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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 CeauĊŸescu 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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