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BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 17 January 2009

Does The Team Think Ep 1/8

New programme
Saturday 17 January
1.00-1.30pm BBC RADIO 2 Schedule Amendment 14 January

Vic Reeves returns to host the first in a new series of the comedy panel show where members of the public pose light-hearted questions to a panel of comedians and celebrities.

In this week's show Jack Dee explains what he really thinks about take-away food; Julian Clary reveals how he lost his temper against his normal character; Ulrika Jonsson reveals how generous she is; Bob Mortimer admits to some advertising secrets; and Vic Reeves tries to find out the real truth about how planes fly.

The audience also pose questions to the team about time travel, owning pets and the possibility of them ever gracing the music charts.

Presenter and Writer/Vic Reeves, Producer/Paul Russell

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Dermot O'Leary – Daniel Merriweather

Saturday 17 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Daniel Merriweather performs at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios
Daniel Merriweather performs at
the BBC's Maida Vale Studios

Daniel Merriweather performs at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in a pre-recorded concert. Best known for his chart-busting cover of The Smiths track Stop Me for Mark Ronson's album, Version, this session features Daniel performing tracks from his debut album, Love And War.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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MOTOWN SEASON
The Sound Of Young America

New programme
Saturday 17 January
7.00–8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Motown sound of The Jackson Five influenced musicians around the world
The Motown sound of The
Jackson Five influenced musicians
around the world

Pete Mitchell looks at how the Motown sound has influenced musicians around the world.

He gathers together an eclectic mix of musicians to talk about the label, including: jazz artist Diane Reeves, who was born in the Motor City; Lenny Kravitz, whose life changed when he heard the Jackson Five for the first time; and Sheryl Crow, who cut her teeth playing in a Motown covers band.

Listeners can also hear from punk queen Siouxsie Sioux, who was inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder; electro-synth outfit Sparks; singer-songwriter Billy Bragg; and Paul Weller, whose Motown obsession is still evident in his music today.

There are also contributions from Eddy Grant, Martin Fry, Alexander O'Neal, Suggs and music producer Nile Rodgers.

Presenter and Producer/Pete Mitchell

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Suzi Quatro

Saturday 17 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Suzi Quatro plays 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.

Once a month, she talks to a special guest about their American influences and this week it's Bee Gee Robin Gibb. Together with his brothers, Robin has produced one of the most popular songbooks in history and achieved record sales in excess of 200 million.

Robin talks candidly about his earliest musical memories and the many adventures and successes the brothers Gibb enjoyed in Australia, the UK and the USA, including their work with Elvis, Otis Redding, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton.

Robin also talks movingly about the loss of his brothers, Andy and Maurice.

Presenter/Suzi Quatro, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC Radio 3 Saturday 17 January 2009

Jazz Library – John Lewis

Saturday 17 January
4.00–5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Pianist John Lewis is best known for his long connection with the Modern Jazz Quartet. However, in this conversation with Alyn Shipton, recorded shortly before Lewis's death in 2001, he not only introduces his favourite MJQ discs, but also selects a variety of his other best recordings. These include work with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis's Birth Of The Cool nonet and pioneering third-stream band Orchestra USA.

Presenter/Alyn Shipton

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Opera On 3 – Doctor Atomic By John Adams

Saturday 17 January
6.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Doctor Atomic composer John Adams
Doctor Atomic composer John
Adams

John Adams has an impressive track record for mining the mythic and symbolic potential of resonant moments in 20th-century history. Nixon In China portrayed the clash between the values of East and West when President Nixon met Chairman Mao; The Death Of Klinghoffer examined the issues at the heart of the Middle East conflict by showing the hijack of an Italian cruise liner by Palestinian terrorists, who murder an elderly disabled Jew. Doctor Atomic, his latest opera, focuses on one of the most momentous episodes of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb.

This acclaimed performance, recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, last November, stars baritone Gerald Finley as the title character, Robert J Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project dedicated to the development of the world's first nuclear weapon during the Second World War. Oppenheimer was a cultivated individual, a genius scientist who saw the order of physics mirrored in his profound love of poetry, music and painting. The libretto, by Adams's long-time collaborator Peter Sellars, draws on an eclectic range of sources. US Government documents, military communiqués and the sacred texts and poetry so beloved of Oppenheimer reveal the conflict in this most humanist of men yoked to the development of a weapon of unprecedented destructive force.

Other members of the cast include mezzos Sasha Cooke and Meredith Arwady, who sing Oppenheimer's wife, Kitty, and his maid, Pasqualita; bass Eric Owens is General Leslie Groves; and scientists Edward Teller, Robert Wilson and Frank Hubbard are sung by Richard Paul Fink (bass-baritone), Thomas Glenn (tenor) and Earle Patriarco (baritone). The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra are conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/David Papp

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BBC Radio 4 Saturday 17 January 2009

Winnie The Who?

New programme
Saturday 17 January
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Presenter Michael Rosen heads east to uncover the hugely popular animation of Vinni Pukh – the Russian version of Winnie The Pooh.

From Vladivostock to Tallinn, there was scarcely a Russian-speaking child who could not recite large chunks of Vinni Pukh, or garble back the words of Petachok, Piglet, or moan the lines of Oslik, better known in the UK as Eeyore. It came as a surprise to many Russians that an Englishman was able to create what they saw as such quintessentially Russian characters.

The programme explores the Russian translations, and examines why Christopher Robin was removed from the action, why author EE Shepherd and the Disney cartoon drawings were ignored, and why this version was, and still is, such an important part of Russian popular culture.

Presenter/Michael Rosen, Producer/Tom Alban

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Piper Alpha

Saturday 17 January
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

On Sunday 6 July 1988, 165 men died on board the Piper Alpha oil platform, in the North Sea. Two rescue workers also lost their lives in what became the world's worst oil-rig fire.

Written by Stephen Phelps, Piper Alpha begins just before the initial explosion at 10.01pm and continues through to the arrival of rescue planes at 11.27pm, just in time to watch the rig's final collapse into the sea.

Events are tracked through individual characters on several different levels of the platform, as well as in the control rooms of other nearby rigs and emergency facilities on shore. The drama is based on the report of the Cullen Inquiry into the disaster, published in 1990. The inquiry opened on 19 January 1989, 20 years ago this week.

Producer/Toby Swift

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Archive Hour – Nations Of The Cross Ep 1/2

Saturday 17 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Historian Alan Dein uncovers the ever-changing landscape of the site of London's King's Cross.

In the first of two programmes, Alan examines the history of the site when it was a narrow bridge crossing a stinking river below, before King's Cross became a place where thousands pass through in a hurry, never wondering about the people whose lives revolve around the area.

Contributors to the programme include: Eleanor Spittle, who arrived in King's Cross, with her parents, from Glamorgan; Abdi Shakur Al–Shibane, and his family, who fled war–torn Somalia; Ash Rahman, who was born in Bangladesh; local football hero and community worker George Case, who is the oldest surviving station master at King's Cross; and Reg Hopkins, former president of the railway workers union (RMT).

Presenter/Alan Dein, Producer/Mark Burman

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 17 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 17 January
12.00noon-7.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents an afternoon of live sport, with coverage of the Barclays Premier League 3pm kick-offs including Bolton versus Manchester United and Chelsea versus Stoke, plus updates from the day's games in the Coca-Cola Championship and Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League.

There's also reports from the penultimate day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates and updates from rugby union's Heineken and European Challenge Cup fifth-round matches.

At 5.30pm, there's live commentary of Hull versus Arsenal, from the KC Stadium.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 17 January 2009

Championship Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 17 January
12.40-2.45pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted live commentary of Preston North End versus Burnley, from the Deepdale Stadium at 12.45pm.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live Football League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 17 January
2.45-5.15pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

There is uninterrupted commentary on one of the afternoon's top matches in the Championship plus reports and score updates from across the Football League.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 17 January
5.15-7.15pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on the Championship clash between Burnley and Swansea City, live, from Turf Moor.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Sunday 18 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 18 January 2009

Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 18 January
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End and is joined by actor Matt Rawle in today's programme.

Matt is currently starring in the West End hit, Zorro The Musical, which features music by The Gypsy Kings. Matt's recent credits include Aspects Of Love, Evita and Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

Matt's Essential Musicals include: My Fair Lady, Broadway 1956; Annie, New York 1976; Into The Woods, Broadway 1987; Tell Me On A Sunday, London 1980; and Underneath The Arches, London 1982.

Malcolm's Big One comes from the film Divine Madness (1980).

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 18 January
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy introduces a selection of hymns to celebrate the week of prayer for Christian Unity. This week's featured choir is the Cardiff Polyphonic, directed by Neil Ferris with organist Robert Court.

Hymns include Thy Hand O God Has Guided, We Have A Gospel To Proclaim and The Churches' One Foundation.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC Radio 3 Sunday 18 January 2009

Private Passions – Carol Drinkwater

Sunday 18 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley talks to actress and author Carol Drinkwater, best known as Helen Herriott in the TV series All Creatures Great And Small. Carol now runs an olive farm in Provence and has written a series of books about olive farming in the Mediterranean basin. Some of her musical choices are inspired by her travels on the olive trail, including Pablo Casals playing Bach and Spanish gypsy music. Jazz by Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Oscar Peterson is another great passion.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley

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The Choir – Tribute To Richard Hickox

Sunday 18 January
6.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Aled Jones presents a tribute to Richard Hickox (pictured)
Aled Jones presents a tribute to
Richard Hickox (pictured)

Aled Jones presents a tribute to conductor Richard Hickox, whose sudden death in November left the choral world without one of its most-loved and respected champions.

Richard Hickox had few equals when it came to commanding the respect of a chorus. He had a boyish enthusiasm, an ability to catch the eye of every single chorister during a performance and the sense that no matter how much effort each member put into a concert, he was able to match it, if not better it.

He was suddenly taken ill in November doing what he loved most, making a recording of large-scale choral music with one of the many leading ensembles with which he was associated, the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales. Hickox had barely missed a rehearsal through illness throughout his intense career. But his incredible list of 282 discs with the Chandos recording label was destined not to be increased.

Aled is joined by three of the conductor's close collaborators and friends to look back on his rich career working with choral groups. Adrian Partington played keyboard on numerous Hickox recordings and most recently was Chorus Master for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales during Hickox's time as Principal Conductor. Andrew Stewart has fond memories of singing under Hickox in the London Symphony Chorus, including on legendary recordings such as Britten's War Requiem. The conductor's deep devotion to his choristers is something he remembers vividly, as well as his sensitive side. Finally, Frances Cooke recalls 35 years as Hickox's right-hand lady, helping to manage his choirs, often rehearsing them, and also running the St Endellion Festival which became the big passion of Hickox's life.

Music is performed by the BBC National Chorus of Wales, London Symphony Chorus, Richard Hickox Singers and Collegium Musicum 90, and the programme features archive interviews Hickox gave to the BBC during his career.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Michael Surcombe

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Drama On 3 – Echoes Of War

Sunday 18 January
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

This new drama is by one of Ulster's most successful playwrights and a forthright dramatic chronicler of Protestant life, Gary Mitchell. It features a strong cast led by a stalwart of Ulster theatre, BJ Hogg, and Stuart Graham, recently highly praised for his performance in Steve McQueen's film Hunger.

Teacher Hugh is currently in hospital after a car crash. He is visited by Charlie and his wife. As the play moves between present and past, a kaleidoscopic drama emerges exploring personal tragedy and betrayal.

At the centre of the story is the legacy of the Orange Parade and their bands and how, over the years, the band culture has had to adapt to the prevailing political climate. The play explores how this has affected relationships, both male and female, within the Protestant community. It also puts the band music in the context of other more popular music of the day. A mosaic of time and memory, laced with humour and music, the play explores the roots of discontent within the Protestant working-class community at a time when Northern Ireland no longer makes headlines.

BJ Hogg plays Hugh with Stuart Graham as Charlie. They are supported by Alexandra Ford, Patrick Jenkins and James Doran.

Producer/Roland Jaquarello

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BBC Radio 4 Sunday 18 January 2009

The Grand Babylon Hotel

New programme
Sunday 18 January
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In Arnold Bennett's story, adapted by Chris Harrald in a two-part drama, Theodore Racksole buys Europe's most exclusive hotel, The Grand Babylon, on a whim. Theodore ignores the signs that he may regret the purchase, even though the warnings come from Monsieur Felix Babylon, the man selling the hotel.

Soon Racksole and his feisty daughter, Nella, find themselves embroiled in a threatening new world involving a mysterious death, a missing Prince, a sinister assistant and an aggressive maitre d'. Racksole finds himself in jeopardy in his own hotel and discovers that what he thought was a beautiful toy, is actually a deadly trap, with hidden rooms and secret passages.

Meanwhile, Nella is following Baroness Zerlinski to Ostend. An all-American young woman, she thinks her skill with a revolver will see her through a dangerous encounter. But she is outwitted, knocked out and wakes to finds herself on a luxurious yacht, facing a villain who is torn between the need to silence her – and the fact that he has fallen in love with her.

Producer/Steven Canny

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 18 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 18 January
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents an afternoon of live sport, with commentary of the Barclays Premier League clash between West Ham and Fulham live from Upton Park at 1.30pm, plus reports from the final day of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates. There are also updates from rugby union's Heineken and European Challenge Cup fifth-round matches.

From 4pm live commentary comes from White Hart Lane where Tottenham Hotspur face Portsmouth.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Sunday 18 January 2009

Basketball

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 19 January
3.15-6.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary comes from the Plymouth Raiders v Everton Tigers in the British Basketball League Cup Final, live from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Sunday 18 January 2009

Heart And Soul – The Morality Of Money

New programme
Sunday 18 January
10.30-11.00am BBC WORLD SERVICE

Bankers talk of good and bad investments, but how far do they chime with decisions that are morally right or wrong? Richard Coles explores whether money – or the market it dominates – has its own value system. He talks to people whose lives are ruled by money – the hedge fund managers and city boys – and a nun who plays the stock market for the good of mankind.

According to the Bible, the love of money is the root of all evil, but commercial companies aim to maximise profits. The American Dream might equate wealth and virtue, but is there something morally hazardous in devoting a working life to the pursuit of money?

Presenter/Richard Coles, Producer/Katy Hickman

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Monday 19 January 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Monday 19 January 2009

Zane Lowe Takeovers

Monday 19 to Thursday 22 January
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 1
(Schedule addition Thursday 8 January)

Star guests including Lily Allen and Jimmy Carr take over the Zane Lowe show, sharing their own musical influences past and present.

Guests this week include: Lily Allen on Monday 19 January; Razorlight on Tuesday 20 January; Wombats on Wednesday 21 January; and Jimmy Carr on Thursday 22 January.

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 19 January 2009

iViva Latino! Ep 3/13

Monday 19 January
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

John Armstrong continues his series on the most foot-blistering, heart-warming, soul-shaking Latin music on the planet.

This week, the programme travels to Cuba to meet a living legend – Bobby Carcasses, the world's greatest-living (and almost only) Afro-Cuban jazz-scat singer. With a career that spans more than half a century, lived to the full on almost every continent on Earth, Bobby now calls Havana home. As one can imagine, after 50 years on the bandstand, the stories and anecdotes fly thick and fast, and the music's never far behind – including a couple of exclusive, unreleased tracks especially for iViva Latino! listeners.

Meanwhile, in Miami, the programme tracks down a fascinating young acolyte of the Nu-Latin scene. Javier makes his UK interview debut in a wide-ranging conversation with John. He tells listeners about the very idiosyncratic music scene in Miami and also offers an exclusive couple of tracks from his unreleased second album, the first having become a hard-to-find cult item among the world's Latin aficionado community.

Tonight's programme includes records from the weird and wonderful Chilean cheese-meister Señor Coconut, Brazil's current favourite female singer, Marisa Monte, some up-to-the-minute Reggaeton from Wisin Y Yandel and Nelly Furtado, as well as vintage New York Latin soul from Bobby Valentin and bourgeoning funk-flamenco pioneers Los Rumbers. There's also the weekly round-up of live Latin music from around the UK.

Presenter/John Armstrong, Producer/Graham Pass

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MOTOWN SEASON
Hitsville USA – 50 Years Of Heart & Soul Ep 3/6

Monday 19 January
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

The Funk Brothers were session musicians at the heart of the Motown sound and, as Pete Mitchell continues his series celebrating 50 years of the label, he talks to Dennis Coffey, Uriel Jones and others about some of their unsung heroes.

Presenter/Pete Mitchell, Producer/Helen Lennard

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BBC Radio 3 Monday 19 January 2009

Composer Of The Week – Haydn Ep 1/5

New programme
Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Donald Macleod introduces the early life and compositions of Joseph Haydn
Donald Macleod introduces the
early life and compositions of
Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn is one of BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year 2009, marking year-long celebrations for Haydn, Purcell, Handel and Mendelssohn, who all have significant anniversaries in 2009. This week's programmes – together with a complete Haydn Symphony Cycle (all 104 at the rate of two a week, throughout the year) which began earlier this month – marks the start of Radio 3's extensive Haydn celebrations.

Donald Macleod introduces the early life and compositions of Haydn, who died 200 years ago this year, using contemporary accounts and Haydn's own letters and notebooks to reveal the life and times of a hugely prolific composer.

Haydn had a long and productive life, most of which was spent in the employ of the aristocratic Esterhazy family. At their residences in Vienna, Eisenstadt and Esterhaza, he administrated and conducted orchestras and opera seasons, and also took responsibility for the music library and a staff of musicians. His compositional duties included sacred music for the Prince's chapel and chamber music for the Prince's favourite instrument, along with symphonies, string quartets, piano music, concertos, trios, cantatas, oratorios and songs.

In spite of spending most of his career in the relative isolation of the Esterhazy summer residence, he became the most famous composer in Europe – there were even demands in England for a band of men to be despatched to kidnap Mr Haydn and bring him across the Channel. In the end, Haydn made it to these shores of his own volition, and enjoyed huge success here, making favourable impressions on not only the concert-going public, but also on Royalty and London ladies of a certain age.

In his first programme, Donald uncovers stories and music from the beginning of Haydn's career, including the tale of his disastrous marriage to his true love's elder sister.

A dedicated website for Radio 3's Composers Of The Year, including detailed information about Haydn, is available at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Kerry Clark

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Performance On 3 –
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Monday 19 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The second concert in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé's joint Nielsen Symphony Cycle, Carl Nielsen – Inextinguishable, continues its exploration of one of the 20th century's most original symphonic composers. It's the CBSO's turn tonight, under their principal guest conductor Sakari Oramo.

The Second Symphony, The Four Tempraments, seeks to capture the essence of human character types, one movement corresponding to each of the medieval "humours". It's a work full of colour and what Nielsen called "the life force," an ineluctable propulsive energy at the heart of much of Nielsen's music. He teasingly called the Sixth "Semplice" – "Simple". But it's the most complex and puzzling of his large-scale works, with its recurring pattern of violated innocence; the positive life force of the Second Symphony is now transformed into acceptance, resignation and defiance.

Helios, the overture which begins this concert, recorded at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall last Sunday, is a portrayal of the sun's journey over the Aegean, a northern European's happy memory of a holiday in the seductive south.

Akiko Suwanai has the distinction of having been the youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. She's the soloist in Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto, that magical, fairy-tale work with its mixture of innocence and sophistication, the product of that very un-fairy-tale time and place of Russia, 1917.

The Nielsen series continues on BBC Radio 3 next Monday.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Papp

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The Essay – The Elephant In The Poetry Reading Ep 1/5

New programme
Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Next week, on 25 January 2009, it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Each succeeding generation of Scottish poets has had to come to some accommodation with the most popular poet, arguably, the world has known, his very popularity often being a barrier rather than a positive example, his Scottishness something that modern Scottish poets find themselves measured against. Burns's attitude to drink, women, politics and poetry is somehow seen as the default position.

In this week's Essay, five Scottish poets describe their attitudes to the metaphorical presence at the back of the room as they read or write their own poetry.

In the first programme, David Kinloch reflects on a Scottish private school education that ignored all Scottish literature, and where Burns's rampant heterosexuality was a complication for a poet who hadn't yet come out.

Reader/David Kinloch, Producer/Dave Batchelor

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BBC Radio 4 Monday 19 January 2009

All Passion Spent Ep 1/5

New programme
Monday 19 January
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Honor Blackman stars in All Passion Spent
Honor Blackman stars in All
Passion Spent

Honor Blackman stars in an adaptation of Vita Sackville West's classic novel, confronting the premise that a woman's life starts when her husband dies.

As an unmarried 17-year-old, Lady Slane had nurtured a secret, burning ambition to become an artist. Instead, she became the wife of a great statesman and the mother of six children. Seventy years later, released by widowhood, and to the dismay of her pompous children, she rejects their plans for her future and decides to give up the opulence of the family home for a tiny house in Hampstead.

Isolating herself and taking stock of her life, she remembers the dreams of her youth, and also revels in the present with an assortment of companions, including Genoux, her French maid, Mr Bucktrout, her house agent and Mr FitzGeorge, a millionaire collector of art and antiques. FitzGeorge dies, leaving her his collection, but she gives it away, to the shock of her family.

As the family contemplate their mother's strange behaviour and worry about what she might do next, Lady Slane has a visit from her great-granddaughter, who has broken off her society engagement, determined to pursue a career in music. Lady Slane realises that, although she can no longer realise her own creative dreams, her satisfaction may come from helping her great-granddaughter to achieve hers.

Honor Blackman plays Lady Slane; other cast details still to be confirmed.

Producer/Sara Davies

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Afternoon Play – A Prayer For Owen Meany Ep 1/5

New programme
Monday 19 January
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

John Wheelwright narrates the story of his friendship with Owen Meany who, at the age of 11, accidentally kills Wheelwright's mother with a baseball, in this week's Afternoon Play.

Owen has a vision in which he sees his own gravestone and, over time, more details of his death are revealed to him until he comes to believe that he is God's instrument on Earth.

Set in New England in the Fifties and Sixties, this five-part dramatisation moves from John's childhood in New Hampshire, through his teenage years at Gravesend Academy, and finally to tragic events surrounding the Vietnam War.

This novel, written by John Irving and dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths, explores faith, politics, war, friendship and love.

Toby Jones plays Owen Meany with Henry Goodman as John Wheelwright. The cast also includes Adam Godley, Charlotte Emerson and Eleanor Bron.

Producer/Nadia Molinari

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America, Empire Of LibertyEp1/30

New programme
Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4 Schedule Amendment 14 January

From the Civil War to the end of the Second World War, this comprehensive history of America, written and presented by Cambridge historian David Reynolds, is a major, landmark narrative history series for BBC Radio 4.

In 90 parts, divided into three series of 30 programmes, it tells the story through the voices of those who were there – presidents and farmers, mothers and children, slaves and Indians.

The second part of America, Empire Of Liberty spans nearly a hundred years, from the Civil War to the end of the Second World War, showing particular resonances for today in the Wall Street crash, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, as well as lessons about American intervention during the First and Second World Wars.

This series puts America in its historical context and helps to explain its present by looking at its past: the lasting legacy of slavery; the entrepreneurial spirit first, highlighted by the Robber Barons; the emergence of fundamental Christian belief; and why mass immigration made socialism untenable in the land of the free.

And it's not just the big picture which comes under the historical spotlight. This series focuses on personal stories, like that of the first "It" girl – Clara Bow – who personified sex and fast living in the jazz age and of the businessman turned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Then there's baseball, America's love affair with the car, Al Capone and terror plots. That's before the series even reaches the Second World War, when listeners can experience original sound archive from the period, from the day Pearl Harbour was attacked to the day the atomic bomb was dropped.

The series is written and presented by David Reynolds – a prize-winning Cambridge historian whose previous work for the BBC includes 2008 TV series Summits. The final instalment, which can be heard in June and July 2009, concerns events from the Cold War and Civil Rights up to the 2008 election and the new President.

Presenter/David Reynolds, Producers/Sue Ellis and Rosamund Jones

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 19 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 19 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news and is joined by special guests for The Monday Night Club, discussing all the latest football news. Jonathan Overend also reports from the opening day of the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.

From 8pm there is live commentary on the Merseyside derby in the Barclays Premier League, as Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Monday 19 January 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 19 January
8.30am-2.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary from the night session of the Australian Open, live from Melbourne Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 19 January 2009

Silver Street

Monday 19 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Imran discovers it's a small world when his taxi driver turns out to be Chunky's brother, in the week's first episode of the Asian drama. Imran's chances of a quiet drive home are dashed and he instructs Jungli to take him to the Jilani house in Silverhill.

Dr Hassan, meanwhile, mistakes Imran for an intruder and hits him with an old shoe. Imran explains who he is but the new lodger doesn't seem convinced. Dr Hassan secretly makes a phone call…

Imran is played by Narinder Samra, Jungli by Adil Ray and Dr Hassan by Youssef Kerkour.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 19 January 2009

The Legacy Of George W Bush Ep 1/2

New programme
Monday 19 January
9.05-9.30am BBC WORLD SERVICE
BBC North America Editor Justin Webb investigates The Legacy Of George Bush
BBC North America Editor Justin
Webb investigates The Legacy
Of George Bush

Outgoing US President George Bush hands over to Barack Obama at noon on 20 January, 2009, bringing to an end his eight-year run in the White House.

President Bush's legacy was always going to be controversial. The manner in which he took office deeply split America. His response to 9/11 polarised the world. As he prepares to leave the White House, the BBC's North America Editor, Justin Webb, presents two special programmes.

The first investigates President Bush's domestic legacy. The American economy and judiciary look very different than they did in 2000, as does the Republican Party. With comments from current and former world leaders, senior White House staffers, diplomats and others who worked with – and sometimes against – President Bush, Justin Webb examines whether these changes will endure.

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Tuesday 20 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 20 January 2009

MOTOWN SEASON
The Motown Invasion Ep 2/2

Tuesday 20 January
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Motown made its maiden voyage to the UK 43 years ago with an all-star revue show. The concluding episode of this two-parter gives listeners another chance to hear Tamla authority Adam White present at one of these historic shows, as he remembers the impact and legacy of the Motown invasion.

Adam also recalls a 1965 TV special in which Dusty Springfield introduced the British public to Motown's caravan of stars.

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Stubborn Kind Of Fellow – Remembering Marvin Gaye Ep 3/4

Tuesday 20 January
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Approaching the 25th anniversary of the death of soul legend Marvin Gaye, the penultimate episode of this series gives listeners another chance to hear Smokey Robinson pay tribute to Gaye's life and music, re-examining his legacy as one of the most influential soul singers of the 20th century.

Tonight's programme recalls the singer's spiritual side and the landmark album, What's Going On – a socially concerned recording inspired by Gaye's strict religious upbringing as well as his brother's experience in Vietnam.

Originally rejected by Motown and left on the shelf, the album became a timeless classic. It was a conceptual masterpiece which brought Gaye's deeply held spiritual beliefs to the fore as he explored issues ranging from war, poverty and discrimination, to the environment, drug abuse and political corruption.

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BBC Radio 3 Tuesday 20 January 2009

Composer Of The Week – Haydn

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the early life and compositions of Joseph Haydn, who died 200 years ago this year, using contemporary accounts and Haydn's own letters and notebooks to reveal the life and times of a hugely prolific composer.

Today, Donald looks at Haydn's relationship with his long-time employers, the aristocratic Esterhazy family, and discovers Haydn's loyalty to his boss and to the musicians on his staff.

Haydn is one of BBC Radio 3's Composers of the Year, alongside Handel, Purcell and Mendelssohn, and there is a dedicated website, including detailed information about Haydn, at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Kerry Clark

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Performance On 3

Tuesday 20 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawney presents the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert conducted by Olari Elts, in Glasgow. Two youthful works bookend this concert: Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most celebrated pieces by a teenager; Saint-Saëns' Symphony in A is the 15-year-old's ambitious attempt at a serious Teutonic-style symphony. In between, listeners can hear Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and soprano Kate Royal sings Berlioz's song-cycle, Les Nuits d'été.

Recorded last week at the Glasgow City Halls, this is the first of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Mendelssohn bicentenary celebrations – which puts Mendelssohn in the company of composers who inspired him and those he himself inspired.

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The Essay – The Elephant In The Poetry Reading Ep 2/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In this week's Essay Scottish poets describe their attitudes to the metaphorical presence of Robert Burns (the 250th anniversary of whose birth is on 25 January 2009) at the back of the room as they read or write their own poetry.

Today's poet, Liz Lochead, explores her youth in a Motherwell state school that was infused with Burns – reading, memorising and performing in competitions which were the lifeblood of Burns appreciation.

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BBC Radio 4 Tuesday 20 January 2009

A Voyage On Livingstone's Lake

Tuesday 20 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Adam Lusekelo invites listeners to don lifejackets and join him on the Ilala for a Voyage On Livingstone's Lake.

Sixty years ago, the MV Ilala was built by Yarrow and Company in Glasgow as a passenger and cargo ship destined for Lake Nyasa, or Lake Malawi as it is now called. In a remarkable feat of engineering, the boat was shipped out in pieces via Mozambique and transported overland to be reconstructed on the shores of the inland Lake, which has no navigable outlet to the sea.

Six decades on, the ageing Ilala is still sailing the lake, providing a vital weekly lifeline to remote communities in Malawi and Mozambique.

Producer/Ruth Evans

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File On 4 Ep 1/11

New programme
Tuesday 20 January
8.00-8.40pm BBC RADIO 4

Julian O' Halloran examines Britain's insolvency laws as a record number of companies are expected to go into administration or bankruptcy this year, as File On 4 returns for a new series.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 20 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 20 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news, featuring reports from day two of the Australian Open tennis with Jonathan Overend in Melbourne.

From 7.45pm, listeners can hear commentary of Manchester United versus Derby in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, live from Old Trafford.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/TBC

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Richard Madeley

Interactive TV
Tuesday 20 January
11.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Richard Madeley, one half of Britain's most famous television couple, stands in for Richard Bacon for the next three nights.

Madeley, who started his broadcasting career as a news producer and presenter at BBC Radio Cumbria, hosts the evening phone-in on the day's topical issues. His stint on BBC Radio 5 Live came about following his guest appearance on Simon Mayo's afternoon programme last year.

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Tuesday 20 January 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 20 January
8.30am-2.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted tennis commentary from the night session of the Australian Open comes live from Melbourne Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 20 January 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 20 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Imran reacquaints himself with Silver Street, as the Asian drama continues. He runs into Sway, who is shocked to see him – does this mean he wants his old job back?

Dr Hassan, meanwhile, is surprised when Imran returns early and thought he would be celebrating with his family. Imran admits he is avoiding them as he doesn't know how they'll react to him after all this time.

Elsewhere, Sway tells Kuljit that Imran's return might be a blessing in disguise.

Imran is played by Narinder Samra, Sway by Mark Monero, Dr Hassan by Youssef Kerkour and Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal.

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Wednesday 21 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 21 January 2009

Trevor Nelson

Wednesday 21 January
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Trevor Nelson continues to celebrate the best in soulful music tonight and his featured album is Roy Ayers's Everybody Loves The Sunshine (1976).

Ayers is often regarded as one of the greatest vibraphone players of all time. He began his career as a jazz player, releasing several albums with Arista Records before his tenure at Polydor Records – during which time he progressed a new R&B style, slowly moulding the new disco genre.

In 1970, Ayers formed the Roy Ayers Ubiquity, which recorded several albums for Polydor and featured such players as Sonny Fortune, Billy Cobham, Omar Hakim and Alphonse Mouzon. An R&B-jazz-rock band influenced by electric, Miles Davis and the Herbie Hancock Sextet at first, the Ubiquity gradually shed its jazz component in favour of R&B/funk and disco.

Other music featured on tonight's show includes Marvin Gaye's My Love Is Waiting and Games by Chuckii Booker.

Presenter/Trevor Nelson, Producer/Dan Cocker

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BBC Radio 3 Wednesday 21 January 2009

Composer Of The Week – Haydn Ep 3/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the early life and compositions of Joseph Haydn, who died 200 years ago this year, using contemporary accounts and Haydn's own letters and notebooks to reveal the life and times of a hugely prolific composer.

In today's midweek offering, Donald looks at Haydn's life and work as opera impresario at the Esterhazy summer residence – a glorious palace set in a Hungarian swamp – and tells the story of an ingeniously tactful musical message to Haydn's employer, the Farewell Symphony.

Music includes Lo Speziale (extract); Armida (extract); L'infedeltà delusa (extract); and Symphony No.45 in F sharp minor, Farewell.

Haydn is one of BBC Radio 3's Composers of the Year, alongside Handel, Purcell and Mendelssohn, and there is a dedicated website, including detailed information about Haydn, at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Kerry Clark

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Performance On 3

Wednesday 21 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Mark Minkowski and his acclaimed period-instrument ensemble, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, perform three works dedicated to music's patron saint: Purcell's Ode for St Cecilia's Day; Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day and Haydn's St Cecilia Mass. The composers, all being extensively celebrated on BBC Radio 3 this year, have significant anniversaries in 2009 – it's 350 years since Purcell's birth, 250 years since Handel's death and 200 since Haydn's – and St Cecilia inspired some of their finest music.

Purcell, Handel and Haydn each have a city in common: London. Purcell was born and worked there; Handel made it his home for the greater part of his life, becoming a superstar celebrity; and Haydn was a visitor whose last 12 symphonies, the summit of his achievement in that genre, bear the capital's name.

This concert was recorded last weekend at London's Barbican centre with an all-star cast headed by soprano Lucy Crowe and mezzo Nathalie Stutzmann.

Listeners can find out more information about these composers at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Papp

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The Essay – The Elephant In The Poetry Reading Room Ep 3/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In this week's Essay, Scottish poets describe their attitudes to the metaphorical presence of Robert Burns (the 250th anniversary of whose birth is on 25 January 2009) at the back of the room as they read or write their own poetry.

In this midweek edition, Robert Crawford, a biographer of Burns as well as a poet himself, finds himself using the bard as a touchstone for the humanity of his own poetry.

Reader/Robert Crawford, Producer/Dave Batchelor

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BBC Radio 4 Wednesday 21 January 2009

On The Top Deck

Wednesday 21 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Travel writer Ian Marchant uncovers the secret rites and rituals of life on the top of London's buses.

Bus travel in London is now free for all under-18s in education. As a result, there has been a big increase in the numbers of teenagers using buses and a feeling among some older passengers that things have got out of control. The fact that youngsters can hop on and off buses means that, according to some bus drivers, the top deck has been turned into a mobile youth club.

Marchant travels the London buses and talks to drivers and passengers, young and old. Teenagers tell him about unwritten rules, those who may sit where, what they can get away with and the risks of being jacked, shanked, taxed or peeled. The programme also speaks to Transport for London's Director of Community Safety Enforcement and Policing about managing public space where there are no agreed standards of behaviour.

Presenter/Ian Marchant, Producer/Jolyon Jenkins

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Nick Mohammed In Quarters Ep 1/4

New programme
Wednesday 21 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 4

Nick Mohammed and friends bring sketches and monologues of characters to life, in this new series of vibrant late-night audience comedy.

Nick is a comedian and writer, who took the lead role in the BBC Three comedy Placebo, and was a lead in the BBC One comedy-drama Billy Goat. He is joined by Anna Crilly and Colin Hoult.

Producer/Victoria Lloyd

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 21 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 21 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news, with reports from day three of the Australian Open tennis with Jonathan Overend in Melbourne. From 7.45pm, listeners can hear commentary of Burnley versus Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, live from Turf Moor.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Wednesday 21 January 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 21 January
8.30am-2.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted tennis commentary from the night session of the Australian Open, live from Melbourne Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 21 January 2009

Silver Street

Wednesday 21 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Rozena isn't happy about a phone call she receives from Kenny, in this midweek offering of the Asian drama. Sameer tells her not to get so stressed about work and to concentrate on the baby.

Mushtaq and Zenab, meanwhile, are shocked to find Imran has returned from his travels. Mushtaq is delighted, but suspicious at the same time, and wonders why Imran didn't give them any warning.

Later, Rozena and Sameer announce the pregnancy and Zenab and Mushtaq insist Rozena should stop working immediately – but can they convince her?

Rozena is played by Pooja Ghai, Kenny by Brian Croucher, Sameer by Alex Caan, Mushtaq by Paul Bhattacharjee, Zenab by Sudha Buchar and Imran by Narinder Samra.

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Thursday 22 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 22 January 2009

Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour

Thursday 22 January
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Bob Dylan features records themed around the name Joe, including songs by Hank Williams Snr, Bo Diddley, Joan Baez, Van Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Cisco Houston.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Phil Hughes

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BBC Radio 3 Thursday 22 January 2009

Composer Of The Week – Haydn

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
12.00noon–1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In his continuing explorations of the life and music of Joseph Hayden, based on contemporary accounts, Donald Macleod tells the story of Haydn's trip to England, where he won the hearts of everyone from the concert-going public to royalty - not to mention one or two ladies of a certain age.

The music includes: Sailor's Song; Symphony No. 94 Surprise; String Quartet Op. 71, No. 2; and O Tuneful Voice.

Haydn is one of Radio 3's Composers of the Year, alongside Handel, Purcell and Mendelssohn. There is a dedicated website, including detailed information about Haydn, at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Kerry Clark

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Afternoon On 3 – Handel Opera Cycle: Agrippina

Thursday 22 January
2.00–5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3, marking the 250th anniversary year of Handel's death, continues its unprecedented cycle of Handel's operas, broadcast in chronological order, every Thursday afternoon at 2pm, as part of extensive celebrations throghout the year.

Today's opera, Agrippina, written when Handel was just 24, is the third in the series. Perhaps, because it was written for performance in Venice, the opera revels in a cynical picture of political wheeling and dealing in ancient Rome: Agrippina is the mother of the Emperor Nero. There never was much love lost between defiantly independent Venice and the Papal/Imperial city. The opera's bumbling Roman emperor, Claudius – around whom Agrippina runs rings – may well be a dig at Pope Clement.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts an all-star cast in this early-Nineties recording of Agrippina. Della Jones takes the title role; Derek Lee Ragin is her son, the up-and-coming psychopath, Nero; Alastair Miles is Emperor Claudius; Michael Chance is long-suffering army commander Otho; and Anne Sofie von Otter is the goddess Juno.

Act 3 can be heard on Friday 23 January in the afternoon.

Radio 3's extensive Composers of the Year website features pages devoted to Handel and each of the operas at www.bbc.co.uk/composers.

Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/David Gallagher

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Performance On 3

Thursday 22 January
7.00–9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawny presents the BBC Philharmonic with Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, performing Mozart and Dallapiccola, the latest in their Neglected Genius series.

Dallapiccola's rarely heard Partita, scored for a massive orchestra, draws on the forms and traditions of Italian Baroque and Renaissance music to make a haunting and striking work. It is juxtaposed with works of more modest scoring: orchestral music from Mozart's first major opera, Idomeneo; and his last symphony, the Jupiter. Tonight's Performance On 3 was recorded on Saturday 17 January at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Papp

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The Essay –
The Elephant In The Poetry Reading Room Ep 4/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
11.00–11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In this week's Essay, Scottish poets describe their attitudes to the metaphorical presence of Robert Burns at the back of the room as they read or write their own poetry.

Today's poet, Kathleen Jamie, is intrigued by Burns's ability to transform himself into whatever his audience required of him. She visits the Falls of Bruar to observe the trick.

Reader/Kathleen Jamie, Producer/Dave Batchelor

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BBC Radio 4 Thursday 22 January 2009

Five Meet To Make Up Myths

New programme
Thursday 22 January
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Gyles Brandreth investigates the inspiration for five great Victorian writers
Gyles Brandreth investigates the inspiration for five great Victorian writers

Gyles Brandreth investigates 1890's London to discover what inspired five of the greatest Victorian authors: Robert Louis Stevenson; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Oscar Wilde; JM Barrie; and Bram Stoker.

The programme features extracts from the authors' works, the novels and radio adaptations, and includes visits to the places frequented by the men themselves.

Gyles meets various people who have an abiding interest in the five authors. Contributors include Sherlock Holmes authority David Stuart Davies and Claire Harman, a recent biographer of Robert Louis Stevenson. Also joining Gyles will be Brett Kahr, the Freudian psycho-analyst, who explains why readers remain so fascinated by the characters that these authors created over 120 years ago.

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5 Live Sport

Thursday 22 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents all the day's sports news, with reports from Day Three of the Australian Open with Jonathan Overend in Melbourne.

From 8pm, Mark is joined by former referee Graham Poll for Seeing Red, a BBC Radio 5 Live Sport Special, assessing the impact of the FA's Respect campaign and the performance of football referees this season.

At 9pm, Steve Parry joins Mark for London Calling, reporting on the road to the London Olympics 2012. Parry and guests focus on some of the athletes who won gold in Beijing and are now looking ahead to 2012, as well as those hoping to taste success in London for the first time.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Thursday 22 January 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 22 January
8.30am-2.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Schedule Amendment 15 January

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary from the night session of the Australian Open, live, from Melbourne Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 22 January 2009

Silver Street

Thursday 22 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Imran gets a phone call from abroad, in today's visit to Silver Street. He bumps into Jas and they head to the Golden Crown, where Mary tells Imran about Mani's recent troubles.

Later, Imran visits Mani but he doesn't want to talk about himself. Mani wants to hear all about Imran's travels instead. Imran cryptically answers that travelling made him realise he has always put others first. From now on, Imran is going to concentrate on himself and the people closest to him...

Imran is played by Narinder Samra, Jas by Hema Mangoo, Mary by Carole Nimmons and Mani by Kaleem Janjua.

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Network Radio BBC Week 3: Friday 23 January 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Friday 23 January 2009

Listen To The Band

Friday 23 January
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The madcap musical world of Spike Jones opens this last programme of highlights from the 2008 Brass In Concert Championships with The Fairey Band, conducted by Philip Chalke, giving a Rossini classic the Jones treatment.

Frank Renton also showcases two of the country's top soloists with Foden's tuba virtuoso Les Neish and the brilliant baritone of Leyland's Katrina Marzella (a previous winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist Of The Year award) featured in their band's respective programmes.

One of the most coveted awards of the day is Best New Composition or Arrangement, which this year went to Peter Meechan and his take on the Queen classic Innuendo, as performed by The Whitburn Band with conductor Steven Mead.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

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BBC Radio 3 Friday 23 January 2009

Composer Of The Week – Haydn Ep 5/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod looks at Haydn's late compositions, including his masterpiece, The Creation, inspired partly by the music of Handel, partly by a visit to the planetary observatory of William Herschel, in the final Composer Of The Week offering. Other music includes Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and Arianna A Naxos.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Kerry Clark

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Performance On 3 – BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 23 January
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawny presents the first of two gala concerts to launch the BBC National Orchestra of Wales's new home, Hoddinot Hall, a purpose-built auditorium at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre.

Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in a programme that opens with an orchestral showpiece – Badger In The Bag – by the man after whom the hall is named, Alun Hoddinott. The programme also includes the world première of a specially-commissioned new work, Simon Holt's St Vitus In The Kettle – the Orchestra's new Composer in Association; Varèse's Ionisation; Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with pianist Llyr Williams; Sibelius's Violin Concerto with Baiba Skride as soloist; and Ravel's Daphnis Et Chloe (Suite No. 2).

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Papp

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The Essay –
The Elephant In The Poetry Reading Room Ep 5/5

Monday 19 to Friday 23 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In this week's Essay Scottish poets describe their attitudes to the metaphorical presence of Robert Burns (the 250th anniversary of whose birth is on 25 January 2009) at the back of the room as they read or write their own poetry.

In the final episode of the week, Douglas Dunn finds Burns too distant to be a direct influence on him, but he sees the way that influence has changed across the 20th century.

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BBC Radio 4 Friday 23 January 2009

The Lake

Friday 23 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

The Lake is a powerful portrait of the lesser-known world of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.

Lough Neagh is not only the largest lough in Ireland, but the largest freshwater body in the British Isles. The name Lough Neagh means the lake of the horse-god, Eochu. He was the lord of the underworld and, according to legend, is supposed to exist beneath its waters; some say in a village drowned beneath the waves.

Contributors include wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson and composer and sound recordist Tom Lawrence; historians Kay Muhr and Pascal Downing; naturalists John Scovell, James Robinson and Rosemary Holland; freshwater ecologist David Griffths; and warden of Coney Island, Peter McClelland.

Producer/Sarah Blunt

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 23 January 2009

5 Live Sport

Friday 23 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents all the day's sports news and looks ahead to the weekend's FA Cup fourth round matches (sponsored by E.on).

From 9.15pm, the rest of the weekend's sporting action is previewed including Qatar Masters golf in Doha, the England cricket team's practice match against St Kitts and reports from the first week of the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/TBC

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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Friday 23 January 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 23 January
8.30am-2.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary comes from the night session of the Australian Open, live from Melbourne Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 23 January 2009

Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show

Friday 23 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Bruce Dickinson invites Black Stone Cherry on to his Rock Show this evening to spin some of their favourite tunes and take over the show for an hour.

Originating from Kentucky, BSC are renowned for their unique rhythmic rock sound and, despite their young age, have been likened to bands such as Soundgarden for their earthy and raw vocal performance, as well as AC/DC for their heavy yet fun musicianship.

They sit in Bruce's seat and select some of the tracks and groups that have inspired them over the years.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 23 January 2009

Silver Street

Friday 23 January
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Rozena is annoyed with Mushtaq and Zenab fussing about her pregnancy, in the week's final episode of the Asian drama. She stopped working because she wanted to and not because they told her to.

Mushtaq, meanwhile, is ecstatic when Imran announces he is back to work in the family business. Rozena thinks it's a bit convenient: she steps back and Imran jumps straight in. But Mushtaq tells her it's no longer her concern; she can leave everything to him and Imran from now on…

Rozena is played by Pooja Ghai, Mushtaq by Paul Bhattacharjee, Zenab by Sudha Buchar and Imran by Narinder Samra.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 23 January 2009

The Bicycle Diaries Ep 2/3

Friday 23 January
9.05-9.30am BBC WORLD SERVICE

Paris Vélib Service (Vélib is short for "Velo Liberte" or "Bike Freedom") is a city-wide bike rental service. About 20,000 bikes are available and can be used free of charge for up to half an hour per ride, allowing Parisians and tourists to get around at their own pace and appreciate the beauty of the city at the same time.

Anyone who wants one simply swipes his or her ordinary travel card and pedals off. The bike does not have to be returned to the same pick-up point – you can take a bike from a rack near the Eiffel Tower, cycle to the Pantheon and leave it in the nearest Vélib stand there.

Producer/Katie Burningham

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