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Network Radio BBC Week 37: Saturday 11 September 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 11 September 2010
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Zoe Ball

Saturday 11 September
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Zoe Ball sits in for Dermot O'Leary, presenting his Saturday afternoon show.

This week's Saturday Sessions come from: I Am Kloot, whose last album, Sky At Night, was produced by Elbow frontman and BBC 6 Music presenter Guy Garvey and nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize; and Canadian indie rock band Wintersleep.

Guy Garvey can be heard on 6 Music this week on Sunday morning between 10am-12noon.

Presenter/Zoe Ball, Producer/Ben Walker for Labora TV

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BBC PROMS 2010
BBC Proms In The Park

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 11 September
8.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2
BBC Proms In The Park comes live from London's Hyde Park
BBC Proms In The Park comes live from London's Hyde Park

BBC Proms In The Park, presented by Sir Terry Wogan, comes live from London's Hyde Park this evening.

Now in its 15th year, BBC Proms In The Park has become Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and is once again expected to attract around 40,000 music-lovers to join the fun and the magic of the nationwide Last Night Of The Proms celebrations.

This year's special guests in Hyde Park include award-winning soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who performs with the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize, Radio 2's nationwide search for an opera star.

José Carreras makes a welcome return to Hyde Park – it is his third visit to BBC Proms In The Park – and he joins his friend Dame Kiri in duet and song. West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis and Queen guitarist Brian May perform music from their latest collaboration, Anthem; songwriting genius Neil Sedaka closes the show with songs from a career spanning five decades; and the BBC Concert Orchestra, under the baton of Martin Yates, play a selection of popular classics.

Finally, Gareth Malone is on hand to conduct the Hyde Park crowd in the nation's biggest sing-along and the Last Night Of The Proms finale.

Presenter/Sir Terry Wogan, Producer/Bridget Apps for the BBC

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Bob Harris

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 11 September
12.00midnight-3.00am BBC RADIO 2

Tonight's programme comes live from Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee, following the ninth Americana Music Association Awards held on Thursday (9 September).

Bob Harris chats to and hears acoustic session performances from many of those involved, including Raul Malo, formerly of The Mavericks.

Highlights of the ninth Americana Music Association Awards can be heard on Bob Harris's country music show on Thursday night at 7pm.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 11 September 2010
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The Early Music Show –
Opera Profile: The Beggar's Opera

Saturday 11 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping examines the inspiration, background and impact of John Gay's celebrated Beggar's Opera, which appeared in London in 1728 as a reaction to the excesses and pretensions of fashionable Italian opera at the time.

Far from the exalted realms of the ancient heroes and the classical gods, The Beggar's Opera concentrates on the worst of 18th-century London street life, featuring beggars, cut-throats, thieves and prostitutes singing the popular ballad tunes of the day.

Lucie Skeaping considers the London lust for ballads and ballad-singing at this time, and is joined by Jeremy Barlow of the Broadside Band at Lincoln's Inn Fields – the home to the first performances of The Beggar's Opera – to consider Gay's radical operatic satire the ballads inspired.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Chris Wines

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World Routes

Saturday 11 September
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Fifty years after 16 countries in Africa became independent, Lucy Duran and French journalist Florent Mazzoleni play rare tracks from that period. Music was to play a central role in the search for new identity. It was in the Sixties and Seventies that some of the continent's greatest dance music was created. Today's programme celebrates countries that became independent in the second half of 1960, including Burkina Fasso, Nigeria, Benin and Mali.

Based in Bordeaux, French writer and photographer Florent Mazzoleni has travelled all over Africa collecting music and documenting the soundtrack of the golden era of Atlantic African music.

The programme includes tracks from Florent's collection, many of which have not been re-released since their limited pressing in the Sixties and Seventies – let alone played on British radio. These are tracks that reflect a unique period in African history: a period of liberation and short-lived optimism.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/James Parkin

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Words And Music – The Sky Smiles Down

Saturday 11 September
6.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister read poetry and prose on the theme of summer: from John Clare's Shepherd's Calendar; Walt Whitman's "mad, naked summer night"; and Jay Gatsby's "party".

The programme includes music from George Gershwin, Dvořák, Joan Baez, Mendelssohn and Toru Takemitsu.

Readers/Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister, Producer/Fiona McLean

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BBC PROMS 2010
Last Night Of The Proms

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 11 September
7.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Great American soprano Renée Fleming
Great American soprano Renée Fleming

Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein host the traditional Last Night Of The Proms festivities, as Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform an evening of great music live from London's Royal Albert Hall. American soprano Renée Fleming – known for her roles as great operatic heroines – sings a series of intimate songs by Richard Strauss and what is perhaps her signature piece, Rusalka's romantic Song To The Moon.

Ukrainian-born viola player Maxim Rysanov performs his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Variations On A Rococo Theme and movements from Vaughan Williams's rarely heard Viola Suite.

Other works include the première of Jonathan Dove's joyous setting of a poem by Walt Whitman, A Song Of Joys, and Tchaikovsky's sun-drenched homage to Italy, Capriccio Italien. All this and the traditional Last Night fare look set to make it one of the musical highlights of the year.

Presenters/Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein, Producers/Brian Jackson and Ann McKay

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 11 September 2010
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BLITZ SEASON
Hits Of The Blitz

Saturday 11 September
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Paul Morley explores the music people were really listening to during the Blitz of the Second World War – and finds that there is much more to it than Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again...

Paul speaks to Tony Benn about his memories of popular music during the Blitz as he experienced it, and what other members of the public were really humming during this time of crisis. Social historian Juliet Gardiner, musicologist Tim Healey and music therapist Stewart Wood also talk to Paul about the mood of the time and why the music that evokes the war to us is often not the music that was actually being listened to.

A living room in 1940 would be more likely to resound to the tune of When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio than to that of The White Cliffs Of Dover. Morley investigates what people were really singing and dancing to in the Cafe de Paris in London's West End on the night it was bombed in March 1940, and finds that it was not the American Lindy Hop swing that many people picture when they think of nightlife during the Blitz. In fact, people were still doing the foxtrot and the waltz to numbers such as Oh Johnny Oh, played by the band.

This programme is part of a season of special programmes on BBC Radio 4 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.

Presenter/Paul Morley, Producer/Victoria Shepherd for Juniper Productions

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Spitfire!

Saturday 11 September
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Samuel West stars as RJ Mitchell in a moving drama by Mike Walker about the most famous British fighter aircraft in history, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Framed by recollections from veteran pilot Geoffrey Wellum, the play features specially made recordings of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires, including the only Spitfire still flying today to have fought in the Battle.

Inspired by real people and real events, the play traces RJ Mitchell's design from creation to legend and the fortunes of two young pilots who join a frontline Spitfire squadron just as the Battle of Britain begins.

Many factors were important in the Battle, but it was the excellence of the Spitfire which most famously evened the odds in the fight against the Luftwaffe. Mike Walker's play gives a feeling of what it was like to fly the legendary plane which became, in test pilot Jeffrey Quill's words, "a symbol of defiance and victory".

Other cast members include: Rory Kinnear as Pirate; Joe Coen as Ted; Samuel Barnett as Tony; David Horovitch as Stanley Baldwin; David Troughton as Air Marshal Dowding; Stephen Critchlow as Squadron Commander; Ben Crowe as Newsreel Announcer; Lucas Motion as Sammy; Abigail Thaw as Alice; and Ruth Wilson as Daphne.

Producer/Amber Barnfather for Goldhawk Essential Productions

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Archive On 4 –
Alexei At The Seaside With The Unions

Saturday 11 September
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Stand-up comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle
Stand-up comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle

Comedian and writer Alexei Sayle's parents were, in Liverpool, unusual. Both Communists, his mother from a Lithuanian Jewish family, his father a railway union official, they gave their son Gorki's first name. For more than a decade, from the late Fifties, Alexei accompanied his parents to trade union conferences, mostly in seaside towns.

These were important times in British and international industrial politics. There were national strikes in shipbuilding and engineering; the redundancy without pay or notice of 6,000 car workers; the London bus strike; the fight for equal pay; responses to de-colonisation; the Aberfan disaster; and Barbara Castle's In Place Of Strife.

Alexei selects the choicest pieces of archive to conjure the atmosphere of these important events. Set against this is his personal story of these years, his interaction as a child with the characters involved, and his own development – politically, personally, and even physically. He brings his inside knowledge to bear, revealing how the biggest bruisers were, at the closing balls, the most deft of dancers and how comrades from France and Eastern Europe were nonplussed by their encounter with Brown Windsor soup.

The programme is repeated on Monday 13 September, the same day that the 2010 TUC Conference opens in Manchester.

Presenter/Alexei Sayle, Producer/Julian May for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 11 September 2010
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BBC Radio 5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 11 September
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the latest sports news and live action.

From 1pm, there's coverage of the qualifying session of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and tennis reports from "Super Saturday" at the US Open, ahead of the men's semis and women's final. There are also updates from rugby union's Premiership, including Harlequins versus Northampton and Bath versus London Irish.

From 3pm, there's live coverage of today's 3pm Premier League kick-offs, including West Ham United versus Chelsea, Manchester City versus Blackburn and Newcastle versus Blackpool.

At 5pm, Mark presents the hour-long Sports Report, with reports and reaction from all the day's big games and the classified results read by James Alexander Gordon.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 11 September 2010
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5 Live Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 11 September
12.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Commentary comes from the semi finals of the 40 over league.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live Tennis

Saturday 11 September
7.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live event/outside broadcast

Commentary from the men's semi finals at the US Open comes live from Flushing Meadows, New York.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 11 September 2010
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The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Saturday 11 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Robert "Kool" Bell from Kool And The Gang is in conversation with Craig Charles.

Craig talks to his disco hero about the past and future, from the band's beginnings in New Jersey, through the glory days of hits including Jungle Boogie, Celebration and Ladies Night, to what they're up to now.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha for Demus

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