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Saturday 10 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 10 January 2009
Motorcity Blues

Saturday 10 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

As part of BBC Radio 2's Motown Season, Pete Mitchell presents this new documentary on Detroit, its music and its people.


Against a backdrop of racism, segregation, poverty, inadequate housing, the civil rights movement and the worst riot in American history, the Motor City would emerge as the world's No. 1 automobile manufacturer and the world's greatest exporter of soul music. The promise of jobs had lured many southerners to Michigan's hub since the mid-1800s, and the prospect of a new life in a new town was irresistible. The city would become a vibrant and intense melting pot. The heart of the African American community was centred on an area known locally as Black Bottom, located on the Near East Side. It was here that the early music scene in Detroit began.


Pete travels to Detroit to track down the many artists left behind when the Motown label left the city in 1972. At the head-quarters of "Hitsville USA", Smokey Robinson explains how Motown magic was created. Pete also visits the homes of some of the people who contributed to the phenomenal success of the greatest black music label of all time, including Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Otis Williams of The Temptations; Duke Fakir of The Four Tops; Kim Weston; Dennis Coffey and Uriel Jones of the Funk Brothers; The Marvelettes; The Contours; and The Velvelettes.


Presenter and Producer/Pete Mitchell


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Suzi Quatro
Saturday 10 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Suzi Quatro features music from Floyd Kramer, The Supremes, The Fleetwoods, Dinah Washington and The Bobby Fuller Four, as she continues to play the music she heard in her formative years, from doo-wop to Motown and rock 'n' roll, taking listeners through the Fifties and Sixties up to the present day.


Presenter/Suzi Quatro, Producer/Mark Simpson


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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 10 January 2009
World Routes
Saturday 10 January
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Continuing BBC Radio 3's coverage of this year's Musicport – described by the promoters as "the UK's largest indoor music festival" – Max Reinhardt presents a live set by Warsaw Village Band – a group of young musicians who have made it their mission to revitalise the traditional music of Poland and broaden its appeal among their own generation.


Warsaw Village Band won the best newcomer category at the 2004 Radio 3 Awards for World Music for their album, Uprooting, and, here, they perform songs from their new release, Infinity, the subject of Reinhardt's interview with band members Maja Kleszcz and Wojtek Krzak.


Presenter/Max Reinhardt, Producer/Felix Carey


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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met: La Rondine
Saturday 10 January
6.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu sings Puccini live in New York
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu sings
Puccini live in New York

Puccini's La Rondine, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, continues BBC Radio 3's celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth.


La Rondine is the least-known of Puccini's later operas. Set in Paris, it has a much lighter musical style than his better-known works – with operetta-like touches and ravishing tunes.


Real-life couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna play the lead romantic roles in a piece they have performed around the world, helping put it back on the operatic map. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.


This is a co-production with the Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where it has already been performed and broadcast on Radio 3.


In 1913, Puccini, probably the most famous living opera composer in the world, was commissioned to compose a Viennese operetta. It took two years to write but the Viennese première was cancelled because of the First World War. La Rondine wasn't premièred until 1917 in Monte Carlo.


Margaret Juntwait presents, with guest commentator Ira Siff. The interval includes live backstage interviews.


Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Clive Portbury


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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 10 January 2009
Walter Now
Saturday 10 January
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Sir Ian Mckellan plays Walter Now
Sir Ian Mckellan
plays Walter Now

More than 25 years after the initial film Walter made its debut on the opening night of Channel 4, award-winning writer David Cook brings the story up to date.


Again played by Sir Ian McKellen, Walter is now a pensioner. Following the death of his mother, Walter spent many years living in a psychiatric hospital. When the hospital closed down he moved to a hostel, becoming isolated and lonely. Walker's support worker hears of a house-share with three others, but Walter is twice the age of the others.


This new drama reveals whether or not Walter will be accepted and looks at his plight in coping with independent living and living in the surrounding community.


Sir Ian McKellen plays Walter and the cast also includes Anna-Marie Heslop as Mary, Edmund Davies as Tom, Malcolm Tierney as Mr Herd, Becky Hindley as Steph, Robert Lonsdale as Bernard, Gunnar Cauthery as Terry, Jill Cardo as Mrs Hall and Ceallach Spellman as the boy.


Producer/Claire Grove


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Archive Hour – Bremner On Bush: A Farewell
Saturday 10 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Rory Bremner brings to bear his inimitable wit and experience to consider the presidency of George Bush as he steps down from the Oval Office.


The programme begins by examining the factors that defined Bush's first term in office. Listening to archive of speeches from 2001, Bremner examines whether Bush changed from a peace to a war president overnight on September 11, not least at the moment when he stood in the ruins of Ground Zero and pledged vengeance against America's attackers.


Bremner hears from Brett O'Donnell, the President's Director of Debate during the run-up to his 2004 election campaign, and Pete Wehner, former Assistant-to-the-President and Deputy Director of Speech-Writing during his first term. Wehner reveals that Bush was much more involved in the writing process than many would think.


Bush critics Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dsylexicon, and Jacob Weisberg, who coined the word "Bushism", comment on the gaffes and the impact that the caricature of Bush as a blundering speaker had on his presidency. President Carter's one-time speech-writer James Fallows discusses the impact of key Bush oratorical occasions, such as the State Of The Union addresses, notably in 2002 when the world first heard the phrase "the axis of evil" and sheds light on the White House communication machine.


Presenter/Rory Bremner, Producer/Lucy Greenwell


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 10 January 2009
5 Live Sport
Saturday 10 January
12.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live football – starting with commentary on Aston Villa v West Brom live from Villa Park at 12.45pm, followed by coverage of all the afternoon's 3pm kick-offs, including Arsenal v Bolton and Portsmouth v Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League.


There are also reports from rugby union's Guinness Premiership, including Bath v Wasps. At 5.30pm it's back to the Premier League for commentary of Stoke v Liverpool live from the Britannia Stadium.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Steve Houghton


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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 10 January 2009
5 Live Football League
Saturday 10 January

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on one of the afternoon's top matches in the Coca-Cola Championship, plus reports and score updates from across the Football League.


Producer/Jen McAllister


BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity

Saturday 10 January

Listeners can hear uninterrupted commentary of this evening's Championship clash between Burnley and Swansea City live from Turf Moor.


Producer/Jen McAllister


BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity



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