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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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