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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Peter Baker.


Unknown: Peter Baker.

: Farming Today

With Miriam O'Reilly.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reilly.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Sue MacGregor.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.45 Thought for the Day With the Rev Roy Jenkins.
8.32 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Sue MacGregor.
Unknown: Roy Jenkins.

: The Choice

Michael Buerkwithan 11-part series of interviews with people who have faced a life-changing choice. 2: This week's guest is Waynflete Professor of Physiology at Oxford Colin Blakemore, whose choice to remain a high-profile advocate of animal testing has resulted in a 14-year campaign of kidnap threats and letter bombs against him and his family. Producer Liz Leonard. Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Michael Buerkwithan
Producer: Liz Leonard.

: 5 Numbers

Five programmes in which Simon Singh explores the history and significance of five numbers.
4: i. A look at the mysterious imaginary number known to many as the square root of minus one.
How are we to picture such a number that doesn't exist in reality, but is the only number needed to solve every equation known to humanity? Producer Adrian Washbourne E-MAIL: scirad@bbc.co.uk


Unknown: Simon Singh
Producer: Adrian Washbourne

: Book of the Week: Betty Boothroyd - theAutobiography

For details see yesterday. Repeated at 12.30am

: Daily Service

By Andrew Graystone. Judge Eternal (Rhyddian); Amos 5, wl8-24; 0, Lord, the Clouds Are Gathering (Kendrick); 0, Lord in Thy Wrath
(Gibbons). Director of music Nigel Swinford.


Unknown: Andrew Graystone.
Music: Nigel Swinford.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray. Drama: Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. Part2. Drama repeated at 7.45pm


Unknown: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Mary Barton
Unknown: Elizabeth Gaskell.

: Nature

Beyond the Blue Horizon. Blue whales are the biggest creatures that ever lived, yet we know very little about them. One of the remaining populations is off the coast of California, but no one knows where they go to breed or has ever witnessed a birth. John Ruthven investigates the blue whale and the vast waters through which it roams. Repeated from yesterday 9pm


Unknown: John Ruthven

: The Left Bank of the Mind

A new three-part series in which Mark Thomas looks at the work of comedians who used humour to undermine authority in fifties America, inspiring a generation of comics on both sides of the Atlantic. 1: Mort Sahl: Keep It True and Keep It Funny. A look at the original iconoclast, whose stand-up routines wielding a rolled-up newspaper enraged the McCarthyite establishment. Producer Paul Bajoria


Unknown: Mark Thomas
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: 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.


Unknown: Nick Clarke.

: The Real History of Opera

Last in the series in which Huw Edwards uncovers the real-life history behind the stories of favourite operas. 4: Carmen. Bizet's masterpiece is probably the best known of all operas. Full of tunes everybody recognises, it is sometimes so familiar, we forget the controversies of class, race and genderwhich make upthis most moving of stories. This episode explores the real history of Carmen, from its disastrous first performance to the phenomenal success its composer dreamed of but never Saw. Producer Martin Gifford


Unknown: Huw Edwards
Producer: Martin Gifford

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Always on My Mind

After his death, Jenniferdiscovers her husband Bobby to have been twice the man she thought, in Carolyn Bonnyman 's dark comedy about grief, love and Elvis.
Director David Ian Neville


Unknown: Carolyn Bonnyman
Director: David Ian Neville
Jennifer: Carolyn Bonnyman
Muriel: Emma Currie
Mary: Hope Ross
Dave: Flnlay McLean
Jim: Lewis Howden
Billy: Billy McElhaney

: Making History

Sue Cook investigates listeners' historical queries. Producers Ivan Howlett and Nick Patrick. LETTERS: [address removed]. E-MAIL: Making.History@bbc.co.uk


Producers: Ivan Howlett
Producers: Nick Patrick.

: On Stage at Cheltenham

2: Not a Nice Person. Fay Weldon reads from her new novel The Bulgari Connection at the Cheltenham Festival Of Literature. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Fay Weldon

: Wind in the Willows

2: The Wild Wooders Ride into Town. Shopkeepers in Cookham desperately need a car park fortourists. Their plan is to build it on Marsh Meadow where
Kenneth Grahame first thought of Ratty, Mole and Toad. Tempers are raised and everyone wonders who are the real locals and who are the "stoats and weasels". For details see yesterday


Unknown: Kenneth Grahame

: 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].
E-MAIL: the.learning.curve@bbc.co.uk. Repeated Sunday llpm


Unknown: Libby Purves.
Producer: Penelope Gibbs.

: PM

With Nigel Wrench and Eddie Mair.


Unknown: Eddie Mair.

: Think the Unthinkable

A new five-part comedy series by James Cary.
Longleys Bank recruits consultants Unthinkable
Solutions to transform its image. Daisy, Sophie and Ryan persuade Longleys to change its name, its logo and even the design of its bank. At least they can say no company they've ever worked with was ever the same again.
Producer Adam Bromley


Unknown: James Cary.
Producer: Adam Bromley
Ryan: Marcus Brigstocke
Sophie: Emma Kennedy
Daisy: Catherine Shepherd

: The Archers

Helen and Gregtrythe healthy waters. Repeated tomorrow 2pm

: Front Row

Francine Stock reports from the Courtald Institute gallery at Somerset House, which aims to recreate the experience of visiting an exhibition there in the 19th century. Producer Erin Riley


Producer: Erin Riley

: Mary Barton

2: Mary grows up and takes overthe running of the Barton household.
For details see yesterday. Repeated from 10.45am

: File on 4

Current affairs documentary series. The
Government has spentL200 million on its flagship initiative to encourage "lifelong learning" by offering grants to everyone in the country. Mark Whitaker asks if the scheme has succeeded in helping the people who need the money or if the real benefit has been to fraudsters and con men.
Producer Gregor Stewart. Repeated Sunday 5pm


Unknown: Mark Whitaker
Producer: Gregor Stewart.

: In Touch

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


Unknown: Peter White.
Producer: Simon Clancy.

: Murder, Magic and Medicine

A new four-part series in which Dr Michael O'Donnell explores the role animals play in a variety of medical experiments. 1: The Serpent's Tale. Venomous snakes are known and feared fortheirpowerto kill, yet they also have the powerto heal, as many patients who have taken heart or circulatory drugs based on their venoms can testify. This programme explores the extraordinary power of snake venom in nature, folklore and modern medicine.
Producer Jeremy Grange. Repeated tomorrow 4.30pm


Unknown: Dr Michael O'Donnell
Producer: Jeremy Grange.

: The Choice

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Idea of Perfection

Part 7. For details see yesterday

: The Boosh

A new series of six magical adventures from award-winning comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Howard Moon and Vince Noir are slightly hapless zookeepers, but now that someone's started stealing their animals, it's time to spring into action.
Producer Danny Wallace


Unknown: Julian Barratt
Unknown: Howard Moon
Producer: Danny Wallace
Howard Moon: Julian Barratt
Vince Noir: Noel Fielding
Vince Fossil: Rich Fulcher
Graham: Lee MacK
Bloke: Simon Evans

: News

: Book of the Week: Betty Boothroyd -

the Autobiography Repeated from 9.45am

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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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