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Network Radio Week 24

Thursday 12 June 2008

 

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 12 June 2008
Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Thursday 12 June
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2
       

It's a hair-raising show tonight, as Bob Dylan selects his favourite follically-themed tunes.

 

The featured music includes Red Headed Woman by Sonny Burgess; Bangs by They Might Be Giants; Don't Mess With My Ducktail by Joe Clay; and Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo by Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

 

Presenter/Bob Dylan, Producer/Phil Hughes

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 12 June 2008
Composer Of The Week Ep 4/5
Monday 9 to Friday 13 June
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3
       

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and work of Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), moving on to Hindemith's experiences as an exile in the USA during the Second World War, where he was the most-performed of the European composers seeking refuge there.

 

His composition classes at Yale were notoriously taxing – "There's always between two and four in the morning," he told a student who complained of lack of time – but they were considered the best in the country. He was also invited to deliver a prestigious series of lectures at Harvard which explored all aspects of musical creativity, later published as A Composer's World.

 

His major musical work during the period was a requiem setting poems by Walt Whitman, When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd, which he wrote as an ode to peace, a tribute to the American fallen and to the country that had given him refuge.

 

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Megan Jones

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 12 June 2008
Bette In Britain
Thursday 12 June
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4
       

Bette In Britain tries to uncover what Bette Davis really did when she visited these shores.

 

Bette Davis always maintained that she was born in Massachusetts on Sunday 5 April 1908, amid great tumult, between a crack of thunder and a bolt of lightning that nearly hit the family house and split a nearby tree in two. The day's weather reports, however, show that a pleasant, warm shower was far closer to the truth. But Bette's life was often shrouded in mystery and half-truths.

 

However, it does seem probable that after her theatre tour of Britain in 1975 Davis took time out to trace her relatives, and some people claim that she found them. Speaking with comedian and raconteur Wyn Calvin, who met Davis in Cardiff, Susan George examines the origins of this story and how much truth there is behind it – or whether, like the thunderstorm, she made it up.

 

The programme includes interviews with actress Wendy Craig, director Jimmy Sangster and producer Tony Staveacre, as well as extracts from interviews with Bette Davis herself.

 

Presenter/Susan George, Producer/Stephen Garner

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Afternoon Play – The Incomparable Witness
Thursday 12 June
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4
 

Sir Bernard Spilsbury was the father of modern forensics, developing techniques to help the police catch their man.

 

But in his final years he lived alone, separated from his wife, and he took his own life aged 70.

 

The Incomparable Witness, today's Afternoon Play offering, told from the perspective of his widow, Edith, looks back at Spilsbury as a young man and the infamous case that made his name – the trial and conviction of Dr Crippen in 1910.

 

When the remains of Crippen's wife, Nora, were found in the cellar of their house, there was very little to go on. Her bones and limbs were professionally removed and burned in the kitchen stove; no one could even tell if the remains were male or female. But Spilsbury set out to identify the remains and in doing so, became a household name.

 

Written by Nichola McAuliffe, The Incomparable Witness features Timothy Watson as Spilsbury. His young wife, Edith, is played by Honeysuckle Weeks, and Joanna David plays the older Edith and also narrates the play.

 

Producer/Sasha Yevtushenko

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Check Up Ep 1/6
Thursday 12 June
3.00-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4
     

Stroke is the topic of the first programme in a new series of BBC Radio 4's health phone-in programme, Check Up.

 

Around 150,000 people have a stroke each year in the UK. A stroke happens when the oxygen supply to the brain is cut off, by either by a blood clot in an artery or by a bleed in the brain. The treatment needed depends on the kind of stroke. Speedy treatment means that more people are surviving, but often their recovery can be long. Around a third of people return to near normality after about a month, but others never regain their previous abilities.

 

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK, after heart disease and cancer, but it has been a rather neglected part of medicine until recently. At the end of last year the Government announced the National Stroke Strategy for England, which aims to save around 7,000 lives a year by making it a medical emergency and providing better rehabilitation.

 

Barbara Myers's guest is Lalit Kalra, Professor of Stroke Medicine at King's College Hospital, London, who answers listeners' calls and emails on what to do when someone has a stroke, and what services are available to help people to make the best recovery.

 

Presenter/Barbara Myers, Producer/Deborah Cohen

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Leading Edge Ep 1/8
Thursday 12 June
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4
     

Geoff Watts returns to investigate the latest scientific developments in a new series of Leading Edge
Geoff Watts returns to
investigate the latest scientific
developments in a new series
of Leading Edge

The wine industry is the focus of the first programme in a new series of Leading Edge, BBC Radio 4's magazine programme investigating the latest from the world of science.

 

The programme reports on how the wine trade is coping with climate changes. Australian growers are facing a future with considerably less water, as the rainfall in the south-east of the country has dropped off considerably in the last decade. Now vineyards are developing ways to make more of the water they have, and wine growers all over the world are choosing different varieties that thrive in hotter and drier conditions.

 

The wine trade is also becoming increasingly aware of its carbon footprint. Drinkers in the UK consume large quantities of wine from Australia and New Zealand, and increasingly more from South America. The shipping costs, in environmental terms, of heavy bottles are large. Now the industry is considering using lightweight bottles, or even plastic ones. The programme asks what impact this might have on the taste of the wine.

 

Geoff Watts also talks to the researchers who have the newest scientific ideas and discoveries.

 

Presenter/Geoff Watts, Producer/Deborah Cohen

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 12 June 2008
5 Live Sport – Euro 2008
Thursday 12 June
4.45-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
     

Mark Saggers introduces live commentary from Euro 2008 Group B as Croatia play Germany in Klagenfurt at 5pm, and co-hosts Austria play Poland in Vienna at 7.45pm.

 

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Haydn Parry

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 12 June 2008
Gideon Coe
Thursday 12 June
10.00pm-1.00am BBC 6 MUSIC
       

Gideon Coe delves even deeper into the archive and unearths some of the best sessions and live sets recorded for the BBC. Tonight's programme features highlights from The Young Knives, with session tracks from Francoiz Breut.

 

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

 

BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 12 June 2008
Silver Street
Thursday 12 June
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
www.bbc.co.uk/silverstreet
       

Mani reassures Ranbir that the recent fallout with Kuljit is nothing to worry about but Ranbir reckons he won't be invited round any time soon, in today's visit to Silver Street.

 

Sway uses car trouble as an excuse to call on the Akhtars. Zak gets down to business while Sway takes the opportunity to tell Pervaiz he is serious about Nadia. Pervaiz then asks Sway to stay for lunch. Does this mean Nadia's parents are finally coming round to accepting him?

 

Mani is played by Kaleem Janjua, Ranbir by Ashwin Bolar, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Sway by Mark Monero, Zak by Jetinder Summan, Pervaiz by Shajait Khan and Nadia by Sohm Kapila.

 

BBC Asian Network Publicity

 

BBC WORLD SERVICE Thursday 12 June 2008
Assignment – Who Is Gianni Alemanno?
Thursday 12 June
10.05-10.30am BBC WORLD SERVICE
       

Gianni Alemanno is the newly elected right-wing mayor of Rome. Voted in on a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, Mr Alemanno was once a youth leader of the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement. When his victory was announced, a group of his supporters gave straight-arm salutes on the Capitol steps, chanting "Duce! Duce!" – the title Benito Mussolini took for himself as Italy's fascist dictator in the Twenties.

 

Christian Fraser goes in search of the real Gianni Alemanno to find out whether, as many are saying, a "veil of fascism" has descended on Rome.

 

Presenter/Christian Fraser

 

BBC World Service Publicity

One Planet – Carbon Trading Ep 2/2
Thursday 12 June
10.30-11.00am BBC WORLD SERVICE
       

Mark Gregory concludes his investigation into the major flaws in carbon offsetting, the UN's main mechanism for dealing with climate change, in the second of this One Planet two-parter.

 

Carbon offsetting allows the developed world to offset its carbon emissions by paying for emission-cutting projects in the developing world. Integral to this is the "additionality" test whereby the developing world projects must show that without the additional (carbon-credit) money, the projects would not, and could not be implemented.

 

If these projects would have taken place in any case, then no emissions are being saved and millions of dollars will have been wasted.

 

Presenter/Mark Gregory, Producer/David Edmonds

 

BBC World Service Publicity



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