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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Colonel Margaret Hay.

: Farming Today

Presented by Giles Latcham.

: Today

With Carolyn Quinn and Edward Stourton.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Clifford Longley.


Unknown: Carolyn Quinn
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Clifford Longley.

: Start the Week

Andrew Marr and guests set the cultural agenda for the week. Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Andrew Marr
Producer: Alice Feinstein

: Daily Service

Led by the Rev Roy Jenkins from Albany Road Baptist Church, Cardiff. With the Welsh Chamber Singers and organist Robert Nichols. Musical director Avril Harding.


Unknown: Roy Jenkins
Organist: Robert Nichols.
Director: Avril Harding.

: Book of the Week: Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

1/5. The story of tattooed and be-skirted Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simpson, who fought heroic battles against the Germans on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. By Giles Foden, abridged by Andrew Simpson. Read by Jeff Rawle. Producer Duncan Minshull Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simpson
Unknown: Giles Foden
Abridged By: Andrew Simpson.
Read By: Jeff Rawle.
Producer: Duncan Minshull

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 What Hetty Did By JL Carr. 1/5. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Jl Carr.

: Gold Service

Two decades ago, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered tanks into the Golden Temple at Amritsar to flush out extremists who had laid siege to the Sikhs' holiest shrine. Operation Bluestar left hundreds dead and parts of the temple complex ruined. The extensive restoration work is now close to completion and has been spearheaded by a Sikh community 8,000 miles away - in Birmingham. But work has run into a barrage of criticism from conservationists. With the Golden Temple nominated for World Heritage status, the BBC's South Asia correspondent Navdip Dhariwal goes to Amritsar to ask who is right. Producers Ashok Ahir and Jeremy Davies


Unknown: Indira Gandhi
Unknown: Navdip Dhariwal
Producers: Ashok Ahir
Producers: Jeremy Davies

: Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat

4/4. The Nose. One day Major Kovalyov awakes to find his nose has vanished. As if that weren't bad enough, he later sees it walking around St Petersburg disguised as a state councillor. Another comic play by Jim Poyser based on a short story by Nikolai GogoL
Producer Susan Roberts


Play By: Jim Poyser
Story By: Nikolai Gogol
Producer: Susan Roberts
Kovalyov: Stephen Moore
Porfiry: Jason Done
Ivan: Mark Chatterton
Mrs Podtochkin: Brigit Forsyth
Inspector: Russell Dixon
Policeman: David Crellin
Praskovya: Emma Clarke

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay and Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

Presented by Nick Clarke


Presented By: Nick Clarke

: Brain of Britain

16/18. The fourth semi-final features the highest-scoring runners-up. Russell Davies is in the chair. Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at llpm


Unknown: Russell Davies
Producer: Richard Edis

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Benedict's Rule

A light-hearted play about serious things, written by Alison Joseph. A former monk, Benedict is a leading light in Forest Path Management Training. Until now, he has held to great certainties, but he is beginning to harbour doubts... - .
Producer/Director Gaynor Macfarlane


Written By: Alison Joseph.
Director: Gaynor MacFarlane
Tom: Richard Conlon
Esther: Abigail Docherty
Benedict: John Kielty
Tamara: Joanna Tope
Fergus: Paul Young

: Money Box Live

Paul Lewis and guests answer listeners' personal finance questions.
PHONE: [number removed] Lines open from 1.30pm Producer Samantha Washington


Unknown: Paul Lewis
Producer: Samantha Washington

: Ghost Stories: The Inkpot Monkey

rl/5. A novelist with a case of writer's block gets more than he bargained for when he purchases an antique inkpot. By John Connolly and read by Freddie Jones. Producer Lawrence Jackson

A writer finds himself dipping his pen into trouble when he becomes the owner of an old and unusual inkwell
Ghost Stories 3.30pm R4
John Connolly is a bestselling novelist of left-field, complex mysteries, with a proven love of the dark side - there being some extremely sinister and violent moments in his books. Rest assured that there is none of the violence in these five chilling stories across the week, but if you like to be unsettled then you're in for a treat, as each of the tales twists the classic ghost story in a modern macabre way. Alun Armstrong is the reader on Wednesday and Blake's 7 fans will be delighted to learn that Jacqueline Pearce (aka Servalan) will be reading Thursday's tale of a lady vampire. But the best of all is on this afternoon with The Inkpot Monkey. Freddie Jones has the perfect voice for this seriously sinister take on anthropomorphism and while I am not suggesting for one moment that he sounds like a monkey, he'll soon have your hair (be it primate or human) standing on end.


Unknown: John Connolly
Read By: Freddie Jones.
Producer: Lawrence Jackson

: The Ex-Files

1/5. A series about the former lovers in our lives.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. "This is harder for me than it is for you," "It's all for the best in the long run," "I'm not ready for a commitment right now." How does one finish a relationship? People talk about how they have made the final break. Producer Sara Conkey


Producer: Sara Conkey

: The Food Programme

Sheila Dillon observes the practice of fasting, as Muslims go without food and drink for Ramadan. Extended repeat from yesterday at 12.30pm


Unknown: Sheila Dillon

: Four Corners

4/13. Anne Mackenzie and guests explore a range of international issues. Producer Suchitra Girish


Unknown: Anne MacKenzie
Producer: Suchitra Girish

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Quote.... Unquote

5/10. Clive Coleman , Sue Limb, Laurence Boswell and Corin Redgrave exchange quotations and anecdotes. From the Swan Theatre, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Nigel Rees is in the chair and the reader is Chris Emmett. Producer Carol Smith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
BBC AUDIO: A collection of highlights from over 21 years of this panel game is available on audio cassette from good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]


Unknown: Clive Coleman
Unknown: Laurence Boswell
Unknown: Corin Redgrave
Unknown: Nigel Rees
Unknown: Chris Emmett.
Producer: Carol Smith

: The Archers

Joe tries some method acting.
For cast see Friday Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson with arts news, interviews and reviews. Producer Phil Tinline


Unknown: John Wilson
Producer: Phil Tinline

: What Hetty Did

1/5. It's 1987. Eighteen-year-old Hetty is out of place in Jordans Bank, her Fenland home. Intelligent and ambitious, she is working for her A-levels and a brighter future. Meanwhile, her relations with her parents take a distinct turn for the worse. Written by JL Carr and adapted for radio by Ellen Dryden.
Director Ellen Dryden Repeated from 10.45am


Written By: Jl Carr
Unknown: Ellen Dryden.
Director: Ellen Dryden
Hetty: Anna Hope
Mr Birtwisle: Richard Hope
Mother: Kate Eaton
Female voice: Kate Eaton
Miss Braceburn: Alison Skllbeck
Polly: Caitlin Mottram
Ronnie: Tom Harper
Hairy Giant: Richard Matthews
Maj Horbling: Clive Swift
Rose: Harriet Walter
Douglas: Roger May
Prof Massinger: Roger May
Ted: James Bradshaw
Wendy: Rachel Atkins

: The First Christian Document?

Christianity as a world religion began when St Paul persuaded Jesus's disciples, at a crisis meeting in Jerusalem, that you didn't have to become a Jew to be a Christian. An Oxford academic, Alan Garrow , claims to have identified the record of that meeting. Roger Bolton investigates. Producer Roger Bolton


Unknown: St Paul
Unknown: Alan Garrow
Unknown: Roger Bolton
Producer: Roger Bolton

: Crossing Continents

2/8. All across Angola, families separated by decades of war are setting out to trace missing loved ones. This isn't an easy task in a country twice the size of France. But they have help - from popular TV and radio shows. Presenter Andrew Jeffrey sets out to hear their stories. Repeated from Thursday


Presenter: Andrew Jeffrey

: Nature

6/9. The Native Plants Are Restless. Alien plants grab the headlines. Whether they've escaped from gardens or been introduced accidentally, plants like Japanese knotweed are painted as villains, with huge amounts of money and time being spent trying to eradicate them. But are the conservationists overlooking native plants, such as bracken and bramble, that may be more of a threat to sensitive habitats and vulnerable species?
Paul Evans asks if we've achieved the right balance in dealing with unwanted plants. Producer Brett Westwood


Unknown: Paul Evans
Producer: Brett Westwood

: Start the Week

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

National and international news and analysis, presented by Robin Lustig.


Presented By: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Closed Circle

1/15. The Return of the Rotters. Jonathan Coe 's new novel reveals what happened to the adolescents of the 1970s once they grew up, got married, got divorced, got receding hairlines and got disillusioned. Against the glitzy but possibly insubstantial backdrop of Blair's Britain, the friends who once made up The Rotters'
Club are still striving to find the meaning of life. Today, Claire begins a letter to her missing sister. Read by Emma Fielding and Alex Jennings , abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Di Speirs


Unknown: Jonathan Coe
Read By: Emma Fielding
Unknown: Alex Jennings
Abridged By: Sally Marmion.
Producer: Di Speirs

: Home Truths

Shortened repeat from Saturday at 9am

: Today in Parliament

The start of the week's business in Westminster, Presented by Sean Curran.


Presented By: Sean Curran.

: News

: Book of the Week: Mimi andToutou Go Forth

1/5. By Giles Foden. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Giles Foden.

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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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