• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Day Navigation


: World News

: Farming Today

With Anna Hill.


Unknown: Anna Hill.

: Today

With Edward Stourton and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With the Right Rev Tom Butler.


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: The Long View

A six-part series looking forthe past behind the present. 5:In 1769 Benjamin Franklin developed a pointed lightning rod, the effectiveness of which was believed to be provable by scientific method. However, the rows and disasterthat ensued showed that scientific proof can be less than clear-cut, especially when politics plays a part. Jonathan Freedland looks at the role of science in the light of such recent medical crises as foot and mouth, the MMR vaccination and BSE.
Producer Sarah Johnson. Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Jonathan Freedland
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

: 5 Numbers

A new,five-part series in which Simon Singh explores the history and significance of five numbers. 1: Zero. The historical, practical and esoteric merits of a real number that has helped to make something out of nothing in innumerable fields of human enquiry, from the zero of mathematicians to the void of philosophers, and from Shakespeare to the empty set.
Producer Adrian Washbourne EMAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Simon Singh
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Daily Service

UN only
Led byClairJaquissfrom Emmanuel Church. Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire (Song 67); Matthew 6, w7-15; OurFather; What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Book of the Week: The Dressing Station

Part 2. For details see yesterday. Repeated at 12.30am

: Woman's Hour

Jenni Murray hosts lively and topical interviews and discussions from a woman's point of view. Drama: All Change by Helen Lederer.
2: Empowerment by Default Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray
Unknown: Helen Lederer.

: Nature

Racoons. North America's racoon population is now 20 times what it was in the twenties. This has created many problems, not least in Chicago, where 20,000 racoons had to be removed in one year alone. Huw Cordey investigates the reasons for the racoons' increase, methods of controlling them andtheirfuture. Rptd from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: Huw Cordey

: Radio Roots

The second of four programmes in which
Russell Davies traces the early careers of some of Britain's most popular actors and presenters. This week's subject is actor Jon Pertwee. The readers are Jon Glover and Sally Grace. Producer Richard Edis


Unknown: Russell Davies
Unknown: Jon Pertwee.
Unknown: Jon Glover
Unknown: Sally Grace.
Producer: Richard Edis

: You and Yours

With Peter White and Winifred Robinson. including at 12.30 Call You and Yours. PHONE: [number removed]. LINES OPEN from 10am


Unknown: Peter White
Unknown: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

With Nick Clarke at the Liberal Democrats Conference in Bournemouth.


Unknown: Nick Clarke

: The Real History of Opera

Many operas were written about contemporaneous political figures, events and cultural issues. In a new series, Huw Edwards uncovers this real-life history behind the stories of four favourite operas. 1: The Magic Flute. Late 18th-century Vienna was a political melting pot, with the Enlightenment holding sway and revolutionary feeling all around. Mozart's fortunes were waning as the Viennese economy faltered and, as he reached the last year of his life, he made one final attempt at writing an opera that would capture the popular imagination. Producer Martin Smith


Unknown: Huw Edwards
Producer: Martin Smith

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Man on the Green Bicycle

The love affair between Oriental poetry translator Arthur Waley and Alison Grant, who died recently, is reflected in Jennifer Curry's dramatisation. Having spanned many years, the relationship culminated in marriage shortly before Waley's death.


Dramatised by: Jennifer Curry
Director: Cherry Cookson
Arthur: Ronald Pickup
Alison: Maureen O'Brien
Beryl: Carolyn Jones
Student: Helen Longworth
Hugh: Ray Lonnen
John: Ewan Bailey

: Home Planet

Richard Daniel chairs the weekly debate on listeners' environment-related queries, concerns and fears. Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick
WRITE TO: [address removed] E-MAIL: home.planet@bbc.co.uk. PHONE: [number removed]


Unknown: Richard Daniel
Producers: Ivan Howlett
Producers: Nick Patrick

: The Adventures of Robin Hood: 2: Friar Tuck's Story

by Philippa Gregory.
The renegade priest voices his outrage over the Crusades and Richard I's neglect of his kingly duties. Read by John Sessions.
(For details see yesterday)


Author: Philippa Gregory
Reader: John Sessions

: Soundscape: The Swallow's Journey

2: It is late February and the swallow is on her way north through Africa. Having left the Transvaal behind, she flies through Kenya's Masai Mara, where she almost perishes in a tropical storm, and onwards to Lake Victoria. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Lake Victoria.

: Shop Talk

Heather Payton and guests with conversation about the world of business, money and technology. Producer Simon Crow


Unknown: Heather Payton
Producer: Simon Crow

: The Learning Curve

A weekly guide to education with Libby Purves. Producer Penelope Gibbs. TELEPHONE: [number removed]. EMAIL: the.learning.curve@bbc.co.uk.Repeated Sunday 11pm


Unknown: Libby Purves.
Producer: Penelope Gibbs.

: The Sunday Format

A four-part series of the comedy sketch show satirising Sunday newspaper supplements. Harriet Cass reveals What's in My Washing Machine and Anthony Brackenbury discovers the significance of toast in film history. With Alexander Armstrong , Alice Arnold , Ewan Bailey , Tony Gardner , Simon Greenall , Emma Kennedy , Tracy-Ann Oberman , Chris Langham and Vicki Pepperdine. Devised by John Morton. Producer Helen Williams


Unknown: Harriet Cass
Unknown: Anthony Brackenbury
Unknown: Alexander Armstrong
Unknown: Alice Arnold
Unknown: Ewan Bailey
Unknown: Tony Gardner
Unknown: Simon Greenall
Unknown: Emma Kennedy
Unknown: Tracy-Ann OBErman
Unknown: Chris Langham
Unknown: Vicki Pepperdine.
Unknown: John Morton.
Producer: Helen Williams

: The Archers

Trouble with the eternal flame. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

With Mark Lawson. Producer Robyn Read


Unknown: Mark Lawson.

: All Change

2: Empowerment by Default. Helen decides it's never too late to embark upon a major business venture. For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am

: File on 4

In the first of a new series of the current-affairs magazine, Gerry Northam investigates allegations that black and Asian police officers who have campaigned on issues of race are now being victimised within their forces.
Producer Ian Muir-Cochraine . Repeated Sunday 5pm


Unknown: Gerry Northam
Producer: Ian Muir-Cochraine

: In Touch

News, issues and information of interest to blind and partially sighted people, with Peter White.
Producer Cheryl Gabriel. PHONE: [number removed] for more information


Unknown: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel.

: Harsh Realities

The discussion series focusing on the difficult choices of health care professionals returns for three weeks. Niall Dickson asks a panel of health professionals and patients how honest you can be with a child who is dying. They address the extent to which parents are involved in breaking the news, the right age to be honest with a child and the extent to which children should be involved in making decisions about theirtreatment and preparing for death. Producer Paula McGrath. E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk
Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm


Unknown: Niall Dickson
Producer: Paula McGrath.

: The Long View

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: The Ambassadors

2: Strether is On his way to Paris. For details see yesterday

: The Small World of Dominic Holland

Series in which the comedian inspects the minutiae of life. Tonight: sport and leisure. With Simon Greenall , Sally Grace and Dave Lamb. Producer Maria Esposito (R)


Unknown: Simon Greenall
Unknown: Sally Grace
Unknown: Dave Lamb.
Producer: Maria Esposito

: Angels at the Ritz

Last in the series celebrating the art of the lyricist.
4: Writing "I Love You " in 32 Bars. How a generation of immigrant songwriters adapted their skills to the demands of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway during the golden age of musical theatre. Presented by Henry Goodman. Compiled and written by David Benedictus. Producer Enyd Williams. Pianist and musical director Michael Haslam. (R)


Presented By: Henry Goodman.
Written By: David Benedictus.
Pianist: Enyd Williams.
Director: Michael Haslam.

: News

: Book of the Week: The Dressing Station

Repeated from 9.45am

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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel