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Network Radio BBC Week 35: 29 August-4 September

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 29 August 2009

BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Sounds Of The Sixties

Saturday 29 August
8.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 2

This week, to mark BBC Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday, Brian Matthews plays four covers, featuring each of The Beatles on lead vocals.

Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producer/Phil Swern

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Liza Tarbuck & Huey Morgan

Saturday 29 August
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Huey Morgan, the Fun Lovin' Criminal, crosses over from his weekly BBC 6 Music show and is joined by Liza Tarbuck to sit in for Jonathan Ross this week. They are joined by actor and comedian Les Dennis.

Huey's 6 Music show can be heard on Sunday.

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Shaun Keaveny

Saturday 29 August
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This week, BBC 6 Music's weekday breakfast show presenter Shaun Keaveny stands in for Dermot O'Leary and has live music from Grammy Award-winners Wilco and American new wave band Hockey.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny, Producer/Ben Walker

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BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Paul Gambaccini With America's Greatest Hits

Saturday 29 August
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Fab Four feature on Paul Gambaccini's America's Greatest Hits
The Fab Four feature on Paul Gambaccini's America's Greatest Hits

To mark BBC Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday weekend, several of Paul Gambaccini's regular features take on a Beatles theme and tracks featured are from the US album Meet The Beatles, Let It Be by The Beatles, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Milk And Honey by John Lennon.

The Beatles' conquest of America early in 1964 launched "The British Invasion" of the pop charts. I Want To Hold Your Hand was the first of 20 No. 1 singles in the States and, in April 1964, The Beatles set a new record when they occupied all five of the top positions on Billboard's Top 40, with Can't Buy Me Love sitting at No. 1.

It's Not The Same Old Song features two different songs with the same title and this week, the focus is on Tell Me Why by the Beatles and Elvis Presley. No. 1s on this date in history include Help! by The Beatles (1965) and Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul and Linda McCartney (1971).

Paul also plays The Beatles' US No. 1s Eight Days A Week, Yesterday and The Long And Winding Road.

Following Paul's programme, listeners have another chance to hear three Beatles documentaries, starting with a revised repeat of George Harrison – What Is Life at 10pm, Michael Palin's tribute to his friend, who died in November 2001. This is followed by Bigger Than Jesus, first broadcast in December 2006, five days before the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death, and at midnight, there's another opportunity to hear the special re-recording of Sgt Pepper in Sgt Pepper Recreated, first broadcast on Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of the classic album.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 29 August 2009

BBC PROMS 2009
New Generation Artists Celebration Weekend

Saturday 29 August
11.00am-6.00pm BBC RADIO 3
BBC New Generation Artists Meta4 make their Proms debut this year
BBC New Generation Artists Meta4 make their Proms debut this year

This year the BBC Proms mark the 10th anniversary of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme with a three-day, 12-concert weekend at London's Cadogan Hall. The concerts feature a small army of New Generation Artists past and present – in addition to their appearances in the evening Proms and the Monday-lunchtime Proms Chamber Music series.

Some of the most established New Generation Artists are appearing – pianist Simon Trpceski, flautist Sharon Bezaly, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and baritone Jonathan Lemalu, among others – while exciting newcomers jazz trumpeter Tom Arthurs, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, violinist Tai Murray, mezzo-soprano Daniela Lehner, cellist Andreas Brantelid and Finnish string quartet Meta4, make their Proms debuts.

Pianists Ashley Wass and Simon Crawford-Phillips complement this season's focus on Stravinsky ballets performing The Rite Of Spring in the composer's duet version, while celebrations of the season's four major composer anniversaries include Mendelssohn's remarkable early Octet played by the Jerusalem and Pavel Haas quartets. Cellist Natalie Clein, violinist Jennifer Pike, tenor Andrew Kennedy and Jonathan Lemalu are among those performing works by Delius, Holst and Elgar in a concert marking 75 years since 1934, a landmark year in British music; and there are two specially commissioned new works by jazz New Generation Artist Tom Arthurs and John McCabe for pianist Ashley Wass.

This weekend shows the range and diversity of the exceptional musical talents whose careers have been helped by the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Lindsay Kemp

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 59 – Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 August
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

David Zinman and his Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich portray an angel's-eye view of Heaven in Mahler's Fourth Symphony, with soloist Dawn Upshaw, live from London's Royal Albert Hall.

The American soprano also sings in the UK première of Osvaldo Golijov's recent work, She Was Here – an intense exploration of loss and consolation, in which the Argentine-born composer seeks to find a contemporary resonance within four iconic Schubert songs. The overture Schubert published as part of his incidental music to Helmina von Chézy's play Rosamunde opens the concert.

Presenter/Rob Cowan, Producer/Tom Nelson

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 29 August 2009

Bryn Terfel Masters Wine

Saturday 29 August
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Operatic baritone Bryn Terfel explores his love of wine and attempts to become a master Sommelier in this programme in which he presents a revealing insight into this famously discreet profession and most secretive of worlds.

Taking a break from the operatic stage, Bryn meets some of the world's finest wine experts and finds out what the role of Sommelier involves – from tasting to service and food matching.

At the end of the programme, Bryn gets to try out his new-found skills at a top London restaurant to see if he's got what it takes.

The programme features contributions from wine writer Sarah Ahmed; chief examiner for The Court of Master Sommeliers, Brian Julyan; managing director of Cullen Wines, Vanya Cullen; Sommelier at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Edouard Oger; manager at High Timber Restaurant, Neleen Strauss; and Master of Wine at Berry Bros, Alun Griffiths.

Presenter/Bryn Terfel, Producer/Llinos Jones

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Archive Hour – Meeting Myself Coming Back Ep 3/3

Saturday 29 August
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Clare Short replays her own sound archive and uses it as a basis for a re-examination of her life, in the final episode of this series of Meeting Myself Coming Back.

In conversation with John Wilson, Clare examines her political career and ponders how she evolved as a public speaker.

Presenter/John Wilson, Producers/Emma Kingsley, Sara-Jane Hall and Eleanor Garland

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 29 August 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 August
12.00noon-7.10pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents an afternoon of live sport, kicking off with the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Burnley from Stamford Bridge at 12.45pm. Commentary comes from Ian Brown, Conor McNamara and Mark Bright.

From 1pm there are regular updates from the qualifying session of Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with David Croft, Anthony Davidson and Holly Samos.

There's also coverage of the afternoon's 3pm football kick-offs, including Bolton versus Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur versus Birmingham City in the Premier League and Rangers versus Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League.

At 5.15pm there's commentary of Manchester United versus Arsenal live from Old Trafford with Mike Ingham, Alan Green and Chris Waddle.

Presenter/Arlo White, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 29 August 2009

Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 August
9.55-11.05am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
12.55-2.05pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the final practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix, is followed, at 12.55pm, by uninterrupted commentary on the qualifying session, live from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Producer/Jason Swales

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Rowing

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 August
11.05am-12.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary from the World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Rugby League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 August
2.05-4.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of Huddersfield Giants versus Warrington Wolves in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final comes live from Wembley.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 29 August 2009

Adam & Joe

Saturday 29 August
9.00am-12.00noon BBC 6 MUSIC

Kings of comedy Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish return to BBC 6 Music
Kings of comedy Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish return to BBC 6 Music

The drawbridge of the Big British Castle is lowered to let the comedic kings of BBC 6 Music back in to the studio to deliver their own brand of witty ramblings that spawned the phenomenon of Stephen!, Song Wars and Text The Nation, and helped the boys win three Sony Radio Awards.

Presenters/Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, Producer/James Stirling

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6 Mix – Back To The Phuture

Saturday 29 August
9.00-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Record label king-pin and electronic music fan Mark Jones presents the second in a series of shows joining the dots between retro electro and 21st-century synth pop. Jones, best known as the boss of leading independent record label Wall Of Sound – home of Royksopp and Grace Jones – is joined this week by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records.

Miller, who founded Mute in 1978 and has since put out records by Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Moby, tells Mark how Krautrock and post-punk shaped his label's sound, playing tracks by Neu, Can and Faust. There's also an exclusive guest mix of early synth sounds from Montreal electro DJ Tiga, whose new album, Ciao, and rare UK live appearances have both been critically acclaimed.

Mark also delves into his record bag for another mutant mash-up of early Eighties synth funk from the likes of Pigbag and 23 Skidoo, plus there's electro past and present from Animotion, Landscape and Little Boots.

Back To The Phuture returns for two more shows in October.

Presenter/Mark Jones, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC RADIO 1 Sunday 30 August 2009

Nihal & Daniel P Carter

Sunday 30 August
1.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Nihal and Daniel P Carter present their programme live from the site at Reading, with music, guests and all the atmosphere, news and gossip from the 2009 Reading & Leeds Festival, on the final day of the event.

The Festival is one of the key events in the UK music calendar, with Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Placebo and Maximo Park all featuring in the 2009 line up.

Coverage continues on BBC Three tonight and tomorrow evening on BBC Three and BBC Radio 1. There is additional content available for digital TV viewers under the Red button and also online at bbc.co.uk/radio1.

Presenter/Nihal, Producer/David Hillier

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 30 August 2009

Good Morning Sunday

Sunday 30 August
7.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to American blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb, who performs live in the studio. Rev Ruth Scott reviews this year's Edinburgh Festival and gives the Moment Of Reflection.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Hilary Robinson

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Sunday Brunch

Sunday 30 August
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Michael Ball is joined by traveller and former member of Monty Python, comedian Michael Palin.

Presenter/Michael Ball, Producer/Fiona Day

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Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 30 August
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige's special guest is actor Alan Cumming, who starred on Broadway in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret. Actress Sally Ann Triplett is in the studio to sing a song from the musical Mamma Mia!.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 30 August
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This Bank Holiday weekend, Brian D'Arcy looks at teachings on commitment and faithfulness within the church community. Hymns include O Perfect Love and All For Jesus and this week's featured choir is Schola Cantorum and Priory 2, directed by Nigel McClintock with organist Liam Crangle.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 30 August 2009

BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 60 – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 August
7.30-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3
Pianist Martha Argerich who returns to the BBC Proms this year
Pianist Martha Argerich who returns to the BBC Proms this year

The brilliant, mercurial pianist Martha Argerich returns to the BBC Proms tonight in a concert broadcast live from London's Royal Albert Hall. Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Ravel's jazz-inspired concerto and a precociously confident and extroverted work by the young Prokofiev – his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major.

The programme begins with an exotic work, Orion, composed in 1979 by Frenchman Claude Viver, which is receiving its UK première, in which huge orchestral forces conjure up the immensity of the cosmos. Ravel reappears in the second half of the concert as the brilliant orchestrator of Musorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Edward Blakeman

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Twenty Minutes – Pictures Re-arranged

Sunday 30 August
8.15-8.35pm BBC RADIO 3

The second half of tonight's Prom includes Musorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition in its famous orchestral version arranged by Ravel. The original piano suite has been arranged hundreds of times, not just for classical orchestra but also for a wide range of instruments and ensembles.

Composer and record producer Gabriel Prokofiev comes from a family that has a close association with the piece. His grandfather, composer Sergei Prokofiev, regularly played the original version in his piano recitals; one of Gabriel's earliest memories is of his father, Oleg, listening to Radio Liberty (a dissident Russian-language station that was broadcast from Germany) whose call-sign was the theme from The Promenade.

In tonight's Twenty Minutes, Gabriel looks at the enduring appeal of Pictures At An Exhibition for the composer/arranger and considers some of the many and varied arrangements of it that have been made.

Presenter/Gabriel Prokofiev, Producer/Nick Holmes

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 30 August 2009

The Reunion Ep 2/5

Sunday 30 August
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

In Ethiopia, close to eight million people became famine victims during the drought of 1984, and more than one million died. In the same year, the month of September saw the 10th anniversary of the revolution. In Addis Ababa the revolutionary military government, led by Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam, spent more than $100m in taxes from starving peasants on weeks of pageantry. Yet, even as the Ethiopian leaders were watching the massive military parade in the capital, tragedy was unfolding in rural areas.

In this week's episode of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor meets a group of people who joined forces to alleviate the effects of that terrible famine and co-ordinate the international appeal, including Live Aid, which followed.

One of the images that shocked the world in Michael Buerk's BBC News reports was that of the young International Red Cross nurse who, surrounded by thousands of starving people and with limited supplies, had the terrible task of choosing which children to feed, knowing that those she turned away might not last the night. That nurse was Claire Bertschinger, and those pictures inspired Band Aid and later Live Aid, as well as the biggest relief programme the world had ever seen.

Michael Buerk; Claire Bertschinger, former Head of Oxfam Hugh Goyder; Major Dawit Wolde Giorgis of the Ethiopian relief effort; and Sir Brian Barder, British and UN Ambassador to Ethiopia, join Sue around The Reunion table.

Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producers/Christina Captieux and David Prest

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 30 August 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 August
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents the latest sports news as well as live football and Formula 1 coverage.

From 1pm there's commentary of the Belgian Grand Prix, live from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with David Croft, Anthony Davidson and Holly Samos. There are also regular updates from the Scottish Premier League clash between Hibernian and Celtic.

At 2.30pm there's second-half commentary of Portsmouth versus Manchester City, live from Fratton Park, and updates from the first International Twenty20 between England and Australia at Old Trafford.

From 3pm there's live Premier League commentary of Everton versus Wigan at Goodison Park, followed by second-half coverage of Aston Villa versus Fulham at Villa Park, from 4.45pm.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Graham McMillan

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 30 August 2009

Rowing

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 August
10.30am-12.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the final day's action from the World Rowing Championships comes live from Poznan, Poland.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 August
2.00-5.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the first International Twenty20 match between England and Australia comes live from Old Trafford, with commentary from the Test Match Special team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 30 August 2009

The Music Week

Sunday 30 August
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music's resident news hounds Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt look back over the week, in a programme including an interview with Jamie T and reports from the Reading & Leeds Festival.

Presenters/Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt, Producer/Tom Green

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The Huey Show

Sunday 30 August
2.00-3.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Huey Morgan's guest is Nile Rodgers, one half of disco's finest, Chic, and super-producer, iconic guitarist and Huey's musical hero.

New York-born Rodgers surfed the crest of disco with his musical partner Bernard Edwards in Chic, spawning hits such as Le Freak, Good Times and He's The Greatest Dancer, compositions which have had secondary and even tertiary lives as samples found in music by The Sugarhill Gang and Will Smith. Not content with this success, Rodgers has lent his distinctive guitar licks and production skills to a host of rock and pop's finest, from David Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Eric Clapton to Britney Spears, winning a Grammy with Jeff Beck along the way.

Rodgers talks to Huey – ahead of a London tour date with Chic – about meeting Bowie, life as a New York scenester in the Seventies and Eighties and starting out as a teenager at the Apollo Club in Harlem, backing Aretha Franklin.

Huey can also be heard on BBC Radio 2 when he sits in for Jonathan Ross with Liza Tarbuck.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Becky Maxted

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Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone

Sunday 30 August
5.30-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Freak Zone's Professor Spear takes his University Of The Strange on the road to the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. He meets up with The Young Marble Giants, possibly one of the most influential post-punk bands of all time.

The Young Marble Giants were formed in Cardiff in the late Seventies and released the legendary Colossal Youth LP in 1980, a record that has become one of the most highly regarded releases of the time for its minimal ambient sound. It was cited as an influence by Kurt Cobain and originally released on Rough Trade and more recently on the Domino label.

Prof catches all three members, Alison Statton, Phil Moxham and Stuart Moxham, back on the road for the first time in 29 years.

Presenter/Stuart Maconie, Producer/Henry Lopez-Real

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Sunday 30 August
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan's chooses "Work" as his theme, playing songs by T-Bone Walker, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Reed, Sarah Vaughan with Miles Davis and Lee Dorsey.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC RADIO 1 Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Radio 1 At The Reading & Leeds Festival

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
7.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 1

Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Steve Lamacq, Daniel P Carter, Mike Davies and Huw Stephens are listeners' guides to all things rock, as they bring five hours of live music highlights from the Reading & Leeds Festival 2009.

This music features live tracks, recorded at Reading, from around 40 artists from the Main, Radio 1 and the BBC Introducing stages.

A storming line up this year included headline sets from Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, plus Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, Bloc Party, Faith No More, Gossip, Florence And The Machine, La Roux, Little Boots, Jamie T and Enter Shikari.

Presenters/Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Steve Lamacq, Daniel P Carter, Mike Davies and Huw Stephens

Producers/Kat Wong and Clare Chadburn

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BBC 1XTRA Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Ace & Vis – Live From The Notting Hill Carnival

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
4.00-7.00pm BBC 1XTRA

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, BBC 1Xtra broadcasts an exciting schedule of special programmes and highlights from the Notting Hill and Leeds Carnivals. Listeners can join in with the festivities this year as 1Xtra brings all the carnival fun to the airwaves.

The troublemakers of radio, Ace and Vis, lead the coverage with a three-hour live broadcast from the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday 31 August (4-7pm). They are joined by special guests, while Mistajam joins revellers on the streets of Notting Hill and Gemma Cairney reports from the Leeds Carnival in Potternewton Park.

1Xtra listeners are treated to three days of special programmes including the Ten Hour Takeover on Saturday 29 August, from 9am-7pm, where the network hosts a day of listener requests; there's also highlights and memories from previous years in Carnival Rewind on Sunday 30 August from 1-7pm.

Producer/Andy Worrell

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BBC RADIO 2 Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Great Beatles Songbook – Volume 1

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

The Beatles recording at Apple studios
The Beatles recording at Apple studios

In a Bank Holiday special, Ken Bruce presents The Great Beatles Songbook – Volume 1, a countdown of the Top 30 biggest-selling Beatles tracks in the UK as compiled by the Official Charts Company.

There's also a special Beatles edition of PopMaster.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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The Beatles @ The Beeb

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Bill Kenwright presents a two-hour journey through the many Beatles songs and interviews recorded at the BBC during the Sixties.

The Beatles played on 53 different radio shows between March 1962 and June 1965, giving no less than 275 performances of 88 different songs. Remarkably, 36 of those songs were never issued on record while the group was in existence. With the exception of Lennon-McCartney's I'll Be On My Way, these unreleased tracks were cover versions, ranging from familiar rock 'n' roll numbers to some fairly obscure oddities which included a customised version of Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport with Rolf Harris.

This programme features an interview – unheard since 1965 – in which The Beatles talk about their second movie, Help!; they chatted live from a radio car at Twickenham Film Studios for the BBC Light Programme show Pop Inn. The "lost" master tape of the Lennon And McCartney Songbook can also be heard for the first time since its original broadcast on August Bank Holiday Monday in 1966.

In addition there are interviews with presenters Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman, recorded in 1988, where they reminisce about their time with The Beatles at the Beeb.

Presenter/Bill Kenwright, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Great Beatles Songbook – Volume 2

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Actor and BBC 6 Music's Soul And Funk Show presenter Craig Charles crosses over to BBC Radio 2 to share the channel's listeners' Beatles stories, with choice tracks from the Fab Four's albums and solo projects. The programme includes the Top 10 selling Beatles albums, as supplied by the Official Chart Company.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Kerry Reece

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BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Beatles Covered With Cilla Black

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Cilla Black presents a two-hour special for August Bank Holiday afternoon: The Beatles Covered. The singer, dancer and all-round entertainer plays cover versions of the Fab Four's biggest UK singles, including tracks from Ella Fitzgerald and Kris Kristofferson; Aretha Franklin and Tom Jones.

The programme focuses on the group's original releases and follows the band's highest chart positions, as verified by the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles.

Presenter/Cilla Black, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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BBC RADIO 2'S BEATLES BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Record Producers – Sir George Martin

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

As part of BBC Radio 2's Beatles Bank Holiday programming, this August Bank Holiday edition of The Record Producers profiles the work of a man often labelled "The Fifth Beatle" – Sir George Martin.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine his work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator.

In an exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

Highlights in this programme include the first chance to hear the newly restored versions of the original master tapes for Please Please Me, along with analysis of the original multi-track of Come Together.

The programme also contains examples of a recent technological development that gives listeners the opportunity to hear some of The Beatles’ most famous songs in a new way.

Because of the limitations of tape machines during the Sixties, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track. Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them. But now, through the use of revolutionary software, there's the chance to hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.

Presenters/Steve Levine and Richard Allinson, Producer/Neil Myners

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Paul Jones

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Jones presents a two-hour special, featuring highlights of this year's Maryport Blues Festival, with music from John Mayall, The Blues Band, King King, Dani Wilde, Deborah Bonham, Sean Webster and Ruby Turner.

The programme includes backstage interviews with artists and fans on the blues trail in the Cumbrian town.

Presenter/Paul Jones, Producer/Paul Long

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Big Band Special

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band in session with conductor and arranger Jorg Keller. They are joined by guest singer Christine Tobin, who performs new arrangements of songs by Leonard Cohen including Take This Waltz, Dance Me To The End Of Love and Thousand Kisses Deep. This is the first performance of these new arrangements written especially for Christine, who was the winner of the best vocalist award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

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BBC RADIO 3 Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Composer Of The Week – Antonio Salieri Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
10.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 3

The much-maligned composer Antonio Salieri, mainly remembered today for allegedly poisoning Mozart through jealously of the younger composer's talent, is the focus for this week's Composer Of The Week. This rumour of murder has travelled over 200 years, inspiring verse by Alexander Pushkin, an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov and Peter Shaffer's film Amadeus. But is it fair that this once highly celebrated composer should be remembered for an unsubstantiated rumour?

Salieri was at one time the most famous composer in all of Europe, with the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II as his patron. He received offers of work from the King of Sweden, and even dedicated one of his works to Marie Antoniette. He composed over 40 operas, including a work premièred for the official opening in Milan of La Scala opera house. Among Salieri's students, which he always taught for free unless they came from wealthy backgrounds, were Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and even Mozart's son Franz Xaver.

In Monday's programme, Donald Macleod looks at Salieri's formative years, including the loss of his parents early on; and the miracle when he was discovered by the composer Florian Leopold Gassmann and taken from Venice to Vienna. Listeners hear a specially made recording by the BBC Singers of the Missa stylo a cappella, documented as being one of Salieri's first compositions, and one which was never performed in the composer's lifetime.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Luke Whitlock

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 61 – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3
Petroc Trelawny introduces tonight's BBC Prom from London's Royal Albert Hall
Petroc Trelawny introduces tonight's BBC Prom from London's Royal Albert Hall

Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Sibelius's First Symphony and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé – Suite No. 2, live from London's Royal Albert Hall. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená for some of Duparc's finest songs.

Both Sibelius and Duparc stopped composing decades before their deaths. The seven symphonies Sibelius left, however, securely place him among the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. Duparc left just 13 songs, yet each is a gem of textual subtlety and melodic inspiration; lustrous-toned Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sings her own selection.

Ravel's pastoral ballet Daphnis et Chloé – commissioned by Diaghilev in 1909, the year he met Stravinsky – was based on an ancient erotic novel; the Second Suite begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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Twenty Minutes – The Annual General Boiled Egg Panic

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
7.40-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Comedian Alexei Sayle shares his bank holiday memories
Comedian Alexei Sayle shares his bank holiday memories

Today is August Bank Holiday Monday, when people all over Britain who have flocked to the seaside bask in the sun or shelter disconsolately from the rain. To mark this archetypal holiday BBC Radio 3 has commissioned a new piece, a memoir from Alexei Sayle, who has more reason than most to remember the bank holiday.

Alexei grew up in Liverpool, his father a train guard and union official. This meant the Sayle family could travel all over Europe by rail, free. But it also meant that often holidays were spent in the English seaside town that was hosting the Annual General Meeting of the National Union of Railwaymen, and the only foreign interest was provided by fraternal delegates sent from SNCF, the French railway.

In The Annual General Boiled Egg Panic Alexei recalls the cherished passes that allowed him in to all the local attractions free. He remembers the strange nature of the meetings themselves – like rock festivals "where the stars... were balding alcoholics in ill-fitting suits, talking gibberish". But come the annual dinner-dance these masters of obfuscation revealed themselves as sharp and fluent, masters of the jive and the waltz.

Sayle recalls himself aged 14, in a plastic jacket he thought was leather, affecting a cap he thought similar to John Lennon's – that wasn't – and not so keen on attending the union meetings anymore, especially when they were held in Southport, just a few miles from home. So he commited a daring, meaningless and highly significant act.

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The Essay – Secret Places In Four Quartets Ep 1/4

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to Thursday 3 September
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Poet and writer TS Eliot
Poet and writer TS Eliot

Each of TS Eliot's Four Quartets bears the name of a place that powerfully impressed him and, over a period of several years, he developed these impressions into the sequence finally published together in one volume in 1943.

Poet, critic and Eliot-aficionado Craig Raine investigates the connection between the places of the poem and Eliot's evocation of obscure areas of emotion; what Eliot referred to as "the depths of feeling into which we cannot peer".

The places of Four Quartets are Burnt Norton (a village in Gloucestershire); East Coker (a large house in Somerset); The Dry Salvages off the coast of Massachusetts – actually just a group of rocks; and Little Gidding in Huntingdonshire, which historically and in Eliot's time was the site of a lay contemplative religious community and continues to be a place of spiritual retreat today.

The Essays are illustrated with material recorded on location by Craig at the key places in the poem. They also include extracts from Eliot's Quartets, from other related verse, as well as from Eliot's own critical reflections – all read by actor Ralph Fiennes.

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BBC RADIO 4 Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Jeopardising Justice Ep 1/4

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
9.30-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

This new series looks at a law within the law, the law of unintended consequences, and how the best intentions in legal reform can sometimes produce outcomes that are quite unexpected – even unpalatable – to the reformers themselves.

Helena Kennedy QC was one of many legal campaigners in the Seventies and Eighties who felt the law was slow to adapt to a changing world, did not reflect the diversity in British society and – in particular – did not treat women well. She became a campaigning lawyer hoping to change the system from the inside.

Helena's generation of liberal lawyers won many of the arguments but, in setting the ball rolling, some have suggested they should have been more careful about what they wished for. Helena discusses whether some of their original ideas may have been flawed or used for other purposes by politicians. Or maybe there is something about the process of law reform that has a life of its own and is beyond the control of any particular campaign or group.

In the first programme, Helena looks at the rise of the victim's movement. Helena began her career by championing the victim's voice, but is now worried it has gained such strength that it could threaten the rights of defendants.

The authored series is reflective and self-questioning, with Helena Kennedy interrogating not just the twists and turns of legal reform, but how good intentions can produce quite unexpected, even illiberal, outcomes.

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Book Of The Week – Newton And The Counterfeiter Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

The subtitle of this new book by Thomas Levenson is The Unknown Detective Career Of The World's Greatest Scientist. In essence, it's the story of Isaac Newton's later career in charge of the Royal Mint and his battle to convict a major counterfeiter, William Chaloner, who was eventually tried and hanged in 1699. It paints a fascinating picture of Newton's methods, the London financial landscape, and the London criminal underworld in the late 17th century.

However, there are many more interesting elements to this well-researched story – for example, how one of the greatest academic minds of the century, who spent over 30 years cloistered in Cambridge, then went on to oversee the complete re-casting of all metal currency in a massive undertaking by the Royal Mint; how this towering academic began hunting down counterfeiters and, within months of leaving academia, was personally interrogating criminals in the cells of Newgate Prison; and how the Bank of England was founded, through to the birth of the modern banking system.

The thread running through this story is the battle of wits between Newton and Chaloner – the latter a talented and ambitious metal worker who despite being caught counterfeiting a number of times, lied his way into a position where he was advising Parliament on the dangers to the Royal Mint from counterfeiters. Chaloner was a shameless rogue who very nearly wormed his way into a position of power in the Royal Mint which he planned to rob, but Newton was obsessively determined to beat him – and he did – albeit a close-run thing.

Reader/Crawford Logan, Producer/Bruce Young

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Woman's Hour Drama – Writing The Century Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Writing The Century is BBC Radio 4's continuing drama series which explores the 20th century through real correspondence from the great, the good and the ordinary. The letters come from a broad mix of society including housewives, politicians, council workers, soldiers, lawyers, shopkeepers, prisoners and entrepreneurs – British society on the back of an envelope.

This series covers 1965-1966. Stella Kaufman is a second-year drama student from a Jewish family based in Manchester and falls in love with agnostic Tom Rennard – who is also 13 years her senior and a divorcee, much to the disapproval of her family.

Stella travels to Israel "to find herself" but feels even more confused and disillusioned by the trip. This is before the Six Day War and tensions are running high with Syria and any visitor to the Kibbutz has to partake in "Sten Gun" practice should they be called to fight. By the end of the trip, one thing is sure for Stella – Israel and the communal Kibbutz life is not for her.

She graduates from Drama College and gains her first professional job as an actor/assistant stage manager in London where she's responsible for both technical duties and acting on stage. She's run ragged by long hours and continual pressure from her parents to end the relationship with Tom.

With Tom living in Manchester and Stella's work in London as well as the couple's age, background and religious differences, the odds are stacked against them – can their relationship weather this storm?

This is the true love story of Tom and Stella, taken from diaries and letters written between 1965 and 1966.

Stella and Tom are played by Rebecca Callard and John Lightbody.

Writing the Century is linked to the Memoryshare website, where people are being encouraged to post diary extracts – bbc.co.uk/dna/memoryshare/radio4writingthecentury.

Producer/Pauline Harris

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Merry Widows

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Restarting life alone when a loved one has died is never easy, especially after being married throughout adult life.

This programme hears from women who had never lived on their own – they married early and remained happily married – until their husbands' deaths. Merry Widows tells the story of what happened next – and it surprised everyone.

Daphne was a primary school teacher. At the age of 64 she sold her house and went off to volunteer for VSO in Zanzibar. She stayed there for two and a half years and had the time of her life. She is now in Kathmandu, still living out of a suitcase.

Joyce and Jacqui describe how, after a long period of mourning, they begin to relish their independence.

These widows are having a huge amount of fun, whether it's lunching with other widows, going to jumble sales, or just eating what they like, when they like – pudding first. None of them want boyfriends. They don't want to have to look after anyone again or have the hassle of looking good.

The fourth widow in the programme is Elaine Feinstein, notable novelist and poet, and now 78. She tells how, after her husband died, she returned to writing poetry – a discipline which her husband had never really approved of. She shares some of her moving poems about her life as a widow, the attempt to restart her life and find a new identity – with a final poem about transformation, which underpins the very heart of this programme.

Producers/Kim Normanton and Elizabeth Burke

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Afternoon Play – What Might Have Been

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

What Might Have Been is a stunning piece of unflinching prose by Joseph O'Connor inspired by Joseph and Bridget Moore, real-life Irish Immigrants, as they struggle to cope in a New York tenement on the Lower East Side in 1869.

Performed by Stephen Rea whose numerous film credits include Interview With A Vampire, End Of The Affair, V For Vendetta, The Butcher Boy, Copenhagen and The Crying Game; What Might Have Been forms today's Afternoon Play offering.

Joseph O'Connor is one of Ireland's most prolific contemporary writers.

Producer/Gemma McMullan

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Tracing Your Roots Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Presenter Sally Magnusson and genealogist Nick Barratt mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War with a look at wartime losses, in the first episode of a new series of Tracing Your Roots.

Sally and Nick explore how to locate and search Second World War archives to help discover the fate of soldiers and civilians who, during the course of the war, simply disappeared out of their families' lives.

After 60 years of only knowing her German POW father's name, Stella Collis is united with her father's military records, found by the Tracing Your Roots team in Berlin. This important and very rare historical document not only gives her details about her father's military career, but it also surprises her with the fact that she has two half sisters living in Germany.

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Costing The Earth Ep 1/9

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

All over the country alternative energy schemes are being thwarted by local people determined to stop wind farms and bio-mass plants being built on their doorstep.

In the first episode of this new series of Costing The Earth, Tom Heap asks if radical action is needed to break through the blockade. He explores whether the new planning laws intended to rush through urgently needed road and airport projects should be extended to all-green energy projects. He also asks whether wind farms should be allowed to go up in National Parks. They're the highest, windiest regions of the UK, ideal for producing wind energy but they're currently off limits to developers.

Tom discovers that some senior officials within the National Parks and in bodies like the National Trust now believe that the maintenance of flawless beauty must now come second to the national need for clean energy.

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Book At Bedtime – Love And Summer Ep 1/10

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Long-listed for the 2009 Mann Booker Prize, Love And Summer is William Trevor's beautifully observed and compassionate story of a love affair one summer in the middle of last century, and forms this new Book At Bedtime offering.

Exquisitely written, and set deep in the rural Ireland of Trevor's youth, Love And Summer captures the wonder and the disappointments of love, the complexities of loyalty, the appeal of tenderness and the mismatch of dreams. Evoking an Ireland, and an age, now gone forever, this story is powerful, resonant and heartbreaking.

In the little town of Rathmoye, Miss Connulty has had years to mourn the youth she never had, and the brief happiness snatched from her. Now, watching from her boarding house, she observes a nascent friendship and conjures within it a reflection of her own tragic past.

In the square below, Ellie Dillahan, who married too young to a good man haunted by a moment's misjudgement, finds a whole new world in the arrival of a dark-haired young photographer. While for Florian Kilderry, the child of exiles about to go into exile himself, Ellie offers a summer's friendship and a chance to forget the love of his life.

Ellie and Florian will idle the summer away – until the chill of autumn heralds inevitable change, as Miss Connulty watches and judges.

Love And Summer is read by Dermot Crowley and abridged by Sally Marmion.

Reader/Dermot Crowley, Producer/Di Spiers

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents all the day's sport news and is joined by special guests for The Monday Night Club with the latest football news and debate live from St James's Park.

At 7.45pm, there's live commentary of Newcastle United versus Leicester City in the Championship.

From 10pm, Arlo is joined by Mark Clemmit for 5 Live Football League with all the latest action and news from the Championship and Football League.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Cerys On 6

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Cerys Matthews goes for a Mariachi Bank Holiday Monday with Mariachi El Bronx playing live in the 6 Music Hub.

Mariachi El Bronx originated from LA punk band The Bronx. The album El Bronx features a range of guests from Los Lobos family members and The Beastie Boys. They pop in to 6 Music towers to see Cerys via a performance at the Reading & Leeds Festival.

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Gideon Coe

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe plays gems from the BBC archives including Love's Arthur Lee, backed by various members of Liverpool band Shack, live from his 2003 Glastonbury set and the Young Knives at Summer Sundae 2005. Sessions include Marissa Nadler and Norfolk indie stalwarts the Farmers Boys from 1983, plus a brace from 2007 courtesy of Bricolage and Agaskodo Teliverek.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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War Of The Worlds

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
12.00midnight-2.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music plays a specially extended version of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds, recorded at the O2 Arena and presented by Steve Lamacq.

The production features Jeff Wayne conducting and features Jennifer Ellison, The Moody Blues's Justin Hayward, Manfred Mann's Chris Thompson and the voice of Richard Burton.

Inspired by HG Wells's famous novel, the prog-rock/classical album was released in June 1978, and has since spent over 330 weeks in the UK Album Chart and won two Ivor Novello Awards. This multi-media stage version was produced to mark the 30th anniversary of the album's release and was recorded by BBC Radio 2 on 21 June 2009.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2009

Silver Street

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Kuljit still can't believe Jodie accepted his proposal and Arun is already planning the stag weekend, in the week's first visit to Silver Street. Kuljit wants to talk to Jodie but she is all excited about her big day. Will Kuljit tell her the truth?

Later, Shazia and Hassan congratulate Kuljit and Hassan collars him for more tips on proposing. Kuljit warns him to think about things carefully; once you pop the question there's no going back...

Kuljit is played by Sartaj Garewal, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Arun by Naithan Ariane, Shazia by Shobu Kapoor and Hassan by Payam Hosseinian.

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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 1 September 2009

Ken Bruce

Tuesday 1 September
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce is joined by a-ha front-man Morten Harket, who chooses his Tracks Of My Years. His picks include songs by Fleetwood Mac, The Stanglers, Prince and The Killers.

Also on the show, two more valiant competitors slug it out on PopMaster, and there's a love song, Record Of The Week and a hand-picked selection from the Album Of The Week.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Desmond Carrington

Tuesday 1 September
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

To mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Desmond Carrington takes as his theme "Where have all the flowers gone?", featuring a selection of songs of war and peace.

Presenter/Desmond Carrington, Producer/Dave Aylott

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Operation Pied Piper

Tuesday 1 September
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Seventy years on, BBC Radio 2 looks back to the momentous operation that saw the mass evacuation of more than three million British children on the eve of the Second World War, in a programme featuring both archive and actual testimonies from evacuees themselves.

In the early hours of 1 September 1939, German troops crossed the border into Poland and, at the same time in Britain, thousands of children in cities all over the country crocodile-marched to the nearest railway station to board trains that would take them to the safety of the countryside. This docu-drama explores the early days of the evacuation, code-named Operation Pied Piper.

The plans for the evacuation of thousands of youngsters from London and other major cities were a masterpiece of organisation. But the operation had a profound effect on the children who were uprooted from their homes with their gas-masks and dispatched to live with strangers in a seemingly "foreign land". The programme features many personal stories, both sad and happy, from evacuees from across the UK, as it looks back to this historic event at the outbreak of the Second World War.

The programme features contributors Terry Charman, senior historian at the Imperial War Museum, and James Roffey, founder of the Evacuees Reunion Association, as well as the personal stories of evacuees from across the UK.

Producer/Sue Clark

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The Music Of The Montreux Jazz Festival –
Concert Highlights Ep 1/4

New series
Tuesday 1 September
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Jamie Cullum presents a series of highlights from the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival.

This international celebration began in 1967 and has grown from a three-day event featuring European jazz artists, into a two-week festival encompassing almost every musical genre. A diverse mix of artists, including George Benson, Marianne Faithfull, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Bettye LaVette and Peter Cincotti, performed at this year's festival.

In the first programme of the series, Jamie introduces music from BB King, the McCoy Tyner Trio, Alela Diane and David Sanborn.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Neil Myners

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 1 September 2009

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert –
Edinburgh International Festival 2009

Tuesday 1 September
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Welsh superstar Bryn Terfel delights Edinburgh audiences in a packed Usher Hall with a typically eclectic programme, including: songs from the romantic idylls of pre-war England by Warlock, Keel, Ireland, Vaughan Williams and Quilter; opera arias; Schubert lieder; and some Fauré miniatures. He finishes with some of the folk songs of the British Isles that are dearest to his heart. He is joined by pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Presenter/Ian Skelly, Producer/Lindsay Pell

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 62 – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 1 September
7.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

In the second of their two BBC Proms this year, Mariss Jansons and his Dutch orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, bring listeners Haydn's "Military" Symphony, written on the composer's second visit to London in 1794–5, at a time when England and Holland were allied with Austria against Republican France.

Also on the programme, which comes live from the Royal Albert Hall, is Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, one of the composer's most popular and a favourite of tonight's conductor and orchestra.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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Twenty Minutes – Oblomov

Tuesday 1 September
7.55-8.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In the Proms interval, Lesley Chamberlain reads a Russian novel about the first and perhaps greatest couch potato in all literature.

Ivan Goncharov's Oblomov was published in Russia in 1859. The novel tells the story of a man who fails to see the point of the social round, preferring, famously, to spend much of his life in bed.

Oblomov is rather soft and pudgy but everyone knows that he has the heart of an angel. Briefly encouraged to do something with his life, he falls in love with the best possible candidate, a perfect, modern young woman, Olga – but then loses her through indolence.

Oblomov's laziness was central to the creation of the idea of the superfluous man in Russian literature. It also added a new word – "Oblomovism" – to the vocabulary and allowed Lenin to hector the ruling classes. Oblomov remains a potent, though recumbent, symbol in the Russian mind.

Presenter/Lesley Chamberlain, Producer/Tim Dee

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 1 September 2009

Twice Ken Is Plenty – The Lost Script Of Kenneth Williams

Tuesday 1 September
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Kenneth Williams and Kenneth Horne as portrayed in Twice Ken Is Plenty
Kenneth Williams and Kenneth Horne as portrayed in Twice Ken Is Plenty

Twice Ken Is Plenty is something of an event in radio comedy history: a recently unearthed and never-before-performed script found in the possessions of Kenneth Williams, written in 1966 by Kenneth Horne and Mollie Millest. It has been adapted and was performed this year before an audience at the BBC's Radio Theatre in London.

The experiment proved highly successful, with actors Robin Sebastian and Jonathan Rigby taking the lead roles as the two Kenneths. They perform as a double act throughout, with contributions from Charles Armstrong, who takes on the role of the Announcer.

The plot, evoking memories of Round The Horne, finds the two Kenneths working together in advance of their own radio programme and follows them as they journey around the BBC's Broadcasting House, meeting a weird and wonderful assortment of characters.

The script was discovered in a collection of Kenneth Williams memorabilia by writer and broadcaster Wes Butters. He brought it to the attention of BBC producer Stephen Garner, who was able to identify it as a script written in part by Millest, Kenneth Horne's ghost writer.

Millest confirmed that the script had never been broadcast; at the time it was written, both Williams and Horne were heavily involved with the popular radio series, Round The Horne, and there was a risk of over-exposure as well as a lack of space available for it in the schedules.

The project was shelved until spring of this year, when a modern-day audience packed into the Radio Theatre to witness a special re-enactment, complete with an introduction from Wes Butters, along with authentic sound effects and old props, including the famous door from the popular Tommy Handley radio series, It's That Man Again.

Presenter/Wes Butters, Producer/Stephen Garner

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Soul Music Ep 1/5

New series
Tuesday 1 September
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This series explores emotive pieces of music and hears from people whose lives have been deeply affected by them.

The first programme features Allegri's Misere. The chord sequence was written by Allegri in the 1630's for use in the Sistine Chapel during Holy Week. It then went through the hands of Mendelssohn, Liszt and a 12-year-old Mozart, until it finally reached England in the early 20th century and became the version known today.

The soaring soprano line that hits the famous top C has become a firm favourite for concert audiences around the world. This programme tells how the lives of textile designer Kaffe Fassett, writer Sarah Manguso and conductor Roy Goodman have all been deeply affected by this beautiful piece of music.

The second programme explores The Look Of Love, the soundtrack for the Sixties James Bond film, Casino Royale. Sung by Dusty Springfield, it provided the musical backdrop for a love scene between Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress.

Other songs in the series include Vaughn Williams' Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis, the Grammy award-winning You've Got A Friend and Richard Strauss's Last Four Songs which deal with themes of love and death.

Producer/Lucy Lunt

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Afternoon Play – Hindenburg

Tuesday 1 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Award-winning writer Christopher William Hill's new play explores love, loss and responsibility, and stars Sian Phillips, Corey Johnson and Fenella Woolgar.

When Josh Miller nearly knocks down an elderly Englishwoman in his car, he helps her back to her apartment in Manhattan. The woman has lots of photographs on the walls, many of them taken on board the infamous German airship, the Hindenburg.

The woman is Helen Ashbourne, one of the few people still alive to have travelled on the Hindenburg – a journey which she chronicled through her camera lens for New Yorker magazine.

Learning this, Josh spots an opportunity to help the beleaguered gallery he owns but, without Helen's permission to use the photographs, his planned exhibition on the Hindenburg is little more than a pipe dream.

Helen is a virtual recluse, hidden away in her apartment block, but Joshua slowly manages to insinuate his way into her affections. Helen eventually agrees to release her Hindenburg photographs for the exhibition and Joshua whips up media interest in the retrospective. But there are dangers in going public and the renewed interest in Helen arouses suspicions about her past.

Having exposed her to the glare of media scrutiny, Joshua is forced to ask an unpalatable question: what exactly was Helen doing in Germany in 1937 before she boarded the Hindenburg?

Sian Phillips stars as Helen, Corey Johnson plays Josh, Fenella Woolgar plays Annie and Raad Rawi plays Yusef.

Producer/Steven Canny

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The Heart Of Saturday Night Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 September
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy updated Monday 24 August)

Stories by Ian Rankin, AL Kennedy and US author Willy Vlautin take their inspiration from the unique music of Tom Waits this week.

All three stories explore the distinctive world created by the legendary musician – a sleazy world peopled by down-at-heel characters on the edge of society, or outcasts and deadbeats singing of loss and longing.

The first story, Come On Up To The House by distinguished Scottish author and stand-up comedian AL Kennedy, takes place in the wee small hours of the morning, when a man reaches out to a total stranger – who might be his last chance of salvation. It is read by Peter Capaldi.

Wednesday's story is Muriel by US novelist and singer-songwriter Willy Vlautin. When Whitey returns to his old neighbourhood bar after his breakdown, he can't help but notice how the regulars do their best to avoid mentioning his dead wife, Muriel. It is read by Ed Stoppard.

The final story on Thursday, read by Dominic Cooper, is Step Right Up by acclaimed Scottish writer and broadcaster Ian Rankin. A young Londoner is taken under the wing of a street market trader, known locally as Saviour, until a fatal stabbing forces him to question the morality of his mentor.

Producer/Justine Willett

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Great Lives Ep 5/9

Tuesday 1 September
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Rolf Harris proposes his candidate for Great Lives
Rolf Harris proposes his candidate for Great Lives

Artist, musician and broadcaster Rolf Harris chooses Welsh painter Sir Kyffin Williams as his "great life", as the series hosted by Matthew Parris continues.

Famous for his paintings inspired by the North Wales landscape, Williams never chose to be a painter. He was instructed by a doctor to take up art for his health when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. However, he was, and remains, much loved by the people of his native Anglesey.

Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan joins Rolf for a moving recollection of this charming and self-deprecating man.

Presenter/Matthew Parris, Producer/Beatrice Fenton

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 1 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 1 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents all the day's sports news and coverage of the second International Twenty20 clash between England and Australia, live from Old Trafford.

At 8pm, in 5 Live Rugby On The Road, former England rugby international Matt Dawson is joined by special guests to preview the rugby union season in front of a live audience.

From 9.30pm, 5 Live Cricket features the conclusion of the Twenty20 match between England and Australia at Old Trafford.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Ed King

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Tuesday 1 September 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 1 September
6.45-10.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra features uninterrupted commentary of the second International Twenty20 match between England and Australia, live from Old Trafford. Commentary comes from the Test Match Special team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 1 September 2009

Gideon Coe

Tuesday 1 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's archive choices include Beck, live from Scotland in 2000, and Belle And Sebastian partying like it's 1999 (and it was) at All Tomorrow's Parties. Sessions include Kurt Cobain favourites The Raincoats, Groove Farm and former Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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Network Radio BBC Week 35: Wednesday 2 September 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 2 September 2009

Trevor Nelson's Soul Show

Wednesday 2 September
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Trevor Nelson's Album Of The Week is The Diary Of Alicia Keys, from the chart-topping New York diva.

Musically, the album emphasises Keys's seductive voice and lush soulfulness. Tonally, it makes ideal late-night romantic music, even when the tempos are kicked up a notch, as on Heartburn. Yet beneath the surface there is some crafty, complex musicality, particularly in how Keys blurs the lines between classic soul, modern rhythms, jazz, pop melodies and her singer-songwriter sensibility.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 2 September 2009

BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 63 – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 2 September
7.30-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3

With 98 players of the BBC Symphony Orchestra dispersed among the audience in the arena, Xenakis's Nomos gamma should make a stunning Proms piece tonight, not least as the final drum rolls from its eight percussionists ricochet around the Royal Albert Hall.

The transience of life and the finality of death are confronted in two further works in this concert: Aïs, Xenakis's searing setting of ancient Greek texts by Homer and Sappho, with a wildly wide-ranging vocal line of powerful elemental utterances and a solo percussionist pitted against the orchestra; and Rachmaninov's evocative Stygian tone poem, The Isle Of The Dead, composed a century ago. The programme also includes Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony.

Presenter/Christopher Cook, Producer/Ann McKay

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 2 September 2009

Random Edition Outbreak Of War Special

Wednesday 2 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

To mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Peter Snow presents a Random Edition special focusing on Britain's first day of war in 1939.

As always in Random Edition, the stories come from the pages of a single newspaper – in this case, the Manchester Guardian for 4 September 1939. Its pages look back on the previous day's momentous declaration of war by Neville Chamberlain's government and on all manner of signs that life in Britain is about to change dramatically.

The programme features memories from town and country of where people were and what they were doing when Chamberlain made his famous broadcast from No. 10, announcing that a state of war now existed between Britain and Germany.

Terry Charman, senior historian at the Imperial War Museum, tells the story of the first tragedy after the declaration of war: the sinking of the British passenger liner SS Athenia, reported in brief in the Guardian's Stop Press column.

Jilly Cooper, author of Animals In War, brings alive the newspaper's report that: "The National ARP Animals Committee of the Home Office has issued an appeal to owners of dogs and cats not to arrange needlessly for their immediate destruction."

The Guardian also reports that 3,000 London taxi drivers have joined the Auxiliary Fire Service. Peter meets cab driver and historian Bill Munro to hear how his wartime predecessors were invaluable as firefighters on account of the "knowledge" they had of London streets.

A brief sentence in the newspaper opens up the wartime story of Gracie Fields, and the programme heads to the home of the Manchester Guardian to visit scenes connected to its reports and to uncover the plight of Austrian immigrant Jews in Manchester at the outbreak of war.

Presenter/Peter Snow, Producer/Andrew Green

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Chain Reaction Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 2 September
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Chain Reaction returns for a new series in which big names from the world of comedy and beyond pick a guest to interview. Each week, the interviewee from the previous show becomes the interviewer, and picks a new guest to talk to.

The new series of the tag-team interview show kicks off with Robert Llewellyn interviewing Dave Gorman.

An actor, comedian, writer and presenter, Robert Llewellyn is best known for his role as Kryton in Red Dwarf and as presenter of the TV series Scrapheap Challenge.

Comedian, author and film-maker Dave Gorman has written and performed numerous shows, including Are You Dave Gorman?, as well as presenting BBC Radio and TV's Genius.

Other guests featured in this series include Frank Skinner, Eddie Izzard and Alastair Campbell.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 2 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Wednesday 2 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sporting action. From 8pm, he is joined by football journalists Brian Woolnough, Shaun Custis and Henry Winter for The Predictions Panel, forecasting the football winners and losers for this season.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 2 September 2009

Gideon Coe

Wednesday 2 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe plays music by Neil Young and Crazy Horse from their 1996 appearance at the Phoenix Festival. There are also sessions from Nottingham blues rockers Ten Years After (1968), Scots indie band Ballboy, Green Gartside's Scritti Politti and East Londoners Micachu & The Shapes.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 2 September 2009

Citizen Journalism Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 2 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Citizen journalism is a burgeoning, world-wide trend. In this new series, Michael Buerk goes to the heart of this phenomenon, analysing its potential for good and for bad, and focusing on the issues of truth and trust.

"Authenticity" is what citizen journalists believe that they are about, often seeing themselves as Davids battling various Goliaths. But critics point to problems of fakery, manipulation, partisanship and lack of accountability.

Nonetheless, in countries where freedom of expression is repressed, bloggers – a group most often at the forefront of citizen journalism – are challenging authoritarian regimes in ways traditional journalists cannot. In this first programme, Michael hears from bloggers and their critics in Sri Lanka, Iran, Burma and the United States, and asks whether citizen journalism is an essentially democratic process – or an anarchic one.

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Discovery – Numbers That Made The World Ep 1/3

New series
Wednesday 2 September
8.30-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

People and societies across the world have long created their own systems using numbers, attaching belief to them in profound and devout ways. In this new three-part Discovery, number theorist and author Cecil Balmond, one of the world's leading building designers, explores this phenomenon.

Cecil examines cultures across the world, from China to Greece and North Africa, to examine belief systems divined from, and attached to, numbers. Beginning with early symbolism and Pythagoras, the series asks how numbers have enabled the world's grandest designs in music, architecture and space.

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BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 3 September 2009

Bob Harris Country

Thursday 3 September
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Canadian fiddle player and singer Kendel Carson joins Bob Harris on his Country show this week. Discovered by record producer and songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel Of The Morning) Kendel has just released her second album, Alright Dynamite, which she recorded under Taylor's production in a converted barn near Woodstock, New York.

Kendel's first album, Rearview Mirror Tears, was released in 2007 and featured the track I Like Trucks, which has been played on BBC Radio 2 by both Bob Harris and Johnnie Walker.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009
Jason Manford And Friends Ep 1/2

New series
Thursday 3 September
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Comedian Jason Manford presents this two-part series showcasing the best comedians from the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. The series features top acts selected from more than 750 shows being staged at the Festival this year.

Tonight's opening programme features Kevin Bridges, Mick Ferry, Sarah Millican and Mike Wilmot and was recorded at The Assembly Rooms on Monday 17 August.

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Suzi Quatro

Thursday 3 September
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Suzi Quatro's special guest this month is award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, whose credits include Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Tim chooses his American music influences including Eddie Cochran, Roy Orbison and Elvis and also talks about his work in the music business as well as his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, plus Elton John and Alan Menken.

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 3 September 2009

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert –
Edinburgh International Festival 2009

Thursday 3 September
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Tenor Christoph Pregardien and pianist Andreas Staier perform a recital of songs with fortepiano by Chopin and Schubert, along with Schumann's late Lenau lieder, Op 90, in today's Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, presented by Ian Skelly.

Listeners can also hear a selection of rarely performed settings by the eccentric prodigy and friend of Mendelssohn, Norbert Burgmüller, who drowned aged just 26.

Presenter/Ian Skelly, Producer/Bill Lloyd

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 64 – London Philharmonic Orchestra

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 3 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Proms 2009 continue this evening, live from London's Royal Albert Hall, with some colourful orchestral works performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under Vladimir Jurowski, and also some brilliant piano showpieces.

Debussy's Jeux and Ibert's Bacchanale are programmed along with Brahms's First Symphony, composed under the shadow of Beethoven. Virtuosic keyboard fireworks form the centrepiece of the programme, as pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich join forces to perform Mozart's Sonata in D major for two pianos and Zimmermann's Dialoge.

Presenter/Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Producer/Juan Carlos Jaramillo

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 3 September 2009

Biggles – Adventures Through Time

Thursday 3 September
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Alexander Armstrong explores the lasting appeal of Biggles, one of the most enduring figures in children's fiction and popular culture.

Created by Captain WE Johns, Captain James Bigglesworth is a fictitious character that could easily have been found in any Royal Flying Corps mess during those grand days of 1917 and 1918, when air combat had become the order of the day and air duelling was a fine art. As Johns himself wrote: "Biggles represents the spirit of the Flying Corps – daring and deadly when in the air, devil-may-care and debonair when on the ground."

This "spirit" of Biggles still exists today and his influence and impact can still be seen on screen, in music and in numerous comedy parodies. His adventures through time total almost 100 books, which have seen his journey through two World Wars – finally ending with the special air police. He first took to the skies in 1916 in his "FE 2" Pusher and made his final descent, 50 years later, in a Hawker Hunter.

Alexander, whose own popular television series with Ben Miller parodies life in the Royal Air Force, looks at the origins of Biggles and how this character contrasts with that of his creator, WE Johns. Alexander reveals why the Biggles books were also surprisingly enjoyed by women, as they had a negative portrayal in them. He also asks whether some of Biggles's stories, with their perceived imperialist and alleged racist content, are still acceptable reading in public libraries and schools today.

Presenter/Alexander Armstrong, Producer/Stephen Garner

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Afternoon Play – Fireflies

Thursday 3 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In this highly praised European Broadcasting Union play written by Tena Štivičić, chance encounters and strange revelations abound as six people in a weather-stricken airport wait – and wait.

The doom-laden words "due to unforeseen weather conditions..." too often echo out from airport tannoys but, for Martin, this delay could literally spell disaster. Martin is on his way to a Swiss clinic to end his life, having been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

However, to his great surprise, he meets Clara, erstwhile girlfriend and love of his life. The story of their relationship is threaded through the rest of the play, as listeners meet the four other dramatis personae – all with very different histories.

Jeanne and Nate, a comically neurotic couple who are taking their first break together since going into recovery and joining AA, are terrified about a beach holiday without a comforting array of cocktails and spirits. As they crack under the strain, Nate confesses to a sexual indiscretion.

The other two stranded passengers are Olga and Oliver, both travelling to the US but otherwise as unlike in life experience and attitudes as they could be. Olga is a bright young Russian from a remote rural area, en route to Miami with the promise of a job as a nanny. Fusspot Oliver, meanwhile, lives in a retirement home, where he was parked by an ungrateful son whom he now hopes to visit. As he chats to Olga, he doesn't like the sound of her new employment.

As they wait for the weather to clear, the six collide with each other and, in spite of themselves, regroup in permutations that produce a powerful, humorous, engaging and moving drama.

The cast includes James Fleet as Martin and Helena Breck as Clara.

Producer/Peter Kavanagh

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 3 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 3 September
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents all the day's sports news and is joined by sporting experts to debate the big sports headlines in The Headline Hour.

From 8pm listeners can catch 5 Live Tennis, from the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, with Jonathan Overend.

Former Olympians Steve Parry and Katharine Merry, meanwhile, take a look ahead to London 2012 at 9pm, in London Calling, followed by And Another Thing at 10pm, which discusses one of the latest hot topics in sport.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Ben North

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 3 September 2009

Gideon Coe

Thursday 3 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe brings listeners some archive live sets from Queens Of The Stone Age at the Reading Festival 2000 and Geordie troubadour Rachel Unthank at last year's Summer Sundae, in tonight's show.

Sessions include New Wavers B-Movie – once signed to the influential Some Bizarre label – electronic French punks Metal Urbain and former Servant and Creation signing David Westlake teaming up with The Go-Betweens.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 4 September 2009

Radio 2 Live In Blackpool – Chris Evans

Friday 4 September
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Chris Evans kicks off a series of live BBC Radio 2 shows from Blackpool to celebrate the switching on of the world-famous Illuminations on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September.

Chris, who presents his show live from the top of the Blackpool Tower, says: "Radio 2 and Blackpool – how can that not be fun? Bring on the candy floss and the jam-covered waffles and book me in to see Gypsy Rose Lee at her next available window."

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Radio 2 Live In Blackpool – Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday 4 September
7.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Anton Du Beke presents live from Blackpool's Opera House
Anton Du Beke presents live from Blackpool's Opera House

As part of BBC Radio 2's programming from Blackpool celebrating the switching on of the world-famous Illuminations, Anton Du Beke, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, presents a Friday Night Is Music Night swing special, live from Blackpool's Opera House.

Featuring the BBC Big Band, conducted by Barry Forgie, special guests include Tony Christie, Claire Sweeney and Paloma Faith. Anton says: "I am completely thrilled to be presenting Friday Night Is Music Night in Blackpool, the home of ballroom dance.

"I've been a fan of the show for many years and love the wide range of artists who perform on the programme, and I think that we have got a really fabulous Friday Night lined up for Blackpool."

Presenter/Anton Du Beke, Producer/Jodie Keane

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Radio 2 Live In Blackpool – Radio 2 Live At The Lights

Friday 4 September
8.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Madness will perform in concert in Blackpool
Madness will perform in concert in Blackpool

BBC Radio 2 celebrates the launch of the 2009 Blackpool Illuminations with a live concert starring JLS, Madness, Tony Christie, Paloma Faith and Pixie Lott.

The Illuminations began in 1879 with a display of just eight lamps bathing the Promenade in "artificial sunshine". More than 100 years later, the annual tourist attraction has grown significantly in scale and ambition with the "Switch On" now illuminating a six-mile display of lights.

Kate Thornton hosts proceedings, while one-time Blackpool resident and Radio 2 presenter Alan Carr flicks the famous switch.

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Listen To The Band

Friday 4 September
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brass Concerto performances are not overly commonplace in the brass band world and were, for a long time, considered the preserve of classical musicians. Nowadays, there are many original works by distinguished composers, as well as arrangements of concert hall classics, which provide a moment in the spotlight for the best players.

Tonight, Frank Renton introduces tuba virtuoso James Gourlay; euphonium star Steven Mead; and The Black Dyke Band's principal trombonist Brett Baker; along with the talents of trumpeter Martin Winter, who has held top positions both here and in Europe. The selection of composers featured includes Vaughan Williams, Ernest Tomlinson, Tommy Dorsey, Philip Sparke and Max Bruch.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

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Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show

Friday 4 September
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Food writer Tom Parker Bowles joins Claudia Winkleman on her Arts Show this week to chat about his new book, The Full English, which takes readers on a culinary quest across the country to learn about the English and their food.

Classical Brit winner Alison Balsom, who produces magical sounds from her brass instrument, also joins Claudia and will, literally, blow her own trumpet in the studio.

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 4 September 2009

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert –
Edinburgh International Festival 2009

Friday 4 September
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 3

The Scottish Ensemble teams up with the British chamber choir Tenebrae to perform James McMillan's masterpiece, The Seven Last Words From The Cross, which was originally commissioned by the BBC for Holy Week and written specially for the Scottish Ensemble.

Today's Lunchtime Concert also features an arrangement for string ensemble by Soviet viola player Rudolf Barshai of Ravel's String Quartet.

Presenter/Ian Skelly, Producer/Keith Loxam

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 65 – Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 September
7.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra was inspired by the philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche but, for many people, its stunning opening fanfare is indelibly associated with images of space in Stanley Kubrick's famous film 2001 – A Space Odyssey.

Strauss's tone poem ends today's first BBC Prom, live from London's Royal Albert Hall, with rising star conductor Jonathan Nott and one of the world's top youth orchestras, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. They begin with more music made famous by Kubrick's film, György Ligeti's haunting Atmosphères. In between, baritone Matthias Goerne joins the orchestra for Mahler's poignant Kindertotenlieder, Songs On The Death Of Children. And Arnold Schoenberg explores new galaxies of his own in his ground-breaking Five Orchestral Pieces, premièred at the Proms almost a century ago by Sir Henry Wood.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/David Gallagher

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Twenty Minutes – Vienna: Music And Philosophy

Friday 4 September
8.05-8.25pm BBC RADIO 3

The Austrian capital was a place of challenge and iconoclasm and the boundaries between concert hall and study were blurred as thinkers and musicians re-evaluated the nature of human experience.

Tonight's Twenty Minutes questions what Mahler owed to his study of Nietzsche; how many musicians knew and were inspired by Freud's Interpretation Of Dreams when it appeared in 1899; and how Wittgenstein responded to the music of fin de siècle Vienna.

Susan Hitch invites philosophers Roger Scruton and AC Grayling to consider how iconoclastic thought found an echo in ground-breaking music in the Viennese capital and how it resonates even today.

Presenter/Susan Hitch, Producer/Zahid Warley

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BBC PROMS 2009
Prom 66 – George Crumb

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 September
10.15-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

The Nash Ensemble and Diego Masson celebrate the 80th birthday of American composer George Crumb in tonight's BBC Prom, live from London's Royal Albert Hall, with three hauntingly beautiful pieces.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the moon, mezzo-soprano Hilary Summers sings Night Of The Four Moons, a work composed by Crumb during the Apollo 11 flight. Crumb often incorporates theatre into his work and Vox balaenae (voice of the whale) draws inspiration from the songs of humpback whales, for which the three performers on stage are required to wear masks to efface their human presence.

Finally, soprano Claire Booth leads a septet of performers in Ancient Voices Of Children, a highly expressive cycle set to verses by Federico García Lorca.

Presenter/Verity Sharp, Producer/Tom Nelson

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 4 September 2009

Journey Of A Lifetime

Friday 4 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Young journalist Dan Box is the latest winner in the BBC/Royal Geographical Society's annual competition for a dream journey project.

Dan decided to explore one of the hot-button subjects of the moment – global warming – through perhaps the most dramatic current illustration of the perils the globe is about to experience.

He travelled to the remote and low-lying Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, whose population is currently being evacuated to a nearby, higher island. Dan risked life and limb this spring to travel through stormy seas to witness the first men and women to leave their home, after the Carterets were inundated last Christmas by sea water in a massive storm that overwhelmed the island. Most of the fertile land was rendered unusable by the salt water and evacuation became inevitable in the months that followed.

Listeners can hear Dan's Journey Of A Lifetime to the heart of global warming, as it affects people at the centre of the crisis right now.

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Afternoon Play – Sons

Friday 4 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Sons, by Nell Leyshon, stars Lorraine Ashborne and Noreen Kershaw and forms today's Afternoon Play offering.

Elizabeth and Jane have just one thing in common – loving relationships with their sons.

Elizabeth, a former teacher, leads a fairly Bohemian middle-class life. She is financially comfortable and her son is her only child. Jane, meanwhile, lives on the edge of a village in an ex-local authority house and has five children by three different men.

Their sons, Ryan and Gabriel, meet at the local school – they're both in year 11. While taking their GCSEs, and finding their way through the difficulties of a public teenagehood, they fall in love and begin a relationship.

The play explores the reactions of the two women – the deep shock of Elizabeth and the more mature, calm, reaction of Jane. Neither finds the journey they are beginning an easy one, for different reasons. Even though Gabriel spent a lot of time in Jane's house, the mothers have never spoken – apart from a formal meeting at the school. Something then happens which forces Elizabeth to find Jane and talk to her.

Producer/Susan Roberts

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 4 September 2009

5 Live Sport

Friday 4 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

In Kicking Off With Colin Murray, Colin is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves as they preview the weekend's sporting action, including the Premier League games between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal and Birmingham and Aston Villa.

At 9.30pm, Colin is joined by Tim Lovejoy for Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express as the duo take a quick-fire look at the past week in sport and preview what's coming up. Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express is also available as a podcast to download at bbc.co.uk/fivelive.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 4 September 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 September
12.45-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the first One Day International between England and Australia comes live from the Oval, with the Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 4 September 2009

Cerys On 6

Friday 4 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

London Folk band Mumford & Sons play live for Cerys Matthews in the BBC 6 Music Hub this afternoon.

The band formed in late 2007, rising out of London's folk scene with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Jay Jay Pistolet and Noah And The Whale. They often support Laura at concerts, while their association with Noah And The Whale can be traced back to King's College School, Wimbledon, attended by Mumford and Lovett, of Mumford & Sons, and Noah And The Whale bass-player Matt Owens. The band recently signed to Island records and their new album, The Cave And The Open Sea, is due out later this year.

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Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show

Friday 4 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend join Bruce Dickinson on his Rock Show this week.

It's a busy time for the quintet with a greatest hits album, Your History Is Mine – 2002-2009, due for release at the end of September. This new compilation reflects their career as a new band in South Wales and also features material with musical and vocal input from new bassist Gavin Burrough.

The guys are preparing to perform around the UK this October but still find the time to catch up with old touring partner Bruce. They chat about how they selected the tracks for the new record, reflect on how far they've come in such a short time and reveal their plans for the future.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 4 September 2009

World Stories – Israel's Muslim Soldiers Ep 4/5

Friday 4 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

"You get verbal and violent abuse. Some people have relatives in the countries where we go and fight. It's difficult; no one understands how hard it is." Maher is Muslim and was a soldier with the Israeli army for three years. He says he needed an income, and working for the Israeli Defense Force would, he hoped, be a steady job and give him opportunities for the future.

However, this choice came at a price and he was branded a traitor. He's since left the army and now tends to his family's goats. It's not compulsory for Muslims to do army service in Israel but, according to the IDF, hundreds of Muslims sign up every year. Rachid Sekkai from the BBC's Arabic Service talks to Muslims currently serving in the IDF and also to former soldiers and hears about the conflicts they face, at home and on duty, and the pride that military service sometimes brings them.

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