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Network Radio Week 34

Friday 22 August 2008

 

BBC RADIO 2 Friday 22 August 2008
A Man In Full – The Novel That Changed My Life Ep 5/6
Friday 22 August
7.00-7.30pm BBC RADIO 2


Mel Smith chooses Tom Wolfe's Nineties blockbuster, A Man In Full, as the novel that changed his life, in the penultimate episode of the series.

 

Tom Wolfe first found fame for his studies of contemporary culture in a style known as new journalism, which combined personal opinion, academic jargon and slang and originated phrases such as "radical chic" and "the me decade". A Man In Full is Wolfe's second novel, published over a decade after his bestselling fictional debut, The Bonfire Of The Vanities.

 

The two main protagonists are Charlie Coker, a 60-year-old Atlanta real estate developer, whose empire has begun a grim slide towards bankruptcy, and Conrad Hensley, a young manual labourer working in a frozen-food warehouse owned by Charlie, who is unjustly imprisoned and makes a dramatic escape. Before the story ends, both men have to face the question of what it is that makes "a man in full", at the beginning of a new century and new millennium.

 

Presenter/Mel Smith, Producer/Zoe Blackler

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Lyrics By Don Black
Friday 22 August
7.30-9.15pm BBC RADIO 2
Feature

       

BBC Radio 2 marks the 70th birthday of legendary lyricist Don Black
BBC Radio 2 marks the 70th
birthday of legendary lyricist
Don Black

Michael Parkinson introduces a special Friday Night Is Music Night concert, recorded at the London Palladium to mark the 70th birthday of legendary lyricist Don Black.

 

A glittering cast showcases Don's incredible back catalogue, with guests including Jonathan Ansell, Gary Barlow, Elkie Brooks, Craig David, Maria Friedman, Raza Jaffrey, Joe Longthorne, Lee Mead, Ryan Molloy (Jersey Boys), Mica Paris, Matt Rawle (star of the latest West End musical, Zorro), Marti Webb and Hayley Westenra. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra leads the festivities, Mike Dixon is the musical director and David Arnold is a guest conductor.

 

The concert features a selection of Don's hit songs, movie themes and musical numbers, including: Ben; If I Never Sing Another Song; Diamonds Are Forever; Thunderball; To Sir With Love; On Days Like These from the classic Sixties film The Italian Job; Sunset Boulevard; Aspects Of Love; Tell Me On A Sunday; Billy; and a preview of his new project, The Count Of Monte Cristo.

 

Presenter/Michael Parkinson, Producer/Anthony Cherry

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Listen To The Band
Friday 22 August
9.30-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

       

Frank Renton introduces a session from the Camborne Town Band Music Society, in this week's edition of Listen To The Band.

 

One of the premier bands in the South West of England, the Camborne Town Band traces its history back to the late 1800s when it was rooted in the mining community.

 

Jeremy Willcock conducts and the music includes the popular Neopolitan hit Funiculli-Finuculla, Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle and the classic Festival March.

 

Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Mark Lamarr – God's Jukebox
Friday 22 August
12.00midnight-3.00am BBC RADIO 2

       

God's Jukebox is a show in which garage meets soul, punk meets country and yodelling collides with dub and hip hop, as Mark Lamarr selects an eclectic mix of music from the past 70 years.

 

This week, Mr Plow – an English singer-songwriter who describes himself as a "tall bloke with a guitar, a sweet voice and a hatful of gloomy songs" – plays some "gospel-surf-country-murder-ballad-skiffle-folk-blues".

 

Presenter/Mark Lamarr, Producer/Jodie Keane

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Friday 22 August 2008
BBC PROMS 2008
Gürzenich Orchestra

Friday 22 August
7.00-10.45pm BBC RADIO 3
www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Press pack

     

The Gürzenich Orchestra marks its 150 years of concert-giving in Cologne by recreating at the BBC Proms the concert of 1904 in which it introduced Mahler's Fifth Symphony to the world. The symphony shared a programme with Beethoven's Leonore No. 3 Overture and a group of Schubert songs. It does so again this evening, though with a modern twist. The Schubert songs – Ständchen, Bei dir allein, Nacht und Träume and Das Lied im Grünen – are heard in contemporary orchestrations by four of today's leading composers: David Matthews, Manfred Trojahn, Colin Matthews and Detlev Galnert.

 

Nestling between the two "original" halves, comes a performance of Stockhausen's Punkte, originally dating from almost exactly 50 years after the Mahler première (and also first heard in Cologne) and performed on the very day that Stockhausen would have turned 80. It focuses on the opposition and resolution of six pairs of instruments.

 

"I love programmes with cross-references across more than one chapter of music, and in this concert we can reflect not only our orchestra's tradition – by returning to a work that has become part of our history – but also the constantly evolving musical world," says music director Markus Stenz.

 

Mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is the soloist and she performs with Apollo Voices and the Gürzenich Orchestra under conductor Markus Stenz.

 

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/Elizabeth Arno

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Twenty Minutes – Gürzenich Feature
Friday 22 August
8.00-8.20pm BBC RADIO 3

       

Andrew McGregor travels to Cologne to explore the rich and distinguished legacy of the Gürzenich Orchestra, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

 

Like the city in which it resides, the Gürzenich Orchestra has overcome its devastating post-war situation and proudly mixes the old with the new. Andrew visits the orchestra at its new home in the Cologne Philharmonie, a striking contemporary building that lies in the heart of the city, between the towering Gothic cathedral and the river Rhine. A few streets away from the Rhine and the Philharmonie lies the medieval Gürzenich Hall, from which the orchestra's name is taken, where the first concerts were given and in which many major works have been premièred.

 

Not only has the Gürzenich Orchestra been associated with many distinguished conductors, in particular Gunter Wand, it has also established a long-standing tradition of composers conducting premières of their own works, whether Verdi with his Requiem, Mahler with his Fifth Symphony or Stockhausen, a composer inextricably linked to the creative outburst of post-war Cologne.

 

Birgit Heinemann, of the orchestra's management, takes Andrew on a tour through the streets of Cologne, from the Gürzenich back to the Philharmonie. Other contributors include the orchestra's current chief conductor, Markus Stenz, and local journalist Sabine Weber.

 

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/Elizabeth Arno

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Jazz Library
Friday 22 August
10.30-11.30pm BBC RADIO 3

       

Alyn Shipton is joined by jazz saxophonist Oliver Lake, member of the World Saxophone Quartet, to discuss the group's work and highlights from his extensive back catalogue, in this week's edition of Jazz Library.

 

Now in their 33rd year, avant-garde jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet incorporate free funk and African jazz into their work. Oliver's other work includes reggae sounds, jazz and poetry, ranging from the experimental Black Artists' Group of the Seventies to his contemporary one-man shows.

 

Presenter and Producer/Alyn Shipton

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Friday 22 August 2008
Friday Play – The Listener
Friday 22 August
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 4

       

Set against the backdrop of a war on terror, The Listener by Julian Simpson is a psychological thriller about a man trying to uncover his true identity.

 

Thirteen months ago, Martin Willis, an Anti-Terrorist Tactical Unit officer, was tracking a suspected bomber on the London Underground. As Martin was about to apprehend the man, the bomb went off. Martin was lucky not to have been killed but a piece of shrapnel pierced his skull, causing severe brain damage and total amnesia. Martin underwent reconstructive surgery and an experimental Artificial Intelligence (AI) chip now replicates the brain functions that he would otherwise no longer be capable of.

 

The AI chip has been encoded with Martin's previously recorded likes and dislikes, constructing as much of his past as could be gleaned from official records and friends' testimonies. The chip also allows Martin to record new memories, so he has perfect recall of every single thing that he has seen, heard or experienced since his surgery.

 

This ability is invaluable to the police, so Martin has been transferred to the specialist Surveillance Division (SD-1). SD-1's remit is to covertly gather surveillance material on terrorist cells across Europe.

 

However, Martin begins to dream. The AI chip is not encoded with the ability to synthesise dreams and Martin's brain damage should make dreaming impossible. But he is experiencing recurring dreams of the fateful explosion that changed his life – dreams that don't quite ring true with the official record of events.

 

Producer/Karen Rose

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Friday 22 August 2008
OLYMPICS 2008
Olympic Breakfast

Friday 22 August
6.00-9.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
www.bbc.co.uk/olympics
Press pack

     

Nicky Campbell presents a full round-up of the night's action and coverage of the boxing semi-finals.

 

Shelagh Fogarty has all the day's news from the studio in London.

 

Presenters/Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty, Producer/Richard Jackson

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

OLYMPICS 2008
5 Live Olympics

Friday 22 August
11.30am-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
www.bbc.co.uk/olympics
Press pack

     

John Inverdale presents live athletics coverage from the Olympics, including the finals of the men's polo vault, the women's 5,000m and both men's and women's 4 x 100m relay, plus the decathlon 1,500m.

 

At 1pm it's the final event of the women's modern pentathlon – the 3,000m cross-country run – and, hopefully, GB's Heather Fell and Katy Livingston will be in contention.

 

In the boxing, hopes are high that some British and Irish boxers will be fighting for a place in the final and a guaranteed gold or silver medal. There are four semi-finals today in the lightweight, welterweight, light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight. Britain's Amir Khan won his lightweight semi-final at this stage four years ago, ending up with a silver medal after losing to Mario Kindelan in a high-quality final.

 

And in the diving, the preliminaries of the men's 10m platform continue with teenager Tom Daley and Athens 10m synchro diving silver medallist Peter Waterfield challenging for semi-final places.

 

Presenter/John Inverdale, Producer/Robin Bulloch

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

OLYMPICS 2008
Olympic Drive

Friday 22 August
6.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
www.bbc.co.uk/olympics
Press pack

     

Peter Allen is live in Beijing with the day's top Olympic stories from the athletics, judo and sailing competitions. Rachel Burden is in London and has all the day's news, sport and travel updates.

 

Presenter/Peter Allen, Producer/John Cary

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

5 Live Sport
Friday 22 August
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

       

Ian Dennis presents the weekend preview show, including all the news ahead of a big weekend of football in England and Scotland. There are also updates from the floodlit NatWest One Day International between England and South Africa.

 

Presenter/Ian Dennis, Producer/Jonathan Wall

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Friday 22 August 2008
Formula 1
Friday 22 August
9.00-10.35am BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

     

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra brings uninterrupted commentary on the first practice session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

 

Producer/Jason Swales

 

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity

Cricket
Friday 22 August
2.15-10.30pm BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

     

Uninterrupted commentary on the first One Day International between England and South Africa, live from Headingley, can be heard on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.

 

Producer/Adam Mountford

 

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Publicity

 

BBC 6 MUSIC Friday 22 August 2008
George Lamb
Friday 22 August
10.00am-1.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

       

Featured in the Top 10 of the BBC Sound Of 2008 poll and on producer-of-the-moment Mark Ronson's album Version, über cool Santogold comes in to the BBC 6 Music Hub to play a live session from her new album.

 

Presenter/George Lamb, Producer/Mike Hanson

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show
Friday 22 August
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

       

Germany's Marcel Schmier, of thrash metal bands Destruction and Headhunter, is Bruce Dickinson's guest this week.

 

Over the last few decades, Destruction have released a number of hyperactive heavy metal albums which cross the line between thrash and power metal. Last week, Bruce played tracks from their new album, and this week he invites Schmier in to tell listeners all about how it was made.

 

Now considered to be both a pioneer and a veteran of the metal scene, Schmier chats to Bruce about what it's like competing with the new, younger bands of today. He also talks about his current European tour and about how Destruction are celebrating 25 years together.

 

Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity



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