Tony Grant


Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Presented by Alison Mitchell. Producer Tim Bowler


Presented By: Alison Mitchell.

: Just a Minute

From the Playhouse Theatre, Alnwick. Nicholas Parsons challenges Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Tony Hawks and Graham Norton to talk for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Producer Ann Jobson. Rptd Mon at 6.30pm


Presenter: Nicholas Pardons
Panellist: Peter Jones
Panellist: Derek Nimmo
Panellist: Tony Hawks
Panellist: Graham Norton
Producer: Ann Jobson

: News

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs a topical discussion in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, with guests Victoria Glendinning , biographer and novelist; Sir Bernard Ingham , journalist and broadcaster; the Rt Hon Francis Maude , former Financial Secretary to the Treasury; and Labour MP, Dennis Skinner. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Victoria Glendinning
Unknown: Sir Bernard Ingham
Unknown: Francis Maude
Unknown: Dennis Skinner.

: Any Answers? (0171) [number removed]

Producers Nadine Grieve and Anne Peacock LINES OPEN from 12.30pm


Producers: Nadine Grieve
Producers: Anne Peacock

: Saturday Playhouse: Absolute Beginners

Christopher Hawes 's dramatisation of the cult book by Colin Maclnnes. The Absolute Beginner of the title is out for kicks as he discovers the happening city of London in 1958. with John Culshore , Laura Richmond , Nicolas Moss , Sarah Nixon , Taff Girdlestone , John Bramwell , Ray Emmet Brown and Leroy Golding. Music composed and played by Keith Jafrate with David Pitt (bass) and Paul Hession (drums). Director Nandita Ghose


Unknown: Christopher Hawes
Book By: Colin MacLnnes.
Unknown: John Culshore
Unknown: Laura Richmond
Unknown: Nicolas Moss
Unknown: Sarah Nixon
Unknown: Taff Girdlestone
Unknown: John Bramwell
Unknown: Ray Emmet Brown
Unknown: Leroy Golding.
Played By: Keith Jafrate
Bass: David Pitt
Bass: Paul Hession
Director: Nandita Ghose
AB: Andrew Tiernan
Suzette: Alison Darling
Wiz: Philip Glenister
Mum: Gillie Meers
Dad: Christopher Hancock
Mr Cool: Don Gilet
Hoplight: Richard Pearce
Henley: Jimmy Hibbert

: That's History

In this week's history magazine. Roy Porter explores some present-day mysteries with their roots in the past. Producer Malcolm Brammar. Editor Ian Bell
Repeated tomorrow at 8.30pm


Unknown: Roy Porter
Producer: Malcolm Brammar.
Editor: Ian Bell

: The Final Frontier

In the fourth of six programmes, Jez Nelson ventures on a mission to
Planet Earth and discovers how space technology is revolutionising the way we look at our home planet. Producer Adrian Washboume
Repeated tomorrow at 10.45pm


Unknown: Jez Nelson
Producer: Adrian Washboume

: File on 4

Major issues, changing attitudes and important events at home and abroad. Reporter Mark Whitaker. Producer David Ross. Rptd from Tuesday


Reporter: Mark Whitaker.
Producer: David Ross.

: Starwatch

From her garden in Buckinghamshire, Heather Couper presents a six-part series of live link-ups with astronomers. 4:Comets - on Collision Course?Producer Ruth Prince


Unknown: Heather Couper
Producer: Ruth Prince

: Week Ending

A satirical review of the week's news. Repeated from yesterday

: Postcard from Gotham

Joe Queenan chews over the latest American news and gossip in his weekly missive from Manhattan.
Producer Fiona Hill. Rptd Thur at 11.30pm


Unknown: Joe Queenan
Producer: Fiona Hill.

: Kaleidoscope Feature

Cheek by Jowl: Life and Work
As director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod tour the world with their acclaimed production of The Duchess of Malfi and prepare with Cameron Mackintosh for a new musical version of Martin Guerre , they take time out to talk with Paul Allen about living and working with their theatre company, Cheek by Jowl. Producer Beaty Rubens. Rptd Fri 9.30pm


Director: Declan Donnellan
Designer: Nick Ormerod
Unknown: Cameron MacKintosh
Unknown: Martin Guerre
Unknown: Paul Allen
Producer: Beaty Rubens.

: Saturday Night Theatre: The Years Between

By Daphne du Maurier , dramatised by Jill Hyem. In the early 1940s, Diana's world is shattered when her MP husband Michael is reported missing, presumed killed in action. with Tessa Worsley , Michael Tudor Bames , Jilly Bond and Derek Waring Director Cherry Cookson Rpt


Unknown: Daphne du Maurier
Dramatised By: Jill Hyem.
Unknown: Tessa Worsley
Unknown: Michael Tudor Bames
Unknown: Jilly Bond
Unknown: Derek Waring
Director: Cherry Cookson Rpt
Diana Wentworth: Diana Quick
Michael Wentworth: Roger Allam
Richard Llewelyn: David Collings
Sir Ernest Foster: Frederick Treves
Robin Wentworth: Peter England

: Music in Mind

Presented by Brian Kay. Producer Patrick Lambert


Presented By: Brian Kay.
Producer: Patrick Lambert

: Ten to Ten

Led by the Rt Rev Graham James.


Unknown: Graham James.

: News

: Stanza on Stage

Simon Armitage introduces American poet Thomas Lynch as he gives a reading at the Voice Box, Royal Festival Hall.
Producer Kate McAll


Introduces: Simon Armitage
Unknown: Thomas Lynch
Producer: Kate McAll

: Fedback

Four programmes in which Piers Bishop sorts through letters from the 1920s and 30s to the Radio Times.
2: "Cannot the BBC give us plays with some humour sometimes...?" Read by Kenneth Cranham , Nigel Anthony , June Barrie and Victoria Carling. Producer Andrew Johnston Rpt


Read By: Kenneth Cranham
Read By: Nigel Anthony
Read By: June Barrie
Read By: Victoria Carling.
Producer: Andrew Johnston Rpt

: Touch of Genius

Each summer, the blind, British-born pianist George Shearing leaves New York to spend time with his wife Ellie at their cottage in the Costwolds. From there, in the last of the series, he talks to June Knox-Mawer about his life. Producer Derek Drescher Rpt


Pianist: George Shearing
Producer: Derek Drescher Rpt

: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams 's epic adventure in time and space. Starring Peter Jones as the Book. 4: Fit the Tenth with Stephen Moore. David Tate.
Ronald Baddiley , John Baddeley , Rula Lenska and John Le Mesurier. Radiophonic sound and music by Paddy Kingsland. Producer Geoffrey Perkins Rpt


Unknown: Douglas Adams
Unknown: Peter Jones
Unknown: Stephen Moore.
Unknown: David Tate.
Unknown: Ronald Baddiley
Unknown: John Baddeley
Unknown: John Le Mesurier.
Music By: Paddy Kingsland.
Producer: Geoffrey Perkins Rpt
Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox: Mark Wing-Davey

: The Late Story: Report on an Unidentified Space Station

By J G Ballard. Read by Jack Klaff. Repeated from Monday


Unknown: J G Ballard.
Read By: Jack Klaff.

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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