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Network Radio BBC Week 18: Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

BBC RADIO 2 Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

Exceptional In The 80s

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
2.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Richard Allinson celebrates the music of the Eighties in this special Bank Holiday Monday show, featuring a selection of one-hit wonders, a featured classic album from the decade, music from the movies of the Eighties and the big hits of the era.

Presenter/Richard Allinson

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Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne's Line Of Enquiry

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
4.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule Amendment 29 April)

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Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne take on the BBC Radio 2 audience in the ultimate chat show for Bank Holiday Monday.

Led by Kate Thornton, listeners and the network's presenters have the opportunity to ask one of the most formidable couples in rock history their questions.

This interview with the Prince of Darkness and his good lady wife reveals that the Osbournes are just like any other family. They might have a glittering lifestyle but they still worry about their children, love pottering around a garden centre and even have time to spend a night at the cinema.

But, in true Sharon and Ozzy style, they don't hold back and reveal how they fell in love, how Sharon dealt with Ozzy's drug and alcohol problems and how they felt when they found that their children were struggling with the same demons. Sharon also reveals what she thinks of her X Factor replacement Cheryl Cole and Ozzy admits why he can't watch himself on the Osbourne TV show.

Ozzy Osbourne crashed headlong into our psyche back in the Seventies, as the legendary frontman of one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Black Sabbath. However, it's his wife, Sharon, who is the driving force behind this superstar couple. A constant rock in her family's life, Sharon is a huge success in her own right. She has carved out her own highly accomplished career as music manager, promoter and TV presenter and won herself a place in the nation's heart as a judge on The X Factor.

Presenter/Kate Thornton, Producer/Charlotte Wright

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The Record Producers

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

One of the wittiest and most admired pop bands of the Seventies – 10cc – come under the spotlight in the latest Record Producers documentary, presented by Richard Allinson and Steve Levine.

Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart provided the entire package. Not only were they great musicians, but they also wrote all their hits in various group combinations, produced their own recordings and, in Eric Stewart, had a built-in engineer. They also owned their own recording studio, which made them a highly productive self-contained unit.

This programme features new interviews with all four band members and has exclusive access to the original multi-track recordings of Donna, Wall Street Shuffle and I'm Not In Love.

Presenters/Richard Allinson and Steve Levine, Producer/Neil Myners

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Dermot O'Leary's Time Capsules

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary and Simon Pegg
Dermot O'Leary and Simon Pegg

Dermot O'Leary meets actor, comedian, writer, director and self-confessed sci-fi geek Simon Pegg, in the second instalment of his Time Capsules series.

Simon talks about a successful career, which has taken him from performing in the comedy clubs of Bristol with a goldfish, to the Starship Enterprise, via the cult television series Spaced and hit films including Shaun Of The Dead.

It's been an instinctive, rather than premeditated, rise to fame and his trepidation at signing up to two long-running film franchises – Tin Tin and Star Trek – and playing the much-loved character of Scottie reveal a modesty which will ensure he never becomes a "screaming monster who doesn't know what a bus is".

During the course of the programme Simon reveals a great love for music, which began as a child living above a record shop. Influenced by his father, whose own music career received a tragic setback when his band was beaten by Pam Ayres on Opportunity Knocks in 1972, Simon enjoyed his time as a drummer in student bands and a brief period as a "card-carrying" Goth.

His musical tastes embrace many genres, from John Denver to The Beatles, Sisters Of Mercy, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band and The Wombles. They've also influenced his work – an entire episode of Spaced was inspired by his love of mid-Nineties dance music, but his plans to critique the work of Dire Straits, by throwing the offending vinyl at a zombie, were sadly thwarted.

Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker

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Big Band Special

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the BBC Big Band in concert at this weekend's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, featuring saxophone soloist Dave Liebman.

The Artist in Residence at this year's festival, Dave Liebman, is recognised as a leading light in preserving the John Coltrane legacy of saxophone playing but with his own gentler, more human approach. He joins guest drummer Jeff Williams and the BBC Big Band for the first time to perform newly created arrangements by Hans Koller.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

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BBC RADIO 3 Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

COMPOSERS OF THE YEAR 2009
Composer Of The Week – Mendelssohn Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 to Friday 8 May
12.00noon-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Composer Of The Week and one of BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year 2009, Mendelssohn
Composer Of The Week and one of BBC Radio 3's Composers Of The Year 2009, Mendelssohn

Donald Macleod presents the story of two sibling prodigies whose lives took very different paths but whose music had much in common, in this week's Composer Of The Week.

Fanny and Felix grew up in each other's pockets with the same teachers and the same musical influences. An especially close relationship developed, and Felix got into the habit of showing everything he wrote to Fanny for her approval. Fanny was clearly the boss in the early years, even though Felix was three years her senior, and she was often described as the better pianist of the two. But that was soon to change. When the 12-year-old Felix was invited to go and play for Goethe, Fanny was left behind. It marked the first major step in her exclusion from the musical limelight into which Felix was about to step.

Donald begins the week with music from Felix and Fanny's early years, including two piano works for four hands by Felix, premièred by the siblings, the Double Piano Concerto in E and the piano duet version of the overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Deborah Preston

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Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Today's BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert features The Takacs Quartet, performing music by two masters of the string quartet – Haydn, who more or less invented the form, and Bartók, whose quartet cycle was perhaps the greatest contribution to the genre in the 20th century.

The Takacs Quartet have received huge critical acclaim for their Bartók recordings and have been described as "one of the greatest ensembles of our age".

Presenter/Sarah Walker, Producer/Olwen Fisher

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Night Waves

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Matthew Sweet and guests discuss an eclectic array of young male behaviour, from truants to Trekkies, in tonight's edition of Night Waves. The programme is dedicated to the world of boys – how they learn, how they play and how they look. Are boys really becoming the misfits they are so often reported to be?

Matthew's guests include Sue Palmer, educational campaigner and author of the bestselling book Toxic Childhood, who has now turned her attention to boys. She explains why she believes there's a fundamental and innate difference between boys and girls that should be recognised and nurtured by parents, teachers and society at large – unlike much egalitarian thinking that has tried to downplay gender distinctions in children.

Matthew also looks at two areas of schoolboy preoccupation: the hidden order behind the swashbuckling anarchy of pirates and Star Trek – the latest film version hits the cinemas this week. Professor Peter Leeson argues that far from being just a source of fictional fun for contemporary film and TV, 17th and 18th-century pirates pioneered forward-thinking practices, including constitutional democracy, financial incentives, workers compensation, regulating drink and smoking and racial, religious and sexual tolerance. He uses economics to reveal why pirates flew flags with skulls and crossbones and why they walked the plank.

Tonight's programme also looks at young male beauty and Matthew and his guests ask if it is becoming more important in the contemporary world.

Presenter/Matthew Sweet, Producer/Allegra McIlroy

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The Essay – A Cretan Spring Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 to Friday 8 May
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Spring moves north through Europe at roughly four miles per hour, about the speed of walking. In this week's series of Essays, travel writer Adam Nicolson and gardener and cook Sarah Raven walk across the island of Crete just ahead of the start of spring and botanise, eat, read and think their way to summer.

The island's classical past, Minoan towns and hilltop refuges, its fraught German occupation during the Second World War, its unique Mediterranean alpine flora, and its spring lamb dinners all feature – the entanglement of the past and present, mind food and belly food, sunlight and salt-sea come together in the words of two of the finest walking, talking animators of natural and human landscapes.

In the week's first Essay, the duo see snow in the mountains and witness the blooming of spring's first crocus.

Presenters/Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven, Producer/Tim Dee

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Jazz On 3 – Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
11.15pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Jez Nelson presents a special edition of Jazz On 3, recorded on the opening night of the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, featuring performances from some of the best groups on the festival bill.

Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Peggy Sutton

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BBC RADIO 4 Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

Book Of The Week – From Harvey River:
A Memoir Of My Mother And Her Island Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 to Friday 8 May
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

Poet Lorna Goodison's memoirs, about the remarkable lives of past generations of her family in Harvey River, Jamaica, feature in this week's Book Of The Week, abridged by Miranda Davies.

When Lorna's great-grandfather, William Harvey, discovers a clearing at the end of a path cut by the feet of those running from slavery, he gives his name to what will become his family's home for generations. For Lorna's mother, Doris, who stands at the heart of this book, Harvey River is where she becomes one of the "fabulous Harvey girls", dazzling the locals in her gorgeous outfits, yet always bound by her strict Victorian sensibilities.

It is a place she returns to in her dreams, when her fortunes change with marriage to Marcus Goodison. Surrounded by boxes of finery from her former life, she prepares for the harsh realities of life in a small apartment in Kingston. Working barefoot at her sewing machine, she reinvents herself as the matriarch known as Mama Goodie, supporting her nine children, with her inexhaustible love and strength, but always dreaming of life back in Harvey River.

Reader/Dona Croll, Producer/Justine Willett

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Ladies Of Letters Crunch Credit Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Actress Prunella Scales
Actress Prunella Scales

Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge return as the indomitable Irene Spencer and Vera Small and tighten their belts, in this latest collection of letters.

Vera's family is struggling financially and, when they are forced to put the Bothy up for sale, daughter Karen moves her whole family in with Vera at the Coach House. This situation quickly becomes intolerable so Vera is forced to take up residence in the shed on her allotment. And she soon discovers that others down on their luck have had the same idea.

Irene, meanwhile, is feeling the pinch – having had to entirely rewire the upper floor of her eco-house thanks to Vera's drunken destruction of a solar panel – and is also busy dealing with other people's financial straits. She takes in Judith Brain, an old acquaintance she finds begging in a shop doorway, and Aunty Doris has come home from the hospital and must be nursed back to health with tempting and expensive titbits.

With friends and families causing friction, the ladies find that the global economic crisis fades into the background as they deal with their own domestic crises.

Prunella Scales stars as Irene Spencer, Patricia Routledge as Vera Small and Judith Brain as Francis Jeater.

Ladies Of Letters Crunch Credit is written by Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman.

Producer/Liz Webb

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Sacrifices Ep 1/5

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The story of five families, who are faced with big decisions when they discover a child who has a special talent, is told in this new, five-part series.

The families each speak about the financial, practical or emotional sacrifices they have made to help the child fulfil their potential. Some families move cities, re-mortgage their houses, live apart from their spouses, or let their child go away from home at a young age. Listeners hear about the strains it puts upon the family and the series explores how far they are prepared to go.

Today's opener features Pam and Simon Barwick, from Leeds, who supported their son, Josh, who has a passion for dance. They happily drove him five nights a week to dance classes, as well as on Saturday mornings and to Sunday competitions. But when, at the age of 15, he was accepted into seven different vocational dance schools, including Elmhurst, associated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, they had to face a huge financial commitment and ask if they could afford to send him there.

Producer/Sara Conkey

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The Museum Of Curiosity Ep 1/6

New series
Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
6.30-7.00pm BBC RADIO 4

John Lloyd and Sean Lock present a new series of The Museum Of Curiosity, in which expert entertainers and entertaining experts submit exciting new exhibits to a virtual museum.

Each week, John and Sean invite three distinguished guests to bring along one item each to bequest to the museum and explain why it deserves space on the shelves. Entries can be as surreal or as normal as the guests like – anything from the Lunar Excursion Module, to a large Icelandic volcano.

Guests who donate to the museum this series, include: musician and producer Brian Eno; historian Bettany Hughes; mathematician Simon Singh; author Philip Pullman; comedian Ben Miller; renaissance man Clive James; founder of Viz Comic Chris Donald; comedian Dave Gorman; co-founder of The Idler Gavin Pretor-Pinney; Spitting Image founder Roger Law; comedian Chris Addison; BBC correspondent Kate Adie; naturalist Charlotte Uhlenbroek; Quixotic comedian Tim FitzHigham; cult American comedian John Hodgman; and scientist Rupert Sheldrake.

Presenters/John Lloyd and Sean Lock, Producer/Richard Turner

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France's Forgotten Concentration Camps

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Writer and journalist Philip Sweeney travels to southern France to tell the story of a network of concentration camps set up 70 years ago at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

Emergency camps were initially established on the beaches, where the Spanish refugees were herded together behind barbed wire without facilities, shelter and with very little food. Families were separated and inmates died from wounds, hunger and disease. As the French authorities became organised, more permanent structures were built. Philip visits one of the largest, Rivesaltes, a huge former military base saved from demolition to form the site of a major new memorial museum.

From the Forties onwards, such camps interned many other prisoners including tens of thousands of Jews detained under the Vichy regime to be deported to the German death camps. In the Sixties, Harkis Algerians who had fought on the side of France in the civil war fled the carnage at home, hoping to find sanctuary in France, only to be imprisoned in their turn.

Today, Rivesaltes and Argeles sur Mer are popular tourist resorts of the Mediterranean coast, where hardly any trace remains of the tens of thousands Spanish detained 70 years ago. Philip hears first-hand the stories of some of the few Spanish Republican internees still alive and their families, and of Algerians – many of whom are still suffering the effects of their internment and perceived betrayal by France.

Presenter/Philip Sweeney, Producer/Alan Hall

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents the Monday Night Club, featuring Premier League commentary of the game between Aston Villa and Hull, starting at 8pm.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Ben North

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BBC 6 MUSIC Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

Gideon Coe

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Gideon Coe features concert tracks from The Fall's 1996 appearance at the Phoenix Festival and Senor Coconut at the Roskilde festival in 2003, in tonight's show.

Listeners can also hear session tracks from Brighton punks Peter And The Test Tube Babies and the Sigur Ros-like Danish collective Mum (pronounced "Moom").

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

Silver Street

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Rozena is still raging to Sameer about Imran producing a ready-made grandson, in the first visit of the week to Silver Street. She phones Zenab and suggests Luca might not even be Imran's son and asks her what she makes of Isabel and Luca being non-Muslims.

Later, Zenab is relieved that Luca has decided to try some vegetarian sausages, and that he has stopped insisting on pork ones. Her relief is short-lived, however, when Luca asks about all the businesses his daddy owns. Zenab explains they belong to the whole family, but Luca asks if "the whole family" includes his mother.

Rozena is played by Pooja Ghai, Sameer by Alex Caan, Imran by Narinder Samra, Zenab by Sudha Buchar, Luca by Paul Joannou and Mushtaq by Paul Bhattacharjee.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2009

West African Journeys – A Woman's War: Liberia Ep 3/4

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
8.05-8.30pm BBC WORLD SERVICE

Award-winning journalist Sorious Samura is in Liberia this week, as he continues his West African Journeys.

It is an intensely personal journey for him – the last time he was here, in 2000, he was imprisoned along with three colleagues on a charge of espionage, a capital offence. After spending a week in prison, in which he was tortured, he and his team were released following personal appeals to the then President, Charles Taylor, from, among others, Nelson Mandela and Jesse Jackson.

Liberia is still recovering from the brutal 14-year-long civil war. Sorious is back in the country to follow the journey of a 26-year-old woman called "Black Diamond" as she travels hundreds of miles across Liberia in search of the daughter she calls "Beloved". The child was born after Diamond, then aged 15, was raped by government soldiers. During the rape, her parents tried to defend her and were killed. Fuelled by anger, she joined the rebels to become one of Liberia's most infamous child soldiers.

This documentary is a story within a story. After years of fighting as a rebel soldier in LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy), she gained a fearsome reputation and her nom de guerre; Black Diamond. One story, often repeated by western journalists, is that she wore a necklace of testicles as a war trophy, a story Black Diamond vehemently denies, and, as she takes Sorious on her very personal journey, she is at pains to tell him her version of the war.

But there are others she must tell. It's been seven years since Diamond last saw her daughter and the child is now being looked after by Diamond's uncle. He doesn't know that Beloved's father was one of the men who raped his niece and killed his brother and sister-in-law but, now, Diamond has decided it's time he and the rest of her family know the truth.

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