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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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