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Network Radio Week 48

Thursday 27 November 2008


BBC RADIO 1 Thursday 27 November 2008
International Radio 1
Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November
9.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 1

       

BBC Radio 1's last guided musical tour of the week comes courtesy of Kutski, who introduces listeners to the sights and sounds of cool European dance mecca, Berlin.

 

This week's four programmes are part of International Radio 1, a series launched earlier this year which sees specialist DJs broadcast their shows from around the world to bring listeners a taste of the scene in some very different places.

 

Presenter/Kutski, Producer/David Hillier

 

BBC Radio 1 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 2 Thursday 27 November 2008
Radio 2 Live In London
Thursday 27 November
8.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 2 (Schedule addition 12 November)
www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

   

Adele, Duffy, James Morrison, Keane and The Feeling take to the stage at Indigo at the O2 in London for a unique music event hosted by BBC Radio 2 and presented by Chris Evans.

 

This evening of music also signals the launch of the Great British Songbook, with each artist performing a song written by a British songwriter within their individual sets.

 

Now in its second year, Radio 2 Live In London is a celebration of contemporary artists which Radio 2 supports. This concert was recorded on Wednesday 26 November.

 

Exclusive backstage videos and interviews with all artists are available on the Radio 2 website – bbc.co.uk/radio2.

 

Presenter/Chris Evans, Producer/Sarah Gaston

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan
Thursday 27 November
11.00pm-12.00midnight BBC RADIO 2

       

There's a chill in the air tonight as Bob Dylan appeals to a cold, cold heart in tonight's themed show.

 

The eclectic playlist features some cool tracks, including Cold Cold Feeling by T-Bone Walker; The Cold Hard Facts Of Life by Porter Wagoner; Winter Time Blues by Lightnin' Slim; Defrost Your Heart by Charlie Feathers; So Cold, So Dead, So Soon by Roy Hogsed; and Cold Cold Ground by Tom Waits.

 

Presenter/Bob Dylan, BBC Series Producer/Phil Hughes

 

BBC Radio 2 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 3 Thursday 27 November 2008
Composer Of The Week – Pachelbel Ep 4/5
Monday 24 to Thursday 27 November
12.00-1.00pm BBC RADIO 3

 

Donald Macleod charts Pachelbel's travels in search of the perfect job, as he continues to shed light on the composer's little-known life.

 

After a period of stability in Erfurt, and with a growing family to support, Pachelbel decided he should improve his circumstances. Donald traces the composer's efforts to find a new position and explores what happened when Pachelbel's dream job suddenly became available in his hometown of Nuremburg. Music today includes the composer's Fugue & Ricercar in C; Musicalische ergötzung, Partie I; Suite No.29 in E minor; Halleluja! Lobet den herrn; and Aria sebaldina (Hexachordum Apollinis).

 

Presenter/Donald Macleod, Producer/Chris Taylor

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Afternoon On 3
Monday 24 to Friday 28 November
2.00-5.00pm BBC RADIO 3

       

A powerful performance of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony from the Oslo Philharmonic and veteran Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky is the highlight of today's concert, in this week-long series celebrating the musical life of Norway and Sweden. The Oslo Philharmonic became famous for their interpretations of Tchaikovsky during Mariss Jansons' two decades as music director – and they clearly haven't lost the knack.

 

Presenter/Penny Gore, Producer/David Gallagher

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Performance On 3 –
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 27 November
7.00-7.50pm BBC RADIO 3

     

Martin Handley joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stefan Solyom live at City Halls, Glasgow, for a concert in their Russian Winter series. The programme focuses on two composers who, despite being at opposite ends of the 20th-century musical spectrum in some ways, do have quite a lot in common. Rachmaninov and Stravinsky were both exiled from their native Russia and both ended up in America – in fact, they were neighbours in Beverly Hills and even dined together once in the Forties.

 

Tonight's concert features Rachmaninov's The Isle Of The Dead, inspired by Arnold Böcklin's painting of the same name, and his ever-popular Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, performed by one of Russia's finest young pianists, Alexander Melnikov. Stravinsky's baroque-inspired concerto for chamber orchestra, Dumbarton Oaks, follows and the programme closes with his wonderfully colourful ballet suite from The Firebird.

 

Presenter/Martin Handley, Producer/Ellie Mant

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

Twenty Minutes – Take A Hike North
Thursday 27 November
7.50-8.10pm BBC RADIO 3

       

Every autumn 25,000 geese arrive from northern climes to settle in Scotland for the winter. Christopher Somerville gets up before dawn to go on an inspirational walk along the Firth of Forth with musician Dave Richardson, of the traditional music band Boys Of The Lough, to witness the arrival of the migrants.

 

The poet and the musician have both been visiting the bay for years and, out on the dunes, listeners hear them discuss their love of this particular landscape and some of the poetry and music they have written that has been inspired by this migratory marvel.

 

The arrivals represent one-tenth of the world's population of pink-foot geese, which come from the far northern tundra of Greenland and Iceland to overwinter in the north of Britain. They settle first in Scotland, where they rest in the bays and coves of the coast every night and head off each morning to feeding grounds inland. Later in the winter, some of them head south as far as the Wash, but most stay on these marsh tussocks and dunes, squabbling among themselves.

 

Walking out along the Firth of Forth, Christopher and Dave watch as the day breaks and the geese rise up and fly from shore to land in squadrons across the sky.

 

Presenter/Christopher Somerville, Producer/Sara Jane Hall

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

FREE THINKING 08
Night Waves – Free Thinking

Thursday 27 November
9.15-10.00pm BBC RADIO 3
www.bbc.co.uk/freethinking

       

The philosopher, journalist and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France's best-known intellectuals. He is dynamic, globe-trotting and prolific, and embodies all those qualities of the French philosophical elite that seems to divide listeners – especially in Britain – between inspiration, approval and hostility. BBC Radio 3 presents a rare chance to hear Lévy speaking on some of the key issues of today, recorded in front of an audience as part of its Free Thinking festival of ideas in Liverpool.

 

A media star in his home country and America – where he is simply known as BHL – Lévy was an overnight sensation in 1977 when he published his anti-Marxist essay, Barbarism With A Human Face, and became associated with the "Nouvelle Philosophie". Since then, he has written dozens of books on subjects right across the intellectual and political spectrum. He has ignited controversy in recent years with his books on the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and his analysis of the US, American Vertigo.

 

Presenter/Philip Dodd, Producer/Rebecca Stratford

 

BBC Radio 3 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 4 Thursday 27 November 2008
A Fine Defence Of Enid Blyton
Thursday 27 November
11.30am-12.00noon BBC RADIO 4

       

Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine recently decided to re-read some of Enid Blyton's work to discover just what it was about the author that she had loved as a child. For years she ignored Blyton's work, in part because of the wave of disapproval that has accompanied it for some time. But, on going back to her battered old Blytons, Fine realised why she had found the books so captivating: they are real page-turners.

 

Fine does not deny that Blyton is a writer dogged by accusations of racism and sexism. Yet her books have outsold those of all other children's authors, with sales in excess of 500 million worldwide, and her work has been translated into 40 different languages.

 

A Fine Defence Of Enid Blyton includes extracts from a rare interview with Blyton's only surviving daughter, Imogen Smallwood, and contributions from both her official biographer, Barbara Stoney, and the UK's leading Blyton scholar, Dr David Rudd, Professor of Children's Literature at Bolton University. There are also archive recordings of Blyton herself and her family, and readings from Miriam Margolyes.

 

Anne Fine has written more than 40 books for children and adults. She has won many prizes for her writing, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Prize and the Carnegie Medal.

 

Presenter/Anne Fine, Producer/Helen Lee

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

Afternoon Play – Development
Thursday 27 November
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

       

Mike Carson is a property developer who's had it good and easy for a long while, but whose sail-too-close-to-the-wind practices have made him very vulnerable. When debts are called in, the foundations of his business start to wobble. But Mike's downtrodden Russian au pair has a brother and, when he is introduced to the Carson family, he seems to be someone who can help them. However, they must decide if his is really the kind of help they need...

 

Development is playwright Doug Lucie's first Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4. The cast includes Mark Bazeley as Mike Carson, Samantha Spiro as Zoe Carson and Amy Shindler as their daughter, Marie. Larissa Kouznetsova, Ashley Cook and Basher Savage complete the cast.

 

Producer/Janet Whitaker

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

It's My Story – Earfull – From Silence Into...
Thursday 27 November
8.00-8.30pm BBC RADIO 4

 

Tim Barlow has made his living as an actor for more than 40 years and throughout his career he has been deaf. It's My Story follows him over a year as he has tests, consultations and, finally, a cochlear implant operation so that he can hear again. Tim tells his story of emerging from silence into sound, and interwoven with this is a performance of Earfull, his one-man play chronicling his move from soldier to actor and, as he loses his hearing, from sound to silence.

 

Now in his seventies, Tim grew up in Blackpool and joined the Army, where a new rifle damaged his hearing. Later, he married, had two children and moved to London, where a matinee visit to The Mousetrap made him realise suddenly that what he really wanted was to be an actor. He trained at the Old Vic in Bristol – a move that cost him his wife and family – and he has since been a professional actor, working with the likes of Complicite, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Manchester Royal Exchange.

 

But Tim's life is changing again: over the past year or so he has been waiting for a cochlear implant. As the device is switched on, Tim is able to hear someone speaking to him for the first time in 40 years.

 

Producer/Julian May

 

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

 

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Thursday 27 November 2008
5 Live Sport
Thursday 27 November
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

     

Mark Saggers presents live coverage of the evening's Uefa Cup group matches between Schalke and Manchester City, NEC Nijmegen and Tottenham Hotspur, and Portsmouth and AC Milan.

 

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Colin Patterson

 

BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity

 

BBC 6 MUSIC Thursday 27 November 2008
Gimme Shelter – 6 Music Social Action Campaign
Thursday 27 November
Throughout the day BBC 6 MUSIC

 

In a climate of financial uncertainty, BBC 6 Music addresses the nation's housing situation in its latest campaign, Gimme Shelter.

 

From rent to mortgage payments, housing costs are among the nation's biggest monthly financial commitments. Throughout the day, 6 Music looks at the effect the credit crunch has had on housing in Britain – from house sales and trying to get on the first rung of the property ladder, to keeping up with mortgage payments and finding out what is happening in the rental market.

 

From Shaun Keaveny's Breakfast show and right through the day, listeners can hear expert advice from the professionals. The network's DJs also talk about their experiences, including Adam Buxton, who discusses his recent house move, and Jon Richardson, who is currently looking to move.

 

Presenters/Various, Producer/Dina Jahina

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

Gideon Coe
Thursday 27 November
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

       

Gideon Coe delves into the BBC archive for live sets courtesy of Super Furry Animals at the Reading Festival in 1997 and Richard Hawley, recorded for BBC 6 Music at Leicester's Summer Sundae in 2006. Session artists include grunge guitar wizards The Smashing Pumpkins with their 1991 Peel session.

 

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Lisa Kenlock

 

BBC 6 Music Publicity

 

BBC ASIAN NETWORK Thursday 27 November 2008
Silver Street
Thursday 27 November
1.30-1.40pm BBC ASIAN NETWORK
www.bbc.co.uk/silverstreet

       

Shazia declines Iqbal's dinner invitation, as the Asian soap continues. Later, she tells Dr Hassan that she is watching a DVD that night but his joke about her taste in films hits a nerve. She walks off and whips out her phone to call Iqbal to tell him she'd love to go out for dinner after all.

 

Meanwhile, Vinnie asks Kuljit if he can shed any light on Ranbir's strange behaviour.

 

Elsewhere, Dr Hassan is upset when he discovers that Shazia has a date and wonders whether he has blown his chances with her.

 

Shazia is played by Shobu Kapoor, Iqbal by Rohit Gokani, Dr Hassan by Youssef Kerkour, Vinnie by Saikat Ahamed, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal and Ranbir by Ashwin Bolar.

 

BBC Asian Network Publicity



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