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Network Radio BBC Week 43: 23-29 October

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 23 October 2010
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Sounds Of The 60s

Saturday 23 October
8.05-10.00am BBC RADIO 2

Brian Matthew presents this programme for all fans of the music of the Sixties. With facts, figures and trivia as well as classic hits, rarities, instrumentals and album tracks, the selection sweeps right across the most important decade for popular music from beginning to end.

There's The Sixties Chronicles and a dig into the archives for the events of this coming week during the Sixties, with the news stories, social happenings and the week's events in music, films, on TV and in show business, as well as a look at what people might have bought with their pounds, shillings and pence.

Sounds Of The 60s began in 1983 and Brian has been at its helm since 1990, bringing to the programme his distinctive voice and unmatchable experience of Sixties shows.

Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producer/Phil Swern for the BBC

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Graham Norton

Saturday 23 October
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Graham Norton's own show every Saturday morning is a vibrant mix of music and celebrity conversation. The nation's favourite agony uncle is joined by Maria McErlane for Grill Graham – where listeners' problems are solved live on air.

Graham invites his audience to offer up suggestions for I Can't Believe It's Not Better and asks listeners to submit their favourite Tune With A Tale.

There is also travel with Bobbie Pryor, sport with Alistair Bruce-Ball and the very best celebrity guests. Listeners can email the show at graham.norton@bbc.co.uk.

Presenter/Graham Norton, Producer/Malcolm Prince for the BBC

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Dermot O'Leary

Saturday 23 October
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This week, Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Session is from American duo The Pierces. He also chats to Leigh Francis, the man behind Bo' Selecta! and Keith Lemon.

After scoring a worldwide hit with her debut album, Eye To The Telescope, and enjoying [Drastic] Fantastic success with its platinum-selling follow-up, KT Tunstall took a year-long sabbatical, with overseas adventures and some intensive songwriting in the US. On returning home, KT had amassed 75 new songs. She teamed up with Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss, who helped her unlock a new sound for her third studio album, Tiger Suit. It was recorded in Berlin's legendary Hansa studios, following in the musical footprints of artists including David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

The Pierces are singer-songwriting sisters Catherine and Allison, who were born in Alabama and raised by hippie parents on a musical diet of Simon And Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Al Green and Joni Mitchell. The pair moved to New York City where they spent 10 years "almost getting somewhere", before the use of tracks from their third album on US television programmes – including global hit show Gossip Girl – helped to raise their profile. With a new record label and a co-producer in Coldplay's Guy Berryman, the sisters have a new EP, Love You More, out this week and are set to release their fourth album.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker for Labora TV

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The Jason Byrne Show Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 23 October
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Irish comedian Jason Byrne
Irish comedian Jason Byrne

Popular Irish comedian Jason Byrne examines the juicy subject of marriage in the third BBC Radio 2 series of his themed audience comedy show with high-energy stand-up and sketches.

Pondering the wonderful world of relationships, Jason asks: would you describe your marriage as a Halley's Comet of a partnership or is it more like parallel trains?; if you could build your partner, what would they sound like?; and, if proposed to in a pub, would you say no?

With highly personal stories from Jason's own married life, along with the audience's own contributions, he keeps the laughs coming and revels in the thrills and spills that keep marriage interesting. Daisy Haggard and Laurence Howarth join Jason in his search for answers.

Presenter/Jason Byrne, Producer/Julia McKenzie for the BBC

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The Blaggers Guide To Jazz Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 23 October
10.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Listeners have another chance to hear David Quantick's comic look at the mystical, magical and oft-misunderstood world of jazz. This six-part series explains the basic terminology and provides a guide to the major players, as well as some of the places synonymous with the genre.

Episode one focuses on Duke Ellington, the saxophone and bop. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in November 2009.

Presenter/David Quantick, Producer/Simon Poole for Unique Broadcasting Company

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 23 October 2010
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The Early Music Show

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 23 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping visits the Sallis Benney Theatre at Brighton University, as part of this year's Brighton Early Music Festival.

She's joined by Eamonn Dougan and Sally Dunkley from The Sixteen, to talk about their annual "choral pilgrimage". She also introduces live performances from three young ensembles: The Artisans; I Flautisti; and Ensemble Amaranthos.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Les Pratt

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World Routes – Womad Unheard

Saturday 23 October
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucy Duran looks back at highlights from last summer's Womad festival, broadcast for the first time, before including the BBC Radio 3 Stage's memorable closing act, Kanda Bongo Man.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Dean Craven

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Opera On 3 – Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Saturday 23 October
6.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Tonight's Opera On 3 is a rare chance to hear Agostino Steffani's Niobe, from the Royal Opera House in London.

Based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, it tells the story of Queen Niobe, whose pride insults the gods. As punishment, her children are killed and, in her grief, she turns to stone.

Thomas Hengelbrock conducts his own Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, and discusses why Steffani's music, which had such an influence on Handel, deserves to become better known.

Anfione is sung by Jacek Laszczkowski (soprano), Niobe by Veronique Gens (soprano), Nerea by Delphine Galou (contralto), Clearte by Tim Mead (alto), Tiberino by Lothar Odinius (tenor), Manto by Amanda Forsythe (soprano), Tiresia by Bruno Taddia (baritone), Poliferno by Alastair Miles (bass) and Creonte by Iestyn Davies (countertenor).

Presenter/Louise Fryer, Producer/Ellie Mant

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 23 October 2010
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Archive On 4 – Playing The Dane

Saturday 23 October
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Actor Kenneth Branagh who has played Hamlet on stage and screen
Actor Kenneth Branagh who has played Hamlet on stage and screen

Looking ahead to his own stage Hamlet in 2011, Michael Sheen explores classic productions of the play and the many different interpretations of a young actor's most coveted role.

The last few years have seen several high-profile Hamlets in British theatre, culminating recently with Rory Kinnear at the National Theatre in London and John Simm at Sheffield Crucible.

In the programme, Michael considers the rich archive of Hamlets from theatre, cinema and radio. Beginning with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in 1908 and journeying to the present day, he takes in the interpretations of John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Jonathan Pryce, Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant, as well as female Hamlets, Sarah Bernhardt and Frances de la Tour.

Michael is joined by other famous Hamlets, who reflect on the challenges of bringing something fresh and unexpected to some of the most famous lines in English literature.

Presenter/Michael Sheen, Producer/Emma Harding for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 23 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 23 October
12.00noon-6.10pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents live Premier League commentary of Tottenham Hotspur versus Everton, which kicks off at 12.45pm, plus regular updates from Aberdeen versus Hibernian, which kicks off at 12noon, in the Scottish Premier League, and a look ahead to the rest of the afternoon's football and rugby.

There is also live coverage of all the 3pm kick-offs, including Chelsea versus Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion versus Fulham, along with reports from qualifying in the Korean Grand Prix and updates from Premiership rugby.

At 5pm, Sports Report brings reports and reaction to the day's big sports stories, including post-match interviews and the classified football reports, plus regular Premier League updates from West Ham United versus Newcastle United, which kicks off at 5.30pm.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 23 October 2010
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5 Live Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 23 October
5.55-7.05am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on the qualifying session for the Korean Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit.

Producer/Jason Swales for USP

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Rugby League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 23 October
7.50-10.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary comes from New Zealand versus England in the Four Nations Tournament, live from Wellington.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live Football League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 23 October
2.45-5.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Commentary comes from the leading game in the Championship, plus reports and score updates from across the Football League.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 23 October 2010
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The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Saturday 23 October
7.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

For over 10 years, Harmless Records has released countless compilations – ranging from soul, funk and breaks, through to the more modern sounds of drum and bass, dubstep and house.

Harmless continues to work with some of the finest DJs and producers that the UK, Europe and the rest of the world has to offer for its broad range of compilations.

Craig talks to Ian Dewhirst from the label about how he got into the scene and what makes him tick when listening to records and deciding what to put out on his label.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Hermeet Chadha for Demus

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BBC Introducing With Tom Robinson

Saturday 23 October
1.00-3.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Bethan Elfyn sits in for Tom Robinson to play two hours of new music.

Bethan delves into her BBC Radio 1 Wales session archive and plays music from Cardiff's SWN festival.

Presenter/Bethan Elfyn, Producer/Tom Whalley

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 24 October 2010
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FAITH IN THE WORLD WEEK
Aled Jones with Good Morning Sunday

Sunday 24 October
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2 (Guest update 20 October)

Faith in the World week on BBC Radio 2 considers the impact of religion on culture and society through a particular theme on various shows across the network.

Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday to Howard Marks. Oxford graduate and former international cannabis smuggler Marks lived a lucrative life as a result of his illegal trade before he was arrested and tried by the American Justice System. He served seven years in prison. Now living back in the UK he is the subject of a major feature film, Mr Nice, based on his best-selling autobiography of the same name. Marks considers the role money has played in his life and talks about his interest in eastern philosophies and the influence both now play in his life.

Aled also talks to The Times correspondent and sports journalist Matthew Syed, who joins the show to mark the 50-year anniversary of Muhammad Ali's first professional fight and to discuss how his iconic status and wealth has enabled him to promote good works and philanthropic endeavours.

Aled's faith guest is the Rev Peter Owen Jones, presenter of BBC Two's How To Live A Simple Life, who explains what he feels he gained by living a simple life for a whole year, living within limited means.

Presenter/Aled Jones, Producer/Hilary Robinson for the BBC

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Weekend Wogan

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 24 October
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Sir Terry Wogan presents his show live from the BBC Radio Theatre in London with star guests and a feast of live music. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter joins Sir Terry to talk about her glittering career and her return to the UK this autumn.

As always, there's also live music from the Elio Pace House Band, plus that old salty seadog John "Boggy" Marsh drops in with wit and aplomb for another edition of Weekend Wogan.

Presenter/Sir Terry Wogan, Producer/Alan Boyd for the BBC

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Paul O'Grady

Sunday 24 October
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Listeners can join Paul O'Grady for more quirky music including the brand new All Star Triple, another Wish You Were There track, plus a Lost TV Theme which, this week, is Prisoner Cell Block H.

And, if you've mislaid a film, a pub or even a pal, then O'Grady is your man. With his unique voice, observations and wit, his show is a fun and lively mix of eclectic music and chat that includes the anecdotes from his week. Listener emails and letters – ranging from children to their great grandparents – play a huge part and Paul deals with them in his own hilarious and sometimes "Savage" way.

His regular features draw heavily on audience interactivity, including the Dead Pet Slot, shared ironing tips and not forgetting the weekly Thank Yous, where Paul recognises those who go that little bit further for someone else.

Each week, the BBC Radio 2 playlist gets ditched in favour of Paul's favourite music and he also invites listeners to Keep The Faith with his Northern Soul Triple. There's often a Hi-NRG classic and a Cocktail Hour offering, complete with a weekly recipe. And, each week, Paul is joined in the studio by his pious mouse, Elsie.

Presenter/Paul O'Grady, Producer/Malcolm Prince for the BBC

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FAITH IN THE WORLD WEEK
Sunday Half Hour

Sunday 24 October
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy marks Faith in the World Week
Brian D'Arcy marks Faith in the World Week

Faith In The World Week is an opportunity for programmes across BBC Radio 2 to examine the impact of religion on culture and society through a particular theme.

This year's Faith In The World week takes the theme of Money and Faith. With this in mind, Brian D'Arcy explores one of the most frequently discussed topics in the New Testament – money and the love of money. With hymns, listener dedications and reflection, this week's music includes Count Your Blessings, Blest Are The Pure In Heart and Be Still My Soul.

Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Clair Jaquiss for the BBC

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Alex Lester

Sunday 24 October
2.00-5.00am BBC RADIO 2

Listeners can keep the oncoming week at bay by tuning into the Best Time Of The Day Show for offbeat conversation and fantastic music.

Features include two tracks hand-picked from Alex Lester's personal CD collection for Lester's Library, a tune from the Listener's Library, a track from the new Album Of The Week, a new Record Of The Week and Pause For Thought at 3.20am.

Presenter/Alex Lester, Producer/Ste Softley for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 24 October 2010
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Private Passions

Sunday 24 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Award-winning Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid shares his private musical passions
Award-winning Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid shares his private musical passions

Actor Ian McDiarmid, renowned for his theatre work, and also for playing Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films, tells Michael Berkeley about his favourite music from Britten to Bernstein.

The award-winning Scottish actor confesses that, at heart, he'd like to be an opera singer and particularly covets the roles that Britten wrote for Peter Pears.

His choices continue with Janet Baker singing Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade and an excerpt from Scottish composer James MacMillan's dramatic setting of the St John Passion. The searing end of Act One of Shostakovich's opera, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk, is followed with poems by Wordsworth and Burns, a setting of Burns's Ae Fond Kiss and the rousing finale of Bernstein's On The Town.

Presenter/Michael Berkley, Producer/Chris Marshall

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The Early Music Show – Naples

Sunday 24 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott presents a programme looking at the musical riches from the Italian city of Naples. The creative opportunities offered to composers such as Alessandro Scarlatti, his son, Domenico, as well as Pergolesi, Porpora and Durante played a vital role in the development of Neopolitan music. The programme includes a variety of sacred and secular repertoire, instrumental and operatic, and also Canzone Napoletane – popular solo street songs – by some of the composers who flourished in Naples in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Rebecca Bean

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Discovering Music – 1964: The Rise Of Minimalism

Sunday 24 October
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In 1964, American composer Terry Riley put on a concert of his music at the San Francisco Tape Music Centre. This concert saw the première of a work now seen as one of the first pieces of musical Minimalism, In C, and a host of other works.

Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra explore the rise of the Minimalism phenomenon, its popularity today and its roots in both American and European music of the past.

Presenter/Charles Hazlewood, Producer/Sam Phillips

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Drama On 3 – Natural Born Caretakers

Sunday 24 October
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Drama On 3 presents a new play by award-winning writer Sarah Daniels. Taking listeners behind the headlines about social work in 21st-century Britain, the drama is a reflection on the current state of the social-work sector.

Daniels spent months following a London social-work team, researching their different roles and the challenges they bring. The resulting drama is a reflection on the current state of the social work sector.

The cast includes Emma Fielding (Cranford). The play is directed by Sony Award-winning producer Polly Thomas and Sony Award-nominated sound designer Eloise Whitmore.

Producer/Polly Thomas

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Sunday Feature – The Romans In Britain Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 24 October
9.30-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Historian Bettany Hughes looks at how Britons lapped up or resented their first contact with Roman occupation. The British relationship with the Romans used to be a cosy one – Britons saw the Romans as fellow imperialists who civilised "the natives". Even now, some of that "special relationship" persists. The British love discoveries of forts, towns and baths but are a lot less impressed by a nice British roundhouse.

When Britons do pay attention to the native British, it's to the freedom fighters like Boudicca and Caractacus. Little consideration is given to people like the dazzling ruler of most of Yorkshire – the pro-Roman Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes, who built one of the largest prehistoric sites at Stanwick. Her canny but failed experiment in client state-building would set the future for the whole of the North of England.

It's up in the North that occupation can be seen in shockingly modern terms, as those enormous Roman armies set up permanent home, sucking the local areas almost dry and becoming the law of the land.

Presenter/Bettany Hughes, Producer/Louise Yeoman

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 24 October 2010
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Cumbria – After The Flood

Sunday 24 October
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Colin Blane returns to Cumbria to see the recovery from last year's devastating floods.

When Carlisle was flooded in 2005, it was declared a once-in-a-lifetime event. Yet four years later, in November 2009, flooding of an even greater magnitude swallowed up vast areas of Cumbria.

Colin has been revisiting the areas badly affected to hear how the communities have been recovering and charting the progress of rebuilding both the towns and the bridges.

Presenter/Colin Blane, Producer/Lucy Adam for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 24 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 24 October
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents the build-up to Celtic versus Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, followed by live commentary of the match from Celtic Park, which kicks off at 12.45pm. There are also Premier League updates from Stoke City versus Manchester United and reaction to the result of the first ever Korean Grand Prix.

From 3pm, there is live, first-half Premier League commentary of Liverpool versus Blackburn, with coverage continuing on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. There are also updates from Premiership rugby as Wasps take on Northampton.

At 4pm, there is live Premier League commentary of Manchester City versus Arsenal.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Adrian Williams

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 24 October 2010
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5 Live Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 24 October
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted live commentary comes from the second half of Liverpool versus Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, following first-half coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live NFL

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 24 October
9.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Commentary comes from the game of the day as the NFL season moves into week seven, plus there is all the latest news from the league with Tony Husband, Neil Reynolds and Greg Brady.

Presenters/Tony Husband and Neil Reynolds, Producer/Simon Crosse for USP

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 24 October 2010
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Cerys On 6

Sunday 24 October
10.00am-12.00noon BBC 6 MUSIC

Briefly a member of an early Kraftwerk and best known as one half of Krautrock legends Neu!, Michael Rother is performing at the Barbican in London, with Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. On his way, he stops by for a brunch-time chat with Cerys Matthews.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Alicia Brown

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The First Time With The Charlatan's Tim Burgess

Sunday 24 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

As The Charlatans celebrate the release of their 11th studio album, Matt Everitt talks to lead singer Tim Burgess about the career of one of the UK's best-loved bands.

Tim recounts the band's experiences of weathering 20 years of trends and fashions – from baggy upstarts to classic rockers and LA experimentalists – and surviving the storms of fortune and tragedy, not least the tragic death of their keyboard player in a road accident at the height of their fame in 1996.

Tim also discusses the recent hospitalisation of their drummer, John Brookes, who collapsed at a gig last month and is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

Presenter/Matt Everitt, Producer/Henry Lopez-Real

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The Huey Show

Sunday 24 October
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan is delighted to be back in his Sunday easy chair, spinning his favourite joints from rap to reggae, soul, funk, punk and rock.

He meets the Easy Star All Stars, a group famous for their reggae and dub stylings of Pink Floyd and Radiohead with Dub Side Of The Moon and Radiodread.

Huey meets founding members Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer to talk about their status as one of the top touring reggae acts in the world. As the band release Dubber Side Of The Moon, Huey asks about the state of the dub, bassline and reggae scenes, how they set about re-interpreting other artist's work and what they love to kick back and chill to on a Sunday.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Rebecca Maxted for Wise Buddah

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Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

Sunday 24 October
4.00-6.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

While in hiding following the publication of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie wrote a fable-like novel, Haroun And The Sea Of Stories, full of magic and crazy characters, for his nine-year-old son, Zafar.

When Salman's younger son, Milan, began to insist that he merited a book too, he wrote Luka And The Fire Of Life as a gift for Milan's 12th birthday.

Salman joins Jarvis Cocker to talk cross-over novels for both children and adults.

Presenter/Jarvis Cocker, Producer/Alicia Brown

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6 Mix

Sunday 24 October
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Dr Alex Paterson from ambient pioneers The Orb takes over the 6 Mix, playing tunes which have influenced his music and talking about his new album – Metallic Spheres – a collaboration with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

Founded by Paterson and Jimmy Cauty in 1988, The Orb became pioneers of ambient techno, forging their distinctive sound after Cauty left to concentrate on his other band, the KLF. Best known for massive hits Little Fluffy Clouds and Perpetual Dawn, the band have continued to push the boundaries of electronic music over the last 20 years.

In this program, Alex plays a selection of music which has been inspiring his recent work, including tunes by Public Image Limited and HFB. He also talks about his new album, sharing the unusual story of how it came into being.

Alex discusses how it felt working with the Pink Floyd frontman after the NME had told him to "hate Pink Floyd" as a young punk, and the sonic influences which appear on the record. There's also a chance to hear the metallic movement of the album in its full glory as well as a brand-new, 60-minute Orb mix.

Presenter/Dr Alex Paterson, Producer/Rowan Collinson for Somethin' Else

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BBC RADIO 1 Monday 25 October 2010
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BBC Radio 1's Stories – The Ex-X Factor

Monday 25 October
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

With the new series of The X Factor now in full flow, BBC Radio 1's Stories delves into what happens when the cameras stop rolling for those hopefuls who dreamt of winning the ultimate £1million deal.

Presented by Radio 1's Scott Mills, The Ex-X Factor brings together five of the show's previous contestants to reveal the challenges and baggage that they have had to deal with after being part of such a high-profile entertainment show.

This one-hour documentary also investigates what really goes on behind the scenes of the glamour-infused show.

Contributors are: Duane Lamont; energetic brother-and-sister duo Same Difference; Dominic Harris; and Sophie Evans. The show also features an interview with past winner Steve Brookstein and clips from successful winners Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry.

Presenter/Scott Mills, Producer/Perfectly Normal Productions

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 25 October 2010
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Chris Evans' Breakfast Show

Monday 25 October
6.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 20 October)

Chris Evans and his team – news hound Moira Stuart, traffic queen Lynn Bowles and sports mad Jonny Saunders – help the country rise and shine at the start of another week.

And in today's show, Chris is joined by singing sensation, Michael Bublé, talking about life, music and whatever else is on his mind.

Presenter/Chris Evans, Producer/Helen Thomas

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Zoe Ball

Monday 25 October
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Zoe Ball sits in for Ken Bruce this week and is joined by OMD's Andy McCluskey, who selects his Tracks of My Years.

Two contestants go head-to-head in radio's favourite pop quiz, Popmaster, which is also available to play online at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

Zoe also has a brand new Record and Album Of The Week for listeners to enjoy.

Presenter/Zoe Ball, Producer/Gary Bones for the BBC

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Simon Mayo

Monday 25 October
5.05-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Book Club returns to Drivetime and discusses the second Book Club choice – Insurrection by Robyn Young. Simon gets between the covers with the writer, and listeners give their verdicts too.

Commenting on her book's inclusion in the Book Club, author Robyn Young said: "I believe getting people reading and talking about what they've read is hugely important – word of mouth brought me to some of my most memorable reads. And so I'm thrilled that this Book Club is on to Simon Mayo's show on BBC Radio 2 and that Insurrection has been chosen to be part of it. It's a fantastic opportunity for an author to connect directly with readers and I very much look forward to hearing their views."

Listeners can catch up on what's happening on the roads with Sally Boazman's travel updates, there is also sports news from Matt Williams and Rebecca Pike reports on money matters.

Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producers/Carmela di Clemente and Andy Warrell for the BBC

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The Musical Ep 8/8

Monday 25 October
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In the final programme of BBC Radio 2's season of documentaries celebrating the art of the musical, actor Ramin Karimloo, who plays the Phantom in Love Never Dies, assesses the present health of Broadway and London's West End.

This episode, Back To The Future, considers the impact on the musical of television talent shows such as I'd Do Anything and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. It also explores the trend of the "juke box" show. Contributors include: producer Judy Craymer, Queen guitarist Brian May, theatrical producer David Ian and composer Benny Andersson.

The programme also features new interviews with Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and this week's case studies include Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You.

Presenter/Ramin Karimloo, Producer/Malcolm Prince for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 25 October 2010
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Composer Of The Week – Steve Reich

Monday 25 to Friday 29 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Composer of the Week Steve Reich
Composer of the Week Steve Reich

Donald Macleod discusses a lifetime in music with Steve Reich, in an extended interview conducted in September 2010 at the composer's home in upstate New York.

Just as Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mahler captured their era in their compositions, so Steve Reich's music distils the pulsating rhythm and routine of 21st-century urban life.

His music – admired by classical concert-goers, rock bands and house music DJs alike – crosses boundaries and rips apart the conventions of genre, making use of percussion, amplification and the latest developments in recording and video technology.

Donald introduces some of Reich's most acclaimed works: Music For 18 Musicians; Different Trains for string quartet; the "video opera" The Cave; and, on Wednesday, a rare complete performance of his extraordinary, African-inspired work, Drumming.

The series also features a number of less-heard works, including his Jewish-infused vocal piece, Tehillim, and a rare and beautiful foray into orchestral writing, 1987's The Four Sections.

Today's opening episode focuses on Steve's early upbringing and influences, featuring excerpts from two vastly different works – his seminal and radical tape piece, It's Gonna Rain, and the lush, expressively lyrical Music For 18 Musicians.

The programme also features a work for no instruments at all, Clapping Music, and the gamelan-infused Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Steven Rajman

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 25 October 2010
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Book Of The Week – The Fry Chronicles Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 25 to Friday 29 October
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Stephen Fry reads his memoir
Stephen Fry reads his memoir

Stephen Fry recounts his arrival at Cambridge, meeting Hugh Laurie and his first tentative steps into the media world, in this week's Book Of The Week.

Stephen describes how he arrived at Cambridge on probation: a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar and a fantasist, who had attempted suicide. He was convinced that at any moment he would be found out and flung away.

Instead, university life offered him love, romance and the chance to stand on stage and entertain. He began his iconic relationship with Hugh Laurie, befriended Emma Thompson among a host of household names, and emerged as one of the most promising comic talents in the country.

After leaving Cambridge, Stephen began to make his presence felt as he entered the world of television, journalism, radio, theatre and film. Tales of sugar and champagne jostle with insights into credit cards, classic cars and conspicuous consumption, Blackadder, Broadway and the BBC.

He recalls a curious encounter with Stephen Sondheim; becoming the literary critic of Tatler; and reveals how a call out of the blue led to him becoming a poster boy for, of all things, celibacy.

Stephen talks about his early love of radio and his first forays into broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 and also reveals the origins of his enduring love of technology and his great friendship with author Douglas Adams.

Reader/Stephen Fry, Producer/David Roper for Heavy Entertainment Limited

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So Much For That Ep 1/10

New series
Monday 25 to Friday 29 October
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

This dramatisation of Lionel Shriver's new novel portrays the economic and emotional fall-out of serious illness.

Shep Knacker has been saving all his working life for the "afterlife" – his retirement escape route from Brooklyn to a remote island off the coast of Zanzibar. But just as the "afterlife" is about to become a reality, Shep's wife Glynis reveals that she has cancer.

They soon discover that their health insurance won't cover anything like the total cost of the treatment that Glynis needs. As this once well-off couple are sent hurtling towards bankruptcy, they are forced to face the uncomfortable question of how much money one life is worth.

Adapted for radio by Penny Leicester, So Much For That is narrated by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Shep is played by Henry Goodman; Glynis by Debora Weston; Carol by Elizabeth McGovern; Jackson by Stuart Milligan; Flicka by Sasha Pick and Dr Knox/Gabe by Peter Marinker.

Producer/Emma Harding for the BBC

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The Seven Car Parks Of Croydon

Monday 25 October
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

With a skyline made up of Sixties brutalist office blocks and re-clad buildings from the Eighties, Croydon's aesthetics are hard to love. But, whether heading to town from Gatwick Airport, commuting from the South Coast or arriving as a new immigrant to register at the Home Office's Lunar House, Croydon is many people's welcome to London.

In The Seven Car Parks Of Croydon, Sue Perkins revisits her former home town to ask just how South London's "Mini-Manhattan" became the butt of so many jokes, mocked by comedians from Morecambe And Wise to Basil Brush.

With a powerful sense of nostalgia, Sue, joined by fellow comedian Steve Punt, lurks on the stairwells and top storeys of seven car parks in Croydon, trying to get a new perspective on local planning decisions, past and present.

Vincent Lacovara, fan of Croydon and one of its urban planners, believes these concrete viewing platforms provide a fresh vantage point from which the history and super-future of Croydon can be laid out, so that Sue can see all the possibilities she missed while growing up.

Architectural commentator Nikolaus Pevsner said Croydon's skyline was "thrilling from a distance" but perhaps that's the problem – up close it takes a trained or loving eye to appreciate the uniqueness of Croydon.

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Brain Of Britain 2010 Ep 1/17

New series
Monday 25 October
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Russell Davies welcomes the first competitors in the latest series of the long-running general knowledge quiz, to find out who will be crowned the 58th Brain Of Britain.

As ever, 48 of the brightest quiz contestants from around the UK will be joining Russell for the knockout competition. Each of the 12 heats sends a winner forward to the semi-finals, where they will be joined by the four highest-scoring runners-up in the series.

This year's contestants include civil servants, teachers and IT professionals alongside a novelist, a gardener and a postman. Most are completely new to the contest, while one or two are having another go after being pipped to the post in previous years.

Only one of them can claim the title Brain Of Britain. The Final will be broadcast in the new year.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 25 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Monday 25 October
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents the day's sports news and is joined by John Motson and Steve Claridge to discuss the big issues from the weekend's football in the Monday Night Club.

From 9pm, Mark Clemmit joins Mark Chapman to round up the weekend's action and stories from the Football League.

At 9.30pm, Mark Chapman and Dave Vitty discuss all football's burning issues in the Football Express.

Presenter/Mark Champan, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Monday 25 October 2010
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5 Live Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 25 October
7.40-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

5 Live Football presents live, uninterrupted commentary on the Championship match between Leeds United and Cardiff City.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 25 October 2010
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Nemone

Monday 25 October
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden from Brooklyn band MGMT join Nemone to talk about their second album, Congratulations, the follow-up to their debut, Oracular Spectacular, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

For the lunchtime playlist, the pair dip into their personal record collection to select 10 tracks that have influenced their music, including songs by Slapp Happy, The Seeds, R Stevie Moore and The Chills.

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Marc Riley

Monday 25 October
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

There's much excitement at Riley towers this evening as former Beta Band main man Steve Mason is live in session.

Steve released his new album, Boys Outside, on Domino imprint Double Six Records, earlier this year.

The Beta Band came to the public's attention in 1998 with the release of The Three EPs. After they split in 2004, Steve went to ground in his native Fife, releasing records under a series of pseudonyms, most prominently King Biscuit Time (Black Gold) and Black Affair (Pleasure Pressure Point).

Throughout his career, he has suffered from depression, a condition which he kept at bay with various treatments, until he underwent a course of hypnotherapy. Steve has recently scored a six-part TV series called La La Land, written by and starring Marc Wootton (High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman and My New Best Friend).

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Gideon Coe

Monday 25 October
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents classic archive sessions from Fleet Foxes and The Go-Betweens – their first on UK radio, back in 1982.

Newcomers Shrag, a Brighton-based quintet and a 1989 John Peel session by Straitjacket Fits complete the bill.

There are also 1972 Concert tracks from The Edgar Broughton Band and Yellow Magic Orchestra playing at Hammersmith Odeon in 1980.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 25 October 2010
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MONEY MAKING WEEK
Asian Network Reports With Rozina Sini

Monday 25 October
12.30-1.00pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
6.00-6.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Today's editions of Asian Network Reports form part of Making Money Week – five days of special programming on the network highlighting the entrepreneurial, go-getter spirit and hard-working ambition of Asians.

Asian Network Reports at 12.30pm and 6pm on Monday 25 October come live from Regal Foods in Bradford, an Asian success story. The news team talk to staff and management about the growth, success and maintenance of the business.

ANR also looks at the help that is on offer for young entrepreneurs, asking whether the government is doing enough and also investigating the rise of the Asian businesswoman.

Money Making Week celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of British Asians and investigates how they are coping in difficult financial times. The station also searches for the best new Asian Entrepreneur of 2010, with five selected to appear on all the daytime shows across the Asian Network, from Tommy Sandhu's programme to Gagan Grewal. The winner, chosen by a top judge from the business world, will be an individual who has been in business for less than two years but is already making money. Across the week, there is also advice for budding entrepreneurs on the Sonia Deol and Nihal shows.

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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Jamie Cullum

Tuesday 26 October
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Jazz musician Jamie Cullum
Jazz musician Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum continues to showcase his love for all types of jazz and music rooted in jazz, from its heritage to the future. This week's special guest is South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, who's worked closely with artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, The Byrds and John Dankworth. His hit song Bring Him Back Home became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela.

In a touching yet light-hearted interview, Masekela reflects on the good times and the hard times that have contributed to the music he is creating today.

Also on today's programme, saxophonist, composer and DJ Finn Peters talks about the making of his new album, Music Of The Mind.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Karen Pearson for Folded Wing

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FAITH IN THE WORLD WEEK
Can Money Make You Happy?

Tuesday 26 October
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2's Faith In The World Week takes the theme of Money and Faith. In this special documentary Dragons' Den millionaire Duncan Bannatyne, one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, explores the different attitudes towards money from various religious traditions. Meeting people from all walks of life, he encoounters traditional and contemporary perspectives from those who have experienced great wealth or poverty.

The programme explores alternative systems of dealing with money, such as Islamic banking and a Christian approach to debt, and hears from business leaders, celebrities and religious figures who have particular and distinctive views on money.

With a timely reflection on the effect of the current financial crisis, Duncan looks at whether people are now challenging beliefs, theories and principles over money. He meets young city philanthropists; a church organisation helping people crippled by debt; psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos; media guru Max Clifford; and TV vicar Peter Owen Jones, who tried to live without money.

Duncan explores crucial issues such as whether money holds the secret to having a happy life; if money should be a means to an end or the goal itself; and whether people have learnt anything from the current situation.

Can Money Make You Happy? is part of Faith In The World Week, an opportunity for programmes across BBC Radio 2 to look at the impact of religion on culture and society through a particular theme. This year's week takes the theme of Money And Faith.

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Performance On 3 – Stephen Kovacevich 70th Birthday Concert

Tuesday 26 October
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Pianist Stephen Kovacevich recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a concert at the Wigmore Hall in London, which can be heard today.

With a distinguished career that has spanned nearly five decades, Kovacevich is admired not only for his solo performances, but also as a chamber musician and conductor.

The music featured is Brahms's Piano Quintet in F minor Op 34; Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor; and Bartók's Sonata for two pianos and percussion. Joining Stephen are fellow pianists Martha Argerich and Khatia Buniatishvili; percussionists Colin Currie and Sam Walton; and the Belcea Quartet.

Presenter/John Shea, Producer/Philip Tagney

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Leading Ladies

Tuesday 26 October
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Jude Kelly, theatre director and artistic director of the Southbank Centre, marks the 350th anniversary of the first performance by the first English professional actress.

Before the Restoration and the reopening of the theatres after years of Puritan rule, boys and men had played women's roles. However, when Charles II came to the throne he requested that women be allowed on stage. The course of theatre history was changed for ever when a woman took to the stage in the role of Desdemona on 8 December 1660.

Although little is known about who she was, Jude Kelly pieces together a picture of what life would have been like for the first generation of actresses. In the programme, Jude visits the real tennis court at Hampton Court Palace to find out what the first performance would have been like, takes Celia Imrie to the site where it took place and tours the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in search of Nell Gwynn.

Presenter/Jude Kelly, Producer/Benjamin Partridge for Whistledown Productions

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Rosa And Leos

Tuesday 26 October
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Peter Avis tells the story of how music critic Rosa Newmarch brought Leos Janáček's music to Britain.

Although little-known today, Rosa Newmarch was a pivotal figure in helping concert-goers in early 20th-century Britain appreciate and understand new music from Czechoslovakia, Russia and Finland. She travelled extensively abroad, hearing new works performed and later arranging to have them played in English concert halls. She was friends with composers such as Sibelius and Elgar and she wrote copious programme notes and books on musical trends abroad.

In 1920 Rosa visited Prague for the first time and was immediately taken with the music of Leos Janáček. She eventually met the composer and, on her return to England, began writing about him. In 1926, she persuaded Janáček to come to London. Rosa booked the Wigmore Hall and planned an ambitious programme of her friend's music. However, the visit coincided with the beginning of the General Strike. Although the concert of Janáček's work took place, there was little publicity surrounding it, as there were no newspapers being printed.

In this programme, music writer and lecturer Peter Avis tells the remarkable story of Rosa and her friendship with Leos Janáček. With contributions from Rosa's grand-daughter, musical experts and extracts from correspondence of the time, he re-evaluates the significance of Rosa's place in musical history.

Presenter/Peter Avis, Producer/Emma Kingsley for the BBC

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Afternoon Play – The Climb

Tuesday 26 October
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Frankie has a dream. He wants to be like his hero, mountaineer Sherpa Tensing, and, with his friends John and Bud, is attempting an unforgettable climb. But Frankie has Down's Syndrome, John is blind and Bud is only 3ft 6in tall.

With ropes, crampons and grappling irons at the ready, the big day has finally arrived. Frankie, John and Bud are as ready as they'll ever be. But this is not a mountain nor a great hill they are preparing to climb tonight – it is Blackpool Tower. The men are forced to pull together as a team in a race against time as they attempt to reach the top before the police try to intercept their highly dangerous, and highly illegal, deed.

Frankie is played by Tommy Jessop, John by Liam O'Carroll and Bud by Warwick Davis, in Andrea Earl's drama.

Producer/Pauline Harris for the BBC

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Original Shorts Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 October
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

This is the fourth series of Original Shorts, three short stories broadcast over consecutive days.

In the first short story, Adam Godley reads Adam Thorpe's specially written story of a monk's startling dream.

Set within a monastery in the French Alps, Brother Dominique wakes from a powerful dream almost certain he has had a vision of an angel. Those wings seemed very persuasive as they descended, beating in a golden blur. But when the local blacksmith and his son come up the mountain to repair the great oak cross that stands at the top of the pasture, the monk begins to have doubts.

In Wednesday's short story, written by Rob Green, Jill Gascoine gives a funny and touching performance as Brenda.

Brenda is a kind, careworn woman of uncertain years who has been caring for her demanding old mother for most of her life. But Brenda is a romantic and she's still hoping that her own life might begin sometime, somehow. Perhaps Tom, a porter from the local hospital could fit the bill – but not if her mum has anything to do with it.

In the final story, Martin Jarvis reads Christopher Matthew's story of old school rivalry.

John Small does not want to pretend he was at school with Tim Slingsby; and why are Slingsby and Tony Fobbing so keen that Small should attend the Old Melburian's Dinner? Are there old scores to settle? And who, actually, will be settling them?

Readers/Adam Godley, Jill Gascoine and Martin Jarvis, Producers/Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres for Jarvis and Ayres Productions

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Sugaring The Pill

Tuesday 26 October
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

The NHS is paying people to be healthy; Claudia Hammond investigates whether it really works. As the health service struggles to cope with the obesity epidemic and many other chronic conditions, public health experts are searching for ways to encourage people to stop smoking, lose weight and change their unhealthy behaviour.

Over the past few years, NHS-funded schemes have offered financial incentives in the form of shopping vouchers to encourage people to be healthy. The schemes are targeting a range of health behaviours, from quitting smoking and eating less, to getting teenagers to have a chlamydia test or turn up for a vaccine.

The schemes have grown out of studies in the relatively new area of "behavioural economics", which looks at how emotional factors affect economic choices. And the idea is attracting interest from some unlikely players, with an investment banker and a loyalty card expert running schemes in partnership with the NHS.

Some construe their use as a form of bribery and coercion, and some believe that it undermines patient choice and damages the doctor-patient relationship. The Citizens Council has been debating the issue of whether the NHS should give financial incentives to get people to adopt healthy behaviours, and will report to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) at the end of September.

Presenter/Claudia Hammond, Producer/Beth Eastwood for the BBC

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Beautiful Dreamers Ep 1/6

New series
Tuesday 26 October
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Beautiful Dreamers recounts six gloriously improbable events that never actually happened. It comprises interviews with the protagonists, their colleagues and their critics, as well as "documentary" clips sounding like footage captured at the time.

Within the series, the stories include the creator of the first animal orchestra; a billionaire who will free-fall from space; an ex-con and New York junkie who has become famous for a death-defying bridge jump; the first swimmer of the River Europe; the modern Jonahs who are regularly swallowed by whales; and a Uruguayan footballer who has made an emphatic attempt to stamp out corruption in the game.

Beautiful Dreamers stars Toby Jones, Charlie Higson, Eleanor Bron, Simon McBurney and Kevin Eldon and is written by Nat Segnit and James Lever.

Producers/Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 26 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 26 October
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sports news and the build-up to tonight's League Cup action.

From 8pm there is live fourth-round commentary of Manchester United versus Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup, plus updates of the evening's five other ties.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Tuesday 26 October 2010
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5 Live Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 26 October
7.40-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Football fans can enjoy live and uninterrupted commentary of the League Cup fourth-round tie between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion (kick-off 7.45pm).

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 26 October
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Siouxsie And The Banshees and the Flaming Lips are Gideon Coe's concert artists tonight. They played Warwick University in 1981 and the Kentish Town Forum in 2003 respectively. Vintage sessions come via Maximum Joy, Goblin, Frightened Rabbit and Sun Carriage.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Sonia Deol

Tuesday 26 October
10.00am-12.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol
BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol

Sonia Deol talks to singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod live on today's programme. Talking about their lives and careers, the artists also discuss their tour and how they feel about performing Bollywood hits together in the UK. Listeners can also enjoy highlights from their concerts in Leicester and Birmingham.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Tuesday 26 October 2010
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Exchanges At The Frontier Ep 1/5

New series
Tuesday 26 October
10.30-11.00am BBC WORLD SERVICE

Philosopher AC Grayling meets with some of the leading figures of world science, asking what relevance their work has to modern society and whether the public has the right to expect science to solve the problems that society creates, in this new five-part series.

The subjects of memory, malaria, string theory, treating psychoses and extending the human life span will all be debated in front of an audience by some of the world's greatest authorities in their fields.

Grayling meets with California bio-gerontologist Cynthia Kenyon, who has discovered the gene for ageing and found a way to switch it off, in this first programme.

Presenter/AC Grayling

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 27 October 2010
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Simon Mayo

Wednesday 27 October
5.05-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Elvis Costello plays live on Drivetime
Elvis Costello plays live on Drivetime

Elvis Costello plays live on Drivetime, performing his cover of a great British-penned hit as part of the Great British Songbook Library.

Simon Mayo also has all the regular travel updates, money news and sports reports.

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The Mike Harding Show

Wednesday 27 October
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including an interview with upcoming Scottish singer and guitarist Ewan McLennan.

Raised in Edinburgh but based in Leeds, Ewan comes from a musical family and studied music from an early age. He turned professional only in recent years and has earned his stripes playing festival sets up and down the country.

His compelling delivery of traditional songs matched with superb guitar playing and an acute social awareness have earned Ewan favourable comparisons with such British folk greats as Dick Gaughan.

In this edition of the folk show, he talks to Mike about his debut album Rags & Robes, which was released in August.

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

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Jazz Junctions Ep 4/10

Wednesday 27 October
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Guy Barker continues to explore the history of jazz, focusing on the turning points and pivotal events that have shaped the genre, and discovering some great stories and larger-than-life characters along the way.

With his seminal recording of Body And Soul on 11 October 1939, Coleman Hawkins changed jazz. Never before had a musician played with such daring over a popular song, his fluid improvisation almost instantly departing from the original melody both harmonically and rhythmically in a way that signalled a departure from the customs of Thirties jazz.

Although Hawkins didn't think much of the performance at the time, the record was extremely popular. More importantly, from a historical perspective, he became an inspiration to a younger generation of jazz musicians, most notably Charlie Parker. Hawkins had sown a seed in the mind of the young upstarts who would go on to change the shape of jazz; the importance of this recording of Body And Soul should not be underestimated.

Guy examines Coleman Hawkins's place in jazz and his legacy through new interviews with Billy Taylor, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Kenny Burrell, Ira Gitler, Junior Mance, Roy Haynes, Bill Crow, Dick Hyman, Ted Gioia, Gunther Schuller, Dan Morgenstern and Geoffrey Smith, as well as through rare archive of Hawkins himself.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 27 October 2010
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Performance On 3 – BBCSO 80th Birthday Concert

Wednesday 27 October
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

American conductor David Robertson
American conductor David Robertson

Tonight's performance presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 80th birthday concert, recorded at the Barbican Hall in London last week, conducted by David Robertson.

Two premières underline the orchestra's commitment to new music: virtuoso clarinettist Kari Kriikku performs his compatriot Kaija Saariaho's new clarinet concerto, while percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox – O Duo – perform a world première by Stephen McNeff.

The concert opens with a Wagner Overture The Flying Dutchman, which was performed at the orchestra's very first concert, and concludes with Stravinsky's mighty Rite Of Spring.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Philip Tagney

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 27 October 2010
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The Ghost Trains Of Old England

Wednesday 27 October
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Ian Marchant travels to Britain's least-used stations, on semi-secret trains that aren't on timetables. Some trains are actually buses, others are taxis. Ian investigates who uses them, and why.

Just one train a week runs between Stockport and Stalybridge; it never returns. The Stockport-Stalybridge service is what's known as a "parliamentary train" and exists only so that the rail company can avoid going through formal closure proceedings. Running the single weekly service costs only £50, but to close it down would cost far more.

Perhaps more bizarre is the case of Newhaven Marine, a station which is technically open and served by one train a day. But the station is behind a locked fence and passengers are forbidden to get on the train, which does not appear on any timetable. The company offers to provide a taxi service to any passenger in possession of a valid ticket yet it is impossible to buy a ticket...

Ian finds out that the people who use these secret trains are mostly rail enthusiasts and hobbyists who collect rail tickets. But occasionally a real passenger stumbles across a service and uses it almost by accident. Ian also questions what it says about the British attitude to rules – sticking within the letter of the law yet entirely undermining their intention.

Presenter/Ian Marchant, Producer/Jolyon Jenkins for the BBC

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Afternoon Play – Severed Threads Ep 1/3

New series
Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 October
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Three lives on three continents start to unravel when children are found working in a textile factory in India.

Jim Nostrand, proprietor of Cheap Threads, a church-owned clothing firm in Minnesota, becomes the scapegoat when news reports implicate the company in a child-labour scandal.

Four thousand miles away, in a boarding school in the British countryside, troubled 12-year-old loner Ben seems obsessed with school shootings and vengeance.

In India, British/Asian journalist Prem Sharma is making a radio documentary for the BBC about children working in factories. But after rescuing a young boy and taking him back to his village, the reception he receives is not what he expected.

Recorded on location, these three stories, broadcast over three consecutive days, interweave and revolve around each other revealing connections and layers.

Brian d'Arcy James plays Jim, Ameet Chana plays Prem and Hugo Docking plays Ben.

Writer and Producer/John Dryden for Goldhawk Essential Limited

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Should We Listen To Philosophers?

Wednesday 27 October
8.45-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Julian Baggini asks if people listen to philosophers enough, too much, or in the right way. Julian is editor in chief of the Philosopher Magazine.

Presenter/Julian Baggini, Producer/David Stenhouse for the BBC

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Bespoken Word Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 27 October
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 4

Mr Gee returns for a new series of BBC Radio 4's performance poetry show Bespoken Word.

The first episode features current star performance poet Kate Tempest. Kate is a former winner of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam in New York and has been a hit at the Glastonbury, Latitude and Big Chill festivals in 2010. Her unique style of blending incredible lyrics with hip-hop rhythms is a hit with all age groups.

Kate shares the Bespoken Word bill with Martin Visceral of the Pen-Ultimate Collective based in Manchester, which also features in this series.

Bespoken Word was the first series on British radio or television devoted to performance poetry. It is now in its seventh year.

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The Cornwell Estate Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 27 October
11.15-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Phil Cornwell brings six new comic characters to life in the return of The Cornwell Estate.

Colin Oberon is a primary school English teacher determined to teach his class anything but how to speak English. He wants them to learn his new language, "Globe-ish"; however the school and governors are not impressed.

Phil Cornwell plays Colin Oberon, with Mia Soteriou as the head teacher and Cyril Nri as the school governor, the parents are played by Damola Adelaja, Lashana Lynch, Daniel York, Amy Ip, Tom Reed and Harvey Virdi.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 27 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Wednesday 27 October
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents coverage and debate on the big games and sporting events, plus all the build-up to Newcastle versus Arsenal in the fourth round of the League Cup, with live commentary from 7.45pm.

There are also updates from tonight's other League Cup games between Aston Villa and Burnley (full commentary of which can be heard on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra) and West Ham United versus Stoke City.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Wednesday 27 October 2010
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5 Live Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 27 October
7.40-9.45pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted fourth-round League Cup commentary on Aston Villa versus Burnley (kick-off 7.45pm).

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 27 October 2010
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Huey Morgan

Wednesday 27 October
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Huey Morgan is joined for a chat by Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry.

His just-released new solo album, Olympia, features contributions from a veritable who's who of musical geniuses including Brian Eno, Mani of Primal Scream, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. He talks to Huey about the making of the album and why he chose to put Kate Moss on the cover.

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Marc Riley

Wednesday 27 October
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley show favourites Field Music are live in session.

Their current album is the follow-up to their first release, Tones Of Town. The band is the brainchild of brothers David and Peter Brewis, who've had so many sessions with Marc that they now let themselves into the studio and put the kettle on!

The guys are from Sunderland and are signed to Memphis Industries. Both have had separate band ventures, Peter's being The Week That Was and David's being School Of Language, whose Rockist single was featured in a recent car advert. The band was given the folk legend seal of approval in the summer when Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention) chose them for his self-curated Meltdown Festival.

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 27 October
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe introduces live concert highlights from The Pretenders recorded in 1979 and Jonathan Richman, recorded in 1988. Session tracks are provided by The Stranglers, Zaire's benga beat experts Orchestra Virunga, Irish psychedelic folk purveyors Dr Strangely Strange and industrial beats from Test Department.

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Network Radio BBC Week 43: Thursday 28 October 2010

BBC RADIO 1 Thursday 28 October 2010
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BBC Radio 1 Presents ... Kings Of Leon Night

Thursday 28 October
7.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 presents a special evening of shows celebrating the music of the critically acclaimed rock band Kings Of Leon.

Zane Lowe kicks of the evening at 7pm with Kings of Leon In Conversation, a one-hour interview talking to the band ahead of a one-hour gig at 8pm, which was performed the previous night exclusively for Radio 1. Recorded from a secret location, the show will include a selection of the bands' biggest hits plus the unveiling of new material.

Straight after the performance, the evening continues with several shows taking listeners on an audio journey which tells how Kings Of Leon became one of the biggest rock groups in the world. BBC Radio 1's Stories – The Story Of Kings Of Leon at 9pm strips back the rumours and gossip and tells the band's story in their own words. The revealing documentary is followed with The Influences Of Leon at 10pm, which pulls together the songs that soundtracked the formative years of the band and helped to shape their sound.

The special evening culminates at 11pm with The Archives Of Leon, featuring classic conversations, live performances, session tracks and live lounges from the band's previous visits to Radio 1 in the last eight years.

Kings Of Leon Night is part of an exciting month of live music this October on Radio 1. Highlights include – BBC Radio 1 Presents Mumford & Sons And Friends (Monday 11 October) and BBC Radio 1's Student Tour With Fearne Cotton And Zane Lowe (Monday 18 to Thursday 21 October) featuring Mark Ronson, 30 Seconds To Mars, Chase & Status and Klaxons.

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BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 28 October 2010
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BBC ELECTRIC PROMS
BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Simon Mayo

Thursday 28 October
5.05-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This year's BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms is a very special event, running over three nights at London's famous Roundhouse in Camden, with some of the world's biggest and best-loved stars playing a unique concert.

The opening night kicks off with Sir Elton John and Leon Rusell, who will be joined by guests Rumer and Plan B whose mega-performances are on Radio 2 live from 8pm. Tomorrow night, Robert Plant rocks the Roundhouse crowd, and the honey-tones of Neil Diamond bring the house down on Saturday.

In a specially extended three-hour show, Simon Mayo's Drivetime programme is live each night from the venue capturing the excitement of the night, talking to the stars of the show and featuring live acoustic performances.

Simon comments: "Three great Electric Proms, three Drivetime shows from the Roundhouse that will touch the hem of greatness."

Also on today's show, Drivetime chef Nigel Barden rustles up some rock 'n' roll food, plus there are the usual travel updates, sports reports and money news.

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BBC ELECTRIC PROMS
BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Sir Elton John

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 28 October
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms launch tonight with multi-Grammy Award-winning superstar Sir Elton John, performing with his mentor Leon Russell; young singer-songwriter Rumer; and critically acclaimed rapper and vocalist Plan B.

Elton performs tracks from his new studio album, The Union, produced in collaboration with Leon Russell, and draws upon a back catalogue of hits amassed during an incredible four-decade career.

Presented by Chris Evans and Jo Whiley, who hosts Radio 2's weekly live music show In Concert, this is the first of what promises to be three incredible Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010. Tonight's concert from the Roundhouse in London will be followed by performances from Robert Plant (Friday 29 October) and Neil Diamond (Saturday 30 October).

Leon Russell's career runs the musical gamut from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys to BB King. He's written some of the most-covered songs in the pop songbook, and three Stones and two Beatles performed on his debut solo record, yet he isn't a household name.

Leon was recently the subject of a Radio 2 profile, which included contributions from Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Herb Alpert and, of course, Elton John. One of Elton's first champions in the States, even before the young singer-songwriter had set foot in America, he was also one of Elton's greatest influences as a piano player.

Sir Elton says: "I'm delighted to be kicking off this year's BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms, particularly as I'll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature some very special guests and memorable moments."

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms – Sir Elton John will be broadcast live on Radio 2 tonight, and then shown on BBC Two on Saturday 30 October as a part of A Night With Elton John, which features a documentary containing an exclusive interview and highlighting Sir Elton's musical history, career highlights and influences. BBC Red Button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage to accompany the television programmes.

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 28 October 2010
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Performance On 3 – Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 28 October
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Tonight's concert is called Mozart At The Piano and juxtaposes two very different concertos: the stormy, operatic drama of K466 and the near-Beethovenian breadth of K595 – Mozart's last piano concerto.

The full programme consists of Beethoven's Scenes From Prometheus; Mozart's Piano concerto No. 27 in B flat (K595); Mendelssohn's Overture: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave); and Mozart's Piano concerto No. 20 in D minor (K466).

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is joined by Piotr Anderszewski (piano/director) and Alexander Janiczek (violin/director).

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Night Waves

Thursday 28 October
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Night Waves brings together an outspoken panel at the University of Sunderland to tackle one of the most pressing issues for future generations: What do we really want from universities and graduates in the 21st century?

Cash-strapped and oversubscribed, the pressure on universities and students seems unprecedented. The coalition government is committed to cuts in budgets as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, but the A-level results over the summer already revealed a tight squeeze on the numbers of new entrants. So should universities react by applying ruthless business models, bringing in more lucrative foreign students or forming closer bonds with industry and business?

Philip Dodd is joined by an audience of students, academics and administrators at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland for an airing of opinion and analysis about what should happen next.

This edition of Night Waves is one of three programme recorded across the North East ahead of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival at The Sage, Gateshead in November.

Presenter/Philip Dodd, Producer/Zahid Warley

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 28 October 2010
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The League Of Gentlemen's Ghost Chase

Thursday 28 October
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

For the first time in more than five years The League Of Gentlemen reunite for a real-life paranormal adventure, spending the night in one of Britain's most haunted houses.

Although this quartet of comedy writers and performers have been influenced by horror in book, stage and screen, they all remain sceptical concerning the existence of ghosts. By carrying out their own investigation they will either challenge or confirm their beliefs.

Reece Shearsmith hosts the evening as he takes the team to Gloucestershire to visit The Ancient Ram Inn, a favourite location among ghost hunting groups.

The League Of Gentlemen explore the reputedly haunted rooms of the house and take part in their very first ouija board session. Meeting a spirit medium, a psychic investigator and working with scientific equipment, they examine the house's reputation and invite the spirits to appear.

Presenter/Reece Shearsmith, Producer/Stephen Garner for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 28 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Thursday 28 October
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents an in-depth look at the sports stories making the headlines.

From 7.30pm, 5 Live Sport presents Great Ashes Characters and welcomes guests including Allan Lamb and Michael Vaughan to look back at the larger-than-life personalities who make their mark when England meets Australia on the cricket field.

At 9pm, 5 Live Formula 1 delivers a special programme looking ahead to the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the 2010 season reaches a climax.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 28 October 2010
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Huey Morgan

Thursday 28 October
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan
Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan

Huey Morgan is joined by new Los Angeles band Warpaint for a live session. The all-girl line-up first started grabbing the attention of music bloggers worldwide with the release of their track Billie Holiday.

A few months on, the hype has been realised with the release of their debut album The Fool. They play live tracks from the album for Huey and BBC 6 Music listeners.

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Nemone

Thursday 28 October
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music presenter Nemone
BBC 6 Music presenter Nemone

After releasing their self-titled EP back in September 2008, Australian psychedelic garage rockers Tame Impala have released their debut album Innerspeaker in the UK.

Recorded and produced by the band's own Kevin Parker in an enormous tree-house mansion with a 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean, the album was mixed by Dave Fridmann who has recently worked with MGMT and Flaming Lips. The result is a true cosmic journey channelling the spirit of Cream and Blue Cheer.

The band joins Nemone in the studio for a lunchtime chat.

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Marc Riley

Thursday 28 October
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

There's a welcome return from the Willkommen Collective's The Climbers, who are in session tonight.

The Climbers are named after annual trips to the Lake District taken by chief songwriter Tim West and his musician/producer school friend Christian Hardy (The Leisure Society). Tim and Christian's friendship began on their first excursion from their home town of Burton upon Trent, a school field trip during which they found a shared fixation with Radiohead's album OK Computer, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, mountains and death. It was an alliance which quickly bore fruit, when Christian released his first solo EP, Something In Construction back in 2005, which featured several songs co-written with Tim.

Meanwhile Tim was to introduce Christian to Nick Hemming, ultimately leading to the formation of The Leisure Society. The burgeoning Willkommen Collective became an integral part of The Climbers story, as Tim invited a vast array of singers and musicians to collaborate, resulting in a kind of Willkommen "super group" studio project, featuring members of The Leisure Society, Sons Of Noel & Adrian, Shoreline, Absentee, Sharon Lewis and many more. Their debut album The Good Ship was released earlier this year.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Chouhdry

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 28 October
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe mines the BBC archives for a Tindersticks concert, recorded at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, plus Seattle singer Laura Veirs at Summer Sundae in 2004.

In session there's an early UK appearance from Pavement; Talk Talk from 1983; a 1970 set from Story Teller; and the feisty proto-girl power quartet from Birmingham, the marvellously named We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Going To Use It, for John Peel's show in 1986.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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Network Radio BBC Week 43: Friday 29 October 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Friday 29 October 2010
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BBC ELECTRIC PROMS
BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Robert Plant

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 29 October
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and lyricist Robert Plant
Grammy Award-winning vocalist and lyricist Robert Plant

Tonight legendary Grammy Award-winning vocalist and lyricist Robert Plant takes to the stage with Band Of Joy and the London Oriana Choir at the Roundhouse in London, for the second of three BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms for 2010, presented by Jo Whiley.

The programme explores Plant's musical influences, from Delta blues through to rock and the native sounds of Africa. The set features a number of much-loved Led Zeppelin and solo numbers together with eclectic new material from his latest critically acclaimed release, Band Of Joy, which is the follow up from his multi-Grammy Award-winning album Raising Sand, on which he collaborated with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Plant performs with a new incarnation of his Band Of Joy including singer Patty Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, guitarist and co-producer Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House. Plant is also joined on stage by the 60-strong London Oriana Choir for unique moments from Plant's repertoire.

A special three-hour-long edition of Simon Mayo's Drivetime broadcast live from the venue from 5-8pm builds up to the concert, capturing the excitement of the evening, talking to performers from the show and featuring live acoustic performances. Plus there are all the usual travel updates, sports reports and money news.

BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Robert Plant is broadcast live on Radio 2 tonight, and then shown on BBC Two on Saturday 6 November as a part of A Night With Robert Plant, a special night dedicated to showcasing Robert's continuing musical legacy.

In addition to the concert, a new and exclusive documentary about Plant's life and musical history featuring a rare interview with the man himself will also be broadcast on BBC Two, making it a must-see night for any music fan; and BBC Red Button and online will provide exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage to accompany the television programmes.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Radio 2 Live Music

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The New Radio 2 Arts Show With Claudia Winkleman

Friday 29 October
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Claudia Winkleman is joined by Matthew Bourne OBE, celebrated ballet and dance choreographer. Matthew discusses his new production of Cinderella, an evocative journey through London during the Second World War. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised, this brand new production has been created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the London Blitz.

Plus, Sue Steward reviews the latest photographic exhibitions, and Xan Brooks reviews the latest film releases, including The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, which is one of the highlights of this year's London Film Festival.

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 29 October 2010
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The Verb

Friday 29 October
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Poet and BBC Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan
Poet and BBC Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan presents BBC Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring a selection of great poetry and new writing.

This week Ian's guests are best-selling novelist Audrey Niffeneger, with a new piece of short fiction; and poets Sean O'Brien and Luke Wright.

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 29 October 2010
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Inside The Cage

Friday 29 October
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Felicity Finch explores the phenomenal rise of mixed martial arts from inside the cage, following the story of debut pro-fighter Mike Wood.

She first encounters Mike Wood at a friend's gym in Farnborough and within five minutes of their first meeting they are rolling around on the mat. Mike is training for BAMMA 3, the third international contest of the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts which is being held at Birmingham's LG arena.

Through Mike, his trainer Andy Roberts and his match maker Jude Samuels, Felicity learns about the appeal of the sport, the ongoing moves to regulate it and the money that can be made for the lucky few.

Mike's partner Gill is a nurse. Mike's training is intense, he has given up his day job and is collecting their son from school with two black eyes and painted toenails; but that is another story.

From Mike's seven-year-old son, Joe, and Dr Peter Maguire of the British Medical Association, Felicity also learns about the dark side. While making the programme another debut professional fighter, Michael Kirkham, dies after being knocked out in the cage and not regaining consciousness.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 29 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Friday 29 October
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

5 Live Sport has the latest sport and debate with Darren Fletcher, including commentaries on the big games and sporting events, followed by Kicking Off which previews the weekend's sporting action.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 29 October 2010
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The Battle Of King Salmon Ep1/2

New series
Friday 29 October
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

The BBC's Nick Rankin travels to the Bristol Bay area in Alaska to see how humans are exploiting the greatest wild salmon run on Earth, in the first of this two-part series.

Each year over 50 million fish leave the Pacific Ocean and fight their way up to the headwaters of mighty river systems where they mate, spawn and die. The young salmon make their way out to sea again and, year after year, as the fish swim back to their birthplace, fishermen are there waiting for them.

Nick joins a commercial fishing boat at the mouth of the Egigik River to find a strictly regulated fishery and hardened crews who fight it out to get the best spots and the biggest catches. He also throws the net out on the Wood River with a native Yupik man whose people have subsistence fished the Alaskan salmon for millennia.

Presenter/Nick Rankin

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