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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Dr Pauline Webb.


Unknown: Dr Pauline Webb.

: Letter from America

With AlistairCooke.
Repeated from Friday

: News Briefing

6.05 Papers
6.08 Sports Desk

: Open Country

Richard Uridge explores rural life across the UK.
Producer Gabi Fisher at 1.30pm


Unknown: Richard Uridge
Producer: Gabi Fisher

: Farming Today This Week

Sarah Mukherjee asks why beauty parlours are springing up all over rural England. Producer Sarah Swadling


Unknown: Sarah Mukherjee
Producer: Sarah Swadling

: Today

With Stephen Sackur and Edward Stourton.
7.25 and 8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought forthe Day With the Rev Roy Jenkins.


Unknown: Stephen Sackur
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Roy Jenkins.

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look at the foibles of family life.
Producer Paula McGinley at 11pm PHONE: [number removed] email: home.truths@bDC.co.UK


Unknown: John Peel
Producer: Paula McGinley

: Excess Baggage

John McCarthy embarks on three classic imaginary journeys with Rick Wakeman , Frances Wood ana Simon Moore. Producer Torquil MacLeod
PHONE: [number removed] email: excess.baggage@bbc.co.uK


Unknown: John McCarthy
Unknown: Rick Wakeman
Unknown: Frances Wood
Unknown: Simon Moore.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

: Risking Everything .

New series 1/3. Comedian Marcus Bngstocke turns a shrewd and sceptical eye on the history of the insurance industry. Why do we buy insurance.
And could we do without it? Tracing the industry back to the Middle Ages, he untangles the ethics of life assurance, uncovers early prohibitions on betting on lives" and reveals some of the cases that helped to create today's industry, producer Paul Kobrak


Unknown: Marcus Bngstocke
Producer: Paul Kobrak

: Talking Politics

Dennis Sewell and guests discuss the topical issues in politics. Producer Paul Vickers


Unknown: Dennis Sewell
Producer: Paul Vickers

: From Our Own Correspondent

Insight and colour from BBC correspondents around the world, with Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant


Unknown: Kate Adie.
Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

Paul Lewis presents impartial advice and the latest news from the world of personal finance. Producer Penny Haslam Repeated tomorrow at 9pm


Unknown: Paul Lewis

: The News Quiz of the Year

Simon Hoggart picks the best bits from the News
Quiz in 2003 - with contributions from Alan Goren ,
Jeremy Hardy. Linda Smith , Andy Hamilton and Francis Wheen. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Goren
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy.
Unknown: Linda Smith
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Francis Wheen.

: News

: Correspondents Look Ahead

BBC correspondents discuss what they expect to see in the year ahead. With Carrie Gracie. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Carrie Gracie.

: The Listeners

Peter White shares his own experiences as a blind man reliant on his acute sense of listening with three other men who also listen for minute signs of life - a heart-murmur consultant, a scientist who tunes in to the sound of the universe and a rescue worker who listens for signs of life beneath collapsed buildings.


Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Philip Sellars

: The Saturday Play: Mary Poppins

By PL Travers dramatised by Hazel Marshall.
Juliet Stevenson stars as Mary Poppins in a new play specially commissioned for Radio 4. Poised, punctilious and always practically Perfect in every way Mary Poppins brings her own blend of magic to the role of nanny. The production is based on several stories that have never before been dramatised.
Mary Katie/Mrs Corry/Miss Tartlet stories that have never before been dramatised.
Music by David Chilton
Producer/Director David Ian Neville
Juliet Stevenson on the perfect paradox: page 18


Mary: Juliet Stevenson
Michael: Jonathan Bee
Jane: Sophie Stuckey
Mrs Banks: Deborah Berlin
Amelia (the dolphin): Deborah Berlin
Mrs Banks: David Timson
Macau: David Timson
Sun: David Timson
Mr Turvy: Andrew Sachs
Mr Drake: Andrew Sachs
Dragon: Andrew Sachs
Mrs Corry: Phyllida Law
Miss Tartlet: Phyllida Law
Great Bear: Chris Moran
Polly: Laura Doddington
Little Bear: Laura Doddington
Star: Laura Doddington

: A House Somewhere

2/3 Continuing a series in which author and Sunday Times critic Anthony Sattin meets people who have moved abroad and then written about it.
An 'Ooligan in Verona. Tim Parks's book Italian
Neighbours was initially rejected, but the book was a steaming success and was followed by An Italian
Education and an account of Parks's life on the road with Italian football hooligans, A Yearwith Verona.
Has almost 20 years of writing about Italy made Tim an Italian? Producer Sarah Jane Hall


Unknown: Anthony Sattin
Producer: Sarah Jane Hall

: Weekend Woman's Hour

The best of the week on Woman's Hour, presented by Martha Kearney.
Series editor Jill Burridge Producer Liz Pearson EMAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk


Presented By: Martha Kearney.
Editor: Jill Burridge
Producer: Liz Pearson

: Saturday PM

News and sports headlines, presented by Carolyn Quinn. Editor Peter Rippon


Presented By: Carolyn Quinn.
Editor: Peter Rippon

: Back Row

Actor/director Peter Mullan talks about his latest film, Kiss of Life, directed by Emily Young , in which he plays an aid worker in a remote corner of Bosnia who senses his wife is calling him home and begins a difficult journey across Europe. Also, the story of comic book cult writer Harvey Pecker is brought to life in American Splendor, a mix of documentary and fiction. Producer MohiniPatel


Talks: Peter Mullan
Directed By: Emily Young
Unknown: Harvey Pecker

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin presents another mix of music, comedy and conversation. Producer Mairi Russell


Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Producer: Mairi Russell

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Kit Davis , Peter Kemp and Tim Marlow look back at the highlights and low points Of the cultural year. Producer Fiona McLean


Unknown: Tom Sutcliffe
Unknown: Kit Davis
Unknown: Peter Kemp
Unknown: Tim Marlow
Producer: Fiona McLean

: Bush Lessons

1/3. The first of three radio diaries by overseas volunteer Ruth Charlton who spent a year working in a remote bush school in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. With no teaching experience and no common language, how do you explain the concept Of birthdays and Christmas? Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Ruth Charlton

: Archive Hour: Ambridge in the Decade of Love

Recently, when clearing a dusty radio storeroom in London, staff uncovered a stack of boxes of BBC LPs labelled simply The Archers. They turned out to be 2,670 episodes of the serial from 40 years ago and hitherto believed lost, when Shula and Kenton were babies and Jennifer was a tempestuous teenager. Now Ambridge's adventures in the sexy, song-filled 1960s can be dusted off and restored for all to hear.


Producer: Simon Elmes

: Classic Serial: The Fish Can Sing

By Halldor Laxness, translated by Magnus Magnusson. In early 20th-century Iceland, Garddar Holm is an enigma: an opera star of international acclaim, yet no one at home has ever heard him sing. Alfgrimur is determined that Garddarwill sing "the one pure note". Dramatised by Arnold Evans .
Music John Handy Producer Alison Hindell Repeated from Sunday


Translated By: Magnus Magnusson.
Unknown: Garddar Holm
Dramatised By: Arnold Evans
Producer: Alison Hindell
Old Alfgrimur: Glyn Houston
Garddar: Matthew Rhys
Alfgrimur: Meilyr Sion
Listener: Nickle Rainsford
Guddmunsen: William Thomas
Miss Guddmunsen: Ruth Jones
Young Alfgrimur: Shaun Hew Phillips
Bjorn: Howell Evans
Pastor: Richard Mrtchley

: Heresy

David Baddiel chairs the programme that dares to commit heresy. Armando lannucci, Vicky Coren, Peter Bradshaw and David Walliams challenge some of the most entrenched opinions of 2003. The studio audience decides if the heretics should be burned at the Stake.
(Repeated from New Year's Eve)


Unknown: David Baddiel
Unknown: Armando Lannucci
Unknown: Vicky Coren
Unknown: Peter Bradshaw
Unknown: David Walliams

: Masterteam

Reading meets Manchester in the latest round of the nationwide general knowledge quiz. Hosted by Peter Snow. Repeated from Monday


Unknown: Peter Snow.

: Poetry Please

Roger McGough returns in celebratory mood with a new series of the poetry programme in which listeners choose the poems. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Roger McGough

: The Late Story: Good Evening Mrs Craven -the Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes

1/4. A rerun series of four short stories by Mollie Panter-Downes documenting the poignant and often traumatic experiences of women who remained in Britain during the Second World War.
FindeSiecle. Read by Sylvestra Le Touzel. Producer Julian Wilkinson


Stories By: Mollie Panter-Downes
Read By: Sylvestra Le Touzel.
Producer: Julian Wilkinson

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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.

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.

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