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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 18 August 2010

The Mike Harding Show

Wednesday 18 August
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music
Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and music from their album Genuine Negro Jig.

Based in Durham, North Carolina, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are a rare thing in 2010: an African-American old-time string band. Formed in 2005 by three young multi-instrumentalists – Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson – the Drops perform traditional music from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, as well as string band versions of 21st-century hits.

The three members first met via an internet group and went on to visit and learn from old "black fiddler" Joe Thompson, who passed on to them tunes that had been in his family for generations. Their name is a nod to Thirties African-American country blues band the Tennessee Chocolate Drops.

Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While for Smooth Operations

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The Radcliffe And Maconie Show

Wednesday 18 August
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are live from Manchester with more great music, witty banter and features. In tonight's show, legendary singer Martha Reeves chats to Stuart about her start at Motown and the story behind Dancing In The Street.

Presenters/Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, Producer/Viv Atkinson for Smooth Operations

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The Richard Burton Legacy

Wednesday 18 August
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary Welsh film star Richard Burton
Legendary Welsh film star Richard Burton

BBC Radio 2 takes another trip to the movies this summer, profiling further luminaries of the silver screen. The first actor in the spotlight in the BBC Radio 2 At The Movies season is the late, great Richard Burton.

Michael Sheen grew up in the shadow of the steel and coal industries of South Wales, but there was another towering figure in his youth as he started showing signs of what was to become a glittering acting career. That figure was his fellow South Walian Richard Burton.

Rich, as he was known to his friends, was one of the world's richest and most famous men in his day. But above all else, he was a proud Welshman and an actor of extraordinary power, both on stage and on screen. And then of course there were the exploits beyond drama. His marriage to Elizabeth Taylor dominated the tabloids of the Sixties and his reputation as a drinker is legendary.

In this programme Michael looks back at the Burton legacy with the help of a selection of family, friends and colleagues, including Burton's last wife Salley; his nephew Guy Masterson; his close friend Robert Hardy; his biographer Melvyn Bragg; and film critic Barry Norman. And there's also plenty of the man himself, with that extraordinary voice – suffused with "coal dust and rain", according to Burton himself.

Michael aims to measure how much of Burton's life and work still resonates today, be it the stage performances that entranced audiences; the films; or the myth he made, including the grand passion with Taylor for which he sacrificed a family and became pursued by paparazzi.

But the Burton legacy may be at its most lasting in his championing of the people he revered above all others. A copy of Shakespeare's plays was always at his side, and he cherished poets: Hopkins, Donne and, perhaps above all others, his friend Dylan Thomas. One of the greatest treasures in the BBC archive is Under Milk Wood and there, beguiling listeners, is the Burton voice at its very best.

Presenter/Michael Sheen, Producer/Tom Alban for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 18 August 2010

Performance On 3 – Prom 44

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 18 August
7.30-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3 Copy update

The Russian National Orchestra returns to the BBC Proms in this, its 20th anniversary year, conducted by Andrey Boreyko, a former member of the RNO Conductor Collegium.

After a dramatic overture by Beethoven, depicting the heroic Roman general Coriolanus, the orchestra focuses on music from its homeland.

Rachmaninov is a composer close to the heart of soloist Nikolai Lugansky, who performs the radiant and inventive piano variations Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini.

Tchaikovsky's orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major was initially conceived as a symphony, but he found this form to be more flexible, and he also included a set of flamboyant variations at the end.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 1 September at 2.40pm.

Presenter/Suzy Klein, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 18 August 2010

Fry's English Delight Ep 2/4

Wednesday 18 August
9.00-9.30am BBC RADIO 4

Stephen Fry investigates whether men and women really use and understand language differently, as his series exploring the highways and byways of the English language continues.

As a former presenter on Woman's Hour, Sue MacGregor has a unique insight into the way men used to use language to patronise or dominate, and recalls one of her guests on the programme referring to her as "my dear".

But as women began to win equality there was a genuine need to discover whether and how women and men differed in the way they spoke.

This programme tries to uncover the truth, with the aid of academics, a sex change surgeon, a speech therapist and a bit of comedy from Ronnie Barker.

Presenter/Stephen Fry, Producer/Ian Gardhouse for Testbed Productions

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Head To Head Ep 2/4

Wednesday 18 August
9.30-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

Edward Stourton revisits a debate from the archives about the origins of the Second World War, as he continues his series reconsidering passionate broadcast debates of the Sixties and Seventies and exploring the ideas, the great minds behind them and echoes of the arguments in present-day politics.

From 1961, historians AJP Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper engage in a fiery confrontation over the origins of the Second World War.

AJP Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper were two big-name historians and the "telly dons" of their time.

In 1961 the fall-out from the war was still fresh in the minds of the British people. Taylor had just published his provocative revision of the orthodox view of the causes of the war in 1939 – that Britain had scuppered a lunatic dictator's plans for world domination. Taylor argued, instead, that Hitler was a rational statesman who carried out the expected foreign policies of any German leader, and that a war against Britain and France was unintended. It caused outrage.

In the studio dissecting the debate is Adam Sisman, biographer of both AJP Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper, and Richard Evans, regius professor of Modern History at Cambridge.

Presenter/Edward Stourton, Producer/Dominic Byrne for Blakeway Productions

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Case Study Ep 2/4

Wednesday 18 August
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Claudia Hammond presents more case studies that help unravel the mysteries of the human mind.

Today's programme details the remarkable case of a young boy who underwent a gender reassignment operation.

Janet and Ron Reimer's twin sons, Bruce and Brian, were born in Winnipeg in Canada in August 1965. All went well until April 1966, when the twins were circumcised. In the process, Bruce suffered a catastrophic injury to his penis.

A year later, on the advice of Dr John Money, founder of the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins University Medical Centre in Baltimore, Bruce became Brenda and the Reimers began to raise their son as a daughter.

Yet by the time Brenda was a teenager she was suicidal. When her parents finally told her the truth, Brenda decided to change back to her original gender; she became David Reimer.

As a man, David appeared finally to have found happiness in marriage and stepchildren. However, a series of events took their toll: his twin brother's death, the loss of his job and separation from his wife all proved too much and he took his own life on 4 May 2004.

Presenter/Claudia Hammond, Producer/Marya Burgess for the BBC

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Continuity Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 18 August
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 4

Alistair McGowan stars as a late-night BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer in this subversive new sitcom.

A continuity announcer's booth can be a lonely place – especially on the late shift, when you've barely seen your wife and children for a week.

But this Radio 4 continuity announcer is a consummate professional, and he's not going to let his own insignificant little problems get in the way of everybody else's listening pleasure – especially when there are so many exciting programmes coming up for him to describe to listeners.

Alistair McGowan stars as the continuity announcer brooding on the escalating disasters of his private and professional life at the same time as attempting to give listeners a preview of the programmes on offer in the coming week on Radio 4.

Written by Hugh Rycroft – stalwart of The News Quiz and co-creator of Parliamentary Questions and Life, Death And Sex With Mike And Sue – the series also features the voices of Lewis Macleod, Sally Grace, Charlotte Page and David Holt.

Producers/Frank Stirling and David Spicer for Unique Broadcasting

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 18 August 2010

5 Live Sport

Wednesday 18 August
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch has all the day's sports news and reaction.

From 8pm The Phil Tufnell Cricket Show reports on the first day of the third Test between England and Pakistan at the Oval.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch

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Wednesday 18 August 2010

Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 18 August

Uninterrupted commentary on the first day of the third Test between England and Pakistan comes live from the Oval, with the Test Match Special commentary team.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 18 August 2010

Marc Riley

Wednesday 18 August
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Friends of the show, Sheffield's very own garage rockers Bromheads, are live in session.

The band comprises Tim Hampton and Dan Potter. They formed in Sheffield as a three-piece in 2005 and have, to date, released two albums: Dits From The Commuter Belt (2006) and On The Brain (2008).

Marc Riley is a huge fan and the band are regular guests on the show. He loves their energy and enthusiasm, which hasn't waned despite losing their third member, bass player Jono West.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Tom Ravenscroft

Wednesday 18 August
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Tom Ravenscroft plays a classic session double from Siouxsie And The Banshees and Bad Manners live from 1981. Hawkwind are Tom's other archive concert from 1972, plus there's a recent Marc Riley session from harpist Serafina Steer.

Presenter/Tom Ravenscroft, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 18 August 2010

Asian Network Reports

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 18 August
12.30-1.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Asian Network Reports is at the Oval in London, reporting live from the ground on the third Test between England and Pakistan for the duration of the match.

In addition, there are live updates every 15 minutes into programmes and news throughout the day, from the Asian Network sports team.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 18 August 2010

Heart And Soul – Recite!

Wednesday 18 August
12.30-1.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

It was 1,400 years ago, in the year 610 of the Common Era, that a man meditating in a cave near Mecca had an experience that was to change the course of history. As he reported later, the Angel of Revelation appeared before him, grabbed him and commanded, "Recite!". Despite the man's initial confusion, the encounter ended with the revelation of the first portion of what was to become the holy book of Islam – the Quran.

To mark the anniversary, Razia Iqbal explores the beginnings of the text that continues to inspire Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. She finds out why the oral tradition of memorising and reciting the Quran continues to be so powerful 1,400 years after Prophet Muhammad's closest followers first learnt it by heart, and she meets children who eagerly compete in Britain's national Quran recitation contest.

At the British Museum, Razia discovers the history of one of the oldest surviving copies of the Quran, and another one written entirely in gold. She also finds out what it means that the sacred text has now moved into cyberspace, available to download as text, facsimile, in translation or audio. Where does that leave the traditional reverence for the Quran? A London imam – a self-confessed techno-geek – provides some surprising answers.

Presenter/Razia Iqbal

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