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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Liz Hansford.


Unknown: Liz Hansford.

: Letter from America

With AliStairCooke. Repeated from yesterday

: News Briefing

6.05 Papers
6.08 Sports Desk

: Open Country

Helen Mark meets the people and wildlife of the British countryside.
Producer Hugh O'Donnell


Unknown: Helen Mark
Producer: Hugh O'Donnell

: Farming Today This Week

Sarah Mukherjee puts this week's countryside and food-chain news into perspective, producer Steve Peacock


Unknown: Sarah Mukherjee
Producer: Steve Peacock

: Today

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.
7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With Canon Eric James.


Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Sarah Montague.
Unknown: Canon Eric James.

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look atthe foibles of family life. Producer Alison Hughes Repeated Monday 11pm
PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: home.truths@bbc.co.uK John Peel on military service: page 40


Unknown: John Peel
Producer: Alison Hughes
Unknown: John Peel

: Excess Baggage

Sandi Toksvig introduces a bagful of the best travellers' tales, anecdotes and surprises. Producer Cathie Mahoney
PHONE: [number removed] E-MAIL: excessbaggage@bbc.co.uK


Introduces: Sandi Toksvig
Producer: Cathie Mahoney

: The Ages of Elizabeth

Actress Liz Smith is joined by a collection of non-royal Elizabeths to chart the way this most royal of names has moved in and out of fashion over the generations.


Presenter: Liz Smith
Producer: Mary Price

: Test Match Special

England v Sri Lanka
Commentary on the third day's play in the Second
Test at Edgbaston by Jonathan Agnew. Henry Blofeld and Christopher Martin-Jenkins . With expert analysis from Vic Marks , Mike Selvey and Roshan Mahanama. The scorer is Bill Frindall. Including at:
1.05 A View from the Boundary Another cricket-loving celebrityjoins the commentators for a lunchtimechat. Producer Peter Baxter *Approximate time


Unknown: Jonathan Agnew.
Unknown: Henry Blofeld
Unknown: Christopher Martin-Jenkins
Unknown: Vic Marks
Unknown: Mike Selvey
Unknown: Roshan Mahanama.
Unknown: Bill Frindall.
Producer: Peter Baxter

: Talking Politics

A Royal Jubilee edition in which Dennis Sewell and a panel of commentators discuss the monarch's relationship with politics and politicians. Producer Sheila Cook


Unknown: Dennis Sewell
Producer: Sheila Cook

: From Our Own Correspondent

The stories and the colour behind the world s headlines with Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Paul Lewis brings you the latest news from the world of personal finance, and impartial money advice. Producer Jessica Dunbar Repeated Sunday 9pm


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Jessica Dunbar

: The Now Show

The sharp edge of radio satire, starring Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis supported by Mitch Benn , Marcus Brigstocke , Jon Holmes and Emma Kennedy. Repeated from Friday


Unknown: Steve Punt
Unknown: Hugh Dennis
Unknown: Mitch Benn
Unknown: Marcus Brigstocke
Unknown: Jon Holmes
Unknown: Emma Kennedy.

: News

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the debate from Walbottle Campus Technology College in Newcastle uponTyne. Joining him are Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Alexander of Class Law Solicitors and Susan Kramer of Transport for London.
Producer Lisa Jenkinson


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Stephen Byers
Unknown: Stephen Alexander
Unknown: Susan Kramer
Producer: Lisa Jenkinson

: Any Answers?

Jonathan Dimbleby takes listeners' calls and e-mails in response to last night's Any Questions? Phone in on [number removed], or e-mail any.answers@bbc.co.uk
producer Lisa Jenkinson


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Producer: Lisa Jenkinson

: The Saturday Play: ReconstructingLouis

By John Sessions. At his home in Western Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson attempts to dispel some of the more romantic notions which have built up around him as he looks back over his life. Other parts played by members ofthecast Director Bruce Young (H)


Unknown: John Sessions.
Unknown: Robert Louis Stevenson
Director: Bruce Young
Louis: John Sessions
Fanny: Phyllis Logan
Thomas: Paul Young
Maggie: Sheila Donald
Belle: Nora Elwell-Sutton
Lloyd/Bob: Henry Ian Cusick
Young Louis/Young Lloyd: James Quintal-Norris
WE Henley: Michael MacKenzie

: City of the Sharp Nosed Fish

The city of Oxyrhynchus thrived between 400 BC and AD 350 before vanishing beneath the Egyptian sands. But 50,000 fragments of papyri survived in the city's rubbish dumps, preserved by the dry heat, until they were unearthed by two Victorian archaeologists. A century later, in this four-part series, the voices of an ancient people speak to us forthe first time.
1: Rubbish Tips and Riches. Writer and broadcaster Michael Kustow charts the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus papyri by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt. The find rocked the world of archaeology and fired the public imagination. Readers Fiona Shaw , Larry Lamb and Michael Perceval-Maxwell , Producer Amanda Hargreaves


Unknown: Michael Kustow
Unknown: Bernard Grenfell
Unknown: Arthur Hunt.
Readers: Fiona Shaw
Readers: Larry Lamb
Readers: Michael Perceval-Maxwell
Producer: Amanda Hargreaves

: Weekend Woman's Hour

The best of the week on Woman 's Hour, presented by Martha Kearney. Producer Fiona Hill E-MAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk


Presented By: Martha Kearney.
Producer: Fiona Hill

: Saturday PM

Full coverage and analysis of the day's news, plus the sports headlines. With Dan Damon.


Unknown: Dan Damon.

: Back Row

Andrew Collins interviews Billy Bob Thornton who explains why the bigot he plays in his new film Monster's Ball is based on his father. Producer Stephen Hughes


Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: Billy Bob Thornton
Producer: Stephen Hughes

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin hosts a sparkling agglomeration of music, comedy and conversation. ProducerTorquil Macleod


Unknown: Ned Sherrin

: Saturday Review

Tony Parker established his reputation with a series of interviews with murderers and other criminals.
Tom Sutcliffe and guests give their verdict on anew play Life after Life, based on Parker's work, as well as the vast literary thriller The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L Carter , which received the highest-ever advance for a first novel in the US. Producer Jerome Weatherald


Unknown: Tony Parker
Unknown: Tom Sutcliffe
Unknown: Stephen L Carter
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Working for the Council

The second in a series of talks by writers who have travelled abroad with the British Council and formed strong links with authors in other countries. Today the novelist Paul Bailey reflects on his experiences in Romania before and after the end of the communist System. Producer Rob Ketteridge Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Paul Bailey
Producer: Rob Ketteridge

: The Archive Hour: A Day in the Life

From dawn to dusk, from Cornwall to the Shetlands, today's programme gives an acoustic picture of the preoccupations and pleasures of Britain on 1 May as reflected in the local radio stations, through news broadcasts, magazine programmes, features, quizzes, weather and traffic reports, and phone-ins. Producer Dylan Winter

: Classic Serial: Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug

Dramatised by Gregory Evans. Poe's exotic and mysterious stories made the American master of suspense a literary legend. His narrative of an obsession with the discovery of a "golden bug" evokes famous pirates, and drips with the casual racism of the old American South. Forthe 21st century, Gregory Evans gives the story a critcal makeover as a former slave recounts the "true" story.
Pianist Neil Brand Director Ned Chaillet


Dramatised By: Gregory Evans.
Unknown: Gregory Evans
Pianist: Neil Brand
Director: Ned Chaillet
Charles: Clarke Peters
Legrand: John Sharian
Jupiter: Rhashan Stone
Doctor: William Hootkins

: The Moral Maze

Michael Buerk with another debate on the moral conundrums behind one of the week's news stories. Repeated from Wednesday


Unknown: Michael Buerk

: Counterpoint

This year's top three contestants join Ned Sherrin for one more test of their musical knowledge. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated from Monday


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Paul Bajoria

: Poetry Please

Frank Delaney explores the work of Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Frank Delaney
Unknown: Allen Ginsberg
Unknown: Walt Whitman.

: The Late Story: When I Was a Child

Four readings celebrating the experiences of childhood. 4: Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve. Dannie Abse describes growing up in Cardiff in a Jewish/ Welsh family, a childhood where his imagination created untold horrors and curses with which to torment his best friend Keith. Read by Owen Teale. Producer Jill Waters


Unknown: Dannie Abse
Read By: Owen Teale.
Producer: Jill Waters

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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