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Friday 9 January 2009


BBC RADIO 2 Friday 9 January 2009
Gene Krupa Ep 1/4
Friday 9 January
7.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 2
   

To celebrate the centenary of Gene Krupa's birth, BBC Radio 2 presents a new four-part documentary exploring the life and career of the man cited as an influence by drummers of many genres around the world.

 

Hailing from Chicago, Krupa decided to study for the priesthood before discovering the world of drumming. He soon abandoned his original path to release his first recordings in 1927, which were the first to feature a full drum kit of tom toms, bass drum, snare and assorted cymbals.

 

In 1929, Krupa moved from Chicago to New York and freelanced in studios and Broadway shows, but his most important move came in 1934, when he joined Benny Goodman's band.

 

In 1935, Goodman kick-started the swing era, turning several of his soloists, including Gene Krupa, into stars. Records, radio, personal appearances and movies followed and Krupa soon had his own dedicated following. Krupa left to launch his own band and immediately established himself at the top of the business.

 

Krupa rejoined Benny Goodman for a spell, moving on to Tommy Dorsey, before reorganising his own band which sported a large string section and a battery of vocalists. As swing waned, so did the size of the band and, from 1951 onwards, he led predominantly small groups and appeared regularly with the world-famous Jazz At The Philharmonic shows.

 

Krupa largely went into retirement in the late Sixties, only occasionally performing in public, and he passed away on 16 October 1973.

 

Producer/Graham Pass

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Friday 9 January 2009
Composer Of The Week – Purcell
Monday 5 to Friday 9 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3
(Schedule addition Friday 19 December)
www.bbc.co.uk/composers
 

In the final episode Donald Macleod and Bruce Wood access the years following the accession of William and Mary of Orange, when music at court was scaled down.

 

In Purcell's later years he turned very successfully to the stage and became involved in several ground-breaking dramatic works including King Arthur and The Fairy Queen.

 

Music includes Overture and dances from Amphitryon; King Arthur (excerpts); Fairest Isle, Our Natives No Alone Appear; Long May She Reign Over This Isle (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday 1692); The Fairy Queen (excerpts); Thou Knowest, Lord; Elegy On The Death Of Queen Mary; and Excerpts from The Indian Queen.

 

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Johannah Smith

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

The Essay – The Utopian Dream:
Realistic Utopias
Ep 5/5
Monday 5 to Friday 9 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Human beings are often dreamers and idealists. They want the best, the most perfect, and, to that end, history has been punctuated with a series of utopian experiments that have, seemingly, ended in disappointment.

 

In today's final Essay of the week, Jane Shaw explores the utopias that work. Jane is Fellow, Chaplain and Dean of Divinity at New College, Oxford, where she teaches history and religion. She is the author of Miracles In Enlightenment England (Yale University Press) and is currently writing a book about a millenarian, utopian community in England – into which no outsider has been allowed before.

 

Reader/Jane Shaw, Producer/Ian Willox

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

World On 3 – Manu Chao Special
Friday 9 January
11.15pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3
       

Charlie Gillett begins the New Year with this Manu Chao special, recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. To mark the release of his new single, La vida tombola, Manu joins Charlie for a track-swapping session and performs five songs – some of them never before recorded.

 

Manu talks about his life and influences, his Galician father and sings a folksong in the Galician language. He also talks about his father's book, just published in the UK, which is an account of Manu's life-changing experiences in Latin America in the Nineties.

 

Manu was born in Paris, in 1961, to Spanish parents – they had left Spain to escape Franco's rule. He founded a punk band, Mano Negra, in 1987, which enjoyed great popularity in the French and Spanish-speaking worlds. Inspired by a tour of Latin America on a train in the Nineties, Manu changed his musical course and began performing in a new style, influenced by street music, reggae and everyday sounds. His 1998 album, Clandestino, soon attracted a strong following and his second album, Proxima Estacion – Esperanza, brought him world fame. He released his third album, La Radiolina, in 2007.

 

Presenter/Charlie Gillett, Producer/Roger Short

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Friday 9 January 2009
DARWIN SEASON
Hunting The Beagle

Friday 9 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4
Press pack
       

Dr Robert Prescott turns detective
Dr Robert Prescott turns
detective

HMS Beagle has been missing for over a century, but one man believes he's found her at last. At the beginning of Charles Darwin's bicentenary year, biologist and maritime historian Dr Robert Prescott of the University of St Andrews, believes he has finally tracked down the Beagle's last resting place.

 

HMS Beagle is one of the most scientifically significant ships ever to sail the oceans, twice circumnavigating the globe.

 

But she's most famous for the five-year voyage, during which the ship's scientist, Charles Darwin, began to formulate the ideas which would eventually become the basis of our understanding of evolution. The Beagle was a little ship – only 90 metres long on deck – and she never fought in any major battles, yet she changed the world.

 

A century and a half ago she vanished. After her final voyage in 1843 she sailed quietly out of the historical record and into oblivion.

 

Hunting The Beagle reveals that the ship spent her final years as an anti-smuggling vessel.

 

After nearly a decade of painstaking detective work, Dr Prescott believes that the timbers of the Beagle lie buried in the mud of the Essex marshes on the River Roach.

 

Using ground radar, Dr Prescott and a team of archaeologists have established that a structure of the right size lies deep in the mud on the site and set out to drill down into the bilges of the vessel to extract a sample of sediment in a bid to ascertain whether it is the Beagle, or not.

 

Presenter/Dr Robert Prescott, Producer/Jeremy Grange

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 9 January 2009
5 Live Sport
Friday 9 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
       

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and previews the weekend's sporting action, including the Barclays Premier League matches between Aston Villa and West Brom, Stoke and Liverpool and Manchester United and Chelsea. From 9.15pm, there's a look ahead to the games in rugby union's Guinness Premiership.

 

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 9 January 2009
Silver Street
Friday 9 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
www.bbc.co.uk/silverstreet
       

Sway worries the committee may hold him responsible for Aidan's fall and that he might be sued, in the week's final episode of the Asian drama. Did Sway neglect his health and safety responsibilities?

 

Elsewhere, Roopa admits that looking after Aidan is becoming too much, but Aidan won't let her call his parents. Simran, however, advises Roopa to do what she thinks is right.

 

Meanwhile, Kuljit is worried about Ranbir and his worst fears are confirmed when Jodie delivers bad news about what Ranbir might be involved in...

 

Sway is played by Mark Monero, Aidan by Arkie Reece, Roopa by Rakhee Thakrar, Simran by Balvinder Sopal, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Ranbir by Ashwin Bolar and Jodie by Vineeta Rishi.

 

BBC Asian Network Publicity



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