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Network Radio BBC Week 1

Saturday 3 January 2009


BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 3 January 2009
The Ivan Brackenbury Show
Saturday 3 January
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

       

The character of hapless hospital radio DJ, Ivan Brackenbury, has been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was if.comedy nominated in 2007.

 

This new BBC Radio 2 comedy joins Ivan as he makes his broadcast pilot on Queen Elizabeth Hospital Radio station, where his future as a hospital radio broadcaster hangs in the balance.

 

The show also features Justin Moorhouse as Stan, the hospital porter; Ella Kenion as the hospital manager, Edwina; and Charlotte Hudson as hospital patient Jenny.

 

Producer/Julia McKenzie

 

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Times They Are A Changing
Saturday 3 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

       

Journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton focuses on the art of the protest song, and how they have been inspired by American society and politics.

 

Times They Are A Changing examines the origins and objectives of protest music; its long-term relationship with the folk music genre; and the role of protest music during the Bush administration, as artists old and new emerged with new protest songs. Contributors to the programme include Tom Russell, Eliza Gilkyson and Jackson Browne.

 

Jackson Browne says: "I think an increasing number of people are writing political songs. Eminem had a really political song during the 2004 campaign and there's that great Dear Mr. President song by Pink. But I don't think it's something mainstream media willingly participates in."

 

Paul discovers how effective protest music is, and how key events of the past eight years, such as the war in Iraq, the Florida vote and Hurricane Katrina, have sparked a musical reaction, and how the message of the music differs from earlier events such as Vietnam.

 

The programme also discusses the return of the classic protest singer, such as Neil Young and Joan Baez, and looks at how the youth vote has been courted through modern musicians.

 

Presenter/Paul Sexton, Producer/Sam Gregory

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 3 January 2009
Jazz Library – Michael Brecker
Saturday 3 January
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

       

The jazz world was shocked when saxophonist Michael Brecker died from leukaemia in January 2007, aged just 57. In this week's Jazz Library, on the second anniversary of Brecker's death, Alyn Shipton looks back at the recorded catalogue of the musician widely regarded as the most influential saxophonist since John Coltrane, and plays discs singled out by the man himself in an archive BBC Radio 3 interview.

 

One of the most naturally gifted musicians in jazz history, Michael Brecker was a supremely influential saxophonist who dominated the worlds of both jazz-rock fusion and straight ahead acoustic jazz. Specialising in the tenor sax, he broke new ground in fusion in the Brecker Brothers band, which he co-led with his trumpeter brother, Randy. He contributed to dozens of albums, from jazz to rock and from soul to pop, as a session player, learning the art of producing a short pithy solo that said a lot in a few bars. But, like his mentor, John Coltrane, when given the chance to stretch out, he could play blistering solos of extraordinary length and power, formed with a supreme sense of musical architecture.

 

Brecker launched his solo career in the Nineties, leading a quartet that became a byword for impassioned playing and instrumental brilliance. In his conversations with Alyn, he looks back at his work with Mike Mainieri, Billy Cobham, the late Don Grolnick and his brother. He also guides us through his solo albums, and discusses the challenges of playing entirely unaccompanied.

 

Presenter and Producer/Alyn Shipton

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Opera On 3 – Live From The Met: La Bohème
Saturday 3 January
6.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

   

Ramón Vargas who sings Live From The Met
Ramón Vargas who sings Live
From The Met

Puccini's La Bohème is one of the most-loved and best-known operas in the repertory, and this broadcast comes live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York. The celebrated Franco Zeffirelli production is revived this time with a cast headed by Latvian soprano, Maija Kovalevska, in the role of the consumptive seamstress, Mimí. Ramón Vargas, as the struggling poet Rodolfo, leads a strong male quartet of "Bohemians", with veteran bass, Paul Plishka, doubling to fine effect as the Bohemians' landlord, Benoit, and as Musetta's duped sugar-daddy, Alcindoro.

 

Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) and Mi chiamano Mimí (They call me Mimí) are just two wonderful examples of a score which shows Puccini in his element as the master of scene-setting. The beginning of act three further demonstrates this, with the flutes and harp over the cellos suggesting falling snowflakes. Debussy is reported to have said that he knew of no one who had described the Paris of that time better than Puccini.

 

Frédéric Chaslin conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera and the programme is presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals will include live backstage interviews and the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz.

 

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Juan Carlos Jaramillo

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 3 January 2009
Theremin
Saturday 3 January
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

       

Tom Hollander stars as the famed inventor of the world's first electronic musical instrument and Russian spy, Leon Theremin.

 

Set in 1928, Melissa Murray's play is based on real events and tells the story of how Theremin was ordered to plant an electronic bug to obtain information from inside the American Embassy in London.

 

Unwittingly helped by his lover, Theremin manages to smuggle a bug into the Ambassador's office. The Americans become aware that they have a leak and send for a communications expert from Washington. Theremin knows it is time to disappear, but starts to worry about how the Russians will react if his cover is blown.

 

One of the most brilliant electronic engineers of his generation, Leon Theremin caused a stir with his electronic musical invention which was played via hand movements in the air, making a strange soprano sound.

 

The play stars Tom Hollander as Leon Theremin and Trystan Gravelle as Will.

 

Producer/Marc Beeby

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 3 January 2009
5 Live Sport
Saturday 3 January
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

     

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live sport, with all the action from the day's third round FA Cup matches sponsored by E.on, including live commentary from the pick of the games and news from Coca Cola League One and the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, plus reports from rugby union's Guinness Premiership.

 

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 3 January 2009
5 Live Football
Saturday 3 January
2.55-5.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

     

Uninterrupted commentary comes from one of the afternoon's top matches in the third round of the FA Cup.

 

Producer/Jen McAllister

 

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity



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