Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
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.
Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producers/Tony Staveacre and Roy Oakshott
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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.
Presenter/Claudia Winkleman, Producer/Carmela DiClemente
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Jax Coombes
BBC 6 Music Publicity
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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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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