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Network Radio Week 26

Saturday 21 June 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 21 June 2008
On The Blog – A Darned Close-Run Thing Ep 4/6
Saturday 21 June
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2


Andrew's mother, Milena, is hospitalised after a violent allergic reaction. Andrew's obsessive laptop use at her bedside causes chaos as BBC Radio 2's sitcom about the life of a blogger continues.


On The Blog stars Andy Taylor, Caroline Quentin, Simon Greenall and DeNica Fairman.


Writers/Dave Marks, Kris Dyer and Andy Taylor, Producer/Dirk Maggs


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Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Show
Saturday 21 June
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2


Manchester indie band James Sit Down with Dermot O'Leary for an acoustic session in this week's show.


Frontman Tim Booth performs the band's new single, Waterfall.


Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker


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The Definitive History Of UK Dance Music –
From Casinos To Warehouses: 1970 To 1987
Ep 1/3
Saturday 21 June
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2's Dance Music Season explores the evolution of the genre from its jazz funk roots
BBC Radio 2's Dance Music
Season explores the evolution
of the genre from its jazz funk

BBC Radio 2 remembers the Second Summer of Love – 20 years after the acid house scene exploded in the UK – with a season of programmes running from Saturday 21 June to Saturday 19 July. Dedicated to dance music, the season runs a poll to find the greatest dance record of all time.


The season kicks off today with The Definitive History Of UK Dance Music. Zoe Ball traces the evolution of the musical genre around the UK, from the early days of Northern Soul, through the explosion of 1988, to the present day.


The series touches on major milestones and some of the biggest names in the business, including Sasha, Russ Winstanley, Pete Tong, Ian Levine, Fabio, Jazzie B, Norman Jay and Paul Oakenfold.


This first programme traces the origins of UK dance music, beginning in the Seventies when Wigan Casino was voted best disco in the world by US Billboard magazine, ahead of New York's previously unmatched Studio 54.


The programme then moves on to the emergence of a tangible national soul scene, which laid the foundation for 1988's dance music explosion. This part of the story is told by those soul boys who were putting on parties in the Eighties and who went on to become figureheads of dance music later in the decade. The major proponent of this scene, who would go on to become the godfather of UK dance music, was Nicky Holloway, consultant on this series.


Jazz funk, rare groove, hip hop, soul, US garage and, of course, early house are explored in relation to the acid house scene. This was the era in which DJs became cultural touchstones and eclectic music mixed just for dancing became popular.


Presenter/Zoe Ball, Producer/Simon Poole


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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 21 June 2008
Music Matters In China

Saturday 21 June
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3


Petroc Trelawny spends a week in Beijing for Music Matters, investigating the place of Western classical music in modern China as part of Radio 3's Focus On China.


As well as the economic explosion, there has been an unprecedented mushrooming in classical music in China. Despite a chequered history, including the dictates of Mao to eradicate it during the Cultural Revolution, Western classical music didn't die in China. Petroc explores how this type of music has survived and how it has now become a symbol of the burgeoning middle classes. Today, there's a musical production line in China that fosters the stars of the international scene, including pianists such as Lang Lang and Yundi Li, and the young Chinese players who dominate competitions.


Music Matters explores how far classical music reaches into people's lives, and asks what economic indicators suggest that there's money to be made out of the genre. Petroc talks to musicians, concert promoters and journalists in the city, with reports from its concert halls, record stores and conservatoires. He asks what the future holds for classical music in China and explores what influence it may have on the rest of the world.


Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Jeremy Evans


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The Early Music Show
Saturday 21 June
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the King's Singers, conductor Robert Hollingworth presents a programme exploring the vast array of 16th- and 17th-century repertoire covered by the group.


Robert hosts a round-table chat with founder baritone Simon Carrington, now Professor of Choral Conducting at Yale University, and two current members of the group, counter-tenor David Hurley and baritone Christopher Gabbitas. They chat about early influences and how approaches to this music have changed over the King's Singers' 40 years.


Music in the programme includes works by Lassus and Josquin, and a 1973 recording of Janequin's La Guerre, plus music from a recent recording of Tenebrae Responsories by Gesualdo.


Presenter/Robert Hollingworth, Producer/Rebecca Bean


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World Routes In China
Ep 2/2
Saturday 21 June
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3


Uyghur musicians from Shache, in the Xinjiang region of China
Uyghur musicians from Shache,
in the Xinjiang region of China

Lucy Duran continues her travels in China, exploring the music and culture of three Chinese minority groups in two of the most remote regions of China as part of BBC Radio 3's Focus On China season.


China's vast population of 1.3 billion is made up of 56 ethnic groups. A massive 96 per cent of that population is Han Chinese, whilst the remaining six per cent is made up of 55 minority groups.


Lucy travels to Xinjiang, China's largest province, covering a sixth of China's land mass. This desert province has a rich and long history. Central to the Silk Road, it is a meeting place of East and West, bordering eight countries including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's also home to the Muslim Uyghur people, who perform Muqam, a type of music that can be found all over the region – from Azerbaijan in the West to China in the East.


World Routes heads to the ancient Silk Road trading town of Kashgar and records brilliant exponents of Muqam. As Lucy travels further into the desert, through sand-storms and freezing temperatures, the music gets wilder.


From the refined classical sound of the Urumqi Arts Institute to the rough-and-ready folk sound of farmers from Kashgar, Lucy finds out what life is like in this harsh desert. She, once again, discovers the importance of recording in the field, finding that local musicians are being taught the old traditions using the only remaining recording of the complete Uyghur Muqam.


Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/James Parkin


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Opera On 3 – Punch And Judy
Saturday 21 June
6.30-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3


At its premiére, 40 years ago, Sir Harrison Birtwistle's chamber opera, Punch And Judy, was seen as grotesquely amoral. The opera opens as Mr Punch kills his baby and concludes with his marriage to Pretty Polly, the girl of his dreams. Despite the fact that it grew out of the traditional seaside puppet show, the opera once seemed the last word in shocking modernism and it is no less provocative today.


It was Birtwistle's first work for the stage and signalled his arrival as one of the major forces of his generation.


Ivan Hewett presents a broadcast of English National Opera's critically acclaimed new production, which played to sell-out audiences at the Young Vic Theatre in April, conducted by Edward Gardner.


Presenter/Ivan Hewett, Producer/Anthony Sellors


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Between The Ears – Hearts, Lungs And Minds
Saturday 21 June
10.15-10.45pm BBC RADIO 3


Between The Ears explores the experiences of transplant patients at Harefield Hospital, one of the world's leading centres for heart and lung transplants. Sound artist John Wynne and photographer Tim Wainwright are artists-in-residence at Harefield for a year, listening to patients, to the devices they are attached to or are about to have implanted in them, and to the hospital itself.


Hearts, Lungs And Minds weaves intensely personal narratives with the sounds of the hospital environment, which shifts unpredictably from alarming and irritating, to comforting and reassuring.


The programme explores the experiences of transplant patients and the extraordinary issues raised by this invasive, last-option medical procedure.


Producer/John Wynne


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Hear And Now

Saturday 21 June
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3


Robert Worby reports from Shanghai on the range of new music being made in this rapidly-expanding metropolis. In tune with the thrusting futuristic skyline and technological élan of the 21st-century city, he explores the musical creativity in electronic sounds – from the academic confines of the conservatory to the thriving underground "noise" scene.


He investigates the E-Arts Festival, a lavishly-funded, hi-tech annual event, combining multi-media visuals and music, and hears music by B6, a rebellious techno DJ whose more abstract sounds will be on show at the festival.


Exploring the cultural background to the current scene, Robert meets Professor Wu Yue Bei at the Conservatory of Music to hear some of the earliest Chinese electronic music, composed in the "thaw" after the Cultural Revolution, when composers belatedly began to discover synthesisers – some 20 years after Europe.


He also discovers how established composers are combining traditional Chinese instruments with electronic sounds, to bridge the gap between their rich ancient musical culture and the sounds of today.


Presenter/Robert Worby, Producer/Philip Tagney


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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 21 June 2008
The Ping-Pong Diplomats Ep 1/1
Saturday 21 June
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4


With the Beijing Olympics only weeks away, Garry Richardson takes a wry look back at the early Seventies and an unusual sporting exchange which marked the beginning of the end of Chinese isolation. In 1971, table tennis players set out on a sporting adventure and succeeded in relaxing tensions between Beijing and the West.


On 10 April, nine players, four officials and two spouses stepped across a bridge from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland, ushering in an era of "ping-pong diplomacy". They were the first group of Americans allowed into China for 22 years. Fifteen-year-old Judy Bochenski had only ever been coached by her father, who'd picked up the game as a GI during the Korean War.


However, these players were to become pawns in a larger political game, used by both Mao and Nixon to prepare the public for a massive foreign policy U-turn. None had any idea of the political wrangling going on behind closed doors. The visit was a turning point in the East-West political drama. Feted as heroes, on their return, the US immediately ended the 22-year trade embargo with China.


Combining archive material from the Seventies with fresh interviews with players and diplomats, this programme relives the drama of the original tour and explores the lasting impact on the individuals and the broader political context.


The programme includes contributions from: US players Judy Bochenski, Connie Sweeris, George Braithwaite, Rufford Harrison and Tim Boggan; Chinese players Zhang Zedong, Qiu Zhonghui and Chinese coach Zhang Xielin; and diplomats Ji Chaozhu and Richard H Solomon.


Presenter/Garry Richardson, Producer/Emily Williams


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Beat The Dog In His Own Kennel Ep 1/1
Saturday 21 June
2.30-3.30pm BBC RADIO 4


Recently released secret documents reveal a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War.


In Gary Brown's fictionalised account of events, Harry (Jonathan Tafler) is a young Jewish lad from the East End of London who gets himself imprisoned for "causing trouble" at a Fascist rally. He's released early, apparently for good behaviour, and is approached by Dov (Richard Katz), a mysterious visitor from Palestine.


Dov is plotting a letter-bomb campaign against senior members of the British establishment and eventually unveils something much more ambitious: an assassination attempt on no less than the Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin.


Harry finds himself out of his depth and caught between the establishment who released him early from jail and the terrorist in his own house.


The cast also includes Stephen Greif, Robert Lister, Amy Shindler, Dan Crow and Ben Crowe.


Producer/Peter Leslie Wild


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Saturday 21 June
4.55-5.00pm BBC RADIO 4


Every day, for six months, Radio 4 recreates 1968 in sound – drawing on the BBC and other vivid news archive and the music of the time. These daily programmes, presented by Sir John Tusa, re-trace the year's major political, cultural and social events, as they happened.


This week, French election campaigns draw to a close; Yehudi Menuhin bows out of the Bath festival; and Wimbledon lets professional players onto the courts for the first time.


The striking women of Ford have emergency talks with Employment Secretary Barbara Castle; Jimmy Page gives insiders a preview of the new Led Zeppelin recordings; and Barbara Cartland proposes a novel solution to the UK's productivity crisis.


It's the first round of elections in Paris and protests surround the conflict in Biafra. There's chaos on the railways as the train unions "work to rule". And, in Washington, Resurrection City is shut down by police.


Foot and mouth restrictions are lifted in the UK and there's violence on the streets of Glasgow. The Canadians elect their president, Labour is defeated in the Nelson and Colne by-election, and Elvis is back...


This series is part of BBC Radio 4's 1968 – Myth Or Reality? season, marking the 40th anniversary of a remarkable year which saw extraordinary upheavals worldwide.


Please note: A weekly omnibus edition of Day-By-Day is broadcast on Sunday evenings.


Presenter/John Tusa, Producers/Barney Rowntree, Sam Bryant and Lucy Dichmont


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Archive Hour –
Like Blackpool Went Through Rock

Saturday 21 June
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4


When The Ballad Of John Axon was broadcast on the BBC Home Service in July 1958, it changed the possibilities and sound of radio. It told the story of a heroic train driver, John Axon, who was killed when the brakes failed on his engine. He refused to abandon his post and managed to save the lives of children on a passenger train. For his bravery, he was awarded the George Cross.


Axon's story was put to music by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, with documentary material gathered and edited by BBC radio producer Charles Parker. The programme features the voices of railway colleagues in a programme style which had never been tried before. Until then, the voices of ordinary people had been replaced by actors for broadcast and the mixing, which is taken for granted in today's digital age, had never been so complex and layered.


"Like Blackpool went through rock... " were the words used by one railwayman, when asked by Parker to describe how his job ran through his life and community. That was 50 years ago, and to mark the anniversary, Charles Parker's daughter, Sara, a distinguished radio producer in her own right, has collaborated with Sean Street – poet, broadcaster and Professor in Radio at Bournemouth University – to make a special edition of Archive Hour.


Contributors include Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Melanie Axon, folk singer Ian Campbell, original sound engineer John Clark, TV producer Philip Donnellan, Dave Rogers of Banner Theatre, radio feature-maker Piers Plowright and radio critic Gillian Reynolds.


Producer/Sara Parker


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 21 June 2008
5 Live Sport
Saturday 21 June
12.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Arlo White hosts a busy afternoon of live sport from Ascot on the final day of the Royal meeting.


John Hunt and Luke Harvey provide commentary on all the big races, with expert comment from racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and former jockey Kevin Darley. Kevin Day is out and about around the course talking to the race-goers.


Live coverage comes from the French Grand Prix qualifying at 1pm and news from the Moto GP qualifying day at Donington for the British grand prix.


There are also cricket reports on the England v New Zealand One-Day international at Bristol and the pick of the action from the European Cup athletics event.


Presenter/Arlo White, Producers/Haydn Parry (London), Steve Houghton and Claire Burns (Ascot)


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5 Live Sport – Euro 2008
Saturday 21 June
7.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Mark Saggers presents live football commentary on the third quarter final of Euro 2008. Mike Ingham and Alan Green commentate, with expert punditry from Chris Waddle in Basle.


Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Claire Ackling


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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 21 June 2008
Saturday 21 June
10.30am-7.00pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA


Listeners can enjoy uninterrupted commentary on the third One-Day International between England and New Zealand, live from Bristol.


Producer/Adam Mountford


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