• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Viewing entry 1 of 1.
Order results by:

Channel Filter

Click on an icon to search only that station or search all stations.

Available now on BBC Sounds and iPlayer

The new BBC Programme Explorer has 685 playable programmes that match your search for "holding on".

General Forces Programme

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Clarence Raybould
WALTON'S 'Scapino' Overture was composed in 1940 and dedicated to Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of its Golden Jubilee. Its full title is ' Scapino, a Comedy Overture after an etching from Jacques Callot's " Balli di Sfessania." 1622.' Scapino, whose name is derived from the word scappare, 'to flee' or 'escape,' was a famous stock character in the old Italian Comedy: a valet-cicerone and general handyman. If challenged to dagger-play he would take to his heels.
According to Pierre Louis Duchartre in his book on the Italian Comedy, he is ' very much like a starling. He skims away, swoops back again, twitters and warbles, pilfers right and left. flies off. but never falls to return. Scapino is bereft of all sense of logic: he makes confusion of everything he undertakes, and forgets everything except to hold out his hand for a gratuity. He is as amorous as the birds in spring, and for him it is spring the whole year round.'

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.

About this project

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.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel