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Highlights of the week


Week 50 6-12 December 2008


  Tony Benn joins BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival

He's Benn thinking

FREE THINKING 08
Night Waves – Tony Benn

Thursday 11 December on BBC RADIO 3

Tony Benn joins BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool to reflect on one of its key themes
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Dermot O'Leary
Saturday 6 December on BBC RADIO 2

Snow Patrol perform a full band session from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios
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Opera On 3 – Live From The Met
Saturday 6 December on BBC RADIO 3

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is conducted by Daniel Barenboim in his Met debut, in what promises to be one of the highlights of the 2008/09 Metropolitan Opera season in New York
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The Essay – John Milton
Monday 8 to Friday 12 December on BBC RADIO 3

BBC Radio 3 commemorates the 400th anniversary of the birth of poet and author John Milton
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Performance On 3 – BBC Radio 3 Choir Of The Year
Monday 8 December on BBC RADIO 3

The BBC Radio 3 Choir Of The Year competition reaches its climax as the remaining six choirs compete for the ultimate victory at London's Royal Festival Hall
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Human Rights Now!
Tuesday 9 December on BBC RADIO 2

Annie Lennox highlights the important part that artists and musicians have played in generating awareness for Amnesty International, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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Great Lives
Tuesday 9 December on BBC RADIO 4

Matthew Parris begins a new series of Great Lives with an appraisal of great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who died last year
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BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award
Wednesday 10 December on BBC RADIO 2

Highlights from the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award final include performances by each of the six finalists as well as the announcement of the winner by special guest Eliza Carthy
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A Charles Paris Mystery – The Dead Side Of The Mic
Wednesday 10 December on BBC RADIO 4

Bill Nighy is back as Charles Paris, the actor-cum-amateur sleuth and hard-drinking womaniser, who's landed himself a job at the BBC Radio Drama Company when murder stalks the halls of Broadcasting House
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A Social Selection
Thursday 11 December on BBC RADIO 4

BBC News Education Correspondent Andrew Bomford asks whether grammar schools still give bright children from poorer backgrounds a leg up the education ladder
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Test Match Special
Thursday 11 December on BBC 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA

Uninterrupted commentary comes live from the opening day of the first Test between India and England in Ahmedabad
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One Planet – Powering Africa's Future
Thursday 11 December on BBC WORLD SERVICE

A lack of power supplies means that Africa is frantically searching for future sources of energy. Vera Kwakofi examines whether Africa should go nuclear, or use its biggest natural asset – the sun
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Friday Night With Il Divo
Friday 12 December on BBC RADIO 2

From the intimate setting of LSO St Luke's, London, Ken Bruce presents the BBC Concert Orchestra and special guests
Il Divo

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