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Network Radio Week 37

Thursday 11 September 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 11 September 2008
Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Thursday 11 September
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2


Bob Dylan lies back in the arms of Morpheus as he explores Dreams in this week's Theme Time Radio Hour.


The eclectic mix of music featured includes Darn That Dream by Dinah Washington; All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers; The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams by Tony Bennett; I've Got Dreams To Remember by Otis Redding; In Dreams by Roy Orbison; When I Stop Dreaming by The Louvin Brothers; Daydream by The Lovin' Spoonful; and Innocent When You Dream by Tom Waits.


Presenter/Bob Dylan, BBC Series Producer/Phil Hughes


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BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 11 September 2008
Orchestre De Paris

Thursday 11 September
7.30-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3
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Christoph Eschenbach has long championed the music of German composer Matthias Pintscher, and tonight he offers the Mallarmé-inspired Hérodiade-Fragmente – the piece for soprano and orchestra which Eschenbach was due to conduct here in 2006 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, before a small fire at the Royal Albert Hall forced the concert to be abandoned.


Eschenbach conducts the Orchestre de Paris tonight who also perform Mahler's First Symphony, which opens magically with the sounds of nature as it teems with life. Eschenbach's Mahler has been widely admired, and his galvanising effect on tonight's relatively young orchestra (it was only founded in 1967) has been one of the musical talking points of the French capital.


Interestingly, Eschenbach conducted this Orchestra at the BBC Proms on 11 September 2001, just hours after the terrorist attack on the US.


Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/Peter Thresh


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Twenty Minutes – On Life And Picnics Ep 3/3
Thursday 11 September
7.55-8.15pm BBC RADIO 3


Art critic Louisa Buck explores the reasons why artists from Titian to Picasso and beyond have painted picnics, as this short series on that most British institution concludes.


Taking in Cranach and Titian, Manet and Picasso and moving right up to modern-day artists including Matt Collishaw, art critic Louisa gives a virtual guided tour of key works of art in which picnics are depicted.


Picnics are about relaxing, a union of nature and nurture, of culture and consumption, eating al fresco and drinking merrily, but they can also give artists the opportunity to paint idyllic nature, to shock the prudish or to ring alarm bells about environmental pollution. If the art of picnics started with paintings of Adam and Eve munching on an apple in the Garden of Eden, where, Louisa wonders, does that leave artists today? Can life still be a picnic? As the summer comes to an end, Louisa's vivid and thought-provoking tour unpacks a hamper's worth of images and ideas.


Presenter/Louisa Buck, Producer/Beaty Rubens


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The Essay – It's Big And It's Beautiful:
The Rise Of Retro Tech
Ep 4/4
Monday 8 to Thursday 11 September


In many developed countries, the choice to use retro technology is aesthetic or practical but in Cuba it is the norm. In this final Essay, archaeologist Christine Finn reflects on this fascinating country, which is, just now, on the cusp of technological change, but where old technology, in all its glorious bigness, still holds sway. She asks how long this will continue and whether the relentless push for the mini and the micro really promotes better communication.


Presenter/Christine Finn, Producer/Marya Burgess


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BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 11 September 2008
The City – Welcome To The Jungle Ep 1/2
Thursday 11 September
9.00-9.45am BBC RADIO 4


London is the world's pre-eminent financial capital, but what does it do?


In the first of a two-part series, Jeff Randall finds out what London, the world's pre-eminent financial capital, actually does, as he meets the city at work and at play. He travels from the traditional square mile to the gleaming spires of Canary Wharf and the boutique fund managers of Mayfair to find the streets of London paved not with gold, but with equities, futures and mind-boggling amounts of money.


The genius of the city is its ability to adapt – it is more Darwinian than any other UK industry; dinosaurs die out and new breeds, such as private equity and hedge funds, replace them. But as the credit crunch tightens its grip, people are beginning to ask whether this is just another phase of evolution or the mass extinction of London's financial industry. Jeff Randall dons his pith helmet to meet the big beasts and the small fish; to establish who will live, who will become extinct and how the city will look when the dust settles.


Presenter/Jeff Randall, Producer/Robert Ketteridge


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150 Years Of The Halle
Thursday 11 September
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4


Sir Mark Elder, the Music Director of the Halle Orchestra, reflects on the long history of Britain's oldest professional orchestra and its special place in the hearts of music lovers.


This year, Manchester's world-famous Halle Orchestra celebrates its 150th anniversary. Founded by the émigré German musician Charles Halle, its original ethos was to make music accessible to the burgeoning population of Manchester and to contribute something to the life of a city that was rapidly growing in wealth and influence.


In this programme, the Halle's current Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, assesses the orchestra's place in the music world today, reflecting on its long history along the way. Along with archive material and extracts from vintage recordings by some of his great predecessors, such as Hans Richter and John Barbirolli, Sir Mark speaks to current members of the Orchestra about what makes it special.


He reveals that he shares Halle's passion for bringing music to as wide an audience as possible, and that this mission is still at the heart of what the Halle does. At a time when Manchester continues to grow in influence, he argues that the Orchestra's relevance is as great now as it was in its founder's time.


Presenter/Sir Mark Elder, Producer/Paul Bajoria


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Afternoon Play – Worktown
Thursday 11 September
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4


Worktown is a new project by BBC Radio Drama North, combining drama and stills photography.


Award-winning poet and novelist Michael Symonds Roberts has taken inspiration from Humphrey Spender's mass observation photographs of Bolton in the Thirties for his drama, which provides a remarkable insight into the spirit of an industrial town and its people.


The play follows a funeral procession through the cobbled backstreets of the city. Dipping into pockets of life on its way – a boy's first cockfight, a road accident, an encounter with an angry father – Michael Symonds Roberts gives colour and movement to snapshots of life captured in Spender's one-dimensional, black and white photographs.


For this project, a special online exhibition of Spender's Thirties photographs, combined with specially commissioned photographs of contemporary Bolton life by photographer Jonty Wild, are available on the BBC Radio 4 website and the BBC Big Screens.


Producer/Susan Roberts


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Document Ep 1/3
Thursday 11 September
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4
(Copy updated 8 September)


Mike Thomson discovers the remarkable story revealing how British Prime Minister Harold Wilson hatched a secret and highly controversial plan to cut Northern Ireland adrift from Britain in May 1974, in the first of a new series of Document.


It was the height of the Troubles in the province but, for once, the daily story of bombings and shootings wasn't centre stage. All eyes were on a new power-sharing executive; the first experiment of its kind. The Sunningdale Executive had recently taken over administration of the province. From the outset, though, the Executive was highly controversial and was buffeted by a series of crises and political opposition.


Harold Wilson – sensing that it would not survive – drew up his own alternative: he had a secret plan to cut Northern Ireland adrift from the rest of the United Kingdom.


Presenter/Mike Thomson, Producer/Philip Sellars


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 11 September 2008
5 Live Sport
Thursday 11 September
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE


Dan Walker presents tonight's sports news, while at 8pm, Arlo White takes over the reins to present a special programme entitled Darren Gough's Retirement Party. Friends, family and cricketing stars join Yorkshire and England's Darren Gough to celebrate his retirement from Headingley.


Presenter/Dan Walker, Producer/Louise Sutton


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BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 11 September 2008
Steve Lamacq
Thursday 11 September
4.00-7.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC


Steve Lamacq welcomes DJ David Holmes and Tori Amos to sit at the round table to discuss the week's hottest new singles and albums.


Presenter/Steve Lamacq, Producer/Gary Bales


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Gideon Coe
Thursday 11 September
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC


Gideon Coe revisits the late afternoon slot on the Pyramid Stage from The White Stripes at Glastonbury in 2002, as well as a classic 1968 Peel session from Jethro Tull.


Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Lisa Kenlock


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