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Network Radio BBC Week 52:
26 December 2009-1 January 2010

Network Radio BBC Week 52:
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

BBC RADIO 2
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

David Tennant And Catherine Tate

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 3 December)

David Tennant and Catherine Tate are re-united on BBC Radio 2 as they sit in for Jonathan Ross this week with some festive cheer and a selection of music.

Presenters/David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Producer/Fiona Day

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Sting – On A Winter's Day

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
3.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini talks to Sting about his life and career and the singer-songwriter also plays some of his key compositions acoustically in the studio.

During the programme, Sting discusses everything from his early life and family, to his time playing in jazz bands and teaching in Newcastle, on to the heady days of first success and the tempestuous relationship with his fellow band members in The Police and their recent reunion tour.

He also talks about his successful solo career – which continues with the release of his new album, Winter, his charity work, his feelings about programmes such as The X Factor and his thoughts on contemporary music.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Mark Simpson

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Bon Jovi's Guide To Rock With Richie Sambora

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Richie Sambora, lead guitarist with American rock band Bon Jovi for 26 years, hand-picks two hours of classic rock music and talks about the reasons behind his choices and his major musical influences.

The programme includes music from the likes of Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Kings Of Leon, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi.

Richie recalls stories from his career, including the time Bob Dylan tried to steal his guitar, his relationship with Les Paul (the inventor of the electric guitar) and when he met Sir Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.

This is followed by another opportunity to hear Bon Jovi's live concert for BBC Radio 2 from Broadcasting House, recorded last month.

Presenter/Richie Sambora, Producer/Adam Uytman

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The Record Producers – Smokey Robinson

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Smokey Robinson; the singer, songwriter and producer who was instrumental in establishing Motown Records and who is now beginning his sixth decade in the record industry.

Smokey was one of the key people Berry Gordy relied on in the early days of Motown. He wrote and produced for several acts on the label, including Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and his own group, The Miracles.

In the programme, Smokey talks about his career to date and Steve Levine analyses some of the original multi-track recordings Smokey has produced, including his recording with The Miracles More Love and his pivotal solo track from the mid Seventies, A Quiet Storm.

The documentary is followed by another opportunity to hear Smokey Robinson's performance for BBC Radio 2 at the Electric Proms from The Roundhouse in Camden earlier this year.

Presenters/Richard Allinson and Steve Levine, Producer/Neil Myners

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BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON
Gospel According To The King

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presents two weeks of special programming leading up to Friday 8 January 2010 – when Elvis Aaron Presley would have celebrated his 75th birthday.

The season covers the music, the films, the brand and Elvis Presley's personal life. Presenters include Jerry Hall, Rob Brydon and Suzi Quatro, who travels to Graceland 35 years after Elvis invited her to his home.

In Gospel According To The King, Jerry Hall explores the importance and influence of gospel music in Elvis Presley's life. Long before he became known as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis was a child from Tupelo, Mississippi, who was fascinated by the power and the passion of gospel music. He grew up singing spiritual music with his family in his local church and, when they moved to Memphis, they regularly attended all-night gospel sessions at the Ellis Auditorium.

After he became a huge rock star, Elvis would regularly return to the "all-night sings" and join his favourite gospel groups on stage. The only three Grammy Awards Elvis won were for his gospel recordings; he incorporated gospel songs into his stage repertoire and even convinced studio bosses to include gospel songs in several of his movie soundtracks.

The documentary features members of gospel groups who recorded and performed with Elvis including The Jordanaires, The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations and also includes musicians DJ Fontana, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Jerry Scheff and Ronnie Tutt. There is also archive material from Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who recorded the famous "million-dollar quartet" sessions on 4 December 1956, when Elvis sang gospel songs with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Presenter/Jerry Hall, Producer/Des Shaw

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Bob Harris

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
11.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 2

Val Marshall, who started writing songs and playing at open-mic nights and festivals in Hull five years ago, makes her acoustic debut on national radio with Bob Harris tonight.

Her first self-released CD, entitled If I Had My Time Again, was released in January 2007 and her second, Love's Ghost, was launched in April last year. Val has supported many artists in the UK, including Pete Molinari, Great Lake Swimmers, Corinne West, Gina Villalobos, Eleanor McEvoy, Angie Palmer, Clive Gregson, Derrin Nauendorf and Rachel Harrington.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

World Routes

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucy Duran introduces an uninterrupted hour of music from South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, specially recorded in concert at the Brighton Dome. The group represents the traditional culture of South Africa and is regarded as the country's cultural emissary, at home and around the world.

In 1993, at Nelson Mandela's request, Ladysmith Black Mambazo accompanied the future President to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Paul Simon incorporated their traditional sounds into his Graceland album, a project regarded by many as seminal to today's explosive interest in World Music.

Their music is called Isicathamiya (is-cot-a-me-ya), born in the mines of South Africa. Black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and their families. Poorly housed and badly paid, they would entertain themselves, after a six-day week, by singing songs into the early hours every Sunday morning.

The name Ladysmith Black Mambazo came about as a result of the group winning every singing competition they entered. Ladysmith is the hometown of the Shabalala family; Black references the black oxen, considered to be the strongest on the farm; and the Zulu word Mambazo refers to an axe – symbolic of the group's ability to "chop down" the competition. So good were they that, after a time, they were forbidden to compete in the competitions but were welcomed, of course, to perform at them.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/James Parkin

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Opera On 3 Live From The Met – Elektra

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

A scene from Richard Strauss's one-act opera, Elektra
A scene from Richard Strauss's one-act opera, Elektra

Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and conducted by Fabio Luisi, with soprano Susan Bullock in the title role, Richard Strauss's one-act opera tells the bloody story of Elektra and her dysfunctional family. She has sworn vengeance for the murder of her father, King Agamemnon, by her mother, Klytaemnestra. The opera tells the story of how she eventually achieves this, at the cost of several lives including, finally, her own.

Susan Bullock won a Royal Philharmonic Society award for her portrayal of the obsessed princess when she performed the role at Covent Garden earlier this year. This first-rate cast also includes Felicity Palmer as Klytaemnestra and Deborah Voigt as Chrysothemis.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

Saturday Play – Educating Rita

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Actor Bill Nighy
Actor Bill Nighy

Willy Russell's award-winning comedy stars Bill Nighy as Frank and Laura dos Santos as Rita. Educating Rita is a tender, funny and moving drama about the relationship between an Open University student and her tutor.

Rita is a sparky, working-class girl. She works as a hairdresser but longs for an education. Frank is a middle-aged lecturer. Uninspired by academia, his days as a poet are up and his days as a teacher are numbered. But when Rita walks into his study, things look set to change as her infectious and stubborn will to learn changes both of their lives.

Written and adapted for radio by Willy Russell, this is the first radio version of any of Russell's stage plays.

Russell's other smash-hits include the musical Blood Brothers and Shirley Valentine.

Producer/Kirsty Williams

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1989 – Day-By-Day

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
4.55-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Romania buries its dead and the world comes to its aid, as Sir John Tusa continues to retrace the major political, cultural and social events from 1989 for BBC Radio 4's series recreating the year in sound, drawing on the BBC and other vivid news archive and the music of the time.

Jimi Hendrix's music is deployed against General Noriega; playwright Vaclav Havel is elected President of Czechoslovakia; the lavish home of Romanian dictator Ceauşescu is revealed to the world; a new Europe sees in a new year; and Gorbachev and Bush welcome a new decade.

Presenter/Sir John Tusa, Producer/Joby Waldman

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Archive On 4 – Doctor Who: The Lost Episodes

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule change 1 December)

As a new era begins for Doctor Who, Shaun Ley investigates the story of The Lost Episodes.

Many diehard Doctor Who fans will be familiar with the number 108. This is the number of episodes from the Sixties which are still missing. When the BBC went through its film archive in 1978, it found that more than 200 black-and-white episodes, recorded between 1963 and 1969, had disappeared. This is the story of the recovery of some of those lost episodes and the search for those that are still missing.

In the early years of Doctor Who, programmes were recorded on videotape which was recycled because it was expensive. But many were also transferred to film and sold to be broadcast around the world. In this programme, Shaun Ley meets the amateur archivists who have scoured the globe for those elusive film cans. He finds out how the first episode of The Crusade (broadcast in March 1965) turned up in New Zealand, and he hears from some of the actors whose work on the early series was wiped, including Pauline Collins, Peter Purves, Bernard Kay and Deborah Watling.

Where the films have been lost, there are still the audio recordings made by children, Shaun included, who sat in front of their televisions with a tape recorder. The best of these have been cleaned up and used to reconstruct the soundtracks of the missing episodes. But the audio and the still photographs can't replace the real thing and the question remains – how many episodes will eventually be found?

Presenter/Shaun Ley, Producer/Chris Ledgard

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
12.00noon-7.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents coverage of the traditional Boxing Day football fixtures, kicking off with commentary of Birmingham versus Chelsea, live, from St Andrews at 12noon with Darren Fletcher, David Oates and Craig Burley. The programme also has regular updates from the first day of the second Test between South Africa and England in Durban.

There's also live coverage of all the day's 3pm kick offs, including Manchester City versus Stoke City, Fulham versus Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland versus Everton in the Premier League and Celtic versus Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League. There are also rugby union updates from Worcester versus Northampton.

From 5.30pm, there's Premier League commentary of Liverpool versus Wolves, live, from Anfield, with Alan Green, Conor McNamara and Jan Molby.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
7.45am-3.30pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Ball-by-ball commentary of the first day's play of the second Test between South Africa and England comes live from Kingsmead, Durban.

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
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2009

Adam And Joe

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

It's Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish's traditional present-swapping show. The boys embrace Christmas cheers (and eggnog!) and Boggins the dog is bound to make an appearance, but will he make it through Christmas or will he be released from the Big British Castle for good?

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

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Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll With John Harris

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Renowned music journalist John Harris joins BBC 6 Music for two hours to present a guide to the weird and wonderful history of rock 'n' roll.

He journeys through some of the most glorious (and absolutely ludicrous) things that great musicians have said and done, some of the best and worst music they've come up with and the magnificent tangle that comes to mind when a song hits the correct spot.

Presenter/John Harris, Producer/Gary Bales

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A Man Like Curtis Ep 1/4

New series
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
3.00-3.30pm BBC MUSIC

On the 20th anniversary of Curtis Mayfield's death, musician Lenny Kravitz and BBC 6 Music celebrate the life of a musician regarded as one of the pioneers of funk and soul music.

Curtis Mayfield was a prolific songwriter whose career was sadly cut short following an accident in August 1990, eventually leading to his death at the age of 57 on 26 December 1999. However, his musical achievements remain, showing his immense contribution to soul music.

This series, which can be heard throughout the day on 6 Music, pays tribute to his life and celebrates his music. His songs of love and peace influenced millions and he was an inspiration to many music luminaries including: Bob Marley; Jimi Hendrix; Bruce Springsteen; Stevie Wonder; and Aretha Franklin.

The series includes contributions from: Curtis's childhood friend, Jerry Butler, and other Impressions band members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden; Altheida Mayfield, Curtis's wife of 28 years; Curtis's son, Kirk Mayfield; bass player Lebron Scott; singers Nona Hendryx, Mavis Staples, Eddie Grant and Carleen Anderson; and film music expert Mathieu Bitton.

The first of four half-hour programmes concentrates on Mayfield's early musical influences from the Fifties to 1965 – gospel beginnings, writing songs for Jerry Butler and his early Impressions hits from Gypsy Woman to People Get Ready.

The subjects of his songs ranged from simple, tender love songs to broadsides demanding social and political equality and began with People Get Ready. As a songwriter and a producer, Curtis was a key architect of Chicago soul, penning material and working on sessions by notable windy city soulsters including Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, Major Lance and Billy Butler. Mayfield was also an excellent guitarist and his rolling, Latin-influenced lines were the highlights of The Impressions' recordings.

He established early on his own publishing company and, soon after, his own independent record companies, Windy C, Mayfield and Curtom Records, which all emphasised Curtis's statesman-like role as a producer of excellence.

Presenter/Lenny Kravitz, Producer/Sue Clark

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Martin On Mayfield

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
3.30-4.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Renowned actor and soul fan Martin Freeman flips from 45 to 33 and brings his selection of Curtis Mayfield's finest tunes.

Presenter/Martin Freeman, Producer/Henry Lopez-Real

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A Man Like Curtis Ep 2/4

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
4.30-5.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Curtis Mayfield documentary series moves into the Sixties when Curtis Mayfield's songs were taken up by the Civil Rights Movement of America, including Choice Of Colors, My Country, I'm So Proud and We're A Winner, all with The Impressions.

In 1970, Curtis began his solo career with (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go, a protest song confronting ghetto life with a realism that had rarely been heard on record.

He also toughened up his guitar work, incorporating some of the best features of psychedelic rock and funk. In 1971, he enjoyed his biggest UK success with Move On Up, which reached No. 12 but surprisingly did not chart in America. There, his commercial rise was maintained in 1972 with Freddie's Dead and the theme from Superfly, a "blaxploitation" movie that he scored.

Drug deals, ghetto shootings, the deaths of young black men: all were described in detail. Yet Curtis's falsetto vocals, uplifting melodies and funky arrangements gave the moralising material a graceful strength.

Both singles and the album achieved gold status, inspiring further excursions into film soundtracks, including Claudine and Let's Do It Again.

Presenter/Lenny Kravitz, Producer/Sue Clark

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The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
5.00-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Craig Charles presents a retrospective of the year, featuring all the best show sessions from the Fantasy Funk Band to The Impellers and from Six Toys to The Flirtations, along with listeners' favourite big tunes of the year. These include a repeat play of the Fantasy Funk Band's version of Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up, recorded at their recent Maida Vale 75 session.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha

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A Man Like Curtis Ep 3/4

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
8.00-8.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Curtis Mayfield continued his work on film soundtracks with A Piece Of The Action, Sparkle and Short Eyes. Towards the end of the Seventies he concentrated more on producing a number of artists including Aretha Franklin's 1978 album, Almighty Fire.

In 1981, he joined the Boardwalk label, for which he recorded Honesty. He remained a highly popular live artist, particularly in Britain, where (Celebrate) The Day After You, a collaboration with the Blow Monkeys and a protest song against the Thatcher Government, became a hit.

The programme explores what Curtis was like as a live performer and talks to his band members who played Glastonbury Festival with him in 1983.

Presenter/Lenny Kravitz, Producer/Sue Clark

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6 Mix – Back To The Phuture

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
8.30-10.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Electro guru and Wall Of Sound label boss Mark Jones presents the fifth in his series of Back To The Phuture 6 Mix shows, joining the dots between synth music past and present.

In this edition of the show, Mark is joined by Ultravox founder and synth musician John Foxx. Foxx formed Ultravox in 1973 (when they were called Tiger Lily) and made three albums with the band before leaving in 1979. Since then, Foxx has pursued a career as an artist and musician, having a solo hit with Underpass in 1983 and making a number of experimental albums using keyboards.

Foxx talks to Mark about his career as a musician and tells him how tracks by The Beatles, Roxy Music and A Guy Called Gerald have influenced his work.

Presenter/Mark Jones, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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A Man Like Curtis Ep 4/4

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
10.30-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The concluding programme in the series celebrating the life of Curtis Mayfield starts with Curtis Mayfield's final studio album, Take It To The Streets.

On 13 August 1990, Curtis was at a sound check for an outdoor concert, onstage at Wingate Field, Flatbush, Brooklyn, when the lighting rig came down on top of him, crushing his spine in three places – resulting in him being paralysed from the neck down. However, it did not deter him and he managed to produce a new studio album, New World Order, in 1994. During the recording Curtis had to lie on his back in order to give some gravitational power to his singing. His accident led to a re-appraisal of his work and several tribute albums were produced. He also received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. The long-term effects of the accident proved costly, and he died on 26 December 1999 at the age of 57.

Mayfield's contribution to soul music remains immense: he recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the Sixties; as a solo artist he helped pioneer funk and, most importantly, he introduced hard-hitting urban commentary into his music, leading the way for Marvin Gaye to record What's Going On and Stevie Wonder to record Innervisions.

Presenter/Lenny Kravitz, Producer/Sue Clark

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BBC Introducing With Tom Robinson

Boxing Day Saturday 26 December
1.00-3.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Tom Robinson presents his Fresh On The Net Christmas Mixtape, featuring two hours of the best tunes from the show from the past year. Even better than that, the whole mixtape with full tracks can be downloaded for free from bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/tom_robinsons_introducing. It's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving!

Presenter/Tom Robinson, Producer/Tom Whalley

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BBC RADIO 1 Sunday 27 December 2009

JLS – In Their Own Words

Sunday 27 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 1 (Schedule addition 9 Decemeber)

For British boyband JLS, 2009 has been a truly spectacular year. Even though they came second in the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, losing out to Alexandra Burke, the boys have already had two No. 1 singles and a No. 1 album. The band, who are mobbed by fans everywhere they go, have also won two MOBO Awards as well as the BBC Switch Outstanding Artist Award.

In this BBC Radio 1 special, Aston, Marvin, JB and Oritse recount their experiences over the last year and pick their favourite tunes from 2009.

Producer/Glenn Middleditch, Executive Producer/Ray Paul

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 27 December 2009

Good Morning Sunday

Sunday 27 December
7.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones presents the very best of Good Morning Sunday from 2009 in the annual highlights programme. The show includes a selection of guests from the year, including Dame Judi Dench, Lawrence Dallaglio and Judy Collins.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Hilary Robinson

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Sunday Love Songs

Sunday 27 December
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 2

Ronan Keating sits in for Steve Wright this week and presents a specially themed show of Noughties love songs.

Presenter/Ronan Keating, Producer/Jessica Rickson

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Richard Madeley

Sunday 27 December
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Richard Madeley sits in for Michael Ball to present Sunday Brunch this week.

Presenter/Richard Madeley, Producer/Fiona Day

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Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 27 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Elaine Paige presents the annual Best Of The Guests show and remembers some of the big names who've stopped by during 2009, including Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Marvin Hamlisch, Barbara Windsor, Alan Cumming, Liz Robertson and Whoopi Goldberg. Malcolm's Big One this week comes from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Pirate Johnnie Walker

Sunday 27 December
3.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Pirate Johnnie Walker returns to the airwaves once again, recreating the sounds of a bygone pirate era with a mix of classic hits.

This week, Johnnie travels back to December 1966, and plays some pivotal tracks from that year.

Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Natasha Costa Correa

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 27 December
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and reflections for the last Sunday of 2009.

Focusing on a new year of new promises and new beginnings, music comes from this week's featured choir, the Swansea Bach Choir. The music director is John Hugh Thomas and the organist is Glen Crooks. Hymns this week include Go Forth Into The World and Morning Has Broken.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 27 December 2009

The Choir – London Jazz Festival 2009

Sunday 27 December
6.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Aled Jones presents the Voice Project, performing Gwilym Simcock's I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom alongside the composer at this year's London Jazz Festival, and also introduces the premières of three works commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Chantage, winners of BBC Choir of the Year 2006.

Community choirs differ from other kinds of choral groups in that they generally welcome all-comers to their ranks, regardless of age, ability or experience. Anybody who wants to sing is encouraged to come and have a go. Such groups are now springing up across the country to share a passion, energy and ambition for singing. However, community choirs tend to exist slightly removed from, or parallel to, the world of auditioned choirs and professional musicians. The Voice Project was set up to bring together outstanding musicians and community choirs in events that combine the ethos of community music with cutting-edge creativity and high performance and production values.

Simcock's I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom blends classical and jazz themes into a full-length cantata for community choir, jazz quartet and soloists. It was recorded specially for The Choir at the London Jazz Festival in the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Chris Taylor

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Words And Music – At The Movies

Sunday 27 December
10.15-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

British composer Michael Nyman
British composer Michael Nyman

BBC Radio 3's weekly mixture of poetry, prose and music features an edition inspired by the movies. Poets and composers have been associated with the cinema since it began well over a hundred years ago. In the early years artists such as Russian poet Mayakovsky, Jean Cocteau, WH Auden and Bertolt Brecht were all involved, as were composers William Walton, Erich Korngold, Max Steiner and Elmer Bernstein.

The programme features poems including George Szirtes's In Memoriam Busby Berkeley and Roger McGough's If Life's A Lousy Picture, Why Not Leave Before The End? Cinematic music comes from Michael Nyman, Mozart, Schumann, Bernard Hermann, Aubert, Miles Davis and Ennio Morricone.

Producer/Fiona McLean

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Jazz Line-Up – London Jazz Festival 2009

Sunday 27 December
11.30pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Julian Joseph presents UK-born bassist Dave Holland in concert at this year's London Jazz Festival. Holland is as well known a bandleader as he is a band member, and performs here with his Overtone Quartet of Chris Potter (tenor saxophone), Jason Moran (piano) and Eric Harland (drums). This quartet boasts phenomenal soloists in their own right and Holland has written material that encompasses all their musical dimensions. Jazz Line-Up brings this band to BBC Radio 3 for the first time.

Presenter/Julian Joseph, Producer/Keith Loxam

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 27 December 2009

The Kalevala – Finland's National Epic

Sunday 27 December
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

Storyteller and musician Nick Hennessey explores the mythical world of The Kalevala, Finland's national epic poem.

Nick is an expert in the Finnish poetic tradition and was declared World Champion of Kalevala Runesinging in Finland in 2000. This year, he returns to the country to discover how The Kalevala became a cornerstone of an emerging Finnish identity in the decades after its first publication in 1835.

Nick travels to the home of Jean Sibelius, the composer whose Kalevala-inspired works raised the profile of Finland's mythological tradition not only within the country but also in Europe and America.

Nick follows in the footsteps of Elias Lönnrot, who travelled to the Eastern regions of Karelia in the 1830s. There, he wrote down the stories and songs that communities had passed down from generation to generation; this material was compiled and edited into one long epic, The Kalevala.

In the Finnish Literature Society, Nick studies the manuscripts from Lönnrot's collecting trips; documents that record the moment when the oral tradition was lifted from people's mouths and preserved on a page.

Nick also explores what The Kalevala means to today's Finns, including contemporary rock musician Ismo Alanko, whose mother was a poem reciter from Karelia.

Lönnrot stitched together his stories into a complete narrative, and Keith Bosley, the scholar who produced the most recent English translation, discusses some of the central characters and stylistic traits of this 50-chapter epic.

Now translated into 47 languages, The Kalevala is a recognised world classic.

Presenter/Nick Hennessey, Producers/Simon Jacobs and Phil Smith

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 27 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 27 December
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport, starting with Premier League commentary of Arsenal versus Aston Villa live from the Emirates Stadium with Alistair Bruce-Ball, David Oates and Lee Dixon at 1.30pm, and updates from Hibernian versus Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, which kicks off at noon. There are also regular reports from the second day of the second Test between South Africa and England in Durban and two rugby union Premiership matches: London Irish versus Saracens and Leicester versus Sale.

From 4pm there's Premier League commentary of Hull City versus Manchester United live from the KC Stadium with Ian Dennis, Conor McNamara and Chris Waddle, plus rugby union updates from Harlequins versus Wasps.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Adrian Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 27 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 27 December
7.45am-3.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Ball-by-ball commentary of the second day's play of the second Test between South Africa and England comes live from Kingsmead, Durban. 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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NFL American Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 27 December
9.00pm-12.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live commentary comes from week 16 of the NFL season. It's the penultimate week of the regular season and the race for the post-season play-offs is on.

Arlo White is joined by Neil Reynolds and Greg Brady with all the news from around the NFL.

Presenter/Arlo White

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 27 December 2009

The Music Week – 1969

Sunday 27 December
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As The Music Week looks back over 2009 in music, Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt compare it to 1969 and find a number of parallels between the two pivotal years. In '69 The Stooges set the punk rock ball rolling, the Jackson 5 and Led Zeppelin released debut albums, and Nirvana/Foo Fighters legend Dave Grohl was born.

In '09 Iggy Pop appears in a distinctly un-punk insurance advert, Michael Jackson's death dominates the news agenda, and Grohl and Zep bassist John Paul Jones team up to create the supergroup of the decade. The programme looks back over both years and explores these connections – and more.

BBC 6 Music starts the countdown to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999. Sunday starts proceedings with a celebration of 1969.

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Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone – 1969

Sunday 27 December
5.00-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

It's 1969 in the Freak Zone and Stuart Maconie introduces some weirdness from the end of the decade.

BBC 6 Music starts the countdown to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999. Sunday starts proceedings with a celebration of 1969.

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Bob Dylan – Changing Times: 1969 Ep 1/3

New series
Sunday 27 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

In a series of brand-new documentaries, BBC 6 Music explores Bob Dylan's career at the end of three decades – 1969, 1979 and 1989 – and, with the help of those who have worked with and written about the enigmatic star, assesses the ways in which he re-invented himself at those key times in his illustrious career.

The series begins with 1969 – Nashville Skyline. Having been out of the public eye for quite some time, Dylan returned with a new album, a new sound and new look in 1969. The album Nashville Skyline surprised many with its simple country-tinged songs. He appeared on Johnny Cash's TV show and chose to return to the concert stage not at Woodstock, but at the Isle Of Wight Festival.

This programme includes contributions from Judy Gascoyne, who was housekeeper for Bob and Sara Dylan while they stayed at a farm on the island to rehearse with The Band in a barn. Bob entertained his friends The Beatles at the farm and played tennis with them. After the concert they partied and The Beatles played him an acetate of their Abbey Road album.

BBC 6 Music starts the countdown to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999. Sunday starts proceedings with a celebration of 1969.

Presenter/Nicky Campbell, Producer/Frank Wilson

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Sunday 27 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As a follow-up to the preceding documentary, Bob Dylan takes Friends And Neighbours as his theme and includes songs by Hank Williams and George Jones with Melba Montgomery.

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BBC RADIO 1 Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Live Music Highlights Ep 1/4

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 to New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Throughout this week BBC Radio 1 plays live music highlights from a special selection of the best performances of 2009 from four of the year's biggest names.

From Monday to Thursday lunchtime listeners can hear exclusive music highlights taken from across the past year. Monday's tracks come from Coldplay's mega concert at Hampden Park in September; Tuesday features the Arctic Monkeys' intimate live session at Maida Vale in August; songs from Dizzee Rascal's sizzling set at the BBC Electric Proms in October can be heard on Wednesday; and Thursday concludes the week with a very special set from Lily Allen at Radio 1's Big Weekend in May.

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BBC RADIO 2 Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Richard Allinson

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Richard Allinson sits in for Ken Bruce this week and talks to jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum, who shares his Tracks Of My Years. His selection includes songs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Sir Elton John and James Brown.

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The People's Classical Chart

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Fresh from his Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra tour of the UK, musician and comedian Bill Bailey presents this light-hearted, but informative, countdown of the most-heard classical recordings across Britain over the past 75 years.

Bill reveals the Top 30 and builds towards the announcement of the classical recording that has been played the most over the past 75 years. The show features a selection of guest interviewees who share close connections with, or great love for, the pieces in the chart, including: Guy Garvey of Elbow; vocalists Hayley Westenra and Katherine Jenkins; cellist Julian Lloyd Webber; violin virtuoso Sarah Chang; conductors Sir Charles Mackerras and Robert Haydon Clark; and choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Presenter/Bill Bailey, Producer/Paul Sexton

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The Great British Songbook Of The 60s Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary DJ Tony Blackburn and Sixties pop princess Cilla Black look at the Great British Songbook Of The 60s.

Over three hours, Tony and Cilla take a trip down memory lane as they play the best British songs from this decade, including suggestions from BBC Radio 2 listeners. With a playlist that includes The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard and Dusty Springfield, they reflect the work of some of Britain's greatest songwriters and share their own Sixties' memories.

Tony Blackburn and Cilla Black kick off a week of programmes celebrating the work of British songwriters, in which British artists and DJs reflect on the Great British Songbook of a decade, from the Sixties to the Noughties.

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Robbie Williams's Line Of Enquiry

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule change 4 December)

Multi-million-selling solo artist Robbie Williams with BBC Radio 2 presenter Kate Thornton
Multi-million-selling solo artist Robbie Williams with BBC Radio 2 presenter Kate Thornton

He's the cheeky charmer of pop who won the heart of the nation as the young lad with the mischievous grin in boy band Take That. Today, he's a multi-million-selling solo artist, with a host of awards under his belt.

However, for Robbie Williams, the road to fame and fortune has been bumpy. Having started his career at the tender age of 15, the singer has lived his life in front of the camera lens, with the giddy highs and the crashing lows well documented in the press.

In this programme, Robbie takes on BBC Radio 2 listeners in a show where they, along with presenter Kate Thornton and Radio 2's Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright, ask the questions they've always wanted answered.

Robbie discusses his ideal Christmas present and his thoughts on fatherhood. He also talks candidly about his relationship with his parents and his girlfriend, Ayda Field, and he reveals the moment when he knew that she was "the one". He discusses his friendship and working relationship with Guy Chambers and talks about the much-hyped rumours of a potential reunion with Take That, revealing exclusively the news that they have already recorded together. He also speaks frankly about life as an addict and how he copes on a day-to-day basis with depression.

Presenter/Kate Thornton, Producer/Charlotte Worth

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6 On 2 – Dave Pearce

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dave Pearce brings his legendary Dance Anthems show from BBC digital radio station 6 Music to BBC Radio 2, playing classic, uplifting party tunes from the last 30 years and giving listeners the chance to hear their dance music requests on air.

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BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON
Elvis – Movie King Or Celluloid Sellout? Ep 1/2

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Elvis "The King" Presley
Elvis "The King" Presley

During his career, Elvis Presley made 33 films and, despite having no training, "The King" was one of the highest-paid actors of the Sixties, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280m.

Elvis was keen to be taken seriously as an actor, but felt pigeonholed into making musical comedies. During his film career, he turned down the opportunity to act opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the Oscar-winning role played by George Chakiris in West Side Story. Despite his box-office success, he gave up acting in films in 1969.

This two-part series explores Elvis's Hollywood career and looks at the effect his multi-million-dollar movie career may have had on his reputation.

Part one looks at the early Elvis films and explores his ambitions to be a serious actor. The programme includes interviews with songwriters Lieber and Stoller and Elvis's close friend, Jerry Schilling, and examines early films Jailhouse Rock, King Creole and Viva Las Vegas.

Part two is broadcast at the same time tomorrow.

Presenter/Paul Morley, Producer/Jo Wheeler

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BBC RADIO 3 Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Composer Of The Week – Three Dark Days Of Wagner

Bank Holiday Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod looks at Wagner's self-obsession in the first of three programmes this week examining the dark sides of the composer.

Wagner believed he was an extraordinary artist set apart from other men. In the character of Lohengrin, the idea of a hero separated from ordinary mortals is followed to its logical conclusion. Wagner's perspective is revealed in his own words, against the backdrop of music from the opera.

Richard Wagner is one of the most controversial figures in music, the subject of endless, sometimes vitriolic debate. That there are dark sides to his personality is well known – but often these are left undisturbed, perhaps out of fear that exposing them would distract from his astonishing, ground-breaking music.

However, Wagner himself believed that a true composer was more than just his music; that he was somehow a living expression of culture, race and epoch. Given his view of the composer as a sort of spiritual commentator, even philosopher, his darker characteristics do merit some exploration. There are certainly echoes of his own character throughout his operas, even if it may not be possible to precisely define the extent to which they permeate his work.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Dominic Jewel

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Jazz On 3 – Best Of Session 2009

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Jez Nelson presents a selection of the best studio sessions recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3 during 2009, including: improvisations from two elder statesmen of US jazz, Bennie Maupin and Buster Williams; strong melody driven compositions by UK saxophonist Martin Speake and his quartet, featuring pianist Bobo Stenson; New York poet Steve Dalachinsky's Insomnia Poems set to Pete M Wyer's time-structured composition; and vibrant and creative, topsy turvy, big-band jazz by Peter Vermeersch's Flat Earth Society.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Peggy Sutton

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BBC RADIO 4 Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Book Of The Week –
Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Mark Rylance reads an illuminating selection of letters from a comprehensive new edition of Vincent Van Gogh's complete correspondence.

Vincent Van Gogh was a prodigious, articulate and passionate letter writer and his letters have long been prized as some of the most valuable documents in the world of art.

This new edition of his correspondence is the culmination of 15 years of new research and represents the most complete edition of Van Gogh's letters ever produced. This is the first new translation since the Fifties and renders Van Gogh's words more closely than ever before – unadorned, faithful and candid.

This Book Of The Week takes a selection from the 900 or so letters available, to provide a portrait of the artist: his self-doubt and his passionate ambition; his close bond with his brother Theo; and his sometimes troubled relationships with other family members and fellow artists. What emerges above all is his overriding passion for his art.

Read by Mark Rylance, Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters is edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker. The letters are abridged for BBC Radio 4 by Doreen Estall.

Reader/Mark Rylance, Producer/Emma Harding

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Woman's Hour Drama – My Mad Grandad Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Alison Steadman, Bernard Hill, Kenneth Cranham, Johnny Vegas, Gwyneth Powell and Matthew Kelly star in the late Mike Stott's play, My Mad Grandad.

Mike Stott, who died in September 2009, was working on this play when he found out he had terminal lung cancer.

The play is set in Mike's native Rochdale, where a young boy discovers the grandfather who is never mentioned and finds there is more to life than Miss Moody's knickers.

Just as his parents remove him from bad influences to live in a quiet village, 12-year-old Gil finds his new best mate is the oldest, blackest sheep in his family – his grandad. Recently released from the asylum, he thinks boys need catapults, stink bombs and sips of beer.

Drawing on Mike's own childhood in Lancashire, this is a touching and funny tale of family quarrels and misspent old age.

Mike wrote: "It's based on the endearing and infuriating characters we all grow up with in our lives, and that one special adult who is beyond the pale but seems to understand us when our parents have simply given up hope."

Alison Steadman plays Mum; Matthew Kelly plays Dad; Bernard Hill plays Gil; Kenneth Cranham plays Grandad; Johnny Vegas plays Hartley; and Gwyneth Powell plays Mercy. It is directed by Dirk Maggs.

Producer/David Morley

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Living With The In-Laws

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

When the eldest son gets married in Asian families, traditionally his wife moves in with her in-laws and they all set up home together. Perminder Khatkar explores the reality of this tradition for Asian women.

There are many advantages – free child-care, shared living costs and a communal family life. But there can be friction if, for example, the new daughter-in-law wants to change the décor or the mother-in-law expects her to do all the cooking and cleaning.

Some modern Asian women no longer want to live with their in-laws and are moving out – the extra expense of having their own home is a price they are willing to pay for more freedom.

Perminder goes behind the shared front door and finds out what it's really like to live with the in-laws.

Presenter/Perminder Khatkar, Producers/Sara Conkey and Perminder Khatkar

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Beyond Belief Ep 1/13

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

Ernie Rea returns with a new series of Beyond Belief, where he and his guests explore the place of faith in our complex world.

A discussion of angel experiences opens the series. Ernie and his guests explore whether the messengers of God described in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian scriptures are related to contemporary manifestations of angels; why it's the case that many people believe they have their own personal guardian angel; and whether a modern belief in angels has much to do with a belief in God.

Each week, Ernie's three guests discuss how their own religious tradition affects their values and outlook on the world, often revealing hidden and contradictory truths.

The panel guests also listen to a personal story which challenges their point of view and forces them to place their faith and values within the context of real-life experiences.

Presenter/Ernie Rea, Producer/Karen Maurice

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The Unbelievable Truth – New Year's Special

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Mitchell hosts a New Year's Special of the acclaimed general-knowledge based comedy panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents.

Each panellist has to deliver a lecture on a festive topic that must be entirely untrue, except for five unlikely facts. The job of their opponents is to challenge if they think they've detected an item of truth.

The panellists include Stephen Fry, John Lloyd and Rob Brydon.

The Unbelievable Truth is devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith – the team behind BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Presenter/David Mitchell, Producer/Jon Naismith

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Dragons' Lab

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4 (Title change 1 December)

Trevor Cox investigates what happens when economists, neuroscientists, biologists, engineers and psychologists spend a week together thinking of ways to spend a few million pounds.

Each year UK research councils invest £2.8bn in research – but how do they decide where to invest it? Research funding occupies vast amounts of scientists' time but it is still a process that happens out of the public eye. Here, Trevor Cox lifts the lid on the funding game as he spends a week with some hopefuls out to win their share of several million pounds of public money in a special funding event called The Ideas Factory – or Dragons' Lab.

Unaccustomed to mixing outside their field, scientists from different disciplines are thrown together, forced to endure a week of games, role-playing, team-building and arguments, designed to produce innovative cutting-edge research.

Previous factories have covered gun crime, mobile healthcare, extreme weather and elderly nutrition. Now they must consider ways to improve the UK's infrastructure against sabotage, terrorism and natural disasters.

Several million pounds is at stake if the researchers can impress the funding panel. Trevor reveals who makes the cut at the end of the week and who must go home empty handed.

Presenter/Trevor Cox, Producers/Alex Mansfield and Rami Tzabar

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Book At Bedtime – The True Deceiver Ep 1/10

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy updated 3 December)

Translated into English for the first time by Thomas Teal, Tove Jansson's novel is set in the deep winter snows of the fictional Swedish hamlet of Västerby and tells the story of two very different women.

Aloof but unassuming Anna Aemelin, an elderly children's book illustrator, lives alone in her family mansion and is a respected member of the community. The same can't be said of outcast Katri Kling – a strange, yellow-eyed young woman who shares a single room with Mats, her simple 15-year-old brother who has a passion for boats, and a dog she has never bothered to name.

Katri has no time for social niceties and her bluntness doesn't endear her to the villagers either. But she does have a gift for seeing directly to the root of any problem.

At night, Katri lays awake thinking mostly about money – how to acquire lots of it quickly and honestly. She decides that the solution lies with Anna Aemelin.

Katri describes her subsequent dealings with Anna in terms of a game. But as the game unfolds – a duel of deception, self-deception, secrets and lies – which of them is really the winner?

Darker than much of Jansson's work but wonderfully human, The True Deceiver uses a deceptive, understated style to build a complex and compelling psychological tale about solitude and community, art and life, love and hate.

Reader/Indira Varma, Producer/Karen Rose

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
12.00noon-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live football, kicking off with commentary of Tottenham Hotspur versus West Ham United live from White Hart Lane at 12.45pm with Mike Sewell, Nigel Adderley and Mark Bright.

At 3pm, there's live commentary of Chelsea versus Fulham at Stamford Bridge with John Murray and Graham Taylor, plus regular updates from the other 3pm kick offs, including Blackburn Rovers versus Sunderland and Everton versus Burnley. From 5.20pm, there's Championship commentary of Newcastle United versus Derby County from St James's Park, with Dave Woods, Ian Dennis and Steve Stone.

At 7pm, Arlo White is joined by special guests for the Monday Night Club, discussing the latest big issues in football, followed by commentary of Wolves versus Manchester City at Molineux with Darren Fletcher, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Waddle.

Presenters/Mark Pougatch and Arlo White, Producer/Clare Burns

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
7.45am-3.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Ball-by-ball commentary of the third day's play of the second Test between South Africa and England comes live from Kingsmead, Durban.

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 Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Vintage DJ – 1979

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music reaches 1979 in its look back at the last year of each decade since the Sixties, recalling what was happening musically during that year and which bands still hold major influences to this day. Every track comes from 1979 or the preceding years of the Seventies and guests will be dropping by to relate anecdotes and stories from that particular year.

BBC 6 Music counts down to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999.

Producer/Gary Bales

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Bob Dylan – Changing Times:
1979 Ep 2/3

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Once again Bob Dylan marked the end of a decade by making some major changes in his life and career, as the second in the series charting his career in 1969, '79 and '89 continues. He embraced Christianity, spent several months in Bible school and recorded a gospel album, Slow Train Coming. When he tried to evangelise Jerry Wexler in the studio, the wily producer replied: "Bob, you're dealing with a 62-year-old confirmed Jewish atheist. I'm hopeless. Let's just make an album."

To the frustration of some of his fans, subsequent concerts were all-gospel events. Dylan refused to play any of his old material and tended to give sermons between songs – even dismissing hecklers who demanded rock 'n' roll with the words: "You wanna rock 'n' roll, you can go down and rock 'n' roll. You can go see Kiss and you can rock 'n' roll all the way down to the pit."

BBC 6 Music starts the countdown to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

Presenter/Nicky Campbell, Producer/Frank Wilson

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Following on from the preceding documentary, Bob Dylan takes the Bible as his theme, including songs by the Rev Gary Davis and The Swan Silvertones.

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Gideon Coe – 1979

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe turns his attention to music from 1979 with concert tracks from The Specials and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Sessions from that year include tracks from The Ruts, Joy Division, The Monochrome Set and Scritti Politti.

BBC 6 Music starts the countdown to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Bank Holiday Monday
28 December 2009

Silver Street

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Deepika ropes Imran into helping her at Parkside, in this week's first visit to Silver Street. Deepika mentions she saw Nadia getting back from hospital after her "fall".

Elsewhere, Jodie tells Sway that Nadia's overdose isn't their fault – but can she convince him not to feel so guilty?

Meanwhile, Zak is still worried about Nadia. Imran pays them a visit too and Nadia thanks him for arriving in time to save her. Nadia then shocks them by announcing her next move...

Deepika is played by Babita Pohoomull, Imran by Narinder Samra, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Nicholas Bailey and Zak by Jetinder Summan.

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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 29 December 2009

The Great British Songbook Of The 70s Ep 2/5

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Noddy Holder, lead singer and front man of English rock band Slade, and singer-songwriter Kiki Dee look take a trip down memory lane with the Great British Songbook Of The 70s.

Over three hours, Noddy and Kiki play the best British songs from this decade, including suggestions from BBC Radio 2 listeners. The playlist includes David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Queen and the Bee Gees. Kiki and Noddy also reflect on the work of some of Britain's greatest songwriters and share their own memories from the Seventies.

The Great British Songbook is Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters. This is the second in a series of programmes in which British artists and DJs reflect on the Great British Songbook of each decade from the Sixties to the Noughties.

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Who On Who?

Tuesday 29 December
5.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In an exclusive interview for BBC Radio 2, actor David Tennant talks to Doctor Who executive producer and show-runner Russell T Davies in a special programme broadcast just days before the Time Lord's latest regeneration.

Who On Who? marks the end of an era in the history of Doctor Who. In this programme Russell reveals whether he will write for the show in the future and his feelings about his successor on the series Steven Moffat. Russell also reveals the influences behind Doctor Who and why the success of the revamped series took the cast and creative team behind it by surprise.

He also reveals that he declined the BBC's original request for a series about a young Doctor studying at the Time Lord Academy. David Tennant also asks about Russell's plans for the future. They discuss why it's the right time for them both to leave the series and reveal that they made the decision to leave at roughly the same time.

"It just made sense and it's continued to make sense with hindsight," says Russell T Davies. "There's not been one moment where I've thought we've done the wrong thing."

David Tennant agrees: "It feels like we've had the right amount of time to tell a great story."

In a programme featuring clips from the last five years of one of the BBC's most successful dramas, the pair also consider how the television industry has changed in that time and the ever-changing nature of the Saturday night television schedule.

Presenter/David Tennant, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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6 On 2 – The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Tuesday 29 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC 6 Music presenter Craig Charles
BBC 6 Music presenter Craig Charles

Craig Charles brings his Saturday evening BBC 6 Music Funk And Soul show to BBC Radio 2 and revisits the unique Fantasy Funk Band session which formed part of the BBC's 75th anniversary celebrations for the Maida Vale studios earlier this year.

Craig's Fantasy Funk Band was put together following suggestions by his BBC 6 Music listeners. The group featured James Taylor on Hammond, the Haggis Horns; Eddie Roberts from the New Mastersounds on guitar; Ernie Maconie on bass; and Mike Bandoni on drums; with John Turrell and Dionne Charles sharing vocal duties.

Craig also plays a selection of the latest breakthrough artists as well as classic recordings from Bootsy Collins, Smokey Robinson and Anne Peebles. There are further session tracks from Brand New Heavies, who recorded Midnight At The Oasis especially for the show, and The Impellers, who perform their own take on That's Not My Name by The Tings Tings.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha

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BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON
Elvis And Dewey – Red, Hot And Blue

Tuesday 29 December
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini tells the fascinating story of a pioneering disc jockey, who played a part in the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis and the early career of Elvis Presley, as BBC Radio 2's Elvis Season continues.

In the Fifties, Dewey Phillips played rhythm and blues to an audience of black and white listeners on American radio station WHBQ. His zeal for rhythm and blues and country music set the stage for Elvis's subsequent success and the rock 'n' roll revolution.

Dewey was the first DJ to introduce an Elvis record on the radio in July 1954. On his Memphis radio show, Red, Hot And Blue, he played an acetate of the first single, That's All Right (Mama), cut for him by Sun Studios owner Sam Phillips.

Elvis always acknowledged his debt of gratitude to Dewey, not only for his first radio exposure but for the influence on his musical development of hearing the exciting mix of blues and country records every night.

The programme includes extracts from Dewey's radio and TV programmes of the Fifties and early Sixties. Interviewees include Louis Cantor, author of Dewey And Elvis, who worked on Memphis radio station WDIA; Memphis radio veteran Charles Raiteri; George Klein and Jerry Schilling, who were Humes High School classmates of Elvis; and an archive interview with the late Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON
Elvis – Movie King Or Celluloid Sellout? Ep 2/2

Tuesday 29 December
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

During his career "The King" made 33 films and, despite having no training, was one of the highest paid actors of the Sixties, with his film soundtracks alone grossing around $280m.

Elvis was keen to be taken seriously as an actor, but felt pigeonholed into making musical comedies.

This two-part series explores Elvis's Hollywood career and looks at the effect his multi-million dollar movie career may have had on his reputation.

Part two explores how far Elvis's film career was being run by his manager, Colonel Parker, and looks at how the Elvis movie "formula" was born. In a rare archive recording, Elvis discusses his movie career and talks about his resentment at being pigeonholed into contracts.

Presenter/Paul Morley, Producer/Jo Wheeler

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 29 December 2009

Afternoon Play – Cattle Market

Tuesday 29 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Deep in rural Northern Ireland, cows are two a penny – sadly though, love and the perfect partner prove more elusive. Just when some of the local farmers are thinking of selling up and moving away, local entrepreneur Kate West comes up with a cunning plan.

This play by Shane Connington features Geraldine Hughes as Kate West, Liam McMahon as Ryan, Stephen Darcy as Alfie and Emma Kearney as Evie.

Producer/Gemma McMullan

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Bright Young Things Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 29 to New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Actor Julian Rhind-Tutt
Actor Julian Rhind-Tutt

To celebrate the party season, BBC Radio 4 presents a delicious collection of three classic stories, from PG Wodehouse, F Scott Fitzgerald and Katherine Mansfield, recalling the days of Evelyn Waugh's riotous, cocktail-swilling, brilliantly witty Bright Young Things.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of Bernice, who is on a month-long visit to her chic cousin, Marjorie, in California. Shocked to discover that her cousin is a social flop, Bernice tries to turn her into a successful party girl. The reader is Laurel Lefkow.

In The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield, frantic preparations for the Sheridans' lavish garden party are afoot when news of a tragedy reaches the family. A labourer from one of the workers' cottages outside the grand house is dead. Laura, one of the Sheridan girls, is immediately struck by how wrong the party now seems, but is shocked to find that the rest of her family don't share her sentiments. The reader is Romola Garai.

In Jeeves And The Yule-Tide Spirit, an unexpected invitation for Bertie Wooster to spend the festive season with Lady Wickham throws his loyal butler Jeeves's plans for a Yuletide break in Monte Carlo into disarray. When the hapless Bertie's plans to wreak vengeance on his old rival, Tuppy Glossop, go spectacularly awry, Monte Carlo suddenly looks a rather inviting destination. The reader is Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Readers/Laurel Lefkow, Romola Garai and Julian Rhind-Tutt,
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Great Lives Ep 4/9

Tuesday 29 December
4.30-4.55pm BBC RADIO 4

In this edition of the programme in which Matthew Parris invites people to talk about their heroes, the Mayor of London's Director of Policy, Arts, Culture and Creative Industries, Munira Mirza, chooses Hannah Arendt.

Hannah Arendt is often described as a philosopher but described herself as a political theorist.

Presenter/Matthew Parris, Producer/Beth O'Dea

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Case Notes Ep 1/9

New series
Tuesday 29 December
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Dr Mark Porter reports on a unique study tracking obesity from childhood, in the first of a new series of Case Notes.

Researchers in Plymouth have been following the progress of a group of 300 children since they were born. The children are now teenagers and data from blood samples and weight measurement has helped the scientists reveal that obesity follows gender lines and that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight.

Presenter/Dr Mark Porter, Producer/Paula McGrath

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 29 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 29 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents all the day's sports news and, from 7.45pm, commentary on the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool from Villa Park.

Simon Brotherton, Darren Fletcher and Graham Taylor provide the commentary. There are also updates from Bolton Wanderers versus Hull City at the Reebok Stadium.

Presenter/Arlo White, Producer/Claire Ackling

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Tuesday 29 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 29 December
7.45am-3.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special presents ball-by-ball commentary on the fourth day's play of the second Test between South Africa and England, live, from Kingsmead, Durban.

Jonathan Agnew leads the commentary team alongside Simon Mann and Gerald De Kock. There is expert summary from Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott and Vic Marks.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 29 December
7.55-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Bolton Wanderers' Premier League encounter with Hull City is tonight's featured match with uninterrupted, live, commentary from the Reebok Stadium.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 29 December 2009

Vintage DJ – 1989

Tuesday 29 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music reaches 1989 as part of its look back at years that end in nine. What happened in music during 1989 and who were the bands that remain major influences to this day? Every track comes from 1989 or the preceding years and guests will drop by to relate anecdotes and stories from that particular year.

BBC 6 Music counts down to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999.

Producer/Gary Bales

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Bob Dylan – Changing Times: 1989 Ep 3/3

Tuesday 29 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC BBC 6 MUSIC

In the last of a three-part series, BBC 6 Music explores Bob Dylan's career at the end of three decades – 1969, 1979 and 1989 – and, with the help of those who have worked with and written about the enigmatic star, assesses the ways in which he re-invented himself at those times.

Seen as a comeback, Oh Mercy was the first album Dylan had written entirely by himself for four years. Recorded in an imposing house in New Orleans and produced by Daniel Lanois (who had been recommended to Dylan by Bono), it was a return to form. Dylan also stepped up his touring schedule, clocking up 99 concerts – an average he has kept up more or less every year since, on what he describes as his "never-ending" tour.

BBC 6 Music counts down to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999.

Producer/Frank Wilson

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Tuesday 29 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan takes "Cold" as his theme this week, featuring songs by John Lennon, Charlie Feathers and Big Joe Turner.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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Gideon Coe – 1989

Tuesday 29 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's archive selection this evening consists of live tracks exclusively from 1989. His choices include The Pixies and The The in concert and archive sessions from veteran American noise pranksters Pere Ubu, Leeds shoegazers Pale Saints, Miracle Legion and the Real Sounds Of Africa.

BBC 6 Music counts down to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 29 December 2009

Silver Street

Tuesday 29 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Deepika discovers that the posters for her New Year event have suspiciously disappeared, as the drama continues. She reckons that she knows who is responsible and heads off to confront the culprit.

Elsewhere, Zak is helping Nadia at the shop but Imran suggests that Nadia takes the rest of the day off.

Zak takes Nadia to a local beauty spot where they went as children. They reminisce and then Zak suggests that there is nothing left for them in Silverhill. They should start over – somewhere else...

Deepika is played by Babita Pohoomull, Zak by Jetinder Summan, Nadia by Sohm Kapila and Imran by Narinder Samra.

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 30 December 2009

Children In Need Rocks The Royal Albert Hall

Wednesday 30 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 3 December)

Listeners can enjoy highlights of a fundraising spectacular at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which was recorded last month.

Gary Barlow invites an all-star line-up of rock and pop's finest to take part in Children In Need Rocks The Royal Albert Hall to help raise money for the 2009 Appeal. Radio 2 offers highlights of this concert, with performances from Take That, Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, Dame Shirley Bassey and a rousing finale from Sir Paul McCartney.

Producer/Sarah Gaston

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The Great British Songbook Of The 80s Ep 3/5

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

DJ Chris Tarrant and Eighties pop star and songwriter Nik Kershaw look at the Great British Songbook Of The 80s in the third in a series of programmes where British artists and DJs reflect on the Great British Songbook of each decade from the Sixties to the Noughties.

Over three hours, Chris and Nik take a trip down memory lane as they play the best British songs from this decade, including suggestions from BBC Radio 2 listeners. With a playlist that includes Duran Duran, The Smiths, Wham! and Kim Wilde, they reflect on the work of some of Britain's greatest songwriters and share their own memories from the decade.

The Great British Songbook is Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters.

Presenters/Chris Tarrant and Nik Kershaw, Producer/Bequi Sheehan

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The Beatles – Here, There And Everywhere Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 30 December
5.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini presents a two-part series in which a range of artists and record producers talk about the legacy of The Beatles.

The band's entire catalogue was recorded more than 40 years ago, yet in both artistic and commercial terms its power shows no sign of fading. In part one of the series, Paul focuses on the various elements within the group that combined to make The Beatles so musically powerful: their strengths as performers, both instrumentally and vocally, plus the brilliance of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as songwriters.

Interviewees include writer and film director Cameron Crowe, Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and Nirvana), Jeff Lynne (ELO), Mika, Tom Petty, Slash and Susan Werner.

The second part of the programme can be heard at 5pm on New Year's Eve, Thursday 31 December.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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Best Of Maida Vale

Wednesday 30 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Charles Hazlewood presents the best of the BBC Maida Vale 75th anniversary celebrations with sessions from Stereophonics, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Nell Bryden and Jamie Cullum. The programme also includes special archive performances from artists such as David Bowie, recorded at the legendary London recording studios.

Presenter/Charles Hazlewood, Producer/Lou Foley

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6 On 2 – Huey Morgan

Wednesday 30 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC 6 Music presenter Huey Morgan
BBC 6 Music presenter Huey Morgan

Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan brings his BBC 6 Music Sunday afternoon show to BBC Radio 2, playing an eclectic mix of the best music from the last six decades, spanning rock, rap, reggae, blues, disco, soul and Latino.

Inspired by his New York upbringing and his experiences as a musician, Huey accompanies his playlist with personal anecdotes and stories, in his own inimitable laid-back style.

In the programme, he meets fellow New Yorker and quirky chanteuse Regina Spektor, who has recently achieved success with her latest album release, Far.

Spektor grew up in the Soviet Union and trained as a concert pianist before moving to the Bronx in New York at the age of nine with her family, where she became exposed to rock, hip hop and Latin music. She became a part of the Lower East-Side anti-folk scene in the late-Nineties, alongside the Moldy Peaches and Ben Kweller, releasing her first solo album in 2001.

Her fifth release this year was accompanied by a world tour and festival appearances. Huey talks to her about achieving mainstream and critical success, their shared love of New York, her musical career from touring with The Strokes and the Kings Of Leon to working with Jeff Lynne on her new album and what her plans are for 2010.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Becky Maxted

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 30 December 2009

UK Confidential

Wednesday 30 December
11.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

With unique access to secret government papers, Martha Kearney presents a look at the political events of 1979 as told through the Cabinet minutes, Prime Ministerial papers and Foreign and Commonwealth Office documents, which are being released to the public at the end of the year.

Domestic stories include the growing crisis of confidence in the Labour government, the handling of backbench rebellions, the winter of discontent and the hand-over of power to Margaret Thatcher following the Conservative victory in the 1979 General Election.

The papers reveal the government's first response to the Ayatollah's return to Iran and a threat to Anglo-American diplomatic relations.

The programme weaves together dramatised extracts from the papers, news footage material, discussion with studio guests – including former cabinet ministers and top-level civil servants – and special reports compiled by correspondents.

Presenter/Martha Kearney, Producer/Emily Williams

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Afternoon Play – What Did I Say?

Wednesday 30 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

When Max Coleman is suspended from work for the alleged verbal abuse of a colleague, he hasn't the faintest idea what he might have said.

When he finally meets his accuser at the tribunal and hears how an historical allusion has been misunderstood, his attempts at self-justification are derailed by the fact that none of his superiors has sufficient education to understand what he is talking about.

Written by Mark Lawson, What Did I Say? features Neil Pearson as Max Coleman, Amy Marston as Juliet Coleman, Piers Wehner as Chubbs, Chris McHallem as Tom Neades, Aine McCartney as Susan Brogan and Tessa Nicholson as Alice Irvine.

Producer/Eoin O'Callaghan

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Thinking Allowed

Wednesday 30 December
4.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 4

This week's Thinking Allowed comes from the University of Bedfordshire as part of BBC Radio 4's university tour.

Laurie Taylor is joined by an audience of students as he discusses class and social mobility with a team of expert panellists. In 2003 Tony Blair announced that he wanted the number of teenagers who went to university to rise to 50 per cent. While numbers are up, a report from The Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that the social background of those who go to university has barely changed, with the middle classes providing the majority of students. The programme asks if education provides a means to social mobility, whether social mobility is even a meaningful expression and whether society has ignored class barriers in favour of focusing on identity politics.

Laurie is joined by: Lynsey Hanley, Guardian journalist and author of Estates – An Intimate History; Richard Reeves, director of think tank Demos; Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at Sheffield University; and sociologist Dick Hobbs from the London School of Economics. They discuss questions of class barriers, social divides and whether Britain will ever shed its class system and the divisions it creates.

Presenter/Laurie Taylor, Producer/Pam Rutherford

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All Bar Luke – Christmas Special

Wednesday 30 December
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Designated driver Luke Walsall and his disastrous social life returns for a half-hour Christmas special of All Bar Luke, the comedy drama of late-licensed, binge-drinking embarrassment.

Written and performed by Tim Key, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner 2009, All Bar Luke offers a funny, embarrassing and frighteningly realistic hero for our times.

Producer/Seb Barwell

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 30 December 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 30 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd has all the day's sports news and, from 8pm, introduces Premier League commentary on Manchester United versus Wigan Athletic, live from Old Trafford with John Murray, Ian Brown and Mark Lawrenson in the commentary box. There are also regular updates from Portsmouth against Arsenal at Fratton Park.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Louise Sutton

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Wednesday 30 December 2009

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 30 December
7.45am-3.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Test Match Special presents ball-by-ball commentary on the final day of the second Test between South Africa and England, live from Kingsmead, Durban.

Jonathan Agnew leads the commentary team alongside Simon Mann and Gerald De Kock. There is expert summary from Ashes-winning former England captain Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott and Vic Marks.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 30 December
7.40-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Tonight's featured match on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra is Arsenal's visit to Portsmouth in the Premier League. Uninterrupted commentary comes live from Fratton Park.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 30 December 2009

Vintage DJ – 1999

Wednesday 30 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As part of vintage DJ week, BBC 6 Music hosts a special show playing the biggest tunes from 1999 – the year when dance music went massive. The programme features tracks from Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Masters At Work and Planet Perfecto, and memories of this landmark year for electronic music.

BBC 6 Music counts down to 2010 with a celebration of 2009 and the preceding seminal nines before it: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Gary Bales

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Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan

Wednesday 30 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Dylan selects two related themes tonight – Dance and Party. His song choices include tracks by Wanda Jackson, Louis Jordan, The Ramones, Delroy Wilson and Bunker Hill.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 30 December 2009

24 Hours In Tulsa

Wednesday 30 December
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

The Oklahoma city of Tulsa may look quiet, but beneath the surface there's always plenty going on.

This one-off documentary gets a down-and-dirty insight into the underside of city life from the viewpoint of one policeman: Officer Jay Chiarito-Mazzarella has developed a remarkable skill as a storyteller through his "Street Stories" podcast for Tulsa Police Department.

Listeners join him on patrol and hear his tales of violence, lust, greed and sheer human stupidity. Jay tells the story of the one-metre-tall gangster, and the one about the gang who stole a number of air-conditioning units but were given away by the frosty air emanating from their hideout.

Producer/Hugh Levinson

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Exchanges At The Frontier Ep 5/5

Wednesday 30 December
8.30-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Exploring the frontiers of science and their impact on society, philosopher AC Grayling questions the world's leading scientists about their work as he concludes this five-part series recorded as part of a unique series of events created by BBC World Service and the Wellcome Collection.

In the final programme, AC Grayling talks to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, which searches for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. He discusses the hunt for life beyond Earth, the possibility of success and what the discovery of sentient beings on other planets may reveal about life on Earth.

Presenter/AC Grayling, Producer/Charlie Taylor

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Network Radio BBC Week 52:
New Years Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

BBC RADIO 1
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

New Year's Eve Essential Mix Live

Live event/outside broadcast
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
12.00midnight-5.00am BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 welcomes in the New Year in style, live from the 02 with an Essential Mix special featuring Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Justice and The Plump DJs.

Producers/Rachel Barton and Becci Abbott

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BBC RADIO 2
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

The Great British Songbook Of The 90s Ep 4/5

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 Saturday morning presenter Zoe Ball and Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, aka Mel C, look at the Great British Songbook Of The Nineties, as the series continues.

Over three hours, Zoe and Melanie take a trip down memory lane as they play the best British songs from the Nineties, including suggestions from Radio 2 listeners. The playlist includes Oasis, Take That, Blur and, of course, the Spice Girls. They reflect the work of some of Britain's greatest songwriters and share their own memories from the decade.

This is the fourth in a series of programmes where British artists and DJs reflect on the Great British Songbook of each decade from the Sixties to the Noughties. The Great British Songbook is Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters.

Presenters/Zoe Ball and Melanie Chisholm, Producer/Bequi Sheehan

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The Beatles – Here, There And Everywhere Ep 2/2

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
5.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Gambaccini concludes the two-part series in which artists and record producers talk about the legacy of The Beatles.

The entire catalogue of The Beatles was recorded more than 40 years ago, yet in both artistic and commercial terms its power shows no sign of fading. Paul looks at how the band's music was captured on record with the help of innovative arrangements and adventurous production by George Martin.

Musicians Dave Grohl, Bob Seger, Slash, Susan Werner, Ann and Nancy Wilson (from Heart) and Brian Wilson discuss the enduring influence of albums such as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The White Album) and Abbey Road.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Kevin Howlett

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Mika

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mika, the singer-songwriter behind hits such as Grace Kelly and We Are Golden, makes his BBC Radio 2 presenting debut, hosting the build up to New Year's Eve on BBC Radio 2

Mika selects the finest party tracks to help listeners build up to the New Year. Music featured includes tracks by Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees, Beyonce, Blondie and other party classics.

Presenter/Mika, Producer/Adam Uytman

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Dave Pearce New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
10.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 2

Dave Pearce presents a selection of uplifting dance music to see in the new decade.

He speaks to BBC Radio 2 listeners at parties across the UK to find out how they're spending their last night of 2009, and asks them to pick their favourite tunes from the world of house, disco, funk and soul music. Some showbiz guests also share their New Year memories and classic party tunes, including Pet Shop Boys and Zoe Ball.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC RADIO 3
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Breakfast – Composers Of The Year With Rob Cowan

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 3
BBC Radio 3 presenter Rob Cowan
BBC Radio 3 presenter Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan launches a special day dedicated to BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year: Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn. For breakfast listening, Rob includes a Haydn Symphony; Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer including the popular O For The Wings Of A Dove; Purcell's Bell Anthem in a Radio 3 recording with Clare College Cambridge; and he announces the winner of Breakfast's "Handelbars" where listeners requested their favourite Handel aria.

There are contributions from a wide variety of people who love the music of these four composers – including Sting and Roy Strong on Purcell; Jon Snow and Julia Neuberger on Handel; Patricia Routledge and Armando Iannucci on Haydn; and Henry Goodman and Sue MacGregor on Mendelssohn.

Presenter/Rob Cowan, Producer/Mark Lowther

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COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Composers Of The Year With Sarah Walker

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
10.00am-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Sarah Walker shares some of BBC Radio 3's broadcast highlights from Composers Of The Year. These include special recordings from two venues with close connections to the composer – The Handel House Museum, in Brook Street, Handel's London home; and the Foundling Museum, originally the Foundling Hospital, where Handel was a governor and benefactor, and where annual performances of Messiah provided a vital source of income.

The Ebene Quartet (currently Radio 3 New Generation Artists) perform Haydn's Lark Quartet. Other highlights include a rare Mendelssohn violin sonata (discovered by Yehudi Menuhin in the early Fifties) and a virtuosic performance by the Mendelssohn enthusiast and violinist Daniel Hope in a special Radio 3 broadcast from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Presenter/Sarah Walker, Producer/David Papp

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COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Composers Of The Year With Andrew McGregor

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
2.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Andrew McGregor introduces an afternoon of broadcast highlights of BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year: Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn. The highly acclaimed production of Purcell's Dido And Aeneas from the Royal Opera House, starring Sarah Connolly as Dido, begins proceedings.

There's also a chance to hear a special recording for Radio 3 of one of Handel's charming Italian cantatas, Apollo e Dafne, made at the Foundling Museum (originally the Foundling Hospital, where Handel was a governor and benefactor).

And, at 4.40pm, Richard Briers stars as Joseph Haydn in a short play commissioned as part of Radio 3's season of programmes marking the 200th anniversary of the composer's death.

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/David Papp

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COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Composer Of The Year? You Choose!

Live event/outside broadcast Interactive programme
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
6.30-7.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawny chairs a live debate where listeners can vote for their favourite Composer Of The Year from a choice of Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Editor of the Guardian Alan Rusbridger, a keen amateur pianist, champions Handel; poet Jo Shapcott, often influenced by music in her work, has chosen Purcell; and actor John Sessions takes up Mendelssohn's cause. Each champion can "phone-a-musician" to support their case.

Louise Fryer oversees the voting and hears from listeners on why they are voting for a particular composer.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Papp

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COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Composer Of The Year!

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
7.45-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Once the votes are counted, Petroc Trelawny and Louise Fryer reveal who, out of Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn, listeners have decided should be BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Year.

The winning composer is honoured with an hour and a half dedicated to their music.

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BBC RADIO 4
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

Van Gogh – Seeing Red

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Richard Cork explores the mind of artist Vincent Van Gogh through his correspondence, which forms a vital part of an exhibition which opens at the Royal Academy Of Arts in London in January 2010.

Richard discusses the erudite, eloquent and emotional Van Gogh with: artist Tom Phillips; writer Martin Davidson; critic and author of The Yellow House Martin Gayford; and curator and writer Ann Dumas.

Van Gogh conveyed his genius through his painting, but less well known is his writing. A keen and expressive correspondent, who regaled acquaintances with his views on love, religion and sex, he put pen to paper with the same creative vigour as he put paintbrush to canvas.

By the time he walked into a field in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise and shot himself in the chest, the 37-year-old Van Gogh had left behind a rich literary legacy that would, like his painting, outlive his short and tortured life.

Presenter/Richard Cork, Producer/Kate Bland

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Afternoon Play – Fireworks At The Villa Lucia

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In Paul Mendelson's new comedy drama, Pete, a jobbing TV scriptwriter who's jobbing less and less, goes on holiday to get away from the downward spiral of his career and breathe some fresh life into his marriage.

Finding himself booked into the same hotel as a cult Hollywood director, who's on holiday to get away from movies and writers, Peter tries to pitch his cherished movie idea.

Knowing any director would run a mile from a struggling TV writer brandishing a dog-eared movie script, Pete hits on a ruse to "sell" his script – he'll intrigue the guy by pretending his fiction is the true story of how he and Julie met.

Farcical misunderstandings ensue as Julie is forced to pass herself off as the script's main character – a fiery Venezuelan ex-soap star – with Pete masquerading as her psychoanalyst. And, as Julie gets into playing the role, she begins to re-write the script on the hoof giving the character a third split in her personality.

Fireworks At The Villa Lucia is set in the Bay of Naples and stars Samantha Bond as Julie and Philip Whitchurch as Pete.

Producer/David Ian Neville

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

5 Live News Review Of The Year

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Peter Allen and Anita Anand look back at some of the big stories from 2009, including the faltering economy, the MPs' expenses row and the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Presenters/Peter Allen and Anita Anand, Producer/John Cary

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The Keiser's Business Guide To 2010

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Former stockbroker Max Keiser predicts the major economic trends for 2010. Max is joined by comedian Andy Zaltzman, economist Professor Steve Keen and politicians and financial experts to take a look back at the extraordinary events of the last year and make predictions about what could happen in the next 12 months.

Presenter/Max Keiser, Producer/Adam Cumiskey

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Web 2009 With Helen And Olly

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
9.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Sony Award-nominated podcasters and web obsessives Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann present the cream of "weblebrity" from the last 12 months.

Helen and Olly celebrate the greatest, funniest, most influential and cringe-worthy online events of 2009 in news, sport and entertainment.

The pair dish out awards to those who made the web headlines this year. Who has the internet made a star and who has fallen foul of the web? Who is this year's internet villain and what is Twitter all about? Helen and Olly provide an indispensible guide to the highs and lows of the world wide web in 2009.

Presenters/Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann, Producer/Nicky Birch

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BBC 6 MUSIC
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

Lauren Laverne's Sound Of 2009

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne looks back at the sounds of 2009, featuring interviews with the year's major players, and finds out which acts lived up to the hype. Was it really the year of the ladies – with the likes of Florence And The Machine, La Roux and Little Boots claiming the year for themselves?

Lauren also dives into BBC 6 Music's own Best Tracks of 2009 poll and looks back on the Mercury Music Prize.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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Lamacq's Top 40 Of 2009

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music listeners have voted for their favourite tracks of 2009 and today Steve Lamacq presents their Top 40 songs of the year.

Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Paul Sheehan

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The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
7.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Craig Charles gets the New Year's Eve party started with a mix of the best funk and soul classics.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha

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6 Mix Superstar DJ NYE Special

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
10.00pm-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall hosts a special edition of the 6 Mix for New Year's Eve.

Andrew, who remixed Manic Street Preachers, Doves and The Horrors in 2009, will be stepping up to the turntables for an hour-long mix of eclectic tunes, exclusive dub-plates and the cream of floor-filling techno.

After that, Ministry Of Sound resident and George Lamb sidekick Marc Hughes takes over for 60 minutes of classic disco tunes from the Seventies and Eighties, alongside old skool house tunes from Todd Terry and Masters At Work.

Finally, after midnight, Mystery Jets producer, remix extraordinaire and 2ManyDJs touring buddy Erol Alkan will be on the ones and twos, playing an hour of jump-up electro, party bangers and future club classics to start 2010 with a bang.

Presenter/Andrew Weatherall, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December 2009

Silver Street

New Year's Eve Thursday 31 December
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

It's New Year's Eve and Jodie wants to go to the pub despite Sway's concerns, as the drama continues. Jodie persuades him but Zak spots them going in.

In the pub, a tipsy Deepika is handing out leaflets. She later finds her posters are back up all over Silver Street but who returned them?

Zak turns up and throws a box of Sway's belongings at him, proclaiming exactly why Nadia ended up in hospital recently...

Jodie is played by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Zak by Jetinder Summan, Deepika by Babita Pohoomull, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Mary by Carole Nimmons and Imran by Narinder Samra.

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Network Radio BBC Week 52:
New Years Day Friday 1 January 2010

BBC RADIO 1
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

The Chris Moyles All Day Breakfast Show

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
7.00am-7.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 Presenter Chris Moyles
BBC Radio 1 Presenter Chris Moyles

Listeners can enjoy 12 hours of the best bits of The Chris Moyles Show from 2009.

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BBC RADIO 2
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

The Great British Songbook Of The 00s Ep 5/5

Bank Holiday Monday 28 December to
New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 DJ Alan Carr and Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle look at the Great British Songbook Of The Noughties.

Over three hours, Alan and Nadine play the best British songs from this decade, including suggestions from Radio 2 listeners. With a playlist that includes Coldplay, Will Young, Amy Winehouse and, of course, Girls Aloud, they reflect the work of some of Britain's greatest songwriters and share their own stories from the Noughties.

This is the final show in a series of programmes where British artists and DJs reflect on the Great British Songbook of each decade from the Sixties to the Noughties. The Great British Songbook is Radio 2's celebration of the work of British songwriters.

Presenters/Alan Carr and Nadine Coyle, Producer/Bequi Sheehan

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BBC RADIO 2'S ELVIS SEASON
Don't Start Me Talking About Elvis

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
7.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2's Elvis Season continues with another chance to hear about "The King", in the words of his fans. This programme, first broadcast in August 2007 as part of Radio 2's long-running oral history series, offers an insight into the way Elvis impacted on everyday lives.

Producer/Mark Hagen

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Friday Night Is Music Night –
Ella, Aretha, Dusty & Me

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
7.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 2

American soul star Aretha Franklin
American soul star Aretha Franklin

Singers Madeline Bell, Liane Carroll and Kym Mazelle continue the New Year celebrations from the Mermaid Theatre in London alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and Guy Barker and his Big Band with Ella, Aretha, Dusty & Me.

Actor Michael Brandon presents this celebration of the music made famous by these three musical greats in a special edition of Friday Night Is Music Night.

Presenter/Michael Brandon, Producer/Ruth Beazley

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New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

World On 3 – Womad 2009

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Lopa Kothari presents highlights from last summer's Womad Festival, held in July, including sets broadcast for the first time. With music from English folk music's young radical Jim Moray, Algerian chaabi singer Kamel El Harrachi and Guinea's kora maestro Ba Cissoko.

Presenter/Lopa Kothari, Producer/Roger Short

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BBC RADIO 4
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

Spitting In Russian

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

At the height of its success, in the Eighties, satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image was commanding audiences around the world. The Russians decided that they would like to have their own version of the satirical show and a mysterious fax landed on the desk of its co-creator, Roger Law. Then a team arrived from Moscow to learn the magic art of making political puppets. Roger went to Moscow to help set up the show, and can remember vodka with breakfast and not very much else.

Roger decides that now is the time to dig out the paperwork from 20 years ago and head off to Moscow again on a mission to find out what happened to the TV producers and to their satirical ambitions.

Armed only with a handful of faxes, letters and a puppet of Mikhail Gorbachev for company, he heads to the bitter cold of a Moscow winter and discovers more than he bargained for.

This is a story of intrigue, betrayal, international espionage and rubber puppets!

Presenter/Roger Law, Producer/Mark Rickards

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Afternoon Play – Lamia

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Today's play is a radio version of John Keats's sensual narrative poem of the ill-starred love affair of the serpent Lamia, a "palpitating snake" who falls in love with Lycius, a Corinthian youth. Knowing that she could never get near him in her current form, Lamia strikes a bargain with the god, Hermes. She will help Hermes find the nymph he is chasing, if he agrees to turn her into a beautiful woman. Transformation complete, Lamia finds Lycius and seduces him in her new female form. They set up an amorous love nest away from prying eyes, but Lycius is eager to show his love off and arranges a great wedding celebration to which most of Corinth is invited.

With their love on display, it is only a matter of time before Lamia's artificial world comes crashing down. The uninvited arrival of Lycius's wily old tutor Apollonius fills Lamia with terror. It is not long before Apollonius sees Lamia for what she really is and denounces her as a serpent in front of the entire wedding party, much to the horror of the two lovers.

Lamia is narrated by Paterson Joseph with original music by John Harle (BBC's A History Of Great Britain).

Producer/Susan Roberts

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Big In Samoa

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Technology – you can run from it but you can't always hide. Big In Samoa is Marcy Kahan's comedy starring Tom Goodman-Hill and Hugh Bonneville about how the internet found one man and hunted him down.

In the Seventies, Cal (Tom Goodman-Hill) had dreams of a life in music and made a record. It had a small cult following and was then consigned to oblivion. Cal went on to make an erratic living and have an erratic love life. His family, siblings and old friends regard him as the loser in their midst.

Cal has now taken refuge in a retro-life – long-playing records, no mobile phone, no computer – resisting the internet, the zeitgeist. Even his nephew, Theo, whom he adores, can't persuade his Luddite uncle into signing up to the 21st century.

When Rafe (Hugh Bonneville) searches for Caleb's name on the internet, he discovers 32,000 hits – Cal's long-deleted recording has become a cult; he is big in Western Samoa! Determined that Cal will take advantage of his new-found fame, Rafe becomes his agent and books him into a gig in Samoa, through Dina, the head of Cal's fan club.

In Samoa, Cal begins a relationship with Dina who introduces him to the delights of instant texts, surfing and social networking. Cal thinks the net is wonderful. But things can't go smoothly for Cal and, in the middle of his concert, he is attacked by Rafe on stage!

Will technology help Cal sort out his life or end up breaking his heart?

Producer/Sally Avens

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

Kermode And Mayo's Films Of The Year

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
2.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Film critic Mark Kermode
Film critic Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo look back at the films of 2009, featuring Mark's review of some of the year's biggest movies; including Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Slumdog Millionaire and Star Trek.

There's also another chance to hear from some of the stars of this year's hits, including Meryl Streep, Eric Cantona and Michael Sheen.

Presenters/Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, Producer/Robin Bulloch

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Peter Allen's Year With The Troops

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
6.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Peter Allen takes a look back at his broadcasts with the British military in 2009, from Catterick Garrison to visiting the troops in Afghanistan.

Presenter/Peter Allen, Producer/John Cary

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5 Live Sport

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves for Kicking Off With Colin Murray previewing the weekend's action, including the FA Cup third-round ties.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Steve Houghton

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BBC 6 MUSIC
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

Lauren Laverne's Sound Of 2010

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne presents a run down of the great hopes featured in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, from the shortlist announced earlier in December. Last year La Roux, Florence And The Machine and Temper Trap all featured heavily in the poll. Who will be this year's bright stars?

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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Lamacq's Almanac

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Steve Lamacq looks ahead to the music that will be big in 2010, featuring new music and interviews with some of his tips for the top.

Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Paul Sheehan

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Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show –
Led Zeppelin Special

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Following on from Shaun Keaveny's conversation with Jimmy Page (a repeat of Jimmy Page And The BBC Sessions), Bruce Dickinson looks at the massive influence of Led Zeppelin on the world of rock music, both stylistically and musically.

Bruce discusses and plays music from the likes of Europe, Soundgarden and Whitesnake, plus countless others who have been inspired by the mighty Zeppelin.

In the second hour of the show Bruce replays BBC Radio 2's Led Zeppelin Special from Masters Of Rock, originally broadcast in 2003, where Bruce presented a mix of old and new archive interviews.

Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

Silver Street

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

After Zak's outburst, Mary consoles Jodie and Sway with a drink, in the week's final visit to Silver Street. Meanwhile Imran escorts a drunken Deepika back to his place, but why is she still there in the morning?

Elsewhere, Jodie and Sway are on a cleaning mission at the barge when they get a visit from Deepika.

Zak agrees to go back to Scotland alone but only if Nadia promises she won't harm herself again. Can Nadia convince him that she won't?

Zak is played by Jetinder Summan, Mary by Carole Nimmons, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Imran by Narinder Samra, Deepika by Babita Pohoomull and Nadia by Sohm Kapila.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2010

Sound Of Snow And Ice

New Year's Day Friday 1 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Jyväskylä School for the Visually Impaired in Finland teaches children to master the art of using sound to navigate. Here, the walls and other surfaces are covered with a variety of objects that make stimulating noises.

The school's aim is to avoid a reliance on high-tech and expensive navigational aids, by honing the children's natural abilities. The children learn to navigate their way around the nearby forests as they go ice fishing on the frozen lake, guided by the Finnish soundscape of crunching snow.

This documentary explores attitudes towards disability, examining the Finnish state's support system for the visually impaired and follows the children in their daily life, lessons and workshops.

Producer/Joe Acheson

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