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Network Radio BBC Week 48:
28 November-4 December

BBC 1XTRA Saturday 28 November 2009

1Xtra Live 2009 – Highlights

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 28 November
4.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 1 and BBC 1XTRA

Dizzee Rascal headlines as DJs including Trevor Nelson and MistaJam host 1Xtra Live in Sheffield. This special nine-hour broadcast features highlights of the night simulcast on BBC Radio 1, culminating in a live set from Dizzee.

This year's event features a dazzling line up of some of the UK's hottest acts, including Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, JLS, Jay Sean and Chase & Status, performing across two stages in front of around 12,000 people. It is the biggest standalone event in BBC 1Xtra's history.

Between 8pm and 11pm, Trevor Nelson and MistaJam present highlights from the Sheffield Arena, live across Radio 1 and 1Xtra. 1Xtra DJs Ace and Vis will be in the crowd soaking up the atmosphere and speaking to the audience, while Max gets all the gossip from backstage.

Coverage of 1Xtra Live 2009 kicks off at 4pm with Westwood and Target. They will be there when the doors open and will capture all the excitement from the very start. At 7pm Radio 1's Dev will be counting down to the main show and bringing listeners a taste of what's to come when he drops in for rehearsal sessions with some of the acts. And from 11pm-1am listeners will be able to catch Target's after-party.

Presenters/Trevor Nelson and MistaJam, Producers/Rebecca Frank and Andy Worrell

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BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 28 November 2009

Dermot O'Leary

Saturday 28 November
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary has live music from Scouting For Girls and Arctic Monkeys on this week's show and he talks to Rod Stewart about his favourite records.

Scouting For Girls are returning for their second Saturday Session with Dermot. The Harrow trio achieved double-platinum status with their eponymous debut album and they've been in the studio all summer working on a follow-up, which is set for release early next year.

Arctic Monkeys recently enjoyed their third consecutive No. 1 album with Humbug. After headlining the Reading And Leeds festival, the popular Sheffield quartet have now embarked on a tour of the UK and Ireland.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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The Songs The Beatles Gave Away

Saturday 28 November
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary band The Beatles
Legendary band The Beatles

As part of BBC Radio 2's Great British Songbook, Bob Harris looks at the songs The Beatles gave away in this programme, which features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney and Sir George Martin.

The most popular group in the world for more than 45 years, a recent issue of re-mastered Beatles albums resulted in four Top 10 entries in the UK chart, while the compilation 1 looks set to be America's biggest selling album of this decade. The fevered excitement that accompanied every release in the Sixties is well documented, but less is known about the music written, though not necessarily recorded or released, by them.

While The Beatles were constantly in the charts, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were also supplying other artists with hits – and the occasional miss. Bob looks at recordings by Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas, Mary Hopkin, The Fourmost, Cilla Black, Jackie Lomax, Doris Troy and others. Bob uncovers some forgotten gems, such as the theme tune for a TV series starring Stanley Holloway; music for the Boulting Brothers' film The Family Way; and hears from Sir Paul McCartney about being contacted by Frank Sinatra for a song. Paul also talks at length about his approach to writing songs given to Tommy Quickly, Peter And Gordon, Chris Barber and PJ Proby, as well as those written exclusively for Cilla Black.

Other interviews recorded specially for the programme include Mary Hopkin talking about recording in the studio with McCartney; Johnny Gentle (who was backed by The Beatles on his 1960 tour) recalling Lennon's contribution to I've Just Fallen For Someone; Billy Hatton of The Fourmost remembering John and George's version of the group's debut hit Hello Little Girl; and Billy J Kramer admitting to the fatal error of turning down a song that would eventually become one of the most performed works in recorded history.

These interviews are accompanied by BBC archive material of George Harrison describing how Badge, the song he co-wrote for Cream, got its name. The programme also features new interviews with Sir George Martin, the producer of a number of these records, and Cilla Black, whose demo recording of Step Inside Love (featuring Paul on guitar) receives a rare outing. The programme also features George Harrison's early recorded performance of Sour Milk Sea, which he gave to Jackie Lomax.

The Great British Songbook is Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters by creating a collection of their finest songs and holding exclusive masterclasses with some of Britain's top lyricists. Further information including videos of artists performing their versions of Great British songs and message board discussions can be found at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Neil Myners

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 28 November 2009

Reviving Robin

Saturday 28 November
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

When he died in 1998 Sir Michael Tippett left a body of work that led him to be hailed as the greatest English composer since Elgar and a giant of opera. But Tippett's ballad opera of Robin Hood has remained hidden for three quarters of a century with strict instructions that it never be performed again.

Right at the start of his career, during the depression years of the Thirties, Tippett spent some time in a forgotten corner of North East England. In this inter-war period a series of pick and shovel camps were set up in remote spots throughout Britain to provide work for the unemployed. One of these was at Boosbeck, where unemployment among Cleveland's Ironstone miners had reached 91 per cent. In 1933, Tippett, then a young music student, was appointed to organise musical activities at the camp – an experience that was to produce an opera that predates all of his acknowledged work.

The Robin Hood story enabled him to reinterpret the legend of the famous outlaw in terms of the class war dividing English Society in the Thirties. In this documentary, which contains musical material never before broadcast, pianist Kathryn Stott tells the story of how the Robin Hood opera came to be written, and how people in the Cleveland area are learning about their past by rediscovering this early Tippett opera.

Presenter/Kathryn Stott, Producer/Celia Quartermain

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The Early Music Show

Saturday 28 November
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping
BBC Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping

Despite a tragic accident leaving him blind at the age of two, composer John Stanley became hugely successful in the 18th century, partly thanks to his incredible memory.

Stanley wrote numerous concertos, sonatas, cantatas and anthems and, as a player of both the violin and the organ, he attracted listeners from far and wide. He also directed several Handel cantatas and the Messiah from memory. Lucie Skeaping explores his life and music.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Sam Phillips

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World Routes

Saturday 28 November
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucy Duran introduces the first of two programmes of highlights from the 2009 Timitar Festival, held in the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir.

This celebration of Berber culture attracts audiences of more than 100,000 in the city's vast central square, drawn by the chance to see Berber artists whose music is rarely heard outside Morocco.

Featured performances include Rays Aarab Atigui from the Tiznit region and local stars Iguidar.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Roger Short

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Opera On 3 – Taverner

Saturday 28 November
6.00-8.20pm BBC RADIO 3

The climax of Glasgow's mini-festival celebrating Peter Maxwell Davies's 75th birthday is a concert performance of his iconic morality opera, Taverner, recorded earlier this month at City Halls. This production brings together the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a cast of British vocal talent and combined choirs.

Begun in 1956 and premièred in 1972, it is considered by many to be one of the composer's greatest creations. Based on episodes from the life and times of the English Tudor composer, it recounts John Taverner's religious and personal journey from believer to persecutor.

The concert is presented by Tom Service with contributions from the composer and performers. The role of John Taverner is sung by tenor Daniel Norman and Martyn Brabbins conducts.

Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Simon Lord

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Between The Ears – Bal Bazaar

Saturday 28 November
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Award-winning British-Indian poet Daljit Nagra has written a poetic narrative inspired by his uncle's two shops in west London – where Muslim, Sikh and Hindu workers have created a small working community in a tiny shared space – Bal Bazaar.

Bal Bazaar is a journey through the shop and through Indian cultures in Britain, both real and imagined. Shop owners tell their stories: a hairdresser snips her way through the day, while a Muslim butcher explains how he is really an IT worker covering for his brother who has cancer. Bal Bazaar hints at the religious and political – a story of faked Halal meat – and a world of religious festival and song. It also tells the common human stories of food, hair cutting and the every day, domestic life within the shopkeepers' community.

Readers/Daljit Nagra and Sudhar Buchar, Producer/Jo Wheeler

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 28 November 2009

In Search Of Beauty

Saturday 28 November
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Supermodel Erin O'Connor explores the nature of beauty.

When Erin was growing up she was convinced she was ugly. She would dart across the road diagonally to avoid drawing attention to her nose by crossing in front of stationary cars. She was so self-conscious about her flat chest that she regularly wore two padded bras.

Then one day she was told she was beautiful, scooped up by the modelling industry and presented as the uber-elegant catwalk queen, sought after and richly rewarded.

With the help of renowned facial-reconstructive surgeon Professor Iain Hutchison, who has treated people with severe facial disfigurement, and Professor of Children's Literature, Kim Reynolds, who has studied the way beauty is regarded in traditional stories, Erin explores various opinions and experiences of beauty.

Erin also goes behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, to an event called All Walks Beyond The Catwalk, which used models of different size and age as a way to broaden the range of catwalk models used at such influential events.

Producer/Karen Gregor

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1989 – Day-By-Day

Saturday 28 November to Friday 4 December
4.55-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In the news from this week in 1989, as BBC Radio 4 continues its day-by-day account of the momentous year of 1989, Czech Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec formally announces the end of the Communist party's monopoly on power and British PM Margaret Thatcher and her challenger Sir Anthony Meyer begin their battle for the leadership of the Conservative party.

Every day for three months, BBC Radio 4 is recreating 1989 in sound, drawing on the BBC and other vivid news archive and the music of the time. Presented by Sir John Tusa, these daily programmes re-trace the year's major political, cultural and social events as they happened.

Also this week, record libel damages are awarded to Conservative peer Lord Aldington after being accused of war crimes. President Gorbachev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and there is fierce fighting in the Philippines as thousands of troops attempt to overthrow their president.

President Bush and President Gorbachev declare the Cold War is over as hundreds of thousands of people form a human chain to demand reforms in East Germany.

For the first time the Soviet government joins other Warsaw Pact countries in condemning its own invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and thousands take to the streets in Prague demanding a new government.

Presenter/Sir John Tusa, Producers/Barney Rowntree and Russell Finch

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 28 November 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 28 November
12.00noon-7.20pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live sport kicking off with commentary of the Scottish Premier League match between Aberdeen and Rangers at 12.45pm. From 2.30pm there are regular updates from rugby union's Autumn Tests, Scotland versus Argentina at Murrayfield and Ireland versus South Africa at Croke Park, Dublin.

There's live coverage of all the day's 3pm kick-offs, including Portsmouth versus Manchester United in the Premier League and Celtic versus St Mirren in the SPL, plus tennis reports from the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

From 5.30pm there's full commentary on Aston Villa versus Tottenham live from Villa Park, plus updates from rugby union's Autumn Test, Wales versus Australia live from the Millennium Stadium.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 28 November 2009

Rugby Union

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 28 November
2.15-4.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

From 2.15pm listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on the autumn international between Ireland and South Africa, live from Croke Park, Dublin.

Then at 5pm the action switches the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for live commentary on Wales versus Australia.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 28 November
8.45pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary of the second semi-final of the ATP World Tour Finals, live from the 02 Arena, London.

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

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 28 November 2009

6 Mix

Saturday 28 November
9.00-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Spiritualized front-man Jason Pierce presents a special 6 Mix, telling the story of the making of his classic album Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In Space.

Presenter/Jason Pierce, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Saturday 28 November 2009

World Drama –
The Prison Graduates By Efo Kodjo Mawugbe

Saturday 28 November
8.00-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Prison Graduates is the second of two prize-winning plays from the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009, it won the English as a second language category.

Efo Kodjo Mawugbe's play was described by the judges as "imaginative", "muscular" and "hysterically funny". Four men try to make their way in the world after their release from prison in Ghana. They explore their many options – only to choose the one that might have surprised them all. This is a surreal, post-colonial fable – where Woza! Albert meets Samuel Beckett.

Nearly 1,200 scripts were received in the 2009 competition, which awards two first prizes for the best play with English as a first language and the best play with English as a second language. Over half the scripts were in the English as a second language category. The distinguished panel of judges included writer Kwame Kwei-Armah and actor Vincent Ebrahim.

The Prison Graduates stars Daniel Francis (EastEnders; The Hounding Of David Oluwale), Richard Pepple (The Estate), David Gyasi (Shooting Dogs), Mo Sesay (Coriolanus at Shakespeare's Globe) and Wale Ojo (Widower's Houses at the National Theatre). It is directed by Marion Nancarrow.

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 29 November 2009

Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 29 November
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Advent season marks the beginning of the Church's liturgical year, as preparations get under way for Christmas. The themes celebrated throughout Advent include hope, joy and peace. On this, the first Sunday in Advent, Brian D'Arcy looks specifically at Advent hope.

Featuring music from the Glasgow Chamber Choir, hymns include O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark The Glad Sound and Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending. The choir is directed by Michael Bawtree and the organist is David Hamilton.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 29 November 2009

Private Passions

Sunday 29 November
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley meets stand-up comedian, musician and actor Bill Bailey, who is currently touring his latest show, Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra.

A talented musician who plays several different instruments, including keyboards, guitar and clarinet, Bill's amusing and highly idiosyncratic introductions to orchestral instruments and deconstructions of musical genres, from classical to TV themes and jazz, have delighted audiences around the country.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley

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A Service For Advent With Carols,
Live From The Chapel Of St John's College, Cambridge

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 29 November
4.00-5.30pm BBC RADIO 3

St John's' Choir Cambrige
St John's' Choir Cambrige

In the college chapel, glowing by candlelight, the choir, college members, friends and family mark the first Sunday of Advent with a service of readings, music and prayer.

The music for the service this year echoes through the ages with meditations on the themes of judgement and our ultimate destiny. It opens with Laetentur coeli (Lassus), the choir singing far away in the ante-chapel. Then follows a procession up the nave to the great Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. The carol Adam lay ibounden has been specially commissioned from Giles Swayne for this service.

The service is led by the Dean of Chapel, the Reverend Duncan Dormer, with the Chaplain and the Reverend Dr Grant Bayliss. The college's Director of Music is Andrew Nethsingha and the senior organ student is Timothy Ravalde.

Producer/Clair Jaquiss

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Discovering Music

Sunday 29 November
5.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Stephen Johnson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are joined by composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies during the celebrations of the composer's 75th birthday in Glasgow. They explore the ideas and workings of Sir Peter's half-hour orchestral tone poem, A Reel Of Seven Fishermen.

The work was composed in 1998 and was inspired by the composer's home in Orkney and verses by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown.

Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Chris Wine

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The Choir

Sunday 29 November
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Aled Jones talks to one of the UK's leading Handelian experts, Laurence Cummings, about English National Opera's current stage production of Messiah, directed by Deborah Warner. He finds out what makes Handel's music so appealing.

There's also an update on Sing Hallelujah, a project led by BBC Radio 3 and the English National Opera that invites everyone to celebrate Handel's most famous chorus.

The programme also features a report from Oban in Scotland where the 106th Royal National Mod took place in October. Founded in 1892, this annual festival celebrates the Gaelic language, literature and music.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Johannah Smith

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Drama On 3 – The Changeling By Thomas Middleton

New series
Sunday 29 November
8.00-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Actress Anna Madely
Actress Anna Madely

Tonight's Drama On 3 is a new radio production of the defining study of sexual obsession, lust and madness, a dramatic tango of death, by a writer whose reputation is undergoing a thorough overhaul.

The Changeling is one of Thomas Middleton's last plays and the Renaissance playwright creates a world where evil has a transformative power. This radio production is set in Alicante, Spain, in the late Twenties, when it is love at first sight for Beatrice-Joanna and Alsemero. The only problem is that she is due to marry another man.

The two outsiders in the drama, Alonzo and Tomazo de Piracquo, are played as wealthy young Americans travelling through Europe. They attempt to purify the rotten and self-serving world of the Spanish aristocracy. They fail, however, as they themselves become victims.

Anna Madely stars as Beatrice-Joanna and Zubin Varla as Deflores in this adaptation by Jeremy Mortimer.

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer

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Sunday Feature – The Good Old Days?

Sunday 29 November
10.00-10.45pm BBC RADIO 3

British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg
British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg grew up in East London to the sound of his nan singing old music hall songs such as Don't Dilly Dally and Any Old Iron. In this programme he goes on a journey to explore the hidden history of this seminal but often misunderstood part of Britain's popular music heritage.

Perceptions of music hall were shaped by the long-running TV series The Good Old Days. Billy strips away the cosy nostalgia to reveal what was, in fact, Britain's first pop music – an urban folk culture in which raucous song vied with cut-throat commercialism.

His journey takes him from Abney Park cemetery, resting place of several music hall stars, to the Museum of London and Wilton's Music Hall, the last big music hall in the East End that survives from the mid-19th century. Among the experts he talks to are Professor Jacqueline Bratton of the University of London, Professor Derek Scott of the University of Leeds and Professor Jeffrey Richards from the University of Lancaster. The journey culminates in a specially staged performance in which Billy dons a pearly suit and gives his own characteristic take on some classic songs.

Presenter/Billy Bragg, Producer/Adam Lively

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 29 November 2009

Living World Ep 4/5

Sunday 29 November
6.35-7.00am BBC RADIO 4

The Living World is a natural history strand that revels in rich encounter, immersion in the natural world and warm, enthusiastic storytelling.

In autumn, bird migration is at its peak and, with this in mind, Lionel Kelleway travels to meet Colin Wells of the Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds for an unadulterated immersion into natural sound in a truly wild place; a place where the greatest numbers of black-tailed godwits in Europe descend to spend the winter.

The sound of waders on a British estuary is one of the great wildlife wonders. The programme follows Lionel as he enters a wader's soundscape of piping and fluting as the high tide makes these birds of the estuary restless.

Presenter/Lionel Kelleway, Producer/Andrew Dawes

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Desert Island Discs

Sunday 29 November
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Former Smiths' front-man and iconic singer-songwriter Morrissey
Former Smiths' front-man and iconic singer-songwriter Morrissey

This week's castaway is iconic singer-songwriter Morrissey.

Born in 1959, Steven Patrick Morrissey grew up in Stretford, Manchester, and enjoyed enormous success with The Smiths as the band's lyricist and vocalist and received media attention for his views on animal rights and vegetarianism.

He launched a solo career after the band's break up in 1987 and has 10 Top 10 singles to his name. Music magazine NME has described Morrissey as "one of the most influential artists ever".

Morrissey talks to presenter Kirsty Young about his life, his career and about how he would cope on BBC Radio 4's mythical desert island.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle

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Tarred And Feathered

Sunday 29 November
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Tarring and feathering was a brutal medieval form of vigilante justice but, for years, it was also one of the most notorious ways in which communities in Northern Ireland were controlled by paramilitaries.

Presenter Ruth McDonald investigates how these communities are policed since the ceasefires, and why some people – far from being glad those days are gone – would like to return to the days of tarring, feathering and punishment shootings.

In 1971, a woman was dragged from her home, tied to a lamp post, covered in paint and then feathers. Her "crime" was that she was dating a soldier.

As the conflict escalated, and areas like the Bogside and West Belfast became no-go areas, such relationships became rarer. Instead, the punishment was meted out on petty thieves, drug dealers and joy-riders.

"Even if we had called the police, they wouldn't have come," recalls a former IRA member. "Instead, we had to come up with our own form of community justice. The IRA became known as the alternative authorities."

But with the ceasefires came an end, supposedly, to tarring, feathering and the so-called punishment shootings which followed them. Instead, politicians were working towards a "normal" society in which the police would be allowed into these areas.

Some 10 years on and punishment shootings are back on the agenda. Callers to a local phone-in show ask for more such street justice. In Derry, an organisation called RAAD – Republican Action Against Drugs – is a group of former Provos who say they aren't political but believe the police are failing to deal with the drug issue. They have shot 10 people in the last year, an old-style warning against drug-dealing.

This programme explores what the future might hold for these communities.

Presenter/Ruth McDonald, Producer/Rachel Hooper

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The Complete Smiley –
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Ep 1/3

New series
Sunday 29 November
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Simon Russell Beale plays George Smiley
Simon Russell Beale plays George Smiley

Continuing BBC Radio 4's dramatisation of all John Le Carré's George Smiley novels, Simon Russell Beale returns to star in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, Smiley is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged of infiltration at the highest level by a Russian agent.

"Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary," Smiley is told. Reluctantly, he agrees, embarking on a dark journey into his past – a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

Told across three hours, this is an epic depiction of the complicated moral dilemmas of the people quietly out-manoeuvring each other in the Cold War. Smiley's investigation takes him through the post-war world of espionage from old colleagues to current adversaries.

This three-part drama also stars Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Michael Feast, Kenneth Cranham, Maggie Steed, Bill Paterson, Jamie Foreman, Anthony Calf, Ewan Bailey, John Rowe and Vera Filatova.

The Complete Smiley is Radio 4's flagship drama for 2009-10, in which full-cast dramatisations of all eight of John le Carré's George Smiley novels, with Simon Russell Beale playing George Smiley throughout, will be aired.

Producer/Steven Canny

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 29 November 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 29 November
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport kicking off at noon with regular updates from the West Midlands derby between Wolves and Birmingham, live from Molineux.

At 1.30pm there's more Premier League derby action with commentary from Everton versus Liverpool, live from Goodison, with updates of Cardiff versus Ipswich in the Championship (kick-off 3pm) and reports from the men's tennis finals at the ATP World Tour Final at the O2 Arena.

The programme completes a hat trick of Premier League derby coverage with Arsenal versus Chelsea live from the Emirates Stadium from 4pm.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Steve Houghton

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 29 November 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 29 November
7.45am-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of South Africa versus England, in the fourth One Day International, comes live from St George's, Port Elizabeth, with the Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 29 November
4.00pm-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary of the final of the ATP World Tour Finals, live from the 02 Arena, London.

The commentary team is led by Jonathan Overend.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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NFL American Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 29 November
9.00pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Arlo White presents coverage of week 12 of the NFL season. Arlo is joined by Neil Reynolds and Greg Brady with all the news from around the NFL.

Presenter/Arlo White

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 29 November 2009

The Music Week

Sunday 29 November
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Matt Everitt and Julie Cullen report from Homecoming Live, the Glasgow festival that brings together some of the biggest artists in Scottish music. The line-up includes the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Idlewild and The View.

They also look back over the week in music news with comment and analysis of the biggest stories.

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

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Guy Garvey's Finest Hour

Sunday 29 November
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Foppish freeman of Bury and Mercury Prize-winner Guy Garvey introduces his weekly scamper through his record collection.

He'll have a theme, a Beckypedia and a That Was The Sky At Night The Week That Was. He may even have a new feature or two...

Presenter/Guy Garvey, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Sunday 29 November
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan takes the theme of Noah's Ark for the first of two programmes. Among his selections are The Monkey Speaks His Mind by Dave Bartholomew, Too Many Fish In The Sea by The Marvelettes, Fattening Frogs For Snakes by Sonny Boy Williamson II and Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport by Rolf Harris.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC RADIO 1 Monday 30 November 2009

The Chris Moyles Show With Vernon Kay

Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December
6.30-10.00am BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Vernon Kay
BBC Radio 1 presenter Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay is standing in for Chris Moyles this week while Chris and Fearne Cotton are in Uganda. Earlier this year they climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief with seven other celebrities – together they raised more than £3.5m. This week the climbers have travelled to Uganda to find out how that money is being spent.

Every day Chris and Fearne will be calling into the show to talk about what they have seen and done on their trip so far. Listeners will also hear from the some of the other climbers including Ronan Keating, Kimberley Walsh and Gary Barlow.

Sara Cox will be sitting in for Fearne Cotton while she is away.

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BBC Radio 1's Stories –
The Story Of The Noughties: 2006 Ep 7/10

Monday 30 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Pete Tong presents the seventh of this 10-part series exploring the music and pop cultural moments defining the first decade of the new millennium – all through the eyes of BBC Radio 1.

This hour-long documentary, looks back at some of the significant shifts during 2006 in dance music, including the emergence of a scene that was coined "nu rave" and the first Ibiza Rocks that broke convention by introducing indie music to the "White Isle". Pete is also joined by influential DJ/producer Sven Vath to talk about the last 10 years.

Outside of dance music, Pete remembers the introduction of Lily Allen in 2006 which opened the floodgates for a new set of outspoken UK female artists, who went on to challenge the boys in skinny jeans that had been dominating the music press in the early noughties.

BBC Radio 1 Stories is part of a new line-up of documentaries, a new review show and In New DJs We Trust that sits at the heart of the weeknight schedule at 9pm.

Presenter/Pete Tong, Producers/Alice Lloyd and Louise Kattenhorn

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Zane Lowe's Masterpiece Series 2009 –
Metallica: Metallica Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Following its success over the past two years, Masterpieces returns with a four-part series dedicated to the albums Zane Lowe has crowned "musical masterpieces" for the way they altered the musical landscape at the time of their release.

As well as playing the four iconic albums in their entirety from start to finish, unedited and uninterrupted, each show contains interviews with the artists, providing an insight into how each of them created their signature sounds.

Tonight's chosen masterpiece comes from hard rockers Metallica and their self-titled 1991 release. Seen as the group's entrance into the mainstream with classics including Enter Sandman and The Forgiven, Zane looks back at what made it such a commercial and critical success and how it influenced future musicians.

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 30 November 2009

Ken Bruce

Monday 30 November
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Sharon Corr reveals her favourite music when she chooses her Tracks Of My Years throughout the week.

Among her choices are Bronski Beat's Smalltown Boy, Neil Young's Old Man, Cream's Badge and Better by Tom Baxter.

Plus there's the Record and Album Of The Week and further rounds of PopMaster.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Jools Holland

Monday 30 November
10.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Jools Holland is joined by the American bluesman Seasick Steve for this week's show.

Seasick Steve joins Jools and his band in an impromptu version of Hank Williams's Hey Good Lookin'. Seasick Steve made his first TV appearance on Jools's Hootenanny on BBC Two in 2006 and has since gone on to receive a Brit nomination and to play at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Great British Songbook Masterclass With Don Black

Monday 30 November
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Richard Allinson is joined by Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black for a Great British Songbook Masterclass.

Recorded at this year's BBC Electric Proms, listeners can enjoy highlights from the masterclass as Richard talks to Don about his illustrious career and how he penned songs including Born Free, Michael Jackson's hit Ben and Bond themes such as Diamonds Are Forever.

Richard and Don are joined by West End star Marti Webb who performs extracts from some of Don's best-loved songs, including the musical classic Take That Look Off Your Face.

The Great British Songbook is BBC Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters, creating a collection of their finest songs and holding exclusive masterclasses with some of Britain's top lyricists. More information on the initiative, including videos of artists performing their versions of Great British songs and message board discussions, can be found at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 30 November 2009

Performance On 3

Monday 30 November
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues this season with their new young principal conductor, Kiril Karabits, and focuses on works with an Italian theme, from composers with Russian connections.

Respighi made his home in Rome and spent most of his life there, but not before a spell in St Petersburg studying with Rimsky-Korsakov. The Papal city became the subject of his three sets of musical postcards, and this first one, Fountains Of Rome, depicting four of Rome's finest fountains as seen at different times of day, shows Respighi as a master of atmospheric orchestration.

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky, a great interpreter of the Russian romantic repertoire, joins the orchestra for Rachmaninov's last work for piano and orchestra, Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini. To end this rousing programme, the orchestra turns to Khachaturian's acclaimed 1956 ballet, Spartacus, telling the story of the turbulent life of the slave turned gladiator, turned revolutionary, who almost brought the Roman Empire to its knees. The epic music evokes the splendour and barbarism of life during those brutal times, as well as moments of delicate tenderness.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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The Essay Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Every day this week The Essay provides contemporary introductions to great thinkers and activists of the European Enlightenment.

In Monday's programme Professor Alexander Brodie looks at Adam Smith, one of the leading intellectuals of the Scottish Enlightenment, and examines Smith's observations on morality and human behaviour. Professor Brodie is the 13th holder of the Chair of Logic and Rhetoric at Glasgow University, whose second incumbent was Smith himself.

Later in the week, Vince Cable MP and Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer wonders what Smith would make of today's global financial crisis (Wednesday); and distinguished philosopher Professor Simon Blackburn of Cambridge University assesses Scottish philosopher David Hume's originality of thought and his influence on later thinkers like Darwin (Thursday).

Actor Bill Paterson provides the readings throughout the week.

Producer/Sarah Taylor

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Jazz On 3 – Joel Harrison At London Jazz Festival

Monday 30 November
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Jez Nelson presents a concert by American guitarist, composer and singer Joel Harrison, recorded at the London Jazz Festival. Renowned for defying categorisation, Harrison's eclectic sound integrates everything from jazz, blues and folk, to African influences and Americana. Here, with tracks from his latest album Urban Myths, he demonstrates his love of Seventies electric jazz with a fresh approach for today's audience.

After studying with composers including Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos, Harrison's career took off when he moved to New York 10 years ago. Since then he has released several very different albums – from Free Country, a radical re-take on Appalachian folk music, to Harbor with guitarist Nguyên Lê.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Peggy Sutton

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 30 November 2009

Brick By Brick

Monday 30 November
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Brick By Brick takes a look at the demolitions industry through the dismantling of one of the largest granite-faced buildings in the world.

In the heart of Aberdeen, a team of demolition engineers, stone masons and archaeologists are working together to pull apart one of the city's oldest and most valued buildings. Marischal College has served as a college and chapel since 1593 and has been part of Aberdeen University since 1860.

It is now being completely remodelled to become the home of Aberdeen City Council's headquarters, and as, in its later stages, the building was primarily used for research and teaching in medicine and science, its laboratories and teaching rooms need to be entirely transformed to suit office life. However, due to its heritage and architectural value, only the inside is being dismantled, making it a meticulous process and one as much about discovery as it is about deconstruction.

As the building is taken apart, its history and character are slowly revealed. From the discovery of the skeletons of seven men on site, thought to be Franciscan Friars, to the old student's timetable left fading on the walls, this programme explores the fascination of taking things apart and the knowledge that is uncovered along the way.

Contributors include: David Sinclair and Andy Smiley, from one of the leading demolition and dismantling companies in the UK; Gary Simpson, stonemason; Neil Curtis, Marischal College curator; and Alison Cameron, archaeologist.

Producer/Katie Burningham

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Afternoon Play – Grey Expectations

Monday 30 November
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Grey Expectations is the third – but not necessarily the last – in a trilogy of stories written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Glen.

It follows on from the surreal My Blue Heaven (2006) and My Blue Wedding (2007) which told the story of Graham Slater, a redundant and downtrodden mouse-pusher whose life was transformed when he was offered a job by his childhood friend Laz. However, Laz turned out to be imaginary, blue and furry and lived in a parallel universe.

In this story, Graham learns what happened to all the billions the international bankers lost during the credit crunch – they have turned up in Laz's blue furry world. Nobody knows what to do with the mountain of waste paper, but can Graham just get rid of it?

Grey Expectations stars Stephen Mangan as Graham, Rebecca Front as Griselda, Phyllida Law as Dottie and Toby Longworth as Laz.

Producer/Liz Anstee

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National Short Story Award 2009 Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December
3.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Now in its fourth year, the BBC National Short Story Award 2009 celebrates the best of the contemporary British short story and leads the way in the current revival of the genre.

The five stories shortlisted for the award – announced on Friday 27 November on BBC Radio 4's Front Row – will be broadcast every afternoon this week. The winning entry will be announced on Front Row on Monday 7 December live from the awards ceremony in London.

This year's judging panel comprises writers Dame Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore; broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe; editor of the BBC Readings Unit, Di Speirs; and singer-songwriter, Will Young.

This year's award has attracted more than 680 submissions and includes entries by some of the biggest names in British fiction, as well as new writers at the cutting edge of the genre.

The BBC is the biggest commissioner of short stories in the UK and this week's stories highlight the BBC's ongoing commitment to the short story.

Producers/Liz Allard and Gemma Jenkins

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The Infinite Monkey Cage Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 30 November
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

Physicist Brian Cox
Physicist Brian Cox

Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world through scientists' eyes.

Each week Brian and Robin will be joined by top scientists and some well-known science fans to talk about their view of the world – what has annoyed them; what has excited them; and why scientific reasoning can help in some of the most unlikely situations.

From the news agenda, to culture and politics, Brian, Robin and guests will be tackling life, the universe and everything, starting with the biggest question of all – what on Earth the title of the programme means!

In the first programme, ex-cosmologist Dara O'Briain discusses why science seems to be such a fertile breeding ground for life as a comedian; Robin visits the archives of one of his all-time science heroes; and Brian tackles his personal mission to put science back at the heart of the political agenda.

Also joining Brian and Robin later this series will be Seth Shostack from the SETI institute in California to discuss the search for ET and great science conspiracies; quantum-physicists-turned-comedians Ben Miller and Richard Vranch to discuss their former lives in the laboratory; and Victor Stock, dean of Guildford cathedral and science journalist Adam Rutherford feature in a special Christmas edition of the programme.

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Book At Bedtime – Riceyman Steps Ep 1/10

New series
Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Satire and pathos are grippingly combined in Arnold Bennett's masterpiece of London life, read by Robert Powell.

Set between 1919 and 1920, Riceyman Steps is an intensely focussed story displaying a scalpel-like characterisation of the lower-middle classes struggling to maintain status, respectability and income against all sorts of unruly human instincts and desires.

The story takes place in and around a second-hand bookshop in Clerkenwell. It charts the courtship and marriage of a bookseller, the miserly Mr Earlforward, to the vivacious but lonely widow, Mrs Arb, and follows the triumphs and setbacks of their relationship and shared passion for thrift, which is eventually to prove their downfall.

Economy becomes a corrosive desire which contrasts dramatically with the spontaneous greed for life embodied in the warmth of their general maid, Elsie, and her tender love for the shell-shocked Joe.

Reader/Robert Powell, Producer/Jill Waters

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 30 November 2009

5 Live Sport

Monday 30 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents all the day's sport news and is joined by John Motson and Steve Claridge for The Monday Night Club to discuss the latest football news and issues.

From 9pm Arlo is joined by Mark Clemmit for 5 Live Football League with the latest news and reaction from the Championship and Football League.

At 10pm in Sports Personality Of The Year Special, 5 Live Sport takes an in-depth look at all the nominees, following the announcement of the 10 contenders earlier in the day.

Presenter/Arlo White

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 30 November 2009

Lauren Laverne

New series
From Monday 30 November
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne
BBC 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne

When Lauren Laverne first started at BBC 6 Music she promised to "play the best music, while wearing consistently excellent shoes". Now she's striding that footwear into the first week of her new tenure as presenter of 6 Music's weekday mid-morning show.

Alongside live music from massive bands and new acts in the 6 Music Hub, Lauren lifts listeners' spirits by guiding them through all aspects of culture throughout the week.

Listeners can also expect hilarious musings on TV, film, gadgets, websites and even fashion from a huge range of expert contributors.

At midday everyday Lauren enters the digital black hole of "Workers Playtime". Featuring MPFrees, To Do Lists, the Headphone Moment and the deadline game, Workers Playtime is the veritable workday cure and is guaranteed to bring the treasured working audience out of their mid-morning slump.

Plus, in a wave of cassette nostalgia, the Memory Tapes invites listeners to send Lauren photos and track listings of old mix tapes that they made for themselves or their significant others. Lauren plays a selection of the mix-tape tunes for the nation's enjoyment.

With all this and Lauren's eclectic choice of music scattered through the show, this is a daily appointment not to be missed.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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Marc Riley

Monday 30 November
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Antlers are in session for Marc Riley. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the band released their album, Hospice, in March of this year.

The band are Peter Silberman on vocals and guitar; Michael Lerner on drums and percussion; and Darby Cicci on keyboards, trumpet and bowed banjo.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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6 Music Plays It Again –
Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine Ep 1/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

There's a double helping of Marc Riley every night this week as he dips into the BBC's archives and unearths seminal and tantalising rock interviews, as part of a series first broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

It's funny how things can look so different many years down the line; once the dust has settled, tempers have calmed and much water has gone under the bridge. Not seeking to open old wounds or anything, Marc Riley goes back in time to the turning points in the careers of some of the biggest artists in music to check out exactly what they did say in the heat of the moment and to put it into today's context.

In this episode Marc looks back at archive interviews with Liam and Noel Gallagher and BBC 6 Music's newest recruit Jarvis Cocker.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 30 November 2009

Silver Street

Monday 30 November
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Jodie and Sway wake up after a secret weekend together, in the week's first visit to Silver Street. They agree to play things "normal" in order for their relationship to remain a secret.

Elsewhere, Jaggy is trying to open the salon after the keys were locked inside. He bumps into Kuljit and invites him to a poker night.

Later, Kuljit is surprised that Sway hasn't opened the studio yet and there's no sign of Jodie at the cafe, but will he suspect something?

Jodie is played by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Jaggy by Jay Kiyani, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Kenny by Brian Croucher.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 30 November 2009

The Crescent And The Cross Ep 4/4

Monday 30 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Owen Bennett Jones continues to examine several turning points in the relationship between Christianity and Islam and, in this week's final programme, discovers the Islamic leader who confronted the might of the British Empire; the Mahdi.

The Mahdi was a devout man, who developed a huge following, and Owen charts his rise to power and his clash with British General Charles Gordon.

Presenter/Owen Bennett Jones, Producer/David Edmonds

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Network Radio BBC Week 48: Tuesday 1 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Tuesday 1 December 2009

Zane Lowe's Masterpieces 2009 –
The Streets: Original Pirate Material Ep 2/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe
BBC Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe

Following its success over the past two years, Masterpieces returns with a four-part series dedicated to the albums Zane Lowe has crowned "masterpieces" for the way they altered the musical landscape at the time of their release.

Tonight it's the turn of The Streets' Original Pirate Material – the startling 2002 debut from UK MC/producer Mike Skinner which, upon its release, was greeted with wide-spread critical acclaim. Regarded as an introduction to an exciting new voice, Original Pirate Material offered intelligent snapshots of young Britain over bedroom-produced garage, house and hip hop beats.

As well as playing the album in its entirety from start to finish, unedited and uninterrupted, Mike shares his personal insights on how he crafted future classics, including Weak Become Heroes and Don't Mug Yourself.

Zane also discusses the debut's impact on the profile of UK urban music and the artists who have been influenced by its success at bringing together fans of indie and dance music.

Presenter/Zane Lowe

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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 1 December 2009

He's Not The Messiah, He's A Very Naughty Boy

Tuesday 1 December
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar

When Monty Python's Life Of Brian was released in 1979, it was denounced by many around the world as blasphemous, but became an instant box-office smash.

Thirty years later, it is regularly voted one of the funniest films ever, topping a Radio Times poll only last month. In this programme, comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar celebrates this anarchic British classic, looking at the film's origins, the shoot in Tunisia and its controversial afterlife.

In the Python's absurdist take on the story of Christ, a man called Brian (played by Graham Chapman) is mistaken for the Messiah and attempts to escape the attentions of his devoted followers. A deft satire on religious intolerance, the film brilliantly lampooned Biblical epics like Ben Hur. George Harrison stepped in with the money, setting up Handmade films to get it made, because he wanted to see the film. And it provided many unforgettable scenes and peerless lines, such as John Cleese's Roman Legionnaire correcting Brian's Latin graffiti: "What have the Romans ever done for us?", "Welease Woger" and the sing-along crucifixion finale.

Contributors to the programme include the film's director, Terry Jones; producer John Goldstone; Carol Cleveland; and Sonia Jones, who sang the title song. Listeners hear Michael Palin recall the moment of inspiration in a Paris bar; Terry Gilliam talks about his fantasy space ship animation; John Cleese remembers the pain of being crucified in Tunisia; Carol Cleveland recalls working with Spike Milligan, who made a cameo appearance as a prophet; and Eric Idle remembers the less-than-enthusiastic response to Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Presenter/Sanjeev Bhaskar, Producer/Caroline Hughes

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That Western Swing Thing Ep 4/5

Tuesday 1 December
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Ray Benson, founder and lead singer of the 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.

In tonight's penultimate episode of the series, Ray focuses on the importance of radio to the success of western swing and the music's heyday in the Forties. The programme traces the development of the Bob Wills sound throughout this decade, and his move to the West Coast and Hollywood.

Ray also looks at the impact of band leader Spade Cooley on the western swing movement in California. Donnell Clyde Cooley, nicknamed Spade for his impressive poker skills, spent his early years in Hollywood as Roy Rogers's stunt double by day and fiddler with local bands by night. He was recruited into the Venice Pier house band and was soon fronting his own western swing outfit – which was much slicker in approach than the Texas Playboys, often with trained orchestral musicians playing written arrangements.

Spade and his orchestra had a string of Top 10 country hits, including his theme song Shame On You, and his success soon transferred to the big and small screens with roles in Hollywood Westerns and a hugely successful TV variety show throughout the Fifties.

But his story was to have a dramatic Hollywood ending, and not a happy one. Ray, along with music historians and musicians from that era, talks about the rise and fall of the man who proclaimed himself "King of western swing".

Presenter/Ray Benson, Producer/Al Booth

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 1 December 2009

Performance On 3

Tuesday 1 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Conductor Andris Nelsons combines Bruckner with his hero, Richard Wagner, in this City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra concert.

Bruckner dedicated his Third Symphony to Wagner, and there's more than a hint of the Ride Of The Valkyries in this powerfully romantic symphony, with its vast musical landscapes and hymns of triumph.

The Finnish clarinettist Kari Kriikku brings the dazzling virtuosity of the Concerto, written for him by his compatriot, Magnus Lindberg, and the concert opens with the serene beauty of Wagner's Parsifal prelude.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 1 December 2009

The Choice Ep 7/8

Tuesday 1 December
9.00-9.30am BBC RADIO 4

Michael Buerk talks to former social worker Nevres Kemal, who blew the whistle on Haringey council before the death of Baby P, in today's penultimate edition of The Choice.

Throughout this series, Michael has interviewed people who have made life-altering decisions and talked them through the whole process, from the original dilemma, to living with the consequences.

Presenter/Michael Buerk, Producer/Amanda Hancox

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Tempus Fugit

Tuesday 1 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

It is often said that time seems to speed up the older you get. In this programme, Ian Peacock gets to the heart of the elasticity of time.

The philosopher Paul Janet encapsulated, over a century ago, what many people feel as they grow older – time is speeding up. Ian asks why there is this discrepancy between real time and perception of time and whether it's possible to succeed in "slowing down" time to extend people's lives still further. To explore these questions, Ian talks time with psychologists, mathematicians, pharmacologists, gerontologists, children and some very lucid centenarians.

However, this is not only about the subjective speed of time – it is specifically about the apparent acceleration of time with age. People's daily routines, lifestyle, memory and even maths have been implicated.

This programme mixes informed anecdote and new research to weigh up the latest evidence about the elasticity of time.

Presenter/Ian Peacock, Producer/Fiona Roberts

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A Jewel In The Comedy Crown

Tuesday 1 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Jason Manford pays tribute to Jimmy Jewel, a master of reinvention and one of the most enduring show business entertainers of the 20th century.

Jimmy Jewel's story reflects the changing face of British light entertainment over 60 years. From stand-up comedian and double-act stooge, to television sitcom star and serious character actor, long before Kylie or Madonna, Jewell led the way in showbiz survival, reinventing himself every few years as tastes and outlets for work changed.

Born in December 1909, Jewel is probably best remembered today for his fractious "double act" with Hylda Baker in the Sixties and Seventies comedy Nearest And Dearest.

Jewel first took to the stage aged four and, as part of the variety double act Jewel And Warriss, went on to become a popular music hall star. He continued a successful career on radio, stage and screen before cementing his position as one of the great survivors and adapters when he made the transformation to accomplished serious actor.

This programme is peppered with classic Jewel archive and includes contributions from actor Jean Boht and variety entertainer John Styles.

Presenter/Jason Manford, Producer/Stephen Garner

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Tales From The Stave Ep 1/4

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

BBC Radio 4's forensic glimpse into the mind of some of the world's greatest composers returns for a new series.

In today's opener, best-selling crime writer Frances Fyfield brings her presenter's magnifying glass to bear on one of the most famous, and precious, manuscripts in music – Bach's B-minor Mass.

There are very few scores anywhere in the world of more value than Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Mass in B minor. So fragile is it that the Berlin library where it is kept, only allows very few people ever to see it – let alone touch it.

Choral conductor Simon Halsey and the Bach soprano Deborah York join Frances at the library to get closer to the great German composer's extraordinary industry, and to catch a glimpse of his humanity.

Other episodes in this series include a look at one of the most famous pieces of British music, The Planets, by Gustav Holst, from the Bodleian Library in Oxford; and, to mark the bicentenary of Chopin's birth, an exploration of his Barcarolle, there's also a look at Michael Tippett's Oratorio Child Of Our Time, both from the British Library.

Presenter/Frances Fyfield, Producer/Tom Alban

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Afternoon Play – Right Place, Wrong Time

Tuesday 1 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Right Place, Wrong Time, today's Afternoon Play offering, is written by Don Webb (Rockcliffe's Babies, Byker Grove, Juliet Bravo) and stars Shaun Dooley (EastEnders), Greg Wood and Fiona Clarke.

Alan Morgan is a sales engineer in an area stretching from Manchester to the Scottish border and spends a lot of time away from home. Part of him wants to stop travelling so much, while the other part knows he likes it too much. His wife, Jill, knows this, too, but is content to let him have his way – it's like being married to a sailor. They have two small kids and lead a good life.

A series of violent crimes have been committed in the north and north west of the country. A daring robber, dubbed "the man in black" by the red top press, is targeting cash-only businesses in the early mornings before they open or when cash is being delivered. He dresses in black and is ruthless, using a shotgun to persuade and, on three occasions, to kill. The only lead is a photo-fit reconstruction of the robber's face, general build and physique.

The picture, however, is the spitting image of Alan.

The police get in touch with him after a tip-off, as Alan seems to be very close to where the robberies have occurred. He has to account for his every movement, which proves difficult. Events and coincidences crack the glass of his ideal lifestyle opening an abyss, which tumbles Alan into a parallel Kafka-esque world of suspicion, paranoia, betrayal and despair.

Shaun Dooley stars as Alan, Greg Wood as Perkins and Fiona Clarke as Jill.

Producer/Gary Brown

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 1 December 2009

5 Live Sport

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

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and brings listeners live coverage of the night's League Cup quarter-final matches.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 1 December 2009

Marc Riley

Tuesday 1 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

There's a welcome return to Marc Riley's Manchester studio for Erland And The Carnival tonight. Featuring ex-Verve member Simon Tong, the band have been described as a "heavy folk rock band".

Also featuring in the band are Orcadian folk guitarist and singer Gawain Erland Cooper and drummer/engineer David Nock – who recently worked with Sir Paul McCartney on his Firemen project.

The band are based in London but journey up north to entertain and enthral Marc's discerning listeners.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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6 Music Plays It Again –
Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine Ep 2/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

Boy George and Tom Waits are the artists under the spotlight tonight, as Marc Riley continues to dip into the BBC's archives to unearth a selection of seminal and tantalizing rock interviews, in a series first broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 1 December 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 1 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

At the Golden Crown Jaggy recruits more participants for his big poker game, as the drama continues. Brian is on board but there's someone who isn't happy about this at all.

While Kenny deals with yet another business call from Rozena, Jaggy and Darren go over the line-up for the game.

Elsewhere, Kuljit and Jodie have an awkward conversation about remaining friends. Kuljit thinks Jodie looks well, but could that be because she has already met someone new?

Jaggy is played by Jay Kiyani, Brian by Gerard McDermott, Kenny by Brian Croucher, Darren by Samuel Kindred, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Jodie by Vineeta Rishi.

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BBC RADIO 1 Wednesday 2 December 2009

Zane Lowe Masterpieces 2009 –
The Clash: London Calling Ep 3/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Zane Lowe returns tonight with the third part of Masterpieces – a series dedicated to the albums that Zane has crowned "masterpieces" for the way they altered the musical landscape at the time of their release.

The 1979 release of London Calling by punk rock group The Clash has been widely accepted as one of the greatest rock albums of all time with songs that defined a generation. The album's mix of defiantly political lyrics and eclectic concoction of pop, soul, rockabilly and reggae was well received both critically and commercially.

As well as playing the album in its entirety, unedited and uninterrupted, Zane is joined by the band's song-writing force Mick Jones to discuss how The Clash crafted bona fide classics such as the title track, thus creating a blueprint for rock music ever since.

Presenter/Zane Lowe, Producers/Rob Lewis and Kat Wong

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 2 December 2009

Trevor Nelson's Soul Show

Wednesday 2 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Trevor Nelson
BBC Radio 2 presenter Trevor Nelson

Trevor Nelson plays another hour of soulful tunes and features 1985's A Little Spice, from British R&B group Loose Ends, as his Album Of The Week.

The trio, formed in London in 1980, initially comprised Carl McIntosh on vocals and guitar, vocalist Jane Eugene and writer and founder Steve Nichol on Keyboards. A Little Spice features the UK soul classic track Hangin' On A String (Contemplating).

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 2 December 2009

Performance On 3 – British Composer Awards 2009

Wednesday 2 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Recorded yesterday evening at The Law Society, this evening's Performance On 3 celebrates the wealth of contemporary music in the UK, with the British Composer Awards 2009. The awards celebrate new works that received their first UK performance between April 2008 and March 2009.

The shortlist of nominees includes such luminaries as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir John Tavener, Jonathan Harvey and Alexander Goehr, as well as some potential household names of the future, including Bernard Hughes, Christian Mason and Elizabeth Winters, in categories from chamber to liturgical music and, for the first time this year, there is an award for contemporary jazz composition.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 2 December 2009

In Living Memory Ep 1/4

New series
Wednesday 2 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

BBC Radio 4's contemporary history series, In Living Memory, returns with four more re-examinations of big news stories which have since faded from public memory.

In the first programme, Jolyon Jenkins investigates the Moorgate tube crash of 1975, which remains the worst accident on the London Underground. A driver overshot the platform at Moorgate station and drove his train at full speed into a brick wall – 43 people died. The cause of the accident is still a mystery but there are some who argue that the driver may have committed suicide.

The main champion of this theory is the sitcom writer Laurence Marks, whose father died in the crash and who investigated the accident as a journalist for the Sunday Times. But colleagues of the late driver strongly dispute the suicide claim. They talk to Jolyon about the boredom and disorientation that comes with driving a tube train and the possibility that he may have been confused about which station he was at. Other witnesses to the accident talk about the rescue and salvage operation mounted in the days afterwards.

Later in this series, Jolyon investigates the hijacking of an Afghan airlines flight by a group of Afghan asylum seekers in February 2000, and Chris Ledgard re-examines the controversy in Birmingham over Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs back in 1998 and the arguments over the introduction of Sunday trading in 1994.

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Afternoon Play – A Dangerous Thing

Wednesday 2 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Timothy Spall, John Sessions and Amanda Root star in A Dangerous Thing, a new drama by John Sessions about the enduring friendship between two giants of 18th-century literature – Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift.

The friendship of the two great Augustan satirists is tested by political and personal events. In May 1744, Alexander Pope is on his deathbed in Twickenham and Jonathan Swift is losing his wits in Dublin. The two friends have not seen each other for 17 years but each is very much on the other's mind.

In his final hours, Pope talks to his emotional and intellectual soulmate, Martha "Pattie" Blount, about his relationship with Swift and the events that conspired to keep the two friends apart for most of their lives. He also recalls Swift's last visit to London when an unexpected encounter with a young burglar put the divergent philosophies of the two friends to the test.

Timothy Spall plays Jonathan Swift; John Sessions plays Alexander Pope; Amanda Root plays Martha "Pattie" Blount; Joe Thomas plays Boy (Tom) and John Gay; Tessa Nicholson plays Amica; Nigel Hastings plays Dr Cheselden/Lord Bolingbroke/Waterman; and John Biggins plays Swift's Servant/Dr Arbuthnot/Matthew/Gentleman.

Producer/Emma Harding

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Thinking Allowed

Wednesday 2 December
4.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Laurie Taylor talks to the anthropologist who went to Wall Street to learn how the lives, experiences and ideologies of the investment bankers who work there shaped not just the financial markets, but the very nature of employment across America, in this week's Thinking Allowed.

Karen Ho, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, spent a year working in a Manhattan Investment Bank, followed by months of in-depth interviews with bankers with companies including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. By studying in detail their daily lives, the culture of work and the practices of the bankers themselves, she presents an alternative take on the world of financial collapse.

Laurie talks to Karen about the fascinating detail of everyday life on Wall Street and she punctures the aura of the abstract, all-powerful market to show how financial markets, particularly booms and busts, are constructed. She also describes how a financially dominant but highly unstable market system is understood, justified and produced through the restructuring of corporations and the larger economy.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 2 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 2 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and live coverage of one of tonight's League Cup quarter-final matches.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 2 December 2009

Marc Riley

Wednesday 2 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Driver Drive Faster make their way to Manchester for a live studio session with Marc Riley this evening.

Driver Drive Faster consists of three former members of the band Polytechnic; Peet Earnshaw, Dylan Giles and Yuri Caul. They have just finished a mini-tour supporting The Answering Machine.

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 2 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Yo La Tengo are Gideon Coe's studio guests for the first hour of tonight's show, and perform some of their favourite songs and tracks from their new album, Popular Songs.

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6 Music Plays It Again –
Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine Ep 3/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

There's a double helping of Marc Riley every night this week as listeners have another chance to hear Marc dip into the BBC's archives to unearth seminal and tantalising rock interviews, as part of a series first broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

In tonight's programme Iggy Pop and Marvin Gaye are the artists under the spotlight.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 2 December 2009

Silver Street

Wednesday 2 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Sway and Jodie snatch some secret time together at the old warehouse, as the Midlands-set drama continues. Jodie wishes that they didn't have to sneak around and worries that Kuljit won't cope with being "just friends". Kuljit phones Jodie and Sway dashes off, saying that he arranged to meet Kuljit for a drink.

Meanwhile, at the pub, Brian warns Kuljit that it's a rocky path staying friends with an ex. Sway bursts in, apologising for being late, and asks what tonight's hot topic of conversation is...

Sway is played by Nicholas Bailey, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Brian by Gerard McDermott.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 2 December 2009

Can China Go Green? Ep 1/2

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

Renowned writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, Jonathon Porritt, is in China amid the power stations and burgeoning numbers of cars, in this new two-part series questioning whether the country can build a more sustainable future.

Much has been written and said about China's rapid industrial expansion and the environmental impact of this growth. But, in this series, Jonathan attempts to explore what is actually happening on the ground across this vast country and, in the process, discovers some pioneering green solutions.

He finds a country which, he argues, has the most enormous amounts of wind power available to it, the most aggressive expansion programme for renewable sources of energy of any country in the world and has set some extremely tough targets for improving both energy efficiency and water efficiency. He also argues that it is just about the only country in the world to have done any serious work to introduce a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that takes into account the environmental and climate costs.

Jonathan argues that China is effectively "leap frogging" the older industrial societies of Europe and America and bringing on real long-term environmental solutions, sustainable power and eco design.

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Exchanges At The Frontier Ep 1/5

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

Exploring the frontiers of science, philosopher AC Grayling talks to the world's leading scientists about their work, in this new five-part series recorded as part of a unique series of events created by BBC World Service and the Wellcome Collection.

The subjects of climate change, the origin of the universe, life on other planets, the nature of consciousness and one of the most ambitious and expensive science projects, the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, are all presented through the unique insights of some of the world's leading authorities in their fields.

The US cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, the Ghanaian British nuclear physicist Tejinder Virdee, the Canadian neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland, the Indian economist and Nobel Prize-winner Rajendra Pachauri and the American astronomer Seth Shostak present a truly international line up for exploring the frontiers of science.

With the help of a public audience, AC Grayling discusses the Large Hadron Collider at Cern with the man behind the building of the CMS machine and explores the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience with an expert who says free will is an illusion and the deliberations of the mind are automatic responses.

In the first episode, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenagen, AC Grayling is in conversation with Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change.

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Network Radio BBC Week 48: Thursday 3 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Thursday 3 December 2009

Zane Lowe's Masterpieces 2009 –
Daft Punk: Discovery Ep 4/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Zane Lowe returns tonight with the final instalment of Masterpieces – a series dedicated to the albums Zane has crowned "masterpieces" for the way they altered the musical landscape at the time of their release.

In this show, Daft Punk's 2001 release Discovery is re-examined. The innovative dance duo further pushed the envelope of dance music with the album's hybrid of synth-pop, electro and disco, spawning international hit singles One More Time and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, and a willingness to create a strong aesthetic look never before seen in the genre.

As well as playing the album in its entirety from start to finish, unedited and uninterrupted, Zane has a rare interview with the normally reclusive duo where they discuss the concept behind Discovery and how it has influenced dance music ever since.

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BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 3 December 2009

Radio 2 Live In The Morning – Leona Lewis

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 3 December
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

X-Factor winner and multi-platinum-selling artist Leona Lewis
X-Factor winner and multi-platinum-selling artist Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis performs live from the BBC Radio Theatre in Ken Bruce's show today, as part of the Radio 2 Live In The Morning strand.

Leona won The X Factor in 2006 and has since gone on to become a multi-platinum-selling artist. Her debut album, Spirit, entered the album chart at No. 1 and became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK. Her second album, Echo, was released last month.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Bob Harris Country

Thursday 3 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris is joined on his Country show this evening by the 2009 Americana Music Award nominees for new band, Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles.

In a session recorded in Nashville, in September, the band performs live songs from their latest album, The Stars Are Out.

Based in Boston, Sarah released her first album in 2005. An admissions officer at a music college, she continued her day job and played the local bars at night – earning a reputation as an energetic live performer. Her country influenced follow-up, Diamonds In The Dark, was released in 2007.

With their latest album, Sarah Borges And The Broken Singles have moved towards a more pop-tinged sound which includes cover versions of songs from Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields and Evan Dando.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth

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The Blaggers Guide To Jazz Ep 4/6

Thursday 3 December
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

David Quantick continues his fast-paced, comical guide to the mystical, magical and misunderstood world of jazz and tonight covers vocal jazz, jazz fusion and the experimental musician Sun Ra.

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 3 December 2009

Performance On 3

Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov round off their series celebrating the great tradition of Czech music – appropriately with a festive piece featuring no fewer than 12 trumpets, Janáček's glorious Sinfonietta – in this concert live from City Halls, Glasgow.

The orchestra is joined by one of America's finest pianists and a past winner of the Chopin International Piano competition, Garrick Ohlsson, for a rare performance of Martinů's Piano Concerto No. 4 Incantation, with its irresistible combination of dreamy lyricism and driving energy. Ohlsson himself calls it "a vigorous emotional rollercoaster". These two extraordinarily individual works are offset by the more restrained beauty of Dvořák's poetic Legends, which overflows with melodic invention.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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Twenty Minutes – The Imperial Mathematician In The Moon

Thursday 3 December
7.45-8.05pm BBC RADIO 3

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings but it's also the 400th anniversary of the first modern European story of a trip to the Moon – astronomer Johannes Kepler's astonishing science fiction novella, Somnium – The Dream, written in the summer of 1609, in Prague.

In 1609, Kepler was at the height of his powers publishing his laws of planetary motion which would later help the Moon landings. But he was also a man with dangerous ideas. Just like Galileo, Kepler supported the new astronomy which put the Sun at the centre of the solar system, instead of a static Earth. Kepler's story was a mind-blowing thought experiment, to shift the reader's frame of reference to the Moon so they could see that Earth never stood still. Unlike Galileo, it wasn't his own life he endangered with his ideas – it was his mother's.

Orwell prize-winning author and journalist Andrew Brown interviews author Ken Macleod; Avery Meiksin, Professor of Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics at the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh; and the author of Kepler's Witch, Professor James Connor.

Presenter/Andrew Brown, Producer/Louise Yeoman

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FREE THINKING 2009
Night Waves

Thursday 3 December
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

The jobs that defined men are disappearing – the opposite sex trounces them in exams and there's speculation that we won't even need men for reproduction in the future. With primary school teaching being an overwhelmingly female vocation and the rise in the number of single-parent families, many boys are growing up without significant male role models. And the current debate over paternity leave and paternity rights suggests that society is confused about what it means to be a modern father.

Richard Moss, of the BBC's Politics Show, hosts a heated debate at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival on whether the 21st century is a hostile environment for men, and examines the sort of future that lies ahead for the male gender.

On the panel, in front of an audience at The Sage, Gateshead, are writer and journalist Beatrix Campbell; assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Paul Richardson; Roger Olley of Fathers Plus; and Baroness Julia Neuberger, who argue over the place of men in today's and tomorrow's world.

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 3 December 2009

The House That Jazz Built

Thursday 3 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Celebrating 50 years of Ronnie Scott's, Paul Merton looks back over five decades of Britain's most famous jazz venue and examines the impact of the club on the world of music.

After the Second World War, jazz musician Ronnie Scott became frustrated by having nowhere to play his music so, together with his business partner, Pete King, he opened a small cellar club in London's Soho.

Ever since his trips in the late Forties to the jazz clubs of New York's 52nd Street, Scott dreamed of opening his own London venue. His vision came true when the first Ronnie Scott's club opened in Soho in 1959. The initial plan was to provide a base for British jazz musicians to jam. However, the club quickly developed a reputation for featuring the best in modern jazz and provided a platform for the world's greatest jazz musicians. It became a Mecca for Jazz fans and a popular hang-out for many comedians and actors, such as Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

Ronnie Scott's has remained at the forefront of the jazz community and, from its earliest days, changed the landscape of jazz in the UK. In 1965, it relocated a short distance from Gerrard Street to Frith Street, where it remains one of the world's most celebrated jazz rooms, complete with its own studio and record label.

With new interviews recorded on location at Ronnie Scott's, and supported by a wealth of BBC archive and jazz recordings, this programme features a selection of music and personalities associated with the venue during its 50-year history.

Presenter/Paul Merton, Producer/Stephen Garner

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Afternoon Play – Headliner

Thursday 3 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Neil Brand's drama takes place in the hothouse atmosphere of a repressed society ripe for change and in the almost gladiatorial arena of the stand-up stage, in today's Afternoon Play.

It builds on Neil's increasing interest in all sides of the comedy world and his work in recent years with Paul Merton's Impro Chums, Kilkenny comedy festival and the Comedy Store.

Important elections are on the horizon in the ex-Soviet state of Khovakhia and there is a real chance that the oppressive Moscow-facing regime could be toppled. Katya Kalugin is sharp, witty and ambitious, and the country's first successful female stand-up comedian.

Katya's career and profile take a further leap forward when she is taken under the wing of legendary US comedian Doug Stokowski, who is curiously stranded in Khovakhia during his world tour.

He grooms Katya towards angrier, more radical material which is fuelled by the mysterious abduction of her best friend, radical academic Pavel. Introduced to the mushrooming underground opposition movement Greenshoots, Katya agrees to perform at their pre-election rally. But it is only when she takes to the mic that anyone will know whether she will follow the pro-Western line encouraged by Doug, or speak out for her own vision of a 21st-century Khovakhia.

Katya Kalugin is played by Perrier Comedy Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Laura Solon.

Producer/David Hunter

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 3 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Thursday 3 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd

Eleanor Oldroyd brings listeners the latest sports news and is joined by special guests for The Headline Hour, discussing the latest big sports issues making the news.

At 8pm, Ian Dennis presents South Africa 2010, live from Cape Town, previewing tomorrow's World Cup draw.

Eleanor is also joined by former Olympians Steve Parry and Katherine Merry, at 9pm, for London Calling, looking ahead to the London 2012 Olympics.

At 10pm, two of 5 Live Sport's pundits get some sporting issues off their chests in And Another Thing.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 3 December 2009

Marc Riley

Thursday 3 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Sparrow And The Workshop perform live in session on Marc Riley's show this evening.

Sparrow And The Workshop are a three-piece alt folk/country/indie outfit based in Glasgow, formed in the dew of January 2008 under the heavy fog of yeast from the Tennent's Factory. The American/Scottish/Welsh trio play a stripped-down drum kit, a crashbox, a very white bass, a smallish acoustic guitar, a mellow-yellow electric slide guitar and, occasionally, an old French violin.

Tinged with elements of country and folk, but incorporating a huge range of references from motor city to Seattle, their sound ranges from punky and harsh to sparse and sensitive, allowing boy/girl vocal duets, various instrumentation and a penchant for storytelling to shine through.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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6 Music Plays It Again –
Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine Ep 4/4

Monday 30 November to Thursday 3 December
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

Listeners have been treated to a double helping of Marc Riley all this week and, tonight, he continues to dip into the BBC's archives to unearth some more seminal and tantalizing rock interviews, as there's another chance to hear this series first broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

David Bowie and Bono are the artists under the spotlight.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 3 December 2009

Silver Street

Thursday 3 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

It's Jaggy's poker night but Kuljit seems to be stalling, in the penultimate visit of the week to Silver Street. With Kuljit out of the way, Sway drives Jodie to a secret location so they can spend some quality time together.

At the game, Brian and Kenny trade competitive insults. Kenny then raises the stakes and Jaggy raises them further. Not to be outdone, Brian has a challenge for Kenny. Tensions mount, but who will win the game?

Jaggy is played by Jay Kiyani, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Brian by Gerard McDermott and Kenny by Brian Croucher.

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 4 December 2009

The Bands That Mattered Ep 3/5

Friday 4 December
7.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian Matthew continues to celebrate the golden age of British dance bands at a time when some of the biggest and most glamorous stars on the pop scene were bandleaders.

In the third programme in this series, the great Jack Hylton comes under the spotlight. Hylton started out as a humble clog dancer in Lancashire and ended up as one of the West End's most powerful impresarios. On the way, he led the finest show band in the country, one that toured Europe throughout the Thirties and carried an unrivalled roster of talent and entertainment with it.

Writer Tony Staveacre has scoured the BBC's sound archive and interviewed many musicians and friends to assemble this vivid portrait of an era Robert Graves called "The Long Garden Party". The series includes contributions from Ambrose and Roy Fox; band members; experts including Russell Davies; as well as Brian Matthew himself, who personally knew many of the figures in this remarkable story.

The Bands That Mattered continues next week when Brian begins a two-part profile on Lew Stone called Why Did She Fall For The Leader Of The Band.

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Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show

Friday 4 December
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman
BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman rounds up the week's arts and entertainment action with top guests and great tunes for a Friday night in.

Louis de Bernieres, who shot to fame when he wrote Captain's Corelli's Mandolin, is Claudia's studio guest this week. He's back with a new book – a collection of short stories called Notwithstanding.

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 4 December 2009

Performance On 3

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic, live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, in a programme of music for the ballet.

Soviet Russia was not an easy place for an artist in the middle of the last century to be, but some composers fared better than others under Stalin's repressive regime. Aram Khachaturian, of Armenian extraction but Moscow-trained, was one of the more politically astute figures of the time. Gayaneh is his ballet in praise of Communism, which includes the famous Sabre Dance, brilliantly and raucously brought to life via an unerring ear for orchestral effect.

The Forties remains the focus in the second of tonight's ballets, with Italian Luigi Dallapiccola's Marsia, which has warmth and lyricism but is a work which also features grinding rhythms and great pathos.

The concert ends with a Suite from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. It's hardly surprising that today this is considered one of the greatest scores ever written for the ballet stage. What is surprising is that the work was a flop in the first place, the score written off as undanceable and left to rot until after the composer's death.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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Twenty Minutes – The Courtship Of Mr Lyon

Friday 4 December
7.50-8.10pm BBC RADIO 3

Author Angela Carter, best known for her novels Wise Children and Nights At The Circus, brought the classic Beauty And The Beast story dazzlingly up to date with a witty, gothic tale, set in a magical, frozen world where things are never quite as expected.

When a father steals a single white rose from the garden of a snow-covered mansion one winter's night, he is forced into a strange bargain with the extraordinary leonine owner of the house. His beautiful daughter, with skin as white as snow, will accept the hospitality of the Beast who, in turn, will help her father regain his lost fortune.

As the penniless girl settles into her extravagant new surroundings, she can't help but recoil at the strange "otherness" of her host as they sit down to dine each night. But with the eventual revival of her father's fortunes, and her return to civilisation, Beauty comes to realise that it was perhaps not she who needed rescuing...

Reader/Deborah Findlay, Producer/Justine Willett

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 4 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Friday 4 December
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves for Kicking Off With Colin Murray, previewing the weekend's football, including Manchester City versus Chelsea, West Ham United versus Manchester United and Everton versus Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, plus a look back at today's World Cup 2010 draw in Cape Town.

From 9.30pm, Colin is joined by Tim Lovejoy for Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express, in which they take a quick-fire look at the current burning issues in sport. Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express is also available as a podcast to download at bbc.co.uk/5live.

Presenter/Colin Murray

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 4 December 2009

Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 December
12.15-8.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The Test Match Special commentary team bring uninterrupted commentary of South Africa versus England in the fifth One Day International match, live from Kingsmead, Durban.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 4 December 2009

Cerys On 6

Friday 4 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Veteran glam-rock punks the New York Dolls join Cerys Matthews for a chat about their career.

Two original members, flamboyant singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, reformed the band in 2004 following the death of bassist Arthur Kane. Their new album, Cause I Sez So, was released in May and saw the legendary band reuniting with producer Todd Rundgren.

The punk pioneers created a "protopunk" sound which prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era; their visual style influenced the look of many new wave and Eighties-era glam metal groups, and they began the local New York scene at CBGBs that later spawned the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads.

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Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show

Friday 4 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Welsh metallers Skindred join the Rock Show tonight.

Combining reggae, rock and punk, Skindred are one of the most inventive metal bands in the UK. They've also sold more than half a million albums in the US and were named "Best Live Band In Britain" by Kerrang! magazine.

Having toured with the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Gogol Bordello, the guys have recently released their studio record, Shark Bits And Dog Fights. They tell listeners about recording the album and how they're preparing for their forthcoming world tour.

Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 4 December 2009

Silver Street

Friday 4 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

It's the final round in the poker game, in the last visit of the week to Silver Street. Kuljit folds and is closely followed by Darren and Kenny. Brian and Jaggy reveal their cards...

Elsewhere, Sway and Jodie come to the end of their night out. Jodie reckons she can't keep sneaking around like this. Is Sway ready to reveal their secret?

Kuljit is played by Sartaj Garewal, Darren by Samuel Kindred, Kenny by Brian Croucher, Brian by Gerard McDermott, Jaggy by Jay Kiyani, Sway by Nicholas Bailey and Jodie by Vineeta Rishi.

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