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BBC RADIO 1 Friday 3 September 2010
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Judge Jules

Friday 3 September
11.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 1

Judge Jules presents some exclusive mixes by superstar DJs Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren, recorded live by BBC Radio 1 from dance music festival Creamfields.

Presenter/Judge Jules, Producer/Tom Koenig for Somethin Else'

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 3 September 2010
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BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize – Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday 3 September
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Penny Smith hosts the grand final of BBC Radio 2's Kiri Prize – a search for a new opera voice for the future.

In the concert, recorded at London's Mermaid Theatre, Martin Yates conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra as the five finalists battle it out to sing at this year's BBC Proms In The Park.

Their performances are judged by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, mezzo-soprano Anne Howells, renowned conductor Robin Stapleton and director John Cox.

The winner of tonight's Radio 2 Kiri Prize will perform with Dame Kiri at BBC Proms In The Park in London's Hyde Park, on Saturday 11 September, and will be given the opportunity to attend a three-week residential course at the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia in Italy.

The finalists include Cardiff-based soprano Gwawr Edwards and tenor Alexander Grove, from Cheshire.

Presenter/Penny Smith, Producer/Jodie Keane for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 3 September 2010
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BBC PROMS 2010
Prom 65 – Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 3 September
7.30-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmoniker

Andrew MacGregor presents Simon Rattle and his renowned Berlin Philharmoniker, who bring a feast of Austro-German classics to the BBC Proms.

In this, the first of two concerts over successive nights, they begin with symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler – the youthful, precocious piece with which Mahler launched his symphonic odyssey, and Beethoven's punchy Fourth Symphony, a work packed with drama beneath its sunny surfaces.

In another Proms Literary Festival event, recorded at the Royal College of Music, Philip Kerr, the best-selling author of the Berlin Noir trilogy, joins presenter Ann McElvoy to discuss writing inspired by the city of Berlin – especially the influence of Berlin on British writers.

Presenter/Andrew MacGregor, Producer/David Gallagher

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 3 September 2010
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The Pope's Visit 2010 – God's Ambassador Ep 1/2

New series
Friday 3 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Ruth Mcdonald follows ambassador Francis Campbell and the Holy See as they prepare for the Pope's visit to the UK – the first state visit by the head of the Catholic Church to this country in this two-part series.

When Francis Campbell went to see his careers advisor to find out about becoming a diplomat, he was told that the Foreign Office didn't recruit in Northern Ireland; that was the Eighties and things are quite different now.

Francis was the first Catholic to be appointed to the role of ambassador to the Holy See since the Reformation and he's been in the Vatican since 2005.

The Holy See might be one of the smallest British Embassies but Francis is quick to point out the international scope of his team.

He also talks to Ruth about the day he had to apologise to the Vatican after the leaked memo from the Foreign Office became front-page news around the world.

Francis's memories of the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 mean he knows just what a papal visit can mean to the Catholic community in the UK. He himself started training for the priesthood, although his interest in politics won out, and he dropped out of seminary.

A strong faith is behind his enthusiasm and drive for this papal visit – an enthusiasm that doesn't wane, even though the media focus on the visit so far has been on cost and clerical abuse.

Ruth travels between London, Rome and Birmingham, as she trails Francis and the team in Whitehall and the Vatican.

Presenter/Ruth Mcdonald, Producer/Rachel Hooper for the BBC

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Afternoon Play – Big Pies

Friday 3 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

George Costigan, Katy Wix, Steffan Rhodri, Richard Nichols and Claire Cage star in Big Pies, a romantic comedy about two lonely people, a night school and many white lies, written by award-winning stage and screen dramatist Gill Adams.

Ron runs a successful chippy. But, when his wife dies, he loses his heart and half his custom. He is fed up at being nagged by best friend Keith about his soggy batter and lack of interest in romance. Elaine is trapped at home caring for her irascible dad – stuck in Yorkshire, she'd much rather be back in Wales. She feels her failure at school holds her back and her dad doesn't exactly help her self esteem.

Goaded into action, both Ron and Elaine reluctantly sign on at a local night school.

One night, during a break, Ron bumps into Elaine – and sparks immediately fly. Neither is prepared to admit why they are at night school, so they make up elaborate lies about what they are studying. Over the weeks, attracted to each other, but in denial, their deception sees them involved in increasingly complicated situations. When the end of term concert is announced, Ron realises he will have to come clean – he is a widower but not really a stand-up comedian – and Elaine isn't really a belly dancer!

The cast stars George Costigan as Ron, Katy Wix as Elaine, Steffan Rhodri as Dad, Richard Nichols as Keith and Claire Cage as Linda.

Producer/Polly Thomas for the BBC

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Chain Reaction Ep 4/6

Friday 3 September
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The tag-team talk show continues as last week's guest, Ruby Wax, takes the microphone to interview the man who is one of the voices of The Simpsons, Spinal Tap bass player Derek Smalls and a political satirist: Harry Shearer.

Ruby asks Harry to delve into some of his Simpsons characters, where he found the inspiration for Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap and who his favourite political target has been over the years.

Presenter/Ruby Wax, Producer/Lianne Coop for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 3 September 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 3 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents live coverage of the opening round of qualifying matches for the 2012 European Championships.

At 8pm, there's commentary of England versus Bulgaria, live from Wembley, plus regular updates from the night's other games, including Lithuania versus Scotland, Montenegro versus Wales and Slovenia versus Northern Ireland.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Claire Ackling

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 3 September 2010
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Rugby League

Friday 3 September
7.55-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

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

Producer/Jen McAllister

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