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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.

Presenter/Richard Allinson, Producer/Gary Bones

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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.

Presenters/Tony Blackburn and Cilla Black, Producer/Bequi Sheehan

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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.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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

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.

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Frank Wilson

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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.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Frank Wilson

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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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