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: News Briefing

: Farming Today

: Prayer for the Day

With Ranchor Prime, from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

: Today

With John Humphrys , James Naughtie.
7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day With Clive Lawton.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Clive Lawton.

: News

: Start the Week

With Melvyn Bragg.


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Olivia Seligman

: Daily Service

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Love Divine); Luke 1, vv 26-31 and 39-42; The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Gabriel's Message); Thou Who Wast Rich (Cranham).


Director of Music: Nigel Swinford

: The Lipman Test

Rockets. The last of six programmes in which Maureen Lipman takes a sideways look at the British at play. Producer Karen Walker


Unknown: Maureen Lipman
Producer: Karen Walker

: On This Day

The news of 50 years ago today. Easter Monday gale-force winds battered Britain's seaside resorts.

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Jenni Murray. Caroline Adams meets Romania's street children. Serial: Miriam Margolyes reads the first episode of Henry James 's novel The Portrait of a Lady, abridged in 20 parts by Doreen Estall. Editors Sally Feldman and Clare Selerie E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk


Introduced By: Jenni Murray.
Introduced By: Caroline Adams
Unknown: Miriam Margolyes
Unknown: Henry James
Unknown: Doreen Estall.
Editors: Sally Feldman
Editors: Clare Selerie

: Money Box Live: [number removed]

With Vincent Duggleby.
Lines Open from 10.00am


Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Marcia Hughes

: You and Yours

With Mark Whittaker.


Unknown: Mark Whittaker.

: Brain of Britain

A nationwide general knowledge contest in which listeners compete to become this year's Brain of Britain. First Round - London and the Home
Counties. With Gavin Fuller , a library assistant from London; Ian Joy , a university technician from llford; Barry Nicholas , a chauffeur from Stoke
Poges in Buckinghamshire; and Brian Sheridan , a retired civil servant from Croydon, Surrey. Chairman
Robert Robinson. Including "Beat the Brains". Producer Richard Edis
Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm


Unknown: Gavin Fuller
Unknown: Ian Joy
Unknown: Barry Nicholas
Unknown: Brian Sheridan
Unknown: Robert Robinson.
Producer: Richard Edis

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: The Archers

Repeated from Friday

: Rocco Don't Eat Greens

Ever since Mumsy took Arnold to see The Big Sleep 50 years ago, he has shared his mind with an invented character called Johnny Rocco. In Nick Pullen 's new comedy, Arnold and Rocco tell the tragic story of Arnold's love for the beautiful and heartless Deirdre.


Writer: Nick Pullen
Director: Shaun MacLoughlin
Arnold Wiseman: Bill Wallis
Young Arnold: Richard Pearce
Rocco: Christian Rodska
Deirdre: Julia Hills
Mumsy: June Barrie
Bunty Thrubwell: Cornelius Garrett
Herrington-Smythe: Simon Carter
Doctor: George Parsons
Maid: Julia Winwood
Pianist: Harold Rich

: The Afternoon Shift

Laurie Taylor with lively debate.
Editor Sharon Banoff. PHONE: (0171) [number removed]. E-MAIL: Afternoon.Shift@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Editor: Sharon Banoff.

: News

: Kaleidoscope

Lynne Walker looks behind the scenes at the London Coliseum as the ENO considers moving, and the critic Michael Billington reports on how it feels to be a director of a Pinter play.
(Revised repeat at 9.30pm)


Reporter: Lynne Walker
Speaker: Michael Billington
Producer: John Boundy

: Short Story: The Bends

By Erica Wagner , read by Saira Todd. A young American attracts the attention of a thatcher.
Producer Jill Waters Repeat


Unknown: Erica Wagner
Read By: Saira Todd.

: PM

With Chris Lowe and Charlie Lee-Potter .


Unknown: Chris Lowe
Unknown: Charlie Lee-Potter

: The News Quiz

Repeated from Saturday 12.25pm

: News

: The Archers

Debbie is unsure.
Repeated tomorrow 1.40pm

: The Food Programme

Simon Parkes asks if London is the restaurant capital of the world. Repeated from Friday


Unknown: Simon Parkes

: The Monday Play: Death of an Unimportant Pope

By Wally K Daly. Was Pope John Paul murdered and, if so, who would it have benefited? with Clifford Rose , Robert Harper , David
March. Pauline Letts and Christopher Scott Director Martin Jenkins


Unknown: Wally K Daly.
Unknown: John Paul
Unknown: Clifford Rose
Unknown: Robert Harper
Unknown: Pauline Letts
Unknown: Christopher Scott
Director: Martin Jenkins
Cardinal Yago: Geoffrey Whitehead
The Writer: Keith Drinkel
Marcinkus: Bob Sherman
Roberto Calvi: Sean Baker
Cardinal Villot: Hugh Dickson
Cardinal Confaloniere: Charles Simon
Cardinal Sin: Ioan Meredith
Cardinal Umberto: Burt Caesar
Cardinal Cody: John Hartley
Jacqueline: Colleen Prendergast
Ciban: Kim Wall
Baggio: Kim Wall
Cardinal Benelli: Stephen Thorne
Cardinal Luciani: Bernard Hepton

: Bottoms, Beaks, Bellies and Feet

Caroline Sarll's four-part celebration of our extremities.
Peaches, plums and plumber's bums.
Producer Cathy Drysdale


Unknown: Caroline Sarll
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

: Kaleidoscope

Revised repeat of 4.05pm

: The World Tonight

With Isabel Hilton.


Unknown: Isabel Hilton.

: Book at Bedtime: The Go-Between

LP Hartley's classic story of deception and the destruction of innocence, seen through the eyes of a schoolboy who is forced to become a go-between. Abridged in ten parts by Michelene Wandor , read by John Rowe. 1: The Diary
Producer Cherry Cookson Repeat


Unknown: Michelene Wandor
Read By: John Rowe.

: The Living World: Mud Soup, Mussels and Transport Cafes

In the fifth of six classic Living Worlds, Lionel Kelleway and friends brave the icy winds of winter to join the oystercatchers and avocets as they dine out on the mud soup and mussel beds in the transport cafes of the Exe estuary.


Presenter: Lionel Kelleway
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: Colvil and Soames

The Penitent. The second of Christopher Lee 's six-part story of two intelligence officers' investigation into the death of an elderly priest. Starring Amanda Redman as Alex Soames , with Dudley Sutton as Cl Arthur Guscott , and Christopher Benjamin as Henry Colvil.
Producer Pete Atkin Repeat


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

: News

: The Late Book: Going to Meet the Man

By James Baldwin , read in two parts by Paul Winfield. 1: When civil rights protestors refuse to stop singing, the organiser is arrested and Jessie, a deputy sheriff, interrogates him. Producer Pam Fraser Solomon Repeat


Unknown: James Baldwin
Unknown: Paul Winfield.
Producer: Pam Fraser Solomon

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.

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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.

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