• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

    TV
  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

    Radio
  • Show Years

    Hide Years

    Year
  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Death of a British Tommy

BBC Radio 4 FM, 6 July 1987 11.00

Synopsis

We have recently produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Everything was an unlucky 13 the 13th day of July, the 13th stage of the Tour de France; his race number and the year added up to 13.
Twenty years ago, Tom Simpson set off with the remains of a rag-bag team of also-rans and part-timers to race from Marseilles to Carpentras.
The raggle-taggle army made it. But Tom Simpson dropped dead at the top of a ten-mile mountain, where molten tar ran down the gutters in rivulets. What killed him? The heat? His ambition? Overwork? Or was it drugs?
Les Woodland reconstructs the fatal day, with Simpson's team-mates, Vin Denson and Barry Hoban ; his widow Helen; team officials Harry HaU and Alec Taylor ; supporter Albert Beurick and journalist Alan Gayfer. Producer LES WOODLAND BBC Manchester

Contributors

Unknown: Tom Simpson
Unknown: Tom Simpson
Unknown: Vin Denson
Unknown: Barry Hoban
Unknown: Alec Taylor
Unknown: Albert Beurick
Unknown: Alan Gayfer.

Tell us more

Do you know whether this programme was actually broadcast as scheduled? If not, tell us what was. Or do you know something else about this programme? The information you send using the Tell Us More form will not be published on the page. We plan to hold on to it and use it at a later stage, to fill any gaps in the data or to help us bring the BBC's broadcast history to life. We will not share any contact details or personal information without seeking your consent. Find out more here.





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 that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

This is a historical record of both 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.

Browser Compatibility Problem

Annoyingly, Internet Explorer 8 is not currently allowing edits to be submitted.

Please use Firefox or Chrome (both available for free from IT Support).

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 other use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, PDF downloads, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of Genome that is available externally/to the public.

Please do not share this internal version of Genome, or any part of it, with anyone external.

For rights reasons, external users may only have access to the Radio Times listings, which will be available in the external version of Genome.

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