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Saturday 21 September

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Pick Of The Pops

Tony Blackburn counts down the charts from this week in 1976 and 1981. Music comes from Twiggy, Barry White, Tina Charles, Mr Acker Bilk, Hi Gloss, Aneka and Alvin Stardust.

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

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sound Of Cinema: The Early Music Show - Farinelli - The Movie

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, Catherine Bott looks at the soundtrack of the film Farinelli - a biopic of the great 18th-century castrato and his colourful relationships with women, his older brother and with the composers Handel and Porpora.

The vocal range of the castrato could be as much as three and a half octaves, so when Belgian film director Gerard Corbiau decided to turn Farinelli's colourful life into a full-length biopic, he charged music director Christopher Rousset with coming up with a way to create as near to the castrato sound as he could.

The solution was to combine the voices of Polish soprano Ewa Mallas-Godlewska and American countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, so that Derek would sing the lower passages and Ewa the highest. During the precision editing, the voices of the two singers were relayed, from the lowest notes to the highest, in order to cover the tessitura and also demonstrate the castrato's virtuosity. The resulting tape included nearly 3,000 editing points. It was then necessary to 'homogenise' the two singers' timbres in order to give Farinelli his own voice, both new and, at the same time, respectful of the original voices.

The film soundtrack includes performances by the 'combined' voices with Christophe Rousset's own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in glorious music by Handel, Porpora, Hasse, Pergolesi and Farinelli's own older brother (and protagonist of the film), Riccardo Broschi.

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Catherine Bott, Producer/ Les Pratt for the BBC

Sound Of Cinema: Jazz Record Requests

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, Alyn Shipton introduces more film-related requests, which include screen appearances from Lester Young, Peggy Lee and Ethel Waters. Plus the reimagined Western themes of British jazz musician Richard Ormrod.

BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Alyn Shipton, Producer/ James Parkin for the BBC

Sound Of Cinema: Return Of The Monster From The Id

In 1956, Hollywood and the avant garde made strange and wonderful music. Writer Ken Hollings tells how Louis and Bebe Barron created the first electronic film score for Forbidden Planet, and attempts to resurrect the monster from the Id to understand the fusion of science and art that remains a landmark in film and music.

In 1956, America saw and heard the future in the science fiction movie Forbidden Planet. A fusion of Shakespeare's The Tempest, pop Freud and imaginative pulp science fiction, Hollywood and the electronic avante garde embraced each other, briefly.

Louis and Bebe were close associates of John Cage at the cutting edge of new technology and music, and had created something wonderful and unique - the world's first full electronic film score. The Barrons' 'electronic tonalities' - as they were credited on screen in deference to a fearful musicians union - were vital in creating this world of the future, acting as music, sound effects and character.

BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Ken Hollings, Producer/ Mark Burman for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Shine Like Tokyo - Northern Soul Goes East!

DJ Annie Nightingale looks at how Northern Soul music has become popular in Japan.

It has been 40 years since DJ Russ Winstanley unleashed the Wigan Casino on the world, playing Northern Soul to thousands of young people in the club's legendary all-nighters. The Seventies were the heyday of the music genre and the Wigan Casino even beat New York's Studio 54 for title of Billboard Magazine 'best disco in the world' in 1978.

Northern Soul is often thought to be firmly rooted in place and time but four decades on from the opening of the Wigan Casino, Annie discovers how it's capturing the imagination of people as far east as Japan.

She looks back at the roots of Northern Soul before hearing from DJs spinning their discs in Kobe, a Northern Soul band in Tokyo and regulars at night spots in several Japanese cities. Soulies in England and Japan reflect on what it is that helps them 'keep the faith' while Annie tries to work out if there's a connection between the Northern England of the Seventies and the Japan of 2013.

Presenter/ Annie Nightingale, Producer/ Liam Starkey for a Made in Manchester Production

Rumours

Rumours - Private Eye, the Profumo Affair and the end of a British Government, by Colin Shindler.

This drama is the story of how Private Eye established itself by taking on the social and political establishment of Great Britain, culminating in the resignation of Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister.

It’s about the events that happened behind the scenes, the wider rumours and scandals the affair forced into the light and, finally, the seismic cultural shift it helped unleash.

With Harry Hadden-Paton as Richard Ingrams, Ewan Bailey as Willie Rushton, Gunnar Cauthery as Christopher Booker, John Rowe as Harold Macmillan, Nicholas Murchie as Timothy Bligh, Philippa Stanton as Sylvia, Joannah Tincey as Sandra, Carl Prekopp as Stephen Ward.

Producer/ Marc Beeby for the BBC

How To Be, Or Not To Be, A Politician

Journalist Anne McElvoy draws on inspiration from the ancient world and modern times to analyse how to be, or not to be, a politician.

Serving Cabinet Ministers and other experienced politicians share their secrets and recall moments when they wish they had done things differently. McElvoy looks at examples from Ancient Greece and Rome as well as a series of well-known or discreet pratfalls in contemporary politics, which have, in some cases, called time on high-flying political careers. In doing so, she asks, is there a definitive way to describe how to be or not to be a politician?

Presenter/ Anne McElvoy

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Comedy Greats - Overseas

The BBC Transcription Service was established in the 1930s in order to sell the Corporation’s programmes to foreign broadcasters. But what was funny in Manchester may well have come across as less than hilarious in Manila…

So programmes were sometimes edited, and sometimes completely re-recorded from fresh scripts. In this special international edition of Comedy Greats, Barry Cryer presents a selection of shows that have had the transcription treatment, including Hancock’s Half Hour, The Men From The Ministry, I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again and Round The Horne.

There’s an episode of The Clitheroe Kid, after which Barry reveals a gag that was expunged for overseas consumption – clearly neither TV personality Katie Boyle nor drag act Mrs Shufflewick were considered suitable cases for comic treatment beyond these shores. And a reference to Leslie Phillips’ 'titfer' in The Navy Lark also fell victim to the razor blade.

In times gone by, the BBC destroyed some of its own recorded heritage, but thanks to the Transcription Service at least one version of many 'lost' masterpieces still exists.

Made for 4 Extra. First broadcast in July 2012.

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Formula One: Singapore Grand Prix - Practice

Coverage of the third practice session from Singapore.

Followed by live coverage if the qualifying session at 14:15 – 14:45.

Cricket: YB40 Final

Cricket commentary from the first innings of the final of the YB40.

Coverage of the second innings will begin at 2.45pm.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Mary Anne Hobbs: Clint Mansell, Key Of Life Part 1

As part of the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season, Mary Anne has Grammy-nominated soundtrack composer Clint Mansell talking in depth in the first part of his Key Of Life Interview, which airs on her show this morning.

Mary Anne is no stranger to the world of soundtracks either as she collaborated with Clint on Darren Aronofsky‘s Grammy-nominated Black Swan. The former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman takes a break from his work on next year's epic, Noah, to chat about what it takes to compose the perfect soundtrack, how a boy from Coventry ends up working with Hollywood's finest, plus his thoughts on the art of composing, and the art of living.

The BBC's Sound Of Cinema season pays homage to the great soundtracks of the movies. The season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen and features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

Presenter/ Mary Anne Hobbs, Producer/Kate Cocker for Wise Buddah

Gilles Peterson

This week Gilles puts together a mix of some of his favourite Italian cinema soundtracks as part of Sound Of Cinema season.

The show will feature music from greats such as Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani and Piero Umiliani. These composers were famed for their lush soundtracks to primarily European films throughout the 1960s, with some of them crossing over to Hollywood in the 1970s. Their influence remains strong today, with many of their scores being reused in modern films such as Kill Bill and Django Unchained.

Gilles was recently honoured by the Association of Independent Music Awards (AIM), receiving the Indie Champion Award in recognition of his range and eclecticism.

The BBC's Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

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

Sunday 22 September

BBC RADIO 1XTRA

BBC RADIO 1XTRA

The Story Of Wiley

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Stories present The Story Of Wiley.

Wiley is arguably one of the most creative characters in UK music, with a career that has spanned over a decade. Considered the king of the underground, Wiley has reinvented himself and managed to stay relevant to new audiences, achieving mainstream number one success but still unafraid to speak his mind, and notorious for his unpredictability.

BBC Radio 1Xtra breakfast host (and long-time friend and collaborator of Wiley) Twin B, gets up-close to the Eskiboy to find out how it all started, what motivates him, and how he manages to keep it all together. With contributions from Wretch 32, Roll Deep members Target & Manga, 1Xtra's DJ Cameo, SBTV's Jamal Edwards, old rival Bushkin (Heartless Crew) and many other contemporaries.

Presenter/ Twin B, Producer/ Ray Paul for The Playmaker Group

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris Sunday

As part of Radio 2's coverage of the American Music Awards, Bob's show tonight comes from Nashville's Music Row with guests including Billy Bragg and Matthew Perryman Jones.

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

Clare Balding With Good Morning Sunday

Clare Balding hosts the topical faith show. This week’s guest is Heather Small, lead singer of the band M People, who are about to embark on their 25th Anniversary Tour.

There's live music from Martin Smith, former lead singer with the Christian worship band Delirious?, who has just released his first solo album, God's Great Dancefloor. Clare's faith guest is the Reverend Ruth Scott.

Presenter/ Clare Balding, Producer/ Janet McLarty for the BBC

Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70s

Johnnie Walker celebrates the decade of Margo, Tom and Jerry.

This week, Johnnie is joined by Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon from original punk rockers The Clash. Formed in 1976 and headed up by Joe Strummer, the band were one of the most popular punk bands of the decade with hits including London Calling, I Fought The Law and White Riot.

Together with Johnnie, the band will cover their role in the Seventies punk explosion, the genesis of their biggest hits and the lasting impact of their music on artists today.

Also on the show, the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest will be celebrated with sounds from the BBC archive, and another classic Seventies single will be added to Johnnie's Jukebox.

Presenter/ Johnnie Walker, Producer/ Mark Higgins for Wise Buddah

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sunday Morning

Rob Cowan presents a selection of music focusing on early performances by great musicians.

At what stage in life does a musician become great? Cowan poses the question and supplies some answers in remarkable early recordings by some of the most famous names in music, including Yehudi Menuhin, Jacqueline Du Pre and Leontyne Price. The week's cantata is a secular work by Handel, Armida Abbandonata, in the famous recording by Dame Janet Baker.

Presenter/ Rob Cowan, A Unique Broadcasting Production

Words And Music

Maxine Peake and Samuel West embark on a journey through dream and nightmare in the Low Countries.

Treading the shifting boundary between land and sea, between memory and experience, they navigate through a landscape that accommodates Erasmus as well as Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen as well as Cesar Franck; a terrain that's home to nameless beasts as well as Flanders lilacs and a place where, though the light of reason shines brightly, the shadows cast are long and dark.

Presenter / Maxine Peake & Samuel West, Producer / Zahid Warley for the BBC

Sound Of Cinema: Sunday Feature - Composing For Hollywood

Journalist Jonathan Coffey travels to Los Angeles to investigate the business of writing music for the movies, meeting many of the top names in the industry.

Once upon a time, Hollywood composers were classically schooled European maestros, while today some of the most successful are drawn from the world of pop and rock. In this programme, Coffey travels to Los Angeles to meet some of the biggest names in the industry to assess the business of writing for the movies.

BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Jonathan Coffey, Producer/ Claire Burgoyne for the BBC

Drama On 3: The Father

As part of BBC Radio 3's series of classic plays - that tackle the revolutionary changes in the role of women at the end of the 19th century - August Strindberg's notorious drama from 1890 is re-assessed in a new adaptation by Laurie Slade.

The drama charts an explosive power-struggle between a married couple and was Strindberg's response to the most famous gender drama of the day, Ibsen's A Doll's House. This new version by Slade makes The Father an uncompromising and psychologically astute portrayal of the battle of the sexes in a 19th-century middle-class marriage, with surprising insights into issues such as gender, the meaning of marriage, parental attitudes to child education, and the conflicts between science and religion.

An uneasy stand-off exists between an army captain and his wife. A disagreement over the future of their daughter, Bertha, triggers an all-out war. Laura will stop at nothing to gain control of her daughter's education and when she suggests to the captain that he may not actually be the girl's father at all, she sets a chain of events in motion, from which nobody escapes unharmed.

With Joe Dixon as The Captain, Katy Stephens as Laura, Holly Earl as Bertha, Patrick Toomey as The Doctor, Laurence Kennedy as The Pastor, Barbara Young as The Nurse and Staten Cousins-Roe as Nöjd. Directed by Joe Harmston.

A Unique Production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs returns with novelist and critic Zadie Smith as this week’s cast away.

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

Bloody Scotland

The first of three specially commissioned stories from leading crime writers, recorded in front of an audience at the Bloody Scotland (crime writing) festival in Stirling.

In this brand-new short story for Radio 4, award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves reveals a glimpse into the childhood of Willow Reeves, the detective at the centre of her Shetland television series. Willow returns to her childhood home on the Scottish island of North Uist, where she must face up to a tragic and deeply buried secret from her own past.

Our Bloody Scotland series continues with stories from two Scottish crime writers: Malcolm Mackay, who has lived all his life on the island of Lewes in the Outer Hebrides but writes noir-ish tales of the urban underworld in Glasgow, and Stuart MacBride, most famous for his detective novels set in the 'Granite City', Aberdeen.

Producer/ Allegra McIlroy for the BBC

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Pienaar's Politics

This week’s programme comes live from the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

Presented by 5 live’s chief political correspondent, John Pienaar. Download the Pienaar’s Politics podcast at bbc.co.uk/podcasts/5live.

Formula One: Singapore Grand Prix

Live F1 commentary of the Singapore Grand Prix.

Plus football updates from Arsenal v Stoke.

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Mary Anne Hobbs: Clint Mansell, Key Of Life Part 2

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, in this morning’s show, Mary Anne broadcasts the concluding part of Clint Mansell’s in depth Key Of Life Interview.

The Grammy-nominated soundtrack composer and former Pop Will Eat Itself front man, has scored some of the most recognisable film soundtracks this century - Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler, Smokin' Aces and The Fountain. Mary Anne is no stranger to the world of soundtracks either as she collaborated with Clint on Darren Aronofsky‘s Grammy-nominated Black Swan.

The BBC's Sound Of Cinema season pays homage to the great soundtracks of the movies. The season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen, and features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

Presenter/ Mary Anne Hobbs, Producer/ Kate Cocker for Wise Buddah

Cerys Matthews

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, Cerys Matthews spins and chats about some of her favourite soundtracks from over the years. Expect anything from Hitchcock thrillers to spaghetti westerns and the odd epic sweep of the studio orchestra.

The BBC's Sound Of Cinema season pays homage to the great soundtracks of the movies. The season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen and features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

Presenter/ Cerys Matthews, Producer/ Adam Dineen for the BBC

The Sound Of Cinema With Cillian Murphy

Continuing 6 Music's Sound Of Cinema season, actor Cillian Murphy selects some of his favourite musical moments from the big screen.

Irish film star Cillian has appeared in movies such as 28 Days Later, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. He began his performing career as a musician, and recently appeared in the video for the track Hold Me Forever by Money. He currently stars as Tommy Shelby in the epic gangster drama Peaky Blinders on BBC Two.

The BBC's Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

Presenter/ Cillian Murphy, Producer/ Adam Hudson for the BBC

The Huey Show

The Stooges and The MC5 are all familiar bands, but what about Death? No? Well, don’t worry, Huey is here to change that.

Death were an all-black, proto-punk band in Seventies Detroit, and it’s taken until now for most people to discover them, but it's been worth the wait. They are the subject of the documentary film, A Band Called Death, and their story is up there with another Detroit underground legend, Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man. The band will be in conversation with Huey to tell their fascinating story.

British soul singer Alice Russell, who is one of the finest voices of her generation, is Huey's don of Sharing Is Caring. She will be picking the records that made her who she is.

Plus for the tender hearted souls, Huey will be Doo Wop-ping That Thing once again and celebrating the places and people that are missed in Homesick Blues. And as always he’ll be wishing love, peace and soul as he turns the clock back and gets down with the Soul Train.

Presenter/ Huey Morgan, Producer/ Tom Whalley for Wise Buddah

Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour: Soundtrack Special

Guy Garvey brings listeners his unique take on the sound of the cinema while his mystery musical history girl, the Beckapedia, investigates the work of a cinematic legend. Expect old favourites and new discoveries. Bring your own popcorn.

The BBC's Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season features a major BBC Four series and programming across BBC radio.

Presenter/ Guy Garvey, Producer/ Michelle Choudhry for the BBC

ASIAN NETWORK

ASIAN NETWORK

Saima Ajram

Listeners will be able to hear highlights of a tribute evening dedicated to the Queen of South Asian pop music, Nazia Hassan.

The 'Music that becomes a Message' event was held at the Nehru centre for the Nazia Hassan foundation and was organised by her 16-year-old son to raise money for destitute children in Pakistan.

Saima will play some of the best known hits such as Aap Jaisa Koi and Disco Dewaane from the 1980 Hindi film Qurbani.

Presenter/Saima Ajram

Nadia Ali

Ahead of a London-based event aimed at raising awareness about the Bangladesh garment industry, Nadia finds out more about the issue and asks what Brit Bangladeshis can do to ensure more ethical fashion.

Presenter/ Nadia Ali

Monday 23 September

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Hugh Laurie’s Blues Changes

He’s a big House advocate, but for his first series for BBC Radio 2 actor, comedian and musician Hugh Laurie examines the blues.

Examining the way in which the blues has influenced all the types of popular music that we listen to today, each week Hugh will be playing a song with his acclaimed Copper Bottom Band and using that as a starting point from which to explore the permutations and permeations of the music that he loves.

Launching the series, Hugh plays and sings Alan Price's 'Changes', written in 1973 for the Lindsay Anderson film O Lucky Man and explains how that links a First World War protest song, a Presbyterian hymn and a Nashville country instrumental before going on to look at the evolution of the blues itself.

Starting with the primitive country blues of Robert Johnson and Charley Patton, he traces the changes in the music through the electric Chicago period of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the soul and rock influences of the 1960s to the blues as we know it today.

A performance film accompanying the series can be seen on the BBC's Red Button service.

Presenter/ Hugh Laurie, Producer/ Mark Hagen for the BBC

Jools Holland

Joining Jools this week is the mighty Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap! Or is it Mr Burns from The Simpsons? It's actually both, as actor, comedian and musician Harry Shearer pops by to chat and sing XTC live with the band.

Presenter/ Jools Holland, Producer/ Mark Hagen for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Essential Classics

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, Rob Cowan’s guest this week is the film and television composer Debbie Wiseman.

Debbie's film and television credits include more than 200 titles, such as Judge John Deed, The Land Girls, Tom's Midnight Garden, and Wilde. In 2008, she composed a new Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra called Different Voices, and her album of music to accompany Oscar Wilde's fairy stories, Wilde Stories, was nominated for a Grammy Award and later made into a trilogy of animated films for Channel 4. In 2004, Debbie was awarded an MBE for services to the music and film industry.

Each day at 11am, Neil Brand will continue his personal choice of 15 pieces of music that made the movies. His introductions will be available to download as a podcast from the Radio 3 website. His choices include John Williams' Close Encounters Suite; Walton' Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; Rosza's Violin Concerto; Gershwin's An American In Paris; and Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica.

Plus, as always, a selection of music, including this week’s Essential CD of the Week: Old Czech Marches and Dances with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vaclav Neumann; and the brainteaser - Who's Dancing?

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Rob Cowan, A Classic Arts Productions

Sound Of Cinema: Composer Of The Week - British Film Music

Donald Macleod celebrates a quintessentially British legacy of film music – from Vaughan Williams to Nitin Sawhney, via Walton, The Beatles, Nyman, Britten, John Dankworth, Malcolm Arnold, Elisabeth Lutyens, John Barry and many more as part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season.

Donald is joined in the studio by film music expert and writer David Huckvale, to explore film works by two grandees of the British concert hall: Sirs Arthur Bliss and William Walton, and to discuss the hugely important influence of the conductor and musical svengali James Muir Matheson.

Walter Leigh's pioneering score for the 1934 documentary Song Of Ceylon provides the backdrop to a unique complete performance of WH Auden and Benjamin Britten's score to the 1935 social history documentary Coal Face – a portrayal of the 1930s coal industry, complete with highly original sound effects and musical experiments. There's also space for one of the most popular and enduring examples of early British film music: Richard Addinsell's heartstring-tugging Warsaw Concerto, and the programme ends with Walton's famous music to Laurence Olivier's wartime adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V.

Programme

Bliss: Suite - Things To Come (1934, Alexander Korda): March

[original studio recording]

Bliss: Suite - Things To Come (1934, Alexander Korda): Ballet

LSO / Arthur Bliss

Walter Leigh – Song Of Ceylon [excerpt] (1934, Basil Wright)

[soundtrack]

Britten: Coal Face (1935, Alberto Cavalcanti / GPO / John Grierson)

Simon Russell Beale (speaker)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Martyn Brabbins

Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto (from Dangerous Moonlight, Brian Desmond Hurst, 1941)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano); BBC SO / Hugh Wolff

Walton: Henry V (Suite, arr. Muir Matheson) (1945, Laurence Olivier)

Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir William Walton

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ Donald McLeod, Producer/ Steven Rajam

Sound Of Cinema: The Essay: Praising Powell & Pressburger

In the first of a week of Essays on Powell and Pressburger, ballerina, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull gives a dancer's perspective on Powell and Pressburger's best-known film, The Red Shoes, starring Moira Shearer, and based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, together known as The Archers, were one of the most influential and audacious film-makers of the 1930s and 40s. Their ground-breaking works include The Red Shoes, The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, A Matter Of Life And Death and Black Narcissus.

Deborah Bull joined The Royal Ballet in 1981 and became a Principal Ballerina in 1992. After her 20-year career in ballet, she went on to become Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, as well as an author and broadcaster. She is currently Director of Cultural Partnerships at King's College, London.

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Read by/ Deborah Bull, Producer/ Justine Willett for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Book Of The Week: Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Jung Chang's groundbreaking biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity - Empress Dowager Cixi.

Jung-Chang's fast-paced and gripping story reassesses the reputation of this formidable 19th-century stateswoman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity. Based on newly available documents, this biography comprehensively overturns the conventional view of the Dowager Empress as a deeply conservative and cruel despot.

Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry.

It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Read by/ Pik-Sen Lim, Producer/ Gemma Jenkins for the BBC

15 Minute Drama: Writing The Century: Takes Two To Tandem

The series which explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people returns with Takes Two To Tandem by Lavinia Murray. A touching, lively, humorous drama inspired by the 1930s diaries of Frank Ayliffe.

Frank is a doer and a trier - a complex, gregarious, self-confounding, honest and loving man, always aware of his shortcomings and keen to better himself intellectually and materially. This drama is a rich glimpse into how aspirational, impoverished and socially mobile the interwar years were.

In this first programme, it is summer 1934 and Frank's carefree life as a confirmed bachelor is disrupted by Doris's decision to leave the cycling club.

With Bryan Dick as Frank, Sophia Di Martino as Doris, Nick Haverson as Lily, Martin Richardson as Bert/Hope, Susan Twist as Miss Foot/Mrs Ayliffe, Harriet Chandler Judd as Rene and Will Tacey as Mr Ayliffe.

Producer/Sharon Sephton for the BBC

Our Dreams: Our Selves

Lucy Powell presents a new series about the history of dreams and what people think they mean, 100 years after Sigmund Freud's great work The Interpretation Of Dreams appeared in English.

Puzzling over the nightly drama of our dreams is one of the most enduring of all human endeavours. People suspect that dreams are meaningless, and yet can't resist the urge to interpret the most vivid, transporting or troubling of them. The way dreams have been understood tells a great deal, both about long-dead dreamers, and the worlds in which they lived.

Freud described psychoanalysis as a kind of archaeology of the mind, a search for buried pieces of the past that the analyst must carefully retrieve, pull up to the light, and unlock to reveal their hidden meanings.

On Freud's desk, in his north London study, are real archaeological treasures: figures from ancient Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia, part of the collection of over 2,000 antiquities he collected during his lifetime - statues and frescos and strange, goggle-eyed gargoyles. He called them his ‘old and grubby gods' who aided him in his work. They make of Freud's study a strange kind of dream-scape, filled with fragments of the past, because in seeking to forge a new theory of dreams, Freud reached right back to the earliest dreams in Western history.

Presenter/ Lucy Powell, Producer/ Jane Greenwood for Loftus Productions

BBC National Short Story Award 2013

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious and established awards for a single short story. The 2013 shortlist reveals the strength and depth of the current short story scene, with five very different but equally beguiling stories vying for the top position and the £15,000 award.

From the pens of writers both hugely acclaimed and very new, come tales that range from the magical to the all too real. Surprising twists, quiet grief and vivid imagination are hallmarks of this year's bumper crop.

Actress Andrea Riseborough reads the first of five shortlisted stories in contention for this award, which has been abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

Other readers include Hattie Morahan and Claire Skinner. Running across the week (and with the authors interviewed on Front Row the previous evening) listeners can enjoy a literary treat at 3.30pm each afternoon from today (Monday, 23 September).

The winner and the runner-up will be announced live on Front Row on Tuesday 8 October. The stories will be available as a free download following broadcast, at bbc.co.uk/radio4, and in an anthology published by Comma Press.

Read by/ Andrea Riseborough, Producer/ Gemma Jenkins for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Crooked House

A star-studded dramatisation of one of Agatha Christie’s favourite novels.

In classic Christie style, the title comes from a nursery rhyme: “There was a crooked man…”

The extended Leonides family live together in their large 'crooked' house. But then the millionaire head of the household, Aristide, is murdered. Which, if any, of his devoted family could possibly be to blame?

Charles is played by Rory Kinnear, currently to be seen on stage in the National Theatre’s Othello and recently on TV in Count Arthur Strong. Anna Maxwell-Martin is Sophia – she has won two Bafta Best Actress awards and will shortly be on our screens as Elizabeth in PD James’s Pride and Prejudice sequel, Death Comes To Pemberley. Magda is played by Anna Chancellor, who is just coming to the end of a West End run of Private Lives, playing Amanda opposite Toby Stephen’s Elyot. Also in the cast are Judy Parfitt (Call The Midwife) and Phil Davis (Being Human).

4 Extra debut. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2008.

The Tiger's Wife

When, at the age of 25, Téa Obreht won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction), she became the youngest writer ever to pick up this prestigious award. And she triumphed with what was her début novel, The Tiger’s Wife.

Obreht was born in Belgrade and her tale is set in the Balkans following a period of war. Her narrator, Natalia, struggles to make sense of the mysterious death of her grandfather. Obreht had a close relationship with her own grandfather, who died shortly before she wrote The Tiger’s Wife. The now American-based author told The Washington Post: “The story itself is not autobiographical… [but my grandfather’s] death was forefront on my mind, I suppose. It was my first real emotional loss. It became important to be emotionally honest about that.”

The reader is Hattie Morahan, who is currently appearing in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in London’s West End. She won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award 2012 and the Critics’ Circle Best Actress Award 2013 for her portrayal of Nora in this production.

4 Extra debut. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.

The 4 O'Clock Show

Monday 23 September sees the return of Keep It In The Family to 4 Extra’s daily family-friendly programme. Every day, quizmaster Fred MacAulay will once again be putting the contestants through their paces in this fun general knowledge quiz.

Two teams, each comprising an adult and child (granny and grandson, mother and daughter, uncle and niece), battle it out to keep possession of the game. The quiz continues into week 40.

This week’s story is Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, read by Cheryl ('Casualty') Campbell. This also continues into week 40.

The 4 O’Clock Show is presented by Mel Giedroyc, currently on TV grappling with shortcrust and sourdough in BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off.

4 Extra debut/ Made for 4 Extra

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Mark Radcliffe

Writer Lloyd Bradley joins Mark to talk about his book, Sounds Like London: 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital.

Plus Mark and Stuart commemorate The Sound Of Cinema season with a week of special Teatime Themetimes.

Presenter/ Mark Radcliffe, Producer/ Lizzie Hoskin for Smooth Operations

Gideon Coe

Gideon raids the BBC archives for a concert by British rock band The Woodentops and sessions from Sandy Denny, Bristolian favourites Portishead and Django Django.

Presenter/ Gideon Coe, Producer/ Henry Lopez Real for the BBC

ASIAN NETWORK

ASIAN NETWORK

Noreen Khan

Noreen plays all the big Bollywood, bhangra and Pakistani classics in the Old Skool Hour.

Plus, there’ll be all the latest showbiz news and gossip with Suki Padda. And members of the Khandaan can request their favourite songs in the Khandaan Takeover.

Presenter/ Noreen Khan

Ray Khan

Ray celebrates the 78th birthday of one of Bollywood's best-known baddies, Prem Chopra, by playing music from movies like Teesri Manzil and Kaala Paathar.

Also, listeners will be able to take part in Shayri Club and listen to hear some of the day's strangest stories in Ajeeb Aur Gareeb.

Presenter/ Ray Khan

Tuesday 24 September

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Jamie Cullum

This week, Jamie returns to the BBC Archives to dig out a session from the American drummer Kenny Clarke performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973.

Kenny is joined by an all-star line-up with Dexter Gordon on tenor saxophone, Hampton Hawes on piano and Bob Cranshaw on bass.

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

Silent Film

As part of the BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season, film critic Mark Kermode presents the music of silent film.

When cinema became the entertainment of choice in the 1910s and 1920s, thousands of musicians were employed to provide the accompaniment to the films. Simple piano pieces were developed to convey the thoughts and emotions of the actors. As cinema developed, full orchestras were used, and scores began to be developed, borrowed and improvised from classical music and later, jazz.

The programme features interviews with silent film pianist Neil Brand, film composer Carl Davis, Timothy Brock, who restored the soundtracks to the Chaplin movies, which Chaplin himself composed, Ludovic Bource, Oscar-winning composer for The Artist, and Jean Darling, one of the few surviving child stars of the silent era.

Presenter/ Mark Kermode, Producer/ Maggie Ayre for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Peter Dononhoe performs piano music published as 'Opus 1' by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bartok, Berg, Schumann and Brahms, live from the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph Cathedral.

The tiny cathedral city of St Asaph is home to the North Wales International Music Festival and venue for this evening's live piano recital from Donohoe. All the works in his intriguing programme are linked by their appellation 'Opus 1'. As Peter himself points out, these pieces don't represent the composers' very earliest efforts but their first published music - their first forays into the world of professional composition.

Peter invites listeners to explore with him music that reveals the ambition and freshness of composers at the beginnings of their long and distinguished careers, full of youthful originality and containing fascinating hints of the mature artists they would become.

Programme

Tchaikovsky: Two pieces for piano, Op 1

Prokofiev: - Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op 1

Bartok: Rhapsody, Op 1

Berg: Sonata , Op 1

Schumann: Abegg Variations, Op 1

Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op 1

Producer/ Chris Taylor for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

The Secret Life Of JS Bach

Reverend Richard Coles returns to his childhood musical hero, Johann Sebastian Bach. He was the ultimate musical brain, the untouchable god with unimaginably lofty preoccupations. Or was he? Coles explores a different Bach, with some unexpected twists.

Long before the world of pop beckoned, and when the priesthood was an unimagined future calling, Rev Richard Coles had an unusual teenage passion. By his bed stood the bust of the greatest composer the world has ever known – Bach. This was a man with a gigantic musical brain, an untouchable god, a super-human with a daily life and unimaginable preoccupations.

In this programme, Coles sets out to meet another Bach, the hot, young talent whose daily life as a church organist was punctuated as much by petty quarrels and hard graft as it was the call of the Romantic muse. He clambers inside the technological marvel which is an 18th-century German organ and discovers that the principles of physics, architecture, metallurgy and acoustics were every bit as prominent in Bach's armoury as his musicianship.

He hunts for clues as to why the young Bach might have been the prickly hot-head he appears to have been. There’s the intriguing theory that a disrupted childhood and chaotic education may have left him with a personality that may now be considered to be characterised by clinical paranoia.

Coles gets as close to meeting Bach in the flesh as he possibly can thanks to the pioneering work of scientists in Dundee who have recreated the composer's image in 3D using the very latest forensic techniques. Is this meeting a realisation of lifelong fantasies, or is the Bach we uncover the very last person Coles would like to appoint as parish organist?

With contributions from organists John Butt, Jon Cullen and Tim Rishton, psychologist Tamar Pincus, musicologist Ruth Tatlow, and forensic scientist Caroline Wilkinson.

Presenter/ Reverend Richard Coles

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Elis James’s Pantheon Of Heroes (series 1)

“So what is Pantheon Of Heroes? It’s a show that contains my three favourite things – lists, nostalgia and hurriedly writing scripts at 5am in a fevered sweat, surviving on Berocca and Wham bars.” – Elis James

4 Extra presents a national outing for Carmarthen-born comic Elis James’s 2012 Radio Wales sketch and stand-up series. A riposte to those who have said he wasted his history degree by going into comedy, Elis delves into the past to determine Wales’ ultimate heroes.

Elis James is a rising star of Welsh comedy, a bilingual performer who has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC Three. He is the partner of fellow comedian Isy Suttie. He says of the series being aired on 4 Extra: “I'm very pleased to be subjecting Welsh history to an unsuspecting 4 Extra audience. As a student I had to be content with flatmates – now it's the world. If I can be to Welsh history what Bill Oddie is to British wildlife, I'll be thrilled.”

4 Extra debut. First broadcast on BBC Radio Wales in January 2012.

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Iraq War

Award-winning documentary maker Norma Percy explores the inside story of the invasion of Iraq and the ensuing decade of conflict, told from the point of view of senior decision-makers.

Presented by Lucy Ash, the second episode examines the failures of the Coalition’s attempts to establish an effective and representative government in Iraq.

The civilian administrator, Jay Garner, was persuaded to establish a transitional government made up of Kurdish leaders and newly returned politicians. However, Washington replaced Garner with Ambassador Jerry Bremer, who decided that the planned government was unrepresentative and retained power himself. He disbanded the army and refused to pay back wages, creating a huge cadre of disaffected former soldiers.

The UN acted as a liaison with Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, but the assassination in a massive truck bombing of the UN representative Sergio Vieira de Mello closed off communications.

Meanwhile, the popularity of Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr’s Mahdi Army was rising, along with increasing sectarian violence. Sadr’s forces fought a major battle against US Marines in the holy city of Najaf, which only ended with the intervention of Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani and the election of a Shia-dominated government.

(Revised Reversion BBC 2/ Brook Lapping) WS Producer/ Julie Ball, Editor/ Hugh Levinson

Wednesday 25 September

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Radio 3 Live In Concert

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, play Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, the Rococco Variations - with Daniel Müller-Schott as cello soloist - and the Manfred Symphony.

Tormented by forbidden desires, Byron's Manfred takes to the mountains to battle his demons. Tchaikovsky knew exactly how he felt, and poured everything into 50 minutes of the rawest, most personal and most passionate music he ever wrote. It's certainly a powerful contrast to the stirring Marche Slave and the jewel-like Rococo Variations, here played by Daniel Müller-Schott.

Live from Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Programme

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Daniel Müller-Schott: cello

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons: conductor

Presenter/ Tom McKinne, Producer/ Les Pratt for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Summer Lightning

An all-star cast in a timeless comedy from PG Wodehouse: impostors, fisticuffs, falling in love with an unsuitable person, a racy tale involving some prawns, a private detective trying to get his hands on a memoir – and a pig called the Empress of Blandings…

Summer Lightning (known in the USA as Fish Preferred) was first published in 1929 and is one of the Blandings series of novels, Blandings Castle being the Shropshire seat of Lord Emsworth. Wodehouse lived in Emsworth, Hampshire, on and off from 1903 to 1914.

The stellar line-up for this production includes Charles Dance (Galahad Threepwood), Patricia Hodge (Lady Constance), Tim Pigott-Smith (Beach), Matt Lucas (Percy Pilbeam), Samuel West (Hugo Carmody) and Martin Jarvis (Lord Emsworth), who also directs. Matt Lucas recently lent his support to a campaign to keep open the primary school in Llanddewi-Brefi, Ceredigion where Lucas’s Little Britain character Daffyd claimed to be the 'only gay in the village'.

This autumn sees the publication of the first new Jeeves and Wooster story since Wodehouse’s death in 1975. It is penned by Sebastian 'Birdsong' Faulkes.

4 Extra debut. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2010.

Down The Line (series four)

If you are suffering withdrawal symptoms following the end of series five of Down The Line on BBC Radio 4 earlier this summer, then here’s another chance to catch a selection of shows from series four.

It’s National Poet Week (as opposed to National Poetry Week) and Gary Bellamy’s studio guest is versifier Geoffrey Allerton. But Geoffrey is travelling to the studio by public transport and is late… So it’s a call-in free-for-all to start with...

The spoof phone-in is brought to you by the creators of The Fast Show and stars Rhys Thomas as Gary Bellamy, with Simon Day, Felix Dexter, Charlie Higson, Lucy Montgomery (Mrs Rhys Thomas) and Paul Whitehouse.

Special guests this week are Lee Mack, Adil Ray and Fiona Whitehouse. Adil Ray is the star and creator of Citizen Khan, due back on BBC One this autumn.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.

ASIAN NETWORK

ASIAN NETWORK

Noreen Khan

Noreen hosts another round of Khandaan's Got Talent with a guest judge. There will be all the latest showbiz news and gossip in the Hot 5 with Suki Padda. Plus listeners will get to control the playlist in the Khandaan Takeover.

Presenter/ Noreen Khan

Thursday 26 September

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris Country

Bob hosts a special programme from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville featuring highlights from the 2013 Americana Association Awards.

Live music and chat will come from the likes of JD McPherson, Dwight Yoakam, The Lumineers and more, plus a very special moment when Bob gets to honour a childhood hero!

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

Jo Whiley

Tonight on Jo’s show there is an exclusive session from the brilliant Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches, who'll play their glorious song Gun from their debut album The Bones Of What You Believe.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Ellie Davis

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sound Of Cinema: Composer Of The Week - British Film Music

While the 1960s brought the Bond theme and The Beatles to the big screen, another genre of British avant-garde was also stirring – the ghoulish sound of Hammer Horror.

As part of the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season, Donald Macleod is joined once more by film music expert David Huckvale to explore two completely different musical genres that dominated 1960s British film. On one hand, jazz and pop were beginning to infuse some of the most innovative and popular movies of the decade – from The Beatles' Hard Day's Night to Monty Norman's famous Bond Theme and John Barry's music to The Ipcress File.

While this was occurring, in a studio just off London’s Regent Street, ghoulish forces were stirring. Hammer Horror provided a unique environment for British composers to experiment with the latest ideas from the European avant-garde, safe in the knowledge that audiences would accept their harsh dissonances and bizarre soundworlds in the context of terror. Huckvale discusses the legacy of musical scarers-in-chief Elisabeth Lutyens, Tristram Cary, Benjamin Frankel – and the 'godfather' of British horror music, James Bernard.

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Programme

Cliff Richard and the Shadows: Summer Holiday (1963) (excerpt)

Cliff Richard (vocals)

James Bernard: Curse Of Frankenstein (1961)

Main Theme (Opening Credits)

[original soundtrack]

Benjamin Frankel: Curse Of The Werewolf

A Deadly Transformation

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Carl Davis

James Bernard: "Dracula" Suite (1958)

Main Theme

Inside Castle Dracula / The Lure of The Vampire Woman / Dracula's Rage

The Kiss of Living Death

Funeral In Carpathia

Finale: Confrontation And Climax / The Fall Of Dracula

Philharmonia Orchestra / Neil Richardson

Monty Norman / John Barry: Dr. No (1962)

Dr No – The James Bond Theme

[original soundtrack]

John Barry sequence:

The Ipcress File (1965): Main Title

The Lion In Winter (1968): The Herb Garden; Eya, Eya, Nova Gaudia

Out Of Africa (1985): Main Title (I Had A Farm In Africa)

[original soundtracks]

Tristram Cary: Quatermass And The Pit (1967)

Electronic Music no.5 – 2.28

[original soundtrack]

Elisabeth Lutyens: The Skull (1965)

VI.

VII. End Titles

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jac van Steen

Lennon & McCartney: A Hard Day's Night

arr. 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Presenter/ Donald Macleod, Producer/ Steven Rajam for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

The Art Of Radio Times

As Radio Times turns 90 this week, Peter Day tells the story of the outstanding British graphic artists who made the magazine their canvas.

The idea that a broadcasting listings magazine should provide the opportunity for writers and artists to produce some of their finest creative work seems perhaps a little far-fetched in the present era of a vast array of listing magazines. Yet Radio Times, which first appeared on the bookstands on 28 September 1923, was a great nurturer of artistic talent. It started with cartoons - the early magazine loved a gentle 'Punch'-like joke - but soon Radio Times evolved its own individual graphic idiom, using line drawings and motifs, alongside more conventional photographs, to illustrate the imaginative world of radio, in particular. In the magazine's heyday, an elegant, illustrated Eric Fraser cover would regularly grace the bumper-selling Christmas edition, and 1953's Coronation number became a collector's item with Fraser's simple and noble heraldic theme.

Alongside Fraser, among the great British artists to create some of their most distinguished work for Radio Times were Edward Ardizzone, Val Biro and Victor Reinganum; Bob Sherriffs contributed thumbnail caricatures in the early years and, 50 years later, Peter Brookes, before becoming a fixture on The Times, was a regular contributor.

In this programme, Peter Day explores the graphic heritage that Radio Times fostered with those who drew and those who commissioned for it.

Presenter/ Peter Day, Producer/ Simon Elmes for the BBC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC

Steve Lamacq

Tonight sees 6 Music broadcasting live from the BBC's legendary Maida Vale studios, for the very first 6 Music In Concert performance.

Playing live will be Pixies. They are a band that shaped the sound of Alternative Rock. Having sold just under two million albums worldwide, they are among rock music's greatest pioneers. Integral in spawning the grunge movement of the 1990s, their unique mix of punk, pop and surf-rock inspired an entire generation of musicians, and embodied Nineties alternative Rock.

Pixies are Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar) and David Lovering (drums), alongside recent addition Kim Shattuck (bass, vocals) who replaced founding member Kim Deal in 2013.

The band released their first seminal debut album, Surfer Rosa, in 1988. Second album, Boolittle, followed in 1989, reaching number eight in the UK charts. The album featured the singles Here Comes Your Man, Monkey Gone To Heaven and Debaser. Bossamova arrived in 1990, reaching number three in the UK charts and was followed a year later by their final album, Trompe Le Monde. After splitting acrimoniously in 1992, they reformed in 2004 to wide acclaim.

The band released the new single, Bagboy, in July this year, two weeks after announcing the departure of bassist Kim Deal. They chat with Steve, and play a career-spanning set after 6pm. The gig will be broadcast at a later date on the Red Button.

Steve was recently honoured by the Association of Independent Music Awards (AIM). He was presented with a Special Recognition Award to honour his unstinting support for independent artists during a career at the BBC which so far spans two decades.

Presenter/ Steve Lamacq, Producer/ Phil Smith for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

Assignment: Venezuela – Out Of Stock

Ed Butler reports for Assignment on BBC World Service, examining Venezuela’s spiralling economic crisis. As supermarket shelves are laid bare he asks what went wrong for Latin America's oil giant.

Despite its massive natural oil wealth, Venezuela is a country sliding into recession, and has one of the highest inflation rates in the world. The crisis presents a simple human predicament - how to lay your hands on the dwindling supply of price-capped essentials that government shops pledge to provide. The trouble is that many of these basic goods like milk and toilet rolls are disappearing from the supermarkets within a few minutes of getting there.

Ed Butler explores how the black market has become a part of the answer for many ordinary citizens. He follows one consumer’s quest for goods across the capital, and examines the rumours of smuggling and massive corruption.

He hears from those who are critical of the legacy of former President Chavez. Businesses complain that his policies have made it almost impossible to produce anything profitably, and that they are choked by red tape.

The housing sector is hit particularly hard from years of under-investment, and Ed meets one retired couple now forced to live in their garage, unable to reclaim a rented apartment in their own property.

Friday 27 September

BBC RADIO 2

BBC RADIO 2

Desmond Carrington: The Music Goes Round

This week Desmond sorts through his personal record collection for songs and music related to the theme of '50's Night'.

He shares some great tunes, some unexpected ones and a few that listeners may never have heard before, from the worlds of classical music, pop standards, jazz, shows and films. It’s all served with a sprinkling of interpretations from modern artists who dig into the music of yesterday to make ‘the music go round' today.

Presenter/ Desmond Carrington, Producer/Dave Aylott for Foldback Media Limited

Friday Night Is Music Night

Two of the best story tellers of all time were The Brothers Grimm - Wilhem and Jacob, who together collected and wrote down countless German folk tales, including the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, The Pied Piper and Snow White.

Tonight, Friday Night Is Music Night presents a concert of music inspired by these classic fairy tales, marking the 150th anniversary of Jacob Grimm's final ascent of the celestial beanstalk. The concert brings classical music and classic films together with music from Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov, alongside songs written for Disney's Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Tangled (Rapunzel) and The Little Mermaid.

Samantha Bond presents and is the story teller, singer Hadley Fraser takes on the role of the handsome Prince, while the current star of Wicked, Louise Dearman, is the Princess. The magical 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, will be under the fantastical direction of Maestro Nick Davies. The whole concert finishes with the spectacular Night On A Bare Mountain as featured in Disney's Fantasia.

Presenter/ Samantha Bond, Producer/ Anthony Cherry for the BBC

Interval

In tonight’s interval show, author Philip Pullman, who penned the best-selling trilogy His Dark Materials, explains why the fairy-tales by the Brothers Grimm are so magical.

This programme will broadcast as part of Friday Night Is Music Night.

Presenter/ Philip Pullman, Producer/ Carmela DiClemente for the BBC

BBC RADIO 3

BBC RADIO 3

Sound Of Cinema: The Essay - Praising Powell & Pressburger

Award-winning writer and stand-up comedian AL Kennedy on the inconveniences of love in the 1945 Powell and Pressburger romance I Know Where I'm Going, set on a remote Scottish island.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, together known as The Archers, were one of the most influential and audacious filmmakers of the 1930s and 40s. Their groundbreaking works include The Red Shoes, The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, A Matter Of Life And Death and Black Narcissus.

BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Presenter/ A L Kennedy, Producer/ Justine Willett for the BBC

BBC RADIO 4

BBC RADIO 4

Ashes To Ashes

Adam Hart investigates if Ash trees in Britain are coping with the spread of the Ash dieback disease.

A year on from the discovery of the fungus, Hart explores how quickly it has spread across the country. Scientists are now sequencing the genomes of Ash and Chalara fraxinea - the fungus that is causing Ash dieback - in an effort to find why some trees are not dying from the disease. He also looks at other global threats to our native Ash and how likely they are to reach here.

Presenter/ Professor Adam Hart, Producer/ Ania Lichtarowicz

The Now Show

Steve Punt and Susan Calman present a comedic look at the week's news, providing a topical mix of stand-up, sketches and songs that tells everything that needs to be known.

With Jon Holmes, Laura Shavin, and Jonny and the Baptists.

Presenters/ Steve Punt & Susan Calman, Producer/ Alexandra Smith for the BBC

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

BBC Africa Debate: Can Democracy Deliver For Africa?

This month’s BBC Africa Debate comes from Lusaka, Zambia and asks whether a Western model of democracy is considered the best means of governance in Africa.

Zambia is often heralded as a positive example of a working peaceful democracy in Africa - being one of a handful of countries where an incumbent has conceded defeat peacefully in recent elections. However, after nearly two years of Michael Sata’s government, this image appears to be under threat. Opposition leaders have complained of arrests and journalists talk of a clamp-down on political freedoms.

BBC Africa’s Alex Jakana and World Update’s Dan Damon will chair the discussion, with an expert panel, invited guests and studio audience.

The subject for this particular BBC Africa Debate has been one of the most popular topics suggested by listeners of the programme, which will explore whether democracy is working for Africa, and what it actually means to be democratic anyway.

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