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Network Radio Week 43

Saturday 18 October 2008


BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 18 October 2008
Alan Carr's Comedy Outings Ep 1/6
Saturday 18 October
1.00-1.30pm BBC RADIO 2

The distinctive humour of Alan Carr features in this new six-part comedy series.


With a new fictional escapade every week, Alan narrates some bizarre adventures interspersed with classic clips from the archives.


Themes include a stressed hen night; his Nan's complex love life; adopting a baby with disastrous consequences; and the murky world of espionage.


Presenter/Alan Carr, Producer/Paul Russell


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Clive Anderson's Chat Room
Saturday 18 October
1.30-2.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Clive Anderson is joined by a fresh panel of personalities, pundits and politicians, ready to dissect the week's main news stories.


Today's guests include historian and broadcaster David Starkey, Charles Kennedy MP and journalist Eve Pollard.


Presenter/Clive Anderson, Producer/Lissa Evans


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Dermot O'Leary
Saturday 18 October
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

A riot of music today includes a live session from the Kaiser Chiefs, recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.


Dermot O'Leary also has a live session from the talented, though – as yet – little-known singer-songwriter, producer and instrumentalist VV Brown. The East London-based musician has already written songs for acts such as the Sugababes and the Pussycat Dolls and is now focusing on her own solo material.


Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker


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Joe Strummer's Last Recorded Concert
Saturday 18 October
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Mark Radcliffe presents an intimate portrait of one of the most iconic figures of the last 30 years, Joe Strummer.


Mark was in the crowd at Strummer's last recorded stage performance – at the Cambridge Folk Festival in August 2002 – and recorded an interview with the musician. Textured with his reminiscences and those of his band that night, this programme captures a snapshot of this musical hero only three months before his untimely death.


The aim of this programme is not to re-tell The Clash story but to present the thoughts, words and music of a man who, 17 years after The Clash disbanded, was as vibrant, creative and outspoken as ever. Although Strummer will always be seen as the driving force behind The Clash, this didn't sit comfortably with him in later years. He resisted suggestions of a reunion and was somewhat resentful of the fact that the defunct group's songs continued to overshadow his work with new band The Mescaleros.


Mark Radcliffe's candid exchange with Strummer weaves around some of the electrifying tracks from that set at Cambridge Folk Festival, which included X-Ray Style, Johnny Appleseed, Bank Robber, London's Burning and I Fought The Law. Friends and colleagues including Billy Bragg; childhood friend and Mescalero Tymon Dogg; band member Scott Shields; and biographer David Quantick share anecdotes in this moving tribute.


Presenter/Mark Radcliffe, Producer/John Leonard


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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 18 October 2008
Breakfast – Free Thought
Throughout the week
7.00-10.00am BBC RADIO 3

Key figures from the arts, media, politics and science offer their personal cultural thoughts for the day in Free Thought, broadcast daily at 8.35am, in Breakfast, on BBC Radio 3.


Free Thought launches Free Thinking 08, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Merseyside's festival of ideas, and marks Liverpool's cultural role as European Capital of Culture 2008. The speakers include prominent Liverpudlians and a diverse range of figures from the UK and beyond. The two-minute contributions can be a reflection or provocation, or simply shed a light on a corner of Britain's cultural life, and are broadcast in the 100 days leading up to the festival, which opens on 31 October.


This week's contributors include Alexei Sayle on memory and novelist Sarah Hall on the importance of one's imagination.


Producer/Steve Urquhart


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Music Matters
Saturday 18 October
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Leading American composer John Adams talks about his new book, Hallelujah Junction, in an illuminating interview with Petroc Trelawny. He explains the importance and frustrations of artistic collaborations, including his unique relationship with director Peter Sellars, which he jokingly describes as a "sperm and egg" combination. And he reveals how the political subject matter of his stage works has landed him on a homeland security list in the US: "We artists assume that we're being followed."


There is also a round-up of three recent books about British composers, reviewed by the authors themselves: David Huckvale's look at the place of Hammer film scores in the firmament of the then British avant-garde; Peter Dickinson's illustrated collection of interviews with the cultural glitterati of the Twenties and Thirties about the remarkable Lord Berners; and Adrian Wright's biography of prolific composer William Alwyn.


And as the coveted "Amaryllis Fleming" Strad cello is expected to fetch over £1m in an unprecedented online auction, Petroc takes a look behind the scenes at why these instruments command such phenomenal prices, and who actually buys them.


Presenter/Petroc Trelawny, Producer/Emily Kershaw


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World Routes
Saturday 18 October
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Recorded exclusively for World Routes, the Kronos Quartet perform with Azeri singer Alim Qasimov as part of the Barbican's Ramadan Nights series.


Presented by Lucy Duran, today's World Routes provides a unique opportunity to hear the meeting of two very different sound worlds: the inspiring virtuosity of the Kronos Quartet and the fiery passion of Azerbaijan's most famous voice, Alim Qasimov. The pieces that Kronos and the Qasimov Ensemble perform together are drawn from the repertoire of Azerbaijani ashiqs – oral-tradition singer-songwriters whose song texts portray, often with wry humor and searing irony, the power of love and the pain of separation.


For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet – David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) – have been deeply committed to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide and releasing more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity.


Fargana Qasimova's talent gravitated naturally toward the music she heard from her father, Alim. The Qasimovs are accompanied by a quartet of young musicians whose talent was shaped both by formal music education and immersion in Azerbaijani oral tradition.


Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Roger Short


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Jazz Library – Mike Westbrook
Saturday 18 October
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Jazz composer Mike Westbrook's depth and variety of output has been compared to that of Duke Ellington. In this programme, he meets Alyn Shipton to select the highlights of a recording career that stretches back over 40 years, and which includes not only music by his acclaimed big band, but also his trio and brass band, plus vocal settings of the works of William Blake.


Presenter and Producer/Alyn Shipton


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Opera On 3 – Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Saturday 18 October
6.00-8.50pm BBC RADIO 3

Charles Castronovo and Sally Matthews star in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress
Charles Castronovo and Sally
Matthews star in Stravinsky's
The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky saw the possibilities for an opera in Hogarth's paintings about a young man squandering his inheritance and going to the dogs. He approached poet WH Auden with a request for a libretto and, despite their differences in age, culture and language, they hit it off immediately. They made Tom Rakewell's progress towards ruin a more elaborate affair than in the 18th-century original. He doesn't just do a bit of whoring and gambling – he marries a bearded lady, to show how free he is, and he invents a machine which will turn stones into bread and rescue mankind from want, thus adding overweening pride to all his other sins.


It's not what you'd expect from a simple country boy who has come into money, but Tom is manipulated by an evil genius: Nick Shadow. The sinister Shadow, who brings Tom the news of his inheritance and offers to help him manage it, leads the unknowing Tom from one disastrous situation to the next.


In this new production by Robert Lepage, recorded at London's Royal Opera House, Tom Rakewell is played by Charles Castronovo and Nick Shadow by John Relyea, with Sally Matthews as Anne Truelove. Thomas Adès conducts.


Producer/Anthony Sellors


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The Wire – Dirty White Girl
Saturday 18 October
8.50-9.40pm BBC RADIO 3

Louise Wallwein's debut radio play is inspired by a young woman she met in a workshop – a teenage racist whose life was thrown into confusion by her attraction to a young Asian boy in the same workshop.


In Dirty White Girl, life is not easy for Katie, a young white girl on a rough estate, and, to make matters worse, her older sister's boyfriend, Ian, is showing a keen interest in her. At a local community development project, Katie meets Farooq and his friend Naz, but when Ian catches Farooq and Katie together, all hell breaks loose.


The cast is mainly made up of local actors, found through youth theatre groups and clubs. This is the first professional acting job for Mahmoot Miah and Billy Sarfraz.


Jemima Foxtrot plays Katie with Rachel Brogan as Chantelle, Ciaran Griffiths as Ian and Mahmood Miah as Farooq. The cast also includes Louise Wallwein, Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, Oliver Lee and Billy Sarfraz.


Louise Wallwein is a poet, playwright and community artist. She was one of the Royal Court 50 writers. Stage credits include Low Flying Aircraft, a one-woman show performed on the wing of an aeroplane (Manchester Poetry Festival); Tagged (Red Ladder Theatre Company, 2004); and Skid 180 (Contact/Arena Theatre Company/Sydney Opera House, 2006). Louise performs poetry and was Poet in Residence of Queensland 2006.


Producer/Sue Roberts


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Hear And Now
Saturday 18 October
10.30pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 3

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a concert celebrating the 70th birthday of John Harbison, one of the senior figures in American music, alongside music by younger American composers.


Harbison is now regarded as one of America's most distinguished artistic figures. As well as composing string quartets and symphonies, he has written much vocal music, including three operas and several song cycles.


Harbison's vocal works in this concert, recorded in early October as part of the London Festival of American Music, all express aspects of American life and culture: Emerson is an intense and radiant meditation on texts by New England transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, while The Flower-fed Buffaloes sets a poem by early 20th-century American poet Vachel Lindsay to music, a paean to the days when buffaloes roamed the unspoilt prairie. His Chorale Cantata is inspired by J.S. Bach's church cantatas, and includes a setting of a chorale hymn by Martin Luther, as Bach did – but Harbison juxtaposes it with a contemporary poem by American art critic and poet Michael Fried.


The BBC Singers and Lontano are conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.


Presenter/Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Producer/Philip Tagney


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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 18 October 2008
Honouring The Office, Playing The Whitehouse
Saturday 18 October
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

What do cellist Pablo Casals, and singers Johnny Mathis and Stevie Wonder have in common? All have performed for the US President at the White House. Over the years many great artists have entertained visiting royalty, dignitaries and heads of state. To coincide with the 2008 elections, Honouring The Office, Playing The White House looks at an unusual aspect of this famous Pennsylvania Avenue address, revealing a human perspective of the cultural and social life inside.


Exploring the musical diversity of cultural events that have taken place there, White House historian Bill Bushong explains the types of entertainment that took place during the different administrations, including those of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Nixon and Clinton.


Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn recalls huddling with Tony Blair and the Clintons while they enjoyed performances by Elton John and Stevie Wonder in the East Room. The programme also hears from Elaine Paige, who sang for the Reagans and, feeling poorly, found herself taking a snooze on Nancy Reagan's office couch.


Presented by Paul Gambaccini, the programme reveals that the cultural side of the White House is run by the First Lady's office and Laura Bush's Chief of Staff, Anita McBride, gives us an insight into the way her staff are organised.


Presenter/Paul Gambaccini, Producer/John Sugar


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From Fact To Fiction Ep 1/8
Saturday 18 October
7.00-7.15pm BBC RADIO 4

To compliment BBC Radio 4's news and current affairs output, this weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic, so listeners can expect drama in a number of different guises, as well as poetry and prose.


Each week, Radio 4 broadcasts a 15-minute, stand-alone drama that's created from scratch in the days leading up to transmission. It's an instant reaction to the mood of the moment.


This breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far. They include: David Edgar, Mark Lawson, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, Guy Browning, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Amelia Bullmore, Kate Mosse and Lin Coghlan.


From Fact To Fiction presents writers with the opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.


Writers scheduled for this coming series include Will Self, Kwame Kwei-Armah and PG Morgan.


Producers/David Hunter and Toby Swift


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How Radio Comedy Changed A Nation
Saturday 18 October
8.00-9.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Nicholas Parsons explores radio comedy
Nicholas Parsons explores
radio comedy

Nicholas Parsons explores how radio comedy has developed and how it reveals much about the way the British live.


Radio comedy has, for years, been a barometer of social mores and political moods. Through rarely heard radio comedy archive and interviews with writers and comedians, Parsons investigates how radio comedy has impacted upon the nation.


The programme includes archive material of some of the nation's favourite shows and hears from writers and comedians who brought them to life and made them so memorable.


Parsons argues that the impact of radio comedy affected the attitudes of the public in general, but in particular those who had been through the war and wanted to see a different and more equal society in the post-war years. The comedy that BBC Radio has recently pioneered has moved even further forward and is still having an effect on society.


Contributors include Paul Merton; Barry Cryer; Hancock's Half Hour writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson; and Sanjeev Bhaskar.


Presenter/Nicholas Parsons, Producer/Jo Meek


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 18 October 2008
Eamonn Holmes
Saturday 18 October
9.00-11.00am BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Eamonn Holmes looks ahead to all the weekend's sporting activity, with two hours of chat and interviews with guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment.


Eamonn is joined by studio regulars Graham Poll, Sam Delaney and Lynsey Horn.


Presenter/Eamonn Holmes, Producer/Anna Stewart


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5 Live Sport
Saturday 18 October
12.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live Barclays Premier League football, plus all the sports news and reports from the practice and qualifying sessions at the Chinese Grand Prix.


From 12.45pm there is live commentary of Middlesbrough v Chelsea from the Riverside Stadium. At 3pm there is coverage of all the afternoon's other games, which include Arsenal v Everton and Liverpool v Wigan, plus updates from the Clydesdale Scottish Premier League.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams


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5 Live Sport
Saturday 18 October
5.30-7.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Commentary on the Barclays Premier League clash between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion comes live from Old Trafford.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Mark Williams


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Saturday 18 October
7.30-8.30pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Alan Green hosts the national football phone-in, with reaction to all the day's games.


Listeners can give their views to Alan by phone on 0500 909 693 (free from BT landlines), text on 85058 at network rates or email at


Presenter/Alan Green, Producer/Patrick Campbell


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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 18 October 2008
Formula One
Saturday 18 October

Live, uninterrupted commentary on the qualifying session of the Chinese Grand Prix comes from the Shanghai International Circuit.


Producer/Jason Swales


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Saturday 18 October

Listeners can hear live commentary from a leading game in the Coca-Cola Championship, plus reports and regular score updates from all the other matches across the Football League.


Producer/Jen McAllister


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Rugby Union
Saturday 18 October

Uninterrupted commentary of the Pool Two match between Leinster and Wasps in the Heineken Cup comes live from Donnybrook.


Producer/Jen McAllister


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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 18 October 2008
Adam And Joe
Saturday 18 October
9.00am-12.00noon BBC 6 MUSIC

Acting legend Sir Roger Moore joins Adam and Joe as a new Bond film is about to hit the screens. The dazzling duo ask the former star of the films to rate their Quantum Of Solace Song Wars compositions.


For the uninitiated, Song Wars is a musical contest where, each week, Adam and Joe pit their musical talents against each other by writing a song each on a random subject and then asking their discerning listeners to pick their favourite. In Joe's words: "It's a bit like Star Wars, only with songs instead of the stars."


Presenters/Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, Producers/James Stirling and Claire Slevin


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Don Letts And Mick Jones –
The New York City Clash Mash

Saturday 18 October
9.00-10.30pm BBC 6 MUSIC

On 13 October 1982 The Clash supported The Who at New York's Shea Stadium. Film-maker Don Letts was part of the Clash entourage and aided and abetted the band in any way he could. He also shared growing musical passions with Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.


Clash guitarist Mick Jones joins Don to share memories of the show and play some highlights from the newly remastered live recording, along with favourite Clash tracks.


Perhaps most interestingly they also reveal what music the band was enjoying at the time. The Clash had been eagerly soaking up the latest sounds in New York, where hip-hop had started to take root. They were rarely seen without an enormous ghetto-blaster or two perched on a shoulder or cradled on a lap.


Don and Mick reveal the influential sounds on those precious cassette tapes that boomed out wherever the band went – including the after-show party where dignitaries, including Andy Warhol and David Bowie, came to pay their respects along with a queue of newly converted American Clash fans.


This programme follows on from BBC Radio 2's broadcast of Joe Strummer's final recorded concert with his band the Mescaleroes at the Cambridge Folk Festival and helps to celebrate the rich musical legacy of The Clash – a band that influenced many others with their own recordings and their enthusiasm for reggae, hip-hop, R&B and plenty more.


Presenter/Don Letts, Producer/Frank Wilson


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