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BBC RADIO 1 Friday 28 August 2009

Jo Whiley

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 28 August
10.00am-12.45pm BBC RADIO 1 (Schedule Addition 11 August)

Jo Whiley introduces her programme live from Reading as the 2009 Reading & Leeds Festival gets under way. She is out and about around the site enjoying the atmosphere and chatting to guests. The programme also features a live performance to open the BBC Introducing Stage, which supports unsigned, under-the-radar and undiscovered music.

The Reading & Leeds Festival is one of the key events in the UK festival calendar. Top names appearing this year at both venues over the three days include Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Placebo and Maximo Park.

Coverage continues on TV tonight and across the weekend on BBC Three, with more on Sunday and Monday on BBC Radio 1.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Stuart Last

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 28 August 2009

Chris Evans Drivetime

Friday 28 August
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon

The Beatles triggered a musical revolution in the Sixties, introducing a modern sound that contrasted greatly with the music of the previous decade.

Between March 1962 and June 1965 The Beatles performed 53 times on BBC Radio, leaving a rich legacy of recordings which plot the band's evolution, including their Bank Holiday Specials, From Us To You.This Bank Holiday weekend, the Fab Four take over the BBC airwaves once again on BBC Radio 2.

BBC Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday weekend kicks off with Chris Evans's Drivetime show, in which the presenter invites listeners to nominate their Fab Four favourites in a Beatles All-Request Friday.

After the show, there's another chance to hear Don't Start Me Talking About… The Beatles – the story of The Beatles in the words of their fans (7pm). This evening also gives listeners another opportunity to hear The Day John Met Paul (10pm), which features an interview with Sir Paul McCartney and the music and memories of John Lennon's group, The Quarrymen. The programme recreates the moment when John and Paul met for the first time at a Quarrymen gig in Liverpool in 1957.

Presenter/Chris Evans, Producer/Helen Thomas

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Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday 28 August
7.30-9.15pm BBC RADIO 2

Sir Michael Parkinson presents a special edition of Friday Night Is Music Night from this year's Henley Festival.

John Barrowman takes centre stage in Pure Gold From The Silver Screen and is joined by West End star Kerry Ellis, fresh from her sell-out success as Elphaba in the musical Wicked. Listeners can also hear singing quartet Cantabile and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Larry Blank.

Presenter/Sir Michael Parkinson, Producer/Jodie Keane

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Listen To The Band

Friday 28 August
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Frank Renton presents music especially recorded for the programme by The Kirkintilloch Band, one of Scotland's premier bands.

Conducted by Allan Ramsay, the band performs music by Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand and young composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

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In The Beginning

Friday 28 August
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Liverpudlian Holly Johnson, member of the Eighties band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, visits Hamburg to explore the origins of an unknown British beat group who became the all-conquering The Beatles.

The invasion of British bands into the red-light district of Hamburg began in 1960 when German promoters realised that British groups were cheaper to hire than American ones.

From August 1960, The Beatles, a then five-piece group comprising of John, Paul and George with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums, were the house band at the Indra Club and were later promoted to the nearby Kaiserkeller.

Klaus Voorman caught The Beatles on stage in the Kaiserkeller club one night in October 1960 and was so impressed that he turned up for their next gig with his girlfriend and best friend, photographers Astrid Kirchherr and Jurgen Vollmer.

It was an unlikely collision of young people from different cultures that would create a world-beating chemistry.

Astrid began a relationship with Sutcliffe and they were engaged by the time The Beatles returned to Liverpool in November. However, they were back in Hamburg the following spring for 98 performances at the Top Ten Club and their first professional recordings, with fellow British rocker Tony Sheridan.

Sutcliffe left The Beatles to stay in Hamburg with Astrid and pursue a career as a painter. The Beatles returned to Hamburg in April 1962, only to learn of Sutcliffe's premature death.

The impact of Hamburg and the friendships they made there had an enduring impact on the group. Tonight's documentary includes new interviews with Astrid Kirchherr, Tony Sheridan and Sutcliffe's sister, Pauline.

Presenter/Holly Johnson, Producer/Owen McFadden

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 28 August 2009

Prom 57 – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 28 August
7.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson complete the BBC Proms' survey of Stravinsky's ballets with Agon – a dazzling set of 12 dances for 12 dancers that the septuagenarian composer based on material taken from a 17th-century dance manual but re-energised through his own unique 20th-century viewpoint – live from London's Royal Albert Hall.

In the same concert, Stephen Hough completes his Proms one-man piano marathon of Tchaikovsky's concertante works with the curiously neglected Concert Fantasia, while cellist Steven Isserlis returns to relish the 18th-century charms of the Rococo Variations.

The concert ends with Tchaikovsky's dramatic Dantesque tale of forbidden love and eternal punishment, Francesca da Rimini.

This Prom is repeated on Friday 11 September at 2.30pm.

Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/Ann McKay

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Prom 58 – Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 28 August
10.15-11.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Louis Andriessen's high-impact music always sounds great in London's Royal Albert Hall, and this late-night Prom from some of the world's best wind players should make quite an impact.

The Netherlands Wind Ensemble celebrates the iconoclastic Dutch composer's 70th birthday with his minimalist masterpiece De staat (The State). After that, it's time to Beat The Retreat with Andriessen's English pupil Steve Martland, who himself hits 50 in October – he wrote this piece for the last big Purcell anniversary in 1995.

The concert ends with Doors Closed, a belated London première for an Eighties classic by a leading Dutch pupil of Andriessen's, Cornelis de Bondt, with another Purcell link – it's a musical ritual of death superimposing the funeral march from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony on the famous Lament from Purcell's Dido And Aeneas.

Presenter/Verity Sharp, Producer/David Gallagher

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World On 3

Friday 28 August
11.45pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a session and interview with the North American roots trio Groanbox, who perform music from their new album, Gran Bwa. Listeners can also hear some new releases on CD from around the globe, in this evening's edition of World On 3.

Groanbox are the trio of accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, Canadian percussionist Paul Clifford and Franco-American guitarist and banjo player Cory Seznec. Their music is a melting pot of styles from Nashville to New Orleans, Mali to Romania, anchored by the "Freedom Boot" – a shamanistic six-foot stomping stick carrying bells, nails, rings and over 400 beer bottle tops picked up on their travels. The group visited the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London at the end of their recent UK tour last month to perform four songs, including material from their new album, Gran Bwa.

Watching the session, Mary Ann describes percussionist Paul Clifford as "like some voodoo hybrid of a magpie in his nest and Doc Brown from Back To The Future".

Presenter/Mary Ann Kennedy, Producer/Felix Carey

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 28 August 2009

The Pickerskill Reports Ep 1/4

New series
Friday 28 August
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule update 19 August)

Ian McDiarmid stars as Dr Henry Pickerskill in a new series of The Pickersill Reports.

Dr Pickerskill is the retired English master of Haunchurst School for boys. In this series he charts the lives of his four most entertaining and original pupils from his time at the school.

Told in the form of flashbacks and letters from the ex-pupils to Pickerskill, each episode tells the darkly comic account of the lives of the four Haunchurst School pupils.

In the first episode a wicked pupil, Walter Hindle-Rand, encourages a school teacher’s alcoholism with altar wine exposing the teacher to bribes for answers to end of term exams. Pickerskill believes the boy to be a ruthless sociopath, and predicts he will go on to do very well indeed.

In the second programme, Pickerskill encourages Francis Kaws as his engineering talents are not being used in school to adapt a tractor to run on a defunct railway line.

Pupil Cadmus Wilcox is denied the chance join the school’s senior cadets shooting team, in the third programme, because he is not a British citizen. But he is also the Hauchurt’s only hope of winning the prestigious inter-schools shooting cup.

In the final episode Pickerskill is forced to intercept a pupil’s love letters as they might threaten to expose and embarrass the boy’s politician father.

This series features cameo performances from Tony Gardner; Richard Johnson; Philip Madoc; and stars Thomas Sangster, James Rowland, Tom Kane and Louis Williams as the boys.

Producers/Andrew McGibbon and Nick Romero

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Afternoon Play – The Last Tsar

Friday 28 August
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule amendment 10 August)

Sir Derek Jacobi stars as King George V in this new radio play about attempts to provide a safe home for the family of the last Tsar, Nicholas of Russia.

One of the enduring mysteries of the First World War was the refusal of King George V to give sanctuary in England to his beloved cousin, Tsar Nicholas, and his young family, after he had been forced to abdicate following the Russian Revolution.

That Revolution tore Russia apart and the Tsar's life and that of the Tsarina and their five young children were threatened by the new Bolsheviks. For 18 months their lives hung in the balance, until the news clattered through on the Foreign Office electric telegraph that they had all been murdered at Ekaterinburg, in Siberia.

The King was devastated, but it was unclear why he had done nothing. There had been several opportunities for a warship to have snatched them to safety, but the King overruled his Prime Minister, Lloyd George, on the matter.

The Last Tsar is written by Ian Curteis.

Producer/Alison Hindell

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The Black Bono

Friday 28 August
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Gabriel Bisset-Smith's play tells of Gideon Gordon, a film star and celebrity campaigner for human rights – he is black, but has a white half-brother, Kenneth Gordon.

The world is shocked when Gideon is brutally murdered in Africa, but the arrest of Kenneth Gordon for his brother's murder is a truly extraordinary turn of events.

When radio producer Simon Giddis, who has been recording interviews with Gideon's friends and associates, goes missing, his wife, Christine, decides that she has to complete the programme. She is taken on a journey to the heart of Africa, to the truth about the Gordon brothers and their relationship with the corrupt President Edusei.

Chipo Chung stars as Christine Giddis, Jude Akuwudike as Ken Gordon and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Gideon Gordon. Writer Gabriel Bisset-Smith also stars as Simon Giddis.

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 28 August 2009

5 Live Sport

Friday 28 August
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves as they look ahead to the weekend's sporting action – featuring Premier League games including Manchester United versus Arsenal and Chelsea versus Burnley.

At 9pm, in 5 Live Formula 1, David Croft, Anthony Davidson and Holly Samos rev into action as they preview Sunday's forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Colin is joined by Tim Lovejoy at 9.30pm for Sports Express as the pair take a quick-fire look at the past week in sport and look ahead to what's coming up. Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express is also available to download as a podcast at

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Francesca Bent

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Friday 28 August 2009

Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 28 August

Listeners can hear uninterrupted commentary on the first and second practice sessions of the Belgian Grand Prix, live from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Producer/Jason Swales

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 28 August 2009

Cerys On 6

Friday 28 August
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Cerys Matthews welcomes Noah And The Whale into the BBC 6 Music Hub this afternoon as they perform tracks from their new album, First Days Of Spring.

Described as "more electric" than previous works, the new album features a running narrative throughout describing the disillusion of a relationship. Although the band have previously worked with rising stars Laura Marling and Emmy The Great, the new album doesn't feature any female vocalists.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Jon Richardson's Friday Night At The Fringe

Friday 28 August
7.00-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Jon Richardson presents the finale of BBC 6 Music's coverage of this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the form of a comedy and music extravaganza.

Recorded at the famous Pleasance Courtyard, and featuring a selection of the biggest and best comedians, a special live musical guest and Jon's acerbic wit, this show promises to tickle the funny bone of all the discerning BBC 6 Music listeners.

Presenter/Jon Richardson, Producer/Lianne Coop

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Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show

Friday 28 August
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Bruce Dickinson welcomes Corey Taylor, the front man of Slipknot, one of music's most controversial bands, on to his Rock Show this evening.

Taylor is one of the most charismatic and respected singers on the rock scene, and has won a Grammy, headlined Download Festival and sold over 10 million albums worldwide with one of hard rock's most extreme and theatrical acts – Slipknot.

The band is all set to celebrate 10 years since they exploded onto the rock scene with the release of a special anniversary edition of their seminal eponymous debut album on 9 September. On the very same day they are planning to host and headline a one-day festival in their hometown of Des Moines. Being in Slipknot has been like riding on a rollercoaster since the very beginning – thanks to injuries, in-fighting and rumours of splits constantly generating headlines.

Taylor tells Bruce the Slipknot story – from their humble beginnings as a small town group to worldwide fame, the attention, the press and, of course, the masks.

Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan

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BBC RADIO 7 Friday 28 August 2009


Friday 28 August
6.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 7

Vostok, written by Bill Murphy, is a thrilling science-fiction adventure in the tradition of Jules Verne, following an international submarine expedition into the depths beneath the Antarctic ice, as three intrepid heroes venture into the only unexplored lake in the world – Lake Vostok.

Just getting through the ice is a technological feat. Nobody knows what sort of creatures, if any, lie beneath. Finally, an independent team led by wealthy Icelandic entrepreneur Nils Skallagrimsson drills through the ice sheet and sends a team of specialists comprising Nils, pilot Dave Lombardo and microbiologist Anna Lucic into the frozen depths. They encounter exquisite and strange marine life in the dark, isolated waters until they reach the bottom to collect samples from the lake floor. Here, however, it emerges that Nils has an ulterior motive in exploring Lake Vostok and their lives are threatened by a vast creature never seen by human eyes before.

Vostok features an international cast of actors, including Stuart Milligan, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Brana Bajic, David Earl and Nick Danan.

There is another chance for listeners to hear this programme at 12.00midnight.

Producer/Lawrence Jackson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 28 August 2009

World Stories – New Media In Kashmir Ep 3/5

Friday 28 August

The conflict in Kashmir has been reported over the years through traditional mediums like newspapers, radio and television but, over the past year and a half, there has been an explosion of citizen journalism. Young men armed with their mobile phones are capturing every disturbance and sending their images from phone to phone and loading them on to the internet to reach an audience beyond their borders.

This new documentary tells the story of new media communication in Indian administered Kashmir. Producer Suvojit Bagchi, a correspondent with BBC World Service based in Delhi, India, meets the people behind the mobile phones and assesses the impact of their work, as this series of World Stories continues.

Presenter and Producer/Suvojit Bagchi

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