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: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.
Producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Anna Hill.
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sue MacGregor.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day WithDrMonaSiddiqui.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.

: Melyvn Bragg - In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas and events which have influenced our time.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Presenter: Melvyn Bragg
Producer: Charlie Taylor

: Book of the Week: Letters from Ambridge

As the BBC celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Archers, well-known Archers listeners give a personal view inspired by the programme. Part4.

: Daily Service

With the Rev Roger Hutchings. God Is Love: His the Care (Theodoric); 1 John 4, w7-14; The Father's Love (Simon Lole ); Where Love and Loving Kindness Dwell (Maisemore). Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.


Unknown: Roger Hutchings.
Unknown: Simon Lole
Music: Paul Leddington Wright.

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray and guests with the latest news, views and culture from a woman's point of view.
Drama: The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine dePizan. Part 4.
Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Christine Depizan.

: From Our Own Correspondent

Kate Adie takes an in-depth, colourful and often witty look behind the headlines. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie
Producer: Tony Grant

: The X File

Rim director Alex Cox tells of how the X certificate first came to British cinemas and helped create a screen revolution in the fifties. Directors J Lee Thompson and Michael Winner , Hammer screenwriter Jimmy Sangster , and former censor Ken Penry recall the effects on films and film-going when the X certificate arrived in a haze of publicity in 1951. Producer Matthew Dodd


Director: Alex Cox
Unknown: Lee Thompson
Unknown: Michael Winner
Unknown: Jimmy Sangster
Unknown: Ken Penry
Producer: Matthew Dodd

: You and Yours

With Liz Barclay and John Waite.


Unknown: Liz Barclay
Unknown: John Waite.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: Open Country

A look back at the brightest and best from the British countryside in 2000. Shortened repeat from Saturday 30 December 6.10am

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: McLevy

A four-part detective story by David Ashton , set in Victorian Edinburgh. 3: The Second Shadow
Counterfeiters are at work in the city, and McLevy is under pressure to secure rapid convictions. But his mind is more on the deliciously immoral Jean Brash - surely McLevy is not becoming jealous of the male company she keeps?
Director Patrick Rayner


Story By: David Ashton
Unknown: Victorian Edinburgh.
Unknown: Jean Brash
Director: Patrick Rayner
Insp McLevy: Brian Cox
Jean: Siobhan Redmond
Mulholland: Michael Percevahmaxwell
Jem: John McGlynn
Granny: Colette O'Neil
Lt Roach: David Ashton
Jessie: Tracy Wiles
Dewar: Kenny Blyth
Barbara: Carolyn Bonnyman

: Call You and Yours: [number removed]

With Peter White.
Editor Chris Burns. LINES OPEN at 12.30pm


Unknown: Peter White.
Editor: Chris Burns.

: Radio 4 Appeal

Repeated from New Year's Eve 7.55am

: The Verdi Centenary Stories

3: The Radar Angel. Ruth Padel 's modern version of La Traviata, features the Lady of the Camellias - a young Japanese girl - working her way around the world, until she meets a young Kerry man. For details see Tuesday 2 January


Unknown: Ruth Padel

: Sweet Charities

3: The Bakers' Benevolent Society
Established in 1832 this society looks after retired bakers in Epping. But will its future be as illustrious as its past as supermarkets kill off the independent baker?
For details see Tuesday 2 January

: Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen presents the programme about words and the way we speak.


Unknown: Michael Rosen

: The Material World

Quentin Cooper visits Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry to discuss some of the dilemmas facing science museums. With the help of the museum's director, Patrick Green , and Andrew Scott from the National Railway Museum in York, he hears about the historical and educational importance of science museums. Producer John Watkins. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.ac.uk


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Director: Patrick Green
Director: Andrew Scott
Producer: John Watkins.

: PM

With Clare English and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Cabaret on 4

Simon Bligh hosts the stand-up programme, featuring the pick of the current comedy circuit and future talent. This week's programme includes Radio 4 favourite Steve Gribbin , newcomer Ian Moore and the mercurial magic of Paul Thome. Producer Mario Stylianides


Unknown: Simon Bligh
Unknown: Steve Gribbin
Unknown: Ian Moore
Unknown: Paul Thome.
Producer: Mario Stylianides

: The Archers

Someone is less than loyal. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson chairs the arts programme. Producer Lawrence Pollard


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Lawrence Pollard

: The Book of the City of Ladies

By Christine de Pizan. 4: Having proved that women are neither weak nor stupid, Christine and her guides look to the female virtues of loyalty and faithfulness.
For details see New Year's Day. Repeated from 10.45am Further cast details across the week


Unknown: Christine de Pizan.
Ambrose: Stephen Tomlin
Bernarbo: Martin Reeve

: Gold Domes, Black Earth

r Thinking Russia. Tim Whewell travels through
Russia to seek the roots of the country's identity. Can it find a new role for itself after Communism? Producer Teresa Cherfas


Producer: Teresa Cherfas

: Analysis

Tales of the Unexpected?Governments, companies and individuals tend increasingly to plan theirfinancial decisions on the basis of economic forecasts. But is economic prediction an exact science, an art, or little more than crystal-ball gazing? Andrew Diinot asks whether we take too much notice of forecasts.
Producer Zareer Masani. Repeated Sunday 9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Diinot
Producer: Zareer Masani.

: Costing The Earth

Exploring issues which affect all our lives.
Breaking the Food Barrier. An alarming percentage of the meat, fruit, vegetables and processed foods imported into Britain contains dangerous bacteria or potentially deadly toxins. Alex Kirby meets those responsible for identifying the contaminated food before it reaches ourdinner tables and asks if enough is being done to protect us. Producer Brian King


Unknown: Alex Kirby

: Melyvy Bragg - In Our Time

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: 2001 - a Space Odyssey

By Arthur C Clarke , read by William Roberts. Part 4. For details see New Year's Day


Unknown: Arthur C Clarke
Read By: William Roberts.

: Balti Kings

A six-part series by Sudha Bhuchar and Shaheen Khan. 1: Self made "pioneer of Balti" Yahsin Anwar suffers a heart attack. His youngest son is called back from his studies to help save their ailing restaurant. Ruthless competitors who undercut prices present Shahab with quite a dilemma.
Director Kristine Landon-Smith


Unknown: Sudha Bhuchar
Unknown: Shaheen Khan.
Unknown: Yahsin Anwar
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Shahab: Anii Desai
Yahsin: Anthony Zaki
Billa: Kriss Dosanjh
Yacoub: Shiv Grewal
Khalida: Adlyn Ross
Nadim: Shammi Aulakh
Mariam: All Staden

: Taking a Bow

Burt Caesar investigates the curtain call -the ulterior motives of Shakespeare's jigs, the politics of the panto walk-down, even the agitprop refusal to take a bow. Directors Peter Brook and Jatinder Verma , actors Josette Bushell-Mingo , Roy Hudd and Richard Wilson , designers, historians and critics explore the moment when we move from performance back to our own lives, and what it means to take and receive a bow. Producer Julian May (R)


Unknown: Burt Caesar
Directors: Peter Brook
Directors: Jatinder Verma
Unknown: Josette Bushell-Mingo
Unknown: Roy Hudd
Unknown: Richard Wilson

: News

: The Late Book: The Penguin Book of20th-century Essays

4: Return Trip to Nirvana (1967) by Arthur Koestler , read by John Shrapnel. Using first-hand experience Koestler challenges the cult of mind-altering drugs as advocated by his friend Timothy Leary. For details see New Year's Day (R)


Unknown: Arthur Koestler
Read By: John Shrapnel.
Unknown: Timothy Leary.

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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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