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Thursday 8 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 8 January 2009
Bob Harris Country
Thursday 8 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris features a session tonight from The SteelDrivers, a band formed of leading Nashville session players and songwriters.


Nominated in the Best New Artist category at the 2008 Americana Music Awards, The SteelDrivers mix driving bluegrass with subtle balladry. But rather than a "high and lonesome" sound, their lead vocalist, Chris Stapleton's, unique vocal style has been described as "low and dangerous".


Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth


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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Thursday 8 January
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

To help lift the January gloom this week, Bob Dylan travels to all points on the compass and selects tracks for a journey "Around The World", in the first of a two-parter on this common theme.


Music featured tonight includes: Rhode Island Is Famous For You by Blossom Dearie; Down In Mexico by The Coasters; Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon; Sous Le Ciel De Paris by Edith Piaf; She Never Spoke Spanish To Me by Joe Ely; Made In Japan by Buck Owens; and Back In The USSR by The Beatles.


Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Phil Hughes


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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 8 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)

In today's programme Donald Macleod with his guest Bruce Wood looks at how Purcell responded to two very different reigns, those of James II and William and Mary of Orange.


On 23 April 1685, St. George's Day, James II and his wife Mary of Modena were crowned King and Queen in Westminster Abbey. The ceremony was a huge demonstration of pomp and ceremony. But the new monarch brought uncertainty to court musicians such as Purcell. Soon enough rumours were abroad about the new King, fuelled in musical circles by the building of a new Catholic Chapel at huge cost. No-one knows why for sure, but in this environment of uncertainty Purcell raised the musical stakes, producing one of his greatest anthems for the Chapel, O Sing Unto The Lord.


Within the space of a few short years Purcell found himself supplying music for the far less ostentatious Protestant King and Queen, William and Mary of Orange. Again, rising to the occasion, Purcell produced ravishing settings such as Now Does The Glorious Day Appear Z332 for the Queen's birthday in 1689. Yet Purcell came a cropper in this new austere atmosphere, when he was booted out of his job as organist at the Abbey for charging spectators a fee to sit in the grandstand view of the organ loft for the coronation. The reduction in music at court saw Purcell again widening his field, writing music for a banqueting society of country gentlemen, Of Old, When Heroes Thought It Base, the Yorkshire Feast song, Z333 and again looking towards the theatre with his smash hit Dioclesian.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Johannah Smith


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Afternoon On 3 – Handel: Almira
Thursday 8 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 marks the 250th anniversary of Handel's death
BBC Radio 3 marks the 250th anniversary
of Handel's death

BBC Radio 3 continues to mark the 250th anniversary year of Handel's death with a complete cycle of his operas – broadcast every Thursday afternoon at 2pm in Afternoon On 3. Forty two operas are to be broadcast across the year in chronological order. This is a first and has never been done before. Until recently, it wouldn't have been possible as the recordings did not exist. The BBC Radio 3 series features the greatest Handel opera CDs from the last 25 years – including some brand-new ones – alongside concert and stage performances from the UK, Europe and beyond.


Throughout the year, Handel conductors, Handel singers, Handel stage directors, Handel experts and Handel fans join the Afternoon On 3 presenters live in the studio to share their enthusiasm and insights into this great music, and its place in Handel's life and the wider musical scene, past, present and future.


Operas were the backbone of Handel's life for almost 40 years. The cut and thrust of the theatre was his lifeblood – the battles between rival divas and castrati and between rival opera companies. The series also uncovers fascinating developments across Handel's decades of opera composing – from 1704 to the 1740s – not just in his life, but in the music.


Today's programme launches the series of complete Handel operas with his first – Almira – an exuberant multi-lingual, multi-style offering which he wrote at the age of 19 – stepping into the breach at the Hamburg Opera House as the director had absconded to evade his debtors.


Presenter/Jonathan Swain, Producer/Elizabeth Funning


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Performance On 3 – BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 8 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the vibrancy of Czech music tonight with their chief conductor, Jirí Belohlávek, a leading exponent of the music of his homeland. It's a fitting acknowledgement to the Czech Republic, which takes over the presidency of the EU for six months on 1 January. Jirí Belohlávek is joined by two Czech soloists: violinist Ivan Zenaty and mezzo-soprano Dagmar Peckova.


The first half of the programme matches Smetana's patriotic overture, Libuse, with the fireworks and romance of Suk's Fantasy for violin and orchestra. Following this is music by Mahler, who grew up in a town now located within the Czech Republic. He was strongly influenced by the piquant flavour of local folk music as a lad, as is amply demonstrated in his Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, which draw deep from the composer's memory banks of folksong, natural wonders and rural life. The concert culminates with that most-romantic and best-loved of all symphonies written by a Czech – Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (New World).


The whole concert is being filmed and music lovers can watch in high-quality vision – as well as listen to – the performance for seven days at


Producer/Janet Tuppen


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Twenty Minutes
Thursday 8 January
7.55-8.15pm BBC RADIO 3

During tonight's Performance On 3 interval, listeners find out what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It is going to be a busy year with concerts at the Barbican, touring and the BBC Proms. The programme includes interviews with Jiří Bĕlohlávek the BBC Symphony Orchestra's chief conductor and David Robertson, principal guest conductor, along with the Orchestra's general manager, Paul Hughes.


Producer/Ann Mckay


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Night Waves
Thursday 8 January
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

As part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival Of Ideas 2008, Bill Drummond explains how his life story informs his new thesis on the future of music, in this edition of Night Waves, presented by Susan Hitch.


Bill Drummond defies category – he's a musician who founded a series of bands: Big In Japan, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the Timelords and the hugely successful KLF. He's an artist, a writer and is also famous for burning a million pounds.


Now he is combining music, art and polemic in a new project, simply called 17, in which he travels up and down the country assembling choirs with the 17-strong audience as its members. They perform a work, which is then destroyed, as Bill has a new theory: recorded music is dead and the future lies in the live musical event.


In the long history of music, according to Bill, we now realise recorded music has been just a short blip, compared to the thousands of years of instant, live music making. For Bill, new digital technology and our present ability to listen to music anywhere and anytime has drained the magic out of musical performance. Bill wants, therefore, to hasten the end of recorded music, restore the immediacy of the live musical experience and return music to its natural medium.


Tonight's programme was recorded in November 2008 in front of an audience at the FACT Arts Centre, in Liverpool.


Presenter/Susan Hitch, Producer/Eliane Glaser


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The Essay – The Utopian Dream:
Art As The Site Of Hope
Ep 4/5
Monday 5 to Friday 9 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Jane Shaw explores artists' attempts at utopian communities, in the penultimate Essay of the week.


Jane Shaw 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


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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 8 January 2009
Afternoon Play – Left In Trust
Thursday 8 January
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Kenneth Cranham and Sophie Stanton star as a prisoner and an actress who are brought together when she begins to research a play about the Founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill.


Clearing out her mother's belongings after her death, Linda discovers a diary and a letter to her grandmother from Octavia Hill, thanking Lily for being the inspiration behind the setting up of the National Trust. Linda believes that she has the next story for her theatre company and begins to research the idea.


Hoping to talk to people who knew her grandmother, she writes to any names she finds mentioned in the diary – including Bobby Smart, who is currently in prison, and a woman called Elsie who now lives up North in an old people's home.


Frustratingly for Linda, little emerges about Octavia Hill, but a story of war, loss and, ultimately, betrayal begins to be pieced together – a story that threatens to destroy everything Bobby believed in, but eventually starts to heal difficulties in both Linda and Bobby's lives.


Sophie Stanton plays Linda and Kenneth Cranham plays Bobby Smart.


Producer/Sally Avens


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Inside City Hall
Thursday 8 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is Inside City Hall
Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson, is Inside City Hall

Eight years ago a new Mayor was elected to govern London, and with him came a whole new bureaucracy and a shiny new building – designed by Norman Foster. For the first time, key figures inside City Hall talk about how things have really worked over the past eight years.


Anthony Mayer, the man who, as Chief Executive, helped Ken Livingstone set up the Greater London Authority, talks exclusively about his eight years at the helm and gives listeners a flavour of life inside City Hall.


Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson describe the highs and lows of running a city as vast and complex as the Capital, Green Party Assembly member Jenny Jones reveals how she believes political infighting prevents the Assembly from holding the Mayor to account and Nick Raynsford, the man who, as Minister for London, drew up the legislation to create the London Mayoralty, recalls the painful experience of the first campaign for Mayor and gives his verdict on the institution he helped to create.


Shaun Ley talks to those on the inside to discover whether the London Mayoralty been a success, and if it is a model for other cities to follow, or whether the job of Mayor is little more than one of image and spin.


Presenter/Shaun Ley, Producer/Sarah Harrison


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Recorded For Training Purposes Ep 1/6
Thursday 8 January
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Recorded For Training Purposes returns to the BBC Radio 4 airwaves for a third series. Established after a nationwide talent hunt for the best new sketch writers, this series sees a core team from that search supplemented with an open-door policy to new writers – with every sketch submitted considered.


Allied to the fresh and original writing is the cast of Rachel Atkins, Dominic Coleman, Lewis MacLeod, Julie Mayhew, Ingrid Oliver and Ben Willbond.


The show looks at the ways in which people communicate, or fail to, from blogs and texts to TV and newsprint.


Producer/Ed Morrish


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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 8 January 2009
Gideon Coe
Thursday 8 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe ends the week with concert tracks from two iconic figures in the alternative rock firmament – Gary Numan from 1983 and The Fall going local and intimate at Manchester's Roadhouse in 1995.


Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon


BBC 6 Music Publicity


BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 8 January 2009
Silver Street
Thursday 8 January

Rozena lectures the Rangers players about their drunken antics the previous night, as the Asian drama continues, and says if it happens again their days at the club are over. The big match starts, but will the team be able to deliver?


Elsewhere, Pradeep and Rita wish Suresh wasn't around to witness the latest family drama – it's embarrassing and creates a bad impression. Jas, however, blurts out that Suresh isn't as perfect as they all think but Greg whisks her off before she says too much.


Rozena is played by Pooja Ghai, Pradeep by Ashvin-Kumar Joshi, Rita by Bharti Patel, Suresh by Pal Aron, Jas by Hema Mangoo and Greg by Allen Lidkey.


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