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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 20 September 2009

Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 20 September
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This week Elaine Paige's special guest is Richard O'Brien, the creator of the cult musical, The Rocky Horror Show, who chats to Elaine about the hit show and also reveals his Essential Musicals.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 20 September
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy celebrates a traditional harvest with music from the Swansea Bach Choir and hymns that include well-loved favourites such as We Plough The Fields And Scatter and Come Ye Thankful People Come.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 20 September 2009

Private Passions

Sunday 20 September
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest is prize-winning writer Mark Haddon, author of the best-selling The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – which won 17 major literary awards – and, more recently, A Spot Of Bother. He is currently working on another novel and a play.

The music that Mark has chosen for BBC Radio 3's Private Passions is very much "off the wall" and he describes it, jokingly, as "wife-frightening" music. His choices range from Britten's tender setting of the folk-song Tom Bowling and Mitsuko Uchida playing Mozart's Sonata Facile for piano, K545, to Steve Reich's Pulse, Sonic Youth's Kool Thing and Elliott Carter's highly complex Oboe Quartet.

Mark's final choice is a poignant song by Kate Rusby, My Young Man, accompanied by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Mark tells Michael that the song moves him to tears each time he hears it.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall

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The Early Music Show

Sunday 20 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping vists the Isles of Scilly to trace the life of the notorious actress and singer, Ann Cargill, who drowned there in 1784 in a dramatic shipwreck, and whose ghost is said to have haunted Rosevear Island ever since.

Ann Cargill, made her London stage debut in 1771 at the tender age of 11, playing the role of Titania in George Coleman's Covent Garden production of Thomas Arne's opera The Fairy Prince. She soon became a huge box-office hit as a child star, and took on more and more roles.

Ann continued to be a popular draw at Drury Lane, in productions of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Thomas Linley's The Duenna, but her love life became more and more scandalous as the years progressed until she fell pregnant with the child of merchant seaman, Captain John Haldane, and left London to start a new life with him in India.

On the return voyage to England, the ship on which she was travelling, the Nancy Packet, became hopelessly lost and struck one of the many treacherous rocks off the western reaches of Scilly. The ship broke apart and sank in the tumult, and Ann's body was later found with her infant child clutched in her arms.

It is said that those who have visited Rosevear Island since the disaster struck, have heard an unearthly singing...

Lucie meets Todd Stevens, a wreck-diver and treasure hunter, who found the wreck of the Nancy Packet in 2007, and has since written a book about his findings and about the life and death of Ann Cargill.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Les Pratt

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Discovering Music

Sunday 20 September
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Stephen Johnson is joined by the Aronowitz Ensemble at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham in a programme recorded as part of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival of Music.

The festival this year focussed on the music of Jewish composers and, in keeping with this theme, Stephen and the ensemble explore music by Schnittke and Mahler, two composers who not only have Jewish connections, but who also share definite musical links.

Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Sam Phillips

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The Choir

Sunday 20 September
6.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 presenter Aled Jones hosts a new season of The Choir
BBC Radio 3 presenter Aled Jones hosts a new season of The Choir

Aled Jones begins the new season of The Choir with a complete performance of Joseph Haydn's giant Missa Cellensis (St Cecilia Mass), including a report from the composer's professional home of Eisenstadt where his complete masses are being performed during his anniversary year.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Michael Surcombe

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The Sunday Feature – Deep France: Deep Problem

Sunday 20 September
9.30-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The dark side of the south of France is less familiar than the tales of sundowners on the verandah and hot-baked croissants from the boulangerie, as told in many an expat narrative. Delving beneath the surface of his adoptive Cevennes region, novelist and poet Adam Thorpe finds a hardy people inured by centuries of poverty and tough times.

The last local factory is about to shut its doors and transfer its manufacture of safety footwear to Tunisia and unemployment here is among the highest in France. And the population is changing: wealthy suburbanites and incomers arrive to buy up property and set about 700-year-old stones with excavators to create pools that will suck the water table dry.

Threat hangs heavy in the air: many locals tell Adam they would only speak on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals – violence is widespread in this community of hunting men.

Yet within their hard-bitten resourcefulness, the men and women of the Cevennes find a degree of serenity – they never expect riches, and the tough climate (deluged by biblical rains in winter, parched by unrelieved sun for the rest of the year) means they're used to making the best of the worst, and never expecting too much of anyone.

Presenter/Adam Thorpe, Producer/Simon Elmes

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Drama On 3 – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday 20 September
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Irish actor Andrew Scott
Irish actor Andrew Scott

Forty years since its publication, one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time will receive its first ever dramatisation for radio. The story of prisoner of war and optometrist Billy Pilgrim and his haphazard odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives. Slaughterhouse-Five is adapted by Dave Sheasby.

Vonnegut's iconic 20th-century American text manages to explore the science-fiction form alongside a more profound investigation into themes concerning the nature of war and free will. Billy Pilgrim is a man who "has come unstuck in time and is in a constant state of stage fright, never knowing what part of his life he is going to have to act in next".

Throughout the novel Billy randomly and repeatedly revisits different parts of his life, including his death. He is captured by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore where he is exhibited in a zoo with Montana Wildhack, a pornographic movie star.

We hear him numbly wading through deep snow in Germany after the Battle of the Bulge; we see his comfortable suburban existence as an optometrist in Ilium, married to the boss's daughter; and we see him as a POW transported and eventually taken to Dresden, where he witnesses the infamous firestorm that killed 130,000 citizens.

By the time of his murder Billy has adopted Tralfamadorian fatalism, which has given him great personal peace. Tralfamadorians can see in four dimensions, they have seen every instance of their lives already; they cannot choose to change anything about their fate, but can choose to focus on any moment in their lives that they wish.

Andrew Scott stars as Billy Pilgrim and John Guerassio as the narrator, alongside a host of North American and home-grown acting talent.

The director, David Hunter, has worked with Dave Sheasby on many projects including last year's acclaimed dramatisation of another classic war novel, All Quiet On The Western Front, also for Drama On 3.

The music used in Slaughterhouse-Five is by the Sheffield band 65 Days Of Static – a post-rock, math-rock outfit who quote Vonnegut on their web page and who are distinctive in their own creative and cavalier attitude towards time and time signatures.

Producer/David Hunter

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 20 September 2009

The Reunion Ep 5/5

Sunday 20 September
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

In the final programme of this series of The Reunion, Sue MacGregor brings together the men and women who founded the gay rights campaign group, Stonewall, 20 years ago.

She is joined by Sir Ian McKellen, Matthew Parris, Lisa Power, Michael Cashman and Olivette Cole-Wilson.

In 1989, a small group of women and men joined forces in a campaign against a law now known as Section 28. This law banned councils from "promoting homosexuality" or "promoting the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

The gay rights scene at the time was radical and activist but there were no campaign groups engaging both gay men and lesbians together. This new group aimed to create a professional lobbying organisation that would fight against the discrimination of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

Dubbed Stonewall – to signal doggedness, and to commemorate the New York riots in which gay protestors had fought back against police brutality two decades before – it called for full legal rights, which then still seemed a loony, leftist pipe dream.

Since its foundation, Stonewall has led the way with an impressive number of reforms – pressing ministers, and taking test cases to court. These reforms include the repeal of Section 28, equalizing the age of consent, permitting civil partnerships and overturning the ban on gays in the military.

Another legacy has been to allow gay and lesbian politicians into the mainstream – not just demanding equal rights, but as representatives of the wider community.

Presenter/Sue MacGregor, Producer/Sarah Cuddon

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The Complete Smiley – The Looking Glass War Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 20 September
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Simon Russell Beale plays Smiley
Simon Russell Beale plays Smiley

This dramatisation of John le Carré's fourth novel stars Ian McDiarmid, Philip Jackson, Fenella Woolgar, Patrick Kennedy and Simon Russell Beale as Smiley.

When word reaches The Department – an ailing section of British military intelligence – that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate.

But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes.

The Department learns that one of its employees, Taylor, has been killed in a hit-and-run accident while on a routine mission to Finland.

Taylor was due to collect film that would help substantiate reports that Soviet missiles have been installed in a site close to the West German border. His death seems to confirm the intelligence.

This is what The Department has been waiting for. At last they have an opportunity to recapture their former glory. And a successful operation would be an opportunity to show their intelligence rivals, Control and George Smiley, that The Department still has value.

As such, Leclerc persuades his reluctant number two, Haldane, that they should place an agent behind the Iron Curtain to investigate. Haldane unearths Fred Leiser, a Pole and one of their former wartime operatives, now working in a car showroom. Wary at first, Leiser finally agrees to go back to work for them.

After intense training, Leiser crosses the border into East Germany were things almost immediately go wrong. George Smiley steps out of the shadows to intervene and the true, duplicitous nature of the operation is revealed.

Producer/Marc Beeby

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Peace In Our Time – And What Followed It Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 20 September
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This two-part series looks at what has happened in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years since The Troubles ended.

The first programme examines whether these years have brought life closer to normality. It looks at present-day headlines and asks whether terrorism is a black hole from which the news agenda can never fully escape.

Reporter Tara Mills talks to the generations of journalists and politicians who have had their professional lives dominated by violence; she looks at their efforts to find a way out of it; and asks how they made the transition to their peacetime roles.

The second programme asks if life in Northern Ireland is the same as any other part of the United Kingdom today. Tara finds out how journalists and politicians have made the leap from being feted by presidents and prime ministers to having to deal with the backlog of normal politics.

Tara Mills has been a journalist for 20 years – most of those have been spent working for the BBC in Belfast. In these two programmes she asks how a society which has been dominated by conflict can come to create a political discourse in a short space of time.

Presenter/Tara Mills, Producer/Rachel Hooper

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 20 September 2009

Great North Run

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live presents live coverage of the famous half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields, which, this year, includes a 5 Live team.

Rachel Burden and George Riley present all the build-up to the race before heading to the starting line to compete.

Commentary comes from Mike Costello and Allison Curbishley, with reports from around the course from local girl, Lynsey Hipgrave. Christian O'Connell will be at the finish to greet the runners.

There will also be regular updates from the 5 Live team, including Donal MacIntyre, Kate Willaims, Rachel Hodges, Helen Blaby and Andrew Bate.

Presenters/Rachel Burden and Christian O'Connell, Producer/Francesca Bent

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport. At 1.30pm there's live coverage of the Manchester derby as Manchester United meet Manchester City at Old Trafford, with commentary from Mike Ingham, Alan Green and Mark Lawrenson.

And there are updates from the seventh one-day cricket International between England and Australia at Chester-le-Street, 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 4.00pm there's live commentary of the London derby as Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Ben North

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 20 September 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
10.00am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary of the seventh one-day International between England and Australia, live from Chester-le-Street with the Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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NFL American Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 September
9.00pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Darren Fletcher presents 5 Live Sports Extra's NFL show, covering all the NFL action throughout the season, including live match commentaries, interviews and the latest American Football news.

Darren is joined by regular contributors, NFL journalist Neil Reynolds and Greg Brady in America, with commentary from the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park as the Buffalo Bills host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there's also updates from around the NFL.

Presenter/Darren Fletcher

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 20 September 2009

The Music Week

Sunday 20 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As Muse's fifth studio album, The Resistance, hits the shops, The Music Week delves deep into the workings of the band, with the help of singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dom Howard.

Plus, Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt also report on Manchester band Elbow's homecoming gig at the MEN Arena, and the rest of the week's biggest music news.

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

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A Month Of Mercurys With...La Roux

Sunday 20 September
3.30-5.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

For the month of September, BBC 6 Music dedicates it's Month Of Sundays slot to getting under the musical skin of some of this year's Mercury Prize-shortlisted acts. Following on from The Horrors and Friendly Fires, it's now La Roux's turn in the radio spotlight.

Hailed in the BBC's Sound Of '09 poll as one to watch this year, La Roux's self-titled debut album was released in June and has already garnered chart success with singles Bulletproof and In For The Kill.

Lead singer Elly Jackson joins Steve Lamacq to talk about, and play, the music that has inspired her and helped produce a Mercury-nominated album.

In the last hour of the show, she takes on Lammo, aka: the king of the indie disco, in a sound clash – playing the best of their individual record collections to amuse and entertain 6 Music listeners.

Presenters/Steve Lamacq and Elly Jackson, Producer/James Stirling

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