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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With Clair Jaquiss.


Unknown: Clair Jaquiss.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock.


Presented By: Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Sarah Montague.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Rhidian Brook.


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

: Coming Home

2/5. Home Again. Picking up the threads of lives interrupted by the horrors of conflict was a new battle returning soldiers had to fight. And for women whose lives had moved on, a husband back in the house could mean learning to live with a stranger. While for others, home no longer even existed. Charles Wheeler presents more personal testimonies of what the end of the war meant to people in Britain and beyond.
Producers Marya Burgess and Simon Elmes Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Charles Wheeler
Producers: Marya Burgess
Producers: Simon Elmes

: Daily Service

Presented by Judy Merry. See the Congueror (Gibbs).
Ephesians 1, vv17-23. Let All the World (Vaughan Williams). Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour (Sf Helen). Director of music Ian Tracey.


Presented By: Judy Merry.
Music: Ian Tracey.

: Book of the Week: Curious Pursuits

2/5. The Grunge Look. Coming to Britain in the 1960s was a guest for culture, but Margaret Atwood got caught up in fashion and chat-up moments at museums. More from the author's collection of essays covering her concerns and passions. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Margaret Atwood

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: A Thousand Days in Venice: an Unexpected

Romance By Marlena de Blasi. 2/5. The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Unknown: Marlena de Blasi.

: A Hole in the Wall

2/2. The Hole in the Wall project aims to give computers to children who have never before had access to them, and claims remarkable results. But can children really teach themselves to use them? Navdip Dhariwal puts it to the test by a taking a computer to children who live in a remote corner of Rajasthan, as part of his report on India's digital divide. Producer Mark Rickards


Unknown: Navdip Dhariwal
Producer: Mark Rickards

: Laughing Matters

Comedian Natalie Haynes asks who the role models are for female stand-ups. Comedy performers such is Joyce Grenfell and Beryl Reid adopted character roles but Natalie's inspiration comes from writers. She listens in to the archives of Jessica Mitford, Dorothy Parker and Rebecca West and speaks to American writers Cynthia Heimel and Fran Lebowitz, and to British writer Julie Burchill. Producer Robyn Read

Laughing Matters
11.30am R4
Natalie Haynes knew she wanted to become a comedian in her teens, but Joyce Grenfell, with her use of characters and voices, failed to make the grade as her inspiration. The determined Haynes realised that acting funny a la Grenfell would never do for her: she wanted to use her own voice instead. This bright, witty, well-argued documentary traces her successful search for a muse or two among female writers of fiction, rather than gags. (Jane Anderson)


Presenter: Natalie Haynes
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Jessica Mitford
Unknown: Dorothy Parker
Unknown: Rebecca West
Unknown: Cynthia Heimel
Unknown: Fran Lebowitz
Unknown: Julie Burchill.

: You and Yours

Consumer issues, with John Waite and Peter White. Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours. PHONE: [number removed]0444 Lines open from 10am


Unknown: John Waite
Unknown: Peter White.

: The World at One

Presented by Nick Clarke.


Presented By: Nick Clarke.

: Georges Brassens: the Man with the FamousMoustache

The name is famous, the songs are famous - but who was
Georges Brassens ? Artist and illustrator Quentin Blake gets behind the moustache to find out more about the great French singer and songwriter with the help of his
British admirers, including Posy Simmonds , Julian Barnes , Michael Rosen and Tim Pigott-Smitn . Producer Chris Marshall Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm


Artist: Georges Brassens
Unknown: Quentin Blake
Unknown: Posy Simmonds
Unknown: Julian Barnes
Unknown: Michael Rosen
Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smitn
Producer: Chris Marshall

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: I Love You Angela

As their A-levels loom, Jamie and Angela study the metaphysical poets together. But as Jamie's s headaches get worse, and he mistakes Angela's friendliness for something more, where will their relationship end? ey Dannv Start.
Director Liz Leonard


Unknown: Dannv Start.
Director: Liz Leonard
Jamie: Kris Mochrle
Angela: Katy Lamont
MrsHampson: Sue Jenkins
Susan/teacher: Helen Moon

: Making History

4/13. Sue Cook and the team tackle listeners historical questions and chart the ways in which we can all add to the understanding of our past. producer Nick Patrick ADDRESS: [address removed] email: making.history@bbc.co.uk Phone: [number removed]


Producer: Nick Patrick

: Dangerous Calm: Stories by Elizabeth Taylor

2/5. Spry Old Character. Harry struggles to adapt to his new surroundings at the home for the blind. Abridged by Richard Hamilton and read by David Troughton.
For details see yesterday


Abridged By: Richard Hamilton
Read By: David Troughton.

: Subway

2/5 Joe Oueenan unearths the lavish and secret underground railway built in New York in the 19th-century. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Joe Oueenan

: ShopTalk

Is doing business with a conscience the latest fad or are businesses really contributing to society? Heather Payton and guests discuss ethical business. Producer Caroline Bayley


Unknown: Heather Payton
Producer: Caroline Bayley

: AGoodRead

6/6. Author Nick Hornby and broadcaster
Simon Fanshawe discuss favourite books, including
Spiesby Michael Frayn ,Nobles Oblige, edited by Nancy Mitford , andby Anne Tyler. With Sue
MacGregor Producer Mary Ward-Lowery Repeated on Sunday at 11pm


Unknown: Nick Hornby
Unknown: Simon Fanshawe
Unknown: Spiesby Michael Frayn
Edited By: Nancy Mitford
Andby==>: Anne Tyler.

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Six o'Clock News; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase 2: Fit the Twentieth.

6.30 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2/8. In which Arthur makes a date and Ford makes a phone call.
(Repeated on Thursday at 11pm)

BBC Audio: The original BBC Radio 4 productions of The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, Primary Phase, Secondary Phase and Tertiary
Phase are available on audio cassette and CD, along with a Collector's Edition and Douglas Adams at the BBC on CD only. The long-awaited fourth series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quandary Phase, is released on CD and audio cassette on 23 May. Available from [web address removed] and good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]
The first series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on BBC2 tonight


Writer: Douglas Adams
Writer: Simon Greenall
Adapter/Director/Co-producer: Dirk Maggs
Producer: Bruce Hyman
Producer: Douglas Adams
Voice of the book: William Franklyn
Arthur Dent: Simon Jones
Ford Prefect: Geoffrey McGivern
Fenchurch: Jane Horrocks
Rob McKenna: Bill Paterson
Raffle woman: June Whitfield
Ecological man: David Dixon
Jim: Simon Greenall
Arthur's BBC boss: Geoffrey Parkins
BT operator: Ann Bryson
Speaking clock: Brian Cobby
Announcer: John Marsh

: The Archers

Susan gets her power suit on. For cast see page 44 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson chairs the arts show, and reports on an exhibition called Folk Archive, a selection of contemporary British popular art, co-curated by the 2004 Turner Prize Winner Jeremy Deller. Producer Ella-Mai Robey


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Jeremy Deller.
Producer: Ella-Mai Robey

: A Thousand Days in Venice: an UnexpectedRomance

2/5. Fernando has followed Mariena back to the States, and their romance blossoms. But her two children remain unconvinced. By Marlena de Blasi.
For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Marlena de Blasi.

: A Year in the Arab/Israeli Crisis

4/4. Spring: a New Leaf. There is a new Palestinian leader, American re-engages in the Middle East, and there's new talk of peace. But will it last? Edward Stourton follows the events in the Middle East conflict.
Producer Mark Savage Repeated on Sunday at 5pm


Unknown: Edward Stourton

: In Touch

News of interest to blind and partially sighted people, presented by Peter White. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Presented By: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Building a Healthier Britain

2/4. Cot Death. In 1988 there were 12 cot deaths every day in the UK, now there is only one a week. How did scientists save these babies' lives and how can they further protect infants at risk? Richard Hannaford investigates.
Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald Shortened repeat tomorrow at 4.35pm


Producer: Geraldine Fitzgerald

: Coming Home

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Late Call

2/10. Sylvia wakes to her first morning of retirement but she and her husband Arthur have to come to terms with living in their son's house and having nothing in particular to do. By Angus Wilson. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Angus Wilson.

: Chain Reaction

4/6. Last week's interviewee, comedian Johnny Vegas , becomes this week's interviewer when he chooses to talk to fellow comedian Stewart Lee. Producer Tilusha Ghelani


Unknown: Johnny Vegas
Unknown: Stewart Lee.
Producer: Tilusha Ghelani

: Taking the Mick

1/2. Planet Ireland. Pauline McLynn on how the Irish went from being the joke's punchline to having the last laugh. Producer Owen McFadden


Unknown: Pauline McLynn
Producer: Owen McFadden

: News

: Book of the Week: Curious Pursuits

2/5. By Margaret Atwood. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Margaret Atwood.

: Analysis

: News

: Masterpiece

On the Voice (3/4)

: Westway

: Heart and Soul

Beauty and the Spirit (1/4)

: News

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

The Surgeon's Mate (3/10) By Patrick O'Brian


Unknown: Patrick O'Brian

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.

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