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Saturday 3 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris

Bob Harris plays an eclectic mix of new tracks from the worlds of Americana, Alt Country, Indie, World, Nu-Folk and Blues.

Bob’s guest tonight is Belfast's Bap Kennedy (formerly of Energy Orchard). Bap will be playing live and chatting about his new LP The Sailor's Revenge, produced by Mark Knopfler.

Bap’s previous collaborators have included Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan, Nanci Griffith and Steve Earle.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

Graham Norton

Graham Norton hosts his vibrant mix of music and celebrity conversation. Actress and all round national treasure Sue Johnston is among this week's guests.

Britain's favourite agony uncle is also joined by the Postmistress of Pain, Maria McErlane, for Grill Graham, where problems are solved in front of the nation. As well as the week's biggest new music releases, I Can't Believe It's Not Better revisits some of the worst songs ever to hit the charts and Graham invites listeners to submit their favourite Tune With A Tale, where one unfortunate listener chats to Mr Norton about their personal interpretation of a familiar song.

Presenter/ Graham Norton, Producer/Malcolm Prince

Pick Of The Pops

Tony Blackburn delves into the charts of yesteryear to take listeners on a trip down memory lane.

Today’s show looks back at the charts of 1976 and 1999 with music from The Stylistics, Tina Charles, Blur, Whitney Houston and The Cardigans.

Presenter/Tony Blackburn, Producer/Phil Swern for Unique Productions

6 On 2: The Best Of Adam & Joe

As part of BBC Radio 6 Music’s tenth anniversary celebrations, Radio 2 showcases some of Adam & Joe's finest moments at the Big British Castle.

This week, the Sony Award-winning duo discuss the appropriateness of text kisses, whether holiday massages are as relaxing as they should be, and Joe turns into Jools Holland.

Presenters/Adam Buxton & Joe Cornish, Producer/James Stirling

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

CD Review - Building A Library: Nielsen Symphony No. 4

Andrew McGregor talks to David Owen Norris about classical recordings featuring the music of Chopin and Liszt.

Piano music selections include modern and period pianos played by Nelson Goerner, Howard Shelley and Denis Matsuev. Liszt symphonic tone poems are represented by Orchester Wiener Akadamie and the Russian National Orchestra.

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/Freya Hellier

Music Nation on BBC Radio 3

This weekend BBC Radio 3 presents Music Nation, a spectacular nationwide weekend of music from around the UK.

Friday 2 March (wk09)

19:45 London Mozart Players [The Anvil, Basingstoke]

Saturday 3 March

12:15-13:00 Music Matters inc. Music Nation reportage

As Radio 3 launches Music Nation, the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, Suzy Klein looks at the cultural past, present and future of the Olympics.

Also in the programme, Suzy heads to Scotland to meet Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout, who has written a piece for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to tour round Shetland as part of the Music Nation weekend.

13:00 Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble [Kings Place, London]

15:00 BBC Philharmonic [Victoria Hall, Hanley]

17:00 Jazz Record Requests

18:00 Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Chamber Players [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Centre, Birmingham]

19:30 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow]

21:45 Academy of Ancient Music [Ludlow Assembly Rooms]

23:30-01:30 Heiner Goebbel's Surrogate Cities (Trinity Laban, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, London Philharmonic Orchestra: Future Firsts) - [Royal Festival Hall, London]

Sunday 4 March

09:00-13:00 Compilation programme to include extracts from:

BBC Concert Orchestra [Plymouth Pavilions]

Scottish Ensemble Christ Church [Cockermouth]

City of London Sinfonia [Cadogan Hall, London]

Sinfonia VIVA [Derby's Assembly Rooms]

Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ensemble) [The Exchange, Sturminster]

13:00 Ulster Orchestra & RTE Concert Orchestra [Belfast, Waterford Hall]

15:00 BBC National Orchestra of Wales [St David's Hall, Cardiff]

17:00 The Choir featuring BBC Singers [London]

Aled Jones will be at the Roundhouse in London, presenting as part of Voices Now, with an exciting and varied range of live music.

Choirs taking part in this concert will include the Choir with No Name, the Hertfordshire Youth Choir, the Berkshire Maestros and the BBC Singers. The event will culminate in a broadcast premiere of Orlando Gough's Traditional Values.

18:30 Northern Chamber Orchestra highlights [St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury]

19:30 BBC Symphony Orchestra [Barbican, London]

21:15 Aurora Orchestra highlights [St George’s, Bristol]

As the Music Nation spotlight falls on Bristol, The Aurora Orchestra takes to the stage at St George's for a concert contrasting dark-hued, impassioned sounds from Richard Strauss with Mozart at his best.

22:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Night Shift [Queen Elizabeth Hall, London]

23:00 Julian Joseph Trio Turner Simms

Jazz Line-Up presents The Julian Joseph Trio as part of Music Nation, recorded at The Turner Sims Hall, Southampton.

The programme features Julian Joseph’s ‘Shadowball Opera’ as well as standards and trio argents of commissioned music written by Joseph for the 2006 European Jazz Orchestra.

Music Matters

As Radio 3 launches Music Nation, the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, Suzy Klein looks at the cultural past, present and future of the Olympics.

Also in the programme, Suzy heads to Scotland to meet Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout, who has written a piece for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to tour round Shetland as part of the Music Nation weekend.

Presenter/Suzy Klein

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

The Art Of Monarchy

Will Gompertz continues to explore 900 years of British monarchs, through the objects they acquired.

Today, Will investigates a pivotal aspect of the art of monarchy - the projection of magnificence. An idea as old as monarchy itself, magnificence is the expression of power through the display of wealth and status.

Will's first object unites the current Queen with George III – the Gold State Coach, which has been used for coronations since 1821. He goes on to explore Henry VIII's taste for interior design at Hampton Court Palace, with the enormous Abraham Tapestries. Charles II's preoccupations are given unlikely form in a silver table, now held at Windsor Castle, and Sir Christopher Wren's designs for Hampton Court have an unusually egalitarian purpose.

The idea of magnificence might seem one-dimensional – but encoded within the jewels, the gilding, the silver and the marble are stories of political intrigue and personal paranoia.

Presenter/Will Gompertz, Producer/Neil George for the BBC

Saturday Drama - An American Rose

A true and chilling story by Charlotte Jones about the most powerful family in America, and the tragic fate that befell Rose Marie Kennedy, who underwent a prefrontal lobotomy.

The Kennedys were the most famous family in England, when Joseph became American Ambassador in London. But his daughter Rose Marie's behaviour began to cause the family increasing concern.

The cast stars Fenella Woolgar as Rosemary Kennedy, Lydia Wilson as Kathleen Kennedy, Lisa Eichhorn as Rose Kennedy, Tilly Gaunt as Deborah Mitford, Carl Prekopp as Billy Hartington, Don Gilet as Dr Freeman, Tracy Wiles as Sister Margaret and Harry Livingstone as John White.

Producer/Claire Grove for the BBC, Director/Sally Avens for the BBC

Archive on 4 - Playing Doctors And Nurses

Mark Lawson surveys the rich history of factual and fictional programmes about the medical profession on radio and TV.

Mark visits the BBC's written archives to read reactions to the Radio Doctor script and behind-the-scenes information on early dramas such as Dr Finlay's Casebook, The Singing Detective and Angels.

He meets doctor-turned-writer Richard Gordon (of the widely-adapted Doctor in the House books) and former medic Jed Mercurio, who created the TV series Cardiac Arrest, regularly voted the most realistic medical drama in polls of medical professionals.

Actor Alan Alda explains how his role in M*A*S*H helped to save his life and Mark hears whether Hugh Laurie (House) and Helen Baxendale (Cardiac Arrest) believe doctors should be seen as heroic figures.

Mal Young, former head of continuing drama serials at the BBC, discusses having to answer complaints about realism, graphic footage and political bias in Casualty and Holby City.

And programme makers' responsibilities are debated by Roger Graef,  whose many documentaries about aspects of medicine include Inside Great Ormond Street. Graef is chair of the Mental Health Media Awards, which honour accurate descriptions of psychiatric illness in medical fact and fiction.

Presenter/Mark Lawson, Producer/Robyn Read for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Radio 2 - The First Year Of Fun With Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd introduces six gems from the first 12 months of BBC Radio 2.

These include Round The Horne - Bona Prince Charlie (2/6/68), The Clitheroe Kid - Have Snake Will Travel (10/12/67), The Navy Lark - Cuthbert Joins The Navy (15/10/67), The Embassy Lark (26/3/68), I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again - series 6 episode 1 (14/4/68) and The Ken Dodd Show (17/12/67).

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch presents from Anfield, with pre-match build-up to Liverpool v Arsenal in the Premier League. Commentary on the match starts at 12.45pm.

From 3.00pm there’s live Premier League football coverage from a top game, plus updates from across the Football League and Scottish Premier League games.

At 5.00pm, Sports Report has all the results and reaction from today’s football matches, plus the classified football results with James Alexander Gordon.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Football

Uninterrupted football commentary from one of the best games in the Championship.

Producer/ Simon Clancy

Swimming

Live swimming commentary from the British Olympic Swimming Trials.

Producer/ Simon Clancy

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Story Of Pop: Where The Sun Don't Shine

The Story of Pop continues on Radio 6 Music, as Alan Freeman peers into the darkness of the recording studio.

From the early days, when the aim was to reproduce a live performance on record as accurately as possible, to the present day high production, overdubs, multi-tracking and digital recording, Alan delves into the evolution of sound recording and the role of the producer.

First broadcast in 1994.

Presenter/Alan Freeman, Producer/BBC Radio 1

Nemone

Nemone wakes up the weekend with a range of musical delights.

This week, American singer-songwriter Sharon van Etten provides her Most Played tracks and comedian Boothby Gafoe, fills listeners in on what to do see and hear in Culture Club.

Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Kate Cocker (Wise Buddah)

Peter Serafinowicz

In the third show of his series, comedian, writer and music fanatic, Peter Serafinowicz takes control of Saturday mornings.

Listeners will be pitching some challenging questions to Peter in his Q&A sessions and he also wants to hear listeners’ musical suggestions.

Peter says: “I'm excited and thrill ed to be presenting a show on BBC 6 Music. I'm a huge fan of the network and I'm looking forward to playing some great music (on my violin) and putting the 'fun' back in radio, so it becomes 'rafundio.”

Presenter/Peter Serafinowicz, Producer/Dina Jahina

Liz Kershaw

Liz gives listeners the chance to show-off their musical knowledge with theme based requests.

She hands control to a guest for some ultimate party-planning in It’s My Party, and invites them to pick three songs and a fantasy guest.

She also asks a listener about the six tunes they most associate with listening to Radio 6 Music in 6 Of The Best.

Each week Liz will talk to a listener about their choices and play two of them. This all leads up to her show on 10 March, the day before Radio 6 Music's 10th anniversary, when Liz will present a rundown of the listeners’ top choices. In the run up to the anniversary she will also chat to fellow presenters and find out their choices.

Presenter/Liz Kershaw, Producer/Adam Hudson

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Saturday nights were made for The Craig Charles Funk and Soul show, with three hours of top tunes. Craig continues his rundown of his favourite tracks of all time in The Funky 52 and hands over the airwaves to a listener for Spinage A Trois.

Another celebrity reveals their soulful side in Secret Soul Sister/Brother. There will be more musical education in Hammond Time and Craig will highlight the musical heritage of another USA destination, in World Funk Airways.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer, Ben Appleyard (Bite Yer Legs)

Sunday 4 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones With Good Morning Sunday

Aled Jones hosts his Sunday morning breakfast show with uplifting and reflective songs and discussions around religious and ethical issues of the week with faith representatives.

Today Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to West End singing sensation Ramin Karimloo. This morning’s faith guest is Rabbi Miriam Berger who will also bring the moment of reflection.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Janet McLarty

Weekend Wogan

This week Sir Terry Wogan catches up with Duke Fakir, best known as a founding member of the Four Tops, and music from Chris Isaak.

American vocal quartet the Four Tops were one of Motown's biggest successes and helped define the label's quintessential sound of the 60s. Duke remains the only founding member of the group, having performed with them since they formed in 1953.

Terry also welcomes Chris Isaak into the studio for a stripped-down session. Hailing from Stockton in central California, Chris is an American rock and roll musician and actor.

Growing up in California in the 70s, he was influenced by the music of the 50s, which led to his love of rockabilly and roots music. He came to fame in 1991 with his UK top ten hit single Wicked Game, and in his recording career has released ten studio albums. His latest album Beyond The Sun, which features covers of artists including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, was released last year.

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

The Choir - Music Nation Live Show

Aled Jones will be at the Roundhouse in London presenting as part of Voices Now, with an exciting and varied range of live music.

Choirs taking part in this concert will include The Choir with No Name, the Hertfordshire Youth Choir, the Berkshire Maestros and the BBC Singers. The event will culminate in a broadcast premiere of Orlando Gough's Traditional Values.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Luke Whitlock

Music Nation - The Aurora Orchestra

As the Music Nation spotlight falls on Bristol, The Aurora Orchestra takes to the stage at St George's.

It's a concert contrasting dark-hued, impassioned sounds from Richard Strauss with Mozart at his best.

Producer/Michael Surcombe

Jazz Line-Up

Jazz Line-Up presents The Julian Joseph Trio as part of Music Nation, recorded at The Turner Sims Hall, Southampton.

The programme features Julian Joseph’s Shadowball Opera, as well as standards and trio argents of commissioned music written by Joseph for the 2006 European Jazz Orchestra.

Presenter/Kevin Le Gendre, Producer/Keith Loxam

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Desert Island Discs

Renowned voice coach Patsy Rodenburg is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle for the BBC

A Father For My Son

The Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott died 100 years ago, leaving behind a fascinating and talented wife, the sculptor Kathleen Scott. Jenny Coverack's trilogy of readings is adapted from her own stage play, based on Kathleen Scott's autobiography and journals and read by the author.

This week begins with her unconventional childhood, when Kathleen was farmed out to relatives before taking the bold - and at that time unconventional - decision to go to Paris to study art.

Here, she mixes in Bohemian circles and is pursued by numerous admirers, all wanting to start affairs, but what matters most to her is the search for a man worthy of the role of father to the son she longs for.

Reader/Jenny Coverack, Producer/Sara Davies for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Desert Island Discs Revisited

Kirsty Young explores the choices of Anthony Minghella in this series featuring playwrights.

Originally interviewed by Sue Lawley in November 1997.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Christine Pawlowsky

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Ian Payne presents live from White Hart Lane with the Sunday Review and a look at the results and talking points from Saturday’s matches. Plus, updates from Newcastle United v Sunderland in the Premier League.

At 1.00pm there’s live Championship football commentary of Cardiff City v West Ham United as they both chase promotion to the Premier League. Plus updates from the other Premier League, including Newcastle United v Sunderland and Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

From 3.00pm Ian Payne looks ahead to this afternoon’s Premier League commentary between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, plus second half updates from Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers. Commentary on Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United starts at 4.10pm.

Presenter/Ian Payne, Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Rugby League

Uninterrupted rugby league commentary.

Sunday: Uninterrupted rugby league commentary of Huddersfield against St Helens in the Super League.

Friday: Uninterrupted rugby league commentary of Warrington against Leeds in the Super League.

Producer/Simon Clancy

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

The Noughties: 2002

This March marks the tenth anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music, which launched on 11 March 2002 with Ash's Burn Baby Burn.

From today, Radio 6 Music’s night schedule will celebrate the station’s decade on air by revisiting documentaries from this period.

First up, BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with a look at the music, culture and life of 2002. Fearne Cotton presents with contributions from Ricky Gervais, a look at music reality shows and a round-up of the films of the year.

First broadcast on Radio 1.

Live Music Hour

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with live music from 2002, its first year on air.

Featuring Pete Yorn, Suede, I Am Kloot, The Bees, Kid Galahad, Blue States and The Amazing Pilots.

Producer/Adam Hudson

Nemone

There’s only one week to go until BBC Radio 6 Music celebrates its tenth anniversary.

This morning, Nemone welcomes two Radio 6 Music favourites to the show. Stephen Merritt, frontman and producer of Magnetic Fields, shares tales of his record collection and a song for Nemone in Record Exchange.

In Most Played, one of Nemone’s favourite new artists in 2012, Sharon van Etten, shares her favourite tunes. There’ll also be some nostalgic comfort in another Children’s Classic in Story Corner.

Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Kate Cocker (Wise Buddah)

Cerys On 6

Cerys is joined this week by Jack Bruce, bass player in 60s supergroup Cream, who produced a string of classic hits such as I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love and White Room.

He will be talking to Cerys about the early days of Cream with Eric Clapton, jamming next door to John Lennon and Stevie Wonder in an LA rehearsal studio, and meeting legendary Motown bass player James Jamerson.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

The Huey Show

It's a Sunday of jams with Huey, staying classy all the way through punk, funk, reggae, soul, rock, hip hop, and anything else!

Huey's guest this week would have been his guest in October had it not been for a motorbike accident. She's dusted herself down, the bruises have gone and Tiny Ruins - aka New Zealander Hollie Fullbrook - will finally be in the studio. Her album We Were Meant For Sea was one of the hidden gems of last year.

Plus Jazz pianist Neil Cowley picks another tune as the don of Sharing Is Caring and Huey will be turning the clock back again in Soul Train.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Tom Whalley (Wise Buddah)

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Japan: Hope Amid The Chaos

On 11 March 2011, the biggest recorded earthquake to hit Japan shook the country’s north-east coast. A tsunami swept ashore, and its 40 metre-high waves caused devastation and at least 15,000 deaths.

More than 3,000 people remain unaccounted for. And then another catastrophe struck - the cooling systems failed at the nuclear plant in Fukushima and it began leaking radiation.

One year on, BBC reporter Gerry Northam visits the devastated areas to ask what the disasters meant for those who lost their families, homes, and possessions.

And what has been the effect on the religious faith of survivors, mostly Shinto and Buddhist?

Monday 5 March

BBC RADIO 1

BBC RADIO 1

Radio 1 Stories - Story Of Trending

In this programme Greg James attempts to become a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

Ever been Planking or Batmanning? Or are you an Owler? These days we're all trendsetters - and thanks to social networking it doesn't take much for an idea, a video or a craze to get a following.

Ideas and movements can spread across the world in minutes and it only takes a few retweets to turn something into headline news. Twitter has an ever-changing list of what trends are hot across the world right now and Facebook encourages you to like your favourite stuff.

But for every successful viral video on YouTube there are thousands of other ideas that don't take off. So what's the secret to turning your idea into a trend?

In this programme Greg James attempts to become a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Getting expert advice from other internet celebrities and social media experts, he attempts to get the audience of his Radio 1 programme to push his hashtag into the worldwide trends list.

Presenter/Greg James, Producer/Scott Cawley for Head On Media

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce

This week, Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hayes chooses his Tracks Of My Years.

Before pursuing a solo career, Darren was one half of the hugely successful pop duo Savage Garden. Darren’s choices include a chart-topper by Hall and Oates, taken from their 1984 album Big Bam Boom and a favourite song from Amy Winehouse.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Essential Classics

In the week of International Women’s Day, Sarah Walker's guest is the entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, one of the most successful businesswomen of our time.

Having encountered the glass ceiling at work, Dame Shirley started an early business technology group on her dining room table in 1962. Within 25 years she had developed the company, Xansa, into a FTSE 250 leading technology group.

Since retiring in 1993, Dame Stephanie has devoted her wealth and entrepreneurial skills to philanthropy.

Presenter/Sarah Walker, Producer/Richard Denison

Composer Of The Week - Boccherini

This week Donald Macleod looks at the life and music of Luigi Boccherini.

Boccherini’s extensive output is now largely forgotten, but one work in particular, the Minuet from his fifth String Quartet opus 11, is one of the most used entry points by film and TV producers today.

He is also credited with forming the first ever string quartet. Yet despite his popularity during much of his lifetime, Boccherini lived at the end of his life in virtual poverty.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Luke Whitlock

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concerts present live and recorded concerts from all over the UK.

On Monday, live from Wigmore Hall in London, there will be music from Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Cellist Truls Mørk and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili perform Beethoven's Cello Sonata Op 102 No 1 and Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata Op. 19.

Presenter/Fiona Talkington, Producer/Lindsay Kemp

In Tune

Sean Rafferty presents, with performances and guests from the arts world.

Guests this week include Philip Picket, with members of his New London Consort, ahead of their performances of Purcell's King Arthur. Plus comedy virtuoso double-act Igudesman and Joo.

Presenter/Sean Rafferty

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Radio 3’s Live in Concert presents more exciting live musical events from all over the world.

On Monday, live from Wigmore Hall in London, The Cardinall's Musick vocal ensemble will be directed by Andrew Carwood in Byrd: The Englishman.

On Tuesday, live from the Venue Cymru Auditoriumin Llandudno, Julian Lloyd Webber plays Haydn's Cello Concerto in C with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. The programme also features Elgar, Mozart and Barber.

On Thursday, live from City Halls, Glasgow, Andrew Manze conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music by Purcell, Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams.

On Friday, live from the Barbican, London, Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor and Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in E minor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bĕlohlávek.

*Wednesday TBC

Producer/Steven Rajam

The Essay: Listener, They Won It!

In this series, five writers look at how sports have been captured in the arts - from novels to film, photography to painting.

In the first essay on Monday, award-winning sports writer and author Simon Barnes considers the immortalisation of Roger Bannister's record-breaking mile in a still photograph.

On Tuesday, writer Lynne Truss looks at George Stubbs' 1770 painting of the great thoroughbred horse Eclipse.

On Wednesday, author Richard T. Kelly explores rugby league's portrayal in the 1960s film This Sporting Life. Richard considers the plight of the working-class sportsman, whose glory days are numbered.

On Thursday, author and former Olympic fencer Richard Cohen looks at swordplay in Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers.

In the final essay on Friday, former England cricketer and writer Ed Smith explores cricket in the novels of J. L. Carr.

Producer/Justine Willett

Jazz On 3

Jez Nelson presents improvised electronica quintet Spin Marvel, in an exclusive session.

The British-Norwegian band released its first album in 2005, which has been praised for its combination of groove-based music and exploration of electronic textures.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Russell Finch for Somethin’ Else Productions

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

15 Minute Drama - I Love You, Goodbye

In a Highland village, finding love is not a problem, making it last is. I Love You, Goodbye is written and adapted by Cynthia Rogerson.

Rose's marriage to Harry is falling apart and their 15-year-old son, Sam, hates them for moving to the Highlands. Polish philosopher and pizza maker, Maciek, is missing home, and Ania, the marriage guidance counsellor, finds that not everything can be orderly. All are soon to discover the beauty and heartache of love.

The cast stars Wendy Seager as Rose, Steven McNicholl as Harry, Finn den Hertog as Sam, Meg Fraser as Ania and Grant O'Rourke as Maciek – with original music by Fraser Fifield.

Producer/Gaynor Macfarlane for BBC Scotland Drama

Sport And The British

Clare Balding presents the concluding week in this 30-part series, exploring how sport made Britain and Britain made sport.

On Monday Clare asks why and when British government got involved in sport.

On Tuesday she looks at the female British athletes of the 1960s who finally took centre stage on the podium and in the press.

On Wednesday, the programme explores why Rugby Union tried to stand firm against the encroaching tide of professionalism - and in August 1995, lost.

On Thursday, Clare looks at the way global television has changed the nation’s relationship with sport forever.

And in the final episode on Friday, Clare – along with Professors Richard Holt, Tony Collins and Mike Cronin – explore the cultural importance of the great triviality that is sport.

Presenter/Clare Balding, Producers/Lucy Lunt, Sara Conkey and Garth Brameld for the BBC

Afternoon Drama - Stone

A new series of the intelligent detective drama created by Danny Brocklehurst continues, starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone. Today’s episode, Demons, is written by Martin Jameson.

When a young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother Jamal, DCI Stone and his team investigate whether it could be a case of mistaken identity. Emir's father believes it to be a racist attack and has serious concerns about Stone's investigation.

As tension mounts, racial unrest begins to spread through the city and Stone's investigation comes under intense scrutiny. Then Jamal goes missing.

The cast also stars Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner, Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly, Darren Kuppan as Jamal, Shiv Grewal as Syed, Harvey Virdi as Mumtaz, Matthew McNulty as Dale/Connor and Jonathan Keeble as McCaffrey.

Producer/Nadia Molinari for the BBC

Fever Pitched: Twenty Years On

The football memoir Fever Pitch sold over a million copies and made a star of its author Nick Hornby. He joins presenter John Wilson to celebrate the book's 20th anniversary.

John and Nick uncover the origins of this remarkable account of a self-aware and obsessive Arsenal fan. They venture into Arsenal's old ground at Highbury, now converted into flats, to reflect on how much the world of football has changed since Nick first conceived the book.

John also happens to have a personal stake in the fate of the stadium and in the story of Nick's seminal memoir – he’s the son of legendary Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who features in Fever Pitch.

Presenter/John Wilson, Producer/Faith Lawrence for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Comedy First - Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

In a brand new musical comedy, series comedian Alex Horne and his five piece band give listeners a Latin lesson, ponder the language that unifies us all and guest David O’Doherty takes listeners for a noisy ride in the Quiet Carriage.

The band includes Alex Horne as host; Joe Auckland on trumpet/banjo; Mark Brown on saxophone/clarinet; Will Collier on double bass/bass; Ben Reynolds on drums and percussion; Joe Stilgoe on piano/keyboard and guest performer David O'Doherty.

This series is a Comedy First premiere – where new comedy series are broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 Extra before transferring to BBC Radio 4.

Producer/Julia McKenzie for the BBC

Homesick

Debut collection exploring identity, by British-born Sri Lankan writer Roshi Fernando.

On Monday, in The Clangers it’s Preethi’s first day at nursery school and in trying to make sense of her world, she turns to her favourite children's TV programme. Read by Amara Karan.

On Tuesday, in The Turtle, a fractured family who are on holiday find wonder and solace in a newly-hatched turtle's egg. Read by Seeta Indrani.

On Wednesday, in Nil's Wedding, Nil reflects on the rituals and traditions of her Sri Lankan family, and what she is about to give up by marrying an English boy. Read by Amara Karan.

On Thursday, At The Barn Dance tells the story of Preethi as she stands on the side-lines worrying about not fitting in at her husband's office barn dance when a chance encounter gives her a glimpse of what might have been. Read by Seeta Indrani.

In the final story on Friday, Test, a day out at the Oval with his seven-year-old son Carl leads Rohan to new understandings about the complexities of love and acceptance. Read by Paul Bazely.

Readers/Amara Karan, Seeta Indrani and Paul Bazely,

Producers and Abridgers/Elizabeth Allard and Gemma Jenkins

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Mark Chapman has football debate and discussion with John Motson, Steve Claridge and journalist Ian McGarry.

At 9.00pm Mark Clemmit has a round-up of all the weekend’s Football League action.

From 9.30pm there’s more on one of the day’s top sports stories.

Presenter/Mark Chapman/ Mark Clemmit, Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

21st Century Girl

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates 10 Years with Justine Frischmann exploring the role of women in music, in a documentary first broadcast on Radio 1 in 2004.

Presenter/Justine Frischmann, Producer/Frank Wilson

The Noughties: 2003

This March marks the tenth anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music, which launched on 11 March 2002 with Ash's Burn Baby Burn. Radio 6 Music’s night schedule will celebrate the station’s decade on air by revisiting documentaries from this period.

Tonight’s programme celebrates The Story of The Noughties, 2003. Presented by Huw Stephens, it features The Libertines, The White Stripes and The Darkness as well as the year of MySpace and grime. Michael Eavis talks about Glastonbury selling out in record time. First broadcast on Radio 1.

Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/Frank Wilson

The Live Music Hour Monday

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with live music from 2003, its second year on air. Including: Athlete, Ian McCulloch, Franz Ferdinand, Hope Of The States, Snowpony, The Roots, Mojave 3 and Laika.

Producer/Adam Hudson

Marc Riley

Paul Linger, Charles Boyer and Bonnie K have just released their first album since 2007.

EIOH had a busy 2011, which saw them share the stage with Black Lips at 1234 Festival, tour round Europe and release six singles with Too Pure and 4AD.

Just before they head off around Europe on tour again, EIOH bring their indie/Kraut rock influenced tunes to Marc's studio to brighten up this Salford evening.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

Tuesday 6 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Janice Long

Janice Long hosts some great music after midnight, as well as more unusual tracks in Tunes of the Unexpected and nightly topical chat. Cast frontman and former La's bassist John Power pops in to chat to Janice about Cast's comeback album and tour.

John also performs a Spoken Word Session, where guests flex their poetry muscles and read favourite poems, passages from books or song lyrics.

Presenter/Janice Long, Producer/Dan Cocker for Somethin’ Else

Jamie Cullum's Jazz Show

Jamie Cullum showcases his love for all types of jazz, and music rooted in jazz, from its heritage to the future.

This week, he returns to the BBC archives to dig out a recording of Abdullah Ibrahim, the South African pianist and composer, performing on the TV show Ebony in January 1986.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Karen Pearson for Folded Wing

Nigel Ogden: The Organist Entertains

Nigel Ogden talks to one of the UK’s most popular and accomplished players, Simon Gledhill, and presents recordings of some entertaining pieces from the organ world.

Presenter/Nigel Ogden, Producer/Terry Carter

Michael Ball's Songwriting Partnerships

In this six-part series Michael Ball takes an in-depth look at some of the greatest songwriting partnerships of all time.

Each week is dedicated to a different songwriting duo, exploring the songs they wrote, the artists they wrote for and the skill that goes into writing a popular song which will stand the test of time.

Tonight’s programme is devoted to the work of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership has produced the majority of The Rolling Stones catalogue. As musical collaborators they've also written for Marianne Faithfull, Gene Pitney and band-mate Ronnie Wood. Their songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Elton John, David Bowie and Britney Spears.

Presenter/Michael Ball, Producer/Jodie Keane

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Afternoon On 3

Penny Gore introduces the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Strauss, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn's youthful Octet.

Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/Lindsay Pell

Late Junction

Max Reinhardt presents an eclectic musical selection.

Tuesday’s playlist includes Victoria Spivey and Lonnie Johnson, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Band of Skulls.

Wednesday’s programme features a lost recording by Stinky Winkles with Greg Bright, a live recording of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and an Albanian version of Yiddishe Mame from Eda Zari.

In Thursday’s programme, Max brings listeners songs by Ana Silvera, medieval music from The Sixteen, vintage gospel from Florida Normal and musique concrete from Bertrand Dubedout.

Presenter/Max Reinhardt, Producer/Philip Tagney

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

The Life Scientific

Jim Al-Khalili enters the multiverse with Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. He's worked on the big bang, black holes and the formation of galaxies, but he would really like to know if there is life elsewhere in the universe.

As a former president of the Royal Society and a member of the House of Lords, Rees is at the heart of science policy and has worked with the G8 to put science on the international agenda. He is an atheist and has attracted criticism from other scientists for his views on religion.

Rees says we can now be fairly certain of what happened in the universe from a nanosecond after the big bang until today and is a supporter of the idea that there may have been many big bangs leading to many universes.

Presenter/Jim Al-Khalili, Producers/Anna Buckley and Geraldine Fitzgerald for the BBC

One To One

Journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown continues to explore the impact of divorce on families, for One to One.

This week she speaks to 18-year-old Megan who describes her experience of living through her parents' divorce. Megan is part of the charity Young Minds VIK (Very Important Kids) project.

Presenter/Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Producer/Karen Gregor for the BBC

The Global Reach

Katie Derham presents a new series of real-life stories from people around the globe. The Global Reach shines a light on international affairs through the personal stories of those directly involved in the making of history.

Katie will hear the extended testimony from those on the frontline, both in the form of interviews with key players in global events and in a series of blogs from an international network of citizen journalists.

Featured stories include that of King Zero, a Burmese monk at the heart of his country's struggle for democracy; the narcocorridos (or drug ballads) of Mexico, which glorify the violence that has claimed the lives of around 40,000 people in the last five years; and the multimillionaire rat-catcher from China.

Presenter/Katie Derham, Producer/Will Yates for Whistledown Productions

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch presents the day’s sports news, plus match build-up to tonight’s Champions League commentary, Arsenal v AC Milan live from the Emirates Stadium.

Live commentary on the last 16 second leg match begins at 7.45pm.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

21st Century Girl

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates 10 Years.

Justine Frischmann concludes her exploration of the role of women in music.

Presenter/Justine Frischmann, Producer/Frank Wilson

The Noughties: 2004

This March marks the tenth anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music, which launched on 11 March 2002 with Ash's Burn Baby Burn. Radio 6 Music’s night schedule will celebrate the station’s decade on air by revisiting documentaries from this period.

Tonight’s programme celebrates The Story of The Noughties - 2004, looking back at music downloads, boutique festivals, Heat magazine and the death of John Peel. It will also feature interviews with Biffy Clyro and Goldie Lookin Chain. First broadcast on Radio 1.

Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/Frank Wilson

Live Music Hour

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with live music from 2004.

Including tracks from Amy Winehouse, Adem, Buzzcocks, Graham Coxon, The Killers, Fiery Furnaces, The Shins and Lou Barlow.

Producer/Adam Hudson

Marc Riley

Marc is joined by Stealing Sheep, who return to the studio for the first time in over two years, not only with new music but also a new line-up.

Hailing from Liverpool, Becky, Emily and Lucy use an array of synths and layered vocals to give their music a unique 60s drone style, complete with medieval patterns and hypnotic beats: they call it psychedelic folktronica. Having just finished a tour supporting Field Music and with a new album, they are tipped for great things in 2012.

Marc will also hear from Rob Hughes, who rides into town with his Americana tunes.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

Wednesday 7 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Listen To The Band

Frank Renton hosts the very best in brass band music.

Tonight’s show features some great live recordings made in iconic music venues.

The Black Dyke Band play in the Bridgewater Hall and the roof of the Royal Albert Hall is lifted off by the amazing sound of massed Salvation Army bands from around the world - and gently put back down by the British Tuba Quartet.

Plus an audience is driven to frenzy by the Stavanger Brass Band in 1995.

Presenters/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

Desmond Carrington's Icons Of The 50s

Desmond Carrington hosts a second series of Icons of the 50s, celebrating some of his favourite performers from that decade.

This series Desmond shares the presentation with the veteran singer and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young, who also contributes one of his own records to each programme. Each programme includes words and music from a star personality of the 1950s, first heard on Radio Luxembourg and the BBC Light Programme.

Four icons are featured during the series: first up are the Beverley Sisters, whose irrepressible chat is heard in this first episode. They are followed by Lionel Bart, Malcolm Vaughan and Dorothy Squires.

Desmond comments: "It's great to have a second series of Icons of the 50s because it gives me the chance to wallow in just the sort of music that my listeners love - from Mario Lanza to Alma Cogan, Frankie Vaughan to Shirley Bassey, and then some."

Presenters/Desmond Carrington, Sir Jimmy Young

Producer/David Aylott for Foldback Media

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Building The Big Society: Organising

As Westminster continues to thrash out the Prime Minister’s Big Society idea, communities are seeing initiatives springing into action. For this two-part Radio 4 documentary Giles Edwards has been exploring two aspects of the Big Society, aiming to help people take control and make a difference locally.

During the past six months he has been given unprecedented access to the Community Organising programme and the efforts to turn more parts of the public sector into co-operatives and social enterprises.

In the first programme Building The Big Society: Organising, Giles looks at the Community Organiser programme. As the only journalist to attend all three days of the first national induction and training session, he has been following three of the first cohort of organisers to capture their successes and explore the challenges.

The organisers’ goal is to help people in deprived communities across England take control over their lives, building voluntary organisations and businesses, even persuading people to vote. But can just 500 full time organisers and 4,500 volunteers deliver on these ambitious goals?

Life: An Idiot’s Guide

Stephen K Amos and his pick of the circuit's best stand-ups build an idiot's guide to life.

This week Ava Vidal, Howard Read and Smug Roberts offer a guide to raising children.

Presenter/Stephen K Amos, Producer/Colin Anderson for the BBC

Lent Talks

This year’s Lent Talks consider the relationship between the individual and the collective.

Today Linda Woodhead, Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme, draws on the latest research to look into the erosion of traditional communities for new social groups.

She explores the dis-embedding from traditional community relationships to new communities formed from choice rather than inheritance.

The Christian season of Lent is traditionally a time for self-examination and reflection on universal human conditions such as temptation, betrayal, abandonment, greed, forgiveness and love.

Presenter/Linda Woodhead, Producer/Mark O’Brien for the BBC

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Mark Pougatch presents the day’s sports news.

From 8.00pm London Calling has a look ahead to the London 2012 Olympics, with a focus on Britain’s track and field hopes before the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

At 9.30pm Eleanor Oldroyd presents 5 live Swimming with all the latest from the British Swimming Championships at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Eleanor Oldroyd

Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

The Noughties: 2005

This March marks the tenth anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music, which launched on 11 March 2002 with Ash's Burn Baby Burn.

Radio 6 Music’s night schedule will celebrate the station’s decade on air by revisiting documentaries from this period. In tonight’s programme, Trevor Nelson continues The Story of The Noughtie: 2005.

There is music from The Killers, Kanye West and Arctic Monkeys and a look at Doctor Who, which returned to our TV screens, and the UK underground hip-hop scene hitting the mainstream. First broadcast on Radio 1.

Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/Frank Wilson

Live Music Hour

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with live music from 2005.

Including Arcade Fire, Duke Spirit, The Strokes, The Magic Numbers, Emiliana Torrini, Misty's Big Adevnture, The Dears and The Cardigans.

Producer/Adam Hudson

Steve Lamacq

It's the middle of the week, which means another New Favourite Band in the studio chatting with Steve.

He’ll also be speaking to another Good Day Bad Day caller to find out about their musical history and there's another National Anthem.

Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Paul Sheehan

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Health Check: The Lifecycle Of An Athlete

As part of The Human Race season, Health Check examines the life cycle of an athlete, from cradle to grave.

What makes Usain Bolt the fastest man over 100 metres or Patrick Makau the marathon world record holder with a time of just over two hours and three minutes? Are they born that way or is it achieved through hard graft? How is their talent identified and shaped into an elite athlete? And what physical and mental state are athletes in when their careers are over?

Beginning in Kenya, Claudia Hammond finds out how future gold medallists are identified and child talent is nurtured in the Rift Valley, famous for producing the best long distance runners in the world. Do the Kenyans have natural ability or is their domination of endurance running down to a host of other factors? Meeting rising star and Commonwealth gold medallist Tom Daley, the programme also looks at how young diving talent is identified in the UK.

Thursday 8 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris Country

Bob presents his choice of country, roots and Americana music. Bob's session guest tonight is Country’s hottest new act, The Band Perry.

A family trio, The Band Perry is made up of siblings Kimberley, Neil and Reid Perry from Mobile, Alabama.

They were the big winners at last year's CMA awards, picking up best new artist award plus song and single of the year for their massive hit If I Die Young, which topped both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts in 2011. Their debut album is released in the UK this month.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Hagen

Sounds Of The 20th Century

Jeremy Vine introduces an audio collage of 1998.

It's the year of the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh bombing, Michael Owen’s World Cup goal, Robbie’s Millennium and the movie Titanic.

Names in the news include Paul Burrell, Monica Lewinsky and Richard Bacon. Will Smith’s getting ‘jiggy wit it’, the Mavericks are Dancing the Night Away, and George Michael’s Outside.

Presenter/Jeremy Vine, Producer/Trevor Dann for TDC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

In The Lounge With Rich Morton

Comedian and musician Rich Morton steps into the glossy, velvet-carpeted world of lounge, meeting performers, composers and club owners for whom the music is a lifelong passion.

For many casual listeners, the music usually defined as 'lounge' may conjure up something kitsch and outdated, bringing to mind the world of Austin Powers or the sentimental, string-sodden arrangements of their parents' record collections.

As lounge aficionado Rich Morton discovers, there's a large and healthy subculture of lounge lovers who view it as anything but outdated.

Rich meets fellow lounge collectors, club owners and composers with the shared passion for a music that's often overlooked or derided, but, as the programme reveals, is constantly being reinvented.

New technology means that classic tracks are being re-discovered and shared as never before, producing fascinating advances and musical hybrids within lounge culture.

Presenter/Rich Morton, Producer/Paul Bajoria for the BBC

Afternoon Drama - Love Virtually

Starring David Tennant and Emilia Fox, Love Virtually by Austrian novelist Daniel Glattauer is a thoroughly modern epistolary novel with one difference - its protagonists Emmi Rothner and Leo Leike communicate exclusively by email.

They 'meet' when Emmi mistakenly sends an email to Leo's inbox. A romance ensues that allows them to live out a shared secret life far removed from their day-to-day existences. The story asks to what extent the relationship relies on fantasy and escapism and whether it will it survive a real life meeting.

The problem is Emmi is married - but does a virtual affair ‘count’ as adultery?

The tale questions whether it’s possible to fall in love with someone you've never met - and explores the implications of anonymity in cyberspace.

Adapted by Eileen Horne.

Producer/Clive Brill for Pacificus Productions

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Eleanor Oldroyd presents from National Hunt trainers, Paul Nicholls Yard for a 5 live racing special. Plus all the day’s sports news.

At 9.00pm, Matt Dawson and former Wales captain Gareth Thomas have the latest rugby union and Six Nations news and interview in 5 live Rugby.

Presenters/Eleanor Oldroyd, Matt Dawson, Gareth Thomas

Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

The Noughties: 2006

This March marks the tenth anniversary of BBC Radio 6 Music, which launched on 11 March 2002 with Ash's Burn Baby Burn.

Radio 6 Music’s night schedule will celebrate the station’s decade on air by revisiting documentaries from this period.

In tonight’s programme, Pete Tong continues The Story Of The Noughties: 2006, with a look at the rise of credible female artists such as Lily Allen, the Ibiza scene and Nu Rave.

First broadcast on Radio 1.

Presenter/Huw Stephens, Producer/Frank Wilson

Live Music Hour

BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates: 10 Years with live music from 2006.

Including 65 Days Of Static, Belle and Sebastian, Broken Social Scene, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Fujiya and Miyagi, Camera Obscura, Moloko and Beck.

Producer/Adam Hudson

Steve Lamacq

Thursday is Roundtable day.

Steve welcomes an esteemed panel in the studio to chat about some interesting new releases. Listeners can comment on all the tracks entering the Roundtable Chatroom - log on via the BBC Radio 6 Music website or contribute via twitter #roundtable.

Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Paul Sheehan

Friday 9 March

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

This morning Chris Evans is joined for Breakfast by a very special guest - Jimmy Osmond.

Thrust into the limelight as the baby of five brothers who made up The Osmonds, Jimmy is the youngest ever performer to have a number one single in the UK Singles Chart.

Now a successful businessman raising money for charity in America, Chris will be chatting to Jimmy and finding out more about this long-haired lover from Liverpool.

Friday Night is Music Night - BBC Concert Orchestra Celebrating 60

Ken Bruce salutes the BBC Concert Orchestra on their 60th anniversary.

Tonight's archive concert from 2007 features the music of Jerry Herman, with West End star John Barrowman.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Bridget Apps

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Twenty Minutes

Stephen Johnson reveals the inner workings of Mahler's Symphony no.7

Mahler's Symphony no.7 was premiered in 1908 in Prague, conducted by the composer himself. Mahler has described this work as "predominantly cheerful, humorous content" and some have interpreted the piece as an outburst of enthusiastic affirmation of life.

Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Luke Whitlock

World On 3 - Emel Mathlouthi In Session

Lopa Kothari presents the latest sounds from around the world – and a studio session by the Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi.

Born in Tunis, Emel is a singer-songwriter who draws heavily on the music of her native Maghreb, as well citing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and the Lebanese diva Fairouz.

Presenter/Lopa Kothari, Producer/James Parkin

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Night Visions

Poet Paul Farley takes a radiophonic journey through the night sky over London on a police helicopter. He follows the operations of this aerial crime fighter and reflects on the illuminated city below.

From its base deep in Epping Forest the city lights can be seen twinkling in the distance. Once the crew is scrambled and the helicopter takes off, the metropolis begins to move beneath him as the Air Support Unit dashes through the air from task to task.

Be it searching for a missing person on a railway-siding or a burglar hiding in gardens, taking on car pursuits or watching a house out of earshot whilst an armed unit lays siege – it observes London and its inhabitants through thermal image cameras which turn night into day.

Paul reflects on this world of transformation and in his poem, The Asset, the helicopter takes on a life of its own.

Presenter/Paul Farley, Producer/Neil McCarthy for the BBC

Afternoon Drama - Not Just For Christmas

Estranged brothers Danny and Jimmy are about to meet for the first time in 20 years, in Not Just For Christmas by Roddy Doyle.

It was always Danny and Jimmy, Jimmy and Danny. They were blood brothers, inseparable, them against the world - until the one big row that drove them apart. Now 20 years on Jimmy is on the phone and he wants to meet. Jimmy wants to make his peace with his estranged brother, even if it involves a little white lie or two...

Cast includes Simon Delaney as Danny and Michael McElhatton as Jimmy. Also, Barbara Bergin as Karen, Gerry O'Brien as Barman, Miche Doherty as Billy Dunne, Deirdre O'Kane as Billy Dunne's Girlfriend, Sam Keeley as Teen Danny, Donal Gallery as Teen Jimmy, Adam Brown as Young Danny, Scott Graham as Young Jimmy, Seainin Brennan as Kay and Paul Kennedy as Father.

Producer and Director/Gemma McMullan for the BBC

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 live Sport

Colin Murray looks ahead to all the weekend’s sporting action, with help from regulars Pat Nevin and Perry Groves - in Kicking Off with Colin Murray.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Mike Carr

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Shaun Keaveny

Shaun is joined live in studio by The First Time presenter and 6 Music News presenter (and former Menswear drummer) Matt Everitt for an irreverent take on the day's music news.

Prof. Brian Cox has all things science and tThere will also be another poem from Murray Lachlan Young and the usual great music.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

Steve Lamacq

Friday sees Steve bring the week to a close in style, with another instalment of Universities Challenged.

There’s another Friday Free For All and Steve will be asking Who's Got the Worst Weekend.

Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Paul Sheehan

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