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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 5 November 2010

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

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 freethinking.

Presenter/Matthew Sweet, Producer/James Cook

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 5 November 2010

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.

Producer/Catherine Bailey for Catherine Bailey Limited

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 5 November 2010

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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Friday 5 November 2010

5 Live Formula 1

Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 5 November

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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Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 5 November

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

The Battle Of King Salmon Ep 2/2

Friday 5 November

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.

Presenter/Nick Rankin

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