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Saturday 15 June



Sounds Of The 60s

This week, Nat King Cole gets a double spin as Brian Matthew plays both the A and B sides of his 1962 hit Ramblin' Rose in the Both Sides Of The Record feature.

Brian will be Playing Hard To Get with Robert John, and his often overlooked 1968 release If You Don't Want My Love. And, as always, Brian will be honouring listener requests, and this week the music is provided by The Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield, Gene Vincent, Ned Miller, Mason Williams, Joe Brown and The Blues Project.

Presenter/ Brian Matthew, Producer/ Phil Swern (Unique)

Pick Of The Pops

Tony Blackburn plays a rundown of hits from the charts of 1959 and 1977, featuring music from The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Neil Sedaka, Hot Chocolate and Rod Stewart.

Presenter/ Tony Blackburn, Producer/ Phil Swern (Unique)



The Early Music Show: Britten And Purcell

In the first of two programmes in the Britten centenary year, Catherine Bott looks at the musical relationship between Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Paul Frankl for the BBC

Opera On 3: Rossini's La Donna Del Lago

Ivan Hewett introduces Rossini's La Donna del Lago, recorded last month at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, starring Juan Diego Florez, Joyce DiDonato and Colin Lee.

Based on Walter Scott's The Lady Of The Lake, Rossini's opera illustrates the Romantic fascination with Renaissance Scotland as a place of wild emotion and political confrontation. This new production by John Fulljames celebrates not only the historic Scotland in which the action of the opera takes place, but also the Scotland of the 19th century, the period of Rossini and Sir Walter Scott. The production highlights the beauty of the Scottish landscape, of which the heroine, Elena, is a symbol, while not forgetting the struggles and battles that feature in all retellings of Scottish history.

Elena, the Lady of the Lake, longs to be united with her true love, Malcom. But her father, the rebel Duglas, is determined that she will marry the Highland chief Rodrigo. Torn between love and duty, she finds her plight is made all the more complicated by Uberto, a handsome stranger who nobody seems to know much about.

Cast List

Elena - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

King James of Scotland - Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)

Malcom - Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)

Duglas - Simon Orfila (bass)

Rodrigo - Colin Lee (tenor)

Albina - Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano)

Serano - Robin Leggate (tenor)

A Bard - Christopher Lackner (baritone)

King's Soldier - Pablo Bemsch (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Michele Mariotti, conductor

Presenter/Ivan Hewett & Producer/Anthony Sellors

Between The Ears: It's Just Where I Put My Words - A Voice Remembered

From 1960s self-recording booths to the latest microphones, sound fields have intrigued Sebastiane Hegarty. In this edition of Between The Ears, the artist explores voice, recording and memory in a sound portrait of his mother, who died in 2011.

For more than four decades, Sebastiane made tapes of their time together, from a coin operated record booth in Liverpool in the late 1960s to their final recorded conversation in a care home. His mother became an essential part of his sound field, a voice and character woven into his work.

As he goes through his audio snapshots, Sebastiane turns to Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes' final book, in which the author contemplates photographs of his recently deceased mother. Failing to find 'the truth of the face I had loved', Barthes ends up questioning the ability of photographs to 'speak'. But in his recordings, Sebastiane suggests, he does find his mother, her essence, in 'the hesitations, inflections, stutters and errors'.

Presenter/Sebastiane Hegarty, Producer/ Chris Ledgard for the BBC




As part of Radio 4's Year of Culture initiative, over the next four weeks BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz will be meeting the cultural entrepreneurs who are shaping our lives and defining the very spirit of our age, the visionary masterminds plotting the future for education, music, television and fashion.

These are not Turner Prize winners or the recipients of grants from the Arts Council or the Lottery Fund. These are the people behind the scenes, pulling the strings and manoeuvring a path of consumer-driven success. They are the designers of the latest 'must have' piece of technology or clothing, the brains behind an artist's development, and the tastemakers that know what will work at the box office and what will sell on the high street. Their impact goes beyond mere commerce: it shapes contemporary culture. They are the Zeitgeisters and it's about time people know who they are.

The first Zeitgeister is the founding editor of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung, the woman who not only wants to change the meaning of 'Made in China', but also change China itself. She's been called the most powerful woman in fashion today and the gate-keeper of the growth hotspot of the world - the market where consumer demand is unlimited.

For Cheung, fashion is not frippery. It's important as a global business worth billions, and as a platform for freedom of expression, allowing individuals to be individual - it's political.

Producer/Paul Kobrak for the BBC

Saturday Drama: Dangerous Visions - The Sleeper

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative worldview of JG Ballard.

The Sleeper is Michael Symmons Roberts' new drama exploring a future Britain in which people have gradually lost the gift of sleep - or have they?

Society is strained to breaking point by 24-hour wakefulness. The government has cracked down on subversive images of sleep. People work around the clock. Hotels are for private meetings and illicit sex. Shops never close.

Into this paranoid world, a teenage girl emerges, a girl who can sleep. Protected by her friends, she goes on the run from the authorities who are keen to control and study her gift. The group ends up living in a city centre squat, surviving as a group by shoplifting and begging.

Hungry, scared and sick of being pursued, the group receives an offer of help from a wealthy man - known by the nickname Hypnos - who says he will protect them. But what does he want in return? Desperate, and running out of options, they go to him.

With Matthew Beard as Keller, Sarah Churm as Ella, Henry Devas as Jamie, Rachel Austin as Sara, Jason Done as Davis, Maxine Peake as Harper, Danielle Henry as Somnus and Kevin Doyle as Hypnos.

Producer/Susan Roberts for the BBC

Very British Dystopias

Beneath the calm surface of British politics, lurking in the imaginations of some of our leading writers, terrible things have happened. Professor Steven Fielding examines these dystopian visions which have gripped creative and public imaginations in novels and dramas since the end of the Second World War.

British democracy has come under threat time and again in fictions from Nineteen Eighty-Four to V For Vendetta, by way of Dr Who, The Prisoner, A Very British Coup, Edge Of Darkness and others.

Britons have been oppressed by authoritarian governments, suffered alien subjugation, been threatened by extremist nationalists in Scotland, endured American-backed coups and faced Soviet attempts to install a Marxist-Leninist Prime Minister. The intelligence services have gone from hero to zero and back again, while more recently, elected politicians themselves have threatened democracy.

Some of these stories have left a lasting legacy on British politics: references to Nineteen Eighty-Four have become part of our culture, and the iconic Guy Fawkes mask from the film V For Vendetta is worn as a symbol of resistance by protestors around the world.

Steven asks what the authors intended and whether these visions make a useful contribution to the political process. He shows how these imagined futures were rooted in the real concerns of times in which they were imagined - and at a time when the politics of Westminster is seen as increasingly irrelevant by many people, he asks what can dystopian visions achieve now?

Interviewees include authors Douglas Hurd, Chris Mullin, Frederick Forsyth and David Hare.

Presenter/ Steven Fielding, Producer/ Jane Ashley for the BBC



Goodnight To Flamboro’

A dramatised account of the First World War call-up and frontline experiences of William Baines, the composer and pianist born in November 1899, at Horbury near Wakefield.

He was conscripted during the last months of the war and the appalling conditions aggravated his already fragile constitution; he died aged 23 in 1922. He had written around 150 musical pieces, mostly for piano. His best known work is the piano portrait Goodnight To Flamboro'. Tragically, his worsening ill-health coincided with his rise in fame and public acclaim.

This play traces the most prolific period of his life when, against all odds and already ill with consumption, he lived and worked to the full, loved by his friends and supported by his family.

Douglas Hodge stars as Baines, David Calder plays his cinema pianist father and Anne Stallybrass his mother; they are joined by James Grout as Dr Eaglefield Hull - who declared Baines a genius. Written by Martyn Wade.

First broadcast on Radio 3 1989

Aliens In The Mind

An opportunity to hear two great masters of horror, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing.

On a remote Scottish island, Dr Hugh Dexter has mysteriously fallen from a cliff in the fog. At his funeral, old friends (including Cushing and Price) come to pay their respects. But Dexter’s death may not be as straight-forward an accident as once presumed.

On the island are human mutants with telepathic skills plotting to take control of the government. Aliens In The Mind is based on a story by Doctor Who script editor Robert Holmes that he created for a possible Dr Who programme, but it was never made. Instead, the idea became this radio series.

First broadcast on Radio 4 1997

Dangerous Visions: Lord Of The Flies

Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon are among a group of schoolboys who survive a plane crash and find themselves marooned on a deserted island. With no means of contacting the world beyond, the boys come together in an attempt to initiate rescue and survive the perils that surround them.

But as time passes, and memories of home grow faint, tensions mount and their unity and order is sorely tested. Their paradisiacal coral island soon becomes a suffocating hell.

William Golding's classic fable of mankind's capacity for good and evil is one of the masterpieces of 20th century literature, so much so that it long ago reached the status of a cultural referent. Judith Adams' new four-part dramatization captures the adventure, atmosphere and chilling undertones of Golding's tragic vision.

Ruth Wilson features as the Voice, the young cast includes Finn Bennett as Ralph, Richard Linnell as Jack and Kasper Hilton Hille as Piggy.

Part of Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra’s Dangerous Visions series - a season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Producer/Sasha Yevtushenko for the BBC



You'll Never Be 16 Again

Another chance to hear the acclaimed series which tells the story of the British teenager through music, archive and reminiscence. Introduced by John Peel, the series was first broadcast in 1985.

The first programme, ‘Ain't Misbehavin', deals with austerity, Teddy Boys, fashion, National Service, the jive, Elvis Presley, the arrival of rock 'n' roll and attitudes towards sex.

Presenter/ John Peel, Producer/ Frank Wilson for the BBC

Edith Bowman

In today’s show, the films Spike Island, Man Of Steel and Stuck In Love are up for discussion in Screen 6 and of course there are loads of gorgeous alternative tunes to get Saturday underway.

Hot on the heels of Shane Meadows' Made Of Stone - a documentary about the reformation of Manchester band The Stone Roses - Spike Island (written by Chris Coghill) is centred round a rising indie band that travels to Spike Island, Cheshire, in May of 1990 to see The Stone Roses. Directed by Mat Whitecross and starring Nico Mirallegro, the guys join Edith to talk about all things Madchester.

Plus the new Superman film Man Of Steel is up for debate, Joss Wheadon chats about Much Ado About Nothing, while actress Lily Collins talks to Edith about her role in the drama Stuck In Love.

Presenter/ Edith Bowman, Producer/ Claire Slevin for the BBC

Gilles Peterson

Gilles joins the musical dots from soul and hip-hop, to electronica, jazz and beyond.

Presenter/ Gilles Peterson, Producer/ David O'Donnell (Somethin’ Else)

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

American funk/soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley will be stopping by to give Craig the lowdown on his new album, Victim Of Love.

Mr Bradley or 'The Screaming Eagle Of Soul', as some people know him, has recorded a very fine record that Craig has been champioing. His performances and recording style are consistent with Daptone Record’s revivalist approach, celebrating the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s.

Plus there’s Spinage A Trois, where Craig plays listeners’ three favourite funk and soul tunes.

Presenter/ Craig Charles, Producers/ Mark Sharman and Ben Appleyard (TBI Media)

The Tom Robinson Show

Tom chats with English musician, songwriter and producer John Parish, who is best known for his many collaborations with PJ Harvey, including her most recent Mercury Prize-winning album, Let England Shake.

He has also worked with the likes of the Eels, Tracy Chapman and Sparklehorse and has recently released Screenplay, a compilation album of various soundtracks that he has worked on. He embarks on a UK tour in September.

In addition, Huw Stephens from BBC Radio 1 shares his personal tip from BBC Introducing, and at 11 o'clock Tom launches The After Hour where he dusts off tracks from the outer reaches of his record collection.

Presenter/ Tom Robinson, Producer/ Adam Hudson for the BBC



Heart And Soul: Heirs Of The Prophet

Heart and Soul on the BBC World Service explores how the division between Sunni and Shia Islam plays out in Britain today. The division between the two sects is almost as old as Islam itself – and although they share many beliefs and practices, political and theological divisions have become much more prominent in recent years.

In the first of two programmes, Shaimaa Khalil, herself a Sunni Muslim from Egypt, ventures into the world of Shia Islam and finds out how recent political events have shaped relations between the two communities in Britain.

She joins a Shia mourning ritual, and meets a Sunni-Shia couple who, after marrying for love against their parents’ wishes, are negotiating a difficult path between mutual understanding and the need to live out their own faith. She also consults Sunni and Shia experts, Tim Winter from Cambridge University, and Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, to get to the bottom of what has remained the most divisive issue in early Islamic history - the succession of the Prophet Muhammad.

Sunday 16 June



BBC Radio 1Xtra Stories: Joey Bada$$ And The New Brooklyn

DJ Semtex: “Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era collective. They’re the future, they’re the future of hip hop.”

Still only 18 years old and fresh out of high school, Joey Bada$$ is already one of the most hyped MCs on the planet. Perhaps what’s even more impressive is that he’s achieved that status by doing things his own way and without the help of the major label system.

In this special for Radio 1Xtra’s Stories, Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex heads to Brooklyn to hook up with Joey to get a unique insight into the story so far for him and his Pro Era collective.

It’s a story of success, with his Mixtape 1999 gaining him an instant global fan base, and also sadness, as the collective struggle to come to terms with the death of founder member Capital Steez.

Hear Joey take Semtex on a tour of the spots in Brooklyn that mean the most to him, including Prospect Park and his Grandma’s former house in Bed-Stuyvesant.

Joey Bada$$ says: “Marcy Projects is right around the corner... one time when I was like seven I saw a limo come down here, I was so convinced it was Jay-Z.”

It’s a chance for them to talk in depth about his musical inspirations, reconnecting with family and how he deals with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

Joey and Pro Era aren’t the only MCs coming out of Brooklyn right now though, so while he’s in their manor, Semtex also hooks up with the likes of DyMe-a-DuZiN, The Underachievers and Phoney Ppl.

DJ Semtex says: “ feels like there’s a new wave of MCs coming out of Brooklyn right now... it’s exciting, there’s definitely a new New York going on.”

Presenter/ Semtex, Producer/ Joe Hallam for BBC Radio 1Xtra Stories



Bob Harris Sunday

Bob’s guest tonight is son of the great producer Glyn Johns and nephew to the late engineer and producer Andy Johns. Ethan Johns has become a much admired musician, record label proprietor and a first choice studio producer himself.

Tonight, he plays acoustic tracks from his recent solo album, If Not Now Then When?, and talks about working with Tom Jones and many others.

Presenter/ Bob Harris, Producer/ Mark Simpson for the BBC



Sunday Morning

James Jolly focuses on music by conductors who were also composers, including Antal Dorati, Wilhelm Fürtwangler and Rafael Kubelik. He also completes his brief cycle of Schumann Konzertstücke, and plays the week's Telemann cantata, Wer sehnet sich, TWV1:1594.

Presenter/James Jolly, Producer/Neil Myners, A Unique Broadcasting production

The Early Music Show: Britten And Purcell

Catherine Bott continues her comparison of two of the greatest setters of the English language, Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell.

Presenter/ Catherine Bott, Producer/ Paul Frankl for the BBC

Sunday Concert: Aldeburgh Festival

As part of Radio 3’s celebration of British music, the Britten Sinfonia and soprano Sophie Bevan, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth, perform music by Britten, Tippett and Bartok at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. In this programme, there is also a chance to hear the world premiere of 'I give you the end of a golden string' by Judith Weir.


Britten Sinfonia

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

Full programme:

Tippett: Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli

Judith Weir: I give you the end of a golden string (world premiere)

Britten: Les Illuminations

Britten orch. Colin Matthews: Three Songs for Les Illuminations

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste

The Choir

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas reflects on a lifetime of singing, both in choirs and as a soloist. She introduces some of her favourite works, including movements from Mozart's Mass in C minor and Brahms's Requiem, and an unusual setting of the story of creation by Aaron Copland.

Presenter/Elin Manahan Thomas, Producer/ Chris Taylor for the BBC

Sunday Feature: The Gospels Come Home

As the Lindisfarne Gospels visit Durham for a major exhibition after four centuries' absence, author David Almond explores what they mean to his fellow North-Easterner.

The Lindisfarne Gospels are one of the world's greatest books and among the most important works of European art of the first millennium. Created on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne around the year 700, they are normally housed in the British Library in London, but for three months this summer, the Gospels are returning to the North East for a major exhibition in Durham.

David Almond visits the British Library, Durham, Newcastle and Lindisfarne itself, a location he has adored since his boyhood, to explore the meaning of the Gospels. In the programme he interviews experts in early books, and local people on the island to find out more about the making of the Gospels, the unique place they hold in terms of art, religion and literature, the long journeys they have made in the past, and their homecoming this summer.

Presenter/David Almond & Producer/Beaty Rubens

Drama On 3: Babbage

A powerful new play by David Pownall about Charles Babbage, one of the great scientific brains of the 19th century.

Most people today rely on their laptops and PCs - however, few will have little knowledge of inventor Charles Babbage, who created the first computer. This drama by David Pownall, with strong contemporary overtones, follows Babbage as he constantly struggles against financial cuts, restraints imposed by successive governments and a lack of investment in scientific projects.

The play explores Babbage’s life as he builds his analytical engine, the prototype of the modern computer, at his house in Dorset Street, London. After learning that his project will no longer be funded by the government, he buckles under the pressure. Only one friend is able to imagine the future of the computer - Ada Lovelace, Byron's daughter. Following the early death of Babbage's wife, Ada is the most important woman in his life and the story follows their partnership as they struggle to fulfil their dreams.

Cast list

Charles Babbage - Sam Kelly

Ada Lovelace - Monica Dolan

Lord Lovelace - Michael Maloney

Disraeli - Nicholas Boulton

Wellington and Lord Aberdeen - Geoffrey Whitehead

Lady Byron - Frances Jeater

Marsden - Robert Glenister

Jeppes - Carl Prekopp

Italian Organ Grinder - Andrew Branch

Music composed by Max Pownall

Directed by Martin Jenkins

Produced by Pier Productions

World Routes: More Highlights From The Shetland Folk Festival

Mary Ann Kennedy continues Radio 3's celebration of British music with more highlights from the Shetland Folk Festival.

This programme focuses on the Islands' own strong musical heritage, which shows influences from nearby Scandinavia as well as mainland Scotland. Local fiddle player Kevin Henderson plays tunes in a Shetland style, Claire White sings in Shetland dialect, and there are highlights of the Isles' Gathering, a get-together of leading musicians from both Orkney and Shetland.

Presenter/Mary Ann Kennedy & Producer/Roger Short



Desert Island Discs

Alexandra Shulman, the editor of Vogue, is this week’s castaway.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Cathy Drysdale for the BBC

Dangerous Visions: The Drowned World

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard

JG Ballard’s The Drowned World reveals a future in which the Earth's atmosphere is destroyed. As a scientific mission surveys England's drowned capitals before their final abandonment, two lovers find themselves reverting to a primitive state of consciousness.

Solar flares have wreaked havoc with the Earth's atmosphere; Dr Robert Kerans is part of a scientific mission to survey the drowned cities of what was once the temperate zone before they are abandoned for good.

The de-evolution that the ecological crisis has provoked seems to have affected the expedition's crew. Kerans, alongside his enigmatic lover Beatrice, whom he is trying to persuade to leave, attempts to make sense of the disappearance of a crew member who has succumbed to the lure of the emerging new water world.

Kerans and Beatrice also start to embrace the breakdown they see around them, until an encounter with the maverick scavenger Strangman and his piratical crew forces them to face what de-evolution may really mean, as he drains the drowned city in search of the powers of civilization it may once have held.

With Hattie Morahan as Beatrice, James D’Arcy as Kerans, Tim McInnerny as Strangman, Robert Blythe as Colonel Riggs, Paul Stonehouse as Dr Alan Bryant, Ben Crowe as Lieutenant Hardman, Matthew Watson as Daley and Don Gilet as Caesar. Adapted by Graham White.

Producer/Peter Kavanagh for the BBC



Dangerous Visions: Face To Face With JG Ballard

Radio 4 Extra’s first ever example of TV on the radio. In this unique broadcast, listeners will be given the chance to hear JG Ballard being interviewed, face to face, by Jeremy Isaacs - not seen or heard since its first television transmission in 1989.

Ballard looks back over his childhood in Shanghai, his novels and his views on contemporary life, with the explosion of information technology and a landscape so often dominated by how the media reflects life. Even though this master creator of dystopian futures died four years ago, his vision of what our future might become feels as relevant, satirical and as scary as ever.

Part of Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra’s Dangerous Visions season, which will also feature dramatisations of Ballard's seminal works Drowned World and Concrete Island.

First broadcast on BBC Two in 1989



The First Time With Mick Fleetwood

Following on from previous First Time drummer guests – Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Queen’s Roger Taylor - this week on the show Matt Everitt chats to the man who lent his name to one of the most successful and best loved bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood.

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the band’s record-breaking album Rumours (more than 40 million copies sold so far) and some rare UK live shows, Mick looks back at his and the group’s career and influences. He started his career during the blues boom in London in the Sixties, going on to huge acclaim with the original Peter Green-led line-up of the Mac, then presiding over an ever-changing line-up that would coalesce in 1975 into the group that would eventually create several landmark albums including Rumours, Tusk and Tango In The Night

Mick talks honestly about his experiences helping steer his band through the murky waters of drug abuse and inter-band relationships (and divorces) to the present day and their current reunion, and picks some excellent tunes along the way.

Presenter/ Matt Everitt, Producer/ Jax Coombes

John Lydon's Sunday Service

John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, sits in for Jarvis Cocker on the Sunday Service.

As frontman of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, and as a critic of much in British politics and society, John has courted controversy throughout his career. In 2002 he was named among the 100 greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote, with Q Magazine declaring him a national treasure.

Lydon will hand-pick two hours of the music from his own collection that has inspired him over a long musical career.

Presenter/ John Lydon, Producer/ Adam Dineen for the BBC

Now Playing @6Music

Ex-Beta Band frontman Steve Mason takes over control of the show‘s playlist using Twitter. He recently released his second solo studio album, Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time, following his critically acclaimed 2010 debut solo album, Boys Outside.

Listeners are encouraged to suggest music to explore his catalogue, including rarities and B-sides, collaborations, covers, side projects and any other connections they put forward to help him create a broad and varied playlist.

Presenter/ Steve Mason, Producer/ Kellie Redmond for Somethin’ Else



Dream Builders: Norman Foster

Dream Builders returns to the BBC World Service with a new four-part series featuring some of the world's greatest living architects in conversation.

Recorded at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, Razia Iqbal talks to four of the most influential and important architects of today, discussing their work, their inspirations and the controversies they have faced. Throughout the series, Iqbal will be in conversation with Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid.

In programme two, Iqbal talks to Lord Norman Foster, one of the most prominent architects in the world today. Lord Foster created 30 St Mary Axe in London (more commonly known as The Gherkin), rebuilt the Reichstag in Berlin and redesigned the much-cherished New York Public Library. He is building a car-less, solar-powered, carbon-free city in the desert of Abu Dhabi, and designed the world’s largest building, Beijing Airport. Lord Foster built Hong Kong’s airport on an off-shore island, which was created from scratch; he tells Iqbal what industrialised democracies can learn from the adventurous spirit of the developing world.

Monday 17 June



BBC Radio 1 Stories: Loud Wars

Loud music can sound incredible. Extreme volume moves the air pressure around you and this can have a dramatic physical and emotional effect on your body and mind. In the right environment, it can sound truly life affirming.

But did you ever stop to ask, 'why is music so loud?'

Join Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as he tells the story of the Loudness War, a phenomenon which changed the sound of music forever. We hear from Knife Party’s Rob Swire and mastering engineer Scott Hull as they explain how to make your records sound as loud as possible.

Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Skream and Benga, The Joy Formidable and Kutski describe how bands and DJs compete to make their music sound bigger and brighter than each other’s in an attempt to stand out on the radio and in clubs. But what qualities of sound are lost along the way?

Bands have been competing for the title of ‘Loudest Band in the World’ for years, but who holds that claim to fame now? We hear from Jack White, Daniel P Carter, Cancer Bats and Gallows and find out how to sound really ferocious live.

That’s not all: Zane also discovers how to fine tune a dance sound system at Ministry Of Sound, goes to Download Festival to learn about the new wave of sound engineers inspired by physics, and even visits one of the quietest rooms in the world. So quiet it can send you a little bit mad.

But volume isn’t the only way to make your music have an impact. Alt-J, Daughter and Annie Mac explain some of the recording and production techniques you can use to make silence and space sound just as powerful.

So how much louder can music get? Zane attempts to find out and helping him along the way is DJ Yoda, with a WORLD EXCLUSIVE Loud Wars Mini Mix.

Presenter/ Zane Lowe, Producer/ Will Drysdale for Loftus Media



Ken Bruce

Steve Strange - the enigmatic frontman of the New Romantic group Visage - picks the Tracks Of My Years and his opening gambit features two influential songs recorded in the Seventies from music pioneer David Bowie and Kraftwerk.

Best known for their single Fade To Grey, Visage were pioneers of the New Romantic era. Last month Steve Strange and Visage returned with Hearts And Knives - their first new album in 29 years.

Plus there's the Record and Album Of The Week and the Monday round of the music quiz PopMaster.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/ Gary Bones for the BBC

Simon Mayo Drivetime

Simon welcomes American novelist Jonathan Dee to the Radio 2 Book Club to discuss his latest book, A Thousand Pardons. Simon hears from the listener review panel about what they thought of the novel – and there’s Matt Williams and Rebecca Pike's take on the book too.

Jonathan Dee is the author of six novels, including The Privileges - a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and teaches in the graduate writing programmes at Columbia University.

Simon will unleash a brand new Confession onto the Collective and help listeners with their homework, plus, Matt Williams will have the latest sport and Rebecca Pike will bring money news.

Presenter/ Simon Mayo, Producer/ Fiona Day for the BBC

Big Band Special

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band in session with singer Louise Cookman and conductor Jay Craig performing the best in swing classics.

These include works from the bands of Jimmy Dorsey (Oh! What a Beautiful Morning - arr. Sonny Burke), Tommy Dorsey (Chloe - arr. Bill Finegan), Gene Krupa (Boogie Blues) and Harry James (He's 1-A In The Army).

Presenter/ Clare Teal, Producer/ Bob McDowall for the BBC



Composer Of The Week: Elgar

As part of Radio 3’s month-long celebration of British music, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of the quintessentially English composer Edward Elgar, whose musical roots lay firmly in Europe and whose Catholicism and class background bequeathed him a lifelong sense of isolation from mainstream British society.

Today's programme follows Elgar from birth to the brink of his first acknowledged masterpiece via unrequited love, wind quintets written for performance in the family shed, a spell as music director at a lunatic asylum, marriage, early recognition, the advent of 'Nimrod' (August Jaeger) and the first glimmerings of success beyond the confines of his native Worcestershire.

Producer/ Chris Barstow

Radio 3 Live In Concert: BBC Singers - Voices And Saxophones

In an unusual musical collaboration, this concert brings together the expert choral forces of the BBC Singers with the instrumental ones of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

Founded in 1969 by one of the modern pioneers of the instrument, Sigurd Raschèr, the quartet are renowned for their virtuosity.

In tonight's wide-ranging programme they give, with the BBC Singers, the British premieres of three of the many pieces they have commissioned from living composers. The Estonian Errki-Sven Tuür sets a Latin prayer by St Anselm of Canterbury, Giya Kancheli has based his piece on a variety of sacred texts from his native Georgia, while Belfast composer Ian Wilson sets words by the Austrian Expressionist poet and artist Oscar Kokoschka.

Alongside these pieces, the BBC Singers perform two contemporary works for unaccompanied voices by Per Nørgård and Knut Nystedt, while the Raschèr Quartet demonstrate that four saxophones are just as well suited to the music of the Baroque as to contemporary scores.

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

Presenter/ Martin Handley, Producer/ Michael Emery



Book Of The Week: Alexandria - The Last Nights Of Cleopatra

When Peter Stothard - former editor of The Times and now editor of the Times Literary Supplement - finds himself in Alexandria in the winter of 2010 after his flight to South Africa has been cancelled, he sets out to explore a nation on the brink of revolution.

Accompanied by two native Egyptians, Mohammed and Socratis, whose eagerness to spend time with him is never really explained – are they guides or government minders? - Stothard traces his own life-long interest in the history of Cleopatra and his repeated failure to write the book about her that he had started so many times.

In the first programme, sketches and maps on a hotel-room bed and the remarkable story behind the only fragment of parchment to bear Cleopatra's signature - a political gesture sanctioning a tax break.

Read by Kenneth Cranham.

Producer/Jill Waters, A Waters Company production

Dangerous Visions: The Testament Of Jessie Lamb

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard

Set in the future where an act of biological terrorism has spread a deadly virus across the world, Maternal Death Syndrome is claiming the lives of millions of women and panic is rising. As her world collapses, teenager Jessie Lamb decides that if the human race is to survive, it's up to her.

With Holliday Grainger as Jessie, Mark Jordon as Joe, Joanne Mitchell as Cath, Kate Coogan as Mandy, Rebecca Ryan as Sal, Oliver Lee as Baz, Nisa Cole as Lisa and Will Finlason as Iain.

Written by and adapted for radio by author Jane Rogers.

Producer/ Nadia Molinari for the BBC

Afternoon Drama: Dangerous Visions - Billions

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard

Award-winning writer Ed Harris tells a wickedly twisted tale of love and adjustment as part of the Dangerous Visions season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Mark's wife Donna has an accident and ends up in a life-threatening coma. When Mark comes home from hospital, Donna is in the kitchen; however, it’s not actually Donna, but a near-perfect replica provided by her insurance company.

With Blake Ritson as Mark, Raquel Cassidy as Donna, Lizzy Watts as Charlie, Clare Corbett as Natalie, Will Howard as Luke, Philippa Stanton as Kay, Robert Blythe as Mr Willis, Michael Shelford as Scott and Amaka Okafor as Sandra.

Producer/ Jonquil Panting for the BBC

Derek Tangye: The Cornish Gardener

John McCarthy explores the fascinating life of British author Derek Tangye and reveals a remarkable and enigmatic portrait of this influential writer.

Derek, who lived in the West Country for almost 50 years, penned a score of books collectively known as The Minack Chronicles. The stories illustrate the unusual lives Derek and his wife Jeannie led when, in the 1950s, they abandoned their sophisticated metropolitan lifestyle to live in isolation working a cliff top daffodil farm with their beloved animals in the farthest reaches of Cornwall.

As McCarthy travels to the area surrounding Minack, the main inspiration for Tangye's work, he explores the world of a writer whose literary triumphs mask a mysterious and complex life. His descriptions in the books of the 'glorious anthem' of a cat's purr and the 'sweet moment when a long-awaited harvest awakes' provide an atmospheric backdrop to the captivating discoveries and secrets of his life.

Tangye worked as a journalist, and during and after the Second World War, he was a member of MI5. A few years after Tangye's death in 1996, a national newspaper ran allegations that he was a Russian spy. The sensational headlines were quickly dismissed by those who knew him, but last year, during a Tangye centenary event, an audio project also revealed a life a lot bleaker than the books portrayed.

Speaking with the Tangyes' inner circle, followers and experts in spy history, McCarthy attempts to uncover some of the mysteries and unanswered questions surrounding the author while evoking the struggles and triumphs he encountered making a living from the land.

Presenter/ John McCarthy, Producer/ Stephen Garner for the BBC

Parkinson’s Law Revisited

The work of Cyril Northcote Parkinson has often been reduced to one line: 'Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.'

Matthew Sweet explores how there is more to the man and his work, delving into Parkinson’s great insight into how ‘bureaucracy expands’ is becoming more and more important in a world in which public spending is under pressure.

Producer/David Stenhouse for the BBC

Mastertapes: Eliza And Martin Carthy

John Wilson continues with the second series of Mastertapes, in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios, each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 1, A-side: Anglicana with Eliza Carthy and her father Martin Carthy.

Together, Eliza Carthy and her parents Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson have consistently breathed new life and vitality into English folk music. Martin Carthy MBE has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon with his interpretations of the traditional music of these shores. His guitar playing continues to inspire artists in all genres and he continues to tour and record on his own and when working with wife Norma and daughter Eliza as Waterson:Carthy.

Eliza has continued to expand the legacy of her parents' work, reinterpreting and reinvigorating English folk in her own unique style. Her fiddle playing is in a class of its own and throughout her career she has experimented with unusual musical collaborations, including the hugely successful Imagined Village project. 'Anglicana' was released in 2002 and gained Eliza her second Mercury nomination. It features both her parents and was hailed as a new definition of what it means to be English in the 21st century.

Eliza and Martin Carthy discuss the making of Anglicana, their constantly evolving interpretations of traditional folk songs and their work together with Norma Waterson as Waterson:Carthy.

The B-side of the programme, where it's the turn of the audience to ask the questions, can be heard tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3.30pm.

Complete versions of the songs performed in the programme (and others) can be heard on the Mastertapes pages on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Presenter/John Wilson, Producer/ Helen Lennard for the BBC



Summer Ghosts

Ghosts that appear in the bright light of a summer's day? The last of three award-winning writers offer up this surprising scenario in three stories commissioned for radio.

Swings by Adam Thorpe. Howard is alone when he visits the deserted playground - then something starts to make a squeaking sound. Read by Kenneth Cranham.


Judith Adams’ new dramatisation of Golding’s Lord Of The Flies is premiering on BBC Radio 4 Extra this week. In 2005, she dramatised George Eliot’s most famous novel, her ‘study of provincial life’ in 20 parts.

The idealistic Dorothea Brooke (Caroline Martin) has decided to marry the passionless Edward Casaubon (Robert Glenister), believing that he will help her live a life of ideals and good thoughts and deeds. And then Mr Lydgate (Tom Goodman-Hill) arrives in Middlemarch full of new ideas and determination to help the poor of the town.

Roger Allam plays Sir James Chettam, an erstwhile suitor of Miss Brooke’s.

First broadcast on Radio 4 2005

Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio

John Osborne has been a radio listener since the tender age of nine, starting with an early introduction by his mother to the joys of Just A Minute.

In later years, in a bid to relieve the boredom of temping jobs and partly to feed his curiosity about Britain's national airwaves, he decided to listen to a different radio station every day, starting with Virgin Radio and the BBC Asian Network.

John Osborne's book is read by Lee Ingleby.

John Osborne has gone on to write and star in a number of comedy pieces for radio, including John Peel’s Shed and his touching Valentine’s Cards.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2009

Tuesday 18 June



Jamie Cullum

This week, Jamie selects classic tracks and shares anecdotes about how he first heard them, as well as explaining their significance in the world of jazz. He also features a few words from British jazz pianist Kit Downes.

Kit picks tracks that remind him of first discovering a love for jazz and starting out on the piano. He also talks about his latest album Light From Old Stars, and what it was like working with a new line-up.

Presenter/ Jamie Cullum, Producer/ Karen Pearson (Folded Wing)



Lunchtime Concert: BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2013

Donald Macleod and Iain Burnside introduce highlights from the opening round of the lieder competition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Plus all the latest news from the opera rounds at St David's Hall.

Presenters/ Donald Macleod and Iain Burnside, Producer/ Johannah Smith for the BBC

Radio 3 Live In Concert: The London Symphony Orchestra In A Tribute To Sir Colin Davis

The London Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to their late President and Principal Conductor Sir Colin Davis, who died in April. Live from the Barbican Hall in London.

The programme has been chosen to reflect Sir Colin's life in music, from his championing of composers such as Berlioz, to his lifelong support for young musicians.

Full programme

Richard Strauss: Festmusik der Stadt Wien

(Students from the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School Patrick Harrild conductor)

Berlioz Overture: Le Corsair (Joseph Wolfe conductor)

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, K216 (Nikolaj Znaider violin-director)

Beethoven Symphony No. 8 (Gordan Nikolich director)

Directed by Joseph Wolfe, Nikolaj Znaider and Gordan Nikolich

Presenter/ Martin Handley, Producer/Roger Short

Free Thinking In The Summer

BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas hits the road this summer as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country.

Rana Mitter begins by chairing a debate from the York Festival of Ideas on the legacy of the Wars of the Roses.

In the year that Richard III's remains were identified beneath a Leicester Car Park, earlier this month, Free Thinking was at the York Festival of Ideas to debate how the Wars of the Roses shaped the country from the 15th century right up to the present day - from the tough choices and trauma ordinary people faced, to the role the conflict played in pushing England towards modernity.

Night Waves presenter Rana Mitter chaired the debate, with a panel that included historian Mark Ormrod from the University of York and She-Wolves author Helen Castor.

Free Thinking is visiting four festivals throughout the summer, including HowTheLightGetsIn at Hay, the Institute Français Philosophy Night in London, York Festival of Ideas and the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. These events will be broadcast throughout June and July and lead the way towards Free Thinking's annual weekend of debate at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013.

Presenter/ Rana Mitter



Shared Planet: Can We Save It All?

Shared Planet explores the complex interface between a growing human population and wildlife, and is produced in association with the Open University.

This week a giant hamster in Alsace provides Monty Don with a puzzling dilemma - how to we decide what to conserve? With so many pressures on so many creatures and habitats, choosing where to put efforts and money is difficult. Is a beetle better to save than a hamster? Monty explores these issues.

Presenter/ Monty Don, Producer/ Mary Colwell for the BBC

Afternoon Drama: Dangerous Visions - Invasion

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard.

It’s 30 years from now and astronaut Kadian Giametti becomes the first human to walk on Mars, but on his return to Earth he wakes up in a quarantine cell from which he's not allowed to leave. Slowly Kadian learns the truth about what's happened on Earth while he's been away and what he's brought back with him...

With Edward Hogg as Kadian and Amita Dhiri as Jenna.

Written by science fiction author Philip Palmer.

Producer/ James Robinson for the BBC

Lucy Beaumont: To Hull And Back

In November 2012, Lucy Beaumont beat over 800 other comics to be crowned the winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2012.

For her BBC Radio 4 debut, Lucy returns to her roots and plays a hometown gig with Johnny Vegas and tribute band The Kings Of Lyon at the infamous New Walton Street Club.

Producer/Lianne Coop for the BBC



The Need For Nonsense

Edward Lear lived the last, sometimes troubled, 16 years of his life in San Remo, and this play looks at his life there and his close relationship with his eccentric servant Giorgio. In his will, Lear wrote that he and Giorgio would be buried together 'like potatoes'.

Written by Julia Blackburn, an award-winning poet, writer and dramatist.

Edward Lear is played by Andrew Sachs and Giorgio is played by Alexi Kaye-Campbell.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2009

Small Gods

There are gods everywhere on Terry Pratchett's Discworld - you can't swing a simian librarian without hitting one - except, of course, only a few people can see them. Each small god lies in wait, desperately seeking to make someone believe in him.

On the Discworld, gods need people more than people need gods, for belief is the food of the gods.

Brutha, a tubby novice-priest with a phenomenal memory, is chosen as the one true Prophet. Will he succeed in bringing belief back to Omnia? The great God Om is currently stuck in the body of a small tortoise. He is ready for smiting and other godly activities if only he could get out of the basket of rotting vegetables into which he has fallen.

Anton Lesser narrates, Patrick Barlow is the Great God Om, Alex Jennings is Deacon Vorbis, and Carl Prekopp is Brutha. Dramatized by Robin Brooks.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2006



Purple Reign - The Prince Story

As Prince turns 52 years of age this week, there’s another chance to hear his story in this series, Purple Reign - The Prince Story, which first broadcast in 2010. Continues through the week.

Producer/ Frank Wilson for the BBC

Mark Radcliffe

Mark flies solo this week. Today his guests are ex -Divine Comedy frontman, Neil Hannon, and Pugwash of The Duckworth Lewis Method.

Presenter/ Mark Radcliffe, Producer/ Lizzie Hoskin (Smooth Operations)



Media Futures: Radio

Media Futures, a new four part series on the BBC World Service, takes a look at three established forms of media - newspapers, radio, and television - and asks how they are shaping up to the challenges and opportunities of the digital world.

Thanks to the internet, media have become far more accessible, responsive, and ubiquitous than ever before. Presenter Mark Coles looks at whether established legacy media will be able to adapt to this technological revolution.

So far, the humble radio station appears to be adapting relatively well to new media technology, and in many cases it continues to offer essentially the same service to its users, a live one-to-one voice communication that continues to lend itself to real-time consumption rather than being itemised on an online menu.

However, radio is not entirely immune from change. This programme contrasts the surprisingly traditional radio sector in what is perhaps the world's most advanced media market, the United States, with newer forms of the medium emerging in rural Africa. Mark Coles explores how radio’s experience illustrates that new media need to forge ever closer and more intelligent relationships with their audience, often relying on their listeners for content.

Wednesday 19 June



Bob Harris Country

There’s a treat in store tonight as new Carolina duo Shovels And Rope are in session. They are Cary Ann Hearst and her husband Michael Trent and they've been described as the White Stripes of country music.

Presenter/ Bob Harris, Producer/ Mark Hagen for the BBC



Wagner 200: Siegfried - Opera On 3

Opera North reaches the third part of its complete performance of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle with a production of Siegfried. Opera North's music director Richard Farnes conducts a superb ensemble cast and the orchestra of Opera North in a concert performance at Leeds Town Hall.

Cast List

Brünnhilde - Annalena Persson

Siegfried - Mati Turi

Mime - Richard Roberts

The Wanderer - Michael Druiett

Alberich - Jo Pohlheim

Fafner - Mats Almgren

Voice of the Forest Bird - Fflur Wyn

Erda - Ceri Williams

Orchestra of Opera North

Richard Farnes (conductor)

Live from Leeds Town Hall.

Presenter/ Adam Tomlinson



Afternoon Drama: Dangerous Visions - London Bridge

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard.

In the future, London is divided in two. North of the river is a virtual police state and the South is a lawless no-go area ruled by criminal gangs.

When the body of young boy washes up on the banks of the Thames, a police detective crosses the dangerous divide in the search for his killers.

With Justin Salinger as Preston, Tim McMullan as Ellis, Robert Blythe as Amory, Gabrielle Reidy as Mrs Roberts, Jerome Holder as Paul Roberts, Nicholas Murchie as Archer, Michael Shelford as Smith, Will Howard as Hajee, Joanna Brookes as Pathologist, Hannah wood as Medic, Philippa Stanton as Martha, Isaac Andrews as Christopher and Ben Crowe as Security Guard. Written by Nick Perry.

Producer/ Sasha Yevtushenko for the BBC

The Moral Maze

Provocative and engaging debate chaired by Michael Buerk. With Claire Fox, Melanie Phillips, Matthew Taylor and Giles Fraser.

Presenter/ Michael Buerk, Producer/ Christine Morgan & Phil Pegum for the BBC



New Grub Street

Harold Pinter narrates the story of a group of struggling writers whose battles between artistic integrity and the dictates of the market place are fought out in pokey garrets during the 1880s. The cast includes Emilia Fox, Kenneth Cranham and Ann Beach.

Published in 1891, the Grub Street of the title refers to the street in London that had become synonymous since the 18th century with hack writing because of its many publishing houses and the availability of cheap lodgings for aspiring writers. The actual street had disappeared by the time Gissing came to write of it and it is now buried under the Barbican Estate. To be called a Grub Street author was a term of derision and insult.

In Gissing’s novel, he describes the life of Jasper Milvain, who seeks a literary career to make money and is quite prepared to write anything for anyone to make his reputation; and Edwin Reardon, Milvain's opposite, whose resolute determination to write literary fiction is his downfall.

Astute Radio 4 listeners might recognise these names. Christopher Douglas borrowed from Gissing for the eponymous Ed Reardon and his friend/rival Jaz Milvane in the long-running Radio 4 Comedy Ed Reardon’s Week.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2002



Purple Reign - The Prince Story

As Prince turns 52 years of age this week, there’s another chance to hear his story with the second part of Purple Reign - The Prince Story, which first broadcast in 2010.

Producer/ Frank Wilson for the BBC

Mark Radcliffe

Scottish indie rockers Glasvegas drop by the studio to talk about their new album.

Presenter/ Mark Radcliffe, Producer/ Lizzie Hoskin (Smooth Operations)

Thursday 20 June



Radio 3 Live In Concert: CBSO With Lucy Crowe And Edward Gardner With music By Lutoslawski And Sibelius

In this live concert from Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the CBSO, conducted by Edward Gardner, are joined by the popular and celebrated soprano Lucy Crowe for two of Lutoslawski's most inspired works.

Also on the programme, symphonic and vocal music by Sibelius - including the atmospheric and virtuosic Luonnotar, inspired by lines from the great Finnish epic, the Kalevala.

Full programme

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et Chantefables

Sibelius: Luonnotar

Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3

Lucy Crowe (soprano)


Edward Gardner (conductor)

Presenter/ Simon Hoban, Producer/ Chris Wines



Shakespeare And Company

Stuart Maconie travels to the Shakespeare And Company bookshop in a bid to understand how a winding, twisting, bohemian bookstore in Paris has become a Mecca for generations of writers.

Since its beginnings in 1919, Shakespeare And Company has played host to an extraordinary range of authors. James Joyce and the Lost Generation of Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein communed, borrowed books and exchanged ideas in the original shop founded by Sylvia Beach.

A bookshop dedicated to empowering writers, it was Sylvia Beach who first published James Joyce's Ulysses. George Whitman took up this mantle in 1951 and attracted the writers of the Beat Generation, including Allen Ginsberg, William S Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Anais Nin and Henry Miller. In a rare interview, Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti speaks to Stuart about his relationship with George Whitman.

It was not just these famous authors who worked, slept, ate and loved in this 'socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore'. Stuart meets with Sylvia Whitman, daughter of the former owner, to discover the lives of the 30,000 aspiring writers called Tumbleweeds who have found shelter among the books.

Professor Andrew Hussey OBE discusses the bookshop's contemporary cultural contribution and, in a literary landscape dominated by digital downloads, Stuart investigates if this labyrinth of bookish treasures can remain culturally relevant or if it has become a museum to its past.

Presenter/Stuart Maconie, Producers/ John Leonard and Ruth Fitzsimons for Smooth Operations Productions

Afternoon Drama: Dangerous Visions - Death Duty

BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas exploring contemporary takes on future dystopias, inspired by the literary distinctiveness and imaginative world view of JG Ballard

In a desperate bid for water, a city-state plagued by drought has instituted a system of so-called Gifts - a weekly lottery that leads to the sacrifice of its young men. But the Gifts aren't working, and when the man in charge of the system sees his son's number called up, his faith is sorely tested.

With Nicholas Jones as Edmund, Will Howard as Kenny, Christine Absalom as Marianne, Tracy Wiles as Shelley, Amaka Okafor as Lucy, Sean Murray as Minister, Paul Stonehouse as Mr Greene, Philippa Stanton as Mrs Greene. Written by Michael Butt.

Producer/Sasha Yevtushenko for the BBC



Lauren Lavern

Kelis is due to release her sixth studio album, Food, later this year and she joins Lauren in the studio today. Kelis has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. She has had nine top-10 singles in this country and her track, Milkshake, featured at number 97 in 6 Music's Top 100 Greatest Hits of the last decade.

Lauren plays this week's Peoples Playlist which offers up half an hour of brilliant tunes chosen by listeners on a given theme, plus there’s free music in MPFree - and take some time out to enjoy a gorgeous tune in The Headphone Moment.

Presenter/ Lauren Lavern, Producer/ Lisa Kenlock for the BBC

Friday 21 June



Friday Night Is Music Night

Sir Michael Parkinson introduces a special Friday Night Is Music Night celebrating the great lyricist, Sammy Cahn. Cahn's prodigious output included writing over 60 hit songs for Frank Sinatra alone, including Come Fly With Me, All the Way, Call Me Irresponsible, High Hopes, and Three Coins In The Fountain.

He was nominated for an Oscar 23 times and won four. Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin all recorded and had hits with his songs.

So enduring is his catalogue, that contemporary artists including Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum and Diana Krall still include his songs on their current albums. The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank are joined by guest singers Curtis Stigers, Lance Ellington, Alison Jiear and Joe Stilgoe.

Presenter/ Sir Michael Parkinson, Producer/ Anthony Cherry for the BBC

The Radio 2 Arts Show With Claudia Winkleman

Actress Belinda Lang joins Claudia as she takes to the stage, in Sheridan's The School For Scandal.

The play itself is about the buzzing London gossip scene in the 18th century. The production opens in London at the new Park Theatre, Finsbury Park before touring to Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Writer and director Paul Andrew Williams drops by to talk to Claudia about Song For Marion as the film is released on DVD. Plus Peter Bradshaw has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley brings in a selection of books to review; and Thomas Magill has the arts round up - all the arts news from around the country in the next seven days

Presenter/ Claudia Winkleman, Producer/ Jodie Keane for the BBC



World On 3: Leon Hunt And Skerryvore From The Shetland Folk Festival

Mary Ann Kennedy presents World On 3 with new tracks from across the globe, and celebrates British music with concert sets from the Shetland Folk Festival, featuring English bluegrass banjo player Leon Hunt and young Scottish band Skerryvore.

Presenter/ Mary Ann Kennedy, Producer/ Roger Short



Woman's Hour

Live from MediaCity UK in Salford, Jenni Murray is joined by the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Jessica Cottis for a celebration of women and music. Featured composers include Elena Kats-Chernin, Anna Meredith and Alice Mary Smith. Jenni also has a go at conducting the orchestra.

Presenter/ Jenni Murray, Producer/ Alice Feinstein

Lives In A Landscape

To kick off the new series of Lives In A Landscape, Alan Dein presents a two-part special following a year in the life of a new primary school just outside Peterborough - from initial construction to the end of the third term.

For head-teacher Jackie Ashley, the opening of St Michael's Church School will be the culmination of her life in teaching and probably her last role before retirement. She's keen to see the school grow to its full capacity of 210 pupils under her leadership.

But as building work continues, there are concerns it may not open its doors on time and Jackie only has five children confirmed to start in September.

Presenter/ Alan Dein, Producer/ Laurence Grissell for the BBC

Home Sweet Home

In the first of three talks, the writer and stand-up performer AL Kennedy winces as she relives the horrors of moving home, but her pain is the listener’s pleasure!

It took a year for ALK to make the recent move from Glasgow to London; this only hammered home the importance to her of having a room of her own, especially a bathroom of her very own.

Then there's the business of dealing with all those belongings and what about that old tin of beans? Which when left long enough becomes spherical and perhaps even dangerous? And that poses the question, when did she last actually cook?

And maybe, with hindsight, her dislike of sunlight was a problem for potential buyers. Perhaps her dark red study was a little unusual. She muses over how she continued to produce tales for a book of short stories when she was being tormented by the English legal system and could only think about conveyancing. How many people, she wonders, want to read a collection of short fictions about conveyancing?

Presenter/ AL Kennedy, Producer/Mark Smalley for the BBC



The Truth About Mental Health

In this six-part series on mental health for BBC World Service, Claudia Hammond explores the radically different attitudes and definitions of mental health and mental wellbeing around the globe. She will also examine the novel and innovative ways being used to treat and cope with mental illness.

Hammond visits Norway to examine the unique response to heal the trauma of the mass murder of 77 people, most of them teenagers, by Anders Breivik. In the political sense, that national cure took the form of a criminal trial, but in the social and personal sphere, Norway took the opportunity to road-test on a country-wide basis psychological support and care for everybody affected.

Hammond examines some of these new ways, never before tried on this scale, in every region of the country. These include regional and national reunions for survivors and the bereaved, and support for schools and teachers to care for pupils in the aftermath of the massacre.

She reports from the fourth and final national support group for the parents and siblings of Breivik’s victims and hears how Norway’s national experiment provides lessons for other countries facing both man-made and natural disasters.

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