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Network Radio BBC Week 3: 15-21 January

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 15 January 2011
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Pick Of The Pops

Saturday 15 January
1.00-3.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Tony Blackburn counts down the charts from this week in 1973 and 1982.

There are hits and climbers from Carly Simon, Shakatak, Foreigner, The Human League and many more.

Presenter/Tony Blackburn, Producer/Phil Swern for Unique Productions

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Jimmy Carr's Comedy Cuts Ep 1/6

New series
Saturday 15 January
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Jimmy Carr hosts the first of six comedy master classes in which he discusses his passion for all aspects of comedy and plays some of his favourite comedy clips.

In the first episode Jimmy takes a look at what it takes to become a stand-up comedian. Featured comedians include Eddie Izzard, who talks about swimming; Bill Bailey, who finds out about the appeal of photographing kebabs; Peter Kay wonders at the marvels of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire; and Rowan Atkinson performs his schoolmaster sketch.

Presenter/Jimmy Carr, Producer/Paul Russell for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 15 January 2011
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Music Matters

Saturday 15 January
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Tom Service visits Tallinn in Estonia, and Turku in Finland, both European Capitals of Culture for 2011.

Separated by the Baltic Sea, the cities show off their cultural programming and celebrate the ties they've shared for centuries in the Baltic Sea region. Estonia celebrates 20 years of independence in 2011 and on 1 January the country adopts the Euro. Tom Service investigates the tradition of massed choral singing as well as looking at how the new economic climate is affecting music making in the country.

The programme includes interviews with celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Finnish composer Mikko Heiniö.

Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Jeremy Evans

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The Early Music Show

Saturday 15 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucie Skeaping examines some of Vivaldi's concertos
Lucie Skeaping examines some of Vivaldi's concertos

Lucie Skeaping examines Vivaldi's ground-breaking Op 3 set of concertos for one, two or four violins entitled L'Estro Armonico.

The concertos were published 300 years ago in Amsterdam and eventually landed on the desk of JS Bach, who found them so inspirational that he set about transcribing many of them for keyboard instruments.

The Early Music Show features a number of Vivaldi's concertos in recordings by The English Concert and Italian chamber orchestra I Musici, as well as one of Bach's transcriptions – the Concert For Four Harpsichords in a performance by Callegium Stuttgart.

Presenter/Lucie Skeaping, Producer/Les Pratt

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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 15 January
6.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Marina Poplavskaya as Violetta in La Traviata
Marina Poplavskaya as Violetta in La Traviata

The Met season continues with Giuseppe Verdi's ever-popular La Traviata.

The consumptive courtesan Violetta renounces her life of parties to settle down with the devoted Alfredo. But when Alfredo's father asks her to give Alfredo up for the sake of his family's reputation, she agrees to this terrible sacrifice.

By the time Alfredo discovers the truth, it's too late for them. Gianandrea Noseda conducts a cast including Marina Poplavskaya and Matthew Polenzani as the ill-fated lovers.

Presenter/Margaret Juntwait, Producer/Ellie Mant

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Between The Ears – Out Counting Sheep

Saturday 15 January
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Poet James Crowden experiences the wide range of sheep communication at lambing time, including the interaction between ewe and lamb, the talk between shepherds and the many interesting methods of counting sheep.

James himself worked as a shepherd in the early Eighties on a farm next to ground owned by conductor and maestro John Eliot Gardiner. His sheep constantly escaped into John Eliot's property and in the end the conductor employed James to work as a night shepherd alongside his own shepherd during lambing season.

It was while working on the long dark nights in the lambing shed that James started to write his first book, Blood Earth And Medicine.

Presenter/James Crowden, Producer/Matt Thompson

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Hear And Now

Saturday 15 January
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the largest festival of its type in the UK, retains a truly international focus on the best in contemporary and new music.

Founded in 1978, it has hosted numerous luminaries in the world of contemporary composition, including John Cage, Steve Reich, Harrison Birtwistle and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Over the next five weeks, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present highlights from the 2010 festival, including world premières from Brian Ferneyhough and UK premières from Peter Adriaansz and the festival's composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders.

The series also includes reports on some of the more unusual events at the festival, including a concert on a train, a musical PowerPoint presentation from composer Trond Reinholdsten and a 12-hour performance from John Cage.

Tonight's programme includes Mauricio Kagel's String Quartet II, the UK première of a new work by Enno Poppe for four string quartets, and Martijn Padding's violin concerto White Eagle.

Robert Worby talks to English composer and pianist Michael Finnissy about the UK première of his new work, Gedachtnis-Hymne, while Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores noise art from the Low Frequency Orchestra.

Presenters/Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Producer/Sam Phillips

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The Early Music Show

Saturday 15 January
12.00midnight-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott examines JS Bach's cantata collaboration with author and poet Mariane von Ziegler, a relationship which, as Mark A Peters in his new book about von Ziegler argues, "brought a woman's voice to Baroque music".

Mariane von Ziegler, who eventually emerged as Germany's first female poet laureate, believed passionately in the intellectual rights of women. Her cantata texts arguably inspired Bach to a different pattern of writing. Together, in 1725, they created a sequence of nine new cantatas for St Thomas's.

Catherine Bott looks back on Mariane's life and career, considering her achievements alongside a rich selection of music drawn from the Bach/von Ziegler collaboration.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Chris Wines

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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 15 January 2011
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Ship Of Spies

Saturday 15 January
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Tom Mangold joins a spy-themed cruise around the Caribbean. Among the passengers are ex-spooks and two former CIA chiefs debating national security threats.

Outward appearances suggest it is just a regular cruise. But as the MS Eurodam sets sail from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, this vast ship is carrying two men who have been at the very heart of the US intelligence services. Former CIA directors Porter Goss and Michael Hayden are on board for the Spy Cruise, a seven-day trip devoted to issues of national security.

Passengers have paid to hear from and mingle with these senior ex-spooks, as well as a range of other former intelligence and military officers. While other passengers on the ship gamble in the casino, play pool and try their hand at line-dancing, the spy cruisers are locked into a lecture theatre worrying about the state of global security. Tom Mangold finds out what makes them tick.

Presenter/Tom Mangold, Producer/Laurence Grissell for the BBC

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Master Harold And The Boys

Saturday 15 January
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

This new production of Athol Fugard's award-winning masterpiece looks at the days of Apartheid in Fifties South Africa through the eyes of two black waiters and a young white man.

On a wet and windy afternoon in the St George's Park Tea Room in Port Elizabeth, waiters Sam and Willie are practising their dance steps, unaware that the owner's son, Hally, who grew up with them, is about to change their relationship for ever.

This new production of Fugard's masterpiece, which opened on Broadway in 1982, has been recorded with a South African cast. Athol Fugard introduces the play himself, from his home in America, the country where it was first performed. He speaks movingly about its first performance in South Africa, about why he wrote it and about himself as its central character, performing an act which he says he will regret until his dying day.

Sam is played by Wiseman Sithole, Hally by Andrew Laubscher and Willie by Sizwe Msutu.

Producer/Marion Nancarrow for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Archive On 4 – Going To The Flicks Ep 1/2

New series
Saturday 15 January
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

 Film buff Barry Norman launches BBC Radio 4's Film Season
Film buff Barry Norman launches BBC Radio 4's Film Season

One hundred years after the first Hollywood film studio opened in 1911, BBC Radio 4's two-week film season explores how "going to the movies" has changed over the last century and where our relationship with film is heading.

Today people can watch films in multiplexes, on planes, in community halls, on beaches, in living rooms, in cars, on mobile phones, almost anywhere. And developments in technology have radically changed how films are made and who the film-makers are; but will people really want to watch films made on mobile phones? How will Hollywood respond to the digital revolution?

To kick off Radio 4's film season, Barry Norman begins by exploring how the experience of going to the cinema in Britain has changed over the past 100 years.

Drawing on the BBC archive, as well as recordings from the University of Lancaster which have never been broadcast before, his first surprise is the discovery that people are much more likely to recall the general experience of going to the cinema than the individual films they saw.

The Silent Era, it turns out, was not all that silent, with plenty of chatting and tea-drinking going on, and children reading out the titles to their illiterate parents and grandparents.

Barry also hears how overwhelmed many viewers were by the sheer luxury of the cinemas built in the inter-war years and how these pleasure palaces offered a few hours of escape from lives which were harsh or sometimes simply dull. He recalls going to the pictures in the Fifties, the golden age of Saturday morning cinema for children. In the Sixties, with the advent of television, Barry examines the ultimately failed attempts to introduce novelties such as Cinerama and The Smellies and hears confessions about what went on in the back row.

The programme features contributions from film expert Annette Kuhn and architectural historian Richard Gray.

Presenter/Barry Norman, Producer/Beaty Rubens for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 15 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 15 January
12.00noon-6.06pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents all the day's sports news plus build-up to today's Premier League coverage.

From 3pm there's Premier League coverage including Chelsea versus Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City versus Wolverhampton Wanderers, plus updates from rugby union's European Cup fifth round ties.

At 5pm Sports Report includes post-match reaction and interviews along with updates from West Ham United versus Arsenal, which kicks off at 5.30pm.

Presenter/Mark Chapman, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Saturday 15 January 2011
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Football

Live event/outside broadcast
Saturday 15 January
2.55-5.15pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Football fans can enjoy commentary on a top game from the Championship, plus score updates from across the Football League.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 15 January 2011
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Dance Anthems With Dave Pearce

Saturday 15 January
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Ali B sits in for Dave Pearce, playing 30 years of classic dance anthems from electro to techno via hardcore and house.

A former resident at Fabric nightclub, Ali's record box spans cutting edge electro through to future funk and classic house. He continues Dave's series of featured record label profiles and, in the final half hour, goes in the mix with a selection of his current favourite tunes from clubland.

Presenter/Ali B, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 16 January 2011
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Michael Ball

Sunday 16 January
11.00am-1.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Michael Ball returns for Sunday Brunch on BBC Radio 2
Michael Ball returns for Sunday Brunch on BBC Radio 2

Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch makes a welcome return to Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 2.

Michael reviews the newspapers and previews the best of the week's movie, DVD, TV and radio entertainment. He introduces a special guest and plays Ball's Better Than The Original and Classic Album Track. There's also great music plus a surprise or two along the way.

Michael does all the hard work so listeners can simply sit back, relax and make a Sunday Brunch date with the radio.

Presenter/Michael Ball, Producer/Jodie Keane for the BBC

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Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70s

Sunday 16 January
3.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Johnnie Walker is joined by Grammy award-winning musician, singer, composer and producer Steve Lukather, as he continues his celebration of all things Seventies, with music from both sides of the Atlantic.

Steve discusses his favourite music from the decade when he joined Toto and the band released their debut album, which featured the hit single Hold The Line.

Presenter/Johnnie Walker, Producer/Natasha Costa Correa for Wise Buddah

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BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 16 January 2011
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The Early Music Show

Sunday 16 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott meets American lutenist Hopkinson Smith and introduces highlights from his concert at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

Following early studies with Catalan guitarist Emilio Pujol, Hopkinson Smith founded the celebrated early music group Hesperion XX. He has remained in much demand around the world as a soloist and an ensemble player on the vihuela, Renaissance lute, theorbo, and Renaissance and baroque guitars. He has made more than 20 solo recordings.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Chris Wines

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Discovering Music

Sunday 16 January
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is known as the Linz Symphony because it was composed in just four days during a visit to the Austrian town of Linz.

Tom Service joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Manze to explore this incredible work. He also talks with composer Fraser Trainer about an education project the orchestra ran alongside this Discovering Music recording, which involved players from the orchestra working with Glasgow School Students and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland players, writing a new piece in the same amount of time as Mozart.

Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/Sam Phillips

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Drama On 3 – Charles And Mary

Sunday 16 January
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Specially written for BBC Radio 3, Carlo Gebler's new play dramatises the extraordinary relationship between brother and sister Charles and Mary Lamb, the writers of The Tales Of Shakespeare, first published in 1807. The seminal children's introduction to Shakespeare is still in print.

The play is based on the tragic circumstances behind Charles and Mary's partnership, as a combination of poverty and stress drove her to commit a shocking crime.

As Charles struggles to take care of her, the main essence of the play explores the connection between literary creativity and mental equilibrium.

Carlo Gebler is an experienced novelist and playwright. His novels include The Eleventh Summer, The Cure and How To Murder A Man. His plays include an Irish version of The Dance Of Death and 10 Rounds.

Lia Williams plays Mary and Paul Rhys plays Charles with support from Anna Carteret, Dudley Sutton, Mark Bazeley and Marcella Riordan.

Director/Roland Jaquarello

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BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 16 January 2011
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Desert Island Discs

Sunday 16 January
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4 (Guest change 5 January)

Alex Salmond, First Minister for Scotland and leader of the SNP reveals his musical choices to Kirsty Young.

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

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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Exploding Cinema

Sunday 16 January
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

As part of BBC Radio 4's film season, acclaimed British director Asif Kapadia uncovers Exploding Cinema, a coalition of underground film-makers who challenge the audience to rethink the way they watch and rate film.

Exploding Cinema, or "Exploding" for the initiated, turns 20 this year and is still going strong. A collective of film-makers and film-lovers, it pledges to screen any film that someone submits. With Exploding Cinema there is no selection or censorship; it holds firmly by the principle that the question of what is good and what is not, is solely for the audience to decide.

The programme hears from film-makers who currently show their work at Exploding Cinema. These include interactive film-making group Genetic Moo, who describe their maggot-themed installations which feed off the light emitted from other films; Mucky Puppets speak about their shadow puppet films exploring the darker side of well-known fairy tales; and listeners follow Ryd Cook as he films the sequel to his 60 Second Documentary About The Stuff What Is In This Room.

Now that it is possible for anyone to show pretty much any film online via video sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo, the programme asks what implications this has for a group such as Exploding Cinema.

Presenter/Asif Kapadia, Producer/Hannah Rosenfelder for Just Radio Limited

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Sunday 16 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 16 January
12.00noon-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray delivers all the day's sports news, and reviews the weekend's football so far.

There will be updates from the Premier League games between Birmingham City and Aston Villa and Sunderland against Newcastle United from 12noon and Liverpool versus Everton from 2pm. The programme also features reports from the first One Day International between Australia and England in Melbourne.

In Murray Meets at 2pm, Colin Murray interviews England rugby union international Nick Easter and presents a round-up of the afternoon's sporting action so far.

From 3pm, Mark Chapman begins the build-up to this afternoon's Premier League commentary match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane which kicks off at 4.10pm.

Presenters/Colin Murray and Mark Chapman, Producer/Mike Carr

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Sunday 16 January 2011
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Cricket

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 16 January
3.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the first One Day International between Australia and England comes live from Melbourne.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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5 Live NFL

Live event/outside broadcast
Sunday 16 January
5.45pm-1.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

With the remaining teams just two wins away from reaching the Super Bowl, 5 Live NFL presents commentary on two of American Football's Divisional Round of play-off matches with places in the Conference Championship game up for grabs.

Producer/Simon Crosse for USP

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BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 16 January 2011
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6 Mix – Back To The Phuture: Blancmange And Mirrors

Sunday 16 January
8.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Record company boss and electronic music enthusiast Mark Jones continues his series exploring synthesised music past and present.

In the latest show, Mark talks to keyboard duo Blancmange. Described by Mute Records' Daniel Miller as the "maiden aunts of electronic music", Blancmange shot to fame in the early Eighties with a string of top 10 hits including Living On the Ceiling, Blind Vision and Don't Tell Me.

Cited as influences by bands including La Roux and Faithless, who recently collaborated with vocalist Neil Arthur on their album The Dance, Blancmange release a new album in March after a break of 25 years.

The duo join Mark to talk about the music which inspired them to pick up electronic instruments, why they've decided to reunite and what they've been up to in the intervening years.

In the last half hour of the show, there's a guest mix from new Brighton-based electro band Mirrors. Having toured Europe with OMD at the tail end of last year, the band play a mix of the "synthfluences" which have informed their debut album Broken By Silence, which is due out in February.

Presenter/Mark Jones, Producer/Rowan Collinson

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BBC RADIO 1 Monday 17 January 2011
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BBC Radio 1's Stories – The A-Z Of Magnetic Man

Monday 17 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Dubstep's super-group Magnetic Man spend an hour talking to BBC Radio 1's Rob Da Bank about the 26 tracks that made them the triple-headed bassline behemoths that they are.

Previous Radio 1 Stories have included Story of Dubstep, The A-Z Of Enter Shikari, Empire State Of Mind and The Story Of Annie Nightingale.

Presenter/Rob Da Bank, Producers/Louise Kattherhorn and Alice Lloyd for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 2 Monday 17 January 2011
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Vanessa Feltz

New series
Monday 17 January
5.00-6.30am BBC RADIO 2

Vanessa Feltz joins BBC Radio 2 to present the Early Breakfast Show
Vanessa Feltz joins BBC Radio 2 to present the Early Breakfast Show

This morning, Vanessa Feltz joins the BBC Radio 2 family as the presenter of the Early Breakfast Show.

Rising while many people are still fast asleep, Vanessa aims to coax the early risers out of their slumber and entertain those who haven't yet gone to bed. In a show bursting with music and chat she takes listeners through a first look at the day's news.

Vanessa says: "I'm overjoyed to be joining the UK's most listened-to network as I'm a huge fan of Radio 2 – home of many of the country's most beloved presenters. I'm utterly thrilled to be handing over to Chris Evans every morning – it's my idea of the perfect start to the day."

Presenter/Vanessa Feltz, Producer/Mark Hagen for the BBC

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Ken Bruce

Monday 17 January
9.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO

It's Monday and Ken Bruce is back with Tracks Of My Years with Cyndi Lauper, who shot to fame in the mid Eighties with the hit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

There is also a brand new Record and Album Of The Week and the Love Song, plus travel updates throughout the show.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Gary Bones for the BBC

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The Thrill Of It All Ep 1/2

New series
Monday 17 January
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Roxy Music front-man Bryan Ferry
Roxy Music front-man Bryan Ferry

Jarvis Cocker branches out from his home network of digital radio station BBC 6 Music, where he hosts a Sunday afternoon show, to profile one of the most influential bands of the Seventies, Roxy Music, as they reform for an anniversary tour. The Thrill Of It All features interviews with key band members, showcases the songs and reflects on the Roxy legacy.

Evolving from the late Sixties art-rock movement, Roxy Music epitomised fashion, glamour and innovative music. Through the Seventies and Eighties, the band released a string of ground-breaking albums, culminating with the 1982 classic Avalon.

Programme one begins with Roxy Music emerging in 1972, making an instant visual and musical impact. The programme finds out the story behind the band's first UK No. 1 album, the creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno and the subsequent departure of Eno, and the announcement that the band was breaking up in the summer of 1976.

The show explores the creative highpoints in the group's second album, For Your Pleasure, where fun songs such as Do The Strand and Editions Of You were complemented with tracks that oozed a sense of menace, including The Bogus Man and In Every Dream Home A Heartache.

Jarvis discusses the ground-breaking album covers which were deemed a highlight of each Roxy release, overseen by Ferry's artistic eye. Such sleeves, though, included the controversial 1974 album, Country Life, which featured two scantily clad young models and was deemed by some countries to be too controversial and risqué to sell. In America, for example, the cover was altered, with some states removing the girls completely.

The programme also explores the band's best-known songs, from Love Is The Drug to Both Ends Burning and Street Life, with revealing comments from Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson. There are also archive interviews with Brian Eno, and Chris Thomas, one of the band's key producers, also features.

Next week, programme two picks up the trail in the punk era, as the band regroups in 1978.

Presenter/Jarvis Cocker, Producer/John Sugar for Sugar Productions

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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 17 January 2011
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Composer Of The Week – Sibelius

Monday 17 to Friday 21 January
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

In the late Twenties, at the very height of his powers, Jean Sibelius abruptly and enigmatically put down his pen. For the three decades before his death in 1957 at the age of 91 he was to produce virtually no new work – living out the rest of his life shrouded in silent mystery in the depths of the forests north of Helsinki.

Or did he? In this week's Composer Of The Week, Donald MacLeod explores and explodes the mythology cloaking the last decades of Sibelius's life, a period not quite as "silent" as legend might have us believe.

Today's episode outlines the background behind Sibelius's last, and perhaps greatest, major orchestral work, his extraordinary, terrifying tone poem Tapiola. It also features an unexpected pair of solemn and reverent church antiphons, which are not at all what might be expected from this master of orchestral colour.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Steven Rajam

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Monday 17 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Baritone Henk Neven, a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and pianist Hans Eijsackers make their Wigmore Hall debut with a programme of songs about love.

In his intimate song cycle To The Distant Beloved, Beethoven describes the longing for love, while Fauré tells of a love affair taking place over one day. The recital ends with a selection from Schubert's Schwanengesang.

Presenter/Louise Fryer, Producer/Ellie Mant

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The Essay – Montaigne Ep 1/5

Monday 17 to Friday 21 January
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

This series of five essays on Montaigne accompanies Living With Princes, a BBC Radio 3 drama about the French essayist written by Stephen Wakelam, with Roger Allam as Montaigne, to be broadcast on Sunday 23 January.

Tonight's essayist is writer and broadcaster Alain de Botton. The series continues with philosopher and historian Theodore Zeldin, who considers to what extent Montaigne's philosophy on life holds true today; writer and Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, who explores the relationship between Montaigne and the Bard; Sarah Bakewell, writer and biographer of Montaigne, on Montaigne's cat, scepticism and animal souls; and philosopher AC Grayling.

Presenter/Alain de Botton, Producer/Mohini Patel

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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 17 January 2011
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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Brief Encounters Ep 1/15

New series
Monday 17 January
Throughout the week BBC RADIO 4

A series of three-minute features will be scattered across the schedule over the two weeks of BBC Radio 4's Film Season. These mini-features transport listeners to cinemas across the world to hear from the owners, the audiences and those whose lives revolve around cinema.

One of the many cinematic experiences in this series is from Kabul. In the time of the Taliban, Afghani cinemas were closed and watching film was strictly forbidden, on pain of prison.

Today the cinemas are alive again as men – and it is still the men – who are jobless look to while away a few hours by gathering to watch action movies and Bollywood temptresses, munching on biscuits and roaring in disapproval at the "bad guys".

Extremists target the cinemas on a regular basis, but keen cinemagoers still return. A young actor, who grew up not even knowing what a cinema was, talks about his discovered love of the silver screen.

The mini-features reveal that each cinema has its own individuality and tradition, whether it's what people eat, how long they stay in their seats, the arguments that break out during screenings, or the buildings in which the films are shown.

Other stories in these series of clips include the Thai director who recalls watching Kung Fu movies during funerals in countryside temples; a cinema in Beirut where refugees watched classic movies as bombs fell outside; a Moroccan woman who had her first kiss in a cinema in Tangiers; and mobile phones being sold in the foyer of cinemas in the post-Soviet-era Republic of Georgia.

These clips, which run from 17 January, are 15 personal, illuminating stories giving a flavour of cinema around the world, and an idea of what it's like to be in the audience somewhere very different from here in the UK. There is also a 60-minute highlights programme, Brief Encounters – A World View Of Cinema, at the end of January, which, as well as an omnibus selection of the clips, also features film-makers and film experts guiding listeners to the global consumption of cinema.

Producer/Sara Jane Hall for the BBC

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Woman's Hour Drama – The Year They Invented Sex Ep 1/5

New series
Monday 17 to Friday 21 January
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Caroline and David Stafford's drama focuses on three very different women who find their lives transformed by taking part in the trials of the contraceptive pill.

It is 1960 in Birmingham and Lella Florence is looking for women to help with trials of the contraceptive pill. Married women of a certain age and weight bracket are required.

Three very different women decide to take part. Ditsy June is fed up being under the influence of her overbearing in-laws and would rather save up for a new bathroom than for another baby. Glamorous Jeanette wants to avoid another agonising labour and to keep her wealthy husband happy. And Isobel has her own secret reasons for signing up...

None of the three women could guess the ways their lives will be changed by taking part in the trial and meeting each other.

Producer/Lucy Collingwood for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Life At 24 Frames A Second Ep 1/10

New series
Monday 17 to Friday 21 January
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

David Thompson presents a 10-part series in which he takes a personal journey exploring how cinema has changed people, as part of BBC Radio 4's Film Season.

In the first programme, In The Dark, he looks at how it is all too easy for people to forget what a shock the moving image was when it first entered the world. He also explores why the dark is so important when it comes to watching moving images.

The second programme, Fear And Desire, looks at film's ability to take a person on a journey into their darkest dreams and explore their strongest desires.

Wednesday's programme, Wired For Sound, explores the death of a dream of a universal language of film as Al Jolson sang for his "mammy" in The Jazz Singer (1927).

In Friday's episode, You Must Remember This, David examines the concept that every movie is about time passing away and memory trying to say it was a story.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 17 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Monday 17 January
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Chapman presents football banter and debate, plus the day's sport news in The Monday Night Club.

From 9pm Mark Clemmit rounds up the weekend's Football League action.

In Football Express at 9.30pm, Mark Chapman and Dave Vitty bring listeners bang up to date with all football's burning issues in just 30 minutes.

At 10pm there's more on one of the day's top sports stories.

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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Monday 17 January
8.00am-1.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 17 January 2011
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Marc Riley

Monday 17 January
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Marc Riley's live band is Stephen Fretwell's new venture, north-south divide hybrid Howls.

Stephen is a regular contributor to the show's live session guest slot and has released two solo albums. Tonight he is joined by fellow founding member of Howls, Dan Carey.

Before Carey and Fretwell were first introduced by a mutual friend, a musical connection appeared unlikely. Carey, a producer, writer and remixer, had turned his talents to projects by artists as successful and diverse as Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue and Roisin Murphy.

Completing the band's four-piece line up are Fretwell's old friend Jay Sikora, a one-time part of Badly Drawn Boy's live band, and Oli Bayston, previously front-man of Manchester band Keith.

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Gideon Coe

Monday 17 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe plays concert archive from Gang Of Four and Lemon Jelly, plus featured sessions from the vaults including Richard Thompson, Soft Machine, Trixie's Big Red Motorbike and The Maladies Of Bellafontaine.

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BBC RADIO 2 Tuesday 18 January 2011
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Jamie Cullum

Tuesday 18 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Jazz singer and actress Dame Cleo Laine sings in session at the BBC's Maida Vale studios for Jamie Cullum, as he continues to showcase his love for all types of jazz, and music rooted in jazz.

She talks about meeting her husband, the late Sir John Dankworth, and the years they spent performing together. She also covers her time spent working in musicals.

Known for her unique scat-singing style, Dame Cleo delivers her rendition of some of the great jazz standards accompanied by her son, Alec Dankworth, on bass, John Horler on piano, Mark Nightingale on trombone and Jim Hart on drums.

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Radcliffe And Maconie

Tuesday 18 January
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In tonight's show, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are joined by Pretenders' front woman Chrissie Hynde, who performs a live session with Welsh songwriter JP Jones.

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Desmond Carrington's Iconic Fifties Ep 1/6

New series
Tuesday 18 January
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO

Desmond Carrington presents the new series Iconic Fifties
Desmond Carrington presents the new series Iconic Fifties

In this new six-part series, Desmond Carrington presents words and music from stars whose records were first heard during the Fifties via Radio Luxembourg and the BBC Light Programme.

Each one-hour programme features stars interviewed by John Hannam; among them Ronnie Hilton, Eartha Kitt, Nat Gonella, Edmund Hockridge, Russ Conway, Frankie Vaughan, Lonnie Donegan, Ruby Murray, Lionel Bart and Al Martino. This week the featured artists are Alma Cogan – who is remembered here by David Jacobs – and Larry Adler.

Throughout the series, Desmond's guest is veteran singer and broadcaster Teddy Johnson who, 60 years ago, was the first British presenter of the first-ever radio series of Top 20 record programmes. In these shows his wonderful memories are shared anew.

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BBC RADIO 3 Tuesday 18 January 2011
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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Tuesday 18 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

This Lunchtime Concert from the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, including Borodin's glorious Second String Quartet and Franck's Piano Quintet, is performed by the Tippett Quartet with Ashley Wass on piano.

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BBC RADIO 4 Tuesday 18 January 2011
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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Hollywood – The Prequel Ep 1/2

New series
Tuesday 18 January
9.00-9.30am BBC RADIO 4

Hollywood is acknowledged as the major player in modern cinema, with American movies dominating box-offices across the world.

In Hollywood – The Prequel, as part of BBC Radio 4's Film Season, Francine Stock examines this early example of globalisation, discovering exactly when and why it happened.

In the first of two programmes, Francine looks at the genres that have become Hollywood staples – the thriller, the comedy, the epic – and finds their roots in Europe and elsewhere.

The French gave the world science fiction, the Australians made the first feature-length Western and the Danes not only perfected the art of the thriller, but they also gave the world its first bona fide movie star, Asta Nielsen, who scandalised cinema-goers everywhere with her erotic dance in 1910's The Abyss. Once a force in the world market, Britain introduced colour to cinema as early as 1910, but its power-base crumbled during the First World War.

Francine investigates the reasons for this sudden collapse and asks if Hollywood beat the rest of the world simply because they made better movies.

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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
Isaac Julien's Guide To Artists Filmmaking

Tuesday 18 January
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Leading artist and film-maker Isaac Julien gives listeners an insider's view to the approaches, issues, developments and setbacks facing leading artists working in film.

The programme, part of BBC Radio 4's Film Season, hears from leading artists working with the moving image, including Christian Marclay whose celebrated 24-hour film, Clock, is a play on time. Tacita Dean describes her roots in pictorial image making and her love of celluloid.

Gillian Wearing discusses her ambivalence to narrative and acting in her new cinema film, Self Made; and the programme captures the spirit of artist film-making at a screening of films on the platform of Hackney Downs station, where the context of the screen is important to the films shown.

Listeners also hear how Isaac, originally a cinema film director, now shows in gallery spaces, working to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines. From film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, he tries to unite these into something he calls a "visual narrative".

The roles of the Film Council, BBC and the BFI in producing innovative films in Britain are explored. And the programme charts the rise of artists working in film, moving out of the shadow and the constraints imposed in cinema film-making.

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Tales From The Stave Ep 1/3

New series
Tuesday 18 January
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy amended 21 December)

Vaughan Williams's Serenade To Music, his tribute to conductor Sir Henry Wood, launches the new series of Frances Fyfield's exploration of great music manuscripts.

When making plans to celebrate his 50th year as a conductor in 1938, Proms founder Sir Henry Wood called on composer Ralph Vaughan Williams to compose a piece for a special anniversary concert. The resulting Serenade To Music, using 16 of the finest British singers of the day, took its place alongside pieces by Bax, Elgar, Wagner and a special guest appearance from the Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninov.

A setting of lines from Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, it moved both the great Russian composer and the audience to such a degree that rather than being an occasional piece, it worked its way into the concert repertoire. It is now one of the highlights of the Vaughan Williams canon and the autograph manuscript resides with Sir Henry Wood's other musical treasures in the library of the Royal Academy of Music.

In this programme, Frances is joined by music writer Michael Kennedy, mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers and the Royal Academy's Jeremy Summerly to examine the handwritten score, complete with the markings of Sir Henry Wood himself, who not only conducted the first performance but also recorded it only a few days later at Abbey Road studios.

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Great Lives Ep 7/9

Tuesday 18 January
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

In this week's episode of the biographical series, Iraqi-born physicist Jim al-Khalili explores the life of Gertrude Bell, adventurer, archaeologist and arguably the founder of modern Iraq.

Explorer, mountaineer and archaeologist, Gertrude Bell travelled widely across Arabia in the years preceding the First World War. When war came, her knowledge of the tribes, geography and politics of the area made her a vital asset to British intelligence.

In the wake of British victory in Mesopotamia, she became a key figure in the post-war administration of the turbulent area as the British grappled with how best to reduce their military commitment while still retaining influence, a situation that was to find strong echoes in post-war Iraq 90 years later. A woman who rose to the top in a man's world, her personal life was beset with ill-starred romance and tragedy.

Physicist Jim al-Khalili was born in Iraq at a time when Gertrude Bell was still revered as someone who fought for Iraqi self-determination. With the help of Bell's biographer, Janet Wallach, he explores her remarkable life.

Presenter/Matthew Parris, Producer/Jolyon Jenkins for the BBC

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Rudy's Rare Records Ep 1/6

New series
Tuesday 18 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Comedian and actor Lenny Henry
Comedian and actor Lenny Henry

The father and son comedy starring Lenny Henry and set in an old-school record shop in Birmingham returns for a new series.

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny old reggae record shop in Birmingham. It's a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe, reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam.

Four years ago, Adam was forced to leave his life in London after being hit with divorce, redundancy and a nervous breakdown. Now he finds himself trapped in the confines of the dusty old record shop that his father has owned since the Sixties with both of them sharing the flat upstairs.

Rudy's lifelong friend Clifton and grandson Richie get on like a house on fire, bonding over music and rum much to Adam's despair. Adam is the odd one out – a classical music fan in a reggae shop; a man who'd rather have red wine than rum and a sea bass over jerk chicken.

With Rudy's chaotic approach clashing with Adam's post-breakdown need for calm and order, the shop becomes a battleground with both men wanting to run things their way. Adam's found himself a supportive ally in the form of Rudy's calm and canny, sixty-something girlfriend, Doreen.

Larrington Walker stars as Rudy Sharpe; Lenny Henry as Adam; Natasha Godfrey as Tasha; Joe Jacobs as Richie; Jeffery Kissoon as Clifton; and Claire Benedict as Doreen.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Tuesday 18 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Tuesday 18 January
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sport news and reports plus commentary on FA Cup third-round replays.

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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Tuesday 18 January
8.00am-1.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary comes from the night session at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Tuesday 18 January 2011
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Gideon Coe

Tuesday 18 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Featured in concert, Gideon Coe presents Magazine from their well-received live comeback in 2009 and James from in their Laid period of 1993. Session tracks come courtesy of Siouxsie And The Banshees, Head Of David, Ellery Bop and Dark Dark Dark.

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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 19 January 2011
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The Story Of Funk – From P-Funk To G-Funk Ep 3/3

Wednesday 19 January
10.00-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

From the Sixties through to the present day, funk music reverberates all through popular culture. Whether it's in fashion, street language, TV, the movies or pop music, the far-reaching influence of funk is everywhere.

American actress Pam Grier concludes this three-part series by revealing how the scene started its inevitable decline. While funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire could lay claim to being one of the largest acts in the world, by the end of the Seventies the beat had changed. Disco music took over as the dance-floor music of choice and funk bands either joined the party or disappeared.

It wasn't until the emergence of hip hop that the music was introduced to a younger generation via record producers who sampled the old funk classics. The advancement of music technology also helped a new electro-funk scene develop with a certain Prince Rodgers Nelson leading the way. Pam also examines the often-overlooked female "funkateers", including one of the genre's hidden gems, Betty Davis.

The series features contributions from Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, Sly & The Family Stone, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, P-Funk musicians, Average White Band, Cameo, Clyde "Funky Drummer" Stubblefield, Charles Wright, The Last Poets, Beverley Knight, Matt Fink, Acid Jazz's Eddie Piller and rapper Shock G.

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 19 January 2011
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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Wednesday 19 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Today's Lunchtime Concert comes from last summer's Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, which focused on music written in Paris. Recorded at Holy Trinity Church in Tattershall and at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, this broadcast includes two piano quartets by Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré.

Presenter/Katie Derham, Producer/Les Pratt

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Afternoon On 3 – The Ulster Orchestra In Concert

Wednesday 19 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Katie Derham showcases some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, with a special focus on women composers.

For many centuries, women composers and performers were kept from public view. Tradition deemed it only proper that females confine themselves to the domestic arts and leave the concert hall to the men. Considered a novelty, women's music might be heard at best in drawing rooms and recital parlours.

The programme includes some of the works which found their way into the repertoire, including those by Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Northern Ireland composer Joan Trimble, who died in 2000. These can be heard together with some of the finest Ulster Orchestra recordings made in the past year.

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FREE THINKING 2010
Night Waves At Free Thinking

Wednesday 19 January
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Veteran philosopher Mary Midgley with Philip Dodd
Veteran philosopher Mary Midgley with Philip Dodd

Philip Dodd talks to veteran philosopher Mary Midgley in her adopted town of Newcastle as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, recorded in front of an audience at The Sage Gateshead in November 2010.

At 91 years old, Mary Midgley remains one of the most combative and forthright minds in Britain today. She has been a strong critic of science's claim to answer all the most important questions about existence and in a well-known bad-tempered incident took issue with Richard Dawkins.

In this extended and wide-ranging interview she looks back at her long career with Philip and talks about science, religion, the Gaia theory, maturity and happiness.

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 19 January 2011
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Red Arrow Rookies

Wednesday 19 January
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Red Arrow Rookies takes a look behind the scenes with the world-renowned aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.

Red Arrow pilots are considered top guns, the best the RAF has to offer. Some commentators think such resources would be better used in Afghanistan during wartime but others regard the morale-boosting and public relations benefits of the team as a vital tool in the nation's armoury.

Qualifications for Red Arrow pilots include at least one front-line tour of duty as a fast-jet pilot and a minimum of 1,500 flying hours. New technology evens up the problems of withstanding the extreme G-forces pilots have to endure. Most Red Arrow pilots are fitness fanatics in order to cope with the gruelling physical demands of this kind of flying. Every flight is a kind of extreme abdominal workout, a technique pilots use to help control blood circulation and prevent blackout.

There is, however, a cost to becoming part of such an elite. Kirsty has been married for four years and, during that time, she has never lived with her husband. Weekends and holidays are the only occasions she spends with him. On the other hand, she expects her three-year tour of duty to include a display at the 2012 Olympics.

This profile reveals fascinating detail and gives an insight to an extraordinary team that is supported by a complex culture and history.

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Afternoon Play – Haunted

Wednesday 19 January
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Haunted is a dark psychological thriller by Sally Griffiths in which a television illusionist and a medium both have their belief systems tested when a voice from the past refuses to keep silent.

Professional illusionist Will Morgan is to front a television show in which he exposes spiritualist mediums as frauds. Hayley Taylor is the spiritualist medium who refuses to back down under Will's scrutiny – a challenge from which Will cannot walk away.

Both are to have their belief systems sorely tested when a voice from one of their pasts refuses to keep silent.

Haunted is written by Sally Griffiths and stars Steffan Rhodri as Will; Zoe Tapper as Hayley; Vineeta Rishi as Yasmina; Henry Devas as Nick; Lloyd Thomas as Callum; and Joanna Monro as the waitress.

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Showstopper Ep 1/6

New series
Wednesday 19 January
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Improvised musical Showstopper is a brand-new comedy in which the team creates a witty musical on the spot. The songs, plot and characters are based entirely on suggestions from the live studio audience.

The cast includes Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt, Dylan Emery, Lucy Trodd, Sean McCann and Oliver Senton.

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The Moral Maze Ep 1/9

New series
Wednesday 19 January
8.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Michael Buerk chairs as The Moral Maze returns with more combative, provocative and engaging debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.

The panel includes Melanie Phillips, Matthew Taylor, Claire Fox and Clifford Longley.

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My Teenage Diary Ep 6/6

Wednesday 19 January
11.15-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

In the final programme of this series, Rufus Hound invites Phil Nichol to read out loud embarrassing extracts from his teenage diary in public for the first time.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 19 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Wednesday 19 January
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents all the day's sport news and reports plus commentary on FA Cup third round replays.

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Wednesday 19 January 2011
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Tennis

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 19 January
8.00am-1.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary from the night session at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 19 January 2011
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Huey Morgan

Wednesday 19 January
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Welsh indie rockers The Joy Formidable join Huey Morgan for a BBC 6 Music live session to play songs from their second studio album, The Big Roar.

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 19 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe delves into the BBC vaults to find concert tracks from Kings Of Convenience and Idlewild. Session tracks include some ace freeform from God Speed You Black Emperor and Gyratory System plus bright pop sounds from Sleepy Sun and taut guitar and mob vocals from McCarthy, who evolved into the far softer Stereolab.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 19 January 2011
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Open Eye

New series
Wednesday 19 January
12.05-12.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE
3.05-3.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Open Eye is not a series about the art of photography, but rather about the subject matter – the people and the landscapes – with which a photographer often forms a deep and visceral bond.

In part one Lebanese photographer Dalia Khamissy attempts to uncover what happened to the estimated 17,000 people kidnapped during the Lebanese civil war. Her journey takes her to a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut where she meets 79-year-old Amina Hassan Banat. In 1981 Christian militants took four of her sons, who she was never to see again. Even after all these years, Amina still has hope that she will be reunited with her sons, but as one politician tells Dalia, "Lebanon is a country of mass graves."

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BBC RADIO 1 Thursday 20 January 2011
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BBC Radio 1's In New Music We Trust Live

Live event/outside broadcast
Thursday 20 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

Nick Grimshaw introduces live sets from some of the best new bands around
Nick Grimshaw introduces live sets from some of the best new bands around

BBC Radio 1 presents another In New Music We Trust Live event from the HMV Forum London. Presented by Zane Lowe and Nick Grimshaw, this exciting free concert showcases an eclectic line-up of indie, rock and experimental music.

This evening's concert sees White Lies, Jamie Woon, Sleigh Bells and Funeral Party taking to the stage and also includes a DJ set from Nero.

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BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 20 January 2011
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Bob Harris Country

Thursday 20 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

In session with Bob Harris tonight is Justin Townes Earle. Son of maverick country artist Steve Earle and named after legendary Texan songwriter Townes Van Zandt, Justin won the best new artist award at the 2009 Americana Music awards.

He is in the UK to tour with his fourth album, Harlem River Blues, which has been described as a fusion of country, gospel, rockabilly and grunge.

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

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Radio 2 In Concert – GB40

Thursday 20 January
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Radio 2 In Concert gives listeners the opportunity to share in Gary Barlow's 40th birthday celebrations by broadcasting GB40 live from the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in West London.

Friends, family and fans hear Gary perform songs that span his fantastic 20-year career in a small and intimate setting. The live concert, hosted on air by Jo Whiley, allows Gary to take to the stage on his own for the first time in over eleven years to perform songs from his successful career as one of the UK's most distinguished singer-songwriters.

He is backed by a band made up of close friends and acquaintances he's met along the way – helping make it a night to remember, with profits from the night going to charity.

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Listen To The Band

Thursday 20 January
10.30-11.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Frank Renton presents highlights of the recent Brass In Concert competition. One of the premier entertainment competitions in the UK banding calendar, Brass In Concert was held at The Sage Gateshead, last November when 11 of the country's best bands played for the title.

In tonight's final programme there's award-winning music from The Tredegar Town Band, who took the trophy for Entertainment and Presentation and the Award for Best New Composition or Arrangement being premièred at the competition.

Frank Renton also presents highlights from Leyland Band's programme of wizardry and magic.

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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 20 January 2011
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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 20 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the third of four French-themed Lunchtime Concerts from last August's Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, which focused on music written in Paris.

Recorded at Holy Trinity Church in Tattershall and at Gainsborough Old Hall, this broadcast features two piano trios by Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel, performed by Daishin Kashimoto (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello) and Ashley Wass (piano).

Presenter/Katie Derham, Producer/Les Pratt

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Afternoon On 3 –
Thursday Opera Matinee: Rossini's The Barber Of Seville

Thursday 20 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Katie Derham introduces Los Angeles Opera's production of Rossini's The Barber Of Seville. Based on the first play of the trilogy by Pierre Beaumarchais, the opera forms a prequel to Mozart's Marriage Of Figaro, which takes the second play as its plot. From the moment of its première in Rome in 1816, The Barber Of Seville became Rossini's most popular opera.

For Los Angeles Opera's production of this masterpiece, the company's chorus and orchestra are joined by a stellar line-up of soloists, including Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez as the Count, American baritone Nathan Gunn as the resourceful barber and American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the young maiden Rosina – under the baton of Michele Mariotti.

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Music Planet Ep 2/8

Thursday 20 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Andy Kershaw hears music from desert communities this week
Andy Kershaw hears music from desert communities this week

This major series accompanies BBC One's Human Planet and follows Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran as they go in search of music from some of the world's most remote locations, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series.

Today's programme is the second in the eight-part series and focuses on the music of desert communities.

In Dubai, Andy Kershaw meets the first Emirati singer to record an album in Urdu – a significant moment in Dubai where some 65 per cent of the population are sub-continent migrant workers. He also visits the labour camps where they live; marvels at an indoor ski resort; and climbs the tallest building in the world.

Andy also travels to the small town of Djanet in the far south of Algeria. Here he admires the beauty of this vast desert and listens to music inspired by the Sahara. He meets and records the Bali family and finds them mourning the recent death of their father.

In Mongolia, Lucy travels deep into the Gobi desert, sets up a recording studio in a ger (traditional Mongolian tent) and records various styles of desert song, including the extraordinary two-tone throat singing. There are also songs of Holy Mountains in one of the remotest parts of the Gobi desert, and a young artist from Ulaanbaatar who combines throat singing with beat-boxing.

Presenters/Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran, Producers/James Parkin and Roger Short

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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 20 January 2011
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Robinson Crusoe – Rescued Again

Thursday 20 January
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Glenn Mitchell examines the impact of the French television series The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe and its memorable music score.

Between 1965 and 1981, BBC One's The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, based on Daniel Defoe's novel, captured the imagination of thousands of children. The theme tune, with its rumbling introductory notes suggesting the rolling waves of the on-screen title sequence, remains distinctive, as does the full incidental score, comprising numerous cues that in each case represent some part of Crusoe's existence.

It was filmed in the Canary Islands as a group of mini-series based on classic novels. Unlike most adaptations of the novel, this production concentrated not merely on events on the island, but also incorporated Crusoe's other adventures, told in flashback.

In 1964, the series was shown both in Europe and, in an English-dubbed edition, on American television. By the time this version was screened on BBC One in October 1965, it had been divided into 13 25-minute episodes. The series was hugely popular with schoolboys, among them the writer and presenter of this programme, Glenn Mitchell.

The programme sets out to track down Crusoe actor Robert Hoffman, whose subsequent international career has included numerous features and the television series Dallas. Now in his seventies, he still lives in his native Salzburg.

Presenter/Glenn Mitchell, Producer/A&M Factual for the BBC

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Afternoon Play – Notes To Self

Thursday 20 January
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Notes To Self is a drama about Alzheimer's disease based on real experiences and interwoven with recordings of music sessions carried out in care homes and day centres.

Doreen has been in a care home for two years. Her son, Robert, visits but finds it hard to have a meaningful relationship with his mother, unlike his partner Karen. A performance at the home reveals music to have a powerful effect on Doreen. Can this offer an opportunity for Robert to make a new connection with her?

Written by Deborah Wain, Notes To Self stars Linda Bassett as Doreen; Jeff Hordley as Robert; Cherylee Houston as Karen; Kellie Shirley as Dor; William Ash as Harry; and Ruth Alexander-Rubin as the care assistant.

The music is performed by David Barnard, James Dinsmore and Rebecca Watson with participants in the Lost Chord music session at The Linney Centre and residents and carers at the Richmond Care Home.

Producer/Nadia Molinari for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 20 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Thursday 20 January
7.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents the day's sport news and features.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Thursday 20 January 2011
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Tennis

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Thursday 20 January
8.00am-1.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary from the night session at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 20 January 2011
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Marc Riley

Thursday 20 January
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Walkmen are in the Manchester studios for a live session.

The band are a five-piece and rose from the ashes of Jonathon Fire Eater and The Recoys. Their new album, Lisbon, was released on The Bella Union label October 2010.

The next single taken from the album is called Juveniles and is released 10 days after the session.

Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry

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Gideon Coe

Thursday 20 January
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe introduces concert highlights from Australia's female-fronted Howling Bells and acid jazz pioneers and cop show theme enthusiasts the James Taylor Quartet. Archive sessions come from breezy jangle merchants The Monochrome Set, Dylan Thomas-inspired Starless And Bible Black, The Rogers Sisters and quirky Japanese duo The Frank Chickens.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC RADIO 2 Friday 21 January 2011
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Desmond Carrington – The Music Goes Round

Friday 21 January
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Desmond Carrington shares more good tunes, some unexpected ones and even a few that listeners may never have heard before.

Delving into his eclectic record box live and direct from his home in Perthshire, this week, Desmond presents a composer special, as he celebrates ABBA's songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Presenter/Desmond Carrington, Producer/David Aylott for Foldback Media Ltd

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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 21 January 2011
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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Friday 21 January
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

The fourth and final Paris-themed Lunchtime Concert from last summer's Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival features works by Vaughan Williams and Chausson recorded at Gainsborough Old Hall and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The concert is performed by The Tippet Quartet: Matthew Trusler (violin), Philip Dukes (viola) and Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano).

Presenter/Katie Derham, Producer/Les Pratt

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Afternoon On 3 – The Ulster Orchestra In Concert

Friday 21 January
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Katie Derham presents some of the Ulster Orchestra's most recent recordings, with a special focus on women composers and première recordings of rediscovered works.

The programme showcases the talents of Enniskerry-born Ina Boyle, in the première recording of her rediscovered Violin Concerto, written in 1935, together with some of the finest Ulster Orchestra recordings made in the last year.

Presenter/Katie Derham, Producer/Richard Yarr

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BBC RADIO 4 Friday 21 January 2011
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The Wild Ass's Skin Reloaded

Friday 21 January
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Honoré de Balzac's classic novel about a magical animal skin that grants its owner their every wish is relocated to contemporary London by Adrian Penketh.

Rupert, a ruined investment banker, acquires a magical animal skin. Although owning the skin means he can wish for whatever he wants, there is a catch. The skin reduces in size with each wish and when it disappears the owner will die. This is the story of Rupert's efforts to profit from and survive his ownership of the skin.

Rupert is played by Elliot Cowan, Pauline by Naomi Frederick, Miss Givings/Glen by Don Gilet, Sebastian by Chris Porter, Shopkeeper/Tom by Inam Mirza, P@Rick by Lloyd Thomas and Stripper by Sally Orrock. Other parts are played by Jude Akuwudike and Christine Kavanagh.

Producer/Toby Swift for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 4 FILM SEASON
The Film Programme

Friday 21 January
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Francine Stock sets up her own pop-up cinema
Francine Stock sets up her own pop-up cinema

Inspired by stories of listeners staging their own site-specific screenings, Francine Stock attempts to set up her own pop-up cinema.

During the programme, Francine seeks the help of various experts and societies including talking to Ken Loach, the new patron of the British Federation of Film Societies, about what is really needed to organise a cinematic happening.

Francine's efforts to set up her own pop-up cinema are broadcast as part of BBC Radio 4's Film Season.

Presenter/Francine Stock, Producer/Stephen Hughes for the BBC

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 21 January 2011
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5 Live Sport

Friday 21 January
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Colin Murray presents a preview of the weekend's sport in Kicking Off.

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA
Friday 21 January 2011
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Live event/outside broadcast
Friday 21 January
3.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary on the second One Day International between Australia and England comes live from Hobart.

Producer/Jen McAllister

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BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 21 January 2011
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Tom Robinson

Friday 21 January
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Tom Robinson interviews legendary musician and activist Billy Bragg about his career to date interspersed with some of his definitive tracks.

In a fascinating conversation, Billy explains how a mushroom Biryani helped him get his first play on the John Peel show and how he got a manager by blagging that he was a TV repairman.

Billy talks through all of his albums, from his debut which was made for free, through his chart successes at the end of the Eighties into the early Nineties, his Woody Guthrie project, and how his influences have evolved in the new millennium.

Presenter/Tom Robinson, Producer/Adam Hudson

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 21 January 2011
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Lost Voices Of Afghanistan

Friday 21 January
8.00-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

When Jonathan Charles made an appeal on BBC World Service for Afghan civilians to send in their war poetry, little did he anticipate the flood of writing it would inspire.

In this new documentary, he explores a selection of these poems and speaks to some of the authors.

The documentary hears from a range of writers, many of whom have stories to tell which have inspired haunting poetry. Verse has, for some, become the best way of expressing not only the sights and sounds of war, but their own emotions.

Against the backdrop of a long-standing tradition of poetry in the region, this series examines the explosion of new works in Afghanistan and the growing popularity of poetry reading evenings.

Presenter/Jonathan Charles

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