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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
19-25 December 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 19 December 2009

Paul Gambaccini With America's Greatest Hits Of The Year

Saturday 19 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini presents his annual review of the year's greatest hits in the United States. As usual, he will play the top singles of 2009 in ascending order and will also feature the best-selling albums plus the top three songs in the country, rock, adult contemporary and R&B genres.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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Even Better Than The Real Thing –
The Top Of The Pops Albums

Saturday 19 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Noddy Holder looks back at the Seventies phenomenon that was the Top Of The Pops albums which, at their peak, enjoyed buoyant sales and topped the UK charts.

Noddy celebrates one of the forgotten musical successes of the decade and revisits the happy days when music fans could buy all their favourite tunes in Woolworth's for the price of a single, but they were just not quite the real thing!

The name was a masterstroke and their success was such an embarrassment to the industry that the major labels quickly ganged up to have them kicked out of the charts. Once the songs were chosen, the producers were given two weeks to get them in the shops. Singers would arrive at the studio to be told they had to record a perfect impression of Johnny Rotten, Mark Bolan or Freddie Mercury.

The programme features contributions from the producers, musicians and singers whose job it was cover songs like Bohemian Rhapsody in a couple of hours.

Presenter/Noddy Holder, Producer/Neil Cowling

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Bob Harris

Saturday 19 December
11.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 2

Some years ago, singer-songwriter Shai Halperin self-produced a home-made, full-length album entitled Meet Yr Acres, which gained critical acclaim.

Having spent the last couple of years touring with The Pixies, he has returned to the music scene with Philadelphia-based quartet The Capitol Years, who released the album Dance Away The Terror earlier this year, from which their first single Revolutions was selected as Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie's Record Of The Week.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 19 December 2009

World Routes

Saturday 19 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

World Routes ends the year with the first of two concert recordings by African artists who have broken through to the mainstream. This week, the acclaimed Malian duo Amadou And Mariam play an end-of-year gig at the Forum in London.

Amadou And Mariam are a middle-aged married couple who don't speak English, were raised in schools for the blind and play roots music from Mali.

Their music, featuring Amadou's bluesy guitar, driving rhythms and Mariam's soaring vocals, is mesmerising and since the release of their newest album Welcome To Mali earlier this year, they have played on the main stage at Glastonbury, appeared in London's Hyde Park and played recently at the Nobel Peace Prize concert to honour Barack Obama.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Roger Short

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Opera On 3 Live From The Met – Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 December
6.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Live from Metropolitan Opera, New York, Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann stars Joseph Calleja as the troubled poet.

Hoffmann is waiting for the object of his affection, Stella, to arrive, and fills the time by telling the tale of his disastrous past loves. The first is a mechanical doll called Olympia, destroyed by her owner. His second love, Antonia, dies when the impulse to sing is too much for her weak heart. Finally the Venetian courtesan Giulietta steals his reflection as well as his heart before choosing a different suitor. When Stella eventually arrives she finds Hoffmann drunk, so leaves with his rival.

Les contes d'Hoffmann is conducted by James Levine, and has a stellar cast including Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova and Kathleen Kim as Hoffmann's former loves.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff, there will be live backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Ellie Mant

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 19 December 2009

Here We Come

Saturday 19 December
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

The Monkees (l-r), Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith
The Monkees (l-r), Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith

John Waite tells the story of his involvement with The Monkees, the wildly successful Sixties pop group and TV stars.

In 1970, John was a 19-year-old student hitch-hiking his way up the coast of California. Stuck in the centre of Los Angeles, with a Union Flag on his rucksack, he stood for hours with his thumb out watching cars roar past. Then he struck gold. A Cadillac convertible pulled up, the door opened and in jumped John. Only then did he notice that the man at the wheel was Davy Jones, the British star of the hit TV show that launched the world's first manufactured boy band. And then Davy invited him to stay.

Forty years on, John retraces his steps, telling the story of The Monkees along the way. He meets some of the people key to their success including songwriter Bobby Hart; Hank Cicalo, their long-suffering studio engineer who witnessed their creative development; and Henry Diltz, the rock 'n' roll photographer who became their friend and partner in crime.

The road trip ends in a poignant reunion with Davy, now breeding race horses in Philadelphia. As the two men reminisce, Davy reveals more about The Monkees split and the impact of the show on his later career.

Packed full of memorable hits and great anecdotes, Here We Come is also a revealing insight into the unexpected poptastic former life of one of BBC Radio 4's presenters.

Presenter/John Waite, Producer/Deborah Dudgeon

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Saturday Play – The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

Saturday 19 December
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

First edition of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
First edition of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

This new radio adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz brings L Frank Baum's characters vividly to life for a new generation.

Dorothy's famous quest to find her way back home makes for a compelling and action-packed story with a powerful heart. An orphaned child, she lives in the grey landscape of Kansas but when a tornado strikes she is lifted into a new and magical world.

Dorothy immediately makes some powerful enemies by accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East and claiming her silver shoes. Desperate to return home, her adventure takes her up the yellow brick road to the City of Emeralds making three unlikely friends on the way – a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman and a Lion. When the Wizard of Oz promises them a brain, a heart, courage and a ticket home, they embark on a perilous journey to kill the Wicked Witch of the West.

This distinctive contemporary dramatisation by Linda Marshall Griffiths embraces the original story with a new musical score by Olly Fox.

Introducing 12-year-old Amelia Clarkson as Dorothy, the cast stars Burn Gorman as the Tin Woodman; Kevin Eldon as the Scarecrow; Zubin Varla as the Lion; Jonathan Keeble as the Wizard; Emma Fielding as all the Witches; Andrew Westfield as the Flying Monkey King; and Graeme Hawley as the Munchkin.

Producer/Nadia Molinari

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1989 – Day-By-Day

Saturday 19 December to Christmas Day Friday 25 December
4.55-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

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. These daily programmes, presented by Sir John Tusa, re-trace the year's major political, cultural and social events as they happened.

In the news from this week in 1989 – serious unrest is reported in Romania with hundreds massacred; US forces looking for General Noriega invade Panama where he is seeking refuge; and Romanian President Nicolae Ceauşescu is caught as he tries to escape and is executed with his wife in Romania.

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

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Archive On 4 – A Dog's Life

Saturday 19 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In this week's Archive On 4, Peter White examines the changing role of the working dog through extensive archive – including material not previously broadcast.

Dogs are perennially "man's best friend" but they are also now "man's best colleague". From guide dogs to guard dogs, hearing dogs to healing dogs, Peter looks at the ways that people have become dependent on canines.

He examines the assistance dog from the early 1900s through to the development of their role within today's society. Over the years, guide dogs have been progressed to dual-purpose dogs, to dogs that can detect imminent epileptic fits, smuggled drugs and explosive devices. There are even dogs who can do people's washing!

A Dog's Life features a mix of new interviews and historical material featuring the trainers, the owners and those that place their lives in the paws of their dogs.

Presenter/Peter White, Producer/Elizabeth Foster

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 19 December 2009

The Danny Baker Show

Saturday 19 December
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Danny Baker is joined by special guest Stephen Fry for his original mix of Saturday morning sporting entertainment, featuring listener's stories, comedy banter and the examination of the big (but mostly the little) issues that occupy supporters' minds ahead of the weekend action.

This programme is also available to watch in-vision via the BBC Red button and via the BBC Radio 5 Live website at bbc.co.uk/5live.

Presenter/Danny Baker, Producer/Clare Davison

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 December
12.00noon-7.20pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live sport kicking off with commentary on Portsmouth versus Liverpool live from Fratton Park from 12.45pm with regular rugby union European Cup updates, including Treviso versus Northampton and Toulouse versus Cardiff.

There's also live coverage of all the day's 3pm kick-offs, including Fulham versus Manchester United, Aston Villa versus Stoke and Blackburn versus Tottenham in the Premier League and Rangers versus Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League. 5 Live Sport also offers reports from the fourth day's play of the first Test between South Africa and England at Centurion Park, Pretoria and further updates from rugby union's European Cup, including London Irish against Brive.

From 5.30pm, there's Premier League commentary on Arsenal against Hull City, live from the Emirates Stadium.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 19 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 19 December
8.15am-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special presents ball-by-ball commentary of the fourth day's play of the first Test between South Africa and England, live from Centurion Park, Pretoria. Jonathan Agnew leads the commentary team alongside Simon Mann and Gerald De Kock, with expert summary from Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott and Vic Marks.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 19 December 2009

Adam And Joe

Saturday 19 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish prepare for the Christmas season with their weekly reflections and some festive songs.

Presenters/Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, Producer/James Stirling

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6 Mix

Saturday 19 December
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

The Queens Of Noize return to BBC 6 Music to host the 6 Mix Christmas Party. The Queens, aka party duo Tabitha and Mairead, have had an amazing 2009, DJing around the world with Florence And The Machine and running their weekly club night Smash And Grab.

Getting 6 Music into the party spirit, the girls will be playing the biggest party tunes of the year from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Toddla T and Friendly Fires, plus a host of celebrity guest DJs will be joining them live on the decks.

Presenter/Queens Of Noize, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Saturday 19 December 2009

World Drama –
The Inheritance Of Loss By Kiran Desai Ep 2/2

Saturday 19 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Kiran Desai's Booker Prize-winning novel is dramatised for the first time for radio and leads up to the January edition of World Book Club, in which Kiran will discuss the novel.

Set near the Himalayas, it's the story of three people, each dreaming of another time. In this final part Sai begins to grow up and fall in love, but civil unrest starts to encroach on her life.

The Inheritance Of Loss stars Ayesha Dharker (The Terrorist; Bombay Talkie), Vincent Ebrahim (The Kumars At No. 42) and Paul Bhattacharjee (Dirty Pretty Things). The cast also includes: Harvey Virdi; Pooja Ghai, Inam Mirza, Ronny Jhutti, Melissa Advani, Stephen Hogan, Kate Layden, Zubin Varla, Nickul Hathi, Ravi Aujla, Nicholas Khan, Antony Bunsee, Stephen Hogan, Rehan Sheikh and Badi Uzzaman. Marion Nancarrow is the director.

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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
Sunday 20 December 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 20 December 2009

Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 20 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige presents her annual Christmas special, with in-studio performances from classical cross-over group Blake and the cast of A Christmas Carol, now playing at the Arts Theatre in London.

Elaine plays a selection of Broadway's finest seasonal music and there's a festive Big One from the musical Pickwick.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 20 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 3 December)

Brian D'Arcy looks forward to Christmas with a celebratory programme of carols and readings, recorded in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast.

Award-winning singers The Priests are joined by acclaimed choir Cappella Caeciliana, BBC Young Choristers of the Year 2009 Jacquelyne Hill and Laurence Kilsby, along with a suitably festive congregation to tell again the story of the nativity.

Favourite carols include Once In Royal David's City, Silent Night and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 20 December 2009

Christmas Around Europe

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 20 December
12.00noon-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Fiona Talkington presents a day of concerts to celebrate Christmas Around Europe, beginning live from the Radiokulturhaus in Vienna for a concert of chamber music by Mozart, Haydn, Albrechtsberger and Schmidt.

The afternoon's other highlights include a live broadcast from Tallinn, with the Estonian National Men's Chorus performing traditional Estonian songs alongside music by Bach, Gabrieli and English Christmas carols; and at 4pm Choral Evensong comes from St James's Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place, London.

The evening features live concerts from Munich at 5pm with the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra performing two contrasting Christmas choral works, Arvo Part's 2 Christmas Lullabies and Saint-Saens' mighty Christmas Oratorio. At 6pm from Warsaw there's a concert of Renaissance motets for Christmas, featuring works by Josquin Desprez, Victoria, Tallis, Lasso and Mikolaj Zielenski performed by The Subtilior Ensemble.

BBC Radio 3 rounds off the evening in Prague from 7pm with music from the Kromeriz Archives (1750-1800), performed in the Mirror Chapel by the Ensemble Inegal.

Presenter/Fiona Talkington, Producer/Ellie Mant

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Drama On 3 – A Whistle In The Dark

New series
Sunday 20 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In a first production for radio, Tom Murphy's modern classic drama is set in Coventry in the early Sixites. Michael Carney (Aidan McCardle) has come over from Ireland to work. He is married to Betty (Emma Amos) and has his three brothers staying in their house. They are awaiting the arrival of their father Dada (John Kavanagh) and their younger brother Des (Martin McCann). But this isn't an ordinary reunion, Dada wants the brothers to fight against the Mulryans, a rival Irish immigrant clan. Michael wants to stop them and save Des from a legacy of violence.

The play explores the tensions between the past and present in an evolving industrial society. As the world increasingly passes him and most of the brothers by, Dada wants his family to hold on to a vestige of primitive pride. Michael, on the other hand, wants himself and Des to take advantage of the opportunities in the new industrial world. The struggle between them has tragic consequences for all the family.

A Whistle In The Dark was first produced at The Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, in 1961. Over the last 48 years, subsequent productions, especially by Druid Theatre Company and The Abbey, have contributed to making the play a modern Irish classic, a play that was ahead of its time with its raw depiction of working-class family tension, gang warfare and the passionate voice it gives to the marginalised.

Producer/Roland Jaquarello

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Jazz Line Up – London Jazz Festival 2009

Sunday 20 December
11.45pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Kevin Le Gendre has an in-depth chat with guitarist John Scofield in an interview recorded at this year's London Jazz Festival.

A diverse collaborator and former Miles Davis side-man, Scofield has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz scene, recording more than 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Joe Lovano. He has also played and recorded with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Dave Holland, among many other jazz legends.

Presenter/Kevin Le Gendre, Producer/Keith Loxam

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 20 December 2009

Matilda Ep 1/2

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

Claire Rushbrook, Lauren Mote, John Biggins, Ryan Watson are the Wormwood family
Claire Rushbrook, Lauren Mote, John Biggins, Ryan Watson are the Wormwood family

Matilda is one of Roald Dahl's greatest creations – a cool, calm, pint-size genius, and she's only five years old. Narrated by Lenny Henry with Nicola McAuliffe as Miss Trunchbull, this modern children's classic is a Christmas treat.

Matilda, an extraordinary little girl who at the age of five reads Dickens and does long division in her head, is put down and ignored by her crooked used-car salesman father and bingo-addicted mother. Matilda decides not to let herself be a victim, so each time her parents make her miserable, she gets even. But at Crunchem Primary School, Matilda comes face to face with a truly worthy opponent. The head, Miss Trunchbull, is an ex-hammer-throwing champion. By the end of part one, Miss Trunchbull turns her full anger on one of her pupils, Bruce Bogtrotter. He eats his way out of trouble but Matilda is determined to save the school and Miss Honey, her favourite teacher, from Trunchbull's insanity.

Dramatised by award-winning writer Charlotte Jones, Matilda stars Lauren Mote (the West End production of Oliver) as Matilda; Nicola McAuliffe as Miss Trunchbull; Claire Rushbrook as Mrs Wormwood; John Biggins as Mr Wormwood; Emerald O'Hanrahan as Miss Honey; Kate Layden as Mrs Phelps the librarian; Ryan Watson as Matilda's brother Michael; Joshua Swinney as Bruce Bogtrotter; and Rhys Jennings as Nobby. Other children are played by Sinead Michael, Bertie Gilbert and Lizzy Watts.

Producer/Claire Grove

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Thomas Lynch's Season Of Innocence

Sunday 20 December
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

The exceptional Irish-American poet and essayist, Thomas Lynch presents this poignant and insightful programme featuring poetry that has been inspired by children.

Thomas says: "The winter holidays in all cultures – the solstice, Christmas, Hanukka – involve light and darkness, the year's end, the reckoning we make of ourselves and those we are close to. We feel absences and losses more keenly at that time. So I'd like to consider some of the great poems inspired by winter and examine how deeply the season connects us with our children."

In this programme, Thomas meditates on the late, great poet Michael Donaghy's poem Haunts, as it has always haunted him. The poem is addressed to his son, Ruairi, aged three, at Christmas time. He talks to poets Robin Robertson, Matthew Sweeney and Carol Ann Duffy to discuss the poetry they've written that has been sparked off by their own or other children.

Full Moon And Little Frieda is a remarkable short poem written by Ted Hughes to his daughter Frieda Hughes. Thomas talks to her about her own memories of the poem. She also discusses her own poetry, which has been inspired by the relationship between adults and children.

The programme features contributions from Carol Ann Duffy, Matthew Sweeney, Frieda Hughes and Robin Robertson.

Presenter/Thomas Lynch, Producer/Kate Bland

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 20 December 2009

5 Live Sport

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

Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport with live Championship commentary on the Tyne-Tees derby between Newcastle and Middlesbrough at St James's Park from 1.45pm, and updates from Hearts against Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, which kicks off at 12.30pm.

From 2.45pm there's second-half commentary on Wolves versus Burnley in the Premier League, reports from the final day of the first Test between South Africa and England at Centurion Park, Pretoria and updates from the day's European Rugby Cup matches, including Sale versus Harlequins.

From 4pm, there's Premier League commentary on West Ham United versus Chelsea, live from Upton Park.

Presenter/Colin Murray

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 20 December 2009

Dance Anthems With Dave Pearce

Sunday 20 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe join Dave Pearce in a special edition of Dance Anthems, discussing their favourite dance music tunes from the past 25 years and explaining how club music influenced their careers.

In this two-hour programme, the duo, who won the lifetime achievement accolade at this year's Brit Awards, tell Dave how a trip to New York in 1983 started their journey into the dance world, leading them to work with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Shep Pettibone. They share their memories of clubbing to tunes by Bobby O, Brothers In Rhythm and Felix Da Housecat and discuss how their contribution to dance music has often been overlooked.

Neil and Chris also tell Dave about their new single and world tour and share their memories of tracks by Grandmaster Flash, Tomkraft and Rollo; tunes which helped them shape their unique sound.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
Monday 21 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1 Monday 21 December 2009

Fearne Cotton

Monday 21 December
10.00am-12.45pm BBC RADIO 1

Fearne Cotton crowns the winner of the Greatest Live Lounge Cover Ever in today's programme. In recent weeks, BBC Radio 1 listeners have been voting for their favourite covers from the last 10 years of the Live Lounge. With performances, ranging from Leona Lewis's version of Run to Will Young's take on Outkast's Hey Ya, it's anybody's guess what the favourite will be.

Presenter/Fearne Cotton

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BBC Radio 1 Festive Festival With Nick Grimshaw

Monday 21 December
7.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Nick Grimshaw hosts a night of festivities and live music from the BBC's legendary Maida Vale studios with performances from established and hotly tipped acts including Simian Mobile Disco, Mumford And Sons, The XX and Marina And The Diamonds.

Kissy Sell Out and Toddla T provide party mixes to get listeners into the party spirit.

Producer/James Bursey

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BBC Radio 1's Stories –
The Story Of The Noughties: 2009

Monday 21 December
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills
BBC Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills

Scott Mills looks back at all the big stories from the last year, as the 10-part series exploring the music and pop cultural moments defining the first decade of the new millennium concludes.

The story of The Naughties, as seen through the eyes of BBC Radio 1, includes dubstep's breakthrough into the mainstream, the death of pop icon Michael Jackson and Twitter's arrival on the social networking scene.

Scott also looks forward to the decade ahead, making his predictions as to what can be expected in the years to come.

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/Scott Mills, Producers/Alice Lloyd and Louise Kattenhorn

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 21 December 2009

Johnnie Walker

Monday 21 December
7.30-9.30am BBC RADIO 2

Johnnie Walker presents the Breakfast Show this week in the run up to Christmas Day.

Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Andy Warrell

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Ken Bruce

Monday 21 December
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Fresh from her spellbinding performance for the BBC Electric Proms last month, Dame Shirley Bassey joins Ken Bruce this week to choose her Festive Tracks Of My Years. Her selection includes songs by Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, The Choir of King's College Cambridge and Frank Sinatra.

During the show, another year of PopMaster concludes with all those who have scored a maximum of 39 points competing to be crowned the 2009 champion. There's also the Love Song and the Record and Album Of The Week.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Craig Charles

Monday 21 December
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Coronation Street actor and BBC 6 Music's presenter of The Funk And Soul Show, Craig Charles sits in for Steve Wright this week until Thursday.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Jessica Rickson

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Keeping Tradition Alive At Christmas Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 21 to Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule update 3 December)

BBC Radio 2 goes on a journey to celebrate local voices and different carolling traditions around England and Wales. Across the country, pockets of people have been keeping alive Christmas traditions that were lost to most people hundreds of years ago. This Christmas, they're inviting listeners to step into their homes, pubs and churches to share their festive sounds.

Keeping Tradition Alive At Christmas explores the centuries-old tradition of singing secular carols, songs and lyrics that locals fiercely claim as their own in the village pubs of small towns around Sheffield. Also featured is the procession in Padstow, as locals go from street to street singing the Cornish Curls they have proudly nurtured.

On a frosty winter's night, in tiny villages dotted across North Wales, there's a local tradition in which Plygain singers step forward in a candlelit church to present the Christmas hymn that has been in their family for generations.

Also featured is a good old knees-up at Leigh-on-Sea, where Christmas revellers have introduced their own carolling tradition to welcome Yuletide. Borrowing a lyric here and a melody there, reviving old instruments to play their songs, a group of carol singers, musicians, folk fans and storytellers meet to celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way.

Presenters in this four-part series include Billy Bragg, who explores West Country festive traditions; Julie Fowlis, who hears some Welsh Plygain singers; Bellowhead's Jon Boden who lends his voice to a good old knees-up in Leigh-on-Sea; and Sheffield-born folk singer Kate Rusby.

Presenters/Billy Bragg, Julie Fowlis, Jon Boden and Kate Rusby, Producer/Gemma Newby

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Katherine Jenkins's Classical Christmas

Monday 21 December
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins
Award-winning mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins

Award-winning Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins hosts her own BBC Radio 2 show, playing the finest light orchestral and opera music with a Christmas flavour.

Katherine reflects a broad festive selection of light classical music, with an emphasis on great performers and composers.

The playlist ranges from seasonal classics by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, to new releases by Karl Jenkins, The Soldiers and Sting. Katherine also talks about her favourite singers, enthusing about legendary names such as Maria Callas, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Andrea Bocelli.

Presenter/Katherine Jenkins, Producer/Sarah Cropper

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 21 December 2009

Performance On 3

Monday 21 December
7.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Last May, Valery Gergiev was awarded the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor's Award as an inspiration to players and audiences. In tonight's concert he showcases this achievement and conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in ballet music by Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and Dutilleux.

Gergiev conducts Henri Dutilleux's innovative Symphony No. 2, which was written in 1959. The composer divides the orchestra into two – the small ensemble mirroring the larger. Its sumptuous orchestral colours are within the French tradition represented in this programme by Ravel's Pavane for an imaginary Spanish princess and his overwhelming ballet score, Boléro. Debussy's enigmatic Jeux was written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and Stravinsky is represented by Jeu de Cartes, an idea which came to him during a taxi ride.

Producer/Tony Sellors

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Belief Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 to Christmas Day Friday 25 December
8.45-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Joan Bakewell talks to writers, artists, thinkers and other public figures about what they believe and why, as Belief returns for a week of programmes. In a society in which the arena of belief has become increasingly personal and subjective, Joan asks her guests about the influences that have shaped them, the ideas they have about life's big questions and how their beliefs affect their personal and working lives.

In Monday's programme, historian, writer and broadcaster David Starkey talks about how his Quaker upbringing equipped him with the skills to carve out his own moral views. Describing himself now as a "high Anglican atheist", Starkey believes the church has been hugely important in shaping society, but doesn't offer any answers to the big questions of life.

Later in the week, Joan talks to theologian and academic John Hull (Wednesday) and Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe (Friday), who was a life-long Anglican until the Church of England's decision to ordain women priests in the Nineties. She then converted to Catholicism and has been a passionate supporter of Rome ever since.

Presenter/Joan Bakewell, Producer/Karen Maurice

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 21 December 2009

Book Of The Week –
Paw Tracks In The Moonlight Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 to Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Paw Tracks In The Moonlight, by Denis O'Connor, is the story of a lecturer at a college in Alnwick who lives alone in a cottage in the Northumberland countryside. Kevin Whately reads this seasonal Book Of The Week for all of the family.

One snowy night, Denis hears an animal crying in pain and follows the paw tracks of an injured cat through the snow. He catches up with her in a ruined barn, trying to nurture two tiny kittens that are barely alive. Denis rushes the little family to the vet and though nothing can be done for the mother and one of her kittens, when the other weakly responds to being stroked with a finger, Denis scoops it up and takes it home in his pocket.

Against all odds he manages to rear the kitten, whom he names Toby Jug. A firm partnership is established between man and cat with Toby Jug accompanying Denis on his rounds of the local schools for work, and supervising when Owl Cottage is invaded by bees.

When Denis is left looking after a colleague's horse for the summer holidays, he plans an adventure for all three, trekking in the Cheviot Hills.

Reader/Kevin Whately, Producer/Jane Marshall

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Someone Like You Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 21 to Christmas Day Friday 25 December
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Charles Dance leads the cast as the Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic short stories by Roald Dahl taken from his anthology, Someone Like You.

By turns bizarre and amusing, and justly famous for their surprise endings, Dahl's tales are savagely funny demonstrations of the greed and barbarism lurking beneath the surface of some supposedly respectable people.

Monday's story is Man From The South starring Andrew Sachs. While on shore leave in Jamaica, a young marine agrees to a bizarre wager with an elderly South American.

Tuesday's story, Skin, is set in post-war Paris. A down-and-out stumbles into an exhibition of paintings by celebrated artist Chaim Soutine. As a young man, he had known Soutine and allowed him to tattoo a portrait on his back. When he shows his tattoo in the gallery, he is inundated with offers to buy it.

Wednesday's story, Lamb To The Slaughter, stars Lorelei King and Kerry Shale. When Patrick Maloney tells his wife that he's leaving her, she hits him with the leg of lamb she was about to defrost for supper – and accidentally kills him.

On Thursday, Dip In The Pool stars John Baddeley. A passenger on an ocean liner hopes to win a sweep-stake predicting how far the ship will travel in the next 24 hours. He stakes everything he has on the shortest possible distance.

In the final story on Friday, Nunc Dimittis, Charles Dance appears as a slighted lover who plots an elaborate revenge on his society girlfriend. The story also stars Sarah Badel and Katie Scarfe.

Someone Like You is dramatised by Stephen Sheridan.

Producer/David Blount

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Afternoon Play – McLevy Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 21 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Ashton's acclaimed detective series set in Victorian Edinburgh returns starring Brian Cox as Inspector James McLevy and Siobhan Redmond as Mistress Jean Brash, the thorn in McLevy's flesh and heart.

The new series finds McLevy investigating crimes from the midnight platforms of Waverley Station to the storm-wracked shores of Northumberland.

In the first episode, A Bolt From The Blue, the student clubs of the university are getting out of hand with the Scarlet Runners and the Blue Devils vying to play the most audacious pranks on the unsuspecting citizens of Scotland's capital city.

Meanwhile, the body of a harmless, God-fearing old lady is discovered floating in the docks – and if her killer is not found quickly, the headlines in the local paper will not make happy reading for the police.

The cast includes Ewen Bremner as Carnegie, Sandy Grierson as Benjamin, Jim Webster-Stewart as Alexander, Jenny Hulse as Jessica, James Bryce as Boag and Carol Ann Crawford as Agnes.

The series also stars Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Constable Mulholland, David Aston as Lieutenant Roach and Colette O'Neil as Hannah Semple.

Producer/Patrick Rayner

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The Santa Tapes Ep 1/4

New series
Monday 21 December
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Once a year, every year, he dusts down the white beard, takes the red and white suit off the hanger and goes to work. Be it at a department store, a hospital or a parade, Santa is on duty.

Alan Dein goes beneath the tinsel to hear the oral history of Santa Claus and opens some unlikely Christmas pasts and presents from the north-east of England to the American mid-west.

This series is broadcast from Monday to Wednesday at 3.45pm with the final programme on Christmas Day at 8.45am.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 21 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Monday 21 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

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

From 8pm there's Premier League commentary on Wigan Athletic versus Bolton Wanderers live, from the DW Stadium.

Presenter/Arlo White

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 21 December 2009

Lauren Laverne

Monday 21 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Comic Russell Kane drops by to tell Lauren Laverne about his new show and Edinburgh smash, Fakespeare.

Today's programme also includes Workers' Playtime, a 30-minute digital black hole to aid workers through the mid-morning slump, featuring MPFrees, the Headphone Moment and the Deadline Game. Lauren also delves into the weird world of TV in What's On The Box, with Grace Dent.

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Hamish & Andy's Mid-Winter Warmer

Monday 21 December
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Bringing some welcome warmth to the winter solstice, Hamish and Andy, presenters of Australia's most popular radio show, come to BBC 6 Music for one day only.

With more than two million listeners, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have risen to the top of the entertainment field "down under" with their chemistry and unique comedic style.

This is the first time a UK radio audience will be able to tune in to the duo, who host a drivetime show across Australia and New Zealand. Working together since their university days, the boys have also found success on TV and with their podcasts, which have reached the No. 1 spot in Australia. The show finds its humour in everyday stories and situations and also discovers funny new angles and questions to put to their guests.

Jamie Oliver and Ricky Gervais feature on today's show.

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Marc Riley

Monday 21 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley's live studio band, Dutch Uncles, one of Manchester's newest pretenders to the throne of good pop tunes, make a joyous return today.

The band are fresh from support slots with Maximo Park, Dananananakroyd, Delphic and Bombay Bicycle Club. They take their influence from the likes of Steve Reich, Talking Heads and King Crimson, combining off-kilter time signatures, prolific compositions and intelligent hooks, all wrapped up with a stunning and mature pop-sensibility.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Monday 21 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe takes a look back at live music recorded by BBC 6 Music at festivals during 2009, including concert highlights from Glastonbury, Latitude, BBC Electric Proms and BBC 6 Music's very own Madness gig, performed on top of a double-decker bus at the Camden Crawl.

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Adam And Joe's 12 Podcasts Of Christmas

Monday 21 December
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish fans who missed the prize-winning comedy duo's BBC 6 Music podcasts the first time round are in for a very special treat over the festive period, as the station offers the 12 Podcasts Of Christmas, available to listen to with music or simply to download.

This first programme was originally broadcast in January 2008.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 21 December 2009

Silver Street

Monday 21 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Imran invites Kuljit to spend Christmas with him but Kuljit isn't feeling festive, as the drama continues. Later, Shirley invites Kuljit to London but he just wants to be left alone.

Elsewhere, Jodie thinks Sway should go to London – alone. It's time to tell his family...

Later, Sway turns up at Jilani Fashions claiming he is only there to check Nadia is okay. Nadia thinks it might be more than that, but does she have the wrong end of the stick?

Imran is played by Narinder Samra, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Shirley by Ellen Thomas, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Nicholas Bailey and Nadia by Sohm Kapila.

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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
Tuesday 22 December 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 22 December 2009

The Best Christmas Present Ever

Tuesday 22 December
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Hugh Dennis celebrates the work of the Salvation Army's Family Tracing Service, which restores family relationships by tracing long and recently lost relatives. The service was set up 125 years ago by William Booth, and Hugh meets some of the people who, out of the blue one Christmas, received "the best Christmas present ever".

In the programme, which features Christmas music from Salvation Army choirs and bands, alongside other seasonal musical treats, Hugh shares poignant stories of painstaking searches and a significant number of happy endings.

The Salvation Army enjoys an 85 per cent success rate in their work, and they also have renowned expertise in dealing with the many issues raised by this important work, such as understanding why people lose touch, what it's like for those left behind, how families go about rebuilding trust and broken relationships and, critically, how to assist with making the all-important first contact.

Presenter/Hugh Dennis, Producer/Carmel Lonergan

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Hard Times –
The Short Sad Life Of Stephen Foster Ep 2/2

Tuesday 22 December
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Michael Feinstein concludes the series that pays tribute to the first great American songwriter, Stephen Foster. Stephen (1826-1864) was the first songwriter to earn his living solely through his music rather than subsisting, as other songwriters did at the time, by teaching or performing. His life marks the start of popular music as is recognised today.

It was the whirlwind success of Oh Susanna, written when Foster was 21, which led him to his chosen career. But his life was a tragedy. His marriage broke up and he lived in poverty, ending up selling his original songs for the price of his next drink. He died after a fall at the age of 37, and in his wallet remained 38 cents and a scrap of paper that read, "Dear friends and gentle hearts." However, his real legacy was the foundation of American popular song.

Artists such as Nanci Griffith, Beth Nielson Chapman and Roger McGuinn have all done versions of Foster songs and discuss what they love in his music and why they feel it's still so relevant today. Biographer Ken Emerson talks about the key aspects of Foster's personal life and Deane L Root, musicologist and director of the Centre for American Music, explains the musical context of the time.

Presenter/Michael Feinstein, Producers/Katrina Fallon and Patrick Humphries

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 22 December 2009

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Performance On 3 – Purcell At The Abbey

Tuesday 22 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Henry Purcell lived, worked and died at Westminster Abbey – the great composer was buried next to the Abbey's organ on 26 November 1695. Marking the 350th anniversary of his birth, this concert forms one of the highlights of BBC Radio 3's year-long celebration of the composer's music.

James O'Donnell conducts the Choir of Westminster Abbey and St James's Baroque in music by Purcell, including the Te Deum and Jubilate In D, the Funeral Sentences and music that Purcell composed for the funeral of Queen Mary II in March 1695, just a few months before his own death. Hail! Bright Cecilia, an Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692 is also featured. Soloists include Carolyn Sampson (soprano) and Neal Davies (bass-baritone).

Presenter and Producer/Tony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 22 December 2009

Towering Ambition

Tuesday 22 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Stephen Lawrence had wanted to be an architect, so when his mum Doreen discovered that only 2 per cent of the UK's practising architects come from black and ethnic minorities she embarked on a radical new scheme to redress the balance.

Presented by Adil Ray, Towering Ambition follows the efforts of the Stephen Lawrence Trust in association with RMJM Architects as they tackle the field's glaring ethnic imbalance "from the inside out".

This approach entailed senior design professionals visiting inner-city locations across the UK to throw young novices into the architectural thick of it. Workshops were held in Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and London and this immersive approach produced tears, tantrums and alarmingly positive amounts of untrained talent. The six most impressive young people were given an additional break with a scholarship at Harvard's School of Design for the summer, in memory of Stephen Lawrence.

This programme follows the whole process, from the initial workshops and launch, all the way through to the conclusion and post-scheme analysis many months later. It follows the final six – Paula, 25, from Glasgow; Callum, 21, from Liverpool; Oni, 20, and Luke, 18, from London; and Yohanna and Nick, both 19, from Birmingham, all the way to Harvard.

The finalists come from radically diverse backgrounds: Nick was adopted as a baby from a Romanian orphanage and had struggled to get a break despite a dedicated commitment to design. Yohanna came to Britain by way of Eritrea and Holland, only learning English eight years ago. Luke had been a young troublemaker and wanted to prove himself. Oni was escaping family difficulties at home and wasn't even sure she'd have a home to go back to. Callum had been a young victim of knife crime and wanted to get back on track. And Paula, the eldest of the six, had been made redundant a few months earlier and saw this as a chance to raise her self-esteem. The common theme among them all, however, was that this was an opportunity that wouldn't have been available to them any other way.

Presenter/Adil Ray, Producer/Victoria McArthur

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Li Yuan Chia

Tuesday 22 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

When a remarkable Chinese modern artist settled in a village on Hadrian's Wall, he made an unforgettable impact on the local community. Following his death in 1994, his legacy, and his former home and gallery, are being rescued.

Li Yuan Chia was one of the first significant modern artists to emerge from China during the 20th century. This programme examines his career, which matured and developed in England, with the last 28 years of his life spent in a stone farmhouse at the village of Bankside, on Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria.

Born in China in 1929, Li was educated in Taiwan. He worked and exhibited in Italy before moving to London in 1963.

In 1968 Li met Cumbrian painter Winifred Nicolson who became his patron and persuaded Li to move away from the busy capital to a more remote location, near her own home. Li then set about converting a farm building with his own hands – the Banks, Bankside, near Brampton – where he built a gallery, library, theatre, printing press, children's art room and photographic darkroom and opened the place to the public. It became a popular attraction for local people, art lovers and tourists walking Hadrian's Wall.

Over the next 10 years, more than 300 artists exhibited at the Banks, which was also the base from which Li's organisation, the LYC Foundation, was able to commission work by young British artists, some of whom went on to become very successful, including the sculptors and land artists Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and Bill Woodrow.

Producer/Bob Dickinson

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Afternoon Play – The Three Knots

Tuesday 22 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

It's December, nearing the winter solstice, when Thomas and his gamekeeper, Angus, are stranded on a dark and stormy hillside.

With the weather closing in on them, they make for a nearby bothy (shelter) where a mysterious old woman awaits their arrival. She gives them a thread with three knots tied in it – each, she says, contains a wind more ferocious than the last. As the men release the knots over the next few days, their faith and friendship is put to the test.

This atmospheric drama is set against the backdrop of the "Disruption" during which Scotland's church split in two. It's inspired by a real community who, having been refused any land to worship on by the laird, commissioned a floating kirk which they harboured in Loch Sunart.

Written by Linda Cracknell, the play features Finn den Hertog as Angus; Robert Jack as Thomas; Gerda Stevenson as the Old Woman; Hannah Donaldson as Elizabeth; and Jimmy Chisholm as the Minister.

Producer/Kirsty Williams

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Great Lives Ep 3/9

Tuesday 22 December
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

Matthew Parris is joined by Neil Innes, who sheds light on his former band-mate, the irrepressible Vivian Stanshall, as the series in which well-known people talk about their heroes continues.

Using extracts from the BBC archive, Neil, Matthew and Viv's widow Ki Longfellow explore the beautifully eccentric world that Viv inhabited, beginning with art school and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, onto his part in the ill-fated theatre production of Stinkfoot which he wrote with Ki.

Presenter/Matthew Parris, Producer/Toby Field

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 22 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Tuesday 22 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents the day's sports news and, at 7.30pm, is joined by Jonathan Agnew for 5 Live Cricket; reviewing the first Test of England's South African tour and looking back on an eventful year of cricket.

From 9pm The Year Of The Cheat explores the numerous sporting controversies in 2009, from "Bloodgate" in rugby union and staged crashes in Formula 1, to widespread diving and simulation in the Premier League; 5 Live Sport asks if the integrity of sport has been tarnished for ever.

At 10pm in The Sporting Decade – The Nominations, Mark is joined by an expert sporting panel to decide the Top 10 sporting achievements of the decade, ahead of tomorrow's programme when the short-listed moments will be discussed and the greatest sporting achievement of the Noughties announced.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 22 December 2009

Marc Riley

Tuesday 22 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Christmas is here once again and BBC 6 Music's Mancunian maestros of the airwaves Marc Riley and Guy Garvey serve up a very special musical treat with their third on-air Christmas bash.

Guy Garvey, who moonlights as lead singer of Elbow, leads the singing alongside a plethora of very special guests including friends of the show Jesca Hoop and Liz Green; it promises to be a right old Christmas shindig.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 22 December 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 22 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Shirley is delighted that Sway is home for Christmas, but less happy when she discovers why Kuljit isn't with him, as the drama continues. Shirley is furious their friendship is on the line – all because of Jodie!

Elsewhere, Nadia is feeling low so Imran suggests she get some sleep. Later Zak senses something isn't right when Nadia rings to say she misses him.

Meanwhile, Shirley has a plan to fix things between Kuljit and Sway: all she has to do is get Kuljit to London...

Shirley is played by Ellen Thomas, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Imran by Narinder Samra and Zak by Jetinder Summan.

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BBC RADIO 1 Wednesday 23 December 2009

Fearne Cotton

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 23 December
10.00am-12.45pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton
BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton hosts her very own Christmas party for all her friends and family, and listeners are invited to join in the celebrations. Coming live from Fearne's house, the show promises to be a real cracker with festive fun and games, live music and a large helping of seasonal cheer.

Presenter/Fearne Cotton, Producers/Stuart Last and Piers Bradford

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 23 December 2009

Chris Evans Drivetime

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 23 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Chris Evans hosts Bye Bye Drivetime – Hello Breakfast from the O2 in London. It's a unique programme to celebrate Chris's last four years on Drivetime before he moves to Breakfast on 11 January 2010.

Among the festivities are live performances from The Proclaimers, The Ting Tings and Scouting For Girls, as well as interviews with some of the show's favourite guests, including Cone Man, Ukulele Lady – who has written a special tribute to the show – and lederhosen-clad ensemble Oompah Brass.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 23 December 2009

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Performance On 3 – Mendelssohn: Elijah

Wednesday 23 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Mendelssohn's powerful and dramatic retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah, recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Mendelssohn built on the English oratorio tradition created by Handel and Haydn and, from its first performance, Elijah has held its own place in that repertoire. Sung in German by the forces of Netherlands Radio, this performance celebrates the bicentenary of the composer's birth. Soile Isokoski (soprano) and Christoph Strehl (tenor) are among the soloists.

Producer/Tony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 23 December 2009

Afternoon Play –
Black Hearts In Battersea Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 23 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Joan Aiken's classic adventure is brought to life in a two-part dramatisation for Christmas week by award-winning playwright Lin Coghlan.

The action takes place in a parallel 18th-century London, ruled by the fictional good King James III but plagued by occasional marauding wolves and, more persistently, by dastardly Hanoverian plots to overthrow the King and install Bonnie Prince Georgie in his stead.

The hero, orphan and former goose-boy Simon, comes to London from the north to study painting. He's supposed to live with his friend and mentor, Dr Field. But when he arrives at Field's lodgings, the doctor is nowhere to be found, and the landlords insist they have never heard of him.

Having found a place to stay, Simon enrols at the Rivière Academy of Painting in Chelsea. He's soon brought into contact with the inhabitants of the large pink castle on the opposite side of the river – the Duke and Duchess of Battersea – in whose home he's delighted to find his childhood friend Sophie, now serving as the Duchess's maid.

As Simon adjusts to life in London he begins to realise that there is something very suspicious going on. And it all seems to centre on his increasingly sinister landlords...

The cast includes Joe Dempsie as Simon, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Sophie, Rhys Jennings as Mr Twite, Tessa Nicholson as Mrs Twite, John Rowe as the Duke, Sheila Reid as the Duchess, Nicola Miles Wildin as Dido and Sam Pamphilon as Justin.

Producer/Marc Beeby

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Thinking Allowed

Wednesday 23 December
4.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Laurie Taylor finds out why marriage within the family was critical for the success of the ruling social classes in Victorian England.

The new bourgeoisie played an enormously important role in the history of industrial and imperial Britain. Their preference for marriages within the family circle was a crucial factor in their success, so critical to the making of the 19th-century world.

Cousin marriage was popular among the upper classes in Victorian England – hence Queen Victoria's marriage to her first cousin. In 1875, according to the General Registry of Marriages at Somerset House, approximately 4.5 per cent of marriages in the aristocracy were with first cousins; 3.5 per cent in the landed gentry and the upper middle classes; about 2.25 per cent in the rural population; and among all classes in London, about 1.15 per cent. The extent to which cousin marriage proliferated in the 19th century relates to the central question as to which people were going to lead industrial England.

Close-knit families delivered enormous advantages. They shaped vocations, generated patronage, yielded vital commercial information and gave access to capital. Laurie Taylor discusses private life in 19th-century bourgeois England with Adam Kuper, the author of Incest And Influence, The Private Life Of Bourgeois England; and with Catherine Hall, Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College, London.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 23 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Wednesday 23 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch chairs The Sporting Decade, a live debate to decide the greatest sporting achievement of the past 10 years. Will it be England's Rugby World Cup victory, Roger Federer's historic Grand Slam record or Usain Bolt's amazing achievements on the track – or something else? A sporting panel will compile a shortlist of 10 after hearing evidence from experts, before deciding the ultimate sporting achievement of the Noughties.

After 9.30pm Mark takes audience calls to gauge reaction to the winner and to hear their alternative suggestions.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 23 December 2009

Marc Riley

Wednesday 23 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley presents a show full of this year's best tunes and sessions.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 23 December 2009

Silver Street

Wednesday 23 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Zak calls Nadia, who finally tells him that Sway has ended their relationship – and why – as the drama continues in Silver Street. Her brother is furious and insists he knew it was going to end in tears. Nadia thinks he is right, this is all her fault...

Elsewhere, Kuljit isn't happy when he arrives in London and finds Sway there. Shirley demands they sort things out, leaving them alone to try to repair their friendship – but will this make things better or worse?

Zak is played by Jetinder Summan, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Shirley by Ellen Thomas.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 23 December 2009

Exchanges At The Frontier Ep 4/5

Wednesday 23 December
8.30-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Philosopher AC Grayling talks to Ghanaian-British nuclear physicist Tejinder Virdee about the Earth's most ambitious and expensive science project, as he continues his series exploring the frontiers of science and their impact on society.

The Large Hadron Collider at the Cern particle physics laboratory is the machine most likely to discover the illusive Higgs boson – or "God particle" – which is predicted to exist and, if so, would help explain the origin of mass in the Universe. Tejinder Virdee, lead physicist at Cern, helped create the machine and he tells a public audience how the most powerful physics experiment ever attempted will recreate the conditions of the beginning of the Universe to finally answer an eternal question. He says the answer will have a greater impact than E=mc2 and will change all our lives for good – sooner than we may realise.

Presenter/Anthony Grayling, Producer/Charlie Taylor

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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

Huw Stephens' Weird And Wonderful Christmas

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
4.00-6.00am BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens
BBC Radio 1 presenter Huw Stephens

Join Huw Stephens for a two-hour variety box of Christmas classics and oddities, all from his own collection.

Producer/Laura Sayers

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BBC RADIO 2
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

Alan Carr's Office Party

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

For the first time ever, comedian Alan Carr brings his popular Saturday night Going Out show to weekday BBC Radio 2. Alan and co-host Gaby Roslin dish out advice and a sympathetic ear on Christmas Eve, while advising on those all-important last-minute present-buying and preparation decisions.

And in addition to all of that, Alan plays tons of his favourite dance, pop and Christmas tracks as the countdown to the "big day" continues.

Presenters/Alan Carr and Gaby Roslin, Producer/Mark Hill

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Chris Evans Drivetime

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In his last-ever Drivetime before moving to BBC Radio 2's breakfast show in the New Year, Chris Evans presents All-Request Christmas Eve.

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Brass And Carols

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Brass And Carols is hosted by poet, commentator and broadcaster Ian McMillan and features Christmas classics performed by the Black Dyke Band, Joe Stilgoe and The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

Singer Stilgoe joins the band in Leroy Anderson's famous Sleigh Ride and also performs a new song of his own: Christmas Morning. The choir give the first performance of a new medley of Sheffield carols and the band and choir combine in a wonderful, traditional selection of Christmas music.

Presenter/Ian McMillan, Producer/Terry Carter

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Liza Tarbuck's Christmas Wrapping

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
12.00midnight-4.00am BBC RADIO 2

Liza Tarbuck welcomes in Christmas Day with a look back at Christmas past, a selection of seasonal tunes and some favourite festive moments from the BBC Archives.

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BBC RADIO 3
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Performance On 3 – Haydn: Creation

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 3 (Copy updated 27 November)

The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in the composer's Creation, forming a highlight of BBC Radio 3's Haydn celebrations in 2009. The soloists are Kate Royal (soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) and Neal Davies (bass-baritone).

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Late Junction

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

In Late Junction's Christmas Eve collaboration session, a trio of performers take listeners on a winter's journey through song, spoken word and percussion. Debs Newbold is a renowned storyteller and cabaret performer; Mary Hampton is a young folk singer from Brighton whose enchanting and often eerie folk singing mixes the traditional with the new; and percussionist and composer Dave Price is a member of the Nozferatu collective and works with Gecko physical theatre company.

Recorded at Maida Vale studios, the three performers, who have never before worked together, weave a rich aural tapestry of sounds, stories and songs. Each displaying their own speciality – and possibly venturing into areas unknown – they draw on traditional pagan winter stories and folk songs about the frosty season, adding new material and improvisations to create a unique Christmas Eve soundworld.

Presenter/Verity Sharp, Producer/Peter Meanwell

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BBC RADIO 4
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

The Frost Collection Ep 1/6

New series
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Sir David Frost and guests discuss some of his favourite moments from television interviews he has conducted with the great, the good and the not-so-good, during 45 years as one of the world's best-known interviewers.

In this second series of reflections on the most memorable interviews of his long career, Sir David invites guests to discuss the issues raised by the interview extracts – many of which are poignant or prescient in light of what has happened since.

Since the mid Sixties, Sir David has interviewed many of the world's statesmen, leaders, entertainers and otherwise influential figures. He was perhaps the first interviewer of the television age to become as famous as the people he interviewed.

His series of filmed encounters with former President Richard Nixon, over 12 days in 1977, made worldwide news; they, and the events leading up to them, have recently been the subject of the Hollywood movie Frost/Nixon. But there are many other moments just as compelling in many dozens of interviews in the Frost archive.

The themed programmes in this series cover topics such as faith, Africa, women in power, wealth and poverty, and terrorism. Among the world leaders and public figures included in the programmes are Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, George W Bush, Idi Amin, Indira Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham, Desmond Tutu and Morgan Tsvangirai – with light relief provided by the likes of Bob Hope and Sir John Gielgud.

Presenter/Sir David Frost, Producer/Paul Bajoria

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Questions, Questions Ep 1/6

New series
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Stewart Henderson returns with a new series of Questions, Questions – the programme which offers answers to those intriguing questions of everyday life, inspired by current events and popular culture.

Now in its 16th series, Questions, Questions has provided informed and ingenious answers to questions such as: how do you know when a volcano is extinct? When was the conventional heart icon first drawn? How do woodpeckers keep their beaks sharp? And why do we put pork with apple and lamb with mint sauce?

Each programme is compiled directly from BBC Radio 4's well-informed and inquisitive audience, which brings its collective brain to bear on these puzzlers every week.

Some recent enquiries that sparked particularly large responses included: what happened to all the wrought iron fencing that was collected during the Second World War? Is it possible to create one sound which completely cancels out another sound? And how was the direction of writing originally established?

The array of puzzlers tackled at the start of this series of Questions, Questions include: why were pigeons singled out to deliver letters? Is there still an energy surge when everyone turns on their ovens to cook the Christmas turkey? And who owns a magician's illusions?

Presenter/Stewart Henderson, Producer/Kevin Dawson

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A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
3.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4

For many, the annual Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols marks the beginning of Christmas, having been broadcast live from the chapel since 1928, even during the Second World War. This year it is directed by Stephen Cleobury.

It opens with a solo chorister at King's College Chapel in Cambridge singing the first verse of Once In Royal David's City, broadcast to millions on both BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Each year the pattern of the scripture lessons is the same, beginning with the story of the fall of Adam in the book of Genesis and concluding with the Gospel of St John.

The programme features traditional favourite carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This year's programme also features a new commission from composer Gabriel Jackson – a setting of a GK Chesterton poem, The Christ Child – as well as One Star, At Last, by the Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The choir also sings a number of arrangements by Sir David Willcocks, former Director of Music at King's, in honour of his 90th birthday on 30 December.

Producer/Philip Billson

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The News At Bedtime Ep 1/7

New series
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
6.15-6.30pm BBC RADIO 4

The News At Bedtime is the flagship news programme from a land far, far away – yet strangely close to home.

It is introduced by twin presenters John Tweedledum (Jack Dee) and Jim Tweedledee (Peter Capaldi), who argue and disagree with everyone – and sometimes each other.

The News At Bedtime addresses the zeitgeist issues of today and once upon a time; Humpty Dumpty's great fall, the worrying story of Jack and the Genetically Modified Beanstalk and the celebrity wedding of the owl to the pussycat, to name but three.

The style is deadpan, naturalistic, probing and just plain silly. In other words, it's the Today Programme, on magic beans.

Listeners are invited to join presenters John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee as they run through the big stories happening this "once upon a time". The programme also has roving reporters to give listeners live updates on events from the very, very beginning right to the happy ending.

As well as Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi, The News At Bedtime includes Chris Addison, Lucy Montgomery, Vicki Pepperdine, Dan Tetsell, Lewis MacLeod and Alex MacQueen. There are cameos from Brian Perkins, Fi Glover, Charlotte Green and Peter Donaldson. It is written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

The series is broadcast on 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December, and 1 January.

Producer/Simon Nicholls

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Midnight Mass

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
11.30pm-12.45am BBC RADIO 4

Midnight Mass is broadcast live from Saint Anne's Cathedral, Leeds.

The celebrant and preacher is The Rt Revd Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds. The choir of Leeds Cathedral, under the direction of Benjamin Saunders, sings a wealth of carols, old and new, for the first Mass of Christmas; the setting is Mozart's joyful Missa brevis in C (KV 259) and the organist is Christopher McElroy.

Producer/Philip Billson

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

James – My Alcoholic Friend

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
6.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Annabel Croft goes back to the streets of London to try to track down a homeless man she befriended while filming the BBC One documentary Famous, Rich And Homeless, broadcast earlier this year.

Unable to forget his tragic tale, Annabel tracks down James Brodie, who she met when sleeping rough on the streets of London, in this poignant follow-up. Off the streets and in rehab for his alcohol addiction, James is reunited with Annabel, who wants to help him get his life back on track.

This is the story of Annabel and James's emotional journey, which started on the streets of London but takes them to some surprising places as Annabel tries to help James beat his addiction.

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5 Live Sport

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Philip Studd has the latest sports news and is joined by special guests for The Headline Hour, discussing the latest big sports issues making the news.

From 8pm Matt Dawson presents The 5 Live Sport Review Of The Year. Matt and his guests review the year's big sporting stories, including Manchester United's 18th Premier League title, another dramatic men's Wimbledon final, Tom Watson's near miss in the Open and an exciting Ashes victory for England.

At 10pm Colin Murray is joined by Tim Lovejoy for Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express. Colin and Tim take a quick-fire look at the current burning sporting issues of 2009 in a show that is also available as a podcast to download at bbc.co.uk/5live.

Presenter/Philip Studd

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

Lauren Laverne

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne looks back on her year at BBC 6 Music, including a re-run of her extraordinary interview with metal legends Spinal Tap at Glastonbury 2009.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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The Best Of Adam And Joe

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
4.00-6.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music presenters Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish
BBC 6 Music presenters Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish present the highlights from their Saturday morning BBC 6 Music show, featuring their take on the Glastonbury Festival, MPs' expenses and the BBC's Points Of View and The Archers shows. Plus there's the best of the listener contributions to Text The Nation.

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When Lamacq Met The Boss

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
6.00-6.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

There's a Christmas present for music fans tonight with another chance to hear Steve Lamacq's interview with "The Boss" himself – Bruce Springsteen. Recorded just before Bruce's headlining performance at this year's Glastonbury festival, the rock legend talks to Steve about his influence on music today, the second golden age of the E-Street Band and the prospect of playing in the rain in a field in Somerset.

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Guy Garvey's Encore

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
6.30-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Guy Garvey, Elbow singer and BBC 6 Music presenter, explores the development of the musical encore – from the spontaneous demand for a repeat performance to the predictable delivery of a closing party piece – in a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Speaking to fellow performers and hearing from historians, Guy discovers how the encore has progressed over time. In the 17th and 18th centuries, orchestras would be applauded after each movement of a symphony, often repeating the most popular movements a number of times before moving on to the rest of the concert. The demands for more seemed to be spontaneous and unexpected.

Nowadays most encores are saved for the end of an evening and they are rarely, if ever, a repeat of what has been heard before. It could be said that they lack spontaneity or surprise.

Guy investigates how acts choose their encores, whether there is an art to the correct encore and if there are any artists trying to breathe new life into the practice.

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6 Mix 6mas Special

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

DJ and 6 Mix resident Andrew Weatherall presents three of the best mix sets broadcast on the 6 Mix during 2009.

Belgium DJ duo 2 Many DJs go Back To Chicago for an hour of body-jacking acid house classics, first broadcast in July 2009.

Phil Hartnoll from Orbital then digs deep into the crates for an old skool electro mix featuring Kid Frost, Afrika Bambaataa and Roxanne Shante, originally aired in August this year.

Finally, Detroit legend Derrick May provides a final hour of up-tempo house classics from Hamilton Bohannon, Lil' Louis and KC Flight alongside new music direct from Michigan-based Greg Gow, in his seminal, rare club set broadcast in July 2009.

Presenter/Andrew Weatherall, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2009

Silver Street

Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Zak is on the train to Silverhill and phones Nadia, but she sounds strangely depressed and confused, in the latest visit to Silver Street. A worried Zak asks Imran to check on her but when Imran arrives there is no answer.

In London, Kuljit and Sway are arguing again when they are interrupted by Sway's phone ringing. Sway takes the call and then returns, saying something terrible has happened and he needs to get back to Silverhill...

Zak is played by Jetinder Summan, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Imran by Narinder Samra, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Sway by Nicholas Bailey.

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Network Radio BBC Week 51:
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

BBC Radio 1's Christmas Gifts

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
10.00am-4.00pm BBC RADIO 1

From 10am to 4pm on Christmas Day, 24 lucky listeners each get 15 minutes of fame as they take over BBC Radio 1, bringing their own musical taste and presentation style to the airwaves.

Producer/Joe Harland

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BBC Radio 1's Story Of The Noughties

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
4.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 1

Listeners can sit back and enjoy a 10-hour replay of BBC Radio 1's major series exploring the music and pop cultural moments defining the first decade of the millennium – all through the eyes of Radio 1. The series is fronted by Radio 1 DJs including Zane Lowe, Scott Mills and Fearne Cotton.

Producers/Alice Lloyd and Louise Kattenhorn

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BBC RADIO 2
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Roger Royle

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Day Friday 25 December
4.00-7.00am BBC RADIO 2

For all Christmas-morning early risers, the Reverend Canon Roger Royle presents a live, three-hour marathon of very special seasonal music and carols.

Presenter/Roger Royle, Producer/Bridget Apps

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Junior Choice Christmas Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 2

Ed "Stewpot" Stewart returns to BBC Radio 2 to present a two-hour live edition of the ever-popular Junior Choice, which features listeners' requests and dedications, plus a few of Ed's favourites.

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Paul O'Grady

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

For the second year running, Paul O'Grady presents two festive hours packed full of seasonal cheer.

Paul will be sharing his cooking tips while playing some of his favourite holiday music and there'll also be a round-up of the nation's favourite pantos.

Presenter/Paul O'Grady, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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A Magical Manilow Christmas

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Self-confessed Christmas aficionado, composer and musician Barry Manilow
Self-confessed Christmas aficionado, composer and musician Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow invites BBC Radio 2 listeners into his home in Palm Springs to brighten Christmas Day with a sprinkling of Californian sunshine, festive tunes and holiday cheer.

A self-confessed Christmas aficionado, Barry provides the perfect soundtrack to the afternoon, with artists including Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, The Ronettes, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Bonnie Raitt and John Lennon, as well as some of his own recordings.

He talks about growing up in a small tenement apartment in Brooklyn, watching The Andy Williams Christmas Show with his family and shares the stories behind some of his favourite Christmas classics.

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Parky's Jazzy Christmas

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary broadcaster Michael Parkinson plays two hours of his seasonal favourites, including classic Christmas tunes from Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.

The show is packed full of winter favourites and is interspersed with Parky's anecdotes about the songs, their origins and the performers, including the time on his television show that Bing Crosby forgot the words to possibly the most famous Christmas song of them all, White Christmas.

Presenter/Sir Michael Parkinson, Producer/Simon Crosse

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Dermot O'Leary's Time Capsules – Susan Boyle

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary talks to Susan Boyle, the West Lothian singer who was catapulted to fame by a life-changing performance that took her all the way to the final of Britain's Got Talent and gave her world-wide fame.

During the course of this personal interview, Susan shares some of her favourite music, including tracks by Simon & Garfunkel and The Osmonds, as well as disclosing a very surprising choice for a funeral song.

Susan also discusses her feelings when she stepped onto the stage for "that" audition and the reception that followed, and reveals how she's coping with fame and the release of her debut album.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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Suzi's Motown

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Detroit native Suzi Quatro grew up with Motown, rubbing shoulders with the label's stars around town as they played in the same clubs and dance venues. In this two-hour special, Suzi shares her memories of Motor City soul and plays her favourite Motown hits, alongside some gems from the Hitsville vault and some seasonal soul music.

Presenter/Suzi Quatro, Producer/Mark Hagen

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Very Nearly An Armful –
The Galton & Simpson Story Ep 1/4

New series
Christmas Day Friday 25 December
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Stephen Merchant celebrates the writing partnership of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the ground-breaking duo who brought social realism to British comedy and helped form the foundations for modern-day classics such as The Office, Peep Show and The Thick Of It.

After meeting in a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1949, the pair started writing for the hospital's radio station and within two years they were writing for the UK's top comic talent. In a move that changed comedy for ever, the pair insisted that comedy should not be interrupted by howling crooners, whistling hillbillies or harmonica players, but instead should reflect life as it is. The show they created, Hancock's Half Hour, was so popular that pubs and shops complained that it was causing them to lose business.

They followed up Hancock's Half Hour with Steptoe And Son, which proved a huge hit gaining 28 million viewers. However, the series was not without controversy: the episode The Piano provoked complaints from Mary Whitehouse and even lead to questions being asked in the House of Commons.

The pair also wrote for a who's who of comedy, including Frankie Howerd, Peter Sellers, Arthur Lowe, Warren Mitchell and Les Dawson. While the pair effectively disbanded in 1978, their work is still immensely important and performed around the world today.

As well as the writers themselves, contributors to the documentary include David Mitchell, Ben Elton, Denis Norden and Damaris Hayman. Archive interviewees include Tony Hancock, Sid James and Harry H Corbett.

Listeners have another chance to hear some of Galton and Simpson's classic comedy, as the network repeats the four-part series Galton & Simpson's Half Hour this week.

Presenter/Stephen Merchant, Producer/Paul Sheehan

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BBC RADIO 3
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Performance On 3 – Messiah

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Laurence Cummings conducts English National Opera's new staged version of Handel's Messiah, directed by Deborah Warner. Soloists Sophie Bevan (soprano), Catherine Wyn Rogers (alto), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) and Brindley Sherratt (bass) are joined by the Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera.

Handel's masterpiece telling the story of Christ is one of the mainstays of the oratorio tradition, but it is not often staged and this production aims to give a powerful new relevance to one of the world's most-enduring narratives.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Tony Sellors

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World On 3 – Womad 2009

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Lopa Kothari warms up Christmas night with highlights from last July's Womad Festival, including sets broadcast for the first time.

She recalls three days of sun, wind, rain and wonderful sounds at Womad 2009 and introduces live sets from legendary dub-reggae producer Denis Bovell, Mongolian throat singer Enkh Jargal and UK Bhangra pioneer Channi Singh.

Presenter/Lopa Kothari, Producer/Roger Short

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BBC RADIO 4
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Christmas Service

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.00-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

The Christmas Service is broadcast from All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London's West End.

This international Anglican church boasts a lively and eclectic congregation and a panoply of gifted musicians who will give the traditional carols for Christmas morning a unique and special flavour.

The preacher is the Rector, the Revd Hugh Palmer. The All Souls Choir is directed by organist and Director of Music Noel Tredinnick.

Producer/Philip Billson

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Pick Of The Year

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
5.00-5.55pm BBC RADIO 4

In a special extended Christmas Day edition of Pick Of The Week, Welsh actor and comedian, Rob Brydon, chooses his favourite BBC Radio programmes from 2009.

Presenter/Rob Brydon, Producer/Cecile Wright

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Christmas Meditation

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
12.15-12.30am BBC RADIO 4

After the seasonal festivities – both sacred and secular – former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo reflects on the magic of storytelling at Christmas and its appeal to both young and old.

Presenter/Michael Morpugo, Producer/Philip Billson

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Afternoon Play –
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Ep 1 and 2/2

New series
Christmas Day Friday 25 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4
3.15-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

BBC Radio 4 continues the dramatisations of Alexander McCall Smith's enormously successful and popular series of novels set in Botswana – The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Precious Ramotswe is now well established as Botswana's only private detective and owner of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which she runs with her assistant, Mma Makutsi.

Despite the wide range of cases on their books, one thing the lady detectives know very little about is football – which is unfortunate when the agency's newest client is the big-shot owner of the ailing Kalahari Swoopers. There's a traitor on the team and, as his season goes from bad to worse, "Mr Football" insists that Mma Ramotswe must find the culprit.

As she mulls over this problem, Mma Ramotswe becomes aware that her faithful assistant is distracted by a glamorous adversary from the past who has reappeared and is making a play for Mma Makutsi's unsuspecting fiancé.

Mma Ramotswe will take in a soccer match at the stadium, drink tea in unfamiliar kitchens and learn to trust in the observational powers of small boys, as she digs deep to uncover the goodness of the human heart.

The drama, which continues today at 3.15pm, is based on book 10 of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Tea Time For The Traditionally Built.

Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Ben Onwukwe as Mr JLB Matekoni.

Please note: This play was originally billed in BBC Week 50 Radio Programme Information, on Thursday 17 December.

Producer/Eilidh McCreadie

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Wallace And Bacon

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Richard Bacon and Danny Wallace team up to deliver a host of festive fun for Christmas morning.

Presenters/Richard Bacon and Danny Wallace, Producer/Mark Sharman

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Nolan's Big Quiz Of The Year

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
11.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Stephen Nolan is joined by special guests for a topical quiz on the year's big stories, giving listeners the chance to pit their wits against the news experts.

Presenter/Stephen Nolan, Producer/Jonathan Aspinwall

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Snapshot Christmas

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Day Friday 25 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Max Rushden makes his BBC Radio 5 Live debut, live on Christmas Day presenting Snapshot Christmas. Max will be taking a whistle-stop tour of the UK to find out what the nation is doing at midday, from serving soldiers and on-duty nurses, to "bah humbugs" trying to avoid the celebrations.

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Best Of Simon Mayo

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Simon Mayo is in reflective mood as he picks his favourite guest interviews from the last eight years on his afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Highlights since 2001 include interviews with Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Will Young, Joan Rivers and Michael Sheen, plus Ricky Gervais in conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury and some of the best of Simon's musical guests.

Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producer/Robin Bulloch

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Justin Moorhouse's Triumphs And Turkeys

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Justin Moorhouse is joined by fellow comedians to look back at 2009, celebrating the year's winners and losers.

Presenter/Justin Moorhouse, Producer/Julia McKenzie

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In Search Of The Real Drogba

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
5.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Journalist Ian McGarry presents a one-off documentary with one of the Premier League's most controversial and gifted players: Didier Drogba.

Revealing a different side to his public persona, he explains his motivation for helping build a new hospital in the Ivory Coast. Drogba was part of the Ivory Coast team playing Malawi in March this year when a wall collapsed in the stadium, killing 29 spectators. Shocked by the lack of resources to cope with the disaster the Chelsea striker vowed to do something to improve the health care in his home country.

Presenter/Ian McGarry, Producer/Richard McIlory

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Ashes Review

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Former England international and Test Match Special contributor Phil Tufnell looks back at England's Ashes-winning summer.

Phil hears from the players and fellow commentators Alec Stewart and Jason Gillespie who reflect on the key moments of the series.

Presenter/Phil Tufnell, Producer/Steve Houghton

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Mark Chapman's World Cup Years

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman takes a look back at past World Cups since 1982, reliving the greatest goals and national highs and lows with special guests.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Neil Sloan

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Jenson Button – Champion Of The World

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live's Formula 1 reporter Holly Samos is joined by World Champion Jenson Button to look back on a dramatic F1 season both on and off the track.

Jenson tells Holly about his rollercoaster year that began with the very real prospect of him not even making the grid following the demise of Honda's F1 team and ended with him achieving his ultimate ambition, becoming the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, winning six of the first seven races of the season on the way.

Jenson also reflects on the season's other big talking points: the emergence of the Brawn and Red Bull teams, Renault-gate and Michael Schumacher's on/off comeback.

Presenter/Holly Samos, Producer/Jason Swales

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Shaun Keaveny

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
7.00-10.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music's very own "uncrowned king of breakfast", according to Time Out, presents his Clever Christmas, featuring interviews with all the clever folks who have been on his show over the past year, including Alain de Botton and his favourite scientist Dr Brian Cox.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny, Producer/Nic Philps

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Derek Smalls

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
10.00am-12.00noon BBC 6 MUSIC

Legendary Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls presents a two-hour Christmas morning show for BBC 6 Music. Alongside guest appearances from fellow Tap bandmates Nigel Tufnel and David St Hubbins, who call in with Christmas greetings for Derek and the listeners, Derek also presents the première of his own take on the Christmas classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Plus the bass genius answers questions from 6 Music presenters including Laurern Laverne, Shaun Keaveny and Marc Riley; and music comes courtesy of the Jackson 5, Weird Al Yankovic and, of course, Spinal Tap with their triumphant live set from this year's Glastonbury festival.

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Jimmy Page And The BBC Sessions

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Listeners can enjoy the inside story of Led Zeppelin's BBC sessions – told exclusively by founder member Jimmy Page.

Jimmy joins Shaun Keaveny for a unique celebration of the thrilling early recordings. The BBC sessions capture the audacity and raw energy of Led Zeppelin's first live shows. Jimmy chooses his personal highlights from the music and shares his memories of an extraordinary time in Led Zeppelin's history.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny, Producer/Amanda Bruckshaw

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Beth Ditto

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Gossip girl Beth Ditto plays two hours of music that inspires her, by the artists she loves. From punk rock to reggae, metal to mariachi, it's all served up with Beth's unique take on the world.

Presenter/Beth Ditto, Producer/Nic Philps

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Don Letts Reggae Christmas

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Don Letts eases listeners through that time after lunch on Christmas Day when the presents have been opened and cold turkey sandwiches await. On the menu is Don's choice of reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall, so listeners can push back the sofa and dance up an appetite.

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan, who released a charity album of Christmas songs this year, dispenses the festive cheer with a two-hour Christmas special of his acclaimed radio show.

Steering clear of the usual Slade and Wizzard songs, Bob's selections range in date from the Forties and Lead Belly's Christmas Is A-comin' to 2001 and The Bellrays' Poor Old Rudolph – taking in songs such as Far Away Christmas Blues by Little Esther and the Johnny Otis Orchestra, Christmas Tree by Jamaican DJ King Stitt, Fiesta de Navidad by Celia Cruz And La Senora Matancera and Sonny Boy Williamson's Santa Claus along the way.

As ever, the songs are punctuated by Dylan's dry humour, anecdotes and wry observations – making for an unusual and refreshing mix for Christmas Day.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

As the end of another year approaches Bruce Dickinson reflects on the rock legacy of 2009.

In this special show, Bruce reveals his selection of favourite interviews of the past 12 months. There's another chance to hear highlights from some of metal's finest stars who have graced the Rock Show studios.

This includes Alice In Chains, Thunder, Judas Priest and Mastodon. Plus listeners can relive the time when Chuck Billy of Testament and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth teamed up for their memorable takeover of the Rock Show (on 13 March 2009).

Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Christmas Day Friday 25 December 2009

Silver Street

Christmas Day Friday 25 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Zak and Imran wait anxiously at Nadia's hospital bedside for further news from the doctors, as the drama continues. Zak blames Sway for everything.

Meanwhile, Kuljit and Sway are driving back from London and Kuljit makes it clear he is only with Sway because of what happened; this doesn't mean all is forgiven.

Later at the hospital, Zak tells Imran he is going to make Sway pay for what he has done to Nadia. Suddenly Zak sees Sway walking towards them...

Zak is played by Jetinder Summan, Imran by Narinder Samra, Sway by Nicholas Bailey and Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal.

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