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Network Radio BBC Week 12: 20-26 March

Network Radio BBC Week 12: Saturday 20 March 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 20 March 2010
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Zoe Ball

Saturday 20 March
6.00-8.00am BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball
BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball

This week, Zoe Ball looks at the latest releases including the war thriller Green Zone from the Bourne trilogy team of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, as well as Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland.

Zoe also reviews the DVD release of the Bafta Award-winning and Oscar-nominated film An Education.

Presenter/Zoe Ball, Producer/Mark Simpson

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Paul Jones Presents Joe Bonamassa Ep 2/2

Saturday 20 March
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Paul Jones presents further highlights from a specially recorded gig for BBC Radio 2 with American blues-rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa at the BBC Maida Vale Studios last month.

Tonight's songs include The Great Flood, Mountain Time and If Heartaches Were Nickels.

Presenter/Paul Jones, Producer/Paul Long

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Bob Harris

Saturday 20 March
11.00pm-2.00am BBC RADIO 2

This week, Bob Harris is joined by Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady, who acoustically previews his new album Hooba Dooba.

Paul's music is influenced by a variety of styles, from Fifties rock 'n' roll and Sixties pop, to Motown, blues, R&B and country and western. Alongside all of this runs the distinct sound of Irish traditional music and song.

His new album features 10 new songs, one existing song never before recorded and a Lennon/McCartney cover.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 20 March 2010
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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met:
From The House Of The Dead

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 20 March
5.00-6.50pm BBC RADIO 3

Sir Willard White (centre) as Alexander Petrovich Gorianchikov in From The House Of The Dead
Sir Willard White (centre) as Alexander Petrovich Gorianchikov in From The House Of The Dead

This week's Live From The Met is Leoš Janáček's final opera, From The House Of The Dead, based on the novel by Dostoyevsky. The opera is set in a prison and focuses on the daily lives and pasts of its various inmates including Shishkov – imprisoned for murdering his wife – and the wrongly imprisoned young Tatar Alyeya. Depite their bleak existence, hope is given to the inmates by the defiance of an injured eagle, held captive alongside them.

The cast includes Sir Willard White (bass-baritone), Kurt Streit (tenor) and Peter Mattei (tenor), and is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Tonight's Opera On 3 is presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Ellie Mant

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 20 March 2010
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Ali – Me, My Family And Muhammad Ali

Saturday 20 March
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4 (Copy update 17 March)

Deirdre Pascall relives her meeting with Muhammad Ali in 1976 and measures his impact on the black British population of the day.

Deirdre went with her broadcaster father, Alex Pascall OBE, to the Savoy Hotel in March 1976 and was dreaming of getting a glimpse of her childhood hero, World Champion boxer Muhammad Ali.

Little did she know that once Ali had seen her, she would be swept up and spend much of the press conference for the launch of Ali's autobiography The Greatest, sitting on the great man's knee.

Surrounded by the British press with photographers crammed into the room she remembers the Champ asking her who he was. "You're the greatest" was her reply to his evident delight.

But the next day there were no pictures of her in the newspapers. They chose to stick with the shot of Ali and his book.

Since then Deirdre has wondered much about that day. In this programme she goes in search of the memories and of a photograph of her meeting. She also asks her father and her father's generation what they made of Ali's trips to the UK.

Her father went to the Savoy to get an interview with Ali for his BBC radio show, Black Londoners. Deirdre listens again to that recording in which a far more quietly spoken Ali talks to his British "brothers".

Producer/Tom Alban

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Saturday Play – Playing With Trains Ep 1/2

New series
Saturday 20 March
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Timothy Spall, Stephen Poliakoff and Zoe Tapper
Timothy Spall, Stephen Poliakoff and Zoe Tapper

This two-part drama by Stephen Poliakoff tells the story of a maverick inventor over two decades.

Poliakoff is reunited with leading actor Timothy Spall in a new radio version of his drama Playing With Trains. Spall is joined by Zoe Tapper – whose recent TV credits include lead roles in Survivors, Desperate Romantics and Affinity – and Geoffrey Streatfeild.

This is the first time Poliakoff and Spall have worked together since the ground-breaking TV dramas Shooting The Past and Perfect Strangers.

The play tells the story of the rise and fall of Bill Galpin, played by Spall, who is a flamboyant entrepreneur who pools his fortune into backing risky inventions which are concerned with safeguarding the environment, while at the same time having a very tempestuous but poignant relationship with his two children Roxanna (Tapper) and Danny (Streatfeild).

Beginning in the heady days of the late Sixties, Playing With Trains deals with the fact that Britain invents so much, yet manufactures so little. Galpin makes a fortune from a brilliant development in gramophone technology, and then turns himself into a self-appointed patron and champion of inventors and innovators everywhere, clashing with the establishment through the libel courts, speeches to captains of industry, civil service offices and even TV shows.

Parallel to his relationship with industry is that with his children. Roxanna – whom he expects to become a great engineer – drops out of Cambridge and becomes an art student in an attempt to escape her father's grip. Danny, meanwhile, turns into the very thing his father despises – a financial expert – but in so doing recognises the shortcomings of his father's enterprises.

Other cast members include Helen Longworth (Frances), Joseph Kloska (Mick), Nigel Hastings (Vernon Boyce), Michael Fenton Stevens (Gant) and Bruce Alexander (QC).

Producer/Peter Leslie Wild

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Archive On 4 – Soccer, Springboks And Segregation

Saturday 20 March
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Allan Little uses archives, interviews and reports to examine the role that sport has played in the republic's internal politics and international reputation.

For decades in South Africa sport was tarnished by class and racial divides. Two sporting cultures existed, one for whites, one for blacks, each with its own pantheon of heroes, triumphs and tragedies.

Archive On 4 explores the role of sport in South Africa's history, from the Gleneagles agreement that saw the Republic banned from worldwide competition, to the rebel tours in cricket and rugby and the athletes who were forced to leave their homeland in order to compete on the world stage.

When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup, Nelson Mandela wore Francois Pienaar's shirt, a highly significant gesture, symbolising the fact that he was not so much a white Afrikaner, but the captain of a team the whole nation was united in supporting.

Allan Little charts the events that put South African sport on the front pages and assesses how the end of apartheid, the introduction of the controversial race-quota systems in sport and the hosting of international tournaments like the Rugby and Football World Cup affected the country's sport and society.

Presenter/Allan Little, Producer/Julian May

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 20 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 20 March
12.00noon-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an action-packed afternoon of live sport including the final round of matches in this year's Six Nations.

From 12.45pm there's Premier League commentary of the West Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Wolves, live from Villa Park, plus updates from the Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibernian (kick-off 12.30pm). There's also updates from Wales versus Italy in the Six Nations from 2.30pm and reports from the first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka.

There's also coverage of the afternoon's 3pm football kick-offs, including Fulham versus Manchester City and Stoke versus Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Celtic versus St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League.

From 5pm Sports Report has all the day's results and reaction plus updates of Ireland versus Scotland in the Six Nations.

At 5.30pm there's live commentary of Arsenal versus West Ham United in the Premier League.

From 7.45pm there's live commentary of the closing game of the 2010 Six Nations tournament between France and England at the Stade de France with Ian Robertson, Alastair Eykyn and Matt Dawson.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 20 March 2010
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The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Saturday 20 March
7.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Bobby Rogers, singer with The Miracles, and author Alex McKenzie join Craig Charles for a chat about a new book called The Life And Times Of Motown Stars.

The Miracles were the first act to be signed by Motown boss Berry Gordy. They became the label's first million-selling act and scored Motown's first No. 1 hit in the R&B chart with Shop Around.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha

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6 Mix

Saturday 20 March
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Legendary dance duo Orbital continue their 6 Mix residency, recounting their personal history of dance music and the part they played in helping shape the movement.

Best known for seminal dance tunes including Chime and Halcyon, Orbital reformed last year after a five-year hiatus, headlining festivals all over the world including the Big Chill Festival and Get Loaded In The Park. In this second of two shows, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll play artists including Inner City and Pierre's Fantasy Club, sharing their memories of those tunes and the part they played in influencing Orbital's sound. In the second hour Phil takes to the decks for another hour mix of his current favourite tunes from clubland.

Presenter/Orbital, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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Network Radio BBC Week 12: Sunday 21 March 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 21 March 2010
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Weekend Wogan

Sunday 21 March
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Sir Terry Wogan is live from the BBC Radio Theatre with Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall and his 11-piece house band, led by musical director Elio Pace.

Presenter/Sir Terry Wogan, Producer/Alan Boyd

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Elaine Paige On Sunday

Sunday 21 March
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

West End star and BBC Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige
West End star and BBC Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige

In a special edition of the show, Elaine Paige celebrates the 80th birthday of one of Broadway's greatest ever composers and lyricists: Stephen Sondheim. The programme features music from a selection of his work including: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Gypsy; West Side Story; A Little Night Music; Sunday In The Park With George; and many more.

Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince

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Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70s

Sunday 21 March
3.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

American singer-songwriter Carly Simon chats to Johnnie Walker about her career in the Seventies.

Carly's hits during this decade included Mockingbird, the James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better and You're So Vain, a song which continues to cause speculation about the identity of her egotistical subject, years after its release.

Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Natasha Costa Correa

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 21 March
7.30-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In many churches, the fifth Sunday in Lent is called Passion Sunday. It marks the start of a two-week period in the Church calendar, known as Passiontide, when much music focuses on the events leading up to the Crucifixion on Good Friday.

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and songs which pick up on these events, including There Is A Green Hill Far Away and When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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The Laurence Olivier Awards 2010

Sunday 21 March
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Gambaccini
BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Gambaccini

BBC Radio 2 broadcasts the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards, for the first time, direct from London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.

Paul Gambaccini interviews many of the winners and presenters from the UK's most prestigious theatre awards and West End star Jodie Prenger meets the stars as they arrive on the red carpet.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige also talks through the five nominations for the new Audience Award For Most Popular Show.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Julie Newman

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 21 March 2010
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Private Passions – Gareth Malone

Sunday 21 March
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is Gareth Malone, the young choirmaster whose boundless enthusiasm for getting people to sing has turned him into a TV star. Until last December, he worked for the London Symphony Orchestra – running their youth and community choir.

Gareth Malone is best known for his BBC Two series, The Choir, in which he was parachuted into a community or school where singing was not previously a major activity and took on the challenge of turning a disparate group of initially reluctant young people into an accomplished choir. Gareth is currently working on two further series, Gareth Goes To Glyndebourne and School For Boys, to be broadcast on BBC Two this year.

Gareth Malone's Private Passions, not surprisingly, focus firmly on the voice, from the majestic opening of Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony to Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Sarah Cropper

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Drama On 3 – Arms And The Man

Sunday 21 March
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

It is 1885, and there is trouble in the Balkans with the Serbians and the Bulgarians at war with each other. Raina Petkoff (Lydia Leonard) is convinced that her fiancé, Major Sergius Saranoff (Tom Mison), will glorify himself in the war and become her hero. However, after a dramatic encounter with a down-to-earth Serbian officer who hides in her room, she is brought face to face with the mundane truth about the conflict.

The ideals and realities of war, hypocrisy and nationalism are all entertainingly explored in this romantic comedy by one of Ireland's most acerbic writers, George Bernard Shaw.

Producer/Nicolas Soames

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Sunday Feature – A World Beyond Narnia

Sunday 21 March
10.00-10.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Novelist and broadcaster Louise Doughty explores the phenomenal growth of the Young Adult Fiction market. Until recently, when girls and boys outgrew the children's sections of bookshops and libraries, they moved on – for better or worse – to adult novels. However, this seems to no longer be the case. The Young Adult Fiction market made over £50m in the UK in 2009, an astonishing growth of 89 per cent on the previous year.

Louise Doughty explores the origins and appeal of Young Adult Fiction and asks what it reveals about the lives of teenagers today. Her starting point is her own memory of reading the final book of CS Lewis's Narnia series. In The Last Battle, Susan is exiled from Narnia because she no longer believes and because she has become too interested in "lipstick and nylons and invitations". But, if Lewis had no interest in the teen years, there have been, since the Fifties, a growing number of writers for whom this readership is highly appealing.

Louise speaks to some award-winning authors for children and young people, including: Richelle Mead, author of the cult Vampire Academy series; Patrick Ness; Meg Rossoff; and William Nicholson. She visits Croxley Heath School in Halifax to hear from young adults about what reading means to them.

Presenter/Louise Doughty, Producer/Beaty Rubens

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 21 March 2010
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Desert Island Discs

Sunday 21 March
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is British screenwriter, novelist and actor Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Born in Lancashire, in 1959, Frank worked on Coronation Street and went on to become a screenwriter, working closely with film director Michael Winterbottom. Their collaborations include Welcome To Sarejavo, 24 Hour Party People and Cock And Bull Story.

As well as writing novels and original scripts, Frank has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction.

A married father of seven, Frank tells Kirsty about his life, his career and his favourite music and describes how he would cope on BBC Radio 4's mythical desert island.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle

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Banishing Eve Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 21 March
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In Banishing Eve, historian Bettany Hughes looks back at 2,000 years of Christianity and asks a simple question – where have all the women gone?

In these programmes, historian of the ancient world Bettany Hughes takes listeners back to the 2nd century AD – as pagan Europe began to dissolve into Christendom.

What emerged out of this crucible of religious change marked the beginning of the end for women as spiritual beings for a millennium and half.

Religious life before and during the founding of the Christian church was very much the woman's preserve. Priestesses, abbesses, temple attendants and even goddesses put women centre stage in temporal life. Once the church was established, women were systematically driven out of worship – both physically and textually.

However, in programme one, Bettany finds that the history of women in the early church is written more in the fragments of stone left behind than in the scriptures. She visits Rome and traces the activities of women in the early church as they fought alongside men to see their faith survive.

In programme two, as Christianity became the state religion in the Roman Empire and in Europe, Bettany follows the more concerted efforts to remove women from sacred life. Faced with a choice as to which flavour of femininity it wanted to adopt – the temptress or the virgin – the new Christian Church began to demonise women as Eve and recast Mary as the sexless mother of God.

But this is not just a tale of capitulation and annihilation, women fought doggedly for their positions. From Nicea to Northumbria, Bettany follows the decline, but not quite the fall, of women in the early church.

Presenter/Bettany Hughes, Producer/Philip Sellars

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 21 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 21 March
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents the latest sports news and an afternoon of live sport.

At 1.30pm, there's live commentary on Manchester United versus Liverpool at Old Trafford. There are regular updates on Rangers versus St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup final, from 3pm, and reports from the second day of the second Test between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka.

From 4pm, there's live Premier League commentary of Blackburn versus Chelsea at Ewood Park.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Ben North

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 21 March 2010
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The Music Week

Sunday 21 March
1.00-2.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As Goldfrapp return with their fifth album Head First, Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp reveal all about its creation. Pixies legend Frank Black also features on the show, and there's the lastest from the South By Southwest Music Conference in Texas as it draws to a close.

Presenters/Julie Cullen and Matt Everitt, Producer/Roman Tagoe

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Huey Morgan

Sunday 21 March
2.00-3.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Huey Morgan this week. Tom's musical tastes reflect the eclecticism which usually guides Huey's show, with an eye on new music from genres as diverse as folk to heavy metal, electronica and dubstep.

This week, Tom invites experimental Californian producer, DJ and beatmaker Flying Lotus in for a chat and to spin a cherished track from his personal record collection in the feature Sharing Is Caring.

Presenter/Tom Ravenscroft, Producer/Becky Maxted

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BBC Introducing With Tom Robinson

Sunday 21 March
1.00-3.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Tom Robinson has two hours of new music and tonight's guests are South London folk punks Melodica, Melody And Me, while session tracks come from bluesman Son Of Dave.

Presenter/Tom Robinson, Producer/Tom Whalley

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BBC RADIO 1 Monday 22 March 2010
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BBC Radio 1 Stories – Radio 1's Story Of The DIY Gig

Monday 22 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Huw Stephens and Jen Long put on their own gig in Jen's flat and tell listeners the story of how they did it.

BBC Radio 1 Stories explores the musical back-stories of listeners' favourite artists, eras, genres and scenes. Previous episodes have included The Story Of The Noughties and The A-Z Of Vampire Weekend.

Presenters/Huw Stephens and Jen Long, Producer/Jen Long

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 22 March 2010
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Ken Bruce

Monday 22 March
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce
BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross joins Ken Bruce each morning this week and shares his Tracks Of My Years. His song choices include tracks by Buddy Holly, Randy Newman and Crowded House.

Listeners can also hear the Popmaster music quiz and the Record Of The Week and Album Of The Week.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Phil Jones

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Big Band Special

Monday 22 March
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band in a session conducted by Jorg Keller, featuring guest singer Christine Tobin, who performs a selection of songs by Leonard Cohen, including Take This Waltz, A Thousand Kisses Deep and Dance Me To The End Of Love.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

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Jools Holland

Monday 22 March
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

This week, Jools Holland is joined by special guest Mika, in a show where the first half of the programme looks at the theme of dogs in songs. Mika also joins Jools and the band for an impromptu version of Elton John's I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.

Presenter/Jools Holland, Producer/Sarah Gaston

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 22 March 2010
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Composer Of The Week – Stephen Sondheim

Monday 22 to Friday 26 March
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim
Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim

In the week of his 80th birthday, Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim discusses his life and work with Donald Macleod, in this week's Composer Of The Week offering.

The result is a fascinating retrospective of half a century of creativity, with the artist himself as tour guide. Along the way, he explodes a few myths about the inner workings of musical theatre.

In today's opener, Sondheim talks about his childhood, his parents' divorce, his near-adoption by the Hammerstein family and his apprenticeship with Oscar Hammerstein. Then there's the rollercoaster ride of his early career – his first, abortive Broadway show and two amazing breaks, when he was commissioned to write the lyrics for West Side Story, then Gypsy.

Sondheim also speaks about his unhappy collaboration with Richard Rogers and his major creative breakthrough with Company, a musical with situations and characters but no conventional plot, and the first appearance of characteristic Sondheim subject-matter – the struggle of forming good relationships.

Later in the week, listeners can hear three shows that, in typical Sondheim fashion, expanded the notion of what the musical could be: Follies, A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures, on Tuesday, and an in-depth look at Sweeney Todd, widely regarded as Sondheim's masterpiece, on Wednesday.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Barstow

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 22 March 2010
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Book Of The Week –
The Woman Who Shot Mussolini Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 22 to Friday 26 March
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Frances Stonor Saunders's book tries to uncover The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, and is this week's Book Of The Week offering.

On 7 April 1926, on the steps of the Capitol in Rome, surrounded by chanting fascists, Violet Gibson raised her old revolver and fired at the Italian head of state, Mussolini.

The bullet narrowly missed the dictator's head, hitting him in the nose. Of all his would-be assassins, she came closest to changing the course of history.

She was the daughter of an Anglo-Irish lord and had once consorted with royalty and the peerage. Yet terrible unhappiness lurked beneath that glittering surface. She was a serious-minded young woman in an age when girls were meant to marry well and think little. Her spiritual quest led her to a kind of left-wing Catholicism, sympathy for Irish nationalism and a passionate love for Italy.

When Mussolini's thugs took the country into the moral cesspit of fascism, she felt compelled to act. She paid for it for the rest of her life, however, and was confined to what was known as a lunatic asylum – like other difficult women of her class.

Producer/Jill Waters

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Woman's Hour Drama – The Beacon Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 22 to Friday 26 March
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

This week's Woman's Hour Drama, written by Susan Hill and adapted by Anita Sullivan, tells the story of May, Berenice, Colin and Frank, who all grew up on a remote farm in a small village.

Their father has died and the oldest girl, May, has stayed at home to look after her mother, while the other siblings have left home. Then, one of the brothers, Frank, writes a misery memoir, The Cupboard Under The Stairs, about being abused by his parents and siblings.

The family is bewildered and outraged and want to know why Frank has made up a complete pack of lies. And yet could Colin and Berenice been complicit in abuse and can May's memory of events really be trusted – given her bouts of poor mental health? And if what happened to Frank isn't actually true, could it be emotionally true?

Producer/Kate McAll

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Captured By Pirates

Monday 22 March
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Kate Silverton uncovers the amazing story of the children who were captured by pirates – and who then ended up in a Japanese concentration camp.

In 1935, the SS Tungchow was taken over by a dozen Chinese pirates as it emerged from the Yangtse River. Expecting to find gold bullion, they found a cargo of oranges. Worse still, the passengers were three female teachers and 70 British children on their way to boarding school at Chefoo, on the North China coast.

It was international news as the Royal Navy scoured the South China Seas. The disguised ship was found a thousand miles off course, hidden in a pirates' bay. The children lost their pocket money but were otherwise unharmed, and continued their journey to school. Margaret Holder, who was eight when she was captured, tells Kate what happened.

Six years later, in 1941, these same children became enemy aliens when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour. They were interned in Weihsien concentration camp, Shantung Province, along with Catholic nuns and Trappist priests, Russian prostitutes, Cuban jazz players and 500 children – half of them without their parents. They were liberated by US soldiers in 1945.

The morale of the girls depended on their two Brownie packs, and the Guide and Ranger Companies. As 100 years of Guiding is celebrated this year, Kate Silverton, Queen's Guide, tells this dramatic story from Guiding history, with powerful personal testimony from a group of redoubtable women.

Presenter/Kate Silverton, Producer/Beth O'Dea

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Counterpoint Ep 1/13

New series
Monday 22 March
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Paul Gambaccini hosts the 2010 series of the popular general knowledge music quiz.

Once again, Counterpoint takes to the air with its eclectic mix of questions on all aspects of music, from classics to show tunes, film soundtracks, jazz, pop and rock. Twenty-seven music enthusiasts from all over Britain are lined up to compete for the 24th annual Counterpoint championship title.

Contestants must demonstrate the range of their knowledge, especially as they have to face the special-subject round where they pick from a selection of five musical topics of which they've had no prior warning, and no chance to prepare. As usual, there are copious musical extracts and clues from all musical genres.

There are nine heats, with the winners going through to semi-finals – to be broadcast in May and June.

Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/Paul Bajoria

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Afternoon Play – Listening To Time

Monday 22 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Troughton and Kate Buffery star in today's Afternoon Play offering, Listening To Time – an atmospheric and haunting story, written by Judith Somerville, set on one of the remote Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland.

Hans and Anna meet there by chance and both have their separate reasons for wanting to escape from everyday life.

As they wander around together, more is revealed about their lives and, in particular, why Hans has been coming to the same place for years. He is clearly haunted by some dreadful event that happened in the past, something from which he has never recovered, and this is an annual pilgrimage for him.

As Anna tries to uncover the secret of his past, the two grow closer and, in a surprising revelation, Hans asks Anna to help with a very particular moment which he sees as a vital part of his recovery.

The story is told from the viewpoint of the two characters getting back in touch after many years, with the hope that – perhaps – they might meet again.

David Troughton plays Hans and Kate Buffery plays Anna.

Producer/Cherry Cookson

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On The Map Ep 1/10

New series
Monday 22 March
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Self-confessed map lover, and author of Map Addict, Mike Parker explores map-making through the 20th century and into the 21st century, telling the story of modern cartography through grid maps, satellite maps, story maps, maps as propaganda, campaigning tools and art.

Maps can help people navigate their way through unfamiliar landscapes and cities – they entice people into new places – and they give the bigger picture of the planet.

In On The Map, Mike explores the many different roles that maps play in day-to-day lives. He begins his exploration of modern cartography with the maps he first fell in love with as a teenager – Ordnance Survey maps.

He also considers the challenges involved in producing the holy grail of cartography – a city map that's both functional and easy on the eye. And he unearths maps which have been used as tools of power, politics and propaganda.

Mike also goes in search of sites which are "off the map" – the military bases which, for decades, were shown as big blank spaces on Ordnance Survey maps – and he discovers how rapidly the map-making landscape is changing as digital technology and the internet democratise mapping and turn us all into cartographers.

As he travels, Mike encounters fellow map addicts, including the travel writer Jan Morris and art terrorist and founder of the avant-garde pop group KLF, Bill Drummond. And he visits Ambridge, the home of The Archers, to unfurl maps of imaginary places and explore the geographies we all carry in our minds.

Presenter/Mike Parker, Producer/Jeremy Grange

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Costing The Earth Ep 8/9

Monday 22 March
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

This week's edition of Costing The Earth asks if it is worth planting a turbine on a patio, or coating a house roof in solar cells.

Tom Heap is planning a turbine for his home on the windy isle of Mull. If anyone can make a packet from the wind racket, then surely it's Tom.

In today's programme, he crunches the numbers to discover just what kind of income he can expect from his new turbine. He tries to find out if it is reliable, low maintenance and highly profitable. He also investigates to see if the figures add up for urban dwellers and asks if everybody could be making money from the wind and the sun.

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Rory Bremner's International Satirists Ep 3/3

Monday 22 March
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Switzerland's Viktor Giacobbo is Rory Bremner's guest this week, in the concluding part of his International Satirists series.

Viktor has been a satirical presence in Switzerland for the best part of 30 years and uses a variety of comic character creations to illustrate the subtle but active societal differences in this well-behaved country.

The fact that Switzerland is the oldest culturally integrated, openly democratic country in Europe cannot conceal the absurdities and contradictions found in the political classes and the people of this cheerful, mildly repressed, law-abiding nation.

Presenter/Rory Bremner, Producer/Andrew McGibbon

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 22 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Monday 22 March
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman has all the day's sports news and is joined by special guests for the Monday Night Club to discuss the latest big issues in football.

At 9pm Mark is joined by Mark Clemmit for the latest news from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, in 5 Live Football League.

From 9.30pm, Mark takes a quick-fire, comic look at the latest football news in Football Express.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Patrick Whiteside

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 22 March 2010
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Marc Riley

Monday 22 March
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley's studio guests this evening are the "multi-platform" Bristol band Olo Worms, who have their own comic and podcast. The band released a debut mini-album in 2007 and have supported the Wild Beasts, Michachu and Adem in the last few years. Their debut album is due later in the year.

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Gideon Coe

Monday 22 March
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Tonight's show includes concert archive from Fiery Furnaces and Scottish drone merchants Mogwai at Reading in 2001, plus a 1978 session from X-Ray Spex, Theatre Of Hate from 1980 and BBC 6 Music sessions from Woodstock legend Richie Havens (2004) and Apples In Stereo playing for the network in 2002.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 22 March 2010
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Silver Street

Monday 22 March
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Pradeep is anxious about the restaurant's opening night, in the first visit of the week to Silver Street. Mary, meanwhile, feels sad that Doctor Masud won't be there, but Pradeep decides to do something to mark the doctor's memory.

Elsewhere, Suresh receives a call telling him to go to the old warehouse. When he arrives, however, he is knocked unconscious. He later comes round to find himself tied to a chair, with someone telling him it's time to finish things once and for all...

Pradeep is played by Ashvin-Kumar Joshi, Mary by Carole Nimmons and Suresh by Pal Aron.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 22 March 2010
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Road To Rwanda

Monday 22 March
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Sixteen years after fleeing from Rwanda, a growing number of Hutu refugees living in countries around Rwanda seem to have had enough. As host governments get tough with Hutu refugees, many are deciding that it's time to head back to the villages and homes they abandoned at the time of the genocide when many hundreds of thousands of their Tutsi neighbours and Hutu sympathisers were slaughtered. How will these refugees be received?

Award-winning African journalist Sorious Samura has made this painful journey with one of them to find out. Her name is Vestine and what Samura discovers as he travels with her and her young family back to her home in Rwanda is both shocking and surprisingly hopeful.

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Network Radio BBC Week 12: Tuesday 23 March 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 23 March 2010
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Behind The Brel – The Story Of A Musical Genius Ep 2/3

Tuesday 23 March
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Singer Marc Almond looks at the darker side of the legendary French singer-songwriter Jacques Brel in the second programme of this three-part series exploring Brel's music and unconventional life.

Apart from Ne me quitte pas (If You Go Away), the Brel song that has been adapted for the English-speaking world the most is Le moribond. Its English translation is the rather cheery sounding Seasons In The Sun but it's actually a story about a dying man wishing to see his loved ones for the last time. Terry Jacks had a huge hit with Seasons In The Sun in America, Canada and the UK in 1973, and it was covered by Westlife in more recent times, but Marc discovers that no one quite sings Brel like Brel.

Marc examines Brel's preoccupation with death, loss and loneliness and how living as a young boy in occupied Belgium during the Second World War had a profound impact on his life and work. The programme also investigates how the French philosophical culture of the Fifties had a major influence on him.

As well as Seasons In The Sun, the songs featured in this programme include Quand on n'a que l'amour (If We Only Have Love), Amsterdam, La mort, Au suivant, La colombe and J'arrive.

Presenter/Marc Almond, Producer/Daniel Manicolo

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 23 March 2010
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Performance On 3

Tuesday 23 March
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny
BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny

From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, tonight's Performance On 3 features the Hallé Orchestra under conductor Mark Elder, with Spring Fire, Sir Arnold Bax's colourful tone poem inspired by pagan legends; Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Polina Leschenko; and Sibelius's Symphony No. 7, the composer's last and profound statement in a genre he made entirely his own.

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 23 March 2010
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Between Ourselves Ep 1/6

New series
Tuesday 23 March
9.00-9.30am BBC RADIO 4

In the first programme of a new six-part series of Between Ourselves, Olivia O'Leary speaks to two women who went blind within a matter of weeks.

Julie Coakley was studying art as a mature student when what she describes as "man flu" laid her low for a couple of weeks. One day she collapsed and was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with meningitis. As a result she completely lost her sight and some of her hearing.

At the age of 19, Jill Daley was living in Switzerland – working as an au pair – when complications with diabetes began to interfere with her vision. Very quickly her sight was completely destroyed.

Jill has had 14 years to adjust to her sight loss, while Julie is just two years into her journey. Both discuss the impact that going blind has had on them and their families. They also talk about whether they have been able to embrace the "blind world" and the practical and psychological impact of suddenly becoming blind.

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Wild Billy Childish

Tuesday 23 March
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

For someone who professes "art can achieve nothing" Billy Childish has been an artist of extraordinary industry and influence.

In 30 years of activity he has written 40 collections of poetry, recorded more than 120 albums and painted 2,000 pictures. He's founded art movements, created self-styled non-art movements and been credited by Tracey Emin as her greatest influence. Peter Doig calls him "one of the most outstanding, and often misunderstood, figures on the British art scene".

But despite all the output, acclaim and influence, Billy remains a total outsider. John Wilson speaks to fellow artists, musicians and poets about his work and in a long interview at Billy's Kent studio, he discovers why Billy thinks his work upsets and enthralls people in roughly equal measure and why this artistic, eccentric, mustachioed, tea-drinking poet regards himself as totally un-English.

Presenter/John Wilson, Producer/Ian Bent

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Soul Music Ep 5/5

Tuesday 23 March
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The final programme of the series that explores pieces of music that make the hairs stand up on the back of collective necks features Bach's Goldberg Variations. These 30 variations on a theme have deeply affected people's lives for nearly 300 years and still have a great impact on people around the world today.

Pianist Angela Hewitt describes how they work and what they're like to play. Professor Keith Cheng wakes up to them every morning. Mark Grindell recalls hearing them as he drove through the Australian outback at night. New York neuroscientist Eric Altschuler plays them in the background as he's consulting with patients and DJ Young feels that they saved her life.

Producers/Lucy Lunt and Rosie Boulton

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Afternoon Play – A Crime And Trial: Rage On The Road

Tuesday 23 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This documentary drama deconstructs the events surrounding the murder of Lee Harvey on a quiet country road south of Birmingham shortly before Christmas 1996 – and the subsequent police investigation and trial.

The headlines were dramatic – a desperate car chase along winding country lanes, a vicious and inexplicable attack upon two innocent lovers and the brutal and tragic murder of a young man. At a press conference the following day Lee's fiancée Tracie Andrews, flanked by the victim's parents, made an emotional appeal for witnesses. But as the police investigation progressed it became clear that the killing of Lee Harvey outside Keeper's Cottage was a road-rage murder of a uniquely horrible kind, motivated by a pathological and inexplicable bout of fury.

The brutality of the attack and the publicity-seeking strategy of the defence team has ensured that the murder exerted a powerful hold on the public imagination through the years.

Through dramatised scenes and the testimony of Lee's mother, Maureen, prosecuting counsel David Crigman, investigating officers Ian Johnston and Brian Russell and court reporters Rod Chaytor and Joanna Bale, this documentary drama examines the subsequent police investigation and Andrews's trial.

In the dramatised scenes Andrews is played by Sian Brooke; Brian Russell by Michael Higgs; Ian Johnston by Roderick Smith; Michael Crigman QC by Kim Wall; Sister Mitchell by Penelope Freeman; the pathologist by John Rowe; and the child witness by Brittany Sky Barnaby.

Producers/Alan Hall and John Taylor

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Am I Normal? Ep 4/4

Tuesday 23 March
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Presenter Vivienne Parry sets forth on a mission to pin down what "normal eating" means, when so many are either overweight or perpetually dieting.

She meets the self-proclaimed healthy eaters, members of the pure food, raw food community. They only eat fresh, raw, organic produce – meat, fish or dairy is out – and they don't even believe in cooking their food.

The evangelists, be they calorie counters, food-group rejectionists, raw vegans or fruitarians, are, of course, adamant that what they are doing is the natural and normal way of eating. But there is concern that an obsession with eating only the so-called purest of foods is giving rise to a new "righteous eating" condition, called "orthorexia".

Vivienne speaks to those who fear that dieting or restricting and controlling what people eat are steps on the path towards serious eating disorders. But she discovers that not even the experts agree about exactly what should and should not be called abnormal eating.

Followers of bizarre diets are unlikely to find themselves targeted but those carrying too many kilos could have something to fear. Twenty-five per cent of us are clinically overweight and many more are fatter than they should be, and there is pressure to include obesity in the new version of the psychiatrists' manual. This could condemn millions, who think they are "normal", but a bit overweight, to a medical diagnosis of mental disorder.

Presenter/Vivienne Parry, Producer/Fiona Hill

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 23 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 23 March
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch has all the day's sports news and, from 8pm, live commentary of the key Premier League relegation match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers live from Upton Park.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 23 March 2010
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Lauren Laverne

Tuesday 23 March
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Writer and critic Martin Raymond joins Lauren Laverne's radio family as a regular Tuesday contributor. He showcases what's worthwhile on the web and looks into the future, to find out which online trends are heading our way.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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Marc Riley

Tuesday 23 March
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music presenter Marc Riley
BBC 6 Music presenter Marc Riley

Tonight the band Mitchell Museum are in session for Marc Riley.

Formed in 2008 by brothers Cammy and Raindeer and their friends Kris and Dougie, the group's influences come from American and Canadian experimental indie bands including Animal Collective, Flaming Lips, Wolf Parade and Modest Mouse, to create an experimental pop sound with strong hints to folk, psych and electronica. The year 2009 saw the band support Sunset Rubdown and Midlake. Their first two singles Warning Bells and Tiger Heartbeat were released on vinyl and C10 cassette.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 23 March
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Tonight's show includes Welsh wizards Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Derby's Cable, both in concert, and also archive sessions from The Cure (1980), Fleet Foxes from two years ago, Black Box Recorder in 2003 and German avant-garde singer Dagmar Krause performing in 1989.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 23 March 2010
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Silver Street

Tuesday 23 March
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Sean has been trying to contact Jai without success, as the drama continues. Meanwhile Kamla is wondering where Suresh has disappeared to. Later, a worried Sean tells Rita that Jai is back and hints that Suresh might be in trouble.

Elsewhere, things get more heated at the old warehouse as Jai demands explanations and Suresh insists that what he did was for everyone's benefit. Suddenly Jai becomes furious and pulls out a knife. Would he seriously harm his brother?

Sean is played by Lloyd Thomas, Jai by Ravin Ganatra, Kamla by Surendra Kochar, Rita by Bharti Patel and Suresh by Pal Aron.

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Sonia Deol

Tuesday 23 March
10.00am-12.00noon BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Sonia Deol talks to Rahat, live in the studio, ahead of his show in Birmingham.

Rahat has followed in the footsteps of his famous uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and become one of the leading Qawals of his time. Rahat talks about his concerts in the UK, his late uncle and his successes in the Bollywood playback industry.

Producer/Neila Butt

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Network Radio BBC Week 12: Wednesday 24 March 2010

BBC RADIO 1 Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Huw Stephens SXSW Special

Wednesday 24 March
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens
BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens presents a special show from the influential music festival SXSW in Austin, Texas, bringing listeners all the insider information on what undiscovered talent will be making waves in the near future.

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Mike Harding

Wednesday 24 March
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

An interview with multi-instrumentalist Michael McGoldrick features in this week's show as Mike Harding presents another hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music.

Widely regarded as the finest flute and whistle player of his generation, Michael won the Young Tradition Award at the 1995 Radio 2 Folk Awards and was awarded Musician Of The Year in 2006. He talks about his new solo album, Aurora; discusses growing up as part of the thriving Manchester-Irish folk scene; and considers his early involvement with bands like Toss The Feathers and Lunasa.

Always at the cutting edge of Celtic music, Michael has played alongside some of the great folk artists of recent years, including Kate Rusby, Youssou N'Dour and Sharon Shannon, and is a long-time member of Scots group Capercaillie. He supports the release of Aurora with a UK tour in May.

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Trevor Nelson's Soul Show

Wednesday 24 March
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Trevor Nelson invites listeners to explore the depths of his record collection, presenting an hour of the best in timeless soul, rare funky treats and modern classics.

Trevor's Album Of The Week is Everybody Loves The Sunshine, the 1976 album from American funk, soul and jazz composer and vibraphone player Roy Ayers.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Performance On 3

Wednesday 24 March
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

From the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Wagnerian conductor Donald Runnicles perform music from the opera Tannhauser, followed by a selection of lyrical songs by Richard Strauss with leading American soprano Christine Brewer. Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 rounds off the programme – "the apotheosis of the dance", as Wagner himself described the rhythmic vitality of tonight's final piece.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Juan Carlos Jaramillo

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Night Waves

Wednesday 24 March
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Cosmologist and astrobiologist Paul Davis
Cosmologist and astrobiologist Paul Davis

To coincide with the BBC's year of science programmes, Night Waves is dedicating one programme each month to a 45-minute interview with a leading scientist.

In tonight's programme, Matthew Sweet is in extended conversation with leading cosmologist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, whose specialism is the detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society. Davies is one of Britain's leading popularisers of science, but he's also a controversial figure whose work takes him to the very essence of what it is to be human. He is also currently head of Beyond: Center for Fundamental Questions in Science, in Arizona.

Matthew asks Davies to delve into the intriguing question of what is known as "first contact" with alien life and why scientists continue to believe in its importance. Davies's own books include Are We Alone? and, most recently, The Eerie Silence. Matthew also presses him on his more controversial forays into religion, which have seen some fellow scientists accuse him of a kind of theism.

Presenter/Matthew Sweet, Producer/Fiona McLean

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Afternoon Play – The Sensitive: A Nobody

Wednesday 24 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Daniela Nardini and Robin Laing star in Alastair Jessiman's Afternoon Play.

Strathclyde Police ask Glasgow psychic Thomas Soutar to assist them in tracking down a serial killer, but anonymous late-night phone calls and his own disturbed feelings at what "the information" seems to be telling him about the killer compel Thomas to resign from the case.

In a crisis of confidence, Thomas, played by Robin Laing, feels the need to turn his back on "his gift". An old girlfriend, Kat (Daniela Nardini) persuades Thomas to take a holiday and they decide to drive north for a few days. But Thomas is soon convinced that they are being followed by the killer he had been investigating.

The cast includes Iain Robertson, Sheila Donald, Simon Tait and Suzanne Donaldson.

Producer/Bruce Young

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Lent Talks Ep 5/6

Wednesday 24 March
8.45-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Trained scientist The Rev Prof Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, reflects on the continuously developing relationship between science, faith and religion, continuing this year's season of Lent Talks – which feature six talks from eminent and influential writers and thinkers.

This year, each essay explores how faith and religion interact with a variety of aspects in our society – areas such as the military, arts and culture, the financial world, politics, and science – and, as faith and religion become an increasingly important and influential aspect behind both our global and local headlines, how this relationship may develop in the future, for better or for worse.

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God On My Mind Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 24 March
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Matthew Taylor discovers what the latest scientific research can tell us about the human need for religion.

In the first of two programmes, he talks to anthropologists and psychologists to explore the rival theories about the evolution of religion.

Some scientists – the "adaptationists" – believe that people's instincts push them towards belief because, as humans have evolved, tribes that were bonded by religion stood a better chance of surviving.

Others argue that there is no "God gene" and that religion is just a by-product of other, more useful, inherited traits such as an enquiring mind.

On a journey which begins in a 1,000-year-old church and finishes at the Oxford Centre for Anthropology and Mind, Matthew talks to Justin Barrett, Scott Atran, Bruce Hood, David Sloan Wilson, Barbara King and Harvey Whitehouse. He has sensors wired to his feet, contemplates the Martyrs' Memorial and considers the religious significance of the Iranian nuclear programme, cassowary bones, chimpanzee funerals, twins and wedding rings.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 24 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 24 March
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch has all the day's sports news and live football commentary of one of the night's top matches which include Portsmouth versus Chelsea and Blackburn versus Birmingham.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Lauren Laverne

Wednesday 24 March
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Laura Marling, a new singer-songwriter on the folk scene, is back with her second album, I Speak Because I Can, set for release on 22 March. She plays a couple of songs from the album and chats to Lauren Laverne about how this year is shaping up for her music career.

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Marc Riley

Wednesday 24 March
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Oh Ruin! are in session for Marc Riley this evening. Originally from Dublin, but now based in London, the band is led by Eoin O'Ruainigh, who brings along a couple of friends with him tonight.

In Dublin, Eoin has played guitar for a string of bands (including support tours with Morrissey) before travelling to London, where he began writing solo songs. Eoin's playing brought him guest appearances with Alberta Cross and Alela Diane who he played bass and guitar for touring the United States and the UK in 2008.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 24 March
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe brings listeners concert archive from Neil Young at the Phoenix Festival and Lynrd Skynrd. There's also Generation X in session from 1977 plus other BBC recorded highlights from Oregon-based singer Laura Veirs, New York slow-core pioneers Codeine and UK indie veterans Crispy Ambulance.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 24 March 2010
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Silver Street

Wednesday 24 March
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

It's the grand opening of Saffron's, as the drama continues. Kamla chastises Bibi about Jungli's secret life but Bibi leaps to her son's defence. Later, Rozena tells Jodie that Imran is having business troubles but she'll soon make them disappear.

Elsewhere, Rita and Sean arrive at the warehouse to find Jai has freed Suresh, while Sean is ready to give Jai another chance. Jai, however, says there is only one way he can really make things right and he's doing it tonight...

Kamla is played by Surendra Kochar, Bibi by Indira Joshi, Rozena by Pooja Ghai, Jodie by Vineeta Rishi, Rita by Bharti Patel, Sean by Lloyd Thomas, Jai by Ravin Ganatra and Suresh by Pal Aron.

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Network Radio BBC Week 12: Thursday 25 March 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 25 March 2010
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Mark Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie

Thursday 25 March
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

David Byrne, co-founder of Talking Heads, joins Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie this evening to talk about his new concept album/collaboration with Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love.

The album is a song cycle about the life of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, and her childhood servant, Estrella Cumpas, and also features performances from the likes of Florence Welch, Steve Earle, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones and Santigold.

Presenters/Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, Producer/Viv Atkinson

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 25 March 2010
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Capturing America –
Mark Lawson's History Of Modern American Literature Ep 7/8

Thursday 25 March
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson
BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson takes the Philip Roth tour and reflects on literary celebrity, from the reclusive JD Salinger to the authorial versions of themselves created by Jay McInerney and Tom Wolfe.

Among the millions of words written by modern American authors, one of the most important is "I". The autobiographical, first-person story – featuring authors in light disguise or even under their own names – has become an increasingly significant literary genre.

Philip Roth and John Updike wrote long sequences of stories about fictional famous American authors – Nathan Zuckerman and Henry Bech – who can be read as versions of their own histories. Later, Roth went further, with several books including characters with his own name, just as Norman Mailer would refer to himself in non-fiction books as "Mailer". This is one of the devices of "new journalism" which, developed by Tom Wolfe and Hunter S Thompson, put the reporter at the heart of the story.

Conversely, some authors, including JD Salinger and Thomas Pynchon, were so appalled by the prospect of the publicity circuit that they preferred to vanish completely.

Beginning on The Philip Roth Tour of Newark, New Jersey, in which Liz Del Tufo takes tourists to sites featured in the author's work, Mark reflects on the way in which a celebrity culture has made writers play with their public personalities, talking to Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe, Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerney, Dave Eggers and Professor Diane Roberts.

Presenter/Mark Lawson, Producer/Robyn Read

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Afternoon Play –
Scummow: Things Washed Up By The Sea

Thursday 25 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy update 17 March)

When a delirious Irishman arrives in a small boat in a Cornish harbour, baker Mary Kneebone takes him in, in a wry comedy about faith, love and redemption, inspired by the story of a saint, by Cornish playwright Annamaria Murphy.

Declan Credan arrives in a Cornish harbour in a small boat at dawn. He is delirious and covered in limpets. Mary, who is always up before anyone else, takes him in. Her marriage to bigamist Eddy Harvey is over.

Touching Declan she feels a strange surging heat. He has an uncanny amount of knowledge about the people in the village and there are rumours that he is in touch with the dead.

Soon, the sick, gullible and desperate are queuing at Mary's door. They want healing from Declan or, at the very least, a few wise words. Others remain sceptical.

But Declan has a terrible secret and the more he recovers physically, the worse he feels. Like St Credan before him, Declan has crossed the Irish Sea in a small boat, believing he has killed his father. Finding himself hailed as a wise man and healer, Declan feels more and more guilty ... until, at last, he has a chance to atone for his sins.

Mary Kneebone, played by Mary Woodvine, narrates the story and Declan is played by Stephen Hogan. Edna Lugg is played by Barbara Jefford and Davey Ellis by Charles Barnecut.

Producer/Claire Grove

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Waking Up In The Dock

Thursday 25 March
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Waking Up In The Dock explores whether justice courts are keeping up with science in determining responsibility in crimes committed while asleep.

As legal defences go, it seems to have more in common with sensational novels rather than cutting-edge research but, with sleepwalking increasingly being used in court as a defence against strangulation, smothering, rape and stabbing, Edi Stark investigates how scientists are seeking to bring our knowledge about parasomnia out of the Victorian era.

The sleepwalking defence has now been used to clear about 70 people worldwide of murder, including Brian Thomas, found not guilty of murdering his wife in a caravan as they slept in November. Thomas had a genuine sleep disorder, but there is serious concern in scientific circles that the sleepwalking defence is misused.

The brain activity occurring during parasomnia is still not fully understood, but it's thought sleepwalkers do not have control over their emotions.

A sleepwalker manoeuvred into a brain scanner showed no activation in the areas of the brain associated with intent, although emotion and movement were active, and scientists are trying to further their understanding of underlying reasons for violent parasomnia.

Edi explores how scientists are trying to wrestle the judgement on whether an accused person is a genuine sleepwalker – or a genuine murderer.

Presenter/Edi Stark, Producer/Lucy Adam

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 25 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Thursday 25 March
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd

Eleanor Oldroyd has all the day's sports news and, from 8pm, is joined by special guests for a look at the latest from the world of athletics and the 2012 hopefuls, in London Calling.

From 9pm, Eleanor is joined by Mike Costello for 5 Live Boxing. Listeners can also hear tennis news from the Miami Open with Jonathan Overend at 10pm.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Ed King

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 25 March 2010
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Gideon Coe

Thursday 25 March
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe features classic concert tracks from Bow Wow Wow and artsy US trio Yo La Tengo as well as session archive from The Damned (1977), Yeovil indie quintet the Family Cat, Stourbridge post-grunge band Fretblanket and British progressive jazz-rock band Colosseum II.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 25 March 2010
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Silver Street

Thursday 25 March
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

As the party continues at Saffron's, Rita calls Pradeep to say she and Suresh will be back soon, as the drama in Silver Street continues. Elsewhere, Sean makes his peace with Jai but is he ready to forgive Suresh too?

Suresh, meanwhile, blames himself for all the damage he has done. Rita reckons all will be fine in time but it'll be best if certain people don't know what took place today. Later, Jai is outside the police station but will he lose his nerve?

Rita is played by Bharti Patel, Pradeep by Ashvin-Kumar Joshi, Suresh by Pal Aron, Sean by Lloyd Thomas and Jai by Ravin Ganatra.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Thursday 25 March 2010
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Assignment – The Art Of Match Fixing

Thursday 25 March
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

German police arrested 15 people in November last year in what Uefa called "without doubt the biggest fraud scandal there's ever been in European football". It is suspected that 200 games may have been fixed.

David Goldblatt investigates how dearly this scandal may have cost the sport and sets out to discover how, and by whom, these games could have been fixed.

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 26 March 2010
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Listen To The Band

Friday 26 March
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

There's a Spanish feel to this week's programme, as Frank Renton introduces music from The Mask Of Zorro, a Ritual Fire Dance, En Aranjuez con tu amor, as immortalised in the film Brassed Off, and highlights from Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol.

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The Arts Show With Claudia Winkleman

Friday 26 March
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman
BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman speaks to playwright Sebastian Barry and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson. In addition, ahead of World Theatre Day on Saturday 27 March, the programme looks at the latest plays on and off London's West End.

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 26 March 2010
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Haiti – Phoning Home

Friday 26 March
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

In a special report from Haiti, Nick Davis follows a unique French charity that is giving free phone calls to victims of the earthquake so they can connect with their families, and provide crucial communications for the relief agencies that came to help them.

When disaster strikes, often the first instinct is to check on loved ones – but when there are no telephones, this is problematic. The co-ordination of relief efforts can also be hindered. Re-establishing phone links is vital and so charity Télécoms Sans Frontières (Telecoms Without Borders) who perform this role, is among the first into any natural disaster zone. Haiti, in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake, is its current challenge. In Haiti – Phoning Home, Nick has been watching as loved ones are connected and rescue services given the technical help they need to work effectively.

Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is one of the leading international NGOs specialising in emergency telecommunications, establishing satellite communications in areas struck by war, natural disasters or man-made catastrophes. It maintains a 24-hour monitoring and is ready to respond to emergencies anywhere in the world within 24 hours. In Haiti TSF has helped more than 120 organisations (NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, search and rescue teams) and nearly 9,000 families phone home.

Nick follows TSF and finds out how satellite phones and a simple internet connection can make a significant difference when disaster hits. He sees TSF set up a "humanitarian calling" operation for the people of Leogane who share their phone conversations with him. Nick also speaks to aid workers in the Minustah camp and finds out how essential the phone lines and internet service provided by TSF has been in delivering relief.

Presenter/Nick Davis, Producer/Eve Streeter

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Afternoon Play – No Place Like Home

Friday 26 March
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Toby Stephens and Alex Jennings star in today's Afternoon Play, No Place Like Home, written by Robert Rigby and Nick Russell-Pavier.

Jonathan confronts intruder Steve with his legally owned shotgun. A violent struggle ensues and the gun goes off, shattering a window. Steve grabs the gun and gains control. A neighbour reports hearing gunfire and a full-scale, armed police siege unfolds.

A bizarre and precarious relationship develops between Steve, Jonathan and the authorities.

The cast also includes Victoria Carling, Ben Crowe, Jonathan Oliver and Zoe King.

Producer/Nick Russell-Pavier

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 26 March 2010
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5 Live Sport

Friday 26 March
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray

Colin Murray is joined by regular guests Pat Nevin and Perry Groves for Kicking Off With Colin Murray, taking a look ahead to the weekend's sporting action. Coverage includes Birmingham versus Arsenal, Chelsea versus Aston Villa and Bolton versus Manchester United.

At 8.30pm, Colin is joined by David Croft and guests from 5 Live Formula 1 as they look ahead to this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 26 March 2010
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Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show

Friday 26 March
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons features on the Friday Rock Show this week and discusses his new album, Sonic Boom, the band's critically acclaimed record. He also reveals his feelings about the huge demand for tickets for their live extravaganza, and what Kiss means in the 21st century.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 26 March 2010
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Silver Street

Friday 26 March
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Kamla is disappointed that she hasn't got to see Jai, while Mary warns Sean not to get his hopes up about his dad, in the final visit of the week to Silver Street. Later, Mary leaves Brian and Sandra in charge of the pub and heads off to cheer someone up.

Meanwhile, Roopa makes a discovery about Krishan and wastes no time in teasing him. Rita needs to get away from the noise and invites Pradeep to come with her. Pradeep agrees but where exactly are they heading?

Kamla is played by Surendra Kochar, Mary by Carole Nimmons, Sean by Lloyd Thomas, Roopa by Rakhee Thakrar, Krishan by Rahual Das, Rita by Bharti Patel and Pradeep by Ashvin-Kumar Joshi.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 26 March 2010
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Shed Men

Friday 26 March
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

It's said that "every man needs a shed". In Australia, the Australian Men's Shed Association (AMSA) asserts that "community" sheds help to combat loneliness and depression in Australia's older male generation. Award-winning reporter Sharon Mascall investigates.

With over 400 member sheds, representing an estimated 30,000 men, AMSA is the largest men's support organisation in Australia.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of Australia's 2,000 annual suicides, 78 per cent are male and, of those, the majority are isolated older men. Although men's shed members are ostensibly there to engage in activities such as woodwork, metalwork or car restoration, AMSA asserts that by talking to one another, the men also alleviate their emotional difficulties.

Sharon talks to some of AMSA's members, who come from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds. Some may have struggled to cope with widowhood or retirement, others are in poor health and many are lonely.

She speaks to Mart Hartley, a member of the Mt Druitt shed in Western Australia. He and many others at the shed are Aboriginal and find the shed offers a positive space in which to share thoughts and experiences. "I first started coming to the shed because I ... didn't know who I was," says Mark. "I'm part of the 'Stolen Generation'. The big thing for me was coming to the shed and talking to people. I've found 'home'."

Sharon also talks to industry experts, such as Professor John MacDonald, President of the Australasian Men's Health Forum, and visits the Mansfield Community Shed – which is being rebuilt with a grant from the government of the State of Victoria, after the original shed was destroyed by the bush fires in February 2009.

Presenter/Sharon Mascall, Producer/Victoria McArthur

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