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Network Radio Week 23

Friday 6 June 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Friday 6 June 2008
Friday Night Is Music Night
Friday 6 June
7.30-9.15pm BBC RADIO 2

Ken Bruce presents a special live show to mark the centenary of Friday Night Is Music Night's founding conductor and one of the great names of light music – Sidney Torch.


Sidney Torch was born Sidney Torchinsky on 5 June 1908 in the hustle and bustle of London's Tottenham Court Road. His early career involved playing for silent films and he soon graduated to the organ, becoming one of Britain's leading theatre organists during the Thirties.


During the war he served in the RAF and, as conductor of the RAF Concert Orchestra, he became fascinated by the art of the orchestral arranger and started composing – sometimes in his own name and often using the anagram Denis Rycoth.


After the war, Torch worked extensively in radio on programmes such as Much Binding In The Marsh and, in 1953, he devised the successful formula for BBC Radio's Friday Night Is Music Night, in which he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra regularly until his retirement in 1972.


In tonight's show, live from London's Mermaid Theatre, the BBC Concert Orchestra pay tribute to the man who started the show 55 years ago, and perform some of his finest arrangements, including Hungarian Rhapsody, The Desert Song, All Strings And Fancy Free, On A Spring Note, Golden Earrings and Waltzing With The Ladies.


Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Jodie Keane


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BBC RADIO 3 Friday 6 June 2008
Composer Of The Week –
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Ep 5/5
Monday 2 to Friday 6 June
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Donald Macleod concludes his look at the life of François Couperin "le Grand" by focusing on Couperin "the dramatist", in this week's final Composer Of The Week offering.


Little detail is actually known about Couperin's private life and the documents relied upon to map out his life are, in the main, lists and legal documents. Here, Donald draws out the elusive character of the man as defined in his music, and explores the reasons why he never tried his hand at writing stage works.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Johannah Smith


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Performance On 3
Friday 6 June
7.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 3

Simon Holt's new Percussion Concerto, A Table Of Noise, offers a vivid and quirky portrait of the composer's childhood memories of his great uncle, who was a taxidermist. With movement titles such as Fly, Skennin, Mary and A Drawer Full Of Eyes, it is sure to offer up a few surprises.


A Table Of Noise receives its world première in this concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Martyn Brabbins, recorded at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Young Scottish percussionist Colin Currie performs the solo part.


The concert also features a centenary tribute to Rimsky-Korsakov in the shape of the colourful suite from his fairy-tale opera The Golden Cockerel and in Rachmaninov's last orchestral work, the thrilling and ever-popular Symphonic Dances.


Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Anthony Sellors


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Jazz Library – Teo Macero
Friday 6 June
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Jazz Library celebrates the his work of legendary jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Teo Macero and, in an exclusive interview with Alyn Shipton recorded before Macero's death in February 2008, he selects the highlights of his recorded catalogue.


As well as considering Macero's own recordings as an instrumentalist, including his work with Charles Mingus, the programme focuses on his two decades as Miles Davis's producer and on such remarkable examples of their collaboration as Porgy And Bess, Sketches Of Spain, Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way.


"I vowed not to do another interview about Miles," says Macero at the beginning of the interview, before he relented to give chapter and verse on his long association with the great trumpeter.


Macero gives the inside story of Sketches Of Spain, Kind Of Blue, Bitches Brew, On The Corner and a host of other classic sides by Davis, as well as his productions for Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Count Basie – including the famous Battle Royal in which their big bands were ranged against each other in the studio for one of the greatest competitive jams of all time. There are accounts of other battles in the studio, too: fisticuffs with the famously pugnacious Davis, and also with Mingus, in whose band Macero started out as a saxophonist.


Presenter and Producer/Alyn Shipton


BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Jazz On 3
Friday 6 June
11.30pm-1.00am BBC RADIO 3

Jez Nelson presents a session from two key figures in the European improvised avant-garde scene – British drummer Eddie Prévost and German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach – in this week's edition of Jazz On 3.


The duo's tour of the UK earlier this year was, perhaps surprisingly, their first collaboration and this wholly improvised session – recorded in the immediate aftermath of the tour – showcases the pair's individual virtuosity as well as their innate sense of ensemble.


Eddie Prévost founded the seminal improvising ensemble AMM in 1965, a group he continues to work with and whose considerable influence is heard beyond the realms of jazz and improv. Alexander von Schlippenbach founded the Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966, since which time many of the European improvising scene's biggest names have passed through its ranks – including Peter Brötzmann, Willem Breuker, Steve Lacy and Albert Mangelsdorff.


Presenter/Jez Nelson, Producer/Robert Abel


BBC Radio 3 Publicity


BBC RADIO 4 Friday 6 June 2008
Papal Ball
Friday 6 June
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

On the eve of Euro 2008, writer and comedian Danny Robins visits Rome to discover if the Catholic Church can inject new morality into Italy's national obsession with football.


While match fixing, bungs, corruption and bad behaviour on the terraces and pitch blight the Italian game, the Catholic Church has stepped in to address morality in football. A senior Cardinal, and a former football radio commentator, has said that he wants the Vatican football team to join Fifa, and the Vatican has sanctioned a tournament strictly for Rome's seminaries – the Clericus Cup. The Church has also had a hand in buying the Ancona football team, but Danny asks if they really can restore faith and good sportsmanship in the Italian game.


Recorded during the final stages of the Clericus Cup in Rome, the programme follows the teams, made up of trainee priests, as they foster team spirit and sportsmanlike behaviour. No footballer on pitch is allowed to answer back to a referee, praying before the match is compulsory and many priests support enthusiastically from the sidelines.


Danny Robins is the son of a lapsed Catholic and is a lapsed playground footballer.


Presenter/Danny Robins, Producer/Laura Parfitt


BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Afternoon Play – Take One Night
Friday 6 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Felicity Montagu and Robert Bathurst star as Alice and Alan, reassessing their 20-year marriage – to tumultuous effect...
Felicity Montagu and Robert
Bathurst star as Alice and Alan,
reassessing their 20-year
marriage – to tumultuous

Felicity Montagu and Robert Bathurst star in today's Afternoon Play, a new comedy drama by award-winning writer Rachel Joyce.


The instructions for William's 10th birthday present just say "Take One Night". And so it does, as Alice and Alan begin a journey of their own back to the night they met. As they find the words to speak honestly to each other for the first time in their 20-year marriage, the walls begin to shake and Alan's pride and joy – their conservatory – begins to collapse.


Rachel Joyce has written extensively for radio. Her play To Be A Pilgrim (Radio 4) won the 2007 Peter Tinniswood Award and was described as "A radio play whose deceptive simplicity conceals a rich, complex emotional tapestry". Other recent plays include Feather (Radio 4), Quintessence (Radio 4) and In The Wind (Radio 3). Rachel is currently adapting Henry James's The Portrait Of A Lady for BBC Radio 4's Classic Serial.


Felicity Montagu plays Alice with Robert Bathurst as Alan and Charlie Rowe as William.


Producer/Jeremy Mortimer


BBC Radio 4 Publicity


BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 6 June 2008
5 Live Sport
Friday 6 June
7.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers hosts tonight's edition of 5 Live Sport and features a full preview of tomorrow's Derby with Cornelius Lysaght and the team.


Listeners can also catch a full round-up of all the other sports news of the day.


Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Mark Williams


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

5 Live Formula One
Friday 6 June
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

David Croft revs into action tonight, live from Montreal, and brings listeners all the latest news ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.


Presenter/David Croft, Producer/Jason Swales


BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity


BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Friday 6 June 2008
Cricket – Test Match Special
Friday 6 June
10.45am-6.30pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Listeners can hear full commentary on the second day of the Third Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge.


Coverage of this Test continues daily on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.


Presenter/Jonathan Agnew, Producer/Adam Mountford


BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity

Rugby League Super League
Friday 6 June

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra has commentary on one of the night's top matches in the engage Super League. Tonight's games are Leeds v Hull, St Helens v Hull KR and Wigan v Huddersfield.


Producer/Jennifer McAllister


BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity


BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 6 June 2008
Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Friday 6 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Walking is Bob Dylan's theme this week, and his selections include: I'm Walkin' by Fats Domino; Walking By Myself by Jimmy Rogers & Big Walter Horton; The Mills Brothers and Louis Armstrong's My Walking Stick; and The Walk by Jimmy McCracklin.


Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/XM Satellite Radio


BBC 6 Music Publicity

Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show
Friday 6 June
10.00pm-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC

US heavy metal band Disturbed join Bruce Dickinson on his Rock Show this evening.


Formed in Chicago in 1997, Disturbed are regarded as one of America's finest current rock exports with their last two albums both reaching No. 1 in the Billboard chart and their last release, Ten Thousand Fists, going two-time Platinum in the US.


Disturbed have just released their new album, Indestructible, and the guys are also set to perform at this summer's Download festival. Bruce catches up with the band and chats to them about the tragic story behind their current single, and what it was like to self produce their new album for the very first time.


Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan


BBC 6 Music Publicity


BBC ASIAN NETWORK Friday 6 June 2008
Silver Street
Friday 6 June

Bill breaks down as he describes how Fatima ran out in front of his car, in the last of this week's visits to Silver Street. The inquest proves too much for Zak, however, and he heads outside. Later, the coroner delivers a verdict of death by misadventure.


Zak tells Talib he has a right to be at the inquest as Fatima's friend, but the pair will never be friends again. Zak tells Fatima's parents there is one more thing he needs to do and heads off to speak to Bill.


Bill is played by Robin Bowerman, Fatima by Gia Avan, Zak by Jetinder Summan and Talib by Rachid Sabitri.


BBC Asian Network Publicity


BBC WORLD SERVICE Friday 6 June 2008
Heart And Soul – Reverend Jeremiah Wright
Friday 6 June

The outspoken opinions of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's spiritual mentor, are threatening to undermine Obama's presidential campaign.


Remarks such as "God Bless America. No, no, no. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human," and his criticism of US foreign policy for contravening the teachings of the Bible, have made him a highly controversial figure.


Reverend Wright argues that he is defending black Church traditions, and that white people are outraged by him because they don't understand this way of preaching. Matt Wells explores the extent to which the pastor's views reflect issues and grievances felt in America's black churches, in this week's edition of Heart And Soul.


Presenter/Matt Wells, Producer/Katy Hickman


BBC World Service Publicity



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