BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

29 October 2014
Press Office
Search the BBC and Web
Search BBC Press Office

BBC Homepage

Contact Us

Programme Information

Network Radio Week 21

Sunday 18 May 2007


BBC RADIO 2 Sunday 18 May 2007
Elaine Paige On Sunday
Sunday 18 May
1.00-2.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Actress Helena Blackman, who is currently appearing in the UK national touring revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, is Elaine Paige's guest this week.


As a former "Maria" wannabe on BBC TV's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Helena discusses the pressures of appearing on a TV reality show, as well as revealing her Essential Musicals – which include Jesus Christ Superstar (London 1972), My Fair Lady (Broadway 1956), The Wild Party (off Broadway 2000) and Jekyll And Hyde (Broadway 1997).


All of all Helen's choices are available on Elaine's showpage at, and a selection can be heard on air this afternoon.


Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince


BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Sunday Half Hour
Sunday 18 May
8.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Brian D'Arcy introduces music for Trinity Sunday with a selection of hymns to celebrate the three persons of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Hymns are sung by the choir of Royal Holloway University, London directed by Rupert Gough; the organist is Alexander Norman.


Hymns featured include Christ Triumphant; All Hail The Power Of Jesus; and Lord Enthroned In Heavenly Splendour.


Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty


BBC Radio 2 Publicity


BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 18 May 2007

Sunday 18 May
7.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 3

Martin Handley continues BBC Radio 3's The Chopin Experience: every note written by the great Polish composer, with performances, discussions and contributions from a range of pianists, fans and experts.


Martin again plays some of Chopin's best-loved pieces for piano, plus a few surprises.


Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Peter Meanwell


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Ian Burnside

Sunday 18 May
10.00am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 3

Iain Burnside escapes the confines of London's Broadcasting House and travels to Paris in search of Chopin's musical legacy, as part of this weekend's The Chopin Experience.


Although Chopin is one of Poland's most cherished sons, it was Paris that in many ways was the making of him, and his arrival there in 1831 happened on the crest of a creative wave the like of which has seldom since been seen. Visiting some of the sights associated with Chopin, and talking to Jean-Yves Thibaudet – probably the greatest pianist living in Paris today – Iain considers the significance of the school of French pianism of which Chopin can be seen as the prime mover.


Presenter/Iain Burnside, Producer/Lyndon Jones


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Private Passions

Sunday 18 May
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Michael Berkeley presents highlights of Chopin pieces chosen by past Private Passions guests, as part of The Chopin Experience.


Psychologist Anthony Storr examines two of the Nouvelles Etudes, stressing the importance of the interpreter and how Chopin deserves to be reassessed as much more than a drawing-room miniaturist.


Journalist Anne Karpf relates how Chopin literally saved the life of her mother, pianist Natalia Karp: during the Second World War she was interned in a Nazi concentration camp, but her playing of a Chopin nocturne to a music-loving German officer saved her from deportation to Auschwitz.


Edward Said, literary critic and political activist, played Chopin himself and talks about his teacher, with links going back to the great traditions of the 19th century. Said's choice is Artur Rubinstein playing the Impromptu in F sharp, Op. 36.


Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague is learning the piano as an adult and loves to play Chopin preludes; while South African writer Andre Brink and poet Anne Stevenson liken Chopin's music to the creative process itself. Jazz bassist Charlie Haden compares Chopin's music to the work of Bill Evans, choosing one of the Op. 10 Etudes to illustrate his point; while actor Patrick Malahide finds real drama in the narrative process which drives Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor.


Presenter/Michael Berkeley, Producer/Chris Marshall


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Discovering Music

Sunday 18 May
5.00-6.30pm BBC RADIO 3

An important characteristic of romantic music is its quest to make reference outside of itself; for example, it is not uncommon to find romantic musical titles which in one way or another allude to literature. One such example is the Ballade, which was not so much a musical form as a sensibility.


When Chopin composed his Four Ballades for the piano, he was looking to evoke a literary poetic narrative. There is evidence to suggest that Chopin might even have had a specific narrative in mind – that there really are stories depicted through the music of his Ballades. But equally, it is possible that the musical ethos for the set was simply to convey the "spirit" of the poetic ballad.


Stephen Johnson considers the ethos of Chopin's Ballades and its implication for Chopin as a romantic. He is helped by pianist Cédric Tiberghien and the programme features a recording of Cédric playing all Four Ballades complete.


From literature to art: Stephen visits the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester with conductor and researcher Christopher Gayford for a look at Francesco Tironi's drawing of a Venetian boating scene. Christopher uses this to stimulate a discussion about how people perceive structure, and in particular how listeners perceive musical structure. How much do listeners engage in a creative process, and what impact does this have to the appreciation of a piece of music? Both he and Stephen relate this to an analysis of Chopin's celebrated Barcarolle, which in the course of the programme is performed complete at four times its normal speed, so as to better appreciate its architecture.


The programme ends with a complete performance of the Barcarolle from an historic recording by Artur Rubinstein.


Presenter/Stephen Johnson, Producer/Chris Wines


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Words And Music – Fleurs du Mal
Sunday 18 May
10.45pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3

Words And Music explores French poet Charles Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal: his expression of personal torment and the conflict between Catholic morals and debauchery in 19th-century Paris.


The sequence of poems corresponds to Baudelaire's own life chronology: from Parisian scenes back to childhood memories, then through the "love cycles", anger and rebellion to death and nothingness.


Antony Sher reads from Les Fleurs, capturing Baudelaire's psychological states, while Imogen Stubbs acts as his conscience, reading complementary texts by Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Joseph Roth, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and TS Eliot.


The voice of Jean-Louis Barrault also appears above the music of those influenced by Baudelaire, from Debussy and Duparc to Serge Gainsbourg, and from George Chelon to Diamanda Galas. There is also music from Takemitsu, John Tavener and Messiaen.


Readers/Antony Sher and Imogen Stubbs, Producer/Elizabeth Arno


BBC Radio 3 Publicity


BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 18 May 2007
Desert Island Discs
Sunday 18 May
11.15am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Diane Abbott, MP for London constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington.


Diane Abbott was born in London in 1953. She was educated at Harrow County and went on to obtain a Masters degree in history from Newnham College, Cambridge.


In 1987, Diane made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator.


Presenter/Kirsty Young, Producer/Leanne Buckle


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Classic Serial –
The Mayor Of Casterbridge
Ep 1/3
Sunday 18 May
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

An all-star cast illuminates this new dramatisation of one of the best known of Thomas Hardy's novels, The Mayor Of Casterbridge.


One drunken night at a fair, Michael Henchard auctions off his wife, Susan, and their baby daughter to a sailor for five guineas. In the sober light of day, Henchard's terrible realisation of what he has done compels him to swear an oath to abstain from alcohol for 21 years and he sets about the fruitless task of searching for his wife and child.


Eighteen years later, Henchard, now a successful corn merchant and the Mayor of Casterbridge, gets the chance to make amends when Susan and Elizabeth-Jane unexpectedly walk back into his life.


Friendship and rivalry, lies and revelations, love and loss, unexpected arrivals and sad departures weave their way through Henchard's dramatic and tragic life.


The Mayor of Casterbridge is dramatised by Helen Edmundson, whose recent work includes dramatisations of War And Peace for Shared Experience and Coram Boy for the National Theatre.


Michael Henchard is played by John Lynch, Susan by Olwen May, Elizabeth-Jane by Ruth Wilson, Lucetta by Emma Fielding and Donald Farfrae by Paul Higgins. The narration is by Maggie Steed and the cast also includes Burn Gorman, Conrad Nelson, Russell Dixon, David Fielder, Jonathan Keeble, Sue Ryding, Lorna Lewis and Vashti Machlachlan.


Producer/Nadia Molinari


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Poetry Please Ep 1/10
Sunday 18 May
4.30-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Roger McGough revisits some of the beautiful readings recorded for Poetry Please by actor Paul Scofield, who died in March. Juliet Stevenson joined him in 1998 to read a wide selection of verse for the programme, including work by WH Auden, Walter de la Mare and Sylvia Plath, sonnets from Shakespeare and some Chinese lyrics translated by Helen Waddell.


Forthcoming series highlights include readings from the 2008 Guardian Hay Festival and Latitude Festival in Suffolk; a selection from the archives in the Forties and Fifties when the BBC employed a number of talented poets, including Louis MacNeice; and poems about love.


Presenter/Roger McGough, Producers/Christine Hall, Mark Smalley and Tim Dee


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC Radio 5 Live Sunday 18 May 2007
5 Live Sport
Sunday 18 May
12.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents action from the final day of the Clydesdale Scottish Premier League season, with commentary from 1.30pm.


There is also coverage of rugby union's Guinness Premiership semi finals and, at 4pm, live commentary from a crucial play-off final at Wembley in the Blue Square Conference Premier, with a place in the Coca-Cola Football League the prize for the winners.


Plus there is all the cricket news on the fourth day of the First Test at Lord's between England and New Zealand.


Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Graham MacMillan


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity


BBC 6 MUSIC Sunday 18 May 2007
Guy Garvey
Sunday 18 May
10.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Guy Garvey combines his day and evening jobs tonight as he presents the show on the road, from his band Elbow's current tour.


As well as chatting to band mates, crew members and other interesting people he meets on the road, he plays tunes old and new and regales listeners with tales of his showbiz pals.


Presenter/Guy Garvey, Producer/Michelle Choudhry


BBC 6 Music Publicity

Chris Hawkins
Sunday 18 May
2.00-7.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

Chris Hawkins plays a live concert recording from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, plus sessions from the Incredible String Band and Stress. Tonight's documentary subject is musician Leonard Cohen.


Presenter/Chris Hawkins, Producer/Dina Jahina


BBC 6 Music Publicity



Interactive programme


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy