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Network Radio BBC Week 44: 31 October-5 November

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 30 October 2010
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Sounds Of The 60s

Saturday 30 October
8.05-10.00am BBC RADIO 2

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

The Sixties Chronicles digs into the archives for the events of this coming week during the Sixties. The programme includes the news stories, social happenings, the week's events in music, films, 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 the 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 30 October
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 presenter Graham Norton

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.

From his listeners' suggestions, Graham selects a hit from the past that hasn't quite stood the test of time for I Can't Believe It's Not Better.

He also invites listeners to submit their favourite Tune With A Tale, where one unfortunate listener chats to Mr Norton about their personal interpretation of a familiar song.

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

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

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Pick Of The Pops

Saturday 30 October
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dale Winton bids his loyal listeners a fond farewell as he presents his last Pick Of The Pops, counting down the charts from this week in 1959 and 1983, with classics from Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny & The Hurricanes, Lydia Murdock and Lionel Richie.

Passing the baton to radio legend Tony Blackburn, Dale says: "I've had a ball on BBC Radio 2 presenting Pick Of The Pops for the past 10 years. I wish Tony as much fun as I've had romping through the musical decades."

Presenter/Dale Winton, Producer/Malcolm Prince for the BBC

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Dermot O'Leary

Saturday 30 October
3.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary presents a Saturday Session from Scottish songstress KT Tunstall and he catches up with fashion expert Gok Wan.

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 song writing in the US.

On returning home, KT had amassed 75 new songs and 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 such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

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

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BBC ELECTRIC PROMS
BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Simon Mayo

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 30 October
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Drivetime and Simon Mayo are live from BBC Radio 2's mega music event – the Electric Proms – counting down to the final star performer: Neil Diamond.

Simon captures the excitement of the evening, talking to the stars of the show and featuring live music by some of today's hottest music acts.

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

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BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms – Neil Diamond

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 30 October
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2
Music legend Neil Diamond performs for the last night of the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms
Music legend Neil Diamond performs for the last night of the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms

Chris Evans and Jo Whiley are back at the London Roundhouse as Neil Diamond performs for the last night of the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms.

After a career spanning five decades, more than 128 million worldwide record sales, dozens of Top 40 hits, a Grammy and a Golden Globe, Neil Diamond is truly a musical legend. Tonight, he revisits his own back catalogue, which includes classic songs such as I'm A Believer and Sweet Caroline. He also showcases his skills as a performer with interpretations of his favourite songs from other rock composers such as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, The Eagles and Randy Newman.

BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms – Neil Diamond is broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 tonight. It is also shown on BBC Two on Saturday 13 November as a part of A Night With Neil Diamond, a special night dedicated to showcasing Diamond's musical legacy, which includes a documentary about Neil's prolific and rich music career. Specially tailored BBC Red Button programmes take viewers deeper backstage and into the making of the Electric Proms event with exclusive rehearsal footage and artist interviews, presented by Jo Whiley.

Presenters/Chris Evans and Jo Whiley, Producer/BBC Radio 2 Live Music

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BBC Radio 2's Electric Proms Aftershow

Saturday 30 October
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Following Neil Diamond's incredible performance, Bob Harris broadcasts from the backstage area of London's historic Roundhouse, with all the atmosphere and special guests from the Electric Proms after-show parties.

Bob also looks back at the heyday of the venue in the psychedelic Sixties and chats to Sir Elton John and Robert Plant about their set lists and influences and plays highlights from their performances.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Simpson

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 30 October 2010
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The Early Music Show – Pepys' Diary

Saturday 30 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Samuel Pepys began writing his famed diary 350 years ago. As a keen amateur musician and a man who mixed with many important members of society, including composers, there is a wonderful breadth of musical references and anecdotes in Pepys's writings. Lucie Skeaping explores this myriad of musical mentions.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Sam Philips

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World Routes – Music Of Afghanistan

Saturday 30 October
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucy Duran explores the music of Afghanistan in a session with young rubab player Wahid Delahang and tabla player Wahid Wahidi.

Lucy also talks to writer Simon Broughton about his new compilation of music from the country's rich musical landscape.

Looking ahead, Lucy launches the World Routes Academy 2011, with a session from the newly selected mentee.

Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Peter Meanwell

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Opera On 3 – Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Saturday 30 October
6.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Tonight's Opera On 3 is a concert performance of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles. Leader of the pearl fishers, Zurga, and his friend Nadir both fall for the same woman, Léïla, but decide to put their friendship first and not see her again.

When Léïla, now a priestess, appears in their camp a few months later, Nadir can't help his feelings, leaving Zurga with the dilema of punishing or forgiving them. Alexandra Wilson presents and talks to conductor Antonio Pappano about why there's more to this opera than just the famous duet.

Léïla is sung by Nicole Cabell (soprano); Nadir by John Osborn (tenor); Zurga by Gerald Finley (baritone); and Nourabad by Raymond Aceto (bass).

Presenter/Alexandra Wilson, Producer/Ellie Mant

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Between The Ears – Summer Sesshin

Saturday 30 October
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Between The Ears hears from those who have to balance stressful lives with their Buddhist outlook.

Andy is a typical London taxi driver and his daily life involves navigating through the choked streets of the capital. However, Andy is also a monk who takes listeners to the totally different world of a Buddhist retreat and what is known as a "summer sesshin". "Sesshin" is a Japanese word which means "touching the heart-mind" and involves a period of intensive meditation in a Zen monastery.

Listeners also hear from a young Polish student who exchanges her work behind one of the noisiest city bars for the silence of the Buddhist retreat; and also from a chip-shop owner who attempts to escape the chaos of a Saturday night by attending a sesshin. Can the silence of the sesshin be carried back into the frenetic chaos of daily life?

Between The Ears records the precise, beautiful sounds marking the timing of daily rituals such as wake-up, meditation, meals and work.

Producer/Mark Rickards

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 30 October 2010
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Oktoberfest!

Saturday 30 October
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

John F Jungclaussen, UK correspondent for German newspaper Die Zeit, travels to Munich to join the millions of revellers celebrating 200 years of the Oktoberfest – the largest folk festival in the world.

As a student, Jungclaussen spent three years working at the festival selling cigarettes in one of the big beer tents. He was born in the northern city of Hamburg and found Bavaria to be an alien land – a place of strange customs where people wear lederhosen and dirndl dresses, drink beer out of huge mugs and where brass bands play "oompah" music.

In this programme, Jungclaussen returns to the festival to ask what it means for Bavarian identity and why over six million tourists come from across the globe to join in. He speaks to Prince Luitpold of Bavaria whose great-great-great-grandfather, King Ludwig I, founded the Oktoberfest in 1810 and who has had a long argument with the city of Munich over his right to sell beer at the festival.

He also meets a tent owner who sells thousands of litres of beer for 12 hours a day to increasingly inebriated partygoers. He asks how Bavarian symbols and customs have come to represent the German stereotype and considers why many are still wary of celebrating their national and local identity since the Second World War.

Presenter/John F Jungclaussen, Producer/Susie Warhurst for Unique Broadcasting Company

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The Vanishing

Saturday 30 October
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Tim Krabbe's cult novella, The Vanishing, is dramatised by Oliver Emanuel for BBC Radio 4.

When Rex and Saskia stop at a petrol station, Saskia goes in to buy drinks – and is never seen again.

Eight years later, Rex is so haunted by her disappearance that he sets out to discover what happened to her, regardless of the cost.

This chilling love story takes listeners to the heart of the perfect crime. Samuel West stars as Rex; Melody Grove as Saskia; Ruth Gemmell as Lieneke; Liam Brennan as Lemorne; Natasha Watson as Denise; Claire Knight as the Cashier/Woman; and Robin Laing as Jean-Pierre Gallo/Manager.

Producer/Kirsty Williams for the BBC

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El Tren Fantasma (The Ghost Train)

Saturday 30 October
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This atmospheric acoustic journey from Los Mochis to Veracruz, across the heart of Mexico from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, uses archive recordings to recreate a passenger service which no longer exists.

It is more than a decade since the Mexican State Railway System operated its last continuous passenger service across the country.

Sound recordist Chris Watson spent a month on board the train with some of the last passengers to travel this route. In this sound portrait, based on his original recordings, he recreates the journey of the "ghost train", evoking memories of a recent past, capturing the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of human life and wildlife along the tracks of one of Mexico's greatest engineering projects.

The recordings used in this programme were originally made by Chris while in Mexico with a film crew for the BBC Television programme, Great Railways Journeys – Mexico.

Producer/Sarah Blunt for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 30 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 30 October
12.00noon-6.06pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

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

From 3pm, there is live coverage of all the 3pm kick-offs, including Arsenal versus West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers versus Chelsea in the Premier League, and Rangers versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League. There are also updates and reports from Premiership rugby.

At 5pm, Sports Report delivers post-match reports and interviews, the classified football results and regular updates from Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur, which kicks off at 5.30pm.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 30 October 2010
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5 Live Football League

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 30 October
2.45-5.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can enjoy commentary on a 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 30 October 2010
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Dance Anthems With Dave Pearce

Saturday 30 October
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Dave Pearce presents classic dance anthems from the last three decades of club culture. On this week's show, there's another featured record label profile, brand-new, unsigned music and, in the last half hour, a guest mix from old-skool ravers Shades Of Rhythm.

Best known for their hits Sound Of Eden and Extacy, which conquered the charts in the early Nineties, Shades Of Rhythm were one of the stalwarts of the rave scene. Hailing from Peterborough, the band soon built up a reputation as a formidable live act and headlined every major party of the era including Fantazia, Raindance, Sunrise and Amnesia.

They later signed to Trevor Horn's ZTT Records and have been remixed by X-Press 2 and Joey Negro. As the band prepare to reissue their debut album, 20 years on, they go in the mix for Dave, playing a selection of old-skool classics.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson for Somethin'Else

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 31 October 2010
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FAITH IN THE WORLD WEEK
Aled Jones With Good Morning Sunday

Sunday 31 October
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2 (Guest update 20 October)

Aled Jones marks the end of Faith In The World Week
Aled Jones marks the end of Faith In The World Week

To mark the end of Faith In The World Week, Aled Jones talks to social entrepreneur John Bird who was born in London to a poor family. He became homeless at the age of five, lived in an orphanage between the ages of 7 and 10, and went into prison in his teenage years. He slept rough on the streets of London and returned to prison a number of times in his late twenties.

As the founder of the Big Issue in June 1995 he was awarded the MBE for services to homeless people. And in 2006 he received the Beacon Fellowship Prize for his energy and originality in raising awareness of homelessness and his support of homeless communities worldwide. Bird discusses to what extent the role that money and resources can play in alleviating the plight of those most marginalised.

Aled also speaks to Abbot Christopher Jamison who has been outspoken about the relationship between the financial markets and ethics. Commissioned to help with the development of the Financial Services Authority’s An Ethical Framework for Financial Services, he offered the classical virtues of fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence as an ethical foundation for the financial services industry. Christopher is also well known as the former Abbot of Worth Abbey which featured in the BBC Two series, The Monastery.

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

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Weekend Wogan

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 31 October
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter performs live in the studio, as Sir Terry Wogan introduces another edition of Weekend Wogan from the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

There's also live music from the Elio Pace House Band and salty old seadog John "Boggy" Marsh drops in with some wit and wisdom.

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

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 31 October 2010
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Private Passions

Sunday 31 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Baroness Shirley Williams, one of Britain's leading politicians, discusses her love of music with Michael Berkeley.

Many of her musical choices are related to particular periods in her life. The Storm At Sea Interlude from Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes recalls her links with East Anglia; while an excerpt from Handel's Messiah and Kathleen Ferrier singing the Northumbrian folksong, The Keel Row, remind her of a time she sang in Messiah as a teenager.

Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring recalls her American experiences; while she first encountered the music of Schubert in Germany, and learnt to appreciate its subtlety and beauty.

Simon And Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water epitomises the politically turbulent Sixties, while Henry Purcell's The Plaint from The Fairy Queen brings to mind the anguish of bereavement.

Presenter/Michael Berkley, Producer/Sarah Cropper

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The Early Music Show –
Opera Profile: Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso

Sunday 31 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott continues the Early Music Show's series of opera profiles by delving into the music and history surrounding Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso.

Based on the epic poem by Ariosto, the libretto by Grazio Braccioli provided Vivaldi with some very intense datic opportunities, including star-crossed lovers, dark magic and ultimate madness.

Nowadays, Vivaldi is not remembered for his contributions to the stage, but he once claimed to have written 94 operas. Evidence has only been found for 20 of those, and much of the music was recycled endlessly from one production to another, but Orlando Furioso was arguably his most popular opera, and has been revived a number of times in recent years.

Today's Early Music Show focuses mainly on a more recent recording by Jean-Christophe Spinosi's Ensemble Matheus, which featured Philippe Jaroussky as Ruggiero. Jaroussky is preparing to play the role on stage in Paris in 2011, and speaks enthusiastically about the opera, and about Vivaldi's much-neglected music for the stage.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Les Pratt

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Discovering Music – Malcolm Arnold's Fifth Symphony

Sunday 31 October
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Malcolm Arnold has gained a posthumous reputation as a composer of light and superficial music. Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra delve into the world of his Fifth Symphony, however, and discover a surprisingly dark and complex world – a work full of irony, conflict and above all: anguish.

The progme also looks back at Arnold's views on social music-making, featuring archive interviews with the composer.

Presenter/Charles Hazlewood, Producer/Sam Phillips

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Da On 3 – Say Goodbye Twice

Sunday 31 October
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

To mark the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence from Britain, Say Goodbye Twice is a rollicking new Peckham noir comedy by acclaimed young playwright Oladipo Agboluaje.

British Nigerian Noelle's son wants to move to Nigeria with his father, a Nollywood producer, for a taste of the good life he has been denied while growing up on their Peckham estate.

The fact that Noelle's a disgraced ex-copper with a criminal past and a severe lack of money isn't helping her hang on to him. But when she takes one more dodgy job for cash, Noelle is pulled into a conspiracy which will finally force her to negotiate between her dual identities, and find a way of living with them both.

Noelle is played by Ellen Thomas, Paul by Tobi Bakare, Chike by Jude Akuwudike, Femi Fatai by Estella Daniels, Shina by Femi Elufowoju Jr, Simeon Atta by Lucian Msamati, Kayode/Henry by Chucky Venn, Chang/Khan by Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sanni by Wale Ojo, Gibson by Sean Baker, Barry by Ben Crowe and Mrs Witham by Christine Kavanagh.

Producer/Jonquil Panting

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Sunday Feature – The Romans In Britain Ep 2/2

Sunday 31 October
9.30-10.15pm BBC RADIO 3

In the second part of Romans In Britain, historian Bettany Hughes investigates the shocking dislocation at the end of Roman rule.

It's hard to imagine London closing for business, becoming a ghost town whose citizens have fled, with a choice of growing their own vegetables in the countryside or becoming bully boys for a local war leader, but that's exactly what happened when Roman rule collapsed in Britain.

The usurper emperors accidentally brought about a systems collapse. In the maelstrom that followed, pagan Anglo Saxons, who'd originally been Roman mercenaries, were joined by new immigrants from their Germanic homelands and many eastern Romano-Brits decided that they were the future, while others desperately clung to their Roman Christian ways.

In Wales, Cornwall and Devon, they looked on aghast at this barbarism. An early form of devolution, and a boost in local power (legend has it from the rebel emperor Magnus Maximus), led the West to hold on proudly to their Roman identity, fending off Saxons and assimilated Saxon "wannabes" until the medieval campaigns of Edward I.

Edward may have thought of himself as the true heir of Rome, but to the Welsh he was nothing more than the last barbarian.

Presenter/Bettany Hughes, Producer/Louise Yeoman

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Words And Music – Witches And Sorcerers

Sunday 31 October
10.15-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

On Halloween, Words And Music takes a suitably dark turn, with a progme built around the theme of witches and sorcerers; those sinister beings who have captured the imagination and chilled the blood of poets, datists and composers for centuries.

This edition also brings together a critically acclaimed theatrical duo, Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman.

On the night associated with creatures of darkness, the progme sweeps into the land of Oz, home of the Wicked Witch of the West; delves into Goethe's account of the sorcerer's misguided apprentice; and transports listeners to Prospero's isle, as the wizard-ruler struggles to abandon his magical powers.

Some of literature's most iconic witches and wizards are explored, from Shakespeare's cauldron-stirring hags to Christopher Marlow's tortured Dr Faustus. Music ranges from Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain to Nina Simone's classic version of I Put A Spell On You; from Paul Dukas's much-loved The Sorcerer's Apprentice to Thomas Adès's The Tempest.

Readers/Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, Producer/Georgia Mann

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 31 October 2010
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The Ramayana Ep 1/2

New series
Sunday 31 October
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This two-part series is a modern version of an ancient Indian epic and one of the world's most popular love stories.

Teenager Sita sees the most beautiful stranger in the street and decides that she will either marry him or die. He is Prince a, heir to the throne, but his stepmother wants a sent into exile.

The ayana tells the story of the separation and reunion of two lovers. Amber Lone's modern version is scheduled to coincide with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which celebrates a and Sita's return to their kingdom.

Sita is played by Manjinder Virk, a by Lloyd Thomas, Lakshman by Adeel Aktar, Ravan by Paul Bhattacharjee, Surparnaka by Sasha Behar, Dasarath by Jude Akuwudike, the sister by Deeivya Meir and Bharat by Saikat Ahamed. Composer Niraj Chag creates the original music.

Producer/Claire Grove for the BBC

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The Electric Polyolbion

Sunday 31 October
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Part-poetry and part-national topological survey with a rich seam of encounters along the way, The Electric Polyolbion is poet and broadcaster Paul Farley's reimagining of Michael Drayton's sprawling, extraordinary Poly-Olbion, first published in 1612.

Drayton's Poly-Olbion is a remarkable poem of 30,000 lines, arranged in 30 sections or "songs", describing the geography and history of England and Wales county by county.

The Electric Polyolbion will follow and explore the same topographies as Drayton's work, with Paul using its precursor to create a new version out of a contemporary landscape that incorporates and synthesises historical, scientific, political, literary, pop-cultural and autobiographical dimensions into the imaginative region of the long poem.

As he travels the country, Paul writes his own long-form verse in and around the places and references of Drayton's original – the same landscapes but two wildly different time fes.

Presenter/Paul Farley, Producer/Simon Hollis for Brook Lapping Productions

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 31 October 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 31 October
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Ian Payne presents the day's sporting news and a review of the weekend's big stories.

There are also updates from the Premier League derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham and reports from this morning's Four Nations rugby league clash between Australia and England.

From 1.30pm, Ian is joined by a panel of fans to discuss the hottest football issues in Sunday Roast alongside updates from the second Premier League derby of the day between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

At 3pm, Mark Chapman presents the build-up to Bolton Wanderers' match against Liverpool (kick-off 4pm), along with the latest updates from rugby union's Premiership, followed by live Premier League commentary from Bolton at home.

Presenters/Ian Payne and Mark Chapman, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 31 October 2010
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Rugby Union

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 31 October
8.50-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live from Melbourne, listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on Australia versus England in the Four Nations Tournament.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live NFL

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 31 October
4.45-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

With the NFL regular season bringing a match to London for the fourth consecutive year, Darren Fletcher and Greg Brady present full match commentary as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium.

Presenters/Darren Fletcher and Greg Brady, Producer/Simon Crosse for USP

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 31 October 2010
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Cerys On 6

Sunday 31 October
10.00am-12.00noon BBC 6 MUSIC

Ahead of their Halloween special for BBC Two, Psychoville's Steve Pemberton and Reece Sheersmith join Cerys Matthews to play some monster tunes.

Also on the show are actor Ryan Gosling and best friend Zach Shields, who front musical collective Dead Man's Bones. Continuing the spooky feel, they discuss their supernatural-themed concept album.

Presenter/Cerys Matthews, Producer/Alicia Brown

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The First Time With Neil Tennant

Sunday 31 October
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Since their very first single, West End Girls, was released in 1984, the Pet Shop Boys have occupied a unique place in the UK pop firmament.

Responsible for some of the most idiosyncratic and successful electronic music ever, their career spans some 10 albums and an incredible 55 singles.

On The First Time this week, Matt Everitt meets Neil Tennant and looks into the band's history, their ability to meld underground dance culture with massive mainstream success, their greatest (and most ridiculous) artistic gestures and, most intriguingly, Tennant and his bandmate Chris Lowe's 30-year relationship – charting the personal story and inspirations behind a group who are "half Oscar Wilde and half Kraftwerk".

Presenter/Matt Everitt, Producer/Henry Lopez-Real

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Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

Sunday 31 October
4.00-6.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Director, producer and screenwriter Guillermo Del Toro, whose films include Pan's Labyrinth and Hell Boy, joins Jarvis Cocker.

To keep with the Halloween theme, Jarvis will be putting together a spine-tingling mix.

Presenter/Jarvis Cocker, Producer/Alicia Brown

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6 Mix Halloween Special With Edgar Wright

Sunday 31 October
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Having dealt with an apocalyptic uprising of zombies in Shaun Of The Dead, who better to present the 6 Mix Halloween special than award-winning film director Edgar Wright?

Edgar's guest is legendary director and actor John Landis, who wrote and directed An American Werewolf In London. Expect a blood-curdling playlist and the odd ghoulish twist this Halloween.

Presenter/Edgar Wright, Producer/James Stirling

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BBC RADIO 1 Monday 1 November 2010
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Access All Areas

Monday 1 to Sunday 7 November
Various times BBC RADIO 1

Access All Areas week returns and, yet again this year, promises to give listeners unprecedented access to what goes on at the station via bbc.co.uk/radio1.

As part of this special week, Chris Moyles and the team hit the road taking the breakfast show to listeners. Over the week they will visit five towns across the UK where, each day, listeners will be invited to join Chris and watch the show being broadcast live across the nation.

More details can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/accessallareas.

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BBC Radio 1's Stories –
International Radio 1: Nihal In Sri Lanka Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 1 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Documentary series International Radio 1 returns to the station for the third time this autumn with five new, 60-minute programmes which follow BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra DJs as they travel the world exploring the musical and social background of the countries they're visiting.

In the first of the series Radio 1's Nihal visits Sri Lanka's capital Colombo to answer the question: how does a music scene, set against a backdrop of war and conflict, develop and flourish?

Nihal takes a journey through the thriving Colombo music scene to see what is being produced 18 months after the end of the war between the government and Tamil Tigers. From the beach raves in the south to the well-established hip-hop scene, young Sri Lankans have found ways to create music relevant to them. This music not only represents daily lives and challenges but also mirrors experiences unique to those who live in an environment where the threat of violence is never far away.

Nihal meets artists, producers, DJs, club owners and movers and shakers to hear how the music reflects a way of life. Among the colourful characters he meets are Tamil rapper, Krishan, who has set up his own studio and label and recently played huge gigs to hundreds of thousands of people in the north of the country (unheard of a year ago). Nihal also tracks down Iraj, king of Sri Lanka's music industry; club owner Gehan Fernandol; and the editor of an underground gay magazine in a society that hasn't yet accepted homosexuality. He also hears how hard it is for girls to party without their parents finding out.

International Radio 1 continues next week at 9pm with Rob Da Bank in Croatia. Further programmes see Jaymo And Andy George In Warsaw; Robbo Ranx In Jamaica; and Ras Kwame In Ghana.

Previous International Radio 1 documentaries have included: Gilles Peterson in Istanbul; Dan P Carter in Sydney; and Bobby Friction going to the musical edge at the Burning Man Festival in California.

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 1 November 2010
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Ken Bruce

Monday 1 to Friday 5 November
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

Macy Gray joins Ken Bruce all week to talk about her favourite music on Tracks Of My Years. There's also Popmaster and a Love Song to tug at listeners' heart strings.

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Radcliffe And Maconie

Monday 1 November
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Tonight, there's a live session from Les Shelleys, an acoustic guitar/vocal duo from Los Angeles comprising Tom Brosseau and his singing partner, Angela Correa. They chat to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie and play three live tracks from their eponymous album.

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Can't Get Used To Losing You –
The Untold Story Of Pomus And Shuman Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 1 November
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Singer Andy Williams salutes one of American pop music's greatest ever songwriting teams, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, whose songs shaped the musical landscape from the early days of rock 'n' roll through to the height of the swinging Sixties.

They've been described as the ultimate "odd couple" yet the physically challenged blues shouter and the rebellious philosophy student became one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the modern era. They composed more than 500 songs including Can't Get Used To Losing You, Viva Las Vegas, Suspicion, Surrender, Sweets For My Sweet, Save The Last Dance For Me and Lonely Avenue.

They collaborated with musical heavyweights Leiber & Stoller and Phil Spector, as well as writing hits for some of the biggest names in music, including Andy Williams, Elvis Presley (despite penning more than a dozen hit singles for Elvis, the pair never met him), Ray Charles, The Drifters, Ben E King, Bobby Darin, The Searchers, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Dionne Warwick, Robert Plant, Dr John and BB King.

Doc's disability (he had polio as a child and later needed a wheelchair) coloured his work throughout his life, most notably in his solo hit for Ray Charles, Lonely Avenue, and also in the lyrics for Save The Last Dance For Me, which he scribbled at his wedding reception when he was unable to dance with his new bride. Mort's youthful edge and passion for mambo music, meanwhile, gave their hits a vibrancy which is still evident today.

Part one takes the story up to the Sixties, when the cracks began to show in the partnership. The decade heralded a sea change within the pop industry where a new breed of singer-songwriter led by Bob Dylan sounded the death knell for the Brill Building writers. The series features interviews with Doc's daughter, Sharyn Felder; his brother Raoul Felder; his former wife, actress Willi Burke; and Mort Shuman's widow, Maria Pia Shuman, all of whom give an insight into why the pair worked so well together. Alex Halberstadt, the author of Doc's biography, describes their place in musical history; a legacy which Mort's friend, writer Ray Connolly, is clear about: "Without Pomus and Shuman we wouldn't have had Lennon and McCartney, they were that important."

There is also archive material and music, including Elvis Presley's outtakes of Suspicion and Little Sister, and early Pomus and Shuman demos of Teenager In Love and the Elvis classic (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame.

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 1 November 2010
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FREE THINKING 2010
Breakfast – Free Thoughts

Monday 1 to Sunday 7 November Sunday
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 3

Each morning this week Breakfast presents a two-minute Free Thought reflection on the theme of "happiness". It's all part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas starting on Friday 5 November which is taking "the pursuit of happiness" as its central theme.

Radio 3 asked a group of leading novelists and poets to use fiction or memoir to explore their thoughts on the subject in less than 120 seconds, and listeners can hear them read the results every day after 8.30am. Among the writers are Helen Dunmore, author of The Siege and former winner of the Orange Prize, who meditates on a moment of childhood by the sea; and Frank Cottrell Boyce, screenwriter of Hilary And Jackie, who plays with the emotional responsibility of Happy of the Seven Dwarfs, cheerleader for his brothers' happiness. David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob de Zoet, explores the meaning of happiness through a character who hasn't yet found it.

Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3's unique festival of ideas, takes place at The Sage, Gateshead from 5-7 November, with audience events led by Jacqueline Wilson, Fiona Shaw, Lord Blair, Kevin McCloud and many others. Almost everything will be broadcast on Radio 3 over the subsequent weeks. Listeners can find more details at bbc.co.uk/freethinking.

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Composer Of The Week – Vaughan Williams

Monday 1 to Friday 5 November
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Despite his fascination with music for the stage from childhood onwards, Vaughan Williams's operas remain a neglected area of his work.

This first episode in Composer Of The Week, The Stage Works – Who Wants The English composer?, focuses on Vaughan Williams's first opera, Hugh The Drover, which was influenced by his folksong collecting of the early 1900s and the concerns expressed in his 1912 essay Who Wants The English Composer?.

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Performance On 3 – The English Concert

Monday 1 November
6.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawny presents a performance by the English Concert with mezzo soprano Alice Coote.

Charismatic and richly timbred mezzo Alice joins The English Concert and Harry Bicket in Monteverdi's Lasciatemi morire, a selection of Dowland's heart-rending love songs, and as Handel's tragic heroine Lucrezia. Brilliant string concertos for violin and cello by Vivaldi complete this striking programme.

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 1 November 2010
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Book Of The Week – Letters To Monica Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 1 to Friday 5 November
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Hugh Bonneville reads Philip Larkin's Letters To Monica with an introduction from the book's editor (and a close friend of Larkin) Anthony Thwaite, giving a new and intimate insight into the poet and the man.

Larkin writes to Monica about his poetry, his lack of inspiration, his mundane life in Belfast and then Hull, his relationship with her, his parents and with his other lover, Maeve. They often discuss books and reading, writers and writing and their shared love of animals and Beatrix Potter.

In the first programme, the letters are introduced by Thwaite. Larkin arrives in Belfast to take up his new job as librarian at the University and struggles to self-publish a collection of poetry.

In Tuesday's programme, Larkin gives Monica feedback on her conversational style, meets EM Forster and ponders the difficulty of writing a new novel. On Wednesday Larkin successfully gains the head librarianship in Hull, has his collection The Less Deceived published and is frustrated by his new neighbours. On Thursday, Larkin works on his poem about An Arundel Tomb which he first saw with Monica and ponders the nature of their relationship. Finally, on Friday, Larkin looks back at his life leading up to his 50th birthday. Despite the success of The Whitsun Weddings, he wonders if he has achieved all he set out to.

The abridger is Miranda Davies.

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Grayson On His Bike

Monday 1 November
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Eccentric artist Grayson Perry takes his teddy bear across Bavaria on a highly decorated Kenilworth AM1 motorcycle
Eccentric artist Grayson Perry takes his teddy bear across Bavaria on a highly decorated Kenilworth AM1 motorcycle

Grayson Perry takes his teddy bear and childhood hero, Alan Measles, across Bavaria on a highly decorated Kenilworth AM1 motorcycle, reflecting on art and pilgrimage along the way.

Grayson spent a troubled childhood in suburban Essex creating a fantasy life where he fought off the brutish invading Germans under the command of his teddy bear, Alan Measles – a plucky wartime resistance leader who became his hero, a sort of personal God and the embodiment of everything that was good about masculinity.

Now Grayson has commissioned a highly decorative Kenilworth AM1 motorcycle with a shrine on the back for his teddy bear. Their inaugural voyage, 10 Days Of Alan, takes them across Bavaria on a mission of reconciliation with their old enemies.

Starting out from their hometown of Chelmsford, Grayson and Alan's journey takes in the Twenties Nurburgring racetrack and religious icons like the Isenheim Altar by Matthias Grunewald. They visit the castles of Mad King Ludwig the second, Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Neuschwanstein; the Brandhorst Museum of Contemporary Art in Munich; and end up in Backnang, Chelmsford's twin town, to hand over a message of goodwill to the local Mayor.

Throughout the journey, Grayson and Alan reflect on the nature of art and pilgrimage, the future of kitsch and the speed of their motorbike on Tyrolean mountain passes.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 1 November 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 1 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents The Monday Night Club with football debate on the big stories from the weekend, followed by commentary of Blackpool versus West Bromwich Albion (kick-off 8pm).

From 10pm Mark Chapman and Dave Vitty bring listeners up-to-date with all the latest football issues in Football Express.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 1 November 2010
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Huey Morgan

Monday 1 November
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Huey Morgan sits in for Lauren Laverne and is joined by Squeeze for a live session.

It's been more than 30 years since the Deptford greats released their debut album and they returned in October with a new album full of reworkings of their best-loved songs. Called Spot The Difference, it is their first studio album in 12 years.

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Nemone

Monday 1 November
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Maximo Park's Paul Smith releases his debut solo album, Margins, on his own record label Billingham Records. After seven years as the front man for Maximo Park, Smith felt the seven-year itch to do something different. Paul shares his influences on the lunchtime show and hand-picks tracks to play out across the week.

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Marc Riley

Monday 1 November
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Eighties angular popsters The Nightingales are in session for Marc Riley tonight.

The band were formed by members of punk rockers The Prefects after they split in 1979. Fronted and led by Robert Lloyd, the band enjoyed cult status in the early Eighties and were championed by the late, great John Peel, doing more live sessions for him than any other band apart from The Fall.

They supported acts on tour as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico before splitting up in the late Eighties. They got back together full time in the spring of 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley. The current line-up is Lloyd, Apperley, ex-Pram drummer Daren Garratt, Andreas Schmid on bass and guitarist Matt Wood.

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Gideon Coe

Monday 1 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents concert archive from Nick Cave performing in 1998 and ethereal Icelandic outfit Sigur Rós. Classic BBC sessions come from Tori Amos around her breakthrough Little Earthquakes album, popular "goof rock" duo Ween, cult indie angst from Darren Hayman's Hefner and Eighties political gloom rock courtesy of McCarthy.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 1 November 2010
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Return To White Horse Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 1 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Carrie Grace's series returns to chart the journey of three Chinese families as they see their once tiny village, a thousand miles from Beijing, destroyed and transformed to make way for 21st-century China.

Overcoming barriers of language and culture, the story is told through the voices of those experiencing the urban revolution. The series discovers how they are adjusting and meets the new arrivals who have moved in to the office blocks and apartment buildings.

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Network Radio BBC Week 44: Tuesday 2 November 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 2 November 2010
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Jamie Cullum

Tuesday 2 November
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

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, British jazz singer and lyricist Norma Winstone plays in session with her trio at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in the lead-up to their performance at the London Jazz Festival.

In a career which has spanned more than 40 years, Norma has worked with most of the big names in British jazz, including Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick and John Taylor. Tonight's session sees her performing tracks from her latest album, Stories To Tell, with saxophonist and clarinettist Klaus Gesing and pianist Glauco Venier.

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Radcliffe And Maconie

Tuesday 2 November
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie chat with comedian Bill Bailey about his upcoming show at London's Wyndham Theatre, Dandelion Mind.

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 2 November 2010
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Performance On 3 – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Tuesday 2 November
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Canadian virtuoso violinist Janes Ehnes
Canadian virtuoso violinist Janes Ehnes

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in which Giandrea Noseda conducts an exciting programme, from Shostakovich's extraordinary Soviet film score King Lear to Bartók's passionate First Violin Concerto, performed by Canadian virtuoso Janes Ehnes. The concert concludes with the Hollywood glamour and heart-rending melodies of Rachmaninov's Third Symphony – his very own symphony from the new world.

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 2 November 2010
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Saving Species Ep 10/23

Tuesday 2 November
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Saving Species features the spectacle of wintering geese and reports from Islay and Norfolk, as Brett Westwood continues to examine the world of nature and the challenges of wildlife conservation.

Joanna Pinnock is in Norfolk with pink-footed geese, and Michael Scott is in Islay edging ever closer to Greenland white-fronted geese and barnacle geese. The conservation of these birds is a great success story linking the UK with the Arctic, and the geese, with other wildfowl, provide one of the great animal spectacles of the world.

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Tom, Michael And George

Tuesday 2 November
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Toby Jones marks the 50th anniversary of British horror film Peeping Tom, and examines its effects on the careers of director Michael Powell and photographer George Harrison Marks.

There was widespread condemnation of Peeping Tom. Anglo-Amalgamated, which had financed the film, was alarmed at the furore and curtailed the film's UK distribution, selling it on.

The film resurfaced in the United States and Europe a couple of years later, but in a cut version. When the film arrived at the British Board of Film Classification in 1960, seven cuts were made in order to allow the film to be classified at "X".

For Michael Powell, the hostile reaction to this movie effectively ended his long and illustrious career, which had included The Red Shoes and A Matter Of Life And Death.

Conversely, for George Harrison Marks, a consultant on the film, it boosted his career, leading to the first British feature film to include nudity.

Peeping Tom was only recognised as a masterpiece in the late Seventies, thanks to the efforts of Martin Scorsese.

Contributors to the programme include Michael's son, Columba Powell; Shirley Anne Field, who appeared in the film; and Michael Winner.

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Beat It – The World Of The Modern Drummer

Tuesday 2 November
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Beat It – The World Of The Modern Drummer is a fun exploration of life at the back of a band.

Phill Jupitus explores the modern drummer with contributions from Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Radiohead's Phil Selway.

The programme features Clem Burke, drummer with Blondie, and Dr Marcus Smith who, together, have proven that Clem burns a similar amount of calories during a concert as a Premier League footballer during a match. Phil Collins and Stewart Copeland explain how they cope with the physical demands of performing and their reactions to negative images of the drummer.

This programme hears its fair share of drummer jokes and Collins reveals what he thought of the gorilla crashing his way through In The Air Tonight for that famous television commercial.

Producer/John Sugar for Sugar Productions

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Afternoon Play – Setting A Glass

Tuesday 2 November
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

James Fleet stars in Setting A Glass
James Fleet stars in Setting A Glass

In Nick Warburton's touching play, Mike is called to the bedside of his mother who is fading away. But for some reason he can't settle and sit with her.

Mike arrives at the hospital in the middle of the night. He walks through empty corridors looking for a coffee machine. Without realising it he's avoiding sitting at his mother's bedside.

He gets talking to an auxiliary nurse, a disgruntled but determined young woman whose life is starting, just as his mother's is ending. As he tells this complete stranger about his mum's uneventful life, her small achievements, he comes to understand some of the mechanisms at play in his strange inability to sit with her.

And he, in turn, is able to help the young nurse put her own situation and immature predicaments into perspective.

Mike is played by James Fleet and the nurse by Hannah Pierce.

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Home Planet Ep 1/13

New series
Tuesday 2 November
3.00-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Richard Daniel and the team return for a new series to discuss listeners' questions about the world and our impact upon it.

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Red Herrings Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 November
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Author Lynda La Plante offers listeners a Red Herring
Author Lynda La Plante offers listeners a Red Herring

Red Herrings presents three short stories, specially written for BBC Radio 4 by leading authors Lynda La Plante, Brian McGilloway and Andrew Taylor, which feature that most effective weapon in the crime writer's arsenal of weapons – the red herring.

The first, Unwanted Presence, is a suspenseful tale by Lynda La Plante, read by Rory Kinnear, about a young boy and his parents who come to terms with a death in the family.

On Wednesday, Eugene O'Hare reads In Pursuit Of The Uneatable, a new crime story by Brian McGilloway. In a new case for McGilloway's detective hero Inspector Benedict Devlin, protesters get more than they bargained for at a fox hunt on the Irish borderland.

Lastly in this series of short stories, on Thursday, James Fleet reads a new crime story by Andrew Taylor, Catch-13. Taylor displays his pedigree with a brilliant story that twists and turns its way to a stimulating conclusion.

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All In The Mind Ep 1/8

New series
Tuesday 2 November
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Claudia Hammond reports on the UK's first-ever study tracking the mental health of the military while they were on active combat in Iraq, as the series exploring the limits and potential of the human mind returns.

The mental health of the UK's armed forces has been analysed before they go to war, and then tested again when they return home. But, until now, there's been scant evidence about the psychological health of the Army, Air Force and the Navy while they're actively deployed in a war zone.

Claudia Hammond reports on the first-ever UK study of Military personnel in a theatre of war, in Iraq, which gauges levels of psychological distress, post traumatic stress disorder and general health.

One of the report's authors, Professor Simon Wessely, director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research, describes the mental health lessons being learned from the front line.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 2 November 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 2 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents the day's sports news and build-up to the night's Champions League action.

From 7.45pm there is live Champions League group-stage commentary of Tottenham Hotspur versus Inter Milan, plus regular updates from Bursaspor versus Manchester United and Valencia versus Rangers.

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 2 November 2010
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Huey Morgan

Tuesday 2 November
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Huey Morgan is joined by The Walkmen for a live session.

The band, whose members all grew up around Washington DC, have been making records since 2000 and released their sixth album, Lisbon, in October on Bella Union records. They chat to Huey about the new album and play their latest single, Angela Surf City.

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Marc Riley

Tuesday 2 November
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Chorlton-cum-Hardy's very own Driver Drive Faster are live in session this evening.

Risen out of the ashes of Manchester band Polytechnic, Driver Drive Faster – Dylan, Peet and Yuri – have been gigging and recording new material in their new guise. Earlier this year they released They May Talk through Lex Records. They pop in to tell Marc Riley what they've been up to and play a few live tunes for the discerning listeners.

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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 2 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Half Man Half Biscuit are featured live in concert, plus there are concert tracks from Brighton noiseniks the Mutts. Sessions from the archive include young Mancunian folkster Liz Green, Leicester's pre-baggy quartet The Wood Children, classic English folk-rock from The Strawbs and bleeps and Wilson-esque harmonies from High Llamas.

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 3 November 2010
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The Mike Harding Show

Wednesday 3 November
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. This week, the entire programme is devoted to listeners' requests.

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Radcliffe And Maconie

Wednesday 3 November
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary producer and ex-member of Roxy Music Brian Eno chats to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie about his new work on Warp Records.

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Jazz Junctions Ep 5/10

Wednesday 3 November
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.

In part five, entitled The Night We Called It A Day – Frank Sinatra And The Sing Era, Guy Barker examines the collapse of the big bands and the rise of the singers as the Swing Era ended and the Sing Era began.

In January 1942, Frank Sinatra had been the featured singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for two years. During that time his popularity had taken off and he realised that in order to capitalise on this he had to break away from Dorsey and launch his solo career. The defining moment came on 20 September 1942. Sinatra left Dorsey and went on to record-breaking success at the Paramount Theatre in New York, originally supporting and then overtaking Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, as top of the bill – much to Goodman's confusion.

It was the beginning of the end of the Swing Era and the start of the Sing Era. Sinatra's timing was perfect; America was at war and the wives and girlfriends of the departed GIs wanted a target for their emotions. Sinatra was it. The war, coupled with the disastrous two-year Musicians' Union recording ban, started a tail-spin for the big bands, leaving the door wide open for the singers they had helped to create. Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes and dozens more singers were allowed to make records with vocal backings. And, as the back catalogue of big band records ran out, the singers flooded the charts, sealing the fate of the big bands. The bands' demise was astonishing in its speed. In 1945 the big band scene was booming, but by the end of 1947 it was dead.

Guy examines the collapse of the big bands and the rise of the singers via brand new interviews with Frank Foster, Louise Tobin, Buddy DeFranco, George Avakian, Terry Gibbs, Dave Brubeck, Scott Yanow, Ira Gitler, Dame Cleo Laine and Bruce Boyd Raeburn, alongside archive of Sammy Cahn, Nat "King" Cole and John Hammond.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 3 November 2010
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Performance On 3 – The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday 3 November
6.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

One of the leading pianists of the younger generation; Leif Ove Andsnes
One of the leading pianists of the younger generation; Leif Ove Andsnes

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by its dynamic principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, and featuring one of the leading pianists of the younger generation, Leif Ove Andsnes. They perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Eroica, retouched by Mahler.

Decades after his death Beethoven was still the most important artist around. The scale and declamation of his Third Symphony could be readily detected in the symphonies and symphony-like concertos of Brahms. The second of Brahms's Piano Concertos was the biggest since Beethoven's Emperor – a piece marked out by maturity and skill but itself displaying heroism, virtuosity and Romantic depth.

Mahler acted purely on artistic conviction when he retouched Beethoven's symphony; instruments, concert halls and audiences had changed, and Mahler invested Beethoven's minute detail with the strength – in 1890s Vienna – to enter everyone's ears.

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 3 November 2010
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Doc Martens At 50

Wednesday 3 November
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

An iconic pair of boots turns 50 this year: the Doc Martens. Sarfraz Manzoor tells a story which weaves through British politics, fashion and music.

Originally designed as practical footwear for workers such as postmen or policemen, Doc Martens were to capture the imagination of the many waves of British youth. As they were adopted by different subcultures across the UK, they came to represent what it meant to be young, urban and British in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Even today they retain their popularity and prized status, one of the few things still worn despite all changes in fashion and youth culture.

In the programme, Pete Townshend, one of the first people to wear Doc Martens on stage, in 1967, reflects on what they meant to him. Sarfraz also meets with members of the band Madness, speaking to them about their use of Doc Martens and the skinhead following that came in their wake in the Eighties. Sarfraz also meets an unexpected fan of the boots in Tony Benn, who valued the fact that they were so tough when he went on many political marches.

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The AA Bible

Wednesday 3 November
8.45-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

For millions of alcoholics around the world, the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous – informally known as the Big Book – is the Bible. John Sutherland delves into it.

After being hidden away for nearly 70 years the original manuscript by AA co-founder Bill Wilson is about to become public for the first time, complete with evidence of re-writes that reveal a profound debate in 1939 about how overtly to talk about God.

Literary critic John Sutherland, himself a member of AA and a distinguished textual analyst, turns his textual critic's eye to the Wilson manuscript.

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Frontiers Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 3 November
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Geoff Watts investigates a new cancer drug that has had dramatic results in a previously almost untreatable type of skin cancer, as the series exploring new ideas in science and meeting the researchers responsible returns.

The molecule PLX 4032 has been shown to dramatically shrink tumours in people with a type of skin cancer whose prognosis was previously very poor. Melanomas can be treated successfully by surgical removal if caught early enough but once tumours have spread to other parts of the body, metastatic melanoma is notoriously hard to treat. The current chemotherapy treatment hasn't been improved since the Seventies and only shrinks tumours in 10-15 per cent of patients.

The drug isn't on the market yet and is still going through the process of more clinical trials, but it could, once trials are finished, spell a sea change in the treatment of skin cancer. The programme asks if this kind of drug could pave the way for more personalised medicine in the treatment of other, more common cancers and what impact this will have for patients.

Presenter/Geoff Watts, Producer/Pamela Rutherford for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 3 November 2010
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 3 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents coverage of the day's sports news, along with build-up to tonight's Champions League action.

From 7.45pm there's live Champions League group stage coverage of Chelsea versus Spartak Moscow and Shakhtar Donetsk versus Arsenal.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 3 November 2010
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Marc Riley

Wednesday 3 November
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

After an on-air appeal from Marc Riley, Ultrasound are finally in the BBC 6 Music Manchester studios for a live session.

Ultrasound were part of the Britpop movement but split at the end of the Nineties, not speaking to each other for the next decade. After being asked to reform for a benefit gig to raise money for Tim Smith (from the Cardiacs) they duly did ... and the rest, as they say, is now history. The band are back gigging and recording new material.

Ultrasound are currently rehearsing and writing material for a new album. The band are guitarist Andrew Wood, main songwriter Richard Green, drummer Andy Peace, keyboardist Matt Jones and bassist/vox Vanessa Best.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 3 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe digs deep to play archive gems from Neil Young, performing at 1993's Phoenix Festival, and veteran dirt-rockers Motorhead. Session tracks come from South Wales indie pioneers (and Kurt Cobain favourites) Young Marble Giants and Tamworth-born space rocker Julian Cope, with goth-punk cabaret from The Damned.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 3 November 2010
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BBC Asian Network Presents... Ping Pong

Wednesday 3 November
6.00-6.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

The BBC Asian Network's monthly drama strand continues with Ping Pong.

In the third of the network's new 30-minute dramas, nine-year-old Anil finds out how hard life is when he doesn't achieve the academic expectations of his parents. Feeling the pressure from his mother and father, and from the child prodigies who live in the local neighbourhood and outshine him at school, Anil worries about his aspirations for his future career. What he lives for is ping pong – encouraged only by his Thakuma (grandmother), a former West Bengal table tennis champion.

When the tension in the family builds up, a tournament away from home is too exciting to resist and for more than one reason – Anil has to face it without his beloved Thakuma. So begins a youthful road movie, and a family saga.

This month's drama, written by Sonali Bhattacharyya, features guest appearances by Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders) and Indira Joshi (The Kumars At No. 42) and introduces Joseph Samrai in the central role of nine-year-old Anil Sengupta. Other cast members include Zita Sattar as Sushmita, Saffron Mattu as Maya, Haris Nabi as Ivan, Susan Jeffrey as Deirdra, Greg Hobbs as DC Sizemore, Sean Connolly as the Commentator and Peter Neenan as the Reporter.

BBC Asian Network Presents... is the network's new drama strand, which sees a single 30-minute drama broadcast at 6pm on the first Wednesday of each month. The strand produces distinctive, original and impactful content, all relevant to the target audience. Covering a range of stories and styles, the strand also endeavours to deliver bigger, established names to the network and is committed to developing new talent both on and off air, providing a platform for budding writers and fresh radio talent.

Producer/James Peries

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 3 November 2010
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Bagdad Boy Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 3 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Ali Abbas became a poignant symbol of the war in Iraq when he lost both his arms and 16 members of his family in a night-time rocket attack during the United States' invasion of 2003. Now 19, he's lived on and off in the UK since he was 12. In the first episode of this two-part series the BBC's Hugh Sykes reflects on Ali's life in the UK. In programme two, he catches up with Ali as he visits his family in Baghdad.

Now considering returning to Iraq permanently, and with his family looking to arrange a marriage, it's time for Ali to become an adult, but with his childhood stolen, adapting is a struggle and his future is uncertain.

Presenter/Hugh Sykes

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Exchanges At the Frontier Ep 2/5

Wednesday 3 November
8.30-9.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Philosopher AC Grayling meets with Kenya-based malaria pioneer Professor Kevin Marsh, as he continues his series meeting some of the leading figures of world science.

Professor Marsh and his team at the Kemri Wellcome programme have mapped the DNA of the malaria mosquito and identified immune responses to the disease. Grayling asks 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.

Presenter/AC Grayling

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Network Radio BBC Week 44: Thursday 4 November 2010

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 4 November 2010
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Bob Harris Country

Thursday 4 November
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 Country presenter Bob Harris
BBC Radio 2 Country presenter Bob Harris

Tonight's programme features a session from Oscar-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, who was recently named Artist of the Year at the 2010 Americana Music Awards.

This has already been a life-changing year for the 29-year-old ex-rodeo rider. The Weary Kind, which he co-wrote with producer T Bone Burnett, has picked up several major awards this year, including a Golden Globe, an Oscar for best original song, and an Americana music award for Song of the Year. The song featured on the soundtrack of the 2009 film Crazy Heart, which won Jeff Bridges an Oscar for his portrayal of washed-up country star Bad Blake.

In tonight's session Ryan tells Bob Harris how he became involved in writing for Crazy Heart and his subsequent appearance in the film alongside his band The Dead Horses. Aside from his involvement with Crazy Heart, Ryan has just released his third album, Junky Star, which follows up last year's Roadhouse Sun.

Originally from a ranching family he spent his early life travelling between small towns on the Texan/Mexican border with his parents and, when only a teenager, set out on his own to become a rodeo rider: "Driving all night to ride a bull who'll knock your teeth out on every jump, then sleeping in the back of your truck in a dusty arena."

It was during this time that he started playing guitar, learning mariachi music from a neighbour in the Mexican border town where he lived. He took his guitar on the road with him as he travelled between rodeos, honing his songwriting and performance in local bars.

In 2005 he self-released his first CD, Wishbone Saloon, which earned him attention from fellow Texan songwriters Joe Ely and Terry Allen. In 2007 he signed to the Lost Highway label releasing his acclaimed major label debut, Mescalito.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Al Booth for the BBC

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BBC Radio 2 In Concert

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 4 November
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Jamiroquai's Jay Kay performs live at Air Studios in London
Jamiroquai's Jay Kay performs live at Air Studios in London

This week's In Concert features Jamiroquai performing live at Air Studios in London, with classic hits plus songs from their new album Rock Dust Light Star.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Radio 2 Live Music

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 4 November 2010
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Lunchtime Concert – Cheltenham Festival 2010

Thursday 4 November
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Thursday's lunchtime concert brings highlights from the 2010 Cheltenham Festival featuring BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists, The Elias String Quartet.

Music featured includes Haydn's Quartet in E flat, Op 64, No. 6, Debussy's Quartet in G minor and Schumann's Quartet for Strings in A, Op 4, No. 3.

Producer/Johannah Smith

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Afternoon On 3 –
Thursday Opera Matinee: Katya Kabanova

Thursday 4 November
2.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Afternoon On 3's matinee is a performance of Janáček's powerful opera, Katya Kabanova, recorded at Chicago Lyric Opera. The opera tells a dark story set in Russia about a woman caught between a weak husband, a cruel mother-in-law and the man she really loves.

A fine cast is headed by leading Finnish dramatic soprano Karita Mattila in the title role. The opera is followed by more recordings from the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, this time performing on "home territory" in South Wales.

The rest of the cast is Judith Forst, contralto; Brandon Jovanovich, tenor; Liora Grodnikaite, mezzo-soprano; Garrett Sorenson, tenor; Andrew Shore, bass; Jason Collins, tenor; Kathryn Leemhuis, mezzo-soprano; Paul La Rosa, baritone; and Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano. The company are joined by the Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra and conducted by Markus Stenz.

Producer/Johannah Smith

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 4 November 2010
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He Belonged To Glasgow – The Will Fyffe Story

Thursday 4 November
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Singer-songwriter Ricky Ross looks at the life and work of Scottish comedian and actor Will Fyffe.

Born in Dundee in 1885, Will Fyffe became synonymous with a different city with his song I Belong To Glasgow.

After spending his formative years in touring theatre, Will Fyffe switched to comedy and music hall, and became a headline act throughout Scotland. Along with his contemporary Harry Lauder, his humour transcended the regional stage and appearances all over Britain led to five Royal Variety performances.

A leading film star of the Thirties and Forties, Fyffe made one Hollywood film, but then put this burgeoning career on hold as war broke out and he returned to entertain the troops.

An accident in 1947 led to his untimely death, but his body of work lives on through his songs, sketches and films.

Contributors to the programme include Professor Jeffrey Richards and Will Fyffe's daughter, Eileen.

Presenter/Ricky Ross, Producer/Elizabeth Foster for the BBC

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Off The Page Ep 1/7

New series
Thursday 4 November
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Dominic Arkwright presents a new series of writing and provocative debate on Living Cheap to see if, with the country in debt, one can rediscover how to live on the cheap.

Dominic is joined by David Collins, Laurie Penny and Pauline Black who explain what living in tough times means for them.

David Collins is an actor who has found a medieval sounding solution to the big squeeze – an almshouse. Laurie Penny is a 23-year-old recent graduate who writes for free on her blog Penny Red. And Pauline Black, the lead singer of The Selector, resists the charge that it was her baby boomer generation that spent all the money and messed up the economy for everyone else.

Presenter/Dominic Arkwright, Producer/Miles Warde for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 4 November 2010
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5 Live Sport

Thursday 4 November
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

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

From 8pm there's rugby union news and interviews ahead of this weekend's autumn internationals as England prepare to face New Zealand, Wales get ready for Australia and Ireland prepare to take on South Africa.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 4 November 2010
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Huey Morgan

Thursday 4 November
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Huey Morgan sits in for Lauren Laverne and welcomes !!! (pronounced "chk chk chk") into the studio for a live session.

The Californian electro rockers formed in 1996 band and released their fourth album Strange Weather Isn't It? in August of this year on the Sheffield label Warp Records.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Gary Bales

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 4 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents concert highlights from Radiohead's seminal performance on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in 1997 and Super Furry Animals playing live in 2003. Sessions tracks come courtesy of all-female New York-based indie/hip hop quartet Luscious Jackson; the Phil Wilson Quintet, led by the eponymous June Brides front-man; and the uniquely whimsical but grumpy world view of Ivor Cutler, in session for John Peel in 1995.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 5 November 2010
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The New Radio 2 Arts Show With Claudia Winkleman

Friday 5 November
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Claudia Winkleman presents The New Radio 2 Arts Show
Claudia Winkleman presents The New Radio 2 Arts Show

Claudia Winkleman talks to author Rick Riordan – aka The Myth Master – who is best known as the creator of Percy Jackson, the demigod hero of the best-selling sequence of books that have now been translated into 16 languages.

Rick is called The Myth Master on account of his ability to make ancient mythology compelling, accessible and relevant to a new young audience. February 2010 saw the release of the movie Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief, directed by Chris "Harry Potter" Columbus and starring Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman.

Further movie magic beckons as another of Rick's books, The 39 Clues, has been snapped up by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks. He's rarely been out of the Top 20 since Percy became the hottest thing in children's books since Twilight.

Claudia also meets David Bintley, director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. David is recognised as one of Britain's finest choreographers. With an international reputation, his ballets are performed by companies all over the world.

Presenter/Claudia Winkleman, Producer/Jessica Rickson for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 5 November 2010
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FREE THINKING 2010
Free Thinking Lecture

Friday 5 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Former Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson opens The Free Thinking Lecture
Former Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson opens The Free Thinking Lecture

Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3's annual festival of ideas, is taking "the pursuit of happiness" as its central theme this year. Happiness is rapidly becoming a high-profile pre-occupation of governments as they explore ways of assessing the state of the nation beyond economic output – both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have expressed their intention to measure Britain's "wellbeing".

Famous for challenging the traditional subjects of children's fiction, Jacqueline Wilson, one of Britain's most successful children's writers, opens The Free Thinking Lecture with an exploration of her own background and the way enormous literary success has changed her view of happiness.

She draws on years of correspondence with her young readers and their families to understand the changing nature of happiness, and how we can find it today. And from her perspective creating fiction but corresponding with reality, she sounds a warning: perhaps the idea of a "happy ending" has given us misguided ideas about how achievable happiness really is.

In the weekend following Jacqueline's lecture, Free Thinking includes events with Kevin McCloud, former Metropolicatan chief commissioner Lord Blair, actress Fiona Shaw, philosopher Mary Midgley and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce – all will be broadcast on Radio 3's Night Waves in the subsequent weeks. Listeners can get more details at bbc.co.uk/ freethinking.

Presenter/Matthew Sweet, Producer/James Cook

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 5 November 2010
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Safety Catch Ep 1/4

New series
Friday 5 November
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Laurence Howarth's black comedy of modern morality set in the world of arms dealing returns to BBC Radio 4.

Simon McGrath (Darren Boyd) is a reluctant arms dealer – he's generally a nice chap who just happened to become an arms dealer. And despite his best intentions he just doesn't seem to be able to leave the business – he has to pay his mortgage like everybody else.

As his ever-supportive mum says, people will always want to kill each other, there's nothing Simon can do about that and the job pays well, gives him good job security and enables him to buy a decent car.

But when an American company puts in a takeover bid he sees an opportunity to leave his dubious line of employment. He tries to be a dreadful employee to secure redundancy but inadvertently winds up with a promotion. He desperately tries to give himself compassion fatigue so he won't have to feel guilty about all the bloodshed in the world and he unsuccessfully tries to seek forgiveness.

Alongside this, his personal life is as unsatisfactory as his work life and he and Anna have to try and find reasons why they love each other.

Darren Boyd plays Simon McGrath; with Joanna Page as Anna Grieg; Lewis Macleod as Boris Kemal; Sarah Smart as Judith McGrath; Brigit Forsyth as Angela McGrath; Rachel Atkins as Madeleine Turnbull; and John Schwab as Charles.

Producer/Dawn Ellis for the BBC

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Afternoon Play – Gracey And Me

Friday 5 November
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Kate returns to South Africa to meet Gracey, the housekeeper she betrayed 25 years ago when she was a 10-year-old staying with her godparents in a luxury suburb of Johannesburg during the height of apartheid, in Gillian Plowman's play.

The repercussions of that betrayal have profoundly affected both women, psychologically and physically.

The play takes Kate on a journey into her past. Kate has hired a private detective to track down Gracey, meets him in Johannesburg and sets out with him to find her.

Kate remembers two hugely dramatic moments of her betrayal and Gracey's punishment. Kate recalls how she revealed to her godparents that Gracey's daughter, Beauty, was illegally being hidden in the garden hut and how Gracey and her daughter were subsequently banished.

This haunts Kate as an adult but when she finally confronts her past events unfold which threaten her life, as the play reveals the brutality of the legacy left by apartheid.

Harriet Walter plays Kate; with Jenny Jules as Gracey; Henry Goodman as Peter van Tonder; Lauren Mote as young Kate; Lakechia Jeanne as Beauty; Hannah Boyde as the Godmother; and Denton Chikura as Stanley.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 5 November 2010
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5 Live Sport

Friday 5 November
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Kicking Off With Colin Murray brings the build-up to all the weekend's sport with Perry Groves and Pat Nevin.

From 8.30pm David Croft and the team have all of the latest Formula 1 news ahead of the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 5 November 2010
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5 Live Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 5 November
11.55am-1.35pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
3.55-5.35pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra presents uninterrupted commentary on the first and second practice sessions for the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Producer/Jason Swales for USP

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Cycling

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 5 November
5.55-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary from the European Track Cycling Championships comes live from Pruszków, Poland.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 5 November 2010
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The Battle Of King Salmon Ep 2/2

Friday 5 November
9.00-9.30am BBC WORLD SERVICE
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

In the second of this two-part series the BBC's Nick Rankin continues his exploration of how humans are exploiting the greatest wild salmon run on earth by visiting the Bristol Bay area in Alaska.

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