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Network Radio BBC Week 52:
25-31 December 2010

Network Radio BBC Week 52:
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010

BBC RADIO 1XTRA
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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N-Dubz Takeover

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 1XTRA

As a Christmas Day treat, chart-topping band N-Dubz take command of the BBC Radio 1Xtra airwaves for a special three-hour takeover show.

Tulisa, Dappy and Fazer delve into their all-time favourite tunes, providing an upbeat soundtrack to the big day.

The band also reveal their Top 10 tunes of 2010 – but what will their No. 1 track be?

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The 2010 Top 40

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
4.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 1XTRA

Ronnie Herel counts down the Top 40 of the year, playing the biggest hits of 2010.

Presenter/Ronnie Herel, Producer/Lanre Leandre

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Westwood

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
7.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 1XTRA

Westwood continues the festive spirit live on air with his own inimitable take on Christmas Day.

Presenter/Westwood, Producer/Lanre Leandre

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BBC RADIO 2
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Good Morning Christmas With Aled Jones

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
6.00-8.00am BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones says Good Morning Christmas to Annie Lennox, whose latest album features her own arrangements of favourite Christmas carols. Canon Ann Easter provides Christmas sparkle for the Moment Of Reflection and Aled is joined throughout the programme for carols and Christmas songs sung live by the Adventist Vocal Ensemble with their director, Ken Burton.

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

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Junior Choice Christmas Special

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Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
8.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 2

Ed "Stewpot" Stewart returns with a sackful of nostalgic goodies on Christmas morning for a two-hour live edition of the ever-popular Junior Choice, featuring listeners' requests and dedications plus a few of Ed's own favourites.

As the live programme is built around requests, listeners will have to wait for the day itself to discover what songs will be played – but judging by previous years, fans of Rolf Harris, Bernard Cribbins or Terry Scott should find something there to enjoy.

Listeners can contact the show during the broadcast via the BBC Radio 2 website, or by emailing stewpot@bbc.co.uk, texting 88291 or calling 0500 288291 (calls are free from most landlines. Some networks and mobile operators will charge for these calls. Texts will be charged at your standard message rate. Check with your network provider for exact costs.)

Ed presented Junior Choice from 1968 (taking over from Leslie Crowther) until 1980. The show returned to Radio 2 as a one-off special in 2007, as part of the network's 40th anniversary celebrations. Since then, it has returned each Christmas, receiving hundreds of requests from listeners every year.

Ed says: "It's the quickest two hours of the year for me – and after the show, all I have to do is decide at which motorway service station I will be eating my Christmas dinner!"

Presenter/Ed Stewart, Producer/Liza Wallis for the BBC

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Paul O'Grady

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Arguably, the grumpiest man in town is back with his own seasonal extravaganza on Christmas morning. Paul O'Grady isn't known for his love of 25 December, so that makes him the obvious choice for a three-hour show on Christmas Day...

At least there's plenty of seasonal music, including a festive triple from Sir Cliff Richard and another from the Motown vaults. Paul offers suggestions on how to survive the Big Day and reads out messages for friends and family around the world.

And there'll be a few celebrity callers too. Oh, and Paul promises that – unlike on his regular Sunday show – there'll be no Dead Pet messages with that smelly lady on the piano.

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

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Deana On Dino

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

To mark the 15th anniversary of Dean Martin's death on Christmas Day 1995, his daughter Deana shares a selection of favourite songs.

Dean "Dino" Martin is recognised as one of the great crooners and film stars of the 20th century, and a member of the famed Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr. His films included Some Came Running, The Young Lions, Rio Bravo and Ocean's Eleven, while he was also a major star on television, with the pioneering Dean Martin Show and the recently revived Celebrity Roasts.

Deana is a singer and radio broadcaster who made her television debut performing on The Dean Martin Show in 1966. She soon became a frequent guest, taking part in musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of guests, including Frank Sinatra.

In this special show Deana picks songs from her father's long career and shares the stories behind them, providing an intimate portrait of the real Dean Martin, who was largely masked by his showbiz image.

Songs featured include Mr Wonderful, a song Dean loved because it reminded him of the struggle to make it in showbiz; and Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime. Deana reveals that when this song knocked The Beatles off the top spot, her father sent a telegram to Elvis Presley saying: "If you can't handle The Beatles, I'll do it for you, pally!"

She also reveals the story behind I Can't Give You Anything But Love, which was recorded at a muscular dystrophy Telethon in 1976 following a surprise live reunion engineered by Frank Sinatra between Dean and Jerry Lewis. The pair hadn't spoken to each other for 20 years, after the acrimonious break-up of their double act, and Jerry told Deana years later that he could barely "keep it together" on the night.

There's also Time After Time, a duet which Deana sang with Jerry Lewis after her father's death. A favourite song of Jerry's, he insisted she sing with him so "it can be Martin and Lewis again".

Deana has recorded a number of her father's songs and the show will feature a couple of her own musical tributes.

Presenter/Deana Martin, Producer/Nick Low for Demus Productions

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Kylie Minogue's Line Of Enquiry

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
3.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

She has grown from the girl next door into a glittering pop princess with the world at her feet. As a young actress in Australia, Kylie Minogue won hearts as Charlene in Neighbours before blossoming into a pop diva adored by millions worldwide.

Kate Thornton hosts this ultimate chat show as Kylie answers questions from the BBC Radio 2 listeners – and even a couple of Radio 2 presenters.

In this up-close-and-personal interview Kylie reveals that, despite her pop princess image, she really is just like everyone else. At Christmas she dons her rubber gloves and becomes mummy's little helper and, at the end of a busy day, the stylish clothes come off and are replaced by tracksuit bottoms and comfy clothing.

Kylie reveals how close she is to her family and what an important and supportive role they play in her life; how as a child she was a mean tickle fighter, wrestling Dannii to the floor and turning her into a human typewriter; plus how she used to daydream as a child that her next-door neighbour's son was an agent who would spot her talent over the garden fence and pluck her into stardom.

On a more serious note, Kylie touches on her fight with breast cancer and how she dealt with issues such as losing her hair; and how she copes with the constant intrusive questions about when she will start a family or get married.

Kylie reveals how different she and sister Dannii are when it comes to Christmas shopping. She says:

"My sister is very organised with presents, very methodical about it. Whereas, the other Minogue, myself, I'm very hap-hazard. I kind of have a scrappy list and then I lose that list and get another list. I then race around like a mad woman a day or two before Christmas getting all those last minute things! "

Presenter/Kate Thornton, Producer/Charlotte Worth for the BBC

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Kenny Everett's Christmas Selection Box

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Broadcast on the anniversary of Kenny Everett's birthday [25 December 1944], this two-hour programme for Christmas Day is a fun-filled, humorous celebration of his talent for weaving radio magic.

This unique "new" show has been specially created for 2010 and blends archive material and music. It features Kenny introducing records old and current, and those special "fiddly bits" that made listening to him so uniquely entertaining.

The programme includes many gems from the archive including: Kenny's Christmas jingles, extracts from his Pirate Radio London and BBC programmes, and comedy sketches featuring creations such as Captain Kremmen, Chris P Bacon and Rock Salmon. There is also the chance to enjoy Harry Nilsson singing with Kenny on BBC Radio 1, his informal interviews with The Beatles, and his Bebop Bonanza medleys of hits.

Kenny adored melody and harmonies so his favourite artists included The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Nilsson, Bread, The Carpenters and ELO. There are also some recent records that Kenny would have liked for their jolliness and tunefulness. The show is introduced by Paul Gambaccini, who also presents the documentary Wireless Kenny Everett on Christmas Eve.

Producer/Kevin Howlett for Howlett Media

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The London Palladium Story Ep 1/2

New series
Christmas Day Saturday 25 to Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Former BBC Chairman Michael Grade's uncles were responsible for the legendary Sunday Night At The London Palladium variety shows, and Michael re-visits his family's showbusiness roots as he charts the history of the nation's most iconic theatre in this two-part series.

The programmes tell the story of a true temple of popular culture, from performances by international stars including Judy Garland, Jack Benny and Marlene Dietrich, to those of such home-grown legends as Morecambe and Wise, Sir Tom Jones and Bruce Forsyth.

The documentaries feature new interviews with performers, artists, choreographers and writers who all know what it's like to work at the nation's most revered theatre. Contributors include: Tommy Steele, Barbara Windsor, Des O'Connor, Whoopi Goldberg, Arlene Phillips, Sir Cliff Richard and Jonathan Pryce.

This first programme considers the wonder of the building and what it's like for the audience to attend a show at the world's most famous theatre.

Speaking about the series Michael says: "To play the Palladium for any act, top of the bill or opening Tiller girl, meant something. It meant you were considered to be the best and worthy of being given so many minutes on 'the' stage. The reason it earned this status was architectural as well as geographical. The Palladium is a masterpiece of theatre building, a magical edifice, the perfect arena."

Presenter/Michael Grade, Producer/Malcolm Prince for the BBC

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Eric And Ernie – Bring Me Christmas!

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The Morecambe And Wise Show Christmas television specials became such an institution that few families would dream of missing them – the 1977 special alone attracted nearly half the UK population. Running from 1969 until 1977, the BBC One Christmas TV shows featured famous guests such as Angela Rippon, Glenda Jackson and André Previn, being made fun of by Eric and Ernie in their inimitable style.

Liza Tarbuck takes a look back at these Christmas specials, celebrating with classic clips from the archive and contributions from those who worked with Eric and Ernie. These include light entertainment producers John Ammonds and Jim Moir; the latter worked with Mike Yarwood and Bruce Forsyth before being appointed controller of BBC Radio 2.

Daniel Rigby and Bryan Dick star as Eric And Ernie in the BBC Two drama of the same name over the Christmas period.

Presenter/Liza Tarbuck, Producer/Graham Pass for Ping Productions

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The BBC Radio 2 Christmas Quiz

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Hosted by Chris Evans, this classic – and, no doubt, fiercely competitive – pop music quiz features two teams of BBC Radio 2 presenters, including Simon Mayo, Janice Long and Patrick Kielty, as they pit their wits against each other

Recorded at The Tabernacle in London, in front of Radio 2 listeners, the rounds include Beat The Intro, Who Said That?, The Organist Entertains (featuring Radio 2's very own maestro, Nigel Ogden) and Pick Of The Pops.

Presenter/Chris Evans, Producer/Anna Harrison for Unique

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When Jools Holland Met Eric Clapton

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Jools Holland chats to fellow blues lover Eric "Slowhand" Clapton during an hour-long special recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

Over a four-decade-long career, Eric has received many awards. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist). He has also won or shared in 18 Grammy Awards.

As a highly acclaimed guitarist, he has also contributed to numerous artists' albums over the decades, including The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan, Sir Elton John, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sting and Roger Waters.

Eric chats to Jools about his love of the blues and the making of his 19th studio album, Clapton, which sees him paying tribute to the songs that inspired him early in his career.

Presenter/Jools Holland, Producer/Sarah Gaston for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Breakfast

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
7.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 3

Throughout the week, at approximately 7.50am every day, Breakfast on BBC Radio 3 continues to broadcast a special Christmas treat to listeners, as well as presenting a mix of great works and performances.

Presenters/Rob Cowan and Sara Mohr-Pietsch

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CD Review

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
9.00am-12.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Andrew McGregor introduces a special Christmas Day edition of CD Review, rounding up some of the year's new releases from composers celebrating their anniversary in 2010, including Barber, Chopin, Mahler, Pergolesi and Schumann.

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/Kevin Bee

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Saturday Music Feature – Erik Satie Walks To Work

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

A portrait of French composer Eric Satie
A portrait of French composer Eric Satie

In 1898 French composer Erik Satie moved from the heart of bohemian Paris to the obscure suburb of Arcueil. Every day for a decade or more he would walk the 10km north across the city to earn a meagre living playing the piano in the cabarets of Montmartre; and often he would walk home again at night. In this Saturday Music Feature Sarah Walker follows Satie's footsteps from Arcueil to Montmartre to uncover the secrets behind his unique music – in the people and street life of Paris, its cafés and cabarets, and in the very act of walking itself.

Presenter/Sarah Walker, Producer/David Gallagher

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The Early Music Show

Christmas Day Saturday 25 to Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In the first of the two Christmas programmes, Catherine Bott and Lucie Skeaping look back on the year's Early Music Shows, including previously unheard live recordings from some of the 2010 Early Music Festivals. Catherine and Lucie chat about some of their own highlights, including some of this year's musical anniversaries.

Presenters/Lucie Skeaping and Catherine Bott, Producers/Rebecca Bean and Sam Philips

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Opera On 3 – Wagner's Tannhäuser

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
6.00-9.10pm BBC RADIO 3

South African tenor Johan Botha
South African tenor Johan Botha

It's more than 20 years since London's Royal Opera House last staged Wagner's Tannhäuser, telling the story of a medieval troubadour's tussle between the sensual and the spiritual. A new production, directed by Tim Albery, opened earlier this month and its cast is headed by leading South African tenor Johan Botha in the title role. The two women who represent the opposing poles of his attraction are Venus, sung by Michaela Schuster, and Elisabeth, sung by Eva-Maria Westbroek. Highly experienced Wagnerian Semyon Bychkov conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, and Martin Handley introduces proceedings.

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Mark Lowther

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BBC Radio 3 Christmas Comedy Quiz

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
9.55-11.25pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 lets its hair down with a special festive panel show in which contestants pit their musical and comedy wits against each other. Listeners can follow them down the weird and wonderful byways of the lives of the great composers, or into opera plots too bizarre to be untrue, and enjoy a light-hearted take on the year's arts and music stories.

Producer/Steven Canny

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BBC RADIO 4
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Cabin Pressure at Christmas

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
8.30-9.00am BBC RADIO 4

John Finnemore, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and Benedict Cumberbatch star in a Cabin Pressure Christmas special
John Finnemore, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and Benedict Cumberbatch star in a Cabin Pressure Christmas special

Arthur finds he has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas after an extra stop-off is scheduled on a Hawaiian island, in this special edition of Cabin Pressure – the comedy about a tiny, one-plane charter airline staffed by two pilots. No job is too small, but many jobs are too difficult.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, owner of MJN Air, decides to make the extra stop-off, which results in her son, air steward Arthur, having just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas.

First Officer Douglas Richardson and Captain Martin Crieff wonder how they can make this the best Christmas Arthur has ever had when all they have on board are some biscuits and a Russian oligarch.

The cast features John Finnemore as Arthur Shappey, Stephanie Cole as Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Roger Allam as First Officer Douglas Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch as Captain Martin Crieff and special guest Ben Willbond as Mr Alyakhin.

Cabin Pressure is written by John Finnemore.

Producer/David Tyler for Pozzitive Television Limited

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Christmas Service

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
9.00-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

The Christmas Service is broadcast from St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

The service draws on the experiences of the diverse community which makes up this iconic central London church, famed for its stunning musical tradition as well as its work with the homeless.

The service is led by St Martin's vicar, the Revd Nicholas Holtam, with music directed by Andrew Earis.

Producer/Stephen Shipley for the BBC

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With Great Pleasure At Christmas

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

James Bolam and Sue Jameson, partners in life as well as on television, celebrate Christmas with a selection of their favourite pieces of writing.

They choose writing with an emphasis on entertainment and light-heartedness, which they've encountered over their years as highly popular actors.

The prose is brought to life by Anne Reid and Nigel Anthony.

Presenters/James Bolam and Sue Jameson, Producer/Christine Hall for the BBC

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Pat And Margaret

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
3.15-4.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Actress Imelda Staunton stars in Pat And Margaret
Actress Imelda Staunton stars in Pat And Margaret

Pat And Margaret is Victoria Wood's bitter-sweet comedy about two sisters reunited on a live television show, adapted for radio by John Foley.

Two sisters, one a Hollywood star, the other a motorway café waitress, have happily forgotten about each other. But they are reunited in a very public way, live on television.

Pat is the glamorous face of an American soap; Margaret a waitress in a motorway café in Lancashire. They are sisters, but haven't seen each other for 27 years. Brought together in the full public glare of the popular television show Magic Moments, they have no choice but to seem thrilled. But a darker past lies behind their reunion.

"I'm glamorous, attractive, I have enough sexual charisma to open a factory. She's fat, Northern, working-class – of course she wants to be my sister," says Pat.

The cast includes Sarah Lancashire as Margaret, Imelda Staunton, Rachel Davies, Joanna Monro and Sally Orrock.

Producer/Marion Nancarrow for the BBC

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The British Reggae Revolution

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
3.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

DJ and Grammy Award-winning film-maker Don Letts examines how Britain produced its own reggae revolution in the late Seventies.

The Seventies saw an explosion of bands that sang about isolation and rejection from a society that didn't understand them. But it wasn't punk music, it was reggae.

Groups such as Aswad, Steel Pulse, Matumbi and Misty In Roots were formed by first-generation, British-born black people who voiced the fear and anguish of growing up in a predominantly white society. Brought up on British pop and their parents' records, they combined a punk attitude with a Jamaican reggae sound. Their efforts to become successful mirrored thousands of young black kids across the country who were coping with a right-wing backlash to the influx of Caribbean immigrants.

The National Front was stirring up racial tension and the government's SUS law, the informal name for stop and search laws, resulted in hundreds of black people being stopped and searched on the mere suspicion of committing a crime.

It wasn't long before there was rioting in the streets. The British reggae bands provided the soundtrack to this struggle.

At the time Don Letts was the resident DJ at London's infamous Roxy Club, credited with turning the punks on to reggae.

Don, black and one of the first generation to be born in Britain, had a front-row seat watching this burgeoning scene produce hit-making artists. From the politicised heavy roots of bands such as Steel Pulse to the smooth pop hits of Lovers' Rock, Don examines how Britain produced its very own reggae revolution.

Don Letts' Reggae Christmas can be heard on BBC 6 Music at 4pm.

Presenter/Don Letts, Producer/James Hale for the BBC

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Christmas Meditation

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
12.15-12.30am BBC RADIO 4

As the day's festivities draw to a close, a meditation on the meaning of Christmas is broadcast in the early hours of Boxing Day.

The meditation features Cambridge University's professor of evolutionary palaeobiology, Simon Conway Morris, who reflects on the mystery of the incarnation from the perspective of science and faith.

Producer/Philip Billson for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Weekend Breakfast

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Rachel Burden and Ian Payne present the big sports stories, news and weather, plus previews of the weekend's sporting events.

Presenters/Rachel Burden and Ian Payne, Producer/Adrian Hughes

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Chart The Year

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Richard Bacon and guests count down the Top 20 biggest sport, entertainment and music stories of the year, providing 20 stories from 360 days in one show with five people.

Presenter/Richard Bacon, Producer/Phil Critchlow for TBI Media

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Snapshot Christmas

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Adil Ray takes a journey from Land's End to John O'Groats, capturing funny and poignant real-life stories in a one-hour phone-in snapshot of Christmas Day life around Britain.

Presenter/Adil Ray, Producer/Fiona Cotterill for Alfi Media

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Christmas Up The Front

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Comedian Ian Stone tells the story of two of his fellow stand-up comics and their performance in front of the troops in Afghanistan.

Presenter/Ian Stone, Producer/Frank Stirling for Unique

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Game Of Two Halves

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
2.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

This topical news, music and sports quiz sees team captains Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, each ably assisted by a special guest panellist, vie for points as they answer questions on, and analyse events of, the past year. Writer and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer attempts to keep order as the teams battle it out.

Presenters/Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie and Miranda Sawyer, Producer/Kellie While for Smooth Operations

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5 Live News Including The Queen's Speech

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

The Queen's Speech is followed by a round-up of the day's main stories with Cory Allen.

Presenter/Cory Allen, Producer/John Cary

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Nicky Campbell At The World Cup

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Nicky Campbell presents highlights of his trip to South Africa to cover the World Cup, including coverage of his visit to the country's largest township, Soweto; hearing from Desmond Tutu on the first day of the tournament; and catching up with Boris Johnson while he was out jogging in Cape Town. There are also clips from his interviews with FW De Klerk, Chester Williams and football fans from around the world, and Nicky's introduction to the vuvuzela.

Presenter/Nicky Campbell, Producer/Paul Stanworth

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5 Live Formula 1 – Review Of 2010

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

David Croft looks back at an unpredictable Formula 1 season which saw Sebastian Vettel win one of the closest drivers' championships in years on the final day.

Presenter/David Croft, Producer/Jason Swales for USP

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The Sound Of 2010

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Jamie Stangroom remembers the big music stories and tunes of 2010, featuring interviews with Dave Grohl, Tinie Tempah, Paul Weller, Cee-Lo Green, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Klaxons, The Charlatans, Manic Street Preachers, Mumford & Sons, Bon Jovi and Jack White. Listeners can also find out why Paul Weller hates Facebook, which rocker turned down golf lessons from Tiger Woods and how Slash likes to relax.

Presenter/Jamie Stangroom, Producer/Mark Sharman for Bite Yer Legs

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5 Live News – Review Of 2010

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Stephen Nolan and Tony Livesey take a look at the big news stories of 2010 including the General Election, the Haiti earthquake, the Cumbrian shootings, Raoul Moat and the Chilean miners. Plus there's a look back at the big showbiz stories including Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, Barbara Windsor leaving EastEnders and Coronation Street's 50th birthday.

Presenters/Stephen Nolan and Tony Livesey, Producer/Jonathan Aspinwall

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The Ashes

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
11.30pm-7.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents live commentary from the first day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
11.00pm-7.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The Test Match Special team bring cricket fans uninterrupted commentary on the opening day of the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England, live from Melbourne.

Producer/Adam Mountford

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Christmas Day Saturday 25 December 2010
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Adam And Joe's Christmas Special

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish return to BBC 6 Music on Christmas Day
Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish return to BBC 6 Music on Christmas Day

The Big British Castle welcomes back prodigal sons Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish for a special Christmas Day edition of their Sony Award-winning show. Listeners can expect the traditional present swapping and slightly tipsy dissection of said presents.

Presenters/Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, Producer/James Stirling

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Christmas With Richard Hawley And Friends

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Singer-songwriter Richard Hawley
Singer-songwriter Richard Hawley

Singer-songwriter Richard Hawley has long collected Christmas albums, and this year he celebrates his collection on BBC 6 Music. Richard selects and plays his favourites, and is joined by friends and peers including Billy Bragg, The Smoke Fairies and Eliza Carthy to perform unique versions of their favourite Christmas songs.

Jarvis Cocker delivers an "alternative Christmas message" to the 6 Music audience at 3pm, and other guests, including John Cooper Clarke and Pete Molinari, share their own inimitable take on the festive season.

Presenter/Richard Hawley, Producer/Jon Raitt

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Don Letts' Reggae Christmas

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

In a Christmas tradition for BBC 6 Music, Don Letts eases listeners through that time after Christmas lunch when the presents have been opened and cold turkey sandwiches await. On the menu is Don's choice of reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall, so listeners can push back the sofa and dance up an appetite.

Don also presents The British Reggae Revolution on BBC Radio 4 today.

Presenter/Don Letts, Producer/Frank Wilson

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The Thrill Of It All – The Roxy Music Story

Christmas Day Saturday 25 December
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

The Thrill Of It All charts the history of Roxy Music, from their 1972 emergence and their temporary 1976 break-up through to their triumphant 40th anniversary tour in 2010 – and everything in between. The documentary features new interviews with key band members Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera, and others who have known and worked with them along the way.

When Roxy Music emerged in 1972 their visual and musical impact was instant. Dressed in bizarre, stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art rock with infectious pop hooks. The opening hour of The Thrill Of It All explores the creative tension between Ferry and Brian Eno, which resulted in the group's first two ground-breaking albums.

By early 1973 Roxy Music had become a sensation in England and Europe due to their clever amalgamation of pop values and kitsch, as typified on their debut LP, Roxy Music, and follow-up, For Your Pleasure, which was virtually ignored in the US. The programme explores Eno's departure and how this impacted on the group.

The second hour places the band in the punk era and the regrouping of Roxy Music in the autumn of 1978. Their comeback album in April 1979, Manifesto, sounded more dance-orientated, with a soul-pop sound that was markedly different from their earlier records. Manifesto confirmed their British popularity, achieving Top 10 status, and the single Dance Away charted worldwide.

In the summer of 1980, the follow-up to Manifesto was recorded with just Ferry, Manzanera and Mackay, plus a host of studio musicians. The resulting album, Flesh And Blood, became their second British No. 1 and charted in the USA thanks to the infectious single Over You.

Nearly two years after the release of Flesh And Blood, Roxy Music returned with Avalon in the summer of 1982. Marking a new level in the group's production and musical sophistication, Avalon became their biggest album worldwide. The lush, elegant escapist music of Avalon is far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records. The programme explores this album with its stylish, romantic washes of music and Ferry's elegant, seductive croon.

After their last album and tour, Mackay, Manzanera and Ferry all released solo albums and Ferry's solo career has continued uninterrupted. But now Roxy Music are back with a 40th anniversary tour, it is an opportune time to explore this remarkable group who reflected the times and provided the soundtrack to many people's lives.

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BBC RADIO 1
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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BBC Radio 1's Top 10s Of 2010

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7.00am-4.00pm BBC RADIO 1

BBC Radio 1 continues to broadcast the Top 10s of 2010, a series of special one-hour shows presented by some of the biggest stars of the year.

In each show the celebrity guest presenter has one hour to take over Radio 1 and play their 10 favourite tracks that remind them of the year. Today's highlights include the reflections of Pixie Lott, Plan B, Nicole Scherzinger and N-Dubz.

In Pixie's special show she teams up with Radio 1's Dev and talks him through her favourite tracks of the year including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kelis and Jason Derulo. She talks about her big moments of the year including stories from Radio 1's Big Weekend and what it's like to hang out with Rihanna.

Plan B is joined by Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw to talk about playing his biggest ever gig to a global audience at the European Music Awards in Madrid and how he had to share his dressing room with Kelly Brook.

During this Boxing Day celeb fest there are also repeats of the first part of the series broadcast on Christmas Eve. These include James Corden, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and Tinie Tempah.

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Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Tinie Tempah Takeover

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 1XTRA

Following the N-Dubz takeover show on Christmas Day, one of the biggest music stars of 2010, Tinie Tempah, hosts his own special takeover on Boxing Day from 1-4pm, phoning up his celebrity friends and revealing his all-time favourite old-school classics.

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BBC RADIO 2
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Aled Jones With Good Morning Sunday

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 2

Aled Jones looks back at some of the guests featured on Good Morning Sunday during the past year including Tom Jones, who reveals that he prays every day, and Lulu, who was unpopular in choirs as a youngster because she sang louder than the others.

Comedian Omid Djalili discusses his Bahá'í faith, Tim Vine reflects on his humour and his faith, while magician Geoffrey Durham shares what he's discovered through silence as a Quaker. In addition, Tony Blair reflects on why he waited until he left office to convert to Catholicism; Kate McCann discusses how she prays for the person who has taken her daughter Madeleine; and actress Linda Bellingham talks about the pain of domestic abuse.

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The Best Of Weekend Wogan

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Listeners can enjoy the best of Weekend Wogan from 2010 with a feast of live music from some of the great artists who have graced the Weekend Wogan stage and a galaxy of star guests who have joined Sir Terry throughout the year in conversation.

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Liza Tarbuck's Christmas Wrapping

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Liza Tarbuck takes listeners on a Christmas jolly with her pick of fabulous and traditional tunes. If anyone is still deciding how to cook their turkey, top chef Gino D'Acampo gives his tips on the perfect Christmas dinner. And the show hits streets of the UK to find out what it is that makes Christmas Day special.

Presenter/Liza Tarbuck, Producer/Robert Mulligan for the BBC

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French And Saunders Ep 1/3

New series
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
5.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Female comedy duo French and Saunders make their BBC Radio 2 debut
Female comedy duo French and Saunders make their BBC Radio 2 debut

Much-loved comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders make their debut on BBC Radio 2 with the first of three two-hour music and chat shows broadcast on Boxing Day, New Year's Day and New Year Bank Holiday Monday 3 January. The shows feature an eclectic mix of chat, music and of course the pair's trademark humour.

On tonight's show Jennifer and Dawn are joined by style guru Gok Wan and the first of their Someone And Their Mum interviews features funny woman Miranda Hart with her real-life mother.

Jennifer Saunders said: "I'm delighted to be presenting a show on the wireless with me good pal Dawn French. We hopes to be doing talking and spinning an unusual mix of happening disc records and talking to guests if any agree to join us. What joy."

Dawn French said: "I'm chuffed to blooming heck to be joining Radio 2, not least because I get to spend quality time with a) my comedy partner, Sassy Saunders, and b) our combined record collection – two of my favourite distractions. Plus I can't wait for the opportunity to go to work with my negligee and kitten heels on and no make up. Warning – this show may contain nuts."

Dawn adds: "Jennifer and I have always wanted to do a radio show and we've only had the chance to do it this year. And we've done a pilot. Apparently making radio is a skill that we, frankly, didn't have!

"The music I'll be playing is really my record collection and her record collection ... some will be little presents of joy and some will be things she [Jennifer] loathes. I know the music she loathes, and there'll be a certain amount of that in there, just as torture!"

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The London Palladium Story Ep 2/2

Christmas Day Saturday 25 to Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

The story of a true temple of popular culture, which hosted performances by international stars like Judy Garland, Jack Benny and Marlene Dietrich, and home-grown legends like Morecambe and Wise, Tom Jones and Bruce Forsyth, continues.

Tonight's second programme considers what it's like to appear on stage at the world's most famous theatre and includes a tour of the building. Michael Grade also goes in search of the Palladium's ghost.

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Sunday Half Hour

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy welcomes listeners to his home at the Graan in Enniskillen on Boxing Day for a specially extended hour-long edition of the show.

Friends and colleagues join him in conversation as he plays favourite carols and reflects on the spirit of the season. Music includes Good King Wenceslas, Ding Dong Merrily On High and Unto Us A Boy Is Born.

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Bob Harris

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
12.00midnight-3.00am BBC RADIO 2

Tonight Bob Harris is joined in session by David Celia, one of Toronto's most experienced independent artists and busiest working musicians. He'll be playing tracks from his third album I Tried – a collection of bright, sharp, original songs that owe as much to Beatles-esque pop as to contemporary singer-songwriter traditions.

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BBC RADIO 3
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Private Passions – Pamela Stephenson Connolly

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is New Zealand-born, Australian clinical psychologist, writer and former actor Pamela Stephenson Connolly, who is currently starring in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

After moving from Australia to London in 1976, Pamela shot to fame on Eighties TV sketch show Not The Nine O Clock News, alongside fellow comedians Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones.

She married comedian and actor Billy Connolly in 1989 and in 1996 gained a doctorate in clinical psychology in California. She now works in private practice as a psychologist and, in 2007, presented a series of programmes on the More4 TV channel called Shrink Rap. Her biography of her husband, Billy, won the 2002 British Book of the Year Award.

Pamela Stephenson's musical private passions, as revealed to Michael Berkeley, include two Antipodean divas, Joan Sutherland singing an aria from Bellini's Norma and Kiri te Kanawa singing Strauss's radiant song Morgen.

She also admires the voice of Lotte Lenya singing the Alabama Song from Weill and Brecht's Mahagonny. There's one of Satie's Gymnopedies for piano solo, a frog song played on Balinese gamelan instruments, which reminds her of time spent in Indonesia, and traditional Scottish fiddle music (she currently lives in Scotland). Dance is represented by Debussy's atmospheric Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, which Pamela once heard accompanying an "erotically-charged ballet".

Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall

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Discovering Music

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Stephen Johnson unpicks the ideas and background behind Corelli's ground-breaking set of Opus 6 Violin Concertos which includes the celebrated Christmas Concerto.

He joins members of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, directed from the violin by Enrico Onofri, and violinist Margaret Faultless for a look at how some of the artistic innovations of late-17th-century Rome focused the mind of a young violin virtuoso, Arcangelo Corelli, and prompted him to create what became the foundation of the influential and ubiquitous late Baroque concerto.

This programme was recorded as part of the 2010 Festival of Baroque Music, held in London in May.

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BBC RADIO 4
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Desert Island Discs

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
11.15-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Kirsty Young's guest for the Boxing Day edition of Desert Island Discs is Sandie Shaw who shot to fame in the Sixties with a string of hit records.

Sandie, who became a psychotherapist in the late Nineties, tells Kirsty about her life, career and the music she would take with her to BBC Radio 4's mythical desert island.

Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle for the BBC

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I, Claudius Ep 5/6

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In the penultimate part of Robert Graves's I, Claudius, the prophecy comes true for the unwilling Emperor Claudius.

Samuel Barnett stars as Caligula, and Tom Goodman-Hill as Claudius, the anti-monarchist faced with the prospect of power, in Robin Brooks's dramatisation of Graves's classic.

The cast includes Zubin Varla, Jessica Raine, Sally Orrock, Jude Akuwudike, Sam Dale, Iain Batchelor, Lloyd Thomas, Sean Baker, Henry Devas, Tony Bell and Adeel Akhtar

The music is composed by David Pickvance.

Producer/Jonquil Panting for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Ashes Breakfast

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch, live from Melbourne, and Ranvir Singh, in the studio, present the big sports stories, news and coverage from the opening day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
12.00noon-7.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman, at Kempton Park, presents the sports news plus regular updates from Fulham versus West Ham United in the Premier League (kick-off 12noon) and looks back at the first day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

From 1pm there's live Championship commentary of Queen's Park Rangers against Swansea City, plus updates from the other 1pm Championship kick-offs.

At 3pm there is live Premier League commentary on Manchester United versus Sunderland, plus regular updates from all of the other 3pm kick-offs, including Newcastle United versus Manchester City and Motherwell versus Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. There's also rugby union Premiership reports and racing commentary from the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

In Sports Report at 5pm Mark Chapman has news and reaction from today's sporting action.

At 5.30pm there's live Premier League commentary on Aston Villa versus Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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Ashes Highlights

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7.30am-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Highlights of the opening day of the Fourth Test between Australia and England in Melbourne, including close-of-play analysis, comes from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott and is repeated every half hour.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live NFL

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
5.45-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live commentary comes from the game of the day as the NFL regular season moves into its penultimate week.

Producer/Simon Crosse for USP

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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
11.00pm-7.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the second day of the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England comes live from Melbourne.

Producer/Adam Mountford

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December 2010
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The Huey Show

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

For his Boxing Day special Huey Morgan celebrates one of the most family orientated days of the year.

From Sister Sledge to Sly And The Family Stone, Huey picks his "family" favourites as well as reminiscing about his own Christmases past and spinning some listeners' special requests based around their own memories.

Huey has his now traditional catch-up with his Mum, while his former A&R guy/best friend/DJ, "Uncle" Mike, is on hand for a festive New York Minute, recalling past shenanigans and providing a taster of Christmas in the Big Apple.

Family, of course, does not only relate to blood relations, Huey hears from members of the BBC 6 Music and musicians "family" with their Christmas wishes.

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Slash's Guitar Heroes

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Rock icon and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash counts down his all-time favourite axe-men, including Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Keith Richards, Jonny Greenwood and Jimi Hendrix.

From AC/DC to Dire Straits, Slash explains how these bands changed his life and inspired him to pick up a guitar. With a few musical curveballs thrown in for good measure, Slash also speaks about his days in Guns N' Roses, specifically about writing the electrifying Welcome To The Jungle.

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6 Mix

Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music's Dave Pearce and Public Enemy front-man Chuck D
BBC 6 Music's Dave Pearce and Public Enemy front-man Chuck D

On November 3 1987, BBC 6 Music and then BBC Radio London DJ Dave Pearce introduced hip-hop group Public Enemy live on stage at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The next year, the band sampled Dave's intro for the opening track of their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, the record which propelled the band to worldwide stardom.

Since then, Nation Of Millions has been proclaimed as the greatest hip-hop album of all time, feted by everyone from Rolling Stone magazine to Jay Z.

Two decades on, Dave and Public Enemy front-man Chuck D meet to reminisce about the birth of rap music in the US and UK and how things have changed in 2010.

The pair discuss how they met, how Dave ended up becoming the first person to play them on UK radio and the role the band played in bringing rap music to the mainstream on both sides of the Atlantic. They also discuss the firebrand politics that came to characterise their lyrics and the role they played in taking rap from an underground sound which wasn't played on daytime radio to becoming the pre-eminent sound in mainstream music.

Chuck D also picks a selection of music that sound-tracked the era including LL Cool J, Stetsasonic and the World Famous Supreme Team and plays music which informed his childhood including James Brown. There's also a chance to hear live music from the infamous 1987 Hammersmith Odeon show, last heard on radio over two decades ago.

Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010

BBC RADIO 2
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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Ken Bruce – Best Of Tracks Of My Years

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce presents a special Christmas edition of Tracks Of My Years, featuring selections from Brandon Flowers, Bob Harris, Sir Jackie Stewart, Katherine Jenkins, Nanci Griffith, Phil Collins, Ozzy Osbourne, Meatloaf and many more. Ken also reveals his own favourite live music tracks of 2010.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Lisa Smith for the BBC

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Craig Charles For Steve Wright

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
2.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC 6 Music's Funk And Soul Show presenter Craig Charles continues to cover for Steve Wright this week and fills the Big Show Christmas Stockings once again. Craig is joined by special guests all week, as well as some fun festive features.

Presenter/Craig Charles, Producer/Adam Utyman for the BBC

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Paloma Faith With The Guy Barker Orchestra

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Listeners have another chance to hear Paloma Faith in Down At The End Of Lonely Street, the concert that closed the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May earlier this year, in a special one-off performance with The Guy Barker Orchestra.

The East-London singer behind hits like Stone Cold Sober and New York, is an actress and former magician's assistant whose retro-soul sound has been compared to Amy Winehouse.

She first performed on BBC Radio 2 in Dermot O'Leary's show in June last year and was part of the station's live line-up at the 2009 Blackpool Illuminations. Paloma performs tracks from her album alongside the music of some of her idols, such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

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6 On 2 – Dave Pearce

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC 6 Music's Dave Pearce returns to BBC Radio 2 for Dance Anthems' third annual festival outing. Dave delves into his record box to pull out classic floor-fillers from Chic, Black Box, S-Express and De'Lacy, along with tune suggestions and stories of club culture from the Radio 2 audience.

Fellow 6 Music DJs, including Nemone, Huey Morgan and Jarvis Cocker, share their favourite dance tunes of all time and Dave also revisits some of 2010's biggest club anthems including Duck Sauce.

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

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When Bob Harris Met Robert Plant

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In August Bob Harris celebrated his 40th anniversary on BBC Radio. To mark the occasion, Bob spoke to his friend Robert Plant about their first meetings in the UK, extraordinary tours with Led Zeppelin across America and their subsequent journeys, as broadcaster and musician respectively, through some extraordinary musical genres.

They also talk about Robert's preparations for his most recent album and tour with the latest incarnation of his Band Of Joy, culminating in the amazingly eclectic BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms at the Roundhouse at the end of October.

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Big Band Special

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the second part of the BBC Big Band in concert with Paul Carrack at the Town Hall, Birmingham. Their set includes Moon River, Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying, It Ain't Over and How Long Has This Been Going On?.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Terry Carter

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BBC RADIO 3
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Composer Of The Week – Russian Opera

Bank Holiday Monday 27 to New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

As part of the BBC's focus on opera in 2010, Donald Macleod explores the rich tradition of Russian opera, from Glinka to Schnittke.

A string of Italians from Ristori to Cimarosa staged productions in St Petersburg, thereby planting the seeds from which Russia's operatic tradition eventually sprang. That first sapling appeared in 1836 with Mikhail Glinka's A Life For The Tsar, universally regarded as the first "real" Russian opera.

Alexander Dargomyzhsky continued the move away from the Italian tradition with his naturalistic approach to text-setting in In The Stone Guest, which removed the distinction between aria and recitative.

Modest Mussorgsky took part in early private run-throughs of Dargomyzhsky's work and was so impressed that he decided to try his hand at the same kind of thing: the result was The Marriage, his first opera and an important milestone on the way to his masterpiece Boris Godunov.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Barstow

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Afternoon On 3 – Summer Festivals 2010

Bank Holiday Monday 27 to New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
1.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

This week, Afternoon On 3 celebrates the riches and diversity of 2010's musical summer, with performances from leading festivals in Europe and beyond, by some of the world's great singers, instrumentalists and ensembles.

During the series the programme visits 25 festivals in 15 countries – as far afield as Romania and Canada. At the heart of the week are concerts from top festivals in Austria and Switzerland, including the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano and Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Styriarte Festival in Graz.

The Thursday opera matinée is Bellini's Norma, conducted by Fabio Biondi with his period-instrument ensemble Europa Galante at the Chopin Institute and his Europe Festival in Warsaw.

Large choral works are also a regular feature throughout the week, from Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Rachmaninov's Vespers to a celebration of Arvo Pärt's 75th birthday in his native Estonia.

Presenter/Jonathan Swain, Producer/David Gallagher

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New Generation Artists

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
6.15-6.45pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 continues to celebrate the talents of its New Generation Artists in the second of a two-week series of early evening programmes showcasing some of the studio and concert recordings made by members of the scheme over the past year.

The New Generation Artists scheme exists to provide support to some of the brightest talents in the world of classical music, offering unrivalled opportunities for concerts and studio recordings. Since its foundation in 1999 it has included artists such as the Belcea String Quartet, Paul Lewis, Janine Jansen and Alice Coote among its distinguished members.

Presenter/Sarah Walker, Producer/Lindsay Kemp

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BBC PROMS 2010
Performance On 3 – Prom 19: Sondheim At 80

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
7.30-9.20pm BBC RADIO 3

Listeners can relive this celebration of Stephen Sondheim's unique talents at a BBC Prom recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in July.

A star-studded cast performs songs from some of his best-loved shows. Bryn Terfel, playing the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is joined by Maria Friedman, Simon Russell Beale, Julian Ovenden, Caroline O'Connor, Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell, with a special guest appearance from Dame Judi Dench.

David Charles Abell conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, aspiring young performers supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund and a specially formed BBC Proms Sondheim Ensemble.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Philip Tagney

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BBC PROMS 2010
Prom 7 – Chopin Nocturnes

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
10.00pm-12.15am BBC RADIO 3

Listeners have another chance to hear an all-Chopin programme played at London's Royal Albert Hall in July by acclaimed Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires.

Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/David Gallagher

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BBC RADIO 4
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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Today

Bank Holiday Monday 27 to Friday 31 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule addition 29 November)

Each year, the Today programme hands over the editorial reins to five public figures, giving them a chance to decide what goes on the programme between Christmas and New Year.

This year's line-up is:

Diana Athill, literary editor and memoirist
Colin Firth, actor
Sam Taylor-Wood, artist and film-maker
Richard Ingrams, journalist and co-founder of Private Eye
Dame Clara Furse, business woman and former CEO of LSE

On Monday, Diana Athill, a staunch atheist, asks Archibishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams what faith, or the lack of it, tells us about a person. She also champions bedtime stories for adults.

On Tuesday, Colin Firth's programme asks how effective international aid is, and also sees Dame Edna Everage and John Humphrys reunited.

On Wednesday, Sam Taylor-Wood investigates whether childbirth is now seen as a medical problem rather than a natural process and examines the role of women in Hollywood.

On Thursday, Richard Ingrams talks to Peter O'Toole and also reopens the case of James Hanratty, hanged for murder in 1961. He also investigates what makes a good broadcast voice.

On Friday, Dame Clara Furse asks whether undue focus has been placed on the role of the banks in precipitating the financial crisis. She also explores the British tendency for self-deprecation and asks why girls are outperforming boys at school.

A tradition since 2003, the guest editors are responsible for between a third and a half of their programme's output and are helped to turn their ideas into radio journalism by Today's team of producers and reporters.

Previous Today programme guest editors include PD James, Tony Adams, Zadie Smith, Jarvis Cocker, Anthony Minghella, Professor Stephen Hawking and David Hockney.

Ceri Thomas, Editor of Today, has blogged about this year's guest editors.

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Book Of The Week – Proust's Overcoat Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Proust's Overcoat is the story of one man's pursuit of the relics of his literary hero, Marcel Proust.

Set in pre-war Paris, Jacques Guerin, a rich bibliophile with a passion for the late Marcel Proust has a chance encounter which leads him eventually to his quarry.

It was as a young man that he first encountered the Proust family when he was treated by the author's brother, Dr Robert Proust.

Visiting the doctor in his study he is told that the desk and bookshelves had belonged to the late author. The doctor opens the bookshelf to show the young man the handwritten notebooks in which his brother had drafted and re-drafted his great work.

A chance visit to a second-hand book dealer some years later reconnects Guerin with the Proust family and leads to a meeting with the man who was clearing out the apartment of the late Robert Proust.

Proust's wife, Marthe, had apparently instructed that all trace of the abominable Marcel should be removed and burnt. She had even gone through published volumes, tearing out Marcel's dedicatory signature.

And so begins Guerin's pursuit of the manuscripts and belongings of his hero which were eventually to lead him to the fur-lined overcoat which had accompanied Proust throughout most of his life including as a bedspread on the brass bed where he wrote In Search Of Lost Time.

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Woman's Hour Drama –
Ladies Of Letters Go Crackers Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December to New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Prunella Scales plays Irene in Ladies Of Letters
Prunella Scales plays Irene in Ladies Of Letters

Prunella Scales and Anne Reid star in a festive series of returning comedy Ladies Of Letters, by Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman, tracing the sometime rocky relationship conducted via correspondence between two women, Vera and Irene.

It's Christmas and the ladies are busy stuffing home-made turkey sausages and giving each other unsuitable Christmas presents. As family descend on both, pressure mounts and chaos ensues.

Returning from a trip to the Holy Land, Vera faces homelessness when a bank buys her home. Irene, meanwhile, is inundated with guests and annoyed that Vera seems too caught up in her own concerns to give her any attention.

In the second episode Irene holds back on her grievances with Vera's selfishness when Vera's daughter Karen has a serious health scare.

The women have a major falling out in Wednesday's episode after Vera's theories about Irene's relations cause family uproar.

In the penultimate episode Karen tries to get Vera and Irene back on speaking terms after their vitriolic falling out.

And in the final programme, Irene discovers her daughter-in-law's awful secret plan. Meanwhile Vera and her family face leaving their home without sufficient finances to ensure their future.

Anne Reid plays Vera, with Prunella Scales as Irene and Mia Soteriou as Karen.

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Plumbers And Penguins

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

In the summer of 2009, the British Antarctic Survey advertised for plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, electricians and doctors to spend 18 months working on their most southerly research stations, promising would-be candidates "the most exhilarating experience of a lifetime".

Almost 2,000 tradesmen applied to be sent into whiteout conditions. With doctors hired to care for their welfare in such extreme conditions.

In Plumbers And Penguins, Chris Eldon Lee follows the frozen fortunes of two of the recruits and their equally adventurous companions.

Mark Green, a 48-year-old plumber from Bristol, was sent to Halley Research Station on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. His job is to keep water supplies going in temperatures of minus 50 celsius.

Thirty-year-old Claire Lehman, a recently qualified Wiltshire GP, was posted to Rothera, on the western shore of the peninsula. Both Mark and Claire have had to learn brand new skills to help keep their bases going.

Mark finds himself abseiling down precipitous crevasses and learning to be a sea-ice driver's mate. Claire is refuelling planes and supplying all the field scientists with freshly baked Christmas Cakes.

The programme follows the Antarctic year from Burns Night, in high summer, through the long dark winter to the 21 June mid-winter solstice, back into daylight and on towards Christmas.

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Jeeves In Manhattan Ep 1/2

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
11.30- 12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Actor Martin Jarvis as Jeeves
Actor Martin Jarvis as Jeeves

In a one-man tour-de-force Martin Jarvis performs The Artistic Career Of Corky, for a packed audience at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

The Artistic Career Of Corky is the first of two of PG Wodehouse's celebrated New York stories, starring blithe Bertie Wooster and his urbane valet Jeeves.

As well as the characters of Jeeves and Wooster, Jarvis also portrays spineless American artist Corky, choleric Manhattan millionaire Alexander Worple and winsome chorus girl Muriel Singer.

Wodehouse wrote these stories in 1925 during the period when he was enjoying success in Manhattan as a lyric writer for American musicals.

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A Woman's World Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 27 to New Year's Eve 31 December
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This five-part series follows men who have jobs in predominately female workplaces.

It begins with Alex Douglas, the only male teacher at Sanquhar Primary School in Scotland, who talks about his campaign to involve fathers in their children's school.

Chris Ledgard meets Sanquhar staff, parents and children who talk about how Alex's good idea changed a school culture.

Tuesday's programme features Gareth Apajee, a nail bar worker from Swansea who tells Chris why he decided to train in the beauty industry and discusses the reaction of his family, colleagues and customers.

In the third programme, Chris talks to Andy Yelland, a male midwife. Andy and his wife Mandy – who is also a midwife – discuss attitudes towards men in their profession.

Graham Clarke talks about running a WRVS lunch club. The organisation, formerly known as the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, was once exclusively staffed by women but has worked hard to change its image and has been taking on male volunteers. The chief executive Lynne Berry discusses the balance between respecting the WRVS's history as a women's organisation, and establishing its new image in the modern world of big charity.

In the final programme Professor Jeff Hearn talks about his relationship with the academic world of Women's Studies. After a group of female staff at Bradford University set up the UK's second Women's Studies postgraduate course in the early Eighties, Jeff was asked to teach on it. Now a professor of Gender Studies in Sweden, he and his colleagues discuss his work as a man on the fringe of academic feminism.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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Ashes Breakfast

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch, live from Melbourne, and Rachel Burden, in the studio, present news from the UK including the latest from the business world, travel updates and the day's big sports stories. Plus news and updates from day two of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
2.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Alastair Eykyn looks back at the second day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne and previews day three. There's also rugby union Premiership commentary on Leicester versus Sale and racing commentary from the Welsh National at Chepstow.

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents debate on all the big sports stories in The Monday Night Club.

From 8pm, there's live Premier League commentary on Arsenal versus Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

At 10pm there is discussion and reaction to tonight's matches in The Final Whistle.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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Ashes Highlights

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
7.30am-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Highlights from the second day of the Fourth Test between Australia and England in Melbourne, including close-of-play analysis, come from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott, and are repeated every half hour.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
11.00pm-7.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the third day of the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England comes live from Melbourne.

Producer/Adam Mountford

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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BBC 6 MUSIC'S SOUNDS OF ...

Bank Holiday Monday 27 to New Years Eve Friday 31 December

Across the week, BBC 6 Music celebrates the "sound" of the past four decades, playing music from the ever-changing landscape of popular music, analysing the reasons behind the extraordinary developments from one decade to the next and putting context to the BBC's Sound of 2011 announced in early January.

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Marc Riley – The Sound Of The Seventies

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley plays his favourite tunes from the Seventies along with some special highlights from John Peel's programmes in that decade. Marc plays session tracks from bands featured on his show from that era too.

Rob Hughes is in the studio with a copy of a music magazine from the Seventies in his Parallel Universe to tell Marc what the hot musical topics of the day were.

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The Real Seventies With Bob Harris

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

In 1970, the smoking remnants from the Sixties psychedelic era lingered on, and despite the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the breakup of The Beatles, they were in for more of the same thing, "man".

But within a few years progressive and glam rock were all the rage, alongside the soft rock of Laurel Canyon and disco stateside. Then punk exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. By 1979, on the cusp of a new decade, it was a new-wave, post-punk world.

Broadcasting legend Bob Harris, who began his career behind the mic in 1970, charts the evolution of popular music, starting at year zero (1970) and explores how it started to fracture into different genres – prog rock, soft rock, glam rock, punk rock, ska, reggae, post punk and new wave.

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Gideon Coe

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

With punkish blues-rockers Nine Below Zero in concert and a Fairport Convention session from 1969, Gideon Coe's other archive sessions are provided by former Josef K front-man Paul Haig, experimental but melodic electronicist U-Ziq and Eska.

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The Best Of Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

The multi-talented Julian Barratt helps Adam Buxton kick things off, with a show dedicated to weird and wonderfully flavoured music in the shape of Oddens.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Bank Holiday Monday 27 December 2010
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Asian Network Presents

Bank Holiday Monday 27 December
12.00noon-12.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

The station repeats it's Asian Network Presents Reality Check drama.

When Farzana Faruq enters the Big Brother house, she intends to use the experience to reveal her true self to her family at home in Yorkshire. As her dad gathers all the relatives and friends together to watch the first episode, he starts to find out secrets about his daughter – secrets that develop further the more he watches.

With her dad and brother observing her every move, Farzana's revelations in the diary room mean that deep secrets about her family start to unravel as her reality TV experience unfolds.

Reality Check is a current and original drama, which takes iconic aspects of the reality television show (the diary room, Big Brother's voice and infamous tasks) to build tensions between the housemates and Farzana's Asian community in Yorkshire.

The drama features Lena Kaur as Farzana, Nina Millns as Jem, David Bonnick Jr as Rob, Shiv Grewal as Lateef, Junade Khan as Waseem and Bhasker Patel as Dr Jawaid. Other members of the cast include Sagar Arya, Pushpinder Chani, Joe Doherty, Manjeet Mann, Chandeep Uppal and Elexi Walker.

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Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010

BBC RADIO 2
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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6 On 2 – Jarvis Cocker

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Copy amended 30 November)

Offering a chance for music buffs to experience one of BBC 6 Music's most popular programmes, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker brings his eclectic BBC 6 Music shows to BBC Radio 2.

Jarvis began hosting his Sunday Service on BBC 6 Music in January 2010 and within four months had won the Sony rising-star award.

An all-embracing music enthusiast, Jarvis draws upon a record collection that includes classic artists, lesser-known vintage treats, under-the-radar talent and spoken word. He also interviews favourites from across the cultural spectrum, including musicians, artists, writers and directors.

Highlights in this show include Monty Python legend Michael Palin recalling songwriting; Pop-art pioneer Sir Peter Blake discussing his design for the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club record sleeve; while writer and director John Hillcoat discusses the significance of fizzy drinks in his work.

As part of 6 On 2, Jarvis turns Tuesday evening into a Sunday Service, weaving a hand-picked selection of strange music, opinion and tenuous links. Listeners can catch his weekly service on BBC 6 Music every Sunday from 4pm.

Jarvis says: "6 into 2 does go! The week between Christmas and New Year has a strange unfocused kind of atmosphere, a bit like a Sunday afternoon. Funnily enough, throughout 2010, I've been trying to capture that atmosphere on my 6 Music show. It's my pleasure to now share some of the highlights from the past year with Radio 2 listeners."

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At Home With Keith Richards

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule change 26 November)

Keith Richards, rock 'n' roll maverick and legendary Rolling Stone, has been commanding even more headlines than usual since the publication of his autobiography. This conversation with Paul Sexton, recorded at Keith's Connecticut home, adds a personal dimension.

It's "all back to Keith's" as he chats about his incredible life and times in the relaxed surroundings of his own living room.

Paul has interviewed Keith and his fellow Stones on countless occasions in the last 15 years and this familiarity is reflected in the candid and often amusing nature of the exchanges. Keith vividly describes controversial moments, memorable encounters, guitar heroes and proud achievements, including the recent publication of his memoir that debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list.

He describes his house and surroundings as he sits in front of a portrait of himself, revealing that it was created and presented to him by a close, and very famous, friend. He discusses his devotion to the guitar, including the confession: "I'm not a lead guitar player, basically, and never wanted to be". He also talks about his all-time favourite musicians: "I wanted to meet Scotty Moore more than I wanted to meet Elvis Presley." He also remembers the solo on a Stones classic that was critiqued by a good friend called John Lennon.

The wide-ranging chat also covers the first record Keith ever bought, comic escapades on the road and how the Stones continue to extend the frontiers as rock's ultimate survivors, what they might be doing in 2011 and much more besides, including his thoughts on Mick Jagger, his creative partner of nearly half a century.

The two hours are packed with colourful stories of an unparalleled life and illustrated with some of the best music of the past 50 years, made both by Keith and some of his idols.

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BBC RADIO 3
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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BBC PROMS 2010
Performance On 3 – Prom 49: Rodgers And Hammerstein

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
7.30-9.20pm BBC RADIO 3
American musical entertainer and actress Kim Criswell
American musical entertainer and actress Kim Criswell

Another chance to hear this glorious medley of songs from the evergreen musicals that lyricist Oscar Hammerstein wrote with composer Richard Rodgers, the waltz king of the musical.

Kim Criswell headed the cast at London's Royal Albert Hall in this BBC Proms performance last August, performing numbers ranging from the ground-breaking scores of Oklahoma! and the dark-themed Carousel, to family favourites The King And I and The Sound Of Music.

Musicals expert John Wilson conducts the lushly scored movie orchestrations with vocalists Kim Criswell, Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden, Anna-Jane Casey and Rod Gilfry and the Maida Vale Singers.

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BBC PROMS 2010
Prom 17

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
10.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Petroc Trelawny introduces another chance to hear Douglas Boyd directing members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in two classics for wind ensemble from this year's BBC Proms.

The first piece is Dvořák's Serenade in D minor for winds, cello and double bass, Op 44. That is followed by Mozart's Serenade in B flat, K361, Gran partita.

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Late Junction

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
11.30pm-1.15am BBC RADIO 3

On the fourth night of Christmas, Max Reinhardt brings to you ... one Bach Motet, the NLF Trio, a Victor Olaiya classic and a Hum Ding Dinger from Jimmie Davis.

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BBC RADIO 4
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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Fry's English Delight Winter Special – Word Games

New series
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
9.00-9.30am BBC RADIO 4

Stephen Fry enjoys more English Delight
Stephen Fry enjoys more English Delight

In this special winter programme, Stephen Fry celebrates, examines and plays word games and tries to find out if, and why, they are important.

Stephen looks at word games in diverse formats and challenges his audience to play some unusual ones.

Sheila Dillon from BBC Radio 4's Food Programme plays Font Or Cheese against miscellanist Ben Schott, who typesets his own books, while Phill Jupitus talks about his personal word game habits.

At the heart of the programme lies a question about English, the original language of word games like Scrabble and crosswords. Stephen asks if it is the nature of English that encourages word play, and therefore shapes English-speaking culture.

The psychology of word games is also considered. Word association games supposedly reveal a person's innermost thoughts, usually to a psychiatrist sat alongside a chaise longue. These days they are more the preserve of improvised comedy, so the programme visits the Comedy Store in London to experience the lightning reflexes of some top word-athletes.

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Top Of The Class Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
9.30-9.45am BBC RADIO 4

In the first of a new series of Top Of The Class, John Wilson reunites mathematician Marcus du Sautoy with his maths teacher, Mr Bailson, who inspired in him his life-long love of numbers.

Marcus, who is currently Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, attended Gillots Comprehensive School in Henley where he excelled academically, particularly in maths and playing the trumpet.

When he was 13, Marcus's maths teacher, Mr Bailson, asked him to step outside for a chat while he smoked his mid-morning break cigar. Imagining that he was in trouble, Marcus was mightily relieved when Mr Bailson instead chose to talk about the beauty of maths and of the text books Marcus should explore outside of the normal secondary school curriculum.

That chat has stayed with Marcus, who now describes it as a formative moment when he was enthralled by the possibilities of mathematics.

As well as being reunited with Mr Bailson, Marcus meets his best friend from school, and fellow trumpeter, Helen Brind, who brings along her photo album showing Marcus in all his thespian glory – and Marcus has found his old school report.

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A House For The End Of Life

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Susan Marling looks at the work of architects to dramatically enhance small healthcare buildings, especially Maggie's Centres for cancer sufferers and hospices for people with life-shortening diseases.

Many of these inspirational buildings show the power of good design and beautiful gardens in lifting the human spirit and restoring to patients a sense of dignity and individuality.

Susan speaks to leading architects Rem Koolhaus, Zaha Hadid and Richard Murphy, and visits the award-winning St Oswald's hospice in Newcastle and the Maggie Centre by Frank Gehry in Dundee. Baroness Julia Neuberger also discusses contemporary attitudes to death and ways in which architects are confronting it.

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Afternoon Play – The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Schedule change 26 November)

Rose Tremain's play imagines the last days of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, the woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne of England in 1936.

Wallis is now 79 years old and Edward has been dead for 14 years.

This play pivots upon a single dramatic conceit – that Wallis, now entering the darkness of approaching death, has forgotten every single thing about Edward. Other moments in her life she can vividly recall, but the world-shaking events at the heart of it are lost to her, apparently forever.

She lies bedridden in her house in Paris. A lawyer friend, Maitre Suzanne Blum, has taken charge of her care. But, believing that Wallis has deliberately chosen to forget her "role in history", Blum is determined to force her to remember this vital bit of the past, before she dies.

The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson stars Elizabeth McGovern as Wallis Simpson and Miriam Margolyes as Maitre Blum.

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The Victorian Clown –
The Circus Memoirs Of James Frowde Ep 1/3

New series
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

The Victorian Clown reveals what life was like for people working in a circus in the mid-19th century.

James Frowde's memoirs, taken from the book The Victorian Clown by Jacky Bratton and Ann Featherstone, recall his time carrying out menial jobs at Hengler's Circus, which was owned by his grandfather.

These three programmes use Frowde's memoirs to give a first-hand, vernacular description of the daily life of a British circus clown in the mid-1900s. At that time, circus people and pantomime artists were on the lowest rung of the cultural ladder, just a step above vagrants and beggars. They were viewed with suspicion and fear by those who aspired to, or achieved, more stable, residential lives.

Few people travelled far in those days, so it was an era when the circus and fairground were glimpses into an exotic, thrilling world, which lay beyond the parish or county boundaries. Strange people performing strange feats, crazy antics which defied convention and expectation, wild animals tamed, colour and glitter, music and movement, all for a day and then gone, overnight, like a dream.

James Frowde's memoirs are adapted for radio and performed by Tony Lidington.

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Amnesty At 50

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
8.00-8.40pm BBC RADIO 4

As it reaches its 50th year, Sir John Tusa reflects on the history of Amnesty International, an organisation awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 but which has also recently attracted criticism, sometimes from those who have been its most committed activists. He asks if Amnesty has lost its way and what its future role might be.

Amnesty's historic concern was the prisoner of conscience, languishing in a jail for speaking his or her mind. Today one is as likely to read about Amnesty's campaign for a woman's right to abortion as anything to do with prisoners, torture or the death penalty.

But some supporters are concerned. The past year has been a particularly difficult one for the organisation, which faced criticism for using someone on its platforms who had expressed sympathy for the Taliban. In a letter justifying its position, Amnesty stated that "defensive jihad was not antithetical to human rights", a statement that caused even more concern.

John Tusa unpicks some of the arguments with, among others, human rights lawyer Conor Gearty; the former-head of Amnesty's gender unit, Gita Saghal; and director of Amnesty UK, Kate Allen.

And the programme includes a contribution from Amnesty's researcher in Afghanistan about the difficulties of pursuing the cause of human rights in a chaotic country.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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Ashes Breakfast

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch, live from Melbourne, and Rachel Burden, in the studio in London, present news from the UK including the latest from the business world, travel updates and the day's big sports stories.

And there's the latest news and updates from day three of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
12.00noon-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents live Championship commentary on the match between Coventry City and Queen's Park Rangers, which kicks off 12.15pm, plus a look back at the third day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne and a preview of the fourth day.

From 3pm, live Premier League commentary comes from the City of Manchester Stadium where Manchester City entertain Aston Villa, along with regular updates from all of the other 3pm kick-offs, including Tottenham Hotspur versus Newcastle United.

At 5pm Sports Report features reports and reaction to the day's big sports stories followed at 5.30pm by more live Premier League commentary from West Ham United's match with Everton.

Darren Fletcher rounds-up all the day's sports news and post-match interviews from 7.15pm until 8pm when 5 Live Sport's third live Premier League commentary game of the day is Birmingham City versus Manchester United at St Andrew's Stadium, followed by full match reaction at 10pm in The Final Whistle.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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Ashes Highlights

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
7.30am-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Highlights from the third day of the Fourth Test between Australia and England in Melbourne, including close-of-play analysis comes from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott.

This programme is repeated every half hour.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
11.00pm-7.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

The Test Match Special team presents uninterrupted commentary on the fourth day of the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England, live from Melbourne.

Producer/Adam Mountford

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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The Sound Of The Eighties

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley plays his favourite tunes from the Eighties along with some special John Peel sessions from the decade.

Marc also plays session tracks from bands he's had on his show from that era while Rob Hughes, with a copy of a music magazine from the era, pops into his Parallel Universe to talk about the music news stories of the time.

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The Real 1980s With Stuart Maconie

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Stuart Maconie, a child of the Eighties, looks back at how music evolved during the decade from new wave, to new romantic, to electronica, to indie, all within the growing shadow of massive pop stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2.

In 1980, the music was post punk, about to ride a new wave. But by 1989, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays were in the midst of creating "Madchester", and taking music into a new era.

Stuart also looks at how Ian Curtis's death forced post-punkers Joy Division to morph into New Order, ushering in a synth-led electronica revolution. He also looks at how the musical giants of the previous generation, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, David Bowie and The Who hit their creative nadirs in the Eighties, although some regained a degree of form by the end of the decade.

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Gideon Coe

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe plays Magazine's live comeback concert at the 2009 BBC Electric Proms as his featured concert.

Archive sessions include Cherry Red stalwarts the Monochrome Set, absurdist Japanese duo Frank Chickens, Brooklyn-based garage trio the Rogers Sisters and the Dylan Thomas inspired Starless & Bible Black.

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The Best Of Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Entitled Toddler Tunes, tonight's edition of Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape features great music that babies and young children may enjoy. Adam is joined by Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey from Supergrass, also known as "The Hot Rats".

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December 2010
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Asian Network Presents – We're Not Getting Married

Bank Holiday Tuesday 28 December
12.00noon-12.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Another chance to hear Asian Network Presents – We're Not Getting Married, a drama by writer Tajinder Singh Hayer.

In the second of the network's monthly 30-minute dramas, Harvey and Sandeep meet for the first time with their families waiting expectantly in the next room. The events that follow could decide their future.

Harvey has had plenty of advice from his brother, Jugjit, while Sandeep has heard all of sister-in-law Rani's wisdom, but should the youngsters follow the advice of those who have travelled this path of marriage before?

Harvey is played by Pushpinder Chani, Sandeep by Manjeet Mann, Jugjit by Kulvinder Ghir and Rani by Balvinder Sopal, with other parts voiced by Deeivya Meeir and Adeel Akhtar.

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BBC RADIO 2
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Jagger's Jukebox

Wednesday 29 December
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Another chance to hear Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger hand-pick a selection of artists and music that has influenced the band's ground-breaking sound. In conversation with Paul Sexton, Mick talks through a wide-ranging playlist that reflects his own, and the band's, love of classic R&B, gospel, country and reggae.

The fascinating mix of material conjures up the musical environment of the late Sixties and turn of the Seventies, in which the Stones, and so many of their peers, were scaling new and ever more eclectic creative heights. In a show that includes both vintage hits and lesser-known gems, Mick reveals which of his fellow rock acts from that era have his personal seal of approval. He also selects some brilliant soul records that have remained his all-time favourites; plus singer-songwriters; giants of country and Americana; and more besides.

Jagger's Jukebox was first broadcast in May and coincided with the screening of Exile Of The Stones, a documentary which told the story behind the 1972 album Exile On Main Street.

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The Radio 2 Kiri Prize Highlights Show

Wednesday 29 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Earlier this year, 15 talented singers were selected to go through to the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize, a nationwide search with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to find an opera star of the future.

Over the summer the singers were heard performing in five special Friday Night Is Music Night programmes, introduced by Penny Smith. The initiative was launched in January 2010 and, following regional auditions, 40 singers were invited to attend master classes in London with Dame Kiri, mezzo-soprano Anne Howells and renowned conductor Robin Stapleton.

The semi-finalists were accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Martin Yates, Richard Balcombe and Roderick Dunk and their performances were judged by Dame Kiri, Anne Howells, Robin Stapleton and director John Cox.

Five singers went through to the final, which was broadcast on Radio 2 in September. The winner, soprano Shuna Scott Sendall, performed with Dame Kiri at BBC Proms In The Park in London's Hyde Park on Saturday 11 September and was given the opportunity to attend a three-week residential course at the Solti Te Kanawa Academia in Italy.

This special show features highlights of the Kiri Prize in with some of the semi-finalists and the finalists Laurie Ashworth, Hannah Bradbury, Gwawr Edwards, Alexander Grove and eventual winner, Shuna Scott Sendall.

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6 On 2 – Huey Morgan

Wednesday 29 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan brings his individual New York style to BBC Radio 2
Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan brings his individual New York style to BBC Radio 2

With his chair firmly clicked back into the recline position, Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan brings his individual New York style to BBC Radio 2.

He talks to iconic rock photographer Mick Rock, whose career started in the Seventies, photographing the then almost unknown David Bowie. Rock went on to catalogue the glamour, decadence and rock 'n' roll excesses of the Seventies, photographing Syd Barrett, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones. He talks to Huey about his 40-year career as a definitive collection of his photographs is released, coupled with a London-based exhibition of his work.

Huey also takes a New York Minute with DJ "Uncle" Mike, his former A&R man and best friend in the Big Apple, reminiscing about a classic musical moment. He also asks a listener to choose a track they'd like to hear on vinyl.

The show is held together by Huey's usual selection of unusual tunes, from Latin to soul, hip hop, rap, rock, punk and reggae, coupled with tales, anecdotes and musings.

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Sally Boazman – In Search Of A British Route 66

Wednesday 29 December
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Get your kicks on the A66! BBC Radio 2 travel presenter Sally Boazman goes on a journey along the motorways, B-roads and country lanes to discover if Britain has a musical equivalent to the iconic American hit Route 66.

Known to millions of Radio 2 listeners as "Sally Traffic", she speaks to songwriters who have been inspired by Britain's highways and byways and to those who've had motorway muses.

First stop on Sally's musical journey is folk legend Peggy Seeger, who harks back to 1959 when Britain's first motorway, the M1, was constructed. Peggy, along with Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker, dedicated one of their iconic Radio Ballad albums to songs about the road.

Sally also speaks to the man behind one of Britain's most well known "road songs", as Chris Rea reveals the nightmare journey on the M25 which inspired his smash hit The Road To Hell and Billy Bragg confesses why he penned a love song to the A13. Crispian Mills from Nineties group Kula Shaker talks about why they wrote 303, a song about the road that runs past two of the country's biggest mystical areas, Stonehenge and Glastonbury.

Andy Williams, from Manchester band Doves, talks about how the group came to write M62 Song and why they then decided to record the song under one of the motorway's busiest flyovers. John Campbell from Eighties band It's Immaterial discusses the group's biggest hit, Driving Away From Home, which also pays homage to the M62, and reflects on why the road is so important for the north of England.

Even further north, Malcolm Middleton, front man of Scottish indie group Arab Strap chats about his song Speed on the M9, a very dark look at the busy Scottish motorway.

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BBC RADIO 3
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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BBC PROMS 2010
Performance On 3 – Prom 70: Ensemble Matheus

Wednesday 29 December
7.30-9.20pm BBC RADIO 3

The Ensemble Matheus from Brittany in the far west of France have been making a name for themselves in recent years with their thrilling performances of Baroque music.

Tonight, there's another chance to hear their BBC Proms debut with their founder-director Jean-Christophe Spinosi performing music from the heart of their repertory by Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi.

Celebrated French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky and Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux join the group for arias and duets by Handel and one of his greatest operatic rivals in early 18th-century London, Nicola Porpora, including music he wrote for the famous castrato Farinelli.

Presenter/John Shea, Producer/Philip Tagney

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BBC PROMS 2010
Prom 73 – Penguin Café

Wednesday 29 December
9.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in September as a Late Night Prom, BBC Radio 3 offers another chance to hear Penguin Café, the 21st-century reincarnation of the Penguin Café Orchestra's debut at the BBC Proms, with special guest Kathryn Tickell.

The Penguin Café's wide-ranging line up of ukulele, dulcitone, penny whistles and guitars alongside violin, cello and piano can be heard, supplemented by the Northumbrian smallpipes, played by their star champion, Kathryn Tickell.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/David Gallagher

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Late Junction

Wednesday 29 December
11.30pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Late Junction offers a time for reflection in Cliff Carlisle's Red Velvet Slippers, a welcome refuge from festivity with David Matthews' Clarinet Quartet, a pick-me-up from Couperin and an unseasonal tale from Carmen McRae. All dispensed by host Max Reinhardt.

Presenter/Max Reinhardt, Producer/Roger Short

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BBC RADIO 4
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Where England Meets Wales Ep 1/2

New series
Wednesday 29 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Hardeep Singh Kohli encounters issues of identity, language and a turbulent past, as he journeys down the 160-mile-long border between Wales and England.

Over the course of these two programmes, Hardeep travels southwards, exploring the border's unstable past and its changing present.

Since devolution, it has developed a new significance, with the Welsh Assembly implementing policies which add interest, and sometimes confusion, to those living near the border.

In the first programme, Hardeep arrives at Flint Castle, the hefty stone marker put down by Edward I when he decided that the Welsh needed to be brought to heel. Labour peer Lord Barry Jones has lived in the Flint and Deeside area all his life, and talks about the industrial crash in the Eighties and the new developments.

Hardeep also encounters two artefacts – the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built in the early 19th century, and the much earlier earthwork, the dyke masterminded by King Offa 1,200 years ago.

In the second programme, he continues southwards meeting border people, who may relish their history but find themselves entangled in policies now separating the place where England meets Wales.

Presenter/Hardeep Singh Kohli, Producer/Richard Bannerman for Ladbroke Productions

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Schrodinger's Quantum Kittens

Wednesday 29 December
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Robin Ince explores the legacy of Schrodinger's Cat, the paradox of quantum physics, and discovers its influence on science and popular culture.

Fifty years after the death of Nobel laureate Erwin Schrodinger, the quantum mysteries of his cat-in-a-box paradox still continue to drive physicists in research today.

Schrodinger's experiment was an almost playful creation, but one that stabbed at the heart of the Thirties' physics establishment. By the Fifties, US physicist Hugh Everett concluded that indeed, both a dead cat and a live cat can exist, but in separate universes. His "Many Worlds" theory inspired authors from Philip K Dick to Philip Pullman.

Robin follows in the Austrian physicist's footsteps to Oxford University, where Schrodinger was once a Fellow, and unearths some original archive at Magdalen College. Contributors include physicist Sir Roger Penrose and writer Alan Moore.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Ashes Breakfast

Wednesday 29 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch, live from Melbourne, and Rachel Burden, in the studio in London, present news from the UK including the latest from the business world, travel updates and the day's big sports stories. Plus news and updates from day four of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 29 December
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Ian Payne delivers a full round-up of today's sports news, including a look back at day four of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne and a preview of the final day.

From 7.45pm, there's live Championship commentary on the match between Nottingham Forest and rivals Derby County, plus regular updates from the Premier League games between Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic versus Arsenal and Liverpool against Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as Celtic versus Motherwell and St Johnstone versus Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.

At 10pm, The Final Whistle covers the post-match reaction to all this evening's games.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Ashes Highlights

Wednesday 29 December
7.30am-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Highlights come from the fourth day of the Fourth Test between Australia and England in Melbourne, including close-of-play analysis from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott.

This programme is repeated every half hour.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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Test Match Special

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 29 December
11.00pm-7.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Live from Melbourne, the Test Match Special Team present uninterrupted commentary on the fifth day of the Fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England.

Producer/Adam Mountford

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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BBC 6 MUSIC'S SOUND OF ...
The Sound Of The Nineties

Wednesday 29 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley turns his attention to the Nineties as BBC 6 Music's Sound Of ... series continues.

Featuring the best songs of the decade, interspersed with some classic Peel moments, Marc plays session tracks from bands he's had on his show from that era too. Rob Hughes is in the studio with a copy of a music magazine from the Nineties in his Parallel Universe to tell Marc what the hot musical topics of the day were.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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The Real 1990s With Shaun Keaveny

Wednesday 29 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

In 1990 it was all baggy, by 1999 it was all dance. BBC 6 Music's Breakfast Show presenter Shaun Keaveny looks at the musical evolution of the Nineties, charting how music went from the Stones Roses, the explosion of American grunge, the counter explosion of Britpop and ended with dance acts and DJs like Moby, Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers dominating the scene.

Presenter/Shaun Keaveny

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 29 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe trawls the archives for musical gems, including Supergrass live in concert from 1996.

There are also archive sessions from The Cramps and Trixie's Big Red Motorbike from 1982 and 1987 respectively.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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The Best Of Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape

Wednesday 29 December
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

British film-director Garth Jennings helps Adam Buxton compile a tape filled with music for a sunny occasion. Garth made his name directing music videos for Blur, Radiohead, Beck, R.E.M., Supergrass and, more recently, Vampire Weekend.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Asian Network Presents

Wednesday 29 December
12.00noon-12.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

The re-run of BBC Asian Network's monthly drama strand continues with Ping Pong, written by Sonali Bhattacharyya.

In the third of the network's 30-minute dramas, nine-year-old Anil Sengupta finds out how hard life is when he doesn't meet 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 future career. What he really lives for is ping pong, in which he is encouraged only by his Thakuma (grandmother) a former West Bengal table-tennis champion.

As 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.

Ping Pong features guest appearances by Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders), Indira Joshi (The Kumars At No. 42) and introduces Joseph Samrai as Anil. 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.

Producer/James Peries

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BBC WORLD SERVICE
Wednesday 29 December 2010
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Heart And Soul – The Buddhist Dilemma

Wednesday 29 December
4.30-5.00pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Is the first Buddhist chaplain in the American military an uneasy proposition?

Calling himself "a Buddhist from the watermelon patch", chaplain Thomas Dyer is a former-Southern Baptist pastor from Memphis, Tennessee, who found the Buddha through his spiritual practise.

It was his teacher, a Tibetan Monk, who encouraged him to serve in the US army and, in 2009, he was appointed as the first Buddhist army chaplain.

Thomas was deployed to Iraq in January 2010, but introducing the practice of meditation to the soldiers has not been easy, even contentious. Do some army personnel think that his teachings undermine the US military's prowess? What are the historical precedents for fighting Buddhists? What, in short, are the dilemmas involved in introducing Buddhist ideas and practices, or could Buddhism be a welcome influence?

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BBC RADIO 2
Thursday 30 December 2010
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Johnnie Walker And The Kinks

Thursday 30 December
12.00noon-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Johnnie Walker meets Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks and discusses their diverse songbook, tracing the origins of classic hits such as Lola, You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon and its B-side I'm Not Like Everybody Else. Hailed as London's answer to The Beatles, they had the pop world at their feet and are generally recognised as one of the most influential rock acts of their era.

Born and raised in Muswell Hill, London, the brothers were immersed in a world of different musical styles, from the music hall of their parent's generation to the early rock 'n' roll of their six older sisters. A regular Saturday night at their small home in North London was often a knees-up around the piano singing to Al Bowlly, Lonnie Donegan, Eddie Cochran and Bert Weedon, which explains their wide-ranging musical style.

A tempestuous sibling relationship saw The Kinks separate in 1996 and Johnnie talks to Ray and Dave about their past and present works and asks the burning question: will The Kinks ever reunite?

Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Julie Newman for the BBC

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BBC Radio 2 In Concert – Paolo Nutini

Thursday 30 December
6.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2 In Concert revisits the day they took Paolo Nutini back home to Paisley. Presented by Jo Whiley, this show features Paolo's headline concert at the Town Hall, an extended Q&A with Paolo and his band and a look at Paolo's Paisley.

Presenter/Jo Whiley, Producer/Sarah Gaston for the BBC

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Listen To The Band

Thursday 30 December
10.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Frank Renton presents highlights of the banding year, including Nick Childs' 10th anniversary as conductor of the Black Dyke Band; the historic competition wins by Brighouse and Rastrick and Tredegar; and the feature programme with composer and arranger Gordon Langford.

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3
Thursday 30 December 2010
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BBC PROMS 2010
Performance On 3 – Proms Saturday Matinées 1 & 2:
English Baroque Soloists Play Brandenburg Concertos

Thursday 30 December
7.30-9.20pm BBC RADIO 3
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner

Listeners have another chance to hear the launch of BBC Proms Bach Day from earlier this year at Cadogan Hall, London, with the complete Brandenburg Concertos in two concerts given by the English Baroque Soloists and conductor John Eliot Gardiner.

Presenter/John Shea, Producer/Philip Tagney

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BBC PROMS 2010
Prom 25 – BBC Singers/London Sinfonietta

Thursday 30 December
10.00pm-12.15am BBC RADIO 3

Listeners have another chance to hear this Late Night Prom which pairs music by Igor Stravinsky with one of the composers he most admired, JS Bach. At the heart of the concert the two composers overlap in Stravinsky's orchestral arrangement of one of Bach's masterpieces: the great Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, in which he subjects a Lutheran Christmas hymn to a staggering array of blindingly clever techniques, all the while producing music so charming and fluent that the unsuspecting listener would never know what was going on below the surface.

The concert ends with a work by Stravinsky which, like Bach's, combines austerity with a deeply felt spirituality: Threni sets words from the Biblical Lamentations of Jeremiah.

Presenter/Louise Fryer, Producer/Michael Emery

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BBC RADIO 4
Thursday 30 December 2010
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The Israeli Madonna

Thursday 30 December
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Writer and music critic Pete Paphides tells the story of Ofra Haza, dubbed The Israeli Madonna, who rose from her poor roots in the Yemenite community to global recognition.

Ten years have passed since Israel's popular pop star, Ofra Haza, died, in February 2000. Until succumbing to Aids-related complications, Haza enjoyed an iconic status in her country. Though described as The Israeli Madonna, some say her importance exceeded even those comparisons. Having grown up the youngest of nine children in the deprived Hatikva Quarter of Tel Aviv, she became a teen pop sensation in her own country.

Haza's international break came in 1983 when she represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with Hi, which had a chorus with the words: "Israel is alive". The song came within a whisker of overall victory.

Haza's breakthrough album, recorded in 1985, was Yemenite Songs, a collection of traditional tunes from her own upbringing. As well as cementing her status in her own country, Yemenite Songs was a word-of-mouth sensation across Europe.

In this programme, Pete speaks to her life-long manager and father-figure Betzalel Aloni and the musicians who worked with her. These include Ben Mandelson, Yair Nitzani, Ishar Ashdoth, Roger Armstrong and producer Wally Brill.

Presenter/Pete Paphides, Producer/Laura Parfitt for White Pebble Media

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Thursday 30 December 2010
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Ashes Breakfast

Thursday 30 December
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch, in Melbourne, and Shelagh Fogarty, in the studio, present news from the UK including the latest from the business world, travel updates and the day's big sports stories.

There's also all the news and updates from the final day of the Fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

Presenters/Mark Pougatch and Shelagh Fogarty, Producer/Scott Solder

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5 Live Sport

Thursday 30 December
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd looks ahead to the New Year sporting action
Eleanor Oldroyd looks ahead to the New Year sporting action

Eleanor Oldroyd presents a full round-up of the day's sports stories, including news on how the Premier League's sides are faring in the table after the Christmas fixtures, and a look ahead to the New Year action.

Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Mike Carr

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Best Of Sportsweek

Thursday 30 December
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Garry Richardson looks back on a year of hard-hitting interviews with the biggest names in sport, taken from his agenda-setting Sunday morning programme.

Presenter/Garry Richardson, Producer/Rob Smith for Front Page Media

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Thursday 30 December 2010
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Ashes Highlights

Thursday 30 December
7.30am-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Highlights from the fifth day of the Fourth Test between Australia and England come from Melbourne, including close-of-play analysis from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott. This programme is repeated on a loop, every half hour.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC
Thursday 30 December 2010
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The Sound Of The Noughties

Thursday 30 December
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley turns his attention to the 2000s, playing the best of the decade interspersed with some classic John Peel moments. He also plays session tracks from bands he's had on his show over the past 10 years.

Rob Hughes is in the studio with a copy of a music magazine from the period in his Parallel Universe to tell Marc what the hot musical topics of the decade were.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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The Real Noughties With Lauren Laverne

Thursday 30 December
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Lauren Laverne looks at how music developed in the first decade of this century, becoming more fractious than ever, with more genres, sub-genres and scenes. She investigates how the "soft rock revolution", sparked by the arrival of Coldplay, was quickly countered by the likes of the Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys.

She also examines the continuing influence of hip hop on pop music, modern-day renaissance men such as Jack White, the superstar DJ and the effect the internet and new media had on the development of music.

Presenter/Lauren Laverne, Producer/Gary Bales

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 30 December
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe plays tracks from Rory Gallagher's 1978 concert at the Paris Theatre along with sessions from Wreckless Eric, Belle & Sebastian, Voice Of The Seven Woods and experimental Welsh language band Datblygu.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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The Best Of Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape

Thursday 30 December
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Louis Theroux, world-renowned journalist and presenter of bizarre, compelling and sometimes disturbing documentaries, helps Adam Buxton create a road-trip themed compilation tape.

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK
Thursday 30 December 2010
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Asian Network Reports Special –
Don't Mind Your Language

Thursday 30 December
12.00noon-12.30pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Listeners have another chance to hear this Asian Network Reports Special – Don't Mind Your Language.

English may be the most widely spoken language in the world but is it time to put greater emphasis and value on speaking Asian languages, especially in British-Asian households? This report challenges the belief that European languages are often valued more than Asian languages.

British-Asian children are not only more bi–lingual compared to 20 years ago, but they are also excelling at languages such as French, Spanish and German, as well as English. Research from both Birmingham University and SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) conclude that children who are able to speak a number of languages perform better academically than those who do not.

The documentary investigates these findings and asks if it is time to bring Asian languages back into the home.

Producer/Perminder Khatkar

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Network Radio BBC Week 52:
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010

BBC RADIO 1XTRA
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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All Roads Lead To New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
10.00pm-7.00am BBC RADIO 1XTRA

Right after the Christmas weekend, all roads lead to the biggest party night of the year on BBC Radio 1Xtra, with MistaJam hosting his New Year's Eve party from 10pm-1am.

The party spirit continues from 1am with another mammoth mix from the Radio 1Xtra family – six hours of old-skool classic party tunes with the likes of Westwood, Cameo and Target providing the soundtrack to welcome in 2011.

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BBC RADIO 2
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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Friday Night Is Music Night

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

This Friday Night Is Music Night special, entitled Bare Feet And Beehives, takes listeners through the journey and emotions of love.

Bare Feet And Beehives is a Sixties pop music love affair, sung by multi-award-winning British jazz artist Liane Carroll and narrated by actor Vince Leigh.

Featured songs include well-known Sixties favourites Alfie and Walk On By, and the lesser-known Let's Pretend and Surround Yourself With Sorrow. Carroll brings to life the songs that represent some of the best sung by Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark and Lulu – interpreting each of them in a passionate style that makes them her own.

Producers/Lewis Carnie and Robert Mulligan for the BBC

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Dave Pearce – New Year's Dance Anthems

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
10.00pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 2 (Title change 26 November)

Dave Pearce sees in 2011 with classic party tunes and listeners' requests. While spinning a selection of up-tempo soul, disco, house and dance music, Dave catches up with BBC Radio 2 listeners' New Year's Eve parties across the UK.

Radio 2 DJs including Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Simon Mayo and Zoe Ball also send their New Year messages, and in the first hour of 2011, Dave is in the mix with a selection of club classics from the past 30 years of dance music culture.

Dave continues the party from 1am on BBC 6 Music.

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

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BBC RADIO 3
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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BBC PROMS 2010
Performance On 3 – Prom 55: Jamie Cullum

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
7.00-8.50pm BBC RADIO 3

Performance On 3 provides another chance to hear jazz singer, songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum's Late Night Prom from London's Royal Albert Hall in August.

Cullum has spent the past 10 years forging his own unique brand of music, influenced by pop, rock and electronica, but always with jazz at its core. He is joined by the Heritage Orchestra – a 40-piece line-up originally formed to play at London's Cargo club, and always found at the cutting edge of boundary-crossing musical projects – to perform a set of classic numbers.

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BBC PROMS 2010
Last Night Of The Proms 2010

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
9.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

There's another chance to hear the traditional Last Night festivities as Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers perform an evening of great music, vivid colour and occasional noises off. Adding the solo glamour are American soprano Renée Fleming and Ukrainian-born viola player Maxim Rysanov, each acknowledged for the excellence of their music-making as well as their on-stage elegance.

Known for her roles as great operatic heroines, Fleming sings a series of intimate songs by Richard Strauss and what is perhaps her signature piece – Dvořák's Rusalka, his romantic entreaty to the moon. Rysanov, a current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, performs his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Variations On A Rococo Theme and movements from Vaughan Williams's rarely heard Viola Suite.

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

Presenters/Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein, Producer/Ann McKay

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BBC RADIO 4
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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Widowers' Tales

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

The transformation after being left alone through the death of a wife is dramatic. Widowers' Tales hears moving stories about finding a new identity late in life.

After his wife died, Guy de Mowbray, 85, started to cook to entertain new friends. He loved the cooking so much he went on to write a couple of cookery books and to speak at food festivals.

Barry, who lost his wife at 58, decided that since the worst had already happened he would do other things he had been afraid of, including learning to swim and learning to drive.

The programme hears the stories of four men who are in the process of having to rebuild their lives alone. On New Year's Eve they look forward to a future they could never have anticipated.

Producers/Kim Normanton and Elizabeth Burke for Loftus Audio

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The News Quiz Ep 1/9

New series
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Sandi Toksvig presents The News Quiz
Sandi Toksvig presents The News Quiz

Sandi Toksvig and the News Quiz team take a look back at 2010 in the first of a new series.

The panellists – Sue Perkins, Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton and Francis Wheen – dissect the events, people and stories that made this year's headlines.

Presenter/Sandi Toksvig, Producer/Sam Bryant for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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Kermode And Mayo's Films Of The Year

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
2.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to review the biggest movies and re-live the fiercest Kermodian rants of the year.

Presenters/Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, Producer/Robin Bulloch

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Mark And Robbie's Top Calls

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
6.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman and Robbie Savage spend New Year's Eve on the 606 sofa reflecting on the phone-in show's season so far. They choose their favourite calls, including discussions on topics covering the integrity of Wayne Rooney, whether the Championship is better than the Scottish Premier League, the diet of professional footballers and how many pairs of trainers Robbie really needs.

Presenters/Mark Chapman and Robbie Savage, Producer/Jo Tongue for Somthin' Else

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BBC 6 MUSIC
New Year's Eve Friday 31 December 2010
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BBC 6 MUSIC'S SOUND OF....
BBC 6 Music's Sound Of 2010

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
7.00am-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

It's been a year full of brilliant records and, to celebrate, BBC 6 Music counts down the Top 100 tracks of the year, as voted for by BBC 6 Music listeners, from 7am-7pm.

Listeners have been voting online for their favourite track of the year from a shortlist of 100 songs selected by 6 Music and, from Breakfast through to 4pm, Nos. 100-41 get an airing, alongside the timeless classics that represent the network's commitment to setting modern music in a historical context.

Then from 4pm, Steve Lamacq runs down the Top 40 to reveal which track will be crowned 6 Music's song of the year.

Will big hitters like Kings Of Leon, Arcade Fire and Massive Attack be able to fend off the challenge from young upstarts such as Janelle Monae, Sleigh Bells and Villagers to take the crown?

Presenters/Andrew Collins, Huey Morgan, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq, Producers/Ben Appleyard, Gary Bales, Mark Sheldon and Adam Dineen

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The First Time With Alan McGee

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
9.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Alan McGee talks to BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt about his life in the music world. As former boss of Creation Records, McGee helped shape the careers of Primal Scream, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine and a host of other successful and influential British bands. Recorded in McGee's adopted town, Hay-on-Wye, Matt chats to him about the pivotal first moments that shaped his career in music.

Presenter/Matt Everitt, Producer/Henry Real Lopez

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6 Mix Superstar DJs New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
10.00pm-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

BBC 6 Music says goodbye to 2010 and welcomes in 2011 with a selection of six DJs manning the decks. Programme regulars including Andrew Weatherall, Ali B and Orbital go head to head with some of the 6 Mix's favourite artists of 2010, including Caribou and Herve, for a superstar soundtrack to the last night of the year and alternative club classics to see in 2011.

Producer/Rowan Collinson

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Dave Pearce – New Year's Dance Anthems

New Year's Eve Friday 31 December
1.00-3.00am BBC 6 MUSIC (Title change 26 November)

Dave Pearce gets BBC 6 Music raving into 2011 with the first of two New Year editions of Dance Anthems. Fresh from hosting the New Year's Eve celebrations on BBC Radio 2, Dave notches it up a gear as he goes back to 1991 with a selection of old-skool classics celebrating two decades since rave exploded into the mainstream. There's music from Rozalla, The Prodigy, T99 and K-Klass, and SL2 legend Slipmatt joins Dave on the phone. In the final 30 minutes, there's a guest mix from Shades Of Rhythm, whose anthemic Rhythm Is A Mystery hit the charts in June 1991.

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

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