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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Roger Hutchings.


Unknown: Roger Hutchings.

: Farming Today

Presented by Anna Hill.


Presented By: Anna Hill.

: Today

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie. 6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rt Rev Tom Butler.


Unknown: Sarah Montague
Unknown: James Naughtie.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: Tom Butler.

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Road Fever

3/5. More snow, more leaking fuel tanks, and milk shakes all round for any bemused spectators. By Tim Cahill. Read by Stuart Milligan. For details see Monday Repeated 12.30am


Unknown: Tim Cahill.
Read By: Stuart Milligan.

: Daily Service

Presented by Becky Harris. We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (Fulda). Ephesians 3, vvl-9a. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Poston). We Are the Church (Freeburg and Walker). Director of music Christopher Walker.


Presented By: Becky Harris.
Music: Christopher Walker.

: Woman's Hour

With Jenni Murray.


Unknown: Jenni Murray.

: Ladies of Letters Go Global

By Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman.
3/5. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama rpt 7.45pm


Unknown: Lou Wakefield
Unknown: Carole Hayman.

: A Bridge Too Far

Andrew Cassell tells the story of a remarkable and successful ten-year grassroots campaign to abolish tolls on the bridge that links the island of Skye to the Scottish mainland. Producer Peter Aitchison


Unknown: Andrew Cassell
Producer: Peter Aitchison

: Ed Reardon's Week

3/6. The Last Laugh. Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon , author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive e-mail. Written by Christopher Doualas and Andrew Nickolds.
Producer Simon Nicholls


Unknown: Ed Reardon
Written By: Christopher Doualas
Written By: Andrew Nickolds.
Producer: Simon Nicholls
Ed: Chris Douglas
Olive: Stephanie Cole
Felix: John Fortune
Savage: Andy Hamilton
The constable: Martin Hyder
Lee/Postman: Matthew Holmes
Jaz: Philip Jackson
Pearl: Rita May
The Busdriver: Geoffrey McGivern
Ping: Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Andy: Dan Tetsell
Stan: Geoffrey Whitehead

: You and Yours

Presented by Winifred Robinson and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Winifred Robinson
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

National and international news, with Brian Hanrahan.


Unknown: Brian Hanrahan.

: Land Lines

New series 1/6. The return of the series that tries to solve local-history puzzles, exploring the lines connecting people to places over the centuries, is marked by a visit to Looe in Cornwall. The clues include a 1,500-year-old six-mile hedge, Britain's longest long-distance footpath, and the link between smuggling and pilchards. Presented by Brett Westwood. Producer Grant Sonnex


Presented By: Brett Westwood.
Producer: Grant Sonnex

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Jadoo

One brother prepares marvellous starters in an Indian family restaurant on Leicester's culinary golden mile.
The other does main courses. Then they fall out and open different establishments. Now customers start eating in one, and then troop over to the other. Disaster! But can their families cure the rift? Written bv and starring Amit Gupta.
Director Peter Kavanagh


Unknown: Amit Gupta.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Jagi: Saeed Jaffrey
Raja: Vincent Ebrahim
Jay: Marc Elliot
Saru: Siddiqua Akhtar
Prav: Amit Gupta
Customer: Philip Fox

: Gardeners' Question Time

From Strasbourg, where John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank are guests of the Council of Europe. Gill Pyrah is in the chair. Including at 3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast.
Shortened repeat of New Year's Day at 2pm


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank

: The Adventures of Dougal

3/5. The companions set out for Scotland and encounter Dougal's fearsome Uncle Hamish. By Eric Thompson , read by his widow, Phyllida Law. For details see Monday


Unknown: Eric Thompson
Unknown: Phyllida Law.

: Redesigning the Human Body

3/5. Having the Guts. Indigestion, reflux, excess gas-there are plenty of problems with the human digestive system. Len Fisher sets out to discover whether science could come up with anything better. For details see Monday


Unknown: Len Fisher

: Thinking Allowed

The "esoteric" tradition of the occult is rarely thought of as a body of knowledge that has intellectual authority in contemporary society. With the rise of modern science, it seems to have lost all its cultural influence in the West. Laurie Taylor explores the occult tradition and the part it plays in the history of ideas. Producer Gavin Heard

: All in the Mind

6/6. Raj Persaud presents a programme on mental disorders in children. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Raj Persaud

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.

: Clare in the Community

1/6. Past Caring. Starring Sally Phillips as Clare Barker , the social worker who has entered a caring profession so that she can sort out other peoples' problems rather than deal with her own. By Harry Venning and David Ramsden.
Producer Katie Tyrrell


Unknown: Sally Phillips
Unknown: Clare Barker
Unknown: Harry Venning
Unknown: David Ramsden.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
Clare: Sally Phillips
Megan: Nina Conti
Helen: Gemma Craven
Brian: Alex Lowe
Ray: Richard Lumsden
Irene: Ellen Thomas
Simon: Andrew Wincott
Sally: Vicki Pepperdine
Alex: Delroy Brown

: The Archers

Tom does the decent thing.
For cast see page 37 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

John Wilson introduces the arts magazine, with news, reviews and interviews. Producer Laura Thomas


Introduces: John Wilson
Producer: Laura Thomas

: Ladies of Letters Go Global

3/5. Howard (Christopher Kelham) fails to be of any use in rescuing Vera, so Irene, after breaking out of her ibizan jail, implores Brian to help. But when Brian catches up with Vera in Moscow, Vera's enraging remarks about her new-found intimacy with Irene's son-in-law urge Irene to write an anonymous letter she may regret. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am

: Great Debates

New series 1/3. Thomas Jefferson v Alexander Hamilton : the Nature of Democracy
Allan Little revisits the dispute between
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over the US Constitution. Hamilton believed in strong centralised national institutions while Jefferson dreamt of an America with minimal government. Leading historians tell the story of how Hamilton's political rivalries led to his death in a duel, and how his dispute with Jefferson shaped democracy in America. John Redwood and Bonnie Greer assess the legacy of their ideas for today's democracies.
Producers Kirsten Dwight and Karen Maurice Repeated Saturday 10.15pm


Unknown: Thomas Jefferson
Unknown: Alexander Hamilton
Unknown: Alexander Hamilton
Unknown: Thomas Jefferson
Unknown: Bonnie Greer
Producers: Kirsten Dwight
Producers: Karen Maurice

: Movies with a Message

1/3. In a series on political films, producer David Puttnam looks at the inspirational public information film Diary for Timothy, made by Humphrey Jennings at the end of the Second World War. Producer Jane Ashley Repeated from New Year's Day at 10.45pm


Producer: David Puttnam
Unknown: Humphrey Jennings
Producer: Jane Ashley

: Connect

3/6. In Stitches. Quentin Cooper explores how embroidery and stitching techniques are being adapted for use in the automotive and aerospace industies, as well as being used for surgical implants. Producer Angela Hind


Unknown: Quentin Cooper
Producer: Angela Hind

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Robin Lustig.


Unknown: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Constitutional

3/5. The Door. By Helen Simpson , abridged by Katrin Williams. After the death of her boyfriend a new door for the flat should mean security. Malcolm comes round to install it. Read by Niamh Cusack. For details see Monday


Unknown: Helen Simpson
Abridged By: Katrin Williams.
Read By: Niamh Cusack.

: Fifteen-Minute Musical

4/6. The Kids from Food! An 1980s orgy with wannabe TV chefs auditioning for a place in Delia Smith's Chef
Academy - where good food costs less. Starring
Richie Webb , Dave Lamb , Melanie Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine. Written by Richie Webb , Dave Cohen and David Ouantick. Music by Richie Webb. Producer Katie Tyrrell


Unknown: Richie Webb
Unknown: Dave Lamb
Unknown: Melanie Hudson
Unknown: Vicki Pepperdine.
Written By: Richie Webb
Written By: Dave Cohen
Written By: David Ouantick.
Music By: Richie Webb.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell

: Inner Voices

2/3. Mr Williams. This week's comic monologue is written and performed by Curtis Walker. An irascible pensioner whiles away an afternoon at his old people's home, wondering why his family don't seem to visit much. Director Liz Webb


Unknown: Mr Williams.
Unknown: Curtis Walker.
Director: Liz Webb

: Two's a Crowd

2/3. Judith Hann discovers that. along with her brown eyes and curly hair, much of her personality was already determined at birth. For details see yesterday Concludes tomorrow


Unknown: Judith Hann

: News

: Book of the Week: Road Fever

3/5. By Tim Cahill. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Tim Cahill.

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

Indispensables (1/3) A look at the global impact of three everyday inventions, beginning with the tin can

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Big Ears Learns to Listen By Thorn Costello from London. For details see Sunday


Unknown: Thorn Costello

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.

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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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