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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Tony Burnham.


Unknown: Tony Burnham.

: Letter from America - a Celebration

Another chance to hear one of Alistair Cooke vintage broadcasts. Repeated from yesterday Repeated on Sunday at8.45am


Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: News Briefing

6.05 Papers
6.08 Sports Desk

: Open Country

Helen Mark explores rural life across the UK.
Producer Benjamin Chesterton Extended


Unknown: Helen Mark
Producer: Benjamin Chesterton

: Farming Today This Week

Miriam O'Reillyjoins the crew of a fishing trawlerto see at first hand the challenges they face.


Unknown: Miriam O'Reillyjoins

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
7.25 and 8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Rhidian Brook.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: Rhidian Brook.

: Home Truths

John Peel takes a wry look at the foibles of family life.
(Shortened) Phone: [number removed] Email: [email address removed]


Presenter: John Peel
Producer: Paula McGinley

: Excess Baggage

Sandi Toksvig explores the adventures, frustrations and joys of travel. Producers Kevin Dawson and Torquil MacLeod


Unknown: Sandi Toksvig
Producers: Kevin Dawson
Producers: Torquil MacLeod

: A History of Human Folly: The Madness of Crowds

3/4. Francis Wheen looks at manias, delusions and panics over the centuries. The masses may be gullible but usually there is someone intelligent but misguided behind each scare - whether it be the prominent astrophysicist who predicted the imminent destruction of Los Angeles or the top economist who told us the stock market would carry on booming forever.


Presenter: Francis Wheen
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Week in Westminster

Robin Oakley discusses the week political events. Producer Peter Mulligan


Unknown: Robin Oakley
Producer: Peter Mulligan

: From Our Own Correspondent

Insight and colourfrom BBC correspondents around the world, with KateAdie. Producer Tony Grant


Producer: Tony Grant

: Money Box

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


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Louise Greenwood

: The News Quiz

4/8 Simon Hoggart introduces the topical comedy panel game with the help of Alan Coren , Andy Hamilton , Jeremy Hardy and Francis Wheen. Repeated from yesterday


Introduces: Simon Hoggart
Unknown: Alan Coren
Unknown: Andy Hamilton
Unknown: Jeremy Hardy
Unknown: Francis Wheen.

: News

: Any Questions?

Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion as an audience at Strode's College, Egham, puts questions on the issues of the week. The panellists include the Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling , former
Conservative cabinet minister Lord Heseltine; Liz Lynne , the Liberal Democrat MEP; and Nigel Farage , leader of the UK Independence Party. Repeated from yesterday


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: Alistair Darling
Unknown: Liz Lynne
Leader: Nigel Farage

: Any Answers?

Jonathan Dimbleby takes listeners' calls and emails in response to Any Questions ?
PHONE: [number removed] Lines open at 12.30pm email: any.answers@bbc.co.uk Producer Anne Peacock


Unknown: Jonathan Dimbleby
Producer: Anne Peacock

: The Saturday Play: The Absent Guest

A sharp and tense whodunnit. When the absent guest from a dinner party is discovered murdered, the remaining guests, one by one, become suspects.


Written By: Peter Whalley
Director: Pauline Harris
Ian: Robert Pickavance
Lynn: Deborah Findlay
Mike: John Thomson
Julie: Katy Cavanagh
Claire: Denise Welch
Alan: John Kazek

: Beetle in a Haystack

Take a walk with any naturalist and you will be amazed by their powers of perception. It may seem impressive but do naturalists really have superhuman senses or is it all a trick of perception? Brett Westwood , master of this dark art. is decoded by perception guru Richard Gregory and given some tests to do. Could we all learn to find a beetle in the haystack? Producer Caroline Williams


Unknown: Brett Westwood
Unknown: Richard Gregory
Producer: Caroline Williams

: Weekend Woman's Hour

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


Presented By: Martha Kearney.
Editor: Jill Burridge

: Saturday PM

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


Presented By: Carolyn Quinn.
Editor: Peter Rippon

: Back Row

As Bon Voyage, a new French farce set at the start of the Second World War, makes its way to our shores, Jim White profiles the career of its leading man, perhaps one of cinema's most ungainly sex symbols, Gerard Depardieu. And, with the upcoming release of Meg Ryan 's new film Against the Ropes, based on the true story of Jackie Kallen , a Jewish woman from Detroit who went onto become a big-time boxing manager, there's a look through the boxing films archive. Producer Mohini Patel


Unknown: Jim White
Unknown: Gerard Depardieu.
Unknown: Meg Ryan
Unknown: Jackie Kallen
Producer: Mohini Patel

: Loose Ends

Ned Sherrin presents another mix of music, comedy and Conversation. Producer Main Russell


Unknown: Ned Sherrin

: Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Iwona Blazwick ,
Kevin Jackson and Cahal Dallat discuss the cultural highlights of the Week. Producer Fiona McLean


Unknown: Tom Sutcliffe
Unknown: Iwona Blazwick
Unknown: Kevin Jackson
Unknown: Cahal Dallat
Producer: Fiona McLean

: Letters Home

1/3 Ordained in Hong Kong in 1971, the Rev Dr Joyce Bennett made history as the first English woman priest in the Anglican Communion. These are excerpts from some of the weekly letters she sent home for more than 30 years to her parents. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Dr Joyce Bennett

: The Archive Hour: GQT - a Hardy Perennial

Gardeners' Question Time is one of the crown jewels of Radio 4. For many of the network's listeners the weekend would not be the same without GQT joining the family for Sunday lunch. For more than 50 years the programme has toured the UK, dispensing horticultural wit and wisdom. Here, in an updated repeat of a programme first broadcast in 2000, Eric Robson looks back over more than half a century of gardening advice. The programme chronicles not only the changes in our gardens but in our society.
It took 30 years for a woman to be accepted on the panel - today some editions of the programme feature an all-female team of experts and, more recently, GQT has even been chaired by women. What would Fred Loades , Bill Sowerbutts and Professor Alan Gemmel have made Of that? Producer Trevor Taylor


Unknown: Eric Robson
Unknown: Fred Loades
Unknown: Bill Sowerbutts
Unknown: Professor Alan Gemmel
Producer: Trevor Taylor

: Classic Serial: The Master of Ballantrae

1/2. By Robert Louis Stevenson , dramatised by Chris Dolan. Two brothers engage in a bitter struggle over money, power and love in this dark and dramatic adventure story set in 18th-century Scotland and America. Afterthe Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the Master flees Scotland for a life of piracy, buried treasure and murder.
Director Bruce Young Repeated from Sunday


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Dramatised By: Chris Dolan.
James: David Rintoul
Henry: Liam Brennan
Lord Durrisdeer: Tom Fleming
Ephraim: John Shedden
Alison: Vicki Liddelle
Chevalier Burke: Patrick Moy
Cpt Teach: John Kazek
Dutton: Simon Tait
Jess: Lesley Hart

: The Reith Lectures

5/5. Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright
Wole Soyinka argues that we are living in a new climate of fear and examines the challenge this presents to democracy.
I Am Alright, You Are Dead. The mantra of the most dangerous being Earth - the fanatic. From Emory
University, Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by Sue Lawley . Repeated from Wednesday


Unknown: Wole Soyinka
Presented By: Sue Lawley

: Counterpoint

Three more contestants join Ned Sherrin for another edition Of the eclectic music quiz. Repeated from Monday


Unknown: Ned Sherrin

: Infinite New Verses - the Story ofChinese Poetry

2/2 Asian poet Roshan Doug looks at classical
Chinese poetry - a literary form with strict rules of rhythm rhyme and theme - and sees how this structure reflected the ordered society of the Chinese dynasties. He finds out that being a good poet was a way for people to move up the social ladder in Imperial times. He also examines the collapse of the classical form and its re-emergence in contemporary Chinese society. With poetry from Chinese writers and Roshan Doug. Repeated from Sunday


Unknown: Roshan Doug
Unknown: Roshan Doug.

: Little Black Dress

5/5. Les Pompes Funèbres. Kate has been prepared for the death of her father but not for his dying in France. How does one display grief in a foreign language?
Written by Susie Maguire and read by Gayanne Potter. producer Lu Kemp


Written By: Susie Maguire
Read By: Gayanne Potter.
Producer: Lu Kemp

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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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