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: World News

: Bells on Sunday

From St Edward's, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucs.

: News Briefing

: Something Understood

Who Do You Say You Are?This week Mark Tully explores questions of personality, persona and self-identity. Producer Beverley McAinsh. Repeated at 11.30pm


Unknown: Mark Tully
Producer: Beverley McAinsh.

: On Your Farm

Anothertopical episode. Producer Hugh O'Donnell


Producer: Hugh O'Donnell

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday

Roger Bolton with the religious and ethical news of the week, moral arguments and perspectives on stories familiar and unfamiliar. Series producer Liz Leonard


Unknown: Roger Bolton
Producer: Liz Leonard

: Radio 4 Appeal

Sir John Harvey-Jones speaks on behalf of a charity which is establishing a network of nurses with specialist training in multiple sclerosis. Producer Anne Downing. DONATIONS: MS Research Trust, [address removed]
CREDIT CARDS: [number removed]. Repeated Thursday 3.28pm


Unknown: Sir John Harvey-Jones
Producer: Anne Downing.

: News

: Sunday Papers

: Sunday Worship

From Highfields Free Church in Cardiff, led by the Rev Peter Baker. Director of music David Haime.


Unknown: Peter Baker.
Music: David Haime.

: Letter from America

By Alistair Cooke. Repeated from Friday


Unknown: Alistair Cooke.

: Broadcasting House

Jeremy Vine presents a fresh approach to news, and the big stories of the week. Editor Kevin Marsh


Editor: Kevin Marsh

: The Archers

Omnibus edition.

: Desert Island Discs

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Claire Tomalin. A publisher and literary critic, she is probably best known for a series of acclaimed biographies on women including Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austin. She began working in the literary world late in life, having spent 20 years looking after her family. This, and a series of personal tragedies, including the death of her husband and two of her children, has no doubt made her particularly sympathetic to the lives of literary women in the 19th century. Producer Angle Nehring.
Repeated Friday 9am


Unknown: Claire Tomalin
Unknown: Sue Lawley

: The Food Programme

From St James 's Palace, the Prince of Wales presents the first Food Programme awards to those food producers, retailers, campaigners and caterers who have done the most to improve food in the United Kingdom. Derek Cooper hands out his own personal prize, Stephen Fry attempts to give the Mouldy Pork Pie Award to those who have done their best to set back the cause of good food - and you can find out who Radio Times readers voted Best Food Broadcaster of the Year.
Producer Paul Kobrak


Unknown: St James
Unknown: Derek Cooper
Unknown: Stephen Fry
Producer: Paul Kobrak

: The World This Weekend

With James Cox.


Unknown: James Cox.

: Musical Dynasties

Immortality as a performing musician comes not from what is done on stage, but from what is passed on to the following generations. In the first of a three-part series Jane Glover explores the legacy of the founders of great musical dynasties starting with Enrico Caruso. With tenor Dennis O'Neill , Hugh Canning of The Sunday
Times and broadcaster and writer Graeme Kay. Producer Paul Evans. Repeated Saturday 11pm


Unknown: Jane Glover
Unknown: Enrico Caruso.
Tenor: Dennis O'Neill
Tenor: Hugh Canning
Unknown: Graeme Kay.
Producer: Paul Evans.

: Gardeners' Question Time

The team answer questions posed by members of the Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies. With chairman Eric Robson. Producer Trevor Taylor. Repeated Wednesday 3pm


Unknown: Eric Robson.
Producer: Trevor Taylor.

: Imperial Gardens

Garden historian Caroline Holmes concludes her tour of famous gardens built by former empires. 3: Little England, the Garden City of Sri Lanka. Samuel Baker , a Victorian Englishman, established a colonial settlement at Nuwara Eliya in the highlands of Ceylon and filled it with English crops and flowers. His remarkable legacy is enthusiastically continued by Sri Lankans 150 years on. Producer Mukti Jain Campion


Unknown: Caroline Holmes
Unknown: Samuel Baker
Producer: Mukti Jain Campion

: Classic Serial: Cousin Bette, the Poor Relation

By Hondre de Balzac, dramatised in three parts by James Friel.
1: The Wedding and the Betrayal
Paris, 1838. The faithless Baron Hulot is in financial difficulties. His daughter needs a dowry and a husband, and his saintly wife has nothing more he can pawn. Cousin Bette proposes a solution to the family's dilemma and a bizarre revenge for her own betrayal.
Music Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya
Producer Catherine Bailey. Director Marilyn Imrie.
Rptd Saturday 3pm


Adaptation: James Friel
Producer: Catherine Bailey
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Bette: Alison Steadman
Hulot: Leslie Phillips
Adeline: Lindsay Duncan
Valerie: Frances Barber
Count: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Crevel: Kenneth Cranham
Marneffe: Jeremy Clyde
Hortense: Alexandra Gilbreath
Victor: Lfan Meredith
Celestine: Cathy Sara
Josepha: Hetty Baynes
Fischer: Loan Meredith
Marshall: Loan Meredith

: Open Book

Nick Revell explores the world of books and speaks to Helen Dunmore about Ice Cream, her latest collection of short stories.
Producer Fiona McLean. Repeated Friday 4pm


Unknown: Nick Revell
Unknown: Helen Dunmore
Producer: Fiona McLean.

: A Las Barricades

The first of two programmes of poetry readings. The Poetry of the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War began on 18 July 1936 and lasted for three years. Mike Gonzalez presents poems from both English and Spanish-speaking writers.
Readings by Paul McGann and Juliet Stevenson. Producers Elaine Walker and Mick Webb. Rptd Saturday 11.30pm


Unknown: Mike Gonzalez
Unknown: Paul McGann
Unknown: Juliet Stevenson.
Producers: Elaine Walker
Producers: Mick Webb.

: The Whitehall Village

In the first of two reports Romola Christopherson meets some of the country's senior civil servants. Repeated from Tuesday


Unknown: Romola Christopherson

: Home for the Holidays

Three letters reflecting on the meaning of home for those who have left it and the complex feelings that returning to childhood settings can evoke. 1: London-based comedy writer
Fiona Looney joins a flood of returning emigres for her visits to Dublin at Christmas. Producers Nicola White


Unknown: Fiona Looney

: Pick of the Week

Libby Purves presents her selection from the past week On BBC radio. Producer Harry Parker PHONE: [number removed]. FAX: [number removed]
E-MAIL: potw@bbc.co.uk. WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/potw


Unknown: Libby Purves
Producer: Harry Parker

: The Archers

David cannot take any more. Repeated tomorrow 2pm Soap and flannel with Alison Graham : page 30


Unknown: Alison Graham

: Room for Improvement

Laurie Taylor and his guests - Stephen Bayley , Anthony Grayling and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - consider different ways of enriching the mind, body and spirit: both physical and practical
Producer Rebecca Nicholson.E-MAIL:room.for.improvement@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Unknown: Stephen Bayley
Unknown: Anthony Grayling
Unknown: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

: Food Court

John Humphrys investigates food and the people Who make a packet Out Of it. Repeated from Friday


Unknown: John Humphrys

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen presents the series about words and the way we speak. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: Booze

In the second of two programmes Wendy Robbins hears from people who are hooked on alcohol. Producer Charles Sigler (R)


Unknown: Wendy Robbins
Producer: Charles Sigler

: Analysis

The Mysterious Opiate. Felipe Fernandez -
Armesto asks whether the coming decades will see a reviving religiosity. Repeated from Thursday


Unknown: Felipe Fernandez

: The Westminster Hour

Andrew Rawnsley with next week's political headlines. Including 10.45 Kebabbed: the Story of the Political Interview Ian Hargreaves looks at how political interviewing has changed over the decades. Editor John Evans


Unknown: Andrew Rawnsley
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Editor: John Evans

: A Good Read

With Louise Doughty and guests. Rptd from Tuesday


Unknown: Louise Doughty

: Something Understood

Repeated from 6.05am

: News

: Lent Talks

Six eminent speakers explore the direction of faith in the 21St century. Repeated from yesterday 7.45pm

: The Late Story: Fine Feathers

2: The Frock by Philippa Freshman, read by Janet Dale. Set in 1930s Germany, a young girl becomes fascinated by a beautifully-cut dress and its Owner. For details see yesterday


Read By: Janet Dale.

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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