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: World News

: Bells on Sunday

From York Minster.

: News Briefing

: Something Understood

Mark Tully 's theme is perfection.
Producer Beverley McAinsh. Rptd at 11.30pm


Unknown: Mark Tully
Producer: Beverley McAinsh.

: On Your Farm

Richard Uridge discovers Stone Age secrets on an Orkney farm. Producer Gabi Fisher


Unknown: Richard Uridge
Producer: Gabi Fisher

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday

Roger Bolton looks ahead to religious preparations for the millennium.
Producer Rachel Hawkes. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5063. BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester, M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: [address removed]


Unknown: Roger Bolton
Producer: Rachel Hawkes.

: Radio 4 Appeal

David Bellamy speaks on behalf of a charity which benefits wildlife and nature conservation.
DONATIONS: [address removed]. CREDIT CARDS: [number removed] Repeated tomorrow llpm


Unknown: David Bellamy

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday Worship

Facing the Future. The Rev John Vincent explores the message in the traditional words and music of the New Year Methodist Covenant Service at
Chesterfield Central Methodist Church. Director of music Colin Wheatley.


Unknown: John Vincent
Music: Colin Wheatley.

: Letter from America

Repeated from Friday

: Broadcasting House

Eddie Mair on the week's big stories. Editor Kevin Marsh


Unknown: Eddie Mair
Editor: Kevin Marsh

: The Archers

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's castaway is the jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.
Producer Angie Nehring. Rptd Friday 9am
A double CD collection Desert Island Discs - the Castaway's Choice is available now


Pianist: Dave Brubeck.
Producer: Angie Nehring.

: Tales from theBack of Beyond

A car crash heralds disasters for a group heading into the Sahara Desert. Producer Neil Walker Repeat


Producer: Neil Walker

: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

The antidote to panel games. Repeated from Monday

: The World This Weekend

With Steve Richards.


Unknown: Steve Richards.

: Counterpoint

A new series of the musical general knowledge quiz in three movements, hosted by Ned Sherrin. Repeated from Monday


Unknown: Ned Sherrin.

: Gardeners' QuestionTime

Nigel Colbom , Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer questions posed by gardeners from Derbyshire. Producer Trevor Taylor. Rptd Wednesday 3pm


Unknown: Nigel Colbom
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Producer: Trevor Taylor.

: Ramblings

Weatherman David Braine discusses the pleasures and perils of coastal walks in Cornwall with Jeremy Jessel. Producer Lucy Lunt. See Ordnance Survey Leisure Map 103. For a factsheet, send an sae to [address removed] or E-MAIL: [address removed]


Unknown: David Braine
Unknown: Jeremy Jessel.
Producer: Lucy Lunt.

: The Classic Serial:The Rose and the Ring

By William Makepeace Thackeray, dramatised for radio by Ellen Dryden. Rome, 1853: unable to find any Christmas entertainment for the four children in his charge, Thackeray invents his own fireside pantomime.
Music Derek Bourgeois. Director Don Taylor Repeated Saturday 9pm


Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Adaptor: Ellen Dryden
Music: Derek Bourgeois
Director: Don Taylor
Fairy Blackstick: Prunella Scales
Gruffanuff: Maureen Lipman
Thackeray: Roger Allam
Prince Bulbo: Charles Edwards
Prince Giglio: Christopher Staines
Unknown: Clive Swift
Unknown: John Normington
Unknown: John Ringham
Unknown: Eleanor Tremain
Unknown: Lucy Taylor
Unknown: Abigail Thaw
Unknown: Max Digby
Unknown: Anthony Jackson
Unknown: Rachel Atkins
Unknown: Kate Copeland
Unknown: Julian Morris

: Bookclub

James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to American author Jane Smiley about A Thousand Acres, her novel based on the King Lear story.
Producer Jeanette Thomas. Rptd Friday 4pm


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Jane Smiley
Producer: Jeanette Thomas.

: Radio Poem

Voluspa the Sibyl's Prophecy
Apocalypse then and now - a poem of the first millennium translated from Old Norse, written and performed by Kathleen Jamie, from a literal translation by Hermann Palsson. With Sonia Ritter. Producer Tim Dee


Unknown: Kathleen Jamie
Translation By: Hermann Palsson.
Unknown: Sonia Ritter.
Producer: Tim Dee

: Censored

Nick Higham examines the work of one of Britain's most secretive organisations -the British Board of Rim Classification. Repeated from Tuesday


Unknown: Nick Higham

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
This morning features closing commentary from the second day's play of the Fifth Test from Sydney.
Commentary on the third day's play begins at approximately 12 midnight. *Approximate times

: Victoriana

Kate Flint explores our fascination with rewriting the Victorian past. Producer David Olusoga


Unknown: Kate Flint
Producer: David Olusoga

: Pick of the Year

With Peter White.
Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Peter White.

: The Archers

Daniel creates a drama. Repeated tomorrow 2pm
# Soap and flannel: page 12

: Room forImprovement

Laurie Taylor and guests explore the art of self-improvement. Producer Chris Wilson


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Chris Wilson

: The Oldest Member

Maurice Denham stars as the golf club veteran in stories by PG Wodehouse . 1: The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh Repeated from Friday


Unknown: Maurice Denham
Stories By: Pg Wodehouse
Unknown: Rollo Podmarsh

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen presents the programme about language and the way we speak. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: Weather Wise

British weather is among the most variable in the world. In the first of six programmes on the science of weather, Paul Simons investigates why. Producer Sue Broom
E-MAIL: [address removed] Repeat


Unknown: Paul Simons

: Analysis

The Truth Is inside You. As we unravel the human genome, we also gain knowledge which might be too hot to handle. Ian Hargreaves asks how this scientific revolution will affect our lives.
Repeated from Monday


Unknown: Ian Hargreaves

: The Westminster Hour

Andrew Rawnsley looks into his crystal ball to spot the big political issues and newsmakers of 1999. Including 10.45 Parliamentary
Postcards Dinah Lammiman talks to parliamentarians around the world. 3: People Power. MPs compare their experiences of democracy. Editor John Evans


Unknown: Andrew Rawnsley
Editor: John Evans

: Hidden Treasures

The antiques quiz visits Bickling Hall in Norfolk, reputedly the home of Anne Boleyn. With Lars Tharp. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Anne Boleyn.
Unknown: Lars Tharp.

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: News

: Test Match Special

Australia v England
This morning features closing commentary from the second day's play of the Fifth Test from Sydney.
Commentary on the third day's play begins at approximately 12 midnight. *Approximate times

: Experimental Feature: Talk to Sleep - the Bottom of the Mind

The first in a quartet of imaginary conversations by Gregory Whithead. Producer Gregory Whitehead


Unknown: Gregory Whithead.
Producer: Gregory Whitehead

: The Late Story: Hot Tickets

By Deborah Moggach , read by Josie Lawrence.
Producer Pam Fraser Solomon


Unknown: Deborah Moggach
Read By: Josie Lawrence.
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.

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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