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Saturday 9 February



CD Review

CD Review with Andrew McGregor, including the weekly Building A Library and Iain Burnside with a survey of recordings of Brahms' Piano Trio in B major, Op.8.

Andrew talks to Caroline Gill about new recordings of chamber and vocal music by JS Bach and Vivaldi, and the Disc of the Week is Erlkonig - a recital of Schubert songs.

Presenter/ Andrew McGregor

Music Matters

Tom Service talks to Australian conductor Simone Young, reviews two new books about Arturo Toscanini and explores the connections between music, language and autism.

Presenter/Tom Service


Saturday Classics

Historian Bettany Hughes explores the Ancient World through the sounds of antiquity and the influence that they have had on composers across time.

Including works by Beethoven, Debussy and Handel, alongside recreations of Greek and Roman music as part of BBC Two and BBC Radio 3’s Story of Music series.

Presenter/Bettany Hughes, Producer/ Sam Phillips

Opera On 3: Live From The Met: Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

Donizetti's tuneful comedy L'Elisir d'Amore is performed live from the Met and conducted by Maurizio Benini.

Nemorino is hopelessly in love with the fickle Adina, who seems more interested in the dashing Sergeant Belcore. Luckily for Nemorino, the quack doctor Dulcamara is selling a potion which he claims is an elixir of love.

Cast list

Adina - Anna Netrebko (soprano),

Nemorino - Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Belcore - Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone),

Dulcamara - Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone),

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Producers/ Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff



Saturday Drama: The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

London's rich past as a melting pot of cultures is one of the themes of Madness's 2009 album - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, which has inspired Mark Davies Markham's new play.

Gazi and Sitara have been serving full English breakfasts at the Union Café on London's Norton Folgate for 30 years. But now the council have served a demolition order and it looks as if the father of their son's girlfriend, Ralph Burke, is behind the plan to develop the site.

No one is going to let the Union go without a fight, and soon Gazi and Sitara find that they have the support of pop royalty in the form of Suggs, Chas Smith and Mike Barson from Madness.

With Suggs, Chas Smith and Mike Barson as themselves, Vincent Ebrahim as Gazi, Pooja Ghai as Sitara, Avin Shah as Aki, Danny Sapani as Sunshine, Stephanie Racine as Jess, Patrick Brennan as Ralph, Adam Nagaitis as Hughie, Paul Stonehouse as Connor, Eleanor Crooks as Iona.

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer for the BBC

Archive On 4: The Road To Nineteen Eighty-Four

David Aaronovitch traces how a decade of political chaos shaped George Orwell's vision of a totalitarian future.

He explores how, after the war, the threat of the new atom bomb played a crucial part in the birth of Nineteen Eighty-Four - and how Orwell coined the term 'cold war' in the process.

Aaronovitch traces the impact on the novel of the provocative ideas of an American ex-communist, James Burnham, who predicted a world dominated by three tyrannical super-states, and finds out why Orwell saw some form of Western European Union as the best way to prevent Britain being swallowed by Big Brother.

He also asks if Orwell was an English socialist, why is the totalitarian party ruling 'Oceania' in Nineteen Eighty-Four is called 'IngSoc' - which is short for 'English Socialists'?

With Peter Davison, Frances Stonor Saunders, DJ Taylor, Hugh Wilford

Presenter/David Aaronovitch, Producer/Phil Tinline for the BBC



The Prisoner Of Zenda

Anthony Hope’s swashbuckling adventure, set in the fictional country of Ruritania, is almost the only title of his many writings to be remembered.

Hope was born 150 years ago (9th February 1863) and his novel The Prisoner of Zenda was a huge success: to this day, it continues to be adapted and dramatized for new audiences. This radio version, first broadcast in June 1973 stars Julian Glover in the double role of King Rudolf and his identical English cousin, Rudolf Rassendyll. When King Rudolf is imprisoned in the town of Zenda, Rassendyll is persuaded to impersonate the king at his coronation, thereby thwarting Rudolf’s brother’s attempts to seize the throne. Martin Jarvis stars as mischief maker Rupert of Hentzau.

The novel is dramatized by Kay Patrick and Eric Maschwitz. Maschwitz is perhaps best remembered as the man who wrote the lyrics for A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and These Foolish Things. He co-wrote the 1931 detective novel Death At Broadcasting House with Val Gielgud. The novel, which went on to be filmed, is set in a radio drama studio when a member of the cast is murdered.

Rupert of Hentzau which is the sequel to this tale, will be broadcast in week 8.



5 Live sport - Six Nations 2013 - France v Wales

Live Six Nations rugby union commentary of France v Wales from the Stade de France.

Plus updates and reports from this afternoon's football.



Edith Bowman

Writer, broadcaster and national treasure Stephen Fry joins Edith ahead of the 2013 Film BAFTAs.

Edith will also be getting to know the Psychedelic Sounds of Jagjagjuwar's Foxygen the latest band out of San Francisco making waves in the UK. She'll also be digging into The Memory Bank for more listeners’ stories, and their musical knowledge will be put to the test in The Last Word. And everyone can get an idea of what the 6 Music family looks like first thing in the morning as Edith invites listeners to send in more of their Bedhead pictures.

Presenter/ Edith Bowman Producer/Jax Coombes

Liz Kershaw

Liz is joined by Adam Ant, one of the most iconic British musicians of the 1980s. He's just released his first album in 17 years, called Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter.

Adam enjoyed huge success in the early 1980s, first with his band Adam and the Ants and then as a solo performer, and topped the chart three times in this period. He continued to release music through to the mid-90s, though never matched that early success. In subsequent years, he has made occasional live performances. He has also had health issues, and spent time in a psychiatric hospital in 2003.

Liz also gives listeners the chance to show off their musical knowledge with themed suggestions, and talks to a listener about their favourite album in All Killer No Filler, which this week comes from Pavement.

Presenter/ Liz Kershaw Producer/ Adam Hudson

Gilles Peterson

Gilles launches a week-long celebration of live music rounding off 6 Music’s 10th anniversary year. He broadcasts live from the legendary Maida Vale studios in West London, with a very special live session from Laura Mvula, in front of a live studio audience.

This time, Gilles is joined by the prodigiously talented soul singer Laura Mvula, whose first two singles 'She' and 'Green Garden' have featured heavily in Gilles' recent playlists.

Hailing from Birmingham, Laura's classically trained technique, combined with her Caribbean background has created a sound that has turned heads, coming fourth in the BBC Sound Of 2013 poll as well as being nominated for the Brits Critics Choice Award, all before her debut album has been released.

Presenter/ Gilles Peterson Producer/ David O’Donnel (Somethin’ Else)

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

As part of 6 Music's week of live music, Craig will be broadcasting live from the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Performing live is the British soul singer and one of Tru Thought's records biggest artists Alice Russell.

Backed by her full band and in front of a live studio audience, Alice will be playing tracks from her forthcoming album Dust, along with classics from her back catalogue. Also on the bill is the British Soul singer James Hunter.

Presenter/ Craig Charles Producer/Ben Appleyard

The Tom Robinson Show

Tom is joined by York-based songwriter and performer Mark Wynn as part of BBC Introducing. He cites his influences as Mission Of Burma, Ted Hughes, The Fall, The Minutemen, Burroughs, Lightnin Hopkins, Ramones, John Cooper Clarke and Lou Reed.

Tom presents his unique mix of music including BBC Introducing tracks, with Huw Stephens from Radio 1 sharing his personal tips from BBC Introducing.

At 11 o'clock, Tom launches The After Hour; the doors are locked, shutters pulled down on the windows, the rule book is ditched and Tom dusts off tracks from the outer reaches of his record collection!

Presenter/ Tom Robinson Producer/Adam Hudson



Raj And Pablo

Indian actor and TV host Salil Acharya joins Raj and Pablo to review new Bollywood films A.B.C.D and Special 26. Plus, Mumbai’s DJ Ricky takes to the decks with a new filmi music mix.

Presenters/ Raj & Pablo Producer/ Kejal Kemani



Exchanges at the Frontier

Philosopher A.C.Grayling, a public audience, and, for the first time, a video-linked audience from around the world question the world’s leading scientists about the impact and importance of their work for this year’s Exchanges at the Frontier on BBC World Service.

The series will feature a chemical Engineer developing microchips to deliver all the drugs a body needs for a lifetime; a physicist explaining how future science will unlock the mysteries of the universe; Asia’s leading expert on bird flu, pig flu and global epidemics and finally, this year’s European Laureate of the L’Oreal-Unesco Science Prize for Women – the person who discovered a cure for neo-natal diabetes.

In the third programme, Geneticist and Physiologist, and Winner or this year’s L’Oreal Women in Science Award, Francis Ashcroft, joins Grayling at London’s Wellcome Collection. Ashcroft, who is Director of the Oxford University Centre for Gene Function and a leading expert on how electricity works in the human body, talks about its role in diabetes.

Sunday 10 February



BBC Radio 1Xtra Stories: Going Home

Can somewhere you’ve never been really be ‘home’? Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney follows three young Brits as they travel across the world to discover their roots.

"I know where I’m from in terms of where I was born, but my whole heritage is unknown to me. It's time I really found out."

Darian was born in London. When his Nigerian Dad died seven years ago, he lost all of his ties to Africa. Now he’s going there for the first time. Natalie’s grandad came to Britain long before she was born, but she wants to go to Dominica to find out where he’s from. And 15 year-old Brendan has been planning a trip to his mum’s hometown in Zimbabwe for years.

Gemma follows their journeys – from climbing Caribbean waterfalls to milking African cows, from vibrant weddings and music blaring on every street corner to children begging on the street. We also hear from Tinchy Stryder, Dynamite MC and Twin B from the Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show – who talk about what happened when they went ‘home’. Gemma has never been to Jamaica, her dad’s country, but maybe hearing these experiences will make her book that ticket…

Nigeria, Dominica and Zimbabwe – these places are like nothing that Darian, Natalie and Brendan are used to. Will they fit in? Can they feel at home in a strange continent, surrounded by relatives they’ve only just met? And will the journey change their ideas about where home is?

Presenter/ Gemma Cairney, Producer/ Hannah Marshall for Loftus Audio



Bob Harris

Unassuming young husband and wife song writing partnership Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou join Bob to play songs from their third album La Ferme De Fontenaille - recorded live in a vintage British Leyland camper van in a barn in France's Loire Valley, then mixed in one day in Wood Green.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Hagen

The Sunday Hour

Diane Louise Jordan plays spiritually uplifting and inspiring music through hymns, Gospel and choral classics.

Each week, the programme celebrates different aspects of the Christian faith through words and prayers, as well as listeners’ requests and dedications. The music includes recordings from Cathedral, Gospel and Male Voice Choirs, ensembles, solo artists, as well as hymns and songs recorded specially for the programme and performed by some of Britain’s top Gospel and Inspirational musicians.

Presenter/Diane Louise Jordan, Producer/Janet McLarty



Private Passions: Celia Imrie

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades.

Celia Imrie has enjoyed frequent collaborations with Victoria Wood from the 1970s onwards, appearing as Miss Babs in the spoof TV soap Acorn Antiques and as Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, and featuring in films including Nanny McPhee, Calendar Girls and Bridget Jones’ Diary. She is also a highly successful stage actress, and is currently appearing in Michael Frayn's Noises Off in London's West End, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.

Celia Imrie learnt to play the piano as a child, and her musical private passions begin with Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, played by Leonard Bernstein. She has also chosen one of Josef Suk's Love Songs for piano, written for his wife, Dvorak's daughter Ottilie. Celia Imrie's mother was a violinist, and her choices include the finale of Brahms's Violin Concerto played by Nigel Kennedy. A great opera-lover, she has selected arias from Charpentier's opera Louise, sung by Montserrat Caballe, and Puccini's Tosca, sung by Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi, which she loves for its dramatic intensity. Celia wanted to be a dancer, and finds it hard to sit still while listening to the waltz from Act I of Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella. Her final choice is Shirley Bassey singing Diamonds Are Forever.

First broadcast in June 2012

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, A Classic Arts Production

Sunday Feature: The Idea Of Sin

A three-part series where Rev Richard Coles explores the ideas of sin and atonement across time and the world, from the dawn of ethical structures amongst primitive man, through the development of notions of indulgence, guilt and retribution, to the full force of medieaval tormented souls and Dante's circles of Hell.

In this first programme, Richard explores exactly what is meant by sin and its origins in man's earliest ethical structures. He travels to Italy to discuss some of the world's most graphic illustrations of the consequences of sin - in Florence's Baptistery and Giotto's extraordinary frescoed Last Judgement in Padua.

Presenter/Reverend Richard Coles, Producer/ Simon Elmes

Words And Music

A sequence of poetry, prose and music on the theme of concealment and the invisible.

Alex Jennings reads poems and prose by Lewis Carroll, Edward Thomas and John Clare about secrets, lost things and encrypted meaning. There's music by Elgar, Berg, Bach and Janáček.

Producer/ Natalie Steed

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Monteverdi's monumental collection of sacred vocal works, published in Venice in 1640 and 1641 as Selva morale e spirituale, stands among the great treasures of baroque music.

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers present some of the finest pieces from the collection, complete with the spectacular motet Beatus vir, an uplifting Gloria, and two mighty settings of Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus, for eight voices and instruments.

Full Programme:



Salve Regina (Secondo)

Laudate pueri (Primo)

Deus tuorum militum (Primo)

Dixit Dominus (Secondo)

8.10: Interval: see separate billing

Dixit Dominus (Primo)

Salve Regina (Terzo)

Beatus vir (Primo)

Magnificat (Primo)

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Tony Sellors

Drama On 3: Mrs Updike

A new play by Margaret Heffernan about the tempestuous relationship between the American novelist John Updike and his mother.

When John Updike's mother was asked whether she was proud of her son's acclaim, she replied, "I'd rather it had been me." Updike said that one of his earliest memories was seeing his mother at her writing desk. He wrote many stories about his mother and mothers in general, almost all isolated by their intelligence and sensitivity, which their sons both loved and feared.

This play brings Updike and his mother together as Updike struggles with another failed marriage.

He comes home to his mother, expecting support and sympathy, to discover for the first time that his mother is a person too, with hopes and fears and disappointments he had never seen. His mother challenges him: can he love anyone whom he does not see merely as an extension of himself? And, if he can't, what kind of writer, what kind of man, does that make him?

Cast list

Mrs Updike - Eileen Atkins

John Updike - Charles Edwards

Young John Updike - Josef Lindsay

Wesley - Stuart Milligan

Springer - Garrick Hagon

Interviewer - Joseph May

Lara - Lorelei King

Hear And Now

Oliver Knussen talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about a career that has taken him from wunderkind to internationally renowned composer and conductor.

This selection of his music, spanning four decades, was recorded at last year's Total Immersion weekend at the Barbican, celebrating Knussen's 60th birthday.

Full Programme:

Flourish With Fireworks

Choral, Op.8

Whitman Settings, Op.25a

Horn Concerto, Op.28

Requiem - Songs for Sue, Op.33

Symphony No.3, Op.18

Claire Booth, soprano

Martin Owen, horn

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Presenter/Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Producer/ David Papp



Lyrical Journey

In the first of a new series, Jonathan Maitland discovers how The Proclaimers song Sunshine On Leith became a much-loved anthem for a changing city.

On a hill overlooking the Firth of Forth, The Proclaimers perform their song Sunshine On Leith, which has become a source of great pride for this Edinburgh district, even becoming the beloved anthem of Hibernian FC.

Leading up to the performance, Jonathan meets the Proclaimers twins Charlie and Craig Reid and discovers the inspiration behind the lyrics and their links to the area. As Jonathan reflects on the changes in Leith in the 24 years since the record's release, he also discusses the impact of the song around Edinburgh and beyond.

The journey takes him to Leith Docks to meet Scottish and maritime historian Eric Graham and local expert Susan Morrison, who explain how the docks, once the entry point to the wider world, have now become a symbol of redevelopment and social change in the area.

Jonathan also hears from Hibs FC fans for whom the song holds a special meaning, and witnesses the great emotion the song provokes.

Presenter/Jonathan Maitland, Producer/Stephen Garner for the BBC

The Real George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

BBC Radio 4 continues to journey through the labyrinth that is the life and work of George Orwell.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. Sick and separated from his wife, he lives alone in a one-room flat in Victory Mansions in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster; the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities.

Adapted for radio by Jonathan Holloway. With Christopher Eccleston as Winston Smith, Tim Piggot-Smith as O'Brien, Pippa Nixon as Julia, Kim Wall as Parsons, Robert Blythe as Charrington, Sam Alexander as Syme.

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer for the BBC

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a beautiful story of every-day life. Written and narrated by John Osborne.

A young man starts turning out his junk and comes across a box of memories he has saved: letters, birthday and Valentine's cards he has received over the years, tickets for gigs he's been to, and through these the recent events in his life are understood.

Some are from an ex-girlfriend. His first love - they were together when they were teenagers, others are from his mum who worries about him. She means well and is trying to make him feel better but it makes him feel worse and then there are those from his Gran, mainly moaning about her seaside trips.

With Isy Suttie as the Girlfriend, Suki Webster as the Mum and Ann Beach as Gran. Recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre in front of an audience.

Producer/Jane Berthoud for the BBC



Six Nations - Ireland v England

Live Six Nations rugby union commentary of Ireland v England from the Aviva Stadium.

Plus updates and reports from this afternoon's football.



Women's Cricket World Cup

Ball-by-ball commentary of England's match against Pakistan in the Women's Cricket World Cup.


Ice Hockey

Commentary from the Olympic Ice Hockey qualifying match between Team GB and Kazakhstan.


Africa Cup Of Nations Final

Commentary of the Africa Cup of Nations final.




Cerys On 6

Hotly tipped Irish four piece The Strypes join Cerys in the legendary Maida Vale studios for a live session with their buoyant, youthful Sixties-inspired Rhythm and Blues.

Presenter/ Cerys Matthews Producer/ Adam Dineen

The Huey Show

Huey’s back with the jams in the jar, and love in his heart.

It’s Huey’s turn to get in on the 6 Music Live action from the legendary Maida Vale studios. UK’s finest MC Roots Manuva performs live with The Invisible. What happens when two of 6 Music’s favourite artists combine? He’s not sure either, but he’s certain it will be awesome.

JD Macpherson is the don of Sharing Is Caring. He’ll share another gem of a record and, for tender hearted souls, he’ll be Doo Wop-ping That Thing once again.

And as always Huey’ll be wishing everyone love, peace and soul as we turn back the clock and get down with the Soul Train.

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

Monday 11 February



Please Please Me

Hear a special day of live music celebrating The Beatles' debut album Please, Please Me, which the Fab Four recorded 50 years ago today.

Throughout the day, BBC Radio 2 celebrates the making of this ground-breaking album with internationally renowned music artists each re-creating one track from the album live on air. The session will start at 10am and finish at 10.30pm.

Stuart Maconie will host the day at Abbey Road and on BBC Four, with Jo Whiley presenting a special Radio 2 programme live from the iconic studio between 7pm and 10:30pm.

Jo Whiley

Jo brings to an end a special day of live music from Abbey Road celebrating The Beatles debut album Please, Please Me, which the Fab Four recorded on this day 50 years ago.

Throughout the day, BBC Radio 2 has celebrated the making of this ground-breaking album by having internationally renowned music artists each re-creating one track from the album live on air. The day featured host Stuart Maconie talking to Beatles experts, celebrity guests and those who were actually there when the band recorded it. Jo brings it all to a close with a special three-and-half-hour show featuring highlights from the day and special live performances of songs from the album.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Phil Critchlow (TBI Media)

Armatrading’s Singer Songwriters

Joan Armatrading turns talent scout to discover and showcase a new generation of singer songwriters from across the land.

Joan, whose own career spans 40 years, is passionate about the art and the business of song writing. She wants to offer her musical wisdom and an opportunity to young talents who are the future of music in Britain.

Programme one features the polished pop of Jason Clarke and his band and the huge talent of 16-year-old Triona - both acts from Belfast.

There’s also the rolling American acoustic vibe of Wooden Horse, who play Joan’s gig in Cheltenham and singer/songwriter Minnie Birch, whose lyrics are often inspired by the extraordinary job she has in a prison.

Listeners will also get to enter the world of Paul Dunton - part performer, part impresario running his own club, part professional golf coach! Rory Graham is a professional carer – not that he looks the part. He’s a great blues singer-songwriter, whose acapella number at the Dome in Brighton brought the house down.

Presenter/Joan Armatrading, Producer/Susan Marling (Just Radio)



Late Junction

Max Reinhardt presents a Shrove Tuesday Feast: Le Mystere des Voix Bulgare, Japanese percussionist Masayoshi Fujita, and vintage blues from Reverend Gary Davis.

Plus an exclusive bonus track from December's Late Junction Collaboration Session featuring Nils Frahm, Ghost Poet & Hyelim Kim.

Presenter/Max Reinhardt, Producer/ Felix Carey

Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

The legendary pianist Martha Argerich performs Brahms' Haydn Variations with Nicholas Angelich in the first of four programmes to showcase highlights from the 11th Martha Argerich Project at the 2012 Lugano Festival.

Talented young artists and eminent soloists are brought together in Saint-Saens' Piano Quintet and a tango dedicated to Argerich.

Full Programme:

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56b

Martha Argerich & Nicholas Angelich (piano 4 hands)

Saint-Saens: Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.14


Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)

Michael Guttman (violin)

Alissa Margulis (violin)

Lyda Chen (viola)

Mark Drobinsky (cello)

Pietri: Piazzoweill Tango, arr. For piano 4 hands (premiere of this version)

Bruno Pietri & Muricio Vallina (piano 4 hands)

Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/ Elizabeth Arno

Story Of Music Question (Interval of Radio 3 Live In Concert)

Sue Perkins and Tom Service unravel everything the listener ever wondered about music - but were too afraid to ask.

In today's programme, Sue and Tom wonder if there's such a thing as a perfect melody and ask who the listeners think the greatest melody writer in history is: Mozart, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney or someone completely different?

Presenter/Sue Perkins and Tom Service, Producer/ Steven Rajam

The Essay: Listener, They Wore It

Five writers examine how an item of clothing or an accessory features memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting.

In this first programme, Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes begins with an unforgettable hat in the classic novel Madame Bovary. Julian recalls a cap of 'composite order' worn at the beginning of Madame Bovary by the young Charles, and possibly the most famous school cap in literature. In subsequent editions in the series this week, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, and Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat, and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel.

Producer/ Duncan Minshull



Book Of The Week: Mad Girls Love Song

Andrew Wilson's new biography of Sylvia Plath's early life before her meeting with Ted Hughes. Wilson considers the childhood and young womanhood of one of the 20th century's most influential and loved poets.

Before she met Hughes, Plath had lived a complex, creative and high-achieving life. Her father had died when she was only eight, she had watched her mother struggle to put her children through college, had dated a large number of men, had been unofficially engaged, had tried to commit suicide and had written over 200 poems.

In this first programme, eight-year-old Sylvia suffers the loss of her father, Otto.

Abridged by Miranda Davies Produced by Emma Harding

Producer/Emma Harding for the BBC

15 Minute Drama: The Pursuits Of Darleen Fyles

The return of award-winning 15 Minute Drama series about a young married couple with learning disabilities who explore the possibility of having a baby; but just about everybody is against the idea, including Darleen’s partner, Jamie.

Using a mixture of fact and fiction, the actors playing Darleen and Jamie also have learning disabilities. We see Darleen meet Alex Huntesmith, a 17-year-old young man, who plays himself, studying for his A-levels in Politics, History and Economics and hoping to go to Oxford. Both his parents have learning disabilities and the series actually features Alex's real mum and mother of four, Jill. Listeners get a real insight into this extraordinary real family.

With Donna Lavin as Darleen, Edmund Davies as Jamie, Peter Singh as Mohammad, Lorraine Ashbourne as Treena, Hollie Jay Bowes as a Woman in the street and Alex Huntesmith and Jill playing themselves.

Producer/Pauline Harris for the BBC

Sleepless Night

Nina Perry explores the problem of sleeplessness and the crucial relationship between sound and sleep, all set within a soundscape of sounds heard during a sleepless night, interwoven with specifically composed music.

Tinnitus sufferer Helen takes listeners on a journey through a sleepless night of thought, and sounds of ticking clocks, snoring, a restless child, mysterious footsteps and a neighbour’s late-night party. But how are these sounds perceived in a state of sleeplessness? And how do people respond to sound emotionally, physiologically and hormonally? Are the sounds of the night changing? Is the dawn chorus getting earlier? Is the night noisier than it used to be? Are silent nights a thing of the past?

Answering these questions and explaining the relationship between sound and sleep is Professor of Acoustics and Dynamics, Andy Moorhouse and Senior Lecturer in Acoustics Bill Davies from Salford University - who reveal that the soundscape of the 24-hour city isn't necessarily getting noisier.

David Baguley, Head of Audiology at Cambridge University Hospitals, who discusses sound perception, the meaning of sound and the reaction to sound as elements within tinnitus treatment. Dr Ken Hume, a sleep researcher specializing in sound and sleep, discusses the physiology and psychology of sleep and sound disturbance, and Rupert Marshall, Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at Aberystwyth University, describes how urban wildlife is changing its behaviour to cope with modern life - for example, robins nesting in urban areas who struggle to be heard during the day are found more likely to sing at night than their country cousins.

Producer/Nina Perry for White Pebble Media Productions

Tell Me the Truth About Love

For Valentine's week, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, explores the heady world of love poetry from first flush to final parting. She argues that love poems are the poems that continue to have the most profound and lasting impact on the general reader and examines enduring images and themes across ages and cultures.

In conversation with other love poets, Carol Ann celebrates the great poems of love and explores poets' responses to love's mysteries. Each of the five programmes in the series looks at a different stage in the development of a relationship.

The first programme focuses on the excitement of a first meeting and the headiness of early infatuation.

Presenter/Carol Ann Duffy, Producer/Emma Harding for the BBC

The Real George Orwell: Loving

The third of four dramas featuring episodes in the life of Eric Blair.

Eric Blair's relationship with the opposite sex could be a distraught one; over the course of his lifetime, he made several awkward marriage proposals to different women. But his relationship with Eileen O'Shaugnessy, whom he married in 1935, had a huge influence both on his life and his writing. This drama By Jonathan Holloway explores the nine years of their relationship.

Eric Blair - Joseph Millson

Eileen O'Shaugnessy/Blair - Lyndsey Marshal

Dorothy - Isabella Marshall

Lydia Jackson - Vera Filatova

Inspector Summerfield - Dick Bradnum

Len - Alun Raglan

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll

The Real George Orwell: Dreaming

BBC Radio 4 continues to journey through the labyrinth that is the life and work of George Orwell.

Eric Blair’s relationship with the opposite sex could be troubled. He made several awkward marriage proposals to different women, but his relationship with Eileen O'Shaugnessy, whom he married in 1935, had a huge influence both on his life and his writing. This drama explores the nine years of their relationship.

With Joseph Millson as Eric Blair, Lyndsey Marshal as Eileen O’Shaugnessy/Blair, Isabella Marshall as Dorothy, Vera Filatova as Lydia Jackson, Dick Bradnum as Inspector Summerfield and Alun Raglan as Len. Written by Mike Walker.

Producer/Kate McAll for the BBC

Just A Minute

Nicholas Parsons returns with the popular panel game. The comedian Jason Manford joins regulars Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Sue Perkins as they attempt to speak on a subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation.

Subjects include 'Funny Valentine', 'Karaoke' and 'Getting Your Five a Day'.

Producer/Tilusha Ghelani for the BBC

Book At Bedtime: The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is 50 years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary.

The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer, and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression.

As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar captures the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a young woman at odds with the world and uncertain how to find a path back to sanity.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitizer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

Read by Lydia Wilson and abridged by Sally Marmion.

Producer/Di Speirs for the BBC



Strangers And Brothers

Originally broadcast on Radio 4 in 2003, CP Snow’s epic series is one of the great novel sequences of modern English literature. It traces Lewis Eliot’s rise to power, from council clerk in Leicester to lawyer, don and the higher echelons of the civil service.

Starring Adam Godley as Eliot, Episode one sees him escape the drudgery of a council clerk's office in Leicester by passing exams to study at the Bar.

A masterly vision of the English establishment and corridors of power, a phrase coined by Snow in volume 7 of Strangers and Brothers and then used as the title for the ninth book, Corridors of Power (1964). He was allowed, he wrote, to use his own cliché! The phrase came to be universal shorthand for the centre of government and power and has rather outlived the books, which are no longer in print other than in e-versions.

The series is dramatized by Jonathan Holloway.


First broadcast between 1979 and 1984, the World Service drama series Haunted comes to BBC Radio 4 Extra for the first time. This wonderful collection of classic ghost stories were found by accident when a producer, looking for spooky stories, typed in ‘haunted’ into the World Service Audio Archive, just on the off-chance. These 15 stories will be broadcast over three weeks.

Rosemary Timperley’s Little Girl Lost is the first tale. Perhaps not as well remembered as she should be, Timperley (1920-1988) published over 60 novels in 33 years and was a doyen of the ghost story. She edited many volumes of them and was included in others. Roald Dahl picked her for his Book of Ghost Stories and several were dramatized for television, film and radio.

The first week will also feature stories from Wilkie Collins and Bram Stoker. The following weeks include work by HG Wells, Ray Bradbury and Agatha Christie. Actors involved include Nigel Havers, Gwen Watford and Patsy Rowlands alongside several stalwarts of soap operas – Heather Bell, who has just returned to the Archers as Clarrie Grundy after a gap of many decades; Jack May, also late of The Archers; and Leonard Fenton who was Doctor Legg in Eastenders.



Lauren Laverne

Lauren returns to the historic studios for another series of special sessions as part of 6 Music live at Maida Vale. All week Lauren will bring listeners an amazing group of artists, which will also be live online and available on the BBC red button each evening.

Suede kick off proceedings playing tracks from their new album Bloodsports, their first new material in 10 years.

Presenter/ Lauren Laverne Producer/ Lisa Kenlock

Tuesday 12 February



Remembering James Bulger

Winifred Robinson returns to meet Ralph Bulger and his brother Jimmy, 20 years after the murder of Ralph’s much loved son, James.

The Bulger family still lives on a council estate in Kirkby. On the surface of it very little has changed since Winifred last saw them two decades ago, when the children who had abducted and killed two-year-old James were convicted of murder. In the intervening years she has often reflected on the case and wondered what had happened to the Bulger family and their campaign for justice for James. Meeting James’s father, Ralph, and his brother Jimmy again, she is struck by how eager they still are to convey their one unwavering conviction: that a privileged elite has ridden roughshod over James’s memory and their grief to focus solely on what is best for his killers.

Ralph describes how, following the arrest of Venables and Thompson, he used alcohol to blot out the pain – drinking heavily and sinking into a very dark place. A glimmer of hope, in the form of his wife Denise’s pregnancy, was partly overshadowed by the increasing divide between the couple, who were stunned into silence by the enormity of what had happened. Ralph describes the pain of tearing open the wound every time they looked at each other until, in the end, separating seemed the only way to survive the grief.

Winifred explores the family’s belief that too little is done to include the families of murder victims in the court process and that their suffering has no influence on subsequent decisions about release. Their efforts to cope with life were dealt a blow on 23 June 2001, when Ralph and Denise were told of the parole board’s decision to release Thompson and Venables, who were both then 18. This decision was difficult to accept and left a void – all that had been done to seek justice for James appeared to them to have counted for nothing.

Producer/Sue Mitchell for the BBC

Woman’s Hour: Power List

The Woman’s Hour Power List is revealed in a special programme broadcast live from the BBC Radio Theatre in front of an audience of Woman’s Hour listeners.

The search to find the 100 most powerful women in Britain today was launched in October. The final list has been drawn up by judges Eve Pollard, Dawn O’Porter, Priti Patel, Val McDermid, Baroness Oona King and Jill Burridge. It follows three months of interviews and debate on the programme, thousands of nominations from the public and the advice of a series of expert witnesses.

Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by chair of the judging panel, Eve Pollard, and a range of special guests to discuss who made it onto the first Woman’s Hour Power List and what it shows us about the progress women have made in 2013.

Presenters/Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey, Producer/Ruth Watts for the BBC

Afternoon Drama: Dusty Won’t Play

Charlie Brooks stars as Dusty Springfield in Annie Caulfield's latest play. Dusty Won't Play is a reminder of the tangled paranoia of apartheid and the true story of Dusty Springfield's refusal to play segregated audiences in South Africa.

At the height of her fame, young, stylish Dusty Springfield was popular worldwide, having hit records and presenting the television show Ready Steady Go. Glamorous and outspoken, she took a sharp interest in politics but underestimated the trouble her personal stand in South Africa would cause. She had the support of her band and the promoter Dennis Wainer, but much of the press and some of her own profession were against her. Drawing on eye-witness accounts, this drama recreates the 1964 South Africa that Dusty challenged - Nelson Mandela had just been jailed for life, liberals were spied on, detained and destroyed.

Also starring Jack Klaff, Vincent Ebrahim, Jonny Freeman, Danny Lee Wynter and Rasmus Hardiker.

Director/Marilyn Imrie, Producer/Gordon Kennedy for Absolutely productions


Continuing their search for the Sword of Asnagar, the Questers find themselves in the kingdom of Premenstrua, ruled over by the beautiful but wildly unpredicatable Queen Eleanor.

The cast is Darren Boyd as Vidar, Louise Delamere as Queen Eleanor, Kevin Eldon as Dean/Kreech, Dave Lamb as Amis, Stephen Mangan as Sam, Alistair McGowan as the Lord Darkness and Ingrid Oliver as Penthiselea.

Writers: Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto.

Producer/Sam Michell for the BBC

Susan Calman Is Convicted

In a brand-new comedy series for BBC Radio 4, News Quiz favourite Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions.

This week, she examines the current hot political topic of Equal Marriage from a personal perspective. When Susan was younger, she thought marriage was silly, a patriarchal institution which she would never buy into.

That was until she grew up, fell in love and wanted more than anything to get married - except she couldn't. Susan relates her own personal experiences on this matter, including the details of the legislation governing her recent civil partnership ceremony, as well as examining the well-trodden arguments against the issue.

Producer/Lyndsay Fenner for the BBC



Champions League Football

Coverage of Celtic v Juventus.




Lauren Laverne

Today, Everything Everything join 6 Music at Maida Vale to play tracks from their new album Arc.

Presenter/ Lauren Laverne Producer/ Lisa Kenlock


Wednesday 13 February



The Folk Show With Mark Radcliffe

This week, Mark welcomes Irish singer Heidi Talbot to the studio for a live session. Heidi and her very excellent musical friends will perform tracks from her forthcoming album Angels Without Wings.

Heidi, originally from County Kildare, but now based in Scotland, was formerly a member of the New York-based Irish-American group Cherish The Ladies. As a solo artist, she has made five albums and picked up multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations.

The new album features contributions from some of contemporary folk’s biggest names: Dobro guitar master Jerry Douglas, bluegrass start Tim O’Brien, and Scottish musicians Karine Polwart and Julie Fowlis all do turns on the record, as do king Cresosote and Mark Knopfler.

Presenter/Mark Radcliffe, Producer/Jon Lewis (Smooth Operations)

The Young Brass Awards 2013

Youth Brass 2000, Thomas Fountain and Josiah Walters each play a 10 minute programme as they try to take the 2013 Overall Award.

Presented by Frank Renton and Simone Rebello at The Royal Northern College of Music's Festival of Brass. Listeners will hear the College's own Brass Band with conductor Russell Gray, plus music from Exit Brass. All three have already received category Awards as either Youth Band of the Year or as player of the Year Under 18 or Under 21. The winner, announced by the adjudicators at the end of the event, will be offered a further broadcast as a featured artist on Radio 2.

Making that decision are Ewan Easton, Principal Tuba of The Halle Orchestra, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most respected brass band conductors, along with a composer who is creating new sounds for today's bands, Simon Dobson, and Kenneth Crookston, current editor of British Bandsman, a magazine at the heart of the banding scene.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter



Composer Of The Week: Gershwin

Despite his fame on both sides of the Atlantic, Gershwin wrote only one show specifically for the London stage - the Gilbert and Sullivan-infused comedy Primrose.

Donald Macleod presents a little-heard excerpt from the original cast recording, as well as a real rarity, the Dream Sequence from the Hollywood film Delicious, a vestige of George and Ira Gershwin's unhappy experiences in California. He also showcases the work's sibling from the concert hall, the composer's Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, also written for the film.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/ Steven Rajam

Choral Evensong: Ash Wednesday - St John’s College, Cambridge

Live from the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge on Ash Wednesday.

Responses: Radcliffe

Psalm 51: Miserere mei, Deus (Allegri)

First Lesson: Isaiah 1 vv10-18

Antiphon: Non in solo pane

Canticles: Second Service (Gibbons)

Second Lesson: Luke 15 vv11-32

Anthem: In ieunio et fletu (Tallis)

Hymn: Forty days and forty nights (Aus Der Tiefe)

Organ Voluntary: Prelude in C minor BWV 546 (Bach)

Andrew Nethsingha (Director of Music)

Edward Picton-Turbervill (Organ Student)

Producer/ Simon Vivian



Newsjack Revisited

Ahead of the eighth series, Radio 4 takes a look back at the last run of Newsjack, Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show that anyone can write for. Featuring all of the best standalone sketches, JackApps (Newsjack's version of a Rantline) and corrections from the previous series.

With Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Pippa Evans, Nadia Kamil, Cariad Lloyd and Lewis Macleod.

Presenter/Justin Edwards, Producers/Carl Cooper and Ed Morrish for the BBC



Champions League Football

Live football commentary of Real Madrid v Manchester United from the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.




Women's Cricket World Cup

Ball-by-ball commentary of England's match against New Zealand in the Women's Cricket World Cup.




Lauren Laverne

This morning Foals are live in session at Maida Vale playing tracks from their brilliant new album Holy Fire.

Presenter/ Lauren Laverne Producer/ Lisa Kenlock



World Have Your Say: Sharing it all

World Have Your Say is a daily global news debate programme on BBC World Service radio that uses the experiences and expertise of people from all walks of life to report and analyse the news. Its premise relies on the willingness of thousands of people from around the world to share many details of their lives with a huge global audience. The programme's seven years on air have coincided with the rapid rise in the use of social media and the far-ranging impact that this had on what people consider to be private and public. In Sharing It All, WHYS presenter Ros Atkins will meet some of the many guests he’s spoken to in the last year, to understand why they were prepared to share so much of their lives so publicly, and what happened when they did.

Atkins speaks to Lubna Naji, an Iraqi living in Baghdad who has regularly contacted WHYS during her years as a student and a young doctor. In Oslo, he meets Adrian Pracon who survived Anders Breivik’s attack on Utoeya Island and has spoken to the media extensively after a quite conscious decision to share as much as possible in public. Atkins travels to Liverpool to talk with Linda Bancroft who lost her sight two years ago. She has shared far more on WHYS than she has done with some of her close relatives, she reflects on why that’s happened. He also speaks to the city trader, who once told him on WHYS that he ‘goes to bed every night dreaming of another recession’, about why he’d been so honest so publicly.

Thursday 14 February



Bob Harris Country

Joining Bob in session from Nashville are new country duo Love and Theft. Their self-titled debut album is released this week, and in the US has already spawned one chart topper in the song Angel Eyes.

The duo are Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, who cite Elvis, the Eagles, Roy Orbison and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as key influences. Radio 2 listeners will get to hear what they can do on their UK radio debut.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Hagen

Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelieveable

Ian D Montfort is a celebrity spirit medium and psychic, and star of a brand new series for Radio 2. A comedy character created by Tom Binns (the man behind hapless hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury) Ian D Montfort has been a hit at the last three Edinburgh festivals with his combination of magic and laughter.

In each radio show Ian makes contact with the celebrity 'spirit guides' secretly chosen by audience members and reveals personal stories that make them laugh-out-loud one moment and gasp in surprise the next. Each episode features a different celebrity guest who gets a 'private' reading from Ian. This episode stars former Hi Di Hi and Little Britain actress Ruth Madoc who gets a surprise visitation from William Shakespeare.

Presenter/Ian D Montfort, Producer/Julia McKenzie



Live In Concert

From City Halls in Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by Peruvian conductor Migual Harth-Bedoya to perform music inspired by the spirit of the dance, in Spanish composer Joaquín Turina's Danzas Fantasticas and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

The jazz inflections of Leonard Bernstein's Romeo And Juliet musical also resonate through the thoroughly French work of Ravel, in his Piano Concerto in G, performed by the Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter. And the concert concludes with a Roman carnival as reimagined by Tchaikovsky in his Capriccio Italien. The BBC SSO is conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya and perform Bernstein, Ravel, Turina and Tchaikovsky.

Full Programme:

Turina: Danzas Fantasticas

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Interval: Jamie MacDougall explores classical setting of Robert Burns

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien


Ingrid Fliter (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conductor)

Presenter/Jamie MacDougall, Producer/ Douglas Templeton



Blind Date With Runyon

Peter White goes State-side to find out about one of his favourite all time writers - Damon Runyon - who so colourfully captured the lowlife vibes of prohibition jazz era in New York.

The Big Apple's preeminent storyteller, newspaperman, and sportswriter, Runyon, will be brought to life as Peter strides down Broadway, celebrating the memorable slang of such vibrant characters as Harry the Horse, Bookie Bob, Little Isadore and Spanish John.

Presenter/Peter White, Producer/Mark Smalley for the BBC

Afternoon Drama: Every Seventh Wave

Every Seventh Wave is the eagerly awaited sequel to Radio 4’s witty and compelling love story Love Virtually in 2011, and sees Leo returning from Boston having cut off all email communication with Emmi.

Emmi's husband had found out about the relationship that started when Emmi sent an email to Leo’s inbox by accident - and this revelation caused their relationship to implode. After repeated attempts to contact him, Emmi finally receives an answer from Leo, but can the internet lovers rekindle their written romance? And will they ever meet?

With David Tennant and Emilia Fox. Adapted by Eileen Horne from the sequel by Daniel Glattauer.

Producer/Clive Brill for Pacificus Productions




Newsjack is BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show with an open-door policy, which means that anyone can write for it. Once again, host Justin Edwards will be joined by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Pippa Evans, Nadia Kamil and Lewis Macleod for a tasteful mocking of the news.

In the last series, the seventh, the production team read 450 emails a week, and broadcast the work of 123 different writers. Radio 4 will broadcast a special programme containing the best of series seven of Newsjack on 13th February at 11.00pm.

Newsjack may not be the only way to get started as a comedy writer, but it is definitely a good way. Newsjack writing alumni include James Kettle, now writing on a variety of Radio 4 shows including "It's Not What You Know" and "Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing"; Eddie Robson, whose sitcom "Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully" will go out on Radio 2 in March; and Tom Neenan, now one of BBC Radio Comedy's bursary writers.



Blood & Fire: Roots, Reggae And Rastafari

Don Letts reveals how the Rastafari movement helped Jamaica recover a lost identity after years of British colonial rule, and had a profound effect on Jamaican music, culminating in one of the most exciting periods in roots reggae.

At one time Jamaica was a place of feel-good sunshine vibes but as grinding poverty, high crime rates and violence hit the island in the 1970s, the music became darker and introspective. It provided a voice for the poor and the oppressed and became a global phenomenon in the process.

Bob Marley is well known as the world's most famous Rastafarian and his story is well documented and often overshadows a wealth of talent from a golden period of roots reggae music. This is the story of other Rastafarian artists and bands like Burning Spear, Max Romeo, Johnnie Clarke, Little Roy, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Big Youth, The Mighty Diamonds, Black Uhuru and Culture. And the documentary also covers how the Roots and Rasta message found its way to the UK, spawning British-based reggae bands like Steel Pulse and Matumbi.

The documentary was first broadcast in 2007 and features interviews with reggae legends such as Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke, Stephen Marley, The Abyssinians, The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Rankin' Miss P, Rico Rodriguez, Tappa Zukie and Luciano.

Presenter/ Don Letts Producer/James Hale

Lauren Laverne

Richard Hawley joins Lauren at Maida Vale for a special Valentine's Day celebration.

Presenter/ Lauren Laverne Producer/ Lisa Kenlock



Noreen Khan

Noreen celebrates Valentine's Day with special shout outs to the Singles In Need, and chats to Relationship Expert Wersha Bharadwa. Plus hear a very romantic Old Skool Hour.

Presenter/ Noreen Khan Producer/ Sabina Alderwish

Friday 15 February



Friday Night Is Music Night

St Valentine's Day may be gone for another year but love is still in the air on this week's Friday Night Is Music Night as Ken Bruce puts a red rose between his teeth and presents a concert of great romantic classics.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by their principal conductor Keith Lockhart in works such as Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; the waltz from The Slipper and the Rose by Angela Morley; Nino Rota's theme to Romeo and Juliet and Richard Addinsell's dramatic potboiler - The Warsaw Concerto.

The orchestra is joined by West End performers Liz Robertson and Graham Bickley who sing a selection from The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein); A Connecticut Yankee (Rodgers and Hart); Dance a Little Closer (Lerner and Strouse) and Carmelina (Lerner and Lane).

Roderick Elms is the soloist in the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Rachmaninov) and The Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell).

Making her Friday Night debut is Grammy and Tony award-winning Heather Headley. Heather is currently starring in London's West End in a stage musical version of the 1992 Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard. What better for an evening of romance than the film's hit song - I Will Always Love You.

The programme recorded at the Mermaid Theatre, London on 16 January.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Anthony Cherry

The Radio 2 Arts Show With Claudia Winkleman

Claudia chats to master wordsmith Roger McGough as he dips his quill into what many consider to be Molière’s best work - The Misanthrope - a mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th-century French aristocracy.

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next seven days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest fiction. Film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country, and looks back at the winners and losers at the BAFTAs.

Presenter/Claudia Winkleman, Producer/Jodie Keane



World On 3

Lopa Kothari has Mongolian throat singers Anda Union in session.

Presenter/Lopa Kothari, Producer/James Parkin

In Tune

Sean Rafferty presents a lively mix of music and arts news, guests and live music.

Also today, there is another instalment in The Story of Music In 50 Pieces. Composer Howard Goodall, in conversation with Suzy Klein, explores his personal choice of 50 compositions that changed the course of music history, every day at 5.30pm. The Story of Music continues in Essential Classics weekdays at 11am, and each episode is available as a download.

Presenter/Sean Rafferty



I Refuse

The first of three short stories to mark the centenary of the birth of the American Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks, who famously refused to move seats on an Alabama bus to accommodate white passengers.

The stories illustrate moments of resistance and are inspired by acts of determination and non-cooperation, committed by ordinary people (real or imagined) fighting against prevailing attitudes and political authority.

Today, writer Fred D'Aguiar focuses upon a true story, a moment of resistance which helped to ignite the American Civil Rights Movement. In August 1955, a 14-year-old black man, Emmett Till, who was visiting relatives in Mississippi, was murdered by two white men because he had whistled at a white woman. When his badly beaten body was recovered, his mother refused to allow the coffin lid to be closed: she wanted the world to see what had been done to her son.

It was an act that galvanised the emerging civil rights movement. Three months later, in Montgomery Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat. She is quoted as saying: "I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back." Read by Adjoa Andoh.

BBC Radio 4 Extra will also be transmitting the play Rosa Parks, Tues 5th Feb, 11.15-12.00pm.

Producer/Kirsteen Cameron for the BBC

The Now Show

Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches.

Producer/Colin Anderson for the BBC




Starring Victor Spinetti as the eponymous Tony with John Laurie (Private Fraser from Dad’s Army) and Bill Pertwee (also late of the parish of Dad’s Army), this comedy series from 1979 follows the ups and downs of Tony’s hairdressing salon. It was written by Jim Eldridge.

A notable performance by the star of this programme, Victor Spinetti, in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop production of Oh, What A Lovely War! caught the attention of the Beatles and he went onto appear in several of their filmed shows as well as working with John Lennon on the stage adaptation and direction of his book In His Own Write.

Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive

This first series was originally broadcast in 2005. A topical radio comedy show it was written by and starred former radio producer Iannucci.

Each week he is joined by three guests to pass comment on current events. Taking a rather more surreal stance than other radio topical shows, it ran for four series until the success of The Thick of It lured him away finally to television and film, here and in the US.

In this first episode, Armando is joined by Phil Jupitus, John Oliver (who has become a regular on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show in America), and Clive Anderson. One of the script writers for the show was Will Smith, who went on to work with him on The Thick Of It, both as a writer and performer. The producer is David Tyler (Cabin Pressure, Milton Jones et al).



Blood & Fire: Roots, Reggae And Rastafari

Don Letts reveals how the Rastafari movement helped Jamaica recover a lost identity after years of British colonial rule, and had a profound effect on Jamaican music, culminating in one of the most exciting periods in roots reggae.

At one time, Jamaica was a place of feel-good sunshine vibes, but as grinding poverty, high crime rates and violence hit the island in the 1970s, the music became darker and introspective. It provided a voice for the poor and the oppressed and became a global phenomenon in the process.

We all know Bob Marley as the world's most famous Rastafarian, but his story is well documented and often overshadows a wealth of talent from a golden period of roots reggae music. This is the story of other Rastafarian artists and bands like Burning Spear, Max Romeo, Johnnie Clarke, Little Roy, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Big Youth, The Mighty Diamonds, Black Uhuru and Culture. And the documentary also covers how the Roots and Rasta message found its way to the UK, spawning British-based reggae bands like Steel Pulse and Matumbi.

The documentary first broadcast in 2007 and features interviews with reggae legends such as Max Romeo, Johnny Clarke, Stephen Marley, The Abyssinians, The Mighty Diamonds, Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Rankin' Miss P, Rico Rodriguez, Tappa Zukie and Luciano.

Presenter/ Don Letts Producer/James Hale

Lauren Laverne

Palma Violets round off Lauren’s week at Maida Vale with a live session playing tracks from their debut album, 180.

Presenter/ Lauren Laverne Producer/ Lisa Kenlock

Steve Lamacq

Steve concludes 6 Music's week of live music with The Cribs live from the BBC's legendary Maida Vale studios.

The band are celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year with a ‘best of’ album Payola and a new single Leather Jacket Love Song. The retrospective album follows the band's fifth studio album, In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull, which was released last year and produced by Steve Albini and Dave Fridmann. This song, recorded in 2010, was the last song the band completed as a four piece, and thus, the final song to feature former Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr.

Tom Ravenscroft

Tom Ravenscroft provides an after-show party to 6 Music's Maida Vale live event, which has been happening across the week, with a guest mix from the much-touted guitar band Palma Violets.

The band has recently signed to Rough Trade, causing an enormous stir after only a handful of live shows. They release their debut album 180, named after the Lambeth house where they often play, in February. Tom will also play more listeners’ charity shop finds and there will be more vibe mapping.

Presenter/Tom Ravenscroft Producer/ Jax Coombes

6 Mix

Flume, a 20-year-old, Sydney-based beatmaker, takes to the 6 Mix decks for two hours of musical inspirations and current club favourites.

Having begun his journey into production at the age of 13, when he found a music production program in a cereal box, he has now moved on to much bigger gigs than his kitchen! Last year, the producer played two sold-out headline tours in his native Australia, as well as supporting The xx and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. His debut single, Sleepless, arrived last summer with his first album, dropping a few months later in November, via Future Classic.

Having also graced Boiler Room and XOYO with a sold-out show a couple of weeks ago, Flume takes over the 6 Mix for 120 minutes of dancefloor heat.

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