Film, Radio & Television  
Entries here are in date order, rather than the alphabetic order of the "print items" and include programmes
where NMM was a participant as well as performances and/or discussions of her work by others.

         
 
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T0200 "The Thing That is Plain" (radio)
 
  OL 4 Sep 1929 21:10- 21:40 - BBC Radio - stations 2LO-London and 5XX-Daventry
See also the published play (D0250)
 
T0350 "My Ain Sel' " (radio)
 
  OL 14 Feb 1930 16:00 - 16:30 - BBC Radio - performed by the Alistair Sim Players
See also the published play (D0180)
 
T0500 The Road to Hell (film)
 
  OL Aug 1933 A 31-minute long 16mm silent film directed by Rudolph Messel and made by the Socialist Film Council on a minimal budget - reportedly £66. It was intended as propaganda against the Means Test. NMM starred as "Mother" and is also listed as a member of the Socialist Film Council.
It is available to watch online via the BFI - here
 
T0650 "For This Man is a Roman" (radio)
 
  OL 12 Nov 1934 14:30-14:50 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the World History series. Title refers to St. Paul.
See also the published play (D0120)
 
T0800 "The American Revolution" (radio)
 
  OL 30 Jan 1936 14:30-14:50 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the World History series.
No known publication - see play (D2050)
 
T0950 "Lincoln and the Slaves" (radio)
 
  OL 7 May 1936 14:30-14:50 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the World History series.
No known publication - see play (D2600)
 
T1100 "The Golden Age of the Greeks" (radio)
 
  OL 4 Nov 1936 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the Stories from World History series.
No known publication - see play (D2350)
A letter on p22 of the 10 Nov 1936 isue of "The Times" praised this broadcast - saying how important schools broadcasting is.
 
T1250 "A Citizen of Rome" (radio)
 
  OL 2 Dec 1936 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the Stories from World History series.
Later published under the title "The City and the Citizens" (D0070)
 
T1400 "Life in the Time of the Roman Emperor Constantine" (radio)
 
  OL 9 Dec 1936 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the Stories from World History series.
Later published under the title "In the Time of Constantine" (D0160)
 
T1550 "Wild Men Invade the Roman Empire" (radio)
 
  OL 20 Jan 1937 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the Stories from World History series.
See also the published play (D0260)
 
T1700 "Charlemagne" (radio)
 
  OL 27 Jan 1937 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the Stories from World History series.
See also the published play (D0060)
 
T1850 "Time - Clocks and Calendars" (radio)
 
  OL 4 Feb 1937 14:05-14:25 - BBC Home Service - a "dramatic interlude" by NMM in the British History series.
 
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T2000 "As it Was in the Beginning" (radio)
 
  OL 22 Sep 1940 21:25-22:05 - BBC Home Service - Play (D0030)
Produced by Barbara Burnham - running time of 40 mins
See also other productions T2300 and T3350
 
T2150 "I Wanted to Learn" (radio)
 
  OL 15 Jul 1943 16:15-16:30 - BBC Home Service - Talk by NMM
 
T2200 "Gleneagles House and the Haldane Family" (radio talk)
 
  OL 20 Mar 1944 09:00-09:15 - BBC Home Service - Talk by NMM. Described in Radio Times as "Some Scottish Links with the Continent #3" in the overall "Neighbours of Europe" series
 
T2300 "As it Was in the Beginning" (radio)
 
  OL 18 Jul 1948 19:55-21:35 - BBC Home Service - Play (D0030)
Produced by Hugh Stewart - running time of 100 mins
See also other productions T2000 and T3350
  OL 23 Jul 1948 21:00-22:50 - Home service - repeat broadcast
  OL 14 Aug 1948 19:20-21:00 - Home service - repeat broadcast
 
T2450 "Naomi Mitchison" (radio)
 
  OL 13 May 1949 21:15-21:30 - BBC Scottish Home Service. Appears in radio listings but no further information currently available.
Talk was trailered on front cover of the appropriate edition of "Radio Times"
 
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T2550 "Graeme and the Dragon" (radio)
 
  OL 1 May 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T2600 "The Jumble Sale" (radio)
 
  OL 11 Aug 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T2750 "The Roc's Egg and the Dragon's Tooth" (radio)
 
  OL 18 Aug 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story (as "The Roc and the Dragons' Teeth") became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T2900 "The Roc Trap" (radio)
 
  OL 25 Aug 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T3050 "The Minocow" (radio)
 
  OL 1 Sep 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T3200 "Graeme and the Bear's Skin" (radio)
 
  OL 8 Sep 1952 15:00-15:15 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story (as "The Bear's Skin") became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T3250 "How the Dragon Caught Cold" (radio)
 
  OL 22 Jan 1953 15:15-15:30 as part of Children's Hour - BBC Home Service - story by NMM
The story became part of the episodic novel Graeme and the Dragon (book A0420) first published in 1954.
 
T3350 "As it Was in the Beginning" (radio)
 
  OL 20 Sep 1953 14:30-16:00 - BBC Home Service - Play (D0030)
Produced by Martyn C Webster - running time of 90 mins
See also other productions T2000 and T2300
 
T3400 "The Hostages" (radio)
 
  OL 6 Nov 1953 14:40-15:00 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Senior English) - story by NMM (B0720) adapted for broadcasting by Philippa Pearce.
 
T3500 "Edinburgh Childhood" (radio)
 
  OL 26 Aug 1954 15:20-15:35 - BBC Home Service - talk by NMM
 
T3570 "The Key of the Garden" (radio play - co-authored with Lewis Gielgud)
 
  OL 4 Apr 1965 21:15-23:30 - BBC Home Service. in the Monday Play series. Adapted by Mollie Greenhalgh and produced by Norman Wright.
  OL 14 Apr 1965 15:45-17:00 - BBC Home Service - repeat broadcast.
 
T3630 "Bringing Home the Boat" (radio)
 
  OL 7 Jul 1955 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Aventures in English) - Article "Bringing Home the New Boat" (E1145)) - "a true tale" by NMM
 
T3650 "Don't Throw it Away" (radio)
 
  OL 28 Aug 1955 15:30-15:40 - BBC Radio Scotland - "a cautionary reminiscence" by NMM
 
T3700 "The Piper Escapes" (radio)
 
  OL 17 Jan 1957 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Adventures in English) - an episode from the novel The Big House (book A0160)
 
T3710 "Su Goes Back" (radio)
 
  OL 24 Jan 1957 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Adventures in English) - an episode from the novel The Big House (book A0160)
 
T3720 "The Door of the Hill" (radio)
 
  OL 31 Jan 1957 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Adventures in English) - an episode from the novel The Big House (book A0160)
 
T3730 "Inside the Hill" (radio)
 
  OL 7 Feb 1957 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Adventures in English) - an episode from the novel The Big House (book A0160)
 
T3745 "The Man from Alesia" (radio)
 
  OL 11 Oct 1957 14:40-15:00 - BBC Home Service (Schools: Senior English) - an adaptation by Garry Lyle of the story by NMM - see (B1090)
 
T3785 "Free Fun in New Delhi" (radio)
 
  OL 11 Oct 1958 10:00-10:15 - BBC Home Service - a transcript of the article by NMM - see (E3035)
 
T3800 "The Conquered" (radio)
 
  OL 16 Feb 1959 21:15-22:45 - BBC Home Service - dramatisation by Peter Watts based on the book by NMM (A0270)
 
T3875 "Out of the West" (radio)
 
  OL 17 Apr 1959 11:00-11:15 - BBC Light Programme (Morning Story) - a reading by Roddy McMillan of the story by NMM - see (B1420)
 
T3950 "Spindrift" (television)
 
  OL 23 Jun 1959 20:30-22:00 - BBC TV - play (D0240) - play co-authored with Denis MacIntosh and adapted by Ada F Kay and produced by Finlay Macdonald
This production was made at the BBC Scottish Studios - who also made another play based on the same setting - "Guilty Together" (T4100)
 
T4100 "Guilty Together" (television)
 
  OL 18 Aug 1959 20:00-21:30 - BBC Scotland TV - play co-authored with Denis MacIntosh and produced by Finlay Macdonald
This production was made at the BBC Scottish Studios and is a follow-on from "Spindrift" (T3950)
 
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T4150 "Working up a Historical Novel" (radio)
 
  OL 15 Apr 1961 22:10-2245 - BBC Home Service (The World of Books). NMM talks about the process of writing
 
T4170 Woman's House - Guest of the Week (radio)
 
  OL 25 Oct 1961 14:00-15:00 - BBC Home Service. NMM is announced as Guest of the Week, but it is unclear what this involved.
 
T4180 "The Morning Herring" (radio)
 
  OL 21 Mar 1963 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service - In and Out and Roundabout (poetry programme for schools). Included was this extract (C1370) from the longer poem "The Alban Goes Out" (C0050)
This extract was published in a booklet accompanying the series - see (C1370)
  OL 3 Jun 1963 BBC Home Service - repeat broadcast
 
T4190 "Whither Now? (radio)
 
  OL 18 Jun 1963 21:15-21:30 - BBC Home Service. NMM examines the role of Christian Missions in Africa.
A transcript of this programme was published in the 18 Jun 1963 issue of "The Listener" under the title of "The Future of Christian Missions in Africa" - see (E3080)
 
T4250 "Born to Be Chief" (radio)
 
  OL 3 Jul 1963 09:10-09:25 - BBC Home Service. A transcript of this talk was published in the 8 Aug 1963 issue of "The Listener" (E1100)
 
T4255 World of Books (radio)
 
  OL 20 Jul 1963 22:10-22:45 - BBC Home Service (World of Books). Described as "news and views of books by .......NMM......". It is unclear whether NMM was airing the views or others were discussing her books.
 
T4260 "Stepmother to the Protetorates" (radio)
 
  OL 31 Oct 1963 20:15-20:30 - BBC Home Service. Talk by NMM highlighting the differences between Scotland and Bechuanaland.
 
T4360 "A Village in Southern Africa" (radio)
 
  OL 4 Jun 1965 14:00-14:20 - BBC Home Service (School: Travel Talks). Talk by NMM.
 
T4380 "My Son, My People" (radio)
 
  OL 4 Jun 1965 14:00-15:00 - BBC Home Service (Woman's Hour) - a magazine programme. Talk by NMM on her involvement with the Bakgatla tribe in Bechuanaland.
  OL 12 Sep 1965 BBC Home Service - repeat broadcast as part of the magazine programme "Home for the Day - a Sunday Supplement to Woman's Hour"
 
T4400 "How the Scots Make Scotch" (radio reading)
 
  OL 22 Sep 1965 19:30-19:45 - KPFK Radio (based in North Hollywood, CA) - a reading by Mitchell Harding of the 1959 article of the same name.
 
T4440 "Medicine Chest circa 1856" (radio)
 
  OL 18 Aug 1966 14:00-15:00 - BBC Home Service (Woman's Hour) - a magazine programme. Talk by NMM describing what she found therein.
 
T4450 "Portrait of J B S Haldane 1892-1964" (radio)
 
  OL 29 Nov 1966 19:30-20:30 - Network Three. - Many speakers, including NMM, remember the life of the scientist. Programme narrated by Lord Ritchie-Calder
  OL 21 Dec 1966 20:50-21-50 - Network Three - repeat broadcast.
  OL 25 Sep 1967 19:30-20:30 - Network Three - repeat broadcast.
 
T4460 "The Scoop Lift Truck" (radio)
 
  OL 24 Aug 1967 11:00 -11:15 - BBC Light Programme (Morning Story). Unpublished story by NMM read by Bryden Murdoch.
 
T4470 "Tribe: Life in an African Village by its Adopted Mother" (radio)
 
  OL 25 Mar 1968 16:45-17:25 - BBC Radio 4 FM - Home this Afternoon, a magazine programme. Talk by NMM.
 
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T4540 "Music in My Bones" (radio)
 
  OL 12 Jun 1972 11:40-12:00 - BBC Radio 4 FM. Talk by NMM, on the importance of music to tribal life in Botswana.
 
T4550 "A Childhood Among Scientists" (radio)
 
  TW 8 Nov 1972 20:55-21:15 - BBC Radio 3 - talk by NMM (possibly broadcast in the interval of a concert)
The programme was recorded on 17 Oct 1972. An article "Naomi Mitchison describes a childhood among scientists" (E5510) was printed in "The Listener" on 8 Feb 1973.
 
T4600 "Science from a Changing Viewpoint" (radio)
 
  OL 9 Nov 1973 22:05-22:20 - BBC Radio 3. Talk by NMM, on the enormous changes in the comprehensibility of science during her lifetime.
 
T4670 "1936-1976 A Change of Life" (television)
 
  OB 8 Mar 1976 20:30-21:00 - ITV (Granada). Episode 23 of Season 12 of the long-running documentary series "World in Action". Four women who were part of the Mass Observation Unit discuss how their lives have changed in the last 40 years. This information appeared in a trailer for the programme appearing on p11 of "The Guardian" of 5 Mar 1976
It is unclear whether NMM took part in the discussion or whether her diaries were used during the programme.
 
T4700 "Roddie's Harvest" (radio)
 
  OL 13 May 1976 10:45-11:05 - BBC Radio 4 (Morning Story). Unpublished story by NMM read by Dolina MacLennan
 
T4850 "The Cleansing of the Knife" (radio)
 
  OL 11 Nov 1979 ??-?? - BBC Radio Scotland - performance by a small cast - more information needed *****
Based on the poem of the same name (C0400)
 
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T5000 "All About Books" (television)
 
  OL 19 Jun 1980 22:50-23:15 - BBC One London, NMM and others interviewed by Russell Harty in the first programme of a new series.
 
T5150 "Friends" (television)
 
  OL 5 Apr 1981 22:00-22:35 - BBC 1 - part of an series of discussions - Dr Colin Morris talks to NMM & Dame Margaret Miles. This programme was reviewed by Richard Ingrams on pp29-30 of the 11 Apr 1981 edition of "The Spectatator" (issue #7970)
 
T5300 "Fragments from a Full Life : Farmng 1900" (radio)
 
  OL 11 May 1982 16:02-16:10 - BBC Radio 4 - first of a series of 4 short talks by NMM
 
T5450 "Fragments from a Full Life : In Praise of the Southern Tenant Farmer's Union in America" (radio)
 
  OL 12 May 1982 16:02-16:10 - BBC Radio 4 - second of a series of 4 short talks by NMM
 
T5600 "Fragments from a Full Life : In Praise of the NHS" (radio)
 
  OL 13 May 1982 16:02-16:10 - BBC Radio 4 - third of a series of 4 short talks by NMM
 
T5750 "Fragments from a Full Life : Women Today" (radio)
 
  OL 14 May 1982 16:02-16:10 - BBC Radio 4 - last of a series of 4 short talks by NMM
 
T5900 "Wyndham Lewis" (radio)
 
  OL 14 May 1982 09:00-09:45 - BBC Radio 3 - a discussion between NMM & 4 others - check 24hr clock & other participants *****
 
T6050 "Tom Johnston" (radio)
 
  OL 21 Dec 1983 20:25-21:30 - BBC Radio Scotland - a documentary on the late politician by NMM, Fenner Brockway, William Ross and several others
 
T6200 "Spring Queen" (television)
 
  OL 5 Apr 1984 15:30-16:30 - Channel 4 - NMM interviewed by Llew Gardner
  OL 13 Feb 1987 15:30-16:30 - Channel 4 - NMM interviewed by Llew Gardner (repeat showing)
 
T6350 "Women of Our Century: Naomi Mitchison" (television)
 
  OL 6 Jul 1984 21:25-22:05 - BBC 2 - NMM interviewed by Leonie Caldecott at Carradale House.
A transcript of this interview was printed in The Listener and later in a book which collected several interviews in this series - see L1500
On p52 of the "Sunday Times" of 1 Jul 1984 this programme was listed as one of the "Choice Programmes" together with a photograph of NMM
 
T6495 "The Sea Horse" (radio)
 
  OL 6 Feb 1986 14:00-15:00 - BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) - a magazine programme. Jennifer Piercey reads "a Scottish short story" (B1630) by NMM, abridged by Jennifer Quigley
 
T6500 "Call Me" (radio)
 
  OL 6 Feb 1986 14:00-15:00 - BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) - a magazine programme. Jennifer Piercey reads "a Scottish short story" (B0230) by NMM, abridged by Jennifer Quigley
 
T6505 "Should We Believe Postie?" (radio)
 
  OL 10 Feb 1986 14:00-15:00 - BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour) - a magazine programme. Jennifer Piercey reads "a Scottish short story" (B1670) by NMM, abridged by Jennifer Quigley
 
T6650 "Comment" (television)
 
  OL 29 Jul 1987 19:50-20:00 - Channel 4 - during this soapbox programme NMM talked on the worth of money
 
T6700 "Naomi at Ninety" (radio)
 
  OL 27 Oct 1987 20:55-21:25 - BBC Radio Scotland - NMM talks to Joy Hendry about her life and work
  OL 24 Dec 1987 18:30-19:00 - BBC Radio Scotland - repeat broadcast
 
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T6800 "Radio Lives - J B S Haldane" (radio)
 
  OL 2 Aug 1990 19:20-20:00 - Radio 4 - NMM was one of several participants in the discussion programme
 
T6950 "Scotland's War: Among You Taking Notes" (television)
 
  OL 13 Sep 1990 12:00-12:30 - Channel 4 - NMM talks about her war-time diaries. See book A0060
 
T7100 "Literature and the Modern World: Left and Write recalling the 30s" (television)
 
  OL 1991 Exact time and date of 1st showing unknown - this discussion programme featured NM, Stephen Spender and Julian Symons
The programme was made for the Open University course A319 "Literature in the Modern World" - and was probably "re-badged" and re-issued as T7700
  OL 27 Apr 1993 00:01-0025 - BBC2 - repeat broadcast
  OL 28 Apr 1993 00:01-0025 - BBC2 - repeat broadcast
 
T7250 "Desert Island Discs" (radio)
 
  OL 7 Apr 1991 12:15-12:55 - BBC Radio 4 - NMM interviewed by Sue Lawley
Full details of NMM 's choice of 8 records, one book and one luxury can be found online here
  OL 12 Apr 1991 09:00-09:40 - BBC Radio 4 - repeat broadcast
 
T7400 "Highway" (television)
 
  OL 6 Oct 1991 18:40-19:15 - London Weekend Television - NMM appeared on the programme when it visited Campbeltown in Argyll
 
T7550 "Endangered Species" (radio)
 
  OL 7 Sep 1992 16:45-17:00 - BBC Radio 4 - this story was read by Madhav Sharma - see story B0380
 
T7700 "Writers in the 30s: Left of Centre" (television)
 
  OL 26 Apr 1993 This discussion programme featuring NMM, Stephen Spender and Julian Symons is probably a "re-badged" version of T7100
 
T7850 "Space Fictions" (radio)
 
  OL 30 Jan 1996 In the 4 Feb 1996 edition of "The Observer" their reviewer commented on the 3rd programme in this series of 4 noting that it included a reading by NMM of a short section from Memoirs of a Space Women - A0630. It is unclear when or where this recording was made.
 
T7950 "A Little Time Together" (radio)
 
  OL 11 Nov 2001 16:30-17:00 - BBC Radio 4 FM. A programme with the subtitle "British Women's Poetry of World War Two" - NMM was among several poets discussed.
A preview of this programme, illustrated by a photograph of NMM, appeared in The Scotsman on 10 Nov 2001
  OL 17 Nov 2001 23:30-24:00 - BBC Radio 4 FM - repeat broadcast
 
T8000 "Stirring aWish" (radio)
 
  OL 1 Jun 2004 11:30-?12:00 - BBC Radio Scotland - with Eileen McCullum reading from NMM's war-time diaries
See Among You Taking Notes - A0060
 
T8100 "Memoirs of the Spacewomen" (radio)
 
  OL 5 Apr 2015 18:45-19:30 - BBC Radio Three in the Sunday Feature Documentary series. "Matthew Sweet delves into the Science Fiction futures of Naomi Mitchison, Rose Macaulay and Margot Bennett. With music specially composed by The Vile Electronics."
 
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