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Network Radio BBC Week 22: 29 May-4 June

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 29 May 2010
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Shaun Keaveny

Saturday 29 May
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny sits in for Dermot O'Leary this week and features some dreamy Baltimore pop from Beach House.

He's also joined by Steve Mason, the former front-man of cult Scottish outfit The Beta Band.

Shaun can be heard on BBC 6 Music Breakfast each weekday morning between 7 and 10am.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny, Producer/Ben Walker

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Eurovision 2010

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 May
8.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2
British Eurovision hopeful Josh Dubovie
British Eurovision hopeful Josh Dubovie

Ken Bruce broadcasts live from the Norwegian capital, Oslo, to cover the grand final of Eurovision 2010.

France, Germany, Spain, Norway and the United Kingdom are all through to what promises to be an exhilarating final. The UK's hopes are with 19-year-old Josh Dubovie, singing hit master Pete Waterman's song, That Sounds Good To Me.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones

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Gideon Coe

Saturday 29 May
11.00pm-3.00am BBC RADIO 2

Gideon Coe sits in for Bob Harris tonight and speaks to double Ivor Novello Award-winning Chris Difford, who has been writing lyrics for more than 25 years, most notably with Squeeze.

After 13 albums and many Top 20 hits, 32 American tours, 30 UK tours and various trips around the globe, Chris decided to stop the merry-go-round and test the solo waters just a couple of years ago. He chats to Gideon and plays tracks from his latest album, Cashmere If You Can.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 29 May 2010
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SCHUMANN 200
The Fantastical World Of Robert Schumann

Saturday 29 May
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, pianist Lucy Parham discovers how literature inspired Schumann's greatest piano works: Papillons, Carnaval, Fantasiestucke and Kreisleriana.

Visiting Schumann's birthplace in Zwickau, Lucy examines his extraordinary collection of books, immaculately preserved, including a novel by Jean Paul Flegelhare, with annotations by the composer. A description of a masked ball from this book became Schumann's piano cycle Papillons. Also in the collection, Lucy discovers Shakespeare's Macbeth and looks at a score with a quotation from Macbeth in Schumann's hand.

As the director of the museum, Thomas Synofzik, explains, Schumann could never have written music without literature. Lucy plays Schumann's music in the museum, on a piano from 1860 played by his wife Clara Schumann and now belonging to the Wieck family. Lucy talks about how her interpretation has deepened. The feature includes insights into German literature from academics Riccarda Schmidt and Erika Reiman, and writer Laura Tunbridge.

Throughout the programme Schumann's own words and passages from the books he turned to for inspiration are read by renowned actor and music enthusiast Henry Goodman.

Presenter/Lucy Parham, Producer/Jessica Isaacs

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OPERA ON THE BBC
Opera On 3 – The Cunning Little Vixen

Saturday 29 May
6.00-8.15pm BBC RADIO 3

This recording of Janáček's magical opera The Cunning Little Vixen from the Royal Opera House, London, features Emma Matthews as the Vixen, with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Royal Opera Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra.

The Cunning Little Vixen holds a special place in the repertoire – an opera whose characters are a mixture of human beings and animals and which started life as a cartoon-strip in a newspaper. It tells the story of the life of a Vixen from the moment she is adopted as a pet by the Forester to the moment she is shot by a Poacher. In between, she's briefly a suffragette, marries and produces countless children. The lives of her woodland friends and enemies are contrasted with the human characters that live nearby, among them a lonely priest, an elderly schoolmaster and an overworked innkeeper.

The true magic of Janáček's score is in the way he portrays all of these lives with his most colourful and deftly woven music, sometimes spiky, sometimes intensely lyrical. This is the first time the great Janáček interpreter Sir Charles Mackerras has conducted the opera at the Royal Opera House. He is joined by Australian soprano Emma Matthews, making her house debut in the title role, and Christopher Maltman, singing the part of the Forester for the first time.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Mark Lowther

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 29 May 2010
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Uncool Britannia Ep 1/3

New series
Saturday 29 May
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Comedian Steve Punt explores Uncool Britannia
Comedian Steve Punt explores Uncool Britannia

Steve Punt presents a new three-part history of the Britain that's ubiquitous, yet unashamedly uncool.

Steve argues the nation's recent past has been hijacked by the fashionistas and that it's time to celebrate it as it really was – deeply unhip. Forget the Rolling Stones, Mary Quant and the Aston Martin, what Britons really love is a nice melody, a sensible coat and a reliable motor...

In the first programme Steve re-imagines the Fifties and Sixties as the Pakamac Years. He argues that it wasn't beatniks that epitomised the spirit of the era – but the foldaway mac. Pakamacs flew off the shelves in their tens of thousands as Britons rejoiced in the sheer novelty and practicality of a plastic raincoat which could be popped in to a handbag. Steve also considers the importance of anoraks, cagoules, parkas and snorkels as emblems of uncool Britain.

Presenter/Steve Punt, Producer/Laurence Grissell

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Saturday Play – An Inspector Calls

Saturday 29 May
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls, a family celebration is disrupted by a visit from the police.

Midlands industrialist Arthur Birling and his family are celebrating the engagement of his daughter Sheila, to Gerald Croft when a police inspector calls.

Inspector Goole tells them of the suicide of Eva Smith, a factory worker, and each member of the family is questioned about their relationship with the young woman. After lots of questions, it transpires that they are all, in some way, responsible for her tragic death on the way to the hospital, after she swallowed some disinfectant.

David Calder plays Arthur Birling, Morven Christie plays Sheila, Geoffrey Streatfeild plays Gerald Croft, Toby Jones plays Inspector Goole, Frances Barber plays Sibyl Birling, Sam Alexander plays Eric Stirling and Vineeta Rishi plays Edna.

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer

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Archive On 4 – England Expects

Saturday 29 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Presenter David Goldblatt relives 60 years of hope and hurt in England's World Cup campaigns and, through the World Cups, explores England's relationship with the rest of the world.

This programme includes archive interviews with Sir Alf Ramsey, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Stanley Matthews and Brian Clough, as well as commentary from key matches.

From their initial distain of the competition and refusal to enter for 20 years, England's national footballers strolled into their first World Cup in Brazil in 1950 thinking themselves invincible, only to find themselves humiliated by a USA team made up of part-timers.

England's football world was shaken, just as the country was coming to terms with a shift in its post-war position in the world. The USA had beaten them on the pitch and were to humiliate them over the Suez Crisis. The humiliation continued as a dazzling Hungary beat England at Wembley in 1953, the first team from outside the British Isles to beat England on home soil.

Exploring the role of England managers, David details how, with Alf Ramsey, England finally became World Cup winners in 1966. Ramsey was the first manager to clash with the media, a familiar pattern that would repeat itself with every subsequent manager.

The high of 1966 was followed by disappointment in Mexico in 1970 and the dark years of that decade, when the team failed to qualify for the next two World Cups while the country struggled with economic problems.

The programme looks at the unfolding events of the Eighties that frequently saw glimmers of hope, though all were ultimately dashed. The 1990 World Cup in Italy saw a game in the process of a revolution: the domestic game was on the cusp of being transformed into a multi-million pound industry and a nation pinned its hopes on Paul Gascoigne, better known as Gazza.

On the eve of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, England Expects reflects on 60 years of the nation's participation – or not – in the greatest sporting event in the world.

Presenter/David Goldblatt, Producer/Carol Purcell

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 29 May 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 May
12.00noon-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman has all the day's sports news and live sporting action.

From 12noon there's coverage of the qualifying session of the Turkish Grand Prix, plus reports from the sixth day of the French Open tennis at Roland Garros, Paris. There are also updates from Lord's on the third day of the first Test between England and Bangladesh.

At 3pm there's live commentary on the League One play-off final from Wembley Stadium.

From 5pm, Matt Dawson presents rugby union commentary on the Premiership final live from Twickenham (kick-off 5.30pm).

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Louise Sutton

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 29 May 2010
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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 29 May
10.45am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the third day of the first Test between England and Bangladesh comes live from Lord's with the award-winning Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Saturday 29 May 2010
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Love Bollywood With Raj And Pablo

Saturday 29 May
9.00am-12.00noon BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Prakash Jha, director of Bollywood political thriller Raajneeti, chats to Raj and Pablo live from Mumbai. The movie's stars, including Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgan and Ranbir Kapoor, also talk about the exciting storyline of Indian politics, love and emotions mixed up in democracy and elections. The duo also has all the latest Bollywood news and gossip for listeners.

Presenters/Raj and Pablo

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Saturday 29 May 2010
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Worldplay Season – Roaring Trade Ep 2/6

Saturday 29 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

City rivalry is the subject of the second play in the Worldplay series, in which broadcasters from around the world have each produced a play based on the theme Money. The six plays will air from May to September and this week's, Roaring Trade, is from BBC World Service.

"This is McSorley's, second largest bank in the square mile. Half our traders break the million pound barrier. Just how far are you prepared to go?"

Described by The Times as "the liveliest satire on the City since Caryl Churchill's Serious Money 20 years ago", this witty and candid play looks at the personal and professional relationships between traders – and how rivalry in the city can spiral out of hand.

The cast includes Rhys Thomas (Bellamy's Kingdom, Beyond The Pole); Danny Webb (Land Girls); Claudie Blakley (Lark Rise To Candleford); Annabelle Apsion (Shameless); Joseph Kloska; and Jack O'Connor.

Writer Steve Thompson's play Whipping It Up was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008. He is currently a writer on the new series of Doctor Who.

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 30 May 2010
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Good Morning Sunday

Sunday 30 May
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to entertainer Joe Longthorne, who reflects on the massive highs and lows of his career and the cancer that almost claimed his life.

The Reverend Stephen Brown reflects on the news of the week from a faith perspective and delivers the Moment Of Reflection.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Hilary Robinson

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Michael Ball

Sunday 30 May
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

West End star and BBC Radio 2 presenter Michael Ball
West End star and BBC Radio 2 presenter Michael Ball

Tamzin Outhwaite takes time out from wowing West End audiences in Sweet Charity to join Michael Ball for Sunday Brunch this week, live from London.

Michael keeps listeners up to date with the latest current affairs and showbiz news as he reviews the newspapers and previews the best of the week's movie, DVD, TV and radio entertainment.

There's also regular features Ball's birthday bonanza, the classic album track and the usual selection of great music.

Presenter/Michael Ball, Producer/Jodie Keane

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Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 30 May
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Christian church marks the mystery of Trinity Sunday today, celebrating God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In this week's Sunday Half Hour, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and reflections and explores some of the teachings behind this feast day.

Music comes from St Andrew's Church in West Tarring, Sussex, and features the voice of Jacquelyne Hill, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2009.

Hymns include Majesty, Holy Holy Holy, and Lord of Beauty, Thine the Splendour. The musical director is John Wardle and the organist is Richard Axtell.

Presenter/Brian Darcy, Producer/Janet McLarty

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 30 May 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Private Passions – A Passion For Opera

Sunday 30 May
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Actress Joanna Lumley
Actress Joanna Lumley

As part of the Opera On The BBC season, Michael Berkeley introduces a selection of former Private Passions guests talking about particular operas that they love.

Artist Quentin Blake selects a duet between hero and villain from Act II of Verdi's Otello; Joanna Lumley talks about the great quartet from Beethoven's Fidelio; Scottish writer Janice Galloway describes her great satisfaction in seeing the rake Don Giovanni dispatched to hell at the end of Mozart's opera; and Jonathan Miller remembers the alarm he felt as a young and inexperienced opera director faced with putting singing animals on stage in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen.

The late film director Anthony Minghella chooses Cavaradossi's pre-execution aria E lucevan le stelle from Puccini's Tosca; children's writer David Almond loves the Greek myth of Orpheus and Euridice, as imagined by Monteverdi; actress Maureen Lipman has a particular affection for the voice of Maria Callas in a brilliant coloratura aria from Rossini's The Barber Of Seville; and Stephen Fry waxes lyrical over the tumultuous ending of Wagner's Tristan And Isolde.

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall

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OPERA ON THE BBC
The Early Music Show Opera Profile –
Cavalli's Giasone Ep 1/8

New series
Sunday 30 May
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott begins a monthly series in The Early Music Show celebrating Baroque opera by looking at Francesco Cavalli's Giasone, which became the most frequently performed opera of the 17th century.

The work was the only collaboration between playwright and librettist Giacinto Andrea Cicognini and Cavalli, one of the great musical pioneers of the genre.

Giasone took its plot from the Greek myth of Jason and his search for the golden fleece.

Catherine introduces the background to the work and its musical highlights and talks to conductor René Jacobs and counter-tenor Michael Chance, who sang the eponymous role of Giasone in the Eighties, about the merits of Cavalli as an operatic composer.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Rebecca Bean

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SCHUMANN 200
Discovering Music – Schumann's Dichterliebe

Sunday 30 May
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

To mark the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth, Stephen Johnson is joined at Manchester Grammar School by Swedish baritone Håkan Vramsmo and pianist David Quigley for an exploration of Schumann's intensely Romantic song-cycle Dichterliebe.

Composed in 1840, Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love) is arguably Schumann's best-known song-cycle. The texts for the 16 songs are taken from Heinrich Heine's Lyrisches intermezzo, which he wrote between 1822 and 1823.

The very natural, almost hyper-sensitive poetical affections of the poems are beautifully mirrored in Schumann's settings, with their miniaturist chromaticism and suspensions. The poet's love is a hothouse of nuanced responses to the delicate language of flowers, dreams and fairytales.

Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Les Pratt

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OPERA ON THE BBC
Sunday Feature – The First English Opera

Sunday 30 May
9.30-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

First performed under Cromwell's Protectorate in 1656, when the theatres were still officially closed, The Siege Of Rhodes bewitched the ears of the great diarist Samuel Pepys and remains one of the most important works in the history of English literature and music. And yet, like its creator, the noseless poet laureate Sir William Davenant, it is almost totally forgotten today.

The neglected Davenant was one of the most innovative forces in the history of English theatre – not only did he "invent" English opera, he was also instrumental in the creation of the idea of Shakespeare the National Poet.

Travelling from Cromwell's House in Ely via Samuel Pepys's Library in Cambridge and Shakespeare's Globe to the site of the old Cockpit Theatre in London, where The Siege was performed, presenter Claire van Kampen traces the complicated genesis and afterlife of this lost operatic treasure.

Presenter/Claire van Kampen, Producer/Robert Shore

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 30 May 2010
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Desert Island Discs

Sunday 30 May
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Violinist Gyorgy Pauk is Kirsty Young's castaway on this week's edition of Desert Island Discs.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Gyorgy entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music when he was just 12 years old and studied under Zoltan Kodaly. In 1956 he went to the Netherlands before settling in London.

Gyorgy is professor of violin at the Royal Academy in London and gives masterclasses throughout the world. He has worked with leading conductors and performed as a soloist with many renowned orchestras and maestros.

He talks to Kirsty Young about his life, his career, his favourite music and how he would cope on BBC Radio 4's mythical desert island.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle

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Moments Of Genius

Sunday 30 May
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Geoff Watts and his guests explore flashes of scientific brilliance that changed the way people see the world.

Musician Brian Eno is passionate about the "Game of Life" – an extraordinary piece of modern mathematics that predicts whether, and if so when, an organism will live or die. Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist, Tim Hunt describes a series of breathtakingly beautiful experiments which, a hundred years later, are still informing cancer research. Astronaut, Jeff Hoffman describes Galileo's decision to point his terrestrial telescope to the heavens, and actor Sam West enthuses about The Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that, in terms of energy, everything tends to chaos.

Presenter/Geoff Watts, Producer/Anna Buckley

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Classic Serial – Bright Day Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 30 May
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

A chance encounter prompts disillusioned scriptwriter Gregory Dawson to rediscover his past, releasing new potential in this two-part adaptation of JB Priestley's Bright Day.

Gregory is staying at a hotel in Cornwall, finishing a script. A chance encounter in the bar sends him back to the lost world of his youth before the slaughter of the First World War, when he was an 18-year-old in Bruddersford, Yorkshire.

At that time, Gregory worked in the wool trade but wanted to be a writer. Now, he starts to remember in detail his growing relationship with the "magical" Alington family and their three daughters, Bridget, Joan and Eva. All three sisters enchant him, but Bridget, the youngest is his favourite and the one he loves. However, it is Eva, whose tragic story is pivotal to everyone, who plays a part in transforming Gregory's life.

Through rediscovering his past, Gregory realises where his life took a wrong turn and where he must make amends if he is to start afresh.

Dramatised in two parts by Diana Griffiths, Bright Day stars Jack Shepherd as both Gregory Dawson and the narrator, Liza Sadovy as Elizabeth Earl, Dean Smith as Young Gregory, Sarah Smart as Joan Alington, Sarah Churm as Bridget Alington, Lowri Evans as Eva Alington, Conrad Nelson as both Jock and Harfner, Fred Ridgeway as Malcolm Nixey, Janice Mckenzie as Eleanor Nixey, David Fleeshman as Mr Alington, Fine Time Fontayne as Mr Ackworth, Seamus O'Neill as both Brent and Stanley Mervin and Steve Marsh as Ben Kerry.

Producer/Pauline Harris

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 30 May 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 May
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents the latest sports news and live action, including coverage of the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul from 1pm, reports from the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris, and updates from the third day of the first Test between England and Bangladesh from Lord's.

From 1.15pm, there's live commentary of England's World Cup warm-up match against Japan in Graz, Austria. At 3pm, there's live commentary from Wembley Stadium of the League Two play-off final.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Claire Ackling

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Trevor Nelson In South Africa

Sunday 30 May
7.30-8.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

DJ Trevor Nelson travels to South Africa for the first time
DJ Trevor Nelson travels to South Africa for the first time

As Africa prepares to stage its first World Cup, Trevor Nelson travels to South Africa to explore the nation's passionate relationship with the beautiful game and to confront his own reservations about a country with a history of apartheid.

Trevor has DJed all over the world but, on principle, he has never visited South Africa; the apartheid era still sits uneasy with him. On the eve of the World Cup, he, at last, travels to a country where football is played and followed mainly by the black population and discovers how the country is really welcoming the tournament.

In Johannesburg, Trevor meets the South African team as they prepare for a warm-up friendly against Thailand. He also hears from excited fans preparing for the event of a lifetime and meets the former South African coach Clive Barker, who guided the nation to their first World Cup appearance in 1998.

Trevor will also confront South Africa's controversial past, visiting Robben Island Prison to hear the compelling history of the political prisoners and meet Sedick Isaacs one of the prisoners who successfully struggled to form the Makana Football Association for the inmates.

Presenter/Trevor Nelson, Producer/Barney Rowntree

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 30 May 2010
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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 30 May
10.45am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The award-winning Test Match Special commentary team are live at Lord's to present uninterrupted commentary as the first Test between England and Bangladesh enters its fourth day.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 30 May 2010
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The Huey Show

Sunday 30 May
2.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Quietly ploughing his own furrow in the shadow of his father's musical legacy, Jakob Dylan returns with a new album Women And Country, his second solo album since leaving multi-platinum selling Grammy winners The Wallflowers.

The new album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, sees Jakob in a contemplative mood, exploring country, blues and folk. He talks to Huey about his solo career, their shared love of the blues and whether he really is "chillin' like Jakob Dylan".

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Rebecca Maxted

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6 Mix

Sunday 30 May
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The disco train rides again as DJ and George Lamb sidekick Marc Hughes returns for the latest edition of his 6 Mix residency.

Marc, a Ministry Of Sound resident who has recently DJed across Russia and China, plays the best in old skool house from the last 30 years, alongside his favourite disco tunes in a 40-minute sweep of glitterball action.

In the last half hour of the show, Marc presents a mix from one of his favourite current artists, Caribou.

Led by Canadian-born, London-based Dan Snaith, Caribou have been causing a stir with their new album Swim and its lead single Odessa, which became a BBC 6 Music playlist favourite earlier this year.

Marc talks to Dan about making the new album and, in this exclusive mix, plays tracks from Moodyman, Billy Stewart and Caribou themselves.

Presenter/Marc Hughes, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC RADIO 1 Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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Ten-Hour Takeover British Forces Request Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
9.00am-7.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 broadcasts live from a British military base in Afghanistan for a Ten-Hour Takeover British Forces Request Special this Bank Holiday.

Live segments are featured during daytime shows from 9am-7pm, with a longer simulcast during Fearne Cotton and Greg James's shows between 12noon and 2pm.

Soldiers based abroad will have the opportunity to request songs and broadcast messages to friends and family back home, as BBC Radio 1 teams up with BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) Radio in Camp Bastion, the main base for British troops in Afghanistan.

In a first for both stations, a BBC Radio 1 producer is working at the camp for a week, chatting to soldiers and joining BFBS presenters and producers to create content to be broadcast throughout the day.

BFBS presenters Richard Hatch and Jessie Aru anchor the broadcasts from the local Afghanistan-based station, and a podcast featuring all the day's segments will be aired across the BFBS network.

Visual content is also available online at bbc.co.uk/radio1.

Presenters/Richard Hatch and Jessie Aru

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BBC Radio 1 Stories – In New Movies We Trust: Cannes

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

James King heads behind the scenes of the world's most famous film festival. He rubs shoulders with the movers and shakers and takes a look at the glitz and glamour from the perspective of a group of independent British film-makers hoping to secure a distribution deal for their project.

BBC Radio 1 Stories explore the musical back-stories of listeners' favourite artists, eras, genres and scenes. Previous programmes in the series have included International Radio 1, Art Of Noise, Life In Jail and The A-Z Of Vampire Weekend.

Presenter/James King, Producers/Louise Katterhorn and Alice Lloyd

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BBC RADIO 2 Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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BBC RADIO 2'S 60S SEASON
The Top 60 Best-Selling Records Of The 60s

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
10.00am-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Veteran British DJ Tony Blackburn
Veteran British DJ Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn counts down the best-selling singles of the Sixties in a chart specially compiled for BBC Radio 2.

Listeners can expect The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to crop up more than once, alongside a couple of crooners, a few instrumentals and even the odd one-hit wonder, in a chart that throws up some genuine surprises.

Alongside the music, the programme revisits some of the big news stories of the era, with original archive recordings of events that defined the decade.

This programme is part of BBC Radio 2's 60s Season, which marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the decade that changed the UK and the world for ever.

Presenter/Tony Blackburn, Producer/Phil Swern

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Jagger's Jukebox

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
2.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger
Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger exclusively picks a selection of artists and music that influenced the band's ground-breaking sound, in particular their classic 1972 album Exile On Main Street, which is widely recognised as one of the seminal albums of the Seventies.

In conversation with Paul Sexton, Jagger talks through a wide-ranging and revealing playlist that reflects his own, and the band's, love of classic R&B, gospel, country and reggae.

The fascinating mix of material conjures up the musical environment of the late Sixties and the turn of the Seventies, a time during which The Stones, and so many of their peers, were scaling new and ever more eclectic creative heights.

In a show that features both vintage hits and lesser-known gems, listeners discover which of the band's fellow rock acts from that era have Jagger's personal seal of approval. It features some brilliant soul records that have remained his all-time favourites, his singer-songwriters of choice, some giants of country and Americana and much more.

Jagger's Jukebox follows BBC Radio 2's documentary Exile Of The Stones (Wednesday 19 May), which told the story behind the band's 1972 album.

Presenter and Producer/Paul Sexton

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Richard Madeley

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
4.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Richard Madeley sits in for Simon Mayo and is joined by Katie Melua, who performs for BBC Radio 2's Great British Songbook Library.

The Georgia-born singer reached the top of the UK Album Chart with her debut album and was Britain's best-selling female artist in 2006. Her fourth album, entitled The House, marks a new phase in Katie's musical career. It is produced by William Orbit, best known for his dance remixes and work with Madonna, and sees Katie writing on her own, as well as with Guy Chambers, Polly Scattergood and her long-time collaborator Mike Batt.

Presenter/Richard Madeley, Producer/Carmela Di Clemente

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BBC RADIO 2'S 60S SEASON
The British Invasion

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Three bands influenced rock legend Alice Cooper above all others: The Yardbirds, The Kinks and The Who. All of them were British. In this documentary, broadcast as part of BBC Radio 2's 60s Season, Alice tells the story of how The Beatles' triumphant arrival in New York City on 7 February 1964 opened the doors for the "British Invasion" and changed American music for ever.

Between 1964 and 1966, Britain sent a stream of hits across the Atlantic. Following the Fab Four, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, Manfred Mann, Petula Clark, Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, the Rolling Stones and The Troggs all topped the Billboard Singles Chart.

These invaders had borrowed American rock music and returned it, restyled and refreshed. After the drab post-war years, it was suddenly cool to be a Brit. American groups emerged who dressed and sounded just like British bands, among them The Beau Brummels, The Buckinghams and, most famously, The Monkees.

The invasion established the UK record industry as one of the biggest in the world, as well as the idea of rock acts composing their own tunes. But it lasted only a couple of years. John Lennon's infamous comment that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus was the first nail in the coffin.

The British Invasion captures this exciting time in British music from a US point of view, with contributions from those who witnessed it first hand, including The Beatles' road manager Tony Bramwell and legendary documentary maker Albert Maysles, copycat bands such as The Buckinghams and some of the "invaders" themselves, Gerry Marsden, Petula Clark, Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits, Reg Presley from The Troggs, Lenny Davidson from The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and Mike Pender from The Searchers.

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BBC RADIO 3 Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Composer Of The Week – Scarlatti

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Alessandro Scarlatti is considered the founder of Neapolitan opera. This year marks 350 years since the composer's birth and, as part of the Opera On The BBC season, Donald Macleod surveys Scarlatti's life and music.

Although he came from humble beginnings, Scarlatti rose to claim the patronage of princes, queens and cardinals. Knighted by the Pope, he also joined the elite Arcadian Academy, with prominence over other composers such as Corelli.

Largely overshadowed in recent years by his son, Domenico, Scarlatti once dominated the international stage. Not only did he claim to have composed 114 operas, it is also believed that he composed more than 700 cantatas and nearly 40 oratorios, along with many instrumental works. Donald appraises Scarlatti's legacy and asks whether his importance should be re-evaluated.

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Performance On 3

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Conductor Sir Mark Elder

Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony, preceded by the world première of Luke Bedford's At Three And Two.

"My time has not yet come", said Mahler. This performance of the valedictory Ninth Symphony marks the end of the Hallé's contribution to the complete cycle of Mahler's Symphonies being staged by them in conjunction with the BBC Philharmonic.

Seen as Mahler's farewell to the world, the great conductor, Herbert von Karajan described Symphony No. 9 as "music from another world, coming as if from eternity".

Luke Bedford is one of today's leading young composers. His previous Hallé première, the distinctive and expressive Rode With Darkness, won the BBC Radio 3 Listeners' Award at the British Composers' Awards. Tonight listeners can hear his latest work, At Three And Two.

Presenter/Ian Skelly, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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OPERA ON THE BBC
The Essay – A Passion For Opera

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Five people whose lives have been shaped by opera describe the various ways in which they have interacted with the operatic world – as critics, performers and commentators. In the opening programme, reviewer Tom Sutcliffe argues for the relevance of opera.

Later in the week, Michael Chance, one of the world's foremost counter-tenors, ponders the life of an itinerant performer, while critic Robert Thicknesse wrestles with the operatic demons that tell him that it's all a lot of nonsense.

Editor of Opera Now Magazine, Ashutosh Khandekar, recounts his entry into the opera world via student opera. To bring down the curtain on the week, Matt Peacock, the originator of Streetwise Opera, reflects on the way in which opera has changed the lives of people he has met through his work with the homeless.

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BBC RADIO 4 Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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A History Of The World – Seated Buddha From Gandhara

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, continues his historic exploration through the Museum's objects, this week turning his attention to how religions created images to express the divine.

In the opening programme, Neil explores how a stone sculpture from modern-day Pakistan reveals how Buddhism set about creating the classic image representing the real-life Buddha who lived and roamed around North India in the 5th century BC. It took more than 500 years for the classic seated image of the Buddha to emerge; before that, the Buddha was represented only by symbols.

Neil investigates how the image came about and asks if and why people need such images. He hears from the Dalai Lama's official translator, Thupten Jinpa, and historian Claudine Bautze-Picron.

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Still Points, Turning Worlds

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Alan Hall explores daydreaming and how it provides an escape from the world around us.

Alan embroiders together the experiences of a range of people for whom still points and daydreaming provide an escape from the increasingly invasive nature of the turning world.

A century ago, in his poem Leisure, WH Davies wrote: "A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare." He could never have envisaged today's digital world and the vast number of stimuli and demands that sap humanity's powers of concentration.

As he relishes moments of reverie in an attempt to reclaim the powers of concentration, Alan hears from a canon at St Paul's in the heart of the City of London, an installer of "energy pods" that offer "corporate fatigue solutions", a hypnotherapist and an educational psychologist, as well as from a singer-songwriter from the world of pop music who relishes the peace of the countryside.

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Clare In The Community – Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire Ep 1/6

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Sally Phillips returns for a new series of the Sony Award-winning comedy as social worker Clare Barker.

Since the last series, society itself has improved little, so there are still plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare.

A control freak, Clare enjoys nothing more than interfering in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis. She is in her thirties, white, middle-class and heterosexual, all of which are occasional causes of discomfort to her, and each week sees her continue to struggle to control both her professional and private lives.

The last series saw Clare's team shaken around and shuffled about but most are present and correct for a further round of frustration, despair, disappointment, team meetings and 11 o'clock cakes at the Sparrowhawk Family Centre.

In the opening episode, Clare is now acting team leader at the Family Centre, as Irene has job-swapped. And while Irene is in Melbourne, the team is joined by Australian lesbian, Libby.

Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden, Clare In The Community stars Sally Phillips as Clare, with Alex Lowe as Brian, Nina Conti as both Megan and Nali, Richard Lumsden as Ray, Liza Tarbuck as Helen and Sarah Kendall as Libby.

Producer/Katie Tyrrell

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Britain's Labs Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Professor Iain Stewart takes listeners inside some of Britain's leading laboratories in this week of programmes.

He begins at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in Sutton, Surrey. The laboratory grew out of the Royal Marsden Hospital, with which it shares a site, and the two work closely together.

The ICR is one of the main centres for the investigation of the genetic causes and possible cures or remedies for cancer. The effort is going into identifying the genetic drivers for the disease and then finding a way to turn these off. The laboratory's work has been accelerated by the completion of the Human Genome Project and by information technology which allows researchers to sift through genetic data at unprecedented speed.

In Tuesday's programme, Professor Stewart visits the Bristol Centre for Nanoscience and finds out how nano materials could revolutionise computers and solar power. Nanoscience brings researchers from many disciplines together to study and manipulate matter at the molecular scale. Listeners hear how researchers are working on nano diamonds as a way of creating new solar panels that work well in temperate climes, and how the ears of mosquitoes are being studied in "the world's quietest room" to help miniaturise and improve microphones.

The third programme features Rothamsted Research, the world's oldest agricultural research centre, where scientists are using the latest genetic approaches to improve the health and resistance of crops, amid worries about food security.

In Thursday's programme, Professor Stewart explores stem cell technology at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh and talks to its scientists about their efforts to treat diseases.

The final programme transports listeners into the National Nuclear Laboratory, the UK's home of nuclear science in Cumbria. Nuclear energy is, many argue, likely to be an important component of the country's quest for green energy. Professor Stewart finds out what the future might hold and why a £250m laboratory at the centre has never been used.

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South Africa's Path To Freedom

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule update 27 May)

Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka
Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka travels from his native Nigeria to South Africa to assess the past and present of the Rainbow Nation through the eyes of its finest writers.

Wole Soyinka fought apartheid from outside South Africa during the years of oppression and conflict, and now he makes a special journey to the country to meet some of the key writers who lived through the turbulent years.

In Johannesburg, he joins fellow Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer. At the Constitutional Court, he speaks with Albie Sachs, a former judge who was almost killed in 1988 in a car bomb attack in which he lost an arm and the sight in his right eye.

Instrumental in setting up the legal framework for the new nation, Albie Sachs proves an inspiration to Professor Soyinka. Also in Johannesburg, he speaks to South Africa's Poet Laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile, and in Cape Town to Antjie Krog, author of the seminal work Country Of My Skull about the Truth And Reconciliation Commission.

Professor Soyinka also meets the new young black writers who are interpreting their world through fiction. In Johannesburg, he visits the local FM radio station to speak to Karabo Kgoleng, who gives her take on modern South Africa, and visits the township of Alexandra to see if living conditions have actually improved.

Finally Soyinka meets playwright Athol Fugard and the two men consider their shared histories.

This is a journey through old and new South Africa by a man who truly understands the work of the African writer. It sheds fresh light on the problems of the past and the challenges of the future for the society that now makes up the Rainbow Nation.

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Book At Bedtime – Blackout In Gretley Ep 1/10

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 11 June
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Anton Lesser reads JB Priestley's atmospheric wartime thriller, set in a Midlands town during a blackout.

With an aircraft factory and an electrical plant busy with war work, it soon becomes apparent that sensitive information is being leaked to the enemy. An undercover operative is sent to discover what's going on, and he finds himself surrounded by black marketeers, fifth columnists and an assortment of servicemen and civilians.

As he tries to make sense of this strange cast of characters, his investigation is hampered by a murder. He realises that this uninspiring-looking town harbours some sinister secrets in the dark of its wintry blackout.

Blackout In Gretley is abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

Reader/Anton Lesser, Producer/Jane Marshall

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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5 Live Sport

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
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 all the latest news from the beautiful game.

From 9.30pm, Mark teams up with Tim Lovejoy for the Football Express, bringing listeners up to date with football's burning issues in just 30 minutes.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Ed King

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
10.45am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the fifth and final day of the first Test between England and Bangladesh comes live from Lord's with the award-winning Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Bank Holiday Monday 31 May 2010
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The Jon Bonham Story

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
3.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Foo Fighters front-man and Them Crooked Vultures/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl celebrates a man whom the Encyclopaedia Britannica describes as "the perfect model for all hard rock drummers that have followed": Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonham.

The documentary features exclusive new interview material from stars including Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Carmine Appice, as well as key industry figures and Bonham's family and close friends. It reveals the extraordinary story of the drummer's life, from his childhood in Redditch, through his time as a session drummer, to his historic part in the legendary Led Zeppelin and his untimely death at the age of just 32.

Told by Grohl with wit and a genuine love for the subject, this electrifying story of a rock 'n' roll legend paints a portrait of the greatest of rock drummers. There are touching tales of Bonham's focus on family and friends, alongside the infamous tales of rock 'n' roll excess. Set to a rich soundtrack, the programme also explores how Led Zeppelin changed the course of rock history.

Presenter/Dave Grohl, Producer/Phil Critchlow

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Glad To Be Grey With Tom Robinson

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
4.00-6.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

In a very special birthday programme, Tom Robinson celebrates turning 60 with a show full of music that takes listeners on a journey through the last six decades and contributions from those who have lived it.

Tom also discusses ageing in the creative industries. Fellow musicians Brian Eno, Steve Harley, Laurie Anderson and Kiki Dee (all entering their seventh decades, too) join Tom to share the music that inspired their careers and to talk about how they're dealing with the prospect of entering old age without ever having had "a proper job". New band Stornoway also offer their thoughts on how the future appears to them.

Motörhead's Fast Eddie joins Tom to discuss "the musician's pension", aka copyright. He is actively challenging the law that sees recorded music copyright expire after 50 years and explains how this affects him and the many others who rely on this as a valuable source of income.

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Back To The Phuture With Mark Jones

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Electronic music expert Mark Jones continues to join the dots between synthesised music past and present. He turns his attention to synth pop, playing classic tracks from Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and John Foxx, alongside future synth stars Hurts, Fenech-Soler and Delphic.

In the second hour of the show, Mark is joined by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of seminal Liverpool-based electro group OMD, who had a string of hits in the Eighties, including Enola Gay and Electricity. They talk about their rise to fame, the impact their music had on the charts and the music that inspired them to get involved with electronic instruments.

In the final hour, there's a very special guest mix from hot new producer, Grum. Grum – aka Leeds-based producer Graeme Shepherd – set the blogs alight last year with his tune Heartbeats. His album of the same name fuses the sound of Eighties keyboards with throbbing 21st-century electro. In this mix, he plays the retro electro that has inspired him, alongside a collection of his current favourites.

Presenter/Mark Jones, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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Network Radio BBC Week 22: Tuesday 1 June 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 1 June 2010
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BBC RADIO 2'S 60S SEASON
Eye Witness To History – Vicki Wickham's 60s

Tuesday 1 June
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

As BBC Radio 2's 60s Season continues, Vicki Wickham, editor of the cult television programme Ready Steady Go! and, later, manager of Dusty Springfield and Labelle, gives a first-hand account of the decade.

Vicki's take on the Swinging Sixties features insider stories, fun revelations and great music. There are further contributions from the trendsetters, when they were young and starting their careers. Reminiscing with Vicki are Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves, Roger Daltrey, Eric Burdon, and PP Arnold.

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Performance On 3

Tuesday 1 June
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Claudio Cavina directs La Venexiana in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music.

This year Monteverdi's Vespers celebrates its 400th anniversary. An iconic masterwork of the early Baroque, this collection of exquisitely written psalms and other sacred pieces is a showcase for the very best vocal-music techniques of its day, placing sumptuous plainchant-based polyphony alongside solo motets demonstrating the latest styles of sensual vocal melody.

After bringing a brilliant Orfeo to the Festival in 2007, the multi-award-winning Italian vocal-and-instrumental ensemble La Venexiana returns under its director Claudio Cavina to open this year's event.

Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 1 June 2010
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The Reith Lectures 2010 – The Scientific Citizen Ep 1/4

New series
Tuesday 1 June
9.00-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

Scientist Martin Rees delivers this year's Reith Lectures for BBC Radio 4
Scientist Martin Rees delivers this year's Reith Lectures for BBC Radio 4

This year, one of the world's most eminent scientists, Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge will deliver the Reith Lectures for BBC Radio 4.

Under the title Scientific Horizons, Professor Rees will explore the challenges facing science in the 21st century.

In the first of his four lectures, recorded in London at BBC's Broadcasting House, Professor Rees will be looking at the role scientists play in their relationship with government, the media and the public.

When science has a direct impact upon our lives, like with the MMR vaccine or Iceland's volcanic ash cloud, Professor Rees argues that it is crucial that non-experts understand the risks and the choices.

John Reith, the BBC's first Director-General, maintained that broadcasting should be a public service that enriches the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. It is in this spirit that the BBC invites a leading figure to deliver a series of lectures on radio each year. The aim is to advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.

Martin Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also visiting professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party-political peer; and has taken the title of Lord Rees of Ludlow. Later that year, Lord Rees became President of the Royal Society.

He is the author or co-author of more than 500 research papers, mainly on astrophysics and cosmology. He has also written many magazine and newspaper articles and has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science. He is a member or associate of many foreign academies and institutions, and has received numerous international awards.

This lecture will also broadcast globally on the BBC World Service this Saturday (5 June) at 6pm.

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A History Of The World – Gold Coin Of Kumaragupta I

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

This week, British Museum director Neil MacGregor continues his history of humanity through items in the Museum and explores how several religions around the world began creating sophisticated new images to represent their beliefs and their deities.

Neil is looking at the rise of religious imagery in India under the Guptas. Many of the images created then still exist today and remain essential forms of veneration. These include the images of the gods and goddesses of Hinduism, whose recognisable modern form can be seen on coins from the Gupta empire which flourished in India from around 320 to 550AD. The Gupta period is regarded by many Indians as a golden age, a time when Indian cultural life and religion came together to create temples and texts that are central to Hinduism today.

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Painting The Loneliness

Tuesday 1 June
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

It's a dark night in Greenwich Village, New York. In Edward Hopper's 1942 painting Nighthawks, a couple, a solitary customer and the bartender seem adrift in the darkness around them.

Adam Gopnik, writer on the New Yorker, walks the streets in search of the location and the mood, wondering whether Hopper was "painting the loneliness" he claimed, while Barbara Haskell, curator of a forthcoming Hopper exhibition, offers other interpretations.

Hopper called his paintings "silent theatre", and this programme dramatises what might have been the fleeting thoughts of the four characters in his painting.

Adam explores what might have been going on in their minds with the help of playwright Dean Olsher and three actors: Michael Dowling, Sara Paul and Jim Frangione.

Presenter/Adam Gopnik, Producer/Judith Kampfner

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The FAE Sonata

Tuesday 1 June
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Tom Robinson unravels the relationships between those involved in the collaborative violin sonata Frei aber einsam.

Frei aber einsam – or "free but lonely" – was the motto of the great 19th-century violinist Joseph Joachim. It's also the name of a violin sonata played by Joachim, accompanied by Clara Schumann, that resulted from a collaboration between the composer Robert Schumann and two of his pupils, Johannes Brahms and Albert Dietrich.

On the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth, Tom Robinson examines the complex relationships between these romantic artists through the prism of this piece of music. Schumann's passionate love for his wife, Clara, is matched only by Brahms' devotion to her during and following Schumann's decline into mental illness. Brahms was also a close champion of Joachim, until the violinist's divorce, when they fell out due to the composer's support for Joachim's wife. And the FAE Sonata itself was neglected – an innocent victim – until long after Brahms' death.

Tom unpicks the romantic and turbulent story of a musical collaboration with the help of violinist Tasmin Little and others.

Presenter/Tom Robinson, Producer/Alan Hall

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Afternoon Play –
Norman Birkett And The Case Of The Coleford Poisoner

New series
Tuesday 1 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Haig stars in Caroline and David Stafford's dramatisation, based on a true story of murder, mayhem and political intrigue, taken from the casebook of Norman Birkett, the most celebrated advocate of the inter-war years.

Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of the News Of The World between the wars. He was a busy man who, in the days before legal specialisation, could, at any one time, be dealing simultaneously with a murder, a society divorce and a livid libel action. He was the most celebrated barrister of his day – first call for any case that was tricky, delicate or hopeless.

Here, in a dramatisation of a true story, he takes on the defence of Annie Pace, accused of poisoning her husband, Harry, who treated his wife in an appalling fashion. Sometimes he'd go out all day and leave her tied to the bedstead with rope. He attacked her with a hatchet and threatened her with a razor. He beat her when she was pregnant and, one day, just to spite her, bashed her pet dog's head in against the wall. But cruelty is no defence for murder and Birkett is well and truly up against it.

Birkett is played by David Haig, with Trystan Gravelle as Edgar Bowker, Alison Pettitt as Billy, Michael Shelford as Elton Pace, Clare Corbett as both Annie Pace and Leslie Pace, Sam Dale as Dr du Pre, Bruce Alexander as both Judge Horridge and the vicar and Joanna Monro as Elizabeth Porter. Other parts are played by John Biggins and Nigel Hastings.

Norman Birkett And The Case Of The Coleford Poisoner is the first in an occasional series.

Producer/Marc Beeby

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Mud – Stories Of Sex And Love Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 June
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Siobhan Redmond reads three stories from a new collection by Michele Roberts published this week.

In The Lay Of Bee Wolf, Michele Roberts explores the old myth of Beowolf from a new perspective that puts the wife and daughters of the legendary hero centre-stage. With the monster Gren Dell sporting a name tape lovingly sewn on by his mother, Ms Dell, and a tragic misunderstanding leading to all the bloodshed, the old story takes on an enjoyably feminist, if no less heroic turn.

The second story from Michele Roberts' new collection takes a famous love story into unexpected territory. Inspired by Tristan And Isolde, it describes the passion of a girl for her lover, her delight in his company when the rest of the world has been banished and her desire to keep him to herself for ever. But there's an unexpected twist to this love story that plays on some very deep, and potentially disturbing, emotions.

The third story, Vegetarian In France, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of a limited diet and being fussy about food in a country that regards vegetarians with the scorn reserved for a lesser species. Larry finds vegetarianism difficult when he and his wife Nicolette finally settle in France for their retirement. Their hunting, fishing, butchering, gutting, stuffing and pickling neighbours try to understand, but their sympathies are all with Nicolette; Larry doesn't stand a chance.

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A Good Read Ep 1/9

New series
Tuesday 1 June
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Sue MacGregor presents a new series of A Good Read
Sue MacGregor presents a new series of A Good Read

Author and journalist Misha Glenny and comedy performer and writer Bob Mills talk to Sue MacGregor about their favourite books.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 1 June 2010
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5 Live Sport

Tuesday 1 June
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman has all the day's sports news, including an in-depth look at England's World Cup squad which was announced earlier in the day.

From 9pm The Italian Job takes a look at Fabio Capello and his Italian backroom staff as they prepare for the World Cup Finals later this month.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Claire Ackling

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 1 June 2010
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Marc Riley

Tuesday 1 June
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley welcomes BBC 6 Music favourites Goldheart Assembly into the Manchester studio for a live session.

Goldheart Assembly is a six-piece band made up of Jake Bowser (keyboards, vocals), James Dale (vocals, bass), Nicky Francis (drums, vocals), Thomas Hastings (vocals, various instruments), John Herbert (vocals, guitar) and Dominic Keshavarz (lead guitar, vocals).

They are currently on tour in the UK and also have a series of festival dates lined up for the summer.

They come in to play Under The Waterway, the second single to be taken from their debut album Wolves And Thieves, plus other tracks.

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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 1 June
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents concert tracks from former Belle And Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell and archive session tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, new shimmery pop brilliance from Veronica Falls and Portion Control from 1985.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 1 June 2010
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Noreen Khan

Tuesday 1 June
3.00-6.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan
BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan

Noreen Khan starts her new drive-time slot on the BBC Asian Network. Noreen's love of music, chat and quirky banter is a must-listen for people while they're travelling home, leaving work, finishing school or generally winding down for the day.

With a host of music and features, incorporating Bollywood tunes together with urban and Bhangra vibes, the new-look drive time is a great show for all the family.

Presenter/Noreen Khan

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Asian Network Reports

Tuesday 1 June
12.30-1.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
6.00-6.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Asian Network Reports delves into the world of Chelsea Football Club and investigates the ongoing search for Asian soccer stars.

The programme looks at the tournament the club organises for young players, aged 8 to 13, from Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi backgrounds and highlights two of last year's Asian stars, who have now gone on to sign for professional clubs.

It also looks at the opportunity offered by Chelsea for six players to win a week-long trial at their world-famous Academy. Chelsea says the scheme is not just about finding the next Lampard, it's more about breaking down barriers and giving young Asians the encouragement and support to show them that everyone has a place in the game.

Asian Network Reports looks at whether the initiative is working and find out what the children and successful football stars think about it.

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Network Radio BBC Week 22: Wednesday 2 June 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 2 June 2010
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Mike Harding

Wednesday 2 June
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This week's show features an interview with singer-songwriter Jim Boyes, from the Northern English a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson.

Since 1993 the all-male group's remarkable harmonies and unusual arrangements have won them commissions and plaudits from around the world. Their new album, As If, sees them return to contemporary songs and compositions after 2005's traditional collection, Triple Echo.

Jim tells Mike Harding about the powerful songs they've chosen to receive the CB&S treatment – including works by Michael Marra and Clive James – and the political subjects that have inspired their own songwriting. He also talks about the interesting process by which they arrange their voices, and the various projects they've been working on in recent years.

Coope Boyes & Simpson formed in the early Nineties after Barry Coope accompanied Jim Boyes on a record he was making with John Tams. Having previously been a member of vocal group Swan Arcade, Jim fancied a return to all-voice work and recruited Lester Simpson to complete the trio. Their subsequent career has included acclaimed collaborations with author Michael Morpurgo and Flemish arts organisation Peace Concerts Passendale.

The programme also includes news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.

Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While

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The Radcliffe And Maconie Show

Wednesday 2 June
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenters Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie
BBC Radio 2 presenters Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie have a live session from singer-songwriter and actress Hafdis Huld in tonight's show.

Hafdis, who was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and now divides her time between her homeland and the UK, performs three songs from her latest album Synchronised Swimmers which is out later this month.

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They Ain't Heavy – They're The Hollies Ep 2/2

Wednesday 2 June
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian Matthew presents the second part of this profile on The Hollies, a group formed nearly 50 years ago but still very active today. This episode follows the band after the departure of founding member Graham Nash.

The group talk about their massive Seventies hit, The Air That I Breathe, working with Elton John, and the departure and arrival of band members old and new. The story is brought up to date with the release of their most recent albums, Staying Power and Then, Now, Always. There are also comments on their recent induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

The programme features specially recorded interviews with Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott and Bernie Calvert, along with Ray Stiles, the group's bassist since 1986 and co-producer and engineer of their recent album, plus current lead vocalist Peter Howarth.

Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producer/Neil Myners

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 2 June 2010
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A History Of The World – Silver Plate Showing Shapur II

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Neil MacGregor explores faith and the emergence of religious images around the world, in his continuing history of the world told through items at the British Museum. Today's programme focuses on Iran.

Today's object is a dramatic visualisation of power and faith from fourth-century Iran – a silver plate that shows King Shapur II hunting deer.

Neil describes how this apparently secular image reveals the beliefs of the day, when the king was seen as the agent of God and the upholder of the state religion – Zoroastrianism. The programme includes contributions from historian Tom Holland and Iranian art historian Guitty Azarpay.

Presenter/Neil MacGregor, Producers/Philip Sellars, Paul Kobrak, Anthony Denselow and Jane Lewis

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How The Rest Got Home

Wednesday 2 June
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

The miracle of Dunkirk carries an air of finality about it in the popular mind. More than 300,000 troops evacuated, ending Allied – especially British – involvement on the continent. But this is simply untrue.

Some 340,000 Allied troops were evacuated from Dunkirk, leaving approximately 190,000 behind. These are the stories of the many routes by which troops found their way back.

Nearly 200,000 non-French Allied troops continued to see action in France, some only arriving after Dunkirk.

How The Rest Got Home tells some of their stories: those who survived the sinking of the Lancastria, Britain's worst-ever maritime disaster; those who founded the escape routes to the south coast of France; those who only reached home after five tortured years in German captivity, following humiliating capture at St Valery-en-Caux.

Presenter and military historian Saul David has been a close observer of the forgotten stories of continuing heroism and tragedy after Dunkirk. He visits the Normandy coastline where much of the action took place.

The programme also hears from a string of veterans in their late eighties and nineties. Henry Harding describes the leap off the Lancastria which saved his life – he still has the watch he was wearing at the time, its hands frozen. Scotsmen Bill Crighton and Andrew Cheyne recall the sheer terror of Rommel's bombardment at St Valery, and the emotion of their eventual return to Aberdeen after five years hard labour as German prisoners.

On archive tape, Helen Long remembers the cloak-and-dagger business of hiding and protecting post-Dunkirk escapees in the brothels of Marseilles.

Presenter/Saul David, Producer/Andrew Green

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Afternoon Play – Harry And The Angels

Wednesday 2 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule change 18 May)

Bernard Kops's moving story about death, love and friendship is set in London's East End. It takes listeners down the Hackney Road in an impressionistic, idiosyncratic journey of kite-flying, angels and tube station tragedy.

Narrated by Leonard, the story follows Harry in the final stages of his life. Leonard is visiting Harry for the final time and his friend recalls the terrible Bethnal Green tube disaster of 1943, in which the love of his life, Phoebe, perished.

Bernard Kops plays Leonard, Stephen Greif plays Harry and Louise Brealey plays Phoebe.

Producer/David Hunter

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The Moral Maze Ep 1/8

New series
Wednesday 2 June
8.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 4

The combative, provocative and engaging live debate show, examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories, returns for a new series.

Michael Buerk chairs with Clifford Longley, Kenan Malik, Claire Fox and Melanie Philips.

Presenter/Michael Buerk, Producer/Phil Pegum

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The Death-Ray In Your Pocket – 50 Years Of Lasers

Wednesday 2 June
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Hermione Cockburn tells the amazing story of the invention of the laser, 50 years ago, and some of the numerous uses it has found in every corner of modern life.

It's often claimed that you're never more than 10ft from a rat, and you could probably say the same about lasers. In the home and at the shops, throughout medicine, the military and almost everywhere else, the laser has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of modern technology.

Dr Hermione Cockburn tells the story of the invention of the laser, a battle that consumed some of the biggest names in electronics for almost two years and led to claims, counter-claims and academic back-stabbing, along with a 30-year battle over the patents. There's no simple answer to the question "who invented the laser?", so this is the story of the leading claimants, assisted by extracts from their oral histories.

The programme also features some of the many applications that resulted from this invention. While it's never become the death-ray of science-fiction, it has found many military uses. In medicine, laser eye surgery is now commonplace, but there are many more uses including the new field of photo-dynamic therapy – drugs taken in the normal way but only activated by laser light, allowing precise targeting of some cancers.

In the world of art, lasers have wowed audiences since the early days and are still stunning, as demonstrated by a new installation on London's South Bank, along with a visit to one of the world's biggest collections of laser holography, also in London.

Presenter/Dr Hermione Cockburn, Producer/Mike Hally

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 2 June 2010
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5 Live Sport – World Cup Send-Off Party

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Wednesday 2 June
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman hosts a live event previewing the World Cup
Mark Chapman hosts a live event previewing the World Cup

On the day the England World Cup Squad fly out to South Africa, Mark Chapman hosts a live event from the University of London previewing the tournament and assessing England's chances. Mark will be joined by Mark Clemmit and special guests from the world of football, music and comedy.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 2 June 2010
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Lauren Laverne

Wednesday 2 June
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne is joined by Sheffield band Slow Club for a live session. The duo, who consist of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, released their debut album last year and have swiftly followed it up with the BBC 6 Music play listed single Giving Up On Love.

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Marc Riley

Wednesday 2 June
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Field Music make a welcome return to Marc Riley's Manchester hotbed of musical talent for a live session and chat.

Field Music were originally formed in 2005 by two brothers from Sunderland, Peter and David Brewis. The band now consists of Peter, David, guitarist/keyboardist Kev Dosdale and bass player Ian Black.

After the release of their album Tones Of The Town in 2007 the brothers went to work on their own separate projects, releasing albums The Week That Was (Peter) and School Of Language (David).

February 2010 saw their welcome return as Field Music with the release of their 20-track album Field Music (Measure) plus a European tour which sees them play at both the Meltdown and Glastonbury festivals.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 2 June
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe's archive treats include classic concert tracks from the still-gigging two-hit wonder John Otway and a very early session from Ultravox, along with further archive from Funkees, Soko and Eighties goth from March Violets.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 2 June 2010
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The Travelling Electric Chair

Wednesday 2 June
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

In 1945, a black man named Willie McGee was accused of raping a white woman and sentenced to death in Mississippi. His case sparked international protests and appeals from luminaries such as Albert Einstein, William Faulkner, Paul Robeson and Josephine Baker. In 1951, McGee was executed in Mississippi's travelling electric chair – the only one of its kind in the country.

This story is told as an audio diary by Bridgette McGee-Robinson, the granddaughter of Willie McGee. Bridgette was never told the history of her family's departure from the South. It was only by accident, while sorting through some papers under her mother's bed, that she found old news clippings of the Willie McGee case. She is now retracing the history of her grandfather's trial and execution, uncovering the truth behind an episode shrouded in mystery.

Producer/Joe Richman

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Network Radio BBC Week 22: Thursday 3 June 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 3 June 2010
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Bob Harris Country

Thursday 3 June
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In session with Bob Harris are the Court Yard Hounds, comprising sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire from The Dixie Chicks.

With The Dixie Chicks on an extended break, the sisters recorded Emily's new material as the Court Yard Hounds, playing their first live show earlier this year at the South By Southwest festival in Texas. Their debut, self-titled album was released last month.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth

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Listen To The Band

Thursday 3 June
10.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Frank Renton plays listeners' requests, including music from The Band Of The Welsh Guards and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He also reviews new CDs by The Cory Band, The Fountain City Brass Band Of America and two CDs celebrating the wide range of music played by The International Staff Band Of The Salvation Army.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

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Tim Rice's American Pie

Thursday 3 June
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Sir Tim Rice's musical journey reaches Colorado, the Centennial State, so named because it joined the Union 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

This week's featured artists include Emmylou Harris, John Denver, The Paul Whiteman Orchestra, India Arie, Firefall, Linda Ronstadt and Gary Stites.

Presenter/Tim Rice, Producers/Anthony Cherry and Ruth Beazley

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 3 June 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Afternoon On 3 – Operas In The Afternoon: La Calisto

Thursday 3 June
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Last month, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris staged Cavalli's opera, La Calisto, first seen in Venice in 1651. Christophe Rousset conducts this Paris production, starring Sophie Karthäuser, Lawrence Zazzo and Véronique Gens.

Jupiter, King of the Gods, comes to Earth to clear up after a war but is immediately distracted by the beautiful but chaste nymph Calisto, who is devoted to the service of the goddess Diana. Then Mercury has the bright idea that Jupiter should disguise himself as Diana.

Presenter/Louise Fryer, Producer/Ann McKay

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Performance On 3 – Poets And Music

Thursday 3 June
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers join forces for a concert exploring British composers' settings of works by the Bard.

The programme includes suites by William Walton for the classic film versions of Richard III and Henry V, and Ralph Vaughan Williams's much-loved setting of words from The Merchant Of Venice. There's also Frank Bridge's miniature gem of a tone poem and Shakespeare Songs by Cyril Rootham and Giles Swayne.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 3 June 2010
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A History Of The World – Hinton St Mary Mosaic

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

As Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, continues to explore how many of the world's great religions began using images, he introduces one of the earliest known images of the face of Christ.

Part of a much bigger mosaic, this life-sized face was made somewhere around the year 350 and was found not in a church but on the floor of a Roman villa in Dorset.

A History Of The World is telling the history of humanity through 100 objects from the British Museum.

Presenter/Neil MacGregor, Producers/Philip Sellars, Paul Kobrak, Anthony Denselow and Jane Lewis

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Mayhem At The Ritz

Thursday 3 June
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

During the Sixties, demand to see the latest music sensations was so great that there were insufficient British venues to meet the demand for tickets, so cinemas threw open their doors.

Andrew Collins revisits this unique time to hear how staff coped with thousands of hysterical teenagers, and to explore an era when heath and safety issues were not a concern but having a good time was!

A small but dedicated band of workers embraced the new era of pop package tours, with chief projectionists suddenly press-ganged into working the curtains and liaising with tour mangers and roadies.

The Beatles' 1963 tour kicked off at The Bradford Gaumont and manager James Whittell recalls escorting the band around the cinema, pointing out the art decor features. He also remembers how rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard quizzed him about where to go in Bradford, as the star stood, abandoned, outside the empty Gaumont after the show.

Mayhem At The Ritz features a rare interview with The Beatles, recorded backstage at the ABC Market Street for the Huddersfield Tape Recording Society.

Presenter/Andrew Collins, Producer/John Sugar

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Off The Page Ep 1/7

New series
Thursday 3 June
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Dominic Arkwright presents a new series of provocative and thoughtful new writing and debate.

In the first programme, Bidisha, Stella Duffy and Harry Benson each tackle marriage in 400-word pieces entitled Shoulda Put A Ring On It.

The title comes from a Beyoncé single and provokes each of the guests in a different way. "Marriage, I am not tempted," writes Bidisha. "It is like all other things I am not tempted by, such as golf, crochet and pole jumping."

Bidisha is the author of three novels and first signed a publishing deal aged 16. Harry Benson runs marriage courses for the Bristol Community Family Trust and is the author of Let's Stick Together. Playwright and novelist Stella Duffy's book, Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore, is published later this summer.

Presenter/Dominic Arkwright, Producer/Sarah Langan

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Afternoon Play – Six Impossible Things

Thursday 3 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule change 18 May)

Glen Neath's drama, based on a true story, tells the story of a man who police believe has robbed a bank and killed two people while in a hypnotic trance.

Peter Hardy doesn't fit the psychological profile of the average double murderer. There's something vulnerable about him, or so thinks police psychologist Dr Kennedy as he makes his assessment after a particularly violent bank robbery. He begins to suspect that Hardy is a victim of "mind control" and was acting under a hypnotic trance when he committed his crime.

Dr Kennedy has a tough job to convince police colleagues that a man might have robbed a bank and killed two people under hypnosis.

This extraordinary story is based on true events that took place in Denmark in the Fifties and, while this production is updated to the present day, the facts of the case are unchanged.

Simon Kane plays Peter Hardy, with James Lailey as Dr Kennedy, Phil Wright as Bjorn Newbold, Madeleine Bowyer as DI Grimes, Bill Nash as DS Mulholland and Esther Coles as both Auntie Elsie and Barbara Hardy.

Producer/Boz Temple-Morris

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 3 June 2010
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5 Live Sport

Thursday 3 June
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd has all the day's sports news, including reports from Ian Dennis in South Africa as the England football team arrive ahead of the World Cup.

From 8pm, Eleanor is joined by special guests including Cornelius Lysaght to look ahead to Saturday's Epsom Derby in 5 Live Racing.

From 9pm, 5 Live Cricket reviews all the latest action from the England Test series against Bangladesh ahead of the second Test.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Ed King

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 3 June 2010
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Lauren Laverne

Thursday 3 June
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Jo Good sits in for Lauren Laverne and is joined by legendary dance act Faithless, live in session. Now into their 15th year of making records and blowing away massive live audiences, Faithless return this month with their sixth album, The Dance. Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss chat to Jo about what the summer holds for them.

Presenter/Jo Good, Producer/Gary Bales

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Steve Lamacq

Thursday 3 June
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq
BBC 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq

Steve Lamacq welcomes BBC 6 Music old-hand Danny Wallace and 6 Music new boy Tom Ravenscroft into the studio to chat about some interesting new music releases.

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 3 June
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents archive treats from LCD Sound System and a PJ Harvey session from 1995. Other sessions from the vaults are of a more recent vintage, including young Manchester singer Liz Green, Atlanta indie quartet Deerhunter and Mercury Prize-nominated jazz stars Polar Bear.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 4 June 2010
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Desmond Carrington

Friday 4 June
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Desmond Carrington takes the theme "here comes summer" as he shares good tunes, some unexpected ones and perhaps a few that listeners have never heard before.

As he sorts through his personal record collection of some 250,000 titles for songs and music related to summer, is Desmond indulging in some meteorological optimism or just plain dreaming?

Presenter/Desmond Carrington, Producer/Dave Aylott

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 4 June 2010
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Performance On 3

Friday 4 June
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

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

Andris Nelsons conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Voyevoda and Pathétique Symphony, while Rainer Gibbons is the soloist in Richard Strauss's elegiac Oboe Concerto.

The symphonic ballad The Voyevoda is one of Tchaikovsky's least-known works, perhaps because the composer himself tended to under-rate it. But in the Pathétique Symphony, he threw his all into a no-holds-barred musical autobiography; the result blends raw emotion and glorious melody to devastating effect.

Between these two pieces, the CBSO's section leader oboe offers a moment of tranquillity with Strauss's gentle Oboe Concerto.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Anthony Sellors

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 4 June 2010
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A History Of The World – Arabian Bronze Hand

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

A mysterious bronze hand tells the story of religious belief in Arabia before Islam, as director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor continues to tell A History Of The World through 100 objects from the museum.

Throughout this week Neil examines how the great faiths were creating new visual aids to promote devotion 2,000 years ago. Having looked at emerging images from Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Buddhism he turns his attention to the religious climate of pre-Islamic Arabia.

The story is told through a life-sized bronze hand cut at the wrist and with writing on the back. It turns out to be not a part of a god, but a gift to a god in a Yemeni hill village.

Neil uses this mysterious object to explore the centrality of Arabia at this period, with its wealth of local gods and imported beliefs. Hand surgeon Jeremy Field considers whether it was modelled from a real human hand, while religious historian Philip Jenkins reflects on what happens to old pagan gods when a brand new religion sweeps in.

Presenter/Neil MacGregor, Producers/Philip Sellars, Paul Kobrak, Anthony Denselow and Jane Lewis

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The eSportsmen Ep 1/2

New series
Friday 4 June
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Calling themselves cyber-sportsmen, a new generation of young computer gamers are turning their bedroom hobby into a career. These young men are at the cutting edge of a vibrant, new social scene driven by the £2bn a year games industry.

In the first of two programmes, Kate Russell investigates the emergence of a pursuit that began in the nation's darkened bedrooms and is now being played out in exhibition centres attracting several thousand players for weekends of gaming.

Kate meets the man behind Dignitas – a multi-national team of 88 players – who is attempting to turn young gamers into professional players on full-time salaries, and to establish his organisation as Britain's premier e-sports team. At the vanguard is David Treacy, known in the gaming world as Zaccubus, who has battled dyslexia and sought social acceptance through computer games. Kate talks to him and his family about their concerns over his obsession.

With society often frowning on the activities of these players, she explores their chances of becoming the role models of a new tech-savvy generation and asks what intrinsic value can be put on a pursuit that entails hours spent in front of a computer screen every day.

Presenter/Kate Russell, Producer/Paul Peachey

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Afternoon Play – The Last Witch Trial

Friday 4 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The Last Witch Trial by Melissa Murray is a love story woven around real and unusual events that took place in 1944.

Exhausted by war, people are turning to spiritualism for comfort. Morale is very fragile, there has been too much death and destruction, everyone has lost someone; it's unbearable. Surely there must be some way to make contact, to be reassured that the dead are happy in the afterlife?

The authorities are worried that mediums may give away military secrets. D-Day is fast approaching and the Allies are in an advanced state of paranoia, terrified that the Germans might get hold of their plans, so terrified that they look in the strangest places for potential spies.

Crossword compilers who have come up with "suspicious looking" clues are arrested and interrogated and the authorities are now about to arrest and possibly charge Helen Duncan, the well-known Scottish medium.

Lucy Kirkland, Third Officer in the WRNS is not the kind of woman to have much time for spiritualism. Being sent undercover to one of one of Duncan's séances she sees as a humiliating waste of time. Nevertheless, she does her job, writes her report and Duncan is arrested and charged under the 1735 Witchcraft Act for "falsely purporting to conjure spirits".

Lucy comes in for a fair amount of teasing from fellow officers for being involved in a witch trial. But Margery Lane, odd shy little Margo, stands up for her. When Lucy is due to give evidence at the trial, Margo, to Lucy's surprise and delight, decides to come to London with her. But Margo has motives other than friendship, and soon Lucy finds herself increasingly, and desperately, out of her depth.

Indira Varma plays Lucy, Joanna Monro plays Helen, Lyndsey Marshal plays Margo and Vineeta Rishi plays June. Sam Dale plays the prosecutor and other parts are played by Michael Shelford and Keely Beresford.

Producer/Marc Beeby

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 4 June 2010
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5 Live Sport

Friday 4 June
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

George Riley presents the day's sport news and looks ahead to the weekend's sporting action, including athletics with Darren Campbell.

Presenter/George Riley, Producer/Francesca Bent

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 4 June 2010
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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 June
10.45am-6.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live from Old Trafford, Test Match Special's commentary team present uninterrupted commentary on the first day of the second Test between England and Bangladesh.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Rugby League

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 June
7.55-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary of one of the night's top Super League matches.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 4 June 2010
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Tom Ravenscroft

Friday 4 June
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music's newest recruit Tom Ravenscroft, son of the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, gets behind the mic to present the first of his new Friday night shows.

"I'm thrilled that 6 Music have asked me to present a weekly show," says Tom. "It's great to be offered a home on a station with such amazing DJs, who open your ears to lots of exciting music, new and old. I intend to do the same and can't wait to get started."

BBC 6 Music editor Paul Rodgers, says: "Tom Ravenscroft is a great young broadcaster with all the knowledge, passion and articulacy that you might expect from someone of his lineage. Tom is much sought-after and we are thrilled that he thinks that 6 Music is the best way for him to reach his audience."

Tom plays his own unique blend of music that will sound unlike anything anywhere else in radio.

Presenter/Tom Ravenscroft, Producer/Adam Hudson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 4 June 2010
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Asian Network Reports

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 4 June
12.30-1.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
6.00-6.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Asian Network Reports is at Old Trafford reporting live on the first day of the second Test match between England and Bangladesh.

The Asian network team will provide live updates every half an hour into programmes and news from 11am until 6pm.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 4 June 2010
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In The Shadow Of The Stadium

Friday 4 June
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

South African Audrey Brown visits the area around Johannesburg's refurbished Soccer City stadium – the venue for the opening match and the final of this year's World Cup – to meet the people directly affected by the tournament, living around the stadium.

Press reports have cited complaints of local residents, who have protested about the lack of local services, while money gets spent on the tournament. Audrey sets out to discover whether there has been any shift in their attitudes and if they think there will be long-term local benefits to their lives as a result of this global sporting event arriving in their neighbourhood.

Presenter/Audrey Brown

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