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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

Why did people start to farm?

: Prayer for the Day

From Rome, with Denis Nowlan.


Unknown: Denis Nowlan.

: Today

With Alex Brodie and James Naughtie.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Clive Lawton.


Unknown: Alex Brodie
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Clive Lawton.

: Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows

Harry Pearson reads the first of a five-part chronicle of his odyssey through the fairs and shows of northern
England. Abridged by Paul Kent. Producer Paul Kent


Abridged By: Paul Kent.
Producer: Paul Kent

: News

: Start the Week

Melvyn Bragg and guests with lively and stimulating conversation. Producer Olivia Seligman


Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Olivia Seligman

: The Egg

An Easter-Time Eggstravaganza Jane Horrocks plays the farmyard bird whose amusing broodings on motherhood, calcium, albumen and shell are rudely interrupted by the regular delivery of nature's most remarkable and versatile miracle package - the egg! Written by Lynne Truss. Producer Sarah Blunt


Unknown: Easter-Time Eggstravaganza
Unknown: Jane Horrocks
Written By: Lynne Truss.
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: Daily Service

: On This Day

The news of 50 years ago today.
Cambridge win the boat race in the slowest time this century, Wales beat Ireland by six points to nil in the first rugby international since the war, and the King's broadcast to the Commonwealth from South Africa does not quite go according to plan.

: Woman's Hour

The Black Board. From the BBC Radio
Theatre, Jenni Murray introduces an Easter quiz celebrating the lives of black women and their contributions to politics, music, sport, literature, arts and public life. Panellists include actress Syan Blake (Frankie in EastEnders), policy consultant Valerie Amos , journalist Melba Wilson , and the theatre director Yvonne Brewster.
Short story: The Tall Shadow, by Meiling Jin , read by Amanda Gordon , abridged by Sarah Johnson.
Editors Sally Feldman and Clare Selerie E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk


Introduces: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Syan Blake
Unknown: Valerie Amos
Unknown: Melba Wilson
Director: Yvonne Brewster.
Unknown: Meiling Jin
Read By: Amanda Gordon
Abridged By: Sarah Johnson.
Editors: Sally Feldman
Editors: Clare Selerie

: Still Pedalling Along

A celebration of Dumfries blacksmith
Kirkpatrick MacMillan 's invention of the pedal bicycle.
Producer John Theocharis Repeat


Unknown: Kirkpatrick MacMillan
Producer: John Theocharis

: You and Yours

With Mark Whittaker.


Unknown: Mark Whittaker.

: Counterpoint

The grand final of the general knowledge music quiz. Ned Sherrin asks the questions and percussionist Evelyn Glennie awards the prizes. Producer Steve Doherty
Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Evelyn Glennie
Producer: Steve Doherty

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: The Archers

Repeated from Friday

: One Day I'll Fly Away

By Helen Kluger. With her career in crisis and her love life the subject of analysis, Jackie Amos has hit rock bottom. Then a zoologist, a small furry animal and a latter-day Tarzan make her look at life with new eyes. with Kerry Fox. Douglas Hodge. Tessa Peake Jones. - Helen Kluger and James Fleet
Director Sally Avens Repeat


Unknown: Helen Kluger.
Unknown: Jackie Amos
Unknown: Kerry Fox.
Unknown: Douglas Hodge.
Unknown: Tessa Peake Jones.
Unknown: Helen Kluger
Director: Sally Avens
Jackie: Christine Kavanagh
Selwyn: Jack Ellis

: The Afternoon Shift

Laurie Taylor with guests, lively debate, bank holiday brain-teasers and Ian Peacock , who goes up onto people's roofs to find out why gardening at an improbable height can prove uplifting. Editor Sharon Banoff. PHONE: (0171) [number removed]. E-MAIL: Afternoon.Shift@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Unknown: Ian Peacock
Editor: Sharon Banoff.

: News

: Kaleidoscope

Lynne Walker assesses the influence of jazz drummer Tony Williams , who made his debut with the Miles Davis
Quintet. The release of his new disc comes just one month after his death. Producer Erika Wright. Revised repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Lynne Walker
Unknown: Tony Williams
Unknown: Miles Davis
Producer: Erika Wright.

: Short Story: Holy Spirit in the Phone Box

By Kath Mckay. read by Janet Maw. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon Repeat


Unknown: Kath McKay.
Read By: Janet Maw.
Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

: PM

With Kevin Boucquet and Charlie Lee-Potter .


Unknown: Kevin Boucquet
Unknown: Charlie Lee-Potter

: The News Quiz

Repeated from Saturday 12.25pm

: News

: The Archers

David has had a tough weekend. Repeated tomorrow 1.40pm

: The Food Programme

Derek Cooper visits Cornwall's Tamar Valley.
Revised repeat of Good Friday


Unknown: Derek Cooper
Unknown: Tamar Valley.

: The Monday Play: Writing Home to Mother

John Clifford 's play about the paradoxes and legacies of the British Empire is based on the letters of his grandfather Hugo Bill , who was a servant of the Crown in India and Persia, and who wrote a letter home every Sunday. with Noreen Leighton. Gregor Powrie , Emma Currie and John Buick. Director Patrick Rayner


Unknown: John Clifford
Unknown: Hugo Bill
Unknown: Noreen Leighton.
Unknown: Gregor Powrie
Unknown: Emma Currie
Unknown: John Buick.
Director: Patrick Rayner
Hugo Bill: Richard Greenwood
Ellen Bill: Vivienne Dixon
Charles Bill: Crawford Logan

: Whippets and Marsupials

Last in the series of audio-letters chronicling the adventures of two house-swappers. Andy, in Adelaide, stalks game at dawn and discovers a market for coats made from cat fur.
Simon, in County Durham, experiences the local whippet race. Producer Marc Jobst Repeat

: Kaleidoscope

Revised repeat of 4.05pm

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Reading in the Dark

Stephen Rea reads part six of Seamus Deane 's story, the latest winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize, abridged in eight episodes by Pam Brighton. Producer Pam Brighton


Unknown: Stephen Rea
Unknown: Seamus Deane
Unknown: Pam Brighton.
Producer: Pam Brighton

: The Living World

Cobnuts. In the fourth of six classic
Living Worlds, Lionel Kelleway visits Meg Game 's nuttery to talk cobnuts, dormice, orchids and nutkins amid the flush of spring bluebells. Producer Grant Sonnex Repeat


Unknown: Lionel Kelleway
Unknown: Meg Game

: Colvil and Soames

Starring Amanda Redman as Alex Soames , with Dudley Sutton as Chief Inspector Arthur Guscott.
Christopher Benjamin re-creates the role of intelligence officer Henry Colvil , from The House, in the first of Christopher Lee 's new six-part mystery drama, which begins with the apparently uncontroversial death of an elderly Irish priest. with Peter Yapp and Joseph O'Conor Producer Pete Atkin Repeat


Unknown: Amanda Redman
Unknown: Alex Soames
Unknown: Dudley Sutton
Unknown: Arthur Guscott.
Unknown: Christopher Benjamin
Unknown: Henry Colvil
Unknown: Christopher Lee
Unknown: Peter Yapp
Unknown: Joseph O'Conor
Producer: Pete Atkin
Joseph Kutner: Stephen Thorne
Mrs Wedlock: Colette O'Neil

: News

: The Late Book: The Wasp Factory

Joseph McFadden reads part six of lain Banks's controversial first novel of rural life and family homicide, abridged in ten parts by Craig Warner.
The truth of the accident which led to
Frank's unfortunate disability is revealed.
Producer Alex Burrett


Unknown: Joseph McFadden
Unknown: Craig Warner.
Producer: Alex Burrett

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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