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BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 19 September 2009

Dermot O’Leary

Saturday 19 September
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary is joined by Mercury Award-nominated Florence And The Machine, who released debut album, Lungs, in July of this year. The Leisure Society also perform their second live session for the show.

Dermot is also joined by chef and TV presenter James Martin, who discusses his favourite tracks.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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Tom Jones

Saturday 19 September
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Title change 15 September)

Pop legend Tom Jones
Pop legend Tom Jones

Tom Jones is an icon of popular music whose 45-year-long career has earned him a knighthood from the Queen.

In this one-hour documentary, actor and comedian Rob Brydon reveals Tom's journey to the top, through an exclusive, new interview with the singer himself and explores how Tom overcame obstacles – such as tuberculosis and marrying young – to realise his dream of becoming a professional singer.

It's an incredible story of how a factory worker from a Welsh mining town became an international superstar thanks to hits like It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat and Delilah. Idolised by women all over the planet, he became a huge star of Las Vegas and even made friends with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. The longevity of his career is thanks to a fan base that has never diminished. He has exploited musical trends, earning new fans while retaining his core following.

Friends and collaborators help tell his story, including arranger Les Reed, who sent Tom on his way to success by writing many of his hits such as It's Not Unusual. We also hear from guitarist Big Jim Sullivan who played on every Tom Jones record in the Sixties and early Seventies, and there's fascinating insight from Tom's early days in Wales and London, courtesy of former band mates Mike Roberts and Vernon Hopkins.

The programme features brand new interviews with Sir Tom Jones; Wyclef Jean; Kelly Jones from Stereophonics; biographer Gwen Russell; Jimmy Tarbuck; Les Reed; Vernon Hopkins; and Mike Roberts.

Presenter/Rob Brydon, Producer/James Hale

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Bob Harris

Saturday 19 September
11.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris – who is joined this week by guests from Nashville's American Music Awards
BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris – who is joined this week by guests from Nashville's American Music Awards

Bob Harris is joined, live, in his Music Row studio by guests from the annual Nashville Americana Music Awards. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith chats to Bob and performs songs from new album The Loving Kind. Nanci's musical career started in the folk clubs of Austin, Texas, and has seen her release more than 20 albums and become hailed as the "Queen of Folkabilly" by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Her breakthrough came in 1986 when album Last Of The True Believers earned her a Grammy Award nomination and led to her being signed by MCA. She went on to release Lone Star State Of Mind, which included the highly acclaimed Julie Gold composition, From A Distance. Her 1989 album, Storms, and 1991's Late Night Grand Hotel moved her music further into the pop mainstream, before she returned to her country-folk roots with Other Voices, Other Rooms, an album celebrating folk songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell and Tom Paxton.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 19 September 2009

Music Matters

New series
Saturday 19 September
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In the first programme of the autumn season of Music Matters Tom Service continues to visit some of the world's most important musical centres. This week, the spotlight turns to Budapest.

Musical life in Hungary was important in developments in the months leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place 20 years ago this November. Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra played Beethoven to 400 East German refugees who subsequently attended the Pan-European Picnic on the Austro-Hungarian border. The East Germans escaped to the West, helping precipitate the events in Berlin three months later. Tom looks at how musical life has changed in the intervening decades and talks to those behind the musical life of the capital as well as to internationally renowned Hungarian musicians, including conductor-pianist Andras Schiff and soprano Andrea Rost.

Tom examines the legacy of Liszt, Bartók and Kodaly and looks at the all-pervading influence of Hungarian folk music. Music Matters also visits the birthplace of Zoltan Kodaly to investigate how his early study of folk tales led to him become one of the most significant figures in the field of ethnomusicology. His project of reforming music teaching in schools has shaped music education not only in Hungary, but around the world.

The programme concludes by looking at the future of modern music in Hungary, exploring the work of composers such as György Ligeti, György Kurtág and Peter Eötvös.

Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Jeremy Evans

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Opera On 3

Saturday 19 September
6.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod presents Verdi's dramatic setting of Shakespeare's "Scottish play", Macbeth. Macbeth was the first manifestation of Verdi's lifelong fascination with the Bard and David Robertson conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance recorded at Usher Hall during this year's Edinburgh International Festival. Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli sings the title role with American soprano Susan Neves as his scheming wife.

Verdi's Macbeth launches the new season of Opera On 3. From Glyndebourne comes Dvořák's Rusalka; Gershwin's Let Em Eat Cake and Massenet's Werther are performed by Opera North; Sir Charles Mackerras directs English National Opera's production of Britten's Turn Of The Screw; and Juan Diego Florez and Joyce di Donato perform the title roles in Rossini's Barber Of Seville from the Royal Opera House's autumn season.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Andrew Trinick

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The Wire – People Snogging In Public Places

Saturday 19 September
9.30-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Bristol Old Vic-trained actor Adrian Scarborough
Bristol Old Vic-trained actor Adrian Scarborough

This is a coming-of-age story about what happens when an uncle with severe learning disabilities moves in with his nephew's family. Told in a frank, funny and bold way, the play examines the consequences of disability on family members.

Starring Adrian Scarborough, Lindsey Coulson and introducing brilliant young actor Rupert Simoneon, it is a fast and funny dash through a troubling week in the life of a teenager.

The writer is award-winning playwright Jack Thorne, who has an acclaimed film, The Scouting Book For Boys, coming out this year.

Producer/Steven Canny

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 19 September 2009

Ramblings Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 19 September
6.05-6.30am BBC RADIO 4

Clare Balding sets out to walk St Oswald's Way, which opened in 2004, and crosses some of the finest landscapes of Northumberland. It features some of the places associated with 7th-century county king St Oswald.

The route is 97 miles long and, starting from Holy Island in the north, it follows the coastline south, before heading inland to Heavensfield and Hadrian's Wall.

As she sets off on the first leg of her journey from Lindisfarne to St Cuthbert's Cave, Clare is joined by Michael Mountney, who originally came up with the concept for the route. Clare is also joined by veteran long-distance walker Jenny Walters, who gives advice and guidance on how to endure long-distance walking.

In the second programme, Clare walks south, along the coast from Bamburgh to Beadnell. Starting out at Alnmouth, on the third leg of her journey, Clare's walking companions are local artists who discuss the inspirational landscape.

A group of local walkers joins Clare in the fourth programme, from Weldon to Rothbury, and explain why they have taken the route to their hearts.

Programme five finds Clare walking from Rothbury to Simonside and, in the final edition, she reaches Heavensfield, the site of St Oswald's death.

Presenter/Clare Balding, Producer/Lucy Lunt

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Youssou N'Dour At 50 – Africa's Greatest Star

Saturday 19 September
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Robin Denselow travels to Senegal to profile one of the best-known African musicians of recent times, Youssou N'Dour.

On Thursday 1 October 2009, N'Dour turns 50. This programme explores his global success over the last 20 years.

Presenter Robin Denselow examines N'Dour's journey from child prodigy to Grammy Award-winning singer and explores his music and how he has used it for the benefit of his country and his continent.

Denselow visits Senegal to meet and conduct a new interview with N'Dour in his home city of Dakar, where the singer owns a nightclub, a recording studio, a cassette-making plant and even a newspaper.

N'Dour look backs on his remarkable life and recalls how he started as a 12-year-old griot singer, performing at religious ceremonies in Dakar, before going on to appear with the Etoile de Dakar and then forming his own group, The Super Etoile de Dakar, and becoming one of Senegal's biggest stars.

Denselow discusses with N'Dour how his international role has developed in recent years into that of a social and political ambassador as much as a musician.

Presenter/Robin Denselow, Producer/Simon Jacobs

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Saturday Play – Choice Of Straws

Saturday 19 September
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Award-winning playwright Roy Williams has dramatised ER Braithwaite's Choice Of Straws. In it twins Jack and Dave Bennett roam Sixties East End London, occasionally roughing up black people.

To them, it's just a game, until a Whitechapel victim fights back and is killed when Dave pulls a knife.

On the night of the murder, a wounded Dave hitches a lift home. His brother, Jack, takes the train. Dave's body is later found in a crashed and burnt-out car. The knife that links him to the Whitechapel murder has also been found.

The car in which Dave's body was found was driven by a young, black doctor who also died in the crash. At the mortuary, Jack meets the doctor's beautiful sister, Michelle Spencer, and gradually begins to fall in love with her. This meeting sets off a string of events which could threaten the family's unity and Jack's liberty.

The cast includes Burn Gorman as Jack, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Michelle and Luke Norris as Dave.

Producer/Claire Grove

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Archive On 4 – Scott Of Slimbridge

Saturday 19 September
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Scott Of Slimbridge marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Peter Scott, ornithologist, conservationist, war hero, author, painter, broadcaster and sportsman.

Presenter Frank Gardner reflects on Scott's life and his influence on the conservation movement. He introduces highlights from Peter Scott's long broadcasting career and talks to Peter Scott's widow and to the current director of the Severn Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, set up by Scott in 1946.

He looks at work currently going on at Slimbridge, such as the breeding of cranes for reintroduction to this country after 400 years of absence, and assesses Scott's legacy for the 21st century, with contributions from Sir David Attenborough.

Peter Scott was the only child of Captain Scott of the Antarctic who, from his death tent, left the following instructions to his wife: "Try and make the boy interested in natural history – if you can."

At Cambridge, Peter initially read Natural Sciences but graduated in History of Art and these two subjects were to be the combined passions of his life. He had his first exhibition of paintings in London in 1933. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was awarded the DSC for bravery. He was a champion ice skater, a glider pilot and won an Olympic yachting bronze for Britain in 1936: in short, he was a true polymath.

Peter began broadcasting in 1936 – an internal BBC memorandum noted that he had "a very strong personality, a good voice and is very keen to do work of this sort". It was his television series, Look, that ran from 1955 to 1981, which established his reputation.

Presenter/Frank Gardner, Producer/Merilyn Harris

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 19 September 2009

The Danny Baker Show

Interactive programme
Saturday 19 September
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Danny Baker provides the perfect warm-up to a day of live sport; featuring listener stories, comedy banter, fans on the road, interactive games, special guests and examination of the big (but mostly the little) issues that occupy supporters' minds ahead of the weekend action.

This programme is also available to watch in-vision under the Red button and via the BBC Radio 5 Live website.

Presenter/Danny Baker, Producer/Clare Davison

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
12.00noon-7.20pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live football and the latest sports news. The action kicks off with live commentary of Burnley versus Sunderland in the Premier league at 12.45pm. There are also updates from Kilmarnock versus Rangers, with a kick-off at 12.30pm, in the Scottish Premier League.

There is live coverage of the afternoon's 3pm kick-offs, including Arsenal versus Wigan and Hull versus Birmingham in the Premier League and Celtic versus Hearts in the SPL.

The programme also features reports from the day's rugby union Premiership matches and tennis updates from the Davis Cup doubles matches between Great Britain and Poland in Liverpool.

At 5.30pm, there is commentary on West Ham United versus Liverpool, live, from Upton Park.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 19 September 2009

Extreme Sports

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra broadcasts exclusive, live, coverage of Europe's biggest extreme sports and music festival, White Air.

Vassos Alexander broadcasts, live, from Madeira Drive, Brighton, bringing a taste of the eclectic mix of extreme sports on display. Vassos is joined by broadcaster and journalist Luke Wilkin and sports broadcaster and Channel Bee regular Charlie Webster, who is out and about around the festival.

As well as commentary from some of the events on display, there are also interviews with some of the sportsmen and women competing and performing; and the musicians on the festival bill.

White Air is a three-day sports and music festival – between Thursday 18 and Sunday 20 September – which showcases over 40 extreme sports, including BMX, mountain biking, freestyle windsurfing, kite surfing, capoeria, street boarding, wake boarding, high dive, kite surfing, beach volleyball, mixed martial arts and street dance. The music line-up includes Doves, The Cribs, White Lies, British Sea Power and The Lemonheads.

Presenter/Vassos Alexander, Producer/Graham McMillan

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5 Live Football League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 September
2.45-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The 5 Live Football League brings listeners commentary on a leading game in the Championship, plus reports and updates from across the Football League.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 19 September 2009

6 Mix With Erol Alkan

Saturday 19 September
9.00-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

DJ and producer Erol Alkan hosts the second edition of his 6 Mix residency. Heavily in demand as a producer and re-mixer, thanks to his work with the Mystery Jets and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erol is currently tearing up dance floors with his new single, Waves, which is a collaboration with Berlin DJs Boyz Noize.

Erol has spent the summer DJing at festivals all over the world, including UK appearances at Creamfields and Bestival, and has also been busy releasing tunes by new producers on his own label, Phantasy.

In his latest 6 Mix show, Erol plays an eclectic selection of tunes, ranging from brand-new bands to up-front electro music, alongside some tried-and-tested sound system bangers. In the final half hour of the show, Erol takes to the decks for one of his legendary 30-minute secret mix DJ sets, packed full of future floor-fillers.

Presenter/Erol Alkan, Produce/Rowan Collinson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Saturday 19 September 2009

Worldplay – Everybody Has A Mountain To Climb Ep 5/6

Saturday 19 September
8.00-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Worldplay is an annual collection of plays from broadcasters around the world – all based on one theme. This new season of plays comes from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, America, Canada and Ireland, and all revolve around the theme of science.

When 65-year-old Janice Smallwood, physicist and atheist, nearing death from cancer, plans to climb Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain, her family is astounded.

Alison, her sister and medical adviser, opposes her. However, Janice insists. Emma, Alison's New-Age spiritualist daughter, brings along her son, Petey, a failed science student, struggling with near-suicidal nihilism. Nevertheless Janice and grandnephew Petey ascend together.

Dave Duggan's Everybody Has A Mountain To Climb deals with issues of faith, science, love and death in the comic cauldron of a family.

Producer/Aidan Mathews

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