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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 1 February 2010

Ken Bruce

Monday 1 February
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce
BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce

Ken Bruce is joined by Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries, who chooses her Tracks Of My Years. Her choices include music by Depeche Mode, Falco and Whitesnake.

There's also the Popmaster music quiz, the Record Of The Week and Album Of The Week.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Phil Jones

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A Man Like Curtis Ep 4/4

Monday 1 February
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Lenny Kravitz concludes the story of Curtis Mayfield. The final episode, New World Order, covers the tragic circumstances preceding his death and celebrates his enduring legacy.

On 13 August 1990, Curtis was sound-checking for an outdoor concert onstage at Wingate Field in Brooklyn when the lighting rig came down on top of him, crushing his spine in three places, resulting in him being paralysed from the neck down. His injuries did not deter him though and he managed to produce a new studio album, New World Order, in 1994. During the recording, Curtis had to lie on his back in order to give some gravitational power to his singing.

His accident led to a re-appraisal of his work and several tribute albums were produced. He also received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. However, the long-term effects of the accident proved costly and he died on 26 December 1999, aged only 57.

Curtis's contribution to soul music remains immense. He recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the Sixties and, as a solo artist, he helped pioneer funk and introduced hard-hitting urban commentary into his music, leading the way for Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions.

Presenter/Lenny Kravitz, Producer/Sue Clark

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 1 February 2010

Composer Of The Week – Walton

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

William Walton is perhaps best defined by a series of paradoxes: the pillar of the British musical establishment who lived in voluntary exile; the king of the grand, filmic gesture who harboured deep insecurity; the socialite and ladies' man who often preferred to be alone.

Walton hid himself behind an acerbic wit – a statement which has also been made about his writing. Snatched by the Sitwells from what they saw as an ignominious future as a schoolteacher in Oldham, Walton became known in London as the most precocious British composer of the Twenties.

In today's programme, Donald Macleod delves into the curious world with which Walton became involved. Later in the week, he looks at: how Walton's career took a new turn in the wartime era; critical failure alongside a blissful self-imposed exile on the island of Ischia; and, in his later years, his place as a pillar of the musical establishment.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Dominic Jewel

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 1 February 2010

A History Of The World In 100 Objects

Monday 1 to Friday 5 February
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor continues his history of humanity told through objects from the British Museum's vast collection.

This week he looks at what happened when people started to live together in greater numbers between 4000 and 2000 BC – developing the world's first cities, creating vast trade networks, the first handwriting and new forms of leadership and warfare.

Neil revisits the early days of a great civilisation on the Nile to examine the life of one of the earliest Egyptian kings through the tiny sandal label, carved from hippo ivory, that accompanied him to the afterlife.

The label not only depicts the king in battle against unknown foes but also boasts the first writing in this history of the world – hieroglyphs that describe the king and his military conquests.

Neil and contributors consider whether this is just the first indication that there would never be civilisation without war.

Presenter/Neil MacGregor, Producer/Anthony Denselow

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Woman's Hour Drama –
How Does That Make You Feel?
(Ordinary's Not Enough) Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 1 to Friday 5 February
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Roger Allam stars in Shelagh Stephenson's Woman's Hour Drama, about Martha who has been a therapist for 10 years. She has always been a caring and engaged professional but, deep down, she's losing patience.

She cannot understand why her clients want to be something they are not and why they are surprised that it's driving them mad.

For Martha, client confidentiality is sacrosanct – or almost. Luckily for listeners, she has few qualms when it comes to recording her personal opinions about those who grace her office – and those opinions are rarely complimentary.

There's Caroline, who wants her daughter, Louise, to be somebody out of the ordinary and she'll stop at nothing to make sure it happens – regardless of what Louise may think about it.

There's also Richard Fallon MP, who is convinced promotion to the government's front bench is being denied him because of his obese son, and Philip and Rosemary, who are dying of "creeping invisibility" since Phil's enforced move from his job as a local TV anchor man to being presenter of a radio programme.

Howard, a chef whose son ridicules the idea of cooking for a living and who would rather win The X-Factor, even though he's now 31 and still living at home, is another client.

Seen from inside Martha's head, people veer towards hysteria, because ordinary is no longer enough. It seems that everyone has to have a dream now, and they not only want to live it, but also be seen to be living it. If you're publicly invisible, you simply don't exist. And it's driving them all mad; including Martha.

How Does That Make You Feel? features Cathy Belton as the therapist; Roger Allam as Richard Fallon; Rebecca Saire as Caroline; Tim McInnerny as Philip and Howard; and Shelagh Stephenson as Rose.

Producer/Eoin O'Callghan

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Listening To China

Monday 1 February
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Listening To China tells the little-known story of a small band of young men selected to learn Chinese at the start of their National Service and then sent to Hong Kong to eavesdrop on Chinese communications. The programme hears about their extraordinary experience and how it changed their lives.

In the mid-Fifties, with the Cold War raging and Chairman Mao's communists in power in China, the RAF began a top-secret programme to select and train a small group of National Servicemen to carry out intelligence work in Hong Kong.

For six years from 1955, about 60 men a year spent 12 months learning Chinese in England before being flown across the world to monitor radio broadcasts from the highest peak on Hong Kong Island for six months before being demobbed.

Fifty years on, some of those involved speak publicly for the first time to BBC World Affairs correspondent Emily Buchanan about their time on a course which few had known about or chosen to do. They recall the intensive language lessons, life in Hong Kong, the work itself and what they have since learned about their role in the Cold War.

Some went on to work in intelligence, others formed the basis for a generation of professors of Chinese at British universities and some never used their Chinese again: But all recall how the, often chance, decision to select them for the language course changed their lives.

Presenter/Emily Buchanan, Producer/Alex Hunt

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Afternoon Play – The Ditch

Monday 1 February
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The Ditch is a chilling tale about the disturbing aural landscape of Slaughton Ditch, written and narrated by Paul Evans.

Tom Saunders, a wildlife sound recordist, goes missing, leaving only a collection of recordings and a notebook. A year after his death, these effects are sent by Saunders's solicitor to his colleague, who tries to piece together what has happened to his friend. The quest leads him back to the disturbing aural landscape of Slaughton Ditch, where an obsession with hidden sounds has terrifying and fatal consequences.

As a respected, if maverick, sound recordist, Saunders built his reputation on capturing high-quality wildlife and landscape sounds for radio, television and film. Slaughton Ditch was the site of his best work and he was planning a natural history radio documentary about the place when he went missing.

It was assumed Saunders had an accident and his body had been swept out to sea but, when his colleague, the narrator, receives a package from Saunders's solicitor containing a key, a collection of sound recordings and a notebook, he begins to suspect the truth wasn't that simple.

The key is for Saunders's caravan at Slaughton Ditch and the narrator returns and begins ploughing through Saunders's crazy ramblings about EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomenon – and the weird recordings he claimed were voices of malevolent intent from the past preying on the living, to try to find out what really happened. What he discovers is evidence of Saunders's obsession with some wild power which lies within the sounds of this beautiful-yet-sinister landscape. What the narrator experiences through his quest for the truth is both haunting and terrifying.

The wildlife sound recordist for this drama is Chris Watson and the sound engineer is Mike Burgess. The cast includes Jimmy Yuill as Tom Saunders and Paul Evans as the narrator.

Producer/Sarah Blunt

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Robo Wars Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 1 February
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

This new two-part series for BBC Radio 4, presented by Stephen Sackur, considers a crucial, but often hidden, revolution in the way in which wars are fought. Ever-more autonomous robotic machines are becoming steadily more popular with the military and other agencies, often controlled far away from the battlefield. The pilotless drone aircraft, for example, has become key to current conflicts such as Afghanistan. Whether in the air or on the ground, such machines are seen as offering huge military advantages – with less exposure of soldiers to danger as well as being quicker, cheaper and more effective forms of defence and attack.

But the implications of this revolution are controversial. Are countries more likely to fight wars if their personnel are not put in danger? What happens if machines malfunction? How can autonomous machines be held accountable for their actions according to the laws of war?

Stephen questions military figures, including the most senior RAF figure responsible for strategy on pilotless aircraft, those who operate drones for the RAF, manufacturers of military robots and experts in the field. He explores what is already happening as military robotics expand – and what might happen in the future.

The first programme focuses on the huge impact of drones, used not only by the British and US in Afghanistan but also – highly controversially – by the CIA in attacks on targets in Pakistan. One former CIA employee reveals how the use of drones in so-called targeted assassinations has divided the organisation.

Presenter/Stephen Sackur, Producer/Chris Bowlby

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Costing The Earth Ep 1/9

New series
Monday 1 February
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

In 1649, a radical off-shoot from Cromwell's army declared England's land to be a common treasury and began to plant fruit and vegetables on common land in south and central England. It was a response to a shortage of food and what the diggers saw as the misuse of productive land by the large landowners.

In the first of a new series of Costing The Earth, Alice Roberts meets the new diggers – groups and individuals across the country determined to tackle the looming food crisis by making the wasteland grow.

In Todmorden, West Yorkshire, locals began by secretly planting up the gardens of their derelict heath centre. The station car park and the tow path of the Rochdale canal soon followed. Today, the whole town seems to throb with fertility; new allotments fill the retirement home gardens and feed the residents, an aquaponics growing system is being built behind the secondary school and pak choi self-seeds through the cracks in the town centre pavements.

In Gateshead, a National Trust-owned stately home has cleared its enormous Georgian walled garden and invited local people in to create their own allotments. Meanwhile, a farming estate in Oxfordshire has decided that a reliance on arable farming leaves it vulnerable to world markets. New farmers and growers are being invited in to rent small plots of land to try their hand at making the tricky transition from amateur grower to real farmer.

Alice Roberts asks if this grass-roots revolution will produce enough food to feed Britain.

Presenter/Alice Roberts, Producers/Maggie Ayre and Steve Peacock

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 1 February 2010

5 Live Sport

Monday 1 February
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Arlo White presents all the day's sports news and is joined by special guests for the Monday Night Club, discussing the latest big issues in football.

From 8pm there's live Premier League commentary of Sunderland versus Stoke City from the Stadium of Light.

Presenter/Arlo White, Producer/Francesca Bent

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 1 February 2010


Monday 1 February
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Nemone makes a welcome return to lunchtimes on BBC 6 Music and chats to British electronic pioneers Hot Chip about their new extreme fish-eye view video for new single One Life Stand, directed by Roel Wouters.

Every week, the lunchtime show features a playlist of hand-picked music from bands and artists. The specially selected tracks will be played out across the week and available in full via the 6 Music website. This week's Featured Playlist is selected by Baltimore pop duo Beach House, whose new album, Teen Dream, is already being touted as one of the albums of 2010. Listeners can discover the band's influences across the week including tracks by Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Fever Ray and White Trash Boys.

Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Gideon Coe

Monday 1 February
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe presents The Wannadies in concert at the Leeds Festival. Archive sessions come from maverick "art" terrorist Billy Childish; a cherished BBC 6 Music outing for Manchester-based spooky chanteuse Liz Green; and the legendary and sometimes frightening US experimental outfit Trumans Water, who can be heard in a John Peel Session from 1994. From 1980, there's a session from Oumou Sangare.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Frank Wilson

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6 Music Plays It Again – Diamonds And Tiaras Ep 1/2

Monday 1 February
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

Bob Harris recalls the life and extraordinary career of session pianist Nicky Hopkins.

Hopkins played on more than 300 albums, 13 of them by the Rolling Stones. Other beneficiaries include The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, The Kinks, Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker.

Diamonds And Tiaras, first broadcast on BBC Radio 2, features contributions from Joe Cocker, Bill Wyman, Ian McLagan and Hopkins's widow, Moira. It concludes tomorrow.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 1 February 2010

Silver Street

Monday 1 February
12.15-12.20pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Brian is in a good mood and it's all down to Isabel, in the first visit of the week to Silver Street. Later, he discovers Sandra is back, but will this change how he feels?

Arun warns Sean that the cockroach situation at the cafe has attracted the interest of the Environmental Health department, but Sean reckons he has a bigger "pest" to worry about.

Meanwhile, Deepika gets a visit from Darren who wonders if she has been avoiding him because of his past. Later, Deepika discovers exactly what that past is...

Brian is played by Gerard McDermott, Arun by Naithan Ariane, Sean by Lloyd Thomas, Deepika by Babita Pohoomull and Darren by Samuel Kindred.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 1 February 2010

Opposing Obama Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 1 February

After eight years of division, America came together last year to celebrate the historic election of its first black president. Or at least that was how the story was presented. In fact, on Election Day, despite the calamity of the Iraq war and the huge financial crisis, the vote for Republicans actually increased in significant swathes of the country. Since then, polls suggest that Barack Obama is now the most divisive president since such records began. One year into his presidency, the gap between how Democrats and Republicans rate Obama is greater than it was for Bush in 2001 and twice as high as it was for Nixon in 1969, during the height of the Vietnam War.

In this two-part documentary, author and journalist Gary Younge tells the story of the other side of the Obama phenomenon; the story of those who say that the Obama presidency is nothing but bad news. Younge asks who these people are who feel they have been marginalised by the Obama revolution. He also asks what they don't like about him and what Obama could do, if anything, to win them over.

Younge spends 10 days travelling through rural Arkansas and Kentucky, talking to anti-tax protesters, fundamentalist Christians and libertarians, country club members and local dignitaries to find out how they view the last year under Obama and what their hopes and fears are for the coming year.

Presenter/Gary Younge

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