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Network Radio BBC Week 13: Thursday 2 April 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 2 April 2009

Bob Harris Country

Thursday 2 April
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Joining Bob Harris in session tonight is groundbreaking Texan singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.

Since his first appearances, with fellow Texan Nanci Griffith in the mid-Eighties, Lyle Lovett's musical career has embraced such a mixture of styles that he defies categorisation. His debut album incorporated jazz, blues, western swing, country and folk, and became one of the key albums in the Eighties "new traditionalist" movement – which provided an antidote to the pop-crossover country then dominating the charts by steering the music back to its traditional roots.

Lyle's next album, Pontiac, moved him away from country and began to build his mainstream audience and generate a cult following. To support the album he assembled his "large band", a modified big band which he's continued to work with throughout his career and which features on his most recent album It's Not Big, It's Large.

Lovett's career, which has now spanned three decades, has included 13 album releases, several acting roles in Hollywood movies (including The Player where he met his now former wife Julia Roberts) and four Grammy awards, including Best Country Album in 1996 for The Road To Ensenada.

At the 2007 Americana Music Awards his influence as a musical pioneer was recognised when he was presented with the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth

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Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour

Thursday 2 April
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

In the week of All Fool's Day Bob Dylan takes "the fool" as this week's theme – and wonders why so many records about fools are on the Atlantic record label.

Tonight's eclectic mix of music includes Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin; Three Times A Fool by Otis Rush with Willie Dixon's Orchestra; A Fool In Love by Ike and Tina Turner; Everybody Plays The Fool by The Main Ingredient; and Guitar Pickin' Fool by Teddy Humphries.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Phil Hughes

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 2 April 2009

Composer Of The Week – Arcangelo Corelli Ep 4/5

Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In today's programme, Donald Macleod charts the rise of Pietro Ottoboni, elevated to the highest echelons of the papal hierarchy aged just 22. Ottoboni's great love of music, not to mention incredible wealth and power, led him directly to the door of Rome's most celebrated violinist, Arcangelo Corelli, who became Ottoboni's chief musician and personal friend.

Donald also recounts the stories of Corelli's meetings with Handel and Scarlatti, and his acceptance into the highest professional and social circles in Rome – at the Society of St Cecilia and the exclusive Arcadian Academy.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Taylor

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Performance On 3 – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 2 April
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Tonight's Performance On 3 was recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London and features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under international conductor Mariss Jansons, with Symphony No. 3, Eroica, by Beethoven; the evergreen Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss with the German soprano Anja Harteros; and, finally, some French ballet music: The Suite No. 2 from Daphnis And Chloe by Maurice Ravel.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra are followed by a focus on music from the Czech Republic including two of Jan Ladislav Dussek's Piano Concertos – the Piano Concerto In E flat and the Piano Concerto In C, with soloist Karel Kosárek accompanied by the Prague Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Antonin Hradil.

Presenter/Petroc Trewlawny, Producer/Juan Carlos Jaramillo

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The Essay – A Good Death Ep 4/5

Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3 (Schedule Amendment 18 March)

In the penultimate programme in the series, Rabbi, author and social reformer, Baroness Julia Neuberger, reflects on her work with the dying, and on how the notion of a 'good death' varies across faiths and cultures.

Across The Essay this week, essays, writers and thinkers explore the notion of 'a good death'. They ponder on what makes a 'good death' today – if it is through having lived a good life or if is there something intrinsically important in dying well. Now that the majority of deaths tend to occur later in life in the sterile surroundings of a hospital ward rather than at home, the writers look at how this distancing from death has changed our relationship with dying. They also explore whether the portrayal of death in literature and history has influenced our hopes and expectations of our own deaths.

Presenter/ Baroness Julia Neuberger, Producer/ Justine Willett

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 2 April 2009

With Great Pleasure Ep 4/4

Thursday 2 April
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn turns 70 this year
Acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn turns 70 this year

In one of the programmes marking the 70th birthday of Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the acclaimed playwright presents extracts of his favourite readings to a home audience at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where he was artistic director from 1972 until earlier this year.

Ayckbourn's readings demonstrate his unapologetic love of humour as a response to the human condition. In the programme, he condemns the glumness of "serious" writers.

"There in a nutshell," he says, "is my life's philosophy. I am often asked in press interviews whether I harbour any lingering ambitions to write a serious work. I reply no, not at all. It's my belief that in fiction there is nothing so serious that cannot be written without the redeeming illumination of laughter."

Hence, listeners will hear the occasion when Winnie the Pooh inadvertently eats Eeyore's birthday present; one of Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales about Aunt Jane; and a spat over the dinner table in a story by PG Wodehouse. Movingly, Alan also pays tribute to Harold Pinter, in whose play The Caretaker he once acted.

The readers are Amanda Root and Jon Strickland, both actors who have performed in Alan's plays to great acclaim. Amanda is part of the cast of Norman Conquests, which are currently transferring to Broadway.

Producer/Mark Smalley

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Afternoon Play – Aromatherapy

Thursday 2 April
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy Amendment 24 March)

When Robert returns from holiday in Thailand, he thinks he is dying. Not from a disease, but from a surplus of feeling too much for the world. Too much love, too much pain, too much feeling. He has abandoned his girlfriend Sophie in Thailand and returned to his uncle's flat in London.

A visit to Dr Magisterne, a friend of his uncle's, produces a diagnosis of "something venereal" and advises further tests, but his cousin Lily diagnoses his condition immediately and offers a cure. Robert feels too much, he needs to have his soul removed; and she knows a man who can do it, using aromatherapy.

Robert goes for the operation, despite a warning that should he wish to have his soul "reinstalled" it would kill him in a most unpleasant way.

The result is a new Robert, immune from care and feeling, and full of vim. But when Sophie returns from Thailand and wants to explore their relationship, she finds that although the new Robert is exciting, he is also rather glib. Sophie needs to know what has happened, and Robert shows her his soul, which he keeps in a matchbox. She is shocked and fascinated.

Suddenly, aware of what he is missing and unable to stand the glossy new world of meaningless buzz, Robert decides to have his soul reinstated, opting for a short life of deep emotional engagement with Sophie rather than the glittering prizes.

Aromatherapy is written by Ed Harris.

Producer/Chris Wallis

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4 Stands Up Ep 1/6

New series
Thursday 2 April
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Chris Addison hosts 4 Stands Up
Chris Addison hosts 4 Stands Up

Hosted by Chris Addison, 4 Stands Up offers listeners a half hour of stand-up comedy that's all the fun of a 24-carat comedy club without leaving the comfort of their armchair.

Chris introduces three excellent comedy performers from around the country.

The opening act will feature one of the new generation of up-and-coming stand-ups; the middle act will tend towards the more esoteric, in that it might include character pieces, double acts, and sketch or musical acts; and the show will always conclude with a cracking headliner...

The series will include Alun Cochrane, Pippa Evans, John Gordillo, Jeff Green, Matt Kirshen, Zoe Lyons, Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson and Tim Vine.

Presenter/Chris Addison, Producer/Sam Michell

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The Report

New series
Thursday 2 April
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

The first in a brand new current affairs series, which will combine original insights into major news stories with topical investigations. The Report will ask: "what really happened?" and aim to give the audience real understanding of the stories everyone is talking about; it will also deliver unexpected angles on subjects that are regularly in the news.

Presenter/Simon Cox, Producer/Mukul Devichand

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 2 April 2009

Fiona Phillips

Thursday 2 April
1.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Fiona Phillips is sitting in for Simon Mayo this week with the usual mix of special guests from the world of arts and entertainment, as well as the latest news, sport and reviews.

There will also be live coverage from the first day's racing of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Presenter/Fiona Phillips, Producer/Robin Bulloch

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5 Live Sport

Thursday 2 April
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news and reports.

At 8pm Mark is joined by Iain Carter for 5 Live Golf, looking ahead to the first major of the year, the Masters which starts in Augusta Georgia next week.

From 9pm former England international Matt Dawson presents 5 Live Rugby with all latest rugby news.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Tim Peach

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Thursday 2 April 2009

Formula One

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 2 April
3.00-4.30am BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix comes, live, from the Sepang International Circuit.

Producer/Jason Swales

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 2 April 2009

Gideon Coe

Thursday 2 April
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's Thursday highlights come from MGMT in concert at South By South West, there are also session tracks from Fairport Convention and Martina Topley-Bird.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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