Wednesday 24 Sep 2014
Mike Harding interviews the great American singer Judy Collins in this week's folk show as he presents another hour of the very best in roots and acoustic music, including news from the world of folk and the latest album releases.
Judy, who talks to Mike about her new album, Paradise, has been in the music business for more than 40 years and has earned a reputation as one of the folk world's finest song interpreters. In 2009 the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards honoured her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her new album includes duets with fellow American music legend, and her former lover, Stephen Stills on Tom Paxton's Last Thing On My Mind, and folk icon Joan Baez on a version of Baez's own hit Diamonds & Rust.
Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While for Smooth Operations
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Ed Byrne celebrates Dave Allen, the sit-down, stand-up comedian, whose unique style entranced and entertained audiences all over the world for more than 30 years.
To some, Dave Allen was an alternative comedian before the phrase was even coined; never afraid to tackle previously taboo subjects, such as sex, death or, with the routines for which he was most famous, religion. Acclaim and controversy followed him in equal measure, and his work has inspired many modern comedians such as Jack Dee, Dylan Moran and Eddie Izzard.
In this hour-long documentary, Ed examines Dave's life, career and comic legacy, remembering the impression his TV shows left on him as a small child growing up in Ireland. Ed also explores how Dave's prowess as a storyteller came from the rich oral traditions of their shared Irish heritage.
Dave first found fame in the UK thanks to his appearances on The Val Doonican Show in the mid-Sixties, and Val talks about how he first came to work with Dave. But before the BBC television series, Dave had already toured much of the world and enjoyed his own massively successful TV show in Australia. In 1971, Dave Allen At Large arrived on BBC TV with its mixture of sketches and Dave's unique sit-down stand-up, musing on life from his iconic stool with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He was a star in a golden era that included The Two Ronnies and Morecambe And Wise.
Writer Peter Vincent and actor Michael Sharvell-Martin share their personal recollections of working with Dave through the Seventies and Eighties. The programme also features a rare interview with Dave Allen's son, Ed Allen, who recalls a father who loved his work, but treasured his private time with family and friends even more.
Other contributors include Jimmy Tarbuck (who, like Dave, began his career as a Butlin's Redcoat); Helen Shapiro (who Dave toured with, alongside The Beatles, in the early Sixties); Hollywood director Stephen Frears (who cast Dave in a 1979 Alan Bennett play); and comedians Mark Thomas and Jo Caulfield.
Presenter/Ed Byrne, Producers/Richard Ward and Colin Birch for Wise Buddah
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Live from the basement of London's Royal Albert Hall, Christopher Cook tells the story of a forgotten 19th-century maverick, and takes a chance to sample a few vintage tipples from the wine club he bequeathed to the nation.
In 1874 it was decided that one of the many industrial exhibitions still being held at the Kensington Gardens site should be on the subject of wine. Submissions were invited from around the world, and flooded in, mostly from Portugal.
For reasons obscured by the mists of time nobody really heard about it, and the cellars of the Royal Albert Hall ended up stuffed with unconsumed vintages. Major-General Henry Young Darracott Scott, chief engineer for the completion of the Hall itself, had an idea to set up a co-operative wine society to polish off the wine.
However, the Wine Society lives on, and tonight Twenty Minutes gets a chance to sample the kinds of wines drunk in 1874 with the help of Scott's successors at the society.
But there's more to this story than oenophilic extravagance. Scott was a fascinating man in his own right and, with the help of architect Maxwell Hutchinson, the programme discovers the extraordinary challenges taken on by Scott when he had to take over the building of the Hall in its final stages.
Presenter/Christopher Cook, Producer/Michael Surcombe
BBC Radio 3 Publicity
Former union leader Lord Morris investigates a forgotten black hero of political reform.
Life-long trade unionist Bill Morris, now Lord Morris, finds that as far back as the London of 1848, the son of a slave was leading a powerful political movement.
Few people today have heard of William Cuffay, a physically deformed tailor who lived in Soho, yet he went on to lead a political movement so powerful that Britain cowered behind its shuttered windows and the massed ranks of its armies.
Just as the thrones of Europe were again tumbling to revolution, the 1848 Chartist uprising in favour of democracy and equality in London threatened the status quo in Britain.
History records that an articulate democrat, William Cuffay, emerged as a key organiser of the mass demonstration that faced the Duke of Wellington's army in the demand for the vote.
Lord Morris follows the fascinating story of one of his predecessors in the labour movement from being the son of a St Kitts slave to political leader, and ultimately into exile at Her Majesty's pleasure in Tasmania.
Presenter/Lord Morris, Producer/Philip Sellars for the BBC
BBC Radio 4 Publicity
Vassos Alexander has all the day's sports news and, from 7.30pm, live action from the European Athletics Championships, including the men's 100m final.
At 9pm in the Phil Tufnell Cricket Show; Phil is joined by Alison Mitchell to look ahead to the first Test between England and Pakistan, which starts tomorrow at Trent Bridge.
Presenter/Vassos Alexander, Producer/Claire Burns
BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity
Lauren Laverne is joined by singer Holly Miranda for a live session in the BBC 6 Music studio plus Sharlto Copley, star of the new A-Team movie pops in for a chat.
Holly Miranda released her second album, The Magician's Private Library, to great acclaim in the spring. The record was produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Siteck and features 10 songs of ethereal wistful beauty.
Sharlto Copley came to fame last year when he starred in the hit film District 9. His rise to prominence continues this month when a new version of The A-Team opens in cinemas. Sharlto plays Murdock, who in the Eighties TV show was the "quirky" member of the team, alongside fellow stars Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper (who play Hannibal and Face respectively).
Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales
BBC 6 Music Publicity
The concluding episode of this two-part series, that listens to the stories of individuals and explores the histories they carry, focuses on the personal story of Philip McTaggart, who lives in the shadow of his son's suicide.
Also called Philip – and nicknamed Pip – McTaggart was just 17 when he died in 2003. Philip explains how the trauma of his son's death raised his awareness of the alarming rates of suicide and self-harm among young people in Northern Ireland.
His response was to set up the Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm, or PIPS for short. The Listening Post follows Philip as he visits PIPS initiatives in the community and attends suicide awareness training days.
Producer/Alan Hall for Falling Tree Productions
BBC World Service Publicity
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