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BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 8 May 2010
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Pick Of The Pops

Saturday 8 May
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dale Winton counts down the charts from this week in 1980 and 1993, with hits from Michael Jackson, SWV, The Bluebells, Whitney Houston and Ace Of Base.

Presenter/Dale Winton, Producer/Phil Swern

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BBC RADIO 2's COMEDY HOUR
Radio 2's Comedy Showcase – Strings Ep 5/5

New series
Saturday 8 May
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Musician and comedian Tim Minchin
Musician and comedian Tim Minchin

This brand new comedy, written by and starring musician and comedian Tim Minchin, is the final pilot in the Comedy Showcase series for BBC Radio 2.

Tim Minchin plays Jonny, lead singer of rock band Perspex, who's left everything behind him in Australia in pursuit of fame.

Blasting onto the music scene with their hit single Shag With The Stereo On, Perspex are on the cusp of becoming famous. A garrulous Glaswegian A&R man will make sure of that. But Jonny is fighting against a feeling of being unfulfilled.

A chance encounter with Verity, the beautiful lead singer of Christian pop band, In-X-Chelseas, ignites Jonny's interest. Worlds apart but undeniably drawn to each other, will their connection lead Jonny to redemption, or supply him with the suffering he craves to create great rock?

The programme contains original songs written by Tim Minchin and performed by Perspex. It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Will Adamsdale, Rosalie Craig, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski, Lizzie Roper and Lewis McLeod.

Producer/Lianne Coop

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Bob Harris

Saturday 8 May
12.00midnight-3.00am BBC RADIO 2

Bob Harris's session guest this evening is Australian singer Danny George Wilson.

Known as the former front-man of country rock group Grand Drive, Danny has now hooked up with The Champions Of The World, a band that also includes members of Goldrush, among others.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 8 May 2010
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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met: Lulu

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 8 May
6.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Berg's opera Lulu is conducted by Fabio Luisi with Marlis Petersen as Lulu and James Morris as Dr Schön.

An animal trainer presents to his audience the wonderful wild beasts they are about to see. There's a tiger, a bear and – last but not least – a dangerous serpent, who will mesmerise, seduce and kill, and who eventually gets murdered by Jack the Ripper.

Marlis Petersen plays the scandalous femme fatale of the title – a role for which she has won international acclaim. Anne Sofie von Otter sings Countess Geschwitz, Gary Lehman plays Alwa and James Morris plays Dr Schön.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with Ira Siff as guest commentator, there are live backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 8 May 2010
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Big In Bangalore, Big In Beijing Ep 1/2

New series
Saturday 8 May
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

In this two-part series presenter Rajan Datar follows legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden to Bangalore to find out if the emerging economies of the world offer opportunities for Western music acts.

With the rise of India and China as economic powerhouses, complete with growing middle classes, Rajan investigates if these are now the new territories for bands and artists to target as they seek new audiences.

In the Eighties, with the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Western bands were able to perform to fans in Eastern Europe. Before the collapse many music groups had avoided the region because of difficulties in obtaining permission to perform. Rajan finds out if the East now presents a similarly unexploited opportunity for music bands.

With exclusive access, he hangs out backstage with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, who not only fronts the band, but pilots the band's tour plane. He speaks to the promoters who are trying to make India the new destination of choice for Western music artists and hears from fans who have travelled for days from all parts of the subcontinent to be at the concert. He also discovers, with surprising results, which musical genres sell in India and which don't.

Presenter/Rajan Datar, Producer/Tim Mansel

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Saturday Play – An English Tragedy

Saturday 8 May
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Based on a true story and written by Oscar-winning screen writer Ronald Harwood, An English Tragedy details the final days of a man awaiting execution.

Starring Derek Jacobi, the drama tells the story of the traitor John Amery, son of Churchill's Secretary of State for India and is based on actual events at the end of the Second World War.

It is May 1945: victory in Europe, and a Labour landslide. English traitor John Amery, the son of a prominent politician, is arrested in Italy and brought back to London for trial. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

The play charts the weeks leading up to the execution, following John's arrest in Italy and trial in London. He clutches his teddy bear, lies, boasts and jokes as the day of execution draws inexorably nearer. Meanwhile, his distraught parents try everything in their power to save him.

John Amery was the Harrow-educated son of Churchill's Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery. His brother Julian was later to become a prominent Conservative MP. A troubled man, who had been expelled from public school and bankrupted as a young entrepreneur, John became a passionate fascist. He broadcast pro-Nazi propaganda during the Second World War and ran a programme recruiting British prisoners of war to fight for Germany on the Eastern Front.

Ronald Harwood's work as a screenwriter includes The Pianist, which won him an Oscar for Best Screenplay, and his films The Dresser and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly also won Oscar nominations.

An English Tragedy stars Geoffrey Streatfield as John Amery and Derek Jacobi as his father, Leopold Amery. Isla Blair plays Bryddie Amery, with Christopher Knott as the warder and sergeant, Pip Donaghy as both the judge and the mayor and Melanie Jessop as Dr Rosemary Pimlott.

Producer/Frank Sterling

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Archive On 4 – Satire:
The Great British Tradition

Saturday 8 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This Archive On 4, presented by Roger Law, celebrates the evolution of satire in Britain.

From early drawings of gentlemen misbehaving to today's sharp comedy, co-creator of Spitting Image Roger Law looks at what the archives can teach us about the evolution of British satire. He asks if the British really have more of a taste for satire than other nations, and how it all started.

Roger explores how British satire developed on television with examples from the BBC archives. He revisits his early days at the Establishment Club set up by Peter Cook, and talks to Gerald Scarfe and others who helped form the satirical approach of the Sixties.

Roger reveals some of the juicy details behind Spitting Image and its satirical forays, describing how the team depicted the Duke of York – then a bachelor about town – as a nude pin-up with 2lbs of glistening Cumberland sausages between his legs.

Presenter/Roger Law, Producer/Mark Rickards

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 8 May 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 8 May
12.00noon-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents an afternoon of live sport and news.

There's live coverage of the Championship first-leg play-off matches, plus all the latest from the final day of the season in Leagues One and Two.

From 1pm there's coverage of the qualifying session in the Spanish Grand Prix and the latest from cricket's ICC World Twenty20 in Barbados, as well as reports from golf's Players Championship in Florida.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Louise Sutton

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 8 May 2010
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5 Live Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 8 May
9.55-11.05am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
12.55-2.05pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the third practice session (9.55am) and the qualifying session (12.55pm), respectively, for the Spanish Grand Prix, comes live from Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

Producer/Jason Swales

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World Twenty20 Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 8 May
2.15-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on two matches in the Super Eight round-robin stage of the ICC World Twenty20 comes live from Bridgetown, Barbados, as the final eight teams compete for a place in the semi-finals.

Play starts at 2.30pm in the first game and at 6.30pm in the second match of the day, with commentary from the Test Match Special team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Saturday 8 May 2010
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Love Bollywood With Raj And Pablo

Saturday 8 May
9.00am-12.00noon BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Raj and Pablo talk to the director of the new Bollywood release Badmaash Company, actor Paremeet Sethi, who makes his directorial debut with the film.

Paremeet opens up about his new behind-the-scenes role, and reveals how he put his heart and soul into the production. He certainly makes waves in the film – set in the Nineties in middle-class Mumbai, it's a story of four young friends who get together to start a company. Their business is an instant hit because they find a way to beat the system, doing all the wrong things the right way!

As well as enjoying Paremeet's interview, listeners can catch up on the latest news and gossip from Bollywood.

Presenters/Raj and Pablo

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The Official Asian Download Chart With Bobby Friction

Saturday 8 May
3.00-6.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction
BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction

Bobby Friction presents the latest Official Asian Download Chart, which, for the first four weeks has had Jay Sean in the No. 1 spot. Listeners are invited to tune in to see if he has been knocked out of pole position.

The Official Asian Download Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company from UK sales data.

Presenter/Bobby Friction

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