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Network Radio Week 26

Monday 23 June 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Monday 23 June 2008
Big Band Special
Monday 23 June
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Clare Teal presents the second part of the BBC Big Band's concert at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. They are joined by singer Beth Rowley, who performs songs from her latest album.


Footage of Beth and the BBC Big Band performing can be found online at


Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall


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Jools Holland Ep 13/13
Monday 23 June
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Jools Holland's special guest tonight is comedian and actor Lenny Henry. In this, the last show of the series, Lenny talks about the music that has meant the most to him. His chosen tracks include Van Morrison, The Specials and Prince.


Tonight's show also has Charlie Rich in the Demo Corner and features records from The Four Tops and Big Joe Turner.


Presenter/Jools Holland, Producer/Sarah Gaston


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Marc Riley's Musical Time Machine Ep 2/6
Monday 23 June
11.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

Marc Riley calls up The Police this week as he goes back in time and dips into the BBC's archives to unearth some seminal and tantalising rock interviews. Marc focuses on the turning points in the careers of some of the biggest artists in music, looking at exactly what they said in the heat of the moment, and putting it into today's context.


This week the Time Machine whizzes back to 1983, the year that saw Margaret Thatcher win a landslide victory in the General Election, when the "Hitler diaries" were published and when thieves attempted a £25m gold heist at Heathrow.


It was also the year that BBC Radio 1 featured a bank holiday special with David "Kid" Jenson, who interviewed one of the biggest bands on the planet. At this time The Police had just returned from a break to release their album Synchronicity. Hugely successful, it topped the charts in both the UK and the States, partly due to the popularity of their ballad Every Breath You Take.


Following their Synchronicity tour, both personal and creative tensions escalated and the band decided to call it a day. With the strain between members already becoming apparent, the programme features extracts from the interview including Sting talking of his burgeoning film career. Marc also catches up with Jenson, 25 years on, to find out whether he was aware of any tension within the band and if the split came as a complete surprise to him, seeing as they were the biggest band around at that time.


Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Ian Callaghan


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BBC RADIO 3 Monday 23 June 2008
Composer Of The Week –
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Ep 1/5
Monday 23 to Friday 27 June
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

"Do you know a musician who is more musical than Liszt?" Richard Wagner's rhetorical question expected the answer, "No". To his detractors, on the other hand, Liszt's music is all flash and no substance. Many would argue that it's both flash and substance; in Liszt, the two are inseparable. This week, Donald Macleod explores five different aspects of this perennially fascinating musical personality, starting today with Liszt the virtuoso.


Liszt was the foremost pianist of his day, and arguably the most brilliant virtuoso the world has ever known. In today's programme, Donald surveys the range of Liszt's fiendishly difficult piano music, from the trashy but fabulous Second Hungarian Rhapsody to the work which Wagner called "great, lovable, deep and noble" – the Sonata in B minor.


Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Barstow


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Performance On 3 – BBC Scottish SO On Tour In China

Monday 23 June
7.00-8.45pm BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns to China for the first of two concerts this week recorded for Performance On 3 during the Orchestra's recent tour.


Back in 2000, it was the first Scottish orchestra to visit the People's Republic and the first Western orchestra to perform in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. This time, in its first concert of a nine-concert, seven-city tour, it plays in the famous Shanghai Concert Hall, which is loved so much that instead of demolishing it and building a new concert hall, the entire building was relocated brick by brick.


Christoph König conducts the orchestra in Elgar's Froissart Overture and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Orchestra and conductor are joined by glamorous Scottish export, and recent Classsical Brit Award winner, violinist Nicola Benedetti, for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.


Presenter/Tom Service, Producer/David Papp


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The Essay – Nature In China
Ep 1/4
Monday 23 to Thursday 26 June
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

Nature and travel writer Robert Macfarlane takes four journeys in Beijing and beyond to find what remains of wild China, as the country industrialises at an astonishing pace and its nature is changed for ever.


For much of last autumn and winter Robert Macfarlane lived with his family in Beijing. In the first essay of the week, Robert stays in the city of 18 million people and takes a mid-winter swim with the polar bears – the ice swimmers of Lake Houhai.


In Tuesday's programme Robert leaves the capital and walks an unrestored section of the Great Wall, where nature is doing what the Mongols never did and is colonising the great, man-made running fence, returning it to the rock and sand it started from.


In the concluding essays of the week, on Wednesday and Thursday, Robert recounts a mountain pilgrimage to what remains one of the most dazzling wild places in China: the high peak of Minya Konka.


Presenter/Robert Macfarlane, Producer/Tim Dee


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BBC RADIO 4 Monday 23 June 2008
Book Of The Week – Casanova Ep 1/5
Monday 23 to Friday 27 June
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4

This week's Book Of The Week offering is a fascinating biography of the world's most famous lover and libertine, Giacomo Casanova.


More than two centuries after his death, Casanova's name is still synonymous with the art of seduction.


Ian Kelly's new biography, read by Benedict Cumberbatch, brings together a host of previously unpublished documents and gives new insights into the extraordinary life of Casanova.


Born into a notorious acting family in Venice, he trained as a priest before becoming an accomplished mathematician, lawyer, writer and linguist – and, of course, celebrated lover. He won and lost fortunes, fought duels, made a notorious escape from prison and recorded affairs with dozens of women – and a handful of men – and yet died a lonely death in a Bohemian castle, where he spent his final years working as a librarian.


In describing Casanova's outrageous love life – from the loss of his virginity to two sisters, to his affairs with men, a castrato, and dozens of women across Europe – Ian Kelly portrays an unexpectedly modern man who was non-judgemental about women and their sexuality, accepting them as equals.


Reader/Benedict Cumberbatch, Producer/Justine Willett


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Getting The French To Work
Monday 23 June
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Christine Lagarde is the first French female finance minister and her mission is to restore a love of labour in France.


In July 2007 she said: "France is a country that thinks. There is hardly an ideology that we haven't turned into a theory ... Enough thinking, already. Roll up your sleeves."


The country's 35-hour working week has already been loosened. Now the minister is currently overseeing a major bill to modernise France's economy. The proposals include encouraging entrepreneurship and liberalising the retail sector.


In Getting The French To Work, Alasdair Sandford charts the political rise of Christine Lagarde and finds out how her countrymen are reacting to her plans to reinstate the "work ethic" in people's lives and create more competition on the French high street.


A former top lawyer, Madame Lagarde is no stranger to hard work herself. She was the first female chairman of American law firm Baker McKenzie and last year she became the first finance minister of a G8 country when President Nicholas Sarkozy appointed her to her present post.


"We want to maintain the butcher, the baker, the little shopkeeper and all sorts of activities that are so typical of French villages and small towns," says Lagarde. But some shop owners in France are now worried about her plans to increase competition in the retail sector.


Presenter/Alasdair Sandford, Producer/Claire Burgoyne


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Round Britain Quiz Ep 1/12
Monday 23 June
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 4

The perennial cryptic quiz returns for its 60th year, with Tom Sutcliffe at the helm.


As ever, the teams are required to muster all their diverse knowledge and powers of lateral thinking in answering the notorious Round Britain Quiz questions – a proportion of them supplied by devious listeners.


Adapted from the successful Transatlantic Quiz which ended in 1947, Round Britain Quiz (RBQ) is one of the longest-running series on radio anywhere in the world. It continues to perplex and please listeners with its neat conundrums and unpredictable connections between high and popular culture.


The first show of the series pits Scots Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor against the North of England team of Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott.


Appearing for the South of England are regulars Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego. Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney represent Northern Ireland, while Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead are the formidable Welsh team. And the reigning RBQ champions, the Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock, begin their defence of the title in programme two.


Presenter/Tom Sutcliffe, Producer/Paul Bajoria


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Classical Assassins Ep 1/5
Monday 23 to Friday 27 June
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

Five more monologues from bit-players in musical history who were responsible for the deaths of great composers can be heard over the course of the week. Featuring music by the victims and based on true stories and serious conjecture, the series, written by Jonathan Lennie, begins with Monday's Schubert And Me.


On the seashore, a young woman explains how, while working at a house of ill repute in Vienna, she met a kindly young man who used to play the piano downstairs and insisted on only being with her. His name was Franz Schubert. As she tells of their brief affair, she reveals the fatal revenge she took on him for not keeping his promise to her.


In Gesualdo And Me, on Tuesday, composer Don Carlo Gesualdo is in the act of scourging himself. "Don't look so alarmed," he says. "It is nothing to His suffering in the passion of His short life." Only at the end of his monologue is it revealed who is the true object of his devotion, and why he has given up everything as an act of renunciation and atonement.


Butterworth And Me is Wednesday's story. A woman is about to go to the cinema. She has seen the movie, a propaganda film called The Battle Of The Somme, many times before in an attempt to pick out her former love. George Butterworth was a composer who loved to collect folk songs and dance the Morris. But was it because of her that he signed up, and was killed in action?


On Thursday, in Lully And Me, the murderer of Louis XIV's great court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully, reveals how he dispatched his former protégé. It was a brilliantly simple idea that resulted in Lully stabbing himself with the poisoned tip of his conductor's staff.


In the week's final story, Warlock And Me, Philip Heseltine – aka composer Peter Warlock – is at home. It is almost Christmas and he dreads facing it again. As he talks to his unseen listener, his intentions are gradually revealed.


Producer/Sara Davies


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Adebayor Returns Home
Monday 23 June
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Earlier this year, footballer Emmanuel Adebayor was voted African Player of the Year by the listeners of BBC World Service. Now, as he returns home to Togo to collect his award from the President, he shares his hopes and dreams for African football with reporter Farayi Mungazi.


Now a star of European football, the giant Arsenal striker is hot property, eagerly sought after by Europe's biggest clubs, but he counts himself a "true son of Africa". His new-found status and prestige has given Adebayor a determination to use his fame and the power of football to change the lives of young Africans.


Adebayor is a controversial footballing figure in his home country of Togo. Fierce rows with the national coach and the Togolese football authorities have led to several walkouts from the national team. Mungazi follows Adebayor from his participation in a World Cup qualifying game, held in Ghana due to crowd violence in Togo, to a meeting with the King of Kumasi and finally on to a triumphant return to Togo to receive his award.


Presenter/Farayi Mungazi, Producer/Mark Burman


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Book At Bedtime – Breath Ep 1/10
Monday 23 to Friday 27 June
11.00-11.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Richard Roxburgh reads Breath by twice Booker short-listed Tim Winton, a novel about the lure of the surf, the power of the elemental and the damage people can do when they think they are immortal.


Set on the coast of Western Australia, Breath opens with a tragedy that sparks memories for a middle-aged paramedic, Bruce Pike. As he witnesses a mother facing her son's unthinkable death, he recalls his own youth, when he, too, took risks that could have been fatal and went far beyond the bounds of any reasonable behaviour.


Growing up in a small town, Pike, or Pikelet, strikes up a friendship with the publican's wild son, Loonie.


At the sea Pikelet and Loonie dare themselves further and further. Already adept at holding their breath beneath the water and enchanted by the waves, surfing becomes both boys' passion. As their expertise and daring grows, they fall under the spell of an older surfer, Sando, who takes them under his wing, and with mesmerising allure compels them ever further. Increasingly out of his depth, literally and emotionally, Pikelet strives to emulate his guru and leave the "ordinary" behind – with devastating consequences.


Breath is abridged by Sally Marmion.


Producer/Di Spiers


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 23 June 2008
Wimbledon 2008
Monday 23 June
12.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

It's Wimbledon time again and BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra bring comprehensive coverage of the tournament. Simon Mayo presents daily afternoon action from London SW19, starting with live commentary of defending champion Roger Federer's first-round match from 1pm.


Jonathan Overend heads the commentary team of Clare Balding, Alastair Eykyn, David Law, Russell Fuller and Iain Carter.


There is also expert punditry from Michael Stich, Pat Cash, Todd Woodbridge, Frew McMillan, Jeff Tarango, Annabel Croft and Judy Murray.


Additional court coverage is available throughout the tournament on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.


Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producer/Steve Rudge


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Wimbledon 2008
Monday 23 June
4.00-7.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents from Centre Court with live first-round commentary, a round-up of the day's top tennis stories, interviews with big-name players and debate and punditry from Michael Stich, Pat Cash and Annabel Croft.


Rachel Burden has all the big news stories of the day, and Mark also rounds up all the main sports news away from Wimbledon.


Additional court coverage is available throughout the tournament on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Steve Rudge


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Michael Stich At Wimbledon
Monday 23 June
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Michael Stich, outspoken former Wimbledon champion and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit, fronts his own radio show for the first time.


He talks to special guests and rounds up the day's main stories on the opening day of the Championships at the All England Club.


Presenter/Michael Stich, Producer/Steve Rudge


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5 Live Sport
Monday 23 June
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eleanor Oldroyd presents the day's top sports stories, plus at 8.30pm Darren Gough's Cricket Show tackles all the cricket issues and news with the former England star and his guests.


Presenter/Eleanor Oldroyd, Producer/Oli D'albertanson


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BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 23 June 2008
Steve Lamacq
Monday 23 June
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

From Monday through to Thursday, Steve Lamacq is joined on the phone by the great workers of Worthy Farm, home of Glastonbury Festival, to find out how things are shaping up, and just what it takes to get the festival up and running and ready for the expected 150,000-plus visitors – not to mention the 2,000 performances in over 50 venues. No small task, then...


Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Gary Bales


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Marc Riley
Monday 23 June
7.00-9.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

London-based group Cardiacs perform in session.


Formed way back in 1977, Cardiacs combine the excitement and energy of punk rock with the intricacies and technical cleverness of early British progressive rock. Their sound has been described as unique, varied, complex and intense, while apparently their singer, Tim Smith, thinks the epithet psychedelic suits them rather well.


Presenter/Marc Riley, Producer/Michelle Choudhry


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6 Music Plays It Again –
The Second Summer Of Love
Ep 1/4
Monday 23 to Thursday 26 June
12.00-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

In a series first broadcast in 2004, Zoe Ball recalls the late-Eighties Acid House movement, which gave 1988 the nickname "the second summer of love". Tonight's episode is The Honeymoon, a look back at the club scene of the time, when the ecstasy-fuelled rave culture was in its early stages.


Presenter/Zoe Ball, Repeat Producer/Frank Wilson


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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Monday 23 June 2008
Silver Street
Monday 23 June

Arun and Roopa ask for permission to go to Glastonbury but Pradeep says no, as the Asian soap begins another week of drama. Arun reckons he is going anyway.


Later, Rita thinks they might make things worse by not trusting Roopa. They reluctantly agree to let her go, but only if Sean keeps an eye on her.


Roopa rushes off to tell Arun the good news but he warns her that their parents will freak out if they discover Aidan is going too.


Arun is played by Naithan Ariane, Roopa by Rakhee Thakrar, Pradeep by Ashvin-Kumar Joshi, Rita by Bharti Patel and Sean by Lloyd Thomas.


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