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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 24 November 2009

That Western Swing Thing Ep 3/5

Tuesday 24 November
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Ray Benson, founder and lead singer of Grammy Award-winning western swing band Asleep At The Wheel, continues to chart the history and development of this style of music, as part of BBC Radio 2's celebration of this year's Country Music Association awards.

This week, Ray travels to the small farming town of Turkey, deep in the heart of the Texas panhandle – the hometown of legendary western swing bandleader Bob Wills. That this unassuming tiny farming settlement was home to one of the most important figures in Texan music is impressive enough, but pass through Turkey on the last weekend in April and this little town, with a population of just 500, is transformed into a place of pilgrimage for western swing fans from all over the world.

Ray sees the impact of western swing music on Turkey and finds out what keeps fans coming back year after year. Listeners also hear from Bob's daughter, Rosetta Wills, and some of the Texas Playboys themselves about life on the road with Bob and the secret of his huge success.

Presenter/Ray Benson, Producer/Al Booth

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 24 November 2009

Performance On 3

Tuesday 24 November
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski give the first concert in their festival, Schnittke – Between Two Worlds. Tonight's concert reflects the two worlds of the festival's title, whether in the battle between paganism and Christianity of Wagner's Parsifal or in Faust's dilemma as he contemplates selling his soul to the devil in the UK première of Schnittke's The History Of D. Johann Faustus.

The concert begins with Haydn's Symphony No. 22, nicknamed The Philosopher because of the dialogue that seems to take place in its first movement.

Schnittke's The History Of D. Johann Faustus was conceived as a hugely amibitious opera, and one that the composer never completed. It is an imaginative and dramatic work scored for chorus, orchestra, electric guitars, crumhorn, zither and lute.

Anna Larsson (contralto), Marco Lazzara (counter-tenor) and Markus Brutscher and Stephen Richardson (bass baritone) are among tonight's soloists.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Elizabeth Arno

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Night Waves

Tuesday 24 November
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Philip Dodd travels to Munich, in tonight's edition of Night Waves, to meet Hans Magnus Enzensberger, one of Germany's greatest living poets – considered, by many, to be Bertolt Brecht's natural successor and an intellectual admired across the continent as of one of Europe's sharpest minds.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger is not only an important poet, he is a radical cultural essayist and one of Europe's leading political thinkers. He was born in 1930, and his verse and his many essays all bear the stamp of his engagement with the world. Enzensberger's latest book, The Silences Of Hammerstein, is no exception. It is an extraordinary blend of documentary, collage and fictional interviews which tells the story of General Kurt von Hammerstein – one of the very few men in Germany's military elite who refused to bow to Nazism and share in its spoils.

In this extended conversation, recorded at Hans Magnus's home in Munich, Philip speaks to him about his life in writing.

Presenter/Philip Dodd, Producer/Zahid Warley

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 24 November 2009

1989 – Restitching The City

Tuesday 24 November
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

When Berlin was reunified symbolically in November 1989, the world saw images of ecstatic Berliners celebrating a new freedom of movement across their city.

But, after the initial jubilation had died down, it became evident that living, working and actually moving around Berlin had become a frustrating experience.

Council chiefs faced a task without precedent in any city in the world. The great symbolism of the fall of Communism had been replaced by a more practical but no less crucial question: how to reunite the infrastructure and fabric of a vast city that had been divided for 30 years.

Public transport in the two halves of the city was in chaos, so the main arteries of Berlin became clogged with Trabants (an East German car).

Utility companies faced similar problems. Drinking water in the old East did not conform to European Commission bathing standards, while using the telephone was often an infuriating experience. Gas leaks were common in the East and trees often died.

Rosie Goldsmith speaks to the key figures involved in the costly task of restitching the city, as well as ordinary Berliners who recall everyday life after the fall of the Wall. City officials knew that rebuilding their infrastructure was vital to making citizens feel that they were part of a city – and a country – that was physically as well as symbolically reunited.

Presenter/Rosie Goldsmith, Producer/Laurence Grissell

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Fallout From The Shore

Tuesday 24 November
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Fallout From The Shore explores how the Hollywood version of Nevil Shute's novel On The Beach, released in December 1959, starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner, brought dystopia to the big screen and destroyed the author, who hated the film.

Lifelong Nevil Shute fan Libby Purves considers the impact of this ground-breaking film, which reduced cinema-goers to tears with its bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic world.

Set in a near future, On The Beach is about the aftermath of a nuclear war in the northern hemisphere which has killed everybody. The trade winds are carrying lethal radiation south to the shores of Australia and the last survivors await their inevitable death. Kramer wanted his film to be a terrifying warning to the world and it had the desired effect – at the Melbourne première members of the Salvation Army were on hand to offer counselling to the traumatised audience.

Behind the scenes the mood was no less intense. The morally upright Shute and the film's campaigning "message" director, Stanley Kramer, clashed over the transition from book to screen. Kramer instigated changes to appease his backers and the mainstream audience which left Shute "apoplectic", according to his daughter, who tells the programme how her father never really recovered.

In Kramer's corner, his widow reveals her husband's motives for making those changes and also the personal battle he fought to get the film made.

On The Beach gave Fred Astaire his big break as a straight actor, playing the tormented, hard-drinking scientist Julian Osborne. His daughter tells the programme about her father's delight at finally getting the chance to perform without his top hat and tails.

Presenter/Libby Purves, Producer/Paula McGinley

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The Nightingale Of The Nile

Tuesday 24 November
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Singer, songwriter, record producer and world-music expert Justin Adams travels to Cairo, where he grew up, to re-live the story of the woman whose voice dominated the culture and politics of the Middle East in the 20th century, Umm Kulthum.

Umm Kulthum has been described as a combination of "Ella Fitzgerald in terms of rendition and improvisation, a public persona such as Eleanor Roosevelt – a very dignified public figure who clearly had the good of the masses at heart in her enterprises – with the audience of Elvis Presley".

At the height of her powers, there was scarcely an Egyptian who didn't tune in to Umm Kulthum's monthly radio broadcasts. Her incredible voice and skilful handling of Egypt's nascent mass media made her the most prominent celebrity in the Arab world, and her close friendship with both the royal circle of King Farouk I before the revolution and President Nasser in its wake gave her unprecedented political influence with universal appeal across the country and beyond.

Justin Adams is Robert Plant's songwriting partner and a prominent expert on North African music. He is the album producer of Touareg desert blues band Tinariwen and a former-collaborator with Jah Wobble. As the son of a British diplomat, he grew up in Cairo during Kulthum's so-called "golden age", where he fell in love with her unique voice. Now he travels back, talking to those that knew her to find out more about this icon of the Arabic world.

Presenter/Justin Adams, Producer/Russell Finch

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Home Planet Ep 1/8

New seriesInteractive programme
Tuesday 24 November
3.00-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Home Planet returns for a new eight-part series tackling queries about the world and human interaction with it.

The weekly, recorded programme explores people's relationship with the planet covering issues from environmental concerns to a scientific understanding of the world. It tackles topics such as protecting biodiversity and the many subtleties of climate change and more philosophical ones such as the meaning of infinity.

The content is dictated by listeners' emailed, written or telephoned questions. Listeners set the agenda and topics can be about something they've noticed in their backyards or more global ideas, theories and hypotheses.

Listener's questions, recorded or read out, are discussed by three studio experts, drawn from different scientific and environmental backgrounds and representing a wide range of perspectives.

Listeners can email their questions to home.planet@bbc.co.uk or telephone the audience line on 03700 100400.

Producer/Toby Murcott

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Vent Ep 1/6

New series
Tuesday 24 November
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Following last week's one-off, one-hour special, the dark comedy Vent, detailing the problems of a newly-disabled man, returns for a third series.

Starring Neil Pearson, Leslie Ash, Fiona Allen and Josie Laurence, Vent is an original comedy about life-threatening illness and is based on the experiences of Vent's author, Nigel Smith.

Producer/Gareth Edwards

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 24 November 2009

5 Live Sport

Tuesday 24 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and brings listeners live Champions League group stage coverage, including Arsenal versus Standard Liege, Debrecen versus Liverpool and Rangers versus VfB Stuttgart.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Adrian Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Tuesday 24 November 2009

Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 24 November
2.15-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the ATP World Tour finals comes live from London's 02 Arena.

The commentary team is led by Jonathan Overend, alongside David Law, Alastair Eykyn, Vassos Alexander and Russell Fuller, expert analysis comes from David Felgate, Annabel Croft and special guests.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 24 November
8.45pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Further uninterrupted commentary of the ATP World Tour finals comes live from London's 02 Arena.

Jonathan Overend is on hand once more to provide the commentary, alongside David Law, Alastair Eykyn, Vassos Alexander and Russell Fuller, expert analysis comes from David Felgate, Annabel Croft and special guests.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 24 November 2009

Cerys On 6

Tuesday 24 November
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Welsh singer-songwriter and BBC 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews
Welsh singer-songwriter and BBC 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews

Acoustic ensemble Port O Brian perform live tracks from their new album, Threadbare, for Cerys Matthews this afternoon.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 24 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Brit-blues band Gomez perform live in concert at Glastonbury 2003 and Gideon Coe also brings listeners archive sessions from Scottish grungers Eugenius, former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall and the eclectic and enigmatic Kevin Ayers.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 24 November 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 24 November
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Bibi's cousin has emailed photos of potential wives for Jungli and Chunky, although Bibi isn't impressed, as the drama continues. Zenab suggests putting profiles up on matrimonial websites instead, but will Bibi think this is worth a go?

Elsewhere, Sway discovers Kuljit packing – he needs some time away to clear his head. Later, Jodie says she was going to leave Kuljit, despite what happened between her and Sway and says that Sway knows where she is if he still wants her.

Bibi is played by Indira Joshi, Zenab by Sudha Buchar, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Jodie by Vineeta Rishi.

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