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Network Radio Week 37

Monday 8 September 2008

 

BBC RADIO 2 Monday 8 September 2008
Radcliffe And Maconie
Monday 8 September
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2

       

The Zutons perform a live session and chat to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie in tonight's show.

 

The band (David McCabe on vocals/guitar, Abi Harding on saxophone, Paul Molloy on guitar, Sean Payne on drums and Russell Pritchard on bass) perform three live tracks, including new single What's Your Problem, and Always Right Behind You, which are both taken from their Top 10 album You Can Do Anything.

 

Presenters/Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie, Producer/John Leonard

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Big Band Special
Monday 8 September
10.00-10.30pm BBC RADIO 2

       

Clare Teal presents the first of two shows featuring the BBC Big Band in session with legendary arranger and composer Sammy Nestico.

 

Sammy got his first arranging job with ABC Radio in his native Pittsburgh in 1941. Since then he has gone on to become one of the popular music and big band world's most respected writers. After 20 years as staff arranger with the US Air Force and Marines, he became the arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1967 until Bill Basie's death in 1984.

 

His work with singers includes credits with Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Sarah Vaughan and he's still as prolific a writer as ever at 84.

 

Tonight's show includes arrangements of Fletcher Henderson's King Porter Stomp, Bert Kaempfert's Bye Bye Blues and Nestico's original composition A Song For Sarah, composed in tribute to Sarah Vaughan, with whom Sammy made a number of successful albums in the Seventies.

 

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Bob McDowall

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Monday 8 September 2008
BBC PROMS 2008
Proms Chamber Music At Cadogan Hall

Monday 8 September
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3
www.bbc.co.uk/proms
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Richard Strauss's intimate and delicate string sextet from his final opera, Capriccio, opens this final concert of the season's Proms Chamber Music series, given by some of the brightest of the current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, soprano Elisabeth Watts and the Aronowitz Ensemble.

 

Elizabeth Watts (who returns for Vaughan Williams's Sinfonia antartica on 10 September) then sings Fauré's exquisitely beautiful song-cycle La bonne chanson. In this version with piano and string quintet, the settings of Verlaine take on an incandescent array of colours.

 

Finally, there is a new work specially commissioned from Welsh composer Huw Watkins, with an evocative title, Sad Steps, named after a phrase from a poem in Philip Larkin's The Whitsun Weddings. Watkins is only in his thirties, but already he's amassed a large catalogue of works – many of them involving himself as a pianist. This septet is written for today's performers the Aronowitz Ensemble, a group the composer has known for years. It is for an unusual ensemble of six strings and piano, with the piano set against the strings rather than woven in with them. Watkins says: "The title reflects the rather sombre mood of the work, which is a sequence of sad, but dance-like, pieces."

 

Presenter/Suzy Klein, Producer/Emily Kershaw

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

BBC PROMS 2008
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Monday 8 September
7.30-9.45pm BBC RADIO 3
www.bbc.co.uk/proms
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Bernard Haitink conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they make a welcome return to the BBC Proms
Bernard Haitink conducts the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
as they make a welcome return
to the BBC Proms

There is a welcome return to the Proms this week of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this time under new Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink. They perform one of Mahler's greatest symphonies, the Sixth, a work of staggering power that seems to challenge Fate, but ultimately yields in the face of its overpowering force.

 

First there is the European prèmiere of Chicago Remains by one of the Orchestra's Composers-in-Residence, Briton Mark-Anthony Turnage. It is inspired by the city of Chicago, though Turnage disclaims any influence from the jazz and blues of that city. "It was the architecture that really struck me," he says. "It's such an amazingly beautiful city." The majesty of the cityscape has left its mark on the music's quietly massive sound-world. Turnage has also been influenced by Chicago poet Carl Sandburg, who helped the composer to focus the character of this broad, slow, lyrical piece, and by memories of the Seventies Bruckner recordings by Haitink (who gave the work's première last October). The title-page is inscribed to the memory of Sir John Drummond, a former Director of the BBC Proms and an early and loyal champion of Turnage's music.

 

Presenter/Andrew McGregor, Producer/Kevin Bee

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

The Essay – It's Big And It's Beautiful:
The Rise Of Retro Tech
Ep 1/4
Monday 8 to Thursday 11 September
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

     

As technology advances to be ever smaller and more capable, archaeologist Christine Finn uncovers the appeal of large and redundant technology and looks at the significance of old technology in modern lives.

 

This year, the Vintage Computer Festival in the United States marks its 11th successful year, but Christine argues that this is more than nostalgia and that it is, in part, a backlash against the "small is good" aesthetic.

 

In today's Essay, Christine examines the relevance of the collectors and their mission to educate and inspire. Focusing on California's Silicon Valley, she argues that the past is important for understanding the technology of the future. She considers the various generations of computers and the range of people who collect them – from the pioneers who developed the models, to the new generation of programmers and designers who are fascinated by the look of old machines.

 

Presenter/Christine Finn, Producer/Marya Burgess

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Monday 8 September 2008
Book Of The Week – Making Money Ep 1/5
Monday 8 to Friday 12 September
9.45-10.00am BBC RADIO 4


Evan Davis introduces a selection of readings from both non-fiction and fiction titles which help portray what seems to be the endlessly repetitive cycle of boom and bust that afflicts the economy and society's financial well-being, in the Book Of The Week Offering.

 

The diverse authors featured include Ovid, Swift, Dickens, Galbraith and Thomas Woolfe.

 

Monday's theme is Greed, and how everybody wants to get rich; Tuesday looks at Opportunity – something new swims into view, and is seized on; Wednesday's programme is Bandwagon – more people seize the opportunity, and the process over-inflates; on Thursday comes Crash, as the canny pull out at the top, precipitating the inevitable; and finally, on Friday, there's Recovery. Eventually. Until next time...

 

Presenter/Evan Davis, Producer/Clive Brill

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Women's Hour Drama –
Balance Of Power
Ep 1/5
Monday 8 September
10.45-11.00am BBC RADIO 4


Deborah Davis's original drama series for Woman's Hour is a psychological and political thriller set at the heart of Queen Anne's Court, where women exercise power from the royal bedchamber. Based on historical events in the early 18th century, the plot revolves around three women – Queen Anne; Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough; and Abigail Masham – played by Lucy Cohu, Kelly Hunter and Rebecca Callard.

 

Anne and Sarah became inseparable friends in childhood when they played together as Princess and Maid of Honour. On her accession to the throne in 1702, Queen Anne granted all the top positions at her Court – Mistress of the Robes, Groom of the Stole and Keeper of the Privy Purse – to Sarah, and gave the command of the army and a Dukedom to Sarah's husband, John. And she appointed Sarah's best friend, Godolphin, Prime Minister.

 

Sarah was, in the words of one contemporary historian: "Mistress of the Queen's whole heart and thoughts." But when Sarah introduced her young cousin, Abigail, to the lowly post of bedchamber woman to the Queen, she stumbled into a psychological battle for Anne's love that she fought and lost. Sarah's fall from power and Abigail's promotion to Sarah's position at Court triggered Marlborough's dismissal as general of the allied forces, the downfall of the Whig government, and the conclusion of a peace treaty that nullified all of Marlborough's dazzling military victories against France.

 

Producer/Jeremy Mortimer

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Textbook Diplomacy
Monday 8 September
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

       

Across Europe school history textbooks are being used to build bridges over deep fault lines of nationalist hatred or suspicion; but while it's proved easy enough to create a joint Franco-German textbook, the task is both more difficult and more urgent in a country such as Bosnia.

 

As of September last year pupils in their final year at school in both France and Germany have been able to use a common history textbook. The idea came from a Franco-German "youth parliament" in 2003, was endorsed by political leaders in both countries, and then a team of historians worked to produce an agreed text.

 

Mark Whitaker finds an illustration of what's at stake in history textbooks in Bosnia Herzegovina, where the country's delicate ethnic and religious balance is at risk from the fact that the Serb, Croat and Bosniac communities are reluctant to renounce their own ethnic takes on the past – with each one tending to identify the others as "the enemy". Mark reports from schools where two separate ethnic history curricula are taught under one roof and hears from the author of a new textbook that has been withdrawn because Bosniac veterans objected to its lack of condemnation of Serbs.

 

Mark also hears from historians involved in a pan-European research project looking into the close relationship between the nation state and the profession of academic history as they voice their concerns over the new emphasis on "Britishness" in our own national curriculum.

 

Presenter and Producer/Mark Whitaker

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Love Of The World Ep 1/5
Monday 8 to Friday 12 September
3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4

     

John McGahern's revised short story collection Creatures Of The Earth, published shortly after his death in 2006, included the previously unpublished Love Of The World. Almost a novella at just over 12,000 words, Love Of The World was first commissioned and broadcast in a shortened version by the BBC over a decade ago. Now, Neville Teller's new abridgement runs over the course of a week.

 

Kate marries Guard Harkin but he turns out to be the hardest of men to live with. He callously admits infidelities on work trips abroad, pushes her out of the family home and insists their three children remain with him when she refuses to give up a job she has been offered. Despite this he is mired in the worst kind of jealousy when he hears of her growing friendship with Jerome, who offered her the job. On one of her regular visits to spend time with her children, Harkin asks her to come back to the family home – but when she turns him down he inflicts the worst of all punishments.

 

The reader is Jim Norton and the story is abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

 

Producer/Anne Simpson

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

BIG BANG DAY
Five Particles
Ep 1/5
Monday 8 to Friday 12 September
3.45-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

     

In the week of the switch-on of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, Simon Singh looks at the stories behind the discovery of five of the universe's most significant subatomic particles.

 

On Monday it's the electron. Just over a century ago, British physicist JJ Thompson, experimenting with electric currents and charged particles inside empty glass tubes, showed that atoms are divisible into indivisible elementary particles. An exciting 30-year race ensued to grasp the planetary model of the atom with its orbiting electrons, and the view inside the atom was born.

 

It seems that basic particles are made up of even more basic units called quarks that make up 99.9 per cent of visible material in the universe. Little is known about them. Inextricably bound together by the strong force that in turn holds the atomic nucleus together, this is the hardest of nature's fundamental forces to crack, but recent theoretical advances mean that the properties of the quark are at last being revealed.

 

The anti-particle appears to be the stuff of science fiction – there's one associated with every elementary particle, having the same mass and opposite charge. Should the two meet and combine, the result is annihilation – and a flash of light. At CERN particle physicists are crashing together subatomic particles at incredibly high speeds to create antimatter, which they hope will finally reveal what happened at the precise moment of the Big Bang to create the repertoire of elementary particles and antiparticles in existence today.

 

The neutrino is the most populous particle in the universe. Millions of these subatomic particles are passing through everybody. Though similar to the more familiar electron, neutrinos do not carry an electric charge and so are extremely difficult to detect. But they can give themselves away by bumping into things at high energy, and detectors hidden in mines are exploiting this to observe these rare interactions.

 

The week concludes with a look at the "sparticle", a super symmetric partner to all the known particles which could be the answer to uniting these and their interactions under one grand theoretical pattern of activity. Simon reviews the next particle that physicists would like to find if the current particle theories are to ring true.

 

Presenter/Simon Singh, Producer/Adrian Washbourne

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

BIG BANG DAY
The Making Of Cern
Ep 1/2
Monday 8 September
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

     

Quentin Cooper talks to the people involved in the story of the development of CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – from its early days in the uneasy post-Second World War years, through the height of the cold war when it became one of the few places in which pioneering scientific ideas were shared between East and West, until the present day and the huge multi-national pool of scientific endeavour that exists today.

 

He hears of the breakthroughs achieved over the past 50 years and discovers some of the advantages and disadvantages of working for an organisation that straddles international borders both literally and metaphorically.

 

Presenter/Quentin Cooper, Producer/Tom Alban

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Book At Bedtime – Someone At A Distance Ep 1/10
Monday 8 to Friday 12 September
10.45-11.00pm BBC RADIO 4


Dorothy Whipple's novel about a quietly happy family and a loving marriage destroyed by the embittered manipulation of a young woman was originally published in 1953 but has recently garnered new fans and become a slow-burning bestseller.

 

Ellen is that unfashionable creature, a happy housewife – content in her garden, devoted to her two children and in love with her husband, Avery, who commutes daily to his job as a publisher in London. But this somewhat charmed life is about to change when Avery's mother invites a young Frenchwoman into her home as a companion.

 

Louise Lanier is nursing the wounds of rejection following a failed love affair in her provincial home town of Amigny. She needs to escape while her former lover gets married to a wealthy young woman, and England is as good an escape route as any. However, she gradually becomes aware of the charms of the handsome publisher and, fuelled by her sense of injury, she sets out to seduce the reluctant Avery. It is a course of action that proves both inexorable and devastating.

 

Reader/Tbc, Producer/Jill Waters

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Monday 8 September 2008
5 Live Sport
Monday 8 September
12.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

       

Mark Saggers presents all the sports news and, at 8pm, the Monday Night Club sees Steve Claridge, Ian Holloway and John Motson join Mark for footballing debate and a look back at the weekend's World Cup qualifying matches.

 

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Francesca Bent

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC 6 MUSIC Monday 8 September 2008
Nemone
Monday 8 September
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

       

Nemone's video of the week comes from Whitstable-based Sonny J with his new single, Can't Stop Moving, taken from his debut album, Disastro.

 

Presenter/Nemone, Producer/Jax Coombes

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

Gideon Coe
Monday 8 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

       

Gideon Coe is back from his break, refreshed and ready to unleash some classic live music from the BBC archives. His highlights include Half Man Half Biscuit at the Royal Festival Hall in 1998; session tracks from Leonard Cohen; and a recent BBC 6 Music Hub session from The Mae Shi from January this year.

 

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

 

BBC WORLD SERVICE Monday 8 September 2008
The Desert Capitalists Ep 1/2
Monday 8 September
10.05-10.30am BBC WORLD SERVICE

     

Mukul Devichand traces the story of the secretive Marwari trading diaspora, from their Rajasthan homeland to their current global business empires.

 

Today, Marwaris make up a phenomenally successful business community with influence on governments ranging from India's Bharatiya Janata Party to New Labour in the UK. Devichand explains how the Marwari trading caste, from the deserts of western India, have become a powerful global economic and political force – from Mumbai to Paris to London.

 

When Lakshmi Mittal, Britain's richest man, acquired Arcelor steel, sending shivers down the spine of France's ruling class, it was just the latest chapter in the onward march of this tiny community.

 

Devichand has been granted exclusive access to prominent Marwari families, including the Birlas, whose multinational firm operates in 20 countries, providing a fascinating insight into this community whose ancestors left their homeland 300 years ago to sell paper and cloth in Calcutta markets.

 

Presenter/Mukul Devichand, Producer/John Murphy

 

BBC World Service Publicity



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