The BBC Genome Project | What programmes were on TV the day you were born?

As part of the BBC’s Genome Project, this project focuses on the programmes that were on the day you were born. The Genome Project is currently in Beta development, and there is, in due time, going to be programmes, possibly from the 1920s, mentioned on the BBC Genome Project website, when the BBC started up on the 18th October 1922.

As I was born on the 16th June 1998, here is the list of the programmes that were on the selected channels on that day, 16 years ago, when I was born at Mayday Hospital.



6.00: Business Breakfast

With Paul Burden.
Timetable on Monday


Unknown: Paul Burden.

7.00: Breakfast News

With Jon Sopel and Sophie Raworth.
Timetable on Monday


Unknown: Jon Sopel
Unknown: Sophie Raworth.

9.00: All over the Shop

Celebrity shoppinggame. Repeat

9.20: Kilroy

Studio debate. Subtitled ………….

10.00: The General

Continuing the series about Southampton general hospital…………………………

10.30: Royal Ascot: First Show

On the first day of one of the top events in the racing calendar, Clare Balding and Jim McGrath survey the Ascot fashions and look ahead to the week’s most valuable race, the St James ‘s Palace Stakes. More from Ascot at 1.40pm


Unknown: Clare Balding
Unknown: Jim McGrath
Unknown: St James

11.00: News

Regional News and Weather

11.05: The Really Useful Show

Today’s edition comes from the Dome Leisure Park in Doncaster and includes tips on safety foryoung swimmers.

12.00: News

Regional News and Weather

12.05: Wipeout

Elimination quiz. Repeat …………

12.35: Neighbours

Harold takes Madge’s pills and starts to feel drowsy, and Caitlin tries to make a good impression on Josh.
Repeatedat5.35pm Subtitled ……….

12.55: Turning Points

Another celebrity talks about a milestone in their life. Repeat

13.00: One o’Clock News

Weather Subtitled ………………………

13.40: Royal Ascot

Coverage of the first day, featuring races at 2.30 and 3.05. Introduced by Clare Balding and Willie Carson , with commentary and analysis from
Jim McGrath , Graham Rock , Jimmy Lindley and Jonathan Powell , plus views on this year’s Ascotfashions from Lynda Berry ,
Jeff Banks and guests. The 3.45 and 4.20 races are on BBC2.
Executive producer Malcolm Kemp


Unknown: Willie Carson
Unknown: Jim McGrath
Unknown: Graham Rock
Unknown: Jimmy Lindley
Unknown: Jonathan Powell
Unknown: Lynda Berry
Unknown: Jeff Banks
Producer: Malcolm Kemp

15.30: Bananaman


15.35: Playdays

The Playground Stop.

15.55: Arthur

Animation. Repeat .

16.20: Mr Wymi

Sixth of a 15-part Comedy series about a robot butler. Mr Wymi has trouble with his sums.
Maude SHEILA LATIMER , Julie DAWN REID Written by Malcolm Lane
Next episode on Thursday at 4.25pm


Unknown: Mr Wymi
Unknown: Mrwymi Ian Angus Wilkie
Unknown: Annette Badland
Unknown: Billy James Young
Unknown: Henry Reginald Marsh,
Unknown: Maude Sheila Latimer
Unknown: Julie Dawn Reid
Written By: Malcolm Lane

16.35: Round the Twist

The second series of the Australian fantasy comedy. There’s chaos when Linda successfully hypnotises Pete. Repeat Subtitled.

17.00: Newsround


17.10: Bright Sparks

The series about young achievers. Including a young pop journalist and a champion gymnast. With Toby Anstis and Diane-Louise Jordan. Repeated tomorrow at 7.50am on BBC2


Unknown: Toby Anstis
Unknown: Diane-Louise Jordan.

17.35: Neighbours

Shown at 12.35pm

18.00: Six o’Clock News

Martyn Lewis and Moira Stuart. Weather David Braine


Unknown: Martyn Lewis
Unknown: Moira Stuart.
Unknown: David Braine

18.30: Regional news magazine

FordetailsseeMonday Subtitled ….

19.00: Summer Holiday

The series featuring holiday ideas and tips, with Jill Dando. Thisweek Shilpa Mehta takes a beach holiday for underL400 on the Caribbean island of Tobago, John Nicolson gives tips for those planning to visit Lisbon this summerforthe Expo, and Kate Sanderson samples a holiday in the little-known
Spanish resort of Roquetas de Mar. Plus a couple take a short break in a castle to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Series producers Karen Brown and Andrew Fettis ; Executive producer
Jane Lush
* Cruise to Australia and the Java
Sea: Reader offer, page


Unknown: Jill Dando.
Unknown: Shilpa Mehta
Unknown: John Nicolson
Unknown: Kate Sanderson
Producers: Karen Brown
Producers: Andrew Fettis
Producer: Jane Lush

19.30: Keeping Mum

Last in the comedy series about a demanding mother, starring Stephanie Cole
TheMomingAfter. Andrew wants his new girlfriend to stay the night, but Peggy disapproves.
Written by Geoffrey Atherden
Director Gareth Carrivick ; Producer
Stephen McCrum Subtitled ………..


Unknown: Stephanie Cole
Written By: Geoffrey Atherden
Director: Gareth Carrivick
Producer: Stephen McCrum
Peggy: Stephanie Cole
Andrew: Martin Ball
Richard: David Haig
Wendy: Caroline Harker
Ahmed: Sanjeev Bhaskar
Neighbour: Sunny Ormonde

20.00: EastEnders

Roy reveals why he has been so upset and Grant learns about the goings-on at the Queen Vic. Next episode tomorrow at 7.50pm. ForcastseeMonday ♦ The experts’ view: Review, pl39

20.30: Children’s Hospital

The twice-weekly series pays its penultimate visit to Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospital. After undergoing three months of chemotherapy, 19-month-old Kieren [text removed] has surgery to remove his liver tumour.
Meanwhile two-year-old Ryan [text removed] , who was born with chronic kidney failure, begins treatment to improve his quality of life, and surgeon Rick Turnock tackles a full theatre list.
Producer Sally Evans The final programme is tomorrow at 8.30pm Subtitled ..


Unknown: Kieren [text removed]
Unknown: Ryan [text removed]
Producer: Sally Evans

21.00: Nine o’Clock News

With Peter Sissons.
Regional News; Weather
David Braine


Unknown: Peter Sissons.
Unknown: David Braine

21.30: Crimewatch UK

This month help is needed to find the man responsible forthe attempted murder of a Czech student on a train. Plus an appeal for information on the robbery of a Royal Mail van. With Nick Ross and Jill Dando.
If you have any information on any of the crimes featured in this programme, ring free on [number removed], ore-mail
Crimewatch UK Update is at
11.10pm. See today’s choices. Director PieterMorpurgo; Editor


Unknown: Nick Ross
Unknown: Jill Dando.

22.15: 999 Lifesavers

Last in the series of dramatic real-life rescue stories, with Michael Buerk and Donna Bernard.
Including a paraglider pilot in the Italian alps who lost control and plunged 5,000 feet, and footage of the rescue of a teenager trapped under a lorry in icy water. A new series of 999 Lifesavers is scheduled forthe autumn.
Series producer Dick Colthurst ; Series editor Andrea Wills VIDEO: for a copy of the 999 Lifesaver video, send a cheque for £9. 99. payable to BBC Education, to: [address removed]
DETAILS: on Ceefax page 629or visit the WEB SITE:


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Donna Bernard.
Producer: Dick Colthurst

23.10: Crimewatch UK Update

Latest information.

23.20: World Cup 98 Match of the Day

Highlights of the second set of games from Group A, inwhich Scotland take on Norway in Bordeaux and Brazil face
Morocco in Nantes.
Commentary by John Motson and Barry Davies. Introduced by Gary Lineker , with Martin O’Neill , Mark Lawrenson and Jimmy Hill.


Commentary By: John Motson
Commentary By: Barry Davies.
Introduced By: Gary Lineker
Unknown: Martin O’Neill
Unknown: Mark Lawrenson
Unknown: Jimmy Hill.

0.20: Royal Ascot Highlights

A review of the first day at one of the most prestigious meetings in the racing calendar. With Richard Pitman.
Producer Gerry Morrison


Unknown: Richard Pitman.
Producer: Gerry Morrison

0.45: Almost

Romantic comedy starring Rosanna Arquette
Bored with a mundane job and her husband,
Wendy Walters fantasises about a world where romance and glamour are the order of the day.
Director Michael Pattinson
(1990. PG) * See Films: pages 62-69 *
Followed by Weather


Unknown: Rosanna Arquette
Unknown: Wendy Walters
Director: Michael Pattinson
Wendy: Rosanna Arquette
Ronnie: Bruce Spence
Jake: Hugo Weaving
Deidre: Kerry Walker
Elsie: Doreen Warburton
Cynthia: Desiree Smith

2.10: BBC News 24



7.00: Teletubbies

Finding Chocolate
Eggs. Children hunt for chocolate eggs.
Shown yesterday at 10am

7.25: Goober and the Ghost Chasers

Animated adventures. Repeat

7.50: Blue Peter

Children’s magazine.
Shown yesterday at 5.10pm on BBC1

8.15: Yogi’s Space Race


8.35: Poddington Peas


8.45: The Record

Parliamentary updates…………..

9.10: School programmes

Repeats are not indicated.
9.10 Job Bank (ages 14+) 4390351 9.20 Job Bank (ages 14+) 4398239 9.30
Pathways of Bel ief (ages 7-9+)
9.45 Numbertime (ages 4-6)

10.00: Teletubbies

10.00 Turban. The Tubbies watch a boy making a turban.
Repeatedtomorrowat7am Repeat

10.30: School programmes

10.30 Watch (ages 5-7) 7321041 10.45 The Geography Programme (ages 13-16) 6336968 11.10 ZigZagTechnology(ages 7-9) 1449790 11.30 Teaching Today
7103 12.00 Key Skills (ages 16+)

12.30: Working Lunch

Presented by Adrian Chiles CEEFAX: page


Presented By: Adrian Chiles

13.00: Bump Animation.

Repeat .

13.05: Mouse and Mole

Voiced by Richard Briers and Alan Bennett. Repeat.25543055


Unknown: Richard Briers
Unknown: Alan Bennett.

13.10: Beautiful Things

The history of dolls’ houses

13.20: A Passion for Angling

Childhood Dreams. Bernard Cribbins narrates a story of two friends’ fishing fanaticism. Repeat


Unknown: Bernard Cribbins

14.10: Today’s the Day

Nostalgia quiz. …………………….

14.40: News

Regional News and Weather

14.45: Westminster with Anne Mackenzie

Live coverage of the day’s business in Parliament. Subtitled ………………

15.25: News

Regional News and Weather

15.30: Royal Ascot

Coverage of the St James ‘s Palace
Stakes at 3.45, featuring the eagerly awaited clash between Victory Note and Desert Prince, plus the 4.20 race.


Unknown: St James

16.45: They Who Dare

Ice Falls. Climber Alessandro Crudo ‘s attemptto scale the frozen face of Mont
Blanc. Repeat Subtitled ……………


Unknown: Alessandro Crudo

17.00: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Musical starring Howard Keel
When a young Oregon rancher brings his new wife back home, she is horrified to find that she has to look after his six unruly brothers. Eventuallythe boys realise that they need wives of theirown.
Director Stanley Donen (1954, U)
♦ See Films: pages 62-69 ***** ♦ The Cup runneth over: page 60


Director: Stanley Donen
Adam Pontipee: Howard Keel
Milly: Jane Powell
Gideon: Russ Tamblyn
Benjamin: Jeff Richards
Frank: Tommy Rall
Daniel: Marc Platt

18.45: Heartbreak High

Draz decides to design a new type of skate and is told by Di to consider a career in industrial design. Lee sees the results of a confidential IQ test and tells everyone who it was that came bottom of the class. Kurt becomes Anita’s fitness trainer but finds he has a competitorfor the position. Subtitled ……

19.30: Home Ground

Stacking up Trouble
A film first shown on BBC South continues the documentary series from the BBC Regions. As thousands look forward to jetting off forthe sun this summer, air-traffic controllers warn that their safety is being compromised as congestion in the skies continues to spiral.
They describe how stress and the sheer volume offtights have led to near collisions and claim that information concerning high-risk situations has been suppressed so as not to endangerthe increase in the number of arrivals into London.
Producer JennyCraddock Subtitled .

20.00: One Foot in the Past

The heritage and architecture series continues as Kirsty Wark argues for a meaningful monument to Diana, Princess of Wales. Dan Cruickshank advocates the preservation of disused military bases, and Lucinda Lambton revels in the lakes and miniature temples of an ornamental farm at Larchill in Ireland. See today’s choices.
Series editor Basil Comely


Unknown: Kirsty Wark
Unknown: Dan Cruickshank
Unknown: Lucinda Lambton

20.30: The Antiques Show

Concludingthe series with tips on buying and caring for antiques. Francine Stock investigates the elegant dining customs of former age in the vaults of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Tim Wonnacott offers advice on identifying reproductions, and Madeleine Marsh learns the basics of haggling at a huge annual market in Lille, France.
Plus a look at a Modigliani painting coming up for sale at
L6 million and howto spruce up gardening implements that have fallen into disrepair. A new series begins in September.
Series producer Jane Lomas : Series editor Mark Hill


Unknown: Francine Stock
Unknown: Albert Museum.
Unknown: Tim Wonnacott
Unknown: Madeleine Marsh
Producer: Jane Lomas
Editor: Mark Hill


9.00 One in 20 In the thirties, a British child’s chance of dyi ng from a common infection was ten times what it is today. This account of the effect medical progress has had upon child mortality describes how the introduction of penicillin and a host of other antibiotics revolutionised the approach to tackling previously fatal diseases.
Plus a look at the postwar work of Dr Beryl Corner , who delivered the world’s s fi rst quadruplets to be born by Caesarean. See today’s choices. Director Steven Clarke Subtitled.
9.50-10.30 Spoonface Steinberg
Atelevisionfilm version of Lee Hall ‘s award-winning radio play.
Spoonface is seven years old, Jewish, autistic-and terminally ill with cancer.
As she tries to come to terms with the meaning of life and death, she draws inspiration from the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps who died with dignity and their spirit unbowed. See today’s choices.
Producers Simon Curtis and Suzan Harrison Director Betsan Morris Evans
* Spoonface’s final bow: page 4 The season continues tomorrow at 9pm with The Health Visitor


Unknown: Dr Beryl Corner
Director: Steven Clarke
Unknown: Spoonface Steinberg
Unknown: Lee Hall
Producers: Simon Curtis
Producers: Suzan Harrison
Director: Betsan Morris Evans
Spoonface: Ella Jones
Mum: Helen McCrory
Dad: Mark Strong
Mrs Spud: Linda Bassett
Voice of Spoonface: Becky Simpson

22.30: Newsnight

News analysis, presented by KirstyWark.

23.15: Made in Manchester

Nothin’ Personal. Thirteen-year-old Kevin dreams of being a champion boxer, while Mexican foreign student Erica is part of a ballroom dancing team. As they prepare for competition, which of them will manage to packthe hardest punch? ……………

23.45: Natural Born Footballers

More football greats recall their glory days. Repeat Subtitled.
Followed by Weatherview

0.00: The Midnight Hour with Janet Street-Porter

Informal political debate…

0.30: BBC Learning Zone

Repeats are not indicated. OPEN UNIVERSITY
12.30 Hotel Hilbert
1.00 Software Surgery
91384 1.30 Finding a Balance SCHOOLS
2.00 Science
4.00 The New Get by in French (partl)-traveltips. BUSINESS AND TRAINING
5.00 Career Moves
5.45 Fluid Flows 4468098 6.10
Packaging Culture 7839272 6.35-
7.00am Teletel

It shocked me though, because most of the programmes that were on when I was born were only on BBC One & BBC Two, all of the current BBC channels that are around on TV now weren’t channels when I was born, though other channels not connected to the BBC at all, such as ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and the standard cable channels were the only ones that were around when I was born.

If you want to turn back time to find out what programmes were on, on the day you were born, click here.

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Alex Smithson


      1. Oh blimey, I had a sense of akwardness just then because I forgot about the TV being made well before the 1960s, I think that was when they televised Winston Churchill’s speech indicating the end of World War II, please forgive me if I got this wrong 😊.


      2. 🙂 – I’m afraid I didn’t carry it around with me much – I couldn’t get past they thought that everyone was looking at me and thinking ‘what a prat!’ A bit like those guys who have a blue tooth gizzmo stuck in their ears!

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      3. I know how you feel Stephen, technology, I understand, has made things a whole lot easier, but sometimes, people look back at those who have been around a damn sight longer, and think: “what a prat they are for carrying stuff or not carrying stuff around”.

        I mean, you’ve been around longer than I have to know the types of experiences of people who think that, but, the technology that’s around now has almost completely thrown almost all forms of communication out of the window.

        Do you feel the same?

        Alex Smithson


      1. No! How could you be bored with the likes of Pinky and Perky, Watch with Mother and the Benny Hill show!
        We talked. We read books. We socialised. (It was a bit after the time when people used to stand by the piano for a sing song!)

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      2. That’s true, in fact, his programme has hardly been on TV since he passed away 22 years ago. It’s like the best of TV has suddenly just disappeared bit by bit over time.

        Alex Smithson


  1. Very nice article Alex. I remember the late 1990s and a lot of these shows strike me with their familiarity…lots of memories came flooding I can tell you! 🙂 . Glad you tried out the BBC Genome project and saw what was on the telly when you was born!!


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Vijay, I really appreciated it. I took up the idea of crafting my own article about the BBC Genome Project after reading your article about the programmes that were on the day you were born.

      Plus, I have just placed two votes on your poll, via your current article, one via my computer, and the other via my iPod touch :-).

      Alex Smithson


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