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by J. H. Grainger
What is local government for? The answer is not so clear as it used to be -nor as it needs to be.


Unknown: J. H. Grainger


A tragedy in one act
Text by Jean Cocteau
Music by Francis Poulenc
(sung in French)
Denise Duval
Orchestre de Radio Lyrique
Conducted by Georges Pretre


Unknown: Jean Cocteau
Music By: Francis Poulenc
Unknown: Denise Duval
Conducted By: Georges Pretre

: Max Adrian in 'HADRIAN VII'

by Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo) Adapted by Rayner Heppenstall Produced by Douglas Cleverdon


Unknown: Fr. Rolfe
Adapted By: Rayner Heppenstall
Produced By: Douglas Cleverdon
George Arthur Rose, later Pope Hadrian VII: Max Adrian
William II, the German Emperor: Felix Felton
Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy: Heron Carvic
Jerry Sant, a radical demagogue: Simon Lack
Mrs Crowe: Marjorie Westbury
Courtleigh, Cardinal-Archbishop of Pimlico: Arthur Ridley
Talacryn, Bishop of Caerleon: John Glyn Jones
Panciera, Italian Ambassador to the Court of St. James's: Lan Sadler
Cardinal Ragna: Geoffrey Wincott
Cardinal Mundo: David Bird
Cardinal Delia Volta: Harold Reese


String Quartet in G (D.887) played by the Hungarian String Quartet:
Zoltan Szekely , Alexandre Moskowsky
Denes Koromzay , Vilmos Palotai on a gramophone record


Unknown: Zoltan Szekely
Unknown: Alexandre Moskowsky
Unknown: Denes Koromzay
Unknown: Vilmos Palotai

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.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

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