Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Fearne Cotton hosts her very own Christmas party for all her friends and family, and listeners are invited to join in the celebrations. Coming live from Fearne's house, the show promises to be a real cracker with festive fun and games, live music and a large helping of seasonal cheer.
Presenter/Fearne Cotton, Producers/Stuart Last and Piers Bradford
Radio 1 Publicity
Chris Evans hosts Bye Bye Drivetime – Hello Breakfast from the O2 in London. It's a unique programme to celebrate Chris's last four years on Drivetime before he moves to Breakfast on 11 January 2010.
Among the festivities are live performances from The Proclaimers, The Ting Tings and Scouting For Girls, as well as interviews with some of the show's favourite guests, including Cone Man, Ukulele Lady – who has written a special tribute to the show – and lederhosen-clad ensemble Oompah Brass.
Presenter/Chris Evans, Producer/Helen Thomas
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Mendelssohn's powerful and dramatic retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah, recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Mendelssohn built on the English oratorio tradition created by Handel and Haydn and, from its first performance, Elijah has held its own place in that repertoire. Sung in German by the forces of Netherlands Radio, this performance celebrates the bicentenary of the composer's birth. Soile Isokoski (soprano) and Christoph Strehl (tenor) are among the soloists.
BBC Radio 3 Publicity
Joan Aiken's classic adventure is brought to life in a two-part dramatisation for Christmas week by award-winning playwright Lin Coghlan.
The action takes place in a parallel 18th-century London, ruled by the fictional good King James III but plagued by occasional marauding wolves and, more persistently, by dastardly Hanoverian plots to overthrow the King and install Bonnie Prince Georgie in his stead.
The hero, orphan and former goose-boy Simon, comes to London from the north to study painting. He's supposed to live with his friend and mentor, Dr Field. But when he arrives at Field's lodgings, the doctor is nowhere to be found, and the landlords insist they have never heard of him.
Having found a place to stay, Simon enrols at the Rivière Academy of Painting in Chelsea. He's soon brought into contact with the inhabitants of the large pink castle on the opposite side of the river – the Duke and Duchess of Battersea – in whose home he's delighted to find his childhood friend Sophie, now serving as the Duchess's maid.
As Simon adjusts to life in London he begins to realise that there is something very suspicious going on. And it all seems to centre on his increasingly sinister landlords...
The cast includes Joe Dempsie as Simon, Emerald O'Hanrahan as Sophie, Rhys Jennings as Mr Twite, Tessa Nicholson as Mrs Twite, John Rowe as the Duke, Sheila Reid as the Duchess, Nicola Miles Wildin as Dido and Sam Pamphilon as Justin.
BBC Radio 4 Publicity
Laurie Taylor finds out why marriage within the family was critical for the success of the ruling social classes in Victorian England.
The new bourgeoisie played an enormously important role in the history of industrial and imperial Britain. Their preference for marriages within the family circle was a crucial factor in their success, so critical to the making of the 19th-century world.
Cousin marriage was popular among the upper classes in Victorian England – hence Queen Victoria's marriage to her first cousin. In 1875, according to the General Registry of Marriages at Somerset House, approximately 4.5 per cent of marriages in the aristocracy were with first cousins; 3.5 per cent in the landed gentry and the upper middle classes; about 2.25 per cent in the rural population; and among all classes in London, about 1.15 per cent. The extent to which cousin marriage proliferated in the 19th century relates to the central question as to which people were going to lead industrial England.
Close-knit families delivered enormous advantages. They shaped vocations, generated patronage, yielded vital commercial information and gave access to capital. Laurie Taylor discusses private life in 19th-century bourgeois England with Adam Kuper, the author of Incest And Influence, The Private Life Of Bourgeois England; and with Catherine Hall, Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College, London.
Presenter/Laurie Taylor, Producer/Pam Rutherford
BBC Radio 4 Publicity
Mark Pougatch chairs The Sporting Decade, a live debate to decide the greatest sporting achievement of the past 10 years. Will it be England's Rugby World Cup victory, Roger Federer's historic Grand Slam record or Usain Bolt's amazing achievements on the track – or something else? A sporting panel will compile a shortlist of 10 after hearing evidence from experts, before deciding the ultimate sporting achievement of the Noughties.
After 9.30pm Mark takes audience calls to gauge reaction to the winner and to hear their alternative suggestions.
BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity
Marc Riley presents a show full of this year's best tunes and sessions.
Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry
BBC 6 Music Publicity
Zak calls Nadia, who finally tells him that Sway has ended their relationship – and why – as the drama continues in Silver Street. Her brother is furious and insists he knew it was going to end in tears. Nadia thinks he is right, this is all her fault...
Elsewhere, Kuljit isn't happy when he arrives in London and finds Sway there. Shirley demands they sort things out, leaving them alone to try to repair their friendship – but will this make things better or worse?
Zak is played by Jetinder Summan, Nadia by Sohm Kapila, Sway by Nicholas Bailey, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Shirley by Ellen Thomas.
BBC Asian Network Publicity
Philosopher AC Grayling talks to Ghanaian-British nuclear physicist Tejinder Virdee about the Earth's most ambitious and expensive science project, as he continues his series exploring the frontiers of science and their impact on society.
The Large Hadron Collider at the Cern particle physics laboratory is the machine most likely to discover the illusive Higgs boson – or "God particle" – which is predicted to exist and, if so, would help explain the origin of mass in the Universe. Tejinder Virdee, lead physicist at Cern, helped create the machine and he tells a public audience how the most powerful physics experiment ever attempted will recreate the conditions of the beginning of the Universe to finally answer an eternal question. He says the answer will have a greater impact than E=mc2 and will change all our lives for good – sooner than we may realise.
Presenter/Anthony Grayling, Producer/Charlie Taylor
BBC World Service Publicity
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