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Network Radio Week 44

Saturday 25 October 2008

BBC RADIO 2 Saturday 25 October 2008
Alan Carr's Comedy Outings Ep 2/6
Saturday 25 October
1.00-1.30pm BBC RADIO 2

Alan Carr continues to bring listeners his distinctive humour and, in this week's fictional escapade, he is in the heart of the African jungle – sat on a 40-feet high throne carved in his own likeness.


Alan recounts the circumstances which led to this bizarre situation, which can be traced back to his Nan's rather chaotic love life and her unusual lover.


Interspersed with Alan's story are some classic comedy clips featuring the likes of Bill Bailey, Ben Elton and Lee Evans.


Presenter/Alan Carr, Producer/Paul Russell


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Dermot O'Leary
Saturday 25 October
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Dermot O'Leary has live music from Keane, who are back with a third album after sell-out arena tours, a Mercury nomination, Ivor Novello and Brit awards and hit records including Is It Any Wonder? Everybody's Changing, Crystal Ball and Somewhere Only We Know.


Entitled Perfect Symmetry, the album moves into new territory for the band, with musical saw, saxophone and vocals recorded through a drum, as well as input from producers Jon Brion (Rufus Wainwright, Kanye West) and Stuart Price (Madonna).


Presenter/Dermot O'Leary, Producer/Ben Walker


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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday 25 October
7.30-9.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Bee Gee Robin Gibb celebrates the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever at the BBC Electric Proms
Bee Gee Robin Gibb celebrates
the 30th anniversary of
Saturday Night Fever
at the BBC Electric

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Bee Gees's Saturday Night Fever soundtrack topping the charts in the UK, Robin Gibb performs alongside guest artists including Sam Sparro, Sharleen Spiteri, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley and Gabriella Cilmi at London's Roundhouse.


The show is directed by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The classic disco repertoire includes Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talkin' and More Than A Woman.


Producer/Sarah Gaston


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BBC RADIO 3 Saturday 25 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 special 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 are 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 starts on 31 October.


This week's contributors include poet and author Simon Armitage, composer James MacMillan, Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Hilary Boulding, and director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor.


Producer/Steve Urquhart


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Water Music
Saturday 25 October
12.15-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Dr Ian Bradley travels to Baden in Austria and Baden Baden in Germany to discover how, in the 18th and 19th centuries, amidst the fountains and cascades, these European spa towns inspired work from the best composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Berlioz.


In conversation with local guides and on location in casinos, parks and even in the spas, Ian traces the stories behind the music. He hears of Mozart climbing through windows to visit his ailing wife; of Beethoven and his disagreements with the Baden landlords; of Berlioz's neuralgia and his commissions from the aspiring local casino owner; and of Brahms's love for Clara Schumann and the blue composing room in his little white shingled house.


Presenter/Dr Ian Bradley, Producer/Peter Meanwell


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The Early Music Show
Saturday 25 October
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Catherine Bott presents a live programme from the Sallis Benney theatre at the University of Brighton, as part of this year's Brighton Early Music Festival. The theme of this year's festival is "These Fairest Isles – early and traditional music from the British Isles and Ireland", opening up fascinating links between the shared roots of early music and traditional/folk elements.


Early medieval music and certain folk traditions both fed into each other with "art" music having a powerful effect upon the "folk" tradition. Later on, in the 17th and 18th centuries, many composers took inspiration from folk traditions. Artistic Director Deborah Roberts explains more about the festival's events calendar and there is live music from Welsh harpist Gwenan Gibbard, Irish singer Róisín Elsafty, with Celtic harpist Siobhan Armstrong and Scottish fiddler Hilary Michael, along with medieval English songs from Clare Norburn and Joy Smith.


Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Les Pratt


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World Routes
Saturday 25 October
3.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Lucy Duran features a session and interview with Kouame Sereba, master of the dodo, an ancient West African mouth-bow, in this week's edition of World Routes.


Sereba was born in Abidjan and spent his teens in the village of Tiegba, where he learned about local music and dance, before travelling extensively around Africa and later moving to his current home in Norway. Sereba performs for World Routes and talks to Lucy about the instrument and the Ivory Coast music tradition.


There is also a round-up of recent world music releases with DJ Rita Ray and journalist John L Walters.


Presenter/Lucy Duran, Producer/Felix Carey


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Jazz Library – Nina Simone
Saturday 25 October
4.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

Jazz legend Nina Simone is in the Jazz Library spotlight this week, as Alyn Shipton explores the singer's extraordinary output.


As part of her last BBC interview, Simone discussed her protest songs with Alyn but, in this special edition of Jazz Library, insights into her entire career are provided by singer Gwyneth Herbert, who is signed to Nina's one-time label Blue Note.


Simone once trained as a concert pianist and retained remarkable keyboard prowess throughout her career. She famously involved herself in politics – becoming a champion for African-American rights, channelling her anger and depth of feeling into songs that took her message to audiences all over the world.


Alyn and Gwyneth select the highlights from Simone's recorded catalogue, including Porgy, Mississippi Goddam and I Put A Spell On You.


Presenter and Producer/Alyn Shipton


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Opera On 3 – La Calisto
Saturday 25 October
6.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

La Calisto is a delightful 17th-century opera in which bad behaviour from the Gods collides with the aspirations of mortals. Francesco Cavalli's opera deftly combines moments of emotional depth and beauty with fast-paced comedy, all narrated in swiftly flowing music.


This new production comes to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from Munich, with the partnership of conductor Ivor Bolton and director David Alden – who makes his Covent Garden debut – in a striking contemporary take on the Roman myth. The cast is a truly great ensemble of period-style singers.


The young soprano Sally Matthews takes the title role as Calisto, a naïve young nymph. The other mortal character, Endymion, is played by counter-tenor Lawrence Zazzo. The respective Gods that they become involved with are Giove (Joao Fernandes) and Diana (Monica Bacelli).


Calisto is tricked by Giove into accepting his advances, while Endymion is in a love-lorn state over Diana – who has sworn a vow of chastity. Veronique Gens adds her star presence as the vengeful Juno, wife of the philandering Giove, and the lighter moments are provided by Guy de Mey, in drag, as an elderly nymph who is still hoping to find love, and by Dominque Visse, a randy old satyr who hopes to take advantage of her.


Ivor Bolton's Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment provide a sympathetic accompaniment to an inspiring and entertaining evening.


Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Janet Tuppen


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The Wire – Nowt To Look At
Saturday 25 October
9.45-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3

For Annie Benson, life had never been a bed of roses. Formerly a recluse, hiding away in her Newcastle flat for the best part of two decades, she now speaks from a pathology museum where her head floats like a gruesome pickled onion in a specimen jar. But her death also brings together the unlikely pairing of her great-nephew, Jon, and her shy young neighbour, Roz.


Jon is a cocky medical student with a fast car, good looks and ambitions to be a high-earning surgeon. As a favour to his grandmother, Annie's sister, he has delivered Annie's groceries to her doorstep for several years. Roz, a shy 19-year-old, lives adjacent to Annie but rarely sees her. As Jon and Roz deal with the aftermath of Annie's death, Annie tells her own story.


Nowt To Look At was partly inspired by poet and artist Val Law's 2006 Northern Writers' Award for a project on forensic/pathology poetry, hosted by Kings College Medical School. Val has published four collections of poetry and won the Northern Promise Award for her first crime novel, The Rotting Spot. Her play Let Yourself Go was runner–up for the Alfred Bradley Award.


Producer/David Hunter


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BBC RADIO 4 Saturday 25 October 2008
The Loneliness Of The Goalkeeper
Saturday 25 October
10.30-11.00am BBC RADIO 4

Hardeep Singh Kohli, former goalie for St Matthew's in North Glasgow, remembers the loneliness of being a goalkeeper – the player who spends 90 minutes mostly looking at the backs of his fellow team mates. They call it a team sport but, for the goalie, it's a life of inaction interrupted by moments of frantic, flapping activity, occasionally bordering on near-suicide.


Hardeep speaks to former Arsenal and Scotland keeper Bob Wilson about the courage and determination required to withstand the public criticism and the ostracism by team mates when things go wrong for the goalie.


Hardeep also investigates the psychology of the goalkeeper, and chats to Jem Wall, an actor about to stage Peter Flannery's one goalkeeper play, The Boy's Own Story. The play follows a game in real time, in which the keeper fantasises about his match-saving talents but is ignored by the rest of his team and left lonely in the huge 192-square feet goal to consider the injustices of his existence.


Accompanied by the wit and wisdom of Gordon Banks, Bob Wilson, Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov and other famous goalies, Hardeep looks into The Loneliness Of The Goalkeeper.


Producer/Richard Bannerman


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Stage To Screen Ep 2/3
Saturday 25 October
3.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4 (Copy amended 9 October)

The second programme of Stage To Screen features the Broadway classic Gypsy, directed by Mervyn Le Roy.


Gypsy was based on the memoirs of the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, but the focus of the stage show and film was the character of her ambitious mother, a part written for the Broadway star Ethel Merman. However Merman was not cast in the film and her role was taken by Rosalind Russell.


Presenter Paul Gambaccini examines how stage musicals were transferred to the big screen, with interviews from those artists involved, film cognoscenti and historians. He speaks to West End singer and actress Angela Richards who played the role of Ethel Merman in the play, Call Me Merman. The programme also features contributions from Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, the lyricist of the original score.


Producer/Adrian Edwards


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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Saturday 25 October 2008
Eamonn Holmes
Saturday 25 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 25 October
12.00-6.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Pougatch presents an afternoon of live Barclays Premier League football.


From 12noon, there is live commentary from Goodison Park as Everton take on Manchester United, with second-half commentary of the derby between Sunderland and Newcastle live from the Stadium of Light from 1.45pm. There are also regular updates from all the other day's games throughout the afternoon.


Listeners can also catch up on all the day's sports news and reaction from this morning's opening game in the Rugby League World Cup between England and Papua New Guinea as well as updates from Rugby Union's EDF Energy Cup ties.


Presenter/Mark Pougatch, Producer/Adrian Williams


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BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA Saturday 25 October 2008
Rugby League
Saturday 25 October
9.45am-12.00noon BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary of the opening game of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup between England and Papua New Guinea comes live from Townsville, Australia.


Producer/Jen McAllister


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Saturday 25 October

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra has 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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Saturday 25 October

Listeners can hear uninterrupted commentary of the Premier League early evening kick-off match between Blackburn and Middlesbrough, live from Ewood Park.


Producer/Jen McAllister


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BBC 6 MUSIC Saturday 25 October 2008
6 Mix

Saturday 25 October
9.00-11.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

The Queens Of Noize, aka Mairhead Nash and Tabitha Denholm, bring listeners a BBC Electric Proms special this evening and play an exclusive DJ set from Justice, recorded at London's Koko. There's also a live performance from Coldcut, recorded at London's Roundhouse, re-creating the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


There will also be another round of 6 Music floor fillers.


Presenters/Queens Of Noize, Producer/Rowan Collinson


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