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Network Radio BBC Week 22: Wednesday 2 June 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 2 June 2010

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.

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

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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

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

5 Live Sport – World Cup Send-Off Party

Live event/outside broadcast
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.

Presenter/Mark Chapman

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 2 June 2010

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.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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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.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 2 June 2010

The Travelling Electric Chair

Wednesday 2 June

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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